Agent2Agent—questions & answers, advice and opinions page 68

Help finding a broker that would teach & mentor new real estate sales associates in Miami.
I'm in the process of getting my real estate associate license; I was wondering if anyone can give me advice on a good broker to work for? I would love to make real estate my career and would like…
This is a Broker asking any Brokerproperty managers out there if you have ever had an owner completely disappear and not communicate with you for over
three months? I'm now to the end of my management agreement and lease I have placed and, I've sent certified mail, emails, phone calls with no reply. He fell into foreclosure while his tenant…
I have been interviewing brokers in the Austin, Texas area and am leaning towards changing to Keller Williams.
Specifically I am leaning towards the KW office in Cedar Park/Leander. I would be interested to hear what current KW agents think of KW in general. I am interested in how realistic it would be for me to…
Real Estate Splits.
What would be the best way to determine splits over training when chosing a real estate franchise?
How many Agents use Docusign?
We have a few agents in my office that use it, and like it. How many other agents out there use it? What are the positives and negatives you have found from using it? Have you found other similar services…
A rental referral in Louisville Colorado?
Anyone out there interested in helping my clients find a rental house in Louisville Colorado or somewhere else cool in the Denver area. These are hip, cool, educated people with a new baby on the way.…
There is a SIX day course offered, 9am-6pm, in my area, for a RE Sales Associate license. Is this a good idea?
Been wanting for years to get a RE license. Kids are getting older and I now have more time. I don't need the money right away, so I can wait out the market and take the time to learn the biz.…
Is VIP status worth the effort?
I realize it is going to take many hours to achieve the VIP status for Trulia. Is the juice worth the squeeze? Has anyone received high traffic from Trulia.com?
Does anyone have a contact management system that is easy to use, web based, and affordable?
I switched to the web version of ACT by Sage and found after purchasing it that it is too slow and can not be used on a Mac. Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Are you being charged an additional fee for the new ZipForms Distressed Property Library? In CA we are, in TX & FL they are not. Looking for
feedback ZipForms 6 has made available the Distressed Property Add-on Library. In California, it costs an additional $50 per year. Agents in Texas and Florida tell me they are getting it for free. What's…
For the successful agents, those closing 12 plus properties per year, what kind of response are you seeing to You Tube?
We sold 30 homes last year and 18 this year, but are looking to improve and You Tube seems to be a great arena to explore. I want to see what type of response successful brokers are having
What percentage of your listings/business come from various forms?
Open houses, Expired, FSBO, Floor duty, Advertisements, ect. If so, how many of you cold call or knock on doors?
What do you do to make your listings WOW Buyers?
I just finished writing a Blog on ways to WOW a Buyer and would love to know what other suggestions you have as a Realtor to make a listing pop from a Buyers point of view. Here's the link to the…
How do agents market their listins successfully other than the MLS?
I use Postlets to syndicate my listings and of course, my MLS syndicates to Realtor.com, but what other methods are working for agents currently? I'd like feedback on email flyers, newspaper ads…
What is the average commision for a realstate agent in Cherry Hill?
DO agents get 3% or 6%? Not sure and need to know when figuring out exactly what I will need to put down when purchasing a new home. thank you
How do you keep a buyer after a bad bank owned transaction??
I have been working with my buyers for almost a year until this terrible try to buy a bank owned home, I do have experience with bank owned. After three weeks of negotiations and the bank changing their…
Got a condo listing trying to sell with furniture. Comps unfurnished are around 98K, this listing is at 108K.
Condo FHA approved but not sure it will appraise. Any suggestions on how to handle this?
I'm in business for life.....or until the Wall Street Reform Act pushes me out!
We all know that mortgage professional are not created equally. What do you value most about your mortgage professional? In an effort to always be a step above the rest, I want to go right to the source.…
What are the 'Top 3 Neighborhoods' your investors are currently looking in?
I think it would benefit all agents to hear some different perspectives. As a Real Estate agent who specializes in working with investors, lately I have been doing most of my showings in: 1) Mt. Airy,…
How do you upload multiple email addresses from Tempo to Outlook?
Do any agents know how to import email addresses from Tempo to Outlook? I've created a comma delimited Excel file and have all of the emails I need, so I wasn't sure how to now get them to Outlook.
Has anyone sold their listing from an open house? What days and hours do you have the best results?
I know statistically, very few listings get sold from Open houses, but I'd like to hear it from my peers. If you do have success in holding open houses, what days and times do you think are the best…
A buyer found me on Trulia, wants to buy a 4 bedroom home. Did not give me his phone number, i only send him listing to look at.
Today he want to buy one of the homes I send him to look at. He said he will pay cash, will have attorney represent him, will close quickly, will need to get the offer via docusign. Has anyone ever experienced…
First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit , Should It Be Extended Longer?
I saw a lot of enthusiasm the 1st time it was 1st launched, not as much when it was extended a second time even though income levels were increased & included previous home owners.Should it have been…
Is using an unlicensed assistant to hold a California Open House allowed?
I know an unlicensed assistant cannot talk real estate, but can they sit an open house ask basic questions, such as are you looking to buy or sell and would you like the listing agent to contact you?
Who normally is present at the property to allow access for the bank appraiser?
When you are the selling agent and the appraisal for the bank is ordered, does it ever make sense for both the listing agent and you, as the selling agent to be present?
Are you looking for a Full Time Fluent Spanish Speaking Realtor in Orlando Area?
Greetings, As you may know, here in Orlando, Florida we have an enormous amount of home buyers and sellers moving in and out of our area. Whether through corporate relocations, or simply looking for…
Which Residential Real Estate Inspectors (licensed) do you currently recommend on the Gulf Coast of Florida?
In your experience within the last business year, who are you most likely to recommend in Sarasota & Manatee County areas? Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties? Others? Thanks for sharing these…
Best place for a foreigner to invest in Real Estate in the US?
As an Australian with a property and development porfolio, I am considering purchasing an investment property overseas. I first look at Egland and the UK, however the pound is 2 1/2 times as strong as…
What is the top priority that all of you agents look for when choosing a preferred lender? And lenders that don't mind sharing, what's
worked well? Customer service should be all of our top priorities, but other than that, what's the best thing your lender does for you? Always looking for ways to improve my service so I figured no…
Red Lodge, Montana - Opinion of Value
I am an Arizona REALTOR. I am working with a client who has a home in Red Lodge Montana. He is currently going through a divorce and would like to know how the much the home would sell for in today's market,…
Does anyone still cold call to obtain clients?
I'm very good at it but gave up when the dnc restrictions began.
Are there any lenders that still do non-warrantable condo mortgages?
I have a client (investor) looking to purchase in a complex that has a high investor concentration and am having trouble finding financing for it. Does anyone know of any lenders that either don't require…
Fellow realtors, gotta ask a question--What is your opinion of verbal offers? Please feel free to elaborate.. I
I am continually presented with verbal offers, nicely below the asking price, not a way I prefer to work I will say, I want to see what other realtors think about this common pratice..
Any new custom specs going up in your market area?
We've started one; mls# 11347167 it's gonna be nice!
Can anyone recommend the Craig Proctor system or can anyone tell me exactly what it involves other than money?
I have seen Craig Proctor's info all over the National Association of Realtor's Magazine. I feel that if it is so good all realtor's would be rich and have second homes in the Carribean or some other…
Wanted: 2 - 3K of office space in South Broward
I have a client looking to lease an office in South Broward. If anyone has anything between 2,000 - 2,500 with conference room large office, medium office and the rest open to accommodate a call center…
Seeking Private Funding
Hello Broker's/Agents... I am seeking Private funding for a project with desirable points and interest! Please, contact me direct if you may be able to help. This is within Las Vegas. Thank you! --…
Have any of you Realtors encountered a mortgage company that requires an actual Social Security Card as a requirement for financing? The credit
report is completed and has been for a month. Client has provided driver's license, passport and tax returns.
Short sale is approved to clear 1st and 2nd, but 3rd mortgage appeard...
In a process of closing a short sale... However one issue is holding up - a 3rd mortgage has appeared between a tenant (not the owner of the property) and a personal lender. It turned out that the tenant…
What local county do you think is being hit hardest by foreclosures?
What county in southeastern PA (minus Philadelphia county) is being hit the hardest by current or upcoming foreclosures?
Does anyone know of any broker's or associate brokers in NYC who may be interested in becoming a principal broker for the state of NY for a?
national real estate company, eXp Realty? If you do, please pass my name on to them. I can send additional information or more information can be found on my website located in my profile. Chris…
Which national real estate broker is the most "green" real estate company in the industry?
Are there any other national real estate companies offering virtual offices for agents and paperless documentation and record keeping? Chris Lefebvre eXp Realty
Any thought on the RPR coming soon?
RPR (Realtor Property Resource) is scheduled to be rolled out latter this year. From what I have heard, it is a bench of public and private databases combined in a clean online interface for Realtors.…
GMAC Short Sale
I have a client who owns a property with two GMAC Mortgage Loans... Mortgages owed is around $120k total, the property is worth about $40k. The client's income has not changed, if anything, it's…
It's that time of year again for me to renew my Realtor.com account....
Periodically we exchange thoughts on Realtor.com and its relative value vis a vis other tools. Last year I faced a huge "in arrears" bill and it still sticks in my throat like a chicken bone…
Need Website help
I'm looking for a website designer/programmer that can give me an awesome broker type site with lots of news feeds and multiple IDX feeds. It CAN NOT be a template site. Can anyone recommend a great…
How many of you actually have your buyer's sign a Buyer-Broker agreement?
I've been having this on-going debate with agents in my office for sometime now. I get a lot of requests for viewings from people who have seen my listings online or from drive-bys, unrepresented,…
Im starting my first short sale listing and have heard a few different opinions, even from lawyers. First, how can this family afford a lawyer on
their property if they are considering a short sale? Second, how are they to be sure they will not owe the balance between what is actually owed on the home and what is offered and sold for? Im dealing…
What number do you leave your thermostat on? How about vacant homes you're showing? Ever walk into a home with no A/C on and it's like an
oven? Since I live in FL, I'm always getting questions about the monthly electric bill, both from buyers and renters. I ask them what they keep their A/C on, average. The numbers go from 62-80 degrees…
SB 1070 in Arizona….Who is who?
Ok, I am a REALTOR in AZ, driving (showing houses) to all types of customers and going as close as 50 mills from the Mexican border. What will happen if I get stop by the police and someone in my car is…
Buyers Agent- are you comfortable with the fiduciary aspect?
Do you work as a Buyers Agent or as a Transaction Broker? I don't think the general public is even aware of the difference, at least not here in our local market, and we're no longer required…
Has anyone used "Leads to Realty" ?
I am getting mixed views regarding the lead service "Leads to Realty" ? Since online is the new way to go, are lead generating sites just the new pick pocket? Or Replacing our cold calling?
I'm a Colorado broker buying for my own account. I'll do all the work and pay a Florida broker 20% of my
gross commission just for forwarding the offers to the seller's broker. Several transactions are possible. I probably submit at least 20 offers for one deal.
I'm a licensed PA realtor interested in obtaining my NJ license.
I was wondering if it was necessary to pass both parts of the exam: national & state or is the state exam only necessary? I also need to take 15hr additional pre licensure broker course to fullfill…
How do I protect myself from frivilous lawsuits when a bank orders me to rekey an REO property? A major asset company sent me out with instructions
to rekey a vacant/condemned 2 unit. The condemnation prohibited habitation as there was 6 inches of raw sewage in the basement from a plugged sewer line. There was no power having been cut by the city…
Has anyone registered for the Certified HAFA Specialist program that was recently launched by CAR?
I'm contemplating registering for the course, learning more about the HAFA program is something that we should all be familar with. If you have taken the course did you find it useful? Would you…
Is anyone having issues with closing a BOA loan through a Broker.?
I'm hearing that the wholesale "division" is unable to issue ARM's until further notice because of a change in guidelines on Tuesday of this week and a resulting computer glitch that…
Marketing Headlines
I am curious if any of you have found that certain headings work better than others on fliers, Craigs List, Etc.
Connestee Falls
I'm an agent in Florida, considering a second home in Brevard NC and wanted to find out a little more about Connestee Falls subdivision? Any information would be useful about whether this would be a community…
Has anyone heard or seen anything about "Katrina Cottages" recently?
After hurricane Katrina, five years ago, these homes were designed to be an affordable, yet attractive, alternative to putting displaced families in FEMA trailers. They were patterned on the coastal cottages…
Has anyone done a 203k Loan?
I just became a 203k Specialist, the education was wonderful, this is the best kept secret, and want to know if anyone has done one?
I thought I heard on the news last night that the $8,000 tax credit has been extended. Can anyone confirm that???
With the close of June 30th upon us ... many buyers and sellers are asking if the Homebuyer Stimulus will be extended? There are many rumors ... just need to get some real answers. Awaiting a response…
Do you think any of your clients would pay for someone to help them pack before moving?
My wife is an excellent packer. We've moved our entire household 3 times in the last 5 years. And she used to work for a business that did a lot of shipping. Currently she's helping a good friend…
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