Month: October 2017

KWDMN: Wearing Many Hats …

Happy Halloween!!

Halloween makes me think of costumes, which makes me think about the phrase “wearing many hats”. With over 400 qualified Realtors© ready to serve you, here is a tongue-in-cheek look at some of the hats you THINK we wear!

What our friends think we do:Friends3
What our mom thinks we do:Mom3
What our clients think we do:Clients3
What we think we do:superhero4
What we actually do!multi1
Keller Williams Dallas Metro North
– juggling the details daily to serve you the best! Call us today for help with ALL your real estate needs!

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Rosemary’s Rubies October 27th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

Good afternoon KWDMN ghosts and goblins!  It is almost “Hallowine Time” at our office beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Please join us upstairs with or without a costume.  Let’s “wine down” the week and kickoff Halloween together.  We will have appetizers, desserts and beverages to share.  You can bring your own dessert if you would like to enter into the dessert contest.  Fun for ALL agents (adults only please) and prizes for costume and dessert winners!

Happy Hallowine

Please watch out for little ghosts & goblins on Tuesday evening as trick-or-treaters will be roaming our streets and neighborhoods.  Because pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween, remind Trick-or-Treaters:
 
Stay in a group and communicate where they will be going.
 
Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags.  
 
Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
 
Carry a cellphone for quick communication.
 
I found a great site for Halloween Safety Tips that you can share with your data base:  
 
 
Stay safe everyone!!!!!

 

Welcome Glad You're Here

Shelly Biro (Returning)

Sponsored By: Theresa Schwartz

Kayra Morgan

Sponsored By: Brandy Fausel

Tiffany Yost

Sponsored By: Lisa Golding

Judy Smiley

Sponsored By: Anna McKissack

Noel Pena

Sponsored By: Mandi Liddell

Katy O’Neil Fisher (Returning)

Sponsored By: Hollie Magnuson 

Julio Aguero

Sponsored By: Craig Allen 

 


 

Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip Of The Week! 

May a broker act as a dual agent?
 
No.  Texas law does not permit dual agency.  A license holder may not represent both principals as a dual agent under the revisions to The Real Estate License Act (TRELA).  Under the current law, a broker must agree to act as an Intermediary in accordance with the statute if the broker agrees to represent more than one party in a transaction.  License holders can act as either an intermediary OR represent only one of the principals in a transaction while working with the other principal only as a customer.

GLAR Did you Know

A NTREIS Rule change ​a few weeks ago making the Office Supervisor field required was rolled back – ​HOWEVER is enforced again this week. Prior to being able to save any edits on a current listing, this field ​should be completed.  Also, new listings cannot be ​submitted without ​completing this field now.

If you get a “Supervisor” error when editing current lisitngs, follow these steps:

  1. ​Click the Input tab
  2. Locate listing
  3. Click Residential (Lots, Commercial, etc as applicable)
  4. ​Click the showing tab and input the name for ​the Office Supervisor field 
  5. Submit

 

 


 
KW CARES QUARTER AUCTION THIS THURSDAY
 
Buy your tickets NOW at www.eventbrite.com or at the Front Desk!
Quarter
November 2
6:00 – 10:00 PM
Hidden Pines – Highland Village
 
 
Bring rolls of quarters to bid on fabulous prices!!!!!
Quarter Auction Rules

What’s Going on in Your Market Center? 

 

Monday-Friday! 

Brian White Script Practice

 

This Monday! 

October 30th1-3pm

 

This Monday! 

C O R E  ORIENTATION

(Creating Outstanding RealtorsTrademark Circle R Symbol For Excellence)

10/30/2017 at 3:30 PM

11/1/2017 at 5:00 PM

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!

 

 

This Tuesday! 

KW Agent Open House and LL 10.31.17 Philip

Every Wednesday! 

Premier Slide Weekly Perk

 

This Wednesday! 

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This Thursday! 

Solos at La Madeleine

 

This Thursday! 

Sign Up Online Or At The Front Desk! 

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This Friday! 

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*All slots are filled, however, if you would like to be added to the “Backup List” in case someone cannot make it, please let Megan know ASAP*

 


 

More Training Events This Week! 

 

Monday, October 30th 2017 ~ 8:30~9:30 ~ Million Dollar Mondays! ~ Anne Lakusta

Monday, October 30th 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, October 30th 2017~ 1:00-1:30 ~ Door Knocking with Matt Brenneman-CGI Call 

Tuesday, October 31st 2017 ~ 11:00-11:30 ~ Growth Share and Building Your Downline ~ Anne Lakusta 

Thursday, November 2nd 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, November 2nd 2017 ~ 1:30-3:00~ Dotloop Training 101 ~ Sarah Bordelon

 


Save the Dates! 

 

November 15th! 

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Check Out This Week’s Treasure Chest!

 

Treasure Chest (13).

Located at the Front Desk! 

 


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Congratulations To Our Newest Cappers! 

 

Arwi Luong

Jonathan Douglass 

Kimberly Windle 

 


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Laurie Neihart

Xann Parson

Patrick Kevlin

Cathy Walton

Kathleen Tredwell

Steve Taylor

Tanya Auerbach 

Scare up a buyer with these Halloween marketing tips

Halloween outdoor decorHalloween isn’t just an opportunity to gorge on all things frightful or filled with sugar. It’s also a chance for home sellers to scare up a buyer!

Because these days, home sellers need as much marketing creativity as they can muster up. Now that the summer home-selling fever has died down, people are beginning to hunker down for the holidays. In fact, statistics show that home sales don’t pick back up again until spring. But if you have a home on the market, you don’t want to wait months and months to make the sale, right?

That’s where Halloween comes in: Every year, more than 41 million kids in the U.S. head out trick-or-treating on this holiday, trekking from door to door—many with parents in tow. In other words, Halloween is the one day of the year when you could have dozens of people visiting your house, no effort required!

So if you’re eager to use this opportunity to spread the word that your home’s for sale, check out these tactics to make that happen.

1. Turn your treats into marketing materials

Halloween treatsIt goes without saying that kids will happily take any treats you hand out at your door, and that parents will likely survey their haul (because, let’s be frank, parents like candy too and are not above pilfering). So this scenario creates prime opportunities for some stealth marketing: Use these candies to carry the message that your home’s up for grabs.

  • You can do this by attaching a small card or flier to your candy saying that your home is for sale, along with your address and contact info for your agent.
  • If you’re afraid this card will get chucked in the trash and you want your marketing material to stick around for longer, you can even print the deets on small toys like fidget spinners.
  • Or do you want something bigger, where you can post some nice real estate pics? Fraser suggests investing in quality fliers to post near the front door, so parents can grab them on their way off the porch.

2. Throw a Halloween-themed open house

Halloween house-for-sale-signRather than just getting trick-or-treaters on your porch, why not lure them into your house? The way to do that is to host a Halloween-themed open house, where you invite home buyers to check out your place with the bonus of giving them an excuse to celebrate all things scary.

You’ll want to ideally host your open house on the weekend of or before Halloween, and set up some kid-friendly activities to keep the tykes busy. Think apple bobbing, pumpkin painting, or even turning your place into a haunted house! What better way is there to get people poking through every closet and corner of your home?

A Halloween-themed open house is also a great way to lure in home buyers who might not normally trick-or-treat in your neighborhood—so be sure to get the word out far and wide.

Your agent might also host a broker’s open house, for real estate agents. After having a ghoulish good time at your Halloween open house, agents are sure to chat up your home to their buyers!

3. Don’t go overboard with your Halloween decor

pumpkin-on-haybaleFirst impressions of a home matter—by some estimates, you can increase a selling price by as much as 20% with some curb appeal improvements. You don’t want to undo all of that with over-the-top Halloween decorating. Remember, you want to draw attention to your gorgeous house, not to the scary ghouls hanging from your trees.

With that in mind, stick to inoffensive (read, appealing) mums or other fall-themed plants on the porch, and maybe a pumpkin or two—provided it’s not carved to look like scary.

If you have your heart set on something spooky, you might want to move the decor away from the home and into the yard, turning it into an attraction that will draw more families your way. One realtor suggests you set up a photo spot in your yard for trick-or-treaters. If your home’s “For Sale” sign happens to be in the background, all the better.

marketing ideas from realtor.com/Jeanne Sager

Happy Halloween from Keller Williams Dallas Metro North! Call us today. We have over 400 qualified realtors ready to assist you with your real estate needs!

Home remodeling expected to remain strong through Q3 2018

Remodeling 03Daily Real Estate News notes that remodeling activity will remain strong throughout the third quarter 2018, based on the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) report recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA index projects annual gains in home renovation and repair spending of 6.3 percent for the fourth quarter of 2017 and up to 7.7 percent by the third quarter of next year.

“Recent strengthening of the U.S. economy, tight for-sale housing inventories, and healthy home equity gains are all working to boost home improvement activity,” says Chris Herbert, managing director of the Joint Center for Housing Studies. “Over the Bathroom remodelcoming year, owners are projected to spend in excess of $330 billion on home upgrades and replacements, as well as routine maintenance.”

For homeowners looking to remodel for resale, the National Association of REALTORS® publishes a report looking at the costs of some of the top remodeling projects. Take a look at the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report.

Information provided by Keller Williams Dallas Metro North. Call us today – we have over 400 qualified realtors ready to assist you with your real estate needs!

Rosemary’s Rubies October 20th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

Wow, what a busy and exciting week we have had at our market center!  Many activities with our awesome vendors and local builders so I hope you were able to show them your support and enjoy what they offer.  I hope everyone is aware how blessed we are to have such valuable resources and friendships.  This is not always typical in other brokerages.  I am still in awe of the variety of events and training that our office provides each and every day.  There is no reason for failure unless you are not taking full advantage of the training and support that is being offered to you.  I want everyone to have successful careers and make their dreams come true…

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A shout out to Michelle Peters-Hill and Erin Fulton for their creativity and hard work in making the Vendor Fair and Builder Bonanza a success!  I personally enjoyed both events and heard good feedback from agents, vendors and builders.  Thank you ladies!

 


 

Welcome Glad You're Here

Collin Roberts

Sponsored By: Robert Daniels (Frisco Stars)

Brenda McClain 

Sponsored By: Joe Glucman (San Antonio) 

Robin McCarty

UL Assistant to Beth Brake 

 


 

Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip of the Week! 

How many classes do you need to take for renewing your license?
 

As a Real Estate Sales Agent, you must renew your license every two years. A renewal notice from TREC will be sent out about 90 days before your expiration date. As part of the renewal process, you must complete certain continuing education courses to help you deliver competent and quality real estate services.

Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) requirements: You will need Three 30 hour SAE courses plus Legal Update I and II (Total of 98 additional hours)

  • If you are renewing for the first time, active or inactive, you must have a total of 270 qualifying real estate course hours, 4 hours of TREC’s Legal Update I, and 4 hours of TREC’s Legal Update II posted to your license record prior to submitting your renewal.
  • Submit qualifying course completion documents to TREC at least 10 days before renewing your license.
  • Qualifying credit will not be granted if you were previously given credit for a substantially similar qualifying course within a two year period.

Active Sales Agent License renewal requirements: You will need 10 classroom hours of TREC approved CE courses plus Legal Update 1 and 2 (Total of 18 additional hours)

  • Complete 18 hours of approved Continuing Education (CE) courses
    • 8 hours of TREC Legal Update I and II; and
    • 10 hours of elective CE
  • If you are a delegated supervisor of one or more license holders for a period of 6 months or more during the supervisor’s current license period, you must complete the 6 Hour Broker Responsibility Course as part of the 18 hour CE requirement.
  • If TREC records do not reflect completion of CE requirements at the time you submit your renewal application, you must pay a $200 CE Deferral Fee, or renew in inactive status. Payment of the CE Deferral Fee allows you to remain active for an additional 60 days from your expiration date to complete CE requirements.
To determine how many hours have posted to your license record, you can visit the license holder info search feature on the TREC website.

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COMPLIANCE CORNER!
TAR 2513 form has been revised and will be required to use beginning TODAY, 10/20/17.  Home warranty companies have been added and removed so please replace any of your old templates with the new ones.  Dixie has replaced these forms in DotLoop, forms binder & on the compliance checklists. 

What’s Going On In Your Market Center?

 

IGNITE BEGINS MONDAY,
October 23rd!

If you want to sign up for the next IGNITE class, please do so today!  IGNITE starts on Monday, October 23rd, so don’t delay and contact Mitch Blankenship today.  Mitch’s contact information is:
 
 
IGNITE is for new licensees and anyone wanting to “IGNITE” their business!
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Monday-Friday! 

Brian White Script Practice

This Monday! 

C O R E  ORIENTATION

(Creating Outstanding RealtorsTrademark Circle R Symbol For Excellence)

10/23/2017 at 3:30 PM

10/25/2017 at 5:00 PM

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!

This Tuesday!

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Also This Tuesday!

Premier Slide Better Together Happy Hour

Every Wednesday! 

Premier Slide Weekly Perk

 

Also This Wednesday! 

Expert Video Presentations KW FM Oct 25

This Friday! 

Happy Hallowine Event

 


 

More Training Events This Week!

 

Monday, October 23rd 2017 ~ 8:30~9:30 ~ Million Dollar Mondays! ~ Anne Lakusta

Monday, October 23rd 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, October 23rd 2017 ~ 10:00-11:00 ~ How to Price it Right ~ Mike Tobin 

Monday, October 23rd 2017 ~ 1:00-2:00~ CGI Goal Setting Workshop~ John Davis

Monday, October 23rd 2017 ~ 2:00-3:00 ~ Greensheets and Office Policies ~ Jeri McGuire

Tuesday, October 24th 2017 ~ 10:00-5:00 ~ Mega Camp Live! 

Thursday, October 26th 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, October 26th 2017 ~ 1:00-2:00 ~ Lease Workshop ~ Shirley Johnson

Thursday, October 26th 2017 ~ 1:30-3:00 ~ Michael Lewis Marketing Suite ~ Sarah Bordelon

 


 

Save the Date! 

October 30th! 

October 30th1-3pm

October 31st! 

KW Agent Open House and LL 10.31.17 Philip

November 2nd! 

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November 3rd!

Need an Updated Head Shot?  One Spot Left at 2:45 pm so sign up now!

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Sign Up Sheet is at the Front Desk!

 

November 15th! 

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Check Out This Week’s Treasure Chest! 

 

Treasure Chest (13)

Located at the Front Desk!


 

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Elmer Silva

Jayson Guidry

Paula Castillo

Dawn Carruthers 

What do Baby Boomers REALLY want in their Next Homes?

Retiree 03It’s all about millennials these days. Everything seems to center around these special snowflakes. But what about the original “me” generation? We’re talking about baby boomers, of course. What do these roughly 76 million Americans want when it comes to housing?

Well, they want multicar garages, for one thing. According to a recent survey by national homebuilder PulteGroup, they were the top feature boomers were looking for in a new home, followed by open decks or patios; eat-in kitchens; and a private yard.

About 38% of boomers plan to buy a home within the next three years, according to the report. About 11% expect to purchase a residence within the year.

The survey was of 1,043 folks between the ages of 50 and 65 who plan to buy a home in the next decade.

“Retirement marks a new phase in a baby boomer’s life, and it only seems natural to relocate or move to a new home when transitioning away from their primary career, or from the day-to-day rearing of school-aged children,” Jay Mason, vice president of market intelligence for PulteGroup, said in a statement. “It’s not surprising that the 55+ buyer wants a variety of options and choices in their homes.”

Retiree 02According to the survey, 39% of respondents said the main reason they’re moving is because they want to retire, 33% want to downsize, and 30% want to move to a more desirable location.

“One thing we know about boomers is they are not done yet,” says Amy Lynch, president of Generational Edge, a Nashville, TN–based company that consults with companies on generational differences in employees. “As a group, they are starting encore careers and also going back to school. And they often move to be near their millennial kids, who are having kids.” They also start new families of their own, through divorce or remarriage.

All of these situations may require a move. About 26% of boomers plan to stay in their current cities, but just move to a different home, while 34% want to remain in the state, but in a different city or town. Also, 38% hope to cross state lines.

Their top retirement destination? You guessed it: Florida. It seems you just can’t beat all of that year-round sunshine. The state was followed by fellow warm-weather states Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The cost of living is lower in these states than on the pricier West Coast or in the Northeast.

Grandparents1About 82% of boomers wanted to be someplace affordable, and 74% want to be close to their preferred health care programs.

But boomers don’t want to just pack up and leave their grandchildren. Being close to kids was their top consideration when choosing a new community. They also want to be near the water and park or other green space.

“We are in a period in this country where family life and family connections are very strong,” says Lynch. “There’s a lot of regret among boomers because they worked so many long hours when their kids were young. With grandkids there’s a chance to make up for that.”

by Clare Trapasso, realtor.com

Information provided by Keller Williams Dallas Metro North. Call us today – we have over 400 qualified agents ready to assist you with your real estate needs.

Eat, Drink & Be Scared at these North Texas Halloween Attractions

Halloween is just around the corner, and North Texas is a great location to get your fright on! If you’re looking for things to do to get you in the spooky mood, try some of these local attractions.

Scare Factor:
1 – Kid Friendly, not scary at all!
2 – A little bit Scary
3 – Super Scary – Yikes!

The Dark Path Haunt, Denton TX
Ages – 13+     Scare Factor: 3 (See warnings/rules on website)

This scary experience takes place outdoors, on an authentic haunted trail in Denton called the Dark Path. Located in the vicinity of the legendary Goatman’s Bridge, you will step right into horror down a winding path through the darkness, lit only by a single lantern to guide you. The area surrounding the Dark path has been home to various murders, suicides, disappearances, seances, ghost sightings and paranormal investigations since 1938. Be prepared!!

Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, October 28, 2017
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

A free, family-friendly event held outside, celebrating the fall season and paying homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween, including coffin races, twilight lantern parade, and cirque du horror performance. Fun down to your bones!!

Zombie Safari, Dallas
Ages 8+     Scare Factor: 2

Zombie Safari Dallas is an interactive, real-time, first-person shooter experience where you get to shoot without getting shot back. This is a one of a kind adventure and it only happens in October. A true D/FW Zombie Hunt experience.

Zombie Safari is a full service paintball facility during the day and a Zombie Hunting Adventure at Night! Food, Snacks, Drinks, Face-painting, Corn-hole, Giant Jenga, Silly String fight area and other fun stuff to do while you wait.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

All activities are free at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, including the hay bale maze, bounce houses, hayrides, pumpkin patch train, picture opportunities, playground and much more! Food vendors (on the weekend only). Pumpkins for sale. Parking charge. Visit website for more details.

Canned Goods accepted to benefit CCA.

Dan’s Haunted House, Lake Dallas 
Ages – 14+     
Scare Factor: 3 (See Warnings/Rules on website)

The 2017 Theme is “Mokusatsu – Kreep’s Atomic Shadows”. This full feature outdoor walk-through professional haunted attraction features creepy Japanese inspired sets and some of the best live Halloween entertainment actors around. “Listen for the Screams of Terror and you will know you have arrived at One of the Scariest Haunted Attractions in the DFW.”

12th Annual Saints and Sinners Tour, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

Walk under magnificent oaks on graveled paths to meet many of the famous and infamous characters of early Fort Worth as they tell the stories of their lives and times. Twilight tours available. Presented by the North Fort Worth Historical Society.

Information provided by Keller Williams Dallas Metro North. Call us today – we have over 400 qualified agents to help you with your real estate needs!