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Be The Neighborhood Real Estate Agent

neighborhoodWhat are consumers really looking for in a real estate agent?  Of course they’d like you to sell their home for them in a timely manner or help them buy a new house, but they can look up houses on their own on the internet. What else are they looking for?

Real Estate Agents still have the local market knowledge and expertise they are looking for.  It is one of our competitive edges in this day and age.  There are a lot of statistics and facts on the local real estate sites, but not always accurate.   We, as real estate agents can help them sort through the facts and realize what is true in our area.   We may not know everything , but there is a lot you can offer on the trends in selling and buying in your neighborhood.  Especially to clients new to the area, you can offer them information on schools, local spots to dine, and even differences in taxes and education in the towns you serve.  You become the local “expert”.

People like to know about the neighborhoods, they are moving into.  Even new agents, who may not be as seasoned, can capitalize on this by researching and learning the local area and blogging about it on your website.

You can become the “local agent” and that leads to real estate success.

Please visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com to meet our local team of agents who are the experts in Southcoast neighborhoods.

This blog was posted on www.agentrising.com on June 1, 2017.

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New Bedford Celebration Day in Fort Myers, Florida!

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New Bedford Celebration Day in Fort Meyers, Florida occurs yearly and always draws a huge crowd.  Snowbirds and natives  of the Southcoast flock to this event in  Fort Myers each year to celebrate their native city.  This event   always draws close to 1,000 attendees.

WBSM will be there with PHIL Paleologos and Kasey Silvia broadcasting live from Fort Myers on March 10th and March 11th as well as from the New Bedford Day event on March 10th with live call ins during the afternoon.

BOLD Moves Real Estate will be the featured business along with Dave Garro of BOLD Moves. There will also be 40 Live and Recorded promotional announcements the week leading up to broadcast  Starting March 3, 2015.

Dave Garro, a real estate agent at BOLD Moves Real Estate is excited to be part of this event and invites everyone to listen in.

Dave Garro, along with BOLD Moves Real Estate will also be hosting another Seller’s Workshop on March 16th  at Flour Girls in Fairhaven, MA.  Stay tuned for more information.

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This blog was originally posted on March 2, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

 

Historic Snows Causing Headaches for Real Estate Industry!

Historic snows causing headaches for real estate industry

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By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press1 day ago
A "For Sale" sign pokes out of about 4 feet of snow in the front yard of a home listed in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Real estate agents say purchase closings are being held up because of the heavy snow: Septic system inspectors can't find buried tanks, sellers can't easily have furniture delivered to stage a home for sale, and owners who do manage to sell a home are having a difficult time moving out.© AP Photo/Charles Krupa A “For Sale” sign pokes out of about 4 feet of snow in the front yard of a home listed in Derry, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.
BOSTON — All that snow in New England may make your property look as pretty as a calendar shot, but it won’t do you any favors if you’re trying to buy or sell a house.
The storms that have dropped an epic 8 feet of snow are causing grief for the real estate industry.Some real estate agents have had to cancel nearly a month of weekend open houses because of the poorly timed snowstorms. Others have had to brace prospective buyers about to tour homes showing the ravages of winter, including leaky walls and ceilings caused by a buildup of ice on the roof.

Agents complain that deals are being held up because inspectors are unable to get a look at roofs, septic tanks and other features buried under mounds of snow and ice.

Kevin Thompson, left, and Dave Garro of Bold Moves Real Estate dig a real estate sign out of the snow pack in the front yard of a property on Crestfield Street after its sale, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, in Mattapoisett, Mass. Real estate agents say purchase closings are being held up because of the heavy snow: Septic system inspectors can't find buried tanks, sellers can't easily have furniture delivered to stage a home for sale, and owners who do manage to sell a home are having a difficult time moving out.© AP Photo/Stephan Savoia  Kevin Thompson, left, and Dave Garro of Bold Moves Real Estate dig a real estate sign out of the snow pack in the front yard of a property on Crestfield Street after its sale, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, i…

 

And sellers are grumbling about how difficult it is to move out of their homes in the treacherous weather.

“Honestly, every day is a new issue,” said Kate Lanagan MacGregor, a real estate agent in Mattapoisett, as she rattled off some of her recent struggles. Her latest: trying to empty a newly sold house of the furniture her company had used to “stage” the place for prospective buyers.

“Usually, you can just run up and grab your furniture. Now, the driveway’s not plowed, there’s no path shoveled and you can’t physically get your stuff out the door,” she said.

Homeowner Abbie Cregan recounted her ordeal moving out of her longtime home in Fairhaven just days earlier.

“We were literally pulling washers, dryers, furniture sets out of the house with a dolly and a strap and dragging them through the snow,” she said from her new home in snow-free Phoenix, Arizona. “I still have bruises from it.”

Jeremy Madore said he and his wife are closing on a four-bedroom home in Leominster that they found just weeks ago, in the throes of the snowstorms. He said a home inspector had to clear away a chunk of the snow-covered roof to assess its quality.

Now they’re watching to see how the barn’s roof holds up under the weight and what happens to the basement when the snows finally melt.

“It was definitely more aggravating home shopping in this weather,” Madore said. “We climbed over snowbanks and icy, slippery steps. I brought my snow pants and boots to make sure I wasn’t deterred from making a full circle around the property.”

Corinne Fitzgerald, president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors, said she won’t have a clear picture of the effect on home sales until figures come in around mid-March. But February, she noted, tends to be the slowest month anyway.

Nationally, sales of existing homes fell slightly in January, in part because of the severe cold and snowy weather in New England and other parts of the country, according to Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, a market forecasting firm. He said February data should show further declines.

Real estate agents said many sellers appear to be waiting until the weather clears to put their homes on the market, meaning a potentially busy spring. But winter can also hold certain opportunities.

“People are taking advantage of the fact that there are also really no buyers out there,” said Ryan Schruender, an agent in North Andover. “If you look around, you can get a good deal.”

This article was created by the Associated Press and has been published in 1,900 different news outlets.

BOLD Moves owner Kate Lanagan MacGregor and BOLDIES Kevin Thompson and Dave Garro were featured in the article.  BOLD Moves goes above and beyond to give you the personal touch and attention to detail you are looking for in a Real Estate Company.  Laura Severino,  Home Stager, and Real Estate Agent at BOLD Moves staged the house beautifully for the Holiday Season and now that the house had sold had the arduous task of taking out all the Home Staging Decor through the mounds of snow.

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New Agent Training Webinar!

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The Massachusetts Association of Realtors hosted a Webinar on New Agent Training with Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker-owner of Bold Moves Real Estate, Agent Rising Real Estate School and Beyond Bold Media.

The Webinar ran Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 10am-11am.   Over 90 people enrolled to watch the Webinar and there was great participation.  New agents as well as seasoned agents attended and found it very informative and enlightening.

The 10 Strategies to Success Highlighted in the Webinar:

Serve, Start, Systemize, Support, Stay, Strengthen, Sell, Say Thank You, Significance, and Surprise.

In 2013, Kate chaired the New Agent PAG for Massachusetts Association of Realtors and Presented on this topic at the MAR Annual Conference and Trade Show.

The Webinar is an update on those 7 Strategies to Success

In Kate’s words:

“I believe in a strategic and comprehensive approach to developing  yourself, your brand and your business.These 10 strategies ensure that your actions are with purpose, and directed toward the success you want for yourself.I cover topics from good old fashioned thank you notes to how  to use Big Data and The Internet of Things to your benefit.

I am passionate about helping enhance the professionalism of all REALTORS®, new agents in particular.

As owner and operator of  BOLD Moves Real Estate, Agent Rising Real Estate School and Training Center, and Beyond BOLD Media, I believe that owning the 3 companies acts like a ‘3 legged stool’. Sales, Education and Marketing are all important in your success, and I tie them together in my  ‘think outside the box’ way to bring you the most relevant and positive Strategies for your Sales Success.

Have you had questions about branding, time optimization, database generation and social media? We cover those in a system that is very easy to follow!

Please join me! Whether you are a new agent, an agent wanting motivation or training a new agent, I offer a fresh perspective on what success looks like!”

If you missed the Webinar, don’t despair.  You can watch it on www.marealtor.com and click on the link with archived webinars.  You can watch the whole webinar.

Make it a BOLD Day!  Questions?  Call Kate at 508-728-3648

Visit us at www.agentrising.com

This blog was originally posted on February 13, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

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The Best Seasons to Sell a Home!

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The Best Seasons to Sell a Home

Spring is traditionally considered the best season to list a home, but it doesn’t inch out the other seasons by much, according to a new analysis by the real estate brokerage Redfin.

Check out our last report from Redfin’s seasonality study

Redfin’s research team analyzed 7 million homes listed from 2010 through 2014 to gauge how important the season is in listing a home. It examined how many of the homes went under contract within 30 days and how often they sold for more than their list price.

Here’s how the seasons stacked up:

  • 39% of the homes listed in the spring (between March 21 and June 20) in the past five years went under contract within 30 days, and 15 percent sold for more than the list price.
  • 38% of homes listed in the winter (Dec. 21 – March 20) sold within 30 days and 14 percent sold for more than the list price.
  • 36% of homes listed in the summer (June 21 – Sept. 20) were under contract within 30 days and 12 percent sold above the list price.
  • 34% of homes listed in the fall (Sept. 21 – Dec. 20) went under contract within 30 days and 11 percent sold at a premium.

“Just as buyer demand follows a seasonal pattern, so do home prices,” says Nela Richardson, Redfin’s chief economist. “Over the past five years prices have increased by an average of 3 percent month over month in the spring and ticked down by about 1 percent each month during the fall. To get the best of both worlds, sellers need be informed on both local buyer demand and recent sale prices in their neighborhoods before deciding when to list their homes and for what price.”

Regardless, the report noted that there doesn’t appear to be a huge advantage or disadvantage to listing in any season, since the variance in prices is only by a few percentage points.

Also, the best season to sell can vary greatly by market. For example, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and San Francisco, spring and winter were tied for the best home-selling performance. In Sacramento, Calif., winter beat out spring with 10 percent of listings in the winter under contract within 30 days compared to 8 percent in the spring months. On the other hand, in Seattle, 18 percent of the listings were under contract within 30 days in the spring, compared to 16 percent in the winter and 14 percent in the summer and fall months.

See the chart below for market-by-market home-selling performance data for homes listed from 2010 through 2015

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This blog was originally posted on : http://realtormag.realtor.org/daily-news/2015/02/09/best-seasons-sell-home in Realtor Magazine On February 11, 2015

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Join Us~ New Agent Training Webinar!

AdobePhotoshopExpress_2015_02_08_05_45_18On Wednesday February 11th at 10am the Massachusetts Association of REALTORS will be hosting our very own broker/owner Kate Lanagan McGregor for a New Agent Training Webinar! You can visit www.marealtor.com to enroll. The webinar was designed to train new agents as well as those who train them! Kate will cover how to have a strategic and comprehensive approach to branding yourself, discussing everything from an old fashioned hand written note to how to best utilize the internet and “Big Data”.

Kate is passionate about helping enhance the professionalism of all REALTORS, focusing on new agents in particular. She is no stranger to new agent training, she has trained several agents and sales managers within her office as well as presenting at the annual MAR Conference.

As owner and operator of BOLD Moves Real Estate, Agent Rising Real Estate School and Training Center, and Beyond BOLD Media, Kate believes that Sales, Education and Marketing are all important in your success, and she ties them together in her ‘think outside the box’ way to bring you the most relevant and positive Strategies for your Sales Success.

Please join us this Wednesday! For any questions contact our office at 508.999.9800

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Meeting with the Mattapoisett Building Inspector!

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On Thursday, February 5, 2015, The Mattapoisett Building Inspector , Andrew Bobola, along with Kathleen Costello, head of the Assessors Office, held a workshop for local real estate agents. About 25+ Agents attended  included Kate Lanagan MacGregor and company from Bold Moves Real Estate, Dawson Real Estate, Jack Conway, Seahorse Real Estate, Alferes, just to name a few.  The meeting was held at the Library since there were so many in attendance.   The meeting was initiated to educate and assist realtors in performing their jobs.  According to Kate Lanagan MacGregor,   “Their commitment to us to be the best realtors possible and that service will trickle down to our consumers.

Andy Bobola talked about FEMA Maps online.  He is a  “show person”.  He likes to show laws or have you show him.  He will return your calls within 24 hours.  He talked about building codes and how this has affected flood plains and also talked about the Biggert Waters Act in a way that made sense.

He also talked about new construction and the 50% rule. They consult the book and 3 years starts on construction and first permit visit.

Kathleen Costello talked about Assessments.  Under 3000 square feet, they use sales comparison for commercial building.  Over 3000 square feet, they use income approach.    Four apartments and higher they use income approach and 3 and below sales comparison approach.

By the water, they value the land first and then add house onto it.  They use an appraisal company.

Assessors have a new GIS System with great information and overlays including flood.  Statistics not a fee appraisal.

Tax Rate is 13%.  Town at 100% assessment rate.  She really stays at 94%. They go into house every 9 years and they do 666 houses per year.  This is how they stay in compliance.

She also talked about new construction and how they use a formula for that.  Also a consumer may hire architect or engineer to look at.  Liability is shifted to the engineer rather than the town or homeowner.

Solar panels are exempt. She is finding process.  Had to make 125% electric back to grid.  She doesn’t know of anyone selling residence back to grid.

Also talked about sign placement.  Leading edge of sign 8 feet from edge back from hardtop. Open House signs should be put out the day of the Open House.  Off premises signs need approval from the Board of Selectmen.

It was a very helpful and informative meeting.  According to Kate, “The initiative of our town employees shows just how special Mattapoisett is!”

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

This blog was originally posted on February 9, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

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First Time Home Buyers!

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How are first-time homebuyers becoming more diverse?

  • Using data from NAR’s 2006-2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, we can examine how the demographics of first-time homebuyers have changed over the last 9 years. What do these numbers show us about the diversity of buyers, and what insight can they provide for the future?
  • The demographic characteristics of first-time buyers overall has remained consistent over the last 9 years with slight increases and decreases.

Household Composition of First-Time Buyers:

  • Since 2006 the distribution of first-time buyers’ household composition has remained predominantly married couples, making up an average of 52% of first-time buyers.
  • On average 22% of first-time buyers were single females and 12% were single males or unmarried couples.

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Median Age of First-Time Buyers:

  • The median age of first-time buyers has remained within a 3 year age gap between 30-32 years old.
  • The average median age of first-time buyers since 2006 was 31 years old.

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Racial and Ethnic Distribution of First-Time Buyers:

  • The racial and ethnic distribution of first-time buyers has remained predominately White/Caucasian, making up an average of 77% of first-time buyers since 2006.
  • The averages of other races and ethnicities are:
    • Black/African American: 8%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 8%
    • Asian/Pacific Islander: 7%
    • Other: 3%

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Country of Birth of First-Time Buyers:

  • Since 2006 the number of first-time buyers who were born in the U.S. has increased and then decreased settling back to 86% in 2014, the same as in 2006.
  • On average 87% of first-time buyers were born in the U.S. and 13% were born outside of the U.S.

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Primary Language Spoken by First-Time Buyers:

  • Over the last 9 years, English has remained the primary language of first-time buyers.
  • On average 7% of first-time buyers spoke other languages, while 93% spoke primarily English.

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The Future of First-Time Buyers:

  • While the demographics of first-time buyers over the last 9 years have not necessarily seen great changes, there is still the outlook for the future.
  • William Frey, of the Brookings Institution, recently published the book “Diversity Explosion” which looks at the demographic future of America.
  • Frey expounds that America is becoming a country with no racial majority, with a dramatic growth of young minority populations expected.
  • Frey predicts that sometime after 2040 there will be no racial majority; this would ultimately change the demographics of the first-time homebuyers moving towards greater diversity.

This blog was posted  on February 3, 2015 on www.agentrising.com

Bold Day Challenge in Full Swing!

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Today is Day 25 of  the BOLD Day Challenge!  I have committed to The Challenge and have been pretty consistent at sending out a card a day.  Some days have been more of a challenge than others to send out a card of gratitude, or I’m thinking of you or even recognizing a birthday or another event.  There is a good feeling when you think about your day and recognize someone that has stood out and done an act of kindness or helped you in some way.  Some days, it’s just someone you are thinking of and reaching out to.  I have received good feedback from some of the recipients and I myself have also received a nice note of gratitude. It really is a “win, win” situation.

BOLD Moves Real Estate BOLDIES are also taking part in the challenge.  I have talked to several of my fellow realtors who are involved in the BOLD Day Challenge.  They have all talked highly of the Challenge and how it has made them think a little more of their day and who has impacted them in a good way.  It also makes them think of people to reach out to on a daily basis and keep in touch with.  The feedback they have received from their recipients have been positive and they feel it will  definitely help them with their business but also in keeping in  touch with people they may not see often and also recognizing acts of kindness throughout their day.

It’s not too late to start the BOLD Day Challenge! Visit us at www.boldday.com and take the pledge.

This blog was originally published on www.boldday.com on January 25, 2015

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Important Information for Buyers!

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What should you be telling your buyers before they  start the journey of home ownership?  Buyers will learn these lessons as they go through the house hunting process but in order to save them some heartache and you some time, it’s better to educate them before you start the process.  Buyers will come into the process with lots of questions and some disbelief that they will actually become homeowners.  The whole process is fraught with anxiety.  This is one of the biggest decisions of their lives and they are unsure of  what they need to be doing.  How do they decide on an offer?  What should their down payment be?  What does the home inspection involve?   These are just a few of the questions they need answered.  Walk them through the whole transaction so they know what to expect at every step.  Answer all their questions and calm their fears.

Let them know what to expect and what will be expected of them. Tell them when they may need to take time off of work ahead of time and also what multiple offers involves and how to deal with a situation like that.  If they know what may happen at every step, they are more likely to trust you and appreciate you for the professional you are.

Help them in the thinking process when it comes time to put an offer in.  Remind them that multiple offers can be common and how to position themselves correctly.  Let them know that anxiety is a common emotion and how to deal with it.

Use data to back up your words.  If you  tell them that houses are flying off the market. be prepared to show them how long houses are staying on the market before they go under agreement and the difference between what they are asking and how much they usually get. Buyers like to see facts to back up your words.

The more you are honest with your clients and  answer all the questions in the beginning, the easier your experience will be.

Visit us at www.agentrising.com for more information on being the best realtor you can be.

This blog was originally published on January 19, 2015 on www.agentrising.com