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Realtors, what's the Best way to transform Internet Leads into Sales?
Also, in your area what are your results in getting web site leads to become buyers / sellers? Statistics?
Hi All! I am a prolific "thumbs up" clicker for many of you. My question is Do you give the thumbs up to other agents?
When I read a great answer, that mimics one I might write, I feel compelled to reward the agent. Is this naive of me?
How was your Open House guest volume today?
To agents who hosted an Open House today, how did you do? Mine was sparsely attended in spite of aggressive advertising and sign placement.
Where do you see the market going in the next six months in the 94806 area?
I have a couple of clients who earlier this year were anxious about selling a house. However, after showing them how the market cooled off and the prices adjusted downwards, they decided to do something…
Has anyone else had trouble with RECR (Real Estate Client Referrals)
They charged me for a year of "leads" and than said that I wasn't in their system. I've been hounding for a refund and after months of doing so they gave me a partial refund. Any…
Why do a lot of mortgage companies constantly try to cut commission?
3 out of 5 shorts sales we work with constantly try and cut our commissions, tell us that we should put in part of our commission to help close the deal? It's hard enough on Realtors, and the homeowner…
Which CRM (client relationship management system) do you like best?
I know people always talke about Top Producer. I've read that Wise Agent may be good. Has anyone heard of IXACT Contact? What CRM's would my fellow agents recommend? Thanks so much, Christine
Do you think you the educational requirements to be a Real Estate Agent or Realtor should be raised? How can Realtors bring respect to our Industry?
I ask this because there are so many Agents & Brokers who seem incompetent. I see mistakes (& violations) on the MLS all the time and I see so many typos in advertisement & Agent websites.…
What site is more user friendly FMLS or GA MLS? And which site is more helpful in your day to day business activities?
I personally find GA MLS annoying to navigate. But, what does everyone else think?
How do you go about educating homeowners who are in distress?
Do you door knock, hold seminars or webinars or mail them a letter? Which have you found to be the best way to connect with the homeowner?
Do you know your sales volume off the top of your head?
I went on a date with an agent from about 15 miles south of me. Nice enough girl. Like all agents, she eventually got around to talking shop (yechhhhhhh, no more dating agents). She asked me: "So,…
What makes you truly happy? What gives you deeply gratifying soulful fulfillment? What is your definition of success?
Today Success Magazine asked these questions, so I decided to answer them myself and to ask you for your answer as well. My home makes me truly happy! I am a happy introvert! I am happiest when I…
Is anyone finding it difficult for their clients to get a mortgage in Pompton Lakes because of the plume?
A neighbor of a client told him that they tried to refinance their mortgage through Bank of America and at the end of the application the bank said they wouldn't write new mortgages for Pompton Lakes…
Need insight on Maplewood from agents who know the area. Have family members who are considering the town and I know nothing about it.
Newly married, planning on staying a while and starting a family so neighborhoods, schools, surrounding areas are important to them. Also looking in Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Westfield, Cranford and Clark…
Have you used a WordPress plug-in for a user friend & SEO friendly interface of MLS listings?
I'm using the MLS PIN VOW and it is terrible from a SEO and user friendliness perspective. Which WordPress plug-in are you using? What are the related costs? How is the customer feedback?
If I am selling owner-financed homes in Texas, can I give mortgage brokers a referral fee for sending me people who did not qualify for a mortgage?
I have some homes I'm thinking of selling owner-financed. Can I pay a mortgage broker for people they send to me who can't get traditional financing? I was thinking something like $500 per house…
SBA LOANS: Short Sale Mitgation...can it be done?
Any experience out there with a mitigation of an SBA loan/? Crazy lender (Wachovia) secured a $760K SBA loan against an investment property 3 years ago as a 3rd mortgage. Yes, truth is stranger than…
THE NEW INTERNET BUSINESS PARADIGM: Are you doing the work and paying for it?
Over the past couple of years I have noticed a new paradigm of internet business practices that promise: MORE LEADS, MORE MONEY, MORE LOVE etc. So you listen to their spiel, go to the webinar; get the…
Are you a "specialist" or a "generalist" with regard to the RE services you offer?
For years, agents have used the advertising line "see me for all your real estate needs." Yet, textbook guidance on advertising has always been that the most effective message features expertise…
What kind of lead management program do you use?
What kind of lead management program do you use? Any recommendations? Any feedback and tips will be appreciated.
Short sale listings that become rent-to-own, how are buyer agents getting paid?
Finding short sale listings willing to consider rent-to-own contracts is becoming a common buyer strategy in my neck of the woods. When the numbers work for the homeowner, it's a great way to get…
AGENTS: In your experience what has been the LOWEST purchase price you have seen APPROVED regarding Short Sales?
Are servcing lenders putting a bottom on the amount they will mitigate? Thank you for contacting us, we appreciate the opportunity to serve you. Mike Luzzo Top Value Group ...your HOME to the Top…
Why do we dance around the reality of a listing when we have a seller with unrealistic views?
Folks I am not jaded, just wanting to break the cycle of "buying the listing" do we do any favors to our clients by this practice? Is it that hard to walk away?
Ok, explain to me why this won't work: To solve our crisis, the govt. should work with banks and allow the banks to write off 50% of every?
mortgage. Doesn't matter if its in default, behind, in good standing, etc. Let's just knock off half of everyone's home debt. Some will say, ARE YOU NUTS?!! That's like a GADZILLION…
Why can't the "big" box lender's approve "FLIP" properties without jumping through 2 appraisals and hoops?
Many investor's are right at the 20% mark. (FHA guidelines which are the majority of the buyers in our area) If the comp's substantiate the offer, why is it so difficult to get offer's…
Do you think the pre-foreclosure data is helpful or misleading to consumers?
Just yesterday I received a call from a consumer who was drawn in by a pre-foreclosure opportunity in Warren for $50,000! The upside was that the buyer did establish contact but the downside is that her…
I'm not give my house away?
So many Sellers have said when we've asked to lower the price, I'm not going to give it away. Unfortunitly many Sellers bought in the higher priced market or refinanced, got equity lines etc,…
What other ways are you using to market your properties for sale besides the internet.?
What is getting you the most return for your dollars spent? What do you recommend if you have a limited budget. Thank you in advance
Where is the best place to create a website with more ADVANCED or MORE SEARCH CRITERIA ie. One STOREY (very important), _ bdrms, _ba etc. I find
that Point2 is very limited on their search criteria and I lost a client because client kept getting a TWO STOREY listings instead on ONE. Any ideas?
Is being a Realtor easy money?
All you have to do is push some papers and you make a commission check for $15 grand or more. Anyone can do that. A couple hours work for thousands. Realtors have the cushiest job around!
What will be the biggest contributing factor in turning our housing market around?
Now that America has spoken and the elections are over, what do you think the biggest factor will be for the housing market recovery? Jobs? Spending? Tax cuts? What will the new congress need to do…
Is it worth getting a CA real estate license in the current San Diego market? I lam well aware of upfront costs and the importance of leads.
I recently relocated from FL and do not know many people. Also, I will need to generate income within 60 days and am well aware that I will need to be mentored/educated in the art of developing leads.…
Suggestions to increase leads for sales
I've tried framing, FSBO, Expires wearing the badge where ever I go etc. I want to try the magnet on the car door, please let me knowwhat effect it could have.
What kind of questions will be on the CA Real Estate Exam?
As the question says, will they be focused more towards any single point? i.e. core ethics, laws, scenario questions? And what kind of math can I expect to see on the exam? I'm taking my exam the…
trouble buying due to being out of bankrupsy 2 yr. advantage and where lease to own 4 blocks or less from carolina beach
Have credit score 606. own house and car. payed off bankrupsy 2 yr early. having trouble getting loan. we only wanted 100,000 for a house. very hard. can anyone help getting us close to carolina beach…
My friend is expanding his Title & Escrow Company to Central-South OC and North San Diego. He's looking for a good escrow manager to help...
My friend is expanding his Title & Escrow Company to Central-South OC and North San Diego. He's looking for a good escrow manager to help run his expansion. Any one know of any out of work or…
Looking for an agent who covers Blue Hill to Winter Harbor, ME.
I have a client to refer from NJ who is looking for a retirement home on the water. Client seems to be moving more and more north and I need to find another agent to help her.
The New North Carolina Offer To Purchase to Purchase
Has your BIC or office manager prepared in advance for review and to educate everyone licensed your office on the new Standard Form 2-T coming January 1st? With so many brokers using Alternative 1 there…
Agent website suggestions - editing adding content etc
Just wondering if agents have any suggestions to increase lead capture from personal websites. I seem to be getting plenty of traffic but the rate of inquiries isn't what I expected.
Is the term "As-Is" for selling a property, the new loophole for avoiding "ALL" responsibilities for "known" property?
defects? Blatant conditions on properties, SO obvious, even if the seller NEVER lived there, are not being disclosed. Rubber stamps are even being made stating "Seller Will Not Sign" contracts…
What is your experience with the time frame of a short sale start to finish?
What is your experience with the time frame of a short sale start to finish? How many buyers typically pull out before you one to stay under an agreement and close?
Calling all Tekkies! How do I open a TVS file with Excel using Windows 7?
I used to be able to download data as TVS files from Garden State, then right click and choose "Open with Excel" and all the data would be neatly downloaded into an excel spreadsheet. Now I…
Have you seen a demo of the new NAR RPR website? What did you think? Does your MLS Participate? Have you actually USED it?
What was your experience? How did you/do you plan to get your MLS to sign on? Are there costs involved to the MLS? (We know it's free to realtors, what about the MLS?) I saw it yesterday and…
Do you work with assistants? Licensed? Unlicensed? How do you compensate them? What role do each of them play in your business model?
What are their responsibilities and duties? How has the model worked out for you? Do you recommend working with assistants to other realtors? Are they part of a team, or do they function more as 'personal…
Great Real Estate company to hang license in Myrtle Beach?
Just passed the real estate exam yesterday and looking for a great place to hang my license in Myrtle Beach, SC. Any suggestions?
Does the relevancy of our responses matter?
In the spirit of upholding the value of the content on Trulia and also the perception of the contributors, I encourage us all to check the dates of the original questions we answer and to respond in a…
I came across an investor who wanted a licensed broker for his deals. However, it was mostly "for show".
A group of investors needing to cut costs wanted to hire a broker for their "flip" properties (where they buy to re-sell after quick alterations or improvements). However, after looking over…
Is flat fee a better way to go?
I mostly represent buyers. am looking for ways to generate some listings. As I show homes, I see varying levels of service on the part of the listing agents. I am amazed that a seller would pay 2.5-3%…
What is your marketing plan for your real estate business going into this winter?
Just curious to get some ideas and feedback from other agents around the country. I know the winter season tends to be a little slower in the real estate business and with the current economy it could…
My listing was approve for a short sale by Wachovia. When we were so close to the approval date, I asked for an extension. Instead, the lender foreclo
My listing was approved for a short sale last Sept. until the 23rd of October. Last October 19, the buyer asked me to request for an extension,. The negotiatorasked me to send them the proof of funds,…
Any advice on signing up for REO Listings with HUD??
I am interested in signing up to list REOS with HUD and Fannie Mae. Is it worth my time or do they already have enough agents? Thanks!
Agents performing BPOs - which GPS system do you like best?
I'm considering purchasing one and would like something that can plot multiple addresses.
When doing a BPO, - seller concessions?
Where do you find information on the seller concession?
Relocation Question / Concern, please advise if you've had experience with Relo's
Hoping someone on here has had this issue and wondering if there is an option to the following scenario: About a month ago I was contacted direct from a buyer that is relocating from another state to…
I have a buyer who was trying to purchase a short sale and the approval expired. Now the seller refuses to sign the cancellation.
How do I get the buyer's earnest money back? They claim we stalled the escrow by not closing before the sale date and they are mad at he buyer. Buyer only had seven days from signed contact to foreclosure…
Can anyone recommend a real estate broker where you don't have to pay high monthly or yearly fees?
Since I am a new agent, I am looking for a real estate broker that has no or low fees. Please provide any information that will help me choose the right broker to work for and any other advise that you…
How do I find a rental for a client that has a low credit score?
I want to help someone that is moving out of area and has low credit score due to medical bills. Seems that no one will even consider them. Any tips?
Are people of retirement age able to sell their homes so they can move to retirement areas?
The flow of retirees coming to our area has been slow since the bubble burst.
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