Do You Have What It Takes to be a Realtor?

Today I'm with one of our best buyer's agents, Karoline Benskin. She's going to be speaking about her journey of becoming a licensed Realtor and what it took to get her where she is today.

Karoline has been licensed for two years now. She had to take a 60-hour course that lasted about a week and a half, and after that she took a test related to the course. After passing the exam, she then had to take an 18-hour course that focused on the ins and outs of being a Realtor.

Something that most people don't realize about being a real estate agent is that you don't have endless amounts of free time. We have to cater to the needs of our clients, and we take this very seriously. The market never stops running, so we never really stop working.

Another thing to remember is that success does not come overnight. Some people expect sales right away, but usually nobody gets a sale until 60 days in. We did, however, have an agent get five deals in his first few days.

Another thing to consider is which brokerage you want to work with. Certain companies offer you varying levels of independence, so you need to do some research and find out where you would fit best. We've both been with Keller Williams, and we love it. Anyone who starts working with KW has to read "The Millionaire Real Estate Agent". It's like the bible around here, and it contains all the systems and models you need to succeed in this business.

What drove me to get into the business was when I lost my job at a marketing firm in 2008. I decided I never wanted anyone else to determine my wealth again, so I became an agent. I also used the skills I acquired at the marketing firm to build my business here.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact us with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Make Your Move Stress Free

Today, we're going to talk about our top tips for a stress-free moving day.

First of all, start early. Don't leave everything for the last minute and get overwhelmed. Being overwhelmed just makes the entire process more stressful than it needs to be. Start early and do one room at a time. It will be more manageable, and you won't feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have to pack.

While you're packing one room at a time, keep all the rooms together. Don't have a bunch of miscellaneous boxes that aren't labeled. Put your kitchen things in boxes labeled "kitchen," your living room things in boxes labeled "living room," and so on.

While you're packing, however, make sure you leave important documents out. You don't want to have to unpack everything to find your checkbook so you can pay the mover. Leave out things like credit cards, bills, or anything you may need to give your lender at the last minute, such as tax forms.

If you're moving with kids, it's a good idea to take the kids over to the new house while it's still vacant. Have them "pick" their rooms (even though you probably already know where they're going to go), and pick the room color. Doing this helps your kids get excited about the move. When you are moving, pack some snacks and have activities to keep them focused so you can do what you need to do. If you can, have grandma come out for the day and keep the kids busy.

Finally, if you're moving with pets, you need to plan ahead. You may need someone to watch your pets. Leave their food and toys out so they have something to do while you are moving.

Those are our top tips for a stress-free move! If you have any questions, please give us a call or send us an email. We would be happy to help you!