Ma & Pop as Housemates?! It used be shameful to move back in with the parental units as an adult. But with unemployment sky high & cost of living rocketing, 3 out of 10 Gen X/Gen Y/Millenials are living back home. Don't be ashamed! Embrace it! Here's why:
As host for Real Estate Web Series on eHow.com, I answer a question we got from a viewer: What are the disadvantages to apartments? Let me know if I missed any!
It seems everyone is on some "real estate team" now. Some are effective, meaning there is clear division of labor and works like well oiled machine. But more often than not, I find teams to be just disorganized. I have to communicate the same conversation 5 times to 5 different people. Many are inexperienced new agents who need to join a team to do any business. Too many hands in the pot leads to no accountability. But then again, if I were them and I had to split my earnings 5 ways, I probably wouldn't be very motivated either...I'm just sayin'!
If you're buying a condo/HOA, watch this! I re-discovered this hilarious clip from one of my favorite series, Tracey Takes On. The multi-faceted (and multi-faced) Tracey Ullman stars as Fern Rosenthal, who runs for presidency of her retirement condo community. Skit starts at 2:09, and bleeds into the this clip.
I am shocked how agents dress! I can not tell you how many times I've walked into an open house and have seen agents in sweats, halter tops or flip-flops. You don't have to wear a 3 piece suit, but you want people to know you are hockin' homes...not hockin' hooters!
eHow asked me to do a video about this very tragical dilemma facing our industry. Watch!
Wealth Magazine allots me a beautiful full 2 page spread in their Winter 2012 issue. Check out my exclusive web video "Condo Investing Tips" for this esteemed publication dedicated to "financial intelligence for life".
What, no "location location location" joke? Great job guys!
With winter slowly melting away, eHow asked me to do a quick vlog for sellers who are prepping their homes for the traditional high season in real estate: Spring & Summer! De-clutter, de-personalize, stage & match your decor with your house style. Good luck!
Last week I dropped in on a friend who closed escrow over a year ago. It was a fabulous property & I couldn't wait to see how she decorated it. I walked in...and it looked the same. Whomp, Whomp! I said, "Girl, what happened to all those design plans you fantasized about!? Didn't you TIVO like 800 hours of ColorSplash!?" She had no time, no money & no idea where to start. What a shame! But I see this all the time. Folks spend thousands a month on house payments but don't do a darn thing to make it nice.
So, eHow asked me to share some quick tips on how to find a designer to help you dress up the biggest purchase of your life! And it won't cost you an arm & a leg either.
Check out my cousins handcrafted custom made shirt company Shirtlisted. Yes, that's me in the video. (...and of course the screen shot youtube uses is a crotch shot! D'oh!) Great job cuz! I love my 2 shirts. Always get complimented at open houses when I wear them.
According to the National Association of Realtor's latest info from Oct 2011, there are 1,024,669 Realtors in the United States. Seems like a substantial number but let's not kid ourselves folks! A lot of these peeps are part timers. And many of these are older agents trying to catch up to real estate in 2012. (Average age of a realtor is 56, while the average home buyer is 31.) It's often quoted amongst us real estate professionals that 80% of the business is done by 20% of the agents. If you happen to be that 20%, then good for you. You may skip this video!
But if you are just eking out a living in real estate, you wanna promote yourself differently in 2012. Ditch those cheesy calendars & tacky magnets. I've never heard of a seller who decided to list their house with an agent because they found her name on a Safeway shopping cart (aka "cartvertising"...yes, it's a real thing!). Watch my new video for eHow for some promotion suggestions. It's a new year, try something new!
Stop moonlighting at other jobs to make ends meet. Commit to going full force hocking homes! I know you can do it! Have a prosperous exciting 2012!
If I had a penny for each time I got asked this question, I could buy a foreclosure all cash! LOL. For (m)any homeowners, it's the million dollar question (so to speak): What's my house worth?
In fact, I was on an HGTV show with Celebrity Apprentice winner Kendra Todd called called My House is Worth What, whose premise was we'd go assess how much value a homeowner's recent renovations was added to the property. Back in the hey-day, you could buy a busted up shack and it'd appreciate 20%! Then the market tanked. With property values plummeting, ummm, that show wasn't as happy anymore, so it went bye-bye.
Regardless, it is still important to find out the correct value of your house. Ignorance is NOT bliss! Watch my quick tips on eHow on How to Find What Your House Will Appraise For.
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While you're taking down your Halloween decorations, this might be a good time to give your home decor a facelift! Some of your homes might have got trashed and there is nothing wrong with asking for a little help (Ain't got no shame!). So, here are my tips on finding a designer from a video I did for ehow.com. From celebrity designers to designers on the cheap, check it out!
I've videoblogged about this before but STILL I walk into open homes and am flabbergasted by what the Realtor is wearing! One gal had on nothing more than 2 band-aids held together by some string, and mini-skirt so short it might as well have been a belt. Seriously, how do you politely ask "Are you hockin' homes or hockin' hooters!?" If clients can't tell whether the house or you is for sale, you're in big trouble.
Here is my new video for eHow.com on how real estate agents ought to dress. (However, if you are selling a house to Hugh Hefner, then go for the daisy dukes & halter tops. Know your clientele!)
Super excited to be hosting for megasite ehow.com! Logging over 46 million visitors each month, they are the 19th largest website in the world (per comScore July 2011). In fact, Rachel Ray just teamed up with ehow this summer too for her new video series. Hey, if it's good enough for Rachel Ray, it's good enough for me!
Learn how to fight an incorrect appraisal, how to dress to sell a home, how to decorate a teeny tiny apt , how to promote yourself as a realtor, and more!
You're in for a treat! I'm pleased to bring you a chat with my friend Ross Farrell...straight from his fabulous living room. You may recognize Ross from his many TV appearances on Style Network's Area, Beautiful Homes & Great Estates, Landscaper's Challenge & Designer's Challenge on HGTV. Find out all the places that Ross has lived that inspire his home decor, whether you need to go to school to be a designer and what his next big project is!
Check out his website for his paintings, home decor portfolio and his fashion line! This man does it all (well, except for one thing. But you'll have to watch our video to find out!)
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I caught this Agent Genius post entitled "Shocking British Mockumentary – comedy, art, or just plain offensive?" I think it is all the above. Love it! It's like the real estate version of "The Office."
This UK Brokerage produces videos starring their own agents. It's probably not for everyone (slightly NSFW at end) and the British humor is sure to be lost on some, but it is certainly memorable. I'm unclear whether this is going to procure more biz for them, but hey, it certainly makes a great reality show pitch!
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