Listing Issues

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How to Sell Property Where Squatters Have Lived and Reduce Your Risks

Squatting is the unauthorized use of a property. It’s trespassing without the permission of the landowner, and usually over a significant period of time.  If you’re a real estate professional, you may at some point need to sell a property that’s been inhabited by squatters. But, there are risks to consider.  Here are some tipsRead More

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4 Reasons Why You Need a Social Media Policy for Your Real Estate Brokerage

Recent research shows 72% of Americans use some form of social media. This is a significant increase of 67% since the Pew Research Center began tracking social media adoption in 2005. The most commonly used platforms are YouTube and Facebook. Other social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest have a smaller marketRead More

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Selling a Home with an Above-Ground Pool

Swimming pools are becoming more popular as families look for recreational activities in their own backyard. Since the pandemic, orders for pools have skyrocketed in the United States, as consumers look towards home-based activities they can safely enjoy at home. Above-ground pools are slightly less popular than in-ground pools in the US, but they’re  relativelyRead More

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Selling a Smart Home: What Real Estate Agents Need to Watch Out For

The United States is the undisputed leader in smart homes globally. In 2018, $5.474 billion was spent on smart homes across the country, and this is expected to rise in the years to come. While smart home technology adoption is only 7.7% worldwide, the rate in the US is around 15%. From smart locks andRead More

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Key Considerations When Dealing with “Seniors Only” Property

Properties for seniors is a growing market in the real estate industry. According to Inman, one in 5 residents will be of retirement age by 2030. In 2013 alone, sales of seniors’ property (including assisted living and congregate care facilities) increased from $1.18 billion to $1.59 billion.  Moving into seniors-only property is an attractive optionRead More

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When Your Seller is Reluctant to Do Repairs…

As a real estate professional, you will often come across sellers who are reluctant to do repairs on their home — either before listing the property, or after a buyer-requested home inspection. Your sellers may simply want to sell and move on. They may not want (or be able to) invest any additional money inRead More

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Can You List a Bedroom Without a Closet

Have you ever been at odds with a client about how many bedrooms there are in a house? How many bedrooms you include in a listing matters. More bedrooms can attract buyers and raise the price of the house. They could also get you into hot water for false representation if you over state them.Read More

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Can You List Property in Trust with an Uncooperative Co-owner?

There are benefits of putting a property in trust, but sometimes it can complicate matters—especially when trustees don’t agree. Have you ever had a court assigned listing for a parcel in trust? When all the parties work together, it can be a smooth process. But what happens when one of the trustees doesn’t cooperate? CanRead More

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What Real Estate Agents Need to Know about Smart Homes

With smart home technology on the rise, it’s important for real estate agents to know what’s available and how to showcase it. But, smart technology brings its own set of potential pitfalls.  Here’s what you should  know to protect yourself  and your clients from misrepresentation, malfunction or breech. What is smart home technology? Smart homeRead More

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How to Avoid Real Estate Lawsuits from Virtual Staging

Want quicker sales and higher sales prices? Staging a home might be the ticket, because it helps potential buyers see themselves living in a property. And then there’s virtual staging—using technology to present a property as it could be. Virtual staging has some significant benefits. For starters, it often costs a fraction of the costRead More

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