Selling Real Estate in Tampa Bay? Utilize One of Our Professional Realtors® for the Job!

You want more money into your pocket, right?!

Well, what if we told you that hiring a professional Realtor® to assist you in your next real estate transaction could actually save you both money and precious time?

A question we often here from those trying to sell their homes on their own is “Using a Realtor® will cost me money and I’m sure I can figure it out on my own.” Some do attempt to sell on their own, but eventually end up looking to the expertise of a real estate professional to list their home after realizing the headaches and inconvenience of doing it themselves. At the very least, having a real estate agent as a “buffer” between a buyer and seller helps separate the emotions and stress that occurs during negotiations. Using a Realtor® ensures qualified buyers are actually viewing your home as no one wants to just let the general public walk through their house! We also build relationships with other Realtors® which makes it easier to have conversations with them about their buyers when they want to see your home. We are able to ask their Realtor®:

  • Has your buyer been pre-qualified with a lender?
  • What is their time line to make a move?
  • Do they have a current home they need to sell prior to closing on a new home?

The last thing we want to do is waste your time, taking your home off the market only to find out a buyer can’t financially purchase your home. Our job is to get your home sold, and for top dollar! We market your home on 400+ websites, utilize Facebook and Instagram targeted ads, host open houses, hire professional photographers, in many cases we also incorporate 3D viewing technology and video! Our mobile connect platform gives buyers instant access to details of your home before they even step foot inside. These are just some of the tools we use to get your home sold , taking the stress of selling a home off of you!

After you figure the cost of doing everything on your own, including time, energy and education, it’s not difficult to see how hiring a professional in the industry can go a long way…and likely increase your proceeds at the end of the day! Our licensed professionals do more than just put a sign in your yard. Check out the video below on some of the items a Realtor® will do on your behalf:

Realtors come fully packaged and equipped to handle your real estate needs with ease and professionalism. They’re educated in their field and beyond having a professional license, they are members of both local and national boards that provide standards of professionalism in serving you and education on current events taking place in the industry.

It’s all about finding the right Realtor®. Our team of professional and educated Realtors® will immediately relieve the pressure from you by putting their education and expertise to work for you. Buying or selling? Call us today!

Open Houses 101: How to Market

Open Houses are a great marketing tool for real estate agents to get exposure on their listings, and ultimately for home sellers to get their listed homes sold! For agents, it’s the perfect time for neighbors to help you sell your listing by word of mouth because neighbors love living near their best friends, and not to mention, it really shows your clients you mean business!  Impress everyone with your successful open house, using the opportunity to showcase your business and your brand to current clients and potential clients who might stop in. It’s all about setting yourself apart from the others.

You know it’s true, this shouldn’t be new news! So why are your open houses tanking it? Great question!

Jason Jakus shows us how to successfully move from a handful of people attending your open houses to pulling in 15-40 people to your one open house! He emphasizes the importance of having a system, which initially may seem time consuming, but proves worth it with proper set-up and implementation.

 

 

P.S. If you are looking for a brokerage that can help you with technology and techniques to help build exposure for your business, we’d love to chat! Visit us at www.ThisIsMyNextHome.com or send us an email at connect@DiscoverYourPlace.com to learn more!

Leadership 101: How Can I Become a Better Leader?

We all know what makes an effective leader, right? A willingness to lead, hard work, a little empathy and sacrifice, and of course some knowledge of the industry are a few qualities that come to mind. So why can it often seem so difficult when asked to step into leadership and successfully direct the company or team in the right direction?

Danny McKnight shares a quick insight on being an effective leader in the real estate industry. His insight reminds us to focus on the basics – respect, integrity, and personal courage. Whether you’re a leader of a real estate team or want to take on a leadership role within your community, you’ll be inspired by his experience and words of wisdom!

“Take 5” & remember: always be closing, learning, and growing.

 

 

P.S. If you are looking for a brokerage that can help you hone your leadership skills as you look to grow both personally and professionally, we’d love to chat! Visit us at www.ThisIsMyNextHome.com or send us an email at connect@DiscoverYourPlace.com to learn more!

Don’t LOOK for Opportunity in 2017!

As we wrap up January, you may still be looking for opportunities and new avenues to success in 2017. I’m here to tell you that you may be doing it all wrong.

Over the last few years, while speaking at REALTOR® associations as well as within our office with my own NextHome Discovery members, I have been sharing three specific thoughts that always weigh on my mind as we wrap up each year. I think that together, they can open up your life to success more than any attempt to hunt down “opportunity.”

“Opportunities? They are all around us…There is power lying latent everywhere waiting for the observant eye to discover it.”
–Orison Swett Marden, inspirational author and founder of Success Magazine

1. Everything happens for a reason.
Don't Look for Opportunity...it already SURROUNDS you!

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “hindsight is 20/20.” With that in mind, take a moment and look back at past events in your life that you may have initially perceived as negative and reevaluate them with the notion that everything happens for a reason. Perhaps it’s a negative comment someone said to you when you were young that stuck with you instead of a positive quality a teacher or parent saw in you. Maybe it was an event where you failed at something and instead of focusing on the lessons learned, you held onto the failure itself.  Looking back at these memories in this light will open you up to a totally new perspective. My father shared this notion with me over ten years ago that everything, EVERYTHING happens for a reason and nothing happens by chance. It took me a while to fully understand what he meant, but once I did interesting things began to happen for me.

2. Be present in the moment.

Being present in the moment means being aware of what is going on around us. It means starting up a conversation with the person behind you in line at the grocery store. It means saying hello to the person sitting next to you in an educational class at your local association. It means putting your cell phone away when having dinner with your family (I get in trouble for this one a lot).  It means picking up the phone and calling someone instead of texting them.  Being present in the moment means bringing real conversations back into your life. It means asking those around you “how can I help?”

To a certain degree, this will happen automatically when you truly believe everything happens for a reason. By understanding there’s a reason behind the people you encounter, events that happen, and conversations you engage in, you will inevitably begin to make the conscious effort to be present.

3. Opportunity surrounds us.

Understanding that everything happens for a reason and grasping the importance of being present in the moment now leaves you open to the opportunity that surrounds you. Remember that conversation in the grocery store? It turns out they are looking to buy a new home. The real estate professional you chatted with at the association event? She happens to have the perfect buyer for the unique listing you’ve had a tough time selling. When you put your cell phone away at the restaurant? You just had the most interesting conversation with your daughter who had been craving your attention all evening. That time you picked up the phone instead of texting? The conversation led you to finding the business partner for the new real estate team you’ve been wanting to form.

Sound crazy? I promise you, try it and you will be astounded by the number of opportunities that will come to you. If you spend your days looking for opportunity, in essence you are telling yourself opportunity is elusive and you have to seek it out. That is far from the truth.

By believing that everything happens for a reason, and by being present in the moment, we will begin to see that opportunity surrounds us everywhere. So as you prepare for the rest of 2017, don’t waste your time looking for opportunity, as it has been waiting for you all along.

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Anand Patel is president and broker of Tampa Bay’s freshest new real estate brand in town, NextHome Discovery. He can be reached at anand@DiscoverYourPlace.com or by calling 813.867.4417
Buyer Beware

Tampa Buyers Beware! Wire Fraud Cases on the Rise [VIDEO]

If you are buying a home in Tampa Bay, please watch the video below ( put together by Florida Realtors® general counsel, Margy Grant) as wire fraud is on the rise. These sophisticated hackers watch your emails over time and strike right before you close on your new home. They also, in some instances, hack into the account of  your Realtor®, lender, attorney or closing agent and email you false wiring instructions. The whole time, you are under the impression it is a legitimate email. We must all be vigilant.

Please ALWAYS confirm wire instructions by a phone call to the title company or attorney handling the closing.

Our trade association has also created a Wire Fraud Prevention Notice that your NextHome Discovery sales associate will provide to  you early on in the home buying process to ensure you keep your sensitive data secure and are aware of this increasing problem when it comes time to wire funds at your closing. We want the purchase of your new home to be a pleasant, safe and happy experience – this is just one precaution we are taking to ensure all is secure as you purchase your #NextHome!

Below is an excerpt from the Wire Fraud Prevention Notice and a copy of the form can be found by clicking here: Wire Fraud Prevention Notice.

Never trust wiring instructions via email
Criminals/hackers are targeting email accounts of various parties involved in real estate transactions (e.g., lawyers, title
agents, mortgage brokers, real estate agents). These emails are convincing and sophisticated. Among other concerns,
this has led to fraudulent wiring instructions being used to divert funds to the criminal’s bank account. These emails may
look like legitimate emails from the proper party. If you receive an email regarding instructions that contains any
suspicious information, do not click on any links that may be in the email and do not reply.
Broker strongly recommends that Buyer, Seller, and their respective attorneys and others working on a transaction, refrain
from placing any sensitive personal and financial information in an email, directly or through an email attachment. When
there is a need to share Social Security numbers, bank accounts, credit card numbers, wiring instructions or similar
sensitive information, Broker strongly recommends using more secure means, such as providing the information in
person, over the phone, or through secure mail or package services, whenever possible. In addition, before Buyer or
Seller wires any funds to any party (including Buyer or Seller’s attorney, title agent, mortgage broker, or real
estate broker) personally call them to confirm the information is legitimate (i.e., confirm the ABA routing number
or SWIFT code and credit account number). Buyer and Seller should call them at a number that is independently
obtained (e.g., from this Contract, the recipient’s website, etc.) and not use the number in the email in order to be sure
that the contact is a legitimate party.

 

Below is the video featuring Florida Realtors® general counsel, Margy Grant: