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®?

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying Investment Property

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying Investment Property

Investing in real estate can be a great investment.  Not only can it grow in value over time, but it can also provide a continuing income source.  However, as with any investment, it is important to understand the risks.  Unlike the stock market, where you can invest in smaller increments, real estate requires a much more significant investment.  Here are few things to make sure that you do, and few to avoid before you buy your first investment property.

What’s the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent, REALTOR®, and a Broker?

What’s the Difference Between a Real Estate Agent, REALTOR®, and a Broker?

There are a lot of specific and complex terms in the real estate world.  But few may be more confusing or misused than the titles of the professionals that help you sell and buy.  Along your journey of buying or selling your home you’ll meet a lot of different people.  The lines of the services they provide can blur, and it’s easy to interchange their roles.  So what is the difference between a real estate agent, a REALTOR®, and a broker? 

Selling Your Home? Don’t Make These 4 Mistakes

Selling Your Home? Don’t Make These 4 Mistakes

Whether it’s knowing what to NOT order at a restaurant or how to avoid getting stuck in traffic on the way to work, there was likely a time when you, or someone had to learn these the hard way.  This is especially true when it comes to selling your home.  Of course these mistakes can cost a lot of time and money, so here are a few to make sure avoid.

Why are Home Inspections so Important?

Why are Home Inspections so Important?

Home inspections are an essential and critical element in the home buying process.  The things that can be discovered can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.  It’s important not to confuse a home appraisal and a home inspection, they are two different things.

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Vacation Home

The Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Vacation Home

Just like any real estate purchase there is a lot of due diligence to be done, this is especially true when purchasing a vacation home.  Here are a few things to do, and a few to not do, when you decide to buy a vacation home.

4 Things Home Sellers Need from their REALTOR®

4 Things Home Sellers Need from their REALTOR®

You wouldn’t want a doctor that does the bare minimum to treat your symptoms.  You wouldn’t want a mechanic to do the smallest repair possible to get your car running.  Keeping with this theme you also wouldn’t want a REALTOR® that did the minimum amount of work to sell your home.  Just like a minimal treatment could lead to a returning ailment, and a minor repair can’t fix a major problem; simply sticking a sign in the yard and posting on the MLS isn’t going to provide the best results for a seller. 

What Goes Into a Real Estate Closing?

What Goes Into a Real Estate Closing?

The closing, also known as the settlement, or escrow is the final event where all of the involved parties meet to make this transaction official.  While your role at the closing is essentially two-fold: sign legal documents and pay closing costs; preparing for your closing should begin the day before. 

What Should Homeowners Know Before Selling Their Home?

What Should Homeowners Know Before Selling Their Home?

Making the decision to sell your home is an important one.  There is a lot of time, energy, emotion, and money at stake in this process, so being prepared is crucial.  But how do you prepare and what do you need to know in order to achieve your goal of successfully selling your home? 

3 Habits of Successful Real Estate Agents

3 Habits of Successful Real Estate Agents

In real estate, no matter which approach that you’re most comfortable with, there are a handful of habits that can ensure that your reach your destination, regardless of the path you take.  As a REALTOR®, that destination, of course is doing what is best for your clients, and in turn closing transactions.

3 Ways to Enhance Your Brand as a REALTOR®

3 Ways to Enhance Your Brand as a REALTOR®

Now you don’t necessarily need a clever slogan or catchy jingle to brand yourself; however, you do need to have the ability to be found.  Roughly 75% of a REALTOR’S® business comes from referrals or word-of-mouth.  When you make it easier for existing clients to share your information, and you make it easier for potential clients to contact you, you’ve enhanced your brand.  Here are 3 tips to achieve exactly that.

4 Things Realtors Want Their Clients to Know

4 Things Realtors Want Their Clients to Know

One of the most fulfilling, exciting, and often stressful and emotional times of someone’s life happens when they buy or sell a home.  This single transaction requires so many moving parts and variables that it can make you as anxious as it does proud.