Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Jody Lee
Spokane's real estate market is HOT right now, and there just aren’t enough homes (or rentals) to keep up with all of the growth that’s happening here. Most houses are going under contract within 24 hours of going on the market, and buyers are even offering significantly more than the asking price on homes just to become the top bidder and increase their chances of getting their offer accepted. To say that it’s a seller’s market would be a massive understatement.
So what are you supposed to do if you don’t have the most money to offer? How are you supposed to even be considered in such a competitive market? Buyers are setting themselves apart from the pack by writing what I call “Love Letters” to the sellers.
A Love Letter is a way to tug at the heartstrings of sellers, you tell them why you love their home, how you imagine your lives in the home and making memories in the home. You give them a glimpse into who you are, and your futu ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by Amber Tice
Being able to take constructive feedback is an important attribute to develop in our professional careers. This can be difficult for me since I am so sensitive and because I internalize so much, not because I think I am better than everyone else, but because I don’t want to disappoint people. One thing I have learned about stepping back from this internalization is to realize that not everything is about me! What a relief, right?!? What if we all took this simple concept and applied it every time we were insulted by someone’s negative feedback, or criticism.
What others think of us is none of our business. This is another analogy I really like. It becomes easier to separate the facts from the stories we tell ourselves. But, how do we take true stalk of ourselves and our work? How do we evaluate ourselves honestly without coming up with excuses, or stories?
What I have learned over the last 16 months is that it takes a decision ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019 / by Amber Tice
There are plenty of real estate terms used in transactions. Needless-to-say it can be confusing for both buyers and sellers trying to navigate the process. The home loan process might feel overwhelming and difficult to understand, but it is important for the home buyer to be as prepared as possible when they are ready to buy their first home. Both buyers and sellers find terms like “Pre-qualification” and “pre-approval” used interchangeably, it’s no wonder they find themselves wondering how to proceed.
If you are a home seller it will be important for you and your real estate agent to discuss the difference between these two letters and why it’s important. In this hot sellers market here in Spokane you will most likely be receiving several offers on your home. You will want to make sure you are choosing one where the buyer is PRE-APPROVED.
The difference between the two are explained below:
Pre-Qualification: The fi ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by Amber Tice
Being able to provide quality information these days is like mining for gold in my opinion. You never know if what you are reading about is true, or not. Having a database of resources that I can access quickly and send off to my client(s) is a great way for me to build trust. Not only do I have several brochures in PDF format from different home warranty companies, inspectors, electricians, loan officers, builders, etc, I also have my own information that I have created including home buyers guides, home sellers guides,and market updates. All of these materials are designed specifically to include my brand, my image, and are relevant to what I am trying to accomplish with each individual client.
Here is a list of other resources that I use when working with home sellers in particular:
A Comparative Market Analysis: A CMA report is an important tool that I use to help a home seller see the bigger picture when it comes to what is going on in the ...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 / by Amber Tice
Client Satisfaction is a slippery slope. There is an ongoing debate regarding whether, or not “The customer is always right.” Whether, or not that statement is true, I don’t think it can be argued that having a satisfied customer will keep them coming back, and will ultimately lead us as agents to more referral business.
In this article I would like to discuss an uncomfortable aspect of my job that is essential to my growth. Customer feedback, reviews and surveys are great tools to use in order to get honest feedback about a real estate agents performance. It can be tough asking for honest feedback, but let me tell you~we are usually harder on ourselves than a client will ever be when they are writing a review.
I am a people-pleaser through-and-through. This fact used to embarrass me until I started accepting myself as a human being. There is nothing wrong with wanting the people around us to be happy. ...