Listing Issues

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Selling a ‘Stigmatized’ Property

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, a ‘stigmatized’ property is a place that has been ‘psychologically impacted by an event which occurred or was suspected to have occurred’. It’s where there is no physical defect — the property itself could be in great shape. It’s not like a leaky ceiling or bathroom mold that’sRead More

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CRES Risk Management Webinar: Possible Pitfalls of Real Estate Whisper Listings

Given the current Seller’s market and scarcity of homes for sale, office- exclusive listings (also called whisper listings) have become a more common occurrence.  In this situation, a broker/agent takes a listing with a buyer in mind, so the property is never advertised to the general public via the MLS and/or other public sources.   ThisRead More

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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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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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How to Avoid Problems with Leased Solar Panels When Selling a Home

Solar panels can be a great selling point. Studies show they can increase the value of a home as much as $15,000, and may be appealing to home buyers who want to save on energy costs or who are particularly concerned with the environment. While solar doesn’t appeal to all buyers, solar panels are aRead More

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Managing the Risks of Facebook® Live

With 2.5 billion monthly active users, Facebook offers a wealth of opportunity for your real estate business. More than 1.6 billion Facebook users log on daily and those statistics are increasing year-over-year. Videos on Facebook can be an especially effective marketing tool in your real estate business.  More than 85% of businesses on Facebook usedRead 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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Selling Estates Where Multiple Parties Are Involved: A Guide for Real Estate Agents

Selling estates where multiple parties are involved is very common. The multiple parties involved in real estate transactions vary from couples and families, to trusts or deceased estates where multiple beneficiaries wish to sell a co-owned property. The most common types of multiple-party property ownership are Joint Tenancy or Tenancy by Entirety. Joint ownership occursRead 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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