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8 Steps to Becoming a Real Estate Agents

Digital Image by Sean Locke Digital Planet Design www.digitalplanetdesign.comGet a great Education

  • Make sure that the education you are receiving is going to be respected among your colleagues. Also, the more educated you are about real estate, the more clients you will obtain. Once you begin to receive clients, more and more listings will start rolling in, along with more money.

Obtain your license

  • Once you have graduated, you need to get your license. Make sure you follow the correct requirements for the state you will be practicing in. Each state is different, so you must make sure you pay great attention to these details.

Save Money to get Started

  • In real estate, the money is strictly commission based, so make sure you put enough money away before you begin your career in real estate. There are also many start-up fees that come along with becoming a real estate agent. Some of these costs include:
    • Licensing fees and courses
    • Board of REALTORS membership dues
    • Business expenses (phone, computer, etc.)

Realtor or real estate agent?

  • Did you know that there is a difference between a real estate agent and a realtor? Well, there is! In order to claim the title “realtor”, you must join the National Association of Realtors. This is done by choosing an affiliated brokerage and attending a certain number of meetings near your location.

Choose the right real estate office for your personality and needs

  • Now, it is time to choose your home for the next set of years. Make sure this facility fits into your personality. You want to make sure you are going to get along with your co-workers, but mostly you need to make sure it is exactly what you were looking for in your workplace. Because you will be here for a while, you need to make sure you will be happy all around!

Learn about the market you are in

  • If you are a good real estate agent, you will be able to price homes appropriately. You will want to do some research around the area and see what other houses that are similar are going for and help them establish a competing price. You will need to do your homework. This takes time and effort. Learn all you can about the neighborhood you are working with.

Build a client portfolio

  • This part is the most important part of the business. You need to ask for referrals and stay in touch with former clients to keep you in the game. If you are good at what you do, your clients will help you grow your client portfolio by word of mouth. That type of advertising is the best there is.
  • One thing you might want to consider is creating an online portfolio that includes information about the properties for Sale/Sold, an about page, buyers, sellers, and any additional resources you can think of that will help you grow you client portfolio.

Never stop learning

  • Make sure you keep attending seminars and training sessions. These will help grow your knowledge in real estate and become a better agent. This field is always changing, so it is important to stay on top of these new changes. You can find many different seminars and training sessions by asking fellow agents or joining a real estate association that sends out these opportunities regularly.

If you are in need of a real estate agent to help you find your Denver home, contact Matt Kuchar from The Kuchar Team at 303-710-3810.

How to Make Your Home Bright and Inviting

How to Make Your Home Bright and InvitingWhen you’re in the market to sell your home, it’s important to know different tips on how to brighten up your home and make it more inviting to your potential buyers. It is often said that the color of your rooms reflect on what kind of person one is. If you’re home is feeling a little dull and drab, here are a few tips on making it brighter and lighter!

Lighting Tip and Tricks

  • Open your shades! Many homeowners are often nervous about exposing their lives to the outside world but with a little bravery, nothing does better to lighten your home than opening those blinds. Use natural light as much and often as possible, try not to rely on artificial lighting. The sun should serve as the majority of your indoor lighting. If you do use artificial lighting, try not to use a florescent base lighting. Although very bright, it has a duller glow that is piercing and doesn’t have a calmer glow as other lights. At night time, try to use lamps instead of overhead lights which provide a warm glow instead of an overpowering glare.
  • Try bringing the outdoors indoors! Add a wall-mounted water fountain to your home. These can often come in a stainless steel or copper finish which is more of a reflective material that can open up your rooms.
  • Bring out those giant mirrors! Mirrors have one of the largest influences of light in just about any room. They will also reflect light and make a fantastic backdrop for lit candles.
  • If you don’t have one, consider installing a freestanding electric fireplace. They can be easily moved from room to room and offer a warm and inviting heat and light. The mantel also serves as a prime location for candles and other tasteful decorations.
  • When you paint your walls, go for a lighter color. White is fine but can often be a little too transparent. Perhaps try an off-white, lighter blue, or any other cheery color.
  • Be wary of any furniture with loud patterns. Try to favor dots or just a simple patchwork. These have a lighter feel compared to loud patterns that are a bit too busy.
  • Keep your furniture arrangement simple and easy. Try to keep everything spread out and symmetric.

    With some simple adjustments, you can turn a darker home into something lighter and welcoming. You’d be surprised just how much of a change it can make, give it a go today!

    8 Tips on How to Choose a Realtor

    Choosing a Realtor to sell your house is a hard process. You cannot tell whether he or she will sell your house right away, but you can take precautions to make sure you are not settling for the wrong Realtor. Below, I have listed several tips to follow when choosing a Realtor.

    Friendship is not enough

    Even though you may want to give your friend a break, it is not going to be enough if they have not established professional credentials. Make sure you have high standards for your selection process. If they are a good enough friend, they will understand that you are making a professional decision and you need to explore your options.

     

    Do not move too fast

    People often make the mistake of settling on a Realtor immediately. This normally happens when they are caught up in the moment. Make sure you do not make a decision right away. The best thing to do is meet with at least one more Realtor and weigh the options. Think of the advantages and disadvantages and make your decision from there.

    Do not be stubborn

    I know that most people have a specific selling price, but it might be too high. Try not to get caught up in the Realtor agreeing with your selling price. They are the experts and they know what is best for the market in your area. This is how they will suggest a list price.

    Judgment is not enough

    People are extremely trusting. Make sure you are not making a decision based on what a great person they are. Make sure you look at their references. This is important to see if they have been successful and if they are a professional.

    Do not settle for cheap

    Try not to list with the Realtor that has the lowest commission. Although this is a plus, that does not mean that the company is credible. Try to list with someone who has moderate pricing if you are looking to save a little money.

    Make sure they are knowledgeable

    Real Estate is changing more and more all of the time. You need to make sure that the Realtor you choose is up to date on all of the latest education. When a company makes their Realtor continue their education, you know that they may be a great fit for you.

    Does not have to be in the neighborhood

    Knowledge of a local area does not need to be gathered from living their. Through extensive research, a Realtor can easily acquire information on the recent sales, schools in the area. and much more. Convenience, though nice, should not be a necessity when choosing a Realtor.

    I really hope this post has helped you make a decision in selecting a Realtor. If you are looking around call us, The Kuchar Team, at 303-710-3810, today!

    Rightsizing Your Housing

    A Personal Perspective

    About two years ago we had a huge six bedroom four bath house that met our needs well with three teenagers and a constant flow of their friends visiting etc.  We loved our big house with mountain views, finished basement and large yard and felt very comfortable there with plenty of friends in the neighborhood.  We realized looking ahead that our housing and financial needs would change in coming years and began to make plans for a transition.  Those plans anticipated an increase in expenses as our children entered college along with a decreased need of housing space as they moved out.  We now live comfortably in a three bedroom three bath home about half the total size we once had and couldn’t be happier.

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    How To Search Douglas County Assessor Information

    What did your neighbor really pay and how big is their house?Assessor at Douglas County

    Douglas County keeps all of the information about your home and mine public on their website.  The website is actually pretty advanced as far as county websites go.  Just compare it to Adams County and you will get an idea of what I mean.  The Douglas County Assessor website is where I spend much of my investigative time when looking for real estate information that Metrolist does not offer.  ( Metrolist is the Denver MLS service where realtor’s Read the rest of this entry »

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