Children's Cancer Center

NHD Empower Tour of The Children’s Cancer Center this Friday

Every quarter, we take our NextHome Discovery agents on a tour of a local non-profit. We call these our NHD Empower Tours. We open up these tours to all local Realtors and affiliates as we ALL benefit by being aware of all the needs and resources in our community so that we can find ways of getting involved and EMPOWERING others.

As part of this quarter’s NHD Empower Tour we are scheduled to tour the Children’s Cancer Center on Friday, April 21st ( http://childrenscancercenter.org/) to raise awareness on how they are serving families of children who have cancer or chronic blood disorders… And how best we can get involved.

The tour is scheduled for 10am and should be wrapped up by 11am. We welcome you to join us this Friday.

PLEASE RSVP to Heather@DiscoverYourPlace.com to let us know if you can attend!

NHD EMPOWER TOUR_APRIL 21 2017

Why It’s So Important to Get Pre-approved BEFORE House-hunting: Mortgage Minute with Gershman Mortgage

If you aren’t planning on paying cash for your new home in Tampa Bay, we HIGHLY recommend getting pre-approved with a responsive, reputable lender prior to your home search. We are currently in a seller’s market where, depending on the price point, homes don’t sit on the market too long. It is imperative we present a strong offer with your pre-approval letter in hand when in a multiple-offer situation. This leverage puts you at the front of the line and gives the home seller confidence the transaction will go through without any issues due to financing. Check out this quick video below by Doug Smith with Gershman Mortgage and feel free to reach out to them at the contact info below so we can get started with your search to find a beautiful new home here in Tampa Bay!

Gershman Mortgage: 813-644-4278 | https://www.gershman.com/florida/ |  Ask for Doug Smith or Bryan Marx … and tell them we sent ya!

 

A Better Way to Find and Convert Leads

Leads, leads, leads… They’re our lifeline as licensed real estate professionals! Chris Smith, the co-founder of Curaytor, dubs “how to convert them, where to find them, and what to do with ‘luke-warm’ leads” among the top topics on every real estate professional’s mind.

If this is where your mind drifts between one appointment and the next, this short video may be of some use to you. Besides his upbeat attitude, you’ll hear Chris remind you of some best practice “to-do’s” and also some ‘new’ practice “must-do’s” with the recent explosion of Facebook as a viable source for generating leads.

“Getting leads from the right sources will lead to ones that convert sooner rather than later.” Thanks for the information Chris!

 

P.S. If you are looking for a brokerage that can help you stay on top of your leads with one hub to access a network of services, from marketing, training, and business tools, 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!

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: