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Top 10 Closing Gifts for Your Clients During Hurricane Season
Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th every year, and each year many people are unprepared when a storm heads their way. If you're tired of buying the same old closing gift or still searching for a gift that really resonates with your buyers and sellers, consider some of these closing gift ideas. They're not just perfect for new homeowners; they are a great way to help your clients get a headstart on their hurricane preparedness.
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[Best of 2018] Top 5 Greatest Real Estate Closing Gift Ideas
We're continuing an annual tradition of counting down our top 10 articles of the year. The following article was originally published in January and is #6 in our countdown. See #7 here. Just because the transaction has ended, doesn't mean that the relationship is over—and it's always a great touch to commemorate accomplishing the final goal with a gift. It never has to be something expensive, but a meaningful gift can go a long way in solidifying a healthy working relationship going forward—and to keep you top of mind when someone is looking for a referral or to make another splash in the market. If you're challenged in the creative gift-giving department, we're here to help you with a list of the best real estate closing gift ideas. It's quite an emotional journey that both parties take part in, so with that being said, here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a gift for your real estate client after the deal has gone through.
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Memorable Closing Gifts Your Clients Will Love
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Top 5 Greatest Real Estate Closing Gift Ideas
Just because the transaction has ended, doesn't mean that the relationship is over—and it's always a great touch to commemorate accomplishing the final goal with a gift. It never has to be something expensive, but a meaningful gift can go a long way in solidifying a healthy working relationship going forward—and to keep you top of mind when someone is looking for a referral or to make another splash in the market. If you're challenged in the creative gift-giving department, we're here to help you with a list of the best real estate closing gift ideas. It's quite an emotional journey that both parties take part in, so with that being said, here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a gift for your real estate client after the deal has gone through.
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How to Win-Win at Real Estate Negotiations
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4 Ways to Supercharge Your Closing Activity Plans
It's the home stretch of the home-buying process. All the back and forth and hard work in the trenches has paid off and just a few John Hancocks stand in the way of all parties walking away happy. However, now isn't the time to take your eyes off the ball and start celebrating an early victory. Think of it as a marathon and you're in the last 100-meter sprint – and instead of mailing in the last little bit, it's important to stay focused right through to the finish line to make sure nothing catches up to you. You never want to let any details fall through the cracks – so supercharge your closing activity plan to cover all of your bases.
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How to Close the Deal on Stagnant Summer Listings
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5 Seller Tips for Speedy Home Sales
It's every seller's dream to have their home listed under perfect conditions in order to sell quickly and for top dollar. While putting on a great open house and making a remarkable first impression are crucial to attracting buyers, there are other variables to consider when selling a home in 2017. Luckily, 2017 is a great year for your seller clients: Mortgage rates are still low Inventory is shrinking Home prices are rising Job markets are strengthening "Sellers have been in the driver's seat for the last two years, but this year is shaping up to be even better for several reasons," says realtor.com®. "Nothing is bad for sellers today." 2017 is poised to be the year of the home seller, real estate experts say. Here are the top five things for sellers to consider to list their home to sell in 2017: 1. Price the home to sell Let your seller clients know how important it is to base the listing price on the market. What works in California will not apply to Michigan markets. Use local market reports to help your clients understand the market conditions and set expectations.
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4 Genius Closing Scripts that Work Every Time
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5 Tips for Home Buying Negotiations
Your client has found their dream home, it's priced just right, and they're in a strong position to complete the real estate transaction. However, when it comes down to making that offer, you and your clients need to be prepared to negotiate if presented with a counteroffer. Follow these five tips to make sure the negotiations go well: 1. Act Fast As soon as a counteroffer is made, it's crucial to act as soon as possible. Delays leave room for other buyers to step in, which can result in a bidding war. With other buyers interested, the seller will see that prospects are available who may be willing to pay closer to the asking price. If there is even a hint of a potential bidding war, an increase in possible selling price can occur, or worse, risk of losing the house. So, always act fast. 2. Let the Other Party Go First However, if you have found yourself in a bidding war with another buyer, it could be beneficial to let them make the first move. Doing so allows you to set the mid-point in the negotiation, which will ensure that your client doesn't pay more than they have to in order to seal the deal. The other bidder's offer could also be better than your intended counter, which could result in a loss of sale. So, if other buyers are placing offers, let them make the first move—and then come back with a counteroffer that surpasses theirs.
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5 Steps to a Successful Negotiation
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6 Ways to Get Buyers to the Closing Table
At the beginning of the recession, homes were selling like hotcakes and there were great deals to be found. Since we are working off of the back end of this economic downturn, you may still find a few homebuyers who believe that those smokin' hot deals of 2008 are still rampant across the United States. Unfortunately, those deals are now few and far between. So, if you want to actually make some money and write some "good" offers that will get to the closing table in 2014, you've got to set homebuyer expectations accordingly. Here are six ways to get buyers off the fence and writing offers that will actually get accepted in 2014 and not 2008. 1. Make a List Before you tour properties with your clients, sit down and make a list. Have them tell you what they must have in the home they desire, and what might be an additional bonus. Note everything, and carry around those notes so that you can refer back to them as you tour local properties that meet your clients' specifications. 2. Provide Market Information At that same meeting, provide prospective buyers with information about the local real estate market in the area that they have identified for their home search. In suburban areas, provide a list of homes sold in the last 3-6 months. In a rural area, you may have to go back a little further. You can even put your tech-savvy buyers on an email drip campaign so that they are constantly updated on the latest market information.
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4 Strategies for Effective Communication During Closings
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5 Ways to Help Your Clients Through the Closing Process
The closing process can be a stressful time for your clients—homebuyers and sellers. Parties to a transaction are nervous and sometimes confused about the logistics of the transaction. Although consumers are more engaged in the real estate closing process than ever before, the information they’ve learned online or through friends and acquaintances may not always be correct or applicable to their transaction. This is a time when you can demonstrate your value as their trusted real estate professional by alleviating any confusion or misunderstandings with your clients. Here are a few ways you can make the closing process as pleasant as possible. Tip 1: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate Throughout your relationship with your clients, you’ll want to keep the lines of communication open. But this is extremely important during the closing process, when homebuyers may feel stressed and emotional. Anxiety builds with uncertainty and anticipation, so keeping them informed is a great way to assure homebuyers that their transaction is moving forward as it should. A new tool from First American Title, myFirstAm™ may help you do this. First and foremost, the new myFirstAm portal is intended to keep everyone informed throughout the transfer-of-title process. With myFirstAm, real estate professionals can receive notifications via email or text message when key milestones in the closing process are complete. You can then promptly notify your client, keeping them up-to-date and happy. For more about myFirstAm, visit www.myFirstAm.com. You can also read the press release and check out our product description.
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