Month: December 2017

Rosemary’s Rubies December 29th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

 

As we count down to a new year, I hope everyone will ring in 2018 with warmth (it may be record freezing temperatures), safety and joy.  I know 2017 has been difficult for some and the beginning of a new year is anticipated.  While others have had a wonderful year, the anticipation and prediction of a new year may be less expected.  Either way, a new year brings hope and the start of something fresh.  I hope everyone will cherish their blessings and embrace the possibilities of a new year. 
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Welcome 2018 with beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the blessings a heart can know.
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We love you and hope you love us too!  If so, please stay home if you are feeling sick.  Please work from home if you must but please don’t risk spreading your fever and germs to the rest of us.  If you have sick children that cannot attend school, we ask that you keep them home and away from the office. 


Cold versus Flu

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When in the office, please wash your hands frequently so germs don’t spread.
 
Coughing and sneezing should be covered please!
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We want everyone to stay as happy and healthy as possible!!!!! 

 


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CLOSED Monday, Jan. 1st

CLOSED Monday, Jan. 15th

 


 

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The Home Tour Schedule Has Changed! 

January 2nd- Cancelled

*Moved January 9th’s Tour to MONDAY, January 8th, due to Kickoff!* 

 


 

Welcome Glad You're Here

Rachel Edwards

Sponsored By: Tom Calvaneso

Schawnna Castaneda

Sponsored By: Anna McKissack

Heather Richhart 

Sponsored By: Toni Nomura 

 


 

Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip of the Week! 

DO ALL HOMES QUALIFY FOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS?
 
No, only a homeowner’s principal residence qualifies. To qualify, a home must meet the definition of a residence homestead: The home’s owner must be an individual (for example: not a corporation or other business entity) and use the home as his or her principal residence on January 1 of the tax year. If you are age 65 or older, or disabled, the January 1 ownership and residency are not required for the age 65 or disabled homestead exemption.
 
Since the homeowner must own the home by January 1st, any of your clients that have purchased a principal residence in 2017 will qualify.  Here is a helpful link for you to send out to your past and future buyers of FAQs:
 
 
There is also a link to the Application for Residential Homestead Exemption on this site.

What’s Going On In Your Market Center? 

Next Friday! 

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Next Friday, Jan 5th! 

Join us for Wine Down in The Bistro! 

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*Wine and Light Snacks Will Be Provided! 

 


More Training Events Next Week! 

 

Wednesday-Friday ~ 11:15-12:00~ Script Practice ~ Brian White 

Wednesday, January 3rd ~ 1:30-3:00 ~ CORE Coaching Level 1 ~ Cinda Knight

Wednesday, January 3rd ~ 6:00-7:00 ~ Nite CORE Mentoring Via Google Hangout ~ Claire Garlick 

 


 

Save The Dates! 

 

January 9th, 10th, and 11th!

Kickoff

January 11th! 

Anne's Celebratory Happy Hour

We are celebrating Anne’s promotion as General Manager!

January 18th! 

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Sign Up at the Front Desk!


Check Out This Week’s Treasure Chest! 

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Located At The Front Desk! 

 


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Missy Phipps

Rose Depoe

Danny McElroy

Kurt Buehler

Nancy Brown

Michelle Peters-Hill

Ashley Roberts

Jeffrey Smith

Samantha Chatman-Saul 

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Rosemary’s Rubies December 22nd, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!

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Holiday Closure Dates

Sunday, Dec. 24th

Monday, Dec. 25th

Tuesday, Dec. 26th

Monday, Jan. 1st

 


 

Our new Team Leader survived her first week with flying colors! If you haven’t met Stacey Buettner yet, please stop by and say hello. Let’s get to know her!!! 

 
ABOUT STACEY
 
For 10 years, Stacey was a broker-owner of her own real estate company.  What an amazing job!  “I don’t know if there’s any other occupation where I could have experienced the pure joy of serving others one-on-one.  What could be better than seeing the smiles on clients’ faces when they’re handed the keys to their new homes, or sensing their excitement when they sell their homes and are able to move on to the next chapter of their lives?”
 
Today, Stacey is no longer helping people find or sell homes.  She won’t tell you that she doesn’t miss the personal interaction with clients, but now Stacey is a servant-leader with an even more important and fulfilling role.  As CEO and Team Leader of Keller Williams Dallas Metro North, her purpose is lifting other real estate agents, so they can avoid struggles many have faced while putting their hearts, minds, and souls into helping thousands of homeowners and buyers.  Even more importantly helping support our agents in creating bigger lives worth living for themselves and their families.
 
Stacey’s goal now is to make real estate a better experience for both consumers and their agents.  Her passion for this goal is to grow stronger every day.  She serves the real estate community in our area and is active with the Collin County Association of REALTORSTrademark Circle R Symbol  where she served for seven years on the Board of Directors and was once honored with the organization’s Distinguished Service Award.  In addition, Stacey has earned numerous awards through the Women’s Council of REALTORSTrademark Circle R Symbol and in 2014, she served as President.
 
“My work has always been about serving others.  In fact, my job is the second most fulfilling thing in my life – second only to spending time with my husband, Matt, of 20 years (my college sweetheart) and our two amazing girls, Abby 16, and Olivia 10.
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THE HOME TOUR SCHEDULE HAS CHANGED

December 26th- Cancelled 

January 2nd- Cancelled

*Moved January 9th’s Tour to MONDAY, January 8th, for Kickoff!* 

 


 

Welcome Glad You're Here

Larry Hall 

Sponsored By: Missy Phipps

Catlin Golding

Sponsored By: Lisa Golding

Durwan “Dee” Green

Sponsored By: Anna McKissack

Jaison Daniel

Sponsored By: Hollie Magnuson

 


 

Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip of the Week! 

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What’s Going on in Your Market Center? 

Thursday, December 28th 2017 ~ 9:00-12:00 ~ Tech and New Agent Orientation* ~ Rosemary Croney

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

 


Save the Date! 

 

January 9th, 10th, and 11th!

Kickoff

January 11th! 

Anne's Celebratory Happy Hour

January 18th! 

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Sign Up at the Front Desk! 

 


Check Out This Week’s Treasure Chest! 

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Located at the Front Desk! 

 


 

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Congratulations To Our Newest Capper! 

 

Sal Soriano

 


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Jill Hughes

Lina Dodson

Vickie Ross

Kelli Kocher

Kelly Millan

Natalia Caballero

Natalie Pray 

Rosemary’s Rubies December 15th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

 

Welcome our new Team Leader, Stacey Buettner! 

We are excited to have her and look forward to a smooth transition.  Anne will be transitioning to her new role as our General Manager and future broker (stay tuned for the official announcement).  We are excited for both Anne and Stacey as they embark on new adventures!!!!!

 
Please give Stacey a warm KWDMN welcome when you see her!
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Holiday Closure Dates

Sunday, Dec. 24th

Monday, Dec. 25th

Tuesday, Dec. 26th

Monday, Jan. 1st

 


OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS TODAY DEC. 15TH!

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As a part of our commitment to taking care of our associates’ needs, Keller Williams is proud to offer the KW Wellness Benefits Marketplace. A cornerstone of our wellness program, this shopping site offers all U.S. associates access to benefits and health coverage solutions.

Keller Williams associates are amazing at taking care of each other through KW Cares and the local market center emergency funds, but the best course of action is for associates to be proactive. Enrolling in health coverage thorugh the marketplace will ensure that individuals are complying with the Affordable Care Act and avoid possible tax penalties from not having health insurance.

RESOURCES

Watch the Webinar →

Check out this informational webinar created by Connecture, our partner in the KW Wellness Marketplace.

Visit the Marketplace →

Creating an account is the first step toward finding, comparing, and purchasing health insurance.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Applications must be submitted before December 15th to have coverage in 2018. Please note that this is earlier than in previous years.

 


Deadline for Sign Up is 3 pm Today! 

 

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Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip of the Week! 

Stacey Buettner, officially began her new role this week as your Team Leader and Licensed Supervisor.  The Information About Brokerage Services (IABS) has been revised so please begin using immediately.  Please replace with this new IABS in your templates and all links.  Any new contracts executed must have Stacey Buettner listed as your licensed supervisor on Pg. 9.  Also, IABS’s presented and initialed 12/12/17 or later will need to be on this new form.
 
Anywhere else you may list your licensed supervisor needs to be Stacey Buettner, License #461604, staceybuettner@kw.com.
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What’s Going On In Your Market Center? 

 

This Sunday!

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Starting now, the Agent that attends Script Practice the most every month will win $50 off of their Office Bill!

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This Monday! 

C O R E  MENTORSHIP ORIENTATION

(Creating Outstanding RealtorsTrademark Circle R Symbol For Excellence)

12/18/2017 at 3:30 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! 

Partner Agent Meeting! 

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11:15 – 1:00 PM

Everyone is Welcome and Lunch is Provided!

 


 

More Training Events This Week! 

 

Monday, December 18th 2017 ~ 1:00-1:30 ~ CGI Call 

Monday, December 18th 2017 ~ 2:00-3:00 ~ Greensheets and Office Policies ~ Jeri McGuire 

Wednesday, December 20th 2017 ~ 6:00-7:00 ~ NITE CORE Mentoring Program ~ Claire Garlick via Google Hangout

Thursday, December 21st 2017 ~ 9:00-12:00 ~ Tech and New Agent Orientation* ~ Rosemary Croney

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

 


Save The Date! 

 

January 9th, 10th, and 11th! 

Kick Off Flyer 2018


Check Out This Week’s Treasure Chest! 

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Located at the Front Desk! 

 


 

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Ischelle Hobgood

Julio Aguero

Dana Van Zanten

Brian Carr

Sheri Layne

Jone Harrison

Candace Loadman

Nicole Notagiacomo

Shirley Johnson

 

5 Steps for Boomers Preparing to Downsize

Although it can be difficult to move from the family home, the decision to downsize to a simpler and more affordable life can be a good one for aging baby boomers. Here are 5 steps on how to go about it:

  1. Dream, research & strategize – Make your wish list. Begin by dreaming and considering different scenarios. What matters most? Where do you want to be – city? suburbs? 55 & over community? What about location? Do you want to be close to medical? close to airport? close to family?
  2. Begin to Downsize in Place – That means begin to get rid of your stuff. Storage is a big issue when downsizing. One perspective is to imagine how many rooms you’ll have in your new home, then purge belongings to fit your new space.
  3. Use available resources to help market your home – Curb appeal and online marketing are important now. Use a real estate agent who can help you spruce up your home for sale. Impressions count – both in person and online.
  4. Make a detailed plan based on monthly payments – Downsizing savings typically come from lowering monthly mortgage payments by using cash from selling your existing home. Additional savings come from reduced property taxes, maintenance and utilities. Prepare for the long-term. A National Association of Realtors survey says downsizers on average plan to stay 15 years in their new home.beach House2
  5. Scout locations – This is the fun part. With the “business” side of downsizing taken care of and your wish list in hand, you can turn your dreams into reality. Hop on the internet to research – can you afford a London flat? How about the beaches in Mexico? Statistically, the trend for downsizing boomers is toward smaller, walkable U.S. cities with well furnished homes, high speed internet, and accessible services.

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!

Know How to Spot Electrical Safety in a New Home

electricityWhen shopping for a home, you’re probably focused on things like the size of the master bedroom and the kitchen’s proximity to the family room, but you should also be on the lookout for electrical safety issues.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were over 380,000 residential fires in the U.S. in 2015, mainly caused by cooking, heating and electrical equipment malfunctions. Electrical device manufacturer Leviton suggests homebuyers and new homeowners take the following steps:

1. Electrical PanelCheck out the electrical panel. Make sure it was installed properly and in the right location. Panels must be in a spot that is easily accessible to firefighters in case of an emergency. The panel should not be hot to the touch and make sure it wasn’t part of a manufacturer recall in the past several years.

2. Make sure the home has enough amps. If you are constantly tripping a circuit, you may be using too many electrical appliances at once or you may need to consult an electrician to inspect further and increase your home’s electrical supply.

3. Make sure AFCIs are installed. An AFCI – or an arc fault circuit interrupter – breaks the circuit when it detects an electric arc in the circuit it protects to prevent electrical fires. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 50 percent of electrical fires that occur each year could be prevented by having AFCIs installed.

GFCI-1The CPSC also advises checking to make sure a home has enough ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). GFCIs can prevent electrocutions, so make sure they’re installed in locations required by the National Electrical Code, such as kitchens, bathrooms, garages, unfinished basements and near laundry tubs or wet bar sinks. GFCIs (those little red buttons on outlets) should be tested once a month.

Taking the above steps will help ensure that your new home is not only beautiful, but safe and sound.

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.

 

Rosemary’s Rubies December 8th, 2017

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Fantastic Friday and Welcome to Rosemary’s Rubies! 

 

We have a fun celebration at our office today and we hope you can share in the joy of meeting our new Team Leader, Stacey Buettner.  We will gather together from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in our upstairs training room for a special Wine Down Friday.   Please stop by to meet and greet her!  Her official start date is Monday, 12/11/17.
 
We will have cookies and celebratory beverages (holiday style)!!!!!
'Tis the Season Wine Down

To spread Christmas cheer, here are some ideas to share with your sphere!
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Welcome Glad You're Here

 

Arcey Farokhi

Sponsored By: Frank Bello

Rashid Alabaddi

Sponsored By: Heather Shimala

 


Light Bulb Agent Tips

Agent Tip of the Week! 

TREC: “Don’t Be The One Who Gets Blamed When a Buyer Does Not Get Approval”

Want to avoid a complaint? If you are a buyer’s agent and the buyer needs to get a loan, here are a few tips on how to avoid issues that have led to some complaints to the Commission.

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First, ask for enough days in paragraph B of the Third Party Financing Addendum for the buyer to have a reasonable chance of getting Buyer Approval by the deadline. Find out from the buyer’s lender what the lender’s timeframe is for approving this particular buyer. If the buyer does not get Buyer Approval from the lender or does not terminate the contract by the deadline, and does not qualify for a loan (absent some other “out” in the contract), the buyer most likely defaults and forfeits the earnest money to the seller. The buyer won’t be happy and may then file a complaint against you. Further, the defaulting buyer is unlikely to recoup any money already paid for transactional expenses, such as an option fee, inspection fee, or appraisal fee. The buyer will be disappointed and may blame you.

Also, if the Buyer Approval deadline is approaching and the buyer will not have an answer from the lender regarding Buyer Approval by the deadline, the buyer’s agent should submit an Amendment to the listing agent to ask the seller to extend the deadline for Buyer Approval. A buyer’s agent who fails to monitor the Buyer Approval deadline or to timely request an extension from the seller probably commits a violation by not looking out for the buyer’s best interest or, at a minimum, for negligent or incompetent conduct. A failure to fulfill these obligations is another reason the buyer may file a complaint with the Commission.

Remember – once the contract has been negotiated, a license holder cannot just sit back thinking that his or her job is done. The license holder needs to shepherd the transaction to closing, and that includes helping the buyer to understand the significance of the Buyer Approval deadline. Doing so is in both your best interest and your client’s best interest.

 


 

OPEN ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS DEC. 15TH!
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As a part of our commitment to taking care of our associates’ needs, Keller Williams is proud to offer the KW Wellness Benefits Marketplace. A cornerstone of our wellness program, this shopping site offers all U.S. associates access to benefits and health coverage solutions.

Keller Williams associates are amazing at taking care of each other through KW Cares and the local market center emergency funds, but the best course of action is for associates to be proactive. Enrolling in health coverage thorugh the marketplace will ensure that individuals are complying with the Affordable Care Act and avoid possible tax penalties from not having health insurance.

RESOURCES

Watch the Webinar →

Check out this informational webinar created by Connecture, our partner in the KW Wellness Marketplace.

Visit the Marketplace →

Creating an account is the first step toward finding, comparing, and purchasing health insurance.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Applications must be submitted before December 15th to have coverage in 2018. Please note that this is earlier than in previous years.

 


 

What’s Going on in Your Market Center? 

 

Monday-Friday! 

Brian White Script Practice

This Monday!

C O R E  ORIENTATION

(Creating Outstanding RealtorsTrademark Circle R Symbol For Excellence)

12/11/2017 at 3:30 PM

12/13/2017 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! 

Premier Slide Preapproval Portal Lunch and Learn

 

This Wednesday! 

ALC MEETING

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12:00-1:15

Training Room B 

Join our Office Leaders in their discussion regarding the future of our Market Center!  Feel free to bring your lunch and eat during the meeting.

 

This Thursday! 

Celebration of Realtors

 


 

More Training Events This Week! 

Monday, December 11th 2017 ~ 1:00-1:30 ~ CGI Call 

Wednesday, December 13th 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.

Wednesday, December 13th 2017 ~ 1:30-2:30 ~ Safety Committee Meeting 

Wednesday, December 13th 2017 ~ 2:00-2:30 ~ Linda & Anne’s Best Recruiting Questions! ~ Anna McKissack

 


Save the Date! 

December 19th! 

Partner Agent Meeting

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11:15 – 1:00 PM

Everyone is Welcome and Lunch is Provided!

 

January 9th, 10th, and 11th! 

Kick Off Flyer 2018

 


 

What’s Going On In Your Community? 

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Check Out This Week’s Treasure Chest! 

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Located at the Front Desk! 

 


 

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Congratulations To Our Newest Cappers! 

Brian and Tisha White

Caitlyn Christie

Dawn Carruthers

Missy Phipps

Linda Jeffery

 


 

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Sherry Hernandez

Theresa Schwartz

Elizabeth Downey

Kim Dickey

Danielle Page

Darla Buehler

Julie Beauchot

Micah Frank

Bethany Jones

Alison Ausmus

Frank Bello

Ryan Collinsworth

The Best Home Security Pins

Home Security1Even though Flower Mound was recently ranked the #1 safest community in Texas, it’s still important to be mindful about your home security. Is your home security PIN easy to guess? With four digits you have exactly 10,000 choices — and some pins are stronger than others. This SAFEHOME article suggests do’s and don’ts for personal identification numbers you may find helpful.

Security PIN Don’ts

The best home security PINs are easy for you to remember yet difficult for others to guess. Therefore the worst PINs are 1) common or 2) easy to guess with research about your household. Here are examples of PINs to avoid.

  • The Default PIN: Your home security system might have a default PIN. Do not keep this code! Replace a default PIN as soon as possible.
  • Your Usual PIN: Don’t use the same PIN in different places. Using the same PIN for bank cards and your alarm system, for example, increases your vulnerability.
  • Patterns: Avoid choosing PINs with common number patterns such as 1234, 2222 and 2468. These sorts of PINs are very common and relatively easy to guess with sheer luck. (Don’t try to get clever with pi either; 3141 is a popular PIN too.) Also avoid physical patterns that simply move across or down the keypad, such as 2580.
  • Address and Phone: Don’t use part of your address or phone number when setting your PIN. For example, if your phone number is 867-5309, then “5309” would be a not-so-secure PIN.
  • Birthdays and Anniversaries: A criminal can easily research the dates of importance to you and your family members. Therefore don’t use birthday numbers or a wedding anniversary date as a PIN.
  • Years: It’s wise to avoid any PIN that starts with 19 or 20, such as 1968 or 2017, because criminals have found that these PINs are rather common. Also avoid using years that have historical significance such as 1776.

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With so many don’ts, what’s left? Here are tips for choosing a home security PIN that’s memorable but can’t easily be compromised.

  • Start with a Digit 2-9. The best home security PINs start with a digit from 2 through 9. These are much less common than PINs starting with 1.
  • Space Your Numbers. People tend to choose PIN digits that are adjacent to each other on a security keypad. Make your PIN harder to guess by choosing digits that are more distant from each other. For example, 4917 is more difficult to guess compared with 4569.
  • Use Letters. Use letters instead of numbers to remember your home security code. For example, the phrase “A Very Fine House” is abbreviated AVFH. On a security keypad the corresponding digits are 2834.

Extra Security PIN Tips

For extra PIN security, be sure that your alarm control panel isn’t in view of prowlers, including prowlers with binoculars.

fingerprintsBe sure to clear your fingerprints or other signs of control pad wear. If you leave prints on a touchscreen control panel, you could make it easy for an intruder to narrow down the possibilities for your PIN. With pushbutton control panels, occasionally changing your PIN can help ensure that all the buttons wear evenly.

 

Home security information provided by Keller Williams Dallas Metro North. Call us today – we have over 400 qualified realtors eager to assist you!