Tips For Staging Your Home

When it comes to trying to sell your home, staging it for potential buyers is incredibly important. It’s understandable that your house probably isn’t always in perfect shape but that’s not what you’d want buyers to see. You should be showing your home’s best features to potential buyers and trying to avoid having them see any weak points to sell it quickly, and at the highest price you can get. If you’re not sure how to go about staging your home for sale, check out a few of these great staging tips.

Clean Your Home

While this may seem obvious at first, you’d be surprised how many people don’t think about it. A clean home shows that you’ve taken good care of it. You should make sure that all of the rooms are in good condition, including the walls, the floors, and the ceilings. If you have older kitchen appliances, clean them as much as possible since they’ve likely built up a lot of grime over time. Your bathroom is likely the same way, so take a good look at the tub, toilet, and sink to avoid turning potential buyers off.

Depersonalize

Before you put your home on the market, you’ll want to remove all of the personal items that you’ve collected over the years. This includes all of the family photos, your refrigerator art, and all of the toys that your children may have collected. You should also keep clothes hidden away so that potential buyers can’t see them. While it may be hard since you’re likely still living there, it’s important that you detach your house as much as possible when trying to sell it, in order to allow buyers a better chance of envisioning themselves living there.

Take Advantage of Lighting

When you’re showing your home, take advantage of its natural light. You can add various fixtures and turn on all of the lights in your home to make it look more inviting and brighter. Doing so will allow you to avoid having to search for light switches. If you have older light fixtures that still work great, be sure to give them a good cleaning. If any are broken, you’ll want to replace them. This can be done very easily, and it won’t cost much either.

Spruce Up The Exterior

The entryway and the exterior of your home are two of the most important factors that potential buyers consider when deciding on a home. They can help determine if they’re interested in the property and whether or not they’ll even want to see the inside. Before you put your home on the market, make sure that all of the trees, shrubs, and lawn are well groomed. You should also make sure that your windows are well-dressed and that you have flower boxes in place to add some color to the area. Powerwash the sidewalks and driveways, and set up your backyard to look warm and welcoming as well.

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Great Apps For Real Estate Agents In 2022

There are a plethora of apps available today that are useful not only in our personal lives but in our careers as well. One industry in particular that benefits from a plethora of useful apps is real estate. Real estate agents use apps to engage with their clients, get directions to the homes they’re trying to sell, and so much more. With so many apps, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which ones are worth your time. Here are a few of the best apps that real estate agents can take advantage of in 2022.

Propertybase

Being a real estate agent today is more difficult than ever, and there are a lot of things to balance when it comes to engaging with your customers. Enter Propertybase, a customer relationship management tool that includes pretty much every tool an agent would need in their hypothetical tool belt if they want to succeed. Propertybase is based on Salesforce and uses MLS integration with IDX lead-generating websites, combining it into an all-in-one platform. Propertybase has it all, and if you use this app you’ll likely be set for a long time to come.

LabCoats Agents Marketing Center

The LabCoats Agents Marketing Center app is the first marketing tool that’s designed specifically for real estate agents. It allows them to create beautiful social media posts and other marketing materials on the fly. It also lets them create flyers, business cards, and door hangers. The app can be used to create Instagram stories, as well as other marketing materials. If you can imagine it, you can probably do it using LCA.

Zillow Premier Agent

If you’re a real estate agent who uses the website Zillow, then the Premier Agent app is a must-have. It has a variety of features that will help you manage your listings and tasks, as well as lead sorting and other features for teams. One of the most popular features of Premier Agent is its ability to import leads from websites such as Realtor.com and BoomTown. This free tool can be used to set up reminders, tasks, and emails, and it can also give you a deeper understanding of what your potential clients are looking for on Zillow.

Curb Hero

Over the past couple of years, the app known as Curb Hero has become a go-to for real estate agents who run open houses. It’s free and customizable, and it features a QR code sign-in feature. It also allows them to create custom branding for their websites and other marketing materials.

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Great Cities For First Time Home Buyers

Buying a home for the first time can be stressful. You’re trying to find your dream home, someplace you can settle down. This likely comes with some requirements, like a safe neighborhood, possibly good school systems for the kids, fun nightlife, and so many other things. All of these requirements can often make finding the perfect home even more difficult. With that in mind, I’ve chosen some of the best cities around the United States that are great places to move to for first-time homebuyers.

Champaign, Illinois

This mid-sized city is located between Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, and it offers easy access to the Big City while still maintaining a slower pace of life. One of the highlights of this area’s culture is the University of Illinois, which is right near the downtown area. The University even features the amazing Krannert Art Museum!

Charleston, South Carolina

Despite being slightly more expensive than a lot of other cities, Charleston also has the most active listings. This makes it easier to find a home in this area than it would be in other growing regions. Aside from its housing market, Charleston also has a variety of other attractions, such as a waterfront park and a promenade that’s close to the Atlantic Ocean.

Hillsboro, Oregon

Located just west of Portland, Oregon, is the suburb of Hillsboro. This area is often overlooked, and it has a variety of attractions, such as nature trails and a wetlands preserve. It’s also a 20-minute drive away from Portland and its popular attractions, such as the city’s popular shopping and dining options.

Reno, Nevada

Despite being slightly more expensive, Reno is still able to provide a high rate of availability and a variety of mountain views. If you’re not a fan of Nevada, keep in mind that it’s right on the California border and can reach Lake Tahoe in just 45 minutes.

Cranston, Rhode Island

This suburb of Providence is only 15 minutes away from the city center, making it an easy commute. This area also has a variety of attractions, such as the East Bay Bike Path. On weekends, try running around the bike path or playing in the nearby reservoir.

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The Top TED Talks For The Real Estate Industry

One of the best ways to find new inspiration and motivation in the world of real estate is to watch a few good TED Talks. TED Talks are short discussions held by prominent leaders from industries all over the world, and they’re usually meant to inspire and educate those watching while also occasionally presenting solutions to problems within whatever field they’re discussing. Real Estate is no stranger to these talks, as there are hundreds of real estate agents who are looking for guidance all around the world each and every day. Let’s take a look at some of the best TED Talks discussing real estate.

Moore’s Law Of Real Estate – Gunnar Branson

In this talk, Gunnar Branson talks about the concept of Moore’s law and how it applies to real estate. He states that the physical spaces that we inhabit are constantly changing and will eventually affect how we live and work. His talk is full of examples that will help you understand what’s happening in the field. The talk is to everyone who owns a home, but it also applies to landlords. Branson states that people tend to get selective when it comes to choosing products, and this is why he believes that the increasing number of people buying homes is causing the physical space requirements of their houses to decrease. This could eventually be an issue for commercial real estate.

The Real Estate Deal That Could Change The Future Of Everything – Ben Miller

In this talk, Ben talks about how he rebuilt his business following the 2007/08 crash and how technology will affect the way people buy and sell real estate in the future. He believes that innovation can change the way people think about investing in the industry. This talk is very interesting because it shows that if you’re willing to work on a revolutionary idea, then you can make a difference in the industry. It also provides insight into the future of real estate.

The Four-Letter Code to Selling Anything – Derek Thompson

The ability to sell is very important to your success in real estate. Besides selling properties, you also need to understand how to effectively communicate with clients and sell yourself. This is done through your interactions with potential buyers and your reputation within the community you serve. Derek Thompson, an editor at The Atlantic, provides a four-letter code that will help you sell anything that you can think of. This will allow you to effectively negotiate a price for a property that you’re interested in, or convince a seller to give you their listing.

The Skill of Self Confidence – Dr. Ivan Joseph

In this talk, Dr. Ivan Joseph asks listeners to think about the successful real estate agents they know. He talks about how while they likely don’t share physical characteristics and they’re all from different backgrounds, they all likely share one thing: their ability to be confident in themselves. According to Dr. Joseph, the best real estate agents aren’t naturally confident – they master their confidence like they would any skill, meaning you can do it too.

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Worthwhile Real Estate Podcasts For 2022

Having a job in real estate means always being on the go. You likely won’t find the time to catch up on the latest real estate news or educate yourself on the latest trends in order to improve your business. A great way to keep up with everything going on in the world of real estate and perhaps learn a thing or two is by listening to real estate podcasts. Many successful individuals in the real estate industry have taken it upon themselves to create podcasts in their spare time as a way of discussing something they’re passionate about, and hopefully help other like-minded individuals out along the way. Here are a few of the most worthwhile real estate podcasts to check out in 2022.

The Massive Agent Podcast

The Massive Agent Podcast, created by Salt Lake City realtor, Dustin Brohm, is a great way for agents to get the most out of their marketing efforts. He offers a variety of advice and ideas that are geared toward helping them level up their game without the need for trial and error. He also runs a variety of programs, including one-on-one coaching and training on Facebook Advertising.

Real Estate Rockstars: With Pat Hiban

Pat Hiban is commonly considered to be the Joe Rogan of real estate podcasts by many within the industry. With over four million followers and a vast amount of downloads, it’s easy to see why he’s regarded as one of the most prominent individuals in the industry. Hiban was an early adopter of podcasts and was able to greatly influence the way other people communicate with each other. Pat’s Real Estate Rockstars show, which started in 2005, has managed to bring the best of the industry to listeners. It features interviews with some of the most prominent individuals in the industry, as well as deep dive into the latest strategies and technology. While there is a lot of content to sift through, agents will most likely find value in listening to Pat’s archived interviews with some of the industry’s best agents.

Kevin Ward’s YES Talk

If you’re feeling like you’re running out of energy after a long day of selling homes, then listening to Kevin Ward’s YES Talk is a great way to get back on track. He’s able to help people tap into the excitement of the industry by providing them with a variety of strategies and ideas that will help keep them motivated. In addition to being able to provide a variety of advice and ideas, Kevin also makes sure that his listeners are able to keep up with the latest trends in the industry.

CarrotCast With Trevor Mauch

Trevor Mauch, the CEO of Carrot, provides great ways for real estate agents and investors to get the most out of their tech skills in this podcast. He’s able to help them improve their online presence by providing them with a variety of advice and ideas that will help them keep up with the latest trends in the industry. Whether you’re working in a specific niche or not, Trevor has a podcast episode that will appeal to your interests.

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The Most Worthwhile Books For Real Estate Agents In 2022

Whether you’re a successful real estate professional or someone just starting out, there’s always going to be something new to learn about the industry. One of the best ways to go about furthering your real estate knowledge is to read a few great books on the subject. A myriad number of books have been written by successful real estate professionals discussing their triumphs and their losses, as well as generally trying to educate the next generation of real estate professionals. Here are a few of the most worthwhile entries.

The Transformational Consumer – Tara-Nicholle Nelson

In this book, Tara-Nicholle Nelson explains how to turn one-time sellers and buyers into lifelong clients. She says that doing so will allow you to forge a strong relationship with them, and it’s easy to implement, but the execution can be a bit challenging. Nelson holds a Juris Doctor and a master’s degree in psychology from Berkley, and she worked as a vice president of marketing for some of the world’s biggest tech and athletic brands, which is what really makes the book worth your time.

16 Strategies For Sale – Sean Moudry

One of the foremost experts on how to leverage one’s unique personality to achieve success in sales, Sean Moudry has spent years studying various personality types and tests. In his book, he shares 16 strategies that will help you find success in real estate (and any other sales position). While there is no “perfect” sales personality, he also shows that there are many ways to develop one’s own unique gifts to achieve success in the industry.

The Millionaire Real Estate Agent – Gary Keller

If you’re looking to earn a million dollars next year, this book is for you. Many new real estate agents don’t realize that most of their hard-earned commission doesn’t go into their pockets. This book gives you a comprehensive economic blueprint that will help you minimize your expenses and maximize your take-home pay. If you’re a new agent, this book should be on your reading list. It’s full of step-by-step instructions and diagrams, as well as many “how-to” lessons.

Shark Tales – Barbara Corcoran

If you’re planning on starting a real estate firm or team, then Barbara Corcoran’s “Shark Tales” is a must-read. In this book, she shares her amazing story of growing up poor in a large family and eventually becoming one of the wealthiest real estate professionals in New York.

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Four Reasons Every Employer Should Offer Career Development Incentives

When employers help their employees develop their careers, they get greater productivity and a more positive outcome. People want to feel like their work has meaning, and they want to identify with their jobs. When they have room to grow, learn skills, and develop at work, they give more to their jobs. Take a look at four reasons that every employer should offer career development incentives. 

Greater Employee Engagement and Commitment

When employees feel that there are career development incentives, they are more engaged and committed to the company. They want to feel like the company takes an interest in their development and growth, and they will work harder and go beyond what is expected when they feel this way. They are also more likely to be happy with the job and stay longer. As long as they think that they can grow and develop in their careers, they aren’t likely to look for a different position where they can. 

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How the Fed’s Interest Rates Impact Americans

There has been a lot of talk about the Fed and the interest rates being set. You might know that the current rate set by the Fed is zero because of the economic turmoil that is occurring. This is a method used to try to stave off a recession or other economic problems. How do the Fed’s interest rates actually impact Americans, though?

Credit Card Rates

The federal interest rate changes impact credit card rates, directly affecting your life. The average APR on a credit card is lower than usual due to the rate cuts that have taken place. Knowing this, it will be easier for Americans to pay down their debts due to having more reasonable interest rates. The interest rates are higher than zero due to credit card companies adding onto the federal rate, but they’re still lower than average. 

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5 Types of REITS

A REIT is a company that owns and operates real estate. This type of investment can be attractive to investors for many reasons, not the least of which is the tax benefits. The IRS offers favorable treatment for investments in REITs by offering a special lower rate on capital gains and dividends received from these types of investments. In this blog post, we will discuss 5 different types of REITs: equity, mortgage, mezzanine, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), and fund-of-funds (FoF).

Equity REITs:

An equity REIT owns and manages properties that produce income from rents. The company typically earns a commission for finding tenants and collects rent payments from them. Equity REITs can be divided into two categories: retail and industrial. Retail REITs own shopping malls, department stores, and other types of retail spaces. Industrial REITs own warehouses, storage facilities, and other areas that are well suited for businesses.

Mortgage REITs:

A mortgage REIT uses a large portion of its capital to purchase mortgages which they then earn interest from every month. The company can grow by purchasing new mortgages or by acquiring existing pools of mortgages from another lender through a “pooling-of-interest”. Mortgage REITs can be further divided into two categories: Agency and non-Agency.

Mezzanine REITs:

Mezzanine REITs provide capital to other real estate-related companies in the form of loans or high yield debt securities. The investments can be in the form of first mortgage loans, subordinated debt, or preferred equity. This type of REIT typically charges a higher interest rate on its debt investments and also enjoys some tax benefits.

Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS):

CMBS are securities that are backed by mortgages on commercial properties. These types of investments usually offer a higher yield than traditional bonds due to the increased risk involved with lending money to businesses. The interest payments on CMBS are usually pass-through payments which means that the company that originated the mortgages is responsible for making monthly interest payments to the CMBS holders.

Fund-of-Funds (FoF):

A fund of funds is a “fund of companies” which means that it invests in other entities such as equity and mezzanine REITs, CMBS, and FoFs. The advantage to investing in these types of securities through an FoF is that investors do not need the expertise needed to analyze individual investment opportunities. Instead, they rely on an experienced partner to choose their investments for them.

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Curb Appeal Tips for Small Yards

What do you think of when you see a small yard? Many people have yards that seem to be too small for anything other than a few flowers and maybe an outdoor table. It might seem like there is nothing else you can do with your small space, but that isn’t true! In this blog post, we’ll discuss 4 curb appeal tips for small yards.

Add A Small Lawn

A way to make an otherwise empty yard look finished and not so empty is by adding a small lawn or two. You can also add some garden paths which will fill up the space and give your home a nice little touch while bringing in some flowers! Adding flower pots is another great idea: they bring life into your home while making it look more vibrant and appealing. It’s up to you whether you want to add single plants or create little garden beds; both options are very affordable and either way, it adds an interesting aspect to your small backyard.

Plant Climbers Along Fences

When planting climbers like wisteria, jasmine, or climbing roses, you should keep in mind that they will grow quite large over the years. If you want to enjoy them for an extended period, it is best to line your fence with them so they will not over-grow the fences and create some shade. This way you can escape from the sun on hot summer days while enjoying the beauty of your garden. You can also plant climbers along with pergolas; this gives a great look!

Add Raised Beds

Adding raised beds that are filled with flowers is also another great idea if you don’t like having lawns in your backyard (or even if you do). These small flowerbeds will give life to any yard regardless of its size; I love how they make my home look more appealing and inviting. They catch people’s attention when they see them.

Install Fences

Last but not least, another great idea is to install fences which will create a small private space for you and your family members. Luckily, nowadays there are so many types of fencing available that you can find anything matching your style or budget. You can even use landscape timbers for a more rustic look! There are also garage screen kits that will allow fresh air during summer days while giving you some privacy at the same time.

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