Why You Should Be Working With Renters

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Brett Murray


Commentary by Mark Mathis 

As a real estate agent, you know a steady stream of leads is the only way to keep your business moving; however, many agents shy away from rental leads because they believe they aren’t worth the time or investment. The only tool that allows you to timestamp the lifecycle of a customer, rental leads can be a great way to increase your client list. The best part about rental leads is that most agents aren’t focusing on them, so it opens a new, untapped market. If you put these tips to the test and find your business thriving, you may have found your niche.

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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Patty McNease, director of Marketing for Homes.com. Q: How can staging pave the way for a better sell? A: Staging allows your clients to show off the unique features of their home that buyers can come to love. During the holiday season, staging can make a home stand out […]

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Cleaning House on the Quick and Cheap

Friday, December 1st, 2017

We once met a woman who loved to clean house. She said it gave her a feeling of accomplishment. For many, however, it’s a thankless chore, and the sooner done, the better. Consumer editors at Woman’s Day Magazine and the DIY Network offer seven ways to save time and money and still keep your home […]

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How to Sell a Vacant Home in the Off-Season

Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Brett Murray

By Megan Wild

There's a reason that spring and summer are the major seasons for selling houses. Most people want to move at a time that allows them to be settled by the fall, when kids go back to school and daylight shortens.

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Where Are America's Worst Traffic Hotspots?

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

A research study identifies the cities and even the traffic routes where congestion costs wasted time, productivity, and personal hours.

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Homes in major markets have realized over $10,000 in the last year in value, according to the October Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. In fact, the median nationally has risen over $12,500. Appreciation is highest in the San Jose, Calif., metropolitan area, where prices have soared $118,200, or 12.3 percent, to a median $1,076,400. Nationally, […]

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Homes in major markets have realized over $10,000 in the last year in value, according to the October Zillow® Real Estate Market Report. In fact, the median nationally has risen over $12,500. Appreciation is highest in the San Jose, Calif., metropolitan area, where prices have soared $118,200, or 12.3 percent, to a median $1,076,400. Nationally, […]

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While your credit score affects everything from your ability to buy a car or a home to how much interest you will pay on the loan, many people don’t know how these scores are calculated or what impacts them positively or negatively. Moreover, says the Credit Federation of America (CFA), more than 25 percent of […]

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4 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Sunday, November 26th, 2017

(TNS)—If you can afford it, it might be simple to pay off your mortgage earlier. But should you? That’s a complicated question. Homeowners with low mortgage rates may be better off putting extra money in a Roth IRA or 401(k), both of which might offer a higher return than paying off the mortgage. Then there’s […]

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5 Smells That Sell Houses

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Brett Murray

What’s that smell? The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses to connect buyers to a home. While a bad smell can really deter buyers, a good smell can tempt buyers to a sale. From “green” scents to seasonal scents, discover the right smells for triggering positive emotions and home sales.

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