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Matt Laricy, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Matt Laricy answered:
Anybody knows when are the Realtor dues supposed to kick in for year. Is it at the beginning of the year or in October?
I think some are due next month. You can always call your association.
1 vote Share Flag Wed Aug 15, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Synthia Noble, Real Estate Pro in Crete, IL
Synthia Noble answered:
Is anyone paying for leads on any websites? Which ones have you seen the best return on investment?
I've tried a few pay for lead websites over the years (guess I am a soft touch). Trulia you pay for advertising (not per lead) and I have had some success.
zillow the same way, less ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 6, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Randy Schule…, Real Estate Pro in Saint Charles, IL
Randy Schulenburg answered:
When figuring out the capitalization rate for an income property - do you include the property taxes as an operating expense?
Joseph,

You should include the real estate taxes as an expense in the CAP Rate. If you have an interest in evaluating some commercial opportunities contact me at 224-805-2616. I� ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Aug 4, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Judi Monday,…, Real Estate Pro in Green Valley, AZ
Judi Monday, CRS answered:
How do I get listings when my sphere is mostly buyers and renters?
Pick one or two neighborhoods that you want to target and begin farming them. Direct mail is a great way to get your name out there but it must be effective (why should they choose to ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sat Aug 4, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Team Forss, Real Estate Pro in Temecula, CA
Team Forss answered:
as a new Realtor who is the best to work for?
Hook up with a proven producer and learn from him/her. The company doesn't matter that much.
1 vote Share Flag Fri Aug 3, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Michael Brow…, Real Estate Pro in Allen, TX
Michael Brownstead answered:
what is it like to be a new realtor? What are the best Brokers/Sponsors to work for?
I agree, being a new REALTOR can be overwhelming; therefore, the first thing you want to do is select a mentor to guide you, but ensure you pick someone who is not ever too busy for you ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Aug 1, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Akil Walker, Real Estate Pro in Upper Marlboro, MD
Akil Walker answered:
Starting out in real estate
Hello Mrs.newson,

There is a big difference between the education of real estate and the application of real estate. the class will teach how many sq ft in acre, local laws and pract ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 28, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Don Maclary, Real Estate Pro in Virginia Beach, VA
Don Maclary answered:
What should I say to a potential buyer that doesn't want to use an attorney for the closing of the transaction?
In Virginia we have Settlement Companies as an alternate.
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jul 28, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Fred Yancy, Real Estate Pro in Woodstock, GA
Fred Yancy answered:
What else could I do on a home inspection to help the buyer and feel more productive?
Home inspections will vary depending on the type of property you are purchasing. A large historic home, for example, will require a more specialized inspection than a small condominium. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jul 15, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Andy Ogorzaly, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Andy Ogorzaly answered:
I'm looking to change companies and need advice on Chicago agencies.
Hey Jeff,

I am guessing you may have already changed companies, but I'll give you a little info about my brokerage to help you or anyone else out.

I am a part of Exit Strategy Rea ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Jul 11, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Andy Ogorzaly, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Andy Ogorzaly answered:
I'm a new real estate agent, is there a non Realtor office in Chicago or around. I don't have the money to be a Realtor.
My office Exit Strategy Realty is a part of an international brand that really cares about their agents and helps them grow. It's great for new agents because there are no desk fees, c ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 25, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Susan Alvarez, Real Estate Pro in Longmont, CO
Susan Alvarez answered:
How did you get into real estate?
I joined Coldwell Banker and then was immediately hired away by Richmond American Homes in 2003. I was with Richmond a short time before landing with Engle. Engle folded several years l ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Jun 24, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Susan Alvarez, Real Estate Pro in Longmont, CO
Susan Alvarez answered:
Which blog sites are best? Is it worth it to pay monthly fees on some for better exposure?
I have time for Facebook, Trulia, Linkedin and sometimes Twitter. Wordpress gives you a lot of flexibility and you can make use of extensive keywording that gets you exposure. I believe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 24, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Susan Alvarez, Real Estate Pro in Longmont, CO
Susan Alvarez answered:
When's the last time you updated your Trulia Profile?
Yeah, thanks. I updated my profile two weeks ago. I did the same for my Linkedin and Twitter accounts.

Suz
0 votes Share Flag Sun Jun 24, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Jared and Am…, Real Estate Pro in Fort Wayne, IN
Jared and Amanda Christiansen answered:
What are other agent's thoughts on exclusive buyer contracts? Who is using them?
I think it does make sense to use one if you don't feel the loyalty from your buyer.

We have buyer consultations and explain EVERYTHING to our new buyers, including procuring cause ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Jun 19, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Evelyn S. Fr…, Real Estate Pro in Chicago, IL
Evelyn S. Fred answered:
Has anyone been successful with using Facebook ads to promote their real estate services to a specific area or just their Facebook sphere?
Hi John,

I find that FB is best used to stay in front of your sphere.

Use your timeline space to showcase a room from one of your listings, that gets people clicking on "like" or ... more
0 votes Share Flag Fri Jun 15, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Christopher…, Real Estate Pro in Tarrytown, NY
Christopher Pagli answered:
What is your average amount of showings you will go out on with buyers before they close on one?
Hi, The answer to this all depends on how focused and realistic the buyers are. If there is a decent amount of inventory that meets their specific criteria it can happen on the first ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 4, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
My NC Homes…, Real Estate Pro in Chapel Hill, NC
My NC Homes Team answered:
What would you say is the most difficult part of being an agent?
Managing your time properly and staying focused on your business are probably the two hardest things for new agents to master.

As a new agent unless you have deep connections throug ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu May 31, 2012 Agent2Agent in 60606
Barbara Furd…, Real Estate Pro in Spring Lake, NJ
Barbara Furdyna answered:
What ratio of your business is buyers and sellers? And how many years in the business have you been? Has it changed over time?
I think the ideal split is 50/50. You must have listings generally to get the phone to ring. That said, if you service listings properly, there's a cost to advertise them, and the cost ... more
1 vote Share Flag Tue May 8, 2012 Agent2Agent in Chicago
Jack Lewitz, Real Estate Pro in Lincolnwood, IL
Jack Lewitz answered:
what would be a fast and easy way to learn how to do short sales in IL?
The answers above are unrelated to your question. I will answer what I think you want to know. You need to get SFR or CDPE certified. Your board offered these classes
0 votes Share Flag Sat Apr 14, 2012 Agent2Agent in O'Hare
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