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Good Rule of Thumb in Real Estate: Be Prepared

If I am showing homes to a buyer and have plenty of notice—this is usually with out-of-town home buyers—I preview the homes I haven’t already seen. This has saved me from many embarrassing situations.

Working with buyers entails knowing the area and having an idea of what the house is about, but more importantly, you discover all the quirks about getting into the home, surprise dogs, surprise odors, surprise messes, and so forth.

At times I have gotten busy and didn’t preview and invariably there were surprises—wrong showing instructions being one, alarms not noted in the listing info being another—one time it was four Great Danes in the master bedroom. I thought the buyer was going to have a heart attack.

Stumbling on these surprises with the home buyer is not a good idea, because it causes the buyer to start having doubts. When you preview and take notes and you inform the buyer ahead of time of what to expect, it makes you look prepared, which you should be. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Mike Farmer on June 2nd, 2008 under Best Practices, Guest Bloggers


101 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent

Mike Farmer’s excellent post on Earning Our Keep reminds us of the many things that Realtors do to facilitate transactions.

Later this year, HomeGain will announce its 3rd Annual Real Estate Agent Appreciation Campaign.

Last year as part of our 2nd Agent Appreciation Campaign, we published “101 Reasons to Use a Real Estate Agent”.

We’d like to update it for this year’s campaign.

Please take a look and feel free to add to it additional items or more importantly to give examples of how you handle some of the items on the list. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on May 27th, 2008 under HomeGain


Homebuyers Want Pictures? Give ‘em Pictures!

People love pictures.

Homebuyers REALLY love pictures of homes and buildings and parks and waterways and anything that will help them gain a better feel for the place they will be moving. (I’m assuming an out-of-town buyer who is unfamiliar with the area.)

If you have a website with a photo album function and the ability to write text below the pictures, I suggest you utilize it, and if you don’t, then I suggest you set something up you can link to.

Photos are a great way of making your site useful and worth coming back to. But photos are only one part of it, the power of the photo idea goes beyond just the picture, plus Google doesn’t do photos, so it won’t help with search engine placement just to have pictures.

Having the ability to place text below the image serves two purposes—

The most important is it allows you to tell the story of the city to the potential buyer and to inform them of important facts about the city (or neighborhood, or area, or particular house), and it helps with search engine placement so you can be found online.

I suggest having the albums categorized into different areas or neighborhoods or Continue reading this post


Posted by: Mike Farmer on April 21st, 2008 under Best Practices, Website Strategies

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Invasion of the Guest Bloggers: The Third Wave

We have been very fortunate to have attracted some of the top guest bloggers in the country to the HomeGain real estate blog.

Quality attracts quality and we have received numerous requests by bloggers all over the country to contribute. Next up we have two established bloggers: Carole Cohen and Mike Farmer.

Presenting: Carole Cohen

Carole, a former school teacher, blogs about real estate in Cleveland and the Northeast Area of Ohio in her blog, Cleveland Real Estate News.

Carole is passionate about the Cleveland area and returned to her native city 10 years ago after an extended period away. She is committed to working with first time home buyers and those relocating to the Cleveland. Carole considers herself an expert in the Cleveland area and we expect her to be contributing posts that share her real estate knowledge as well as expertise regarding her beloved hometown.

Presenting: Mike Farmer

Mike Farmer is the owner broker of Mike Farmer Realty in Savannah, Georgia. Mike is also an accomplished blogger contributing to the BloodHound Blog and the Bigger Pockets Blog. Mike loves philosophy, poetry, writing and real estate. He covers all of the preceding topics at his own blog the Bonzai Real Estate Blog. We look forward to Mike’s first blog post on how to manage online leads later this week. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on March 17th, 2008 under Guest Bloggers


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