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National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo in Washington D.C.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) Convention, Trade Show, Legislative Meetings and Education Opportunities is being held this week in Washington D.C.

Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker-owner at BOLD Moves Real Estate and Educator at Agent Rising Real Estate School in in attendance.  Kate is always ready to learn and grow to become a better educator and professional.

The week also includes meetings and advocating for the American home owners.  It’s a busy, exciting week with lots of learning, realtor connections and home buyer support.

Agent Rising Real Estate School knows real estate.   We have all the tools you need to pass your real estate exam and start your real estate career.  We also have broker classes, Continuing education credits and  scholarships whether online or weekend warrior classes.  We have everything you need.  Are you ready to start your real estate career?

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Is Upstream going Mainstream?

Upstream is an initiative promoted by National Association of REALTORS® to modify the flow of information in Real Estate.

I first heard of Upstream at the National Association of REALTORS® Conference, when I attended my Data Strategies Committee meeting two (or three?) years ago.  My takeaway that day was that there is enormous amounts of data being collected, and as Realtors, NAR is in a position to ascertain quality information, and intends to be the gatekeepers of the ‘big data’. It was almost as if “the train has left the station, let’s see if we can’t be the conductor on this train!” NAR allocated a sum of money to investigate possibilities. While I thought it seemed like a tremendous amount of money, those who ‘knew better’ reassured me that it was a drop in the bucket for NAR, this is not a serious game changer.

However, my thoughts of how this would effect agency, compensation, communication, and how I train budding Realtor Professionals was changing. I felt I needed to prepare them for possible changes. I incorporated the YouTube video on Upstream and RPR and began using their diagrams.

Currently, NAR is interviewing candidates for the CEO position of NAR. Brad Inman wrote a thought provoking blog on this, and his ideas of who that may be. To me, this meant that this is serious…. Upstream is on it’s way.

We at Agent Rising Real Estate School and Training Center are poising to launch our“Constantly Evolving Continuing Education” series for Online Education. “Online, On Point, and On Topic”. With our video/online series, we will be addressing issues likeUpstream, Pocket Listings, Coming Soon and more.

We desire to be your source of the source for Real Estate Professionalism!

Call me, Kate Lanagan MacGregor to discuss this HOT TOPIC!

P.S. This blog was originally posted on my personal blog:

www.katelanaganmacgregor.com

 

The Power of Home Staging!

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Does Staging a home make a difference in how much someone is willing to pay for a home and how fast it sells?   The National Association of Realtors conducted a Home Staging Profile to see the impact on home sales.

The average amount spent of Staging is $675.

Who usually pays for the Home Staging?   Seller’s agent may offer the service  62% of the time.  Seller may pay before lising in 39% of the time.  Only 10% will have seller pay after home is sold and  3% say the seller’s agent’s firm pays for the Home Staging.

What rooms should be staged?   The number one staged room is usually the Living Room.  Most of the time this is the first room the buyers will see and try to picture their furniture in.  Number 2 is the Kitchen.  Another important room to buyers.  The rest of the rooms follow:  Number 3 is Master Bedroom, Number 4 is the Dining Room, Number 5 is the Bathroom, Number 6 is the Children’s Bedroom, and the last is the Guest Bedroom.

Most Realtors say Buyers are willing to offer more money for a Staged Home as opposed to a similar Non-Staged Home.  The statistics show that 32% feel Staging brings in 1-5% higher offer, 16% thought it brought an increase of 6-10%, 3% thought it brought increase of 11-15%, 1% claim no impact, 1% thought increase of 16-20%, 20% were unsure, and 1% thought it created a negative impact.

Overall, 96% of buyer’s agents say that staging has an affect on some buyers’ view of the home.  Home Staging makes it easier to visualize the property as a future home.  More buyers were willing to walk through a Staged  home viewed online. There was a  positive impact value of a home decorated to buyer’s tastes.  Staging also  makse buyers more aware of home features.  A Staged house will always look more warm and cozy than an empty house.

Stay tuned for more Staging tips.  Visit us at www.agentrising.com