The Best Realtor Knows How to Listen


Today’s home buyer is looking for a lot in a Realtor and rightly so. As the home buying market continually increases and diversifies, the competition between Realtors intensifies. What makes some Realtors click better in this highly competitive market and how do you know you’ve chosen the right Realtor?

Moving is one of the most stressful times in someone’s life.
This process requires utmost patience, an ability to adapt, and lots of knowledge. The best Realtors have all these skills and take the time to make sure the client benefits from the experience as well. This good rapport goes a very long way. Thus, trusting your Realtor’s level of expertise is just as important as judging how your Realtor interacts with you. In real estate, a common phrase explains this well, “You can teach a Realtor skills but you can’t teach him attitude”. Therefore, it’s important that you get along well with your Realtor since you’ll be working together a long time.

Just as every home will not be a perfect match, you also aren’t going to click perfectly with every Realtor. In many ways, choosing a Realtor is a matter of preference and personality matching. Many studies about traits that home buyers look for in a Realtor indicate that the Realtor’s expertise is not the top listed characteristic; instead, how well the Realtor responds to you is of utmost importance to most home buyer. Thus, the Realtors in highest demand are those who take the time to listen to, examine and investigate your hopes and dreams. Look for a Realtor who matches your enthusiasm and energy, which creates effective teamwork between you and your Realtor.

Many Realtors are only motivated by commission and push to quickly close a deal. When you find a Realtor that is only interested in “time is money” rather than the gift of time, you should run the other way. This lack of interest in customer appreciation often leaves you lacking the necessary information to understands your decisions and remain positive about this experience. You deserve as stress-free of a buying or selling experience as your Realtor can make it.
The best Realtors understand the seriousness of going over details and are more than happy to answer any of your questions at a pace that you are comfortable with.

The best customer service is of utmost interest to many clients. They would prefer a Realtor that is part of a firm that offers outstanding customer service. Knowing that their Realtor has access to these support structures is very important, as well as knowing that their Realtor will be around for a long time after closing. Many clients are also looking for 24-hours phone center, money-back guarantees, quality-control standards, and very relevant information.

The best Realtor is able to offer these services and works to supply the best possible customer service.

In today’s fast paced competitive market, a good Realtor knows his effort pay off best when he’s highly knowledgeable about the real estate market and performs stellar customer service. /”>Home buyers are quick to pick up on this and willing to hunt for the right Realtor. To read more about what makes a Realtor shine above the rest of the pack, visit National Association for Realtors at


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Is your house going up for sale on the real estate market? Are you wondering how you can make your house as appealing as the other houses you see on the market? Chances are, the other properties that you reviewed online have been “staged.”

Hiring a professional to stage your home will cost you easily several hundreds or even thousands of dollars. The reality is, home staging is simpler and easier than most people think. A common misconception is that you need to have interior design background to do home staging. This is just not true. Another common mistake people make is to confuse home staging with home decorating. In fact, staging your home to sell is something you can do yourself and get similar results as the professionals.

Yes you could have a better way to sell any home. It truly is possible, but you just need to know how. Just imagine being able to set up your home for a quick sale in just 7 days (or less) without becoming frustrated or wasting your time. This is what “Home Staging Like A Pro” was written for.

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FSBO: For Sale By Owners Chapter IV [part 1]


Like a monarch, Red Haring reigned in the deep leather seat of his KenWorth cab – with its king-size sleeper. The 400 horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine droned apathetically as Red downshifted for the parking lot to his favorite Boise, Idaho roadside diner. He'd picked up a large 26,000 pound household move in Olympia, Washington, which he delivered to Baker City, Oregon.

Red's company had a contract with BIG Van Lines to move households. Red Haring Trucking, Inc., he used his tractor to pull their trailers. He wore their crisp blue uniform jacket, blue pinstriped shirt, a BIG tie – scenic pictures and moving vans – when moving people's family cargo.

Red's traveling companion was a dog named Mercy. She had beenfriended him at a roadside rest area, four years previously. Suddenly abandoned, Mercy appeared to be waiting for him. When Red hopped out of his cab to use the restroom, the dog had come over, sat down in front of him, looked him straight in the eyes, and barked twice. At 3:00 AM, there were no other vehicles in the rest area. That, too, was strange on an Interstate, no other trucks with drivers sleeping or cars that she could have jumped out of. Red had patted her on the head, more interested in why he had stopped than in a dog.

As he continued, the dog walked two steps behind him until they were about thirty feet from the concrete building with its doors to Men's and Ladies' rooms blocked open. Mercy raced ahead, went into the Men's room, came back out, sat down by the door and waited for Red.

Again, as he approached, she looked him in the eyes and barked twice as if to say it was safe. She continued sitting there until he came out, barked once, rose to her feet and followed Red back to his van.
Taking advantage of the stop to check the padlock, the mud flaps and the tires, Red was ready to mount the cab when the dog began barking franticly.

"I'm not taking you with me, dog!" Red told her.

The yellow, longhaired who-knows-what-dog seemed to understand what he said. She stopped barking, ran over between the tractor and trailer, sat down and resumed barking.

"What is it, a squirrel or something I need to see?"

Two barks.

"Okay, I'll take a look."

Red walked back to discover a large nut had fallen off his coupler to the trailer when he came to a stop. The dog had noticed it. Red knew that a potential disaster had been averted. Had his trailer come lose, on the Interstate, he could not have done anything. This dog had saved him, and who knows how many other motorists. Red selected a wrench from behind a seat, replaced the nut and prepared to leave the rest stop.

"Thanks, dog!" I've really got to go, now. "

The dog whined. Red bent down. She was using those big brown eyes of hers to her best advantage.

"You got a collar on? Dog tag? Maybe, we can find out who you belong to!"

There was no tag, only an inch-wide turquoise nylon collar on which someone had taken time to hand embroidery a word in red, MERCY.

"Mercy! Is that your name?"

Two barks.

"You look like you might be hungry, Mercy! You hungry?"

Two more barks.

"Let me see if I've got some hamburgers in the cab. Are World Burgers all right with you?"

Mercy sat up before he even opened the door. Red located a bag with three World-Burgers.

"They're kind of cold, Mercy. You do not mind, do you?"

Mercy dropped down and whined, again.

"What? You want me to put them into the microwave for thirty seconds before you get one?"

"Woof! Woof!"

"Okay Mercy. One hot World-Burger coming right up. But, I get two of them. Understand?"

Immediately, Mercy's right paw shot forward. "Woof! Woof!" She agreed.

Red never planned getting a dog. A few long-haulers keep animals for company because it's illegal to transport human passengers. Section 392.60 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations clearly reads: Unauthorized persons not to be transported. Dogs, cats, even parrots or boa constrictors are not forbidden. For Red Haring, the childhood memory of a car running over his dog had never been healed. He'd sworn never to become attached to another animal.

"You must belong to a trucker, Mercy. Okay! Hop in! You can ride with me a little ways. We'll get on the CB and find out where your owner is."

Red tried to find Mercy's owner. Three different truckers remembered a driver that used to travel with a yellow dog. Had a turquoise collar. He'd died on the highway, they'd hear. The year before! No mention of what became of his dog. The word would get passed along by CB radio for several days. Meanwhile, Red agreed he'd take good care of the animal. Within a week, Mercy would be inspecting Red's truck and supervising his road-hire employees. Red was glad that Mercy had persuaded him to break his never-get-attached-to-another-animal vow. On his long hauls, Mercy was a must.

The small 5,500-pound load he'd taken on in Baker City, Red had unloaded alone in Boise. It had mostly boxes, some small end tables, lamps, two bed frames, no mattresses or couches requiring two movers.

The man he'd hired in Baker City to help unload the truck was a good worker. Mercy had approved him. Weaving the clean BIG shirt Red provided, he'd looked presentable. Red used him to load the small move to Boise, before returning the worker to the truck stop where they'd met.

Red had offered him $ 15.00 an hour cash for five hours work. It had only taken 4 hours but Red had paid him $ 75.00 anyway. The worker signed a receipt for Red's contract labor (independent contractor) that would be used for calculating expenses and taxes, collecting a phone number from the laborer so he could call ahead next haul to Baker City. Good, careful, workers are a moving van driver's dream.

Red now had two Boise households loaded in the fifty-three foot long by eight and a half foot wide trailer ready for his transport to the Seattle area. The Larry and Moe team he'd hired at Boise BIG, the national affiliate, had insured on taking break breaks every forty-five minutes. He'd had to tell the Moe to wait until his break to smoke. At the second house, the lethargic loaders had taken a walk. Red had a good idea what they had been smoking.

Now, before they headed back to Washington State, Red and Mercy needed something to eat.

Idaho night was approaching as Red Haring located a safe place to park his consignment. He swung easily from the cab to the nearby full parking lot of the Chicken Out Restaurant and Lounge. Mercy yawned in the passenger seat sensing that chicken and dumplings were on their way. Dogs are not supposed to eat chicken bones, but neither she nor Red appeared to know that. Exception when here in Idaho, Mercy preferred World Burgers. Sometimes, she sat cocking her head, holding her nose just so, barking twice to alert her master that a Burger World was nearby.

After a quick check of the trailer padlock, Red straightened his Big company tie before going in to claim the best chicken and dumplations in the Northwest United States.

All the tables and booths were occupied. He could see several hungry natives waiting. Red spotted an empty stool at the counter. It would do fine. Faster anyway.

The flawlessly toothy waitress greeted him with a jam-packed smile.

"It's been a while, Red. Are you staying over?"

"If I've known you'd invite me, I'd have planned better!"

"I'll forgive you this time." My new boyfriend would not understand anyway. "

"Ah, he's territorial! I can not really blame him, Ruby."

"When did you get in?"

"This morning, why?"

"Curious. You write my song yet?"

"Not yet. But, I will."

"You owe me one, Red."

"Do you know what I would like to do with you, Ruby?"

"Yeah, take delivery of chicken and dumplings and drive off into the night."

Red Haring flashed her some teeth of his own. Ruby slammed down a cup of black coffee before she disappeared into the kitchen to pick up an order. The guy on Red's right in a suit shook his head and said "Ouch."

Maybe, it was his strong jaw line, or his cleft chin, or both. Women found Red temptation. He was a physical specimen, six three with rock-solid muscle of a kind not developed in a gymnasium. No combination of bench presses, tread mills, or twenty-five rep weight series could have sculptured Red's lean body as had his twelve years in the moving business. Totally functional.

The man on the next stool was observer. He spoke to Red, again.


"An old friend."

"Does not seem very happy," the salesman observed.

"I hope she is. She's a nice lady. Deserves a heaping mound of happy."

"A happy alamode!"

"I wish I could order her one," Red acknowledged. "

"Me, too. I'll bet she could make me happy! She looks like she likes your flavor better.

"Seattle area. You?"

"Chicago. Sell medical equipment."

"You married?"

"Not if a woman asks," the salesman said slyly. My wife thinks I work late. Spend lots of nights in places like this. I can usually find a warm lonely to share a bed with me when I'm away on business. "

"If I was married, I'd try to work closer to home. You might want to consider it," said Red confrontationally. "I think that women have enough problems without getting messed around with married men." Ruby sure as hell does not need messed with. "

"Well, I think I'll examine the bar then. Have some new lines I have to try out."

Ruby had overheard the exchange. She was more composed when she returned with a huge plate of chicken & dumplings.

"Thank you, Red. I get so tired of guys like that. You look good tonight, Red."

"You always look good, Ruby."

"Are you heading back tonight?

"I've got to deliver two households tomorrow.
One in Tacoma. "

"I do not get off until two in the morning, anyway. How about next time you're in town? You've got my number."

"I'd like that, Ruby." Savoring the poultry, Red enjoyed watching Ruby. As he finished his last bite, she returned.

"You want some coffee to take along with you?"

"That would be great, Ruby. Large, Styrofoam."

"You will not throw it out the window and kill my birds, will you?"

"I do not believe in throwing things out the window."

"You're better not, Red," Ruby warned. She sat down a large steaming stay awake, picked up the twenty, and showed him her teeth. "Oh, here you are, a 'To-Go' for Mercy. Drive careful, darlin."

Chicken and dumplings to-go order in hand, Red returned to his truck, opened the driver's door and tossed the container over to the passenger floor mat where it was well received by his patient pooch who opened the lid herself.

Styrofoam cup in one hand, chrome bar in the other, Red swung effortlessly up into his commanding cab. Securing the shoulder restraint, he skillfully maneuvered the truck-trailer rig between the utility pole and cars that only appeared to have boxed him in.

Soon, he was headed west on Interstate 84. As if it knew its way home, the 400-horse Cat diesel roared approvingly as it glided past other, less committed vehicles. The tractor had 90 gallons of diesel left in its 170-gallon tank, Red and Mercy had full stomachs. All three were content.

Red thought about Ruby and their conversation in the diner. He'd met her on another move. His truck had blown its transmission. It had taken seven days to locate the right parts necessary to complete repairs. The mechanic had said he'd have him back on the road in three. It was on the third night, after the guy told him it would be a few more days, Red had walked to the diner the mechanic said had great chicken and dumplings.

Discouraged, low on cash, he'd drink coffee at that same counter. Ruby had come on at 6:00 PM to find him not sure of what he'd do.

"Cheer up, Red," she encouraged. "You do not mind that I call you Red?"

"That's my name. You can call me anytime."

"Can not be that bad, Red! What's hurting you tonight, Darlin?"

"It is not your smile," he'd answered.

"You got a good smile yourself, Red. You want the special?"

"If you're it!" He volunteered half-hopingly.

"Chicken and dumplings, for now, Darlin. I do not even get off until 2:00 AM."

"The special is what I want, for now."

For the next eight hours, Red had sipped countless coffees while Ruby had served the variety of patrons. While she waited on them, he waited on her. She bought him refills with just enough encouragement. Finally, the payoff.

"Here's some fresh strawberry pie. It's on me."

"With whip cream, too?"

"You'll see. You might like it."

I really did, Red remembered. Then, as now, it had been a cold, November night. When her shift was over, Ruby had invited him to share her warm waterbed. Red wished he had more time tonight.

Tires against the highway, wind, and the pulse of a healthy engine combine to create a unique music that a trucker could feel. Each song exclusive, tailor to the man who holds the big wheel. Red switched off the CB radio to hear it more clearly. His now hungry hand moved as expected, to locate the yellow pad. Inspired by the highway harmony, Red shifted into high gear and right brain. He would make good his commitment to a willing waitress. She'd not be disappointed next time he delivered to Boise. As the words came to him, he composed her promised song.

Diner Doll

She's a lady of the light,

She serves coffee in the night

To the many men who spend their nights alone …

So, she warms them with her smile

For, she knows that in a while,

They must face the cold that haunts an empty home …

She's the lady of the late,

When a person can not find a date,

He wanders in, and now and then, gets rude …

But, she takes it in her stride

As she helps him find his pride,

She restores him with her super attitude …

She's a lady all the time,

When a mans had too much wine,

When he plans to put his hands where he should not;

She can quickly move away

Then, if he still wants to play

She can, even quicker, put him in his spot …

She's a lady every way,

Even knows just what to say

To every guy who has to try his line …

Yet, on the nights she's off,

She can be so very soft;

When, best of all, this "Diner Doll" is mine …

The exit to a Pendleton, Oregon truck stop ahead, Red downshifted to left brain and fourth gear. In 222 miles, 3 hours 54 minutes of hard labor, he had given birth to a new song. He had to spank the baby. 12-string in his hand, he leaked down from his leather throne.

No one but Mercy was there to hear the review of 'Diner Doll' when Red put the cords to the beat he'd hear on the highway. His yellow pad bore evidence of the many word combinations, phrases that did not fit. By the seventh page, he had the final draft. He severely glanced at the pad as his nimble fingers set up the correct strings to complete his moving voice.

"Not too many cowboys lean against a truck to play guitars here at midnight," the cash attendant commented.

"Most cowboys are truckers, but not all truckers are cowboys," Red replied.

Mercy barked twice.

By fifteen after midnight, fresh coffee in hand, Red was back on the road. He switched on the CB in hopes that a caravan would be coming up behind him. He was in luck.

"Breaker, breaker. This is the Red Haring swimming west on 84 – out of Pendleton – a little fish can get lonely out here.

"Swim easy there, big Red. Lot of nets out, tonight. We've got a school of eleven, swimming your way. Over!"

"Roger … I'll just tread water until you show up. The Red Herring – over and out!"

Caravanning has been the driver's defense since before there was radar. With higher cab elevation, good eyesight, and constant use of the CB radios, no smoky bear patrolman could set up a speed trap undetected.

Red cruised along at the speed limit until eleven assorted trucks kept up to him. He settled in and switched off the CB. It may take only moments for Red to begin to discern the loyal harmony.

It did not happen right away. He'd have nearly three hundred miles to make another musical baby.

He thought about the medical salesman he'd talked to at the Chicken Out diner. On the road, at these hours, there are not usually many people, other than truckers, who share the camaraderie.

Red's mind folded into his trucker's world. Thoughts, conversations with other drivers, problems and pet peeves common to those who move American goods via the nation's highways:

We pay thousands of dollars in road use taxes, spend millions of dollars for gas and diesel, and end the scorn of most motorists who wish we'd stay off the road.

When we quit rolling, he mused, this country stops. Supermarket shelves soon empty, as do all of the other stores. Those motorists, who curse us on the highways, can not even buy gas for their cars.

News crews are quick to cover the trucks that leave the roadways, spill loads, or catch on fire. Why do not they ever report that the trucker involved had averaged a disaster by choosing self-destruction rather than crush the car that was responsible? Newspapers always put out a headline like:
3 Dead in Car when hit by truck head on.

What they do not say until way down in the story, if at all, is that the so called truck was really a Ford F150 pickup driven by a teenager who was high on drugs. The people read the truck headline, but not the story. Press people are not on hand to film the rescues when, hundreds of times each year, a real trucker sees an accident in progress on the opposite side of the turnpike, pulls over, dodges cars, drags the mother and children from a flaming car , And then leaves the scene to continue his time sensitive delivery. At least, the firefighters and police are finally getting some of the respect, appreciation they deserve. Someone should present our stories in a different forum.

Red was snapped out of his hypnotic trucker's world by a flash of bright headlights in his mirrors. Lights blinked bright, then dimmed. An automobile driver had signaled that he was about to pass the truck on this beautiful stretch of wide open road. Flashing his trailer lights, as the signal to come ahead, Red watched in his door mirror as a burgundy Cadillac pulled along before moving on by.

The driver was wearing a gray suit, white shirt, and a broad striped tie with its knot loosened half way down his chest. Truckers see a lot more than most people think. Another salesman, change of clothes on the hangers in his rear seat, probably had to make an early appointment in some town up ahead. He was using the wee hours for his commute.

If the caravan had overtaken him, the Caddy might have 'hitchhiked', settled in between a couple of us feeling safe. Salesmen are not limited by the no more than ten hours following eight consecutive hours off duty Rule – or only logging fifteen hours in any twenty-four hour period – like we truckers are. Red felt his brain shift. The Cat Diesel started throbbing music again. So did Red. The seven-line chorus came first:

Truck Drivers and Salesmen


Truck drivers and salesmen are men of the road;

One 'Loads his holler',

While one 'Hauls his load' …

Before you fall for one

It's best that you knew:

Truck drivers and salesmen

Are just 'Passing through' …

Verse 1:

It's true that they do seem different, sometimes,

The way they may dress,

And, oh yes, different 'Lines' …

But, they share the 'Feel' of the 'Flight of the free'

And, their is the 'World'

That awaits them to 'See' …


Verse 2:

Sometimes, they get lonely;

Sometimes, they get down …

They know that they've only

A short time in town …

Then, when they meet 'Someone'

As, sometimes, they do:

Truck drivers and salesmen

Are just 'Passing through' …


Verse 3:

Yes, they must atone for the life that they've led,

They could have stayed home

With a 'Sweet wife', instead …

But, they're chosen 'The road',

Chose to 'Follow a star':

I suppose, that's what makes them

The men that they are …


In his own altered state, Red Haring had become part of a caravan, traveled past The Dalles, through Portland, turned onto Interstate 5, missed two of his favorite truck stops, and was approaching Centralia, Washington before he realized that his lyrics were complete . I'll try it out at Trolley's.

The watch on his wrist said it was just after four in the morning. Making the left brain shift, Red recognized he had a great time. Even better than sex, he told himself. Last longer, too. I wonder if the 'Lady McBest' Realtor is back; If she liked the roses I sent her? The poem I knocked out for her was not much. I know I'll have to do better.

[Much of Chapter IV was cut to meet posting guidelines. Read complete Chapter in published "FSBO." ]


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Century 21 Real Estate: Using A Realtor To Invest In Foreclosure Houses


Century 21 Real Estate agents work with both buyers and sellers. This worldwide real estate organization consists of Independent Realtors who either own a franchise or work as an employee of the franchise owner. Many Century 21 agents specialize in bank owned foreclosure homes and possess the skills to produce successful transactions in this specialty real estate niche.

A large percentage of Century 21 real estate agents publish bank owned foreclosure homes directly on their website. It’s important to note bank owned foreclosures are not the same as foreclosure properties sold through auction.

Bank foreclosures are oftentimes referred to as real estate owned (REO) properties. When foreclosure houses cannot be sold through auction they are given back to the bank. Once the lending institution retains possession of the property the mortgage note becomes void and the bank sells the property for the amount they require to obtain a return on their investment.

Oftentimes, foreclosure homes have creditor or tax liens attached to the property. Occasionally, the previous homeowner refuses to leave the property. When foreclosure properties are sold through auction, the Buyer must take care of liens and institute eviction proceedings if necessary.

Once they are returned to the bank, the lender negotiates to have liens reduced or removed. If the previous property owner refuses to leave the premises, the bank initiates eviction proceedings. Therefore, bank owned foreclosure properties are generally less stressful to deal with.

Buyers interested in purchasing bank foreclosures listed through Century 21 real estate agents must adhere to certain financial arrangements. Typically, the Buyer is required to obtain pre-approved financing and provide proof of funds at the time of their initial offer.

Most REO properties sold through Century 21 Real Estate are sold “as-is.” The Buyer has the opportunity to obtain a professional real estate appraisal prior to closing the deal. If the appraisal reveals problems with the foreclosure property, the buyer will be allowed to negotiate their offer.

There are two major benefits of investing in bank owned foreclosures through Century 21 real estate agents. First, properties are free of liens and second, no buyer premiums or commissions are paid by the buyer.

Some Century 21 real estate agents specialize in working with private investors interested in purchasing property. Others specialize in working with banks and asset companies who have multiple foreclosure properties for sale.

Century 21 real estate agents offer numerous real estate services including the listing and sale of bank-owned properties, maintenance and security, eviction, interior and exterior clean-up, and maintaining utilities while the property is on the market.

Bank owned foreclosures are typically sold near market value. If extensive repairs and renovations are required, REO houses can end up costing more than they are worth. Therefore, it is crucial to conduct due diligence and ensure the property is a financially sound investment.

Last, but not least, many people are involved in bank owned foreclosures. The lender wants to recoup their investment price and the Realtor needs to be compensated for their services.

One option to avoid the middleman is to seek out private investors who purchase bank portfolios. By purchasing in bulk, private investors can buy distressed properties at wholesale prices. It’s very common to purchase REO properties from private investors for as little as seventy cents on the dollar.


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Become a Millionaire Real Estate Agent with this Hard-Hitting Three Book Bundle! Real Estate Agent- The Beginner’s Guide: What do real estate agents do? Help someone sell their house. Help someone buy a house. Be on hand for commercial property sales and transactions. Sure, all of three answers are correct. Real estate agents can help with the selling or buying of residential or commercial property. But, what else do real estate agents do? How do they make these transactions? How do they find clients? There is a lot more to being a real estate agent, than the simple answers above. Not everyone in the world could be a real estate agent successfully, if they wanted to. It takes a specific skill set to be a real estate agent. Furthermore, it takes dedication to the career. It is not a passive income career, where you can make thousands each month to bolster your current income. As a comprehensive guide, this book promises to give you the answers you seek about what it means to be a real estate agent. What you will learn: • The definition of real estate agent • Who is best suited to be an agent • The benefits of a career as an agent • The choice of real estate to help buy and sell In addition to the topics listed above, you will also see information on: 1. The career options and salary 2. Networking 3. Real estate sales Becoming a real estate agent is a commitment of your time and money. It is not something to do lightly because it will further your investment endeavor. It takes a special type of skill to truly succeed as an agent. These skills can be learned if you are serious enough, but also understand that it takes hard work to make a sale in any economic situation. If you are a salesperson or want to learn how to become one—this book will definitely help. Real Estate Agent- Tips and Tricks for a Successful Career: This book is for you. It is the next step in the beginner’s series that will help you learn how to be a better real estate agent. The tips compiled in the book are aimed at beginner agents, who need a little help or a new perspective on some topics they feel less confident about. You are going to learn: • Tips for being a better salesperson • Tips for residential real estate sales • Tips for commercial real estate sales • And tips on how to get listings As you read the content you will also see these topics: • How to stage a home • How to set up open houses • How to network with more success Your hard work will take you only so far. There are skills you require. The tips in this book are designed to help you work on the skills you need for being a real estate agent. Many of the tips are designed for a career agent versus an investor, but you will find topics like staging a home and holding open houses applies to renovation investors. Those topics can also apply to property managers who need to freshen up their staged apartment to help rent apartments. Stop Dreaming..Instead..Grab this Book now! Are you hoping to up your game in the real estate market? Perhaps, you just obtained your license and you need to get started the best way possible? You have come to the right book for how to learn some beginner’s strategies to get started in the real estate market. Grab this 3 Book Bundle today.


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For Sale by Owner (FSBO) – What Do I Need to Know?


Price the Home Correctly: It is critical that you research and place the correct price tag on your home when selling it. A reputable real estate agent is the first person to contact to help appraise your home. Many agents will not lend you the time of day to assist you with this aspect since they are not listing your home. But a good agent will do it for you with no strings attached. They realize that their business is based on reputation and referrals. They may not get this listing, but you may want them to represent you in your next home purchase. Or your cousin may need a good realtor's help in the future. Do your homework. Find similar homes in your area and compare their price tags. Are the homesas attractive as yours? Are they as large as yours? Pricing the home correctly is cruel.

Use your time: A FSBO property allows you to place your home on the market for the maximum price to see if it sells quickly. If you have a deadline to sell your home, market it yourself well in advance of this deadline. Later, if you feel you need a realtor's help, you have not painted yourself into a corner. You still have time to market and sell the property correctly.

Market the Home: Make it easy for people to know more about your home without investing too much time. Put a For Sale by Owner sign in the front yard with contact numbers. Put a brochure with information out front so people can pre-screen the information and not waste your time. Talk to your local paper or other FSBO's and explore where placing an ad in the local paper has had results. Different markets yield different results. Consider hosting an open house, but make sure you get the information out to the right market.

Put Your Home's Best Foot Forward: You want to make sure your home sends the right message to prospective buyers. People have to be able to see themselves in that home. What is the first impression when driving up to the home? What's the feeling inside? Take measure to provide maximum curve appeal. You want to make sure people want to come inside the house. The outside of your home should entice them to do so. The interior should be clean, airy and free of clutter. Try to make the home smell good and pack away personal effects that remind prospects someone else lives there. The realtor that helps you determine a market price should be able to make suggestions in this area that will make your home more marketable.

Is Your Prospect Qualified ?: Make sure your buyer is pre-qualified before entertaining their offer. You can request that a preferred mortgage lender you trust or another reputable lender provide this service. If a person is not qualified to buy your home, you do not want to lose valuable marketing opportunity to attract other prospects. Do not take verbal offers seriously. A serious prospect will sign a contract and provide earnest money as a show of good faith. Make sure you are using a legal contract and that it is executed properly and protects your interest. Again, that real estate agent who helped you earlier or an attorney may have a good idea at this joke. A well executed sales contract is worth its weight in gold.

Of course all of the above is based upon my personal opinion and experience. Use these thoughts for informational purposes only. And good luck selling your home!


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Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for More Money

Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for More Money

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The way you live in a home and the way you sell it are two different things. That’s the premise of Staging*, a concept that teaches you to look at your home through a buyer’s eyes and make adjustments to improve its appeal and value.

In any real estate market, Staged homes sell faster or sell for more money–or both. With Home Staging, you’ll learn how to play up your home’s strong points and improve its presentation. By rearranging furniture, trimming overgrown bushes, painting a room, and clearing out the clutter, Home Staging will help you spotlight your property for a fast, profitable sale.

Filled with organizing tips and checklists, plus before-and-Staged photographs that dramatically show how Staging can transform your home inside and out, Home Staging has all the answers you’ll need when looking to increase the sale price of your home.

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Real Estate – How to Short Sell Your Home


Short sales are made for people who are in danger of falling behind on their mortgage payments. It is a negotiation between the lender and the owner to sell the house for less than it is currently worth. While this can be an emotional process, it is one that can save your checkbook.

With today's housing market there are many people in debt that they can not control. Whether it's your fault or your lender's fault, you might just not be able to handle your mortgage anymore.

This is a sale that is negotiated with your bank or lender to dispose your home for less than your mortgage is worth to get the debt off of your hands. This benefits you because you will not have to worry about constantly falling behind anymore and it works for the bank because even though they're taking a small loss, they do not have to worry about non-payment.

Just because there are a lot of benefits though do not mean that your lender will jump at the opportunity. They do not want to lose money and you may have to be a little aggressive with them. Sometimes they will try to tell you no, but absolutely, they would rather do a short sale than have you foreclose because you can not make the payments. In order to be successful, you'll have to have a willing buyer.

Your lender will need proof of hardship in order to approve this. This is important because these are not for people just looking to get a bad investment off of their hands; It is only for people who are unable or in danger of being unable to make their mortgage payments.

The first step is to get an agent. An agent will better know how to negotiate a short sale and will be able to work on your behalf. This should not cost you much, as almost everything will be paid by your lender. The next step is to listen to the agent. He or she will give you specifics on how to get the house ready to be sold. He or she may set a low price, but this is to your advantage as you are more likely to get a buyer in a shorter amount of time.

Next, you will want to be prepared to move quickly. Begin slimming down your possessions. Doing a short sale is a good excuse to simplify your life a little.

After completing these steps, selling should be in process. It can be emotionally draining but extremely, it will save you from going further and further into debt. Before you buy again, make sure to assess what your assets are and what you can afford in order to avoid having to do another one.


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Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business

Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-BS Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business

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Nonfiction Author Association GOLD AWARD Winner
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Romi Neustadt is passionate about helping others build lucrative direct sales and network marketing businesses that help create lives with more freedom and flexibility, greater purpose and a lot more fun. In this book she offers you the same direct, no-BS coaching she’s given to tens of thousands to help you acquire the skills to build this sucker and teach your team to do the same. And, equally important, she’ll work on your mindset so you stop over complicating it all and stop letting the negative voices in your head win.
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  • The Posture to confidently connect with anyone about your business and your products.
  • The Possibilities for a lucrative, efficient and enormously rewarding turn key business.
  • The Power that’s already within you to build the life you really want… if you dare.


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Top 10 Tips For Selling Your Home


If you are currently considering selling your home then there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get that all important sale. Certainly, with the way that the economy is currently selling your home has become more difficult and it is now a buyer's market. Below we offer 10 top tips for selling your home and which should hopefully help you to realize the price you are after.

Tip 1 – Before you put your home on the market it is a good idea to do some research beforehand. The quickest and easiest way of doing this is through looking as a few property classifieds in your local newspapers or by going online. This way you can gather information regarding what prices houses similar to yours are selling for current.

Tip 2 – It is important that you find yourself a good agent to sell your home for you. Rather than going with the first one you come across spend time doing a little research into each one. Do not be afraid to ask friends, family members and work collections if they can recommend someone to you. The other choice is to sell it privately through the property classifieds, but if you do need to be aware of the right procedures to follow first.

Tip 3 – It is important that you first put yourself in the shoes of any potential buyers of your property and make a list of its positive features. Then think of ways that you can enhance these further and so ensure that you get a more positive reaction from those that come to view it.

Tip 4 – Getting your house looking great inside is critical but you need to make sure that the house looks great outside as well. Remember the first thing that is going to be making an impression on any prospective buyers of your home is the front area. So make sure that this area is kept clean and tidy at all times.

Tip 5 – Although you may like the lived in feel to your home if you want to make it then you need to make sure that you show it to its full potential. If you need to remove as much clutter as you can from your home and put it into storage until the sale has been completed. If there is too much in any room it can make them look much smaller than they really are.

Tip 6 – Getting those little jobs done that seem like a waste of time and money to you can actually stop you from getting the price you want when selling your home. So spending a little could end up making you a lot more than you originally expected. No one wants to buy a home where they are going to have to spend money on making it liveable for them especially in today's economic climate.

Tip 7 – Although you do not think your home needs it repainting the main rooms in your home in neutral fresh colors is a good idea. This way the prospective buyers will be able to see the rooms more clearly and get a feel for whether their own belongings will fit into them.

Tip 8 – It is important that before every viewing you make sure that your house is clean and tidy. This is especially important if you have pets as though you may not be able to smell the odors potential purchases will.

Tip 9 – Spend time on staging the rooms to show them off to their full potential. By doing this you can actually get rid of those pieces of furniture that are not required and either sell them or put them into storage. As you do this make sure that the focal point in each room stands out so if you have a wonderful looking fireplace make sure that it is not hidden behind ornaments or sofa.

Tip 10 – The final 10 top tips for selling your home that you may find useful to use is to put the coffee machine in prior to any potential buyers arriving. It may seem a silly thing to do but the smell as they come into your home making it more warm and inviting and definitely gives them the feeling of how loved the home has been.

Hopefully you will find that the tips we have provided above extremely useful and should get you on your way to selling your home at the price you want.


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