A list of posts in our real estate Best Practices Real Estate Agent Industry Reports category.

Customer Service: Taking a look inside yourself can be scary.

I recently wrote an article the other day about how Realtor customer service on average was mediocre and provided statistics to prove it. At Home Value Leads, we had already decided that customer service was an area that we needed to focus on and improve in 2016, but after publishing that last article, I felt that […]


Home Value Leads Feb 10th, 2016

Realtor Customer Service Mediocrity

Everyone knows what customer service is, but do you actually know how to measure it? Are you measuring it at all? Chances are, your answer to both of these questions are “yes,” except that you are measuring the wrong things. A company called LiveChat, Inc which runs a web-based customer support ticketing system, recently released […]


Home Value Leads Feb 1st, 2016

The Skinny on the New Disclosure and Loan Estimate Form

As of October 1st, a requirement for closing will be put in place with the new Disclosure and Loan Estimate Form, replacing the Good Faith Estimate, HUD-1 Settlement Statement and Truth in Lending Act Disclosure Form. The purpose of this new document shouldn’t make too many waves in what you do as a real estate […]


Renae Virata Sep 21st, 2015

Is There a Conspiracy in the Real Estate Business?!

We hear it time and time again from FSBO sellers – why should I rely on a real estate agent to sell my home when I am perfectly capable myself? You likely hear similar questions about the real estate agents’ roles in the selling and buying processes. Apparently, researchers are trying to put a science […]


Renae Virata Aug 26th, 2015

Get More Mileage Out of Every Listing Appointment

When it comes to that first meeting with your clients, it’s important that you don’t waste their time – nor yours. The listing appointment is a nerve-racking situation for both sides. The seller is eager to sell his or her home, and you want to snag that client ASAP! So it’s important to make the […]


Renae Virata Jul 10th, 2015

Real Estate Update: The Skinny on the Condo Market Part II

In our previous post, we discussed the current state of the condo market, including the limited support that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) offers to this special group of residential properties, making condo transactions quite difficult. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) “2015 Condo Resources Book” actually laid out quite clearly the reasons why the FHA […]


Renae Virata Jul 7th, 2015

Real Estate Update: The Skinny on the Condo Market Part I

As a real estate agent, you may have considered other residential properties as part of your portfolio such as condos. If you’ve never delved into this special type of property, then read on! You should know a few key things first about where this special market is and where it’s going. Here’s the skinny on the […]


Renae Virata Jul 6th, 2015

3 Quick Ways to Gain More Time in Your Real Estate Business

As a real estate agent, you are an entrepreneur or at least have that entrepreneurial spirit, which means that time is your most valuable commodity. If you think about it, any time you lose in your daily life spent on the small tasks and things that are not as valuable to your business, you will never […]


Renae Virata Jun 30th, 2015

Stress-Free Closing Date: Disconnect Utilities Seamlessly

In our last blog about your sellers moving out, we discussed some strategies to help the closing date (whenever it may occur) to be stress-free.  Now let’s look at another element of moving out:  disconnecting utilities. Earlier, you advised the sellers to plan for overlapping residences so they won’t be fooled by a delayed closing […]


Regina Brown Jun 29th, 2015

Real Estate Tip for Your Clients: Pro Mover or DIY?

Thanks to Home Value Leads for securing this wonderful seller, your real estate transaction went smoothly. You’re now preparing to close escrow!  Your seller asks for a common real estate tip: whether it’s worth the cost to hire a professional moving company or if they should employ the “friends and family” moving method. Although you may […]


Regina Brown Jun 25th, 2015