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Agent2Agent in Charlotte : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Jan 2, 2017
Jeremy Weinberg answered:
In NC you are able to keep your license at multiple companies as long as you are a broker or BIC. You can be active full-time at a Keller Williams for example and then have a "secondary license" active at a referral company like Park Place who can send out all of your referrals worldwide. Hope you found a good place to work with!! ... more
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Sun Mar 8, 2015
David Garofalo asked:
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Thu Dec 4, 2014
Rose Wilkinson answered:
I am not a Realtor, but a nationwide home buyer who also owns a strategic consulting firm. We specialize in lease option strategies.

Some of the "what if" questions that will arise from the seller:

- What if the tenant does malicious damage?
- What if the tenant files a frivolous (or not so frivolous) lawsuit?
- What if I can't afford repairs
- What if the tenant defaults?

We work with several companies who offer 100% coverage in each instance, as well as 6 months of lease payments if the tenant should default.

Since we are not Realtors, we do not advise on market rental rates, comparative values, or negotiations between the tenant and landlord.
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Thu Dec 4, 2014
Rose Wilkinson answered:
I am not a Realtor, but I was a recruiter for a large Century 21 firm. Grew the firm from 15 Realtors to over 150 Realtors in less than a year. It gave me the opportunity to see A LOT of Realtors, and how quickly the herd thinned out.

Generally, the ones you think are going to be KILLER - with their flashy suits, new brief cases and brand new Jaguars ... are the ones playing with pencils, drinking coffee and socializing in the break room with other Realtors. They go bankrupt and broke within 6 months and quit the business. Or, they blame the broker and try out another office.

Two of the best Realtors I ever recruited started out part time. One was a contractor and the other one was a pet groomer. The contractor had paint all over his jeans, ripped up shirt and always looked hot and sweaty. The dog groomer was always covered in hair.

As part time agents, they both consistently put up $1,000,000 in closed sales on the board. I know being a million dollar producer is not too much to brag about in this day and age, but that is highly impressive for a part time gig.

There was one trait the contractor had that separated him from the flashy suits and sports cars. That trait was being creative and flexible. He taught me A LOT about creative solutions to problems in the real estate industry. He consistently solved problems that nobody else could see, because he had a keen eye for opportunity and the ability to act and seize those opportunities as they came. He bought his first rental property as a lease purchase, just like Donald Trump bought his first hotel on a lease purchase. If he couldn't get his buyers qualified, he found them a lease option if they had the funds to pay his commission. The guy would just never give up, and he was open minded, creative and flexible.

The dog groomer wasn't as creative and flexible - but she was a BIG TIME net worker. She knew how to talk to people, and make them feel like a million bucks, like they were the most special person in the whole entire world - no matter how big or small their property was. She worked her tail off, and never gave up. She encouraged me to write TV commercials for the agents who didn't know how to write very well. I didn't believe anybody would pay me for that, but she did. And she always encouraged and complimented everyone around her. Eventually, I had a small, part time gig writing TV commercials and she hired me to write all of hers. Because everyone liked her, I also got their business as well.

Eventually, she quit her dog grooming gig, went full time and became the top producing agent in our company. Then she left and started her own brokerage and took about 5 Realtors with her.
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Mon Oct 27, 2014
mattdalek47 answered:
We recently put in a retaining wall on the property and didn't have any problems. It came out really well. It looks good and is structurally sound. I think the best thing is to hire the right contractor, they can help guide you through everything.
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Thu Oct 16, 2014
NPMc asked:
I did not do Superior School class bc dates didn't work, but wish I had now. Also thinking of the Hiking the Real Estate Trail cd set. Any feedback is appreciated!
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Mon Sep 15, 2014
Bill Eckler answered:
Many RE schools offer refresher or test preparation courses. These classes focus on typical areas of real estate law that are emphasized on the examination and are usually only a day or two in length. My recommendation is to study as much as possible and then take a refresher just prior to taking your license examination.

Best wishes,

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Mon Apr 14, 2014
Joan Congilose answered:
I agree that going back to basics creates the quickest return on our efforts. Talking to people, calling them, mailings and visiting them works best. Social media takes up a lot of time and our biggest hurdle to overcome is getting that audience to break away from their pc, i-phone and texting to actually commit to working with one agent and go out and look at homes. ... more
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Tue Mar 25, 2014
aeon.flux1 answered:
johnston creek crossing as long as its not a felony
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Sun Jan 5, 2014
Amanda Christiansen answered:
I am a fan of Trulia and most of what they do here. I paid a lot of money for leads over a six month span and really didn't get anything from it.

I have closed a few big deals this year from folks that found me on Trulia, so I can't complain. ... more
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Mon Sep 9, 2013
Stephanie Blackburn answered:
I work with several investors. What motivates them is numbers. Please give me a call or email so I can ask you some questions before I pass the information along to them. 704-759-6168.

Thank you!
Stephanie Blackburn
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Wed Aug 7, 2013
Mirna Pineda answered:
Looking in the Wilmore area, anyone have anything there they are planning to push out soon?
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Fri Jun 14, 2013
Debra (Debbie) Rose answered:
Congratulations April - glad it all worked out in the end!

I'm not surprised that it took a new buyer to come along to get it closed, but at least everything was out in the open......and everyone is happy in the end - especially you!

All the best!
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Thu May 30, 2013
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Daniel you do a Great Open House from the sounds of this. The Raffle idea and free CMA are a nice touch I will add them to my list.
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Wed Apr 17, 2013
Dorene Slavitz answered:
Hi Charlotte,
I usually recommend my clients look at Angie's List online. Angie's list has Trades people who have been recommended by consumers. There will be honest recommendations from consumers who have used the services. A vendor cannot "pay" to be on this list, so the referrals are better, more like a "consumer report" for the trades. ... more
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
dave answered:
There is not much good with part-time agents over full time agents. Before I got into the Real Estate business was in the auto industry selling cars and worked my way up to management. When I first broke into the auto business a wise man told me that for some people a vehicle is going to be the largest purchase they make in their life time. And the second largest purchase anyone else will make in their life time. Make sure you treat them with the respect they deserve and give them all the necessary information to make an educated descsion. You ewant them to come back to you and trust you forever.

Carrying that over into Real Estate; purchasing a home is the largest single purchase you will make in your lifetime. Whether it be in selling a home or buying a home or both. With so much at stake in the transaction why would you want to trust your tranasaction to a part time agent that cannot devote the time and energy to ensure you are getting the best representation when you need it.

I have come across transactions and deals where the other agent was part time and worked another job. Because of that the comuunication lines were non existent or very long gaps. She expalined that she had another job and this was part time for her and had to call when she got off of her other job. Needless to say, that client lost a buyer for their house in my client and when i fchecked on the house to see what it sold for; I found that it eventually expired after almost a year on the market.

Being in Real Estate and working for a client they deseerve our utmost attention and time and detail to their transaction. We are not doing our clients a justice by serving them as part time agents. They are hiring us to represent them in either a buying situatuion or a selling or both with their largest single purchase....don't they deserve the help of a ful time agent?

Dave diCecco
Coldwell Banker United
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Tue Apr 2, 2013
Primford Homes answered:
As a Registered Nurse who transitioned into Real Estate, I find that the hardest thing about being in this business is being able to do the deal with an agent who is not above board.

Integrity is something that is missing many times. We are professionals and should conduct ourselves as such especially with each other. Nontheless, I love this business and when faced with having to work with an agent who may have not have "taken their meds", I smile, keep positive and forge ahead.
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Thu Dec 27, 2012
Robin Faison answered:

You have gotten some good answers. All of the first time home buyer program have income limits. Some have limitations on where the house can be located. Others are limited by one's credit score. It is best to work with an experienced hard working mortgage banker or broker to find out all of the financial options available to a client.

Both the USDA or VA loans do not require a down payment- 100% financing. If the first time homebuyer purchases a HUD house and uses the preferred lender of Homesteps, then 3% or 3.5% of the buyer's closing costs are paid for. If a buyer chooses a new home, then almost all of the production builders in Charlotte will pay for some if not all of the buyer's closing costs.

In addition, if the buyer is a policeman, nurse, firefighter, medic, then there are specific loan programs available to them. If the buyer is employed by a large bank, then there are buyer incentives for getting a loan with that bank. The only challenge is finding the dream house for the price and condition that the first time home buyer wants. Our housing inventory has been decreasing in the Charlotte area as buyers have realized what a great opportunity they have now.

Wishing you success,
Robin Faison, broker
Keller Williams Realty
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Wed Dec 5, 2012
Shawn Korby answered:
We have built our entire team and business off open houses and continue to have it be a large part of our business (roughly 25% for 2012).

A new technique we have used is what we call a Showcase Open (typically the 1st open on a property). We will mail out invites to 100+ neighbors, call roughly 500 neighbors, have coffee, cookies and a gift card drawing at the event. The last showcase open we did, we had 50+ groups come through and had 3 agents staff the open - it was great! ... more
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