Thinking of Making a Move

Use these tips to help you get the home you want. Get Ready Talk to a mortgage professional about your financial situation and credit history to determine your loan options. It’s important to know how much house you can afford based on your down payment and income. A strong letter of pre-approval from a lender […]

HUD’s Arizona Buyer Select Closing Agent Program

Effective November 17, 2013, HUD implemented a “Buyer Select” closing agent program. All Buyers whose contracts are executed on or after this date in the State of Arizona will be required to select their own escrow company. The selling agent will be required to complete an addendum providing the name and contact information of the […]

Twelve Rules to Live By

I was reading essays on the site “Early to Rise” when I came across a list written by Craig Ballantyne titled “The 12 Rules I Live By”.  I have adapted and changed his list a little and think the list below will be helpful to you when making your own list.  Print your list off […]

Book Review: The Realtors Guide to Short Sale Success

Book Review – By Marlene Cerreta The Realtors Guide to Short Sale Success Written by – Jeffrey P. Smith Although this book’s title leads you to believe that you will only be learning about how to complete short sales, it actually contains a plethora of information on real estate success in general. There are chapters […]

Real Estate Marketing Today!

Today I met with Patty Carabio from Old Republic Title and Tim Hadlock (a Facebook Expert) from People’s Mortgage to brainstorm some Facebook marketing strategies.  Here is what we came up with for the fall. September – we will send out our “Like us on Facebook” Postcard.  One problem on this that Tim noticed is […]

Real Estate Farming Introduction Letter

I have been writing about The Cerreta Team and the new farm area we decided to plow into last summer.  If you have been reading my blogs you know that we started with 250 homes in a sub-division called Westwing Mountain.  After a couple of months, we decided to farm the entire community which has […]

Marlene’s Real Estate Book Review

While browsing in Barnes and Noble as I often do, I could not find a single book related to Realtors and real estate. There were tons of books on the subject of investing in real estate or fixing and flipping real estate but nothing on the topic of how to become a better Realtor.  So […]

Real Estate Farming Basics

Basics for Farming in Real Estate Step One: Choose an area where you would like to work. A subdivision with 150-250 homes is best.  Before you decide on a specific area, check MLS for activity. Make sure it is an area where people are moving in and out of. Make sure the days on market […]

August 10, 2012, Event

We just received a referral from a former client. Yippee! These are the best clients and getting a client referral is always a nice compliment. It’s also proof that you really need to stay in touch with your sphere of influence so that you have top of the mind awareness when it comes time for […]

Planning a Community Meeting

The Cerreta Team began farming the Westwing Mountain Sub-division in May of 2012. We started with a small area of 150 homes as we had just received an REO listing in this area. It also just happens to be the area that I and all of my daughters live in as well. After a few […]