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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

7 Selling Myths You Need To Get Over Fast If You Want To Sell Your Home

When homeowners are preparing to put their properties on the market, one aspect is usually foremost in their minds: money. Setting the asking price accurately can mean the difference between getting an offer quickly and having a house languish for months, drawing little interest.

With that in mind, it's important that potential sellers block out a lot of the noise that often surrounds the intricate art and science of pricing. There are plenty of myths that may cause sellers to lose sleep at night as they attempt to separate fact from fiction.

The following are statements that can stand in the way of a successful sale.

“If we keep waiting, a better offer will come along!”

When sellers receive an offer, they may be skeptical or hesitant to accept it, wondering if other prospective buyers would be inclined to pay more. Thoughts of potential bidding wars could cause sellers to want to wait and see who else falls for their place. While holding off to accept offers f ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

4 Ways to Rock As a Real Estate Client

Why do you care if your Realtor considers you a good client or not? Because the better client you are, the better results you will have. No, you and your Realtor do not have to be in love with each other, but effort on your part will bring you better results and a more positive transaction. Here are some best practices.

1. Be easy to educate


Most Realtors are teachers at heart, and the more you can learn, the better prepared you will be. Yes, your friends, family and various websites have lots of good information to give, but nobody has a better “boots-on-the-ground” perspective on your local neighborhood and various current trends than your Realtor. Ask all the questions you like and try to absorb as much info as possible. Yes, there is a lot to learn, but you will find that you become educated very quickly.

2. Be easy to communicate with


If your Realtor must text you five times before you respond, you will eventually miss some important info or even the ho ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

5 Ways Your Real Estate Agent Is Like Your Best Friend

You want to work with a real estate agent who’s nice to be around. It’s stressful enough buying and selling houses. No need to work with someone you don’t get along with.
But it’s not like you’re looking to be friends with your real estate agent…let alone best friends.
More often than not, you end up becoming friends with your real estate agent.
The weird thing is, you don’t even realize how much of a friend you’ve become to each other, until you’re done buying or selling a house.
Sure, you both promise to keep in touch. And you do. But it’s not the same.


Here are 5 ways your real estate agent feels like one of your best friends.
1. Do I look fat in this?
Ahhh, that old question. Only a true friend can answer you honestly when you ask this question. Sheesh, a best friend will probably tell you even if you don’t ask.
Maybe your agent would too…
But more importantly, think ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

184 Things REALTORs® Do To Earn Their Commission

Listed here are 184 typical actions, research steps, procedures, processes and review stages in a successful residential real estate transaction that are normally provided by full service real estate brokerages in return for their sales commission. Depending on the transaction, some may take minutes, hours, or even days to complete, while some may not be needed.

More importantly, they reflect the level of skill, knowledge and attention to detail required in today’s real estate transaction, underscoring the importance of having help and guidance from someone who fully understands the process – a REALTOR®.

Pre-Listing Activities

Make appointment with seller for listing presentation
Send seller a written or e-mail confirmation of listing appointment and call to confirm
Review pre-appointment questions
Research all comparable currently listed properties
Research sales activity for past 18 months from MLS and public records databases
Research “Average Day ...

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019   /   by Elizabeth Sorensen

7 Things That Can Go Wrong If You Hire The Wrong Real Estate Agent

Buying a home is the biggest investment you’ll likely ever make, and it has all sorts of implications for your personal and financial future. This is why it’s so important to work with the right agent.

Too many people don’t realize just how much can go wrong if they make the wrong hire. There are some very serious problems that can arise if you accidentally work with the wrong person to buy or sell a home. Here are some of them:

1. Not listening
A professional real estate agent (or any other professional for that matter) will take the time to listen and understand their client and the client’s needs. The wrong one, however, isn’t going to listen to what you have to say, and will instead focus on what they want for themselves.

This will set the precedent for the rest of the process and make any real estate transaction a miserable experience. An agent who doesn’t take the time to know your wants and needs will cause you stress, confusion and ...

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