Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mobile Phones are Everywhere...

According to a new study by the National Association of Realtors, home buyers in this "digital era" utilize their mobile devices - i.e. smartphones - even when at home to search for properties. What does this mean to you? If you are selling your home, you really need to think seriously about what kind of marketing different companies do. Do they rely on newspaper ads and reputation to draw traffic to your home, or do they stay cutting edge and offer a mobile site that users can navigate simply and easily to see details, photos, etc.? Another reason I am proud to be with Tate... visit m.allentate.com! We are the #1 company in the Carolinas because we utilize ALL types of media and our agents embrace new trends. Statistics from the study: Places where new home buyers use their mobile devices  77% – At home  31% – At work  28% – While waiting in line  27% – At a restaurant  26% – At someone else’s home Lisa and I realize the importance of this as well. You may drive past a listing of ours and see a brochure box out front ("old school"), but when you get out to get a flier you will also see a QR code for that specific property on it. We realize that not everyone shops for homes the same way, so we haven't ruled out print ads altogether. We do, however, try to incorporate the "old" with the "new" in everything we do. Call/tweet/text/email us today for some examples!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Clemmons Open Houses

We have 3 GREAT homes open in Clemmons today! 585 Barkworth and 3730 Squirewood are both beautiful brick traditionals in Clemmons West, and 16 Warren's Gate is a new construction townhome perfect for empty nesters. Visit AmandaShore.com for details!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lot 17 Reserved

If you have had your eye on Warren's Gate, Clemmons' TRULY maintenance free active adult community, it's prime time to "get in"! Lot 17 will shortly be under construction of a custom Cypress... that means lot 18 is ripe for the picking!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Why Independent Brokers Matter

There is a wonderful post on the Allen Tate blog today (click here for the full post). A snippet of it is as follows: When it comes to insurance, there are captive agents who represent just one company; direct writers who work the phones and e-commerce with only one product to sell; and independent agents like Allen Tate Insurance, who represent an average of eight companies and product lines. This allows us to review loss records, terms, prices and products, and offer you the very best coverage at the best possible price. NAR statistics show that the majority of home buyers prefer one stop shopping, i.e. they want their real estate company to offer mortgage, title, and insurance services simply because of the convenience. Our President and COO explains, though, that it isn't just about convenience. Independent brokers CAN get you a better deal. Just ask my stepdad -- he's opposed to change of any kind, but after speaking with our local Allen Tate insurance rep (linda.hahn@allentate.com), he is switching some of his policies. You may not know him, but trust me, that is QUITE an endorsement!