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This is the place to view the past and present contests put on by ActiveRain and its members. Everyone can join the
group and help encourage each other. Current contest will be highlighted posts so it's easy for you all to see. Let it
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AR's community takes the time to leave honest and transparent reviews of their experiences
so you can be a bit wiser about your purchase.
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Whatever it is you're into and wherever you are, AR surely has a group for you to join.
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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
that will boost their business and increase their visibility in the community and beyond.
Earn points by partaking in these contest and climb the leaderboard
Do what's good for you and your business by participating
If you have an idea for a contest, just let us know
Stay motivated and on track with new contests popping up each month
Ask a Real Estate Question
Here's another avenue for you to build relationships with others. Share your expertise with someone searching for answers.
Play the teacher role and help someone out today
Your Homepage will alert you of new questions in your state
A wonderful way to open a door to a possible new client
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
Post your listings, school information, local events, market reports and more
Consumers peruse these pages for information
Farm your niche market and cover all the happenings in your neighborhood
Here are eight questions I think you should ask an agent before signing a buyer's agency or listing agreement.
1. How long have you been in the business?
Your Real Estate agent's experience is VERY important. A new agent will learn a LOT their first year, and will continue to learn more with every transaction. Don't automatically choose against a newer agent - they typically bring a lot of energy to the transaction, and they will have LOTS of time for you. However, if you do decide to use a newer agent, make sure they have a great support system behind them.
2. Are you a Realtor?
Not all Real Estate agents are Realtors. Realtors are members of the National Association of Realtors and must adhere to a strict code of ethics.
3. Do you hold any certifications?
There is an "alphabet soup" of advanced certifications that Real Estate agents can earn. While it doesn't automatically mean that they are a good agent, it does mean they are serious about their job.
4. Do you have a specialty?
Real Estate agents typically categorize themselves as either "commercial" or "residential" which are vastly different. And among Residential Real Estate agents, some agents will specialize in Buyers, Sellers, or Renters as some specialize in condos, first time buyers, high end properties, horse farms, investmednt properties, new construction or a certain geographical area etc.
5. May I have the names/numbers of past customers?
Take the time to call some of the agent's past customers. Be candid with them, ask about the agents strengths and weaknesses as well as their communication and negotiating skills.
6. Who is your Broker? May I call him/her?
Real Estate Agencies are moving towards the "mega-brokerage" mentality which means that many agents today have never met their Broker. If an agent doesn't have their Broker's cell phone number, find out who they will call if they run into questions.
7. How many sales did you complete last year?
A good agent will close several deals per calendar year. You want to make sure that the agent helping you through the largest purchase or sale of your life is an active and producing agent.
8. Is this your full-time job?
An agent who practices real estate full-time, day in and day out, helps ensure that your best interests will be the priority.
There are plenty of terrific Realtors out there. A good Realtor can make the difference between a great transaction and a horrific one. If you do not find your Realtor through a trusted source, then do your homework. Interview several agents. ask them these questions, compare their marketing plans and their production records.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.