With increased competition for home sales, it’s more important than ever for sellers to consider cost-effective home improvements to help maximize their return on investment. There are two kinds of home improvements – giant kidney-shaped pools, state of the art home offices and the best privately owned topiary in the Midwest, or more practical improvements that are optimized to maximize your average cost and return on investment.
A number of factors that affect how much of your costs you’ll recoup – the value of homes in the neighborhood, the state of the housing market as a whole and the timing of your sale, but here are the top six home improvements for selling a house that REALTORS® can use to get results for their clients.
Remodel the Kitchen
One of the most prominent turnoffs from prospective home buyers is an unattractive kitchen. Today’s kitchen is where families spend most of their time together and size doesn’t matter as much as appearance. Continue reading »
Another REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is in the books and this year’s six-day event in Washington, D.C., brought together thousands of REALTORS® from across the country to take part in educational and networking opportunities as well as giving REALTORS® a voice on Capitol Hill at the Rally to Protect the American Dream.
Midyear Live offered a steady stream of breaking news and buzz from Midyear, along with regular updates on the Midyear Facebook and Twitter page, but here’s a helpful overview of the highlight activities in Washington, D.C., to give REALTORS® a recap of this year’s outstanding event.
Today’s REALTORS® potentially work with four generations of real estate buyers: Millenials, Generation X, Baby Boomers and Matures, not to mention unique and diverse groups within these demographics, including minorities, international, Green and commercial buyers. All buyers and sellers are not created equal. Now, more than ever, it’s important for REALTORS® to educate themselves, continue their professional development and take advantage of NAR real estate designations and certifications.
Certified International Property Specialist / CIPS
The CIPS designation prepares REALTORS® to serve the growing international markets in their communities: total purchases by foreign or foreign-born buyers in 2011 totaled $82 billion. CIPStraining concentrates on culture, exchange rates, investment trends and legal issues. Studying global real estate in local markets and global real estate transaction tools serves as the foundation of the CIPS designation, with additional courses available catering to regional clients from Europe to Asia. Continue reading »
In recent years the rise in technology and the competitive housing market has forced REALTORS® to work harder and longer hours. Driving from showing to showing, answering emails and phone calls at all hours of the night—it all takes a toll, and the stress can mount. Fortunately, there are ways to manage your stress that will not only improve your quality of life, but might also improve your sales as you become more efficient at your job.
The signs of stress
Do you feel chronically anxious or depressed? Are you irritable around family, friends, and coworkers? Have you lost interest in hobbies or work? Are you socially withdrawn or experiencing physical tension? Are you drinking too much? If you answered yes to any of these, you might be under excessive stress at work.
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo is just a week away (May 14-19) and we’re looking forward to an informative and entertaining gathering in Washington, D.C. Whether you’re able to join us in the nation’s capital or not, the events and activities surrounding Midyear should not be missed. With thousands of attendees, three hotels, six days of meetings and courses, and the much-anticipated Rally to Protect the American Dream, we’ve put together a guide on how to get the most out of Midyear 2012.
The Scout Motto
Be prepared. Target the meetings and courses you want to attend and don’t stretch yourself too thin – don’t forget – Midyear is spread over three separate hotels. Prepare lists of forums and gatherings you definitely like to attend as well as attendees who you know you’d like to meet. You can use the Event Planner to help create your own custom schedule or check the left sidebar for suggested schedules and a speaker directory. Continue reading »