10 tips to help your child successfully transition to a new school

kids - 3.jpgYikes! School starts in North Texas soon! Whether you’re new to the area … or new to your neighborhood … or your child is attending a new school, it’s a fact that transitioning can be difficult for kids.

There are things you can do before and during your child’s switching to a new school to help them feel comfortable, and get used to their new environment.

  1. Talk it out: Ask your child questions like what are you most excited about for your first day of school? What are you worried about? The way you talk about going to a new school will shape how your child views it.
  2. Replicate first day of school traditions: Continue on with former traditions like making a special breakfast for the first day, or planning a stop at the library, or a visit to grandma’s house after school. Offer your child a little extra TLC and minimize changes within the home.
  3. Make new friends early:Take advantage of the time before school starts. If possible let your child join a sports team or attend a day camp where they can make friends that go to their new school, and have these friends over for a play date.
  4. Take a test run: Do a practice first day of school and take your child to their bus stop or drive them to school. If possible arrange to meet their teachers before school starts and have a tour of the new school. Make teachers and administrators aware of the last school your child went to and ask if they have any helpful suggestions.
  5. Stock up on school supplies:Choosing their own backpack, lunchbox, binder or clothes might help your child feel more confident and in control on their first day.
  6. Be involved:If possible volunteer at your child’s school or help out with a school sport or club. Try to take an active role in their school environment and get to know your child’s friends and the other parents.
  7. Be patient: During a transition phase, your child may be quieter than ever, or begin to question everything. They might have more attitude than they normally do. Remember they’re reacting to a new environment, and you shouldn’t change your standards for how they’re expected to behave, but they will need time to adjust.
  8. Play school: Try role playing with your child before school starts. They can be the teacher and you can be the student. This helps them think about what these respective roles mean, and they’ll get to play with the concept of school, and see it as a fun scenario.
  9. Don’t miss out on ZZZs: During a stressful time, anxiety can make sleep difficult. Sleep deprivation can adversely affect mood and academic performance. Routine is really important during a high stress time of change. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep!
  10. Remain vigilant and watch for signs of strain and stress. Look out for these signs your child needs some help adjusting to their new school:
  • repeatedly refusing to go to school
  • throwing tantrums whenever school is mentioned
  • recurring meltdowns when you try to bring them to school
  • suffering separation anxiety and needing you more than they have in recent months or years
  • changes in sleeping or eating habits

If you notice your child’s showing signs of poor transitioning, it’s important to talk to them about it, and to meet with their teachers and administrators so you can work to target the sources of your child’s discomfort. School guidance counselors and school psychologists can also help with difficult transitions. They can sometimes designate a faculty member as a contact person with whom you can communicate. The school may even be able to pair your child with a “buddy” like a built in friend who is comfortable in the school already.

Source: Pathways.org

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Rosemary’s Rubies August 18th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

It’s Back to School for some of our agent parents!  In preparation of school, I hope you will take some time this weekend to enjoy your kiddos before the hectic school routines begin.  I have noticed that many working moms and dads are already celebrating by way of brunches, spa days, neighborhood gatherings, etc.  Parents are gaining their days and sanity back! 1f600
 
I am not forgetting about our agents that are empty-nesters or have grown children.  I am now in this category.  The world is our oyster!  We have our daily routines as well and can be more flexible with our time and money. 
 
We hope to see many of you back at the office as you continue your business routines or ramp back up from taking some Summer time off.  We need you so we can meet our $1 Billion Dollar Sales Goal!!!!!  We have many opportunities waiting for you at the office so please come by and talk with us.  Sometimes it is hard to get back into the groove and we are here to help.
 
Paint the Town Red is this Sunday and you can host an open house or visit some.  Please utilize our office Facebook page, Dallas Metro North Agents, if you are looking for opportunities.  Don’t let the Back to School stigma affect you or your business.  The market is good and there are plenty of buyers and sellers for the taking.  Take your unfair share!
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New Notice Added to the Seller’s Disclosure on Sept 1st*

Governor Abbott Has Signed HB 890

HB 890 amends the Seller’s Disclosure to add a general notice that a property may be located near a military installation and/or in a zone where high operational noise levels or installation compatible use restrictions may apply. The notice also directs a potential buyer to a local area impact study to obtain more information.  

Home buyers should specifically be made aware of the large number of highly-valued military installations in various locations across Texas and the potential impact of each facility’s operations on any nearby housing.  This added notice attempts to accomplish both of these goals.  

A revised TREC Seller Disclosure Notice form containing this new requirement will be available on the TREC website prior to September 1, 2017.

*If you take a listing on or after Sept. 1st, the sellers must complete this new Seller’s Disclosure.  Our compliance department will be looking for this and will not accept any outdated Seller’s Disclosure on or after Sept. 1st
 
Please update any of your saved templates to ensure you have the correct form!
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Creating Outstanding Realtors for Excellence –  is a fast track program to provide agents with the foundation needed to launch their business, and get off to a fast, exciting start in real estate!

This 90 minute orientation class covers how, what, when and where details necessary to get your Real Estate business started with Dallas Metro North.  You will be introduced to “Path to Success“. Path to Success is your first 100 days business guide.

Cinda Knight, Productivity Coach, facilitates this class and program.  If you have questions about the CORE program, Cinda’s email is cinda@kw.com.

If you want to build your profit share tree, this is also an excellent recruiting tool for you so come & check it out!

 

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More Training Events This Week! 

 

Monday, August 21st 2017 ~ 10:00-12:00 ~ One-on-One Mentoring with ALC* ~ Lori Lesnansky, Missy Phipps, Stephanie Carter 

* Stop by Stephanie & Missy’s office door to sign up for a slot! 

Monday, August 21st 2017 ~ 1:00-1:30 ~ Fishing for Leads (CGI Call)

Tuesday, August 22nd 2017 ~ 2:00-3:00 ~ Working With Investors ~ Anne Lakusta

Thursday, August 24th 2017 ~ 9:00-12:00 ~ Tech and New Agent Orientation* ~ Sarah Bordelon and Rosemary Croney

*Join Sarah and Rosemary for tech tips and an overview of Policies & Procedures.  Not just for new agents.

Thursday,  August 24th 2017 ~ 12:00-1:00 ~ Keller Mortgage ~ Anna McKissack 

Thursday, August 24th 2017 ~ 1:30-3:00 ~ Michael Lewis Marketing Suite~ Sarah Bordelon 

 


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What’s the GOOD News for August?

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Green Energy gains “power” in North Texas! In July 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the cities of Houston, Dallas, and Austin for being among the largest green-power users among local governments across the nation.  Austin is also GreenEnergy2the largest city in the country to have 100% of all city-owned buildings and facilities powered by renewable energy resources.  And now JP Morgan Chase announced this month that in Texas, 75% of JPMorgan Chase’s facilities will run on wind energy by the end of this year. That covers 584 branches and 8 million square feet, including a new 1.2 million-square-foot Plano campus. This announcement is in addition to the General Motors assembly plant in Arlington which will be the first facility of its kind powered entirely by wind energy by year end 2018.  Facebook’s new data center in Fort Worth is also powered by a wind farm about 90 miles away.  And 7-Eleven announced in April 2017 that it would buy wind energy for 425 Texas stores in the state’s competitive energy markets.  IKEA also has rooftop solar on 90% of its US locations, including the newest Grand Prairie location.  The new headquarters of Toyota will be partially powered by the sun, with an estimated 25% of the building’s energy needs supplied by onsite solar panels. Green energy is gaining “power” in North Texas.

Facebook2Facebook Data Center Opens in Fort Worth. The first of what will be five Fort Worth Facebook data centers officially came online in May 2017, while the rest of the $1 billion construction project continues around it. That means Facebook apps and services are now being brought to users, regionally first and to a lesser extent worldwide, from tens of thousands of servers housed off Texas 170 in the Alliance Texas development.  When completed, the Fort Worth site will be Facebook’s largest data center to date, four buildings connected to form two “H” shapes, plus one standalone center, for a total of 20 data halls on nearly 150 acres. The Fort Worth site is Facebook’s fifth data center site in the U.S., with projects under construction in New Mexico and Nebraska as well.

OpTic2Professional eSports Team OpTic Gaming relocates to Dallas. OpTic Gaming (AKA The Green Wall) is a professional eSports team, and it plans to relocate from Chicago, Illinois to Dallas, Texas in the next few months.  The organization has had a “team house” in the Chicago suburbs since 2013, when its Call of Duty: Black Ops II team moved in together. Several professional players and content creators have moved in since.  OpTic is one of the biggest and most well-known brands in eSports, evidenced by its 1.4 million subscribers on YouTube. The organization has a huge following in Texas alone, with viewers in the state having watched roughly 7.6 million minutes of videos on OpTic’s YouTube channel this year alone, …that translates to a total watch time of 14 years.  Currently competing in Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Gears of War, and Halo, OpTic has taken home numerous championships throughout its history.

Rental2Rental Home Company, Invitation Homes, just got larger! Two of the nation’s biggest rental home companies are combining. And one of them is in North Texas.  Dallas-based Invitation Homes — which owns more than 50,000 rental houses around the country — is buying Starwood Waypoint Homes.  Together, the firms will own more than 80,000 rental properties valued at more than $11 billion. The combined firm will be headquartered in Dallas. Invitation Homes owns nearly 50,000 houses in 13 major markets, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Northern California, Orlando, Phoenix, Seattle, Southern California and South Florida.  Starwood Waypoint Homes, based in Arizona, is one of the largest publicly traded owners and operators of single-family rental homes in the country.

NorthTexas2North Texas Realtors on track to beat previous sales record! North Texas’ housing market headed into the second half of 2017 with a double-digit sales gain. Area real estate agents sold 10,545 preowned single-family homes in July — up 11% from a year earlier.

July had the second highest home sales total ever in North Texas following the record 10,962 housed that traded in June, according to data from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University and the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems. Through the first seven months of 2017, a record 61,616 houses have sold.  If the pace of property purchases continued, North Texas will beat the all-time high of more than 100,000 homes sold in 2016.

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Area Housing Reports for July promising

Denton County Market Reports for July, 2017 indicate a robust housing market compared to this time last year. Median prices are UP, Active listings are UP, Closed Sales are UP, and homes are selling 4 days more quickly than they did in July 2016. 071178005DentonCountyCountyFlower Mound Median prices were UP 6.5% from a year ago, and Days on the Market decreased by 7 days. Flower Mound continues to be a strong sellers market.071178005FlowerMoundLocalMarketAreaIn July 2017, Lantana‘s Median Price dropped by 4.9% and Active Listings rose steeply, up 12.2% from July 2016. Days on Market averaged 23 days, down by 24 days from a year ago! 071178005LantanaLocalMarketAreaSource: July 2017 Monthly Market Reports from TAR, compiled by Greater Lewisville Association of REALTORS®.

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Rosemary’s Rubies August 11th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

It is Tax Free Weekend in Texas for school shoppers so you know what that means … school is about ready to begin again!  Tax holiday 2017 begins today and runs through Sunday, August 13th.  If you need to stock up on new clothes, footwear, school supplies, etc., this weekend is the time to do it.  You will have to deal with larger crowds but it may be worth it if you have big purchases.  The law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced below $100 from sales tax, saving shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend during the weekend according to the Texas Comptroller.  To find out what is included in Tax Free Weekend, click here:  http://www.wfaa.com/life/shopping/what-is-included-in-tax-free-weekend/460981572

 
Enjoy the Sales Tax Holiday! 
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Gaining the Email Edge with Videos*!

Snappy subject lines are a great way to improve your email open rates.  However, taking your messages one step further for engagement requires attention-getting content.  Videos are one of the best ways to bring your emails to life.  Videos are becoming more popular and we offer our agents the use of our video room.  Researchers have found that using the word “video” in an email subject line boosts open rates by 19% and click-through rates by 65%.  Moreover, when marketers included a video in an email, the click-through rate increased by 200-300%!  Here are some ways to use videos:
 
Respond to Leads – Instead of a generic auto-response message, try embedding a short and friendly (pre-recorded) introductory video into your auto response.  This gives potential clients a very comfortable, low-pressure chance to “meet” you.
 
Nurture your Leads – Once you have established that initial rapport, clients will probably be more responsive to viewing future video clips too.  Ideally, you will want to make these personalized, providing a brief follow-up on their initial inquiry.
 
Nurturing Referrals – A warm, personal video comes close to approximating face-to-face contact, making it a great way to extend birthday and holding greetings (and remain top-of-mind with your sphere of influence).  It’s also an excellent way to follow up with people you’ve met at networking events – much more impactful than only exchanging business cards!
 
Deliver Good News – You just learned that your buyers’ offer was accepted.  Imagine how they would react to your short video clip, enthusiastically delivering the news.  Communicating with excitement and best wishes “in person” is a great way to connect yourself with these positive emotions.  Similarly, video is an excellent way to express gratitude.  The words “thank you” sound much more sincere when accompanied by a smiling, appreciative face.
 
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If your real estate and open house signs are not in compliance per my July 28th Rosemary’s Rubies, please stop by my office to purchase REALTORTrademark Circle R Symbol decals for your signs.  Every  REALTORTrademark Circle R Symbol should have their REALTORTrademark Circle R Symbolstatus on all advertising and marketing per Article 12 of the TAR Code of Ethics.  We are running low on decals and will not be ordering more so if you need them, they are only 50 cents each and can be added to your office bill.  It is your responsibility to ensure that all signs, ads and marketing are in compliance with TAR and TREC now and in the future.
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Creating Outstanding Realtors for Excellence –  is a fast track program to provide agents with the foundation needed to launch their business, and get off to a fast, exciting start in real estate!

This 90 minute orientation class covers how, what, when and where details necessary to get your Real Estate business started with Dallas Metro North.  You will be introduced to “Path to Success“. Path to Success is your first 100 days business guide.

Cinda Knight, Productivity Coach, facilitates this class and program.  If you have questions about the CORE program, Cinda’s email is cinda@kw.com.

If you want to build your profit share tree, this is also an excellent recruiting tool for you so come & check it out!

 

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Please meet us in the upstairs Training Room from 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM on August 15th.

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More Training Events This Week! 

 

Monday, August 14th 2017 ~ 10:00-12:00 ~ One-on-One Mentoring with ALC* ~ Lori Lesnansky, Missy Phipps, Stephanie Carter 

* Stop by Stephanie & Missy’s office door to sign up for a slot! 

Monday, August 14th 2017 ~ 2:00-3:00 ~ Safety Committee Meeting ~ Brooke Hunt 

Tuesday, August 15th 2017 ~ 2:00-3:00 ~ Greensheets-How Do I Get Paid?? ~Jeri McGuire

Thursday, August 17th 2017 ~ 9:00-12:00 ~ Tech and New Agent Orientation* ~ Sarah Bordelon and Rosemary Croney

*Join Sarah and Rosemary for tech tips and an overview of Policies & Procedures.  Not just for new agents.

Thursday, August 17th 2017 ~ 12:00-1:00 ~ Culture Committee Meeting ~ Beth Brake

Thursday, August 17th 2017 ~ 1:30-3:00 ~ Become a Placeter Pro ~ Sarah Bordelon

Friday, August 18th 2017 ~ 1:00-2:00 ~ Keller Mortgage ~ Anna McKissack 

 


 

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Home Inspections – Items That Aren’t Deal-Breakers

Contract 01After making an offer on a home, you’ll enter into a contract. Part of that contract should always include getting a home inspection. It is recommended that any homebuyer make an offer to purchase contingent upon a home inspection. This allows you to withdraw your offer if there are any major issues discovered during an inspection.

More than likely, the home inspector will find problems that need to be fixed before closing. Major foundation issues and significant water damage are at the top of the list of signs to walk away from.

On the other hand, there are some home defects found during an inspection that don’t have to be deal-breakers. Many of them can be fixed, and they can be used to negotiate with the seller for a lower price point or additional help with the closing costs.

homeinspection2Lead-Based Paint
Lead-based paint was banned in 1978, but it’s still possible that you could purchase a home that contains it if it was built before the ban. The sellers should disclose this, but the home inspector may find it, as well.

Ultimately, it is up to you to decide how comfortable you are with purchasing a home that has lead-based paint, but it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. You can hire a contractor who is certified to remove lead-based paint, and the home will be completely safe.

Concrete Floor Cracks
Cracks in a concrete basement floor may seem like a structural problem, but this is natural and not indicative of significant damage. Small cracks occur in concrete because it’s a porous substance. These cracks can be fixed at a relatively low cost, and shouldn’t be a reason for you to back out of a contract.

What is something that’s cause for concern are cracks in concrete walls, as these may or may not be associated with the structure. If the wall has moved or if the cracks have a large opening, then these would be deal-breakers.

Mold
Mold is something that no one ever wants to see in a home you put an offer on, but a little bit of mold by the shower doesn’t mean you need to back out of your offer – at least not immediately.

If mold is found during the home inspection, have a qualified mold inspector take a look. Not all molds are toxic, but the safest way to determine if this is a deal-breaker is by hiring a mold professional.

pestcontrol1Bug Infestations
Bug infestations can cause significant damage to the home’s structure if they aren’t exterminated quickly and efficiently. A home inspector may find signs of an infestation during an inspection, but how do you tell if it’s truly a deal-breaker?

The best way to know if there is pest damage to the home’s structure or foundation is to ask a qualified pest expert to do an additional inspection of the home. Someone who is a specialist will be able to tell you if the home just has a few bugs, or if you need to rescind your offer.

When problems arise during home inspections, it doesn’t always mean you have to back out of your contract. Home inspectors will often find problems outside of their scope of expertise, so always get a second opinion from a specialist before making a final decision. In many instances, these problems are opportunities to negotiate with the seller. You can request that the seller do the repairs, or ask for money to put towards repairs.

homeinspection3You can also ask the seller to include a home warranty on the home in the contract of sale, but it won’t repair the problems found in a home inspection contract. A home warranty is there to protect you from aging systems and appliances after you buy. Think of getting car insurance on a car that was just wrecked and then opening a claim – it wouldn’t work, because the insurance was put on after the damage happened. The same goes for a home warranty.

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Bounce Back in Pending Home Sales a Welcoming Sign

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After declining for three straight months, pending home sales reversed course in June as all major regions, except for the Midwest, saw an increase in contract activity, according to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR).

The Pending Home Sales Index, a measure of housing contract activity, climbed 1.5 percent to 110.2 in June from an upwardly revised 108.6 in May. At 0.5 percent, the June index increased annually for the first time since March.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says the bounce back in pending sales in most of the country in June is a welcoming sign. “The first half of 2017 ended with a nearly identical number of contract signings as one year ago, even as the economy added 2.2 million net new jobs,” he said. “Market conditions in many areas continue to be fast paced, with few properties to choose from, which is forcing buyers to act almost immediately on an available home that fits their criteria.” Added Yun, “Low supply is an ongoing issue holding back activity. Housing inventory declined last month and is a staggering 7.1 percent lower than a year ago.”

Couple Cheering 02Yun noted that there could potentially be a sliver of increased hope in the months ahead for prospective first-time buyers, who continue to struggle reaching the market. Sales to investors last month were the lowest of the year (13 percent), which helped push all cash transactions to 18 percent – the smallest share since June 2009 (13 percent).

Source: National Association of Realtors

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