Hi Joan. I like QR codes myself. In the age of smart phones, they become an asset to any Realtor. I use them on my flyers and sinage. This allows anyone to view my full listing info with all photos if they're just walking by.
I'm with Prudential Douglas Elliman and we auto generate these codes on our flyers easily as our system is fantastic and information rich. I find almost all looking to purchase in the NY vicinity are aware of them, especially the younger first time buyers who grew up with computers.
QR codes are indeed here to stay. Ignore them at your peril but get on board ASAP. By the way, Trulia can auto generate a QR code for you. Best regards.... more
Hate to tell u all, but the question today , 7/16/2010, should be will Christies sign the $15k tax credit . . . to which I personaly feel is holding up the buyers. The Senate and House have approved same.
If you are not familiar with it, do so as NJAR is a primary advocate of this legislation (as witnessed by most most recent visit to Trention on healf of NJAR).
Francesca Patrizio, ePro, SRES
In some cultures, taking shoes off before entering a house, and keeping them off, is a must. Others simply want to keep a clean house. And we should respect that.
It's easy enough to get those booties to put over your shoes -- and it's hardly an inconvenience to stop and do that especially if there's a basket of booties provided for this purpose.
But I don't think people are as receptive to wearing footwear provided for this purpose (I've seen where people provided socks). Some folks would rather go barefoot than do this.
Booties are so inexpensive that it's probably the least offensive solution to a simple request. Although I've run into snooty realtors who sniff that they don't take their shoes off, and would not bother entering the property with their clients.
As far as I'm concerned, both agents and their buyers should be glad that the owners take care of the property and ask guests to do the same.... more
Now it's all about buying before interest rates increase. Buyers have been waiting for the "bottom" and indeed, economists are projecting declining prices in certain parts of the country. However, those same people are also warning consumers that buying now at a lower interest rate may help buyers save money over the long term.
FHA rules are about to change reducing the amount of sellers concession from 6% to 3%.
Rates are still very low, prices are still very low..... If buyers have already missed the tax credit opportunity, it would be foolish to hesitate now. Someone who has the means and desire to purchase a home should be speaking with a mortgage pro now.... more
Funny that the second response was from Florida, and I know I am not a realtor, but . . . Sometimes it is not a bad idea to do the presentation to one, even if they are not the ultimate decision maker. When we sold my mother-in-law's condo in Florida about a year and a half ago, I flew down to straighten the place up, and meet with the realtor. Having a pulse on the business, I was more objectively able to see what she was presenting as far as other listings in the area, how long they were on the market, comparable sales, and what she felt we should list for. I agreed with her, then came back to NY to make the case to my husband and brother-in-law why i felt that the realtor was right on target, and what would, or could happen if we did not to it, and how much it could cost us in the long run. We were not "losing" money on the place, she bought it in 1976 for $32,000. I convinced them to do so. I went down on July 29th, and we had a signed contract sent to us on August 11th from an all cash buyer.... more
Open House Weekend Tactics For SuccessAs you know there will be numerous open houses this coming weekend, many more than usuual..Do you have any plan of action , aside from signs, ads, balloons the usual to get your share of
Bill seemed to hit it on the head...No such thing as too many....IF YOU ARE GETTING RESULTS!
Maria made a critical observation - If there is critical mass in a community you have excellent dynamics for good traffic
Deborah has presented an excellent template.
I would add:
The Open House option presents a challenge to the agent to understand... What is the purpose of their Open House? Lacking the clarity of purpose, you end up spending irreplaceable time.
If the purpose is selling this house, you must be equipped to leverage the visitors to spread the word about this home. Use the business card/reward approach.
If it is to build your active buyer list, you need to demonstrate their concerns and answer their finance and eligibility questions.
Lastly, if you are building entrance into a targeted community, consider collaborative promotion of your Open House. The exaggerated number of attendees may not be in the home buying phase but most certainly share with you interest in the community and the message of your collaborating partner. For something of value they will open the opportunity for you to contact them.
In closing: if you have access to a home for sale around a professional office complex, medical complex, corporate headquarters...consider a lunchtime "Have Lunch on Me" Open House. Use lots of signs.... more
Don't put all your eggs in one basket. You don't need to pay for a lot of advertising, although as you close deals you should put some into a new source or upgrade a source that's working. My next move is upgrading my signs since 50% of my buyers are coming from my listings. Facebook is big, your sphere likes to see you're a real person (DON'T SPAM THEM THOUGH), just stay in touch, some agents debate this one, but I've gotten 1 listing & 1 buyer a month consistently from FB. Floor time if your office has it is a great investment. The turnover usually isn't instant, rather a couple months or so. Keep filling the pipeline and it will eventually come out the other end:-)... more