Julie Lurie-Warren's blog

Thinking About A Real Estate Career? What's It Really Like?

three real estate agents viewing tablet and smilingReal estate sales can be a rewarding, but challenging, profession. When you invest the time, energy and passion in the real estate business, the professional satisfaction and financial rewards can be very good, in slow or good economic times. If you are considering becoming a Realtor®, here are some things you should consider:

There is a lot to know to be even moderately proficient at real estate sales, so a good training program offered by the brokerage is paramount to your success. It is surprising to many new agents how much there is to know. Every sale has its own set of circumstances, and people being people add many twists and turns to a real estate transaction. In my experience, the best agents are those who are good listeners, don't jump to conclusions, always get the facts before moving forward or giving advice, and genuinely care about each and every client.

Congratulations To Our Top Producers For June!

We're pleased to announce the top individuals and teams for the month of June. Top Listing & Top Selling Agent is Laurin LaLima. Top Listing Team is the Cole Gold Team and Top Selling Team is the Andrea & Harry Mesh Team.  The competitive intelligence, professionalism and dedication of these Realtors® have made them valued and trusted real estate resources for our community and major contributors to the overall success of our office and the Century 21 system as a whole.

We're proud to be on the same team!

Why Pre-Listing Home Inspections Are Growing in Popularity

Home sellers are increasingly electing to have their homes inspected either prior to listing their home for sale, or prior to finding a buyer.

Having your home inspected and taking care of any issues can virtually eliminate the potential pitfalls and hassles associated with waiting to do the home inspection until a buyer is found. In this case the inspector works for you, the seller, and generates an inspection report for you. You can then share the inspection report with potential buyers.

Although the inspector is working for you, and generating a report for you, the inspector still has an obligation to do the best and most accurate inspection possible.

Here are the main advantages of having a pre-listing home inspection completed:

Fannie Mae Makes Significant Changes To Help People With Student Debt Get Loans

Watch the video and learn about the significant changes announced by Fannie Mae to help people burdened with student debt qualify to get a home mortgage.  In summary:

  • If you can document that someone else is paying your student loan (employer, parent, etc.) it will no longer count against your debt-to-income ratio.
  • If you are on a reduced payment of your student loan through a special program, the full payment amount will no longer be used, the reduced payment will now be used to count against your debt-to-income ratio.
  • The debt-to-income ratio has been increased from 45% to 50% for everyone.

These are all significant changes to Fannie Mae's program, and should help a lot of people now qualify to buy their first home.  Watch the video to get more in-depth information, and contact us to help you get qualified and find the perfect new home.

Congratulations To Our Top Producing Agents For May!

We're pleased to announce the top producing individuals and teams for the month of May!

Top Listing Agent is Fran Krumholz-Bookman and Top Listing Team is the Cole Gold Team. The Top Selling Agent is Brian Lichtenthal & the Top Selling Team is The Russ Team.

Congratulations to all!