By Mikkie Mills Owning a home provides many benefits and advantages for those who achieve it, but the burden of maintaining, repairing and replacing home appliances goes right along with it. The decision to repair or replace a broken or failing appliance is often made under pressure and without adequate knowledge or information about the nature of the appliance or...

By Dixie Somers Being a first time homebuyer can be an intimidating prospect; it seems like there's so much to learn! The process doesn't get less challenging the second or third time around, but here are five tips to help you research and prepare for your next home buying experience. Location, Location, Location It's a cliché but it's true: location really is the...

In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about the importance of appraisers and all that they do for the housing industry. Despite this, the number of appraisers continues to dwindle and the turnover time between when appraisers enter and exit the field has slimmed. These trends beg the question – why are we seeing less of them and is this a concern? To address...

A lot goes into the decision to buy, sell or remodel a home. After all, this is one of the most significant investments of your lifetime, so there are a lot of factors to be weighed and considered...including how happy your pet will be. Yes, you read that right. In fact, 81 percent of respondents to a recent report from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR),...

By Hannah Whittenley Buying a home is a big step whether it’s your first home or a retirement home. The location and size of your home can have an impact on your quality of life. There are several steps you can take to find the home that's best for you. Assess Your Situation Lists are an excellent assessment tool. Before you begin your house hunt, list the features...

Trying to get in with the high-end clients in your market? It might not be as hard as you think… As part of the latest RISMedia ACE Webinar Series, attendees learned some top tips for taking one’s business to the next level in the webinar entitled “Listing Mastery: 7 Secrets to Working with High-Net Worth Clients.” Unsurprisingly, panelists said that to court...

By Brooke Chaplan If you are unhappy with the current look of your home, you may be thinking about redecorating to spruce the space up. For most, redecorating includes repainting the wall, refreshing the home décor and even purchasing new curtains or furnishings. However, in some cases, redecorating is not enough to produce the desired results. The last thing you...

By Brad Walker, CEO and Co-founder of Income& Owning a home is part of the American dream, and mortgage lenders are motivated to do everything possible to make sure Americans of all ethnic, educational and professional backgrounds qualify for a mortgage. That said, the current system for determining who qualifies for a home mortgage is not perfect. Mortgage lenders...

When it comes to a home's square footage, Americans seem to have a Goldilocks mindset: too big, too small, jussstttt right. At least, this is the consensus from a recent Trulia/Harris Poll study. The study, which surveyed over 2,000 American homeowners, found that most folks want a different sized home than the one they’re in now. However, they don't necessarily...

In the following interview, Robert J. Bailey, broker/owner of Bailey Properties in Santa Cruz, Calif., discusses onboarding his agents to a new system, scoring a 90 percent adoption rate. Region Served: Santa Cruz County, the Monterey Bay Region and Silicon Valley
Years in Real Estate: 42
Number of Offices: 4
Number of Agents: 132 What were some...