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

Best Uses for Your Tax Refund Around the House

Tax season is just around the corner, and for many Americans that means a tax refund coming in from the IRS. Whether you are getting a check in the mail or a nice direct deposit in your checking, here are some of the best ideas to invest your tax refund in your home to grow your property value, and your home enjoyment at the same time. Continue reading

Millennial “Vacation Movers” Boost Home Sales

When my wife and I moved to Portland at the end of 2014, we knew it was going to be a fun adventure, but we did not know if Portland was going to be our forever home. We rented for a year, then bought a home which we owned for about a year, then moved to California. It turns out, we are not alone. The trend for “vacation moves,” moving to a city for an extended period but not looking at it as a forever home, is on the rise thanks the Millennial generation. Continue reading

Realtors Faking Track Records

The number of Real Estate Agents or Realtors is mind boggling.  Many claim to be a Top Realtor or the # 1 Agent or an Award Winning Realtor.  Many experienced Realtors truly are among the top but unfortunately Realtors faking their experience happens.  Given the fact that 10% of the agents do 90% of the business, part of the 90% could have been the #1 agent (of the month in their office 2 years ago)!  Before you hire a Realtor to market your home, read about Realtors Faking Track Records. Continue reading

Factors Why Your Home Is Not Selling

The factors below will help determine the reasons for your home not selling.  If your home has been listed longer than 4 months (or longer than average DOM / days on market for the area),  Buyers already perceive your home as a stale listing.    Right now is the time to do some damage control! Continue reading

Baby Boomers Downsize Homes To Age In Place

As we get older we need to consider where we want to ‘age in place’.  Remaining in our home may be just too much to handle, especially if it’s too large or in need of repairs.  A large two story home certainly doesn’t meet our needs any longer.  We question ourselves if we should sell and downsize to smaller home or invest our equity and just lease.  Or, would it be better to hire someone to make modifications in order to remain where we are. Continue reading

Chicago Real Estate Agent Tips to Get Started

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Real estate agents everywhere have to work hard, but a Chicago real estate agent has to stand out from a much bigger crowd. Chicago is one of the biggest cities in the United States, with 9.4 million residents in Chicago and the surrounding “Chicagoland” suburbs. If you are a Chicago real estate agent and want to make it big, follow these tips to stand out and succeed. Continue reading

Best Property Management Software for Landlords

Buying investment properties is just stage one in becoming a successful landlord. Once you own multiple units, you’ll want to invest in landlord software that helps you manage everything from tenant applications to rent payments to maintenance requests under one roof. The best landlord software even includes accounting modules built in! Read about the best options for property management software in 2018 below. 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