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 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

What is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)?

The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is a real estate designation for professionals with a specialty in residential real estate transactions. Managed by the Council of Residential Specialists, the CRS designation is designed to demonstrate to clients that an agent is an expert and professional when it comes to residential real estate transactions. Continue reading

What is an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR)?

The Accredited Buyer’s Representative is an official designation from the National Association of Realtors. This designation provides an agent with proof of experience and additional training in representing real estate buyers.  Earning this accreditation shows that an agent has gone above-and-beyond typical agents with an emphasis in acting as a buyer’s agent. Continue reading

Down With Oil = Down with Dallas Real Estate?

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In case you see a rare “For Sale” sign come down, and new neighbors move in, it likely won’t be an oil baron in the making. Gas prices are at unfamiliar (at least in more recent times), historically low levels these days. Everywhere you look, gas stations are dropping their prices. While lower fuel costs are a welcome respite to consumer wallets, the situation lends itself to a curious dilemma for an otherwise strong real estate market. Continue reading

Are Virtual Tours an Effective Tool for Selling Homes in 2015?

Apple iPad and iPhoneAs technology has progressed, the real estate world has had to adapt quickly. New tools, mobile apps, and other technologies have quickly become a prominent part of the real estate process. Virtual tours have emerged as a tool to improve the visual appeal of a listing online. Are they worth the extra effort and expense? Continue reading