Why you should use a realtor when buying New Construction

Buying a new home is exciting. You get to build your dream from the ground up, choosing your lot, your model, interior finishes and upgrades. But like any home purchase, buying new construction is serious business, an expensive transaction with many financial implications. That’s why it’s a good idea to obtain representation from a Realtor® when considering a new home purchase.

5 Secrets to Selling Your Home #4

              Secret # 4- Get rid of clutter!   Let’s face it, we all have a special place in our homes where we like to collect “junk”. After time, it seems that the “junk” area has grown into a small room and possibly has made it’s way to the […]

Keller Williams Excels on REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal “The Thousand”

    Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise in North America, has 112 associates and teams on the 2014 REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal  list of the top real estate professionals in America. REAL Trends, Inc., a leading source of analysis on the real estate industry, partners with the Wall Street Journal each year to compile an industry summary […]

Agents spend marketing dollars in the wrong places

#168580466 / gettyimages.com On May 20, 2014 – The National Association of Realtors®‘ (NAR) 2014 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends report indicates that Realtors who spend a bulk of their marketing budgets on things such as search engine optimization, Facebook ads, direct mail, newspaper ads, calendars and magnets should determine whether the return justifies the […]

In 2013, Realtors’ sales and income grew

#6292-000130 / gettyimages.com On May 20, 2014 – The 11.5 percent growth in home prices last year had a ripple effect on Realtors®’ income and sales volume, which jumped for the third year in a row, according to the 2014 National Association of Realtors Member Profile. The survey also found an increase in new and […]

Kindergarten Teacher Has 50,000 More Reasons to Love Her Real Estate Agent

Susan and her husband, Ken, were renting a home in Tampa while searching for a home to buy. Their trusted Keller Williams agent, Gail Sardegna of the New Tampa market center, encouraged them to download her new KW mobile app and enter the “Closer to Home” sweepstakes. Susan immediately started using the app (“I love […]

Real Estate Q&A: Is My Home A Short Sale Or A Regular Sale?

  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – March 20, 2014 – Question: Due to a hardship, we stopped making our mortgage payments. Because values have increased recently, we think the house is worth more than we owe. How do we know if we need to do a short sale? And can we use a family member as our […]

Prescription Drug Users Prey On Open Houses

SAN DIEGO (AP) – March 12, 2014 – San Diego authorities and local real estate agents say prescription drug abusers are preying on open houses and raiding medicine cabinets to feed their addictions. Law enforcement, a local Realtor association and drug rehabilitation experts announced Tuesday that they have teamed up to launch public service ads […]

A Buyer’s Wish List

In real estate, understanding a buyer‘s needs and desires is key to being a successful Buyer’s Agent. In many cases, a good Buyer’s Agent can stretch certain criteria to include areas and homes a buyer may not even have considered. The value of a qualified and experienced Buyer’s Agent is crucial in a ‘low-inventory’ market […]

Time to Decide

It has been a long road finding the perfect home, the one. You write an offer to purchase the home only to find out there are multiple offers and the seller‘s agent is calling for ‘highest and best’ offers. What Do You Do? With the help of your agent, you can determine what the current […]