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August 2014 Blog Posts (16)

Wisconsin July 2014 Housing Statistics

The Wisconsin housing statistics are in for July of 2014. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors® Association (WRA) had to…


Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on August 29, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Signs That You are Ready to Be a Home Seller

Signs That You are Ready to Be a Home Seller

Selling your Home Most people easily recognize when the time is right to buy their very first home. They are tired of their current situation and the appeal of getting their own place is too enticing to resist. However, the signs are not quite so easy to notice when it is time to sell the home. Some home owners have a long,…


Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on August 27, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

I use the 80/20 Principle in my Real Estate and REO / Foreclosure related business.

The 80/20 Principle is actually a concept that could change your life, or at least the very way you approach your way of living. We use the 80/20 Principle in many aspects of our real estate virtual assistant company. The principle that is sometimes primarily aimed at business people, in our case Real Estate, but the rule is easily…

Added by Pam Maglione on August 26, 2014 at 11:29pm — 1 Comment

Rescuing Personal Belongings In Probated Properties

Probates are the low hanging fruit because heirs want to cash out. Get an overview of probate investing in this blog post. While every case is different and the executor has their own unique time frame in selling the probated property, the biggest obstacle that blocks the executor from selling is the…


Added by Donna Roberts on August 22, 2014 at 9:37am — No Comments

Intro To Probated Properties - Complimentary PDF

While probates are the low-hanging fruit because the heirs want to cash out, to many real estate agents and investors, probates are shrouded in mystery. What exactly does the probate process entail? Who is the decision maker that has the authority to liquidate the real property in the estate? What is the time frame for these houses to sell, and how can you get the conversation…


Added by Donna Roberts on August 20, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

The Offer Process Should Be Dictated By The Listing Agent.

Throughout the real estate industry there are numerous platforms that allow real estate agents to infuse technology into the offer process. This is particularly the case when it comes to digital signature technologies such as DocuSign, Dotloop, EchoSign, and a plethora of others that allow agents to gather signatures on offer docs and send to the listing agent. 

All of these technologies put control of the offer process into the…


Added by Alan Fenn on August 19, 2014 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Should You Reach Out To The Attorneys Involved In A Probated Property?

In many locales, the attorney’s contact information is contained in our list of probated properties. It raises the question of whether you as a real estate agent or investor should make contact with the attorney involved in the estate.

This provocative question was posed in an interesting forum…


Added by Donna Roberts on August 19, 2014 at 10:36am — 1 Comment



I accepted an order 4 days ago from RESNET-

of course they tell you to do it for free in hopes of getting a listing in the future-

I assume the only reason they are getting away with it is that other brokers are doing free BPO's-

guys-have a little more self respect-

I suggest you accept them and do not do them-

Added by NEAL DALESSIO on August 18, 2014 at 11:07am — 9 Comments

Fresh Start Program

Just curious of how many people have been receiving this e-mail from Fresh Start.

It's Lease to Purchase program, has anyone heard of them?  Are these people legit?

I want your feedback, please.  Has anyone been successful dealing with them?

Added by Bessie Blazejewski on August 14, 2014 at 1:22am — 5 Comments

BPO "Certified" agents and the companies that offer them.

Many real estate agents that provide BPOs know what is entailed in the process. Many BPO agents enjoy doing BPOs and many that don’t necessarily enjoy them, but feel that it is necessary to supplement their Real Estate business and to develop relationships in the industry.


There are even companies that seem to offer…


Added by Pam Maglione on August 13, 2014 at 4:59pm — No Comments

This is a new LOW from Pro Teck

I received this request today from Pro Teck:

A MORTGAGE INSPECTION request is waiting for you at Pro Teck

Fees collected by Vendor: $10.00

Services Requested:

- AVM Value Focus

- Photo of house # (located on house, curb, mailbox etc) to verify correct property

- Photo of the road in front of the property

- Photo of the subject from the front

Please provide commentary on subject condition. 

Please provide commentary on subject…


Added by Violetta Polyakov, Broker on August 12, 2014 at 9:53am — 20 Comments

Simply the Best Agent I have Ever Dealt With! - Client Testimonial

Rock Realty Client Testimonials

"Mike is simply the best Real Estate agent I have ever dealt with!!!He sold my house in such a short time which is what I needed to move quickly..I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home..very honest and caring person..Explained everything to me so that I could understand exactly what I would need..He went above and beyond in my Real Estate closing.....always got back to me immediately with any questions I…


Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on August 11, 2014 at 4:16pm — No Comments

What Does an Escrow Company Do in a Real Estate Transaction?

Escrow is that bit that makes sure all is fair in love and war when you sell your home and both parties (seller and buyer) are satisfied and fairly treated during this most testing of processes. If you have ever sold a home before – or indeed purchased one – you will have been more than aware of the term "Escrow".




Added by Pam Maglione on August 8, 2014 at 11:23am — 1 Comment

Are you a real estate professional? Or are you a problem solver?

I'm always reminded by the plaque on my wall that says, "We are compensated only to the extent that we add value to the other people". Simple but instructive. The human element should not escape real estate professionals.  The only way to get any seller to work with you is to convince them you can solve their problem.

When marketing…


Added by Donna Roberts on August 3, 2014 at 7:23pm — 5 Comments

The Time Frame of Probates Explained

One of the most often asked line of questions we field as  a compiler of probate data is related to timing. “How long do they take to close?”… “When does the executor want to sell the property”, etc.

Before we address these questions on the merits, a little refresher background is in order. Probate is the process supervised by a surrogate court of competent jurisdiction…


Added by Donna Roberts on August 3, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Whats the Difference between a Listing Agent and a Buyers Agent in the Real Estate Industry?

The difference between a listing agent and a buyers agent can be confusing to some people. The listing agent works for the person or persons selling a property. The listing agent usually provides the seller with a market analysis of the surrounding area, opinion of listing price and property value and explain in detail all the fees that the…


Added by Pam Maglione on August 1, 2014 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

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