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RE/MAX Launches #TheRightHome National Sweepstakes Benefitting CMN Hospitals

ALPHARETTA (Georgia) – September 2, 2014 – RE/MAX will award one winner a cash prize to find their right home while raising awareness and support for national charity organization Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® (CMN Hospitals®). #TheRightHome kicked off Aug. 18, as a month-long consumer sweepstakes.

 

The grand-prize winner of #TheRightHome Sweepstakes will receive $5,000 toward investing in their right home, along with a $5,000 matched donation given in their name to the local CMN Hospital.

 

There are six hospitals throughout Georgia who partner with the Children’s Miracle Network:

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah
  • Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Augusta
  • Midtown Medical Center, Columbus
  • Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany
  • The Children’s Hospital at the medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon

 

“TheRightHome Sweepstakes will not only assist someone in finding a home that’s right for them, but also will raise awareness of the needs of sick and injured children,” said Mike Reagan, RE/MAX Senior Vice President, Business Alliances. “Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals treat more than 10 million children each and every year and we’re extremely honored to support them in yet another way.”

 

Now through September 18, 2014, participants can enter for a chance to win online at www.hgtv.com/therighthome. There is a limit of one entry per person, per day for legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and D.C. who are 21 years or older at the time of entry.

 

RE/MAX Associates have raised more than $130 million for CMN Hospitals since 1992, making it one of the charity’s top donors. With $130 million in donations, CMN Hospitals is able to provide essential care to children, such as 200 million preemie-sized diapers, 25 million baby blankets, 20,000 pediatric wheelchairs, 1,786 Giraffe OmniBed incubators, 1,370 yearlong rounds of cancer treatment and 432 bone marrow transplants.

 

#TheRightHome Sweepstakes coincides with the third annual RE/MAX “Month of Miracles” that also is being held during the month of August. Throughout August, RE/MAX Miracle Agents, Offices and Teams are encouraged to make a donation to local CMN Hospitals after each closed residential or commercial property sale. One-Hundred percent of the donations made by RE/MAX Associates during the Month of Miracles and year-round stay local and help fund life-saving treatments, medical equipment and valuable research for 170 member hospitals across the U.S. and Canada.

 

Use #TheRightHome to join the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 
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New Ownership for Local ReMax Franchise with Old Ownership Presence Still Existing

Carolyn Wedding takes over as new Broker/Owner of ‘On the Move’

Cincinnati, OH— August 21, 2014—Newly licensed Broker, Carolyn Wedding, has taken over ownership of ReMax On the Move from David Biederman. After 3 years of ownership, Beiderman looks forward to the next phase concentrating on taking his team to the next level and meeting the needs of his many loyal clients.

Biederman has been a successful agent and broker for over 39 years, and uses the concepts of unity and teamwork to help many young agents get their business grounded long before it was common place in the industry. Carolyn and her son Mike were partners for many years in the Wedding Home Team   servicing the Westside area, until she transitioned to On the Move, where she has excelled to take over ownership.

“I am excited to dedicate my life to ReMax and this business,” says Broker/Owner, ReMax On the Move, Carolyn Wedding, “We are so excited to still have David’s enthusiasm and knowledge in the office and I look forward to working with him as a mentor and confidant within my new business.”

On the Move is a full service agency, specializing in residential real estate in the Northwest areas of Cincinnati. On the Move and its agents pride themselves in offering many benefits and marketing tools, while keeping agents expenses low for all customers.

David Biederman, Carolyn Wedding and their entire team, embrace the ReMax concept and hope to introduce other agents in the area to the many benefits of being in the ReMax organization. ReMax On the Move is located at 3554 Blue Rock Rd in White Oak and also in the Clock Tower at Winton and Nilles Rd, Fairfield, OH.

For more information please visit www.onthemove.remax-ohio.com or call 513-385-2424.

 
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Families look to Smyrna for place to call home

(Photo: Jae S. Lee / The Tennessean)

Chris and Tracey Ormes thought about buying their next house in one of the fast-growing neighborhoods in Spring Hill or Murfreesboro, but that would have meant moving their family away from a place they love — Smyrna.

“It’s a great community, and Smyrna is on an upswing,” Chris said.

The couple and their three children moved into their four-bedroom house in the Stonewood subdivision in June. They moved from a three-bedroom home in another neighborhood in this city on the northern edge of Rutherford County.

They weren’t alone in choosing Smyrna. At the end of June, 340 homes had been sold in Smyrna so far this year. That number was down slightly from 362 closings by that time in 2013, but the average price was higher. This year the typical home sold for $165,809. Last year the average price was $155,244, according to Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors.

Houses are selling faster, as well. During the first six months of this year, it took an average of 63 days to sell a house. Last year, the typical house was on the market for 72 days.

Prices are rising because the supply of homes can’t keep pace with demand from local move-up buyers like the Ormeses and from people relocating to Smyrna, said Sheila Prince, a Realtor with Bob Parks Realty. The city’s population was 43,063 last year, up from just under 40,000 in the 2010 census.

“If a property looks good and is priced right, it will sell quickly,” she said.

Smyrna’s lure

Home buyers are making Smyrna their destination of choice for a variety of reasons, Prince said. The city’s location along Interstate 24 and state Route 840 makes for quick commutes to downtown Nashville and to Franklin. Rutherford County’s schools attract young families like the Ormeses.

Smyrna’s low cost of living appeals to retirees. So does the presence of TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center. Others are attracted by the strong economy, jobs at Nissan (which employs more than 7,000 workers) and with other local employers.

“We have a good job market and home prices and the cost of living are low. The lake is an added plus,” Prince said, referring to nearby Percy Priest Lake.

Homebuilders like Ole South Properties Inc. are working to meet the demand. Ole South, one of the region’s largest builders, is active in the Belmont and Lee Crossing subdivisions. Prices for townhomes begin at $110,000. Single-family homes start at $160,000, said Vice President Charles Jeter.

“With the lack of affordable housing in Davidson and Williamson counties, we’re getting people looking for a house they can afford,” he said. “And it’s a very convenient spot.”

Neighborhood speculation

Regent Homes is building ranch-style homes in the Lenox of Smyrna subdivision to meet demand from retirees who want single-level floor plans. The company also offers no-step entries.

Regent was building townhomes in the subdivision, when it recognized growing demand from home buyers who preferred not to take the stairs.

“It’s estimated that 75 percent (of retirees) have hip, back or knee problems,” said David McGowan, Regent’s president.

Regent has built 100 homes in Lenox of Smyrna so far, with prices ranging from $180,000 to $260,000. The company plans to build a total of 225 homes in the subdivision, he said.

Texas-based D.R. Horton Inc., the country’s largest homebuilder, plans to build at least 46 homes in the Woodmont subdivision. That number could increase to a total of 63 houses, said Andy Oxley, the company’s manager in Middle Tennessee.

The company begins about half of the houses on speculation, meaning construction starts before a buyer is found. Those homes don’t stay on the market for long, Oxley said.

“Most of the speculative homes are put under contract before completing construction,” he said.

D.R. Horton’s homes range from 1,800 to almost 3,500 square feet. They include ranch homes, two-story floor plans and homes with the master suite on the main floor, he said.

Smyrna is in a “sweet spot” for growth, said Debra Beagle, a Realtor with the Ashton Real Estate Group of Re/Max Elite. In some neighborhoods, she said, “you can’t build houses fast enough.”

This article originally appeared in The Tennessean.

 
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RE/MAX Offices Accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Earlier this week, RE/MAX Regional Services participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominated offices throughout our region. For every individual within each RRS RE/MAX office who accepts and participates, RE/MAX Regional Services will donate $1 to the ALSA.orgHere are the first four offices to accept our challenge!

 

 
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RE/MAX Regional Services takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

RE/MAX Regional Services has taken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! We have nominated RE/MAX offices within our Region to take the challenge as well and/or donate to www.alsa.org. - for every individual within each RRS RE/MAX office who accepts and participates, #REMAXRegionalServices will donate $1 to the Association. Click the video below to see if your office was nominated and keep the challenge going by nominating a new office. Good luck!

 

 
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Realtor Spotlight: Role of agents has evolved

Gaby LiraGabriela Lira, MBA
The Ashton Real Estate Group of Re/Max Elite
278 Franklin Road, Ste. 190, Brentwood 37027
615-440-6327 direct; 615-361-6641 office
www.nashvillesmls.com

Years in business: Three

Describe the company and explain what makes it unique. How did you become involved in real estate? The Ashton Real Estate Group is the No. 1 Re/Max team in Tennessee. Last year we sold more than 600 homes for more than $150 million. This year we are already on track to surpass that number. We are the official Realtors of the Titans and are unsurpassed in our marketing power. We have a particularly strong Internet presence.

I like being associated with the best and that is why I joined the team. I am originally from California, where I held a real estate license for five years before moving to Nashville to be closer to my family, who has lived in the area for 15 years. When I moved here, it was a no-brainer to get involved in real estate once I understood the opportunity in the Nashville market.

Where in the Nashville region are you active? I focus on the urban core of Nashville. That includes neighborhoods such as 12South, The Gulch, Belmont, Green Hills, Hillsboro Village, Sylvan Park, Germantown, East Nashville and downtown. My clients also take me to Brentwood and Franklin.

When selling a home, what can the owner do to maximize its value? There are three factors that affect the sale of a home — location, price and condition.

An owner can truly maximize the value of their home by ensuring that the home is in its best possible condition before it hits the market. When an owner contacts me about listing their home, I always perform a home condition evaluation and make recommendations based on my professional understanding of the buyer’s mentality.

There is a psychological and emotional component to buying a home, and buyers are more likely to fall in love with a clean and organized home that has been well maintained. In some cases, I bring in a home stager and some owners even opt to hire a home inspector before listing their home to avoid any surprises later in the sales process.

What advice do you have for clients who are preparing to buy a home? What steps should they take? I am a subject matter expert, more specifically a real estate expert, and when my clients hire me, a big part of my job is to educate them on the home buying process in order to help them make well-informed decisions at every step of the transaction.

I always tell them that the very first step in purchasing a home is getting their financial house in order and talking to a lender.

A good lender will evaluate not only their current financial state but also comfort level and long-term goals in order to help them decide how much they can and want to invest in a home. They will also make recommendations on different loan products to best meet their needs.

Once a buyer has been preapproved by a lender, we put together a profile of their ideal home and start house hunting.

How is technology changing the way people buy and sell houses? According to the National Association of Realtors, 90 percent of homebuyers are using the Internet toget information when purchasing a home. Technology has changed the buyer profile.

Today, buyers have immediate access to information via websites, smartphones and apps. Clients who download my app, for example, can drive around in a neighborhood, pull out their smartphone, open my app and see homes for sale pop all around them on a map and can obtain prices, size, interior photos, and then can even schedule an appointment to view the home with a simple click.

Technology has also changed the landscape for sellers. Now the first impression that a home makes will be through its online profile. Sellers often hire me because of my company’s strong online international presence. For my listings, I always provide professional photography, high-definition video tours, and for some I even use aerial photography.

Fantastic online impressions are particularly important when so many people are relocating to Nashville and often buying homes sight unseen.

Transactions are now essentially paperless as contracts are signed electronically and shared using applications like Dropbox and Dotloop. Deals are easier and faster. Agents have increased accountability because buyers and sellers can rate your performance online to be seen by thousands of people.

It has forced agents to re-evaluate their value proposition, and strong negotiation skills, for example, are much more important than sending information a client can obtain on their own via the Internet.

What features are the most popular with today’s buyers? I have noticed that today’s buyers are attracted to neighborhoods that are walkable and in close proximity to retail and restaurants. They also like neighborhoods that have personality, culture and a sense of community. Rooftop decks and outdoor entertainment spaces are also gaining popularity.

What is the hallmark of the service you provide to your clients? My clients are professionals and entrepreneurs with thriving or blooming careers who have active family and social lives. They want to live in great neighborhoods that suit their lifestyle.

They are savvy and value the skills, education and professionalism that I bring to the table. They hire me because they are busy and they understand that I will use my negotiation skills and charm to ensure a successful and pleasant transaction.

 

This article originally appeared in The Tennessean.

 
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Molly McGrory with RE/MAX Town & Country Has Been Awarded the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification

August 22, 2014 (Atlanta, GA) – Molly McGrory with RE/MAX Town & Country has been awarded the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) Certification. The RSPS Certification is a nationally-recognized certification awarded by the National Association of REALTORS® to real estate professionals who wish to demonstrate and promote – to consumers and their peers alike – their expertise in the resort and second home specialty

Molly McGrory joins more than 1,600 real estate professionals who have earned the RSPS certification. REALTORS® who receive the RSPS certification have successfully completed the Resort & Second-Home Markets Coursealong with three webinars in the field of resort and second home real estate. She now joins other real estate professionals who specialize in buying, selling, or managing second homes in a resort, recreational, and/or vacation destination and properties for investment, development, or retirement.

“The RSPS certification program offers one of the most powerful networking opportunities,” said David Biechele, 2013 chair of the NAR’s Resort and Second Home Real Estate Committee and an RSPS. “You will connect with agents across the country and share your local knowledge to attain referrals. In the process you will educate yourself above your competitors by attaining insight of other second home and resort areas in the United States and abroad. You can connect through the many social media sites or in person at the Resort and Second Home Networking Reception.”

 
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RE/MAX of Georgia – July 2014 Market Trend Report

August 15, 2014 (Alpharetta, GA) – Home sales continue to rise over prior months, but remain lower than they were 12 months ago. We continue to see the normal trends occurring throughout spring and into the summer months. The Months Supply of inventory increased from last month to 4.1, where a supply of 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

 

According to CEO of RE/MAX, LLC, Margaret Kelly, “The increasing inventory of homes for sale is having a positive impact, despite some lingering challenges with lending standards, so the recovery remains in place. If the overall economy improves, history has shown that housing is likely to stay in line with long-standing seasonal trends.”

 

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 Georgia 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 Southern Ohio – July 2014 Market Trend Report

August 15, 2014 (Alpharetta, GA) – Home sales continue to rise over prior months, but remain lower than they were 12 months ago. We continue to see the normal trends occurring throughout spring and into the summer months. The Months Supply of inventory increased from last month to 4.1, where a supply of 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

 

According to CEO of RE/MAX, LLC, Margaret Kelly, “The increasing inventory of homes for sale is having a positive impact, despite some lingering challenges with lending standards, so the recovery remains in place. If the overall economy improves, history has shown that housing is likely to stay in line with long-standing seasonal trends.”

 

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 Tennessee – July 2014 Market Trend Report

August 15, 2014 (Alpharetta, GA) – Home sales continue to rise over prior months, but remain lower than they were 12 months ago. We continue to see the normal trends occurring throughout spring and into the summer months. The Months Supply of inventory increased from last month to 4.1, where a supply of 6.0 indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers.

 

According to CEO of RE/MAX, LLC, Margaret Kelly, “The increasing inventory of homes for sale is having a positive impact, despite some lingering challenges with lending standards, so the recovery remains in place. If the overall economy improves, history has shown that housing is likely to stay in line with long-standing seasonal trends.”

 

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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