3 Tips to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

There is a lot more to being a real estate agent than getting your license. When you first start out in real estate there are some things you need to know and do:ID-100227998

Find a broker. Your broker selection is critical because they are the one will help you on your path to success. Take the time to interview a few brokers to find out what they offer in compensation, training and leadership. You want a knowledgeable broker who can help you reach your professional goals, where you can learn and gain experience.

Search out opportunities to learn. Regardless if you’re new to real estate or an expert, there are times things won’t go your way. Friends and family might not want to work with you or you won’t get that awesome lead you wanted. These are just setbacks and are opportunities to learn what areas of your business need to re-vamped.

Spread the word. Networking is key to growing your business. Send out a simple handwritten message to your family and friends letting them know you’ve become an agent and would love to earn their business, either now or in the future. Let everyone know and start building your network and your credibility.

Learn more about what you need to know about becoming a real estate agent at Inman.com.

Connect with Clients Through Social Media

Meeting new people in real estate is part of the job. Another part of the job is connecting with clients and keeping those relationships long after you’ve closed on a house. One way to keep those connections, promote yourself, and gain new clients is through social media. However, building and nurturing those relationships through social networks is not always easy.

So, how do you relate with clients online and engage with them?

First of all, foster relationships and a great way to stay in touch with clients is through newsletters and blogs. Let them know what you are up to and more importantly, let them know you are always available to answer their questions or help them where you can.

Be authentic and think of social media as a way to collaborate with others, not push yourself on to them. Please know if you are being fake with them so take the time to let people get to know you on social media. By building their trust you can better assist your clients with finding their dream home.

For more about connecting with clients through social media, Entrepreneur has a great article.

Tell us your thoughts. How do you stay in touch with past and current clients?

Utah the Happiest State?

In a recent study released by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, measured which states are the happiest. So, did Utah make the list? In the rankings for the U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest reported happiness, one of the places might surprise you. Provo, Utah made the list as one of the happiest metropolitan areas. See the whole list below and be sure to read the full study here.

If you are looking to make the move to Utah, check out this great cost-of-living calculator.

According to the Forbes list, Utah is #8 for best places for business and careers. With the unemployment rate, as of December 2014, at 3.6% (compared to the national unemployment rate of 5.7%) it might come as no surprise that Utah is #30 in job growth.

U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest reported happiness:

  1. Charlottesville, VA
  2. Rochester, MN
  3. Lafayette, LA
  4. Naples, FL
  5. Baton Rouge, LA
  6. Flagstaff, AZ
  7. Shreveport, LA
  8. Houma, LA
  9. Corpus Christi, TX
  10. Provo, UT

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Around Utah

Do you love DIY projects? With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, why not make some festive soap? Here is a fun soap recipe for those who are feeling ambitious.

Not really into crafts? No problem. There are a lot of great events taking place around Ogden to check out. On Saturday, March 14th, various 5k Runs will be going on around Utah. Learn more and sign up, here.

If you are heading to Salt Lake, the Young Dubliners will be performing, Friday, March 13th at 8 pm. Tickets are: $23 online or $25 at the door. Listen to their song, I’ll Tell Me Ma, and get your tickets today!

Or, if you are headed in the opposite direction, Celtic Night will be performing in Logan, March 13 and 14th! Celtic Night combines their gift of weaving songs and dance together that will leave you wanting more. Grab your friends and enjoy a night of fun. For more information go here.

Luxury Home Buying 101

Are you looking for a luxury home?

Did you know many high-end properties are not listed on MLS or other home buying search engines? So, how do you go about finding the luxury home of your dreams? Hiring a qualified agent who has a working knowledge of the luxury home market is the best option you have. In some cases, agents have inside information about a listing before it is even placed on the open market.

Applying for a loan to buy a luxury home usually takes longer than a regular loan, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time. For further guidance on moving forward, speak with a mortgage lender about what type of loan is best for you, your purchase range, if you even qualify, and much more. Most real estate agents recommend you have financial approval early on to avoid any surprises when you go to make an offer.

Be clear on what you are looking for and do your due diligence. Just like with other properties, it is important to take time to properly inspect the luxury home prior to purchase. This can take a little more time as specialized home inspectors may be required.

There are a lot of wonderful agents at RE/MAX Metro ready to answer your questions and help you find your next luxury home.

Now is the Time to Buy for Millennials

In a recent article by Builder.com, economists are predicting 2015 will be a leading year for the growth in the housing market. Millennials have started to make the move into the role of homeowners.

So where are they buying the houses? The answer might surprise you. Utah.

With Utah’s strong economy and affordable housing market, more people are finding they can afford to buy their first home. In Ogden and Clearfield, between 2011-2013, an estimated 39.8 percent of new homes were sold to buyers between the ages of 25 and 34.

Home buying can be an intimidating experience, especially for first time home buyers. Know what you are getting yourself into, how much you can afford, and determine what you actually want by taking time to ask yourself these questions.

If you are ready to make the move towards becoming a homeowner, give us a call today! We are more than happy to answer any of your questions and assist you through the home buying process.

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Agent

Selling or buying a home can add some extra stress in your life, so why not hire a real estate agent to help you navigate the process? There are a lot of benefits with working with a qualified agent. They are equipped to answer all your questions, be your buffer and help negotiate the price, and will be there to show your home to potential home buyers. In addition, real estate agents have access to a Multiple Listings Service (MLS) which allows them to view homes that were just listed.

Real estate agents also have a great professional network of contractors, inspectors, landscapers, and other agents to assist with getting your home in sellable shape. If you are a person who enjoys buying fixer uppers, your agent can help you find qualified and reliable professionals to repair your home.

Did you know, in Utah, agents are required to take 120 hours of approved real estate classes along with a state exam? Before hiring an agent, here are 4 questions to ask them:

References. Request list of the homes they’ve listed and sold in the past year, along with contact information (references). You can call a few of the contacts and get a sense of what their experience was like.

Environment. Ask the agent if they work solo or part of a team. If they work with a team, find out what aspects of the job do they handle. If they work solo, what is their current workload like?

Strategy. Find out how the agent is planning on marketing your home. Will they be holding open houses? How many often are they planning on having them and how many do they plan on having?

Communication. Find out how accessible your agent will be because most likely you’ll have questions and concerns throughout the process. What hours does the agent work and can you call them outside the office? Will the agent be contacting you through email or by phone?

For a full list of questions to ask your agent, check out this website.