For Mike Maletich, the ability to travel means more than freedom and adventure; it means following his heart to help fight “the greatest injustice of our generation.”Read More
In January 2016, I decided to take a chance and launch Triangle Real Producers. I prepared for change and I expected challenges, but I did not anticipate the incredible things that would happen along the way.Read More
Tina Caul’s first day in real estate was September 11th, 2001. She was driving to the office when the towers were hit. “I was so excited to begin my new life at the exact moment when so many had lost theirs. It was a very, very emotional start,” she says.
Tina was 21 years old, studying psychology and social work at Oakland University in Michigan, and had just purchased her first home with her husband when their real estate agent convinced her to get her real estate license. “She was impressed with my knowledge of the area and my ability to find houses before she could,” says Tina. “She even paid for the classes, so I could join her brokerage.”Read More
In sports, when a player is traded, there is a phrase used to label the game in which that player is up against his former team. That phrase is, “The Revenge Game”. The concept is that an ordinary player gets extra inspiration and vigor to play against his former team. He wants to show them that they made a mistake in trading him, almost to say, “I could have put up these stats for you!”Read More
Our Southeast Valley Real Producers magazine collected several Real Estate Horror Stories from the top producing agents in the area. Here are our favorites:Read More
Novelist E. M. Forster once wrote, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”
This simple quote perfectly reflects Allen Tate real estate agent Suzanne Cowden’s personal story. Cowden, a Charlotte native, was first introduced to real estate at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she enrolled in a real estate elective course on a whim. This last-minute decision not only allowed her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business but also a North Carolina real estate license.Read More
Your buyer just closed on her dream home (sigh of relief). Next step: the perfect closing gift.
A closing gift is more than just a nice gesture. It’s a way to improve loyalty and drive referrals. However, pinpointing the perfect gift for your client isn’t always easy. To help, our team came up with several creative ideas to spur your inner gift-giver:Read More
“The greater fool is actually an economic term. It’s a patsy. For the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool— someone who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their life trying not to be the greater fool; we toss him the hot potato, we dive for his seat when the music stops. The greater fool is someone with the perfect blend of self-delusion and ego to think that he can succeed where others have failed. This whole country was made by greater fools.”Read More
The phenomenon that's sweeping across Pinterest and HGTV: Tiny Homes.
The idea of downsizing, living environmentally friendly, lowering the cost of living, and simplifying your home has widespread appeal -- but are you cut out for the tiny house lifestyle?Read More
Service with a smile ... uh, er – Steill. Sure, it is a play on words (made you grin just a little, right?), but really it is the only way to capture the heartbeat and worldview of Justin Steill. Even a casual conversation with him reveals his commitment to making things happen for others, and along the way, great things happen – even selling houses.Read More
It’s officially fall -- the smell of fresh school supplies lingers in classrooms, coffee shops are rolling out their pumpkin spice lattes, and wreaths of orange, red, and gold are on display.
Fall is also a popular time to list a home. Beyond a deep clean, throwing up a fresh coat of paint, and taking down personal photos, here are six easy and economic tips for staging a home in the fall:Read More
A wood carver, a musician, a father of six, and a successful Real Producers Publisher: Mark Menezes can’t remember the last day he woke up dreading work.
A Publisher going on two years, Mark has learned a lot along the way. With a large family, he wanted a career that would allow flexibility without sacrificing success, and Real Producers allowed him to do exactly that.Read More
In an age where safety and security are paramount, everyone is taking extra measures to safeguard their assets. One option that many homeowners invest in is a home security system. However, is it worth the money?Read More
Pet owners are a special breed of buyer: they want an open concept floor-plan, granite counter-tops, high ceilings, along with a home that accommodates their best friend, Sparky. When getting to know your client, make sure to factor in their pet’s needs as the home search begins.
Topics to consider when selling to pet-owners:Read More
The most common offender of weakening a home’s foundation? Water damage.
Water damage is an expensive and inconvenient issue that can affect any home, even if it is not in a coastal region or a flood zone. It doesn't matter if you’re a buyer, seller, or owner, it’s important to check for water damage and take preventative measures.Read More
Home Inspections, a necessity that often causes stress or worry for home-buyers, home-owners, and realtors alike. Phil Thornberry, from Security Home Inspections, provides information on what is THOUGHT to be on a Home Inspection report, versus the information actually provided.Read More
One of the most popular tales of perseverance is that of Colonel Sanders. You may have heard it. At the age of 65, Colonel Sanders found himself broke and living on social security checks. He decided to hit the road and sell his recipe for chicken to restaurants. Legend has it that he was turned down 1009 times before he sold anything. The 1010th became KFC.
Yes, you did read that correctly… one thousand and nine “no’s” before a “yes”.Read More
This article is one of those that is not fun to write or read, for that matter, unless you've been there and done that. Then you'll immediately appreciate it. If you play the landlord / rental / property manager game long enough, it will happen -- a tenant trashes your property. You have a flooded basement. You have a fire. It's easy to panic. It's easy to lose sleep or to not think clearly. It is tough to regain your sense of control in situations like these, but it can be done. With some advanced thinking and planning, you can and will survive.Read More
Potential buyers generally consider the neighborhood and the surrounding community where
they may want to live. One of the principles of feng shui is that everything is interconnected. The quality of a home is connected to the quality of the neighborhood and the quality of the larger community, like a pebble in a pond surrounded by concentric circles. Obviously, you cannot change an entire neighbhood or community, but you can take steps to make the best
of the location of a home for sale.
Many of the defects inspectors note in reports are accepted, negotiated and repaired, sometimes without a true understanding why. Phil Thornberry, President of Security Home Inspections, answers some of those defects below:
- Double keyed dead bolts