Your home is on the market and ready to sell – it could be snapped up any day now, but you have a vacation coming up or would like to take a trip out of town. So what do you do?
Consult your real estate agent
“Communication is at the center of real estate,” insists Todd Mobraten, former president and CEO of USRES Inc. and its subsidiary, RES.NET Inc.
Good communication between you and your real estate agent is key. Be upfront and tell your agent that you’re planning a vacation, well in advance. Your agent can tell you your options and help you develop a plan for how to handle any queries or issues in your absence.
RISMedia’s highly anticipated Power Broker Report was published this quarter, and six Realty Executives franchises made the list. Released annually, RISMedia’s Power Broker Report ranks the country’s top 500 residential real estate firms and brokerages by number of transactions and sales volume. The brokers surveyed reportedly closed 3,453,108 transactions and generated $1,123,494,913,023 in sales volume in 2015.
“This represents a more than $150 billion increase in sales volume over 2014, and nearly 250,000 more transactions—a clear indicator of low inventory driving prices higher,” says Maria Patterson, executive editor at RISMedia.
According to a Google Consumer survey, 50% of prospective home buyers start searching between six and 12 months in advance. Because purchasing a home is the largest lifetime financial investment for many, if not most consumers, it comes as no surprise that a wealth of research usually comes before deciding on a home.
Homeowners know the value of reinforced doors with deadbolts or a comprehensive home security system. But there are many less obvious fixes to ensure your home is attractive to safety-conscious buyers in the future.
When shopping for a new home, the importance of finding energy efficient digs might be high on the list. Energy efficiency helps reduce the amount of energy you use in your home and in turn can reduce your energy bills as well as your home’s environmental impact. But there are options for energy efficiency beyond a roof covered in solar panels — and could lead to a higher resale value, too.
Realty Executives Home Towne recently launched a TV show for home buyers and sellers called “Home Towne House Hunter.” Airing on local TV station WKBD-TV, the show is a 30-minute series that highlights the best listings in the Detroit metropolitan area. “We are excited to launch this new TV show and look forward to expanding it in the future,” says Frank Locricchio, Broker/Owner of Realty Executives Home Towne.
Locricchio is excited about the exposure that the show will give Realty Executives clients, “Video is big right now and we saw a need to get our sellers and Executives exposure from a different medium,” he says.
As a homebuyer you’re about to embark on one of the biggest, most stressful and exciting journeys in your life. You need to be certain that you can trust your real estate professional to deliver the goods.
However, choosing the right realtor can be difficult. There is a lot to consider, and with fierce competition between agents, all of the information can be a little bit overwhelming. Here are some key steps to help you pinpoint the real estate agent that will be the best fit for you.
Realty Executives has expanded to Waukesha, Wisconsin. The new office, Realty Executives Southeast, marks the 17th Realty Executives office in the state and will serve the communities of southeastern Wisconsin, with a focus on Waukesha County.
The grand opening was celebrated in style, with an open house and a ribbon cutting ceremony. “The City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Shawn Reilly, owners Joe and Shelley Gallamore, our Executives and staff, and some key players who really helped with the process of opening the business were on hand to cut the ribbon” according to Realty Executives Southeast Brokerage Manager Debbie Giese. She added that over 100 people attended the event, including clients, business partners and friends.
In 1965, Realty Executives founder Dale Rector started out with the leading-edge concept of 100% commission for agents. His innovative idea attracted top producing real estate professionals to become “Executives” and forever changed the real estate industry. Today, Realty Executives International boasts a 50-year legacy of innovation, a foundation that has drawn in generations of the industry’s leading real estate professionals. Every year, it is our honor to recognize the very best of the best through our annual awards program.