About Bill Petrey, Realtor

Bill Petrey, the CEO and Founder of AgentHarvest, has been written about in the Los Angeles Times, Inman News, AOL Real Estate, and Inman Next, among others. He founded AgentHarvest for the sole purpose of making the process of finding a good Realtor better and easier. Bill Petrey is an author and editor of both The AgentHarvest Blog, Real Examples of Really Rotten Realty Blog, and the creator of Really Rotten Realty.

Home Staging Infographic – Easy, Quick Tips You Can Do

Staging helps you show off your house’s best features while minimizing it’s shortcomings.  Not only do the rewards of staging a home give higher returns per dollar spent, but it could also shorten the time your home sits on the market.  On average, sellers receive $2 in increased sale price for every $1 they put into staging a home. As this infographic below shows, the following five golden rules of home staging will help you show off its best assets: Continue reading

Six Questions You Must Ask a Real Estate Agent

When preparing to buy or sell a property, you will want to find the best possible real estate agent for your needs. There are many agents in the business today, and you will have to sort through the various choices to settle on someone that has the necessary experience and knowledge to successfully complete a deal for you. Real estate is a highly competitive business, so you will likely have many agents ready to fight for the chance to work with you.

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Understanding Realtor Reviews

Don’t Be Fooled By Realtor Reviews

The internet is a wealth of information, some pieces more valuable than others. One area of the web that has exploded in recent years is the area of consumer reviews. There are sites dedicated to the reviewing of anything and everything in the marketplace. Restaurants, hotels, contractors, doctors, lawyers, health clubs, and more are all subject to the comments of current and past patrons. Continue reading

Finding the Best Real Estate Agents

When preparing to buy or sell a piece of real estate, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is which real estate agent you wish to work with to complete the purchase or sale. A good real estate agent will have extensive knowledge of the local market and many years of experience successfully closing deals. Your agent can make all of the difference between a stress-free process and one that pushes you to your wits end. Fortunately there are many excellent real estate agents to be found in every city in the country – you just need a good plan for finding the best one for you.

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Real Estate Agent vs. Realtor – What’s the Difference?

If you are using our free service to find a Realtor or a real estate agent in your area, did you know the titles “Realtor” and “Agent” describe different things?  Most people think that the terms “licensed real estate agent” and “licensed Realtor®” mean the same thing, but they really don’t.  A licensed real estate agent is an agent that has been licensed by the state after meeting the state’s licensing requirements, which usually involves a series of real estate classes and exams.  Realtors are real estate professionals that are professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).  To join the National Association of REALTORS as a licensed Realtor, you have to already be a licensed agent and agree to abide by NAR’s rules and regulations. Continue reading

Real Estate Quotes from L.A. Real Estate Professionals

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“I focus on 12 zip codes in the mid-city and south regions of Los Angeles.  There are numerous forces impacting our local market that have lead to extremely low inventory levels.  Low prices & interest rates making it attractive for homeowners to buy, large financial institutions buying large volume of inventory for long term rentals (removing inventory from the marketplace for indefinite periods), a slowdown in the amount of foreclosures and abuse of use of short sales as a “live-in-my-house-for-free” strategy by unscrupulous homeowners and real estate agents.
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Why The Houston Real Estate Market Is Booming In A Bust Economy

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While many metropolitan areas of the country continue to have a struggling real estate market, the Houston market continues to thrive. In the latest statistics provided by the Houston Association of Realtors, total property sales jumped 28.8% in April 2013 from April 2012 sales while enjoying a 45.9% increase in total dollar volume for sales. Single-family home sales increased just over 27% from April to April while the median sales price jumped 14.5% to $184,900. One of the most telling statistics for the health and strength of the Houston metropolitan area real estate market is the dramatic decrease of 37.7% in the inventory of single-family homes. The Houston market, as of April 2013, now has just 3.4 months of inventory on market. Continue reading

6 Ways To Find The Best Real Estate Agent For You

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Real estate is a business, but it is also very personal.  Finding the best real estate agent for you requires some work, due diligence and scrutiny on your part.  Many analysts believe that the single most important aspect of any real estate transaction is the quality, personality traits, and track record of the real estate agent chosen.  Below are the 6 best avenues to find an expert real estate agent for your needs. Continue reading

Real Estate Agent Reviews You Should Pay Attention To

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Finding a real estate agent to work with you on a real estate transaction takes careful screening and selection on your part.  Often, the real estate agent you choose has everything to do with the success of your real estate deal.  Whether you are buying or selling, you need an agent that is market savvy, has an expansive professional network, has strong communication skills, possesses exceptional negotiation skills, and is a creative thinker and problem solver.  Below is a list of both online and offline places that you can seek information when choosing your real estate agent. Continue reading

Agent Harvesting: The Best Way To Find The Top Producing Real Estate Agents In Your Area


The biggest mistake buyers and sellers make when hiring a Realtor is that they do not do their homework before hiring a real estate agent.  They end up with a house that sits on the market longer, sells for a lower price, and the time spent dealing with that agent is a nightmare.  AgentHarvest helps minimize the chance of these things happening by finding agents in your area that are currently selling houses like yours, in your neighborhood, for you to interview.  Continue reading