Pinterest, the third largest referrer of traffic to Homes.com, is rapidly growing in popularity. Accordingly, Homes.com has positioned itself to be at the forefront of this social media movement by sharing consumer and business trends on the virtual pin board. As such, we are proud to announce that our efforts to engage homebuyers and sellers has paid off and we were recently recognized as a finalist (alongside Elizabeth Arden and Constant Contact) in the Pinterest category for our “Pin it it You Love it” contest in the 2013 PR News Social Media Icon Awards!
It’s time for our holiday photo contest for all of you real estate pros – and this time a $350 Apple gift card is up for grabs! Simply upload a picture of your most festive holiday scene and add your best marketing line just as you would for one of your property listings! Whether it’s a room decorated with holiday colors, a doorway with a unique wreath, lights streaming across the rooftops, or your favorite table setting we want to see what festive means to you AND how you would market it! Even if it isn’t your listing, perhaps your own home or a friend’s – just send in a photo with your best marketing line and you could win a $350 Apple gift card!
HOW IT WORKS:
• Enter the photo contest here before December 31, 2012 (11:59pm EST). No commercial photography please!
• Add a descriptive marketing line just as you would when marketing one of your property listings.
• The winner will be announced on or before January 8, 2013 on our Facebook page.
But wait - there’s more! Enter for a chance to win a $100 VISA Gift Card by uploading a holiday photo on Instagram! Visit the Market that Holiday Home Instagram photo contest page for more details and follow @HomesPro on Instagram.
Please see below for the complete contest rules. Continue reading
Win a $100 VISA gift card by entering the Market that Holiday Home photo contest via Instagram! This photo contest is perfect for real estate professionals, like you. This time of year, the showings you host could require you to spend some time staging. We want to see a variety of photos, so the sky is the limit! Whether it’s a room in one of your listings that is perfectly decorated with holiday colors, a doorway with a unique wreath, rooftops adorned with twinkling holiday lights or your favorite holiday-themed table setting, we want to see what festive means to you.
To enter, follow these three easy steps:
1. Upload a holiday photo of your favorite to your Instagram page (read our Instagram tutorial here).
2. Use a cool filter to make it unique
3. Add your best holiday-themed marketing line, the contest hashtag: #HolidayHomesPro, and tag our username, @HomesPro
But wait – there’s more! If you’re really into the holiday spirit this year, enter for a chance to win a $350 Apple Gift Card in our Market that Holiday Home photo contest on Facebook! Who couldn’t use a brand new iPad Mini, new software programs, an iPod Touch (or two!) or other Apple products!
OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
The feel of fall is in the air which means one thing: no, not pumpkin spice lattes — football! And football means TAILGATING!
With both college and professional football games suddenly usurping our schedules, there is almost always a reason to tailgate! Maybe your clients have caught tailgate fever as well — if that’s the case, why not help them along in their quest for tailgate glory? You can do that by showing them our helpful tailgating infographic!
Homes.com asked and you told! Thank you for sharing your best and most memorable real estate success stories from our contest, “Wanted: Real Estate Success Stories Reward: $500″. Your compelling stories very much showed Homes.com the passion you have for your career and your clients and we still stand by what we said in the beginning of this contest – “Your Success is Our Success.” Homes.com wishes you more success to come and we are always ready to hear about it. Tell us more on our Facebook Timeline at Facebook.com/homesconnect.
“It was one of my first transactions. My client came to me in desperation. He was a disabled veteran who had been living in an extended stay motel for over six months. His wife had died and the day she passed, he left their home with no plan of where he was going. When he came to North Carolina, he decided to stay. He worked with several agents before me to find a home, but did not get much help. He wasn’t looking at large or expensive homes and although he was qualified for a loan, there was still much work to be done. It was definitely a project.
We looked at several homes and I put him in touch with a lender who took the time to really explain everything with his finances. We discovered that he would actually benefit from a different loan package, so we cleared everything and began the qualification process again. We submitted offers on several homes only to find out during the home inspection that there were repairs that needed to be made above and beyond what my client or the sellers were willing or could afford to make. My client became more and more desperate to find a permanent home.
One day as we were out driving, we found the perfect home. He fell in love with it at first sight. I was determined that he get this house. You could see the look on his face when he saw them home. For the first time since I had met him, he looked peaceful. Unfortunately, the home was a foreclosure and I was worried that the loan appraisal would be an issue. I was right. The loan approval was contingent on some major repairs being made – here we go again, I though! We all know that foreclosures are sold as-is and my client was devastated. I wasn’t going to quit though.
I called the bank who owned the home. Despite being told many times that the bank would agree to no repairs, I continued to call until one day I worked my way up to a bank representative who happened to be a veteran. I couldn’t have done it without him. But, together, with a little creativity, we managed to get approval for the required repairs and today my client is happily beginning his life again in his new home. We all say we’re in this business to help our clients achieve the dream of home-ownership. But rarely do we get to see firsthand the profound effect we have on someone’s life. The day we closed was one of my proudest moments in my career.”