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What to Look for in a Real Estate Agent

Hiring a real estate agent is one of the smartest decisions you can make when you’re looking to buy or sell a home. But not all real estate agents are the same, and not every agent has your best interest in mind.

As a reminder, you should always interview multiple real estate agents when you are looking to hire someone to help with your buying or selling process. Don’t go with the first person you find or someone who seems convenient to hire. Chat with multiple agents to get a feel for their differences and hire the person who is right for you. Here are some of the best tips for what to look for in a real estate agent and how to find the perfect agent for you.

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Is There a Perfect Time to Sell Your Home?

Selling your home is a big decision that you don’t want to take lightly. When it comes to putting your home on the market, you don’t want to make a mistake that will end up costing you much more than you anticipated. And once you decide you want to sell your home, there are many things to think about before listing it, including the time of year (and time in your life) you choose to sell. Here’s what you should consider before selling your home, and whether or not there is a perfect time to do so.

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How Real Estate Law Benefits and Protects Homeowners

Very few things in life can make you feel safe, proud and happy at the same time. Being a homeowner gives you these and more. You may not think about it this way, but owning a home is a great achievement. With today’s real estate prices, to afford a house is no easy feat.

It doesn’t take a genius to understand the advantages of buying a house over renting, so long as your finances can handle it. With real estate value getting higher and higher by the day, homeownership is an investment that builds equity and grows with time.

The amount of money you put into that piece of real estate property is not a joke. That said, you must do everything in your power to protect it. How, you ask? Well, learning your rights as a homeowner is a pretty good place to start.

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Get Connected With New Realty Executives Technology

Realty Executives strives to provide our brokers and agents with the top technology to help keep you connected to your clients and create a seamless experience. In our comprehensive suite, we have several tools that will set you up for success and enhance your productivity. Take a look below for a breakdown of each of our new technology tools.

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What Today’s Real Estate Agents Want

When communicating with agents, it can be hard to create the right messaging and provide the right tools for different work forces. As a brokerage looking to recruit the agents, you must keep in mind your audience, as different generations prefer varying methods of communication and work culture.

Millennials value flexibility and culture fit over commission splits, in comparison to Gen X and Baby Boomers ranking it at the top. Agents across all generations (70% avg.), feel it is important for brokerages to provide them with technology tools, as the tools continue to be a critical part of the transaction.

In today’s real estate industry, millennials have a tremendous impact. They make up the largest (56 million) workforce in the U.S. and brokerages are having to change their ways of recruiting.

All generations bring different values and needs to the real estate industry, which can be difficult and frustrating to navigate.  Check out the infographic to help break down what brokerages should focus on today to recruit the agents they want.

Originally published on dotloop.com

Realty Executives Associates Celebrates Office Opening in Sweetwater, TN

 

Realty Executives Associates Main Street in Sweetwater, TN held a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony in Sweetwater on January 20. A large crowd of family, local government, business and community leaders and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce came out for the event. Owner Scott Wilson and his wife Julia have been joined by numerous well-known local real estate professionals in this new venture. The newest Realty executives Associates office is located at 207 N. Main Street. The building was once a real estate office in the late 1800s. Continue reading

Why You Should Hire a Real Estate Coach

Originally published on dotloop.com

Real estate coaches provide objective business consulting and can even provide the catalyst for personal transformations. But who needs a coach and what’s the best way to select one?

An experienced real estate agent with a solid clientele and a steady stream of income might ask, “Why would I want to hire a real estate coach?”

Fair point. With reputable programs starting at around $500 per month and a significant time commitment, coaching is neither cheap nor always convenient. Perhaps most challenging, coaching involves giving someone else permission to scrutinize every aspect of an agent’s life and business practices.

However, both newcomers and top-earning agents who find the right coach agree that the increased business and, in some cases, the personal transformations they gain more than pay for the investment. Here’s why.

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Best Ways to Stay Connected to Your Referrals

After a successful sale, it’s always a good idea to keep in contact with that client. But when is the best time to follow-up and when does your outreach become too much or not enough? Real estate agents grow a large portion of their business from existing clients giving referrals, whether it’s a friend telling a friend or a client posting your name on social media next to their new home. It can be tricky, but here are a few tips on how you can keep in contact with your referral network without becoming a pushy salesperson.

Keep it relevant

No one likes letters, postcards or emails that are not going to help or inform them in any way. Don’t just send something to get your name in front of them, send material that the consumer will open and use. Price updates, housing trends or holiday greetings are all examples of emails or mailings that your client can appreciate and/or find useful.

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What BUYERS Need to Know About the Closing Process

So you’ve made an offer on your dream home, and the seller has accepted…what are the next steps?

Several things still need to happen before the deal can close, and the house can officially become your home.

The closing process (also called the escrow process) generally takes 30-60 days to complete. Much of the work is done behind the scenes by the team of real estate professionals handling your transaction. But you’ll also be involved in several of the upcoming steps.

Here’s an outline of what buyers can expect during the closing process.

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Patrick van den Bossche Featured in Real Estate Broker’s Insider

Reprinted with permission from Real Estate Broker’s Insider. www.BrokersInsider.com

Franchise System President Combines Hard Work, Tech Savvy

Patrick van den Bossche brings an atypical background to his role as president of Realty Executives International, the Arizona-based franchise system with 500 offices and 8,000 agents.

Van den Bossche’s resume includes stints at companies such as Barrett-Jackson Auction Co., the firm known for high-end auto sales, and Echo Automotive Inc.

But van den Bossche — who was named this year to a top job at Realty Executives — is quick to point out that he has held a real estate license since 2005. And he says manufacturing isn’t so different from real estate.

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