Day 13- Specialist

Specialist…. There are quite a few out there in our profession. We have commercial, listing, buyer, and foreclosure, to name some.

Most specialist in the listing and buying field are on teams. Because one agent on the team can handle all the listings while the other takes care of the buyers. It’s a good deal for someone who only wants to work one side.

I want to be a buyer specialist. Like I’ve said before I enjoy helping someone find their new home. It’s what got me interested in this field of work. I don’t mind listing but I prefer the buying side of it.

Just like foreclosure agents can be just regular agents. They just know how to work with foreclosure homes. There’s no schooling on the side. These agents take the initiative to research on their own to learn what goes through dealing with a foreclosure home.

Commercial agent, same there is no schooling. Commercial agents normally just deal with commercial properties. You can find commercial guys also on a team or on their own. So if you get clients that are looking commercial and you don’t feel confident, don’t be afraid to refer them over or ask for help. There will be most likely at least one commercial agent in your office.

 

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Day 12- Contracts

One thing you should always memorize: the contracts. Listing or buying unless you are a specialist. But still good to know both. The contracts are pretty simple. To me the buying contract is the easiest to learn.

Just if you have time once a week go over it. Also looks great with your clients that you know it. Even if you are new, then study it daily. There’s no fault in asking for help understanding something on the contract from another agent.

Also learn where your client will have to sign and initial. Practice signing docs however you can. I use our online system and print out to practice. I don’t know how other companies do theirs but I know how Keller Williams does theirs since I am part of the Keller Williams family in Albany Oregon.

I enjoy doing buyer contracts especially. I like the feeling of helping someone find their home. I don’t believe it’s just a house but their home. My clients trusted me to help them with one of their biggest financial purchases in their life.

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New Beginnings

I will be having a new beginnings on the blog. Instead of writing about things around town and such. I will be sharing my experiences and stuff of me being a new agent.

I’ve barely been in the business for almost a year and if I can impart anything beneficial to people who may be interested.

My goal is to post something everyday, hopefully that’s helpful.

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Tips for Preparing to List your House

Being a Real estate agent, I know it’s not just about the price that sells a home. Price is just one factor, location is another, the market is a third factor but the other factor you can actually control?

Condition!

Your house will be judged for how it looks unfortunately. Something that may be fine for you, may not be for potential buyers. I will say condition is the one thing that you can control and you do not need to hire someone to stage. These are things that you can do yourself. Especially if you are worried you may need to hire someone.

Let’s start with the outdoors:

  • Keep the yard nice. Get it cut, keep it trimmed, and declutter it.
  • Also think about a new welcome mat. You may an old one that you just love, which is fine. Just put it away for your new place.
  • Clean your house numbers, it looks good but also buyers and agents can see the numbers when looking for the house. If you need ones, replace them.
  • Trim trees and bushes
  • Power wash home’s exterior, driveway, walkway, patio, and deck.
  • If the house needs painting, consider it.
  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out.

Entryway:

  • Make sure outside light, if it has one is clean and works. Which means clean cobwebs and such.
  • Check that the doorbell works properly.
  • The door is in working order, that it opens easy and not a fight to open.
  • Once inside, make sure it’s free of clutter. Shoes, extra coats, and others are free of the area.

Every room in the house:

  • Go through your home room by room and pack up 30% of your stuff. Want it as clutter free as possible.
  • Clean wood floors
  • Clean cobwebs out
  • Make minors repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking.)
  • If you have pets, make sure to get rid of pet odors.
  • Clean all lights fixtures and ceilings.

Kitchen and Dining room:

  • Declutter counter of appliances that can be removed such as coffee maker, toast, etc.
  • If cabinets show some wear and tear, might be good to paint them. Also can replace knobs with new ones to make them look updated.
  • Make sure the counters are clean and shiny.
  • Keep garbage and recycle out of sight.
  • Make sure to keep it odor free.

Bathroom:

  • If you have a shower curtain, a new one may go a long way.
  • Keep the sink area clutter free.
  • Have personal hygiene and hair products away.
  • Check faucets for leaks, drips, or disrepair.
  • Keep shower spotless along with tubs.
  • Clean tiles and bleach, also check grout.

Make the bedroom look big:

  • Make sure kids toys are in bins and out of sight.
  • Make sure the bed looks neat.
  • Keep closets organized

Office:

  • Keep a clean desk.
  • Don’t leave clunky file cabinets around.
  • Make sure all personal and confidential is out of site.
  • If it is part of another room, make sure it doesn’t take over the function of the original room.

Basement/Laundry spaces:

  • Clean and polish washer and dryer.
  • If you have unfinished concrete floors, paint them if you want to make it cleaner.

The garage:

  • If you work in the garage and such, check the floor, if it needs to be hosed down, please do.
  • Make sure the garage is not over stuff.

All this can help you. Remember you are trying to sell your home, hoping someone will see it as their new home. You want them to be enticed.