Posts Tagged ‘blog’

Working with a Relocation Management Company

February 2, 2015

blog 2At some point in your career, you’ll probably be requested by a corporate transferee to assist them either in a home purchase or home sale transaction. You might be wondering what that means to you. Corporate transferees are customers who have been directed by their employers to make a job transfer. For the most part, they wait until their human resources director tells them what steps they need to make and when, but sometimes the transferees jump the gun and makes decisions on their own that can affect how their employer helps them financially. What does this mean to you and to the customer?

You as the associate and service provider always want to protect the transferee’s benefits, so here are some rules and strategies to make sure you don’t make mistakes that jeopardize their benefits and your commission. (more…)

Contract in Review: Top 10 Contract Issues

January 5, 2015

contract_reviewIn addition to ready, willing and able buyers and sellers, the real estate professionals’ ability to collect a commission is dependent on how solidly the agreement is written. Whether you are the listing agent receiving the offer on behalf of a seller or the selling agent preparing the offer on behalf of an interested buyer, every agent involved in the transaction has an obligation to ensure the contract is well written. Many contracts are filled with loopholes and scenarios that could render the deal void if challenged. Below are the top ten issues that we see in Broker Support that could cause contract nightmares and possibly cause the contract to be voided by one party or the other. (more…)

Social Networking: Don’t Violate GREC Guidelines

December 2, 2013

social_media_guidelinesDon’t you find it interesting that the rise of social media happened almost in unison with the 2007 housing market crash? It might not have been a coincidence so much as a necessity. Businesses needed cheap methods of getting in contact with their customers, and costly marketing tools were replaced by free blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more social media avenues.

It’s no surprise that these tools are still widely used even with the market returning. But since social media is still considered a form of marketing, sales associates need to make sure they are meeting all of the requirements of the License Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the Georgia Real Estate Commission (GREC).

According to the GREC, here are some DON’Ts when using social media either personally or in your professional real estate activities: (more…)

How to Start Your Own Blog

March 5, 2012

Thinking about starting your own blog?

I have a few tips to get you started. Metro Brokers’ Blog has remained successful, with thousands of views each month. In fact, this entry marks its 200th post.

While blogging is definitely a form of social networking, it can help you in ways that Facebook and Twitter can’t. It’s a great outlet for your business knowledge and personal views, and you can go into much greater detail than on other social networking sites.

Just be sure that you have time to dedicate to it. (more…)

Happy Anniversary to Us!

May 26, 2009

anniversaryToday marks the one month anniversary of the Metro Brokers blog, so I thought I’d find out from you (our readers) just how you think we’re fairing.

I want this blog to remain interesting, educational and more importantly – informative. My hope is that everyone who reads this blog will share it with others (friends, family, clients, and colleagues). I also want visitors to feel compelled to leave comments – send us a question, expand upon the topic with your own experiences, give advice others may be able to use or let us know you’d like to see more written on a particular topic. You may even disagree with us from time-to-time, but we welcome constructive criticism.


Embarking on a New Journey into Blogging

April 26, 2009

Hello and welcome to Metro Brokers’ blog! This is our first post and I’m thrilled to say that Metro Brokers is moving full-speed ahead into Web 2.0. In fact, we’re the first full-service real estate company in Atlanta to have a blog that serves both consumers and Realtors.

Here’s where you’ll find the latest and greatest news on everything real estate related – from home buying and selling tips, to marketing ideas, to technology trends. You can expect posts at least twice a week and probably even more (we have a lot to share).

Most of the posts will come from key staff members, all of whom have many years of experience and knowledge to share (yes, there are many wildly interesting people here…starting with me of course). Check out our profiles and connect with us on social networking sites like LinkedIn, Twitter and Google Profiles.

We plan to make this blog informative and interesting to read. You’ll be able to search for posts by category, date, keyword and by contributor. Plus, we want comments from you on our posts. I encourage you to comment when you have something you’d like to add, something you’d like to see featured, or even if you just want to let us know you found the info useful or interesting.

So bookmark this blog, email it to a friend/colleague/client or add our RSS feed to your favorite reader (i.e., iGoogle, etc.) and stay tuned for more news at Metro Brokers. We want you to keep coming back for an abundance of information you can use.

Here’s a quick look at a few topics you can expect in the coming weeks:
• Diving into Social Networking
• Your Online Personal Brand
• Saving your Home from Foreclosure
• The Ins and Outs of ARMs
• What People Look for in a Realtor
• Marketing Your Agent Website

Stay Tuned,

Kevin Levent
President and CEO

Your Happy Broker!