You Passed the Real Estate Exam, Now What?

Getting your real estate license is easy.  Well at least for some.  I have always said, “taking the real estate exam was one of the hardest exams, I ever took”. But who new, that once you become a licensed agent, you have to learn the business of real estate.

The first few steps in real estate

  • Interview with many real estate brokerages – You don’t know what you don’t know.  In 2001, only one real estate agency called me back to interview.  So that’s the company I signed with.  I am not disappointed, I learned a lot and that company trained me.  Wherever, you sign up, make sure you get training.  It’s not about the money.  If you don’t learn the business, learn how to generate leads, help clients buy and sell homes, create a seamless process, build relationship, you’ll be looking for a “real job”.
  • Choose the best brokerage for you. I highly recommend a company that has education.
  • You’ll have to pay for your license and sign up with your local association. You’ll also be added to your state and the National Association of REALTORS®.
  • Sign up for training at your new company, association training, and technology training.
  • Take every MLS class available.  If you don’t learn how to use the mls, it’s like owning a business and not knowing where the inventory comes from.
  • Get to the office early and watch the top producers. Or maybe stay late.
  • If you want to build a successful real estate business, you must be willing to learn.

Make an Offer Like a Boss!

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    Make an Offer Like a Boss

    These 10 money- and time-saving steps can help you craft a winning bid.



    Ah, the offer!

    Know Your Limits | Learn to Speak “Contract” | Set Your Price | Figure Out Your Down Payment | Make an Earnest Money Deposit | Review Contingency Plans | Read the Fine Print | Make a Date to Settle |  Write a Fan Letter to the Seller |  Brace Yourself for a Counteroffer

    Cinematically speaking, this is the iconic moment — we’d forgive you if you imagined, say, putting a hand on your agent’s shoulder and whispering (in your best Vito Corleone) that you’re going to make them an offer they can’t refuse.

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Yes, You Can Own A Home

Yes, You can own a home in 2017.  Owning a home is one of the largest purchases you’ll ever make. Although it might feel overwhelming it doesn’t have to be. Watch this short video on the home buying process.

The steps to owning a home include:

1. Getting approved for a loan

2. Working with a licensed professional that can explain the process and help with the hard decisions.

3. Select the area you want to live in. Before choosing the city drive around and check out the community, call the school district and get the school score breakdowns, call the city to find out what’s offered. Is a community swimming pool important to you? Do you want public transportation, shopping, a prairie path? Think about what you really want near your new home.

4. Begin your home search. Download my free home search app that gives access to active listings in the entire United States – Click here.

5. Once you find a home we will write an offer based on current market data. A home is only worth what someone is willing to pay. We will use current sold properties to determine a good asking price.

6. Once the offer is accepted you’ll hire a licensed home inspector. This takes about 3 hours. It might seem long but it’s the best way to understand what you are purchasing. A resale home isn’t perfect.

7. After the inspection issues are resolved you’ll make sure all necessary paperwork is turned into your mortgage company. Your loan officer might ask for the same document more than once.  Please just resend it and also stay away from big purchases. That could harm your purchase power and result in a loan denial.

8. The mortgage company will order your appraisal. Once the appraisal is completed and the underwriter has all paperwork we wait for a clear to close and your confirmed closing date and time.

9. One or two days before closing we have a final walk-thru of the home.

10. Finally, we meet a the title company to close your home purchase. This is different in other states. In Illinois we close at the title company location.

Ask me how I can negotiate your down payment today. Contact me now