Peak Realty Real Estate Blog

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  • One of the first items to tackle when buying a home is talk to a lender to get a rate quote as well as a preliminary idea of what you might be able to afford, based on a variety of factors like income, debt, credit score, employment history, military service qualification, etc. After you find a lender you trust and they open a loan application with you, you’ll send them more financial documents (ex. W-2s, tax returns, pay stubs, etc.) to begin working toward obtaining a pre-approval. Usually, buyers focus on their desired monthly payment, then look for homes with their agent for that particular price range.
  • Depending on the market, how much $ you have for a down payment (and a number of other factors) your Realtor will
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  • Branding and selling are equally important. How you obtain new business and serve clients, along with your branding, all work together in tandem to create the client experience you’re aiming for.  The messaging, look & feel of your company both offline and online make an impression. You can take this idea even further and argue that your allied resources and referral partners are an extension of your company’s brand.
  • While sales and branding are important, many new agents who try to make a splash in the industry get overwhelmed with all of the marketing and prospecting options available to them. As a result, many agents become frustrated and simply give up.
  • It’s important to get into relationship with a coach who
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  • Follow a process when creating content that includes a creative and efficient way to create new material. Reason for this is that just as much of your time will be spent repurposing the original content you created.
  • Whatever you do, have a content creation process that is repeatable and predictable.  It’s wise to follow a series of steps such that you can delegate this work to a marketing assistant later.
  • We must continually focus on what moves the needle in our businesses with lead generation. With that said, social media and online marketing is here to stay. The reality is that our potential clients are on the internet several hours/day. We must meet them where they are, providing value every single day. Creating a
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  • In a competitive seller’s market, at times in a multiple offer situation a buyer may offer to waive the inspection contingency.  This can be fine as long as the seller is aware of a few risks.
  • Even if the buyer waives inspection and agrees to pay for needed repairs, we still recommend that the buyer pay for a home inspection(s). Additionally, we suggest either one or both of the agents pay the cost of a 1 yr. home warranty for the new owner; this allows for the repair or replacement of certain mechanical items in the house that are covered by the warranty.      
  • In negotiations, anything that the seller agrees to fix goes on a form called the Inspection Resolution form.  This form is essentially part of the original
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Congrats! You’ve got your real estate license. The world is your oyster and nothing can stop you, right?

If you’re highly social, driven to succeed and commit to taking daily action toward your goals, you’ll launch your real estate career more effectively than most. Even with a great energy and work ethic, though, you’ll need a brokerage with sophisticated technical support and a structured environment to help you build your empire.

A brokerage that offers you the bare minimum won't serve you at the highest level since their intention is to do the least amount possible. Have you ever been in a relationship like this? It rarely ends up being something special in the long-term. Think about it this way: when it comes to culture, systems and

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  • On a basic level, one can argue there are 4 types of real estate agents:  1) The Skeptic, 2) The Perfectionist, 3) The Dabbler, and the 4) The Warrior.  At first blush, which sounds like you?  Be honest.
  • When we become more self-aware, we can make adjustments to our mindset and improve our performance
  • As agents, we already have everything we need to be successful. We just have to learn to be more resourceful in gaining knowledge and knowing how and when to implement lessons learned. How we view the world…our mindset…can help or hinder this growth process
  • Self-awareness and a winning mindset is followed by action, results, then evaluation and refinement.  Rinse & repeat this process and we’ve got a recipe for continuous
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How to Help Yourself

Win the Bidding War in a Seller's MarketWhether buying a home or doing a sell/buy, the first step is always the same: develop your financial strategy for the move and prepare as needed.

1. Get pre-qualified for a loan before you start looking at homes

Seems simple, yet if you’re a buyer submitting offers on well-price properties in the Denver market, you’ll likely be competing with other interested buyers.  A loan pre-approval (meaning, as a buyer you’ve gone further into the loan approval process with your lender by having them review your financial information) will help your cause in a multiple offer situation.

2. Hire a Buyer Agent / Realtor who knows the market AS WELL AS how to communicate effectively with the listing agent.

Again, seems simple yet it's

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8 Habits of a Good Enough Clean HomeWhen our family is on a schedule, and taking baby steps towards organization every day, things just go more smoothly. When our house is in order and clean, I am calmer and able to focus. When you have kids, this goal seems like climbing a mountain backwards dragging a sled of rocks back up the mountain with you. Here are 8 habits that allow me to keep everything "good enough" around our home and, in return, I get to keep a portion of my sanity.

1) Create a Command Center
Our Command Center is in the Kitchen and is really made up of the small stretch of counter space by the refrigerator.  It is there that all the "out the door" items are stored.  My purse, keys, wallets, phones, shopping lists, bills that need paid, etc.  Also in the kitchen area is a

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