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Dispelling 5 Myths About Real Estate To New Agents

Dispelling 5 Myths About Real Estate To New Agents

In the world of real estate, you find yourself running into a lot of armchair experts. With the endless facets of the internet, a little research makes a professional in the eyes of many adults. The same could be said of countless new real estate agents entering the field. Unsubstantiated expectations and assumptions about this career often make-or-break new agents. For this reason, we’ve lined up five myths about this career that we feel need immediate dispelling.

Get-Rich-Quick

A pitfall many new agents fall into is the belief that this line of work is the fast-track to riches galore. Not necessarily true. When you’re a professional of the real estate variety, you put the needs of your clients well-above your own. This means when preparing, and selling a home, often there are costs that you’ll have to pay out of pocket. Coming into the world of real estate with a small savings account and a get-rich-quick mentality can lead to a real-quick failure.

Flip Every House

Though reality television has given the impression that flipping houses like a madman is the secret to financial success—they’re wrong. True value and profit come from renting a home out to tenants for a long period of time. Holding on to a piece of property while tenants are literally working to pay-off your mortgage until the market is in the right place is probably the smartest move. More often than not those that sold a house over a decade or two ago experience severe “seller’s remorse.”

Being A Landlord Is A Full-Time Job

In the past having to collect rent, find and screen tenants, and handle maintenance was admittedly pretty demanding work. But with the wonderful innovations of the internet and software, most of these processes can be handled from the convenience of your home. This means people are now able to maintain the position of landlord across several homes, at either part or full-time.

Non-Traditional Work Schedule

Any job that you don’t clock in to typically requires as much from you as you’re able to give. Just because you walk, and talk like a real estate agent doesn’t mean you’re putting in the extra hours. Working a job that has something you could be doing towards it at all times can be daunting. Planning out specific times throughout your day devoted to sending emails, grinding towards making your first million dollars. Ironclad accountability and drive are the keys to success in finding the right groove of working non-traditional hours to build your business.

The Market Is Always Booming

The real estate market fluctuates, greatly. It’s operating both cyclically, and seasonally. When it’s good, it’s very good, and when it’s bad…you get the idea. Undeniably it will be slow in Q1 and Q3, and hot in Q2 and Q4. The biggest misconception about the real estate market is that anything can happen fast; it’s all slow. Things can feel amazing that’s happening quickly that is actually hurting you, and vice versa for when you feel like you’ve been on a losing streak. You might actually be on the upswing.

 

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4 Tips For Hosting A Successful Open House

4 Tips For Hosting A Successful Open House

You’ve made the home you’re about to sell look near-immaculate. You’ve catered to every nook and cranny of the property to make sure it’s in pristine viewing condition. But this isn’t enough. Neither is making a delicious spread of finger food. Several conditions need to be considered and met to walk away from your open house with a lengthy list of prospective buyers.

We’re not saying you need to beat a dead horse over details, but keep in mind people often get hung up in aesthetics. Aside from the obvious, there are several other steps to making this a fruitful endeavor on your behalf as the agent hosting the open house. Here are four useful tips we believe will elevate your open house hosting experience as a new agent.

Marketing!

As with any event in the current digital time we live in, marketing through several avenues is vital. In order to grab the attention of several prospective buyers, you need to list your open house on every major social media platform. Advertise through larger websites such as Zillow, and set up targeted ads on Facebook. The more spaces you fill with your listing that more opportunities people will remember to come. Diversify your listings on different media outlets with short videos, photos, and other related content.

Coordinating with other agents in the area could also prove useful. Teaming up for an “open house weekend” can also garner attention to your open house. Timing your event with another local gathering, business opening, or the like can also bring attention to your open house; there’s no shame in cross-promotion! Maybe you could partner with a local business even! Nothing can hurt to spread the word of the beautiful home you’re showing.

Don’t Go Alone

As previously mentioned, hailing the assistance of a fellow agent to offer safety in numbers during the showing can help immensely. Unfortunately, it’s worth mentioning the dangers that can befall you sitting alone in a house inviting in strangers. Aside from that, it also helps to have another set of hands on the job with you. Bringing in a trusted lender can also prove useful to further educate prospective buyers on lending options and help seal the deal on-the-spot.

Easy Contact Info Gathering

Going the old pencil and paper route can never steer you wrong. But with the technology available today, it serves to think of more inventive solutions to taking down contact info. Make it quick and easy for people to sign in to the open house. Having an iPad or tablet ready for people to enter their contact info into can expedite the process, and make you look more professional and tech savvy. The most obnoxious remorse comes from a bubbly conversation with a potential buyer that you can’t remember the name and email for after you forgot to write it down.

Invite The Neighbors In

Open houses have the tendency to draw in nosy neighbors who’ve been dying to set foot in a newly remodeled kitchen. It serves to cater somewhat to this crowd as they are potentially going to tell their friends about a nice home on their block. People tend to want to move their friends in to close proximity to themselves (but not too close.)

 

Holding a private showing an hour early of the actual one can create a sizable buzz in the local community. Those that come on “invite only” can feel like they hold special regard in their neighborhood, and will recommend it even further to friends and colleagues.

 

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Top 5 Breakfast Destinations In Snohomish County

Top 5 Breakfast Destinations In Snohomish County

Breakfast is essential whether it be a small plate in the morning, or a full dining experience with the family. Many favor breakfast restaurants for their filling portions, or innovative takes on classic dishes. Some claim it to be the cure to the headaches of a fun night out on the town. Others regard it as a sacred family tradition to cristen each Sunday with a hearty helping of breakfast foods.

 

Snohomish County is jam-packed with family-friendly destinations for all occasions, breakfast included. We’ve collected five of our highest regarded locations that satisfy all your breakfast needs. Brunch is also a popular topic among young and older folks these days, so we’ll include any great brunch options too! Who doesn’t love bottomless mimosas or a satisfying bloody Mary?

Maltby Cafe

The Maltby Cafe is an extremely well-reviewed breakfast destination located in Snohomish. This a classic eatery serving homestyle American fare, including popular cinnamon rolls. The cafe itself is housed in a school gym built in 1937! Maltby Cafe is a family-owned establishment known for its homemade country flavor, huge portions, and memorably efficient staff.

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill and Irish Pub

Shawn O’Donnell’s is a neighborhood Irish pub in Everett that makes you feel right at home. The pub offers ample space for families or large friend groups and caters to both breakfast and brunch. Customers remarked on the enjoyable Irish fair with an American spin on it. They also took note of the extremely short wait times for seating. Shawn O’Donnell’s pubs can be found in Everett, Seattle, and Fremont.

Jake’s Cafe on 2nd Street

Jake’s Cafe is a low-key establishment with a vintage flair that serves up American breakfast and lunch foods all day. Located on 2nd street in Snohomish, Jake’s is a staple for their cozy atmosphere and tasty offerings. Many customers noted the huge portion sizes, so bring your appetite to this welcoming cafe.

Rusty Pelican Cafe

Located in the beautiful scenic waterfront area of Edmonds is family owned establishment, Rusty Pelican Cafe. Opening in 2002, the Edmonds location of this chain of three (Seattle, and Mill Creek being the other locations) has been thriving. Although a bit more pricey, customers rave about this place offering some of the most well-made takes on their favorite breakfast dishes.

Saw Mill Cafe

Saw Mill Cafe is a quirky breakfast joint located in Mill Creek that boasts a 1940’s lodge-style decor. Customers mentioned this place getting busy, yet still being able to get a table quickly. It’s also a non-noisy environment to grab your favorite breakfast foods at night, as it’s served all day. Nearly every review makes note of the exceptional waitstaff, and their attentiveness to each customer.

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Use These 4 Tips To Make Your Small Kitchen Seem More Spacious

Use These 4 Tips To Make Your Small Kitchen Seem More Spacious

Whether you’re in the confines of apartment-land or moving to a smaller home, making the most of a small space is a recurring theme. Especially within the world of year-long leases, you’re hard-pressed to find a kitchen with much more than a single block of counter-space. Not to mention the rise of micro-studios that don’t have more than a kitchenette! We’ve gathered four tips we’ve found useful for navigating the trials of small spaces.

What Can Go On The Wall?

This is the best tool we’ve found for creating more space in a cozier kitchen. Taking the time to build a few shelves, racks, and hooks into the walls of your space will eliminate an immense amount of clutter from your limited drawer, and existing shelf space. Organization is a key component to this mentality. More organization of things in a small space equals significantly less physical and visual clutter.

What Can Just, Go?

Don’t overstuff your small room that requires space for regular movement! If you’re moving into an apartment, or from a larger home to a smaller one, think about everything that can go. Keeping a minimal, yet effective collection of cookware or even lavatory supplies will maximize space definitely. If it’s your personal kitchen, narrow it down to two of everything! Two of every silverware, plate, bowl, dish, so that you always have a clean one in rotation. Though it requires slightly more regular maintenance, minimizing the amount of stuff you’re trying to cram into a smaller space.

No Dishwasher? No Countertop? Customize!

A huge complaint from younger tenants in older buildings is the lack of a dishwasher. A lot of the time an older apartment building, or home won’t come equipped with even a pull-down sprayer on the kitchen sink. You can change this! Installing a pull-down sprayer with two different spray settings can make the chore of doing your dishes by hand much less of a woe. Just make sure to swap it back out before you move to not violate any rental agreements!

If you have space for something more drastic, there are several portable dishwashers that come in all sizes from countertop models to butcher-block-top styles that can double as counter space! These nifty things need not much more than a sink and an outlet to plug into to get your dishes squeaky clean.

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4 Best Landscaping And Construction Companies In Snohomish County

4 Best Landscaping And Construction Companies In Snohomish County

Taking pride in the exterior of your home, as well as the inside, is in the mind of any new home-owner. Most choose to go the DIY route when creating a lovely garden, driveway, pathway, pool, or even pagoda. Finding the right feng shui of the space available around your home is a task that can be stressful.

But there are numerous companies at-hand that can readily help; you can also help improve a companies service and support quality by taking a customer survey in just a few minutes. The idea can still be yours, but having a skilled pair of hands at your disposal can make the task that much easier to execute. Here are four companies we believe can make the exterior of your home into the eden you’ve always imagined. Or can simply offer reliable, and affordable repair.

Salazar’s All Seasons Landscaping

Operating out of Skagit, and Snohomish Counties, Salazar’s All Seasons Landscaping LLC is a great one-stop shop. The Mount Vernon-based company offers a myriad of services to maintain, renew, or develop your home. Everything from excavation work to water features, to landscaping is covered by these guys. Some of their other services include patios, irrigation systems, sod installation, retaining walls, snow removal, and lawn maintenance.

Sunny Seattle Construction

The people at Sunny Seattle Construction have been serving North King and Snohomish Counties since 2004. Known for free-estimates, and fair-pricing, Sunny Seattle comes very well-reviewed on HomeAdvisor. These folks have a combined 50 years of experience in both commercial and residential creative landscaping solutions and maintenance. Several of their reviews mention how quickly the work reached completion. As well as mentioning the quickness to come back and finish anything that may have been missed.

Parkview Landscaping

This is a landscaping company that is well-backed by positive reviews, and a positive back-story. Parkview Landscaping was started by a UW graduate, who used to save money for college and trips via yardwork. The owner, Benjamin, personally is involved with each project and is applauded for being honest, and patient. Parkview Landscaping offers services largely in yard maintenance, such as weeding, sprinkler repair, clean-up, sod installation or seeding, and drainage solutions.

Sparky Bark & Landscaping

Based out of Mill Creek, Sparky Bark is a clear choice for regular lawn maintenance. Known for quality, friendliness, and experience in completing jobs. This company was founded in 2009 and grew from a grassroots state and flourished. Originally installing beauty bark out of a rented Penske truck, Sparky Bark & Landscaping has risen to a position of high laudability in the Washington landscaping industry.

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  • Lake Stevens
  • Everett
  • Marysville
  • Snohomish
  • Arlington
  • Hat Island
  • Monroe
  • Bothell
  • Granite Falls
  • Lynnwood
  • Stanwood
  • Mill Creek
  • Alderwood
  • Edmonds
  • Canyon Park
  • Mukilteo
  • Gold Bar
  • Darrington
  • Silver Lake
  • Sultan

 

Real Estate Solutions Group aka RESG is Washington’s most innovative real estate team. Serving the greater Seattle Metro for luxury homes, residential home buyers, home sellers, real estate investors, new construction, land, and land development.