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Favorite Home Features for Today’s Baby Boomer...

By: Equity National   April 7, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Favorite Home Features for Today’s Baby Boomer...

Everyone has ideas for their retirement home. Today’s Baby Boomers (those born post–World War II between the years 1946 and 1964) often have much different retirement ideas than their parents did. While their parents were content with downsizing by possibly buying a condo or moving into a smaller one level home, a lot of Baby Boomers are using their retirement to upgrade or completely change their current living arrangements. A recent surv...
Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Success

By: Equity National   March 30, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Success

Emotional intelligence first became popular in the 1995 when Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ made the New York Times best seller list. In his book, Golemen, a psychologist and New York Times science writer, indicates that emotional intelligence could be a key element in achieving success for many people. What is Emotional Intelligence? According to Psychology Today, emotional intelligence i...
8 Ways to Protect Financial Information

By: Equity National   March 23, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

8 Ways to Protect Financial Information

With so many security breaches making the news lately, it can be an extraordinary challenge to maintain a secure financial identity in today’s world. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to help keep your financial information safe. Be sure to share these tips with your clients to assist them with guarding their finances and identify.  Protect all your PINs and passwords. Cover the key pad when entering numbers. Mak...
Networking for Introverts: 5 Tips to Make it Eas...

By: Equity National   March 16, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Networking for Introverts: 5 Tips to Make it Eas...

Networking can be extraordinarily useful if you do it regularly. However, many people stay away from networking because it can be awkward or they may not know how to network. Introverts, in particular, often have a hard time easing into networking. Take a look at these 5 tips to make networking easier.  Be Prepared – Have some ice breaker conversation starters in mind to use. Being aware of the latest news and knowing what’s tr...
Credit Score vs. Credit Report: What your client...

By: Equity National   March 9, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Credit Score vs. Credit Report: What your client...

The terms ‘credit score’ and ‘credit report’ are often used when discussing mortgages with clients. In many cases, they are thought to be one in the same by clients; however there are several differences that should be discussed. Both credit reports and credit scores are used to determine eligibility for a mortgage, but they both have significance in themselves. A credit report is a record of a person’s credit history over the ye...
5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

By: Equity National   March 2, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

There are several ways to increase the value of a home before it goes on the market. Some of the easiest fixes are thankfully also the most inexpensive. When appropriate, offer these suggestions to your sellers before they decide to show their home for the first time. Declutter and deep clean- Have your client remove any unnecessary furniture or décor that might make a space seem smaller than it actually is and clean everything. For i...
5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

By: Equity National   March 2, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

5 Low Cost Ways to Increase the Value of a Home

There are several ways to increase the value of a home before it goes on the market. Some of the easiest fixes are thankfully also the most inexpensive. When appropriate, offer these suggestions to your sellers before they decide to show their home for the first time. Declutter and deep clean- Have your client remove any unnecessary furniture or décor that might make a space seem smaller than it actually is and clean everything. F...
Next Steps When the Home Appraisal is Below the ...

By: Equity National   February 20, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

Next Steps When the Home Appraisal is Below the ...

When your clients are knee deep in the home buying process, as their real estate agent, you want everything to run as smoothly as possible for them. So when the home appraisal comes in under the negotiated sale price, you want to take action so the deal doesn’t fall apart. Here are a few ways to approach it. If your client does not feel the appraisal represents the value of the home, there are couple things he or she can do: Review the...
How to Avoid Some Common Real Estate Closing Pro...

By: Equity National   February 10, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

How to Avoid Some Common Real Estate Closing Pro...

Winter is a great time to set your business goals for the year, especially if you’re in the real estate business. During the slow months of winter, you can spend some time reflecting on how your business did last year and determining what you want to achieve this year. Check out our six tried and true tips for setting and reaching your business goals. Set realistic goals. Doubling your sales this spring could happen but ask yoursel...
7 ways to help take the stress out of your clien...

By: Equity National   February 3, 2015   No Tags   Uncategorized

7 ways to help take the stress out of your clien...

When you think of a real estate closing, stress-free is probably not the phrase you would use to describe it. No one knows better than mortgage and real estate professionals how wrong closings can go. However, as we wrote about in an earlier blog post: Finding the Awesome, Equity National is on a mission to find the awesome in real estate closings. With this in mind, take a look at this checklist of reminders for your clients. Even if you thin...

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