Honesty is Always Best

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There are a number of real estate agencies out there who have the mentality of “Sell Sell! Sell!” no matter what the circumstances are and do not stop until you make the sale. While this can be a respectable position to take and can definitely yield more cash in your pocket, there really is a code of ethics that any reputable agent should adhere to.

Integrity

valueWe here at Think Outside the Box Solutions hold our code of ethics and integrity to the highest degree and doing otherwise will only yield short term results.

Now that we have talked about going through a professional home inspector before any deals are made, I will give you an example of a recent sale that one of my agents was involved in. A couple had their eyes on a beautiful 3 bedroom condo and everything looked absolutely perfect from the outside and did not feel the need to have any further inspections other than their own before wanting to make an offer.

Now he could have avoided having an inspection done, but that is not what we stand for here and he would not go through with the sale before hiring a professional to take a look and can you guess what happened?

Yep, the insulation and work done below the roof of the house was a mess. There was rot and mold due to neglect in the past and the couple refused to purchase the home until the work was done by a professional roofing contractor. Properly installing asphalt or metal roofs is extremely important to the foundation of any home or building and greatly increases the value. Unfortunately there are a variety of shingles styles that were designed to appear like they are made from the highest quality of materials but in reality are cheap and are made just for aesthetics.

If you want to make sure your roof and property maintain their maximum value potential, storm and weather proofing is a great way to increase the lifespan, and value, of any home.

Don’t EVER try to deceive your clients. It will only hurt your image, and income, in the long run.

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Property Value

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In addition to taking the time to ensure that everything checks out with the actual home you are buying, it is important to also take a look at the land and property that it is on (if this applies of course). The value of the home or building is obviously the most important thing to look at and make sure is in order, but taking the time to have the land and property inspected and analyzed can help save you lots of money down the road.

Price VS Value

priceHaving an awesome property is also a great selling point for any agent as well. You can always tell when a homeowner took care of their lawn or land pretty much right off the start. When you own a home, hiring a reputable tree service company or contractor is always a huge selling point down the road if you decide you want to sell. You wouldn’t believe how much people really care about the land that their home is on and can be a make or break scenario is some more extreme cases.

It’s important to consider these things as well as everything else that we have talked about so far when you are trying to professionally determine the Price VS Value of your sale. The only way to get as close as possible to the right amount is to have everything inspected and looked at by a professional home or building inspector and make sure that you keep record of all of the paperwork.

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Home Inspections

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If you are like most other agents and/or home buyers and aren’t going through an auction sale, there are a few things that should always be done before making any final deals. After the many years of experience that I have behind me, it still amazes me how many people neglect to have a proper home or building inspection done by someone who is licensed and insured.

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Now this may or may not come as a shock to you, but not everyone is as honest and trustworthy as we would like to imagine and this is especially the case for those who are selling their home. Even if you don’t go through an auction and can fully inspect the house yourself, it is always important to have a professional home inspector do a full inspection and make sure everything is in working order.

If things don’t come back looking so good, make sure you hold the seller and their agent responsible.

You don’t want yourself calling construction companies like these to do any major repairs for your house right after you made the purchase right? This is where the home inspector comes in because the possibility that problems behind the walls or in the foundation are higher than you might like to think.

Again, this might seem obvious to a lot of you out there but you wouldn’t believe how many stories I have heard of people getting burned simply because they neglected to take the time and money to follow through.

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The Obvious

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Like we have mentioned before, there may be a few topic on here that we talk about that is completely obvious to a lot of you out there and might seem like a waste of time, but we offer courses and training for real estate agents of all levels and want to cover as many aspects of the whole market as possible.

selApplies to Everyone

So we learned a little bit about auctioning a house for both buyers and sellers and which cases this can be beneficial. It doesn’t work all the time and there is the potential of big risk involved if you decide to go this route, but there is something that benefits buyers and sellers in every single case.

It has been proven time and time again that the most powerful and effective way to actually get the full market value for any home is to always go through a fully licensed and professional real estate agent. This is because of many factors but the most important being a lot of what we are trying to cover on this page. We tend to know the tricks of the trade when it comes to both buying and selling homes in this competitive industry and have the most experience in knowing exactly what to look for, and how to advertise your homes.

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Auctioning

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In addition to always trying to use cash as much as possible, another quick way to get a home sold is by using an auction. There are a few things to keep in mind however, for both buyers and sellers.

Buyers. Know What You’re Getting

foreAuctions are very useful in the real estate world and is a great way to make a quick sale. There is some risk that is involved when you are using an auction if you are buying however. There is something that we call a “blind sale” which is becoming more and more popular in a world where foreclosures are becoming more prevalent. This is where you agree to purchase the house and it is yours but you do not get to go inside the house before you buy.

This may sound terrifying to a lot of you out there and for the most part, we tend to agree. However there has been a number of cases that I have worked with personally where blind sales have actually been huge investments that ended up paying big.

You generally have no idea who you are buying this house from and aside from your gut instinct and a little paperwork, you don’t have much to go off from. This is usually only done with agents who have years of experience in the market and know exactly where they are looking and what kind of ROI they should be receiving at the end of the day.

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Cash! Cash! Cash!

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I am going to go back and forth between things that are changing in the real estate industry today and things that have stayed relatively the same throughout the years so bear with us.

Digital marketing is one of the newer things that is slowly taking over the way agents look at the entire market and there is still a very large number out there who have not implemented its benefits in any way. That being said, there is still a lot of techniques and ideas to keep in mind that have been around for ages, but a number of people still lack to take them into any real
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There are going to be a few things that we talk about here at Think Outside the Box that may seem obvious to any experienced real estate agents out there but they are among the most important things to keep in mind.

Among many other qualities, clients who are paying in cash should be your number 1 target for a number of different reasons. The main one being that these sales are quick! When someone is paying in cash that eliminates the entire process of going through a loan and makes the deal, and your life for the day, a heck of a lot easier.

This idea has been around for years now and should not be news to any experienced realtor, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t consider the benefits of a quick sale.

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Modern Day & Age

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Digital Marketing

One of the biggest changes in pretty much any marketing business you see today is the implementation of technology and other digital sources into your strategies. An entire book could be written on the different digital marketing strategies that are used today by the most successful real estate agents in the country.

digJust like any other industry, you have to keep up with modern technology and resources in order to stay competitive. Do not be like the vast majority of real estate agents out there today and lag behind when it comes to utilizing digital marketing into your practice. If you aren’t staying up to day on the huge variety of tools and resources that are available to absolutely everyone out there, you simply will not be able to compete with the competition.

Targeting

The great thing about using some of the tools we talk about and offer with some of our premium service members is picking your targets. You wouldn’t believe how easy it is to find your target audience and start planning your marketing strategy around this specific audience. Something like this was simply not available just a couple of years ago.

A lot of the things we talk about both on here and in our premium service package are very new to all of us and a huge number of agents out there are completely unaware that these tools are available.

Don’t be one of those falling behind and make sure you are keeping up with the fast pace.

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Think Outside The Box!

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A lot has changed over the past few years in regards to real estate industry and the most effective ways to buy and sell homes. In today’s day and age, the vast majority of real estate agents offer and utilize only one method of selling houses which is the MLS (multiple listing service).

Go Above & Beyond

This has been the standard method for a long time now and it still does have it’s many perks of using and can be very effective. That being said, in today’s competitive market you need more than just 1 strategy to really stand out from the rest. This is where Think Outside The Box Solutions comes in because while we still implement MLS, we go further and use a number of different marketing strategies in order to sell and buy homes.

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Just like any other business out there today, the real estate market is getting more and more competitive and it takes a lot more than 1 easy method to be an effective and successful real estate agent. There are a lot of things to consider and there are a lot of things that has changed over the years.

Plan

It is important to take a step back every once in a while, look at the market as a whole, and have a plan of attack. It isn’t getting any easier to become successful in this industry and we are here to try and help you along the way.

 

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