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10 Steps to a Successful Closing for Your Home Buyer Client

10 Steps to a Successful Closing for Your Home Buyer Client

Real Estate Agent Checklists Creating a Fun, Stress-free Closing for Your Homebuyer As a real estate agent with a home under contract, you’re probably quite pleased with yourself. You did the legwork to find the home buyer client. You answered their questions and helped them get pre-approved for a mortgage. You also researched and showed the buyers dozens of homes to help them find that perfect one… and then you helped them negotiate the best deal on the home. It feels REALLY good, right? Even though you may have been bending over backward to please and serve your clients for months – or even years – all of those good feelings and future referrals can fly right out the window if the last phase of their transaction isn’t a smooth one. We want to make sure that the week before closing on a home and the actual closing day is a BIG success, so here are ten very important steps you need to take to make this day stress-free and hopefully FUN for your home buyers… 10 Steps to Ensure a Successful Closing Experience #1 ::  REPAIRS Confirm that any home repairs have been completed by the seller and if needed, get a copy of the paid repair receipts on the contractor letterhead #2 ::  UTILITIES Double check to ensure that the buyer was able to schedule service or transfer the utilities, so there are no issues on move-in day! ** It’s also a good idea to provide them with a list of utility companies and contact information about 10 days prior to closing on the home. #3 ::  HOME...
Part Time Real Estate Agent | Can You Do it SUCCESSFULLY?

Part Time Real Estate Agent | Can You Do it SUCCESSFULLY?

Ready to Be a Part Time Real Estate Agent? Wondering if you can be a big success in your part-time career? Being a real estate agent is a dream job for many. For the most part, the general population sees the agent’s job as pretty straightforward:  You show a house, negotiate an offer and make thousands of dollars on each sale.  You make your millions, and then you retire at 35 like the real estate mogul you are!  Realistically, very few people see the behind the scenes work that the average REALTOR has to do. For those looking to jump into the world of real estate, you might be drawn to the prospect of working part-time as a real estate agent as a way to get started. This is actually how most experts recommend people enter the real estate field, and for one very good reason… Working as a part time real estate agent allows you to figure out if you enjoy it and it’s the right career for you — all while taking as little financial risk as possible. Before You Become a Part-Time Real Estate Agent, Ask Yourself… While working as a part-time agent may seem like the perfect career move for you, there are a few things to consider before making the move.  Ask yourself these important questions: How flexible are you?   Many people are drawn to real estate because they think they can work when they want and set their own schedule.   While this career does allow certain perks, like being able to work from home and being able to do things like marketing any...
Record-Breaking Growth at EXP Realty | See Who Just Joined the Agent-Owned Brokerage

Record-Breaking Growth at EXP Realty | See Who Just Joined the Agent-Owned Brokerage

eXp Realty is eXperiencing Record-Breaking Growth Our agent-owned real estate brokerage DOUBLED in size in just 8 MONTHS!  We’ve almost tripled in size in More and more savvy, business-minded real estate professionals are flocking to eXp Realty, as we offer a brokerage model that is unlike any other.  Where else can you go where agents have multiple streams of income, low annual commission cap, industry-leading lead gen tools and the broker shares a large portion of the REVENUE back with the agents? Take a peek at eXp’s most recent press release below, as well as a list of some of the top agents and teams that have recently joined eXp Realty. For more information about our brokerage, email or call us at 404-205-8801.   PRESS RELEASE:  eXp Realty Exceeds 8,000 Real Estate Agents Across North America 196% Year-Over-Year Growth, Doubles Agent Count Within Eight Months BELLINGHAM, WASH. — Feb. 15, 2018 — eXp Realty, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI), today announced that the company exceeded 8,000 real estate agents across North America. This significant event marks a doubling of agent count from eight months ago and 196 percent year-over-year growth of agents who joined the eXp Realty family. In February, the company also launched in Nebraska, marking the company’s operations in 47 U.S. states. “We started off 2018 with a bang and we’re not slowing down! It is amazing to see this phenomenal growth just a few weeks into the new year,” said eXp Realty Chief Operating Officer Mary Frances Coleman. “To ensure that our superior level of agent service...
Best Real Estate Blogger | Interview with Bill Gassett

Best Real Estate Blogger | Interview with Bill Gassett

Learn from one of the very best real estate bloggers We had the pleasure of interviewing one the very best real estate bloggers in the business, Bill Gassett. He was kind enough to join our weekly Blogging Mastermind and everyone in the room learned so much. There were several things Bill Gassett covered that could dramatically impact the kind of blog content we create as well as how our blogs rank on the search engines and how it can enhance our visibility and reputation on social media. In the following recording of the meeting (in our virtual office!) we discuss the process of WRITING the blogs and then what Bill does to PROMOTE the blog posts. You’ll also find the meeting’s key take-aways below. Hope you enjoy and learn a thing or two… or three! Interview with Bill Gassett Notes and Key Take-Aways from our Interview with Bill Gassett, Blogger Extraordinaire Brad Andersohn, our Director of Education at eXp Realty, introduced Bill as a “prolific real estate blogger and a master of social media.”  We also joked that this meeting is called “Grill Bill” because we have so many questions for him! ** Please note that we took lots (and lots of notes) from this awesome meeting and in several situations re-organized into the different topics below.  If you have questions or see any inaccuracies, please contact us at the number below. About the Best Real Estate Blogger Bill Gassett has been in the business for 30 years and is with RE/MAX Executive Realty in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. It’s West of Boston and is actually where the Boston Marathon starts. He said that “The population of...
Glassdoor Names EXP Realty as Best Place to Work

Glassdoor Names EXP Realty as Best Place to Work

JUST ANNOUNCED! EXP Realty was named a ‘Best Place to Work’ in the Glassdoor 2018 Employees’ Choice Awards After working with EXP Realty for more than four years, it’s no surprise (to me) that we were honored with this award.  EXP is an incredible place to work and every real estate agent I speak with is thrilled with our innovative, agent-centric real estate brokerage. In order to determine the best places to work, Glassdoor ranked businesses by size and anonymous employee reviews / ratings.  EXP was ranked #12 among ALL small/medium companies on Glassdoor for 2018!   See the official press release below….   EXP REALTY PRESS RELEASE BELLINGHAM, WASH. — Dec. 5, 2017 — eXp Realty, LLC, the largest residential real estate brokerage by geography in North America and a subsidiary of eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI), was named as a best place to work in Glassdoor’s 2018 Employees’ Choice Awards. The company was ranked No. 12 among all small and medium businesses on Glassdoor. The award is based solely on anonymous employee feedback via Glassdoor, where employees were asked to rate their company based on culture and values, work/life balance, senior management, compensation and benefits, and career opportunities. Currently on Glassdoor, eXp Realty has an overall 4.9 out of five stars. eXp’s Glassdoor profile reveals that culture and values, senior management, and compensation and benefits are among the top ranked characteristics among employees, with a noteworthy five out of five stars. Additional highlights on eXp Realty’s current Glassdoor profile include: 100 percent of employees approved of the CEO, Glenn Sanford. 99 percent of employees said the company has a...
Holiday POP BY Gift Ideas for Realtors

Holiday POP BY Gift Ideas for Realtors

POP BY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Connect with your Past Clients and Sphere The holidays are the perfect time to let your past clients and friends know that you are thinking of them and appreciate their business and referrals. Not only is it a thoughtful thing to do, it is also the perfect time to stay top of mind with your sphere. Think about it… your friends and clients are attending several events and holiday parties with THEIR friends and co-workers, so if they hear of anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home, it’s likely that they will mention your name!  We wanted to share our top 30 ideas for holiday pop-by gift ideas for your friends and past clients before all the holiday festivities begin. Unique Pop By Gift Ideas for Realtors   Star Ornaments (ideally 5) POP BY TAG #1 ::  “You can always count on us for 5-star service!” POP BY TAG #2 :: “Thanks so much for all your referrals this year!  We’ll bend over backward to make sure they all service 5-star service!”   Baked Goods / Holiday Cookies TAGLINE #1 :: “Clients (or client friends) like you are a real TREAT!” TAGLINE #2 :: “We’ll give all your referrals the special treatment they deserve!” TAGLINE #3 ::  “So thankful for all your business and referrals this year! And remember, friends don’t let friends use a ‘Crummy’ Realtor!” TAGLINE #4 :: “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a sweet bite!”   Lip Balm POP BY TAG :: “Merry KISSmas and a Chappy New Year” ** View on...
NAR Removes Forced MLS Membership | Agents Now Have CHOICES!

NAR Removes Forced MLS Membership | Agents Now Have CHOICES!

Breaking News!  NAR Voted to Remove Forced MLS Membership Are you working in an area with several MLS (Multiple Listing Services)?  Currently, you must be a member of the MLS that your broker belongs to – any pay the required fees.  In a ground-breaking decision by the NAR, agents may be able to subscribe to the multiple listing service they prefer to use… and opt-out of the ones they don’t! The National Association of Realtors board of directors met at the beginning of the month to vote on several Multiple Listing Service policy changes, including the “MLS of Choice.” After much debate, the policy change passed and as of July 2018, real estate agents will no longer be required to be a member of a particular MLS (as long as they subscribe to at least one MLS). This is a big win for those real estate agents that live in an area with two or more MLSs. Typically agents have one MLS service that they use, but they have to pay the subscription fee for both. According to Inman News, “MLSs will be required to provide a no-cost waiver of all MLS fees for such agents, and MLSs may, if they choose, require agents and their brokers to sign a certification for non-use of their MLS services, which, if violated, can include penalties (such as back-billing) and termination of the waiver.” Why did they make this change? The previous policy allowed MLSs to require that all licensed salespersons affiliated with a broker’s office subscribe to the MLS. So if your broker is a member and the broker’s office lies...
Look Who Joined EXP Realty – Jay Kinder and Michael Reese

Look Who Joined EXP Realty – Jay Kinder and Michael Reese

Please welcome Jay Kinder and Michael Reese to eXp Realty! Personally, I was THRILLED to hear that this dynamic duo joined eXp Realty, as I’ve been a big fan for many, many years. For those of you who haven’t heard of Jay Kinder and Michael Reese (aka “Kinder Reese“), here are just a few of their accomplishments: Founders of the National Association of Expert Advisers – currently 40,000 real estate agents strong Co-Authors of the (fabulous) book, “Miracle Morning for Real Estate Agents” Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies – for the last 6 years in a row Jay was named REALTOR Magazine’s Top 30 under 30 when he was only 25 years old ($17.5M in volume in 2002) Jay was also the #2 Agent Worldwide at Coldwell Banker when he was just 27 years old Michael Reese and Jay Kinder have sold more than 4,200 homes and are also nationally recognized for being some of the top trainers / coaches in the real estate industry They are passionate about raising the bar in the real estate industry and helping agents become true professionals and the dominate leaders in their real estate market.  As you’ll hear in the video below, Jay and Michael joined eXp Realty because our brokerage model is “something special and very different.”  They love the transparency of the company as well as the sustainability (one of eXp’s core values).   Why Jay Kinder Joined eXp Realty See what eXp Realty has to offer its agent/owners >>   Even if you love your current brokerage, sometimes an incredible opportunity presents itself and you owe it to yourself...
What to Look for When a Property is Held In a Trust

What to Look for When a Property is Held In a Trust

Wondering what to do when a home is being held in a trust? It is becoming more common for property to be held in a trust.  This presents several issues of concern for a realtor when the property is to be listed and sold.  The term trust describes the holding of property by a trustee (which may be one or more persons or a corporate trust entity) in accordance with the provisions of a written trust instrument for the benefit of one or more persons called beneficiaries. A person may be both a trustee and a beneficiary of the same trust. For real property held in trust, title must be in an entity “as trustee” of the trust.  Title purportedly held only in “the trust” (i.e., not in an entity “as trustee” of the trust) is void.  For Example:  Jane Smith as Trustee of the Joseph Smith Trust dated May 1, 2017 would be correct.  The Joseph Smith Trust dated May 1, 2017 would be incorrect. When reviewing the written declaration of trust the attorney is looking for two things in particular: 1.    Who is the Trustee? 2.    Does the Trustee have the power to sell real property and under what circumstances? For this reason, prior to listing a property held in trust, it is essential to review the title deed and trust instrument (or trust certificate) and make sure that title is properly held in the correct trustee and that the listing agreement is properly executed by the correct trustee.  A beneficiary of a trust who is not the trustee typically has no power to enter into any...
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