The Most Important Rooms in Your Listing

HDC_Staging_Blog_2846_1200x600I live in a small apartment complex where the layout of each unit is almost identical. Despite this, each home is entirely unique because of the way the occupants have furnished and decorated their homes. Some feel large because of the utilitarian furnishings, while others seem more modestly proportioned because of the comfortable, overstuffed furniture. Some are filled with warm, earthy tones that make you feel at home. Others invite a more modern feel with eye-popping splashes of color. Each apartment is completely unique even though underneath the individual furnishings, each unit is the essentially the same. Continue reading

How to Handle Negative Reviews Like a Pro

HDC_Negative_Reviews_Blog_2844_1200x600I’m a big fan of online reviews. Not only do they provide information about the product or service you’re researching, they also show you how the company handles problems. To me, a negative review is worth more than a positive review. If I see a lot of uncontested negative reviews, I move on. If I see the business responded with a simple “sorry for your experience” or “please contact us” response, I typically assume they’re answering just for the sake of answering and not because they really care, so I move on. However, sometimes I see a company handle a bad review very well and I work with them. After all, if I have a bad experience, I want to know that the company will do everything they can to rectify the situation. So, what should you do when you get a negative review online? Continue reading

Renters Who Don’t Know They Want to Buy – Potential Revenue for You

HDC_2831_Rentals_Blog_1200x600Has anyone ever contacted you about a house that wasn’t for sale but was instead listed as (*gasp*) for rent? If your response to that lead was “I don’t do rentals,” you’re missing out on a great source of revenue. I’m not talking about the revenue from the rentals. I’m talking about the sales that those renters will eventually turn into. Some rentals may take years to convert, but others may be ready to buy now and just haven’t realized it. You’re sitting on a cache of leads that are just waiting to be worked. Here are five tips to help you start monetizing rental leads. Continue reading

[Infographic] Millennials’ Journey to Homeownership

HDC_Millennial_Infographic_Blog_27911200x600_v2Millennials are a force to be reckoned with, and considering the vast buying power they bring to the table, you may be wondering how you can capitalize on this tech-savvy generation. The good news is that 92 percent of millennials purchased their home with the help of a real estate agent—a greater proportion than the overall 88 percent of buyers who used a real estate agent—making it safe to say that real estate agents will retain an indispensable position in the industry. That said, knowing who the largest group of buyers for the last three years running are will help you shape your business to better meet the needs and expectations of this very important pool of buyers. Continue reading

How to Do the Things You Just Don’t Want to Do

HDC_Time_Management_Blog_2813_1200x600“The rich and the rest both hate to do what it takes to be successful, the difference is that the rich do it anyway, and the rest do not.” – Tom Ferry

No matter how much you love your work, there’s no such thing as the perfect job. There’s always some part, however small, that you may not want to do. If you find yourself pounding your head on the wall or putting off that one task until right before the deadline, check out the tips below on how to do the things you just don’t want to do. Continue reading