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Our presenter, Tommy Hendrix, P.E., CPM, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia. He is the Vice President of Commercial Property Services at Hall Associates and oversees the Property Management and Commercial Maintenance Divisions.
Date | June 27, 2013
Virginia Tech Foundation Building
902 Prices Fork Road, Room 3100
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Lunch will be provided | 1:30 pm
This appeared in the April/May issue of Commonwealth magazine.
With more and more electronic communication being done in public — the “social” part of social media — you’ll find that you can never really remove your Realtor hat. That means you need to be extra careful when you’re writing an e-mail, crafting a blog post, or replying to a tweet.
And I don’t just mean “always be professional.” I mean that there are disclosure rules from both the Virginia Real Estate Board and the Realtor Code of Ethics that apply online whenever you engage in “advertising.”
And believe me, the definition of “advertising” is pretty broad.
Smoking won’t just kill you — it can also kill a sale. So says a survey of Ontario real estate agents, who found that more than 80% of potential buyers would be either “unlikely” or entirely unwilling to buy a home where smokers had lived.
And when the house does sell? The study found that a house could see a 30 percent price drop (!) if it smelled of cigarettes.
All right, so what’s to be done if you’re trying to sell a smoker’s home? After reviewing far too many pages of tips, these seem to be your best bets for removing as much of the odor as possible.
“The rent is too damn high” — add that to the growing list of reasons we’re going to see a boatload of new buyers entering the market in the next few years. That’s a reasonable conclusion from new Census Bureau data.
When the housing market collapsed, a lot of folks had to leave homes they could no longer afford — often because of foreclosure or short sales. They became renters, in part simply because their credit ratings took a big hit.
Result: Rental vacancy rates are down. The new Census Bureau report says that those vacancy rates dropped from 8.4% to 7.4% in just two years (2009 to 2011) — homeownership obviously declined at the same time.
This is a reminder — but an important one — about post-licensing curriculum changes. (It will mostly affect new real estate licensees, but brokers need to remember it.)
The PL curriculum is changing from three tracks (residential, property management, commercial) to a single-track system.
- The old system will be in place until December 31, 2013.
- The new system will be available starting July 1, 2013.
The overlap is what’s important.
You know you must take 30 hours of PL education within a year of getting your license. You must take those 30 hours under the current system or the new system — you cannot mix them.
VAR's Blake Hegeman discusses the perennial favorite topic: what goes down when agents leave or change firms?
Questions answered include:
- What happens if an agent leaves a firm when they have a deal pending?
- Can you still be paid while in transition to another firm?
- Where does the payment come from in those instances?
According to CareerBliss ("We give you the information you need to ‘Choose Happy’"), property manager is the third "happiest" job in America, right behind Software Quality Assurance Engineer and Executive Chef. (For some reason, I received a news brief saying that real estate agent was number one. I’m not sure why.)
And looking for a bit of schadenfreude? Happy to oblige. The unhappiest jobs in America: security officer, registered nurse, teacher.
That is all.