Why good pricing is priceless

A person doesn’t have to search the Internet long before finding articles about bad real estate agents. The idea of real estate agents routinely underprice real estate for a quick sale is a popular one. And this bad pricing — it’s further proof that r…

Real estate agents: Is now the time to blog?

Writing a blog never really became the big thing we thought it would be for real estate agents a decade ago. There are a handful of real estate pros who have been blogging for a decade or more, and it has been working well enough that some of us have k…

What makes a remarkable real estate agent?

People expect a lot from people like me. I have a degree, but my job does not require a degree or any experience. All I need is a license that I can get after 90 hours of classes. On a day-to-day basis, the work isn’t about technology or what the porta…

Rate hike cuts both ways for the housing market

Nobu Hata is actively in the market to buy a home, and he knows interest rates are going up, but it is still “a little bit of gut check when it happens.” The Chicago resident dubs it a “personal hurdle” for some homebuyers. (Although Hata works for the National Association of Realtors, this is not the official company line.) …

Don’t forget about the whole house-selling thing

Last week as I was walking home from my downtown workspace, I stopped in front of the local antique shop. There was an antique mirror on the sidewalk in front that caught my eye. The store is a small family-owned business, and they always put some furn…

So you want to be a real estate agent

Since about 2009, the most popular articles on my decade-old real estate blog are the articles I have written each January about how to get a real estate license in Minnesota. In fact, I have become a kind of go-to person, and at least one real estate …

What I learned from buying my car

I just bought a car which probably makes me an expert on cars — or maybe not. I’m pretty sure I could go forth and teach the automotive world what they need to do to provide a better experience for car buyers everywhere. It all seems so simple from wh…

What’s the one low-tech, high-ROI tool you need now?

What is old is new again in real estate. And when real estate agents read about how this one thing worked for an agent somewhere this one time, and then everyone wants to try it …

What’s the one low-tech, high-ROI tool you need now?

What is old is new again in real estate. And when real estate agents read about how this one thing worked for an agent somewhere this one time, and then everyone wants to try it …

Paperless real estate — an epic fail

Then a couple of months ago, I became aware of the fact that each document that I send to agents at local real estate companies get printed by an office administrator. The contracts end up getting filed, but before that happens, managers review them …