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How To Find A Real Estate Agent

Most real estate agents stay in business because satisfied clients refer them to friends, family, neighbors and coworkers. Ask the people around you who they have used and ask them to describe their experiences with this real estate agent. Successful agents make customer satisfaction their number one priority and put their customers' needs before their own. Try to find an agent who goes above and beyond her responsibilities. She'll be the agent whose praises your friends sing loudest. Search Online for Agent Listings There are plenty of websites that will refer agents to you but that is no assurance of quality. The agents they refer are those who have paid the website owners a fee to be listed in their directory. A better bet is to Google the top real estate companies in your area, go to those websites and look up profiles of individual agents at offices near you. Agents who are experienced will tell you in plain view on their websites, but newer agents might have more time to spend with you. Look for customer reviews. . Attend Open Houses By going to open houses, you can meet real estate agents in a non-threatening working environment and interact with them. Collect business cards and make notes on them. If you're thinking about selling your home, pay attention to how the agent is showing the home. Is she polite and informative; appear knowledgeable? Does she hand out professional-looking promotional material about the home? Is she trying to sell features of the home? Or is she sitting in a corner reading a book, ignoring you? Track Neighborhood Signs Pay attention to the listing signs in your neighborhood. Make note of the day they go up and when the sign disappears. Don't wait for a sold sign because not all agents will post a sold sign. The agent who sells listings the fastest might be better for you than the agent with the largest number of "for sale" signs. Results speak volumes. Get Recommendations from Professionals Ask other real estate agents for referrals. Agents are happy to refer buyers and sellers to associates, especially if the service you need is not a specialty of the agent who is referring you. Some agents specialize in residential resales while others work exclusively with new home builders. Other agents sell only commercial or investment property. Mortgage brokers are also a resource for agent referrals as many brokers have first-hand knowledge of exceptional agents. Professionals tend to refer other professionals like themselves. SnApp Builds 1,000 Mobile Apps in a Day for Real Estate Agents Realtors enter the mobile revolution with this new mobile app. Looks like a real winner: SnApp, a developer of mobile applications for real estate agents, is tearing it up these days. In one spectacular feat, SnApp successfully built 1,000 mobile apps in one … In one spectacular feat, SnApp successfully built 1,000 mobile apps in one day using its mobile development platform. “SnApp has built a platform that enables mass-development, deployment and update automation, and a host of other features,” according to a statement shared with MMW. “Small to medium sized businesses sign up to have their app created, and then pay for any number of customizations. There is a setup and monthly fee based on the type of app and features utilized. SnApp also develops fully custom apps from the ground up, starting at the MVP stage up to enterprise level solutions.” SnApp has recently begun signing up resellers, in the form of other real estate technology startups, as well as some well known brands, who license the SnApp mobile app development platform, and sell it to their customers. “The company recently picked up a major reseller in the real estate technology sector, who needed 1,000 mobile apps built for its customers,” according to the statement. “The list was imported into the platform, including all of the information necessary for MLS integration, agent’s information, and all details required to make their apps function. The platform has built the apps flawlessly in iPhone and Android format, and is currently being deployed for download.” Continue reading this article from Mobile Marketing Watch

When to Believe Real Estate Agents

Who Say You're Getting a Great Deal

Fact-checking real estate listings shows how hard it can be to trust what brokers say. Real estate agents are known for employing euphemisms to make an outdated house seem charming, or a cramped apartment feel cozy. Here are some other buzzwords: “bargain,” “under-valued,” and “deal.” In nearly half the largest 100 U.S. metros, those phrases probably mean absolutely nothing. So says fresh research from Trulia, which compares the listing prices for homes marketed as good deals to the prices for homes of similar size, age, and location. In San Francisco, Atlanta, and 43 other metropolitan areas, homes listed as good values weren’t any cheaper, on average, than similar homes whose listings didn't promise a deal. In some cities, you may have more luck taking bargain-shilling brokers at their word. Homes advertised as bargains in Dayton, Ohio, were, on average, 20 percent cheaper than homes in the same zip code after controlling for the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, square footage, and lot size. There are some limits on what the Trulia study can tell us. The research describes the average discount across metropolitan areas, and it doesn’t gauge such factors as the quality of amenities or location within a zip code. A bargain, on some level, is in the eye of the beholder.
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