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Holidays are a Great Time to Buy

holidaysThe holidays will soon be here and it’s a great time to spend with family and friends. On another note, it’s also a great time to buy real estate. You may have to brave the elements, and put up with the craziness of the holidays, but it is definitely worth it.

Although inventory is generally limited, if you are persistent, you have less competition and can negotiate a great deal.

Also, sellers are usually motivated if they decide to put their home up for sale during the busy holidays.  There are many reasons why a seller may have to sell their home soon, such as relocation or they may want to be in their new home by Christmas. This can all work in a buyer’s favor.

There may be great tax advantages to closing before the end of the year depending on your tax situation.  If you are in the market for a new home, it can be a great decision to start looking.

Interest rates are always fluctuating but tend to lower at the end of the year.  It’s not a given, but a trend a buyer can take advantage of.

Sometimes closings are quicker at this time of year.  Even though lenders, and real estate agents are busy with their own holiday plans and work less, there is a great incentive to close before Christmas and finish the deal before the New Year.

Has real estate always interested you? Are you ready to take the next step and start your real estate career? Agent Rising Real Estate School has you covered.  We offer online courses and Live Hours and Bootcamps to help you fulfill your requirements and prepare you to take and pass your real estate exam. Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844

New Year

End the Year on a High Note

It’s December 2nd and we have a limited amount of days left for the year but there is still time to end the year strong!

With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s tempting to let your business slide and wait to pick it up next year, but there is still time to do both.

We know there is much to do with shopping and decorating and wrapping, but its a great time to spend with family and friends.  It’s important to work family time in with all your activities.  Enlist your family’s help to wrap presents, and make holiday treats and spend a fun night decorating and enjoying family time.

Don’t let your day to day business fall by the wayside.  It might not be a great time to start a new initiative, but daily maintenance on your business is a must.  You can also incorporate the Christmas holiday into your business with holiday cards and pop-by gifts. A great December means a great January.

It’s also not too late too start your real estate career.  Start your online course this month and attend our Live Hours Bootcamp in January and you could be a real estate agent in the New Year.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information and to register or call 508-997-8844

 

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Starting Your Real Estate Career

You’ve finished your real estate course and passed your test! Congratulations!  What comes next?  Choosing a real estate company which fits your philosophy and goals is important.  Do your research and interview the companies you are interested in before you make up your mind.

Now is the time to make a plan.  What are your goals for the week, month, year?   You can decide how successful you will be.  You are the driver of your bus.  If you work full time at your business, you will build a successful career.  Your income potential is basically unlimited.  You can work part-time if that works for you but  the more time you put in, the more benefits you’ll reap.

Go to the office everyday.  Make a plan for how many calls and outreach you will do daily.  Stick to it.

Start your marketing plan also.  Business cards, postcards introducing yourself to the community, social media marketing are all part of this.  Get yourself out there. Pick a brand and use it as a marketing tool.   Attend your office meetings and spend as much time at the office as you can.  Consider volunteering to shadow other more experienced realtors.  Help them out and learn from them.  Working side by side with other realtors is a great learning experience.

Working weekends is usually necessary, but carve out time for yourself.  Working one day on the weekend and keeping the other open for family and friends is a great compromise.  Turn your phone off at meals and after 7 pm for peace of mind.  You want to be available to your clients, but you also need some time for yourself.  It will make you a better realtor.

Be your community expert.  Get out in your community and volunteer.  You will meet all kinds of new people which leads to more business, not to mention the good feeling of giving back to your community.

Visit www.agentrising.com to start your real estate career.  Sign up for our traditional or online courses.  We offer LIVE hours and join our next Bootcamp is January 10th and 11th! Call 508-997-8844

 

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Upcoming Agent Rising Classes!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the the holidays are quick to follow, but there is still time to start on the journey to your real estate career before the New Year.

Agent Rising Real Estate School is offering new classes in December and the New Year.

Sign up for this great class!

We are also offering  our next Live Boot Camp on January 10th and 11th at the BOLD Welcome Center at 145 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett.

With the craziness of summer behind us, now is a great time to start taking our online courses and completing your required 19 independent hours.  There is still time before the holidays are upon us to finish your independent hours and finish up in the New Year with out Live Boot Camp.  We have all the tools you need to complete your requirements and sit for and pass your real estate exam.  You can be a licensed real estate agent at the start of the New Year.

Now is a great time to start on the road to your real estate license.

Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844 to enroll or find out more information.

Boot Camp

New Boot Camp January 10th and 11th!

Agent Rising Real Estate School is excited to offer our next Live Boot Camp on January 10th and 11th at the BOLD Welcome Center at 145 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett.

With the craziness of summer behind us, now is a great time to start taking our online courses and completing your required 19 independent hours.  There is still time before the holidays are upon us to finish your independent hours and finish up in the New Year with out Live Boot Camp.  We have all the tools you need to complete your requirements and sit for and pass your real estate exam.  You can be a licensed real estate agent at the start of the New Year.

What better way to change your life and embark on a new journey. Have you always dreamed of starting a real estate career?  Now is a great time to start!

Call 508-997-8844  for more information and enroll or visit www.agentrising.com and sign up today.

NAR Annual Realtor Conference

NAR Annual Conference in San Francisco

Kate Lanagan MacGregor, co-owner of BOLD Real Estate and owner of Agent Rising Real Estate School was excited to attend the National Association of Realtors Annual Conference in San Francisco last week.

Kate is always excited to up her professionalism with top notch conference sessions, learning new trends and tools to help her better communicate and work with her clients, and instructor classes to better help her students at Agent Rising Real Estate School.

There were keynote speeches from Magic Johnson and Billie Jean King which were inspirational and motivating. It was also exciting to have Massachusetts Realtor Richard Waystack installed as NAR President.  It was a great time to connect with her fellow realtors and return with more inspiration and ideas to bring back to her clients and students.

Kate is excited to bring all this back to Agent Rising Real Estate School.  She is excited to share all she has learned at the conference with her students.  Are you ready to make a difference in your life?  Agent Rising offers Live Hours as well as online courses and two-day bootcamps.  Call today to register and see how you can change your life and become a real estate agent by the New Year! Call 508-997-8844 or visit www.agentrising.com

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Real Estate 2020

What will 2020 bring in the real estate world?  Here is the latest news on how the real estate market will fare in the New Year!

The indicators are predicting that home sales will increase and be a shining star in the economy of 2020.  Sales from existing homes and new homes will keep the real estate market on solid ground.

Real estate sales activity are predicted to increase in 2020, contrary to past beliefs that sales would decrease in the coming year.  The reason for this could be linked to low mortgage rates.

Inventory still continues to be an issue.  There is a shortage of homes to sell in comparison with the buyers out there looking. This is more of an issue with lower-priced homes and first-time home buyers. This means more time to find the house of your dreams.

While predicting the future is never completely accurate, mortgage rates are predicted to creep up slightly but still stay under the 4% mark.  This is good news for buyers and can help with their sense of urgency to find a home.

House prices are expected to rise in 2020 but at a slower rate than 2019.  It all depends on what housing market you are looking at.  Some markets are actually seeing a price drop which may continue in 2020.

Since home prices have risen in the last few years and mortgage rates have stayed lower, the country will see a lot of refinancing in the year ahead.

All in all, 2020 seems like a year of small changes and could look a lot like 2019.

Agent Rising Real Estate School covers everything real estate.  Are you ready to take the next step and start your real estate career? We have online courses as well as Live Hours to help you pass your real estate exam.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information or call 508-997-8844

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Fall and Winter Selling Tips

Spring is always advertised as the best time to sell a home but the fall and winter market is a great time too!  What should you do to keep your house looking it’s best and ready to sell?

Keep up with your system maintenance.  Now is the time to turn on the heat and and stoke up the fire.  Make sure your heating system is serviced and trouble-free and it’s a great time to clean the chimneys and make sure your woodstoves and fireplaces are safe and in working order.  Regular maintenance will keep all your appliances working properly.

Keep up with the outside maintenance also.  Keep the grass cut, leaves raked, or snow shoveled so the yard looks its best and is safe for showings. You might want to pull out some spring photos you have of the house.  The fall and winter look of your home may be cozy but you also want sellers to see what it looks like with flowers blooming and grass growing.

Take advantage of the seasonal decor.  Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas can show your home in a great light.  A cozy fire and great aromas such as potpourri simmering on the stove can add to the homey feel of the home.   Keep the decorations light and classic.  Halloween pumpkins and mums and gourds are a great look, but avoid the gore and scary aspects of Halloween, such as spider webs, Friday the 13th characters or scary masks.  For Thanksgiving and Christmas, less is more.  Classic decorations are in order rather than over the top lights and displays.

Lighting is important when we turn the clocks back  and it gets darker earlier.  Make sure there is plenty of lighting inside and out to keep the home bright and cozy.  Showings may be after dark, and a lit up yard can help potential buyers see the yard better.

There may be less showings at this time of year, but buyers are usually serious.  Try to be flexible with showings so buyers have the chance to get in and see the house according to their schedules. The days may be getting shorter but there is still plenty of time to sell your home.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information on starting your real estate career whether traditional classroom or online.  Check out our Scholarshare program.

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Be The Neighborhood Real Estate Agent

What are consumers really looking for in a real estate agent?  Of course they’d like you to sell their home in a timely manner or help them buy a new house, but they can look up houses on their own on the internet. What else are they looking for?

Real Estate Agents still have the local market knowledge and expertise they are looking for.  It is one of our competitive edges in this day and age.  There are a lot of statistics and facts on the local real estate sites, but not always accurate.   We, as real estate agents can help them sort through the facts and realize what is true in our area.   We may not know everything , but there is a lot you can offer on the trends in selling and buying in your neighborhood.  Especially to clients new to the area, you can offer them information on schools, local spots to dine, and even differences in taxes and education in the towns you serve.  You become the local “expert”.

People like to know about the neighborhoods, they are moving into.  Even new agents, who may not be as seasoned, can capitalize on this by researching and learning the local area and blogging about it on your website.

You can become the “local agent” and that leads to real estate success.

Agent Rising Real Estate School is dedicated to helping real estate agents up their professionalism and take the next step, whether rising to Broker or earning continuing education credits  and learning all the newest real estate changes.  Ready to start real your estate career? We have all the tools you need to get started!

Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844

 

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Finance Options When Buying a Home

It’s a great time to be  looking for a new home.  With that, comes all the financial decisions.  Do you have cash or will you be looking for a mortgage loan?

There are many options for residential loans.  Some of these options include:

Conventional

FHA

VA

USDA-RD

State Housing Programs

Jumbo

Renovation Programs

New Construction End Loans for Permanent Financing

Reverse Mortgages

Are you looking for a fixed rate or interest-only loan?  There are also adjustable rates and hybrid arms.

You may be looking for a 1-4 family property, a single-family home or a second home.  You could also be an investor looking to flip a home.

All these options may be confusing but the best first step is to speak with a mortgage lender and discuss your options.  Before you start looking at homes you are interested in, it’s important to meet with a mortgage specialist.  They can explain the different types of loans you may qualify for.  They will also look at your financial situation and talk to you about the price range you may want to be looking at and can provide you with a pre-approval when you find a house that fits your needs and budget.

Once you know your price range, your real estate agent can show you homes that fit your criteria and budget.  It is critical to talk to your lender first since a pre-approval is needed when you are ready to make an offer on a house.  If you are unsure which lender to start with, talk to your agent.  They can make suggestions on local banks and mortgage companies.  Your loan officer and your agent will be with you every step of the way to help the transaction proceed smoothly and keep you informed at every step.

Are you thinking of starting a real estate career?  Agent Rising Real Estate School has you covered! We offer online courses to help you earn your hours needed as well as all the tools you need to pass your real estate exam.  We also offer Broker Courses! Earn your broker hours in two eleven-hour days.  Visit www.agentrising.com and sign up today! or call 508-997-8844

 

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