Property Guys – Why Would You?

If you are thinking about selling your home, your options are pretty much limitless. There are ample companies who claim to take the work out of it so you can easily do it yourself, but how easy is it really?

Most of these companies will charge the home seller a pretty steep fee, offering them an internet ad on the company FSBO site, a for sale lawn sign displaying the owners home phone number, and if your lucky, maybe an ad or two in a local paper. But unfortunately, that’s where their service ends. You’ll still have to have to take your own time to arrange viewings and showings (if you get any takers), you’ll have to meet the potential buyers face to face, limiting your negotiating power, you’ll still have to involve a lawyer, and because you will involve him earlier in the game (if you’re smart) you’ll pay additional fees, and if the buyers experience problems half-way through the deal, do you have access to an array of professionals and specialists to help get the deal done? Did you know the local hardware store only charges about $5.00 for a for sale sign and you can advertise online for free? If you think you’ve got what it takes to sell your home on your own, why in the world would you consider paying a company hundreds of dollars for a sign and a couple of ads?

We have a saying in real estate; „You can’t save the same commission twice“. At the moment there is a slanderous ad campaign running against us „Joe Blow Real Estate Agents“ that claim you can pay yourself. In this era of the educated home buyer, do you really think they’re going to let you lay claim to the „thousands of dollars“ you are saving by not using a real estate agent, or do you think they’re going to want their fair share of those savings? Right out of the gate you are exposing yourself to the proverbial lowball offer, because the buyers are going to know that you aren’t paying „Joe Blow“.

A real estate agent, right from the get go, is going to educate you to current market trends and a realistic pricing review of your property’s value. One of the surest ways to realize the most from the sale of your home is to price it right, right from the start. You can pay a property fee appraiser a few hundred dollars for this, or you can enlist the services of a real estate agent, who in most cases, will not charge you if you are listing with them.

Your agent is also going to handle all calls and arranging all viewings on your home. They know the questions to ask to help you qualify potential purchasers, limiting the lookie-lous and tire kickers. They are going to tell you to take the afternoon off, while they deal with the buyers, knowing your time is valuable, and appreciating that you do have a life.

Your agent is going to handle negotiations on your behalf, ensuring offers to purchase are in writing, that conditions in the agreements are met, and if trouble rises halfway through your deal, your agent will have access to professionals and specialists that may well keep your deal together. Your lawyer, on the other hand, makes more money when you are fighting, and is paid by the hour. At this point in the game, your real estate agent hasn’t cost you a cent.

Your agent is going to stay with you after the deal is firm. They are going to assist you in getting ready for your closing day, and they aren’t going to charge you any extra for the sold sign they have installed at your property. If the buyers choose to back out now, your agent is on your side to keep the deal in place. If the buyers do walk with good reason, all this still hasn’t cost you a cent.

Your agent is going to take care of all the advertising and web site development for your property. They are going to take care of all potential buyers, they are going to provide you with solid agreements of purchase and sale, all the necessary forms you require, and they are going to be able to refer you to all the specialists and professional services you will require in order to get your deal done. Perhaps one of the biggest reasons you might really want to consider working with a real estate agent is also the best… you will only pay your real estate agent if they sell your property.

The real estate commission is only paid upon the successful closing of a property, deducted from the proceeds of sale, and paid directly from your lawyer. You don’t even have to write the cheque. The industry is evolving, and there are agents out there that will provide fee for service contracts. As a home seller, perhaps the most invaluable piece of advice I can offer is this… From the property to the agents, in real estate, you really do get what you pay for. Just ask „Joe Blow“.

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Open House Tips for Realtors

1. Advertise! A study conducted by the National Association of Realtors revealed that 92% of buyers use the internet to house hunt. Make sure your open house dates are available through Zillow. With over 130 million visits per month, Zillow is a great place to start.

2. Invite neighbors to a appetizers or a wine and cheese party at your open house. It’s a great way to network and prospect. Socialize and have fun.

3. Everyone who visited your open house is a potential buyer so create an automated nurturing email marketing campaign to stay in touch. Make sure to also follow up within a few days so you can reconnect and help with their home buying search.

4. Be strategic with open house signage. Sandwich boards are great, but also mix it up with signage that is legible from a distance of at least 30 to 50 feet. Place directional signs to advertise in a five block radius ro reach a wider audience. Add helium filled balloons to attract attention.

5. Depersonalize the property. Remove family photos, diplomas, awards and anything else in the home before the open house. By removing personal items, the home doesn’t belong to any particular group of people and visitors can see themselves in the home.

6. Clean and organize closets and other storage spaces. Buyers will open closets, drawers and anything else with a handle. Instead of an avalanche of boxes when they open the storage closet, make sure closets are clean and organized.

7. Target local homebuyers with online advertising. You can even target potential buyers according to zip code through Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook and other online resources. With Facebook, you can add photos of the property and link to a landing page where more images of the home are available, plus a contact form to learn more.

8. Advertise by drone. Yes, drone advertising. Hoovy advertises open houses by attaching banners to drones and flying them in public places for real estate agents. Hoovy flies the drones at about 60 ft from the ground to be closer to the public.

9. Staging can help sell a home. Group your colors. Try to limit colors to just three per room. Keep larger items lower. If you have an even amount, take one away. Always keep quantities to an odd number as it is more visually appealing. Mix throw pillows and to create a spa appeal, add white towels to bathrooms.

10. First impressions are important. Simple updates to the entry can make a world of difference. Add a planter. If the door is worn, a good coat of paint can make a difference. A new welcome matt will make it more inviting. Sweep, clean cobwebs and remove anything worn.

11. In one study, 30% of people reported scented products as „irritating.“ Skip the air fresheners and candles. Instead, encourage your seller to shampoo carpets, open the windows and let in the fresh air, deodorize appliances and toss throw rugs in the wash.

12. Experiment with lighting before your open house. Try opening shades and curtains, turning on different sources of light.

13. Advertise in small local newspapers as not every buyer is internet savvy. Many retirees read local papers and you’ll get a lot of mileage for your investment.

14. Consider a themed open house. If the home is Mediterranean design, consider presenting tapas. If it is a Spanish style, nachos may be perfect. Give your potential buyers a unique experience to remember the home.

15. Have handouts with your contact info ready for buyers to take. Mortgage Loan Breakdown and a glossary are two great handouts. Neighborhood information like local schools, grocers, restaurants and the „walk score“ are great information. And attach your business card to every handout. Have a sign in sheet for visitors and capture their name, phone number, email and any other pertinent information. Follow up a few days later.

16. Email prospective buyers and invite them to your open house. Showcase the home in the email and include a professionally branded email signature. And offer to preshow the home. Why wait? Give prospects the ability to schedule time with you to tour the home early. Add an online scheduling link so buyers can set a time without fussing with the phone, call backs and waiting. After all, in this competitive market, the home could be pending by the time the open house arrives!

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How to Sell Your Property Privately

With the current financial climate and a distinct lack of property buyers, today’s home owner has to look at all possibilities if they want to sell their property quickly. This is a global issue, whether you are in the USA, UK or Spain property prices are dropping and buyers are few and far between, even with the interest rates at an all time low.

So how can you get ahead of the field?

Ensure your property is ready to be sold, it needs to be clean, tidy and well presented at all times. If possible give it a fresh coat of paint!

Price the property for the market. Look at local estate agents or For sale by Owner web sites to find out how much similar properties are being sold for – you can also use nethouseprice which allows you to put in your UK post code and get a list of sold properties and the price they where sold for in the same area.

Discover what local estate agents have to offer. Ask them how they will market your property and where they advertise. Negotiate the best commission deal and ensure you read any sales contract (if possible have your legal representative review it). Some agents will have a clause stating if the vendor sells the property privately they are still liable to pay commission. Ensure this is removed or be willing to pay them as well!

Advertise your property privately using all available media – local newspapers, shop windows, For Sale by Owner web sites or all of the above.

If you are advertising in the local newspaper keep the title short and attractive A title of „Luxury Property for sale“ may discourage potential buyers, inferring the price will be too high where as „4 bedroom detached house“ may make them read further.

If you advertise in a shop window ensure you include a colour picture of the property and again keep the title attractive.

If you use FSBO (For Sale by Owner) see what deals are on offer. Online Property Sale is currently offering to advertise your property until sold for just ¬52. This includes a full description and up to 6 pictures of your property. They also place it on Global Property Online web site and a minimum of 10 other web sites. Included in the price is an SMS alerts system which informs the vendor when an enquiry has been made on their property.

When advertising on an FSBO site ensure confidentiality is retained by not displaying your name, telephone number or email address. Some FSBO sites display these and before you know it you will receive 100s of SPAM emails.

If you really want to sell your property there are buyers out there (even in the current climate) and you just have to work at finding them by using some or all of the methods described here – these could help you get ahead of your neighbour. If selling your property is paramount exploit all forms of advertising, manipulate the resources available to your advantage and make them work for you.

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Selling Your Home in a Spiraling Market

Selling your home at any time can be a tough task, in this market it can be daunting.

What you need to remember is presentation is key. You would not buy a used car that had not been washed (at least not for fair value) the same goes for your home. I cannot tell you how many times I walk into a home for sale and notice dirt, stains, and an overall feeling of I don’t care from the current homeowners. Yes you are hopefully moving on to bigger and better things but that does not mean you have to treat your current home like you were not proud of living there. At one time you were excited to purchase this home and remember someone else is excited to be house hunting for a home like yours.

Please keep your home presentable

Now, in this market turnover is at a standstill. The amount of product (homes for sale) on the market is at all time high. You have to get the attention through marketing and initial reaction. In order to get that house sold you must stand out from the other comparable properties in your area. Price the house accordingly. This is important as the house down the street looks just like yours, and is priced lower. It is unreasonable to think that your house is worth 250,000 more than the house next door of the same size and quality.

Price accordingly

Now that you have the right price and are all cleaned up be sure to make yourself stand-out. Add some character to your place. Rent some furniture to take up those bare walls, add some nice candles and soothing smells. Make your home inviting from the exterior through landscape and flowers. All of these improvements together can cost you less than $500.00. It is imperative that your house has appeal.

Stand-out in a crowd

Good luck.

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Two For Sale By Owner Deal Killers

You’ve just negotiated a deal with a buyer and have a signed sales contract. The good news is that you’re almost there. The bad news is the finish line is still not as close as you think. Even though you and the buyer have agreed upon a price, there’s still room for the deal to fall through. Two big parts of the transaction still lay ahead – the inspection and the buyer’s mortgage.

Home Inspection

With most standard sales contracts, the buyer will request that they be allowed to perform a home inspection. If this inspection isn’t satisfactory to the buyer, the deal could die right there. There are three major types of inspections that the buyer can have completed.

  • Termite Inspection. Depending on your state’s laws either you or the buyer could be responsible for the termite inspection. If it is your responsibility as the seller, then you must have a letter from a licensed pest control company that states your home does not have any termites. Whether you or the buyer pays for the inspection, it is your duty to clear up the problem before closing.
  • Roof Inspection. Should the roof inspection result in repairs to be completed, you are required to cover the repairs.
  • General Inspection. This is an inspection of major appliances, air conditioning, heating, plumbing, and electrical systems. As the seller, you are required to repair or replace any of these items that fail inspection.

Avoid inspection problems by having your own inspection completed before you put your home on the market. That way you have time to make the repairs before a buyer’s inspector catches them.

Alternatively, you could sell your home „as is.“ Such a stipulation must be included in the sales contract and lets the buyer know that you won’t be fixing any problems that may arise from any inspection.

The major drawback to selling your home „as is“ is that any potential buyer will assume that you know of problems in your home that are too expensive for you to fix, thus making them extremely reluctant to want to even make an offer. If they do, don’t be surprised if it’s significantly lower than your asking price.

Mortgage Pit Falls

Your buyer’s ability to purchase your home is contingent upon his or her approval for a mortgage. If the buyer does not get approved for a mortgage that’s large enough to purchase your home, the deal will fall through unless you’re willing to lower the purchase price. Without financing, it is impossible for the buyer to purchase your home.

What can you do to avoid this problem? Make sure all buyers are pre-qualified before you begin negotiations. Ask prospective buyers for a pre-approval letter from a lender. Serious buyers will already have gotten pre-approved for a mortgage. Make sure the amount the buyer has been pre-approved for will cover the sales price of your home.

You might also work with the buyer to obtain financing. If you are working with a real estate attorney, he or she might be a resource that can assist the buyer in contacting a lender or mortgage broker. Alternatively, you can contact a local real estate agency to get recommendations on lenders or brokers.

Just because they’ve been turned down by one lender doesn’t mean that another won’t approve them for a loan. Be patient and keep working.

As a Realtor I’ve seen my fair share of home sales fall through because of failed inspections and lack of financing.

As an owner, you’re in control of the inspection. You can choose to fix any and all problems that an inspector finds.

Financing on the other hand requires a significant amount of faith, and often times hope. So while you’re waiting for the a buyer’s financing to be approved keep your home on the market and continue to work for offers in the hope that you can end up with a secondary offer that you can fall back on if the original offer falls through.

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Real Estate Deposit vs Down Payment

When you’re selling your home, you have to be familiar with related real-estate lingo. You have to know the difference between a canopy and an awning; a mortgage and a loan; and most importantly, the difference between a deposit and a down payment.

Believe it or not, there are a lot of home sellers who think that deposits and down payments are one and the same, when in reality they are not.

A deposit is the money given or handed over to the owner when a buyer indicates a sincere desire to purchase the property being sold. It is a token amount that could be as small as a few hundred dollars, or as big as 5% of the total purchase price. The deposit can be returned when the transaction does not fall through for reasons beyond the control of the buyer, and can also be forfeited in favour of the seller. When the purchase pushes through, the deposit is credited to the buyer and forms part of his down payment.

A down payment or equity, on the other hand, can be considered as an initial payment on the property itself. It is given when the buyer has decided to actually purchase the house (unlike in deposit, where it is given when the buyer indicates a desire to buy the unit). The down payment is the total amount of money a buyer can give as a partial payment and is generally of a bigger value (10% of the total property cost, or more) than regular deposits.

It’s fairly easy to differentiate. Just remember that a deposit is smaller and, once the transaction pushes through, becomes part of the down payment. The total of these two, plus any outstanding balance, should be the agreed upon purchase price of the property.

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Realtor Lockboxes Explained: A Summary of Lockbox Options and Alternatives for Real Estate Agents

Real estate professionals today have a plethora of high tech options out there to enhance their business, but rarely do we fully consider the value of the lockbox – the sole piece of equipment responsible for allowing agents to show the homes that we sell everyday. The lockbox itself has evolved over time, and today agents find themselves comparing the value from a standard combination lockbox to that of a more high-tech electronic lockbox. Real estate agents today are pressed from all sides for fees, dues, and expenditures that are unavoidable costs of doing business, so when it comes to making a decision between a combination lockbox that’s just a few bucks versus a high-tech electronic lockbox that is substantially more expensive, does the increase in cost justify the value? Also, what are all the options out there for electronic lockboxes? This article highlights the findings of current industry options available.

Having the ability to show a home without the sellers there to watch your every move was a move in the right direction for the real estate industry. Agents know very well the situation where a seller will remain in a home during a showing and „pretend“ like they are minding their own business while the buyers tip-toe through the home trying not to impose while attempting to get a sense of what the home was like.

This is a wild departure from the typical showing when the sellers aren’t there; clients love to snoop around in order to get a good sense of the home. With the sellers not there, the buyers get a good opportunity to get a true sense of how that particular home would feel and if they can see themselves living there. Put simply, it allows for a better, more convenient showing experience.

From this dilemma the lockbox was invented. A device securing the key for entry by licensed real estate agents to show their prospective buyers, and it allowed sellers (or their agents) the opportunity to have the home shown without the need of their presence. It saved time, and allowed for a better showing experience. Truly, it was a win-win.

However, early lockboxes were simply a combination lockbox. They are certainly inexpensive, but an obvious downside was the lack of security for the home in question once the lockbox code was known. Sellers would rely on the professional ethics of real estate agents to keep the code confidential, but sometimes the code would slip into hands of non-agents. Less frequently, the code would be found by people with malicious intent.

With the obvious shortfall of relying on the honor system to keep lockbox codes confidential, it offered the opportunity for a better solution that would allow for accountability along with the ability to show a home without the seller being present. As a result, it did not take long for „smart“ lockboxes using electronic technology to come into existence, thus revolutionizing the process of showing a home. Before a seller and their agent wouldn’t really know who was showing the property other than the confirmed appointments that were made. Flash forward to today, and you have the ability to know exactly who and exactly when someone shows a property through the use of an electronic lockbox. With these smart electronic lockboxes, only an agent or other authorized party can access the lockbox itself, further emboldening the assurance to a seller that only licensed agents and properly authorized individuals are showing or entering their home.

Today there are 2 main companies that provide these smart electronic lockboxes to real estate agency associations. They are Supra key and Sentrilock. Together they comprise the majority of the lockbox industry market; nobody else comes close.

Supra (or SupraKey) is owned by general electric and provides lockbox solutions to all sorts of niche industries, real estate lockboxes being one of them. Bill Love, national account manager for Supra, says that out of a given state or region in the country, Supra, on average, maintains an 80% market share. Supra has sold several million lockboxes throughout the years to real estate agents, and currently Love estimates that there are 1.5 million+ Supra lockboxes currently in use by about 750,000 real estate agents throughout the country.

The supra key itself features a cylindrical design up to the „shackle“ (the loop part of the lockbox that will noose around something and keep it in its place securely) where the shackle fits in seamlessly. Its simplistic design is pleasing to the eye, and to activate the lockbox, an agent has a „digital key“ that’s about the size of a small flip phone and has a number pad and screen on it. The agent sets the key to open a box and points it in the direction of an infrared sensor on the box itself. When the lockbox recognizes that it being accessed by the remote digital key, it will release to allow access and the bottom of the lockbox will fall out when it’s pushed by the agent, and voilà, the key to the home is available for the agent to take and open the door for the showing.

Love says that Supra has plans for upgrades to the current model lockbox that will include the ability for wireless Bluetooth access and syncing. Also, rather than having the digital key, if the agent has a smartphone, Supra offers an app for access with the phone instead, which makes it easier and more convenient, for a monthly fee. Love claims that the key difference with a Supra Lockbox is that „it keeps intelligence in the hands of the user.“ Rather than having to rely on extra equipment or other trades people, the user has the control. Supra has had the current model for several years now with incremental software updates along the way. If an agent wants to buy a new Supra lockbox, it costs around $90, but the actual price that an agent will pay is determined by the association that they belong to.

Sentrilock is the other major player in the real estate lockbox industry. Sentrilock, which is based out of Indiana and is partially owned by the National Association of Realtors has been around for less than a decade and currently services about 250 of the 1000+ Realtor associations throughout the country and Canada as well. These associations comprise about 250,000 agents and approximately 500,000 lockboxes in current use. Sentrilock has 2 main models that are currently used; one is a silver lockbox that resembles a cell phone from the late 1980’s, bulky and heavy and somewhat longer in size than the supra lockbox. It has a key pad directly on the front of the lockbox itself, and holds the key within a drop-down door that pops open when accessed.

The other lockbox they offer is a smaller, more compact blue lockbox that is more cube-ish in shape but with the similar functionality features. The main difference between the silver and blue lockbox is that the blue lockbox allows for more space within the lockbox itself (which is important for people trying to sell a condo and who need to include an „access fob“ in addition to the key to the front door of the unit itself – there just isn’t enough room for multiple keys or when including the access fob with Sentrilocks‘ silver lockbox). Sentrilock sells their lockboxes for about $125 a piece, but this also depends on where you are getting it from, as the actual retail price is determined by the local real estate association that sells the boxes.

Both lockbox companies offer substantial warranties on the product themselves. They also have a support team that is almost always available in the event there is difficulty in accessing a lockbox, or for troubleshooting purposes. Both companies offer a comprehensive online tool that can provide the analytics from the showings and use of a specific lockbox which agents can use to share with their clients.

Some of the main differences between these two are how the lockbox itself is accessed. Sentrilock doesn’t need an extra piece of equipment to open a box. Rather, they utilize a „Smart-Card“ which is essentially a credit-card that fits into the lockbox and has a chip inside it that shares your information with the lockbox you are accessing. This card is all you need to access the lockbox, whereas Supra requires the digital key, although they have addressed this by means of offering the smart-phone app so an agent can use their phone in place of the digital key. Both systems require updating; in other words, the smart card for the sentrilock system requires you to stick your card in a „card reader“ that you get when you buy your smart-card that hooks into your computer. Every few days (the exact amount of days is determined by your local Realtor association) you must update the card through the card reader, which will allow you to show property, and at the same time uploads the information of the places you have shown to the Sentrilock system, which in turn is then able to be seen by the agents who owned the lockboxes of the places that you accessed. In a pinch you can update your card over the phone, but you can only do this once or twice.

On the other hand, supra keys update wirelessly. They didn’t always do this, where you were required to keep your „digital key“ docked on a charging station that was hooked up to a phone line. You had to do this every day and that’s how the system would both update your card as well as share your showing information to the system. The wireless updating feature has been in place for a year or two now, and takes the headache out of the equation of having you update your key each and every day.

The back end system for Sentrilock allows an agent to create specific access codes for one-time access of a specific lockbox. This makes it really convenient for a contractor, appraiser, termite inspector, etc. to be able to access a property with a code, but only one time because that code will expire after the day the code was intended to be used. This is a great feature that Supra doesn’t have an answer to.

Although there are benefits to both systems, any agent can’t simply choose which lockbox system they want to use – this is decided, agreed to and contractually obligated between either Sentrilock or Supra and an agent’s local real estate association. These associations, once they have agreed on a system to use can then „tweak“ the system to their discretion and preference. Things like the cost of a lockbox, whether the lockbox is leased or sold to agents, the amount of times an agent can renew their key by phone, the amount of days that can elapse before an update of an access key is required, these and more options can be tweaked and most real estate professionals are unaware that other options or preferences exist.

When comparing the benefits over your standard combination lockbox, an agent must be able to justify the added cost of a smart-electronic lockbox by the value it provides. It’s easy to do so, especially when taking the seller’s best interests at heart, as the smart lockbox will ensure accountability and a better safety and security measure for the showing process and for the home itself. Its analytics information and the ability to control who can actually gain access to the home are tantamount to successfully being able to gauge the interest in a home by means of how many people are interested in seeing it as well as being able to rest assure the seller that a home is being shown but in the most secure manner possible.

During this most recent downturn in the economy, most real estate markets throughout the country were inundated (and some still are) with foreclosure property. Certain real estate brokerages that specialized in this type of distressed property had the best years of production on record for the 2008 and 2009 years. All of these properties that needed to be shown and sold needed lockboxes, but the value provided by a smart lockbox through Sentrilock or Supra didn’t justify the cost to acquire, as distressed-property brokerages had inventories of 50, 100, 200 or 300 properties at a given time. The smart lockboxes were too expensive, especially when taking into account that the home in question was owned by the bank, it was vacant and the analytics of showings didn’t matter when a given foreclosure property is selling in no time at all with multiple offers. If an agent is carrying even 50 listings with a smart lockbox, it entails $5000 worth of lockboxes needed on all the properties he/she has for sale. At this point, a less expensive combination lockbox from Lowes for $7 looks way better and the total outlay for the lockboxes is substantially less. It’s a combination of utility value and overall price paid from the standpoint of the real estate professional, so it begs the question, why are the smart lockboxes so expensive?

Put simply, the market will bear the current price point of both the Supra and Sentrilock lockboxes because the value they provide are well worth the cost. That being said, certain companies have come into existence that are poised to take advantage of the amount of agents that want to sell their used lockboxes as well as the agents out there who don’t want to pay retail for the lockbox(es) they need for their business. Blake Nolan, co-owner of San Diego based LockboxSwap has created a website where a secondary market has been created and regulated for both the Sentrilock and Supra lockbox systems. Nolan says his company can help agents buy or sell their lockboxes and in the process save time and money. „Right now there is no real place online that offers what we offer“ Nolan Says. He continues that „if you call into (any association) and ask about used lockboxes, or where to sell your own lockboxes, they say to go try craigslist or Ebay. We created LockboxSwap to address this vast and untapped market opportunity.“

Nolan’s‘ LockboxSwap company plans to unveil the business this summer, and preliminary beta-test users have offered rave reviews.

In the world of Realtor lockboxes, smart-lockboxes are preferred because the overall value inherent in being able to secure a home, controlling the use of entry and having analytical accountability far outweighs the alternative of your standard combination lockbox (or no lockbox at all) Although the 2 main players in the Realtor lockbox arena have 2 excellent products, both fall short of being 100% perfect. They both do some things quite well and have the capabilities that the other does not. It would be great to be able to merge both products and concepts together, but since that is not possible, it’s up to each individual Realtor association to interview and determine which company is a better „fit“ for them. At the end of the day, the 2 companies and respective products, although imperfect, represent competition between one another which keeps productivity and innovation high while keeping prices in check. Companies like that of LockboxSwap help to do this further by inventing and establishing the precedent for an industry that hereto has yet to exist, but has the ability to offer a cost-efficient alternative to Realtor professionals when it comes to their lockbox needs.

No matter what, it’s obvious the industry is moving in the right direction; we are witnessing technological advancements that help to serve Realtor professionals do their job better and more efficiently, and it is interesting to see what will be the norm in the near future as well as the long term. For now, Realtor professionals should be confident in knowing that while it’s great where we stand today, the future is only getting brighter.

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The 4 Top Things The New Generation Of Home Buyers Want

The new generation of home buyers grew up with smart phones, apps and internet. They are used to having technologies that make their lives easier and more convenient so it is not surprising for them to wish for a home with these technologies installed.

1. Media Room

Many buyers prefer homes that have a private room with great quality surround sound system equipment, large flat screen TV and the latest A/V device.

Some buyers are not satisfied with having just one high tech room. They prefer their entire residence to be installed with the latest automated system. Given the significance of technology will continue to grow; investing in a smart home is a wise decision.

2. Home Offices

A home office is one of the top requirements for most of the new generation buyers. To lessen the risk of deterring some home buyers, do not create a home office with built-ins. If there are numerous rooms, then these buyers can do the customization of the home office themselves. They will want an office where there is enough space for their printers, laptops and other work related activities.

3. Hardwood Floors

Buyers are showing a preference for gleaming hardwood floors as they make the rooms look new, clean and less confined. Some buyers just do not like the feel of stepping into someone else’s carpet no matter how clean and attractive it is.

If you are the buyer and see a home you love yet you are turned off by the carpeting, do not move on to the next house right away. Try to see what’s underneath since there is a chance it has a hardwood floor which you will love.

4. Urban Areas

Most of the new generation of home buyers prefer to live in big cities with small urban areas. These are the buyers who want to live in areas where there is potential to meet new people and stay active. Aside from buildings that are near the transit hubs, they want those with the essential convenience of a local gym, spa, business centre, etc.

As the preference of home buyers change, so should be the home. Shrewd investment in the possible alterations on the home you plan to sell can reap big rewards on sale day. Although real estate has its ups and downs, it is still a very attractive venture. Supply the demands of the new generation of buyers and you will not only sell your home in as short a time possible but also get a great deal out of it.

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Makler Heidelberg


Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg


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Source by Josh Mezger

How to Become a Jamaica Real Estate Agent – The Licence to Sell Jamaica Properties Legally

If you are looking to sell real estate in Jamaica, you can do so by attending the Real Estate Salesman’s Course #100H that is offered at the University of Technology, Jamaica. After passing the course, you are required to go through a few background checks to ensure you don’t have any skeletons in your closet. The final step is an interview with the Jamaica Real Estate Board to get final approval for you to become a Sales Agent.

Salesman’s Course #100H

This course is four weeks full time at the Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Technology, Jamaica. It offers material that is necessary for you to become an efficient agent in the local market, because what you don’t know can hurt you. You will be trained to handle transactions for Jamaica Properties such as Sales, Rentals and Leases.

Background Checks

The nature of the industry involves huge monetary transactions and in such a field you might find persons of a dishonest nature. In order to protect persons and their assets from thing like fraud, a background check is done on each applicant for a license approval, one of these checks is a police report.

The Interview With The Board

After gathering all the documents from your background check, you should submit these documents and attend an interview with an officer from the real estate board that puts the final stamp of approval on you application to become a sales agent in Jamaica.

Start Selling

After you have passed the exams and checks to practice in Jamaica legally, in most cases you must be employed to a licensed Dealer in Jamaica. There are some exceptions where persons can sell properties without being licensed but you should check the Jamaica real estate Act for the conditions.

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Makler Heidelberg


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Source by Jerome C Campbell

Knowing The Best Home Plan Selling Can Help You Renovate To Sell

If you’re thinking of doing some renovations before you put your house on the market it helps to know what buyers are looking for in a new home. One good way to get an idea of the features that buyers want in a house is to take a look at the best home plans selling in each of the major categories of house plans. Whether your home is country, Victorian, Mediterranean, Ranch or Cape Cod, by studying the best home plan selling in your category, you can strategically emphasize the features that buyers want and sell your home faster.

The best home plan selling in the Victorian style, for instance, features gingerbread woodwork and scrollwork and lots and lots of windows. If you’re planning to renovate a Victorian home to be more appealing, then, you might choose a paint scheme that plays up the delightful gingerbread detailing by painting it in a contrasting color to the main house.

Ranch homes feature efficient use of interior space. The best home plan selling in the ranch design features a dramatic entryway and clean contemporary design with few interior walls. Make your ranch home more appealing to buyers by making the most of those interior spaces with wide sweeps of clean white or neutral colors, or emphasize the entry hall with a mirror or fresh arrangement chosen especially to accent the space.

All of the suggestions above are drawn from the concept of ’staging‘ – a selling tool that is being used by more and more realtors. The basic idea behind staging is to use principles of psychology to make prospective buyers feel good in your house. The principle is sound – people want to buy a house that makes them feel good. By using color, space and decorating touches, you can set up your house to induce positive feelings in anyone that walks through the front door of the house for sale.

When you fine tune the principles of staging to suit particular house styles and emphasize the features that attract buyers to that style, you’re taking a step further into staging your home for sale. By taking the time to study the best home plan selling in the style of your home, you can pinpoint the features that buyers like about that style – and make your house stand out from the crowd.

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Makler Heidelberg


Immobilienmakler Heidelberg

Makler Heidelberg


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Source by B Shelton