Thursday, August 16, 2007
In this day and age, real estate agents need to do everything in their power to form relationships with potential clients. People need to feel they can trust a realtor and that won't happen unless there's already a relationship in place. Of course, friends and relatives will always be there for you with referrals, but if you want to begin building a relationship with potential clients, then you need to reach out to them as often as possible. One millionaire realtor claims that you need to reach out eighty-eight times before a complete stranger will become a trusted client. There are many ways to do this through phone calls and direct mailings, but how do you stand out above all other agents? One way is through a personalized newsletter. I ordered one myself, which you can download for free (only one time though). You can read my newsletter here and you can download a free copy for yourself here. You have to spend money to make money, but make sure you spend your money wisely so you can really make an impression in someone's mind. That way, when it comes time for them to buy or sell a home, it will be you they will turn to. As always, keep checking great deals on homes at H&G Sells Homes.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
It's a buyer's market! That's what most realtors believe right now, but really it's still a seller's market if the price is right. This week, a study was published that showed buyers are shopping for bargain homes more than ever and that location isn't as important as it once was. If you are a realtor and are representing a seller who has become discouraged because their home has remained stagnant, regroup with your client and review the listing price to see if it is in alignment with current home sales and if your client is willing to re-price, this may make their home move faster. Also, follow-up on all leads with prospective buyers if you are lacking listings right now. Hopefully, the market will turn around in the very near future. Just keep yourself busy with direct marketing and never give up hope. As always, visit H&G Sells Homes.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
As a relatively new real estate agent, I'm learning new things every day. Some of those things have been difficult lessons to learn. For the last two weeks, I have been holding open houses for another agent's listing. She is not available since she works full-time in another profession. It appears that I may have brought a possible buyer for the property, but today I found out that I'm not entitled to any part of her commission unless I ask her and I can't count on her giving me anything she earns from the sale. To say that I'm disappointed would be an understatment, but I've learned my lesson. I will no longer work on any other agent's listings unless we have an agreement up front to either split the commission or at least get a small percentage in earnings. Initially I was angry with the broker, but it's my sole responsibility to get that information and I have to hold myself accountable in the future. I will continue to search for listings, canvas expired listings and hopefully, get some leads for prospective buyers. As always, you can visit our website at H & G Sells Homes.
Friday, August 03, 2007
If you are thinking of buying a home in New York and you're worried about getting funding, don't worry at all. Just contact Shoreline Capital. They have access to over sixty lending institutions and can create a loan arrangement that is custom-made for you. Remember, the better your credit rating is, the better chance you have of getting a loan as close to the prime rate as possible and some banks will give you one hundred percent financing. What constitutes a good credit rating? If you have a FICO score of over 700, then you have a very good chance of getting a great deal on a home loan with possibly one hundred percent financing. Be sure to check your FICO score yourself first. If it's below 600, then you know you have to work at paying down your debt and getting your finances in order so you can increase your FICO shore. Where can you find that information? Right here at My Fico. If you need more information on how to improve your FICO score, then I highly recommend Suze Orman's My Fico Kit. Buying a new home, especially if you are a first-time home buyer is a big deal. Do your homework, get your FICO score at it's optimum best and shop around for a mortage. First-time homebuyers may be eligible for a grant to help pay closing costs, but only a loan officer can help you with that. Don't try to do these things on your own. Get professionals to help you so you can protect yourself and your most precious investment; your family and your new home. Visit H&G Sells Homes.