Six Reasons You Need a Mentor

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By Brittney Schwartz, REALTOR® University The to-do list for a new real estate professional is long. You’ve got to learn how to use your MLS, figure out the mechanics of hosting a stellar open house, and much more. Those basics are important, but right at the top of that list is finding a good mentor. [...]

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Thanksgiving for 10 Averages $50: Help Owners Prep

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The average cost to host a 10-guest Thanksgiving spread is $49.48, according to a 2012 American Farm Bureau Federation survey of 150 volunteer shoppers around the country. The cost of preparing your home for holiday guests is much more difficult to determine. But you can help owners do it wisely and efficiently. Add to your [...]

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Share These Fall Garden Cleanup Tips with Your Home Owners

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Help home owners show off their garden even when it’s not in full bloom. E-mail the handy article “How to Clean Up Your Garden for Fall and Winter“ from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the “Maintenance to Do Now“ article package that you can e-mail or share on any [...]

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6 Trends Driving New-Home Designs

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine What is luring home buyers to new homes? Technology, the outdoors, and “super kitchens” are among what Nick Lehnert, executive director at KTGY, and Mollie Carmichael, principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, recently shared with BUILDER Online on some of the design drivers in the new-home market. Here [...]

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3 Photos That Will Make You Want to Stage a Vacant Listing

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By Patti Stern, Principal PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating After making a desperate $50,000 price reduction on her parent’s well-maintained home a “Today Show” viewer asked real estate expert, Barbara Corcoran, if she should remove the dated furnishings. Corcoran’s advice: Never list a home without furniture. Stage it! Vacant homes aren’t memorable and [...]

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Help Sellers Get Their Homes Back in Shape After Halloween

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Show sellers how to get their home back in showing shape after the Halloween fun ends: Brand, print, and hand deliver a free article: “Egging, Toilet Papering: How to Clean Up After Halloween Pranks” from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the “Halloween Home Horrors” article package you [...]

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How-To Tips for Purchasing Exterior Doors

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Exterior doors are the window to the home buyer’s soul. OK, we made that up. But they can make a big first impression. E-mail your sellers a free article: “Choosing an Exterior Door” from the REALTOR® Content Resource. It’s one of five free articles now available in the “Cool Weather Prep” article package you can [...]

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Accepting the Best Offer: What’s Important to You?

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Choosing the best home offer is a cinch for sellers who know what terms are their deal-breakers. Planning ahead can get your clients the most out of their home sale. Help sellers have a seamless sale by sharing “6 Tips for Choosing the Best Offer for Your Home,” a free article from the REALTOR® Content [...]

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Virtual Tours Go 3-D With Matterport

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Brandon Doyle By Brandon Doyle My Matterport Pro 3-D camera system arrived on Thursday, and agents who are early adopters of new technology will see the benefits of being able to offer your clients something that no one else can do. Matterport is the equivalent of HD Google Street View for the interior of a [...]

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4 Tips for Furniture Arrangement

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You step into a room and you know something is off but you can’t pinpoint it. Could it be the furniture arrangement? Home design writer Fred Albert with the Houzz editorial staff offers up several tips on proper furniture arrangement. Here are four of his tips, along with some tips from HGTV.com, on finding the [...]

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