This short interview with Tom Ferry touches on some things that real estate agents need to prepare themselves for as we head into the next decade.
The short answer – Yes. However, Brian Buffini gives his take on why a real estate agent being replaced in this DIY age where everything is being done online is entirely up to him or her.
In the immortal words of Steve Jobs, “Be different.” All the best!
February’s winter winds are behind us and the days are now starting to get longer. As we head into spring, there is always a sense of anticipation for what lies ahead. Let’s take a look at the latest numbers.
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- Average Sales Price – A huge jump of 7% from last year at this time. As the supply of inventory continues to struggle to keep up with demand, expect prices to continue their healthy upward trend.
As we wave goodbye to the 3/4 mark in 2017, the beautiful fall foliage is rapidly appearing all around us. There have been lots of interesting developments on the real estate front this past year. The market that has shown a steady recovery from the Great Recession which has been good for Central Pennsylvania. Let’s take a look at the numbers to see what they reveal.
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The average sales price year over year shows prices are up 4% to just over $206K. This relatively modest appreciation rate is good news for sellers who are slowly recovering the lost equity from the economic downturn. This number should also send a message to potential buyers who are on the fence about purchasing. Waiting to buy equals higher prices and interest rates that are potentially on the rise (more on this later). Continue reading
In the world in which we live in today, if you haven’t been asked to electronically sign something, you’ve been hiding underneath a rock. Our comfort level with E-sign has rapidly evolved in the last ten years. Electronic signatures in real estate transactions are fast becoming the norm instead of the exception.
For purposes of simplicity in this post, I am going to refer to electronic signatures and digital signatures as one in the same, although they are different. Digital signatures are used in the real estate business and are much more secure than electronic signatures. If you’re geeky and want to read about the differences, click here to learn more.
Before we touch on the pros and cons of e-sign, a common misconception needs to be cleared up. I often hear from consumers and agents alike, “Are they legal?” The short answer, “Yes.”
The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) was introduced in 1999 and has been adopted by 47 U.S. states (Pennsylvania is one of them), as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. UETA allows electronic signatures in real estate transactions as long as the parties to a contract agree to proceed electronically.
The ESIGN Act is a federal law passed in 2000 and grants legal recognition to electronic signatures and records if all parties to a contract choose to use electronic documents and to sign them electronically.
UETA and the ESIGN Act solidified the legal landscape for use of electronic records and electronic signatures in real estate transactions by confirming that they carry the same weight and have the same legal effect as traditional paper documents and wet ink signatures.
Now that they boring legal stuff is out of the way, here are the pros and cons: Continue reading