Real Estate Blog Squad

Posted by: Peter Coy on September 1, 2005

Remember the Mod Squad on 1970s TV, those bad dudes with velvet bellbottoms who fought crime and jumped into cars without opening the doors first?

Now there’s a Real Estate Blog Squad. They don’t wear bellbottoms, but they’re just as cool. The Real Estate Blog Squad is 40 or so blogging real estate agents who have joined forces to outblog the mainstream press and help the world. One of their first projects is raising money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Real Estate Blog Squad started late last month. Its founder is Frances Flynn Thorsen (pictured here), a Realtor/blogger in Bethlehem, Pa.


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If you like real estate and you like blogs, check out the new site.

Reader Comments

KELVIN BUCKSON

September 1, 2005 6:16 PM

I LOVE YOUR SITE...I CAN HELP INVESTORS WITH 0% DOWN INVESTOR PURCHASE...LET ME HELP YOU.

frank

August 15, 2006 1:19 AM

THE REAL ESTATE BLOG SQUAD is off to a great start.It is a noncommercial venture, an exercise in citizen journalism, and if offers us an opportunity to make a difference in real estate on a national level.

surn

August 25, 2006 6:24 AM

Great point Rachel! And I’ve showed homes to both types you mention.

Successful Agent

September 18, 2007 7:54 AM

In the past few years I've been researching who are the successful agents, tried to figure out why top agents are top agents.
Do they have a common educational background? No. Good ones have high school diplomas, masters and doctorates. No correlation.
Similar previous careers? No. One of the best agents I know used to teach baton twirling. I doubt if I could find a lot of those if I tried! I've had waiters, teachers, high powered executives and stay-at-home Moms who were all very successful.
Common interests? No. Other than eating, (which we Realtor-types seem to do exceptional well) the interests are widely diverse.
After 13 years in real estate sales and management, I've only found a few constants.
1. Successful agents treat the real estate business as a business. They actually have a business plan and a budget. They understand that you have to spend money to make money. They know how many sales they need to make the income they require and then they figure how they'll get from here to there. They plan in advance and execute the plan.
2. They actually work when they work and play when they play and take a day or two off every week. (Just like a "real job!")
3. They have fun and enjoy selling real estate but know that it won't be forever.
4. They buy a lot of real estate for investment when they see good deals because they know that no one gets rich selling the stuff. You get rich owning it! Financial independence gives one a lot of freedom, autonomy and a certain air of confidence that smells like success.
. . . And people like to do business with successful people so they do more business!
That’s why I choose this realtor http://www.realtydirectorymakers.com/ for my future

The Role of a Realtor

October 2, 2007 12:34 AM

When going to buy or sell a home, your first step should be finding a honest and hard-working realtor.


When going to buy or sell a home, your first step should be finding an honest and hard-working realtor. You can find a real estate agent by keeping an eye out for advertisements, calling your local real estate broker, or through the internet.

The role of a real estate agent is to represent your best interests in a real estate transaction. They work off of a commission, normally 6% of the sales price of the home. In most cases, that commission is split equally between the realtor representing the buyer and the realtor representing the seller. For a person buying a home, the service of the real estate agent is free, because commission is paid by the seller. The buyer, however, is responsible for most of the closing costs. The closing costs will be explained to you by your realtor and will be on the documents you sign when you go to the title company. Closing costs can also be negotiated on during the contract process.

The real estate agent, through their broker, has access to all of the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) listed homes in your area of interest. If you are a home buyer, the realtor can provide you with information about homes for sale that meet your criteria. They will then bring you to these homes and let you inside to see them. If you are selling a home, the realtor will list your home in the MLS, post a "For Sale" sign in your yard, and hold open houses to attract buyers. Be wary of discount realtors that offer to list your home for a lower commission. Studies show that, in most cases, your home will stay on the market longer and you end up selling it for a lower price than what you intended.

A real estate transaction is a complicated process that involves many steps and is best done with the help of a trained, licensed professional. A realtor can save you the headache of dealing with the other party in the sale, getting together the contract, and submitting all the documents to the title company. So when you are ready to buy or sell a house, contact the local real estate agent.
I had come to know these kind of information through the realtor site which I have recently visited http://www.realestateinwoodstock.com

This site shows much useful information about the real estate business

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BusinessWeek editors Chris Palmeri, Prashant Gopal and Peter Coy chronicle the highs and lows of the housing and mortgage markets on their Hot Property blog. In print and online, the Hot Property team first wrote about the potential downside of lenders pushing riskier, "option ARM" mortgages and the rise in mortgage fraud back in 2005—well ahead of many other media outlets. In 2008, Hot Property bloggers finished #1 in a ranking of the world's top 100 "most powerful property people" by the British real estate website Global edge. Hot Property was named among the 25 most influential real estate blogs of 2007 by Inman News.

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