Posts Tagged Homes

Clean Up Your Home Before Leaving: 1

Friday, November 20th, 2009

spring-cleaning-main_fullWe all move.  Whether you are moving to a brand new house or you are moving into a new apartment, you want to make sure that you leave your old apartment in good shape.  Currently, I am going through a move myself and while I am not exactly moved out yet, I intend to leave the property the way I found it.

That does include some things that you may not want to be doing.  For example, cleaning out everything and making sure that the walls are painted.  This is something that many people forget about, however you always want to make sure that you do not burn any bridges when you move.

In the next blog, we will talk about exactly what you should be cleaning out and what you can leave.

Some Ways To Make Your Home Greener: 2

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

2_eavesNow that we have talked a little bit about adding in a covered porch – the next step that you should take is actually making sure that your roof hangs over a little bit.

The reason for this is actually so that way, it keeps the sun off of the windows and exteriors, which will help the house, stay extremely cool in the summer.  It also really helps to protect the siding from the weather, which means you can go twice as long between repainting.

Next, you want to make sure that you reuse and remodel.  If you are planning to really tear down your home and start over, why waste?  Why not try to salvage your home or even your first floor and build around it.

Some Ways To Make Your Home Greener: 1

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

1_yellow_houseIn this day and age – real estate is all about how green your home is and honestly, the greener your home is, the better chance it has to sell and that is surely what you should be concentrating on whenever you are looking to sell your place.

There are tons of little things that you can do to make your home greener and in the next few blogs, we are going to talk about some of those ways.

The first way is by adding in a porch – new covered porch shelters are actually fantastic to keep the morning rays out of your home so you do not have to kick on the AC as much in the summer time.

Finding Real Estate When You Are Out Of State: 2

Friday, October 16th, 2009

relocatingNow that you have figured out exactly what neighborhoods or towns you are going to be looking into, the next logical step is going to be researching them.  You want to make sure that they are safe for you and your family so go ahead and look online and make sure that these neighborhoods and towns are going to be extremely safe.

Next, you are going to have to figure out if you want to rent a place or if you are going to buy a place.  Honestly, this is going to be the biggest decision, because if you buy – you might be stuck there but if you rent, it makes it easier for you to relocate again.  After this decision is made, go ahead and contact a real estate agent.

What most people don’t realize is that real estate agents can actually help you with renting and buying, so no matter which one you want, make sure that you keep your agent informed.

Landscaping Your Backyard — It’s Important!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

landscapingWhen you are trying to sell a home, we all know that it can be a truly difficult thing … after all, it can take a while to be on the market and since the market is so bad right now, you truly have to make the home shine and sing.

That is what backyard landscaping can do for your home.  What many people do not know about landscaping is that it actually reaches it maturity after about six to eight years and after that – you need to thin it and reshape it.

Many people skip over that part and just think that they can get away with only landscaping their backyard every ten years or so – that is simply not the truth.  In the next blog, we are going to explore how your backyard can truly enhance your curb appeal!

Tax Incentives For Buying A Home: What They Are!

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Tax incentivesLooking for a new home for the price that you want is a hard task.  However, it is not impossible and one of the main reasons is that there are a ton of different tax incentives going on right now.  The housing market is in deep trouble, with no one purchasing homes and so many homes going into foreclosure, it makes it extremely difficult for real estate agents to really make a living.  However, with all of the tax incentives that are being offered up now – home owners are more opt to purchase.

However, if you are a home buyer that is looking to purchase a new home, you need to know about all of the tax incentives out there so you can take advantage of them right?  The firs tone is going to be a tax break on select properties of about $8,000.  This is a tax incentive that you do not have to pay back to the government, which makes it that much better.

Another tax credit in the state of California is that the government is adding on – in addition to the $8,000 they are offering up another 5% tax credit to some home buyers, that means you can get a tax credit of about $18,000 – which is a lot of money!

How You Can Drive More Business In These Tough Times! Part 2

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

How You Can Drive More Business In These Tough Times!Now that we have talked about networking events, there are a few more things that you should be doing when it comes to driving more business in the real estate game.  One of the first things is going to be sending out a electronic newsletter.  If you have used the excuse ‘it takes up too much time’ in the past, that is no longer an excuse that you should be using.  Electronic newsletters do work and they definitely do get your name out there and that is the entire point after all.

Another thing that you want to do is ask for referrals.  While the market might not be there just yet, it never, ever hurts to ask someone for a referral, after all – if your clients liked your business, their friends and family would like your business as well.  You always need to be thinking about the future whenever you are in the real estate business and a lot of agents have lost sight of that.

Finally, you need to make sure that you are still working all of those hours you were before and you are getting to the office early enough – the business is not there if you do not promote and drive it to be there.  Remember that!

How You Can Drive More Business In These Tough Times!

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

msIf you are in the realtor business, you know that business is bad right now.  Heck, many people think there is really no way to drive business in these tough times.  While there are only so many times that you can market yourself, there are many different things that I bet you have no tried due to past failure.  For example, if you have tried going out to networking events in the past but they have not ever worked – why not try it again and see if it works this time?

Networking yourself is a fantastic way to make all sorts of connections all over the world, not just in your own backyard.  The realtor business is all about appearance and how you present yourself and if you are constantly not showing up to events that you, specifically are invited to, you are not going to be invited any longer.

Think about that when you are trying to drive business – more ways that you can capture some business in the next blog!

Property Taxes: Are You Going Over Them?

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

couple-with-real-estate-agent-be-uid-1354683If you are a real estate agent, you want to make sure that you help your homebuyers as much as you can and if you find them a home that costs just a little bit more than they are willing to afford – but they still want it, you want to make sure that you go over the property taxes with them.  This is honestly going to be a very, very important step as you do not want to have a liability if the property taxes are not discussed with the homebuyer.

Homebuyers, as we all know are very impressionable and they sometimes think that they can stretch their budget to afford a house that they have fallen in love with.  However, that is not always the case and that is when the real estate agent really needs to check in with the reality of the situation and let the couple really know that they might be able to afford the down payment, but as far as the taxes that go with the house – that might not be the case.

So really, make sure that you go over all of the details of the house with your homebuyers, that way everyone knows everything they need to! More detailed info on San Diego Property Taxes is right here.

Get More Real Estate Business Without Being Overly Aggressive

Friday, June 26th, 2009

real-estate-agents-cardsOne thing that people absolutely hate about real estate agents is the fact that they are usually overly aggressive.  Most realtors believe that if they drive a hard bargain and are very aggressive with their clients they are going to keep them for a while and they are going to be called back and recommended.  That is a very big mistake on the realtor’s part as many people do not like realtors to be pushy or too aggressive to win the deal.

As you can see from this board of business cards that there are thousands of different real estate agents out there and while you want to be the one to win that listing, you need to make sure that you are not too pushy.  For example, do not call the prospect every other day or send too many e-mails when it is clear that they are not going to return any contact from you.  We all know that the early bird usually gets the worm, the same phrase works here too.

Just keeps these tips and tricks in mind and make sure that you do not do that – that way, you will win the business fairly!