instructor program

Instructor Course a Success

Agent Rising Real Estate School held their first two-day 30-hour Instructor Course on Friday and Saturday.  Kate Lanagan MacGregor led the two-day class and it was a great success!

It was a small group of students, but they are well on their way to becoming a licensed instructor! This is the first of more to come!

Agent Rising has everything you need to become a licensed real estate agent, earn continuing education credits, broker courses, instructor courses and real estate courses to inspire and up your professionalism.  Together we R.I.S.E.!

Visit www.age-trising.com and check out our February calendar.  There is a course for everyone! You can also reach out to Kate at 508-728-3648

winter storm

Winter Storm Tips

Even though it may seem like we’ve had a pretty easy winter so far, yesterday’s wind storm reminded us that we still have a lot of winter left whatever the Groundhog says.

The high winds and rain left many roads impassable with downed trees resulting in many power outages throughout the Southcoast.

While we can’t change the weather, here are some tips to be prepared for the next winter storm.

Keep an eye on the weather and weather alerts so you are not caught off guard when the next storm hits.

Check your home’s ability to keep out the cold, such as weatherstripping, insulation, and caulking to prevent frozen pipes and heat loss.

Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are all in working order.  Replace batteries if needed. These can be life-saving during a storm.

Loss of power is always a given.  Make sure you  stock up on essentials and flashlights with batteries. You may want to fill your tub for toilet flushing if you have a well.  Better yet, consider investing in a generator which can get you through many days without electricity.

Consider your elderly family and neighbors also.  Check on them and make sure they are ok and if they need assistance with any chores, especially snow shoveling.

Winter is still with us for a couple of months, so it’s always better to be prepared.

Agent Rising Real Estate School has your back and has everything you need to start your real estate career.  We also offer continuing education credits and classes for seasoned agents.  This includes broker and designation classes.

Visit www.agentrising.com or call Kate Lanagan MacGregor at 508-728-3648

February schedule at Agent Rising Real Estate School

Be an “Agent Rising” In February! [5 minute video]

February is a busy month at Agent Rising for Elevating our Real Estate Profession!

This was my morning video on Facebook Group “RITUALS TO RISE”.

Each morning I share tips, tools, and insights for the day at 6:30 am live on Facebook!

Become a member today!

Join us anywhere for some great tools for you!

Click here to check out schedule and enroll!

Together We RISE!

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

videos

Marketing with Videos

Videos are a powerful way to market to your audience, and the possibilities are endless! You can create a video to market a specific property, highlight a happy customer or share information. But it seems that most people shy away from videos, whether it be fear of the unknown or it’s possible they’re camera shy. So we did some research and came up with great tips on how to start creating videos.
1. Define your audience– before you even pick up the camera and begin filming you need to decide who you want to reach.

2. Define your goal-decide what message you are trying to get across to your audience and how.

3. Pick a topic that has done well in a different format and convert that into a video!– Can’t think of anything new for a video? Use something you’ve already created, such as a video for a blog post that’s already been written.
4. Record yourself reading your script– Use your phone or whatever tool you have and practice!
5.  What’s better than a video testimonial from a happy client?  Ask your client is they wouldn’t mind giving you a two-minute testimonial.  Short and sweet is the best. It doesn’t have to be perfect just genuine.  Use your IPad and record them telling about their experience.
6.. Embed your video into your blog, website or share the link on your social networks– Share with your target audience and look for feedback.
Visit www.agentrising.com for more tips to grow your real estate business or start your real estate career with Agent Rising Real Estate School.  We offer online courses as well as live hours.  We are offering a Live Bootcamp in January.  Visit the website or call 508-997-8844 for more information and to sign up.

Christmas in the Tri-Town

Christmas is almost here and the tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester are always host to some great events celebrating the holidays.

Saturday, December 7th, the Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will have a matinee show of “Elf the Musical” at 12:30 pm. The show will conclude with a visit from Santa for a meet-and-greet with the kids. Don’t forget your cameras.

Also, on Saturday, December 7th is the annual “Santa Run: 5K. Hundreds of “Santas” will be running through the village of Mattapoisett. The “Youth Elves Run” fun run  for ages 13 and under, will start at 12:30 pm and the Santa Run 5K will start at 1:00 pm. The Santa Run has been changed from Downtown New Bedford to Mattapoisett this year.

Sunday, December 8th, brings Santa to the Rochester Senior Center on Dexter Lane for the Lion’s Club annual “Breakfast with Santa.” The event will run from 8:00 am to 11:00 am with a full breakfast menu.  There will also be holiday crafts, games, and cookie decorating.  The Lions suggest a $5 donation for photos with Santa.

Sunday, December 8th, also brings Santa to Marion at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center annual “Pizza with Santa” from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. They will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for it s “Fill a Cruiser” toy drive for area children in foster care and adoption services.

Also, on Sunday, is another matinee at 2:00 pm for “Elf the Musical”

Sunday also features the favorite Marion Holiday Stroll at 3:00 pm. Santa will arrive at the Marion Town Wharf off Front Street and board his horse-drawn carriage for a parade through the village. Word on the street is the Grinch may be spotted also.  The event is from 3:00 pm to 5:30 and will end with the tree lighting at Bicentennial Park at the corner of Main Street and Spring Street.

Rochester will hold their Annual Tree Lighting on Monday, December 9th at 6:30pm on the Rochester Town Green in front of the Town Hall.  The Rochester Memorial School Band and Chorus will be performing and of course there will be a visit from Santa on his Fire Engine.

Santa will be back on Saturday, December 14th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Holiday in the Park.  The big tent will feature fresh food from local restaurants and a performance by the Showstoppers.

It’s a great time in the tri-town.  Come on out and enjoy the festivities!

Agent Rising Real Estate School is excited to part of our local communities.  Have you always dreamed of becoming a real estate agent? Now is the time with our online courses and local Live Hours.  Visit www.agentrising.com for all the information.  Our next Live Bootcamp will be in Janurary.  Call 508-997-8844 or visit the website to enroll.

This blog was posted on www.boldrealestate.com on December 8th, 2019.

staging

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

Staging Tips for Selling During the Holidays

By: Kara Wahlgren
www.hgtv.com

It’s the time of year that calendars are packed with holiday parties, budgets are strained by gift-giving and the roads are covered in freshly fallen snow. Alas, ’tis not the season for real estate. But the good news is that the few brave house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house and stylish trimmings will make them want to ring in the new year in your home. “Holidays can be personal on a lot of levels, but you want to make sure your decor is neutral,” advises Amy Powers, owner of Accent Home Staging & Interiors of Atlanta. “You want to romance your buyer, not invite them to your Christmas party.”

Clean and stage

“Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged,” Powers says. If your living room is already piled high with clutter and knick knacks, your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding.

Create a cozy vibe

The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to forgo holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.

Complement your palette

Before you start untangling your tinsel, make sure your holiday collection matches your current decor. If your living room is painted a soothing ocean-blue hue, skip the clashing red garland and opt for white snowflakes or a silver glass-ball wreath. If you’ve got an earthy color scheme, accent with rich tones like cranberries, forest greens and gold.

Accentuate the positive

Too many trimmings may distract buyers, but the right accessories can draw attention to your home’s best features. Dangle mistletoe in an arched doorway, or display your menorah on the ledge of a bay window; just don’t block a beautiful view with stick-on snowflake decals or clutter an elegant fireplace with personalized stockings.

Go light on lights

Step away from the inflatable snowman, Clark Griswold. One man’s “merry” is another man’s “tacky,” so tone down any garish light displays while your home is on the market. (No, your neighbors didn’t pay us to say that.) Instead, use simple string lighting to play up your home’s architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in your front yard.

Be an equal-opportunity decorator

Leave the life-sized Nativity scene in storage this year, because overtly religious flourishes may be off-putting to some buyers. “You want to keep neutrality throughout, so you can attract any type of buyer,” Powers says. Not sure what qualifies? Powers adds, “No matter what your religion is, you’re not going to feel offended by a nutcracker.”

Mind the tree

A tall Christmas tree can help you show off your two-story great room, but make sure the wide base won’t overwhelm the floor space. If your living area is on the small side, save space with a skinny tree. Swap the gaudy heirloom ornaments and trim your tree in a cohesive theme such as icicle lights and silver tinsel, for example, or blue and gold glass balls.

Clear the clutter

A few decorations can stir the holiday spirit, but don’t feel obliged to hang every last ornament. “A lot of people, when they decorate, tend to use all the extra space in their house,” Powers says. “You still want each space to look as spacious as possible.” Limit yourself to a few hints of holiday flair, but stash the rest in the basement for now. If you start to miss your Santa figurines, just remember that with a little luck, you’ll be celebrating next year’s holidays in a new home. And you can decorate that place any way you please.

Staging is an important part of selling your home. Have you always been interested in real estate?  Visit www.agentrising.com to start your real estate career with  Agent Rising Real Estate School. We offer online as well as Live Hours to complete your requirements to sit and pass your real estate exam. Call 508-997-8844 for more information and to register.

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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.

database

Expanding Your Database Daily!

How do you expand your database of potential clients?  First, take another look at all
of the people who provide services to you.  Your hair stylist is providing you a service.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could do the same for her?  Your mechanic is providing you
a service, wouldn’t it be great if you could do the same for him?

Even if they are not currently in the market to buy or sell a home, you can still be of service
by becoming their information source on all things real estate related. It may take a little
practice, but you need to become adept at offering your services on a regular basis. Just as
you would be interested in receiving car maintenance advice from your trusted mechanic, or
hair color recommendations from your trusted stylist, they will appreciate getting housing
market information from you, their trusted real estate agent. Be careful not to encroach on
another agent’s client.

Create your value communication items – Find sources of real estate related consumer information.  If you are a Realtor, these are readilyavailable on the National Association of REALTORS’ website www.realtor.org.

Rehearse your lead generation conversation – Sketch out and rehearse a potential conversation you might have with someone who provides you a service. Maybe something like:  “You always do such a great job on my hair, Becky.  I hope that some day I can be of service to you.  Do you have a real estate agent that you are working with now?  (If yes, back off.  If no, then continue.) Would you mind if I occasionally sent you
some information on real estate related topics? I will leave you my business card, but what is your mailing or email address?”

Keep at it, and before you know it, asking to be their real estate connection will become second nature and your database will continue to grow.

Has real estate always interested you? Now is a great time to start on the road to a real estate career.  Start with our online courses and finish with our Live Hours! Visit www.agentrising.com for more information and to enroll or call 508-997-8844