How To Know Real Estate When You Become An Agent

Many real estate agents enter the real estate market each year attempting to know real estate so that they can represent their clients who expect that they know something about real estate. Some agents feel that they know real estate after they take their state exam because they don’t know any better. But the truth is that they don’t know real estate until many things transpire to make them a real estate agent and those things come from knowledge.In this article, I will give you what I know to be the truth about learning real estate and give you some simple step by step instruction on what it takes to learn real estate and become the professional that is hired by the public to protect them. This is really simple but it requires a simple approach that can be tedious and boring to a salesperson. However, as a top agent in my field and the number one agent in Georgia, I can tell you, this is what has to be done if you are going to protect your client.Learning real estate is a processReal estate is a process of learning the system of the contract and the MLS. Here are the 7 steps to becoming good at what you do for a living:
Read the Purchase and Sale Agreement 50 times or more over the course of the first month in the business. Apply questions of when, why, where, how to all paragraphs. Ask your real estate broker if they have a written test they could give you to make sure that you are comprehending the agreement.

Study all addendums, exhibits and forms that can be added to the Purchase and Sale Agreement closely, applying the same questions as above to each and every paragraph.

Study the MLS system so that you have a working knowledge of the MLS listing itself and the features of the system. Map out a few homes and then think what you will do to notify the seller that you are going to visit the home. Make a script and a process of how you will show the home, listing the steps from getting your lockbox key updated all the way to locking the house back up when you leave.

Learn the mapping system that you will use. If you are using a GPS, map book or mapping software, make sure that you fully understand it’s flaws.

Write a fake offer for a buyer pretending that you are representing them. Fill in all the blanks and ask yourself the questions that will represent this buyer well. This is where you ask your family members to help you. They make up a scenario and you represent them. Of course you are not going to send the offer to an agent.

Study construction flaws of your area on the internet. However, remember that most state’s licensure for a real estate agent is limited to only the duties of an agent. This does not include making recommendations for repairs or being an inspector with your clients.

Make a packet of information for your buyers showing that you are an expert and that you have thought of the information they need to make an education purchase.
If you do the simple things above, you will find that you will become an expert quickly. Almost everything you need to know is in the Purchase and Sale Agreement that your state uses. Many people attend continuing education and that is fine, but the rubber meets the road when you are an expert at representing your clients in a legal and binding document.

Out of Date, Out of Sight, Out You Go – Clearing Out Your Unwanted Clothes

We have a small non-venomous python snake either living in our yard or in the local neighbourhood. It is only an accident when I glimpse it. That is the way I like it and we both live in peace.I was reminded of it when I saw its slowly decomposing, discarded skin in my back yard.What has this to do with modern dressing? Let me explain.Our local python is my inspiration for this article on regularly de-cluttering your wardrobe. Read on for three hints based on the cycles of nature.Let Us Part Company. You are Out-of-Date.Many animals like our neighbourhood snake shed their skin or their fur once a year. When the old covering is out-of-date for the coming season or its future needs, they part company. Deciduous trees lose all their leaves once a year. Even evergreens shed a certain portion of their leaves annually.That is a good guide for you. At least once a year go through your wardrobe with a discerning eye. Do not toss out everything like our snake. Do get rid of clothes that have passed their use-by-date. They may be too small, too big, too baggy, too staid or too much like everything else in your wardrobe. The same applies to your accessories. How many handbags and pairs of black shoes do you really need?Out of Sight So I Can Re-create MyselfOur neighbourhood snake shed its skin on our pool patio. It shed it there so that wherever it lives stays neat and tidy. It does not store its old skin in a back cupboard hoping to fit back into it next year. It is out of sight and gone forever from its mind. Our snake is now free to re-create itself in a better version.I am not a snake expert but am using this picture to help you get the real purpose of de-cluttering clothes and accessories. You do not do it to fill your wardrobe again with clothes and accessories that are almost or exactly like the ones you got rid of. That is reproducing yourself. Men’s dressing is like that as their fashion styles do not change much during their adult years.Dressing as a woman is about re-creating yourself. Yes, you may need to replace some classic items with similar ones. Aim to replace your discarded clothes with modern classics or classics with a twist like a top with ruched sleeves. Buy modern shoes and accessories to re-create yourself as ten per cent better. Changing a little regularly over a long time is easier to accept and maintain than an instant dramatic makeover like the ones shown on TV.Out You Go – Downcycle, Recycle or UpcycleIn the natural world many things shed their unwanted pieces for recycling. Some like our snake’s skin takes a bit longer to decompose than other things. Nature recycles the item where it is dropped. Women can recycle in three ways.Downcycling is my term for destroying by cutting up, pulling apart or re-mashing. It is when you cut up your old tee-shirts into polishing or cleaning rags; you cut jeans into shorts or you put old clothes out for charities to collect and turn into rags for industrial purposes.Recycling is passing on the unchanged item to someone else. It is swapping, donating or selling. Money may change hands or it may not. If you sell it, you usually get less than you originally paid for it. Vintage items are the exception.Upcycling is a new term for an old skill. It is when you make entirely new and different items out of old items. Think grandma’s depression-era thrift skills for today’s economic climate, only it costs a lot more. You pay either for your or someone else’s creative ideas, time, tools and materials. Danny Seo is a US upcycle expert who teaches people how to make things like fancy bowls from old tee-shirts. Tracey Trinder makes and sells skirts and bags created from old ties. The end result is a unique item. Google upcycling for more examples.Last WordsLike my neighbourhood snake, clean out regularly; move the old out of your home and replace with items that create a ten per cent updated, modern version of you.