Help For Your Next Real Estate Sale

January 4, 2013 by  
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TIP! A lot of homeowners are having a hard time keeping up with minor repairs, painting, or landscaping. However, as you let these tasks fall by the wayside, they begin to pile up on you.

These days it is hard to leave your house without getting unsolicited advice on how to sell your real estate. You will not necessarily be able to verify the sources of even the most well-intentioned advice, so be wary of taking just any person’s word. This article will give you the information you need so that you are an expert on real estate.

TIP! One way to make the home seem more inviting to a potential buyer is to stay away when it is being shown. If you’re frequently walking around in an open house, you might not be communicating what your buyer wants.

Many home sellers are afraid to list their homes in the winter, but you have to weigh the potential gains of a spring sale against the cost of holding your home through the winter. The longer you are the owner of your home, the more property tax you will have to pay. Also, winter bills are usually quite expensive, so keeping the property through this season probably will cost you more than the profit you would earn by waiting until spring to sell it.

TIP! It is important that when you are trying to sell your home, you see it more as a marketable commodity and treat it more like a house, than your home. You will be able to let go of the attachment of it so you can sell it faster.

Don’t overlook the importance of bright and shiny plumbing fixtures. Potential buyers will touch everything, including faucets and trim. They will definitely notice that your fixtures look like they need to be replaced. So you want to make sure everything is in line, so you don’t have problems selling the house. If improving their appearance proves difficult, you may want to buy new ones.

TIP! Before someone comes to look at your home, do not spray fragrances or light any scented candles. Many people do not like strong scents, while others could be allergic to them.

Two places that are easy to overlook when you are trying to clean out your kitchen from clutter are the junk drawer and the cabinet under the sink. Since buyers tend to look at all the small details in your house, you should see to it that you clean all the possible places that they could check.

TIP! Be reasonable when setting the listing price of your home. Look for recent home sales in the area you live that are comparable to your home.

If you have a dog, have it stay outside when possible to minimize the smell inside. Even small dogs will produce odor; even if you don’t notice it, potential buyers unaccustomed to the smell might. Employ freshening products created for carpets to keep odors at a minimum. Better than that, try getting rugs and carpets shampooed in advance of viewings. A house that smells fresh and clean will have a greater potential to impress a possible buyer.

TIP! Make your house more appealing to buyers by cleaning out your clutter. Closets should not be packed full and they should be organized well and kept clean.

Use bonuses as a way to get sales. It’s a common thing these days for sellers to offer some incentives like additional appliances and other amenities to their buyers. These incentives can make the difference between a sale and a visit to see the property. Keep an eye on products that are in demand, and consider adding them to your final closing deal. This was make you more successful.

TIP! If you want to paint your home before putting it on the market, do not choose colors that fit your preferences. You should select color palettes that are more earthy and neutral.

When your buyer comes by, make sure you are away. A buyer needs to be able to picture your house as his own home. If you hang around, your buyer will not be able to envision himself and his family living in your house. This could have an end result of losing that buyer.

TIP! When you live in the same house for a long period of time, it is easy for clutter to pile up without you realizing it. It can be hard for an owner to detach from the clutter because they’re used to it.

In conclusion, it can be trying to listen to so-called experts give you their opinion on selling real estate. The tips and tricks in this article have been widely proven time and time again. Hopefully this article will help to either clear up what you were unsure about, or give you some new information.

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Selling Real Estate Does Not Have To Be Difficult

December 29, 2012 by  
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TIP! The more time you spend in any one residence, the more clutter you acquire. It can be hard for an owner to detach from the clutter because they’re used to it.

Property holdings usually represent a majority of your individual net worth. Once you decide to sell the property that you own, it is important to try and get the most profitable deal possible. If you get some good advice going in, there is more money to be made and less stress to be had.

TIP! Allow potential buyers to experience the house alone. If you follow them around, pointing out what you think is important, they won’t be able to focus on things they think are important.

Small investments, such as new paint, could aid in selling your property faster. To begin, take a stroll around your property looking for things that may not be considered aesthetically pleasing. You should also put away small appliances after you use them. While it may be more convenient to leave that toaster out, it can make your counter look cluttered and small.

TIP! Make your house more appealing by cleaning out clutter. Closets should not be packed full and they should be organized well and kept clean.

Make sure that all counter tops and appliances are sparkling. Sweep and mop the floors, and clean the bathroom. Ensure that your children haven’t left out any toys. Don’t have clothes on the floor, while dirty laundry should be moved to a less than obvious spot. When your home is clean, it will accentuate the positive aspects of your home to potential buyers.

TIP! Before putting your home on the market, assess how the selling process will impact your life. Get ready for all of the phone calls, time spent showing your property, and the flaky prospective buyers.

If you have your home on the market, get feedback from viewers each time you have an open home. You can either ask potential buyers to fill out a card or talk to you directly about their experiences. Give thought to any negative comments and make any necessary changes to decrease the amount of time the house sits on the market.

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TIP! If you are a dog owner, you should consider keeping your dog outside as often as possible to help minimize the odor inside. Dogs are lovable creatures but they do cause an odor that you may gotten used to and don’t notice.

Though it may be tempting to stick around and talk to potential buyers of your home, it is usually not a good idea. A buyer won’t feel as comfortable if you are there. If people are around, it will be tougher for potential buyers to truly picture themselves and their family in the home by themselves. This could lead to missing out on a sale.

TIP! When you are ready to sit down with your agent to draw up a listing contract, think carefully about the selling price and the terms of the sale. You need to determine what fixed appliances, fixtures, landscaping items and decorations will stay with the home.

One particularly important marketing move today for real estate professionals is establishing a Twitter or Facebook page. Tweet and post information of interest to home and property seekers, such as real estate purchase tips, home improvement tips, new property listings, and coming promotions.

TIP! Sell your existing home before buying a new one if at all possible. Paying for two houses can be a huge burden you might not be able to handle.

If you have central heating/air in your home, you should have the system serviced before attempting to sell your home. Most buyers are not willing to make a huge investment for a new heating and cooling system after purchasing a piece of property.

TIP! Do not forget to clean any junk drawers and the cabinet located under the sink. Since buyers tend to look at all the small details in your house, you should see to it that you clean all the possible places that they could check.

Selling the property yourself is labor intensive and time-consuming. Whilst there are resources out there to help sellers carry out their own sale, often selling your own home means you lose money in the long run.

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TIP! If any part of your home is unusable as is, you should think about completely remodeling it. Many inexperienced real estate investors spend way too much time and money on senseless remodels.

When you are selling your home, choose a Realtor wisely. Selling real estate is important, and there is a lot of money involved. Your agent should be trustworthy and know his business well. An experienced real estate agent will help ensure that you home is sold quickly and at the best price.

TIP! When staging or preparing your home for potential buyers to see, decorate the master bedroom in a way that is gender neutral. If it is too masculine it will leave the impression of being a bachelor’s pad.

The property market can be daunting, especially if you’re rarely involved in it. If you don’t know how to do it, putting property on the market can entail some risk. With some luck, you’ll be able to maximize your profits and minimize risks by following the advice in this article.

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Your Questions About Real Estate

Chris asks…

Im tired of looking at different internet sites for real estate listings , that are for sale in CA?

Is there such a business that for a fee, I can find it all on one site?

The Expert answers:

Realtor.com is the best you are going to get. CA has several (maybe 20-25) differant MLS services, so you will have a tough time checking the entire state.

Paul asks…

Has the quality of pics in the real estate listings in your area gone down?

I’ve noticed pics with towels in the bathroom strewn about, dishes in the dishrack, unkempt laundry rooms… I thought pics were supposed to showcase the home and be flattering.

Lots of new agencies on the market and I’m noticing a trend.

The Expert answers:

Not around here they are all to showcase the home that sounds bad

Sandy asks…

What websites are informative and have a large quanity of real estate listings that will help me find a house?

I am looking for a home right now in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The websites I have been using are not that helpful and/or have a fee that I refuse to pay. What is the best way to go about looking for a new home, or even more importantly a foreclosure home? What websites work for you? How have you approached the buying market?

The Expert answers:

Check out kw.com for Keller Williams Realty.

Helen asks…

What are the best website to post free real estate listings for international buyers?

Only for international buyers/investors, must be popular.

The Expert answers:

Post free real estate listing on international classifieds www.onbip.com

Mary asks…

What is the best website for looking for real estate listings?

I have been using realtor.com is that the best one? Or should I be looking someplace else?

The Expert answers:

Yes, realtor is the best.

Trulia.com is good.

Realestateabc.com is good.

Zillow.com is good

ZipRealty.com is good ( i don’t work for any of them)

You can get all the bank repo’s at the banks’ websites.

PasReo.com has all of Wells Fargo’s

Amtrust.com has all of theirs.

Countrywide,com has all of theirs ( I don’t work at any of these companies and all sites are free).

Sandra asks…

How can you reset days on market when it comes to real estate listings?

Is it enough to do a price change, or do you have to take property off of the market for a period of time?

The Expert answers:

It depends on where you are. Where I am the house must be off of the market for 6 months before the DOM resets.

Sharon asks…

whats the most affective way to market myself to get real estate listings?

I am a realtor and would like to know the most proven way to advertise to get clients,either buyers or sellers.

The Expert answers:

Cold calling. Dude, it totally works if you do it correctly. I used to not believe this. I was unemployed three and a half years ago and I began temping at a mortgage brokerage. They were absolutely disciplined about cold calling a minimum of three hours a day or until they got at least three live people (even if it took longer than three hours). The thing about which they were also disciplined was practicing the cold calling techniques of the real estate guru, Michael whats-his-face. The one with all the seminars and tapes. They also had a proprietary dialing technology.

Lizzie asks…

Real Estate and job Listings in Orlando, Florida?

I’m considering moving to Orlando, where would I find job listings and Real Estate listings (to buy) to get an idea of what opportunities are down there?

The Expert answers:

Hope this will help .Since you are planning to move to Florida, you may find jobs available at www.floridajobboard.com and may also have a selection of which city you preferred aside from Orlando. Secondly, try to look at www.richrealtors.com for the complete details on real estate and and agent will surely assist you for the complete details.

Good luck!

Steven asks…

How do I get more real estate listings?

I’m a Realtor… just looking for tips.

The Expert answers:

All of the above ideas are great but – Chasing business sucks compared to having them call you for help.

If you like to “chase” for more business (cold calling, door knocking, open houses) then great more power to you – it is cheap and it works, you just have to put a lot of time into it.

To have customers call you -pick out a farm area, start farming using direct mail and door hangars. Follow up with open houses of the listings you get.

You will rise to the top and people will be calling you – saving you untold time and frustration.

Tony

www.hqhomes.com

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Your Questions About Real Estate

Charles asks…

What can go wrong with a short-sale after the seller has signed the purschase and sales agreement?

I made an offer on a short-sale home which the sellers agreed to without change. The offer (10,000 less than they were asking for) which is the max I’m pre-qualified for) is now on the way to the bank. My real estate agent says not to get to excited because I still might not get the house. I don’t really understand that. If the bank asks for the additional 10 grand I will give it to them. What else could happen that would prevent the house from being mine? I’m told that this bank reviews the papers within 30-45 days and closing is 30 days after that.
This house was bought in 2006 bfor 300,000. The sellers owe 230,000. It was put on the market more than 90 days ago. The listing price went from 230,000 to 210,000 to 200,000 to 195,000 during those 90 days. I was the only offer during that time and I made the offer the day the price dropped to 195K. My offer is 185K and I pay my closing costs. I am pre-approved for that amount and have excellent credit. I’m putting down 8K but if the bank counters I’ll put down a max of 18K bringing my offer to the asking price of 195K.
My offer expires in 45 days. After my offer was accepted by the seller the house is no longer listed and my agent told me that no other offers could be accepted and the house could no longer be shown. The house is in King County,
Washington State.
I gave my real estate agent an earnest money check for 1500.00 which has been put in escrow. She’s the one that said not to look at any more houses and that no more offers could be made on the house.
Taxable Value
Land $97,000
Additions $162,000
Total $259,000
Tax (2008) $2,807
There is only one lender involved and the lender has been in on the short sale from the beginning and is aware of the prices changes over the last 3 monthls. Also, the bank attempted to negotiate with the owners to save their home in January and the sellers declined. They just want out of the house.

The Expert answers:

This will be the first the bank heard about the asking price. They might want 50k more. The seller just wanted an offer to fight the foreclosure. You do not even have an accepted offer at this point.

Listen to your agent, keep looking.

The house can still be shown, an offers can still come in, until the bank accepts your offer there is no change in the status of the house.

Sandy asks…

can a buyer cancel a real estate contract after the seller has rescinded seller’s attorneys amendment?

We entered into a contract to sell our home. Our attorney reviewed the contract and added an amendment. Our attorney mailed the amendment at the last hour as he had been out of town. That same evening the buyer and agent were here for a home inspection and I advised the agent that our attorney had prepared an amendment and that it was no big deal. The agent demanded to see my copy and when she read it she freaked out that our atty wanted the closing contingent upon our being able to close on our new home on the same day. After agent spoke with buyer she stated that she the deal was off. As the sellers we told the agent that we were verbally rescinding amendment and that atty would be notified. The next am notified attorney who in turn notified agent that amendment had been rescinded and that original contract still in full force. Agent responded 2 hrs later that she was cancelling the contract on behalf of her client. The buyer has not retained an atty relying on agent.

The Expert answers:

For starters, your attorney was an idiot. He should know better than to do an amendment to an already signed legal agreement. That is about as stupid as it gets. I do not blame the agent for freaking out. On the other hand, if it was nothing more than a proposed amendment and neither party signed same, then the original contract remains in force. That agent is ALSO out of line. You need the services of a real estate attorney somewhat brighter than the one you are currently using.

Laura asks…

Anyone here in real estate?

Is is smart to purchase a home without an agent? My husband and I were thinking about purchasing our first house but we had not applied for a home loan yet, we just talked about it. We browsed the internet for listings and spent a couple of our evening driving the see the properties. At this point we were getting a feel for the prices in our area, and what we liked. We saw a house for sale by owner. We called and asked too see the inside. When we did, we both feel in love with it. We knew 100% that it was the house for us. We had applied for a home loan that morning and were waiting for the results but we knew we would get the loan, which we did.I called my mother and told her about the house and she advised me to make an offer so we didn’t loose it to someone else. We made an offer and the seller excepted but no money was exchanged and we did not draw up a contract. She told us she would get the paper work ready while we are waiting for the bank to review the proof of income we sent them, that usually takes a few days to verify.We know the house will have to e inspected and the bank will come and appraise the house. At this point should we still get an agent or is there anything else we should do before we sign anything or make it a done deal?

Thanks

The Expert answers:

If you sign a contract that does not give you the right to “do anything” about the results of the inspection then what will you do? There are dozens of closing costs that can be paid by either buyer of seller-which are you going to agree to pay? When will you close and when will you take possession?

There are a lot of very important things that you and the seller have to agree on in the contract. Price is important but there are others.

If you hire an agent then part of the contract might be who is paying for the agent.

Since you have already decided on the house and already agreed on the price (and you have a desperate hope they are honorable and will not sell it to anyone else) then what I think you need more than anything is a very good real estate attorney- one that can help you negotiate the contract and make sure it is enforced.

Sandra asks…

Was your good faith estimate accurate?

I am working with both a real estate agent & a mortgage broker. I have found a house, put in an offer and it’s been accepted. I am doing an FHA for 3% down and am now being hit with a few “unexpected” fees-I’ve paid $1300 to the title co, $150 to the owners, $350-apprasial (tomorrow) & another $340 for a home inspection on Saturday. I have rec’d quotes for Ins and it’s twice what was est. on the GFE. In addition the sellers were supposed to pay my closing costs/prepaids and upon review I see the MAX the agent wrote in was up to $5000. The fees total over $6200 so it looks like I will be paying more than I exected at closing. I’m a little dissappointed that I had to figure this out on my own. Is this “normal”? Is there anything else I need to look out for? Could we have asked for more-enough to cover the fees? Should my agent or my broker have known the fees would be more than $5000 & listed a higher amount? Could they have? The offer was $134,500 incl. closing costs

The Expert answers:

If your original GFE was not even in the ballpark (i.e. The broker did not list some major items) and you still have time, comparison shop mortgage brokers and get 4-6 different GFE’s. Not all brokers are equal even though they want you to think so… Having said that, if your original GFE was somewhat close, then I wouldn’t sweat it because there is a reason why it is called an estimate… The broker doesn’t have the particulars and is just trying to give you an estimate of what your closing costs will be.

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David asks…

Is this a good essay?

My summer vacation of 2007 was a unique and rewarding experience. Instead of wasting time lounging at home or going to the mall, I decided to enroll in Long and Foster’s real estate licensing course. I know it’s unusual for a college student to go to school during summer break, but becoming a real estate agent was a goal of mine for quite some time, and what better time to pursue my goal. Summer vacation allowed me enough time to study without the distractions of other classes. My parents introduced me to the business of real estate sales a few years prior, but it wasn’t until I got older that I became a lot more interested. Watching their success led me to believe that I too can be as successful as they are.
I was so excited about beginning my journey into the business of real estate sales, that I got my books weeks before class started and studied early. I was very nervous about starting class because I had no idea what to expect. The thought of being the youngest student in a class of forty year old professionals was not thrilling, and the fact that I was eighteen years old with the face of a thirteen year old wasn’t helping. Once again, my imagination got the best of me because my classmates were nothing like I envisioned. In actuality, my classmates were very diverse people of all ages and different education backgrounds. The course that I enrolled very fast paced, which made it more difficult. Class was held everyday from nine to five for a month, and we were assigned tons of homework and quizzes. Just as I hoped, class quickly came to a close, and before I knew it, it was time to take the final exam. There were two final exams that I had to pass. The first was on Maryland real estate laws, and the second on national real estate laws. Before testing, the professor allowed the class time to review and eat lunch. During my break I was smart not to think about the test because I didn’t want to confuse myself. I overheard everyone else quizzing each other, but I kept to myself. After lunch I was ready to get the exams over with. While testing, I had some anxiety at first, but I stayed focus and finished with about five minutes to spare. Once everyone finished testing, we were randomly called in our instructor’s office to see our results. I had no idea what to expect, but when I walked into the office, and saw the smile on the professor’s face I knew that I passed. I remember running out of her office so fast that I forgot my certificate and had to come back for it. I was glad to have passed because all my hard work paid off, but most importantly I never had to take the class again. When I left the class I couldn’t wait to tell my family the great news because I knew how proud they were going to be but most importantly, how proud I was of myself.
The real estate class was finally behind me, and I had more time to focus on the next set of exams that I needed to pass. The exams were administered by PSI and were twice as difficult Long and Foster’s exams. One thing I didn’t want to do was rush into taking the exams, so I decided to took a few more weeks to study. On testing day I woke early and arrived at the testing center early. I felt confident in passing because I studied persistently for weeks. Once again I was the youngest person in the room, and no one believed I was actually about to become a real estate agent. Now that everyone calmed down about how young I looked, I sat at the computer to test. My strategy was to answer the easy questions first and save the difficult ones for last. This was the strategy that I used on the previous exam that I passed. I was done, but sat at the computer for a couple minutes, took a breath and clicked submit. I walked out of the room to get my results, only to discover that I failed. For the rest of the day I walked around as if all my dreams of becoming a real estate agent have been shattered.
I did fail the exam that time, but my journey of becoming a successful real estate agent was far from over. If I truly desired to become a real estate, I needed to give it my all. First, I had to do was to organize my schedule in order to have more time to study. I sat out one semester of school and even cut my hours back at work. Secondly, I had to establish an effective study plan, which included enhanced flashcards and self made quizzes. As quickly as I began studying, the exam came quicker. I walked in the testing center with confidence, and completed the exam in less than two hours. When I exited the exam room I sat and waited for my results. In the beginning I though something was wrong because the computer with the results crashed. Eventually, the computer came back on and my results printed out. I couldn’t wait to see if I passed, and sure enough I did.
At the end of the day, I can truly say that this was my favorite summer vacation to this day. I didn’t engage in the typical activities that my peers did, but I still had a lot of fun. It was gratifying to ac

The Expert answers:

I think that this essay has the potential to be GREAT is it a Narrative?
There are a few issues that you should work on. It doesn’t have great flow. I suggest reading it out loud to yourself and see how you feel about it. Cut out the things that just don’t seem very important. Also make sure you are using the same tense through the entire essay.

Post this again after you make these few revisions and i bet it will be GREAT

Daniel asks…

Should you have an attorney to review a purchase contract on a home at closing?

My real estate agent‘s husband is a real estate attorney. We ended up consulting him for some issues we had with a purchase we almost made (on a different house, not the one we are now purchasing). He had mentioned we should use him when we get in contract again since we were looking at rural property and there can be issues with easements, wells, etc. It ended up we are buying a house with an acre but not super rural, no well or anything like that. Is there any reason I would need an attorney to review my purchase contract? Isn’t it all pretty standard? I hate to spend an extra $150 on top of the $300 I owe him if it’s not necessary.

The Expert answers:

First. The attorney advising you should not be the husband of your realtor. Period. End of that. That has conflict of interest written all over that.

Second. An attorney needs to write the Title Opinion before Closing in order to get Title Insurance. Go to your closing (abstract) company and get the name of a couple OTHER attorneys that they regularly use for real estate transactions.

Your realtor should be reviewing your contract, and that is what her commission is for, so her having you pay her hubby an extra fee is absurd.

Mandy asks…

Foreclosures in Los Angeles?

I am looking to buy a property but so far I have only managed to find Realtytrac and the reviews are not good, so I don’t want to pay for it.
I have searched for some real estate agents and they don’t seem to list any foreclosures.
Can someone recommend a company? I don’t live in LA so cannot go there in person to look. Thanks in advance

The Expert answers:

Spirit-

There is no magic list per se… I am a Real Estate Broker in Southern California and I represent quite a few investors buying foreclosures. Any Agent or Broker can set you up on emailed MLS listings with whatever criteria you are looking for. Unfortunately, probably will not set you up on listings without representation agreement.” In other words, they won’t send you listings unless they ar sure you will be using them to help you purchase the property. My clients and I buy Northern California as well, point being you will always want to view the property and do any inspections you see fit before you close escrow.
But to come back full circle, finding someone you would like to work with, agency wise, you will have lists sent daily with any and all criteria you desire

John asks…

How do I go about making a BAD REVIEW for a professional on Google??? This person was RUDE. Thanks =/…….?

This person is a Real Estate agent…I made an offer on a phone, verbally over the phone, for FULL PRICE…only I offered terms….25k down…at 12% interest….et etc….all due in 5 years…the lady was RUDE…I was EXTREMELYYYYYYYYYYYY KIND……..(Which does no good too often) and what did she say??…

in a rude voice…she says…”NO!” “NO!” “NO” “NO!”….hmmm…..after all of those “no’s”..I was taken aback…and stayed silent….for a few seconds…and then she said….”NO, They want ALL CASH” ….so anyways, I don’t know who she thinks she is….

but I would like to write a review on her…how do I go about doing this??? What I would PREFER…is for someone to look her name up….and then ‘there’ is my negative review….people shouldnt treat others the way she did. Thank you for your help…

The Expert answers:

Realize a few things:

1)The universe is inherently unfair, and DOES NOT REVOLVE AROUND YOU.

2)In your own words she is a professional. Terms go both ways, and a company has every right to reject offers you come up with. That doesn’t make them rude. I do my job by the book every day, does that make me a big meanie?

3)Crying is something that should be done by children, not grown adults who are capable of making financial decisions. Children are not allowed on Yahoo Q&A. This question is invalid.

I wonder what her side of the story is? I’m really curious now, especially since you want to go out of your way to discredit her without taking it up with her. :)

TLDR Version: you are physically and mentally unable to write a negative review at this time. Sorry!

Lizzie asks…

Is this a good Essay?

I just completed my first year of college, and summer vacation was right around the corner. I had no idea what activities to get involved in, but I didn’t want to spend my vacation going to the mall and lounging around the house as I have done the last few years. This summer was going to be different. I decided to enroll in a real estate licensing course which was taught at the Long and Foster Institute. I know it’s unusual for a college student to want to go to school during summer vacation, but becoming a real estate agent has been a goal of mine for quite some time. My parents introduced me to the business of real estate sales a few years prior and even allowed me to assist them in their business. Watching my parents’ success in real estate sales motivated me to pursue a career in the industry and led me to believe that I too can be as successful as they are.
I was already registered at the Long and Foster Institute and was ready to get started. I already anticipated that the class was going to be very difficult, so I requested my books in advanced to get a head start. Finally, the first day of class was here, but I had no idea what to expect. The thought of being the youngest student in a room full of forty year olds entered my mind. When I walked into the classroom, I discovered that assuming was never right. My imagination got the best of me because my classmates were nothing like I envisioned. In fact, my classmates were very diverse people, from different walks of life. Now that the nervous thoughts were at the back of my mind, it was time to down to business. My professor; Mrs. Billups was very strict. She was a successful realtor in the area and took everything about real estate very seriously. Class was held everyday from nine to five, and she made sure that we used every minute of that time. I had been attending class everyday for a month, but before I knew it, it was time to take the final exam. There were two final exams that I had to pass. The first was on Maryland real estate laws, and the second on national real estate laws. Before the test, the class was allowed to eat and review. I didn’t bring my books to class with me that day because I didn’t want to look at anything that would confuse me. While eating my lunch, I overhead study groups quizzing each other but I didn’t want to get involved in the discussion. Lunch was over and it was time to test. During the duration of the exams I had a little anxiety, but I remained calm under the pressure and finished with about five minutes to spare. Once everyone finished testing, Mrs. Billups randomly called everyone to see their results. I had no idea what to expect, but when I walked into the office, and saw the smile on her face I knew that I passed. I remember running out of her office so fast that I forgot my certificate and had to come back for it. At that moment, I was so proud of myself, and couldn’t wait to tell my parents the great news because I knew they were going to be as excited as I was.

I was finally done at the Long and Foster Institute, but there were two more exams that I needed to pass. These exams were administered by PSI, and determined if I was going to get licensed. With the class out of the way, I had more time to focus on passing the next exams. They were a lot difficult and required a lot of work to prepare for. After weeks of studying, I was registered to test at the testing center. I walked into the testing center and got ready to get started. My strategy was to answer the easy questions first and save the difficult ones for last. This was the strategy that I used on the previous exam that I passed. I was done, but sat at the computer for a couple minutes, took a breath and clicked submit. I walked out of the room to get my results, only to discover that I failed. For the rest of the day I walked around as if all my dreams of becoming a real estate agent have been shattered.
I did fail the exam that time, but my journey of becoming a successful real estate agent was far from over. I knew that I had to give it my all the second time around. From that moment on, I swore to study harder than before and not stop until my real estate license was in my hand. In order to study better, I needed to clear my schedule. I sat out the next semester of school and cut my hours back at work. The day of the exam, I walked into the testing center with more confidence and was very eager to start. I completed the exam in less than two hours, and rushed to get my results. At first, I though something was wrong because the computer that had my results crashed. Eventually, the computer came back on and my results printed out. I couldn’t wait to see if I passed, and sure enough I did.
At the end of the day, I can truly say that this was my favorite summer vacation to this day. I didn’t engage in the typical activities that my peers did, but I still had a lot of fun. It was gratifying to accomplish a goal that many people thought w

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The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money…

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“Keller presents the million-dollar benchmark as a symbol of excellence, rather than a monument to materialism.” — Chris Leporni, Realtor Magazine”The Millionaire Real Estate Agent is the step-by-step handbook for seeking excellence in your profession and your life.” — Mark Victor Hansen, Co-creator #1 New York Times best-selling series Chicken Soup for the Soul(R) and Co-author, The One Minute Millionaire”This book presents a new paradigm for real estate and should be required reading for real estate professionals everywhere.” — Robert T. Kiyosaki, New York Times best-selling author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad
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Kiyosaki draws upon the counsel of 21 of his closest big business pals to prepare his audience to properly assess property values, locate foreclosures, lower taxes and even find hidden investment opportunities. The book couldn’t come at a more appropriate time, given the rising number of home foreclosures, and luckily seasoned narrators Jim Bond, Sandra Burr and Bruce Reizen make listening an enjoyable and personable experience. Many such guides fail to reach listeners because of their less than inspired narrations; this talented cast not only injects life into their respective readings, but also manage to get the point across without sounding the least bit robotic. A Vanguard paperback (Reviews, May 25). (May) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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5 DVD Foreclosure and Real Estate Course En Español

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5 DVD Foreclosure and Real Estate Course En Español

Con este super paquete usted aprenderá, a salir de la crisis hipotecaria, como adquirir con una super oferta para la compra de su casa, por medio de un foreclosure o un Short Sale, como vender su casa sacándole la mayor parte de la plusvalía, como sacar el mejor provecho al momento de refinanciar su casa, y por supuesto lo mas importante, como manejar tu reporte crediticio ya sea para aumentarlo o alegrarlo de la mejor manera, para tu poder llegar alcanzar tu sueno americano.

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Selling Your Home Strategies, Real Estate Series, Instructional Video, Show Me How Videos (2006)

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Veteran real estate investment and broker Charles Kraus shares fourteen years of invaluable knowledge with viewers looking to take a proactive approach to selling their homes in this release designed to save the viewer both time and money. Topics addressed in this informative video include: the system used by a veteran real estate broker; home sale improvement methods; the five factors in selling a home; common home inspection issues; red flags that may arise during sales; common buyer concerns; home inspection preparedness; items that could affect the value of a home; environmental concerns; and a variety of money-saving strategies. Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide –Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Interior and Exterior Home Inspection from A to Z – DVD – Real Estate Home Inspector, Homeowner, Home Buyer and Seller Survival Kit Series

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“…the Real Estate from A to Z books and videos are the best we’ve ever seen.”

Don’t let your dream house be a nightmare in disguise! Everything you need to know about Real Estate – from Asbestos to Zoning. This 5-star rated DVD has over an hour of video and as an added bonus you also get the 80 page HIB DVD Companion Guide e-Book. This DVD shows the precise steps to follow to inspect all of the INTERIOR and EXTERIOR of a home. The INTERIOR and EXTERIOR DVD topics include: roof, chimneys, siding, eaves, gutters, drainage and grading, windows, walkways, entrances and porches, driveways, walls and fences, patios and terraces, decks, swimming pools, exterior structures, wood destroying insects, garage, kitchen, bathrooms, floors and stairs, walls and ceilings, windows and doors, fireplaces, attics, ventilation, insulation, basement/lower level, water penetration. The OPERATING SYSTEMS inspection topics are covered in (more…)

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