Realty Executives Partners With Realtors Property Resource® to Expand Local Market Knowledge Across U.S.

Realty Executives is proud to announce the completion of the Realty Executives Property Expert training series.

Realty Executives International partnered with RPR® (Realtors Property Resource), a market data and analytics platform offered through the National Association of REALTORS®, to provide comprehensive training, free of charge, focused on leveraging RPR tools. 

The tools and strategies covered in the educational course are designed to better position Executives as the local experts in their markets. Each session featured different facets of the real estate journey. As a Realty Executives Property Expert, an agent is prepared to tap into neighborhood statistics, school information, and market activity, ensuring top quality service to home buyers and sellers. This data-driven approach is essential for keeping abreast of changes in the market.

Realty Executives International is committed to providing ongoing, timely opportunities for their agents and brokers to grow and expand their real estate knowledge, in order to provide unparalleled customer service.  

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What Does a Seller Agent Do For You?

A real estate agent that works for a property seller is called a listing agent or a seller’s agent. They have a number of functions, but they can all be summed up in the fact that they are supposed to represent the best interests of the seller in all they do. 

Knowing what listing agents do is quite beneficial, especially if you’re at the point of making a decision on whether or not to hire an agent to help sell your property. 

This article will explain the functions a listing agent performs for a property seller. 

Set a List Price

It is only logical to set a price for your property, one that you believe is worth the value of the property. Your listing agent would typically use a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) to determine the list price of your house. 

The list price would be based on an analysis of the local real estate market, its prevailing market dynamics and recent sales of the property in your area.

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How is COVID-19 Affecting Urban Buyers

The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm this year, and it shows no signs of going away soon. It seems that, for the time being, we’ll have to get used to “the new normal”. But what does that look like for the real estate market? The virus and all attempts to stop it have already changed how we work, travel, even shop for groceries. Indeed, buying a house is going to look different in this new world too. It’s still hard to say precisely which changes are here to stay for good and which are just temporary. But one thing is for sure: the health crisis is affecting buyers in urban areas at the moment. In some ways, city dwellers looking for a real estate investment have an advantage because of this. In other ways, however, buying a home in the city right now is more challenging than ever.

There is less competition for urban properties at the moment

Before the coronavirus pandemic struck, experts predicted 2020 would be one of the best years for real estate in decades. While those predictions never quite came true, they also weren’t that far off: most real estate agents are reporting postponements rather than cancellations from potential buyers. This proves that people are still very much interested in investing in real estate even now.

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Bountiful Fall Table Settings

Fall is full of beautiful colors, crisp air and bountiful tables, making it the perfect time to put together some fall table settings to enjoy the season.

Pumpkin Craze

We all know how pumpkins are the talk of the town when summer comes to an end. Not only are they great for cooking and carving, but they also make for great table decor. You can use real or fake pumpkins as a classic centerpiece that can also be made modern. Many people will buy small plastic pumpkins and paint them white, black or metallic, to match their own personality and give a unique twist on a traditional piece.

Crimson and Florals

We often see orange, red, brown or cream when it comes to fall, but the season is much more colorful than that! Try adding crimson floral pieces or crimson place settings to your table in order to give a richer feeling and stand out from the crowd. Crimson is also a great option because it can be paired with neutral and bright colors, depending on the atmosphere you are trying to create.

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Hosting Your At-Home Halloween Party

Like many other things, Halloween in the COVID-19 era will look a little different this year. Everything from virtual Halloween parties to kids socially-distanced trick-or-treating, this year’s holiday will feel a bit off. Many people might opt to celebrate Halloween from home this year or over video—which will certainly be a unique experience. 

That doesn’t mean the show can’t go on however, there are still many ways to celebrate this year’s spooky night from the comfort of your couch. Here are some of our favorite ways to get in the Halloween spirit right from home!

1. Have a scary movie marathon

If there has ever been a year to have a movie marathon in your living room, it would be in 2020. Scary movies are classic staples of Halloween-time. With the weather getting cooler and more people staying inside, having a marathon of your favorite horror films can help revive some of the Halloween spirit.

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Six Ways to Keep Your Smart Home Secure

There’s no question that smart homes are a trend that’s here to stay. One research group estimates that 28 percent of U.S. households will be smart homes by 2021. Although smart homes can surely make everyday activities a little more convenient, they can also put homeowners and property owners at risk if they aren’t secured properly. These devices are typically connected over a WiFi network, so it is important to make sure that your network is as secure as possible. Here are a few easy steps you can take to make sure your smart home devices give you maximum security.

Change Your Passwords

It might seem obvious that “pass12345” is not a great password, but it is important to take stock of your online accounts and ensure your login credentials are secure. Generic passwords, while easier to remember, are generally less secure. Typically, more secure passwords contain special characters and numbers and are also unique and different for every account.

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Calculating Your Rental Property Budget

Getting started with owning rental properties needs a lot of considerations before diving in. Possessing these real estate investments is one of the best choices any investor can make. Thus, rental property is among the top investment options in the real estate industry. 

Along with deferred income and tax benefits, investing with a rental property can produce good returns all year round and is not affected by the market’s changes. However, most people are not sure how to get started when it comes to budgeting and managing a rental.

How To Uncover Future Potential Expenses: 

  • Ask local real estate managers: Many property managers would happily provide you with this kind of knowledge. They will help you not just because it’s their expertise, but also because of the likelihood that you might use them as your real estate managers one day. 
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Is a Smart Home Worth it?

Smart homes are becoming increasingly popular, as more people are willing to invest in automatic home appliances and systems to make their lives easier and their homes sustainable and more convenient. However, as one might assume, smart homes do come with a set of downsides along with the perks. So, before you introduce any changes, study our list of advantages and disadvantages of turning your home into a smart home first.

Advantages 

Great convenience

Automatic home appliances and systems can be programmed to fully meet all your specific needs. They also enable you to control and check on your home no matter where you are.  In a few simple clicks, you can turn on the heating or turn off the lighting whenever you want. This is why investing in these devices becomes one of the money moves buyers make after purchasing their first home.

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Top 5 Dorm Decorating Tips

Your first year at college is one of the most exciting times in your life! Whether you are moving into the dorms at a nearby campus or moving across the country to try a new city, it’s important that you try to make your new home fit you and your new adventure. Of course, we all know dorms can be pretty tiny, plus you most likely will be sharing the space with another classmate. To be able to make the most of the room while staying comfy and productive, follow some of these tips for dorm decorating.

Color Theme

Just like with any space in a traditional home, you will want to think of a color scheme for your dorm. This will help you pick bedding, lamps, desk furniture and more. If you want a more simple look you can go with more neutral colors. If you have a more outgoing style, maybe a brighter color is better for you to liven up the space, such as yellow or bright blue. Can’t pick just one or two colors? Patterns are always a fun way to bring more personality into the room and can bring in several cohesive colors at once.

The Right Work Space

As much fun as it is to focus on the social aspect college life brings, it’s also important to remember…you’re there to learn! To make that easier and more efficient, you want to make sure you have a nice, neat work space in the dorm. Most dorms will provide you with a desk so don’t worry about having to buy one. But keep in mind, you will have to go out and find a comfy chair and a good lighting set up if that is not provided. Remember, you might be having to work with the lights off if your roommate is sleeping but you still have work to do, so lighting is very important.

Wall Mirror

A must-have accessory for dorm living is a wall mirror! There are plenty of affordable versions at any retail store that you can easily hang up on your door or hide in your closet and just take it out when needed. Most dorms only have shorter mirrors and most likely will be used by multiple people, so it can be difficult to get ready and be on time. With a wall mirror you can have a better view of your whole outfit and not have to worry about others’ schedules.

Photo Wall

Even if you go to a college closer to home, it’s easy to get home sick when you first move out and have to adjust to a new environment, all while meeting tons of new people and keeping up with coursework. A good way to bring some pieces of home with you and to remind you of the great support you have during stressful times is a photo wall. You can print out memorable moments with family and friends in different sizes or colors and hang them on one of your walls. This is also a much more affordable option when it comes to finding wall decor.

Hidden Storage

As mentioned before, dorms are small- no way getting around it. But there are so many options to make the most of small space and utilize hidden storage areas. The best option is always under your bed. There are different sized containers that are made to easily slide out from under the bed frame while keeping everything clean and organized. If your bed doesn’t allow for storage underneath, look to your closet and see if there’s anyway to reduce the amount of space your clothes use up, which will make room for more belongings.

Although you might not realize it now, that small dorm will become your home away from home and oasis. So no matter how you choose to decorate, just make sure you feel comfortable and it will all come together.

Cooking at Home: Kid Friendly Recipes

Are you looking for ways to get your kids more involved in meal time? It can be hard to find recipes that are safe, easy to make and tasty for the whole family, but with these kid-friendly recipes, you and your children will be cooking up a storm in no time! Whether they are looking for a snack after school or want to make their own lunch while learning virtually, we’ve got you covered for all times of the day.

Breakfast

Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie

A healthy and easy snack for your kiddo to make is a smoothie. Of course, you can always switch up ingredients if your child likes a certain type of fruit or veggie, but another sweet treat is the oatmeal cookie smoothie. To have the family involved, go ahead and place all the ingredients on the table with the right measuring cups and then have your child scoop everything up and dump it in a blender. It’s safe to make and yummy to taste!

Ingredients: rolled oats, raisins, pumpkin pie spice, milk, vanilla yogurt, brown sugar

Snack Time

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