Why Real Estate Agents Needs ETHICS

By Richard Brody

Nearly every state in the United States, as well as the rules/ codes of organizations, such as the National Association of Realtors, discusses, and demands a certain, quality, code of behavior and conduct, based on some dependence on an ethical code. However, far too often, agents speak about ethics and integrity, but justify skewing, off - course, when it might not be expedient. Robert Frost, famously, wrote about the fork in the road, and which path, one might follow, the honorable one, often, less followed, versus the easier, simpler, more expedient option. Since, for most Americans, their home represents their single, largest, financial asset, shouldn't those licensed to represent them, and their interests, possess the highest level, and caliber of ETHICS?

1. Earn: example; excellence; empathy: Why should someone utilize the services of a real estate agent, unless he demonstrates, his value, to them, and earns his commissions? What kind of example does it set, if he fails to behave ethically? Isn't a significant component of excellence, exhibiting genuine empathy for one's clients?

2. Timely; truthful; trust: One must earn his client's trust, constantly. Tell the truth, and teach others, what they need to know. A great agent always proceeds carefully, properly, in a well - considered manner, but also, with timely action.

3. Honest; humane; hear: Being honest and ethical means, you must tell your client, what he needs to know, not, just, what he wants to hear. Proceed in a humane manner, treating everyone, as you want to be treated.

4. Integrity; intelligence; ideas; imagination: You either have absolutely integrity, or you lack it! You can't pick, and choose when, or, to whom, you will proceed accordingly. Combine relevant intelligence, with relevant ideas, and the ability and imagination, to make a difference, for the better.

5. Character; clarity; cooperation: Are you someone, with the quality of character, to be ethical? How clearly will you be willing to explain things? Will you focus on cooperation, and arriving at a meeting of the minds, in the client's best interest?

6. Strengthen; straight; strategy: How will you strengthen your client's position? Will you be a straight - shooter? What is the pricing, and marketing strategy?

You will either exhibit the finest ETHICS, or you aren't ethical. Do you know, who you are?

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, and Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has professionally run events, consulted to thousands, and conducted personal development seminars, for 4 decades. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. He is a RzE Licensed Salesperson for a decade.

Wood Versus Brick - Which Make The Best Homes?

By Goda Mackeviciute 

Building or buying a house is a huge decision, and one that weighs heavily on the person doing the purchasing. What if you make the wrong choice? What if there are some serious problems you didn't catch during the initial inspection? What if you miss something and tragedy happens?

There are ways to limit those nasty surprises, and one is to consider from the beginning what your home is made out of. The materials that go into construction will dictate how long your house lasts, costs and frequency of repairs, and the stress you are forced to deal with moving forward.

Two popular materials known for their sturdiness are wood and brick. But which one is actually better? Let's take a look.

The Benefits Of Wood

Wood is often praised for its overall look. You can create a rustic, natural setting using logs. No one would deny how gorgeous wooden houses look both on the inside and the out. Plus the colors and grains of the lumber are warm and inviting, which is a great feeling to have about your house.

But there is more to it than that. Wood is more eco friendly than most materials. It can be made through recycled lumber and wood panels, which help to lower the impact on the environment. Stains, seals and other chemicals that were once dangerous for the ecosystem surrounding the house have become much more environmentally safe.

Wood is also very sturdy and easy to replace. If a log cracks you can replace or fix it with minimal work, as opposed to many other materials. It is less likely to have problems if properly maintained, and so this is a primary reason for many people choosing wood over different options.

The Benefits Of Brick

Brick is another good looking material, ahead of concrete, sheetrock or plastic siding in the appearance category. You can select different colored bricks, which is a pro for those who want something a little different from the norm.

As far as sturdiness goes, it is hard to beat the brutal efficiency of bricks. After all, there is a reason it is used in the story of the three little pigs. On the downside, when it is damaged it is difficult to fix or replace brick. You may also need a bricklayer to perform those repairs, as removing one brick may cause some damage to the overall structure of the siding and lead to problems later on.

The quality of materials may be more likely to be compromised. You can look at wood and get a good idea of whether it is a stable, healthy piece of lumber. Bricks can be harder to gauge.

Why Wood Is Better Than Other Materials

You can look between the two pros above to see why wooden homes are usually considered better. But there are a couple of other reasons. For one thing, lumber is much easier to move, and wooden houses are lightweight while still being strong against the elements. That means you can actually transport it from one location to another if you ever choose to move, without having to sell away the house itself.

The amount of time to construct one of these homes it another reason. Wood takes an average of three months to construct from scratch, or less when using prefab houses. Brick homes can take a year or more, and the cost is much higher thanks to the amount of labor involved. Insulation is easier and cheaper to install on a wooden house, and it is simpler to reseal any leaking areas where water or cold air might be getting in.

What About Maintaining Them?

Maintaining wooden houses is easier than you may think. Every three to five years you will have to apply a new stain and seal to your home, and search for potential problems. Some issues that could occur include cracks or wearing in the wood, blanching from the sun, rot in the logs, infestations of insects, and general wear. The more faithfully to maintain the wood, the more unlikely it will be that these problems creep up.

On average this is a $2500 to $5000 cost, depending on the square footage of your home, and the product selected for the job. When you consider the fact that it will only be done as infrequently as every five years this cost is pretty minimal. Especially given the fact that most people can do it themselves.

Doing some work on the surrounding area is also necessary. Some plants and vines can try to grow into the wood, and so you will want to trim back plants annually. Applying a weed killer or pulling weeds when they first grow is a simple way to make sure this never happens.

All of this isn't needed for bricks, but it is harder to prevent issues when dealing with materials like concrete. You may also have trouble seeing problems because they occur inside of the bricks themselves, and so cracks that aren't on the surface, spaces where the bricks have worn, infestations and other risks may not be apparent until they have grown to a much greater level.

Prefab Versus Custom

What kind of wooden house should you be looking into? You have the options of building your own home, buying one that is on the market, or going for a prefab model. A prefab wooden house is one that has already been constructed using different parts, which the contractor then puts together on the land you have purchased.

Prefabs are a great way to get a beautiful house for a fraction of the cost and time. They are similar to metal mobile homes, only they come with the many benefits of having a wood structure. You can get one of these houses for as little as the tens of thousands of dollars; customized models can cost more.

Regardless of what you are looking for, there is no denying that wood is an amazing material.

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5 Reasons Homes Might Be Staged

By Richard Brody

Homeowners, and their real estate agents, are often confronted with many relevant decisions and/ or options. One of those is deciding when staging a home may be called for, and when it is might not be necessary. This is a balancing act, especially when utilizing the skills and expertise of a professional stager, because of the expenses/ costs involved. Therefore, the decision should not be taken lightly, because, for most, their house represents their single largest financial asset. In my over a decade, of being a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, in New York State, I have witnessed the amazing benefits, quality staging, has delivered, as well as realized, the circumstances, where staging was not worth the expense! This brief article will review 5 reasons, selling a house, might benefit from being staged.

1. Doesn't show well: The reality is, some houses show far better, than others! Sometimes, the way it already is decorated, works well. Perhaps it only needs a little de - cluttering, or moving around. However, there may be instances, when certain rooms or areas, require a potential buyer to have a little imagination, which might benefit from staging. I once listed a lovely house, and was unable to stage it, initially, because there was a tenant in it. When the tenant moved out, and it was staged, it sold the first weekend!

2. Odd - sized or shaped rooms: Is there something about a particular room, which might make a potential buyer, have difficulty appreciating it? Is the size and/ or shape, a challenge? Then, it's time to seek, at least some sort of partial staging!

3. Warm - up a space: Does the house have any spaces, which negatively impact, the beauty of the rest of the home? How might this space be transformed from a negative, to a positive, or at worst, neutral scenario? Some areas of a house, just need something, to warm - up, the space!

4. Buyers without imagination: Although wise buyers possess the imagination and talent, to visualize what might be, and prioritize what we refer to, as the bones, of a house, many do not have this quality! Staging is an important tool, to combat buyers without imagination!

5. Attract more buyers: The Realtor has done several Open Houses, and there have been a number of viewings, yet the house, hasn't sold, and much of the feedback, speaks about some cosmetic feature of the property. Doesn't it make sense, one might potentiate the possibilities, and attract more buyers, after professional staging!

Home staging is not for every situation, but is often, a valuable tool! Discuss this with your real estate agent.

Richard has owned businesses, been a COO, CEO, Director of Development, consultant, professionally run events, consulted to thousands, conducted personal development seminars, for 4 decades, and a RE Licensed Salesperson for a decade+. Rich has written three books and thousands of articles. Website: http://PortWashingtonRealEstateOffice.com and LIKE the Facebook page for real estate: http://facebook.com/PortWashRE



-- How to find the best and the safest available low income housing options --

When the U.S. economy first entered a recession, millions of families were forced to take advantage of low income housing programs. And, according to federal statistics, those numbers continue to increase every month.

Low income housing properties are defined as apartments or houses that are a part of some kind of affordable housing initiative, usually sponsored by the federal government, the state, the city, or a non-profit organization. Such properties offer either an income-based rental rate or a flat rental rate designed to be affordable for needy individuals and families.

While there are many helpful programs available, finding the best and safest options can be a task. In addition, it can be difficult to find the best options available to families who qualify to remain in the home that they are already occupying.

Here are the top five resources to use:

1) HUD Office of Affordable Housing (OAP)

This government agency brings federal resources directly to the state and local level for use in the development of affordable housing units, or to assist income-eligible households in purchasing, rehabilitating, or renting safe and decent housing. Learn more

2) Making Home Affordable ® Program (MHA)

This program, sponsored by the Obama Administration, is a comprehensive plan to stabilize the U.S. housing market by helping homeowners get mortgage relief and avoid foreclosure. Learn more

3) PublicHousing.com

This web site provides a listing of public housing properties across the country, and other types of housing deals. The vast majority of their listings are affordable housing bargains. Learn more

4) Affordable Housing Institute

This non-profit organization provides housing finance expertise and thought leadership to other organizations working to make housing accessible to low-income people. Learn more

5) Low Income Housing Authority

This organization produces a free online national resource that is dedicated to helping individuals and families find low income housing, apartments, shelters, and more. The web site also provides answers to frequently asked questions. Learn more

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