Article: Selling Small with Big Results

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Get Big Results when you’re Selling Small

There’s a perception among many who work in or casually follow the real estate industry that bigger is always better.

It stands to reason: more square footage equals more space and a bigger home. Naturally you’re going to pay more for 10 pounds of something than you will for five pounds. But once you factor in the more complicated variables of real estate – condition of the property, age of the home, and most importantly location, location, location – square footage becomes much less of an absolute.

Talk to any agent in the Bay Area, or someone who deals in Manhattan or Brooklyn, and they’re just as likely to jump on a small space as a big one. And plenty of agents in less populated places make a good living selling smaller, more affordable homes in volume rather than seeking that single white whale to make their month or year.

So, how does a modern agent -sensitive to clients’ assumptions that bigger is better – sell a small house, or a house with a smaller-than-average room, like a kitchen or master bedroom? Here are a few pieces of advice.

Article: New Years Resolutions for Real Estate Agents


The ball has dropped on 2017 and with it all excuses for sandbagging our preparation for the upcoming sales year.
Following the prodigious spending, eating, drinking and socializing of November and December, January also is a popular time for self-assessment. Diets and routine normalization are common, and even if those improvements don’t get a whiff of February, it’s never a bad exercise to take stock of how we spend our time and how we go about our business.
For agents, it’s doubly good. Many of us are in a weather-induced “down season,” and, as we’ve mentioned in this space before, the winter months are a good time to complete some tasks that simply don’t get done when you’re racing from one listing or showing to another.
With these concepts in mind, we present some New Year’s resolutions for our friends in the real estate business. Some of these are more tongue in cheek than others, but by now you should expect that from us. We here at Zbuyer wish you all prosperity and many happy closings in 2017!


Article: The Cost of a REAL Gingerbread House


How Much Would it Cost to Build a Life-Size Gingerbread House?


Building a home is hard work. The weather is usually hot, the materials heavy, and the deadlines (usually) strict. There is red tape, contractors and roadblocks to work through. Worst of all: If you get hungry, you can’t just dip your hand into a trough of mixed concrete and eat it. It’s just not done!


Article: Winter Months for Agents


5 ways to take advantage of the slower winter months
Winter is coming. And even if many of us are experiencing a run of winters with than less snow than usual, the holidays and the start of a new calendar year typically do bring with them a dip in business. That’s okay. There are a lot of things you can do to drum up some business during the slow season. There are important tasks you can complete that you typically don’t have time to focus on during the spring, summer and fall. And, at the very least, it’s probably a chance to recharge your own batteries with a vacation or cutting back on hours.


Article: insane Property Laws in America


Here are some of the most insane property laws in America
At the risk of starting a conversation about the U.S. legal system or unnecessary government intervention (yeah, we’re sick of all that too), we couldn’t help writing an article on the topic of bizarre property laws.
A recent research session led us down a rabbit hole of insane laws on the books in these United States. C’mon. If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that a woman can walk down the street unattended on a Sunday, even if she’s recently eaten onions (but more on that later).


Article: Neil Mathweg of The Onion Juice Podcast



Real Estate Advice So Good You’ll Cry

Neil Mathweg has spent the last 15 years in real estate working Wisconsin, first as an agent and more recently as the CEO and “Offensive Coordinator” (according to his business card) at Madison-based Realty Executives Cooper Spransy, a branch of the national Realty Executives network.

“I help agents score more touchdowns and grow their business,” Mathweg says of his role, in which he is charged with coaching Cooper Spransy’s 50-plus agents.

Article: Agent Fashion


There comes a point in all of our lives when we stop caring too awfully much about our appearance. A trip to the park with our kids is a good example of one of those times. A casual date with our significant other might be another.

But when you’re working with clients, who have entrusted you with the sale and/or purchase of a new home — and hence their financial well being? Well, that’s not one of those times.

To help, we’ve put in some time online to find looks that could and should work for you, whether you’re on a laid-back showing with that couple who wants a vacation property, or a million dollar condo closing. Obviously these are suggestions — you should be comfortable with your style and add personal flair when appropriate. But you can’t go wrong starting here, and they should be available to you no matter where you live.