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Why Did That Agent Send You a 1099?
Here’s Why Micro-Apartments May Be Coming to Your Neighborhood
The next big thing in apartment living may be very small – that is, micro. But for the real estate owners who develop them, the returns the may be huge. Buildings in some of the most expensive cities in America now offer units so small that ordinances had to be waived just to allow them. California is one of the states that might see waivers allowing for construction of micro living spaces.
Know Your NAR Benefits: Vision Insurance Now Available
Save on annual eye exams, frames, lenses, contact lenses, and more through the new REALTORS® Vision Insurance, offered through the REALTOR Benefits® Program. Designed exclusively for NAR members and their families, plans begin at $12.70 per month. Choose from two guarantee-issue group plans: a PPO or a non-PPO. REALTORS® Vision Insurance rounds out the platform of robust insurance and wellness products available through the REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace. Learn more at RealtorsInsuranceMarketplace.com/Vision or call a Marketplace benefits specialist at 877-267-3752. REALTORS® Vision Insurance and REALTORS® Insurance Marketplace are powered by SASid Inc. (Smart and Simple Insurance Development), a long-term and trusted NAR partner.
Source: Get to Know Your NAR Benefits (realtor.org)
House Flipping: Déjà vu All Over Again
House flipping is always hottest when home prices are nearing a peak. That is not the case right now nationally, and so flipping has remained pretty stable overall … with two very glaring exceptions. Las Vegas and Miami. But while these markets are hot, investors are making the most money in Los Angeles, according to Jeremy Brandt, CEO of We Buy Houses.
Put More Love Into Your Listing Ads
You may want to get more romantic with your property descriptions, but move past the word “love” to describe a home. Realtor.com® researchers analyzed various terms of endearment used in listing descriptions, and found that listings using the word “romance” had a median asking price of $820,000; “seductive” homes were listed for a median of $640,000; and “sexy” properties had a $620,000 median price tag.
3 Properties Where Open Houses Work
Agents often think of open houses as a waste of time because they don’t always attract serious buyers. But if you use it to showcase the lifestyle a home offers, it could do the trick. Here are three instances where open houses closed the deal.
Remind Clients to Check CO Detectors
Now is a great time to put a reminder in your client mailings and social media correspondence that it’s important to check their carbon monoxide detectors. CO gases result from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil, and kerosene. It is odorless and colorless, which means homeowners wouldn’t know its presence unless they had a detector to alert them to when levels get dangerous inside their home.
Campaign Urges Consumers: ‘Get Realtor®’
The National Association of REALTORS® launched a new advertising campaign that wants consumers saying: “Get Realtor®.” The Get Realtor® campaign demonstrates how members of the National Assn. of REALTORS® can help buyers, sellers and investors succeed. We want today’s consumers to understand that having a REALTOR® at their side is their competitive advantage in the real estate transaction.
Why Non-Owners Are Afraid to Buy
Almost half of renters surveyed by Bankrate.com say they haven’t purchased a home yet because they believe their credit isn’t good enough to qualify for a mortgage or they can’t afford a down payment.
“A lot of people make assumptions that they can’t afford to buy based on just some perceptions, and many have not taken the step to figure out how mortgage-ready they are,” says Marietta Rodriguez, vice president of NeighborWorks America, a national home ownership programs.
7 Tips for Smart, Scalable Growth
The tale of the tortoise and the hare taught us that slow and steady wins the race. The same can go for real estate. Whether starting a new brokerage or growing your business, have a calculated plan helps you win.