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Agent2Agent in Wisconsin : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Jan 20, 2018
Scott Godzyk answered:
The magic question as I too am looking to hire agents. Checking your states list of people who past the test. Social media and my new favorite place is Active Rain. I put a link below, join for free and you can write a blog that acts as an ad you are looking for agents to hire. It works well on attracting new buyers and sellers too ... more
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Sat Jul 29, 2017
Kathy Burgreen answered:
Yes you can have as many state licenses as you want. The issue is getting a broker to hire you and hold your license. Brokers are legally responsible for their agents actions and want their agents to be productive - meaning CLOSED SALES for that brokerage.

Therefore, what is your strategy for closing sales in both states? How will you prove to each broker that they will earn money from you in each state? Remember, 1/2 of your commission is split between you and the broker. Each broker is expecting to receive money from your closed sales. If you fail to close and earn a commission, your broker will wonder what's going on.

Bottom line - you need to be upfront and explain to each broker that you will close sales and you will be productive. Their question will be - prove it.
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Fri Mar 25, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
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Fri Oct 23, 2015
Karen Peyton answered:
Sally and Alan have offered excellent perspective in answer to your question!
My two cents concerns what is not readily apparent to a newly licensed agent; the importance of supporting roles!

There are many "hands" in a real estate transaction. While agents are the hub and receive "top billing," they (we) cannot perform our duties without those who support us. All supporting roles are necessary, and all who have supporting roles are compensated.

Your native language may prove to be a gold mine! What good is it to have a client who speaks your language if the agent (or broker) named on the flyer does not? The agent or broker will need your assistance, and in your supporting role, you will be paid!

Your future in the business looks bright! Best of luck!!

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Thu Oct 1, 2015
Janet Ruffolo answered:
I am a Realtor that Specializes in Short Sales in Kenosha and Racine Counties.
Please call me today at 262-412-9875
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Thu Apr 25, 2013
John Souerbry answered:
Advertising to agents is usually a waste of time. If you have the property in the MLS, any competent agent with qualified buyers would have already found it. I agree with the usual online places mentioned in previous answers, and double underline that NEIGHBORS can be some of the strongest referral sources. Also, posting an "Open House This Weekend" rider with date/time on Wednesday or Thursday can be very effective. ... more
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Sun Apr 21, 2013
Chris Novak answered:
Open houses are not just an opportunity to showcase homes to propspective buyers, but are often attended by people thinking of selling who are coming to check the agent out, and the competition.

Walk the neighborhood with flyers the day before the open house. Knock on doors and talk to people! Invite them to the open house. Know the competition in the immediate area so when someone asks about the home for sale down the street, you can amswer without having to "look it up".
The extra effort sets you far apart from the competition.

Get there early (never be late), and put up flags/signs so it is clear the home is open. Use as many directional signs as possible as many people looking for a home spend time driving in the areas they are considering.

When people come in, I simply treat them the way I would want to be treated, and talk with them in a laid back (professional) manner. I'm there to answer thier questions and give them information on the home, neighborhood Schools etc... I am there to help! Always have some statistics ready in your head like average sales price, what the numbers are for last month compared to a year ago, average days on marketg etc... And I always ask them to sign in. It is prudent to have a list of who attended the open house not just for your records, but the seller as well. If they already have an agent, respect that.
Ask them if they would feel comfortable with you following up with them, and always send a thank you note for coming to the open house.
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Sun Apr 29, 2012
Janet Nation, CBR answered:
If they can't get a reduction on their current mortgage to a point that is manageable, then they're best option would be to do a short sale. It's the most dignified option from the bunch you mentioned and would have the least impact on their credit, although of course their will be a negative impact.. Depending on the type of loan they have, they may be given financial assistance for moving. ... more
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Wed Apr 11, 2012
Scott Hulen answered:
We are trending up 3-6% depending on area but the rumor on the street is the robo signing case has been settled and we can expect a wave of new REO’s which will push the market down 6% over the next 12-18 months, then they (the banks) say the worst is over. ... more
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Mon Apr 9, 2012
Diana Dahlberg asked:
Sometimes it's not in the Seller's best interest to list their home with someone who is not an Expert in Short Sales or prefers to keep their specialty in other areas.
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Mon Nov 14, 2011
Mikel DeFrancesco answered:
Mark really hit it on this one. I hire a photographer for my listings... Once he was upgrading his camera and offered me his older one ( he is a full time R.E. photog, and burns through about 500,000 photographs every few months ) for a super low price. I barely used it. I still call him for my photos/virtual tours. Yes, I could save a hundred or two by learning a whole other skill... but I don't have the time to become proficient at it as someone who specializes in it does. ... more
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Wed Aug 17, 2011
Voices Member answered:
Connie, I had the opportunity to discuss your situation with my broker. He wanted me to let you know that he would like to take the time to meet with you over lunch and discuss our options. My cell is 715 220-6878 if you would like to know what opportunities are available. ... more
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Tue Aug 9, 2011
Voices Member answered:
I have found that the traditional large brokerages do not have the foot hold they once had. Smaller brokerages are filling a need to people that want an alternative. The smaller organizations are a good starting point for a new agent to provide a more hands on involvement getting started. As a life long resident of Ellsworth I am surprised I do not know you. I work with CU Companies Realty, we just started in the WI market and it has been a good structure to work under. We have three agents in WI and are looking for another quality agent. My broker mentioned he would not mind bringing on an agent new to the business. Feel free to contact me. Integrity is priority for our company. ... more
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Wed Jul 6, 2011
Tom Werth, CRS answered:
Hello Diana!

The most reliable way to find out as to how many days a property has been on the market is to contact a local REALTOR. Through the MLS, we can do a property history search and see current days on market, check to see if the property was previously listed, and even bring up a sales history-if there is one. ... more
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Wed Mar 9, 2011
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Thu Mar 3, 2011
Josh Giordani answered:
Hey Jen,

I would be interested in finding out more about these short sale leads. Let me know how it works out for you!
Good Luck
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