How to Pick a Good Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent

There are so many people in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area that have their Real Estate license.  These agents want the consumer that is looking to buy or sell a home to “pick them!”  Remember in elementary school when you would play touch football or kickball and you wanted to not be the last one picked?  You would stick out your hand to your friend who you already had an established relationship, jump up and down and make a crazy face that said “Pick Me!!”  In essence Real Estate agents do this with their Real Estate Marketing.  They send out direct mail, postcards, sports schedules, and other gimmicks to their sphere of influence or general farm area and say “Pick Me!”  Pick me cause I’m a GRI, CRS, CDPE, ABS, or some other Realtor designation that the average consumer doesn’t know or doesn’t care about.  My favorite is when the Realtor says they are a “Multi-Million Dollar Producer” which means they sold over a $1 Million in real estate (which could be only 1 or 2 homes) but the consumer thinks it means that the Realtor made over $1 Million dollars.  So there are thousands of Realtors out there wanting to be picked by the consumer and there are thousands of consumers needing the services of a Real Estate agent.  If you were in the market to buy or sell a home what should you look for when “picking” a good Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent?  Here they are…

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The Obsolete Real Estate Marketing Plan

I was home over the weekend and I came across a TV marathon of a show that I truly loved…the old school “Twilight Zone.”  I was watching several episodes in a row and I came to an episode that made me think about how it relates to the Real Estate community today and in the future.  The name of the episode was “The Obsolete Man.”  In the episode Burgess Merideth (Rocky Balboa’s trainer-Micky) lived in a Totalitarian State and was on trial in front of  the high counsel for being “obsolete.”  He had to answer to his charges and could be sentenced to death.  Burgess said he was a Librarian and that he loved books.  In this future existence there apparently was no need for books and therefore Librarians.  He was sentenced to a death for no longer serving a purpose in society and being “obsolete.”  Of course since it was the Twilight Zone there were some twists and ended very fittingly.  So…how does this correlate with your Real Estate Marketing plan in 2012?

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5 Tips To Get Started as a NEW Real Estate Agent

Every single Real Estate agent that has ever existed was a brand new agent at one point.  They paid their money for Real Estate school and passed their tests and BAM they were Realtors!  Ok, that’s great but now what?  What do I do now to get clients?  Ever hear the phrase “Jack of all trades…Master of none?”  That can easily be any new Real Estate agent (and experienced) if they don’t know know how to get started in their Real Estate career.   Here are DCTitleGuy’s Top 5 tips that can help any brand new Realtor get through the learning curve as fast as possible and start generating business right away.

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Real Estate Joint Ventures…Who Wins?

Having been in the Title Insurance business for the past 7 years doing Sales and Marketing I have run into pretty much every kind of objective possible as to why a Realtor or Mortgage Lender has a relationship with a Title Company or why they have to use Title Company X or Y.  Many of these objectives are not to diffcult to navigate and usually result in landing a new client or large account.  There is one objective that I have seen the most, especially in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area.  That one objective that I hear is…”well our office has a Joint Venture (JV) with Title Company X or Y…my broker wants us to use them.”

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Real Estate Commodity-How NOT to Become One

Since moving to the Washington DC/Northern Virginia area and working as the Director of Sales/Markeing for Stewart Title and Escrow  I have been working like mad getting in front agents, lenders, commerical agents doing what I can do help them grow their business.  I’m also doing something else that is very important…and that is showing these people how Stewart Title is different than our competitors…how I/We are different.  You see, when a consumer, or in my case a Real Estate agent or a Mortgage Lender sees the difference and then the added value that we bring, they make a conscious decision to do business with us instead of Title Company X or Y.  This is how NOT to become a Real Estate Commodity.

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iPad in Real Estate-Is it Worth it?

As you have seen in the last 10 years technology has simply EXPLODED in many different forms and has impacted many industries and none more than the Real Estate industry. Everything is being moved away from print advertising, direct mail, yellow pages, instead things are online, blogs, Social Media, Video, and other forms of new technologies. There is one form of technology that has come along in the last couple years that has the ability to really impact the Real Estate business. What is the piece of technology? You guessed it…the iPad!!  So…are you using an iPad in Real Estate?

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