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    Post a weekly video about your community

    Aug 07, 2017
    One of the most effective methods I’ve found in approaching the subject of getting a home market-ready is to ask the sellers during the home tour if I can take notes on things I see that, if addressed, could help maximize the sale of their home. Th...
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    Post a weekly video about your community

    Jul 30, 2017
    I post a short 2-minute weekly video called Monday Business Spotlight on my business Facebook page and YouTube Channel. In the video, I introduce myself and ask the business owner a few questions. The business owner and my colleagues share the video o...
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    Stop Doing Listing Presentations

    Jul 24, 2017
    A presentation is about you presenting you. Sellers want to know how I can help them. When I meet a seller for the first time, we have a marketing consultation-—a two-way conversation. They talk about concerns and I talk about my ser...
  • Twitter Chat: Pillar To Post

    Jul 20, 2017
    What is the benefit of a pre-listing home inspection? Why is radon testing so important? What advice can agents give to first-time home buyers about home inspections? The Council of Residential Specialists teamed up with longtime partner Pillar To Post...
  • Picture Yourself on the Cover

    Jul 18, 2017
    As a CRS, you are the best of the best because you go the extra mile for your clients. We want to celebrate the work you do every day - making people's dreams come true. Tell us about a time you went above and beyond for a client. The agent with the...
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    Downsizing and Dream Homes in Retirement

    Jul 17, 2017
    I often find working with couples that one wants to downsize but has agreed to purchase a large property with their spouse. I advise them to find a home that seems intimate despite its large size. I tell them, ‘You don’t want to feel you...
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    Reminder: CRS Designees Need Two Credit Hours in 2017

    Jul 12, 2017
    Don't forget: Beginning with the 2018 dues renewal period, all CRS Designees are required to take two hours of CRS education within a calendar year to maintain their Designation. Designees have the 2017 calendar year to earn the two hours of educatio...
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    Dollars and Sense in Preparing Homes to Sell

    Jul 10, 2017
    Most sellers understand that a property will sell faster and for more if it is in the best possible condition prior to hitting the market. The clients I have the hardest time convincing are those who have a home that is in complete disrepair or who are s...
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    Win a Bidding War

    Jun 27, 2017
    In a bidding war, it's not always the buyer who offers the most cash who walks away with the house keys, and that there are a variety of strategies for how buyers’ agents can improve the odds for winning a bidding war. Read more at,...
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    High Tech Tours Can Reveal Homes’ Pluses and Minuses

    Jun 26, 2017
    Buyers are becoming more and more sophisticated and coming to the transaction knowing what they can and can’t do. They don’t want to be rushed. This is challenging because they don’t want agent interaction early on. On my web...