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Realtor® Done4U Article: There’s a Lot More to a Loan Officer than Interest Rates

I often get calls that start out by asking the same question: “What are your interest rates?” It reminds me of the time when a distant relative purchased a home.  I quoted him an interest rate, and when I called to follow up to see if he wanted to set up a loan application appointment, he told me that he ended up going with a lender who had a lower rate. Fast forward 3 weeks.  The same relative called in a panic.  One week before the scheduled closing date, you know what happened, right?  His loan had been denied by…

Realtor® Done4U Article: Post-Closing Advice to Share with Your Home Buyers

I recently took a poll and asked several of my real estate buddies this question: “What is your advice to home buyers after they have purchased the home?”  I wanted to share with you some of the answers, and would love to get an email back from you with what YOU recommend to your home-buying clients. Change the locks Change the garage door opener codes Change the utilities into their name Set up an annual service contract for heating and air conditioning units Pay your mortgage on time Check to see if…

Realtor® Done4U Article: Helping Your Homebuyers Write a “Letter to the Seller”

In a hot real estate market, where there can be 7 offers on one home, your home buyers need that competitive “edge,” especially those who have to compete with “cash” offers. However, presenting the homebuyer as a “person” and not just another “contract” appeals to the seller’s emotional side of the transaction—that they are selling their home to someone who cares about it as much as they do. Not all buyers can write a great letter—so this is where you might pitch in to help them.  Here are a few tips to get them…

Realtor® Done4U Article: 5 Social Media Ideas to Generate Leads on Your Social Media Page

Not everyone is a writer. Not everyone is a storyteller. Not everyone is creative when it comes to creating posts for social media. Well, you really don’t have to be a writer, storyteller, or creative as long as you are consistent—and providing USEFUL information regularly. But you might be saying to yourself, “what should I write about?” Here are five simple ideas for topics to write about, which will encourage more people to follow you because of the timely, useful information. 1) The Top 10: Perform an…

Realtor® Done4U Article: How Real Estate Agents Can Use Commission to Buy Real Estate

Did you know that, as a real estate agent, you can use your commission to buy residential real estate? While there are different down payment requirements if you are going to occupy the property, or buy a second home, or use it as an investment , I wanted to share with you how you can use your share of commission towards down payment, closing costs and reserves.   (Reserves in mortgage terms means the money left in the bank AFTER you have closed the on the loan.) These rules apply if you require a mortgage loan to…

Realtor® Done4U Article: 9 Ways to Virtually Connect When You Blog, Facebook and Email

Have you ever written something thinking it’s the best piece you ever wrote, and no one commented?   Well, there is really a science to get people to virtually talk with you, to share your comments, to spread the word about how wonderful and great you are. Here are 9 techniques you can use regularly when blogging, emailing or posting on your social media pages: Pictures – Take your own pictures. Pictures of other people, places, things.  From the web (make sure they are not copyrighted). From the news. However, it is…

Realtor® Done4U Article: Is Clutter Making You Crazy?

When was the last time you saw the top of your desk?  Your car seat?  The bottom of your briefcase?  Here are a couple of ideas on how to de-clutter your life and become more organized this year. There are Two Types of Clutter Peter Walsh (a de-clutter expert) says there is “memory clutter” (I-might-need-this-some-day) and “lazy clutter” that just accumulates over time. Lazy clutter is junk mail, magazines, brochures, free stuff (you picked it up just because it was free), which just takes up space. If you haven’t…

Realtor® Done4U Article: How to Create Content to Help You Get More Referrals

Keeping in touch with past clients, friends, family and service providers is one of the more successful ways to make sure that when people hear the word “real estate,” they instantly think of you! First of all, let’s define the term “content.”  It could be a series of articles compiled in a newsletter format and mailed (US Post Office).  It could be an oversized postcard with a home improvement tip. It could be informational articles that are sent by email.  It could be social media posts.  Private messages. Videos. My…

Realtor® Done4U Article: Do You Have a Fear of Niche Marketing?

Remember when you first got into the business?  You needed to work with every type of buyer, every type of property, every type of financing option—just to make ends meet? However, there is a danger in being a “generalist”.  The other day, I got a call from a friend of mine who bought a new home under construction.  The real estate agent they were working with did not have the experience needed in ironing out the details with the buyer and the builder.  My friend was frustrated—calling everyone he knew—looking for advice!…

Realtor® Done4U Article: How to Help Your Sellers Prepare for an Appraisal

I want to begin by stating that not all homes that you sell will require an appraisal.  Some of them will qualify for the automated appraisal as determined by the lender. But when homes were selling like hotcakes, the property appraisal was one of the major hurdles for sellers, buyers and lenders—because values change so quickly. While the actual appraisal inspection may only take an hour or so, the appraiser must still go back to the office, do the research and write the report. Here are a few tips to share with…