With a strong housing market and more opportunities to invest, more Americans are beginning to think about purchasing a home for the first time. Upon making the decision, they make the next step to hire a professional in real estate, but quickly find themselves confused by the different names and titles of the professionals. In order to help elevate some of the confusion future homeowners may experience, I have provided an overview of some of the titles that real estate professionals have, and how they differ from one another.
Real Estate Broker
A real estate broker is a real estate professional that has not only attained their real estate license to sell homes, but generally have additional education beyond the certification. In order to become certified as a broker, a person must complete the additional education requirements that their state may require, as well as pass a comprehensive broker’s exam. Because of the amount of additional information that brokers are required to know, the exam is more difficult and detailed than the real estate agent certification exam. One of the most significant differences between a real estate broker and real estate agent is that a broker has the ability to work independently or hire their own real estate agents to work for them. On the contrary, real estate agents are not allowed to work independently like a broker.
Real Estate Agent
Like its name states, a real estate agent is a professional that has earned their real estate license in order to sell properties in some capacity. Unlike a real estate broker, agents are not allowed to work independently. For many professionals working in real estate, becoming an agent is a strong first step in being successful in the industry.
Similar to both agents and brokers in the sense that they can sell homes, the title, realtor, has one big difference. A person with the official title of a realtor has attained their real estate certification, but in addition to that, is also a member of the National Association of Realtors®. To maintain their position in the National Association of Realtors, a realtor must follow the standards of the association and its code of ethics. The code of ethics include 17 articles that they must abide by. An example includes not collecting any commission or fees from third-party vendors without the home seller’s explicit knowledge and consent. The code of ethics works to maintain a high standard for the industry.
While there are similarities and differences between real estate agents, real estate brokers and realtors, they are all certified to sell homes. A potential buyer’s preferences and comfort level will oftentimes influence the type of real estate professional that they use in the search. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful situation, so understanding the options for real estate professionals can help to alleviate the stress, in order to make the process an exciting and enjoyable experience.
New York City has become known as the city that never sleeps, and anyone who has visited before knows that the statement rings true. From thriving restaurants to broadway shows, the city continues to boast its incredible nightlife. Part of what makes New York City exciting at nighttime is the large variety of nightclubs. Knowing this, let’s explore some of the best nightclubs in New York City right now.
First opening in 2008, 1Oak has become a staple in the city’s nightclub scene over the last few years, and is not showing signs of slowing down. Located in Manhattan, the nightclub is a great spot to visit for anyone who enjoys live performances and dancing. Part of what makes 1Oak a great destination for dancing are the live performances that are put on each weekend, which oftentimes include today’s best hip-hop artists. With high-end performances taking place often, it is not a surprise to hear that the nightclub attracts celebrities. For anyone who enjoys the club scene, 1Oak offers table service, dancing, and more.
Marquee New York
Known as a nightclub staple, Marquee New York offers an exciting scene for New Yorkers who want to enjoy themselves throughout the entire night. The club oftentimes hosts concerts with well-known DJs, including Steve Aoki and Michael Brun, while attracting some of the biggest celebrities around. The club is open on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and feature a different musical theme each night, giving attendees a wide variety of music. Since opening in 2012, the Marquee has grown significantly in popularity, leading the management team to open up two additional locations in Las Vegas and Australia.
For anyone who is not as interested in dancing, but still enjoys an active nightlife should check out PHD Lounge. PHD Lounge has two locations in New York City, with one in the midtown area and one in the downtown area. The lounge is great for both a happy hour after work and a full night on the town. Both the midtown and downtown PHD Lounges have an outdoor deck for guests to relax on while enjoying a cocktail and breathtaking view of the city. While the PHD Lounge does not have the same nightclub trend as the other clubs on the list, they are a great stop for anyone who wants to experience New York City’s nightlife.
Listing a house for sale is a very emotional decision. Selling a house can also be an exciting time as it’s a chance to move onto a new adventure. Make the entire process less stressful by following this handy guide on how to get the most out of the selling process.
1. Choose a real estate agent carefully.
The real estate agent is perhaps the most important person, other than the seller and buyer, to be involved in the selling process. Ask for recommendations from friends and do research before settling on which agent to hire.
2. Prep and stage the home prior to listing.
The first impression buyers will get is the one they receive from the listing pictures. Ensuring that the home is clean, bright, and fresh prior to listing photos being taken will put the home’s best foot forward. Remove clutter and photographs, minimize bulky furniture, open curtains, and make sure the floors are sparkling clean.
3. Curb appeal is key.
Many potential buyers perform a drive-by of the home prior to scheduling a showing. Spruce the front of the home up by mowing the lawn, planting flowers, touching up paint, and making sure the house number is visible from the street.
4. Practice proper open house etiquette.
An open house is a great way to get many buyers through the home at one time. Do a thorough cleaning of the entire home prior to the open house, put out fresh towels, light candles, and lock up any animals. Also, keep any valuables out of the house and password-lock all computers during an open house.
5. Be prepared for inspections and appraisals.
Many factors go into the sale of a home, including inspections and appraisals. Prepare for the possibility that buyers may request minor repairs to be made after the home inspection is completed. Have a real estate agent present during the appraisal to point out the positive aspects of the home.
6. Take a moment to say goodbye.
It’s important to take a look around and remember the good times that were had at the home before moving onto the next chapter. Consider throwing a farewell party before moving to celebrate the adventures ahead, while also reflecting on the past.
About Avraham Glattman
Real Estate professional, Avraham Glattman, is an extremely successful man in many aspects. Not only is his Real Estate company, First American Properties Group, one of the top in New York City, but Avraham is an exceptional family man who holds great history from his life’s events.
Avraham Glattman was born and raised in Israel, where he stayed until he was a young adult. Avraham attended school in Israel until his completion of high school. After high school Avraham served in the Israeli Army for 3 years. In 1989, Avraham Glattman was sent to America. He was asked to work for an Israeli newspaper in Brooklyn, New York. The company paid for him to fly to NY and work, so he did.
Avraham Glattman met the woman of his dreams soon after settling in Brooklyn. The decision was made that he was not letting her slip away and New York City would be his new home. He married beautiful New York City born wife, Lisa, in 1991.
A few years later, Avraham Glattman and wife Lisa started their wonderful family. Three children and two dogs later, Avraham and his family reside happily on Long Island. Avraham Glattman’s eldest son Daniel, 16, the middle child Abigail, 14, and the youngest boy Yoni, 12, are all extremely active with very diverse hobbies and interests. The pups, Louie and Luna add tons of character to the Glattman family. Avraham has his hands and schedule full with his children’s’ sports events, concerts and school activities.
Daniel is a big hockey fan, with a dedication to the Devils, while Yoni, contrary to Daniel, is a Tennis player. Abigail is your typical girl’s girl at age 14, with a passion for music and a specific love for the band, One Direction. In addition to hockey, Daniel is a soccer fan as well, just like his father. Avraham is a big Manchester fan. He saw the World Cup in Germany years ago and is very proud of that experience. In addition to his love for soccer, Avraham Glattman enjoys a good book and Global Politics. He quotes, “Give me a book, I will read it.”
As a successful business man and loving family man, Avraham Glattman has much to look forward to waking up every day. He absolutely loves his career and being able to benefit individuals in the industry of Real Estate, but the main thing that keeps Avraham Glattman optimistic and gives him the most purpose, is his family.