It is estimated that over 15% of the population in the U.S. are over 65 years of age. With one of the most common fears of seniors being their money will run out early, it is understandable that downsizing may be strategy to meet their goals. Once the kids are grown, have careers, relationships and get a place of their own, parents find they may not need their “big” home… Read More »Downsizing is an Alternative
35% of respondents, in a recent annual Gallup poll that dates back to 2002, identified real estate as the best long-term investment option compared to 27% who identified stocks. The top choices included real estate, stocks, savings accounts and gold. Even with the remarkable prices of the different U.S. stock indices recorded in 2019 through April and May, homes have the highest confidence in the minds of the respondents. This… Read More »America Still Considers Real Estate the Best
There comes a time in many negotiations when progress halts and deadlock ensues. Several things happen when deadlock happens and if you know what they are, and what to do about them, success can be the result. And we all like that, right? One problem, of course, is when people involved in a negotiation become unmotivated. In a world where buyers want to buy and sellers want to sell, if… Read More »Dealing with Deadlock
The people who told you the only thing that mattered was location, location, location were lying, lying, lying. If you want to survive in the real estate business you must know the secrets of proper pricing. There is a simple solution to listings that don’t sell – price.
For decades the real estate industry has treated houses as if they were products. They are given a price by the Seller, placed into the market, and the marketing begins. That marketing becomes the catalyst for drawing potential buyers to the property. The idea is that the better the marketing, the faster and at a higher price, the house will sell. Unfortunately, this technique doesn’t work the same way with… Read More »Houses: Product or Commodity?
Wouldn’t it be great if there was someone who could precede your listing appointment: sharing the benefits of working with you, pontificating about the strength of your marketing plan, giving them just the right dose of information about how you work? Well, there is and he or she is staring back at you from your mirror. YOU, through an extremely effective positioning strategy can accomplish every one of those goals… Read More »How’s Your Package?
We have strengthened our market knowledge, we have shared it with anyone who might ask. Last, but not least, we want to utilize a plethora of sources to actually get the word out PRIOR to being asked; to PRE-position our expertise. If we could have appointments where we were selected before we ever showed up, THAT would be a good thing. If you have established yourself as the expert when… Read More »Being the Market Expert Part 3: Showing Expertise
Market expertise is one of the most important pieces of knowledge a real estate agent can possess. In the next three days, we will examine Being the Market Expert in separate ways: 1) How to become the market expert, 2) Explaining the market, and 3) Showing your expertise. Enjoy! Let’s face it, as soon as they discover that you are a real estate agent, the question is always the same….. “How’s the… Read More »Being the Market Expert Part 2: Explaining the Market
Market expertise is one of the most important pieces of knowledge a real estate agent can possess. In the next three days, we will examine Being the Market Expert in separate ways: 1) How to become the market expert, 2) Explaining the market, and 3) Showing your expertise. Enjoy! Being the market expert is a key component in any successful agents game plan. An agent without market knowledge is doing neither him/herself… Read More »Being the Market Expert Part 1: Learning
Would you consider refinancing if your mortgage is only two or three years old and the rate is not considerably higher than what is currently available on new loans? Because you may be able to eliminate the mortgage insurance and have significant monthly savings. Many homes have seen their values rise in the past few years. The current loan-to-value ratio may be low enough to no longer require mortgage insurance.… Read More »Eliminate Mortgage Insurance