10 things your clients should know before moving to a newly built home

10 things your clients should know before moving to a newly built home

Getting clients into a newly built home can be thrilling, but there are things you, and they, need to know ahead of time to help them have the best experience possible. You'll be able to help clients move into their house feeling confident that you'v...
By Einat Mazafi | Wednesday, June 28, 2017
15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers

15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers

To help make your clients' first home purchase a success we've put together a go-to checklist outlining 15 money-saving tips for first-time homebuyers ......
By Jake Durtschi | Tuesday, June 27, 2017
6 tips for selling a home ‘as is’

6 tips for selling a home ‘as is’

Selling a home "as is" is all about eliminating surprise and setting and managing expectations upfront. ......
By Cara Ameer | Wednesday, May 24, 2017
A man giving a presentation Podcast: 8 keys to mastering the real estate listing presentation

Podcast: 8 keys to mastering the real estate listing presentation

Are you ready to learn how to master the real estate listing presentation and close more real estate listings when you get in the door? The following eight keys to mastering a real estate listing presentation come from Brian Weast -- a top-producing ...
By Pat Hiban | Monday, July 25, 2016
7 home fixes you must complete before selling

7 home fixes you must complete before selling

The process of getting a property ready to put on the market can seem daunting enough. There’s clearing the clutter, endless amounts of cleaning, organizing and scrutinizing your property with a fine-tooth comb. What needs attention and what can yo...
By Cara Ameer | Monday, July 18, 2016
Why new agents need to master the transaction first

Why new agents need to master the transaction first

"Being a Realtor is not rocket science," goes the insufferable bromide. But as anyone who has gotten into the business knows, it's no walk in the park either, especially as a new agent. And selling yourself as your client's best guide through the rea...
By Craig Landes | Tuesday, March 8, 2016
5 ways appraisals can be delayed

5 ways appraisals can be delayed

Consumers eager to buy or sell their homes might find waiting for the appraisal to be stressful. Appraisers want to serve their lender clients as professionally as possible, but they might face roadblocks ......
By M. Lance Coyle | Wednesday, December 23, 2015
5 reasons your clients should buy their home now

5 reasons your clients should buy their home now

When you think of Christmas shopping, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn't buying a home -- and it's probably not the first thing that comes to your clients' mind either. However, Santa's busy season can be an excellent time to house sho...
By Sharon Voss | Monday, December 7, 2015
Riding the home inspection merry-go-round

Riding the home inspection merry-go-round

The inspection process during any transaction can be a challenge. Nevertheless, nit-picky inspectors and buyers who believe they should be purchasing a perfect home are lending new meaning to the phrase, "You've got to be kidding." ......
By Bernice Ross | Monday, November 16, 2015
4 ways you can nail due diligence before listing

4 ways you can nail due diligence before listing

As one of the cornerstones of our business, listings are our lifeline. They are one of the most vital pieces of having a successful career in the real estate industry. If this is the case, then why do listing agents continue to slack off when it come...
By Jay Luebke | Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Teach homebuyers the ins and outs of home warranties

Teach homebuyers the ins and outs of home warranties

A home warranty is like home repair insurance -- so does that mean they won't cover known issues? Clients might be confused about that stipulation of a home warranty in their new contract. Use this article to explain what a known condition is, and wh...
By Whitney Bennett | Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Take collapsing ceilings, hidden drug money, and ferrets in stride

Take collapsing ceilings, hidden drug money, and ferrets in stride

This time of year, my workweek never ends. When the weekend comes, I notice it because of the difference in the traffic patterns — and because my schedule is a little fuller. Various electronic gadgets help me get through it ......
By Teresa Boardman | Friday, July 26, 2013
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Initial walk-through best time to spot red flags

In the context of a home sale or purchase, a red flag is a warning sign that there might be something serious going on with the property that requires further investigation. For instance, if there are cracks in the foundation, it might indicate th...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, March 25, 2013
Thumbnail Aluminum wiring makes condo a risky purchase

Aluminum wiring makes condo a risky purchase

DEAR BARRY: The condo that I'm buying has aluminum wiring. According to my home inspector, this is a fire hazard. But he says that correcting the problem in the unit I'm buying doesn't eliminate the issue entirely because the adjoining condos also...
By Barry Stone | Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Thumbnail Investing in curb appeal pays off

Investing in curb appeal pays off

It might seem counterintuitive to invest money in a home you're selling. Wouldn't it be better to save that money for improvements on your next home? Even though the home sale market has improved impressively, buyers still pay more for homes th...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, February 18, 2013
Thumbnail Improve your chances in multiple-offer situations

Improve your chances in multiple-offer situations

Some buyers in hot markets with a low inventory of homes for sale are losing out over and over in multiple-offer competitions. You can improve your chances of having an offer accepted by clearing up any issues that might cause a seller to look ...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, February 4, 2013
Thumbnail 5 things to know about a home before committing to buy

5 things to know about a home before committing to buy

Your due diligence inspections should include more than hiring a home inspector to look at the home and reviewing a current termite inspection. And your due diligence should start as soon as you have serious interest in a listing. Making an offer ...
By Dian Hymer | Monday, December 17, 2012
Thumbnail 6 things a fireplace inspection will help you avoid

6 things a fireplace inspection will help you avoid

Q: We're new homeowners. We bought an older home with a wood-burning fireplace in the living room. We're looking forward to spending cozy nights in front of the fire this winter, but there is a concern. When we bought the house we had a termit...
By Bill and Kevin Burnett | Wednesday, November 21, 2012