Giving Back to the Community - February 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

We have all heard that saying “New Year, New You.”  And as hopeful business people, we begin setting plans and goals on how to be the best version of ourselves.  Do we want more new business, bigger budgets, more money in our savings accounts, do we want more referrals, more travel time, etc. Just the idea that we can start with a clean slate for the new year is refreshing.

Along with meeting personal goals and getting our business plan in effect, try to add helping your community.  Find what is needed, find your niche, find your voice and jump in with vigor.  Why not consider helping a local organization, charity, join the Chamber, show up to help serve pancakes for the Sertoma or Rotary clubs, and get involved with the City Councils planning and zoning departments?  Have you considered helping Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing?  Have you considered volunteering at the Food Pantries?

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7 Signs Your Marketing Is Suffering
Friday, February 17, 2017
Written By: NAR

Could your marketing be outdated, ineffective, or even harmful? Forbes.com columnist John Rampton recently highlighted several signs your strategy might need an update in 2017:

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Williamson County Housing Statistics - January 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

Round Rock, Texas – 15 February 2017 – Home sales in Williamson County increased 0.4 % in January 2017. Additionally, home prices and inventory increased over 10% (when compared year over year), according to the January 2017 Williamson County housing market report released today by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.

According to the report, 544 homes were sold in Williamson County during January 2017, a 0.4% increase from the year prior. The median price for Williamson County homes increased 10.4% year-over-year to $265,000 during the same period.

“Inventory is starting to increase across Williamson County. This creates more competition between sellers, and gives buyers more choices,” said WCREALTORS President Suzanne Gantner. “While the inventory is increasing, Williamson County is still experiencing price increases as due to the extremely low inventory.” continued Gantner.

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REALTOR® Magazine Reports on 2016 Marketing Trends for Real Estate Agents
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Written By: NAR

According to an October article published in RealtorMag.com, being on the forefront of technology trends helps gain an edge in the marketplace. The article, titled “4 Digital Marketing Trends to Watch in 2016”, references a Forbs.com report where SEO and online expert, Jayson DeMers, pinpoints evolving digital marketing trends that will really begin to have an impact this year.

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Central Texas Weekly Update
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Written By: Elizabeth Schneider

This week’s update covers information about the Texas REALTORS® Candidate Training, TAR’s Legislative Priorities for the 85th Legislature, information about the two tax bills in the Texas Legislature, information about the FHA fee cut, as well as info about Winter Meeting and Open Enrollment!

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5 Home Design Needs for Your Boomer Clients
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Written By: NAR

The number of home buyers ages 55 and older is expected to grow over the next decade, and builders across the country are ramping up to serve them. At the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, Fla., this week, the National Association of Home Builders is educating attendees about how to support the industry’s efforts to cater to this segment of the market.

In one session, Deryl Patterson, president of Housing Design Matters in Jacksonville, Fla., offered ideas of how to design, remodel, and market spaces so that they’ll be more appealing to older home buyers. She says one important element is to avoid treating baby boomer clients as if they’ve suddenly developed a whole new set of living preferences. Patterson told attendees it makes more sense to think of boomers as “mature” in the sense that they are experienced buyers who know what they want. She described their mindset about their home purchase as: “I’m going to do it right this time, finally.”

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The Promise of 3-D Printed Property
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Written By: NAR

Technological advances in construction will represent a huge shift for the building and real estate industries in the next decade. Are you ready?

Imagine if all shoes were still made by hand. While you might yearn for the return of the artisan craft of cobblery, Behrokh Khoshnevis pours cold water on such a fanciful scenario. Before automation, he says, the high cost and high demand for decent footwear meant most people were stuck buying one pair of ill-fitting, sloppily sewn shoes a year.

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Are you giving buyers what they want?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Written By: TAR

Are you communicating the way buyers want you to? Are you wasting time and money on your advertising? And what do buyers need your help with the most? The recently released 2016 Profile of Texas Homebuyers and Sellers report has statistics that give you clues to help you answer these questions.

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Williamson County home sales and prices increase in December
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Written By: WCREALTORS

Round Rock, Texas – 15 January 2017 – Home sales in Williamson County increased 5.6 % in December 2016. Additionally, home prices increased (when compared year over year), according to the December 2016 Williamson County housing market report released today by the Williamson County Association of REALTORS®.

According to the report, 846 homes were sold in Williamson County during December 2016, a 5.6% increase from the year prior. The median price for Williamson County homes increased 4.6% year-over-year to $261,369 during the same period.

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Ring in the Sparkle
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Written By: Suzanne Gantner

As a very optimistic person, I plan on accomplishing many positive things in the coming year. I want to shine; but, if you know me, then you know that I always want to sparkle and shine. I want each of you to make 2017 the year you sparkle and shine with me!

“How do you sparkle?” you might ask. There are many different terms for the phrase “sparkle and shine.” Some examples are “pay it forward,” “be kind to one another,” “do the right thing,” “do unto others,” “embrace life and people,” “involve yourself with the community,” etc. I am sure by now you are getting the jest of my statement & mission.

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