Top Ten Suggestions for Selecting a Real Estate Agent

In order to find a real estate broker or agent who meets your needs and makes your buying or selling experience a positive one, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation recommends you:
DO NOT blindly walk into or call a neighborhood firm and ask for an agent at random.

Ask friends and family for recommendations.

Interview several real estate agents:

Find out their history with the brokerage, their experience and background.

Gauge their knowledge of your favorite towns.

Ask for a list of previous clients and their phone numbers.

Pay attention to whether a potential agent is listening closely to what you say.

Is he or she asking follow-up questions which prompt further explanation and help him or her understand exactly your needs and wants?

Give a potential agent the opportunity to educate you.

A good agent should walk a customer through the buying or selling process before ever showing properties or discussing a specific transaction.

Have a good idea of what you expect from an agent and communicate those expectations.

How often do you want to hear from your agent?

Do you want to hold meetings at your house rather than the real estate office?

Weigh the benefits of working with an experienced agent versus a novice.

An experienced agent may have more insight, but a new agent may have innovative ideas or more energy and time.

Find an agent who complements your personality.

If you like to start your day at 7:00 a.m., don’t choose an agent who arrives to the office at 10:00 a.m.

If your preferred method of communication is e-mail, don’t choose an agent whose most advanced technology is a fax machine.

Evaluate the agent’s firm and/or office.

Look for a real estate organization whose agents can empower you with real estate expertise and resources and provide first-rate customer service.

Look for an agent who will be your partner.

Find someone you trust, who will give you the facts, help you make intelligent, well-informed decisions and work with you throughout the entire process.

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Real Estate Marketing Flyers; 24/7 Marketing

A real estate marketing flyer box is a “24 hours a day agent”, and is standard equipment among high producing real estate agents.And what do you suppose you do with them? Stuff them with real estate marketing flyers, of course! And as you may know, real state marketing flyers are the bread and butter of the real estate indusrtry.A good, informative real estate marketing flyer has enough information on it to get the most desirable response; a phone call or email message to you. The rest, as the say, will be up to you.The flyer should at a minimum have your full name, address, and phone number(s), your photograph, a photograph or two of the listings, price, property description, and description of the location, neighborhood, and amenities.A good real estate marketing flyer will also be attractively designed, neat and devoid of clutter. It should also be done in clear and easy to read type fonts. Although color copies are relatively expensive these days it is still a good idea to have at least a splash of color.Perhaps your real estate marketing flyer can reflect the happenings in your community, such as a photograph of the local sports team, an attractive park in the area, or a scenic view. Let the flyer sell you and your listings for you!And as implied above, real estate marketing flyers are no longer restricted to placement inside homes. Additionally, you can place them outside homes and have them market your listings 24/7.Many real estate marketing flyer boxes come equipped with easy reach business card dispensers. Some all-weather-resistant construction boxes will hold over one hundred single sheet flyers in a upright fashion. No slouching, no bunching! The self-closing lid and ventilation system keeps the real estate marketing flyers just like new.So, if you’re not marketing via real estate marketing flyers, or if you are not marketing with outside flyer boxes you may want to consider stepping it up a notch or two. Afterall, the more successful agents are marketing 24/7! Are you?

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Understanding Why Home Improvement Estimates Vary

Fact is, there’s no constant thing in this world but change and with the advancement in technology these changes are rolling in faster than you anticipate. Whatever your lifestyle is, your home is a crucial part of it and when the need for change arise so does the need for home improvement.With the New York housing market always in a crunch, reselling and buying a new house is not just practical. When venturing into such projects, one of the key essentials to success is a well-detailed plan and this includes a good estimate. Whether you are in Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, or Staten Island; you will invariably get different home improvement estimates. And this article lays out the details to help you understand why home improvement estimates vary.Home improvement estimates are crucial in helping you prepare a sizable budget that will get you through the completion of whatever project you plan to undertake and even cover unexpected problems along the way. When getting details about this, a general rule of thumb to stick to is that too huge or little amount should raise the red flag. Wherever the case falls, you are being scammed. Either the contractor is taking advantage of you and overpricing or he is asking for too little because quality materials and services is not a guarantee.The great thing about asking for home improvement estimates today is the tight competition that has opened many delightful opportunities for homeowners to take advantage of. Now, you can get free, no-obligation remodeling project assessments from qualified contractors. And you have to understand that what you get will surely vary but if you understand what factors affect each estimate, then it will be easier for to discern which contractor evaluation will get you the best value for your remodeling money.1. Size and Scope of Remodeling ProjectHow huge will the remodeling project be and what will it take for it to be completed, labor and time-wise? It is important to establish a checklist of your needs and wants, arranged according to priority. The more detailed the specification you can give the contractor, the more accurate home improvement estimates you can expect.2. Materials to Be UsedWhat are the materials you plan to use and will the acquisition of such be included in the cost evaluation? Of course, there would be a great difference if you decide to choose getting a granite slab or painted concrete for your countertops. Aside from the difference in material prices, you also have to decide whether you would want the contractor to also handle the buying of these materials which will add to his labor fee or you want to do it yourself.3. CraftsmanshipThe contractor that you choose to work with you is among the keys that will bring you a leap closer to remodeling project success. It is just understandable that experienced, multi-skilled, and specialized contractors will be charging higher fees than newbies. This difference will greatly make the variations in home improvement estimates. But it is not really about the professional but the guarantee of quality that you will get, ensuring that you will get the best value for your money.

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