Advice on how to become a REALTOR® in Minnesota.
All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR “®” logo on their business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again. Enter your real estate career as a REALTOR® by following these steps: Read more…
The history of neoclassical homes in Minnesota.
Neoclassical, or “new” classical, architecture describes buildings that are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. If you look closely at a neoclassical building you may see echoes of the Parthenon in Athens or the Pantheon in Rome. You may not expect to see Grecian aspects in Minnesota, but these worldly inspiration can be found throughout the state in historical homes.
Open house tips you may not have thought of.
There are basic tips for a successful open house that many people are aware of. Stage the home. Clean clutter. Remove overly personal objects. In this competitive housing market, it is important that no detail is overlooked. Follow these often ignored guidelines for an open house that will exceed expectations.
There’s an app for that. There are thousands of smartphone applications, including ones that can help you decipher which upgrades will add value to your home. Virtually sample home adjustments before spending time and money on renovations. If you’ve ever sat on your couch and wondered how it would look across the room, or whether the walls would look good in red, these apps will offer a quick way to imagine design changes that will appeal to buyers. Read more…
Weekends present opportune times to host open house.
REALTORS, sellers, and buyers are equally stressed for time. It is important to host an open house during times that are optimally effective and efficient.
The open house is not to be discounted as a home selling tactic. Older buyers, 65 years and older, are more likely to find their home through an open house than other age groups. As age increases the likelihood of using open houses as a search tool increases—45 percent of buyers aged 45 to 64 used open houses, compared to only 28 percent of buyers aged 18 to 24. Appeal to these buyers by presenting opportunities timed for their schedules. Read more…