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5 Reasons to Consider Home Ownership over Renting

Posted by Rachel Guthrie on January 17, 2017

The decision to buy a home is undeniably one of the biggest you will face in your life.  For many people, home ownership is more of a dream, leaving them content to stay in their current apartment.

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How to Build Confidence as a New Real Estate Agent

Posted by Mikey Rox on January 10, 2017

Every agent has aspirations of becoming an unstoppable, dynamite real estate agent, but it may seem hard to reach this point when your self-confidence just starting out is somewhat shaky. Being a new agent can be both exciting and intimidating, granted. You want to succeed, but if there's a ton of competition in your area, getting new listings and finding buyers has its own set of challenges – and the more you stress about the situation, the easier it is to lose confidence. But you’re not alone. Nobody becomes a great agent overnight. With time and practice, however, it is possible to build confidence as a new real estate agent and become the superstar you’d like to be.

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4 Ways to Help ‘Bad Credit’ Homebuyers

Posted by Mikey Rox on January 3, 2017

Whenever anyone requests your help in buying a home, it's important to ask questions to gauge whether this individual is in a position to purchase. The information they share helps you decipher whether they’re a likely candidate for a home loan.

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5 Mistakes To Avoid While Buying a Home

Posted by Rachel Guthrie on December 20, 2016

Are you thinking of purchasing a home someday soon? Here are a few things you absolutely should not do if you want to get approved for a home loan in the near future.

1. Don’t ignore your credit profile

This is the most important advice you might hear all week. Hide-and-go-seek does not apply to your credit score. Just because you don’t look at it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Monitoring it often helps you to have a good understanding of how it is changes based on your decisions and enables you to check any incorrect information that you will need to amend before moving forward and buying a home.

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Home Buying Final Walk Through Checklist

Posted by Rachel Guthrie on December 20, 2016

The final walkthrough is extremely integral to the home buying process so that you can ensure that the home has been repaired as you and the seller have agreed upon.

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What is Your Home Worth?

Posted by Rachel Guthrie on December 6, 2016

Can you say with confidence what your home is worth?  Most people are somewhere in the ballpark but are not 100% sure.

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How to Find a Work/Life Balance in Real Estate

Posted by Mikey Rox on October 26, 2016

Real estate can be a demanding career. The more clients you have, the busier you become. Since some of your clients are only available to look at properties in the evenings or on the weekends, it can feel as if you work around the clock.

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Postcard Marketing Rules For Realtors

Posted by Mikey Rox on October 25, 2016

There are several ways to generate leads as a real estate agent. Some realtors rely heavily on leads from their broker, referrals and repeat customers. But this isn’t always enough, and sometimes they have to use other strategies to find business, such as postcard marketing.

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Housewarming Gift Ideas For Homebuyers

Posted by Mikey Rox on October 24, 2016

Between qualifying for a mortgage, the home search and getting through closing, buying a home is an overwhelming process. It might take months to help your clients find the right property for their family. But once everything is said and done and clients get the keys to their new property, they’ll no doubt express appreciation for your hard work and refer you to their friends and family.

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5 Ways to Work Smarter – Not Harder – as a Real Estate Agent

Posted by Mikey Rox on October 20, 2016

Being a real estate agent can feel as if you're on a never-ending treadmill. This is a commission-based business. So if you don’t produce, you don't eat. For that reason alone, some real estate agents work around the clock to earn a livable income. This isn't a career for the lazy. And yes, you'll hustle. But you don't have to work yourself into an early grave. Generating leads and converting leads takes time and effort on your part.

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