It can be tough to decide what type of brokerage you want to join. There are benefits to being a part of a large franchise operation, including connections that may serve you well if you ever plan on relocating. However, there are distinct benefits to joining a local broker that you should consider as well.  CultureIf you’re not a fan of corporate culture, an independent broker is likely the way to go. Local brokers do what they need to do to succeed without worrying about how their approach might conflict …

“Veterans are a tight-knit group of people. Treat them right and do a good job and they’ll pass along your name to their friends and colleagues,” Neil Brooks, a REALTOR®, a Navy veteran, and the branch manager of HomeSmart International in Scottsdale, AZ  tells RIS Media. This lucrative market is a reason why you should familiarize yourself with the benefits of Veterans Administration (VA) loans. They offer lower interest rates than traditional home loans, and veterans are able to use the loan more than once and for more than just …

Each month, about 1 out of every 10 real estate agents reports that low appraisals killed a home sale deal, according to The National Association of Realtors®. Of course, a low appraisal can cause lenders to not approve mortgages for more than the property’s appraised value, so this could be a real problem. Appraisal is an opinion; it’s subjective. If you feel that a determination was made in error, you have a right to challenge it. According to interest.com, here are four ways to do that: Give the appraiser a …

The most well-known company in commercial real estate office coworking is rebranding and changing its name in 2019. WeWork, which began as a modest startup in 2010 as a source for desk space, is now to be known as The We Company. The goal: to push beyond desk space and expand into creating residential and educational space as well. According to Fast Company, The We Company will be made up of three main business units: WeWork (its original office business), WeLive (for residential units), and WeGrow (which will include an …

Although Facebook has been experiencing its share of problems lately, it’s become an integral part of our lives and our businesses. Most potential clients turn to the Internet these days before they start their home buying or selling process, and Facebook seems to be the social media of choice for a great amount of real estate promotion and marketing. Facebook’s recent trials of possible data and security breaches has caused a dilemma of eroding public trust. In 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the U.S. Senate to answer questions …

The world may have moved online, but old-school print handouts still bring value and communicate your message. If they’re done right, they get read, and you get results. Anybody can create a social media post or website, but when you hand out a printed flyer, potential clients know that you are serious about your business. Back in the day, it may have been necessary to hire (and spend lots of money) on a design agency to create your handouts and brochures. These days, though, you can take advantage of online …

Of home purchase loans in the U.S. the percentage including a co-signer continues to increase, according to ATTOM Data Solutions. With rising home prices and interest rates, and intense competition among buyers, first-time homebuyers are facing tough financial challenges. They’re often asking parents, grandparents and other friends and relatives to co-sign a loan in order to make their American Dream happen. As a real estate agent, you’re not obligated to provide financial advice on this topic, but it would be helpful to be prepared with some co-signing red flags if …

The consensus is growing and that means real estate markets may be experiencing a cooling down in 2019. With the help of Dana Bull, a Boston-area real estate professional, Realtor.com has uncovered seven signs that help you tell if your market is cooling down. Knowing this may help you reconfigure your sales strategy and better serve your clients. 1.The property is spending more days on the market If the homes in your area are sitting around with no action, it could mean that the buying market is becoming less competitive …

Updated as of Monday, January 21, 2019 First the bad news, and then some good news about how you can still get paid during the shutdown: 2019 is off to a worrisome start. As of this posting, the United States government remains in a partial shutdown. The President and Congress are unable to agree on the provisions of a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government, particularly the funding (or not) of a wall that would be built along the Mexican border. A partial shutdown means that only some — …

A recent U.S. News & World report analysis found that the most preferred retirement markets are located in just three states. The online survey addressed people age 45 and older who compared the 100 largest metro areas in the country as potential retirement spots. Deciding factors included housing affordability, happiness, desirability, retiree taxes, the job market, and access to quality health care. The most preferred cities are located in Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Florida has seven cities that ranked in the 25 Best Places to Retire. The reasons: affordable homes, …