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Agent2Agent in Saint Petersburg : Real Estate Advice

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Sat Oct 8, 2016
Scott Godzyk answered:
I would give them the referral. You would not have had the listing or business without it. If you are dead set against it, then perhaps call and negotiate a lower fee. But giving nothing is not right ... more
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Tue May 24, 2016
Stacy Nichols answered:
I passed my Florida Real Estate Exam on my first try! Thanks to This was my second school I took the course with which I barely passed the course exam. I couldn't pass the state exam so I was forced to enroll with another school for a good review. I took the free demo from narrated online course. I think the schools exam prep course was the main reason why I passed my state exam on my first try. It was packed with thousands of exam questions and mocked exams. The instructor support was amazing they were available 24/7 which I called all throughout the weekend and they walked me step by step with every math question I had a question regarding. This school was amazing! I have my Florida Real Estate License! ... more
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Thu Oct 9, 2014
Caroline York answered:
Photos of our property listings are just one of our selling tools. When I see amateur photographs of any property I know that the agent is not committed to selling the property but rather they are only committed to "taking the listing." To me there is no connection between the two. Buyers today begin their search on the Internet. Photos are the first introduction to the house. I pay for professional photos of every property I list. No matter the list price. When I sign a listing agreement it is exactly that. The sellers and I agree to do the best we can to prepare, market and sell the property. Photos must be perfect. ... more
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Thu Sep 11, 2014
Caroline York answered:
Yes and Yes. I started my business by advertising on Zillow and TruliaPro.. These two websites got me so busy I stopped advertising in six months. The important thing is not where you advertise but what you do after you get the leads. Make sure you call them immediately. Follow up and follow thru. Your actions will determine if your ads pay for themselves.

Much success.
Caroline Mortell, Broker
Caroline York Real Estate Co.
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Wed Aug 20, 2014
Annette Lawrence answered:
Nina, welcome to the most incredible and dynamic industry on the planet. Your limits are only defined by the cage you create. As you are aware, the failure rate of newbie agents is CRIMINAL! There is a reason for that. I believe that reason is because newbies accept such horrible advise given by well intentioned people.

As a REATLOR you are a small business owner. Any small business owner would have completed sufficient due diligence to know what their business is. If retail, for instance, they know whether they are selling sneakers, bagels or running a doggie day care. They know what brands and products and services they will offer. They know the cost of acquiring and what they must sell for to create a profit. The know who their customer is and how much they will pay. They know what their costumer will value. For instance a sneaker store my identify providing FREE sneakers to Medicare recipients with diabetes is their business.

What have you done to identify or define your business?
You will find yourself RELEGATED to the default of any broker with whom you chat. If you don't know where you are going, how can they help you get there? So everyone gets treated the same. And 90% won't see their 2nd year anniversary.

You need to read my blogs titled "7 Things I wIsh I know before getting into real estate." First one is dated Feb 10, 2014. Do the home work. Then, when you interview the brokers you know the only question you need to ask and how to identify if they can help your business thrive.

The only issues for which you should be concerned is "Who is doing real business?" and "Who will get me engaged in transactions the quickest?" The rest of the stuff you can sort out when you have a REAL business and have celebrated your 2nd year.

Or just go with the brokerage who welcomes newbies and plans to plant you in a train'n room.
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Sat Mar 16, 2013
Jackie Williams answered:
Hello Agnes,
I sold over 150 units in that development. I was the listing agent for the developer. Please let me know if I can be of assistance.

My cell number is 727 512 0458



Jackie Williams
Market Insights Realty, LLC
727 512 0458
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Thu Dec 22, 2011
Marie Souza Team answered:
Pure referral & they want to buy in January, which is less than 10 days away. Come on. Either this guys to big for his own britches, or is going on vacation. Either way, move on to someone who is a true professional. ... more
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Sun Oct 24, 2010
Tammy Hayes answered:
I usually write a referral contract for one year. But I am willing to work with other agents any time. I personally would have paid the referral fee too.
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Thu Feb 12, 2009
Brad Larson answered:
Hi Alex, I just joined yesterday and saw your question and I thought I'd respond with some real estate information from my market in Fort Myers and Naples.

Homes in Southwest Florida are definitely moving off the market. Many people are seeing a great buying opportunity with such low prices and are making their move to purchase real estate now that the median house price in the Fort Myers area has dipped to $98,000 and the median house price in the Naples area is down to $195,000.

According to the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR), home sales in Naples have increased incredibly from 2007. In September they were up 50%, 65% in October, 70% in November, and most recently 158% in December over the same periods in 2007! That is definitely an upward trend.

But Naples is not the only area seeing this increase in sales. According to the REALTOR Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, November had an increase in sales by 64% over November of 2007 and December saw a whopping 181.7% increase over December of 2007. The sale of 1,034 properties in December surpassed the number of December sales in 2004 and 2006.

At family-owned Larson Educational Services, you can complete the education necessary to obtain your Florida Real Estate License in as little as 8 days, as well as your Florida Mortgage Broker License in just 3 days. The entire process to obtain your license takes approximately 30 days.

Hope this gives you some insight into what is happening in our market right now.

Brad Larson
Larson Educational Services
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