3 Best Ways Real Estate Agents Can Manage Time

 

 

While time management is essential in all occupations, it’s an especially important skill for real estate agents that hope to be successful in their field.

If you’re a real estate agent that wants to take their career to the next level this year, keep reading for tips on how to manage time successfully.

1. Start Every Day With a Plan

Sometimes being a real estate agent can feel like being your boss. Because of this, it’s vital for real estate agents to go into each workday with a plan.

It’s helpful to get into a routine where you plan daily, either early in the morning or in the evening for the next day. Highlight what needs to get done, including any appointment times, and block out time for all these activities. By starting the day with a plan, you can stay organized and know what you realistically have time for.

2. Stay Organized

Staying organized is a must for being successful in real estate. If you’re disorganized, you can disappoint and steer away from potential and current clients. Find a scheduler or task management system that works for you.

If you’re a pen and paper person, consider getting a planner to help you manage your time.

Planners are a great option because you can block out time by the half-hour, making sure you know what’s on the agenda daily, weekly, and monthly. If you choose this option, make sure you keep your planner on you constantly in a briefcase or purse, so that you can refer back to it at any time.

If this seems archaic to you, there are plenty of digital task managing options that you can access from your laptop or mobile. There are many free options, such as Glip and Airtable. These apps are a great option, as you can access them from anywhere.

3. Stay Distraction- and Procrastination-Free

Whether you work at an office or from home, distractions are everywhere. It’s a good idea to limit distractions in your workspace. Get in the habit of zoning into your work with a Focus playlist.

If you don’t need your phone for whatever work you’re doing, turn it off or put it away. Finding your own habits that lead to a distraction-free work zone can seriously help you stay on task. Try to limit multitasking, as it’s a sure way to get off-topic and can reduce the quality of your work.

We all have times where we put tasks off, especially those that are more difficult than others. Procrastinating is a sure way to cause yourself even more stress in the workplace. Give yourself time to get your work done so that you can produce impressive work.

If there’s something on your list you don’t want to do, try doing it first. This takes the pressure off and lets the rest of the day flow much more quickly.

4. Monique’s Time Management Recommendations & Schedule

1.  Get up early.  Monique starts her day at 5:45 am to fit in some personal and mental wellness before the day gets going.  In real estate, you’re often working into the evening or on weekends showing homes – which means that morning is gold for real estate agents.

2.  Find a way to work out.  She generally tries to get to the gym by 6:15 am before she has to get her kids out the door to school.  Choosing a gym close to your house makes it much more likely that you’ll go.

3.  Monique says, “I like to plan my day out at the beginning of the day with tasks so I can be very efficient with my time while driving around, etc. I work from my phone while I am waiting for clients to show up, etc in order to stay caught up.”

4.  Delegate tasks to assistants.  You can’t do it all.  This might include personal tasks like grocery shopping, running errands or planning travel.

5.  Know your worth.  Another Monique-ism, “I have a house cleaner and try to hire out any services that cost me less per hour than I am worth in order to maximize productivity.”

Make your career in real estate the best it can be by following these simple steps to manage time effectively.

For more on real estate, and to check out homes for sale in Salt Lake City, head to our site today!

5 Spring Maintenance Tips for a Summer-Ready Yard

 

After a long, harsh winter and months of hibernation, your yard is now ready for warmer temperatures. To ensure that the soil is ready to grow some new grass and flowers, you need to take a few steps to set it up for success.

Resetting your sprinkler system and aerating the lawn can do wonders for your trees, plants, and shrubs.

Read on for 5 essential spring maintenance tips that’ll get your yard ready for the warmer season ahead.

1. Aerate Your Lawn

The first and most crucial step to preparing your yard for spring is to aerate the soil. You can do this by poking holes in the ground using a rake or special aerating tools such as a spike or plug aerators.

This process will help the soil absorb nutrients, water, and oxygen better so that the grass, plants, and trees thrive in the spring.

2. Rake and Mow Your Lawn

After you aerate, you might be wondering when to mow your lawn, especially if leaves are still falling from trees. It’s best to do this right before using soil fertilizers and planting new plants. You want the surface to be clean from debris, twigs, and weeds before you mow.

Once you mow the entire yard, you’ll be able to notice any bare patches where you can reseed grass. Make sure to check your mower before you begin and sharpen any dull blades.

3. Fertilize the Yard

After raking and mowing, your yard is now clean and ready for fertilizing. As soon as you notice the grass growing, you should spread nitrogen-rich fertilizer to help it thrive.

The key to lush, healthy grass is in choosing the right fertilizer for your yard. Consult your local garden center for advice. Different soil types and climates require different fertilizers, so make sure you do your research before you buy.

4. Prune Any Trees or Shrubs

During winter, trees and shrubs lose their leaves as they get ready to grow new ones. By pruning, you help them get rid of any dried or dead parts and make room for new branches.

This is a great way to create additional space for flower beds and decide what type of xeriscaping or landscaping you want to do.

5. Set up Your Sprinklers

Once your yard is all clean, using a sprinkler system will finish everything off and get it ready for spring. No matter how much rainfall there is in your area, the grass may still need additional moisture. For best results, turn on the sprinklers either at night or in the early morning hours to help the grass absorb more water.

Get Your Yard Ready With These Spring Maintenance Tips

Whether you have a big backyard or a small patch of land in the front, preparing it for the spring season is a must if you want lush greenery.

These backyard spring maintenance tips will help you set everything up in no time and give your yard the sprucing up it needs.

Now that your backyard is ready for the warmer temperatures, it’s time to get your home all ready for spring as well. Read this article to get the spring home maintenance checklist you need today.

5 Tips on Getting Your Home Ready for Showings

 

Selling a home that you are still living in is tricky! Lots of sellers stress over every detail when it comes to showing their home to potential buyers.

However, there are a couple of basic principles that you can follow to prepare your home! In this article, we are going to walk you through the five key tips on getting your home ready for showings in this article!

 

1. Create a Cleaning Routine

It goes without saying that your home should be spotless when you are showing your home. However, we all know that this is easier said than done.

You will want to do one deep clean at the beginning of this process to prepare your home. After that, establish a daily cleaning routine so that messes don’t pile up! Write down a list of all the things that need to be taken care of in a week, and spread them out day by day, so your house is sparkling!

 

2. Declutter Your Space

Clutter is a distracting presence in a home. When a buyer is coming by, they want to see the bones of the house, not think about endless toys and knick-knacks.

Creating a clean space that shows off the structure of your home is essential! You will find that by decluttering your space that you will be more at ease in your own day-to-day life as well!

 

3. Have Emergency Storage Ready

What we mean by emergency storage is a few great bins or tote bags on hand for those last-minute showings! This tip is especially handy if you have any kids.

Sometimes you just don’t have the time to put everything back in its proper place right before a showing! By having these storage containers on hand, you will be able to easily clean up and declutter any space in a matter of seconds.

These small storage containers will save your sanity, we promise.

 

4. Don’t Underestimate Curb Appeal

Many people focus on making a great first impression by redecorating their front entryway. However, when the buyer first drives up to your house, the outside is going to be what they see first!

Make the most of this first impression and make sure the yard is tidy, and the lawn is trimmed. If you are able to make a cozy entryway space or catch the eye with some incredible landscaping, we highly recommend it.

 

5. Leave Room for the Imagination

We get it; your home is a space where you can show off your personality! However, when you are preparing to sell your home, neutral tones and spaces are going to be your best friend.

If you have any glaring colors or themed decorations, these are going to affect the buyer’s impression of your home!

Try to create a neutral space that buyers can imagine themselves living in to close that sale!

 

Get Your Home Ready for Showings

These five tips will help you prepare your home and ensure that potential buyers leave with a great impression!

Getting ready for showings can be a lot of work initially, but if you do a little bit each day to maintain a show-ready home, it will seem easy.

Need more advice on selling your home? Feel free to contact us! We are always happy to help.

New Year, New Goals! 2020 Goals for Monique

2020 is a year of change for Monique, owner and agent and Market Source Real Estate! With the new year, she has some 2020 goals – both personal and professional.  

You know what they say – a goal that isn’t written down is just a wish.  And so, she wanted to share her 2020 goals, because, you know… accountability! 

Here are what she is working towards in 2020:

2020 goals for Market Source Real Estate

  • Sell 65 homes in 2020.  Last year she did 54 (and it was her biggest year yet).  So now she’s reaching higher!
  • Attend 2 networking events per month.  Sometimes this feels like a push – but it is always worth it

2020 goals for her personal investment portfolio

  • Buy a condo, townhome or other investment property

Physical and mental health goals for 2020

  • Exercise at least 2-3 days per week.  Which means getting up at 5:45 am and hitting the gym at 6:15 am.
  • Meditate at least 4 times per week

Goals with family & friends

  • Take kids on 2-3 great vacations, including Lake Powell, Moab, Flaming Gorge.  They are all so close, and we don’t get out of town enough.
  • Have friends over for dinner at least once per month

Goals for Personal development

  • Read 2-3 books per month on personal development, wellbeing, meditation, and self-reflection
  • 2020 is the year to write my own book!

What are your 2020 Goals?  We’d love to hear!

Interested in learning more about what we offer at Market Source Real Estate?  Read On:

Home Buyer Checklist

Stress Management for Home Buyers

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The Spring Home Maintenance Checklist You Need Today

Don’t just spring clean… Get going on your spring home maintenance today!

Spring is in the air and that means that you’re probably thinking about spring cleaning.  Hold on though! You also need to be thinking about some key spring home maintenance items as well! Doing these 8 things at least once a year will save you time, money, and a big headache down the road.  The goal is to prevent things from going wrong or catching little problems early BEFORE they become major problems.

We created a handy check list of 8 spring maintenance items you should be checking every year.  As a matter of fact, you can probably get these done in one weekend and then you don’t have to worry!

 

1.  Check your gutters and down spouts

Gutters and down spouts get all clogged up over the winter with leaves and debris.  Get up on a ladder every spring and clear that gunk out.  It will save you leaks, breaks, pools of stagnant water and a big repair bill.

2.  Inspect your roof

Most roofs will last around 12-25+ years (depending on the material) IF, and only if they are inspected regularly and repaired.  While you’re up on the ladder cleaning your gutters and drain spouts, take a moment and climb up on your roof.  Look for loose roofing, pooled water, or curling shingles.

It can be very affordable to repair your roof regularly.  If your roof ends up leaking during those springtime showers, it can cost you thousands in damages PLUS the money to repair or get a new roof.

It’s a good idea to check your roof both in the spring and the fall. Just to be safe.

3.  Check seals on windows and doors

Check and repair any seals on window sills, door sills, and thresholds.  Look for damaged or peeling caulk, splinters, loose panes and gaps.  While you are at it, check and repair any screens – you’ll be glad to be able to open those windows and air out your home without bugs getting in!  Here is a handy guide for how to caulk your windows.

 

4. Give some love to your deck

Already planning the first BBQ of the season?  Better get that deck ready.  Just like your roof, you want to inspect it every spring.  Look for cracks, greying wood, loose joints and water seeping in.  Every 3-5 years you’ll want to stain and seal your deck to keep it from weathering.  A final step?  Give it a good pressure wash to get it ready for that backyard party!

5.  Filter out those dirty filters

Guys. HVAC filters get D.I.R.T.Y.  They collect dust, pollen, pet hair and dirt.  And then recirculate all those things back through your house if you don’t clean or replace them regularly.  This is something you’ll want to check several times a year.

 

6.  Don’t forget about your dryer and refrigerator

When doing spring home maintenance, don’t forget to check your dryer vent.  It gets clogged up and makes your dryer work that much harder.  Which makes your electricity bill go up.

And while you’re at it, check your refrigerator coils.  Chances are they need a good vacuum.  Not only are they really gross when they are covered in dust, they also make your fridge less efficient.

 

7.  Drain that water heater

Your water heater should be 100% drained a couple of times a year.  The reason?  All kinds of minerals and sediment build up in the bottom.  Which equals corrosion and water that doesn’t heat as fast as you’d like.

 

8.  Test your smoke detectors

This spring home maintenance item can literally save your life.  Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and put fresh batteries in.  While you’re at it why not make sure that your family knows what to do when an alarm goes off.  A household fire drill goes a long way.

Need a hand?

Check out our list of trusted vendors, contractors, supplier and all around handy types who can help you if you run into problems (or they can just take care of this stuff for you).  They’ll give you a hand with the whole spring home maintenance thing!