To be clear, the holiday season is not the best time of year to be trying to buy or sell a home. But in real estate, the client is king. You’ll have buyers looking to grab a home before New Year’s and sellers desperate to get out just as quickly. Here are a few things to keep in mind. Do: Plan ahead Listing a home that is still occupied is always a challenge for sellers, particularly if they are typically at home during the day. Getting sellers to vacate the …

As you’re assembling a team to help you develop your business into a full-fledged real estate powerhouse, you need to think critically about the type of people you want to surround yourself with. First hire: Assistant The first step to building a strong team is finding somebody to take over much of the administrative work that you take on so that you can focus on generating leads and customer service. The top priority for an administrative assistant is finding somebody who is organized and competent, not necessarily somebody who knows …

Real estate offers a wide world of opportunity, but you will be most successful when you narrow down your skills and focus on a specialty. Set a goal to become the go-to agent for a specific area or type of property or client. However, finding what type of real estate excites you — or choosing among many — can be challenging. Ask yourself the following questions when drilling down to your specialty niche: What do I know most about my community? Research what type of people live there (for instance, …

Curbed took a look at the upcoming year in real estate, including the biggest projects currently in the works. According to the site, “[these are] far from the only projects taking shape, but they are all predicted to fully open or reach significant milestones sometime this year.” Here’s the rundown, in no particular order: Philadelphia: Comcast Development Center This $1.5-billion-dollar supertall development is expected to alter the Philadelphia Center City skyline. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts purchased three condos on the 45th floor, and The Four Seasons hotel will be located …

Is it time for us to start wringing our hands over the changing state of the U.S. housing market this year? Redfin predicts that the housing market will continue to cool throughout the first half of 2019, and that house flippers and investors will back away from the cooling market. Investors Business Daily acknowledges a 2018 cooling, and predicts that 2019 will be a tough year for both buyers and sellers. However, continued economic growth and rising employment should help ease at least some pain. One of the main concerns: …

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 …

When you make the decision to sell a property that is already occupied by tenants, the process may have to go a bit deeper than usual. Realtor.com names six ways to keep your tenants’ anxiety levels low while your property is on the market and in transition. Tenants can experience emotional and even physical reactions to the idea of their homes or businesses being sold to a new and unknown owner. Also, an uncooperative or uninformed tenant may actually affect the sales process and turn off potential buyers. Consider these …

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 — …

The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE), an advisory organization that monitors the industry, recently released a report listing issues that are affecting real estate both now and in the near future. In the spring, the organization’s Chair, Joseph Nahas, spoke to the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) about these issues. He explained that the problems we may have in the future are beginning to happen today. Here is the rundown, according to a report issued by Housing Wire: Infrastructure The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the United …

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reports that the continuing change in transportation habits and patterns will affect the way we build cities, roads, and houses. And much of it is due to generational change. “In the 1990s, 95 percent of 16 year-olds had a driver’s license. Today, that number is just 76 percent,” said Chad Curry, director of Center for REALTOR® Technology at the National Association of Realtors®. “Today’s youth are already finding new ways to move around that don’t involve a privately owned vehicle.” And to add this …