Karen Graves, Certified Home Stager/ReDesigner in the OKC area (Artistic Home Staging)

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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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     Find out what other Stagers in OKC are doing, then do it more and do it better.

Mar 10, 2017 10:26 AM
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Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I moved from Florida to Georgia and starting real estate in the new city was not easy.  I had to market myself and get established, it took me about a year to get going. I still holding my FL Real Estate License.

Mar 10, 2017 03:32 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

No tips but I have been a REALTOR® here for almost 27 years so email or call me.

Mar 10, 2017 10:10 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Resarch what successful people are doing and duplicate it. Most importantly network, network, network! Become an affiliate member at the local board and volunteer!

Mar 11, 2017 06:07 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

I moved from California to Florida - IMO first thing - go to as many RE offices as you can and get your name on their lips

Next, make sure you website is live and working for the new area.

And third go PPC to get some business right away

Best of luck

Mar 11, 2017 05:49 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Fred Griffin nailed this one!

Mar 11, 2017 03:47 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Karen Graves - excellent answer from Kenneth J. Jones and Fred Griffin.

Mar 10, 2017 10:55 PM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Karen,

I have lots of faith in Joe Pryor just from a recent conversation I had with him.  Everyone has given you great advice, and I wish you great success in OKC.  A

Mar 10, 2017 04:43 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Restarting is always easier than the original start.

All the best to you and your family with the move!

 

Mar 10, 2017 02:58 PM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I have not had to restart but if I did I know I would have to spend lots of time and money making myself known. In your business it might actually be easier because you probably have a portfolio of photos showing your results. Be sure to get lots of testimonials from clients and Realtors including days on the market.

Mar 10, 2017 02:47 PM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Reboot!

That what you are about to do.

But, instead of rebooting into Windows 8, why not reboot into something better.

Recently a Imagineering session and today a what businesses adapted to change dialog. Hopefully you were a part of both.

Ask yourself, are you trying to find a problem for which you have a existing answer or do you SEE a problem that needs a SOLUTION?

Does the possibility exist to create a solution that is not locked to geography? IT is very possible, if spouse has success, you will be packing again.

In the city of your destination, find the nearest Republic/national Title Company and let their sales rep advise you regarding the real estate agent that are the heavy hitters, the winter agents and the agents approaching their 2nd year. The low hanging fruit is the latter group. The others are convinced their business is ok and they won't fix what is not broke.

You can get a free, limited agent list from Dr Bill to get you started.

But you will need a real message to get the attentions of real estate agents. They are like everyone else. They hear,  faster, cheaper, easier, better.

 

Mar 10, 2017 12:59 PM
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Eve Alexander
Buyers Broker of Florida - Orlando, FL
Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers

We sold the office in Ft. Lauderdale and moved to Orlando in a totally different city dynamics.

We were both in the same business, so there was never another income to depend on...it was never a question of not making it.  We knew no one and had no friends.

We did well our first year in a new environment because we worked harder than anyone else in the business.  That is probably an understatement. In one year we knew more about Orlando real estate than the locales.

Rule #1:  Ya gotta want it more than anyone else and you have to be willing to do whatever it takes.

If I were to become a stager, I would want to learn everything there is about what is available to buy, rent for staging in Oklahoma City.  Then I would give some freebees to Brokers to get a foot in the door and speak at their meetings. 

By freebees, I mean do a staging for cost and no profit so that someone can see the quality of your work. 

If I were to hire a stager, I would want to see a sample of their work,...the before and after book. I want to see the transformation, not hear about it. I would want a stager to be ultra creative and suggest things that I would never think of.

I would also call a builder and see if you can do one or two rooms in a spec home...use that for credibility to build on.

Offer to take buyers furniture shopping for an hourly fee...offer agents gift cards that they can buy for their closing gift...an initial counseling for fungsui arranging of furniture or something along those lines.

In other words, expand on the staging to other similar services.

Never take NO for an answer...if you are willing to kiss a lot of toads, you will make it sooner than you think.

Eve

 

 

Mar 10, 2017 12:38 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Depending on the structure of your business operations, you may need new business licences, corporate structure, authority to operate, register for various types of taxes, file different forms, etc.  Consult appropriate legal counsel and/or tax and business advisors, insurance brokers and whoever else you need to contact.  Make sure they are familiar with the requirements for OK.

Mar 10, 2017 11:56 AM
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John Meussner
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#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Get involved with your new community as quickly as you can.  Professional organizations, community-centric groups. Network, and offer up classes and info sessions for the local Realtor community.  

 

Work your butt off, because it isn't easy to start over, I did it back in 2013.

 

 

Mar 10, 2017 11:19 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I wish you all the best.  I have no tips.  I've been part of the dirt where I live and work since the beginning of time.  Listen to what Kenneth J. Jones has to say.  

Mar 10, 2017 10:52 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

I like what Kenneth J. Jones said.... you'd be wise to follow his recommendations....

Mar 10, 2017 10:42 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I relocated from San Francisco to San Diego, if you want to chat I'm willing to do so, probably too much info for a post.

Mar 10, 2017 10:31 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Get involved with the local community and with Realtors.

Mar 11, 2017 05:26 AM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I do believe Fred Griffin and Kenneth J. Jones offer good suggestions!

Mar 10, 2017 05:14 PM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Looks like you got some great answers.  Best of luck.

Mar 13, 2017 08:50 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I went through this process and had no problems. You simply have to have a marketing program that will lead to success.

Mar 11, 2017 07:09 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

best of luck to you

Mar 11, 2017 06:33 AM
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

You have received wonderful ideas! I never moved from one state to another but might do so at some point in the future, so this was very helpful for me as well. Thank you for asking!

Mar 11, 2017 04:55 AM
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Karen - I would imagine Active Rain would be a great place to start. Then, of course your local Real Estate Association and Chamber of Commerce in OKC. Best of luck.

Mar 10, 2017 09:51 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Do as you did when you first started...

Mar 10, 2017 08:12 PM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I moved from Boston to SoCal 12 years ago and knew no one here. I got started in blogging fairly soon, and tried to make as many contacts as I could as quickly as possible. I left a lot of business behind but set up all the referrals before leaving. I think Kenneth J. Jones has some good ideas. I am happy to chat, too, if that would be helpful!

Mar 10, 2017 03:29 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I'd connet with a local board of Realtors like others have said and see if you can "sponsor" classes they have and be able to introduce yourself and hand out business cards.  Also connect with local real estate schools and see if you would be allowed to come in and say a blurb at the beginning or end of those classes.  I'd recommend not doing pre-license classes, but advanced and continuing ed classes that will have season agents in them. Introduce yourself to as many builders as you can and maybe even go as far as offering to stage one of their model homes for free if you can leave a sign and business cards at the house.  Good luck!

Mar 10, 2017 12:48 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Kenneth Jones is your expert on this.

Mar 10, 2017 10:32 AM
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would get involved with the local board of REALTORS® in Oklahoma City

Mar 10, 2017 10:28 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Join a local board in your new area and get your business cards out there.

 

Mar 10, 2017 10:00 AM