Help Sellers Prep for a Winter Sale

Barbara Ballinger Sales Tips & Techniques, Sellers, Selling 101 Leave a Comment

By Barbara Ballinger

Winter is fast approaching, and the last thing a seller needs is a costly repair brought on by freezing temps or easily-fixed home maintenance issues. As the market shifts, homes in many places are staying on the market longer, so make sure your sellers are prepped for the long haul when it comes to a winter sale.

Strategies for Selling a Home Owned By Someone With a Hoarding Disorder

Alex Capozzolo Selling 101 10 Comments

By: Alex Capazzolo Tackling a situation where a home is overly cluttered can be overwhelming, no matter how big or small the job is. Selling a home owned by someone with a potential hoarding disorder is another story. Rest assured, I understand the struggle.  It’s also important to remember that hoarding is a disorder and is incredibly difficult for the …

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Conference Flashback to 2005

Blog Contributor NAR Annual Conference and Expo, Professional Development, Young Pros in the Spotlight 2 Comments

By Alex Milshteyn I’ve attended the annual REALTORS® Conference & Expo since 2005. A lot has changed since my first annual conference, which also took place in San Francisco, but a lot has also stayed the same. Here is a list of some of my memorable changes: In 2005, I didn’t have in-flight internet. I am not sure how I …

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Cheese and Real Estate: A Lesson in Trends

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Professional Development, Short Sales & Foreclosures 4 Comments

    By Dave Robison “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson is an easy but great read. The narrative is a simple story that describes the trials and tribulations of two mice—Sniff and Scurry—who always rely on getting their cheese from the same source. When the cheese source is moved, they wonder why it disappeared and promptly go in …

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Professional Courtesy: Where Did It Go?

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Code of Ethics 6 Comments

By Wade Corbett It never ceases to amaze me how REALTORS® can treat each other sometimes. I recently had an experience with a buyer’s agent who could not have been more rude or bullheaded. I never like to talk poorly about anyone as it’s not my nature and I don’t think it’s very professional, but in this case, it may …

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Short on Experience? Try Your Local Board.

Blog Contributor New REALTOR®, Professional Development, Sales & Marketing 3 Comments

By Sam DeBord One of the biggest hurdles for new REALTORS® is overcoming a lack of experience when meeting with a potential client. Motivation, marketing skills, and preparation go a long way, but they can fall flat when faced with a simple seller question: “So, how long have you been selling real estate?” Many REALTORS® who are fairly new to …

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Pocket Listings: The Good, the Bad, and Everything In Between

Blog Contributor Advertising & Prospecting, Sales & Marketing 4 Comments

  By Jennifer Klein and Derek Sandoval Pocket listings, or home listings that aren’t posted on the MLS, have become a hot topic lately. Placer County Association of REALTORS® YPN members Jennifer Klein and Derek Sandoval discuss the ramifications of pocket sales as well as buyers’ frustrations with this method of selling a home. Jennifer Klein is a REALTOR® in …

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Housing Market Improvements: How Will You Adjust?

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Mark-to-Market 6 Comments

A very wise man named Obi Wan once said: “I feel a great disturbance in the Force.” OK sure, it’s a Star Wars quote, and I’m talking about the housing market and not a metaphysical power, but the overall message still applies! If you pay close attention, you’ll notice the market has begun to shift. Depending on your area, you …

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Be Careful of Real Estate ‘Blah, Blah, Blah’

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, communication, Homeownership Education & Counseling, Professional Development, Working with Clients 1 Comment

By Toby Boyce The question on my local NPR station was simple enough: “Why do symphonies sound different when they are made up of the same parts?”  The response was very eloquent and educated — I assume. It made as much sense as Pig Latin to me. “Well each one focuses on different things…” I’m sure that musicians in the …

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Why I Love Being on the Buyer’s Side in a Short Sale

Blog Contributor Business Challenges, Buyers, Sales & Marketing, Short Sales & Foreclosures 8 Comments

By TG Gallaudet Wait…I’m totally lying. Is there anything more painful? 🙂 It’s no mystery that short sales can be really tough because of all the variables involved: * Unclear timelines from the bank. * Undisclosed liens. * Back HOA expenses the bank won’t pay. * Non-straightforward buyer. * Inexperienced listing agent. * Cash contributions (increasingly more and more). * …