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Turn Lemons into Lemonade

We are living through some crazy days.  With the corona virus, social distancing seems to be the new norm for the next few weeks.  Staying positive for ourselves and our families is crucial and turning lemons into lemonade.

Online courses are the way to go for students, and adults alike.  It’s a great way to stay up on schoolwork and even start something new.

Have you always dreamed of starting a real estate career?  Now is a great time to start.  Everyone is homebound and this is a great way to fill your time.  Start our online course today and finish with LIVE hours when conditions improve.

It’s also a great time for agents to take our online continuation credits to renew your real estate license.  Catch up on your credits while you have some downtime.

You can also take our Broker Rising course or designation courses to up your real estate professionalism.  The sky’s the limit.

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

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Spring Real Estate Market is Already Here

The spring real estate market may seem like a month away but is actually already here!  Buyers have been out looking steadily since the beginning of the year and inventory is low!

Now is a great time to put your home on the market before we get into the busy summer months.  With less inventory available, there is more competition for your home. This can translate into a shorter time on market and a better price.

Don’t hesitate. Buyers are out looking right now.  Start preparing your home for showings now to put on the market as soon as possible.

Has real estate always interested you? Are you ready to make the career move and start your real estate career?  Visit www.agentrising.com  We have LIVE hours and a  LIVE Boot Camp.  Join today and start your online course now and finish up wit- your LIVE hours and you’ll be ready to pass your real estate exam.

Our next LIVE Boot Camp is March 6th and 7th! There is still plenty of time to sign up!

You can also call 508-997-8844

 

 

 

 

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

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Agent Rising Real Estate School wants to wish everyone  a Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today is a great day to spend with family and loved ones.

Have you always thought that real estate just might be your forte? Now is a great time to make that dream a reality. You can be a licensed real estate agent by springtime. Visit www.agentrising.com to sign up for our online course and finish with our Live Boot Camp on March 6th and 7th!

Enroll now! Visit our website or call Kate Lanagan MacGregor 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

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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.

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

 

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.

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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