“YouTube is a place for people to share their ideas. If by people you mean 13 year old girls and by ideas you mean how they love the Jonas Brothers.” – Bo Burnham

Las Vegas Women’s Council’s Tech Tip

August

 

 

Video is free and largely, an untapped market. Why not stand out from your competition?

YouTube has 3 billion visitors a day and a large part of those visitors use it as their default search engine for information. Want to know how to knit or change the oil in your car? There’s a step by step video to teach you how. Why not be where you know there’s a largely untapped audience. Be one of the first to record a video on staging your home or walk through your new listing. There are thousands of ways to implement video into your business plan.

What are you waiting for?

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“Information networks have become a great leveler, and we should use them together to help lift people out of poverty and give them a freedom from want.” – Hillary Clinton

Las Vegas Women’s Council Tech Tip

June

 

 

What does the Women’s Council’s new mobile app mean for you and your real estate business?It means the entire membership directory is conveniently available on your mobile device. It means free education tools, videos, how-to articles and more, right at your fingertips. You can even update your contact information and your Member Expertise Profile on the fly!

If you are a chapter officer, you can also access the Chapter Management Center—all the functionality without being tied to your desk! Rosters, reports, even labels!

Download Women’s Council’s FREE mobile app for:

 

Buy: Demystifying the Loan

Guest Author: Shayna Muniz

Buying your first home can be an exciting time…but it can also be a little stressful since you might not know where start!  Getting pre-qualified is the first step you should take when considering purchasing a home.  When starting the pre-qualification process, remember that we will need to get a full picture of your financial situation.  To know exactly what your income is and how much debt you have, you will need to provide the following documents: 
-1 month paystubs
-2 years tax returns
-2 months asset statements (this could include bank statements, retirement accounts or investment accounts)
-any additional documents for other types of income
One of the first things we will do is a credit check – this will only be done once and will give us an idea as to where your stand with your monthly debt, credit score and credit history.  If you do not qualify immediately, we can always work with you to in our Credit Counseling stage to help repair your credit and get you to where you need to be in order to qualify.
 
After we review your documents and credit history, we will then be able to determine if you qualify and for how much.  A pre-approval letter will be issued to you and then you’re ready to go house shopping!

Shayna Muniz

Home Mortgage Consultant
NMLSR ID 404765

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage | 3104 N. Rainbow Blvd. | Las Vegas, NV 89108
MAC S3735-011
Tel 702-207-1757 | Cell 805-610-2797 | eFax 866-944-8183

shayna.y.muniz@wellsfargo.com | http//www.wfhm.com/shayna-muniz

“We all know about blogs and how big they are.” – John Doerr

Las Vegas Women’s Council’s Tech Tip

May

WordPress.com/Wordpress.org

If you have a website or even just a blog, you need to be on WordPress. Their dashboard , the back-end of your website/blog – what you see when you log in, is the most user-friendly while at the same time virtually impossible to seriously mess up. The learning curve is small compared to other sites and WordPress has many, many blogs with helpful step by step instructions for troubleshooting almost any problem. Finally, it’s free.

Basically, it’s REALTOR(R) proof.

Check out wordpress.com for blogs or wordpress.org for websites.

“Sex, drugs, and money: Why HOAs don’t work.” – Senator Schneider

I’m seeing a growing trend among my buyers to purchase homes that aren’t in HOA communities. They are willing to purchase older homes (because the builders set up HOAs in all the new ones) and live in neighborhoods with funky colored houses to avoid these mini governments.

“The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property.” – John Locke. This is one of my favorite quotes of all time and I find it very fitting when talking about HOAs.  After all, they were created because homeowners/builders wanted to preserve the neighborhoods. Yet, when referring to HOAs, another quote comes to mind. “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” – John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton.

That isn’t to say that they are all bad. I know quite a few HOAs that all they do is make sure no one has a car up on cinder blocks in the front yard while for the most part leaving the homeowners alone. Tragically, these are few and far between.

I’ll use my HOA as an example. While I understand why we can’t park in the street (they are too narrow) and why we must keep our porch lights on (no street lights), I have a difficult time justifying some of our other “choices”. Like why do we have a security camera that looks into our swimming pool (creepy) and why do we pay for private security to ride their bike around the subdivision (not a gated community)? We need keys to get into and OUT of our pool areas and our public bathrooms are always locked, yet we pay for a cleaning service to keep them sparking. The craziest thing of all? My HOA would rather have vacant, abandoned homes (and collect the fines from the bank) than allow homeowners to rent out their properties (I really must congratulation the genius who thought of that particular rule).

There are many other examples of HOA insanity. One friend pays over $400 in HOA dues and assessments because they can’t control their spending, another had her car towed because she parked it in front of her garage (perfectly legal), yet another’s 24 hour security did nothing while their home was being invaded (even after numerous phone calls). I wish I could say that these are only the extremes, sadly they are actually middle of the road normal.

Yet I can’t place all the blame on the HOAs. We (homeowners) created this mess. We gave them the money and the power and then for most of us, we didn’t get involved and didn’t hold that money and those people accountable. What’s the solution? Well that’s the $10,000 question. The government does what it can to control them, but success in this area is limited. The best thing to do? Get involved. Run for your board, attend the meetings, get educated, and hold your community management company accountable to its spending. Change doesn’t happen overnight, you have to work for it.

“I hardly ever watch my own work. I just end up picking myself apart! I can’t even stand to hear myself on voicemail. the sound of my own voice is like nails on a chalkboard. The same goes for my records.” – Grey DeLisle

Women’s Council’s April Tech Tip

April

 

Google Voice

Really, the video says it all…

 

 

“I buy when other people are selling.” – Jean Paul Getty

As a buyer’s agent, I’m looking at houses all day long. I know what buyers like and what makes them immediately leave. These concepts aren’t new, yet in this market of distressed properties, I’m seeing less and less “staging” and cooperation and more of a “you’ll take it as it is and love it” attitude. After all that’s what all the banks do right?

In actuality, REOs (real estate owned) or bank owned homes are the easiest to show and sell. They are vacant. A buyer can see the home anytime they want . Added to that the buyer’s can look at the house all they want without the weird feeling of snooping through someone else’s stuff.   REOs are sometimes remodeled, painted in a neutral color, the carpet is replaced, and in some cases the appliances are new or retrofitted. Finally, the process is often faster, 30 -60 day escrow and no third party approval needed.

So how do you get your home to compete?

First, if you have to sell your house as a short sale you can’t compete on time. The best you can do is hiring a short sale specialist (I can refer you to some great ones no matter where you live) to work the negotiation process. Often times, the right agent can make a huge difference in time.

However, you can make your home competitive in other areas.

1.) Make your home as easy to show as possible. We live in a fast food culture. We expect instant gratification. If a buyer can’t see your house immediately, they most likely will not see it at all.

2.) Clean you house. I sounds like a no brainer right? You’d be surprised how often I walk into a house with dishes in the sink and clothes on the floor.

3.) Remove personal items like pictures and chotskies. You want the buyer to be able to imagine their stuff in the house, not be obsessed with the photo of you pole dancing a light post.

4.) De-clutter the house. If you’ve started packing, move the boxes to the garage where they are out of sight. This let’s the buyers see the full space and opens up the rooms.

5.)If you’ve already moved, keep the power on. Buyers work and many of them can’t view houses until the evenings. Looking at homes with a flashlight has become a common practice. Stand out and keep the power going.

6.) Don’t over power the house with smells. Neutral smells like cinnamon, vanilla, and light lemon are inviting and nostalgic. Fruit Explosion or anything floral from the dollar store may smell great to you, but they can also induce headaches and allergies in others.

Your house is competing against the house next door that’s $10,000 cheaper and bank owned. You want to impress the buyer so much, they are willing to stick around for 4 months waiting for lien holder approval. Take the extra time and effort to make your home more appealing to buyers.  Now, more than ever, your house has to make the buyer fall in love.

 

*On a completely unrelated note, I’m hiring. If you know anyone who loves to look at houses, is independent, organizes and a motivated, please have them submit a resume to Jessica.L.Kincaid@gmail.com