3 Budget-Friendly Home Design Trends for 2016

When Pantone released its 2016 home design trend book — all the way back in April of 2015 — it set in motion a host of thoughts about what’s coming back in style: maybe it’s metallics and the midcentury modern aesthetic or artisanal pieces with a complementary color palette.

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6 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

The holidays are over, there’s only a handful of leftovers in the fridge and all the family is finally out of the house. What might spring to mind to start off the new year is getting back in shape after all those big December meals. But another great area to look for resolutions in is your home. 

Here are six ways to kick start the new year with a fresh perspective on your property.

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James Robertson Elected to CCIM Institute’s 2016 Board of Directors

Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) Institute, one of the largest commercial real estate networks in the world, elected new members to serve on its 2016 Board of Directors during the organization’s annual conference in Austin, Texas, this past October.

James P. Robertson, Jr. MBA, CCIM, Senior Commercial Associate Broker, Realty Executives Tucson Elite, was elected to serve as a member of the CCIM Board of Directors, which serves as the governing body for the Institute and convenes at the organization’s spring and fall Annual Governance meetings.  

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CCIM Forum in Taiwan | Courtesy of James Robertson

 

The value James offers his clients is that he is an elite real estate professional and successful personal investor, who performs with a “Free Enterprise” business philosophy.  He believes that confidential relationships are a required tool to financial success. He is highly experienced in cash flow investment properties and specializes in multi-family properties.  Continue reading

Realty Executives Oceanside Joins Local Fundraiser in Flagler Beach, Florida

Realty Executives Oceanside in Flagler Beach is lending a helping hand to the local community by participating the Flagler Fun Coast Bed Race.

“We are so happy to be able to participate in this fun community event,” said Bruce Vinnick, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Oceanside. “We’re grateful to be able to contribute to the Flagler Volunteers Service, Kiwanis Club and Wheels In Motion Car Club who are joint hosts of this annual event.”

“Our first year participating and we won third place!” Vinnick said.

Realty Executives Oceanside Participates in Community Event | Courtesy of Bruce & Shannon Vinnick
Realty Executives Oceanside Participates in Community Event | Courtesy of Bruce & Shannon Vinnick

Last year’s event was very exciting with 13 bed entries and a great crowd. The net proceeds of $3,932.92 were distributed equally to the partnering organizations for their individual programs which benefit the children and youth in Flagler County. Changes were made to the route this year and will once again, pull out all the stops to provide a fun event that is a great crowd-pleaser.

The event started at Veterans Park in Flagler Beach. A parade of the theme decorated beds preceded the race itself. Teams of 5 pushed their beds through the course and completed in 4 pit-stop challenges.

“We are having fun and helping those in need within our community,” Vinnick said.

Learn more at www.FlaglerFunCoastBedRace.org.

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.

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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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