Being A Central Mass Multi-Tasking Real Estate Agent Is A Demanding Task

The best real estate agent schooling isn’t something that takes place in a classroom. That Re school toonkind of school is necessary, of course, because some of the most important work every Central Mass real estate agent does has to do with being intimately familiar with the letter of current state laws and Department of Real Estate criticisms.

Observing best practices, keeping on top of all the current professional guidelines and legal regulations does form a solid foundation for building a career in the profession. But important as that is, it’s only a foundation. You have to get busy and build something on it.

As every Central Mass real estate agent soon discovers, doing the kind of effective job that sets you apart begins early in the morning, and often continues long past what is quitting time in many a 9-to-5 occupation. What’s unusual about what goes on during that day is the array of specialized activities to be attended to. Just about every day, you will be energetically juggling tasks satisfying a wide range of different needs, for instance—

  • Pulling and reviewing activity reports from the Multiple Listing Service

Keeping your finger on the pulse of the community yields the up-to-the-hour intelligence that’s a vital resource for sellers and buyers in our active Central Mass market

  • Monitoring and responding to online contacts

Increasingly, as email and messaging become central to real estate activity, nearly immediate response times are the norm

  • Scheduling showings

Arranging showings to accommodate both owners, buyers and handling the inevitable last

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minute changes; calls for organizational perseverance (and an abidingly calm demeanor)

  • Creating and executing media marketing

Fashioning the kind of attractively worded and designed listings is only the start of the all-important media campaigning that translates into results for your clients  

Simultaneously, an accomplished real estate agent often will be keeping track of closing deadline requirements, handling negotiations between buyers and sellers, facilitating communications with home loan brokers, home inspectors, and any number of other facilitators and fielding the dozen other details that might crop up unexpectedly in the course of the day.

Being called upon to wear so many different hats is a challenge that’s not covered in the real estate licensing exams and one that couldn’t be taught in a classroom. At the same time, I can report that at the end of a full day, it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of being a real estate agent in Central Mass. When you give me a call, you can count on my bringing the whole of my energy and experience into play on your behalf!…..Realty Ace, LLC

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It just could be that the absolute best Halloween gift has been identified. It’s one that

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every Central MA resident would certainly be surprised to receive.

Now, in case you are asking yourself who gives gifts at Halloween (other than the candy we hand out to the pint-sized ghosts and goblins), I agree that October 31 gift-giving isn’t in vogue. But thinking about it can be useful. It’s our last chance to get some mental practice in before the season for major league gift-giving hits Central MA.

This week is our last chance to fully appreciate this time of year. I’m talking about the not-yet-Holiday Season. These are the last few days when there’s no fussing over gift exchanges, Holiday partying, New Year’s plans; any of it!

Like it or not, come November 1, as the first Halloween decorations come down, it will be off to the races. Suddenly Christmas carols will be everywhere on the airwaves and over department store loudspeakers. Store windows will first fill with turkeys and pilgrims, then (even before the last Thanksgiving football game has gone into overtime), ads (yuletide ads) will descend upon the land.

It’s something we tend to forget every year: Halloween isn’t just its own thing: it’s the calendar Rubicon separating the Holidays from the rest of the non-Holiday parts of the year. But that presents a special opportunity for Central MA residents who’ve fallen out of practice with gift-shopping. Since nobody actually exchanges presents on October 31, the mental exercise can get your creative juices going without having to spend anything.

The easiest Halloween gifting ideas are good for limbering up. It may be a little late for pumpkin-carving sets (everyone who favors jack-o-lanterns already has theirs, anyway). Likewise, candy is probably already near the bowls, ready to be handed over to the little spooks and goblins. A better idea might be a CD with soundtracks from “The Exorcist” or “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

It doesn’t take long before most people realize what a good thing it is that we don’t really have to exchange presents at Halloween: it’s too tough to come up with original ideas. I gave up soon enough which is how this best Halloween gift of all came to my attention (it was on the web).

The perfect Halloween gift would be…a ghost town!

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It may be a little impractical, but if you search high and low, seven of them seem to be currently available. They aren’t all old mining towns, either (one is an island beach resort whose bridge burned down). Any of them would certainly surprise any Central MA Halloween gift recipient. They’d certainly have a hard time coming up with something to give in return.

There is a possibility that I’m slightly prejudiced in the selection of the perfect Halloween gift (being that it’s a piece of real estate). But that’s why Central MA home buyers and sellers choose to give me a call when real estate is involved. I’m totally focused on the subject!

If giving real estate as a gift seems over the top, it is! However, if you’re looking to list your real estate for a profit before the Black Friday buyers are shopping, call me for a free consultation! …..Realty Ace, LLC

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Whenever a month’s Central MA real estate activity ends on a Friday, the number-

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gatherers close up shop knowing there will be a longer than usual lapse until they can be sure of the Central MA real estate activity statistics.

That creates a breather for those of us who keep abreast of Massachusetts and Central MA real estate. It’s a perfect opening to turn to real estate doings around the country to see what noteworthy happenings took place in the last month or so. September 2016 did produce a few news items, these three rate at least a quick glance (or a double-take).

The lead item is one that rates a triple-take: it concerns a storage barn that sold for $1,800,000. Built in Little Compton, Rhode Island, the structure was originally erected as a storage barn by the Army in WWII. It was converted into “a custom shingle-style” home, which was surely a shrewd improvement since shingles have to be a noticeable improvement over what the wartime Army shed-builders would have had to work with.

In fact, as reported by the Providence Journal, “the former storage barn…has water views from nearly every room.” The accompanying photo confirmed that, indeed, windows had been added. If the casual reader jumps to the conclusion that a $1.8 million closing would be the occasion for celebration from the sellers that was probably not the case: the former storage barn had been listed for $2,195,000.

Elsewhere, CNBC’s real estate editor Diana Olick reported on a national trend: a slowdown in on-time closings from 77% six months ago to 64%. This is despite a rise in housing demand. Unearthed was a reason: a “massive” shortage in appraisers, “the men and women who value homes and whom mortgage lenders depend upon.” Part of the blame was assigned to new federal regulations that disallow apprentices to conduct full appraisals. Now their licensed bosses must be on-site for every inspection.

Over the weekend, The New York Times found little interesting domestic news, so they led instead with an international report, “House Hunting in Costa Rica.” The item focused on a two-story home in the “very clean and quiet” Arenal Lake area. A local real estate

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broker’s advice for house hunters was to shop with caution despite the area’s current “tremendous” buyer’s market. “I always tell my clients, don’t leave your brain in the plane.” That’s probably sage advice, especially since the area is named for a local “popular tourist attraction,” the Arenal Volcano. It’s an active stratovolcano that’s thought to be “in a passive phase” since around 2010.

Closer to home, I can report that I never need to remind my Central MA house hunting clients to keep their brains active: they fully understand that from the get-go. I hope you’ll give me a call when you decide it’s time to check out our Central MA real estate offerings. I can guarantee that no active or passive stratovolcanos will complicate matters!…..Realty Ace, LLC

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