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

Personal Finance 101 for Realtors

Real estate agents, whether Realtors or otherwise, have a unique personal finance situation unknown to most Americans. While it feels like you are paying them a lot as a customer, real estate agents don’t get paid every other Friday like everyone else. A real estate agent is running a business with irregular cash flows and other unique challenges. If you are an agent, follow these basic tips to put yourself on the path to financial success. Continue reading

Realtor Fees: Are Realtor Fees Negotiable?

 

The standard rate in real estate is a 3 percent commission for the buyer’s agent and a 3 percent commission for the seller’s agent. But are those Realtor fees negotiable? Like almost anything else in life, the answer is a big yes. But if you want a break on fees, you need to bring something to the table yourself to show why you should get a cut. Continue reading

Should You Get a 15 or 30 Year Mortgage?

The world of mortgage loans can be complex. There are conforming loans and jumbo loans and VA loans and HUD loans and many more varieties, but within those categories you can choose between several mortgage lengths. Two of the most popular mortgages are 15-year and 30-year fixed rate mortgages. To find out which is best for you, follow along with this guide. Continue reading

Buyers Beware!! – Sellers May be Spying on You


Sellers today, more so than ever before, are not only using video recorders to ensure nothing gets stolen during a showing, but they’re also listening to Buyer’s comments made while inside viewing the Seller’s home.  Those comments can sabotage negotiations even before the Buyer’s offer is submitted.

Have you ever wondered why they accepted another buyer’s offer, over your own?  Maybe the other offer was higher, the other buyer offered terms more favorable to yours, or they were a stronger Buyer with a substantial down payment.  Or maybe not.  It could have been because you said something to make the seller not want to sell you the house. Continue reading

Building the Perfect Home Network for Any Sized Home

 

Home internet is an important part of connecting our digital lives. While some areas still struggle with high speed internet options, most Americans can easily find a broadband connection at home. While your internet service provider (ISP) provides their own router to connect you to their service, they’re typically not that good, especially for WiFi. If you have trouble getting a good WiFi signal or internet connection at home, follow these steps to build an amazing home network that includes the latest smart home goodies. Continue reading

When Does an Adjustable Rate Mortgage Make Sense?

During the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, millions of mortgage borrowers defaulted on their loans sending Wall Street and the mortgage industry into a nosedive. With billions of dollars in losses on the horizon, bankers and news anchors were touting the problems of adjustable rate mortgages and balloon payments. But are adjustable rate mortgages all bad? Not at all! Let’s take a look at when adjustable rate mortgages make sense. Continue reading

Why Hiring the ‘Neighborhood Agent’ Could be a Big Mistake

You might want to re-evaluate automatically hiring the self proclaimed “Neighborhood Agent” to sell your home.  Just because they live in the neighborhood isn’t reason enough to hire them, as they would have you to believe, and most certainly doesn’t mean they are your best choice. Here’s why. Continue reading

10 Top Real Estate Social Accounts You Should Follow on Instagram

Real estate offers one of the most visually stimulating experiences in the world, so it is no surprise that real estate agents across the globe have taken to Instagram, Snapchat, and other social media platforms to share the images they see as they help clients buy and sell homes. Some accounts stand out from the crowd due to their interesting, beautiful, or educational posts. Here are some favorites you should consider following. Continue reading

Real Estate Industry Leaders “Freaked Out” by Low Inventory

real estate market successIn the Great Recession just a decade ago, homes were sitting empty around the country as homeowners defaulted on mortgages, encountered foreclosures, and sent the nation’s real estate markets into a downward spiral. Now some cities are being hit with an opposite problem: too many qualified buyers for too few houses. The number of homes for sale has fallen over the last year, and as spring and summer buying seasons kick into high gear, some would be homeowners are in for a big surprise. Continue reading

9 Home Upgrades that are Cheaper Than You Think

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.

Whether you are moving into a new home or just want to liven up one you’ve been living in for a while, you have unlimited options to upgrade and customize your home when you own it. From the bathrooms and kitchen to the garage and yard, your home can become an even better place for you and your family to enjoy every day. And, better yet, you can likely do it on a budget. Here are nine budget home upgrades to get you started. Continue reading