Realtor Tips

Here's where professional, seasoned agents can provide tips, how-to, to-do or not-to-do for other agents. We're always adding more to the Realtor Tips category of our Just For You Blog. Visit our other categories and explore more about Ohio real estate, National housing trends, local community articles and events.

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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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Buying a Home - "And Then There Were None"

bad real estate transactions, bad real estate dealsConsidering buying a home? Today's residential real estate markets are more often than not highly competitive with few exceptions. You can trade a car in, or take a Smart TV back and exchange, get a refund, trade; basically find a way to improve your end result. Buying a house is much different with devastating consequences if you're not careful.

Agatha Christie's famous best-seller (over 100 million copies sold) "And Then There Were None" comes to mind.

For your reading pleasure, ten people are lured into coming to an island under different pretexts, e.g. offers of employment or to enjoy a late summer holiday or meet with old friends. All have been complicit in the death(s) of other human beings but

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Quick and Easy Home Improvements for Sellers

easy home improvements, quick home improvements, cheap home improvements, house valueAs we ease out of summer, it’s becoming more of a buyer’s market. But don’t worry, there’s still time for sellers who may have found their homes becoming a bit stagnant on the market. ABC News’ Real Money Team spoke with designer Christiane Lemieux, who shared some inexpensive upgrades for sellers looking to get the most bang for their buck.

The most affective and low risk upgrade? A neutral palette. A freshly painted white room allows buyers to picture themselves in the space, Lemieux said. These are also great tips for Realtors to share with their seller clients, adding perceived value and appeal to the listing. Here are more articles for sellers and Realtor Tips.

Other improvements with impact

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Get Top Dollar From the Sale of Your Home 

selling my home, sell my home, sell my home for moreHere are a few tips to help you get top dollar when you are selling your home. In addition to these seven simple tips, you may want to look at more articles in the sellers category of our company blog. These are also great tips for Realtors to share with their seller clients.

1. Remove half the contents of closets and cabinets. Taking out half of the contents, then organizing what remains, will make the spaces feel larger. On the other hand, a cluttered closet or cabinet will give the impression there isn’t enough storage space, a message you certainly do not want to send to prospective buyers.

2. Brighten up every room. Buy light bulbs with higher wattages, clean your windows, take down room darkening

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House Value - Fall Maintenance

fall maintenance, buying a home, house valueIf you put in the time and effort to keep your lawn healthy over the summer, you’ll want to ensure that the hard work doesn’t go to waste during the cooler months. Below are a few tips for fall lawn maintenance and preparing for cooler weather.

Did you know some simple things now will both make your life easier and save you money in the Spring. This is especially important if you're planning on selling a home next year during the prime buying season, or if you recently bought a home, a chance at increasing both savings and outdoor beauty.

Fertilize – Feeding in fall fuels leaf blade development, which results in more food stored in grass roots.

Aerating – Heavily trafficked lawns can suffer from soil compaction.

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Strategies for Buying a Home in a Competitive Market

first time home buying, first time home buyers, home buying processYou are in the market to buy a new home. Congratulations. More than likely you will spend a considerable amount of time and energy finding your dream home. So, once you’ve found it, you don’t want to lose it in a bidding war and then have to start over. If you're a Realtor working with buyers, feel free to share these tips with your clients. Here are a few strategies for making an offer that sellers can’t refuse.

1. Put together a great team of professionals. You will want to have a real estate agent, your mortgage lender, and a home inspector. Having your team assembled will enable you to act quickly when you find the home of your dream. Professional buyer's agents will have a small army of good

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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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