How to Get Your Real Estate License: Washington (state)

How to Get Your Real Estate License: Washington (state)

Real estate is quickly becoming one of the most desired professions around the country. There is a major process involved when it comes to being a realtor. Making the decision to become an agent can end up becoming one of the most rewarding experiences. Nothing compares to the feeling of helping people find the home they will make many memories in. Once you have decided that real estate is your calling, follow these steps to obtain a real estate license in the state of Washington.

 

  1. Education

 

The state of Washington requires anyone seeking a real estate license to complete 90 hours of education. This education is broken down into two parts. The first part is 60-hour course regarding the Fundamentals of Real Estate. Across the country, realtors must complete this portion of the course. The second part of the course, which is only applicable in certain states teaches Real Estate Practices. Fortunately, you are able to complete these courses online. Organizations such as, Kaplan Education offer online programs for those seeking their license. Once you have completed all of the necessary educational course you can continue onto the exam portion.

 

 

  1. Exam

 

Washington has a specific provider that proctors the exam. The Broker’s exam can be taken with Applied Measurements Professionals Inc (AMP). The school where you completed your education can pass along your proof of completion to the testing organization. Once AMP has received your credentials you are then able to apply to take the exam. You can apply for the exam online, via phone, or mail. There are various testing sites around the state. Find the one closest to you by visiting AMP’s website.

 

 

  1. License and Background Check

 

Once you have successfully passed the exam you are then able to apply for your real estate license! During your exam, you are given a fingerprinting card. With this card, you must go to one of the designated centers and get your fingerprints done. Upon receiving your clearances, you can submit your application for your license. Finally, upon receiving your license, you are allowed to start your exciting new career!

 

 

Preparing Your Home for a Real Estate Photo Session

Preparing Your Home for a Real Estate Photo Session

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There is no doubt that having a successful real estate photo shoot for a new apartment or home you are trying to sell can be a really tricky situation. Too often photos are dark, from a strange angle, or simply fails to capture the beauty or attractiveness of the home in general.

With newer, more centralized real estate platforms such as Trulia and Zillow becoming increasingly common for agents across the country, better images are now the norm for home buyers in the digital world. Below are some ways to maximize appeal for any company on the market.

  1. Make the beds with linens that complement the colors of the room and overall interior.
  2. Clean the house: get the carpet shampooed, vacuum and mop all hardwood floors to make everything as clean as possible/visually appealing to any homebuyer’s eye.
  3. Don’t forget to clean the bathrooms!
  4. Make sure there is maximum natural and in house lighting before anyone comes to view the house or apartment.
  5. Remove all traces of personalized paraphernalia throughout the home so visitors can envision it as their own.
  6. Take the time to put away all cleaning supplies in the kitchen.
  7. Double check the house to see if everything has been put away in an orderly fashion.

The trickier part is definitely getting in touch and figuring out which real estate photographer is the best fit for you. Do bear in mind that photography fees vary according to experience, location and how large the property is. Connecting and meeting with various photographers is the best way to discern which professional you’d like to work with.

After the photos are taken, Chris Palmer the president of PhotoUp takes pride in the editing work his team is crafting. He has recently told the Huffington Post that “We’re the only ones out there doing this transparently, and real estate happens to be our niche. We have a team in the Philippines that work in a Google-like office. It’s a very creative environment. We find great ways to impact the photographers and the communities in which we work.”

How Will Seattle’s Real Estate Market Grow in 2017?

There are quite a lot of residents in Seattle looking for strong growth in 2017, and the city is poised to have a good year. This article explains how soaring credit ratings in a strong economy are fueling home buyers, and buyers must be aware of how the market will grow. There are three main factors everyone must be aware of, and each one plays a large part in the way the city will grow in 2017.

#1: The Market Is Growing Everywhere

New York has seen record prices for over a year now, and large cities around the country are growing in value steadily. Seattle is one of the largest media markets in the country, and it brings with it a large real estate market. The city will naturally grow with the rest of the country, and everyone in the city will benefit from growing values as they sell.

#2: Buyers Are Willing To Make Purchases

Checking credit ratings, credit repair services and proper financial management allow buyers to make offers on homes readily. They are walking the city with pre-approval letters that help with shopping, and sellers know their buyers are capable of purchasing the house. Prices remain steady as sellers spend little time on the market, and buyers do not lose money paying for a home they do not want.

Credit reporting allows everyone to move on from a home quickly, and they are no longer left with a significant chunk of money they cannot afford. Credit reports remain stable, and each new buyer or seller is allowed room to shop. Quick turnover in the market helps keep prices up, and buyers who move into an area quickly force prices to rise sharply.

#3: The Area Is Beautiful

Seattle is alluring in every way as it attracts buyers to the area every year with its amenities, mountain background and a large city in which to play. The University of Washington is in the city, and there is a large market for Pac-10 sports.

The Seahawks and Mariners bring quite a lot of business to city, and there is pride in the city for its sports teams that is no found elsewhere. Everyone moving to the city gets sucked into its sports culture, and the home of Starbucks is not far away. The technology industry lives just above the city, and Canada is not far away. There is everything a family may want within minutes of the city.

Everyone moving to Seattle may take advantage of a growing credit market that ensures buyers and sellers are ready to make sales. There is nothing stopping a new buyer, and a seller may find their own new home moments after the contract goes out.

A Short Guide to Navigate Today’s Fast-Paced Real Estate Market

A Short Guide to Navigate Today’s Fast-Paced Real Estate Market

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With the entire process of buying and selling a new home can be quite stressful in general, today’s fast-moving real estate market only adds an additional layer of pressure to both you and your family. Regardless of the state, county, or town you are looking into, there are useful ways to avoid pressure that may cause emotional or mental stress.

Millions of families across the country who are buying or selling their homes are experiencing the same sentiments and frustrations as you are. Below are some methods to alleviate stress and maximize efficiency during this huge life stage.

If you are a buyer in this market, you need to move fast after the home is sold and the new homeowner moves in. Working with a realtor will not only help you figure out what you want, but also how you can access information on a regular basis. Real estate agents are also great with regard to filtering through info related to property history, tax records, and other resources you may not of previously.

In the seller position, you need to have everything prepared before you actually move to your new home. Removing all unnecessary items, decluttering, and consolidating all your possessions in different areas. If you’re family lives in neighboring towns, it may be a good idea to stay with them if there is a time gap between moving out of your home and settling in the new one.

A challenging aspect of navigating the residential real estate market is undergoing inspections, the resolution process, and most of all, competing in offer situations across the board. Sellers should understand that hiring a realtor can help manage the buyer’s expectations, while also saving you money, time and energy during a process that can be fairly complicated without the right professional by your side.

Preparing in all the best ways possible will both ease your mind and wallet as you move from different stages of the homebuying process. It is also important to be completely upfront with your real estate agent through every stage so they can most effectively manage your price expectations, concerns, or other specificities you are looking for.