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Liniger Among Top 2015 Real Estate Leaders

Annual Industry Rankings Recognize Liniger As Powerful Influencer

Back in the role of CEO, Dave Liniger is named by industry insiders as an exceptional leader, recognized by the Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200) and Inman’s list of 33 People Who are Changing the Real Estate Industry. Both sources cite Liniger’s impressive impact on the real estate industry over decades, paying respect to the man who unquestionably revolutionized the industry and acknowledging Liniger’s unprecedented tenacity during the 42-year history of the RE/MAX organization.

 

“It’s always humbling to be recognized by your peers in an industry that you’re so passionate about. But there’s still plenty of work to be done and I’m excited to be working with great RE/MAX brokers and agents, even after 40-plus exciting years,” says Dave Liniger, CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of RE/MAX, LLC.

 

According to its website, the SP200 considered over 1,000 individuals noting several factors including a person’s tenure in the industry, personal influence and the decision-making power of their office. Other RE/MAX leaders recognized by the SP200 are:

 

• Vinnie Tracey, President, RE/MAX, LLC

• Walter Schneider, President and Co-Founder, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic

• John Collopy, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Results

• Pierre Titley, President, RE/MAX Quebec

• Chad Ochsner, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX Alliance

• James O’Bryon, Co-owner, President/CEO, RE/MAX Gold

• Russ Newcomer, Executive Vice President, RE/MAX Equity Group

• Charlie Bengel, CEO, RE/MAX Allegiance

• Sandra Sanders, President, RE/MAX Estate Properties

 

The Inman list of 33 People Who are Changing the Real Estate Industry focuses on leaders who are poised to make change and are taking actions to do so. Liniger has been recognized for his outstanding leadership before by Inman, making the list of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders in 2014 and 2013 and winning the People’s Choice Most Influential Real Estate Leader in 2012 for garnering the largest popular vote total in the history of the online survey. This year Liniger makes a much more exclusive list of influencers and is among a mix of tech giants, franchisors and powerful brokers, demonstrating his significant standing in any crowd.

 
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Chamber Names Diplomat and Member

 
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First-time homebuyers win $10K in contest

 

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While Emanuel and Tiffany Phillips were searching for their new house, they ended up with a surprise bonus: $10,000.

The Phillips live in Florence, and found their dream home in Burlington, but they have not yet closed on the new home.

Emanuel Phillips said their Realtor, Frank Littrell of RE/MAX in Florence, encouraged them to sign up for The Great Home Giveaway through his website, bit.ly/1wdPiCP.

“I didn’t think I was going to win anything, but hey, why not sign up for it? And I won,” he said. “It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it but it did happen.”

Littrell is one of more than 200 real estate agents nationwide who are participating in The Great Home Giveaway, which has given away $10,000 every two weeks since June. In February, the sweepstakes will choose a $100,000 grand prize winner. The site is accepting entries until Jan. 31. No purchase is necessary.

The sweepstakes is sponsored by Commissions Inc. and First Option Mortgage LLC.

Littrell, as a member of Commissions Inc., joined the giveaway because he thought it would be great if one of his clients won.

“They’ve given away $10,000 to 10 different families,” he said. “It’s geared toward people who are serious about buying a home, but it’s open to anyone.”

Megan Spray, vice president of corporate marketing and operations for Commissions Inc., said she hopes more people enter to win.

“We’re just trying to give back to local area home buyers, and our biggest grand prize of $100,000 is coming up in early February,” she said. “We’re encouraging as many people as we can to jump on board with that to see if they can win the big prize.”

Littrell said he and another Realtor, Leah Kordenbrock, worked with the Phillips over several months, and surprised them with an oversize check just before Christmas when they won.

Emanuel Phillips said finding their new home was already a win for them, as first-time homebuyers, but the money was also appreciated.

“Everything we had, we invested in our home,” he said. “It’s kind of a fixer-upper, so we have to put a little money into it, so it came in handy.”

He said they’re going to purchase new appliances and finish some projects with the winnings.

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This article originally appeared at Cincinnati.com.

 
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Listen to your Realtor: Pros hone tips, tricks that sell

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Realtor Cornelia Gregory has advice for anyone who wants to sell a house. Bake a batch of cookies. Or some bread.

“That’s what one client did. Every time people stepped in, it smelled so wonderful,” said Gregory, affiliate broker for Century 21 in Robertson County.

Even the aroma of frozen, slice-and-bake cookie dough can help a house make a good first impression with a potential buyer.

“It’s so simple, but effective,” she said.

Making a house stand out from the first day it is listed for sale is more important than ever, said Judy Rockensock, a RE/MAX Realtor in Mt. Juliet.

Some sellers may be convinced the market is so hot all they have to do is name their price and wait for the offers to come in, but even older homes have to be in like-new condition, she said.

“New construction is their competition. Their home has to show as well as a model home,” said Rockensock.

She goes over a 75-point checklist when preparing a house for sale. Gregory’s has 40 items on it. Realtors across the Nashville region have developed their own lists of tips and to-dos to help homes sell quickly and for the best possible price.

Think about the places in your home you never see, said Rockensock.

“Dust the top of your refrigerator. You may have a tall buyer,” she said.

Updates pay off

Richard Bryan, a Realtor for Fridrich & Clark Realty, said something as simple as new bathroom faucets can make a big difference.

“People want move-in ready homes, like a model home. Buyers are very savvy and know what’s out there, and the Internet and HGTV have raised expectations,” he said.

Updates are always worthwhile, said Bryan.

“Go ahead and do it. Even if you don’t sell the house, you get to enjoy it,” he said.

That’s what Dave and Kathy Putler did with their house at 3011 Burt’s Xing in Springfield. Over the past few years, they remodeled the baths and installed granite countertops and a backsplash in the kitchen. They hung new cabinets in the laundry room and refinished the hardwood floors.

“We knew we weren’t going to be in the house forever,” said Dave Putler, but they wanted to make updates they would enjoy and that would add value to the house when they decided to sell.

They are clients of Gregory, the Century 21 affiliate broker.

“Cornelia’s advice was to make it look as nice as we can,” said Dave Putler.

Make it easy for buyers

When the couple put the house on the market two months ago, Gregory suggested one more change. The dining room wall had a stenciled design painted on it. It was attractive, but in online photos, it looked like wallpaper. That discouraged potential buyers.

“People said ‘No, I don’t want to have to remove wallpaper,’ ” said Gregory.

She advised the Putlers to repaint their dining room and expects the home to sell in a reasonable amount of time.

Some items on Gregory’s checklist don’t cost anything but still help a house make a good first impression. Wash the windows and clean the carpets. Set out a year’s worth of utility bills for buyers to review. Open the curtains. And, don’t take it personally, but potential buyers don’t want to meet you. Leave before they arrive.

“They won’t look as seriously if you’re sitting there. They won’t look in the closets or the pantry,” she said.

Buyers have high expectations and expect the homes they see to be in top shape, so sellers have a choice, said Chris Mannino, affiliate broker for the Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Either have the house in great shape or price it down,” said Mannino. “Either update or you’re really giving it away for a lower price.”

This article originally appeared in The Tennessean.

 
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RE/MAX Again Ranked #1 Real Estate Franchise

Franchise 500® Measures Franchisor Strength, Stability and Growth

RE/MAX, the #1 name in real estate, holds the top position for a third consecutive year among real estate brands in the prestigious 36th annual 2015 Franchise 500® survey by Entrepreneur magazine. This year’s ranking also marks the 12th time in 16 years that RE/MAX has been listed as the top franchisor in the real estate category.

 

“We’re pleased and honored to be recognized among such well-respected franchising powerhouses,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman and Co-Founder. “We take pride in the many advantages RE/MAX provides to our franchisees, including global brand recognition and more than 40 years of operational expertise.”

 

Entrepreneur magazine’s annual survey reveals the impact of the newest trends and the industries poised for growth. It measures companies based on quantifiable methods, such as financial strength and stability, growth rate, size, number of years in business, length of time offering franchising opportunities, startup costs and financing options. More than 927 companies were considered for the top 500 ranking. RE/MAX was listed among highly-recognized businesses, including 7-Eleven, Inc., McDonald’s and The UPS Store.

 

In 2014, Entrepreneur magazine also ranked RE/MAX the top real estate franchise in a three separate categories; Fastest Growing, Global and Low-Cost.

 

RE/MAX received a number of other industry recognitions last year. In October, it was honored as the only real estate franchise for the seventh consecutive year in the “Top 50 Franchises for Minorities” compiled by the World Franchising Network and featured in USA Today. The same month, RE/MAX was also named the number one real estate franchise in the 2014 Franchise Times Top 200.

 
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Prioritize your homebuyers’ wish lists

Some features are worth sacrificing

When searching for that dream home, most buyers want to find one they love and can see themselves living in happily for years to come. In my experience, most buyers prefer homes that are move-in ready with minimal upkeep. Most buyers start that search online; they know what they are looking for, and many times they know roughly the price range they can afford.

Oftentimes, however, those two things come into conflict as buyers get closer to finding the right home. I see this frequently where a buyer starts out working with 65 to 75 percent of their loan prequalification number in order to be prudent and financially responsible by not seeking the most expensive home they could possibly buy. Then, inevitably, when they can’t find what they want for the money they want to spend, they start edging up on the listing price to find those homes with the amenities and finishing touches that they are seeking.

 

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At this point, I always encourage a buyer to ask the question for themselves: “Where will I have to compromise?” Will you have to let go of the pool to fit into your price range? Maybe less hardwood flooring and no granite in the kitchen — or are these a must? Will you land in a home that’s a bit smaller in order to be in a better school district? Can you pay a bit more to be closer to recreational resources, such as parks?

The National Association of Realtors posed these questions to homebuyers to find out where compromises had been made on home purchases over the past year. The results, which can be found in NAR’s 2014 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, showed that while a third of buyers said they did not compromise at all, most let go of something that had been on their wish list.

What was the biggest area of compromise? It was on the price of the home. Almost 1 in 4 respondents negotiated what they ended up spending on a property. Close behind on the list of compromises was the size of the home — 20 percent of buyers reported compromising on size. Other areas noted included lot size, the condition of the home, the commute to work and friends or family, and the quality or age of the neighborhood.

This past year, my wife and I had a chance to buy once again. We did the same things most of the buyers in this report did in terms of going through the process. We looked at the inventory of available homes and school districts, and ended up buying a smaller home in a newer subdivision located in the highest-rated school district in our market. My new neighbor told me, “We ended up paying more for this house on a slab foundation than if we had bought on the other end of the county, because we wanted these schools.”

Schools are about the only thing this subdivision is close to! It is a longer drive to work, church, dining out and shopping, but schools are driving the area and people are coming. For agents, I think it is key to know the area rankings on local schools, as this is probably the one area where most of my buyers will not negotiate when finding a home. Buyers will know schools by scores or rankings and reputation, so it is imperative that you can be the area expert and know them just as well! If there are school-age children in the home (or there will be in the next couple of years), school districts are vitally important to buyers.

You can start to help your clients adjust their expectations (or their price range) by reminding them that everyone goes through the same process. We start with what we want to invest into a home purchase, we make a wish list of criteria for that next home, and then we have to make adjustments to one or the other. Discover which areas are most negotiable, and you will be able to focus on how to help them achieve their goals more effectively.

Hank Bailey is an associate broker with RE/MAX Legends and a Realtor for more than a decade who provides buyer’s agent representation and seller listing services related to residential real estate. This article originally appeared on Inman News.

 

 
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Service industry skills serve new realtor well

Alana Barnett
Affiliate broker, RE/MAX Elite
278 Franklin Road, Brentwood
615-856-8258
www.buyorselltn.com

Years in business: One year

Describe the company and explain what makes it unique. How did you become involved in real estate? I was ready for a change after working as a bartender in Las Vegas for years. My experience in the service industry helped me develop my customer service skills, and I carried that experience with me into the hard and challenging work of real estate.

I chose real estate because it’s exciting and fulfilling, but my background in service helps me earn business and referrals.

I chose RE/MAX because of its recognizable brand and strong track record for results. I chose to work with RE/MAX Elite in Brentwood because of the positive energy flowing through those halls. It has made us one of the top producing teams!

Where in the Nashville region are you active? I’m actively working in East Nashville, 12South and its surrounding areas, and Brentwood. I’m educating myself on other areas every day.

When selling a home, what can the owner do to maximize its value? To get the best offer for your home, I suggest a fresh coat of paint, changing out any old faucets, possibly changing out old countertops and upgrading to granite.

Spending a little in the kitchen goes along way. Change old worn carpet for either new carpet or hardwoods. Hardwoods are more popular these days.

You must declutter, including your closets. Make things look fresh by adding a new coat of paint, laying down some fresh grout, replacing leaky faucets, oiling squeaky doors, sealing any cracks, and deep cleaning the walls, baseboards, windows and doors. Also, try to find a place for pets to stay for showings.

How is technology changing the way people buy and sell houses? Having info on a property at the click of a button makes it faster and easier to get it to my clients.

Contracts can be filled out with electronic signatures, which saves inconveniences for all parties involved. Being able to market my clients’ homes on the web through so many avenues is great, for guaranteed exposure to so many buyers.

What features are the most popular with today’s buyers? Hardwoods throughout, fun and functional kitchen faucets, granite and marble countertops, not only in the kitchen but all wet areas. Crown and base molding and trim work, especially in the dining area. Big, open windows and open-concept living areas.

What is the hallmark of the service you provide to your clients? I believe you get back what you put into something, so doing my absolute best every time is the only option for success in this career.

I do that by going above and beyond every time and ensuring a smooth and seamless experience from start to finish. I hope that kind of experience makes them feel they’ve made the right choice in using me as their Realtor.

Helping clients achieve their goal of home ownership is such a fantastic feeling. I want to help my clients build wealth for themselves and create a stronger, more progressive community.

This article originally appeared in The Tennessean.

 
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RE/MAX of Southern Ohio – December 2014 Market Trend Report

January 15, 2015 (Alpharetta, GA) – December homes sales rose November by 14.4%, and sales were 3.9% above in December 2013. The Median Sales Price of all homes sold in December was $196,000, which means home prices rose 5.9%. The inventory of homes is constrained, with 10.7% fewer homes for sale than December 2013. The Months Supply of Inventory rose to 5.7 on a scale where 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

 

According to CEO, Chairmain and Co-Founder of RE/MAX, LLC, Dave Liniger, “After a sluggish start, it’s nice to see the year end on a positive note. Even though we’re well into the winter months, homebuyers felt confident enough to enter the market in greater numbers than just one month ago. And with prices rising at a much slower rate than last year, sellers continue to increase their equity, while buyers don’t feel priced out of the market.”

 

For more information about your market check out the full Market Trend reports based on local MLS data:

 

 

Every market is local! Contact a local RE/MAX of Southern Ohio real estate agent for details on your neighborhood.

 

The National Housing Report by RE/MAX, LLC reports on 52 major markets and generalizes the nation’s housing industry.

 
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RE/MAX of Kentucky – December 2014 Market Trend Report

January 15, 2015 (Alpharetta, GA) – December homes sales rose November by 14.4%, and sales were 3.9% above in December 2013. The Median Sales Price of all homes sold in December was $196,000, which means home prices rose 5.9%. The inventory of homes is constrained, with 10.7% fewer homes for sale than December 2013. The Months Supply of Inventory rose to 5.7 on a scale where 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

 

According to CEO, Chairmain and Co-Founder of RE/MAX, LLC, Dave Liniger, “After a sluggish start, it’s nice to see the year end on a positive note. Even though we’re well into the winter months, homebuyers felt confident enough to enter the market in greater numbers than just one month ago. And with prices rising at a much slower rate than last year, sellers continue to increase their equity, while buyers don’t feel priced out of the market.”

 

For more information about your market check out the full Market Trend reports based on local MLS data:

 

 

Every market is local! Contact a local RE/MAX of Kentucky real estate agent for details on your neighborhood.

 

The National Housing Report by RE/MAX, LLC reports on 52 major markets and generalizes the nation’s housing industry.

 
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RE/MAX of Tennessee – December 2014 Market Trend Report

January 15, 2015 (Alpharetta, GA) –December homes sales rose November by 14.4%, and sales were 3.9% above in December 2013. The Median Sales Price of all homes sold in December was $196,000, which means home prices rose 5.9%. The inventory of homes is constrained, with 10.7% fewer homes for sale than December 2013. The Months Supply of Inventory rose to 5.7 on a scale where 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

 

According to CEO, Chairmain and Co-Founder of RE/MAX, LLC, Dave Liniger, “After a sluggish start, it’s nice to see the year end on a positive note. Even though we’re well into the winter months, homebuyers felt confident enough to enter the market in greater numbers than just one month ago. And with prices rising at a much slower rate than last year, sellers continue to increase their equity, while buyers don’t feel priced out of the market.”

 

For more information about your market check out the full Market Trend reports based on local MLS data:

 

 

Every market is local! Contact a local RE/MAX of Tennessee real estate agent for details on your neighborhood.

 

The National Housing Report by RE/MAX, LLC reports on 52 major markets and generalizes the nation’s housing industry.

 
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