The Day of the Open House
Planning the Open House
It depends. Many times, one agent will put the word out that he/she needs another agent to do an open house on one of that agent’s listings. The agent doing the open house puts up some signs, shows up and waits for people to come through the door. Maybe the listing agent put an ad in the paper. Maybe not. If you want to waste your time, this is a great way to do it.
If you have an active real estate license in Virginia (This includes referral agents.), beginning January 1, 2016, you must take continuing education that includes flood insurance information that is approved by the Virginia Real Estate Board. The flood information is not a separate course but is an addition to the Legal Updates & Emerging Trends required course. Therefore, this flood insurance content needs to be a part of a 1 hour stand alone course on Legal Updates & Emerging Trends, an 8 hour mandatory packet, a 16 hour packet, and for brokers, a 24 hour packet.
Hoarding is now classified by the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disabilities (DSM-5) as a disability. Reasonable accommodations are required to allow residents with disabilities equal use and enjoyment of their dwelling. In the case of hoarding, this could be allowing the resident to remain in the dwelling longer than usual to address the lease violation. The accommodation needed may include time or assistance to clean up the clutter enough to be in compliance with the lease. It does not mean the hoarder is allowed to violate safety and health rules indef
The service that we give our clients is important, but letting our clients know what we do for them is just, if not more important. How many times have you heard the complaint that “My agent didn’t do anything?” Even when an agent gives his/her potential client a signed list of all activities that agent will do, the list is usually 10 – 20 items, covering only the most obvious things. This list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Give these potential buyers and sellers a list of EVERYTHING you can think of.
- Although buyer traffic was down, serious buyers were out and ready to buy.
- Inventory was down. Most sellers decided to either wait until January to put their homes on the market or they took their homes off the market during the holidays.
On September 30, 2009, Frank and Sharon Alters posted a very good blog on “Active Rain” titled “10 Ways to Get a Better Appraisal”. Here are 8 more ideas: