Agent Harvesting: The Best Way To Find The Top Producing Real Estate Agents In Your Area

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The biggest mistake buyers and sellers make when hiring a Realtor is that they do not do their homework before hiring a real estate agent.  They end up with a house that sits on the market longer, sells for a lower price, and the time spent dealing with that agent is a nightmare.  AgentHarvest helps minimize the chance of these things happening by finding agents in your area that are currently selling houses like yours, in your neighborhood, for you to interview.  Continue reading

What to Do When the Other Side Hires a Low Quality Agent

When I sold my home in Portland, it was not the easiest home sale experience. It was not due to my agent, who had decades of experience in the Portland market, it was due to two inexperienced buyers agents. Read on to find out what happened, and how you can respond when a low quality agent throws a wrench in your real estate plans. Continue reading

3 Tactics FSBO’s Can Use Against Buyers

Think commission is the only reason a homeowner sells FSBO? Not Always!

Most FSBO’s just want to save money and not pay the normal commission to list their home through a Realtor.  This article is a warning to homebuyers of unscrupulous reasons some other homeowners sell FSBO.  I would have not known this homeowners intent had we not met face to face.  She had no intention of being truthful to potential Buyer.  She refused to complete the Seller’s Disclosure Notice and went FSBO instead. Continue reading

Getting Your Finances in Order to Buy a Home

Buying a home is no walk in the park. Even after working with the help of a great real estate agent, you still have to deal with the financial side of buying a home. Unless you are in a position to buy the home outright with an all cash offer, you can take steps ahead of time to prepare and make the home buying process as easy as possible. Getting your finances is order is not too difficult, but can take time. Here are the steps you should follow to prepare for making an offer on a new home. Continue reading

Find Houses with a Pinterest Style Search at Compass

Apple iPad and iPhoneIn the old days, buying a home was much simpler. You went to the house, checked it out, and made an offer. But these days, getting a new home is a family affair. You might have parents, in-laws, or siblings across the country who want to help and share an opinion. Maybe you have a friend or two whose opinions you value. Or maybe you have a spouse and want to tag team the search process. However you want to collaborate, the new Collections app from Compass makes it easier! Continue reading

Atypical Home Pitfall In Relocation Guaranteed Buyout Program

A Corporate Relocation Package can include some nice employee benefits when their employee is relocated to another city. The range of benefits vary, depending on the transferee tier level and whether you are buying or selling a home, or both.  One of the most desirable benefits, not offered to all employees who need to sell a home, is the Guaranteed Buyout Program.  This is a benefit where the employer buys the transferee’s home, after being actively marketed by a real estate agent for a specified period of time.  Due to the employer assuming the risk of ownership, for the employee, the company can restrict certain types and atypical homes from the buyout benefit. Continue reading

DIY Projects that Raise Home Value

If you are a new home buyer and are looking to buy a new construction home, these are the steps you will need to take to get the most of your money's worth.Every homeowner wants their home to be worth more, whether you plan on selling soon or sticking around for a long while. Whatever your homeowner status, you have the ability to put in a little elbow grease for a do-it-yourself project that raises your home value. Many DIY projects are under $100, but make your home more comfortable, desirable, and valuable. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue reading

9 Best Articles for (New) Real Estate Agents

Traits that successful real estate investors share in commonIf you are a new real estate agent, or just want to brush up on your real estate agent knowledge, there is a plethora of books, videos, and articles available to help you level up your skills. But if you want to skip the riff raff and just find the best articles in one place, look no further. Continue reading

Can You Deduct Home Improvement Projects from Your Taxes?

Whether you just moved into a new home or have called your place home for years, you may be interested in making some home improvements. Small projects like adding new lights or paint all the way to a full home remodel cost money, so you may be wondering what is deductible and what is not in terms of taxes. Let’s take a look at whether or not that home improvement project is tax deductible.

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