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Shameless YPN Plug

Blog Contributor Community, Networking, Professional Development, Young Pros in the Spotlight, YPN Events Leave a Comment

By Cory Brewer Last week I spent some time with my local YPN planting trees at a nearby park.  Next week we are hosting an elegant networking event in ther 43rd floor penthouse at the newest condo tower in downtown Bellevue, Wash., complete with valet parking and a red carpet.  In the past 12 months, we have also hosted free …

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Not Until The Ink Is Dry

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, communication, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing, Working with Clients 1 Comment

By Cory Brewer My blog entry for this quarter will not come as news to most of the people reading it, but I think it’s a good reminder nonetheless:  Every now and then, the clients and colleagues you work with will tell you one thing, but then do another. Raise your hand if you’ve heard this one before from another …

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Take Advantage of Your Relationships

Blog Contributor Helpful Tools, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 1 Comment

By Cory Brewer I was recently a guest on a local radio show to discuss my brokerage and our services.  The platform for the show revolves around business, finance, and real estate…and the other two guests on the program were an investment fund manager and a representative from a non-profit group advocating cancer research.  It was a well-rounded group and …

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Scrutinize Your Vendors

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics, Commitment to Excellence, ethics 1 Comment

By Cory Brewer Having a buddy who is a handyman, or a friend of a friend who paints in their spare time, is great…but trying to save a quick buck or two now could cost you, your brokerage, and your client a lot more down the road. When prepping a home for the market or making inspection repairs, thoughtful consideration …

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Do Yourself (and Your Client) a Favor…Leave it to the Experts

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By Cory Brewer In the past year or so I have run across several examples of REALTORS® (myself included) being tempted to be a “jack of all trades” when it comes to serving their clients.  Let’s face it, we don’t want to give up control and we are also worried about potentially giving up a paycheck. However, is it really …

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ABC: Always Be Communicating

Blog Contributor communication, Community, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 1 Comment

By Cory Brewer Here is a quick story to inspire my fellow REALTORS® to keep after it (prospecting), even when it feels like a lost cause: This past winter I volunteered to coach a youth league basketball team at my local Boys & Girls Club.  My interest in volunteering was two-fold:  1.) I love basketball and have always wanted to coach, …

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Keep that Sign in the Ground

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Helpful Tools, Seller Financing, Sellers, Short Sales & Foreclosures Leave a Comment

By Cory Brewer Last summer, an agent in my office took on a listing with high hopes…the market in this particular neighborhood was moving fast and prices seemed to be pretty stable.  Unfortunately, though, by the time the clients were ready to hit the market, some of the neighboring comps had slashed prices (assumably to try and get sold before …

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Too Much Disclosure: Be Careful!

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Technology & Social Media, Working with Clients 12 Comments

By Cory Brewer An agent in my office recently had a deal where the clients on the other side of the transaction carelessly posted information online and it ended up costing them, BIG TIME. When selling a house, it’s very important that the seller provide full disclosure about its condition. When purchasing a house, it’s very important that the buyer …