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How do you find your investor friendly agents?
An investor-friendly real estate agent can he one of the greatest assets as an investor. Learn how to find one, right now!
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Paul Pham's profile photoCARDWELL THAXTON - Realtor / Appraiser /Notary Public's profile photoErica Ruth's profile photo
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Laguna Hills, CA sorry. Hopefully someone else from New Jersey can help +CARDWELL THAXTON - Realtor / Appraiser /Notary Public 
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REBSEA  members include Real Estate Agents, Mortgage lenders, and Insurance Agents who donate a portion of their income to Nonprofit Organizations
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Starta Personal Care Business - Real Estate Brokers, Agents Take Notice
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Nice Video! Real Estate Agent Can Sell Their Listing Fast And Generate More Leading! Get More Inside solutionsforagents.com
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SHOULD THE COMING SOON FEATURE BE ALLOWED ON ZILLOW?

A very interesting article by +Ron Rothenberg  of +Team Rothenberg Real Estate  about the new Coming Soon feature Zillow just introduced.

Some concern has been raised by the MLS and agents about the problems this may cause. But on the flip-side, many successful real estate agents know that pre-marketing is an important step of the overall housing process-- and have always used creative methods to get this done.

When we rolled out the "Coming Soon" and "Pocket Listings" feature to our clients a few months back, we noticed an increased need for this feature. Since the tide of real estate has shifted towards a Seller's market out in the San Francisco Bay Area, it was and still is not uncommon for houses to go pending before ever hitting the MLS-- all due to pre-marketing! 

What do you think of this new feature? Was this a good step on the part of Zillow, or should we expect more problems as time passes?  
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LEON AKSMAN

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Knowing what to expect...a brief discussion

In my personal RE business i often deal with complex and competative situations. Whether in highly competative acquistions or representing sellers in commercial sales with multi tiered contingencies.

Knowing what expect in a transction will help you and your client achive results.

For example: what to expect in an as is-where is sale when we know there may be issues in the condition of a property.

Or when is it proper and effective to go over asking price.

How about the ubiquitous home inspection and the always changing building codes that cause so much anxiety to buyers.

I so often see collegues and clients so "derailed" by not knowing what would be an expected outcome of a specific action. One example in a transaction was a buyer who 1 week before an all-cash no-contingency settlement decides to stop everything and have parties wait for a mortgage commitment. Seems simple enough what to expect here, the seller will "hit the roof" and this action will cause a huge issue. Its a total reversal of the stated written contract.

We work for our clients, but as professional experienced business people we need to know what to expect. Knowing the mechanics of your business makes you a true asset. Knowing expected outcomes is how we navigate complex situations successfully in any situation.

~RE Aficionado!

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As a new real estate agent I am currently swamped with setting up a new corporate web site, learning how to search the MLS and learning how these two platforms interface. Once I get all set up this is the type information I will need! Thanks +LEON AKSMAN.
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Instant gratification is the underlying mantra surrounding the modern real estate consumer growing up with the Internet most of their lives, meaning access to information on demand is standard, and their ability to leverage technology to figure obscure things out far outpaces their older counterparts. As this generation enters the housing market, you can bet with certainty they are leveraging every inch of technology on how to find their first house, how to obtain financing, and how to get the best deal.

As the homebuyer becomes more sophisticated, agents must figure out ways to effectively communicate their value proposition so that such information cannot appear easily on Google or by downloading an app. Housing information found on the public domain is only becoming easier to access, and the result is homebuyers are entering the purchasing process far later than ever before. With this transition, what implications does this have on real estate agents, and what does a local and data expert look like?For starters, agents need to leverage their knowledge that is not readily available on the Internet. As part of Generation Y myself, I can easily find out the best neighborhoods, demographics, schools and restaurants in any given city pretty fast on my smartphone alone. However, these reviews are based on the perceptions of random people I often do not know. It takes trust and guidance frequently found in successful real estate agents to help me cut through the noise and find the perfect place. With so much information on the Internet, it easily becomes overwhelming for the average consumer, and therefore presents a huge opportunity for agents to help consumer make the best possible decision.

To become a local and data expert in your area, here are three tips:

1. Microanalyze neighborhoods

Chances are your clients are going to start their real estate search using the Big 3 — Zillow, Trulia and realtor.com — because they simply offer a search experience far superior than anything one agent or brokerage can provide. An agent’s role is to help analyze market trends on a micro level. For example, help clients understand which streets or neighborhoods may offer a better investment opportunity over others. This type of microanalysis is often very difficult or impossible to find on the Web.

2. Share your network

People love referrals, especially real estate agents. To continue receiving referrals, it is best practice to pay it forward, meaning as an agent sharing your preferred vendor network provides tremendous value to your clients as you are able to save them the time of scouring the Internet, and it helps save you the time of fielding requests to send this information back and forth. Also, your vendors will greatly appreciate the business.

From my experience growing up with my mom as Realtor in Florida, vendors loved working with my mom that every so often freshly caught lobster would be delivered to our house. The point is that referring ensures future success.

3. Tell your clients you will verify Big 3 data

Inaccurate data is the big boon to the Big 3. Without direct access to every MLS, data inaccuracies are a sure thing. Whether it is homes that sold six months ago or homes not even for sale, it is a good idea for agents to inform clients to verify listings data found on the Big 3 with them. The last thing you want is your client to become fixated on a house that is not even available.

In other words, microanalysis and being a trusted source of local knowledge is a strong strategy to becoming a local and data expert. An era where the Big 3 have captured the attention of the average consumer, pointing out the little things offers up a tremendous value proposition to the modern real estate consumer
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Alexa Sanchez's profile photoDebra Albert Realtor, Port St. Lucie's profile photo
 
Thank you for a great post!  Yes, buyers start wide narrow down to state, then region, then city or specific area.  No one knows the specific area better than the Realtors who work there and have the local data. Debbie
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Investing in real estate is not only a viable investment; it may be the best alternative-investment
DOLLAR DIMINISHES, REAL ESTATE STAYS INDEFINITELY The federal government has been using an unconventional method to raise the monetary base of financial assets known as quantitative easing, QE. For...
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Hopefully people start securing their financial stability by investing in real estate to use as a life raft for the upcoming storm, +Jim McAlear 
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I know for a lot of agents, the 4th of July long weekend is just another opportunity to get buyers into your listings. We reached out on Twitter and Facebook using #openhousetip to get some great, insider knowledge on how to throw the best open house around.
1. Show your local flare

InmanNext contributor and HouseLens marketing guru Kathryn Royster says, “Have a community video made and have it playing at the open house. If the homeowner doesn’t want it playing on their TV, just set up your iPad or laptop in central location. That way, people can not only see how great the house is – they can see that the community’s great, too!

Kathryn also says, “Instead of baking cookies, get some doughnuts or cupcakes or muffins from a locally owned bakery. They might do it cheaply if you set out some signage for them. Again, selling people on the location as well as the house.”

3. Be prepared. In fact, be overly-prepared!

Macken Realty agent and PR maven Jennifer Becker comes overly prepared to her opens. After all, you never know what you may find – or not find – in your listing! Jennifer says, “Create a Realtor Tool Box. Pack it with paper towels, cleaning sprays, measuring tape, flyers, checklist, iPad, etc.”

4. Stock the fridge

Albie Vas of Keller Williams Realty of Las Vegas has a great tip for keeping guests refreshed on a hot day. Show off a gorgeous (and clean) refrigerator by stocking it with cold beverages
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Jason Hurst

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Question:  When calling on expireds, how far back should you go? 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month?  Need some guidance here
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Thanks Matt!
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"Definitely Trust in Trust Deeds" 
The best investment for low risk and high returns to earn passive income! 
DEFINITELY TRUST IN TRUST DEEDS If you’re an investor looking to make a name for yourself or simply wanting to provide for your family you’ve thought about all the different investment ideas to bri...
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Do you think this would work?
A Free Pizza with every house
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As Canadian real estate investors are becoming more familiar with the market and its different sectors, many are noticing the advantages of retail property, especially in shopping plazas.

http://blog.redevgroup.com/shopping-plazas-vs-other-retail-properties/
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When two Realtors were caught on cam during an unauthorized visit to a homeowner's vacant listing, it went viral, but the homeowners say the media is only telling part of the story.
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Summer months are huge vacation months. Here are some tips on home care while you're away on vacation that will help you truly enjoy your holiday! Let us know if any were missed, or if you've got some additional suggestions.

http://travel.squidoo.com/taking-care-of-home-while-away-on-vacation

#vacation #vacationtips #realestate #realestateagent #clienttips #homecare #petcare 
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Rentec Direct

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You screened your tenants but a bad one slipped through the cracks, now what?
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+Mike G My lawyer takes $950 for the whole process of eviction, paying $1k to the crook who screwed my client-no way! 
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What are the best web solutions available to promote real estate through Internet Marketing?
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Omni Tecnia's profile photoGeorge Downs's profile photo
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Both, I have developed a Web Based solutions that includes both a Website-WCM and a CRM for RE. I am in the process of integrating marketing tools utilizing Social Media and eMail Marketing Api´s. 
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Divorce and Credit Scores

Divorce can be devastating for credit scores while the settlement is in process. Lawyers will often advise their clients to stop paying their bills but the majority of consumers do not realize that scores can be impacted after as well.  

Here is an example: 

Jan and Jim had recently divorced.  Jim has insurance that continues to cover their children's medical bills.  One of their kids visits a doctor and the doctor promises verbally to take whatever payment their insurance company provides.  A few months later, Jan receives a bill in the mail for an amount that the insurance company did not cover, and she forwards it to Jim.  Jim calls the doctor and complains that the charges should be waved due to the original promise.  The doctor's office agrees to look into it and get back to him.  A new invoice is mailed out to Jan for the debt owed with a letter stating that after review they have found that the amount due is correct.  Jan discards the invoice, thinking Jim already took care of it.  Since they don’t live together Jan forgets about it and doesn't even mention it to him.  Eventually it becomes a collection on his credit.  The $100 bill now costs him hundreds of points on his score and a rejection for a refinance of the loan associated with the home.  Jim lost out on savings in the hundreds of thousands over the life of the loan, and now has to go through the process of restoring his credit because of this missed payment.

When two people split up and change addresses the bill payer must always make sure ALL creditors, doctors, and even something as minor as EZ-Pass are updated with the new address.  If you do not receive the bill how can you know how to handle it?

#NorthShoreAdvisory #CreditAdvice 
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Good information to know...
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More and more homeowners are converting dining rooms. Lounges, libraries, art galleries, yoga studios - you name it, and someone somewhere has repurposed their dining room to create it. Is this trend here to stay? +Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate 

Pin ithttp://www.pinterest.com/pin/395753885978656009/
» The Dying Dining Room
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Lifestyles are different with people eating out more frequently. When there is a need for a larger gathering many will opt for a buffet
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The illegal nature of drone photography as a commercial (paid) service is clear: You cannot legally hire someone to fly drones, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. This is holding up the aerial photography industry and pushing people to fly drones themselves. Although these drones may seem easy to fly, there is definitely a lot of skill involved to produce quality aerial footage. It is highly advised to learn from the experts before you fly and produce your own aerial photos and video.

While the FAA is mandated to regulate this space by September 2015, many Realtors are adopting the technology now. To stay current and ahead of the curve, incorporating this technology sooner than later is sure to give you the competitive advantage you need to win listings and impress clients.

Here are three reasons why you should learn from the experts:

1. Save money

Learning to operate drones yourself gives you the ability to capture stunning photos and video whenever you want. The drone cases are no bigger than a suitcase and can easily fit in the back of any car. With this new skill you can save a lot of money each time you need an aerial shot.

2. Save time
Learning the basics of how a small drone works will save you a ton of time. It is not very hard to fix and operate these little flying machines. It just takes a little background knowledge to put all the pieces together when something breaks.

3. Create valuable content

One of the hardest things to do as a Realtor is to create valuable content for your brand, and Web and mobile presence. With drones, you can easily upload stunning pictures and video that are sure to have your social media accounts buzzing
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