real estate agent

May 9, 2023

What is the Difference Between a Realtor and an Agent?

If you haven’t spent much time around the real estate industry you might think the terms “Realtor” and “real estate agent” are interchangeable. However, that’s a common misconception. The distinction is well-known among within our industry, but we’re here to lift the veil to make sure you know what the differences are. We like transparency! How do You Become a Real Estate Agent? Real estate agent refers to everyone who has been licensed to sell real estate. This includes sales agents and brokers. In order to become a real estate agent here in Florida you’re required to complete 63 hours of pre-licensing classes – either online or in the classroom – and pass the exit exam following your completion of […]
April 11, 2017

Why You Should List Your House in the Spring

Spring kicks off one of the busiest times for home sales. The holidays are over and most buyers want to be settled into a new house by the next school year. No matter what the state of the market looks like, there is usually an increase in inventory during the spring, creating an exciting time for buyers. If you’re ready to sell your home, get ready to list it this spring. Prices Are Usually Higher In some industries, increased inventory lowers prices, but the opposite can be true in real estate. Prices tend to be higher in the prime season, when the most homes are listed. Even though buyers will have more options during the spring, the better homes on […]
April 4, 2017

Do Open Houses Really Help You Sell Your Home?

When you put your home on the market, you want it to get as much attention as it can. One timeless way to get noticed and let potential buyers connect with your home is by holding an open house. Today, most homebuyers start their search online, but that doesn’t mean that an open house is no longer a valuable sales tool. A National Association of Realtors survey found that 45% of homebuyers said they used open houses as a major source of information as part of their home search.  If you decide to hold an open house, these tips can help ensure that it’s a success. Market the Open House If you’ve driven through Pinecrest on a Sunday recently, you’ve […]
March 29, 2017

5 Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

So much attention surrounds first-time homebuyers, but selling a home for the first time is an equally daunting task and is completely different from buying. Sellers sometimes incorrectly believe that because they have been through the buying process, they know how to sell their home. In fact, there are many intricacies to selling a home that you don’t experience when you buy. If you’re a first-time home seller, these five tips will help you make the most of your sale: 1. Hire an Experienced Realtor.  This should go without saying, but hiring an experienced realtor is the most important selling decision you will make. We’d encourage you to interview a couple rather than going with the part-time realtor that you […]