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Disclosing Energy Costs!

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When you are listing a house, revealing the energy costs could put you at an advantage.  According to Realtor Magazine, listings that disclose energy costs have a higher close rate, spend less time on the market, and sell closer to the asking price compared to homes that do not disclose this information.

A study was done by Elevate Energy of homes for sale in the Chicago area and found that attached homes either a condo or townhouse that disclosed energy costs spent about 25 fewer days on the market compared to homes that did not share this information.  Single-family homes spent eight fewer days on the market.

The City of Chicago became the first city nationwide to allow direct disclosure of residential energy costs, gas and electric, on the MLS listing service.

With the emphasis on going green for many consumers, the energy costs for a specific house being revealed is a win-win for everyone.  The buyer will know exactly what they are getting into in terms of costs to maintain the house.  This can be a great bargaining tool for sellers, especially when they have made improvements on the house concerning energy efficiency.  A more energy -efficient house will save buyers money in the long run and may encourage them to offer a higher price for the house.

The more a buyer knows about a house, the more apt they are to put in an offer.  It may be the new wave of the future.  Soon we may be seeing energy costs on a seller’s disclosure.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more real estate trends.

This blog was originally published on April 27, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

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Fairhaven/ Acushnet Broker Tour April 2 !

 

Fairhaven/Acushnet
Broker Tour

 April 2, 2015

Please join us 

When:
1st Thursday of every month
Includes:Current Listings in Fairhaven and Acushnet

Where: Tour starts promptly at 9:00 am at the first house scheduled on tour

*Light lunch served at last house on tour
Please submit 
listings by Tuesday March 31
to 
Dave Garro
Dave@Boldrealtors.com
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You can’t sell a house unless you’ve seen it!!!

Please join Dave at this week’s Fairhaven/Acushnet Broker Tour.  Tours are always full.  Professional brokers and agents only.  It’s a nice way to network and see what houses are available for your clients.

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more realtor news.

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St. Patrick’s Day!

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Happy  St. Patrick’s Day!  Why exactly do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of St. Patrick is a cultural and religious celebration always held on March 17th, the traditional death of St. Patrick.  Saint Patrick is the foremost, patron saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christianfeast day in the early 17th century.  It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, Church of Ireland, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and Lutheran Church.  It commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.  It also celebrates the culture and the heritage of the Irish in general.

The day is typically celebrated with public parades, festivals, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.  Christians also attend church services and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking are waived for the day.

There is a lot of drinking, corned beef and cabbage and “wearing of the green” to celebrate the day.

BOLD Moves Real Estate appreciates all their clients and wishes everyone a safe and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for more information on real estate.

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New Sellers Workshop!

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Come by and join Dave Garro,  home stager Laura Severino, and graphic designer as well as real estate agent Sonia Amaral for a new Seller’s Workshop!  This is a no obligation, informal, informational meeting to answer all your questions.

Buyers are not to be overlooked.  Stay tuned for Dave Garro’s Buyer’s Workshop coming soon..

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for everything real estate.

 

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Beyond BOLD Media Has Great Cards for All Your Needs!

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Beyond BOLD Media has great, unique cards for any occasion for sale on their website.  The designers have created unique, original  cards for any occasion with new and appealing graphics.

There are many Thank You Cards which would be very helpful if you are involved in the BOLD  Day Challenge- 365 Days of Gratitude.  There are numerous inspirational  and motivational  cards.  Most are blank for you to write your handwritten message or you can contact Beyond BOLD Media and have them personalize your own cards with your distinctive Brand.

The Cards sell for $1 each.

The newest Cards are simple  with a single word printed on the front.  These include: Inspire, Grateful, Celebrate, and Solace.  They are printed on laid- 100lb. natural stock for an elegant look.  These can be used for any occasion. These cards are a higher quality and come with a matching envelope for $1.50 each.

Stay tuned, Beyond BOLD Media will be introducing some original St. Patrick Day cards as well as Mother’s Day Cards.  All the cards are designed in house by their graphic designers.

Visit them at www.beyondboldmedia.com for the whole menu of cards and other services they provide.  You won’t be disappointed.

This blog was originally posted on March 3, 2015 on www.beyondboldmedia.com

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3 Ways Rookies Can Boost Their Client Base

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3 Ways Rookies Can Boost Their Client Base

At Real Estate Connect, agents offer their strategies for drumming up new business fast.

When you’re a new agent trying to build a business from scratch, it’s not easy figuring out how to build a client base. Most rookies need a few months at least to market themselves and spread the word about their business before clients start signing on. But what tactics will get you there the quickest?

Every agent has to tap into their own strengths and develop a prospecting and marketing plan that works for them. But it can be helpful to hear about how other agents developed their strategies for racking up new business. Maybe you can learn something from them.

At Real Estate Connect in New York this week, several practitioners led sessions in which they shared their secret sauces for establishing and building a client base, as well as landing deals. Here are a few of their stories.

Focusing on the Reliable Few

Anouk Nora, a sales associate with Town Residential in New York, has only had her real estate license for six months — and she’s already closed a $27 million deal. It was a commercial property that wasn’t even listed. So how did she find it and get it sold?

Before getting into real estate, Nora was a film producer, working with A-list Hollywood directors such as Martin Scorsese and Oliver Stone. A large part of her job was scouting for filming locations. “It required a lot of research and getting to know the properties in certain areas intimately,” Nora says.

She used that same mentality when looking for properties to sell. She researched properties in different areas of New York, and when she decided on an area she wanted to farm, she got up close and personal with the buildings there.

“I walked more than I ever walked in my life, looking for something to fall in love with so I could sell it,” Nora said. “Successful agents, like successful film producers, farm an area they love and get to know it intimately.”

Nora came across the property she eventually sold for $27 million while she was researching the area. She was able to get a tour of the building, which was owned by an artist. The property wasn’t listed, but she learned that the owner had been thinking about selling.

“I know a lot of people in the art world, and I immediately thought of two people I knew for whom this property would be perfect,” Nora said. She approached the two people, and both ended up making offers on the property.

Nora was successful with this transaction by targeting an audience she was already familiar with from her days working in film. She said that she doesn’t spend time mass mailing but instead is more focused about her prospecting. “I’d rather be in contact with the right type of people rather than more people,” she said.

Building a Robust Referral Network

It’s every agent’s motto: referrals, referrals, referrals. Everyone knows the importance of referral business, and for many practitioners, it’s how they get most of their new clients. But most don’t get as much referral business as Lindsay Grandquest, a sales associate with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate in Mobile, Ala. Last year, 82 percent of her business came from referrals.

She’s developed an interesting way to stay in touch with past clients or friends and family, adding the personal touch to solicit referrals. “I don’t ever call with a sales pitch,” she says. “I just call them and say, ‘Hey, I’m about to show a home in your neighborhood, and I thought of you. How are you?’

“Now I’m probably not actually doing that, but it makes it easier to start a conversation,” Grandquest continued. “You have to find that common ground.”

At the end of the conversation, she’ll remind the person she called to point anyone they know who is buying or selling her way. For her VIP clients, she makes this kind of personal contact with them four times a month to stay top of mind.

Grandquest has developed another innovative way to get referrals. She’ll drop by her dentist’s office or her hairdresser’s salon with a small token of appreciation, such as a couple scoops of ice cream, and her business card. That way, they’ll pass on her information to their other clients and spread the word about her business.

When she gets a referral, she’ll send the referrer a “thank you” note with a $5 Starbucks gift card. “I say, ‘Thank you for believing in me and my business,’” Grandquest says. “If you do this a couple of times, it will start a momentum that is unstoppable.”

Using Reviews to Reel In More Clients

Sarah Jones, broker and co-owner of Bamboo Realty in Houston, has a business page on Yelp, and she has all of her agents ask their clients to fill out a Yelp review at closing. “That’s when the client is most motivated to fill out a review,” she says.

Review sites like Yelp are indexed much higher in online search results than many real estate company websites. Once Bamboo Realty racked up enough reviews, its company business page on Yelp started getting a lot more traffic from search engines, Jones said. In fact, Yelp is now the company’s No. 2 source of business after referrals, she added.

The extra benefit of people finding the company through Yelp is that they see Bamboo Realty’s positive reviews and are much more ready to work with its agents once they call. “Folks that find you because you have five-star reviews are far more likely to convert into a client,” Jones said.

But inevitably, you’ll get a bad review. Don’t panic, Jones said. “If you get something that’s not positive, see how you can rectify it,” she added.

Take a breather, then contact the person who reviewed you negatively. Don’t make another sales pitch; just ask what went wrong and how they felt you could improve your service. Just by doing that, the reviewer may reach out to you when they’re ready to try again.

This blog was originally published in January 2015 in Realtor Magazine

http://realtormag.realtor.org/sales-and-marketing/feature/article/2015/01/3-ways-rookies-can-boost-their-client-base#sf7402098

This blog was originally posted on www.agentrising.com on January 12, 2015

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Cabin Fever!

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Cabin Fever?  With all the snow and snow days and now the kids home from vacation, you can feel a little overwhelmed.  We have definitely had our share of snow and days where we feel we’ve been stuck in the house a little too much.  But take heart, Spring is not that far away and it makes sense to try and capitalize on the coziness and quiet of a snowy day.  Soon the warm weather will be here bringing with it more activity and crazy schedules.

Winter is a great time to reconnect with your kids and step back from the hectic schedules.  Kids, of course, love the snow and have a great time playing in it.  Try to take some time to spend time in the snow,  When was the last time you made a snowman or a snow fort?  This is a great time to try out snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.  Just strap them on and get out to enjoy the beauty the snowy day affords.  Just take a walk and listen to the quiet of the early evening.  Sledding with the kids is always a fun time.  Then it’s time to come in for snacks and hot chocolate.

You can also put a family movie in and spend time watching it together or take out a board game you haven’t seen in awhile.  Put away the video games and i-pads and spend some quality time together. Curling up with a good book can also be a great way to spend a snowy afternoon.

For the brave of heart, there is always crafts to do with the kids.  Buy some cheap canvases and paints and let them make a masterpiece or how about syrup and snowcones.  If you run out of ideas, simply jump on Pinterest and you won’t believe all the ideas they have

Sometimes, we fret and complain about the large quantity of snow, but it’s all part of living in New England and sometimes it’s best to simply step back and enjoy the view.  The beauty of an ordinary day should never be overlooked.

Visit us at www.boldmovesrealestate.com for some great places to call home.

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Real Estate Designation and Certification Courses!

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The National Association of Realtors encourages members to increase their professionalism, proficiency, marketability and income through pursuing of an officially endorsed NAR designation or certification.  Besides the many professional benefits and quality education these courses offer, many of these courses have already been approved for continuing education credits.

Here are some of the Designation Courses:  Accredited Buyer’s Representative  Designation (ABR)

Accredited Land Consultant (ALC)

Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)

Council of Residential Specialists (CRS)

NAR’s Green Designation

Seller Representative Specialist (SRS)

Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

These are Certification Courses:

At Home With Diversity

BPO’s: The Agent’s Role in the Valuation Process

e-Pro Certification Program

Military Relocation Professional Certification (MRP)

Resort and Second-home Property Specialist (RSPS)

Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)

These are all great courses to help you in your real estate career and many offer CEU’s

Visit learning library.com for more information.

Visit us at www.agentrising.com for more information.

This blog was posted on January 16,2015 on www.agentrising.com