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19 Jun

How do you break up with the real estate agent

Posted in agents, Real Estate on 19.06.12

top_rated-real-estate-companiesWhether you are buying or selling home, the process is quite long and tedious. Along this process, you might find out that your working relationship with the real estate agent is not doing you any good. Maybe the real estate agent does not listen to you or making moves that are not in line with your plans. Or maybe you are just not comfortable with each other. If you want to break up with the real estate agent, here are some tips:

Buyers

Agents will be making some commission if they are able to convince you to seal the deal for a certain property. Usually, as a buyer you are not obliged to go into a financial or contractual agreement with an agent. There will be agents though that may ask you to work with them exclusively.

If you are not ready to be tied down with exclusivity agreements, you will be better off not to handshake with such agents. You might be a year or a few months prior to to buying a home and you just want information and know the details but there will be agents who will be pressing you to buy a certain property. Do your homework and be firm with your gameplan. You just need to be honest with an agent if you do not like what they are doing and give them some feedback.

Sellers

As a seller, you are required to sign documents with the brokerage firm. Just like buyers, you need to do homework. You should review the contract well. Remember that you can say no to showings or open houses. You should also not be required to sign anything with any buyer. As the seller, you should be in power.

Any good agent will release you from any obligation if you are not happy with his or her services. There will also be times when an agent might ask to be from your agreement especially when you insist to keep the price of the property way too high. Remember that any contract can be terminated with mutual consent.

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03 Apr

The Purpose Of Home Inspections: 2

Posted in Property on 03.04.10

home-inspectionsNow that we have talked a little bit about why home inspections are very important, the next step is going to be is making sure that you choose a home inspector that knows exactly what they are doing.  This is where your research is going to have to come in, for you are going to have to research the home inspector before you choose one.

You want someone that is going to be extremely qualified, experienced and of course professional.  You want to make sure that the home inspector does have testimonials from other clients that they have serviced, that way you know that you are getting a good inspector.

Finding the right home inspector can be difficult, however it is definitely necessary and certainly something that you should take caution whenever you are choosing!

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02 Apr

The Purpose Of Home Inspections: 1

Posted in Property on 02.04.10

house_inspectedWhenever you are purchasing a home, there are quite a number of things that you are going to want to make sure that you take into consideration and one of them is a home inspection.  While most people do not ever think about home inspections or getting their homes inspected before they buy them, it is actually a fantastic idea to do it.

In the next couple blogs, we are going to explore and look into home inspections and just why they might be a benefit to you.  For one, you want to keep in mind that whenever you get a home inspection, you know that the home you are getting into is going to be an investment – because the home inspector will tell you.

Stay tuned for the next blog, where we will talk about the home inspection process and what to look for in a home inspector!

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20 Mar

What To Watch Out When You Are Buying A Home: 2

Posted in Real Estate on 20.03.10

bank-ownedNow that we have touched on why buying a bank-owned home might not be the best idea in the world, let’s move onto another reason why and that is the down payment.  Typically, when you purchase a home, that is something that you can talk about and it is typically like 5 to 10% down, however if you are buying a bank-owned home it is usually 20-25% down.

This is money right off the bat for a home that you do not know if it needs repairs.  Is it worth it?  To me, it is not.  Only because I think that there are is a lot of other options and I think that home owners are flexible with their price and if you give them a fair price they will give you a fair deal.

Keep this in mind whenever you are out looking for a home – I can promise that if you rush into the decision you will regret it.

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19 Mar

What To Watch Out When You Are Buying A Home: 1

Posted in Real Estate on 19.03.10

bend-oregon-bank-foreclosuresPurchasing a home is a very, very big decision and it is one that should never be rushed into and never taken lightly.  However, that seems to be exactly what is happening to a lot of people, they are actually rushing to get the very best rates and the lowest mortgages, however it is not exactly the best plan.

In the next couple blogs, we are going to talk about why you do not want to take advantage of the prices that bank-owned homes are giving off.  For one, you never know exactly what you are going to be getting, as you can usually just see the home from the outside as you are bidding on it.

Stay tuned for some other reasons, you might be extremely surprised!

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13 Feb

Fixing Your Home Up On A Budget: 2

Posted in Real Estate on 13.02.10

home-improvementsNow that we have talked about air filters and such, let’s move onto damaged caulking and some dirty tiles.  These two things are super easy to fix, all you have to do is head to the hardware store and chat up some of the employees.  Even if you are not handy, you can get a lot of information from these people that work in hardware stores and they are a fantastic resource that you should be using.

To be perfectly honest, caulking is super easy, all you need is the caulk and one of the machines to push the caulk through and you are all set!  Fixing dirty tiles is also extremely easy, all you need to do is brush them off and even go over them with some white vinegar.

White vinegar is a great agent to kill a lot of germs and to brighten and whiten those tiles right up.

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12 Feb

Fixing Your Home Up On A Budget: 1

Posted in Real Estate on 12.02.10

iStock_000003213541XSmallWhen it comes to owning a home and fixing it up, the costs can get extremely costly and if you are like many of us out there in this day and age, you are probably trying to save a little bit of cash.  Well, that is what we are here for, to make sure that you are saving all of the money that you can, especially on things like home repairs!

One of the first things that you should check is the leaky faucets that you have around the house.  This can honestly be just a matter of tightening up something in order to fix them and there – you just saved yourself a plumber coming out and doing that for you.

You can also change out the air filters in your home to ensure that you have fresh and healthy air circulating throughout the house.  More in the next blog!

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02 Jan

Overcoming Call Reluctance: 2

Posted in agents on 02.01.10

cold_callNow that we have talked a little bit about doing the cold calls, let’s go ahead and explore some of the tips and tricks that I have for you to overcome your fear of making them.  One of the first things that you need to do is make sure that you are realistic with yourself and set goals that you know that you can achieve.

For example, if you know that you can call fifty people a day and talk to them, then by all means, call fifty people but if you know that you can only call ten people in one day, make sure that you do that.  You want to make sure that you are setting goals that work for you.

Next, make a list of everything that you can tell your prospects about yourself, why you are the right person to work with them and what benefits you have.  It makes a difference, believe me.

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01 Jan

Overcoming Call Reluctance: 1

Posted in agents on 01.01.10

cold-calling

In the real estate market, you, as a real estate agent are going to be faced with cold calling.  It is part of the business and every single real estate agent is going to have to deal with.  While it might uncomfortable at first, it is something that you are going to have to do in order to gain new clients and get more business.

Generating leads is part of being a real estate agent and it is something that you are going to have to overcome.  Fortunately, there are blogs like this one out there in order to assist you with overcoming the anxiety that goes with cold calling your prospects.

In the next blog, we are going to go through some tips and tricks that will assist you with cold calling and make it more comfortable for you!

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23 Dec

Finding The Perfect Loft For You: 2

Posted in Lofts on 23.12.09

american-brewery-loftsNow that you know exactly what you can expect from a loft, how do you find one that suits your exact needs and what you want out of a building?  Well, I can tell you for sure that finding a real estate agent is going to be the best bet in finding exactly what you want.

What a real estate agent can do for you is take what style that you tell them that you want and do a little bit of research and find something that suits your style.  For example, you can pick a specific location or even a specific area and they will be able to tell you what is available in your price range.

Keep in mind though that lofts are not cheap – they are actually really expensive, so keep that in mind when renting.

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