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Diamond Certified Experts: Dispelling Real Estate Myths

When it comes to buying or selling a home, a realtor’s guidance is crucial for avoiding common mistakes and misconceptions. Photo: Bob & Berta Bower – Alain Pinel Realtors (2016)

To the uninitiated, the real estate industry can be complex and confusing, which is why it’s common for first-time buyers and sellers to have ill-founded notions or unrealistic expectations. So, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to set the record straight about some prevalent real estate myths.

Myth #1: You should only buy a home under certain market conditions.
Michele Replogle – David Lyng Real Estate
As a realtor, my clients often ask me if it’s a good time to buy or sell a home, depending on the current state of the housing market. My typical response is it depends what you want to do. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Dispelling Real Estate Myths” »

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Frequently Asked Questions about Real Estate Agents

Ready to dive into the deep waters of Bay Area real estate? Your first (and possibly most important) step is finding a guide, helpmate, champion and problem-solver: your real estate agent. Not sure where to start? Read on…

What does a real estate agent do?
What is the difference between a real estate agent, a Realtor® and a real estate broker?
Do I need a real estate agent?
How do I find a real estate agent?
How does a real estate agent get paid?
What are some of the qualities I should look for in a real estate agent? Continue reading “Frequently Asked Questions about Real Estate Agents” »

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Industry Overview: Real Estate 101

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Whether you’re planning to buy or sell a home, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with basic real estate concepts and terminology. Photo: The Bower Cole Group (2015)

For the uninitiated, real estate can be like learning a new language. In this article, we cover some of the basics, from key industry terms to commonly asked questions.

Distinguishing Designations
With all the different titles in real estate, it can be hard to keep track of who’s who. Here’s a simple breakdown of the main real estate designations:

Realtor: A realtor can be an agent, broker or other real estate professional. What defines a realtor is not their designation, but their adherence to the Code of Ethics set forth by the National Association of Realtors, which you can read here.

Agent: An agent possesses a salesperson license with the California Department of Real Estate (DRE). In order to practice real estate, agents need to associate themselves with particular brokers (known as “hanging a license” in the industry). Continue reading “Industry Overview: Real Estate 101” »

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Realty and Reputability: The Importance of Choosing a Dependable Agent

If a real estate agent’s promises seem too good to be true, they probably are. Photo: J.R. Rouse, Broker Associate Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

If a real estate agent’s promises seem too good to be true, they probably are. Photo: J.R. Rouse, Broker Associate Sotheby’s Int’l Realty

While it’s not uncommon for real estate agents to offer client incentives or reduced commission rates, there’s a point where an overabundance of promises should be considered a red flag. Tori Atwell, broker associate with Alain Pinel Realtors, gives a true life example: “I had clients who returned after spending seven months working with a ‘discount’ agent. The agent enticed them by offering to give them most of his commission. Seven months later, they weren’t any nearer to getting a home, and they missed out on numerous opportunities. Continue reading “Realty and Reputability: The Importance of Choosing a Dependable Agent” »

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Real Estate Tip: Selling Your Home

A common misconception of home sellers is that in order to sell as quickly as possible, they need to invest a lot of money in remodeling. However, spending money on renovations can be a precarious financial gamble, as remodeling is by no means guaranteed to increase a home’s value. To increase the appeal of your home while still being cost-effective, start by doing a thorough cleaning. When potential buyers enter a home, the last thing they want is to smell pet odors or see disheveled rooms.

Depersonalize and de-clutter your home to make it more attractive to potential homebuyers. Photo: Avi Urban Residential & Investment Real Estate (2013)

Depersonalize and de-clutter your home to make it more attractive to potential homebuyers. Photo: Avi Urban Residential & Investment Real Estate (2013)

To that end, it’s also important to de-clutter your home by removing excess furnishings and accentuating the space by condensing and rearranging the remaining furniture. When people are looking to buy a home, they want to envision what it would be like if they lived there, so if your house is too cluttered with furniture and personal belongings, it can inhibit their ability to see the house’s potential. Continue reading “Real Estate Tip: Selling Your Home” »

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