Real Estate Round Up: Articles Worth a Look January 2016

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Every month there are numerous real estate posts that are published all over the Internet that are missed by many people who really should see them.

Many of the members here rarely venture out of their comfort zone of Active Rain. For this reason I am bringing some of the best real estate content right here to you!

Take a look at these articles and if you find any of them helpful or enjoyable, please consider sharing them socially. There is a wealth of great content here from some really terrific real estate authors!

For Real Estate Agents

Things Real Estate Agents Do That Drive People Crazy.

One of the downsides of the real estate industry is the ease in which you can join the ranks. Considering Real Estate agents are dealing with either buying or selling someones largest asset it makes little sense how is easy it is to become one!

The fact that getting a real estate license is easy allows people in that should be doing something else. Some agents get little training and are thrown to the wolves.

This causes major problems for consumers and professional real estate agents alike. For this reason I have put together 20 things real estate agents do that everyone hates. Are you making one of these 20 blunders? If you are I guarantee you are annoying the heck out of those who are true professionals. Take a look at the numerous comments over on Linkedin where this has really been a hit. Feel free to leave your opinion as well. Are there any pet peeves you have about the unprofessional nature of some real estate agents?

How to Build a Real Estate Social Media Following.

When it comes to social media most real estate agents are lost. The average agent will join a social network and their first inclination is to share their latest listing. Why? I ask myself this question all the time.

Does the agent really think anyone cares about their listing but them? Hint...they don't! People don't go to social media sites to buy and sell homes.

What should a real estate agent being doing in social media? Great question that has a very simple answer - building relationships - building their brand - becoming memorable. Do you really think link dumping your latest listing does any of these things? They sure don't. In this article you can see how to build real estate social media relationships. By reading you will learn how to make meaningful connections that can help your business grow.

Mortgage and Finance Articles

Can My Mortgage Pre-approval Get Rejected?

When professional real estate agents begin working with a new buyer one of the first things they will do is ask for a mortgage pre-approval letter. This of course brings confidence to the home seller that the buyer is well qualified and is going to get their mortgage.

What many people however do not realize is the fact it is fairly easy to get denied a mortgage commitment after pre-approval. How can this possible be? In the article you will see six reasons where buyers can receive a pre-approval and have it revoked prior to closing. All buyers should be advised by their agent and mortgage broker not to make one of these mistakes.

Where to Get a Loan When Your Are Denied by a Mortgage Company.

There are times as a buyer where you may apply for a loan at a large mortgage company and find you are not able to get the loan. Getting denied can be even more prevalent when the loan is being sold on the secondary market. So where do you get a mortgage when the lender rejects you? In the article you will see a number of place you can turn to for financing alternatives.

What is Private Mortgage Insurance and How Do I Get Rid of it?

When buyers are purchasing their first home and are putting less than 20 percent down they quickly find out they need to pay what is known as private mortgage insurance or PMI for short. Lenders require borrowers to pay this fee as insurance in case the borrower defaults on the loan.

This fee has no benefit whatsoever to a home owner. Given this fact one of the more common questions from homeowners is when can I get rid of my private mortgage insurance. Take a look at a comprehensive review of what private mortgage insurance is and how it can be removed. If you own a home and have put less than a 20 percent down payment this will be well worth a read.

General Real Estate Articles

How does home automation affect home values?

This is a question that Anita Clark asks in her latest article. If you are like me then you probably enjoy the thought of some of the really neat technology that is coming to our homes. Over the last few years we have come a long way in terms of some the the cool gadgets being added to our daily lives.

Anita does a great job covering some of the latest home technology. What is your take? Do you see some of these things adding re-sale value in your area?

How to Buy a Vacation Home.

While the American dream for many is to own their own home, some set there sites on a higher goal of having a second property. For many this will be considered a vacation property. The place where you will be able to escape when you want to get away from it all.

Buying a vacation home however is not the same as your stand purchase. There are a number of things as a buyer you should be aware of which Rochester New York Real Estate agent, Kyle Hiscock, does an amazing job of covering.

Should I Seem My Home Now or Wait Until Spring.

Once the new year rolls around one of the things many owners will ask a Realtor is whether or not they should sell their home now or wait until Spring. In this article Raleigh North Carolina Real Estate agent, Ryan Fitzgerald, asks this question to a number of excellent real estate agents throughout the country. What would be your advice? See what some other have to think about this subject.

Best Real Estate Round-Ups

Here are a few of the top Real Estate Round-Ups over the last two months.

Some of the best places to find awesome real estate content are in round-ups. All the hard work is done for you as the author has typically assembled a great compilation of articles. Over the last couple months I have been fortunate to see three excellent real estate round-ups that feature numerous top real estate bloggers.

The first comes from Paul Sian, a Cincinatti Real Estate agent, who details the best real estate blogs of 2015. Take a look and see some really fine authors blogging about a variety of topics.

You can also see 5 terrific real estate blog posts featured at Behance. Topics include how to select a real estate agent, tips for buying a first home, and how to sell a home in the winter, among a few others.

Next up is the best real estate articles on Google+ for December 2015. Every month a guest author puts together a compilation of the best real estate content found on Google+. There are a number of great authors featured in these monthly highlights.

Last but not least Kyle Hiscock has his put together yet another gem with his top blog articles from 2015. This one has so many great real estate bloggers featured. I would highly recommend checking this one out.

Take a moment out of your daily Active Rain reading and have a look at a few of these articles. I know you won't be disappointed!


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Bill Gassett is a thirty-two year veteran to the real estate industry. He enjoys providing helpful information to buyers, sellers and fellow real estate agents to make sound decisions. His work has been featured on RIS Media, National Association of Realtors, Inman News, Placester, RESAAS, Credit Sesame and others.


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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Bill Gassett ,

I adore this post..really great reading..a wonderful re-cap. Thanks for taking the time to pull this together for us! Congrats on the featured post..well deserved!

Jan 13, 2016 08:04 PM #21
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Bill Gassett it's nice to see you surface here, even if it's once or twice a year..... for those who are not familiar with you, this is a great sample of who you are and what you do.... and Kyle Hiscock's article did a great job of showcasing the top dogs in the industry... and you lead the way as one of the great ones.

Jan 13, 2016 08:12 PM #22
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Bill Gassett I confess; I had to <Bookmark> this notable blog post from you. And, I am pleased it was re-posted. Thanks!

Jan 13, 2016 08:16 PM #23
Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH

Thanks for sharing!!!

What should a real estate agent being doing in social media? Building relationships - building their brand - becoming memorable!!!

Jan 13, 2016 08:16 PM #24
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Thanks everyone for all your compliments it is much appreciated. As you can see in the article there are some really talented people sharing great real estate content in other places. I hope to do more of these kind of round-ups here in the rain.

Jan 13, 2016 09:01 PM #25
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for sharing the information. I will bookmark this post and read later.

Jan 13, 2016 10:02 PM #26
Kyle Hiscock
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rochester, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Realtor®, e-PRO®

Fred Griffin glad to here you find my articles helpful !  I hope to get more active on AR in 2016 so I'd love to connect with you all!

Jan 13, 2016 10:53 PM #27
Frank Rubi
Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC - Metairie, LA

Bill great information for us all on Real Estate Social Media. 

Jan 13, 2016 11:40 PM #28
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bill Gassett your contribution to community is always welcome - and such posts do educate us - thanks for sharing this here in 'Rain.

You are one of the reasons for me to be on ActiveRain (saw you with Ben at Boston Rain Camp way back....)

And yes, I have a long way to go - appreciate all these tips.

Jan 14, 2016 12:12 AM #29
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

A lot of information to read and I will try to get around to it soon.  Thanks for the post.  I am sure it will be helpful.

Jan 14, 2016 12:28 AM #30
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Thanks Bill Gassett!  This is a fantastic post and I have bookmarked for reference.

Jan 14, 2016 02:34 AM #31
Kelly Turbeville
Keller Williams - Lake Forest, CA
Turning Real Estate Dreams into Reality

Good information to have on hand Bill Gassett .  I always appreciate when I see you reweet one of my thanks for that too!

Jan 14, 2016 06:39 AM #32
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

You bet Kelly Turbeville - a small hint.....I re-tweet every person who tweets my content!

Jan 15, 2016 12:31 AM #33
Greg Nino
RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP - Houston, TX
Houston, Texas

Good to see you, Bill. 

Jan 18, 2016 03:31 AM #34
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Thanks Greg Nino !

Jan 20, 2016 12:19 AM #35
Alex Piccirillo
Nest Seekers International - East Hampton, NY
Associate Broker

Hi Bill Gassett! I am Alex Piccirillo assistant Susan. I have learned so much from your posts. I especially like your post  on Linkedin Best Real Esate Social Media Groups. Do you have any Blogs that are more specific to each social media site ex. Facebook, pinterest and others.

Jan 30, 2016 12:05 AM #36
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Hi Alex Piccirillo  - yes I have written a number of articles on how to better use these sites as a real estate agent - here are a few of them:

How to use linkedin as a real estate agent

Using Pinterest as a Realtor

Using Google Plus as a real estate agent

How to use Twitter as a Realtor

Hope these help you out in your social media game plan!

Jan 30, 2016 02:09 AM #37
Alex Piccirillo
Nest Seekers International - East Hampton, NY
Associate Broker

Yes,  Already read the Linkedin blog and its very informative. Especially #7 & #8. Thank you Bill Gassett!  Susan assistant to Alex Piccirillo.

Jan 30, 2016 02:48 AM #38
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Bill ... wonderful post with some great information and articles, and Margaret Rome just plugged your name which brought me over to your blog page.

Mar 10, 2016 10:47 AM #39
Barbara Chatterton
The Stark Company Realtors, Madison WI - Madison, WI
Greater Madison Wisconsin Area Realtor

What a wonderful resource, Bill! Thanks!

Apr 01, 2016 01:28 AM #40
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