Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Are you doing the following things for your Clients? Better question, do your Clients feel you are doing these things for them? Remember, Clients Don’t Care How Much You Know, Until They Know How Much You Care.
If you are using the services of a professional real estate agent to find a new home, good communication is crucial to the transaction. A real estate agent who knows your most significant criteria can work much more effectively to show you homes that will meet your needs.Let the real estate agent know why you are interested in a specific location.
Discuss specific requirements such as proximity to your job, good schools, or recreational activities. If there are no houses available in your price range, the agent may suggest alternate neighborhoods with the same amenities. Do you need a home office or do you have hobbies that you want to accommodate? Is there a particular style of architecture that you prefer?
Agents sometimes have to be intuitive when we work with buyers. The more you can describe to your agent what elements in the home are essential and where you are willing to compromise, the easier it will be to use their expertise to find a home that's perfect for you.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
See how HAPPY you will be when you get your paperwork done quickly, professionally and thoroughly. Two of the most important initial forms is your FAX COVER SHEET - REQUIRED DOCUMENT REFERENCE GUIDE & the CONTRACT INFORMATION SHEET for SALES, LISTINGS AND RENTALS. When the Contract Information Sheet is filled out completely and correctly, it allows a smooth transition in your transactions administrative life.
All the forms and procedures during a residential real estate transaction is designed to protect all parties involved before, during and after the transaction. By taking short cuts, you are jeopardizing all parties. This is why the policies, procedures and forms were implemented in the first place.
Not my favorite topic, but one that has to be covered from time to time. When dealing with lenders, title & escrow, appraisers, inspectors, etc., you will find some great ones in the metro area. You will also find ones with poor attitudes and some that are full of themselves. This attitude comes across to your CLIENTS and is a direct reflection on you. If you need some personal guidance concerning this matter, drop by for a chat with me or Vickie O'Neil. Sometimes our guidance and experience can save you from losing repeat business from your CLIENTS.
It is your responsibility to insure that the Title & Escrow Companies furnish you and your brokerage with the necessary documents. Even though we have to chase papers from time to time, it is much easier for you to handle the situation. (A Lot Less Feathers Get Ruffled)
Now on the very POSITIVE, for the most part, I say at least 95% of the time, your paperwork is looking great. Thanks for ALL your HELP, concerning your laboring tree by-products.
Have A Great Day and Keep Writing Those Deals - WMS / DB
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Third-Party Disclosure Legislation Provides Confusion – Clarity Coming!
Last legislative session, HB 2779 allowed a seller of real property to authorize a third-party company to produce a limited disclosure statement on their behalf. The legislation also required that companies providing these reports had to possess $10 million dollars worth of insurance as well as indemnify parties to a real estate transaction in the event their disclosure report contained en error. What started out as a very simple law and a limited disclosure report, became confusing for REALTORS® and their clients. Third-party companies have been marketing the new law to real estate stakeholders as the new law requires compliance or that it is mandatory to purchase third-party disclosure reports(NOT TRUE). In the upcoming 2007 Legislative Session, AAR will either be seeking a repeal of the recently enacted law or amend it to prohibit false marketing efforts to real estate industry partners and sellers. If you have recently received marketing material by a third-party company that seems suspect, please forward a copy to AAR and your Broker/Manager.
TECHING UP WITH COMPUTER FAXES
In the real estate business, we are always faxing things back and forth on every transaction. If you have a computer and printer, you can easily have a fax as well.
There are several places you can go to get this service, but www.GODADDY.com is a good source and easy to use. Just go to the main page, find the Business Button on green task bar, move arrow over, get drop down, click on FAX THRU EMAIL. You can get an 800 fax number or a local fax number; you can get different size usage programs, depending on your fax volume. When you get a fax, it comes straight to your email address as an attachment. You can then save it to your clients file, print it or forward it, or all of the above. Your monthly expense is about the same as getting an additional phone line to your house or office, without having to buy a fax machine and all those ink cartridges. A lot of agents will have a traditional fax, as well as an e-Fax. The advantages and conveniences will surpass the expense.
COMPANY’S HOLIDAY GET TOGETHER – COMING SOON
Vickie has already started to work on the Holiday Company Party and the date is Dec 15th on a Friday. Please keep this date open, if you can. You will receive more info as the event gets closer.