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Ever had to say that to your real estate broker? Not a pleasant conversation.

Most property owners, as well as real estate buyers, must remember that interviewing a broker is an important process that should not be avoided. Successful real estate teams always interview the people they may potentially work with. That is because four key components are talked about for winning in today’s market. These components are loyalty, motivation, expectations, and¬†time-frames.

Loyalty, no one wants to work with a disloyal broker, much less entrust them with their real estate and goals. Same is true from a broker perspective, a good broker sees the person as a client, and a great broker sees the person as a partner. How do you know if your broker is loyal? Check their references, past partners (clients) will share with you their experience.

Motivation. Ever had a conversation with a person and felt tired afterwards? There is a good chance there was no motivation present. Unmotivated brokers will cost you money upfront and in the long run. Avoid them. Work with motivated brokers only, and don’t be shy, bring your motivation to the table too, brokers appreciate that.

Expectations. Unspoken expectations inevitably become unmet expectations. Why? Because it was never addressed from the start. Good brokers wait for you to voice your expectations, but great brokers, will ask you the tough and detailed questions. They do this because they know what is up ahead, and genuinely want to help you meet your expectations and address any unrealistic ones.

Time-frames. Whether a family is facing foreclosure; a job transfer awaits in another city; moving in before the kids start school; and so forth; all these examples have a dead-line. When time-frames are met, all is well, but when brokers and clients fail to communicate important dates, then unwanted scenarios occur. Your broker should take the time to know your important dates.

You do not need to interview tons of brokers. Interview one at time until a broker is a match for you in the aforementioned four areas. If there is no connection with that broker in those areas, then interview another broker until you find your match. Look at it as speed dating! You might find your broker on the first try or fourth one, the important thing is you work with someone that understands you, and can help you go from where you are to where you want to be.

As always, we provide FREE reports and information about today’s market at http://www.NissiAgents.com. You may always call our FREE 24-hour voice-recorded line at, 1.866.476.1677 Ext. 455 with any questions you may have about today‚Äôs market. ¬†Feel free to connect with me personally through social media at:¬†www.JoinDNA.com. If this article helped you in any way, please share it with a loved one. The more you give, the more that comes back to you.

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A couple of weeks ago, millions of Americans experienced Black Friday sales. Do you know why it’s called Black Friday? In short, it is because most businesses’ profit and loss statements enter the “black” from the¬†success¬†of those sales, in other words, they break even and enter into a positive. Every month we are either in the “black” or in the “red,” as it relates to our finances. There is income and expenses, and we are either at a profit or a loss. Sounds like running a business, right?

Your home is like running a business, and it is one of the most important topics in any real estate market. When I meet with property owners I run into many different personalities. Some owners are extremely organized, and others seem to make it through life with no cares and somehow the mortgage, household expenses, and so forth get paid.

Part of owning a home means knowing as accurately as possible how much income you receive and the expenses that exist each month. It comes down to an important topic I teach in real estate ownership and investing, apprehension vs. anticipation. When we anticipate we create greater chances of winning consistently, and when apprehension is present we slow down our progress.

For example, a homeowner who is projecting in the year 2013 on listing their home for sale, it is recommended to begin the preparation process 7-10 months in advance, because it helps eliminate much of the guess work (apprehension), and helps a property owner better position themselves for the day they go on the market (anticipation). There is more detail involved in the process, but the point I want to share is simple: apprehension will cost you time & money, anticipation will save you time and make you money.

In the next article I will share a basic strategy to set up a household budget that can be immediately implemented. Start running your home like a business, and watch your personal finances avoid “the red” and consistently stay in “the black”. If you are a homeowner that is considering selling at some point in the year 2013, please do yourself a favor, and begin preparing now. Feel free to contact us at 760.596.9856 or email us at info@NissiAgents.com for a FREE Market Analysis on your home to begin the preparation process of what is ahead in the year 2013. As always, if you like to personally connect with me through social media, please do so here: http://www.JoinDNA.com

We all have been at fault about this home depreciation effect, whether done intentionally or¬†unintentionally. “So how is a silent neighbor currently¬†depreciating¬†my home,” you may be wondering? Let’s take a closer look at the foreclosure effect.

Silent neighbors depreciate your home value because every home that goes into foreclosure and is resold by the bank, ¬†further drops your home value and¬†neighborhood¬†value. From the moment a homeowner misses their first mortgage payment, is foreclosed on, and all the way to a sheriff’s eviction, on average, that distressed homeowner shared their hardship with at least one neighbor. What is the response of most neighbors to their distressed neighbor’s problem? “When they foreclose on you, if you need help on moving day, just let me know.” That is a sincere help, but sincerely the wrong kind of help. While that distressed homeowner’s neighbor meant well in his approach to help, it still didn’t help stop the foreclosure, and from depreciating your current home value.

As a rule of thumb, any home that forecloses within a half to one mile radius from your home, and has similar features, square footage, and so forth, it will have an impact on your current home value. When foreclosed homes go on the market, they sell anywhere between 70%-90% below market value, while some short sales actually sell at current market value, or close. In most cases, it is obvious that a foreclosure sale damages your home value more than a short-sale. Asset Plan USA recognized that bank foreclosures cost the bank more in time and money, and is not a win-win for neither the bank or the foreclosed homeowner.

So what are solutions to a distressed real estate market still in recovery? Out of about ten solutions that exist, here are the two most commonly exercised, and will help not devastate your current home value; a loan modification (About 20% applicants are approved.) or a short sale. The third solution is you. You are also another solution to this recovering real estate market. How? By not being a silent neighbor yourself, and proactively finding out who in your neighborhood is going through a hardship where foreclosure is eminent. As a proactive neighbor, you can immediately introduce them to a real estate agent with the appropriate certifications and market knowledge to help your neighbor avoid the pain of foreclosure, and not devastate your current home value.

The faster we help each homeowner in¬†hardship,¬†the faster we can begin experiencing a healthier real estate market. Instead of judging our neighbor’s situation, lets get into curiosity, and be of help in a time of need. Feel free to obtain a FREE report about “Loan Modification Secrets” at:¬†http://www.beatbankrepo.com/Loan-Mod-Secrets.aspx¬†or just call us at 760.596.9856, and we will forward it to you. One last thing, go see your neighbor, and share this article with them, because you are helping them avoid foreclosure and uphold your home value.