How Can A REALTOR® Help a First Time Homebuyer Avoid These 3 Mistakes?

How Can A REALTOR® Help a First Time Homebuyer Avoid These 3 Mistakes?

Buying a home can be one of the most exciting, and stressful experiences you can have.  This is the largest purchase that you’ll ever make, and there can be pitfalls along the way if you aren’t careful.  However, partnering with a REALTOR® cannot only make this a smooth transaction but an enjoyable one as well.  Here are three mistakes that are easy for first-time homebuyer mistakes, and how your REALTOR® can help you avoid.

What Will Mortgage Rates Do in 2018?

What Will Mortgage Rates Do in 2018?

Over the past several years homebuyers have enjoyed record low mortgage rates.  As the economy continues to recover and thrive after the recession, the threat of increasing interest rates has grown.  While the escalation has been small, it doesn’t take much of a change on either side of the decimal point to mean big dollars over the next 30 years.  So what does the mortgage rate landscape have in store for 2018?

A Few Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

A Few Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

When it comes to buying a home one of the most important steps is the home inspection.  The items discovered during this process can be the difference in you purchasing or passing on a property.  It can also be the difference in saving or spending thousands of dollars.  So when the time comes for your prospective home to be inspected how can you be sure that you’re getting best inspection possible?  Here are a few questions to ask.

Why 2018 is a Great Time to Buy a Home

Why 2018 is a Great Time to Buy a Home

There are some common new year’s resolutions that tend to garner our attention this time of the year.  Save money, get in shape, etc.  This year there may be a new one to add to your list; buy a home.  While this is an important goal to have no matter the time of the year, there are some other factors in 2018 that can make this an ideal time to seriously considering purchasing a new home.  Here are a few reasons why this year should be your year.

What to Expect in Real Estate Technology in 2018

What to Expect in Real Estate Technology in 2018

Every year there are new technological developments that change how we live and work.  Today these developments are happening more quickly than ever before, and they are having sweeping changes how real estate is bought and sold.  2018 will be no different.  Here are 3 big trends for 2018.

5 Apps Every REALTOR® Should Use

5 Apps Every REALTOR® Should Use

We all have apps on our phones and mobile devices that simply our lives, provide entertainment, and keep us organized.  While scrolling through the App Store or Google Play Store it can be overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for.  There are a huge number of apps for a huge number of purposes.  Here are 5 apps that can streamline your day-to-day professional life as a REALTOR®.

Why Should You Sell Your Home in January?

Why Should You Sell Your Home in January?

The holidays are hectic.  From shopping to decorating to traveling there is always a lot to do.  Winding down the year with all of these festivities combined with the thought that spring is the ideal time to list your home, makes putting your home on the market right after New Year’s a tough decision to make; but maybe it shouldn’t be.

Using Social Media to Corner the Millennial Market

Using Social Media to Corner the Millennial Market

68% percent of millennials, ages 18-34, state that the home they currently own is a temporary stop.  Compare this to 36% across all other generations, and the opportunity to upgrade these buyers is immense.  But how? 

What Should New Home Buyers Really Consider?

What Should New Home Buyers Really Consider?

The expertise and experience of a REALTOR® can really pay off. You may have your mind set on a certain size, floor plan, and amenities; but are you positive that these features will meet your needs and wants?  Here are a few things to keep in mind as you shop for a new home.

3 Real Estate Trends Coming in 2018

3 Real Estate Trends Coming in 2018

This is the time of the year when experts take a look in their crystal ball to see what the future may hold.  Whether its major changes, new developments, or simply a continuation of things from the current year, having an idea of what is around the corner can help you plan for success and avoid unexpected challenges.  Here are a few things that you should expect in 2018. 

Staying Professional: 9 Etiquette Tips for REALTORS®

Staying Professional: 9 Etiquette Tips for REALTORS®

Entrusting someone to help find them and their family a place that they will call home, or to sell their home is a tremendous responsibility. These dealings feature a lot of moving parts as well as personal connection; making professionalism a must for every REALTOR®.  Of course some moments can be more frustrating than others; this is where a few etiquette tips can keep you sharp, polite, professional, and successful.

5 Tips for a Safe Open House

5 Tips for a Safe Open House

An open house can be a fun and fruitful event, providing the opportunity to meet people and showcase a property, it is also very important to put safety first.  Here are 5 tips to help make your next open house a safe open house. 

REALTOR Safety: 3 Situations to Avoid

REALTOR Safety: 3 Situations to Avoid

To the average person, or even to a client, a REALTOR’S routine may seem pretty harmless, but in the correct context there is the potential for danger.  Here are three common situations that REALTORS may find themselves in, and should avoid.

REALTOR Safety is an Important Issue

Louisiana REALTORS® wants REALTORS® to keep safety top of mind on the job by increasing knowledge about the dangers, awareness of surroundings and situations, and empowerment to be cautious and stay safe. REALTOR® Safety not only pertains to physical self, but to your client's properties and most recently identity theft and Internet security.

Simple Repairs to Improve Your Home Before Putting it on the Market

Simple Repairs to Improve Your Home Before Putting it on the Market

Selling your home quickly and for your asking price doesn’t happen without a little bit of work before that sign goes in the yard.  Ensuring you make the best first impression possible is essential, and with these tips you can have any prospective buyer know that they are looking at a well maintained home.

4 Things That Influence the Price of a Home

4 Things That Influence the Price of a Home

Arguably the most critical step when it comes to selling your home is setting an accurate and appropriate price.  The same goes for buying a house.  It is very important that you understand what a fair price is for the property you are considering.  This is where REALTORS® offer so much value in helping both buyers and sellers calculate and consider pricing.  Here are four things that influence the price of a home.

What do you Risk When You Sell Without a REALTOR®?

What do you Risk When You Sell Without a REALTOR®?

Selling your home without a REALTOR®?  This can create all sorts of different risks that can cause your property to be misperceived and potentially undervalued.  Here are three things you’re risking if you decide to sell your home without the knowledge and skills of a trusted REALTOR®?