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Posted by Paul Bryant on June 17, 2015 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Summer is here and things are heating up. The Lexington & Columbia Real Estate Markets are HOT!! If you are looking to buy or sell, please give me a call. I would love to help you! As a Realtor, I will bring a unique set of tools and a level of customer service that will exceed your expectations.

Here are a few reasons (from the South Carolina Association of Realtors Website) why you should always use a REALTOR:

It may seem tempting to try to sell or buy your home without using a real estate professional. But by using a REALTOR®, you have the advantage of information and knowledge through what can often be a complicated and confusing procedure.

With so many resources available, a REALTOR® may be able to help you come out with the same amount of dollars or more than you could command by selling your home yourself. A recent survey of homebuyers and sellers by the National Association of REALTORS® found that the home price for sellers that use a REALTOR® is 16 percent higher than those who don’t.

A REALTOR® is a professional who knows all that needs to be done. They have the experience and resources to advertise, find the homes that suit your needs, and make all of the preparations that save you the time and effort of researching it yourself.

When you are selling your home, an agent who knows the local market can help you set a fair market price. You want to get the most for your home, but overpricing it can prolong the time it sits on the market, making it even more difficult to sell.

A REALTOR® can help you show your home to potential buyers to its best advantage. They will advise prospects of all aspects and conditions of your home and can protect you from later objections.

A REALTOR® can also help you with the home-buying process. Buying a home can be financially intimidating, but an agent can help you determine how much home you can afford and show you some financing methods. The goal of home ownership remains one of the most commonly shared ones, and an agent can show you how to make it achievable.

A REALTOR® is familiar with all the local and current real estate values, taxes, costs and services that could affect your purchase. Your REALTOR® can show you the home best suited to your needs, and can also suggest simple changes that could make a home a good choice. It helps to have someone both objective and knowledgeable when looking for a home to buy!

When buying or selling a home, there are a lot of details that can overwhelm you or be forgotten. Using a REALTOR® is the best way to be sure that you have someone on your side to get you the best deal and see that everyone is satisfied.

Here are some of my most current Blogs (as of 6/17/15):

108 Widgeon Drive Home For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale

Posted on May 29, 2015 12:53 PM by Paul Bryant
108 Widgeon Drive Home For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale 108 Widgeon Drive- Mallard Lake & Mallard Hills Homes For Sale River Bluff High School- In the Town of Lexington SC- 4BR/2.5BA- 2 Car Side Entry Garage-Finished Basement (Aprox 300...
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416 Hedge Grove Lane Lexington SC Home For Sale- Persimmon Grove Homes For Sale

Posted on May 15, 2015 11:43 AM by Paul Bryant
416 Hedge Grove Lane Lexington SC Home For Sale- Persimmon Grove Homes For Sale 100% Financing Available- Awesome Floor Plan- Tasteful Paint Colors & Brushed Nickle Fixtures are in place- Less than 5 Years Old and MOVE IN READY. This home is loca...
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181 Mossborough Drive Home For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale

Posted on April 25, 2015 03:27 PM by Paul Bryant
181 Mossborough Drive Home For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale Woodberry Forest located in Lexington SC offers easy access to Interstates 20 & 26, Airport, Hospital, Retail and Restaurants; you will love the location. C...
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190 Mossborough Drive Home For Sale- Woodberry Forest Homes For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale

Posted on April 25, 2015 03:15 PM by Paul Bryant
190 Mossborough Drive Home For Sale- Woodberry Forest Homes For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale Woodberry Forest located in Lexington SC offers easy access to Interstates 20 & 26, Airport, Hospital, Retail and Restaurants; you will love th...
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200 Church View Loop Home For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale

Posted on April 25, 2015 02:58 PM by Paul Bryant
200 Church View Loop Home For Sale- Lexington SC Homes For Sale Located off Nazareth Road in Lexington SC, you will find the perfect Home for your family. Close to Interstate 20 & Lake Murray, you will love the location. Church View Commons offer...
 
 
 
My name is Paul Bryant and I specialize in assisting buyers and sellers in Real Estate transactions. My areas of expertise include Columbia,LexingtonWest Columbia, and surrounding areas. As your REALTOR®, I will work hard to justify your confidence and generate the results you deserve.  Through my determination, research and 100% follow-through, you can be assured that you will receive the best possible service and a clear look at all of your options.  Whether you are selling, buying or just have a question, I invite you to call me today at 803.361.0585.
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433 Woodhouse Loop Irmo SC Home For Sale- Milford Park Homes For Sale- Irmo SC Homes For Sale

Posted on April 25, 2015 02:20 PM by Paul Bryant
433 Woodhouse Loop Home For Sale- Milford Park Homes For Sale- Irmo SC Homes For Sale 4BR/2BA Home in Irmo Under 140,000- HW Floors- Master on Main w/ Vaulted Ceilings-Private Bathroom & Walk In Closet. Vaulted Ceilings in Great Room- Low Mainten...
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328 Kellwood Way Columbia SC Home For Sale- Lake Carolina Homes For Sale

Posted on April 25, 2015 01:45 PM by Paul Bryant
328 Kellwood Way Columbia Home For Sale- Lake Carolina Home For SaleLake Carolina- Berkeley - Columbia SC: Awesome 4BR/2.5BA Home - Great RM w/Fireplace - Eat-in Kitchen w/tons of cabinets - Formal Dining RM - Upgraded Laminate flooring throughout - Huge ...
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301 Kitti Wake Drive West Columbia SC Home For Sale

Posted on April 25, 2015 01:20 PM by Paul Bryant
301 Kitti Wake Drive- West Columbia- Home For SaleLocate close to the Intersection of Augusta Highway (#1) and Kitti Wake Drive, in West Columbia, sits this wonderful Home. Quality Construction. Close to Interstates 20&26. Lexington One Scho...
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4 Thing to Consider When Blogging

Posted by JohnnyMorrow on January 23, 2015 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Real Estate Blog Rules

This is the second in a multi part series on real estate blogging. Go here to see the introduction: Intro to real estate blogging. Before you start blogging, take some serious time to determine who your target audience is going to be. Which niche do you want to receive leads from.

First, what is your goal for blogging?

My goal was to have my website appear on page one of Google. If I get to page one, then I will receive real estate leads, based on how my blog interacts with my website. I hope this is your goal as well. If it is not, maybe you just need a newsletter to go out to your database.

Second, is the market I am considering always going to be there?

When I decided on seller financing, I had investors in my pocket who wanted to hold the notes, so it was an easy decision. When the laws changed, many of those investors went away, and making a sale became more difficult. So my advice is to choose to go after something tangible, that will always be available, and in demand. Just a few examples may be an area of town, subdivision, gated community, condo development, water front properties, golf course homes, Victorian style, acreage, etc, etc… Stay away from basing your blog on things that lawmakers can change, such as owner financing or temporary rebates. If you want to blog about those items, and it is a good idea, go ahead, but don’t make it the main focus of your blog.


Third, how big is the market?

This is important. If you love old rustic homes that have no indoor plumbing but use an outhouse, that’s great. But is there a market for that? Do people want to buy a home with no indoor plumbing? Well maybe if you live in Amish country in Pennsylvania, but then you would have to do flyers. The Amish are not going to be on the internet. J If the neighborhood or area you choose only has 25 homes, well there may not be enough market to make the time commitment worth it. On the other hand the market can be too big. If you think you’re going to blog about homes in New York City, you will never get to page 1 of Google, maybe even not page 100. Trulia, Zillow, Realtor.com and many other big name big money companies have the money and resources to target this big name. Go do a Google search and you will see. So go for a market that you know, that the big guys don’t have a monopoly on. It will take some research, but you will be glad you did.

Fourth, is the physical location of the Niche manageable and worth your time?

If you choose an area to blog about, how close is it to you? If it’s 60 miles away, will it be convenient to get to and show homes? Maybe it has great numbers, high sale price, low days on market, new infrastructure and a host of other things. But is it worth a 4 hour commute to show a home? So make sure the area or niche you choose will be manageable over the long run. Missing your kids games, or dinner with your spouse because your niche is all over the county, or the area is 2 hours away, does not make for a good home life. I chose the neighborhood I live in, and man, that was a blessing.

And fifth, do people actually move in this area?

According to NAR people move on average every 7 years. This number does not fluctuate much. So make sure the area or niche you are targeting hits at least this number, or of not, the sales price is worth it. We have a neighborhood near our office that we would use for training. We would door knock there to get agents used to talking to people and handle some rejection. We found out quickly that no one was moving. When we went back to the office and did our research, we found that there were only 8 sales a year in a neighborhood with about 150 homes. People did not move in this neighborhood. Needless to say, we did not work that neighborhood anymore. Make sure and do the research on the areas you choose. Doing a real estate blog takes time and commitment. Make sure it’s worth your time. And when the leads start coming in, make sure you are keeping track of them. Use TrackTheLead.com or some other CRM system. If not, your just wasting your time.

Track the Lead is a real estate CRM system along the lines of top producer, realty juggler, salesforce, all clients, market leader, zoho and many others. It may be true that many of these have more functionality, none of them are as simple. Go To Trackthelead.com/trial and give them a try.



Should I do a Real Estate Blog?

Posted by JohnnyMorrow on January 22, 2015 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Using a Real Estate Blog for Generating Leads


I am often asked by real estate agents I am training, “Does Blogging work?” Well the simple answer is yes, it does work. Then I ask them how long before they think they will receive leads from blogging. The answer here varies, but is usually way too hopeful. They tell me a few weeks to a few months, some even look at me somewhat confused and say, “ Immediately? “

I do not want anyone to have misgivings about blogging. You will not receive leads immediately. Depending on who your target market is, leads will start coming in between 4 and 9 months. Yes, 4 and 9 months. And this will only happen if you’re consistent in your blogging.

To give you some back ground, I started a real estate blog in April of 2012. My goal was to have my website on page 1 of Google. I had two niche markets I was going after. The first niche was seller financing, which it took me 2 months to get my website to page 1 of Google for that search term. I still receive leads from the work I did for this search term, and I have not blogged for the last two years. The other search term was Timberwood Park, which is a subdivision in San Antonio. It took me 7 months to get to page one on Google for this search term. The great thing about being on page one, the leads come in. It takes work, but the leads come in. And if you stay consistent, it just keeps happening. In full disclosure, when I stopped blogging consistently, I started dropping pages.

I am doing a multi part series on blogging. I will be covering the following material:

And don’t forget the most important aspect of real estate, the follow up. Make sure when the leads are coming in, you aren’t wasting them. TrackTheLead.com is a simple and inexpensive way to keep up with your leads. Give it a try.

Track the Lead is a real estate CRM system along the lines of top producer, realty juggler, salesforce, all clients, market leader, zoho and many others. It may be true that many of these have more functionality, none of them are as simple. Go To Trackthelead.com/trial and give them a try.



153 Cline Ave Hendersonville TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on December 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Welcome To 153 Cline Ave Hendersonville TN

 

Welcome to 153 Cline Ave in Hendersonville TN located in the Oakvale Subdivision.

 

This an outstanding opportunity to own a very nice renovated one level home that is in great condition and move in ready. The home is located just off of Old Shackle Island Rd and features 3 bedrooms, 1 full bath and if you are looking for an outstanding price for a home where all of the updating and work has been done, you have found it.

 

 

In the kitchen area you will find, new tile on the floors, new granite counter tops with back splash, new sink and goose neck faucet. The kitchen is equipped with new appliances including refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and microwave.

 

 

 

Improvements include a new lighting package, new ceiling fans and new fresh paint throughout. The living room features refinished hardwood floors, a nice fireplace with floor to ceiling glass tile. The dining room also features hardwood floors and the large bonus room has new carpeting and a pedestrian door leading out onto the large deck making it a great room to entertain family and friends.

 

 

Two of the three bedrooms have new carpeting under foot and the other refinished hardwood floors. The bathroom has a new vanity, commode and the new lights and mirror will help you keep looking good as you get ready for the day.

 

 

The lot is nice and level with mature trees and the fenced in back yard is truly an oasis. There is a nice sized deck to enjoy those cookouts with family and friends or enjoy that early morning with a cup of coffee. Even the storage building looks like a small "Guest" house that is pleasing to the eye.

 

You will not be disappointed in looking at this home. The home has a very attractive price and will not last long. The homes location offers easy access to shopping, dinning, schools and is conveniently located to I-65 and points beyond. Taxes are listed at just over $837.00 per year.

 

This is truly a special opportunity to move into a home where all of the work has already been done for a great price and all you have to do is move in. We look forward to showing you this home our have your agent give us a call to schedule a showing. You can reach us 615-538-7490.

Hendersonville TN Real Estate - MySearchForHomes.com Team
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Nashville Tennessee, which is The ELITE upcoming Real Estate firm in Middle Tennessee with a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home anywhere in The Nashville area. Agents of Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes, Jim Pewitt and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (615) 538-7490

 

 

3807 Cecil Farm Rd Mt Pleasant TN Home and Horse Property for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on December 1, 2014 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

This Beautiful Home and Horse Property is Move in Ready!

Tour this Great Property in the video below

 

Welcome to 3807 Cecil Farm Rd in Mt Pleasant TN.  This beautiful property offers the buyer a wonderful opportunity to purchase a very nice one owner home and 19.67 acres with four stall horse barn with tack room and loft. Great Pastures, training arena along with a stunning home make this a wonderful place for any person or horse to call home.

 

This beautiful home features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, over sized 2 car garage, extra parking in the driveway, fantastic views from the large wrap around covered porch, plantation shutters and much more.

 

 

The kitchen area is very large offering the chef of the home plenty of room to move about. There is more than ample cabinet, countertop space to make preparing those meals a treat for the cook and tile flooring make keeping things nice and clean underfoot a breeze.

 

 

The kitchen also has a nice work station built in with the cabinetry and the whole family is sure to enjoy eating meals in the huge eat in area of the kitchen overlooking the completely private back yard.

 

 

The large formal dinning room is a great space for those special occasions and holiday get-togethers. With new solid oak hardwood floors making this another eating area that is easy to keep those floors shinning. The paint throughout the home is like brand new and the home owner has done a great job keeping this home in great shape.

 

 

 

The living room is a very large space with soaring ceilings, rock gas burning fireplace & the beautiful hardwoods make this a very inviting space. No matter the occasion, formal, quiet family time, or having the whole crew over to watch the big game, this room is going to be enjoyed. There is also a pedestrian door leading out on to the huge screened in covered porch. Now that truly make this a huge space when entertaining any crowd.

 

 

The large master bedroom is on the main floor of the home and features hardwood floors, plenty of room for your bedroom pieces and lots of natural lighting. There is a door leading out to the covered rear porch placing you out to your own private oasis. The screend in area can also be accessed from this part of the rear porch. Now that is a great place to wake up to each and every day.

 

 

The master bath is a very large room, with tile flooring, lots of space around the double bowl vanities to make getting ready for the day a pleasure. Also features separate stand up shower and large, deep whirlpool tub.

 

 

On the upper level of the home the new owners are going to enjoy the new carpets, fresh paint, lots of room, the two additional bedrooms with walk in closets and some great views out the windows. The bonus room is also upstairs and features new pergo flooring. There is a nice size full bath upstairs with tile flooring and is clean as a whistle.

 

 

On the lower level area of the home in the basement there are two rooms that are heated and cooled and are quite large and they are not included in the tax record of 2864 square feet of living area. Both rooms are very usable spaces offering the home owner many options for use. In addition, there is a third large room on this basement level that is great for a work shop, storage and storm shelter. No matter the use, the space in the basement is a great space indeed.

 

 

A view of the side of the home shows the over sized two car garage, along with pedestrian door. The back yard of the home is a true sanctuary from the rest of the world.

 

 

From the great landscaping, to the wonderful views, the fantastic wrap around porch on the front and side of the home to the three separate areas of covered rear porch over looking your animals, barn, training arena and more, your family is sure to make a life of great times and memories here on Cecil Farm Rd.

 

The home is currently zoned for the Hampshire School District. According to current tax records the homes property taxes are currently just $1801.02 per year. This home and horse property is a true gem and we look forward to your visit. Please feel free to call and schedule a time for your own private showing at 931-215-8987, we are sure you will enjoy your visit.

 

Now is the time to be in the market, whether you are selling or buying, the deals are here and for sellers, this is a great time to attract buyers. The rates for buyers are at historic lows and there is demand in our market. If you are a seller, you don't want to wait until interest rates go back up pushing more buyers out of the market.

 

Please feel free to contact me for a free report and evaluation for your property, neighborhood or project.

Schedule a showing by clicking here.

 

Mt Pleasant TN Real Estate - MySearchForHomes.com Team
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Columbia Tennessee, which is The ELITE upcoming Real Estate firm in Middle Tennessee with a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in Williamson County and the surrounding Nashville area. Agents of Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes, Jim Pewitt and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents, we won't let you down. (931) 215-8987

58 Oak Valley Dr Spring Hill TN Home for Sale

Posted by Steve Manley on November 13, 2014 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

 

Welcome To 58 Oak Valley Dr Spring Hill TN

Oak Lake Estates

 

Welcome to 58 Oak Valley Dr in Spring Hill TN located in beautiful Oak Lake Estates.

 

The owners have kept the home in meticulous condition and have made a number of updates and upgrades to make this a great place to call home.

 

The home has approximately 2237 square feet of living area, has three bedrooms, 2 and a half (2.5) baths, 2 car garage and is conveniently located to shopping, dinning and entertainment. The location offers quick access to I-65 and is just minutes away from Franklin, Cool Springs and I-840.

 

 

This home is not only beautiful, it is one that is move in ready and gives the buyer additional value and piece of mind as, along with exterior siding, the air conditioning unit is only six years old. Additional recent updates include new paint, hardwood flooring, new floor vents, new "Phantom" screen door leading to deck and new oiled bronze hardware on interior doors.

 

 

The kitchen offers plenty of cabinet space and lots of room to maneuver about and has a nice pantry and a new faucet at the sink. The updated hardwood floors make it easy to keep nice and clean and the kitchen has a great eat in area as well. A pedestrian door leads out onto the large rear deck making it easy to entertain guests inside and out.

 

 

 

The formal dinning area is located just off the kitchen and also features hardwood floors, the home has also recently had all new light fixtures installed and the owners have had the AC unit serviced each year. New spring & rubber gasket on garage door also are a testament to the homeowners care of this home.

 

 

The living room is a great space with high ceilings and gas burning fireplace making it a very inviting place to spend with family and friends enjoying that quiet movie or high-fiving during the game.

 

 

The utility room is on the lower level and doing the laundry just got a lot easier with sink and plenty of cabinet space. Having a separate space with storage to keep the family in clean clothes is something many will find to be a true upgrade.

 

 

The master bedroom and bath are on the lower level of the home and the room is very large, has lots of natural lighting and wall space for you large bedroom pieces.

 

The closet features custom shelving and hanging rods, a great help in keeping everything organized and getting ready for the day less stressful. The master bath features double bowl vanities, nice big whirlpool tub and separate stand up shower.

 

 

The guest/children's bedrooms offer plenty of room and are as clean as a whistle waiting for the new occupants to call it home.

 

 

Family and guests are sure to enjoy the bonus room on the upper level. Updated carpets are underfoot and there is a huge closet in the room as well, allowing for the use as a possible bedroom. Multiple uses gives the new homeowner multiple options to get the very best use of the space for their particular needs.

 

 

The home sits on a great 1.34 acre lot with mature trees and nice landscaping. The backyard is going to be a place where many happy days and fun splashing in the sun are to be had.  The huge deck and gas grille are going to have everyone looking forward to those warm weekends with family and friends. The pool area is fenced and the pool has been updated with a new liner and pump approximately one year ago.

 

This home has a very attractive price and will not last long. Oak Lake is a great community that many find a great place to call home and you are sure to enjoy this warm home and great location.

 

Schedule a time to come and look at this home - you will be glad you did. You can reach us at 931-215-8987. We look forward to your visit.

 

Read More Informational Blogs About Spring Hill TN Happenings & Real Estate

 

Now is the time to be in the market, whether you are selling or buying, the deals are here and for sellers, this is a great time to attract buyers. The rates for buyers are at historic lows and there is demand in our market. If you are a seller, you don't want to wait until interest rates go back up pushing more buyers out of the market.

 

Please feel free to contact me for a free report and evaluation for your property, neighborhood or project.

 

Schedule a showing by clicking here.

 

Spring Hill TN Real Estate - Steve Manley of EXIT Realty Music City
Our Team is part of Exit Realty in and around Franklin and Spring Hill Tennessee. We are a dedicated group of talented agents specializing in all aspects of Real Estate from Land/Lots to Estate homes. Our Team can help you Sell your home or help you find the right home in Williamson County and the surrounding Nashville area. Agents Steve Manley, Destiny Holmes & Jim Pewitt and the rest of the team will make sure you get the BEST Price if selling and the BEST Deal if buying. Please don't hesitate to call one of our talented agents: we won't let you down. (931) 215-8987

 

 

The Relocation Engineer's Story in Franklin TN

Posted by Mike Grumbles on November 4, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


The Relocation Engineer in Williamson County will ENGINEER your NEXT MOVE in Williamson County, Tennessee including Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill and beyond. Whether buying as a first time home-owner, moving up or down, or buying property as an investment we can assist you in the buying and selling of your home. We specialize in optimizing and engaging a well devised online marketing system to sell homes in Brentwood and Franklin, Tennessee.  The Relocation Engineer is a the lead member of The Grumbles Team at EXIT Realty of the South.  Engineering Your Next Move means we employ systems and action plans that have been proven over years and are continuously improved to create the best experience for our customers.  Systems don't fail and we make sure that your purchase or sale will run smoothly.  I received my engineering degree from Clemson University in 1993 as a Mechanical Engineer and went on to pursue my dream career in the automotive industry working for Honda Research and Development.  I was trained in many of the process improvement models of the Japanese culture and even made multiple visits to Japan.  I later worked for one of the largest domestic automotive suppliers in the US. I learned customer service and quality control and I utilize those skills to provide a superior sales process flow whether buying or selling a Franklin home.  We operate multiple websites including www.FranklinTNRealEstateGuide.com, www.RelocationEngineer.com www.MikeGrumbles.com, and www.Franklin-TN-Real-Estate-blog.com and multiple social media profiles on Twitter, Vine, Facebook, Googlel+, YouTube, and more just to have a venue to market home for sale for my clients.
 

The Grumbles Team is Your Relocation Engineer, ENGINEERING YOur Next Move in Franklin, Tennessee 615-587-5843.

EXIT Realty of the South | 1227 Lakeview Dr. Suite 1 | Franklin | TN | 37067 | 615.550.5555   Each EXIT Office Independently Owned and Operated

 

Million Dollar Homes for Sale in Washington DC

Posted by Tammey Drummond on August 2, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

As of August 2nd, here are the top "Multi-Million Dollar" homes for sale in Washington DC.  


If you wish to have a comprehensive list of properties sent to you, contact us at (301) 661-6252 or check our website for market listing updates.


However, if you are interested in Selling your Home, please request a Free Market Analysis or call us so that we can conduct a property valuation to determine the best time for you to sell.


Popular neighborhoods in Washington, DC are:  Dupont Circle & Columbia Heights


 

Washington, D.C. Listings for Sale and Real Estate Services—Tammey Drummond.


Tammey is your Real Estate expert for Petworth, Columbia Heights & Dupont Circle.  You now have free access to countless neighborhoods within the nation’s capital--Ultimate Real Estate Search Engine!  Call me today and let's discuss how I can help you save when you buy, invest or sell real estate.  Exit Bennett Realty (301) 661-6252.


Looking for a new home?  Check back often to see our Featured Listings, or use my Dream Home Finder form and I'll conduct a personalized search for you.


If you're planning to sell your home in the next few months, nothing is more important than knowing a fair asking price.  I would love to help you with a FREE Market Analysis.  I’ll use comparable sold listings to help you determine the accurate market value of your home.

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$22,000,00010 beds, 11 baths26900 sq. ft.mls no. DC8108676
Single Family HomeONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY! Two landmark buildings, plus a garage/former...Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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$11,000,0009 beds, 9.5 bathsmls no. DC8374584
Single Family HomeThis elegant Georgetown mansion has a long history of hosting Senators and...Courtesy of TTR Sotheby's International Realty
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$10,500,0004 beds, 5 baths5400 sq. ft.mls no. DC8390048
Condo/TownhouseAIA award winning Hugh Newell Jacobsen masterpiece! Luxury abounds in this...Courtesy of Washington Fine Properties, LLC
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$10,000,0007 beds, 6.5 baths13300 sq. ft.mls no. DC8083381
Single Family HomeRENOWNED ARCHITECT TRAVIS PRICE, DESIGNED THIS INCREDIBLE CONTEMPORARY HOME TO BE...Courtesy of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
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$9,997,0007 beds, 9.5 bathsmls no. DC8310095
Single Family HomeNEW INCREDIBLE PRICE! Magnificent residence overlooking sprawling views of Battery...Courtesy of Washington Fine Properties, LLC
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Don't Make a Tough Situation Worse: Avoid Foreclosure Scams

Posted by Craig Summerall on July 1, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you found yourself in a difficult position?  You have lost your job, or overpaid for your home, or ended up with mounting medical bills and can no longer afford the mortgage on your Lake Murray, SC home.  If you are facing foreclosure, take a look at these helpful hints for avoiding being scammed by a bogus company.  Nothing makes a bad situation worse than finding out that the company who claimed they wanted to help you has now put you in a dire financial state.  Let us help you arm yourself against the scammers and make the best decision in a tough situation. Call us today if we can answer any questions for you, and make sure you enlist the proper people to help you as you make your way through the foreclosure process. 


Beware Foreclosure Scams
 

The worst has happened: you’ve gotten a foreclosure notice from your lender. Maybe you bit off more than you could chew when you bought the house. Maybe unexpected catastrophic medical bills ate up your savings and credit. Maybe you lost your job. Whatever the case, you’re now facing foreclosure.

You’re desperate. You don’t know where to turn. You don’t know what to do. But you see a flyer about a company that claims to be able to stop the foreclosure. Or you receive an email from a firm that “specializes” in helping foreclosure victims. Or a friend of a friend recommends you get in touch with this organization that can magically get you out of trouble.

 

Do you see the red flags? They’re everywhere.


 
Like many scams out there, foreclosure scams rely on the desperation and hopelessness of their prey. If you’re facing foreclosure, here are signs to be wary of.

 

Avoid organizations that:
 

  • Contact you instead of you contacting them. You should immediately be suspicious, because scammers research public records to find delinquent mortgage holders. If someone calls you offering to help stave off foreclosure, hang up. Don’t listen to their spiel, because they know how to play upon your desperation and fear. They know what you want to hear.
  • Advises you against getting in touch with your lender or an attorney, telling you that these entities don’t have your best interests at heart. They’ll tell you that getting in touch with your lender will just make the situation worse. They’ll say that they have a special relationship with your lender and that they’ll act as your advocate, taking care of all the details. Again, hang up.
  • Plays upon your ethnicity, religious affiliation or age, saying they “specialize” in that area. They build trust through what’s known as “affinity marketing.” You’re supposed to trust them because they’re “just like you.” They may even try to make you feel guilty if you resist their advances.
  • Requires that you sign a “Quit Claim Deed” or other document that transfers the ownership of your home to them.
  • Has numerous complaints against them with the Better Business Bureau or Internet watchdog sites.
  • Requires an up-front payment without any contract or guarantee of success in halting foreclosure.
  • Doesn’t put their promises in writing.

 
Here are some clever scams that people fall for every day.

These organizations may:
 

  1. Require you to pay an up front fee and that you sign your house over to a third party. They tell you that the foreclosure will go against the third party instead of you, so you’ll be free to buy another house with no ding on your credit. The upshot? Now the company owns your house, will bring the payments current, and there will be a foreclosure against you, not them. Because a foreclosure is recorded against the name on the lender’s promissory note—not the title holder! So now they have your house and a good chunk of your change. And you have nothing.
  2. Offers to buy the property with the intention of renting-to-own it back to you. Then the terms they come up with are impossible to meet and you lose possession of your house.
  3.  Charge huge fees to file paperwork and make phone calls that you can do yourself. You’ll lose the house anyway, be out a big chunk of change and have no recourse because they did what they said they’d do—file paperwork and make phone calls. They never said they’d stop the foreclosure.
  4.  Give you documents to sign to “bring the mortgage current”—but what you’ve actually done is sign the house over to them. This is a particular favorite for those scammers who target the elderly.

 
Bottom line: CONTACT YOUR LENDER. They want to help you. They don’t want you to lose your house, no matter what these scammers tell you.

 

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How to Manage Leads with your Real Estate CRM part 2

Posted by JohnnyMorrow on June 26, 2014 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome Back!

 

Here is the second installation of how to manage your leads with your Real Estate CRM.

 

Keep in mind these are my opinions and what has worked for me. Take all, part or none of my advice. It is up to you. 

Let’s review the first two rules Discussed in the last blog: How to Manage Leads with your Real Estate CRM 

Rule #1.  Put all leads in your database 

Rule #2.  Give yourself permission to delete bad leads.  And use it!  Read the last blog to fully understand what I mean. 

Now I have leads in my database that I have made the decision to work with.  What do I do with them.  First I want to know when they are planning on moving.  Isn't this the most important question you can have answered during that first communication?  This is going to let you know how much time and effort you will put into them now. For example, John says he is moving his family here in a month because of a job relocation.  I need to pick up the urgency and meet with him right away, after a few qualifying questions.  Now compare that to the lead that says they are considering moving in a year.  I'll take that.  But my urgency is very low.  I treat these two persons very differently.  So these are the rules I use when following up:

 

Moving in a Year 

  • I email them monthly 

o   What do I send? 

o   Properties. The area they are moving to, or from. 

o   Tips on increasing their credit score, they have time. 

o   My Lenders information and testimony 

o   All my emails have an open ended question 

  • Call them once a quarter 

o   What do I talk about? 

o   Properties in their area of choice 

o   Increasing their credit score 

o   Are the properties they are receiving giving them good information? 

Moving in 6 Months 

  • Email them monthly 

o   Same as Above 

  • Call them Once a Month 

o   Same as Above 

Moving in 3 to 6 Months 

  • Email them bi-weekly 

o   Same as Above 

  • Call them Once a Month 

o   Same as Above 

I also try and meet all these folks that are more than 3 months out face to face at least once.  I do this by inviting them to the office.  Many times to go over their credit report, if I have it, or to view homes in the area they are considering.  Just some reason to meet them face to face.  I find that if I have shaken hands with them, the chances of them being my client goes way up, unless I don't like them.  As I email them and speak with them, I sometimes delete them, if it is not going to work out.

 

Now we are down to the moment of truth. The people that are moving in less than 3 months.  This is the gold.  All the other folks we are sorting through, to get to these guys.  Those moving in the next three months.  This is where my mortgage is paid.  This is vacation money.  This makes wifey happy, at least in my world.

 

These are my rules for these folks. 

  • Get them in the office ASAP.
  • If they can't get in the office, go meet them.
  • Have their loan done. 
  • The properties I am sending them, they must be opening them
  • I have to like them 

 

By having these rules, I find out who is going to move forward with me, and who is not.  If they are delaying, being wishy washy and wasting my time, I will call them out on it.  In a very nice way.  If they are unwilling to do the things at this point, 3 months or less, then they are not that serious.  I encourage you to only work with the folks who are serious.  If they will not have their loan done, they are not serious.  If they will not meet me at the office or a property, they are likely not serious.  If they are not opening the property emails I send them, they are likely not serious.  So find out.  And if they are not, DELETE. 

 

Did you notice there are not a lot of different things that I do?  The process is pretty much the same for all leads, just the time between contacts decreases.  I find if I do this, I can master these conversations and make sense to the prospects.  If I try to do too much, I have less time to generate and follow up with leads.  I don't have to be there best friend, I have to be competent.

 

Because what I do is so simple, I don't need a complicated Real Estate CRM that has 100 different functions.  I just need one that gets the job done.

 

Track the Lead is a real estate CRM system along the lines of top producer, realty juggler, salesforce, all clients, market leader, zoho and many others. It may be true that many of these have more functionality, none of them are as simple. Go To Trackthelead.com/trial and give them a try.  Oh and by the way, I am a co-owner of Track The Lead


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