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Selling Real Estate in the WC - WCSPECIALIST Certification

February 10 & 11th; 9:00am - 4:00pm

Join the special few who currently hold the WCSPECIALIST Certification and become an expert on Williamson County. For a special price of only $99 you will learn from the elite across Williamson County on special issues affecting real estate such as: schools (ISDs & colleges), HOAs, ETJs, MUDs, Chambers, Economic Development, Communities, Regional Infrastructure, and so much more! Completion of the course will award  12 CE Hours and your WCSPECIALIST Certification. More Information | Register Now

Murder Mystery Dinner

Friday, March 4, 2016 | Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7:15

Join the WCSCHOLARSHIP Foundation and come out to support local high school seniors in an effort to help make college affordable. The Inaugural Murder Mystery Dinner will be an unforgettable night of entertainment all while trying to figure out "who-done-it?". Tickets are now on sale for $50, and include a plated dinner, drink ticket, and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the WCREALTORS Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. More Information | Sponsorship Information | Buy Your Ticket

Industry News
Should your MLS consider consolidating? Part 1

Some of you know that much of my work over the past few years has been focused on MLS Consolidations. More specifically, it’s been about creating new, bigger and better regional MLSs. Together with the courageous leaders from 45 MLSs, we successfully created 8 new regional MLSs and nobody lost their identity or their job. Today, we have 752 MLSs – not 900 like we used to talk about.

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2015 Was The Best Year for Sales Since the Housing Boom

The end of the year brought a sizable boost to existing-home sales, as delayed closings fromnew mortgage rulespushed some would-be November transactions to December, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. Existing-home sales — which are completed transactions for single-family homes, townhomes, condos, and co-ops — rose 14.7 percent month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.46 million in December. Sales are now 7.7 percent above a year ago.

That marks the best year of existing-home sales since 2006, though it’s still well below the record for that year, which was a whopping 6.48 million.

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Make Prospects Choose You Over the Internet

The online experience has made in-person shopping more obsolete for many consumers, and that has affected the way real estate professionals connect with customers as much as it has bricks-and-mortar stores. With more house hunters doing the bulk of their research on the Internet, what can you do to get them offline and in front of you faster? (Because, obviously, you can give them better information about their market than the Web can.)

​You may be able to glean some insight from the struggle physical retailers have faced getting shoppers off the Internet and into their stores. Online retailers have cut into the profits bricks-and-mortar stores once; in a similar fashion, real estate portals have grabbed attention from individual agents and brokers. In order to fend off the threat from the Internet, retailers have to rethink the experience they offer in person. That means offering something that can’t be bought online. So how can that concept apply to your business?

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News You Can Use
Hutto Council approves additional funds for Williamson ESD No. 3

Hutto City Council members authorized the payment of approximately $100,000 in additional funding to ESD No. 3 during a council meeting Jan. 21.

City Manager Karen Daly presented the resolution and outlined payment details to be paid over a one-year period. She said the resolution was a temporary solution to delay a potential sales tax increase from the ESD.

On Oct. 21, 2015, the Williamson County Emergency Services District No. 3, also known as Hutto Fire and Rescue, ordered a sales tax election for May 7, Daly said. The election order included levying the full two percent of local sales tax in the unincorporated areas of their service district, she said.

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Leander City Council OKs plan to annex 3,208 acres

On Jan. 21, Leander City Council approved a resolution to annex about 3,208 acres to the city limits.

The annexation process would continue with two public hearings in March and end with two readings of a city ordinance in April, Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis told the council.

If approved, the annexation would increase land located within city limits by about 17 percent.

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