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Seller Safety Plan

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Seller Safety Plan

September is REALTOR® Safety month when special attention is focused on the security of having a home on the market and the concerns for the well-being of owners is a day-to-day effort.  The following list may help sellers secure their home and minimize risk.

  • Locks – doors and windows should be locked at all times.  Additional locks like deadbolts or safety locks can provide a higher level of security.
  • Home lighting – turn on the lights prior to prior to purchasers arriving to improve the showing.  Not only will they be able to see things better, it could prevent them hurting themselves unnecessarily. Outdoor motion-sensor lights provide additional security.
  • Eliminate the possible hazards – try to identify anything that might cause a person to trip and fall such as loose objects on the floor or floor coverings that aren’t properly secured.
  • Security system – If you have a security system, it should be monitored and armed, especially when you’re away from home.  Most systems will allow you to program a temporary code that agents will be able to use based on your instructions.
  • Prescription medications – remove or secure the drugs before showing the home.
  • Secure valuables – jewelry, artwork, gaming systems;  mail containing personal information like bank and credit card statements, investment reports;  wine and liquor can also be a security issue.
  • Remove family photos –pictures can be distracting to prospective purchasers but the concern at hand is to eliminate photos of a wife, teenage daughter or children that might provide information to a possible pedophile or stalker who could be posing as a buyer.
  • Remove weapons – the reason to remove guns should be obvious to everyone but a knife block on the kitchen counter can become an opportunity of convenience.
  • Unexpected callers – when some people see a for sale sign in the yard, they think that it’s an invitation to look at the home immediately. Keep your doors locked so that people can’t let themselves in. If they ring the doorbell and want to see the home but aren’t accompanied by an agent, ask them to call your listing agent.

These precautions should be taken before the photos or virtual tours are made.  Having these items in plain sight in the pictures posted on the Internet can unwillingly provide prospective criminals with a menu of what is available.

Agents cannot protect a seller’s valuables other than to inform the owner of potential threats to their security.  In most cases, the seller’s agent will not be present at home showings and even if they were, it is not always practical nor desirable to follow the buyers and their agent through the home.

Keys to Your Success

motivational slogan on a stack of colorful reminder notes isolated on white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took a course recently that strongly suggested that we stop being negative.  I participated at a high level and it resulted in tremendously helping me personally and in my business.  I’m not judging, I’m just saying that negative thoughts result in negative actions.  From a scientific prospective, we were taught that our cells actually eavesdrop on our thoughts and subsequently we become our thoughts.  So the theory here is to have positive thoughts and you will get positive actions.  Now this is nothing new there are many books written on the subject.  One famous book I can think of is: The power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.  We may not be able to control our 1st thought but we can control our second and with enough practice we can eventually control our every thought.  To achieve this, the course taught us to wear a rubber bracelet and we were to switch wrists every time we had a negative thought.  What this resulted in was a raised level of awareness of all the negative energy in our lives and to focus on changing our thoughts.  As the weeks went by, I found myself receiving phone calls from family and friends, wanting me to come and list their homes, or help them find a home.  The positive energy came pouring in and I believe it was a result of putting positive energy out.  I feel it helped me in my personal life as well; one result was it helped me become a better listener.  Really listening to people helped me isolate the actual issues and not focus on the “smoke” so to speak, instead to focus on the “fire”.  In practicing this, I have been able to give great advice, which helped my loved ones and clients alike.  My big take away from the course: when we have positive energy we can use it to have a great life.

Are You Thinking of a Career Change?

Have you been thinking about a career change and owning your own business? Do you enjoy working with people, would love to help others achieve their real estate dreams, and want a flexible schedule? Have you ever considered a career in real estate?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, join us tonight at 5:30 (July 2nd) or Wednesday, July 16th at noon for a free real estate career seminar at our Keller Williams office in Lafayette. There, you’ll learn about the requirements for starting a business in real estate and what we offer to our associates at Keller Williams Realty.

real estate seminar in Lafayette, la

Starting a business in real estate, as a Realtor, is fairly simple, quick, and inexpensive compared to the costs of starting other types of businesses. Truth is, real estate is probably one of the lowest cost start up there is. Obtaining your license and paying the initial fees for the first year will run you about $1500. Maintaining your license afterwards with all the mandated fees will costs you around $1500 per year. What other kind of business can you start and run for this kind of money? And when it comes to income, the sky is the limit; you can build it as small or as large as you envision it. Really.

Keller Williams is looking to hire and train a select group of motivated Realtors. If you are looking to build a career in real estate, or looking to take your existing career to the next level, there is no better place to do so than the #1 Real Estate Brokerage in North America. At Keller Williams, our mission is to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living. We can teach you the ins and outs of building a successful real estate business, and we offer the tools of the trade that will get you there. No experience necessary; We will train you!

For more information, visit my redcareers website here on contact me via email with your questions.

Are You Curious About Blogging for Real Estate?

Are you a real estate agent in the Lafayette area and you are curious about blogging to increase your business?

blogging for business in real estate

If you have questions about blogging, how to start, what to blog about, or where to blog, join us Wednesday morning (Feb 5th) at our Keller Williams office in Lafayette for a special Q & A about blogging, presented by yours truly. That’s right, between 8:45 and 9:30, I will let you pick at my brain about blogging in real estate and share my experiences with you.

I’ve been blogging for well over 4 years and my blogs have been a constant source of business for me. It can be for you as well!

So join me Wednesday and bring your blogging questions with you. And by the way, you do not have to be a Keller Williams’ associate to attend or even be an agent at all. All are welcome and I look forward to seeing many of you there!

Category Archives: Real Estate Training

Seller Safety Plan

 43997828_250pixel.jpg

Seller Safety Plan

September is REALTOR® Safety month when special attention is focused on the security of having a home on the market and the concerns for the well-being of owners is a day-to-day effort.  The following list may help sellers secure their home and minimize risk.

  • Locks – doors and windows should be locked at all times.  Additional locks like deadbolts or safety locks can provide a higher level of security.
  • Home lighting – turn on the lights prior to prior to purchasers arriving to improve the showing.  Not only will they be able to see things better, it could prevent them hurting themselves unnecessarily. Outdoor motion-sensor lights provide additional security.
  • Eliminate the possible hazards – try to identify anything that might cause a person to trip and fall such as loose objects on the floor or floor coverings that aren’t properly secured.
  • Security system – If you have a security system, it should be monitored and armed, especially when you’re away from home.  Most systems will allow you to program a temporary code that agents will be able to use based on your instructions.
  • Prescription medications – remove or secure the drugs before showing the home.
  • Secure valuables – jewelry, artwork, gaming systems;  mail containing personal information like bank and credit card statements, investment reports;  wine and liquor can also be a security issue.
  • Remove family photos –pictures can be distracting to prospective purchasers but the concern at hand is to eliminate photos of a wife, teenage daughter or children that might provide information to a possible pedophile or stalker who could be posing as a buyer.
  • Remove weapons – the reason to remove guns should be obvious to everyone but a knife block on the kitchen counter can become an opportunity of convenience.
  • Unexpected callers – when some people see a for sale sign in the yard, they think that it’s an invitation to look at the home immediately. Keep your doors locked so that people can’t let themselves in. If they ring the doorbell and want to see the home but aren’t accompanied by an agent, ask them to call your listing agent.

These precautions should be taken before the photos or virtual tours are made.  Having these items in plain sight in the pictures posted on the Internet can unwillingly provide prospective criminals with a menu of what is available.

Agents cannot protect a seller’s valuables other than to inform the owner of potential threats to their security.  In most cases, the seller’s agent will not be present at home showings and even if they were, it is not always practical nor desirable to follow the buyers and their agent through the home.

Keys to Your Success

motivational slogan on a stack of colorful reminder notes isolated on white

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I took a course recently that strongly suggested that we stop being negative.  I participated at a high level and it resulted in tremendously helping me personally and in my business.  I’m not judging, I’m just saying that negative thoughts result in negative actions.  From a scientific prospective, we were taught that our cells actually eavesdrop on our thoughts and subsequently we become our thoughts.  So the theory here is to have positive thoughts and you will get positive actions.  Now this is nothing new there are many books written on the subject.  One famous book I can think of is: The power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale.  We may not be able to control our 1st thought but we can control our second and with enough practice we can eventually control our every thought.  To achieve this, the course taught us to wear a rubber bracelet and we were to switch wrists every time we had a negative thought.  What this resulted in was a raised level of awareness of all the negative energy in our lives and to focus on changing our thoughts.  As the weeks went by, I found myself receiving phone calls from family and friends, wanting me to come and list their homes, or help them find a home.  The positive energy came pouring in and I believe it was a result of putting positive energy out.  I feel it helped me in my personal life as well; one result was it helped me become a better listener.  Really listening to people helped me isolate the actual issues and not focus on the “smoke” so to speak, instead to focus on the “fire”.  In practicing this, I have been able to give great advice, which helped my loved ones and clients alike.  My big take away from the course: when we have positive energy we can use it to have a great life.

Are You Thinking of a Career Change?

Have you been thinking about a career change and owning your own business? Do you enjoy working with people, would love to help others achieve their real estate dreams, and want a flexible schedule? Have you ever considered a career in real estate?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, join us tonight at 5:30 (July 2nd) or Wednesday, July 16th at noon for a free real estate career seminar at our Keller Williams office in Lafayette. There, you’ll learn about the requirements for starting a business in real estate and what we offer to our associates at Keller Williams Realty.

real estate seminar in Lafayette, la

Starting a business in real estate, as a Realtor, is fairly simple, quick, and inexpensive compared to the costs of starting other types of businesses. Truth is, real estate is probably one of the lowest cost start up there is. Obtaining your license and paying the initial fees for the first year will run you about $1500. Maintaining your license afterwards with all the mandated fees will costs you around $1500 per year. What other kind of business can you start and run for this kind of money? And when it comes to income, the sky is the limit; you can build it as small or as large as you envision it. Really.

Keller Williams is looking to hire and train a select group of motivated Realtors. If you are looking to build a career in real estate, or looking to take your existing career to the next level, there is no better place to do so than the #1 Real Estate Brokerage in North America. At Keller Williams, our mission is to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living. We can teach you the ins and outs of building a successful real estate business, and we offer the tools of the trade that will get you there. No experience necessary; We will train you!

For more information, visit my redcareers website here on contact me via email with your questions.

Are You Curious About Blogging for Real Estate?

Are you a real estate agent in the Lafayette area and you are curious about blogging to increase your business?

blogging for business in real estate

If you have questions about blogging, how to start, what to blog about, or where to blog, join us Wednesday morning (Feb 5th) at our Keller Williams office in Lafayette for a special Q & A about blogging, presented by yours truly. That’s right, between 8:45 and 9:30, I will let you pick at my brain about blogging in real estate and share my experiences with you.

I’ve been blogging for well over 4 years and my blogs have been a constant source of business for me. It can be for you as well!

So join me Wednesday and bring your blogging questions with you. And by the way, you do not have to be a Keller Williams’ associate to attend or even be an agent at all. All are welcome and I look forward to seeing many of you there!