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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.

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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.

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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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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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Give Without Expectation!

Agent Rising BlogThis is a good business strategy! While there are consumers who hire agents strictly based on their numbers, the majority want to respect and like their agent as well. Whether you have always been a giving person by nature, or you want to become one as part of the new personal and professional you, it is something to strive for. Think about it. When you go to hire any type of professional, your first step is to think about whether there is anyone that you know personally and, perhaps admire a little, who could do this for you. If there is someone, the trust and respect factor go a very long way in your decision on who to hire. This applies to all sorts of professionals from your barber to your lawyer to your real estate professional.
So, open up to the world. Help out whenever you can and expect nothing in return. You will feel immediate gratification! That gratification will be reflected in everything else that you do and people will notice. Will it increase your business? Who knows. It definitely will increase your self esteem, make you happier and you will project that to the world. Nothing bad can come of that, and maybe some good will.

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Give without expectation – find a way. Whether you shovel an elderly neighbor’s front walk, pick up the litter on your street, help out at a soup kitchen or donate your time to a local charity, just do it!

Bold Moves Do Gooder!

Caught in the act of service. Eli MacGregor was seen doing some serious shoveling in his Bold Moves Sweatshirt. Eli loves to shovel and shoveled the steps and deck of his home and then went to his grandparents house to shovel their path and driveway. The snow was heavy and wet but Eli wasted no time shoveling out his Chickadee and Grampie’s house so they wouldn’t have to shovel the wet and heavy snow themselves.

It’s never too early to start doing good for others. It is a good feeling knowing that you helped out and there are a lot of jobs young kids can do to help out the adults around them. It’s always a good idea to encourage them to look around and see how they can help those in need around them. It starts a good precedent of service to others which always leads to good things. Great job Eli!

Stay tuned for more spottings of Bold Moves Sweatshirts around town and visit www.agentrising.com for more info to become the best you can be!

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Juggling Your Real Estate Career and Family Life

Agent Rising BlogJuggling your real estate career and your family time can be tricky but definitely worth it.  There are many ways to accomplish this.

Make family time an appointment.  When you have an important family event simply treat it as an appointment and tell clients you are booked at that time.  Give them another time to meet.  Most will understand.

At the beginning of  the year, plan your vacation  and pre- book family time and stay committed to it.

Have a friend in the office that can help you out when you have conflicts in your schedule. This can be reciprocal, when he is in need of help also.   There are times when time is of the essence.  If you are unavailable, have someone at the office who can cover for you and you can do the same for him or her when they need a hand.

Set aside one day per week to get away from work and spend quality family time.  We all need some downtime. With the craziness of the business, you always find yourself on the phone at all hours of the day.  Stay committed to spending one day a week without the phone and enjoy uninterrupted family time.

Share your work  with your family.  Talk about your highs and lows.

Put aside time for family dinner.  Real estate agents aren’t doctors.  Phone calls can wait an hour while you have dinner with your family.

Sometimes it may cost you a client or two, but in the course of your career, if  you take the time to keep your family foremost in your life, it will make you a better realtor and clients will respect you for that.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com for more ideas on how to make your real estate career shine.

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Senate Passes Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes!

ipadThe Senate passed a bill to delay flood insurance hikes.   This is a huge relief to hundreds of thousands of homeowners in coastal andflood-zone areas who were looking at drastically higher flood insurance premiums.  Angry constituents inundated Capital Hill with complaints.

The vote was 67-32 which shows that Capital Hill is listening to the widespread alarm which occurred when changes were made to shore up the program’s finances resulting in astronomically high, unaffordable insurance rates for homeowners in flood zones whose insurance was subsidized by the government and other policyholders in the past.

The bill would delay huge premium increases for up to four years.  It would allow homeowners to pass below-cost policies onto people who buy their homes. Also, people who have recently bought homes, would see the jumps in their premiums rolled back.

Projections of the new rates have caused a panic among homeowners which has affected the real estate market and home values. This is not a complete solution but a reprieve to look at the situation in a new way, and allow time to evaluate the new flood maps and a solution which is not devastating to homeowners who require flood insurance.

Agent Rising is keeping  abreast of the situation and MAR has been working  for passage of this bill to help homeowners.

Please visit us at www.agentrising.com for more real estate news and tips to help your career bloom.

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Relationships Matter!

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Relationships are important in most sales professions,
 but even more so in real estate. 
 This is definitely a contact sport!
Never pass up an opportunity to network and get to know the other agents who work in your geographical area.
Whether this is through your local Realtor association activities, office events, or individual one-on-one contact that you initiate, it is essential.  Attend the social events your local realtor association sponsors.  You will meet your other fellow realtors and have some fun while you do it.  You can also network with fellow realtors while you are earning CEU’s at classes sponsored by your local realtor association.
 When you are involved in a real estate transaction there is nearly always someone representing the other party, and if that agent is someone you know, chances are the transaction will go smoother.
Who can you help?  Can you coach your child’s team? Does your town need Planning Board or other committee members?  Is there a soup kitchen nearby?  Is your child a Cub Scout or Girl Scout? Three things happen when you volunteer: You meet some people, you help some people and you feel better about yourself!
When any of those that you have impacted need a Realtor…who do you think they will turn to? YOU!
The complexity of modern real estate transactions means that there may be several
other professionals involved as well.  Appraisers, home inspectors, lenders, plumbers, electricians,
 attorneys and many more, could all become essential to your buyer or seller achieving their goals.
 Follow up and connect on social sites like Facebook, Google + and Linked In right after
you establish their relationships.  Be nice to fellow Realtors with a personalized Dunkin Donuts card,
wear your company t shirt when you volunteer, always be networking!
Grow your professional relationships  – start with your own office and work outward.  At least once a week,
 meet a colleague for coffee, attend an office meeting or function, go to a Realtor networking event.
Volunteer somewhere!  Solidify the relationship with a follow up personal note letting the person know
how much you enjoyed your time with them and that you hope to work with them in the future.  This helps your business but it also makes your work more enjoyable especially when you are working with people you know and like.

For more information on networking go to agentrising.com

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