How to Make Crazy Pet-Buyers Happy

Pet owners are a special breed of buyer: they want an open concept floor-plan, granite counter-tops, high ceilings, along with a home that accommodates their best friend, Sparky. When getting to know your client, make sure to factor in their pet’s needs as the home search begins.

Topics to consider when selling to pet-owners:

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Grace Sanderson
Hurricane Harvey: How to Detect for Water Damage

The most common offender of weakening a home’s foundation? Water damage.

Water damage is an expensive and inconvenient issue that can affect any home, even if it is not in a coastal region or a flood zone. It doesn't matter if  you’re a buyer, seller, or owner, it’s important to check for water damage and take preventative measures.

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Grace Sanderson
Infograph: What is a Home Inspection?

Home Inspections, a necessity that often causes stress or worry for home-buyers, home-owners, and realtors alike. Phil Thornberry, from Security Home Inspections, provides information on what is THOUGHT to be on a Home Inspection report, versus the information actually provided.

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Grace Sanderson
Colonel Sanders

One of the most popular tales of perseverance is that of Colonel Sanders. You may have heard it. At the age of 65, Colonel Sanders found himself broke and living on social security checks. He decided to hit the road and sell his recipe for chicken to restaurants. Legend has it that he was turned down 1009 times before he sold anything. The 1010th became KFC.

Yes, you did read that correctly… one thousand and nine “no’s” before a “yes”.

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Colby Ray
Play-Doh and Property Management

This article is one of those that is not fun to write or read, for that matter, unless you've been there and done that. Then you'll immediately appreciate it. If you play the landlord / rental / property manager game long enough, it will happen -- a tenant trashes your property. You have a flooded basement. You have a fire. It's easy to panic. It's easy to lose sleep or to not think clearly. It is tough to regain your sense of control in situations like these, but it can be done. With some advanced thinking and planning, you can and will survive. 

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Grace Sanderson
Making the Most of a Location

Potential buyers generally consider the neighborhood and the surrounding community where
they may want to live. One of the principles of feng shui is that everything is interconnected. The quality of a home is connected to the quality of the neighborhood and the quality of the larger community, like a pebble in a pond surrounded by concentric circles. Obviously, you cannot change an entire neighbhood or community, but you can take steps to make the best
of the location of a home for sale.

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Grace Sanderson
Why Is It Considered a Defect?

Many of the defects inspectors note in reports are accepted, negotiated and repaired, sometimes without a true understanding why. Phil Thornberry, President of Security Home Inspections, answers some of those defects below:

  • Double keyed dead bolts
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Grace Sanderson
Using Social Media to Build Your Brand

The nature of social media is connectivity-- a practice real estate agents know well. 

But are you building your brand effectively using social media channels?

Today, we've linked several carefully curated articles featuring both agents and marketing experts to share their tips and tricks. 

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Grace Sanderson
Making Friends with Crocodiles

RETHINKING YOUR 2017 MARKETING PLAN WITH RISING INTEREST RATES

"If you live in the river, you should make friends with the crocodile." -Proverb

I love that quote, but let me adapt it for you-the Realtor: "If you work in real estate, you should make friends with change!"

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Grace Sanderson
The Value of Time: Kristin Brindley's Story

Within the first two minutes of talking with Kristin Brindley, her gregarious attitude and love for life is infectious. After hearing her story, those attributes seem miraculous.

Kristin is a Real Producers Publisher in the D.C., metro area. Her first publication, D.C. Metro Real Producers, recently launched in April, but her determination and people-skills have driven her business to the level she has achieved today.

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Grace Sanderson
5 Reasons To Call a Real Estate Agent Before Your Vacation

Summer: a word associated with tan lines, the smell of sunscreen, sandy feet and vacations.

But have you thought of summer as an opportunity?

Whether it's the beach or the mountains, make sure to reach out to a local agent to explore new investments or vacation property opportunities before arriving at your relaxation destination.

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Grace Sanderson
8 Real Estate Buyer FAQs

As top producing agents, we are consistently communicating in real estate jargon: "turnkey," "large E-2 plan," or "pre-qualifying."

Often, we forget what it's like to be a first-time home buyer. Or a second-time home buyer. Or a third-time. Regardless, purchasing a home can be an scary step for many because of unclear terminology and processes.

Real estate expert, managing partner at Summit & Crowne and Forbes' contributor Abhi Golhar says many potential home buyers may hold off purchasing real estate due to the intimidating process.

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Grace Sanderson
Unlearned Skill Sets

In a Wall Street Journal article, they published their finding regarding a little-known test of college students that measures their improvement in learning to think. The results were surprising – in a negative way (see WSJ, June 2017, entitled: "Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills")

Ouch. Double Ouch.

I bring this new article to your attention for the following reason: Rental properties involve, fortunately or unfortunately, human beings. As I have written about human beings in other articles, we are messy creatures–physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Grace Sanderson
Thank God It's Monday

There’s an epidemic in our country today-- a sadness that affects more than half of our citizens. Four letters that capture how the average person feels in the American workplace: TGIF or “Thank God It’s Friday.” I get it. I just strongly disagree with living that way. Why would I only cherish 2 out of the 7 of the days I’m blessed with each week? A recent study by Forbes stated, “70% of American employees hate their jobs. Don’t believe that sat? I would simply challenge you to ask ten of your friends how they feel about their current job.

As I write this, I know that even with the most carefully managed teams there will always be tough days in the horizon. But as a rule, through persistence, determination and honesty; you can see each day as an opportunity. This is what sets you apart as a Real Producer.

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Grace Sanderson
Contract Breakdown

Real estate agents see purchase contracts day in and day out, but a closer look of one section at a time, can help agents better understand what they present to their clients. 

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Mark Taylor