Former Student Troy Durr Shines Light on Lobsters!

Troy Durr, a BOLD Realtor®, Agent Rising Alum shares an encouraging business success story that came out of the pandemic!

My takeaways: 1-serve your community and the rest will follow.

2- be nimble when faced with opposition

3- never can have too many ‘best friends’!

His business model is on their way to South Shore (@southshorerealtors) and is down Cape Cod (@capeandislandassociationofrealtors).

Are you watching weekly show ReaLAWstate with Patti and Kate on BOLD Real Estate facebook page Sundays at 6? You should be!!

online courses

Online Courses at Agent Rising

With all the talk of the corona virus and social distancing, now might be a great time to start your online real estate course on the path to your real estate career.

With all the cancellations in Massachusetts and people encouraged to stay home, now is a great time to visit our website and start enrolling in your online real estate course.  You can finish with your LIVE hours at the RISE Welcome center in Mattapoisett when the crisis starts to ease and a more normal work schedule is established.

The kids are home anyway and most large events have been cancelled including dining out.  This is a great way to stay productive and start a career you may have been dreaming of.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information or call 508-997-8544 or Kate Lanagan MacGregor at 508-728-3648

Boot Camp

Great Two-Day Boot Camp at Agent Rising

Agent Rising Real Estate School just completed their two-day Boot Camp on Friday and Saturday! It was a great two-day class at the Rise Welcome Center at 145 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett.

The Rise Welcome Center has undergone a renovation complete with standing tables, poufs on the floor with low tables, and conventional round table set up.

The energy  in the room was great.  People could rotate around the room and this helped with the 10 and a half hour days.  Instructor Kate Lanagan MacGregor  also included co-teaching with students in her instructor course.  This helped to shake it up a bit and add a little bit of variety to the classes.

She started the day off with a treasure hunt.  People in the room were mixed up so they were not with who they came with. Students really enjoyed it and said it was the highlight of the class.

All in all Kate felt it was a phenomenal class but they ran out of time.   A new change is opening  up the center for studying.  Students are excited to use the Agent Welcome Center for studying and are busy starting study groups to help prepare for their real estate exam.

Are you ready to start your real estate career?  Visit www.agentrising.com for more information or call 508–997-8844 or Kate Lanagan MacGregor at 508-728-3648

home safety

Home Safety

Our homes are a huge part of our lives.  Whether we have lived in many homes or still in our first house we ever bought, our home is where our heart lies.  How can we keep the home we love safe and accessible as we age or for our senior family members?

There are many easy and cost-effective steps we can take to keep our homes safe.

Be sure all stairs have handrails whether inside or outside.  Make sure your landing is wide outside and consider getting rid of stairs outside altogether and landscape a gentle rise to the door.  Add lights down your outside walkway to keep falls to a minimum. Be aware of the weather.  Keep walkways and paths clear after a snowstorm.  Shoveling early can prevent a buildup of ice later.  Make sure you have salt on hand if ice is an issue.

Do you have a downstairs room you can convert into a master bedroom if your current bedroom is upstairs?  Stairs can become difficult as people age and a downstairs bedroom can be a huge help.  If this is not possible, make sure the handrails are secure and consider putting non-slippery stair treads for secure footing. Although, it may be pricier, you can install a chair lift or even possibly an elevator.

Adjust the height of the bed for ease of getting in and out and make sure you have easily reachable lighting as well as a phone on the nightstand. There are many kits available to adjust the bed height.  This can help prevent a nightime fall.

Grab bars in the shower and near the toilet are important to prevent falls.  Bath mats and bath seats can also help.

In the kitchen, whistling tea pots and loud timers can help seniors remember when they have something on the stove.

Another hazard is throw rugs.  They tend to bunch up and can easily cause a fall.  Make sure all doorways and halls are free and clear for easy access to the whole house.  Decluttering can go a long way.  It leaves much less hazards to trip or fall over.

Cell phones are a must as  we age.  Keep it charged and near at all times, especially in the car and out in the yard.  This can help if there’s a fall, to get help quickly.

We love our homes and this will help keep us in our homes as we age or as we add older family members to our household.

Visit www.agentrising.com   Check out our website to jumpstart your real estate career with online or traditional courses.  Now it the time to get into real estate. Our next Live Boot Camp is this week, Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th! It’s now too late to enroll. Call 508-997-8844 or Kate at 508-728-3648

 

realtor safety

Realtor Safety Issues

Realtor safety is always an important issue. It’s always a good time to revisit steps to prevent tragedy. Realtors can be put in dangerous situations during Open Houses and showings and need to be aware of steps to take to keep themselves safe.   Here are some tips for common realtor situations.

Make sure at least one personal contact and your office knows where you are at all times.  You should let them know where you will be and when you feel you will be done.  Check in when you move on.

Meet new clients at the office first before any private showings.  Have them complete a client information sheet and copy their driver’s license and vehicle information.

Open Houses:  Have another realtor or co-worker share the duties with you and set up a sign in sheet with client’s information.

During open houses and showings, let your client proceed you through the house, especially when going down into the basement or upstairs.  Keep them in your line of vision at all times.

Park on the street to be able to leave easily.  Do not let a client block you in the driveway.  Drive around the neighborhood and acquaint yourself with the layout,  be aware of the easiest and fastest exit routes.

Know all the exits to the home and make sure they are all unlocked.

Leave your purse and valuables in the trunk of your car and have your cell phone in your hand.  Leave the expensive jewelry at home.

Never allow a client into your car unless you know them very well and feel very  comfortable.

Check out the safety apps for your phone.  Have the local police department saved on your phone and have them ready to respond at the touch of a button.

Last but not least, trust your gut.  If a situation makes you uncomfortable or makes you uneasy, remove yourself  and reschedule.  Your job is not worth your safety.

Does the real estate market interest you?  you always dreamed of starting a real estate career?  Visit www.agentrising.com and find out how you can start your real estate career with regular and online classes. Our next LIVE Boot Camp is Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th.  Visit our website or call 508-997-8844.  Questions? Call Kate Lanagan MacGregor at 508-728-3648

Real estate career

Become a Real Estate Agent This Year

2020 is here and with it comes a new set of New Year’s Resolutions!  Everyone resolves to eat better and work out more but have you always thought about a career in real estate?  Now is a great time to start!

Projections show real estate careers will rise this year. As the housing market stays strong and interest rates stay steady,  there will be a need for real estate agents.

You can set your own destiny.  The harder you work and market yourself, the more it will pay off in clients and closings.  You are the driver of your bus.  You set your own hours and the work you put in will come back to benefit you directly.

Real estate agents were ranked as one of the happier professions.  You are making a difference in people’s lives and helping them realize their dream of owning a home.  It is very rewarding.

It is relatively easy and inexpensive as opposed to 4-year college career occupations to earn your real estate license.  Agent Rising Real Estate School offers traditional as well as online courses.   We also offer Live BootCamps and hours to get a majority of your hours in a short amount of time.

Our Rise Welcome Center on 145 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett, is ready to welcome students and is also offering new one-day courses for agents.

Visit www.agentrising.com  or call 508-997-8844 and see how you can fulfill your New Year’s Resolution and start taking courses to obtain your real estate license today. Check out our new classes!

Live BootCamp

Sign up for Live BootCamp

There’s still time to sign up for our two-day Live BootCamp! Now is a great time to make your dreams a reality and start your real estate career! Attend our two-day Live class at the Agent Rising at 145 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett, and finish up with our online classes.  You’ll have all the tools you need to pass your real estate exam.

You could be a practicing real estate agent by springtime! Join instructor Kate Lanagan MacGregor as she leads you through all the information and real life situations you will need for your exam.  The classes are fun, informative, with guest speakers from the real estate world.

Classes are tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 10th and Saturday, Jan. 11th 8:00am -6:30pm.

Call 508-998-7744 or visit www.agentrising.com to sign up today!

Agent Rising

January Boot Camp

Sign up today for our 2-day January Bootcamp!  Friday, January 10th and Saturday, January 11th!Have you always dreamed of starting a real estate career?  Now is the time to take advantage of our two-day Live BootCamp at 145 Fairhaven Rd. Mattapoisett. Join us both days from 8:00am to 6:30pm.

This is a great way to get in your Live Hours and finish up with our online hours.  You can be a real estate agent by springtime.  We have all the tools you need to pass your real estate exam. This also makes a great gift for a loved one!

Busy week ahead! Visit the calendar page for links to the LIVE webinars we will be holding this week in conjunction with our BOOT CAMP!! See link below.

Monday 5-7
Thursday no class
Friday 1-6
Saturday 9-12
Saturday 1-5

https://agentrising.com/schedule/?fbclid=IwAR0Kf9rWmqjxRkf_kooP2iIR0Y3n176aZ388VqiaVy2gXzJaizs8rKXqjLQ

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information and to sign up today! You can also call

 

buyers

What Are Buyers Looking For?

What are buyers really looking for in a house?  Of course, there are the staples we all think of, first and foremost being location, location, location.

There are also a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms, maybe an open floor plan or granite countertops,  and the price is always a deciding factor, but there are other factors that clients may not even be aware of.

Is the house a true fit?  Many buyers subconsciously either love a  house, hate it, or are indifferent.  It could be associated with certain smells, that either remind them of a house they loved or didn’t love.  It could be a house that reminds them of a home  from their childhood with good memories.  It could have certain features that really sell it for them, like a fireplace, or a beautiful staircase.  Either way people sometimes react to houses in a way that even they don’t understand.

If it’s a house they love, they will do everything possible to own it.  The hard situation is when one of the buyers is in love and one may be indifferent or even not liking the house at all.

With a competetive market and low inventory, buyers may have to make an offer quickly on a house they love to avoid missing out.  Making a competitive offer is key to buying the house of their dreams.

Some clients will say that certain houses just feel right, like their home.  When that happens, it’s a great feeling.  It’s a harder situation when they keep looking but find a lot of houses that they feel “ok” about but not enough to make an offer.

Usually they will find their dream house, it’s just a matter of time.  It may take a lot of patience, but when they find their true fit, it’s worth it.

Visit us at www.agentrising.com for more information on your life as a new agent. We offer online as well as Live classes.  We give you all the tools you need to pass your real estate exam.  You can also call 508-997-8844

time management

Tips for Managing Your Time in Real Estate

Real Estate can be a time consuming career, but there are many tips for managing your time and making time for personal and family life. 

Real estate agents spend a lot of time on support activities which include: prospecting, lead follow-up, taking listings and making sales. You can’t avoid these activities which support your career, but you can try to handle them more efficiently and with less time.

One helpful tip is to make chunks of time.  MLS searches, filing, faxing, copying and clouding are some tasks you can try to do in one session at a certain day of the week instead of constant interruptions of your day. Keep a list of what needs to be done and set aside a certain amount of time one day a week to tackle.

Also block a certain amount of time each day to search the web and do other web-related activities. Keep a time limit so you don’t become too distracted on unimportant activities.

Pick a certain time of day for prospecting by writing thank-you notes and sending out pop-bys . This will keep you at the forefront of your clients’ mind.

Another good tip is to give a quick call to your active clients and listings on a certain day each week. Even if you don’t have anything new to report, at least they know you are keeping them informed and on the job. A “just checking in” call is always appreciated.

Turn your phone off at a certain time each night to enjoy dinner and family time.  Your clients can wait until the morning if anything comes up.

Pick a day or two each week for family activities and personal time.  Working 24-7 will wear you out quickly.  You want to be efficient but time off is important too.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com for more helpful information. Are you ready to start your real estate career? We offer online as well as Live classes. Already an agent? We also offer continuing education.  Call 508-997*-8844