Animated Gif NAR $250 Sweeps

 

 

Official Rules and Regulations of this Drawing:

 

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

 

SPONSOR: Homes Media Solutions, LLC dba Homes.com

 

Promotional Period:  Entry period begins November 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm Central Time and ends at November 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm Central Time.

 

Eligibility Requirements:  Only real estate professionals attending the Realtors Conference & Expo sponsored by the National Association of Realtors  in New Orleans during the Promotional Period are eligible to win. Entrant must be a legal resident of the 50 United States or District of Columbia and eighteen (18) years of age or older to be eligible for this contest (or the age of majority in their state of residence). Employees of Dominion Enterprises, Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC and their divisions or subsidiaries, and immediate family members (or those living in the same household with an employee, whether related or not) are not eligible to enter or win.

 

HOW TO ENTER:  Entrant must visit the Homes.com booth and take a picture or a GIF with Homes.com’s GIF machine. From the machine, Entrant can share that GIF or photo across their various social channels such as Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram.  For each “share” Entrant gets a chance to win the Grand Prize

 

PRIZES.  One winner, selected by random drawing will be awarded Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($250). The odds of being selected as a potential winner depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Entry Period.  Potential winner will be notified via contact information supplied by the entrant. If a potential winner does not respond within the timeframe stated in the notification, the Sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in his/her place.

 

PRIVACY AND PUBLICITY: Sponsor will collect personal information from Entrants, and this information may be used for the purposes of administering the Promotion, publicizing the Promotion, and other promotional purposes that benefit the Sponsor. Unless prohibited by law, participation in the Promotion constitutes each Entrant’s consent for Sponsor to use the Entrant’s name (or username), hometown, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media now known or later developed, without payment or consideration to the Entrant.

 

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY.  Participant agrees that Sponsor and its agencies and each party’s respective affiliates, officers, directors, agents, and employees (collectively, the “Indemnitees” will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in the Promotion or the awarding of prizes. Winners hereby release and hold harmless Indemnitees from any and all claims. damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out acceptance  or use of any prize, or use of Participants name, likeness or photograph.

 

To be notified of the winner’s name, send an email to:, Monica@Homes.comand/ or, send self addressed stamped envelope marked Monica Torresi on the back of the envelope to 999 Yamato Rd. Suite 200. Boca Raton, FL, 33431 .

 

Free Webinar with Jimmy Mackin – “Inbox Zero!”

Is your email inbox inundated with messages that seem impossible to keep up with?  Tis the season to clean up and start managing your messages more efficiently with tips from Jimmy Mackin, co-founder, Curaytor.com, a conversation search engine.

Jimmy Mackin co-founder Curaytor.comJoin us on April 24th at 1pm Eastern, for “Inbox Zero!” a FREE Secrets of Top Selling agents webinar presented by Jimmy.  You’ll learn how you can achieve business sanity, improve customer service and free up time to generate more business.

The email will not control you anymore – you will control it! As always the webinars are FREE but space is limited so we recommend you register today!

About Jimmy Mackin Jimmy is a Facebook marketing expert. He is a national speaker on the Agent Reboot tour and a former featured contributor to popular technology blogs Inman Next and Tech Savvy Agent. He is the creator and community manager of several of the most popular Facebook groups in the real estate industry.

Offer your Clients a Friendly Spring Cleaning Guide

Communication is the key with referrals and we have another reason for you to reach out to old and new potential clients this spring. Homes.com and ForRent.com have created a new consumer resource, Spring Into The Dream – Your Ultimate Guide to Cleaning & Organizing Your Home!  Download, customize with your branding on the cover, and share during your next tour or open house or email to your networks.

The sunshine encourages open shades, bright colors, but also requires us to tend to the little areas that have been neglected (i.e. dust bunnies) during the darker, cold months. Help your clients renew their abode with fresh ideas for cleaning and organization.  It supplies the perfect amount of tips and tricks to have your clients’ homes ready for the spring, and possibly to even list with you!  Spring into the Dream with Homes.com and download your editable guide today!

Springtime Staging Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

The buying market is competitive and with that comes first impressions. Real estate pros can make a solid first impression with fresh staging techniques for open houses, showings and those ever important property photos and videos (i.e. a picture says a thousand words).

Successful staging can make the difference between a property that moves off the market quickly or one that extends past your listing agreement and gets in another agent’s hands. Homes.com also knows that while staging isn’t the only factor that sells a home, these staging “Do’s and Don’ts” could help or harm the sale of the home.

Spring Staging DO’s and DON’Ts:

1. DO NOT cover up any structural problems or areas that need repair. DO encourage the seller to take care of these items as soon as possible. If these issues remain “as is” for the sale, be open about it and don’t brush it under a colorful rug (pun intended). This is misleading and in many states this could be seen as fraud and misrepresentation.

2. DO NOT decorate to your own personal style.

DO stick with simple ideas. Look at magazines and use Pinterest as a guide even, because you want each buyer to see that living room or kitchen with their personality.  If they are overwhelmed with the seller’s style, imagining themselves in the home will be a struggle. Stay simple, avoid eclectic furniture, faux finishes and minimize personal photos as well.

3. DO NOT forget about the unseen areas. DO remember to stage closets, kitchen storage, pantries, even the garage if you can. Buyers want to see these areas to evaluate how they will put them to use and that cannot be done when they are stuffed with clutter. Some of these areas can be difficult to de-clutter especially when you have a family living on site, so discuss the reasons behind this and offer your help. A referred agent is one that goes above and beyond – be the agent that helped your clients stage their closets and other storage areas. 

4. DO NOT give the impression that some of the staging items convey with the property. For instance, you change the porch light to something more savvy or placed bamboo shades in a home that will be sold with bare windows. DO tell the buyers what items do and do not convey with the home. This will avoid confusion at closing and serve as great conversation pieces as you interact with buyers during the property tour.

5. DO NOT let driveway cracks and oil spots remain. DO attempt to fix these areas as they make the property look unpolished and could potentially be a safety hazard. An oil mark can really hold your attention regardless of the beauty of the home so be sure not to track dirt or oil through the home as it could also appear in property photos.

Share your successful staging tips and experiences on our Facebook page!  We hope these tips guide your spring staging objectives and support your potential buyers in imagining themselves in your listings this spring!  

Give Your Brokerage a Boost!

“The role of business is to get and keep customers.” – Jack Welch, the former head of General Electric.  Sounds obvious and simple yet not as easy as it sounds.  But there are simple ways that you can start to boost your brokerage business as well as the morale in the office. It’s an ongoing cycle – happy sales people means happy customers that convert to lifetime relationships and even referrals to grow your business.  REAL Trends released an article including practical tips from Stan Bishop, a Florida broker who provides coaching strategies in his program Broker Profitability: Building a Real Estate Empire.  He suggests incorporating the following recommendations today:

  • Think of your brokerage as a partnership. Treat your sales associates as customers and good things will happen.
  • Reward your staff. Consider your income on the company’s net along with bonuses to the members of the company for their contributions.
  • Develop a Strategy. Focus on growth by retaining the best agents, and recruiting talent. Combining these tactics can reduce overhead.
  • Empower Your Employees. Trust the people you hire to fulfill your company mission, while building a strong team together. Let them know you value them as part of your team.

Tell us what strategies you employ to keep your staff happy – comment here or post to our Facebook page.