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How is the Real Estate Market in Orlando? Here’s the Answer!

July 16th, 2013

 

Fierce competition among homebuyers is once again driving Orlando home prices up. For the first time since 2008, the median price of an Orlando home surpassed the $150,000 mark.

 

It’s important to note that in a seller’s market, what’s online right now may not be there tomorrow. That’s where your real estate agent comes in. Your agent can get updates and information as it’s happening- before it shows up on the web.

 

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REAL Trends 500 – Keller Williams Realty Outpaces the Industry!

June 19th, 2013

 

 

According to the REAL Trends 500, Keller Williams Realty’s top brokerages sold more real estate than any other franchise’s brokerages last year. The report is an annual industry ranking published by REAL Trends, Inc., a leading source of analysis and information on the residential brokerage and housing industry.

 

Of the Top 500 real estate brokerages in the United States, Keller Williams Realty offices significantly outpaced the industry in both sales volume per office and transactions per office. Keller Williams Realty brokerages represented 23 percent (116 offices) of the Top 500 by closed volume and 22 percent (111 offices) of the top 500 brokerages ranked by closed transactions. The Keller Williams Realty offices included in the Top 500 handled approximately $67 billion in sales and more than 289,000 transactions.

 

“We are honored to be in business with so many talented associates who share our goal of being the largest, most productive and most profitable real estate company in the world,” Keller Williams Realty CEO Mark Willis said. “By putting our agents at the center of every decision we make as a company, we are able to empower our people to succeed as leaders in their markets.”

 

In addition to the overall rankings, Keller Williams Realty had more offices ranked than any other national franchise company in the Top 50 in each of the following categories:

  • Transactions per Office
  • Sales Volume per Office
  • Percent Increase in Transactions
  • Percent Increase in Volume
  • 5-year Percent Increase in Transactions

The REAL Trends results reinforce the record-setting productivity gains Keller Williams Realty announced previously. In 2012, per-agent units increased 23 percent, closed volume was up 31 percent, and gross commission income rose 28 percent – far outpacing the industry. A record 91 percent of the company’s offices were profitable for the year. Moreover, the Keller Williams Realty profit share system distributed $55 million in profits to associates – an increase of 44 percent over the previous year.

 

“We are always moving toward our next big goal,” Willis said. “Once we achieve it, we set the next one and tackle it so that we are always making forward progress. Since last year’s REAL Trends 500, we’ve grown by 10,000 associates, become the largest real estate franchise in the United States, and been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as highest in customer satisfaction among both home buyers and home sellers.* This year’s report shows that, once again, our education-based, technology-driven company is setting the bar for our industry.”

 

“It’s all about our people’s success,” added Keller Williams Realty President Mary Tennant. “When you make sure your associates have careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living, it’s no surprise when they dominate reports like this. We are so proud to be in business with all of the talented people who make it possible.”

 

For more details, the full reports are available on the REAL Trends Website: www.realtrends.com.

 

The Keller Williams Lake Nona Market Center, located at 9161 Narcoossee Rd Suite 107, Orlando, FL was established in 2011 and has 142 associates.

 

To learn more about Keller Williams Realty, call Rich Carpentieri at 407-207-0825 or visit our website.

 

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Keller Williams received the highest numerical score among full service real estate firms for home buyers and home sellers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM. Study based on 2,994 total evaluations measuring five firms and measures opinions of individuals who bought or sold a home between March 2011 and April 2012. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed March-May 2012. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

 

 

 

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What You Need To Know as a First Time Home Buyer!

June 12th, 2013

Homeownership starts with a desire to achieve the American Dream – to have a home of one’s own. After that, however, pragmatic questions must be answered, such as how much a buyer can afford and whether a bank will be willing to lend them money.

 

“Buying a home can be one of the biggest purchases a consumer will make,” says Cheryl Nolda, president, Home Lending Solutions, RBS Citizens Financial Group. “A house is the foundation where individuals and families build their lives and make memories.”

 

Charter One Bank put together a list of home buying tips for consumers who have decided that homeownership is right for them:

• Determine purchasing power. Calculate how much you can afford to spend before you start looking to focus on houses in that price range. The answer depends largely on income and current monthly debt payments.

 

• Secure your credit report. If there are any credit issues, get them addressed before applying for a mortgage loan. A free annual credit report can be obtained by calling 1-877-322-8228 or going to: www.annualcreditreport.com.

 

• Do your mortgage homework. Take the time to learn important mortgage and home-buying terms; more importantly, understand what they mean. Investigate the details – What are the additional costs, such as origination or application fees?

 

Get pre-approved. A mortgage pre-approval assessment tells you approximately how much money you can borrow from your lender. In addition, many sellers require a pre-approval letter before reviewing a buyer’s offer. (After applying, avoid doing anything that would negatively impact your credit score, such as opening a new credit card or making a large purchase until after the home closing.)

 

• Buyer’s checklist. Use a homebuyer’s checklist at each house to keep track of important features like amenities, neighborhood and schools. This helps you compare notes and remember the differences and characteristics of each house, especially if you visit several houses in different locations.

 

Know the market. When you know local market and home values, you’re less likely to overpay for a property. Use the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and full MLS listing details of the most similar comparable properties to help you know how much you should offer. And be on the lookout for owners who are eager to sell and willing to negotiate – this can save you thousands of dollars.

 

• Home inspection. Hire a professional home inspector to determine if there are any potential problems that can be expensive to repair.

 

• Have a backup plan. You and a seller may reach a stalemate when negotiating. Consider developing a back-up plan, just in case you are unable to reach an agreement. Define your maximum offer and don’t go over it – there are almost always other homes that will meet your criteria.

 

 

 

 

 

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Real Estate Agents to Sellers: Get Moving!

April 22nd, 2013

With inventories at 13-year lows, real estate professionals are getting creative in trying to convince home owners to sell.

“There’s such little inventory that my joke is it’s like the last shrimp at the buffet at a cocktail party and everyone’s jumping on it to try and get to it,” Boston-area real estate pro Ken Snyder told American Public Media.

Snyder has been posting stories on his social networks about how he’s getting six or seven offers on properties from the high buyer demand, but then adds “Sellers, hello? Where are you?!” His messaging is working. Owners who had been renting a loft saw his Facebook post and decided to sell after all.

To try to get more listings, some real estate professionals are also holding first-time home-seller seminars. And real estate professional Gary Rogers says he’s been writing personal letters to sellers.

But real estate professionals say that many owners fear selling because they’re scared that once their home is sold they won’t then have any place to move to due to the low inventories.

Source: “Realtors Ask: ‘What can I do to get you OUT of that House?” American Public Media (March 20, 2013)

 

 

The Keller Williams Lake Nona Market Center, located at 9161 Narcoossee Rd Suite 107, Orlando, Fl was established in 2011 and has 127 associates.

 

To learn more about Keller Williams Realty, call Rich Carpentieri at 407-207-0825 or visit www.kwnona.com .

 

 

 

KW Lake Nona Celebrates It’s Top 5 Agents for January!

March 4th, 2013

Keller Williams Lake Nona  celebrates their agents who have had an amazing month for both the number of listings taken and the volume of closed contracts. In January, our very own Sharon LaPointe helped 13 sellers list their homes for sale and the husband and wife duo, Allyn & Pam Maycumber closed more than one million in volume!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on KW Lake Nona, contact Rich Carpentieri at 407-433-8261.

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Grand Opening of Panera Bread, The Perfect Networking Opportunity!

February 25th, 2013

Panera Bread is holding their Grand Opening Appreciation Luncheion on Monday, March 4th. Their new location is on International Drive in the Sea World Area. This is a perfect networking opportunity, have lunch with other business owners! Check your schedule and if you can join them, please RSVP to 407-280-6802!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Keller Williams Realty Now #1 Real Estate Company in the United States by Agent Count

February 18th, 2013
DALLAS, TEXAS — Keller Williams Realty, Inc. announced today that it is   the largest real estate franchise company by agent count in the United   States, with approximately 80,000 associates. In recent years, Keller   Williams Realty has posted record growth numbers, surpassing RE/MAX, Century   21, and now Coldwell Banker to secure the industry’s top position. The news,   based on publically available information as of February 6, 2013, was   announced in front of more than 10,000 Keller Williams associates during the   company’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas.

 

During his standing-room-only, annual State of the Company   address, CEO Mark Willis made the announcement, stating, “Keller   Williams associates: We are one family. We have one destiny. We share one   thing…We are America’s #1 real estate company by agent count!”

 

Willis also reported strong productivity gains by Keller   Williams associates in 2012. Year over year, per-agent units increased 23   percent, closed volume was up 31 percent, and gross commission income rose 28   percent. Moreover, a record 91 percent of the company’s offices were   profitable for the year. The company also announced its final profit share   total for the year, which added up to more than $55 million in profits   distributed to Keller Williams associates – an increase of 44 percent over   the previous year.

 

Keller Williams Realty President Mary Tennant updated   attendees on the company’s charitable 501(c)(3) entity, KW Cares, which in   2012 awarded $2.7 million in grants to associates and their families in need.

 

And finally, Keller Williams Worldwide President Chris   Heller announced plans to expand into two new regions: (1) Germany, Austria,   and Switzerland; and (2) Turkey. The company previously announced global   franchise agreements in Vietnam, Indonesia, and Southern Africa. Heller also   extended a big welcome to more than 70 international guests who were visiting   from 18 countries.

 

“One of the keys to Keller Williams Realty’s   phenomenal success has been our ability to grow organically – from agent to   agent, from market center to market center, from country to country – earning   our reputation one person at a time,” Heller said.

 

Willis’ presentation was followed   by a 30th anniversary party. The No. 1 announcement and celebration capped a   remarkable year for the Austin, TX-based company:

  •   J.D.   Power and Associates ranked Keller Williams “Highest in Customer   Satisfaction” among both home buyers and home sellers.*
  •   Keller   Williams was ranked No. 9 on America’s Top 150 Workplaces – the only national   real estate company on the list.
  •   And   in April, Keller Williams co-founder and bestselling author Gary Keller will   publish his latest book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth   Behind Extraordinary Results.

 

Willis thanked associates and   implored them to “Never back down” from their new position as the   largest real estate company in the United States: “Let’s celebrate   tonight, but watch out, competition. Tomorrow we’re going to be working harder   than we’ve ever worked before. The real prize we’re pursuing is to be #1 in   agent count and transactions and volume all across the world!”

 

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*Disclaimer: Keller Williams   received the highest numerical score among full service real estate firms for   home buyers and home sellers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates   2012 Home Buyer/Seller StudySM. Study based on 2,994 total evaluations   measuring five firms and measures opinions of individuals who bought or sold   a home between March 2011 and April 2012. Proprietary study results are based   on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed March-May 2012. Your   experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com

 

About Keller   Williams Realty, Inc.:
Keller Williams Realty Inc. is the   largest real estate franchise company in the United States, with   approximately 700 offices and 80,000 associates around the world. The company   has grown exponentially since the opening of the first Keller Williams Realty   office in 1983, and continues to cultivate an agent-centric, education-based,   technology-driven culture that rewards associates as stakeholders. The   company also provides specialized agents in luxury homes and commercial real   estate properties. For more information or to search for homes for sale visit   Keller Williams Realty online at (www.kw.com). For more information about   KWWorldwide, please visit (www.kwworldwide.com).  

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Florida Among States With Highest Number of Underwater Mortgages

January 28th, 2013

The number of home owners underwater on their mortgage—owing more than their home is currently worth—continues to drop, but “sand states” still account for the highest number of borrowers facing negative equity.

 

Twenty-two percent of all residential properties with a mortgage—or about 10.7 million home owners—were underwater by the end of the third quarter for 2012, according to CoreLogic data. From September 2011 to September 2012, 1.4 million home owners had moved from negative equity to positive equity.

 

Rising home prices are pushing more Americans above water, as they once again see equity in their homes after five years of a downward housing market.

 

The following five states had the highest number of underwater mortgages and accounted for 34 percent of the total amount of negative equity in the entire country:

 

  1. Nevada: 56.9% properties were in negative equity
  2. Florida: 42.1%
  3. Arizona: 38.6%
  4. Georgia: 35.6%
  5. Michigan: 32%

Source: “Sand States’ Are Still the Wettest,” RISMedia (Jan. 27, 2013)

 

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Orlando, FL 32827

 

Ready to Sell Your House? The Orlando Real Estate Market is Ready NOW!

January 23rd, 2013

Are you thinking of selling your house? The Orlando Real Estate Market is Ready NOW! In 2012, Orlando’s housing market continued to show signs of a recovery. Strong homebuyer demand continued to fuel the market, with home prices climbing once again in December!

 

Want to find out what your home is worth in today’s real estate market? Simply fill out the information below and a Real Estate Agent will call you today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate Agents Host a Career Night for Aministrative Assistants!

November 18th, 2012

Keller Williams Advantage Group real estate agents are looking to grow their team. We are looking for administrative talent who are motivated, systematic, hard working team players. If you think you have what it takes to be on the KW team please bring your resume & shining personality! Meet some agents who are ready to hire you as their administrative assistant!

No real estate experience necessary! We have monthly assistant masterminds and classes that will help you learn all you need to know!

 

Richard Carpentieri
407-207-0825
9161 Narcoossee Rd. Suite 107
 Orlando, FL 32827