Realty Executives in the Villages Receives “Brokerage of the Month” Recognition for March 2018

Realty Executives in The Villages is Realty Executives International’s Brokerage of the Month for March 2018. With more than 75 real estate professionals serving popular areas in Florida including The Villages, Ocala, and Wildwood, the firm has thrived and experienced incredible agent count growth under the leadership of Broker/Owner Glenn Stein, while remaining a leader in both sales volume and units sold over the last decade. *

“We’ve always seen growth but lately we’ve seen massive results. Realty Executives in The Villages has doubled in size over the last three years,” said Stein. Continue reading

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency This Spring and Summer

Energy saving strategies can change with the seasons, so it’s important to re-evaluate your home’s energy efficiency throughout the year. Check out this simple guide for tips to boost your home’s energy efficiency during the warmer months.

Maintain Your Cooling System

Keeping up with routine maintenance and cleanings of your air cooling system will help it to work more efficiently. According to the United States Department of Energy, you can lower a cooling system’s energy consumption by a whopping 15% simply by performing routine maintenance and changing air filters consistently. The Government of Canada also recommends proper maintenance of air conditioners to make sure they run as effectively as possible.

Plan to replace or clean air filters on a semi-regular basis, usually every few months. If you have pets, more frequent changes can benefit your system. Besides keeping tabs on air filters, checking to make sure the evaporator coil is working properly before the hottest months is a proactive step you can take. If you don’t have experience with air conditioner maintenance or cleaning, it’s a good idea to hire a professional.

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Gardening With Children: Gardening Tips and What to Plant

Cultivating a home garden is a great way to teach your children where their food comes from while fostering a sense of independence and a healthy respect for the environment. Most of all, it’s a fun activity the whole family can enjoy. Keeping their dexterity and attention span in mind, here are some tips on gardening with children that will get you growing in no time.

Location, Location, Location. The most important consideration when deciding what you want to grow is where you want to grow it. Are you planting indoors or out? In summer or fall? How much sun exposure will you have each day, and how extreme are the temperatures?  Checking a hardiness map for your area will help you decide what, when, and where to grow, and involving your child in the research makes for a fun geography lesson.

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Evaluating your Readiness to Buy a Home

Is it time to purchase your first home?  Owning your own home may offer many advantages including building equity, qualifying for tax deductions, and having a place to call your own. It also requires a level of financial and emotional readiness.  Evaluating your position in each of the following categories can help guide you as you make this important decision.

Monthly Finances

Purchasing a home is a big financial decision. In addition to making mortgage payments you also have to factor in additional costs such as taxes, homeowner’s insurance, homeowner’s association fees, city assessments, and household repairs. Mortgage companies use a debt to income ratio (DTI) to determine loan eligibility.

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Realty Executives International Recognizes the “Best of the Best” for 2017 Production

Leaders across our global network have earned recognition in Realty Executives International’s 2017 Executive Awards program. These awards honor the sales achievements of the most productive Executives, teams, offices, and brokerages throughout the Realty Executives system, celebrating their hard work and commitment to excellence over the past year.

“We are proud to have one of the highest performing franchises in the industry. There is no doubt the core of high-performers who have earned these awards are paramount to our success. We celebrate these incredible professionals, and congratulate them on their annual sales achievements and steadfast commitment to helping buyers and sellers reach their real estate goals,” said Vice President of Franchise Services, Alysia Heun.

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Patrick van den Bossche Leads Realty Executives International as President

Patrick van den Bossche is Realty Executives International’s new president. With 30 years of experience leading fast growth, start-up, and next-growth companies across multiple industries, van den Bossche brings a passion for people and a depth of expertise to his new role that matches Realty Executives International’s focus on aggressive network growth and expansion while nurturing a community-centric culture. Read more about van den Bossche’s appointment in the company’s official announcement.

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Realty Executives Premier Recognized as “Brokerage of the Month” for February 2018

When Realty Executives Premier in Valparaiso, Indiana first opened its doors in 2008, Broker/Owners Mike and Pam Tezak led the firm of just four agents with a big vision: set out to redefine the business of real estate in northwest Indiana. They knew they would have to go toe-to-toe with several older and larger brands, and they believed they could do it better.

Today, with over 50 real estate professionals across two office locations serving buyers and sellers throughout northwest Indiana, the Tezaks are seeing their goals realized one by one, year after year.  The leading firm is on the cutting edge, making use of tech like virtual floor time and video marketing, and bringing local expertise to clients spanning Lake and Porter Counties all the way to LaPorte County. Realty Executives Premier is Realty Executives International’s Brokerage of the Month for February 2018 — yet another measure of the team’s success and leadership across a global real estate brand. Continue reading

Health Hazards in Your Bathroom and How to Avoid Them

Your home’s bathroom should be a place of relaxation and peace. Yet, there are many potential hazards that could affect this environment and pose hazardous health risks. These are some of the most common and how you can avoid them.

Slippery Surfaces

Those shiny floors might achieve the modern bathroom style you’re going for, but they can also be very dangerous. Slip and falls are a serious health hazard and may be prevented by installing non-slip flooring material. If you purchased your home with slippery flooring materials and you are not yet ready to renovate, consider investing in quality rubber-backed bathroom mats. Place them in especially slippery places, such as in front of the shower and bathtub. Continue reading

Considerations for Buying a Multi-Generational Home

According to Forbes, multi-generational living is on the rise and an estimated 60.6 million Americans are currently living in a multi-generational household. In Canada, recent census studies show households of three or more generations all living under one roof represent the fastest-growing household type. There are many economical and familial advantages to multi-generational living. It is important, however, to find a home that is well-suited for every member of the household. Keep these important considerations in mind when buying a multi-generational home. Continue reading

Pet Safety Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers

Although buying or selling a home can bring about exciting changes for you and your family, it can introduce stress for your four legged loved ones. As a seller, having strangers coming in and out of your house can be alarming and upsetting to your pets. As a homebuyer, you want your new home to be safe and comfortable for every member of your family – even the furry ones. Whether you’re buying your first home or getting ready to put your house on the market, these pet safety tips for homebuyers and sellers will help make the process easier on you and your pets. Continue reading

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