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Help Clients Looking to Buy Out of State

Buying property from afar has become popular in recent years. Many were unable to travel due to COVID-19, and others hopped on the same train out of convenience. Organizing an out-of-state purchase can be challenging for both the client and the real estate agent. You need to find the perfect home in a bustling market, so both parties need a lot of patience. You will need to juggle multiple offers, short timelines, and also help someone far away purchase a home. Although you will have your work cut out for you, the experience can be rewarding and closing all the more […]

May 15th, 2022|

Finding The Right Broker

Every real estate agent must work under a sponsoring broker to maintain a Real Estate Salesperson License in NY. Finding the right broker for you is very important. You want to choose a broker that you are comfortable with and can mentor you. Do not base choosing a broker solely on the commission split. Obviously, that is an important factor but 100% of nothing sold is $0.00.  As a new agent, you are going to need training, mentoring, support, and a company that is willing to stand beside you and your goals.

You have a lot of choices. Do your homework. Interview with brokers. Different real estate […]

May 1st, 2022|

How to Find Your First Real Estate Client

So, you decided to become a real estate agent. You found the right office location and settled in, but you don’t know how to find your first real estate client. We won’t say that the hard part is over, and finding clients will be a piece of cake. On the contrary, we will tell you that your actual hard work begins just now. Now is the time to put all of your perseverance and dedication into being a successful agent. Without them, your chances of making it into this business are minimal. Therefore, prepare to spend many days researching, planning, organizing, […]

April 15th, 2022|

Continuing Education Requirements

In the last two years, so many changes have occurred in the New York real estate continuing education requirements. Most recently, on December 21st, Governor Kathy Hochul signed a series of new Fair Housing bills into law. Including additional required continuing education topics for the real estate salesperson and broker licensee.

What are the Current Continuing Education Requirements?

As of July 1, 2021, all licensees must successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education. It must include at least 2.5 hours of ethical business practices or NAR Code of Ethics.  At least 1 hour of recent legal matters and at least 3 hours pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the […]

April 1st, 2022|

Challenges Real Estate Agents Face Today

Aside from the costs of starting a career in real estate, prospective agents benefit from facing up to the biggest challenges real estate agents face today. Next to technological advances and online trends, even climate change is exerting some influence on the industry. Some of these problems typically affect real estate agents and brokerages equally. Some are unique to the solo work you will have to do. So, let’s take a closer look at the challenges and possible solutions.

  • Low inventory

The equation is straightforward: Without the goods, you don’t have income. And the real estate market today […]

March 15th, 2022|

Is a Career in Real Estate Right for You?

Eager to find a new occupation or a part-time job? A career in real estate might just be the solution to all of your problems. Many people in the US are interested in finding a job that can be financially rewarding, has flexible working hours, and lets you hone your social skills. Yet, keep in mind that becoming a real estate agent has its own set of challenges you should think about when considering the following burning question – is a career in real estate right for you? Read on to find out.

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February 15th, 2022|

Common Mistakes Real Estate Agents Make

Being a real estate agent can be a rewarding job. It isn’t easy to start, and it certainly isn’t easy
to become the best. However, knowing the most common mistakes real estate agents
make might help you get off to a solid start in your real estate career. Knowing these mistakes
from the beginning and learning how to avoid them will take you higher in your career and much
faster. So keep reading to find out how you can start on the right foot.

Expecting immediate success

Success doesn’t come that fast and that easily. Real estate is a growing profession that requires
time, patience, and dedication. And if you are just starting your career in […]

January 17th, 2022|

Agent’s Guide to Surviving the Winter

Winter is considered a slow season for many businesses. The real estate world is no different, as there seems to be significantly less work during the cold months. With holidays just around the corner, the clients’ focus seems to shift from buying and selling to spending more time with their loved ones. While that kind of mindset isn’t particularly working out in your favor as a real estate agent – at least not in a financial sense – you too could benefit from the decreased workload. To learn how, continue reading this real estate agent’s guide to surviving the winter.

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December 15th, 2021|

Agent’s Guide to Making a Great First Impression

First impressions are lasting impressions. If you’re a real estate agent, you know what we’re talking about. Since your success directly depends on your connection with prospective clients, you know the importance of first impressions. So, no matter if you’ve been in the business for years or you’re a newbie, every client is like a fresh start. That’s why you need to stand out from the competition and wow your clients from the first moment they see you. Unfortunately, you have only one chance to do this properly. Therefore, to prepare for your next meeting, read the following agent’s […]

December 6th, 2021|

Real Estate License in Multiple States

There are many reasons why you might find yourself tempted to expand your business to a different state. However, possibly different laws and the fear of starting from scratch can make this a daunting task. To help you along, we have decided to explain how to get a real estate license in multiple states.

Portability

Let us first discuss the states which, interestingly enough, do not require you to get a real estate license. Tied into this is the concept of ‘portability.’ Meaning the extent to which your current license will […]

November 28th, 2021|

Sell Your House For More Money

Making changes to your home can be a lot of fun. It’s enjoyable transforming an old room into one that’s modern and exciting. Besides being entertaining, home improvements can really help when it’s time to move. Not only can they entice buyers into making an offer, they can earn you more money. It’s the improvements that help sell your house for more money.

However, not every remodeling project helps you financially. Read on for some tips on picking the right project, including how to avoid some common home improvement scams.

Remodeling For Resale

If you are hoping to raise your home’s sale price, then there are some home improvements to avoid. As […]

November 20th, 2021|

The Ethical Agent Always Wins!

Ethics and fair housing are two of the most important issues will face in your real estate career. The Ethical Agent Always Wins! Although ethics, as a philosophical discipline, is a vast topic, in the simplest sense, ethical behavior can be thought of as nothing more than doing the right thing, behaving with integrity, treating people fairly, evaluating a situation and choosing the moral path, even if that path is not the easiest one to follow.

How would you characterize an ethical person?

  • You might answer “an ethical person would treat other people fairly and honestly. Regardless, of their background or ethnicity.”
  • You might think “an ethical person would be […]
November 12th, 2021|

Your Online Presence in Real Estate

Real estate is a career that has unlimited potential but your reputation and how you represent yourself online is your greatest asset as your starting out. A common misconception is that a new agent only needs licensing education in order to be successful. The truth is, there are strict limitations on what can and cannot be taught in a licensing course. Here are 5 easy ways to increase your online presence in real estate, especially for the newer agent.

It’s Your Reputation

Your reputation isn’t just built by word-of-mouth anymore — potential clients are often checking you out online before they even get in touch with you. They’ll look at your social […]

November 4th, 2021|

List Your Home in the Holiday Season?

We all know that typically the Real Estate market slows down during the winter months but that does not mean that everyone who wants to list their home vanishes into thin air. Should You List Your Home in the Holiday Season? They just need a little extra motivation and reason to list during the winter months. According to Realtor.com here’s a holiday shocker: Dec. 28 was actually one of the busiest days for real estate searches in the entire year, despite the fact that Dec. 24 was the single slowest. There are unique advantages to selling your home during the […]

October 28th, 2021|

The Impact of Remote Work on Real Estate

The mandatory stay-at-home measures brought about by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic last year forced employers to shut down their offices and send their employees to work from home. This situation had two results. Firstly, it demonstrated that remote work is possible for a considerable number of professions. Thus, anyone who possibly could work from home did so. And secondly, as a consequence, the real estate market practically halted. Of course, it is not only the commercial aspect of the real estate industry that has suffered a blow. It was also residential since viewings stopped and deal closings were delayed. However, this was […]

October 20th, 2021|

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