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Realtor Safety Tips!

officeReal Estate is a great career, but there are some sticky situations you might want to avoid to stay safe. Being aware of some safety tips will help you be a better realtor and keep you safe at all times.

Always meet a new client at the office rather than at the property. You will have a disclosure form for them to sign and you will want to get their personal information. This is more professional than signing papers outside on the hood of the car. Then you can make an appointment to see the p…

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Real Estate Photo Tips!

photosandvideosNot everyone is a professional photographer, but here are some tips for taking professional-looking real estate photos. Take a photo of the outside of the house from the front. Keep the house front and center. You can include an attached garage, but try to keep the house the main feature. Make sure you include the whole house, top to bottom. If you are too close, they may be unsure of the actual size of the house. If you are too far away, the house appears tiny and insignificant as opposed to t…

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Up your Closing Potential!

thoughtsworldWhat can you do to up your game in 2014 and close on more properties?   There may be things you are overlooking which could help your business tremendously.

What is the message you convey to your clients and colleagues?  It may be hard to hear but having a trusted colleague evaluate your presentation you use with your clients may be worthwhile.  Are you confident and strong when you work with a new client?  You can always improve by practice.  Practice your pitch over and over again until you sou…

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Open House Tips!

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Open Houses are still an effective tool for selling a house! Here are a few tips to help you host a  successful Open House!

Make sure you post your Open House on MLS, Zillow, Realtor.com and any website or blog you have.  Also post on your Facebook Business page.

Advertise in your local papers also.

Make sure you have a sign-in sheet to keep track of your guests and also to track their names, and emails and phone numbers.  Better yet, use your ipad to register your guests.  There is an Open House A…

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What is Destination Southcoast?

destination southcoast logoWhat is Destination Southcoast? Destination Southcoast was created by Beyond Bold Media as a method of getting your reviews on multiple sites so that people can find them on the web when they are looking. They offer a free directory and then offer opportunities for you to get your message out there depending on what your budget is and what your needs are.

Why is this important? Online reviews are part of reputation management and online reviews are driving the buying decisions of our consumers…

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Watching Your P's and Q's Literally in Real Estate

agent rising represents mattapoisett waterfrontIt may not seem true in this day and age with spell check and auto correct, but spelling and grammar are  important on real estate listings.  Buyers may choose to simply not use you because of bad spelling or grammar.  It definitely does not look professional and you are doing a disservice to your sellers if you are not checking your listings for mistakes.   Another ploy that buyers find annoying is using too many exclamation points or all capitals.  You want your listing to stand out but for it…

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Making Clients Feel Important!

agent rising blogYour clients are the mainstay of your business.  Developing lasting relationships and satisfactory transactions are where your referrals come from.  Technology is an important and necessary part of your real estate tools.  You are able to get your job done faster and more efficiently when you have the technology you need to make it happen, such as your i-pad, i-phone and apps to do paperless transactions and get you noticed on the web.

The important piece of your business is to use your people sk…

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Selling houses in Wintertime!

Agent rising blogSelling houses in the winter can be a challenge, but there is no reason you need to wait until spring to put a house on the market.  It's true that it may be a slower time but consumers face all kinds of situations such as divorce and relocations that may make a winter move essential  Most winter buyers and sellers are serious and may have a sense of urgency.

How do you prepare a house for a winter sell?     One key ingredient is to price your house realistically to sell without  the added extra …

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Earthquake Shakes up Southeastern Massachusetts

bold moves real estate buildingA 2.4 magnitude earthquake shook Southeastern Massachusetts on Tuesday evening around 6 pm. The epicenter was located near Bliss Corner in Dartmouth. The tremors were felt in New Bedford, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Rochester, and Mattapoisett. Many reported feeling a loud boom as if their furnace had exploded. Most people wondered what it was. Many felt it could have been an accident outside.

There were no reports of any injuries or damage. Since the earthquake was relatively shallow it was fel…

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Google + is the Way to Go!

googleAs a real estate agent, we know that marketing is a big part of the business.  How can you sell a house if no one sees it.  This is where social media marketing comes in .  Most consumers start their search online and you want them to find you.  A good  website that you blog on regularly is a crucial part of your success as an agent, but where do you share your posts?  Google +, Facebook, Pinterest , Twitter are all great  and you can post on all, but Google + should definitely be your first sto…

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