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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.

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Holidays are a Great Time to Buy

holidaysThe holidays will soon be here and it’s a great time to spend with family and friends. On another note, it’s also a great time to buy real estate. You may have to brave the elements, and put up with the craziness of the holidays, but it is definitely worth it.

Although inventory is generally limited, if you are persistent, you have less competition and can negotiate a great deal.

Also, sellers are usually motivated if they decide to put their home up for sale during the busy holidays.  There are many reasons why a seller may have to sell their home soon, such as relocation or they may want to be in their new home by Christmas. This can all work in a buyer’s favor.

There may be great tax advantages to closing before the end of the year depending on your tax situation.  If you are in the market for a new home, it can be a great decision to start looking.

Interest rates are always fluctuating but tend to lower at the end of the year.  It’s not a given, but a trend a buyer can take advantage of.

Sometimes closings are quicker at this time of year.  Even though lenders, and real estate agents are busy with their own holiday plans and work less, there is a great incentive to close before Christmas and finish the deal before the New Year.

Has real estate always interested you? Are you ready to take the next step and start your real estate career? Agent Rising Real Estate School has you covered.  We offer online courses and Live Hours and Bootcamps to help you fulfill your requirements and prepare you to take and pass your real estate exam. Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844

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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.

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Buying and Selling in the Winter

We all know the line that Spring is a great time to buy or sell a home.  While that may be true, selling or buying a home in the winter can be a great idea especially if your house is ready and you’d rather not wait.

The housing market is still low on inventory, and serious buyers are out looking during the winter months more than ever before.  New Year’s Resolutions to get serious and buy a new home may come into play in mid-January.  The holidays are over and the busy spring and summer is not here yet, so this could be a great time for buyers to get looking.  Most buyers looking at this time of year are serious.

Buyers are usually less put off by days on the market at this time of year.  They realize the holidays could stall a sale  and will still consider homes that have been on the market for a little while within reason.

Selling your house now could mean less competition for the new home you want to buy.

Choose your price carefully! Check out the comparables and be realisitic.  Now is not the time to overprice your home. Don’t despair. If it doesn’t sell quickly, the busy spring market is right around the corner.

Winter is also a great time for buyers, even though inventory may be lower, there will be less competition and sellers are usually pricing their homes to sell.

Sellers are motivated to sell and may be ready to take your offer.  There is less of a chance of getting into a multiple offer situation.

Also, this might be a slower time for your agent, so they have more time to devote to finding you a home.

Winter is a great time for buyers and sellers alike, so bundle up and get out there.

Agent Rising Real Estate School has you covered.  Has real estate always been your passion?  We can make it happen with our online classes or tradtional classroom if you prefer.  Visit www.agentrising.com 

or call 508-997-8844 for more information and to enroll.

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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

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Start Your Real Estate Career Today!

It’s that time of year again! We just “Fell Behind” and turned our clocks back an hour.  We have daylight in the morning but it really gets dark early now.  Now is a great time to consider starting your real estate career!  With an earlier sunset, it’s a great time to take advantage and start studying for your real estate exam.

Agent Rising Real Estate School has everything you need to help you start your real estate career.  We offer online classes for those dark, quiet nights as well as Live Hours to help you fulfill your requirements to sit for your real estate exam.

We also offer Live Two-Day Boot Camps to help you get your hours under your belt quickly and easily.  Kate Lanagan MacGregor, co-owner of BOLD Real Estate leads the classes with information, real-life scenarios and guest speakers.  She keeps the classes informative and fun.  The two ten-hour days pass so quickly.

You still have time to start your course and become a real estate agent by the New Year.

Visit www.agentrising.com for all the information you will need to enroll today or call 508-997-8844 for more information.

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Be The Neighborhood Real Estate Agent

What are consumers really looking for in a real estate agent?  Of course they’d like you to sell their home in a timely manner or help them buy a new house, but they can look up houses on their own on the internet. What else are they looking for?

Real Estate Agents still have the local market knowledge and expertise they are looking for.  It is one of our competitive edges in this day and age.  There are a lot of statistics and facts on the local real estate sites, but not always accurate.   We, as real estate agents can help them sort through the facts and realize what is true in our area.   We may not know everything , but there is a lot you can offer on the trends in selling and buying in your neighborhood.  Especially to clients new to the area, you can offer them information on schools, local spots to dine, and even differences in taxes and education in the towns you serve.  You become the local “expert”.

People like to know about the neighborhoods, they are moving into.  Even new agents, who may not be as seasoned, can capitalize on this by researching and learning the local area and blogging about it on your website.

You can become the “local agent” and that leads to real estate success.

Agent Rising Real Estate School is dedicated to helping real estate agents up their professionalism and take the next step, whether rising to Broker or earning continuing education credits  and learning all the newest real estate changes.  Ready to start real your estate career? We have all the tools you need to get started!

Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844

 

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Continuing Education at Agent Rising

Agent Rising Real Estate School is known for its online courses, Live Hours, and Bootcamps to help launch your real estate career! But that’s not all we offer!

We also offer Continuing education credits to help you maintain your real estate career!  Watch our courses online and earn the credits you need to renew your real estate license!  We are here to support real estate agents through every step of their real estate career.

We also offer Broker courses through our Broker Rising program.  Let us help you reach the next step in your real estate journey.

Would love to start your journey to a real estate career but finances are a problem?  Check out our ScholarSHARE link and tell us your story. You may be chosen to receive a free online course.

We have everything you need to up your professionalism or start your real estate career.  Visit www.agentrising.com or call 508-997-8844

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Finance Options When Buying a Home

It’s a great time to be  looking for a new home.  With that, comes all the financial decisions.  Do you have cash or will you be looking for a mortgage loan?

There are many options for residential loans.  Some of these options include:

Conventional

FHA

VA

USDA-RD

State Housing Programs

Jumbo

Renovation Programs

New Construction End Loans for Permanent Financing

Reverse Mortgages

Are you looking for a fixed rate or interest-only loan?  There are also adjustable rates and hybrid arms.

You may be looking for a 1-4 family property, a single-family home or a second home.  You could also be an investor looking to flip a home.

All these options may be confusing but the best first step is to speak with a mortgage lender and discuss your options.  Before you start looking at homes you are interested in, it’s important to meet with a mortgage specialist.  They can explain the different types of loans you may qualify for.  They will also look at your financial situation and talk to you about the price range you may want to be looking at and can provide you with a pre-approval when you find a house that fits your needs and budget.

Once you know your price range, your real estate agent can show you homes that fit your criteria and budget.  It is critical to talk to your lender first since a pre-approval is needed when you are ready to make an offer on a house.  If you are unsure which lender to start with, talk to your agent.  They can make suggestions on local banks and mortgage companies.  Your loan officer and your agent will be with you every step of the way to help the transaction proceed smoothly and keep you informed at every step.

Are you thinking of starting a real estate career?  Agent Rising Real Estate School has you covered! We offer online courses to help you earn your hours needed as well as all the tools you need to pass your real estate exam.  We also offer Broker Courses! Earn your broker hours in two eleven-hour days.  Visit www.agentrising.com and sign up today! or call 508-997-8844

 

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5 Tips to Launch Your Real Estate Career

You’ve just passed your real estate exam and are ready to start your new career.  Here are 5 tips to help you launch.

1. Treat it like a Job. Go to work at 9 am (or whatever your designated “working hours” are) and start your day. Offer to help with what is needed. Dress and act professionally. Act “AS IF”.  Sign up for uptime and be available when the phone rings.  Start your marketing strategy with daily prospecting calls.  Send out your postcards announcing your new profession to the neighborhood.  Start handing out your business calls.

2. Follow a training Plan. Whatever your sales training is, do it the way it is laid out for you. Don’t get creative or skip corners. If your company does not provide a training program, use other resources to follow one. Make your car a traveling classroom. Shadow one of the more experienced realtors in the company.  Offer to help them at an Open House or showing appointment.  It is a great learning experience.

3. Join a Committee at the Board of Realtors. Become embedded in your professional board. Take advantage of what State and National Associations of Realtors has to offer. Treat other Realtors as your A+ customers. Go to events!

 

4. Volunteer on a Local Level. Become an integral part of your community. Southcoast- Serves (www.south-coast-serves.org) has many volunteer opportunities if you don’t have any favorites. There are many opportunities to help out in your community.  Volunteer at school or sporting events.  It will help you get noticed.  Wear your company swag so people will be aware of your new profession.

 

5. Become Dedicated and Informed. Work toward certifications, Follow Real Estate News through sources like Inman News, Bloomsberg, and MAR and NAR. Get on their email news flashes.

 

Please contact us at Agent Rising with any questions you may have. We can help you jump start your career and get you noticed.

www.agentrising .com  or call 508-997-8844

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