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Nationwide Open House Event Kicks Off This Weekend

This weekend, real estate agents throughout the country will participate in the 2011 REALTOR® Nationwide Open House event during what is typically considered prime buying season for those in the market for a new home.

One of the main goals of the weekend – in addition to spotlighting homes for sale – is to increase awareness about the benefits of home ownership for potential buyers. Locally, many open houses will be held both on Saturday, June 4 as well as Sunday, June 5. Click here for a list and maps of open houses which will be taking place this weekend.

According to a National Association of Home Builders report, home affordability recently reached its highest level in 20 years, signaling a great time for buyers to take advantage of the significant purchasing power available to them.

For more information about the open houses taking place this weekend or to schedule an appointment with one of our agents, please contact us.

Source: REALTOR® Magazine | Full Article

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Keller Williams Profit Sharing – A Unique Wealth-Building Opportunity

You’ve read the articles, heard the reports, and seen the numbers – Keller Williams Realty is passionate about the success of its agents. But how do we go that extra mile to show you just how much we value your business as an agent?

Profit Sharing

Associates who attract other agents to the company are rewarded for spreading the news about the great opportunities available at Keller Williams. After all, we believe that agents are partners and stakeholders in the success of our business. Through a distinct profit sharing system created by Keller Williams Realty International, approximately 50 percent of every market center’s profits each month are returned to agents who have helped to grow the company. Today, nearly 25,000 agents are actively participating in the profit share program, with some agents having earned over $1 million in profit share alone.

Growing your profit share tree with Keller Williams can have enormous benefits. Would you like to build a retirement plan that you can rely on and which will continue to grow for years to come? Would you like your mortgage payment to be covered each month simply by the money that is profited back to you from the program? Maybe you would like to go on a free vacation every year for the rest of your life? With the KW profit sharing program, the possibilities are endless.

Profit sharing is just one of the many benefits of being an agent at Keller Williams. To find out more about the unique opportunities available to you, contact our Team Leader today.

Report: Mortgage Rates on the Rise This Week

According to REALTOR® Magazine, mortgage rates are once again on the rise for the fourth consecutive week. Still, despite the slow increase, rates remain just below 5 percent, equaling affordability for buyers.

Frank Nothaft, chief economist for Freddie Mac, also noted that consumer purchases rose for the ninth straight month, indicating a potentially positive upswing for the economic recovery.

Below are the most current mortgage rates for the week:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.91 percent, up from last week’s 4.87 percent. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 5.07 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.13 percent, up from last week’s 4.10 percent average. Last year, 15-year rates averaged 4.40 percent at this time.
  • 5-year adjustable-rate mortgage: averaged 3.78 percent, an increase from last week’s 3.72 percent average.

For more information on the real estate market, contact us today!

Source: REALTOR® Magazine | Full Article

Five Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

Thinking about selling your home? Here are five actions you can take now to help prepare your home for the market, courtesy of the National Association of REALTORS® website.

1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.

2. Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.

3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn our or will need to be replaced soon, such as your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.

4. Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.

5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you’re a buyer and stand outside of your home. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?

If you are ready to list, contact a Keller Williams associate today! Our agents are armed with the knowledge and skill sets you need to sell your home quickly and effectively.

Source: NAR | Full Article

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Hiring a REALTOR® Can Increase Your Chances of Selling By 50%

A recent survey conducted by HomeGain concluded that sellers are 50 percent more likely to complete a transaction when working in conjunction with a REALTOR® than when undertaking the task on their own.

Of the respondents who said they employed a REALTOR®, 59 percent were successful in selling their home. On the other hand, only 39 percent of the respondents who reported attempting to sell on their own were able to sell. This reflects a 50 percent increase when using a REALTOR®.

If you are thinking about selling your home, consider using a REALTOR® who has the knowledge and expertise to guide you through a smooth and rewarding selling experience.

Contact us today for more information on employing a Keller Williams agent to buy or sell a home.

Source: PRWeb | Full Article

My Mega Camp Experience

If you’ve noticed a lack of updates on the blog over the last two days, I have a good reason!

Generally, all of my blogs are written in the third-person so as to distance myself from the content. However, I feel the need to inject my presence into this post for the purpose of reporting back on my experience at Mega Camp – specifically, Mega Technology Camp.

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Mason Nichols and I am the technology coordinator at Keller Williams in Lafayette, IN. If you have been reading this blog over the course of the last two months, you have been reading posts which I have submitted. On that note, thank you for reading! We strive to bring you the latest news from the real estate industry coupled with insights into the Keller Williams culture.

Simply put: Mega Camp is amazing. Although I was scheduled for a one-day whirlwind trip which included 4 separate flights total, the production and content of the event was enough to make me forget that my day had more travel in it than Mega Camp. Walking into the convention center, I was blown away by all of the vendors present at the event. Representatives from ShowingTime to TopProducer were there to showcase their latest innovations and tools to supplement agent business. Aisles were wide, with plenty of room to maneuver even at the busiest of times. The hall in which the class took place was phenomenal.

Mega Camp 2010 - Unleash Your Power

The class itself was highly informative, with a wide variety of new websites, apps, and tools being discussed. Representatives from REALTOR.com, Trulia, and more were all present. Topics included the feasibility of implementing a phone application versus setting up a mobile-optimized website, how to effectively utilize video to convert leads, and how to leverage advertising to increase return on investment.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will attempt to consolidate the information into 1-2 cohesive classes that will relay the information back to our agents here in Lafayette.

Mega Camp was a great event and was exemplary of Keller Williams’ effort to provide agents with the best in training and technology.

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