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21 Things Realtors Need to Keep in Their Cars at All Times

As a realtor you do so much more than sell homes. You wear more hats than you see at the Derby races. Unfortunately, that's just what comes along with the territory, but, fortunately, that can be what makes being a realtor so much fun, too! If you're a veteran realtor, chances are you already have a trunk full of odds and ends, but if you're a new realtor, here is a list we've compiled for you to help you be prepared for whatever hat you have to wear that day.

Here's what to carry in your car at all times:

1. A heavy duty flashlight. 

This one is a double dipper. Not only does it come in handy for listings that weren't maintained (no light sources), but it can also double as a

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What To Do When You Want to Buy a House But Have No Savings for a Down Payment

It's time to get creative. When all else fails, you have to think outside the box a little bit, and that's exactly what we're seeing people do. Millennials are turning to some nonconventional ways in order to get that down payment.

Crowdfunding. Recent research shows that many couples are now asking their wedding guests to contribute to their "down payment fund" instead of a traditional registration. Why? Many of those getting married have tens of thousands of dollars in student loans and have trouble saving enough money to put down for a home. Another reason is they likely already live with their partner, meaning they don't have as much of a need for the normal

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6 Signs It's Over: when to know it's time to buy a new home

So you bought a home and you're attached. You know where most things belong, you know how to get to and from your home effortlessly, your friends and family know where you live, you've gotten comfortable. 10 years in a home is a long time, but according to NAR that's about the time most people decide it's time to part ways.

Here's how to know if it's time for you to move: 

1. You're ready to profit and the market is right. 

When prices of homes are increasing in your area or there is low inventory,  there are more buyers than sellers (homes are selling quickly), or you notice an uptick in activity from real estate companies in your area, the time to sell might be right. If you are

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How to Buy a Home

If you're thinking about buying a home, you'll want to carefully choose the real estate professional you work with during the process.

You should commit yourself to working with one sales associate who can learn your likes and dislikes in homes to make your home-buying process easier. Choose a professional who specializes in residential real estate and who has specific knowledge of the local real estate and mortgage markets. 

The person you choose should listen to you and be interested enough in you to find our about your housing needs and preferences. Service first should be the motto of the professional you choose with services going above and beyond what you expect and need. Doing some preliminary planning before you

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The Secret to Being a Successful Realtor While Being a Full Time Mother: Part II

Part II of this mini series is an interview with another one of our Rockstar Agents who just so happens to be a full time mother on top of that. Angie Spigner is head of our Orlando area. She not only works her own real estate business, but manages a team of 7 agents too. While there might not be a secret potion you can drink and know exactly what to do when juggling motherhood and a job, Angie speaks to what her routine looks like and encourages you to take action as well. 

Q: How do you balance being a busy mother and a busy professional? 

A: Very carefully! You really have to be on a schedule, but willing to fluctuate, very organized, and be able to function

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Being a Successful Realtor and Full-Time Mother

We've talked about how real estate can be a rewarding career path, in part, because you get to "pick your own hours". We've also talked about how in order to be a successful real estate agent, you need to put in the work and treat it as if it were an 8-5 job. Sure, working from home is great, but what do you do if you have children? How do you juggle building a real estate business and caring for your family? We're going to take a look into how one of our most successful agents, who also happens to be a full-time mother, handles her business. 

Interview with Katherine Paquette:

Q: How do you balance being a busy mother and a busy professional?

K: No one has a crystal ball to tell you how busy

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Tips on Writing Listing Descriptions 

We know the importance of having great photos when it comes to selling a home, but do you ever think about the importance of the descriptions, too? Sure, the pictures are what gets them to click, but the description is a powerful tool to get them to put that home on their list of "must-sees". Here are a few tips on what to do to get your potential clients to want to get in the car and look at your listing. 

1. Don't be repetitive.

You are only allowed so much space on the MLS for your descriptions, so it's important to make the most of it. Do not repeat facts that can be found in the property details section. For example, there is no need to reiterate the fact that the home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

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Open Houses for July 19-22, 2018

1919 SW 27th St, Cape Coral 

Thursday, 1-4pm Wood Casimir

Friday 3-5 Allen Steinhart 

 

2823 SW 46th Ter, Cape Coral 

Saturday, 11am-2pm Katherine Paquette

Sunday, 11am-2pm Katherine Paquette 

 

5019 Chiquita Blvd S, Cape Coral 

Saturday, 10am-1pm Allen Steinhart 

 

2017 Sourwood Blvd, Dunedin

Thursday 4pm-7pm Samantha Mothner

 

942 Sunset Ter, Stuart

Sunday 1pm-4pm

 

Come see us at any one of our open houses! Check out our Facebook page to see more details about each home! 

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Should You Be A Realtor: What are the Benefits?

More than 44 million people have a side hustle according to Bankrate.  The "Side Hustle" trend has become a huge part of life within the millennial group, especially, in order to save money for big moves like launching a business of their own or for a downpayment on a home. Whatever the case may be, these numbers tell us something. People are willing to hustle.  However, not all "side hustles" can provide the kind of return most are looking for, but real estate can. In fact, real estate is so customizable, that it often becomes a full time career, which is what we strive for with our agents. 

Here is why many people get into real estate, and why you should consider this your next career move. 

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