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Top 5 Ways to Convert Millennial Renters Into Home Buyers

For first-time millennial home buyers, student debt, unemployment and rising home prices continue to pose formidable challenges, but, fortunately, we have agent-curated strategies — 2020-tested and approved in several hot markets — that can help turn renters into buyers for you.

1. Help Renters Think in Future Tense

Coaching clients to downsize their rent as a means of saving for the down payment, and supporting them rental-to-rental as they make their journey to a new home, might help to nurture the relationship early at the rental stage, says Ken Laroza, director of broker relations for Zillow. He advises agents look at the relationship through a five-year lens, which promises to pay off in high business volume.

Regardless of whether a millennial renter buys from you or not, chances are good that they’ll refer you if you deliver the best experience possible, says Laroza. “Millennials tend to be really loyal to those who treat them well.”

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Buying a Home on Active Duty

Buying a home while on active duty may seem like an impossible process as many military families never know where they will be transferred next. So the most reasonable thing to do is to rent, of course. However, buying a home while on active duty does come with some benefits, too – it is an excellent investment for retirement, and it is a great real estate purchase for renting in the future, providing you with some extra cash. Therefore, if you have made up your mind and are looking for some tips for buying a home on active duty, you are in the right place. Keep on reading to find out more. 

Do Not Buy For Today; Buy For Tomorrow 

Many military families who opt for buying a home instead of renting tend to buy ‘for today.’ That is, they buy a home that suits only their current needs. Later on, if they decide for the family to stay in a different location once retirement is on the horizon, they have to move and look for a completely new home.

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Realty Executives Premier Continues Legacy with New Ownership of Janesville Brokerage

Realty Executives of Janesville, WI, is excited to announce the grand opening of Realty Executives Premier under new Broker/Owner Sarah McLean.

Previously Realty Executives Janesville, the Wisconsin brokerage has established itself as a respected family-run business since its opening in 1999. Founded by Millie Fournais, the brokerage has since been passed down to her son and Broker, Erik Fournais, and now their former Executive and teammate, Sarah McLean. 

McLean joined the Realty Executives team and quickly grew her career and expertise within the business. When offered the opportunity to take the next step and become a brokerage owner, McLean was thrilled to be able to keep the team together and continue the success the brokerage has seen for over 20 years.

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Realty Executives Elite Renews Brand Partnership

Realty Executives Elite, of Menomonee Falls and Hales Corners, WI, is proud to announce a five year renewal with the Realty Executives brand. 

Opening in 2005, this renewal marks over 15 years with the international real estate franchisor for the Midwest brokerage. Realty Executives Elite has continued to grow and succeed in their local market, with over 30 agents serving various eastern Wisconsin communities.

Broker/Owner Billy Prom is proud of his group of ultra-professional Executives, fueled by extensive listing experience and unrivaled knowledge of the local market. He recruits only the best-in-class realtors, with the ability to close transactions quickly and efficiently, while still connecting with the client on a personal level. Prom believes his efforts in the next five years will enhance and expand market share and service to clients.

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Finding a Great Home Builder

Many first-time home buyers or experienced homeowners decide that buying a lot and building their home is the best option for them. Custom building allows for you to design and personalize a space all your own, in a specific budget and timeframe. On the other hand, there is also a lot more work and ongoing decisions that the home construction process requires, with a main one being who is going to build it! Here’s a guide to help you find the best contractor for you.

Make a List

The first step when looking for any professional in your area is to look up your options! With one simple online search you can find tons of potential builders with their websites and contact information. But the internet isn’t always most reliable source, so it may be best to find some potential builders through fellow professionals. Your local real estate agent is a great resource for anything home related, including builders. Another option is contacting your local home builder’s association and asking for a list of members. Lastly, ask friends and family! They might have used a builder or know of someone else who has used one and had a great experience.

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Realty Executives Suncoast and Gallery Properties Partner for Market Expansion

Realty Executives Gallery Properties of Orlando and Sarasota and Realty Executives Suncoast of Clearwater, FL have partnered for an expansion merger, joining the Suncoast brokerage with the Gallery Properties brokerage. 

Phil and Linda Rogers of Realty Executives Suncoast, will continue to be active members of the Suncoast brokerage and real estate community, but will step down as Broker/Owners, to allow fellow Broker and Owner of Gallery Properties, Christopher Nutt, to take on the leadership role. Rogers and Nutt have worked together to create an alliance that encourages a smooth transition for their Executives and clients, as they take this step to slow down and focus on the sales side.

“With over 22 years with Realty Executives in Clearwater, Florida, we are excited about the strategic opportunity to enhance the brand with the expansion merger with Realty Executives Gallery Properties in Orlando and Sarasota.” Phil Rogers said. “Looking forward to a “sea of blue” growing in Florida and being alongside our Executives as they grow.”

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How to Organize Your Garage

Your garage can seem like a catch-all for your things that don’t quite fit right inside the home. Seasonal decor, outdoor furniture and all types of storage containers can fill up the garage space fast. In order to make the most of your garage and to not be tripping over containers every time you go out to look for something, it’s important to have a system. Here are some tips to help you get your garage looking neat and organized.

Out With the Old

Just like when you are trying to declutter or organize your interior, you need to go through your belongings to see what you want to keep and what you can get rid of. For example, you may have kept tubs of old baby clothes or toys because they are sentimental, but they take up a lot of room and often don’t get used or looked at. Try picking out a few things and then donating the rest to a good cause.

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Realty Executives Recognized as RisMedia’s 2021 Newsmakers

Realty Executives International is proud to announce the recognition of several leadership members of the Realty Executives team in RisMedia’s 2021 Newsmakers. 

Jeff Murtaugh, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Arizona Territory, along with both Vice Presidents of Realty Executives International, David Celaya and Alysia Heun, were all named Newsmakers of the real estate industry.

As a top real estate source for news, trends and information, RisMedia considers those who have been nominated as Newsmakers thought leaders in the housing industry and contributors to the field, their communities and consumers. The Newsmakers are nominated by RisMedia readers and editors, showcased in the following categories: Futurists, Inspirations, Trendsetters, Achievers, Crusaders, Luminaries, Influencers and Trailblazers.

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Key Elements to a Contemporary Living Style

Are you trying to create a contemporary-style living space?  It is tempting to think that contemporary interior designs are cold, dark, and overly minimal. But that’s far from the truth! You can create a contemporary-style living space that is comfy and inviting, and at the same time, well-illuminated and neat.

So, what are the crucial elements of a contemporary living space? Let’s dig into them one by one.

Have an open-plan layout

Airy, spacious, and multipurpose open-concept homes are increasingly becoming more popular among homeowners. That’s what contemporary design is all about. 

Consider giving completely different personalities to different functional zones to create a bold contrast between them. For instance, match darker walls and wooden fixtures in the kitchen with a bright lounger in the living room to bring in lightness.

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Realty Executives Associates Celebrates Over 40 Years

Realty Executives Associates, of Knoxville, TN, is proud to celebrate over 40 years of service and growth in 2021. Throughout the decades, Realty Executives Associates has solidified itself as the #1 brokerage of East Tennessee, through its dedication to global resources mixed with a local approach.

Founded in 1977 by R. Vance Burkey, the brokerage brought the Realty Executives industry’s original 100 percent commission model to Knoxville and has now grown to over 700 agents, 13 offices and over 50 employees. Burkey founded the company on the basis of putting agents and their clients first, innovating and cultivating a culture that prides itself on community and providing an unparalleled level of support to not only its agents, but clients as well.

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