Denise Barker Named 2015 Pocono Mountains REALTOR® of the Year

Denise Barker of Realty Executives Pocono Pines has been honored by the Pocono Mountains Association of REALTORS® (PMAR) with the 2015 REALTOR® of the Year Award.
“We are thrilled to see Denise commended for her hard work and commitment to excellence,” states Deirdre Cramer, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Pocono Pines.
Receiving REALTOR® of the Year is the greatest honor bestowed upon a REALTOR® by their peers at the board level. The Award recognizes an outstanding member of the PMAR for meritorious contributions to the advancement of their profession, their community and the real estate industry. Nominees are considered based upon their history of integrity, spirit of cooperation with fellow REALTORS®, professionalism, involvement and participation at the state or national level, dedication, experience, and commitment.

Denise Barker, Realty Executives of Pocono Pines
Denise Barker | Courtesy of Realty Executives of Pocono Pines

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Realty Executives Northern Arizona Moves to New Locations in Sedona, Prescott

Realty Executives Northern Arizona recently moved its office in Sedona to 1165 West Highway 89A on the corner of Airport Rd and Highway 89A. The location has easier access to 89A and has numerous parking spaces.

“We’re very excited about this move. It offers more visibility and convenience for our clients and staff,” said Philip Tatum, Associate Broker and Area Manager for Realty Executives Northern Arizona. The Sedona-area office has 28 Executives to serve the needs of buyers and sellers.

“I’m thrilled with this move. Not only will our clients’ find it easier to find us, the office environment has a very welcoming and friendly Sedona feel,” said Realty Executives Northern Arizona Broker/Owner Don Bonnell. Continue reading

Real Estate Market faces challenges and holds opportunities for growth in 2016

A lot of great information was shared at the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) conference, and one of the conference’s most interesting panels was also one of its first: Residential Economics Issues and Trends Forum — Will Housing’s Strength Continue into 2016?

Cost, demographics will shape real estate’s future

Jonathan Corr, the CEO of Ellie Mae, a tech company that processes as many as 1 in 4 mortgage applications, points to homebuyer demographics and closing costs as drivers of future change.economic issues NAR 2015

In 2007, the cost to close a loan was $3,400, whereas last year, the cost hovered around $7,000, according to Corr. The increases, mainly due to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as well as other regulators, will factor into the real estate deals of the future.

Demographically, Corr said that the more than 80 million millennials — the biggest generation since 76 million baby boomers — will set the pace in real estate.

“They are reachable, but not by old-school means,” Corr said. They key? Leveraging technology in tomorrow’s transactions. Corr predicts that everything to do with a real estate transaction will be done electronically in the next five years. Continue reading

5 Holiday Decorating Ideas on a Budget

The weather outside might be frightful, but the time it takes to decorate for the holidays doesn’t have to strike you with fear. Here’s a handful of tips to transform your home from underwhelming to a winter wonderland in an hour flat.

  • Basic decorations for your decorative focal point. If you are making the focal point of your decorations a Christmas tree, Hanukkah bush, or Kwanzaa mkeka, keep the decorations simple. Instead of spending a lot of time hanging ornaments on each part of the tree, keep it simple with lights and a tree topper and then use those special decorations on tables or on a string around the mantle. (This also makes tear down easy.)

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Housing Market 2015: A Look Back

Real estate is a hot topic every year, and the year 2015 was no exception. Here is a look back at this year’s U.S. and Canadian housing markets:

San Francisco cityscape with the Painted Ladies as seen from Alamo square park
San Francisco cityscape with the Painted Ladies as seen from Alamo square park

 

American gains, new laws take effect

The big story of the real estate year was recovery. San Francisco led the pack, where continued strength in tech sector jobs helped 2015 prices skyrocket above 2005 market highs. In California, Los Angeles and San Diego were close behind whereas outside of the state, cities like New York and Denver set the pace. In 2016, though, expect some changes. Continue reading

6 Tips for Buying or Selling Your Home During the Holidays

It’s well known that summer is a busy season for buying homes. But there are plenty of benefits — on both sides of the transaction — to consider decking the halls of a new home during the holidays.

Buying a Home:

  • Sellers are motivated. Since this time of year is a less popular time to list, usually if the home is on the market, the sellers are motivated to sell their home. (They might be trying to shop during this “off-season” as well.) So, take advantage as the timing may help you get the most home for your money.

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EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Chris Proctor, Realty Executives Devonshire Realty

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

Chris Proctor, Edmonton REALTOR, Realty Executives

REALTOR® Chris Proctor’s family has been in real estate since the early 1990s, spending more than 15 of those years at Realty Executives. So when it came time for him to join the family business, Realty Executives Devonshire Realty with Patti Proctor was a natural choice.

Areas served:
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — all central Edmonton neighbourhoods

What are your specialties and designations?
Listing agent, buyer’s agent, accredited buyer’s representative®, and infill specialist

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I’ve been in real estate for 6 years — all of them with Realty Executives. Continue reading

Realty Executives’ Alison Callow Named 2015 Sussex County REALTOR® of the Year

With more than 10 years in real estate industry, Callow is ‘true asset’ to Realty Executives

Alison Callow, Branch Office Manager for the Vernon Office of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors, was recently named the 2015 REALTOR® of the Year by the Sussex County Association of REALTORS® (SCAOR). Licensed since 2004, Callow is a highly regarded REALTOR® by both her clients as well as her REALTOR® peers. She is known for being a caring and compassionate individual who lives her live unselfishly, always giving to others.

“Alison exemplifies REALTOR® spirit,” states Doug Radford, President of Realty Executives Exceptional Realtors. “Every REALTOR® should have the knowledge, tenacity and positive attitude that Alison has. She is a true asset to our industry.”

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“It’s not business, it’s a relationship,” says Alison Callow of Realty Executives Exceptional REALTORS® | Picture courtesy of Callow’s website

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EXECUTIVE SPOTLIGHT: Dale’s Home Selling Team, Realty Executives Integrity

Each year, Realty Executives International recognizes the leading Executives across our network through our annual awards program. As we celebrate 50 years of real estate excellence in 2015, we’re highlighting the achievements of some of our most successful agents (we call them Executives) sharing important keys to their incredible productivity in real estate, and honoring the many ways they make a difference in the lives of their clients.

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Dale’s Home Selling Team of Realty Executives Integrity — Neil Miyashita, Nicole Brown, Vicky and Dale Schaechterle, Sarah Smart, Sharon Doyle, and Becky Wilde — offer first hand knowledge of the Lake Country, Wisconsin area where they live and serve clients and customers. We chatted with the team to talk about their decades of experience and how their agents stand out by providing three things better than the competition: real estate knowledge, earned trust and professional customer service.

Areas served:
Southeastern Wisconsin, specializing in the Lake Country area: Hartland, Delafield, Nashotah, Oconomowoc, Merton, Lisbon, Genesee, Dousman, Ottawa, Pewaukee, Chenequa, Okauchee, Wales, Sussex, Waukesha and surrounding communities.

Specialties and designations:
The members of Dale’s Team work with buyers and sellers of residential and investment property, including single family homes, new construction, lake homes, vacant land, condominiums, duplexes and multi-families.

How has your brokerage supported your success in 2014?
The support of Realty Executives Integrity has been incredible and we believe their support greatly attributed to our success. The leadership team is always there to support us in our business by providing the systems and tools we use on a daily basis.  Our front desk staff is professional and offers high-quality service to our team and our clients and customers. Continue reading

50 Years of Real Estate Excellence Celebrated at 2015 Broker/Owner Conference

“The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.”
–  Arthur Koestler, novelist

Realty Executives honors top performers in attendance at annual event

Dale Rector started out with an innovative concept of 100% commission for agents. But little did he know that when he began a company, he’d really be revolutionizing the real estate industry.

More than 100 attendees from all four corners of the U.S., across Canada and even attendees from Mexico and Turkey came to Scottsdale to celebrate 50 years of innovation at the 2015 Realty Executives International Broker | Owner Conference.

The strides in technology, the Realty Executives brand as well as interactive networking and roundtable discussions were held, but the (surprise) highlight of the event were the Culture of Excellence awards. Realty Executives International started a new tradition at this year’s conference by celebrating top performers in attendance with a variety of awards recognizing growth, retention and excellence in real estate.

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Courtesy of Realty Executives Eite Ltd. Facebook | Costa Poulopoulos and Mary Johnson at the 2015 Culture of Excellence Awards

Awards included:

    • 2015 Special Recognition: Awarded to Len Huck, the former president of Valley National Bank who gave Dale the first loan to start Realty Executives.
    • 2015 Founder’s Award: Awarded to June Rector for her role in the creation and legacy of Realty Executives.
    • Agent’s Choice: Award winners represent stability, consistency and retention. Each company represented boasts more than 20 Executives that they have retained year-over-year.
    • Homes from the Heart Hero: Awarded to Steve and Nancy Summers of Realty Executives of Kansas City for their extended charitable support for Habitat for Humanity within the Kansas City area.
    • Fastest Growing: Award winners have 10 or more Executives in their brokerage and have grown by at least 15% or more during the last year.
    • Market Leader: Award winners hold major market share in their communities with more than 100 Executives in their brokerage.
    • Extraordinary Brokerage: Awarded to Jeff Murtaugh, Jeff Hawke and Joel Moyes of Realty Executives Phoenix for their leadership throughout the transition of Realty Executives Phoenix in the last year.  

For a full list of winners, click here.

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