Category: Buying and Selling Properties

Do You Need to Hire an Assistant?

Do You Need to Hire an Assistant?

By John Giffen As published in Inman News on October 9, 2020 As a productive real estate agent, you probably spend between ten to twelve hours each day working on and in your business. If you are at a point where you feel your real estate business might not be growing the way it should …

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What You Should Know About Fair Housing

What You Should Know About Fair Housing

Agents have to work to protect people from discriminatory practices and educate other professionals on the laws we have in place. So, here’s what you need to know about discrimination in the industry — plus the fair housing laws that prohibit it By John Giffen As published in Inman News on June 14, 2020 Discrimination …

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8 Selling Realities Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Embrace

8 Selling Realities Every Real Estate Agent Needs to Embrace

By John Giffen As published on Inman News on March 8, 2020 Practicing real estate is a second career for many. It is for me. Prior to getting my real estate license, I was in the printed paperboard packaging industry selling folding cartons to national consumer products companies. I sold boxes to companies who manufactured …

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7 Ways to Keep the Real Estate Transaction on Track

7 Ways to Keep the Real Estate Transaction on Track

By John Giffen Note: This post contains content from my February 23, 2020 column on Inman News. Additional content can be found in this post. Each real estate transaction is as different as are the people participating in it. The personalities of the clients and real estate professionals can have a bearing on whether or …

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How to help sellers (and keep your sanity) through a messy divorce

How to help sellers (and keep your sanity) through a messy divorce

Home sales resulting from divorce can be fraught with peril. Here’s how to navigate through this rocky relationship terrain By John Giffen As published in Inman News on February 9, 2020 Over the years, I worked with numerous sellers who were ending their marriages. I never sought these particular listings; they just landed in my …

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7 Tips for Protecting Your Clients from Wire Fraud Scams

7 Tips for Protecting Your Clients from Wire Fraud Scams

By John Giffen As published on Inman News on October 21, 2019 As real estate professionals, the “finish line” of what we do as professionals is watching a seller or buyer sit down in a title company’s conference room to close a real estate transaction.  A real estate closing is the culmination of hard work …

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9 Tips to Stop Home Inspections From Derailing a Deal

9 Tips to Stop Home Inspections From Derailing a Deal

By John Giffen As published on Inman News on October 6, 2019 Prior to my current management position as head of our principal broker group overseeing seven full-time brokers, I was an active principal broker.  One of the many documents I signed as the broker in my office was the earnest money/escrow money release form. …

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