The 10 Best Real Estate Blogs of February
Looking for great real estate blog examples? Here are 10 of the real estate blogs we've seen through the month of February
We’re back with another look at some of the best real estate agent blogs! You can read January’s roundup here.
For the month of February, we’ve put together 10 more awesome posts from influential agents that are dominating their local market and beyond by sharing free knowledge on their real estate blog.
Check out what these experts have to say:
In this article, Lindsay Landis shares some excellent tips about how to utilize open houses. She explains that most buyers are really just getting their feet wet when they visit an open house and sellers shouldn’t totally rely on these events to get serious buyers to view, and hopefully purchase, the property. That said, Lindsay points out that open houses can actually hold a valuable place in your real estate tool belt. They can get the word out about the property listing as neighbors and friends stop in and can be totally effective when scheduled appropriately. Hosting an open house every weekend, for instance, would be overkill. As an agent, knowing some “best practices” for open house season will definitely be helpful and can expand your community expertise as well. Here are just a few of the tips Lindsay recommendations:
Invite everyone. Encourage sellers to use their social media accounts to spread the world, as well as sending invitations with a personal touch to pique interest in the open house.
Before the event, be sure to secure any valuables, along with medications and personal items. And if you’ve got any pets, make sure that they have somewhere to go as both the inside and outside of the home will be on display and should be accessible to attendees.
Clean up. As mentioned above, the entire property should be available for people to view and walk through. Take care of any yard work, remove any lingering odors and declutter the rooms.
You can never go wrong with offering free seller tips. And Julie Steigerwald of Red Rock Realty has come up with some great ones to get you started.
The first how-to advice Julie gives is to thoroughly clean the property. She even suggests to consider hiring a professional to do the job to ensure everything is in top shape when potential buyers are viewing the house–and looking in every closet and cabinet and probably in the refrigerator–because you know they will definitely be checking out all of these details and more. With this, buyers should make an effort to get organized and reduce to the essentials to create an open, spacious environment and also take care of any overdue repair projects. Setting up staging, getting professional photos and, of course, working with a great Realtor round out Julie’s how-to list.
East Coast professional Konnie Mac has tapped into a niche for her writeup on luxury homes in Gainseville. The specific subject matter allows her to provide insight and knowledge on a topic that may not be getting much attention otherwise, which is sure to up her credibility with clients.
This quick and to the point post gives some great information about the town of Gainesville and incorporates lots of quality images to up the visual impact and help readers get a better sense of what the city and these properties have to offer them. She briefly talks about top leisure activities, schools, and discusses new renovations that are happening in the area.
Like Konnie, Hawaii-based agent Ava Wilkinson takes a deeply local approach to touching on the benefits of buying island real estate. Again, whatever your niche, your blog is a great place to exploit it.
And this is another awesome example of how effective that can be. Even if you don’t live in Hawaii, how cool is it to think about owning property in a literal paradise? And what better way to learn more about a dream home than from a local expert?
Ava breaks down 3 simple reasons why folks should consider investing in a little piece of paradise, including developments, condo prices and the economy.
Celeste Huss takes a different angle to give an insider’s-look at her community by previewing an annual weekend event. This is really clever and provides unique information to a variety of people. Celeste includes all the details needed to attend the Cache Valley Cowboy Rendezvous and with them is able to give readers a closer peek inside Cache Valley, a place many Utah residents or those looking to relocate, may not know much about, but they definitely will after reading Celeste’s article.
The size and appeal of the event allows her to highlight various features and perks that can be found in Cache Valley and probably attract some new visitors to both the festival and her real estate website.
Switching gears, Scott Mosley of the LyKo Group writes directly to Realtors about what it actually means to be a leader and how these qualities can be quite different from those of a boss. He reinforces the importance of having leadership skills for those in the real estate industry and how crucial they are for establishing and leading a team.
Scott effectively distinguishes what sets a leader apart from a manager and his post presents a great opportunity for all agents to assess their leadership strengths as well as determine which areas they could improve in by taking Scott’s advice. He discusses a leader’s role in establishing and maintaining good relationships as well as creating a dynamic team, the difference between leading and ruling, and the many positive characteristics a leader must embrace in order to successfully inspire and motivate others.
Returning again to buyer and seller-focused blogs, David Collins poses a very convincing argument for why Terra Vista is one of the best planned communities in the entire state of Florida. When you read the full post, you’ll notice the first thing you see on the page is a video. David uses it as a vlog to complement the written post and this is a highly effective strategy.
He starts by covering the more broad features of the area, including weather and location and then digs into the details, such as unique amenities and what the city has to offer residents, like the top 5 restaurants he recommends. David has also taken the time to give an update of the community since his initial post to keep things current.
Nicole Smith also kicks off her article for Texas sellers with a video where she talks directly to viewers about the Dallas-Forth Worth market. She also provides a chart as a visual reference.
The quick post that follows is just a brief update and recap as of January of this year so readers can stay current on the value of their property–definitely not a bad resource to have!
This is an awesome and educational writeup by Gary Heaney on resources and homeownership assistance programs for Florida buyers. I was surprised to read about the large number of buyer help programs that are currently available in Florida and Gary has definitely put together a fantastic guide that thousands of people will be able to take advantage of during the home buying process.
The majority of assistance is comprised of down payment and closing cost programs, while Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCC) and first mortgage loans round out the list of resources. Gary breaks down each of these programs so readers can determine which best fits their needs. He also covers additional programs that potential buyers may find helpful.
When Jennifer Ross relocated from Manhattan to Weschester she had many of the same questions as non-real estate professionals who move to a new city, including “What’s there to eat?!” Jennifer writes that she was hesitant to give up the convenience and variety of NYC eateries, but she made the move anyways and was determined to find the best local flavors in her new town.
Well, she did just that and now specializes in assisting clients who relocate to her area in finding the quality amenities and conveniences that they know and love. Jennifer said she starts the tour by having clients visit their signature Luxury community so they can begin to imagine their life in the city. Next, she’ll escort them downtown to see the different activities and shops and, of course, the restaurants. Read on to see a list of Jennifer’s favorite places to dine in her new home.
And that does it for our February blogs! What did you think? Let me know what blogs you’re loving and what you’re writing about this month. Want to be featured? Leave a link to your blog or website in the comments section below and I’ll be sure to check it out!
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