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What is Destination Southcoast?

destination southcoast logoWhat is Destination Southcoast? Destination Southcoast was created by Beyond Bold Media as a method of getting your reviews on multiple sites so that people can find them on the web when they are looking. They offer a free directory and then offer opportunities for you to get your message out there depending on what your budget is and what your needs are.

Why is this important? Online reviews are part of reputation management and online reviews are driving the buying decisions of our consumers today. Statistics show that a consumer trusts a review online as much as they trust a referral or recommendation from a trusted friend Lots of people are commenting, liking , reviewing, friending and yelping in cyberspace.

Reputation marketing is a combination of reputation management and branding. By taking action to stimulate reviews for your business, you can influence your reputation for the positive. You can market your reputation online and get the benefits of those reviews while making sure that it’s the message you want to portray, and also getting your reviews and business found on Google.

In business, it’s critical to know what people are thinking and saying about you. Destination Sothcoast has created Lottie the LoveBug. Lottie comes from love and tell. She wants people to love your business and tell people about it. Positive thoughts and positive reviews. Lottie the LoveBug can help you actively seek positive reviews and then take them into Destination South Coast to plaster those reviews all over the place.

The launch will take place April 8th. Stay tuned, more details to follow! For more ideas visit us at www.agentrising.com

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How to Boost House Value!

buyerrelationshipHousing values may be on the rise, but what investments can boost the value in your house without draining your pocketbook unnecessarily?

First of all, try to create the feeling of space. Knocking out a non-structual wall or removing an island can create more of an open space that buyers are looking for. Buyers are looking for wide, open floor plans with less wall space.

Another small investment which yields large returns, is landscaping. Simply cutting grass, trimming hedges and trees, and cleaning up perennial beds can make a huge difference in the look of the property.

Go back to basics and work on maintenance fixes such as plumbing leaks or rusty rain gutters. This could go a long way to attract buyers.

Don’t overlook the front door. This is the first thing your buyers will see. A fresh coat of paint or a new overhang could make a large difference.

Tune up the bathroom. You may not have a lot of money for upgrades but small things go a long way. Replace frosted glass with clear glass, clean the grout, remove rust stains, fresh caulk, new faucets and knobs, or even a new toilet seat make your bathroom look fresh and clean.

Paint goes a long way, and is cheap to do. Stick to neutral colors and don’t forget dingy ceilings.

Visit us at www.agentrising.com for more ideas..

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Tips for Managing Your Time in Real Estate

Picture26There are many tips for managing your time in real estate. 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 try to chunk the 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.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com for more helpful information.

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Watching Your P's and Q's Literally in Real Estate

agent rising represents mattapoisett waterfrontIt may not seem true in this day and age with spell check and auto correct, but spelling and grammar are  important on real estate listings.  Buyers may choose to simply not use you because of bad spelling or grammar.  It definitely does not look professional and you are doing a disservice to your sellers if you are not checking your listings for mistakes.   Another ploy that buyers find annoying is using too many exclamation points or all capitals.  You want your listing to stand out but for its content rather than its eye-catching punctuation.

While professional photos are important, buyers also said the description of the property plays a big part in whether they request a showing.Home descriptions of about 50 words seems to be the optimal length, and have more of an impact in getting the house sold quicker and at a higher price.   Try to be as accurate as you possibly can, and don’t promise things like hardwood floors, when you don’t know what is actually under the carpet.  Honesty is always best when you’re not sure or better yet pull up a little of the carpeting and check.  Buyers will hold you to what you write in your description, even though there is a disclaimer that listings may not be completely accurate.

Also, try not to use too many abbreviations.  We may know what we are talking about but new buyers won’t and that will simply frustrate and confuse them.  Reading over your listing before you post will save time and confusion in the end and make you look like the professional that you are.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com  to find out more realtor tips.

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Watching Your P’s and Q’s Literally in Real Estate

agent rising represents mattapoisett waterfrontIt may not seem true in this day and age with spell check and auto correct, but spelling and grammar are  important on real estate listings.  Buyers may choose to simply not use you because of bad spelling or grammar.  It definitely does not look professional and you are doing a disservice to your sellers if you are not checking your listings for mistakes.   Another ploy that buyers find annoying is using too many exclamation points or all capitals.  You want your listing to stand out but for its content rather than its eye-catching punctuation.

While professional photos are important, buyers also said the description of the property plays a big part in whether they request a showing.Home descriptions of about 50 words seems to be the optimal length, and have more of an impact in getting the house sold quicker and at a higher price.   Try to be as accurate as you possibly can, and don’t promise things like hardwood floors, when you don’t know what is actually under the carpet.  Honesty is always best when you’re not sure or better yet pull up a little of the carpeting and check.  Buyers will hold you to what you write in your description, even though there is a disclaimer that listings may not be completely accurate.

Also, try not to use too many abbreviations.  We may know what we are talking about but new buyers won’t and that will simply frustrate and confuse them.  Reading over your listing before you post will save time and confusion in the end and make you look like the professional that you are.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com  to find out more realtor tips.

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Making Clients Feel Important!

agent rising blogYour clients are the mainstay of your business.  Developing lasting relationships and satisfactory transactions are where your referrals come from.  Technology is an important and necessary part of your real estate tools.  You are able to get your job done faster and more efficiently when you have the technology you need to make it happen, such as your i-pad, i-phone and apps to do paperless transactions and get you noticed on the web.

The important piece of your business is to use your people skills and technology appropriately  with different clients.  Young house sellers and buyers are very technology savvy, and this is where your web presence is important.  They are going to start  looking for a house or a real estate agent on the web and your presence on search engines is what will get you noticed and busy with their business.  This means you want to have a website you are blogging on to keep you on page 1 of their Google search.

You also don’t want to ignore the importance of your transactions and helping people reach their real estate goals, whether buying or selling a house.  This is the reason you are a real estate agent.  Forming a good relationship with your clients and doing a great job on their transactions will help you get the referrals you need  to keep your business going.  When you truly care about what your clients are looking for and help them get there with no thought of   “what is in it for me” will build your business and your clientele.

This means you may have clients who are not internet savvy at all and may not even be able to receive documents by email.   You need to change your gears and tailor your strategy to them.  This would include more phone calls and meetings face to face to get the job done.  Also, handwritten thank you notes are always a nice touch in every situation.

Tailoring your style to every client is what keeps them coming back and referring their friends.  This shows them you truly care about their situation.

Please check us out at www.agentrising.com for more strategies for your real estate career.

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You are Ageless!

Agent Rising BlogIf you are just starting out in real estate but can remember the 70s like they were yesterday, don’t despair.  Age really is only a number, your enthusiasm and willingness to learn will carry you through.  Agent Rising is here to help with social media and technology tips and training that will catch you up in no time.
The first step is to admit your limitations and methodically strive to overcome them. For example, an easy place to start is to get comfortable with your smart phone.  In addition to phone calls, you need to be able to send and receive emails and texts on your phone.  It can also be useful to have a calender application (app) on your phone to keep track of your appointments and a navigation app to get you there on time!  Having access to the internet on your phone can save you having to tell a client you will get back to them with an answer, you can look it up right there.  Got your phone mastered?  It’s time to move on to the next gadget or software.  Don’t be afraid of learning new technology.  You can do it!
Another way to keep up-to-date with new ideas and strategies is to subscribe to various real estate blogs.   Agent Rising’s blog is always chock full of interesting ideas and a quick search on the internet will find other popular ones.  Blogs are great because the writers are very often willing to share tricks that they have learned to help them succeed.  Take advantage of that!  You don’t have to make all the mistakes yourself and you will learn some time tested strategies as well.
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Work towards becoming ageless – take stock of your abilities with technology and social media.  What are your weak points?  Make a list of the problem, the solution and set a deadline to accomplish your objective. Break your learning down into small manageable steps and track your progress

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Selling houses in Wintertime!

Agent rising blogSelling houses in the winter can be a challenge, but there is no reason you need to wait until spring to put a house on the market.  It’s true that it may be a slower time but consumers face all kinds of situations such as divorce and relocations that may make a winter move essential  Most winter buyers and sellers are serious and may have a sense of urgency.

How do you prepare a house for a winter sell?     One key ingredient is to price your house realistically to sell without  the added extra for haggling.  It will help avoid the situation of your house sitting on the market longer than you’d like.

Also, if at all possible, use photos of your house snow free.   If that’s not possible, take pictures as soon as you have a brief thaw.  The less snow the better.

To combat winter’s gloom, try to clean up the driveway of any leaves and debris and keep the driveway and paths clear of snow.  It might not look as good as springtime but the neater and cleaner the better.

Since you can’t control the weather,  you can stage the inside of the house to look warm and cozy.  Declutter, put away personal stuff as much as possible  and maybe have a cozy fire in the fireplace.  Baking some nice smelling pies or desserts before a showing always leaves a nice scent in the air.

Lighting is always important.  You might want to use brighter bulbs to combat winter gloom.  Also, cleaning the windows will let more light in and make your rooms look brighter.

It’s a little more work, but selling a house in the winter is always a good choice.

Please visit us at  www.agentrising.com for more info. on helping your clients get their house sold.

 

 

 

 

 

Earthquake Shakes up Southeastern Massachusetts

bold moves real estate buildingA 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook Southeastern Massachusetts on Tuesday evening around 6 pm. The epicenter was located near Bliss Corner in Dartmouth. The tremors were felt in New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Rochester, and Mattapoisett. Many reported feeling a loud boom as if their furnace had exploded. Most people wondered what it was. Many felt it could have been an accident outside.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage. Since the earthquake was relatively shallow it was felt over a larger area. Geophysicists say earthquakes happen more than we think, we just don’t feel them. The last earthquake to occur in Southeastern Massachusetts was in January.

There have been rumblings in the real estate market as well. House prices have remained stable and the interest rate has crept up slightly but remained steady. It is still a great time to buy or sell a house. There are still plenty of houses available and now is the time to take advantage of that while prices remain stable and USDA loans are still available for many of the neighboring towns.

Please visit us a www.agentrising.com to learn more about jump-starting your real estate career.

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Google + is the Way to Go!

googleAs a real estate agent, we know that marketing is a big part of the business.  How can you sell a house if no one sees it.  This is where social media marketing comes in .  Most consumers start their search online and you want them to find you.  A good  website that you blog on regularly is a crucial part of your success as an agent, but where do you share your posts?  Google +, Facebook, Pinterest , Twitter are all great  and you can post on all, but Google + should definitely be your first stop.

Facebook’s largest audience is 25-34 and mostly female.  Google + users are 45-54 and mostly males, so if you use both, you are hitting a wide audience, but there are some reasons you want to consider Google +  as your primary.

When you post something to Google Plus, it shows up almost instantly, because Google will index anything posted quickly.  Your rank will be higher.  Also, when people click and share your links, Google will bump you up even more.  If you support Google by using Google Plus, it gives your posts a little boost.

You can also have your picture with your posts if you have a Google Plus profile.  This gives a face with a post which makes you seem a little more human.

Posting once a day keeps you fresh in the Google mind  and the people you are connecting with.  They will share your posts and you in turn can share theirs.  It builds relationships and keeps everyone connected and boosts you up the Google Search page.

Visit us at www.agentrising.com for more ideas on social media marketing.

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