Agent2Agent—questions & answers, advice and opinions page 58

Auctions in the courthouse:
If I am a new agent and somebody offers me to go to auctions on their behalf, what are the things that I have to watch for? how much is the fair compensation for it. do I have to use my license in these…
So now the seller wants to sue the appraiser and the bank?
The facts: special loan program in our market requires 2 appraisals; the owner of the property, multi-millionaire wants to sue the 2nd appraiser over the appraisal and maybe the bank for the way they choose…
State-wide MLS... what advantages?
It appears Arizona will have the most advanced state-wide MLS and other states will follow. I've yet to hear one viable argument for why this is a good thing for RE professionals or consumers, though…
Tenant Background Check Providers
I need to find a vendor to supply credit and background reports for potential tenants / renters. I run a small real estate brokerage out of my house and the big boys (Experian, Equifax) will only allow…
Calling all Realty ONE Group agents!!! Can you help some REALTORS® from John Hall & Associates out??
I'm looking for the main reasons agents like working with Realty ONE Group. Since John Hall & Associates was recently acquired, (http://youtu.be/9EsCqR9n4Y4) agents are curious as to the benefits…
I'm looking for an agent that's also a RE investor. Must be able to Think A Little Different & not be embarrassed to submit low offers.
Is that you? Looking for an agent that wants to be part of my team. Will need to be able to run sold comps, provide list of recent cash sales and submit frequent low offers, among other things. Our primary…
What to do when you cannot get the listing agent to respond to sending all the property Disclosures. Your deal to close is just a week away!
By the way she is the broker !!!! And this is a cash deal !!! Imagine that ! Helene M Moore Windermere Prestige Properties
Hey guys, I have a couple of questions. I am a member of RAMB. Is there a way that you can do an MLS search for a specific unit/line in a condo?
For example if a client wants only the 03,04 line in a condo, you only get an alert if that becomes available and not the whole listings. In addition, is there a way when you are looking for rentals to…
Hello, My name is Richard Biehl and I'm looking for an agent who loves working with investors. My strategy is to buy,fix and sell a property
where I can turn a 20 - 25K profit. I am looking to be in and out of deals quickly in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. Please respond by email to FLRealtySolutions@cfl.rr.com. Look forward to working with you!
Seller would like to cancel listing agreement, can't get response from agent..what to do?
A seller approached me a few days before his auction date and wants me to try to sell his property. I know at this point, its real slim for the bank to postpone, but I called my rep and he said there's…
So I get a call from a guy from Zillow... Looking to get me back again....
He tells me that he wants me back on Zillow, that he found me on Trulia. He wanted me to take this opening of a Zip Code that only a guy like me can Rock... That Trulia can not compare in any way shape…
What are the best Real Estate Magazines?
Thank you very much! I just want to get some information about the best materials I can use to be informed about what is going on in the market. :) .. thanks for your help.
I've been very busy the last month, mostly with buyers who are looking in the 500-900k range. Haven't seem much posted here recently,
others busy too? I've been quite busy over the last month or two with buyers who really want to buy a home and are stepping up to the plate and making an offer. At the same time, I've seen very…
I am looking for a couple of good contractors that can handle small and large home improvement projects. I do business in Western Massachusetts...
I have a client looking to get a price on converting a half bath to a full bath on a home they are considering on submitting an offer on. I have a few contractors I usually refer but 2 are on vacation…
Does any one have a 3 bedroom house in Fort Mill in the Nation Ford High School area for rent? I have a client who would move in next month.
The house that she is renting is going into mortgage default. My client is extremely credit worthy, works for Wells Fargo, and has great housekeeping habits.
Does anyone know where to get information about allowable team names?
Several agents and I are thinking about joining up as a team, but we want to make sure we're in compliance with FREC. Does anyone know where we can find information about team names and advertising?…
Does anyone use a direct mail campaign targeted at upper end apartment buildings?
Using slogans such as now ‘s a great time to buy, tax advantages of owning a home, home ownership can be yours etc.…My concept is to set up a direct mail campaign of 5000 cards per month for…
Dealing in Canada, Eh? Any agents who have/had R.E. licenses in Canada-- How do you feel for the difference in laws and culture in selling property?
For agents that have done deals with Canadians, or have held a license in Canada at some point in their career, I am curious how the laws and transaction dealings are different and similar. I do know…
Supra Lock Boxes
Does anyone in the Bay Area have used Supra Lock Boxes that they would like to sell?
What program is good for recordkeeping and tenant information management?
To keep rent records (i.e., payment records, tenant info, etc.), what is the best strategy?
Seeking partner(s) to join Austin investment group with acquiring multi-family real estate, renovating, leasing up, and reselling apartment
complexes. Seeking (4) partner(s) with min. of $50K each to invest, and receive 12.5% ownership in property per $50,000 investment. There's a total of 75 units, and a total of 50% ownership available…
Still use pre-printed forms?
Agents - do you still use pre-printed forms? I was trashing a stack of outdated forms this morning and realized I haven't used them in a long time. With regulations and forms being updated constantly,…
I am a Realtor doing my own Short Sale negotiation for clients. Does anyone know of a website that can help Realtors w/ the process?
I have been successfully negotiating, processing, and closing short sales since 2008. But, I have foud the biggest time waster in the process is trying to get the ever-changing rules & specific paperwork…
How's the market in Fresno, CA?
We all know that the real estate market took a hit with all this mortgage mess, some areas and states have it much harder. However, I recently got a call from a homeowner who wanted to know what to do…
I am looking for a Toledo Ohio REALTOR to pass a referral to. Can anybody recommend somebody?
I have clients who will be looking in Toledo very shortly, and I would like to send them to somebody I trust. If you handle the Toledo area, email me at chrisfreemanrealtor@grar.com. Thank you
Investing for Realtors. Where can I find books, articles, etc. on how Realtors are investing in real estate.
All books on the market are geared toward unlicensed individuals, but it's different for Realtors. I'm looking for information on how to invest in real estate as a Realtor. Flipping, lease option,…
Is there a REALTOR from TOLEDO, OH who can help me?
I am looking for a REALTOR in the TOLEDO, OH to share a referral with. I am looking for a good personality match. You can email me directly at chrisfreemanrealtor@grar.com for consideration.
What are some ideas that I can bring to my realtors as a value, instead of the same customer service and low rates spill?
We all have seen the lo who comes by and says we have the latest and greatest programs and service, on-time closings, but I want to learn how to bring my realtors even more business. What are some things…
Brokers/Agents I leased a property on 7/8/11 and the tenant skipped the lease on 7/26/11 with no notice. Deposit withheld...summary judgement next?
Tenant relocated to Houston for new employment. I was informed, by the buyer's agent, that the tenant is going relocate back to his previous employer. With absolutely no notice written or verbal,…
Regarding Lead Generation, just got of the phone with another new agent friend and we were debating the merits of door knocking? Any thoughts?
We live in Los Angeles and it seems to be a tough nut to crack. My experience so far, I get my best leads from open houses. All buyers. Would love to hear from other agents as to what is the best use of…
How can I sell Spanish Properties to Overseas on the Internet?
I have started my new Business on Real Estate in Spain and i want some help to find buyers overseas.
Hi, I'm from Brazil. I've been living in Orlando-FL for 10 years. I'm close to get my Real Estate license...
I speak English, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. My question : There's a lot of Brazilians investing in properties here in Orlando and vicinities...not many real estate agents speaks Portuguese...how…
Farming and advertising
Dear Colleagues, A quick word to introduce my self before I ask my two questions. I started my new career as a Realtor 6 months back, I have to say that since than I did some business, but I still have…
Your sources of closed leads...
What is the most productive source of your CLOSED leads? (closed = commission check cashed and cleared) I'm still at 90% referral and traditional (non-Internet) marketing. Wondered if I'm the…
How do you report a possible unethical REO listing agent?
I am a real estate agent in Illinois and presented an offer on a bank owned property for my clients. I won't go into to the specifics here, but I have suspicion that our offer was never presented. And…
Need N Alabama real estate agent with REO experience ...
and access to Realty Trac for my buyer. Scottsville, Albertville, Arab areas. No referral fee.
Do you think the government should be involved with the real estate market?
There has been a lot of government intervention in the market, from buyer incentives, foreclosure prevention programs and attempts at lender regulation. Some say we need more, some say the government should…
For years underlying views of our industry include comments like ‘Realtors® don’t read’. What can we do as professionals to facilitate change?
As a Realtor® for nearly twenty years I would love to see a higher level of respect towards our industry professionals from the public. I think most would agree efforts by N.A.R. thru television and…
what do I put in deposit box on rental listing. There is a 2 mos. security deposit required. The system won't let me put-2 mos. or months, yes,
secur to finish the above question--security deposit, it just defaults to 0 which is not correct. This is 14 West End Ave. rental for $5100. Also, West End cannot be abbreviated which the system wants…
Do you think the Federal government should become landlords?
According to the Wall Street Journal, Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke is suggesting the government rent out the glut of foreclosed homes, essentially taking on the role of 'landlord'. What do you…
Is there anything the real estate industry can do to help speed up the short sale process?
There have been financial incentives to lenders, offers to underwater borrowers, and other attempts to make the process better and shorter. What do you think we can do as an industry to help this, if anything?…
I'm looking to grow the brokerage, whats the best way to attract good, busy agents?
I already have a very attractive commission split program for my agents, they can choose between 80/20, 90/10 or 100%! So I can not improve the all important cash in their pocket incentive...Our office…
I'm a NC & SC brokerwhose daughter is going to be working at Conde Nast/her roommate atColumbia Law. Need upper west by 8/1.
I'd like to know more about how you work i.e. what is your fee? Do you charge the tenant a fee but represent the seller only? I would prefer to have someone negotiate the rent rather than ask for…
Listing a house after family member passes
A family friend has recently lost a loved one and when sufficient time has passed I would like to talk with them and help in the process of getting the family home listed, but really don't know a…
How have the current market conditions chaged since the influx of the natural gas companies to your area.?
Are there still investment opportunities for land purchases with the intentions of leasing? I woul dthink by now the sharks have gobbled up most of the profitable tracts, but my interest in that area…
Apple Mac for real estate?
I saw another question regarding iPad for real estate, are many agents using Mac's? There are several programs I use that don't run on Mac, so I've held off looking at it for my next computer.…
What are you thoughts on getting a home inspection on a brand new home with a full one year warranty and has been inspected by the code inspectors.?
I am a real estate agent and would always recommend that a 3rd party person be used when a experts opinion would be needed. I am just curious of others thoughts.
Other Markets
I would like to here from some agents in the Florida, Arizona, California and Las Vegas markets. I am curious as how these markets are rebounding. We have heard here in Texas how those markets have struggled…
How do REO listing agents identify and resolve a code violation?
How do you identify any code violations on an unoccupied home and how would you then resolve it with code enforcement?
Have seen everything on the market. Need a 4 B, Bsmt,3Car in ECobb under 400K!
I NEED YOUR HELP I HAVE A GREAT FAMILY MOVING FROM OUT OF TOWN TO ATLANTA AND THEY NEED A HOUSE LIKE YESTERDAY...THEY HAVE 5 CHILDREN. ONLY EAST COBB SPECIFICALLY POPE, LASSITER, AND WALTON HIGH SCHOOL..THEY…
Who uses a Mac?
Well I'm thinking of making a switch from my PC to a Mac. I see all the cool things it could do when editing video and cropping pictures for my Real Estate business but I'm still hesitant to…
I was just recently told & my client told by the Ryan representative in my community that Ryan homes no longer negotiates the sales price,is this
true Anyone else experience this? I have always been able to negotiate with builders, I am a license real estate agent and I was shocked to hear this and so was my client. I was told this was the company's…
Does anyone know of a good CRM system, we are currently using Top Producer and it's just way to much money for an outdated system.?
We just need a to keep track of clients, set follow-up tasks, and print out great reports. Reporting in top producer is not good.
What would be a good referral percentage for residential real estate agents referring their investor clients to our multi-unit team?
Is the standard 25-35% enough or should the referral fee be more for investors looking for 5 units (smaller apartment buildings)
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