Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Zillow Swillow...

I came across a funny meme yesterday that had the artist guy... I can't remember his name... the one that painted on the easel and would paint "pretty birds" in places where he smudged?  Anyway, the meme showed him in front of a blank canvas and said "Hey Look -- it's a collage of all the homes Zillow accurately valuated."  SO TRUE.  You can see it here.

Zillow is a necessary evil in our industry.  We can't beat it, so we have to come up with ways to use it to our advantage.  Therefore, The Shore Team has purchased enhanced features on Zillow that allow us as agents to upload multiple photos (more than the default), edit property details (to an extent), etc.  However. just because we have learned to capitalize on this website does NOT mean we endorse everything it says!  Zestimates are rarely, if ever, correct evaluations of your property's value.  Trust me on this!  Algorithms are used to determine value based on square footage, tax info, etc., but they are not market specific.  Market specificity is crucial to properly preparing your home for the market or for properly setting your expectations as a buyer.  Please contact your trusted Realtor advisor for these things, and take Zillow with a grain of salt.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Time Flies and Change Happens!

It has been a while since my last post, but there sure has been a lot happening in the world of The Shore Team!  Mark, Lisa, and I are very excited to announce that we will be a part of bringing a Keller Williams franchise to Winston-Salem!  KW is a HUGE player in the national real estate scene, and while there are some offices in our vicinity, as of now there is not one in Winston-Salem.  But, all of that is about to change!  We are partnering with some other like minded, motivated, full time, and LOCAL agents to bring the franchise here, and we could not be more enthusiastic about this. While the official change happened Friday, this morning several of our team members had the chance to sit down and really dig into some of the tools that KW has to offer its agents -- HOLY SMOKES!  We are blown away, and it was just the tip of the iceberg!  For those customers that are sticking with us, we appreciate your patience as we make this transition, but it WILL be worth it!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Mortgage Process and it's Never Ending Paperwork

We are buying our home now and TOTALLY experiencing what this article describes!  http://www.keepingcurrentmatters.com/2014/09/11/getting-a-mortgage-why-so-much-paperwork-2/