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.
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.
If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood.
1. Good neighbors bring cookies
Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, a delivery of freshly baked goods is a perfect way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you’re thinking of them.
If cookies can keep Santa returning year after year with a bag full of loot, then surely they can train your neighbors to do your bidding. Consider the following scenario.
“Honey, somebody’s robbing the neighbor’s house again.”
“Wait, Janet. The ones who brought cookies yesterday?”
“Exactly. This time I’ll call the cops.”
Moving in the winter can be tough, but coming home to an empty or show-ready house can make short, cold days and nights even harder. Enter hygge, a Danish principle that brings comfort and contentment as the essentials to create enjoyment during winter. Pronounced “hoo-ga,” it began as a lifestyle to help make Northern European winters more enjoyable, but has evolved into a style trend in recent years. There are some simple and easy ways it can add touches of it to your space without adding more stress to the sale and moving process.
Hygge is all about creating a feeling, atmosphere and ambiance of relaxation by surrounding yourself with cozy things and doing activities you love. Beyond being a winter mindset, it is quickly becoming a trend for both self-care and interior design for good reason, since it can lift your spirits while also incorporating gorgeous seasonal decor.
Even during the stressful process of selling a house or working to settle into a new one, hygge can still help make the winter days pass a little smoother!
The real estate world is full of misconceptions about the home selling process. After all, selling a home can be complicated with lots of details that are easy to get wrong.
In this post, we’ll look at five common home seller misconceptions and we’ll set the record straight on each!
1. Pricing high will leave room for negotiation.
Overpricing your house is always a bad idea.
Buyer’s agents know the market, and they can spot an overpriced listing from a mile away. When buyer’s agents see an overpriced listing, they assume the seller is either 1) unreasonable, or 2) not serious about selling. Either way, agents don’t want to waste their time, or their buyers’ time, touring the house and making an offer they think will be rejected.
So an overpriced house will sit on the market until the price is reduced. And by that time, the excitement over the new listing has worn off. Even worse, buyers might see the reduction and think the price had to be reduced because of a problem with the house.
Always price your house fairly and let the market do its job.
Realty Executives International is excited to announce that Sam N. DiVittorio has opened a Realty Executives brokerage in historic, downtown Hammond, LA.
The brokerage will assist residents with residential, commercial and leasing needs in the Florida Parishes, which include Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, Washington, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, St Helena and West Feliciana.
DiVittorio has decades of knowledge of this area having been a life-long resident. Through his profession he connects with people across the entire social and economic spectrum. He has helped recent high school graduates find their first apartment, young families buy their first home, retirees downsizing, business owners looking for commercial space, first time investors looking for their first rental property and large investors planning multimillion-dollar developments. He has also been actively involved in developments and investment ventures from beginning to end so he can provide guidance from personal experience to first time investors.
DiVittorio now serves as the Hammond City Councilman for District 4 which includes a mixture of established residential neighborhoods and commercial development. He graduated high school from St. Thomas Aquinas and earned a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University before being licensed by the State of Louisiana to sell real estate. After only three years of having his license, DiVittorio was the top producer of his firm, an honor that he has maintained over the years. He then became a licensed real estate broker in only three years. He has received numerous awards for his production as a real estate agent, including awards for top residential sales and top producer.
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.
The world of mortgage financing can be a little overwhelming for first-time home buyers.
The good news is that there are professionals to guide you through the process of qualifying for a home loan. Lenders are happy to educate buyers on the different mortgage options. You just need to know a few basics so you can have a productive conversation with your lender.
Here are finance basics for first-time buyers:
Realty Executives Eagle Pass Broker/Owner and real estate consultant, Doris Salinas-Sanchez, has launched a new DSS Coaching System for real estate professionals. To kick off the launch, Salinas-Sanchez created a 90-day action planner to help real estate agents and brokers manage their business efficiently and help them stay focused on personal and professional goals.
The planner, which includes guided dialogues and tips for success, was created to be a track record for business and income activities along with a way to evaluate progress throughout the quarter.