5 Ingredients for the Best Realtor

bethany-legg-9248-unsplashThe majority of home sellers and buyers have little to no experience working with real estate agents. It might be hard to tell the difference between an excellent, less than perfect and down right awful agent. Don’t worry, we’ve identified the five characteristics every agent you work with should have and why.

  • Hustle

Top-notch agents work hard all the time. They are always looking for more clients and networking relationships to help buy and sell properties. They are tech savvy and clever marketers.

  • Knowledge

One of the most prominent indicators of a great agent is knowledge especially concerning the local market. This knowledge doesn’t come from a book. It comes from experience. Sales experience provides these agents with valuable knowledge. Look for an agent that offers successful experiences in selling and buying homes in your area. Avoid beginners including someone new in town or someone who has never sold a home in your particular market.

  • Commitment

The best agents to work with do real estate full-time. They are flexible and always ready to show a property when it fits their client’s schedule. A lot of homebuyers look in the evenings after work and on weekends. So, make sure you find an agent that is available and fits your schedule.

  • Organization

Not only do the best agents stay organized they show great attention to detail. You want an agent that returns your calls promptly and arrives on time to every appointment. The right agent knows just the right small changes to make to get a home sold. They take pride in writing up the listing and capture the best photos of each property.

  • Passion

Look for an agent that loves what they do. They’re the agents who pride themselves on finding their clients the perfect home. The ones who browse listing after listing searching for just the right one for their client’s needs. Because passion fuels them, the right agent will never see you as dollar signs or treat you like just another number.


https://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2016/01/15/becoming-a-real-estate-agent/

http://www.realestateinsidermag.com/business-tips/10-characteristics-of-a-successful-real-estate-agent/

Help make your upcoming move a little easier!

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The holidays are a wonderful time of year and a very busy time of year. For those who are preparing to move, this is an even busier time of year. Help make your upcoming move a little easier!  Here are 3 important tips to follow—

  • Get organized. Before you begin packing up your stuff, take a moment to go through your items and determine which items you no longer want. The more you can get rid of the items you don’t want or need the less you’ll have to haul to your new home. So, take a moment to go through your stuff and donate it to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army or sell the items on KSL or Craigslist.

  • Holiday spirit. If you have young children, they won’t understand the holidays will be postponed or altered due to the move. To help ensure they still have a magical Christmas, take some time out of your busy moving schedule to plan ahead and have some presents for them to open. Plus, don’t forget about Santa Claus and make sure he knows about your new address.0
  • Change of address. Tis the season of holiday cards! Instead of mailing out change of address cards to your family and friends, let them know of your change of address in a fun, festive way. While you’re at it, remember to update your address with your utility companies, bank or credit union, and other important vendors or organizations who need to know your new address.

Do you have any tips to making the move a little less stressful? Share your stories, tips, and thoughts with us below.

Tell-Tale Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Home

Tell-Tale Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Home

Once upon a time, Realtors came up with the term “starter home” to describe houses perfect for newlyweds and small families. Although these starter homes are great, families quickly outgrow them due to various reasons. Whether you’re out of storage space, feeling cramped or just need a change of pace these are the tell-tale signs that it’s time to move on.Rob Andre Widget

  1. New Additions

Often families outgrow their homes because they are expecting little bundles of joy. The addition of children or even pets can easily begin bursting the seams of your perfect newlywed home. When bedrooms have filled up and toys have taken over the entire house it’s time to upgrade to a larger a home.

2.  Aging

Outgrowing your home usually sounds like you need more space, but sometimes you might benefit from downsizing. As couples age and their children leave the nest, a home that was once the right size might become too large and difficult to maintain. Choosing to downsize into a more comfortable space could also help stretch retirement dollars.

  1. Not enough space

As a family grows in numbers so does accompanying furniture collections. Families often opt for over-sized pieces of furniture to accommodate everyone in the home plus guests. These large pieces of furniture take up a lot of space. They easily start to crowd a home and make it feel cramped or small. Many consider upgrading to a larger home to accommodate them and all of their belongings.

  1. Complicated Entertaining

Many families like to entertain their friends and loved ones. For these families entertaining becomes a big factor when deciding to upgrade and purchase a new home. As you grow, you may end up hosting a large holiday party and the need for more space will become more imminent. It might be time to move on if you find out that your current home doesn’t share you sense of hospitality.

  1. Your Finances are in order

Many families move on simply because they are in a better financial situation to do so. A recent job promotion or inheritance can allow you and your family to purchase a larger home or move into that perfect neighborhood. Your improved finances provide the opportunity to live comfortably and enjoy the space that you worked so hard to earn.