How to become a Real Estate Agent

How to become a Real Estate Agent

How do you get a real estate license? Before I go into the steps, let me preface everything with this… Real estate is a job that takes hard work! If it was super easy people wouldn’t need real estate agents. Yes, there is money to be made and I sincerely hope if you enter the business that you can reap the fruits of your labor to bless your family and the people around you. Em and I truly believe real estate is one of the best vehicles to reach our financial and personal goals. The steps below for attaining a license are specific to PA and my personal experience! If you’re looking for your state’s requirements visit the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (Arello) Website. My 7 Step Journey: I met with people who are already in the industry to learn as much as I could. These were people I trusted and respected, not just strangers trying to sell me their brokerage. I completed 60 hours of classroom work in Real Estate Practices and Fundamentals. I passed the Real Estate Salesperson State & National Exams. I had a background check by the state of PA. I associated myself with a real estate brokerage. I joined the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). I joined the National Association of Realtors. The cost breakdown for entering into real estate is roughly: Real Estate Class                                      $250 State and National Exam                        $56 Background check      ...
Why I love State College

Why I love State College

Seeing that I’ve moved to State College, PA from West Chester I thought it would be fun to share why I am excited to be back in Happy Valley. Here are 5 things I love about State College… Penn State University I’m the third generation of my family to attend Penn State, so blue and white is in my blood. My top three memories that happened on campus would be, beginning my relationship with God in the HUB Student Union Building, watching Billy Joel and Elton John play at the Bryce Jordan Center and camping out all week with my friend’s to get first row tickets for Joe Paterno’s 400th win. Nature State College is amazing in the fall when the trees change colors. There’s an abundance of cool places to hike and explore.  Nothing beats hammocking and reading a good book after hiking Mount Nittany or Shingletown Gap. The Creamery AND Myers Dairy Ice Cream Who needs an explanation for great ice cream? If you don’t know what I’m talking about come visit, I’d love to introduce you to the best ice cream you’ll ever have. The Waffle Shop If you’re looking for your classic breakfast joint, The Waffle Shop is a local staple. Every bible study, book club and business meeting happens here. Looking forward to many morning meetings taking place in this favorite. Festivals and Fairs State College/Centre County is home to festivals and fairs that satisfy every interest under the sun. Some of the main events include the Grange Fair, Arts Festival and Fourth of July Fireworks. I’m a fan of all of them as long as they sell funnel cakes. I share...
8 Tips for Moving | Part II

8 Tips for Moving | Part II

Now that you’re all rested from part one, check out the rest of the post to help in your move. 5) Pay for movers or recruit every person you know to help move. If you have specialty furniture or difficult living quarters, I’d recommend paying professionals. If you do hire, hire someone who has worked with the company before. We’ve had friends hire movers from CraigsList who stole their seat cushions because they were mad at their boss. If you’re like us, you’ll recruit your friends like crazy and then stuff them with drinks and pizza to say thanks! 6) Work in chunks. You may not always be able to take multiple trips between your old and new place (bonus points if you can), but if you’re able, try to spend one day patching walls, then one taking apart furniture, organizing/boxing/purging a room. 7) Label! Mark each box of the items inside and the room it should go in. Save yourself and everyone else the process of guessing what’s inside or where to move a piece of furniture. 8) Have everything in order so come moving day, you only need to load and clean. Trust me those two tasks will keep you plenty busy. Moving may feel like chaos, don’t be afraid to ask for help and get rid of stuff along the way. Smart moves enable people to build healthy homes and that’s what I hope these tips can do for you. Happy...
8 Tips for Moving | Part I

8 Tips for Moving | Part I

I have to admit, moving gives me stress. I don’t care for decorating and I am a minimalist, so it’s rather ironic that I’m writing this post. I am so thankful for my wife Em’s ability to handle our move so well. This is one fun puzzle in her mind. She likes the process and I like the final results. We work well together and I hope these simple tips will help you in your move (or future move)! 1) Be patient and flexible! Things will break, plans change and accidents happen. You might have to sleep on the floor, use plastic utensils for a month or barrow your neighbors internet, but the work will get done and everyone will live to tell the tale. 2) Top items you will need in the moving process: – Boxes, we got a ton of free boxes from the local liquor store. They are heavy duty and FREE! –  Tape, I’d recommend shipping tape for boxes and gaff tape (worth the extra money) to tape things like draws, mirrors and items you don’t want tape residue on. – Padding! We just used blankets, towels and clothes because we’re cheap. – Cleaning supplies! 3) PURGE! Seriously, it’s good for you and if you can’t do it ask someone to help. We’ve given so much stuff to Salvation Army and friend’s who need things. Em and I have both had moments where we’d like to keep something the other thinks we don’t need and we’ve learned to just be okay with giving it away. 4) Change your paper work and stop utilities before you move. Change your address...
Home Improvements Done Right

Home Improvements Done Right

If you could make one update to your home, what would it be? Upgrades and DIY projects can be one of the best parts of owning your own home. Want to redo the floors or finish the basement? Have at it. Maybe install some energy efficient windows or redo the roof? Sounds good. Owning a home is a wonderful thing because you get to add value to it by doing things that matter to you and your family. It might take you a few times to get it right, but it’s your house and you can do with it what you want. If you want a helpful website on home improvements and values to make for a better ROI (Return On Investment) check out Remodeling COSTvsValue to better plan your next home improvement project and add to your home’s value and overall investment. Houselogic is another helpful website I’ve recommended to people for their DIY projects. A word of caution for home owners… Just because you make amazing updates doesn’t mean your home’s value automatically increases. Markets fluctuate and it is possible to make your home too nice compared to the surrounding homes. If you are thinking about a major update for your home, I’d highly recommend asking your local real estate agent who knows the area and can provide some useful comps.   Check out my friend Mike Wooter’s updates. This guy is the king of home DIY projects and renovations. Before… After…   Now all you see is a jungle… Now you don’t! Ta Da!  Great job Mike! Keep up the good work in creating your dream home for you and Rachel. These updates...