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

Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)

When you are buying or selling a home, one of the very most important steps in ensuring you get the best price possible is the negotiation. All real estate agents should have negotiation skills, but agents with the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation have taken additional steps to further their education and skills in the realm of negotiation. Continue reading

Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist (CLHMS)

All homes are not created equal. Some properties fall near the median United States home price of $188,900.  Other homes, however, deserve special attention. Luxury homes have a higher price tax, more sophisticated buyer, and require additional knowledge and experience over typical home purchases. Top performing agents are eligible to complete the Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist (CLHMS) designation. Continue reading

Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)

While the depths of the Great Recession are behind us and short sales and foreclosed homes have decreased in frequency, there are still plenty of distressed properties where the owner needs help getting out of a tough situation. The Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource certification is an official designation from the National Association of Realtors for agents with special training in the area of distressed properties. Continue reading

Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

Many Realtors enjoy the fun and excitement of helping a young family make their purchase as a first time home buyer. There is another market that is not quite as exciting, but has the potential to be very lucrative. Buyers who are 50+ are often looking to downsize or relocate to a more convenient area after decades raising a family in the suburbs. For buyers reaching their golden years, an agent with the Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) certification is best equipped to help middle aged and older buyers get into the right home. Continue reading

Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)

If you are a real estate investor or want to buy a bargain home, the last few years have offered many opportunities to buy foreclosed or short sale homes at a steep discount. While any agent can help you buy a foreclosed property, agents with the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation have gone beyond other agents to become an expert in this area of the market. Continue reading

2015: The Year of the Seattle Millennial Homeowner?

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Much has been written about the millennial generation and its impending impact on all facets of the economy. From a real estate perspective, millennials are prime to become the largest group of home buyers in the next five years. The Pacific Northwest is not without its place in this shift. Seattle is now home to the benefits of advantageous home loans, job growth, and stabilizing real estate prices. As rents continue to soar all over the nation, and even more so in places like King County, the draw of homeownership for millennials gains steam. Continue reading