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TRID ChangesHow TRID Babies Are Progressing

Better late than never! After careful evaluation I decided to watch these TRID babies make their way into the first month of life and report on how they are actually faring on the journey to closing table. No surprise here but...it's  a mixed bag folks. As stressed in prior blogs, it is imperative to have a team of well-educated professionals on your side who truly understand the TRID changes and how to appropriately set everyone's expectations in order to avoid the dreaded 11th hour fallout. 

Cleverly Concoct Your Plan

When interviewing lenders (which you ARE doing...correct?!) be sure to ask pointed questions. Lindsey Akers of Prime Lending states, "any lender can quote fees, rates and basically take the

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Realtor Tips: Using Testimonials and References

real estate testimonials, marty snyder references, marty snyder real estate agentI remember first starting out in real estate, working someone else's phones, trying to land a client whenever possible and doing all I could to gain experience. Having been a Realtor here in SW Ohio now since 2006 and coming up on a full decade of experience working Cincinnati to Dayton I think it's safe to say I've learned a few things about growing my business.

All agents can function either as a listing agent or a buyers' agent, but there are some differences. In either case, testimonials and references are key to ongoing success and an important part of marketing yourself.

Find a great collection of good articles on these subject below.

Building Your Personal Brand

Most sellers connect

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Internet Real Estate Leads: Reads and Seeds

Real Estate Internet Leads, Internet Real Estate Leads, Succeeding at Real Estate LeadsGizmos, apps, tools, data-banks, social media accounts. Scores and scores of endless technologies for real estate agents, and some still don't have a thriving business, yet possess enough real estate tech to cause a personal technology meltdown.

So, what's it worth, having all those high-tech gadgets, apps, contact data-bases and tracking tools? High tech tools can be immensely helpful to growing your business, but only if a real estate agent applies their usage properly. You may want to explore more Realtor Tips when you're done with this article.

How Real Estate Agents Fail - Leads

First of all, I hate the term "lead" though used universally throughout a multitude of sales industries. This is were

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The Danger of Disclaimers; A Follow-Up to As-Is Homes

real estate disclaimers, selling real estate as is, selling a home as isBack in March, my article "As-Is Homes for Sale - Avoid a Lawsuit", pointing out that selling a home "as-is" doesn't alleviate or relieve sellers of legal liability nor their selling agent. As-is properties could be luxury homes, foreclosures, multi-family or even commercial or industrial real estate.

Realtor, Buyer and Seller Tips - Avoid Lawsuits

I wanted to provide some actual real life examples of how disclaimers can lead people (buyers or sellers) and even agents into a false sense of security. This example below which occurred back in 1988 is a perfect example. Here are more Realtor Tips, Buyer and Seller articles to help you.

The John Douglas Company was a large southern California

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Flickr / Got Credit / CC BY-NC 2.0As a mortgage broker, you can be the bridge between a future homeowner and the home of their dreams. Unfortunately, since the mortgage crisis of 2008, certain fraudulent practices that lead to speculative lending were revealed, affecting the entire industry.

While many of the offenders are now out of business, regulations have gotten tougher for those of us that remain. The first hurdles to a satisfying career are obtaining your mortgage broker bond and license, and this is what we’ll look at in this article.

For people with bad credit, the licensing and bonding process can be a bit complicated, but don’t let that discourage you. As long as you understand how surety bonding with bad credit works, you have great chances of getting bonded.

If

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Sweeping Changes In Lending 

Time For ChangeAs promised, your in-depth look at the CFPB changes and our new buddy.....TRID. For those of you who don't know, TRID is the ridiculously long acronym that rivals weatherman Liam Dutton's pronunciation of the (now) infamous 58 letter Welsh town. No really. T=Truth In Lending. R=Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). I=Integrated. D=Disclosures. In short, TRID is designed to leave no stone unturned, and no question unanswered in the lending process. 

Two brand new, hot off the press disclosures, The Loan Estimate & 5pg Closing Disclosure. When meeting with your loan officer and shopping for lender in particular, the moment of loan application consummation will no longer be in question, as has been the case in the

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Staging Your Home for a Quicker Sale

selling a home quickly, sell my home fastIf you are planning to sell your home, you probably want to sell it quickly. It is common knowledge that a well-staged home is more likely to appeal to potential buyers. At the same time, if your home isn’t staged well, you could give the wrong first-impression and delay the sale of your property. So, when staging your home for sale, here are a few tips to follow. You may want to check out more Seller Topics.

Have you ever heard the expression "It's 20% product and 80% marketing"? This is true to a large degree in real estate sales too. Besides having to meet a prospective buyer's needs with space, bedrooms, bathrooms etc. the home must be marketed effectively.

That includes several good pictures (we recommend

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CFPB, TRID Changes are Good for Buyers

TRID Changes, CFBP With sweeping changes within the lending industry on the horizon, lenders, settlement companies, Realtors and anyone even remotely interested in the world of real estate have their collective pens poised to take notes. The back quarter of 2015 will be nothing less than a hands on course in how the Feds play a large part in the life of a consumer, like it or not. 

The majority of the upcoming changes, implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will greatly benefit both buyers and sellers. There will be no more of the rush to scan final numbers before gathering around the closing table. The new Closing Disclosure Law allows three full days to review and ask questions on the final loan

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Working With Low Dollar Buyers - Golden Opportunities

What a busy week! I wanted to take time out though and share some insights, Realtor tips and business strategy to help you grow your business (and provide some insights for buyers who are shopping low dollar properties for a single family home).

Low Dollar Buyers become High Dollar Buyers

Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Greg Hancock, my business partner, told me a long time ago, help people when they're just starting out and stay true to them, follow up with and stay in touch with them and you'll become their Realtor for life. This leads to increasing business with a growing pool of clients that refer and buy again and the average dollar tag of homes you work with goes up over the

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Choosing a Brokerage - A Word for New Agents

real estate companies, real estate companies in ohioOne thing I love about new real estate agents is the stars in their eyes when it comes to considering commission splits various brokerages offer. I'm here to tell you that's completely backward from how you should go about figuring out where to hang your license.

Don't Decide Solely Based on Splits

Maybe you're taking real estate courses and geared to get licensed or your with a real estate brokerage but feel you aren't getting anywhere. 90% of nothing is still nothing but 90% for a productive agent is hot. If you don't have a large "sphere of influence" you're going to need help growing your business and that means support.

Don't get me wrong

It's awesome being on a nice split, right? But when

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