RE/MAX + REDFIN PARTNER

RE/MAX and Redfin Exclusive Referral Relationship in U.S. and Canada

On March 18, 2019, RE/MAX and Redfin announced a strategic alliance giving RE/MAX agents the exclusive opportunity to be featured as Redfin Partner Agents

About the RE/MAX Network, As one of the leading global real estate franchisors, RE/MAX, LLC is a subsidiary of RE/MAX Holdings (NYSE: RMAX) with over 125,000 agents in more than 110 countries and territories. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, as measured by residential transaction sides. Dedicated to innovation and change in the real estate industry, RE/MAX launched Motto Mortgage, a ground-breaking mortgage franchisor, in 2016 and acquired booj, a real estate technology
company, in 2018. RE/MAX agents have lived, worked and served in their local communities for decades, raising millions of dollars every year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities.

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Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate brokerage, combining its own full-service agents with modern technology to redefine real estate in the consumer’s favor. Founded by software engineers, Redfin has the country’s #1 brokerage website and offers a host of online tools to consumers, including the Redfin Estimate, the automated home-value estimate with the industry’s lowest published error rate for listed homes. Homebuyers and sellers enjoy a full-service, technology-powered experience from Redfin real estate agents, while saving thousands in
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A factual observation in the market!

No surprise, 9 “nine” homes listed by competitive Realtors, or Teams have progessivley reduced the asking price as much as 10% or $35,000! How can we manage to close on a property that an Appraiser’s findings do not meet the contract price? Give me a call and we can discuss some amazing ways. My track record speaks for it’s self.

I have reached out to eight (8) sellers in Del Webb recently. I predicted the experience the sellers would have in the first 90 day of activity! In the past 60 days,11 homes have made price adjustments, aka (Reduction in asking price)!

So, before you list your home with another Realtor or a team that boasts they have the most educated team, better resources, most successful sales results, this may not always apply.

A quick story, in my last community a Realtor was selling homes like he had a magic wond for succes. The reality, the values for neighboring homes became apperant. A nose dive in local values plummetied. I had a buyer come in and was ready to pay cash for the asking price of a specific home! I set the appointment and the next morning at 7 am I was told it was pending. I thought there was something strange, so I follow the activity. Three (3) weeks later it sold for $30,000 less than the asking price, the listing agent brought in a buyer! I was furious and made it my quest to increase the values in our community after that sale. The first few listings, I received HOA violations, either the homeowner was in violation or something I was not correct in the marketing. Needless to say once the community understood the politics was not in the best interest in the property values, the president lost re-election and values begun to rise. In two and a half years I made a difference, and helped many families in desperate need to net as much as possibe, I made it happen!

I’m an analytical guy, and when there is a challenge that I don’t fully understand, I WILL disect and challenge the results.

10 Plus features that will help your home sell!

There is no doubt in my mind that once this is published you will see creative dialog become modified with active listings or active accepting back up offersl. Unless these listing agents are too lazy to accommodate their clients. I have Realtors throughout the United States follow my blog updates weekly.

Why are many homes taking so long to sell? Perhaps it’s in the marketing techniques and strategies. I’ve been selling real estate since 2000. I’ve been creating Marketing campaigns for Developments, Retirement communities, Realtors and businesses since 1984. What makes a successful campaign for all of these elements?  Filling the needs and wants of the consumer.

Keep in mind “Any time a buyer can walk into a house and see it already has the features they want, that’s a huge bonus for the seller! “If buyers feel they need to add key features or designs, they’re going to calculate how much it will cost and then lower their bid.”

Buyers are looking for a community that offers Theater facilities, a gym, Tennis and pickle ball courts. Pool’s, Bocce, gardening facilities, security features. Gated security communities cover these demands. I have not seen Realtors market special amenities a club house offers like a Sauna, Steam room, whirl pools to mention a few.  With the new Smart ADT, Xfinity, and other security companies that offer these features are less meaningful and much cheaper and more efficient.     

Del Webb has defined two markets in the area. A price point between $450,000 and $650,000 with Chef’s Kitchen/Gourmet kitchen, Quartz counter tops, Three-car garage and open floor plan, exterior lighting, home office, and perhaps an inground pool, however I have not seen this investment give back the return for the expense it takes to install.

A price point between $220,000 and $330,000 location a premium. The reasoning for this price point, buyers want to live in a Del Webb community but like their 2nd home, or perhaps travel a lot in their RV. This is noted well in the Tree Side community as these garden homes are selling faster than they can build them.

Another tidbit that many Realtors who are not seasoned should know as well as buyers and sellers. When you see a listing still active and your told it’s pending, it maybe noted Contingent Taking Backup. This gives the listing agent leverage to receive addtional inquires and buyers. It helps the listing agent keep their name out there with active inventory that is not necessarly available. Please understand this is not always the case but I’ve learned it’s practiced more often that not. My Multiple Listing Service in Central Florida prohibited this practice about two (2) years ago and it has made a huge difference.

Several recent reviews that define Dan Swing’s experience, marketing ability and excharacter.

I’ve been asked recently for some recent reviews of my performance and representation. I have represented buyers and sellers from the United Kingdom to all parts of the United States and Canada. Without my clients having to personally attend any portion of the purchase or sale of their real estate. I’ve always taken pride in my creative experience and why I use it to represent my clients. Perhaps I’m too analytical, and I don’t do this for the money so much, I do this because I care about people. It’s who I am. When you enjoy the results of your efforts you enjoy who you are and what you do. I suppose this is why I’ve been so successful throughout my life and career!

#1

Dan has provided many referrals for my business in the past 8 months, he has single-handedly jump-started my real estate business and I believe he truly wants me to be successful!  Dan is a great mentor and he is highly respected as a real estate professional. 

He continues to advise me in ways to procure new listings and recommends marketing techniques that have proven to be very productive. He knows our market extensively and is up to date on all the newest technology.  His work ethics are unsurpassed and I’m very fortunate and thankful to have met him.

Teresa M.

Realtor with Future Home Realty

#2

I personally would recommend Dan Swing for any real estate marketing or purchasing venture. I’ve worked with him for the last three, plus, years now and couldn’t be more pleased despite the many hardships and complications we’ve worked through.

Dan recently procured a very difficult commercial transaction for my great uncle’s trust, which involved negotiating many difficult transactions on several entangled parcels with multiple owners. This deal truly appeared to be a hopeless undertaking, but Dan dug in. First, he managed to get a reduction on the property taxes, which saved me $1,000’s! Then, developed a multiple parcel acquisition that enabled me to finally sell for a handsome profit.

I’m not sure what I would have done without him. I’m actually located across the country from him, out in California. So, if I can attest to his frequent communication, continuous support, and overall business savvy… Dan should be made well renown on a local level!

Brandi McCuistion 

Compliance coordinator Aerotek

Some great reasons why you should sell your home now!

It’s no secret that life’s been pretty good to sellers for the past several years. Even if you had no need—or desire—to move, the housing landscape might have seriously tempted you to put your house on the market anyway. After all, it’s hard not to see visions of dollar signs when your neighbors are unloading their homes for tens of thousands over asking price.

But as they say, all good things must come to an end. And you’ve probably heard that the white-hot housing market of years past is finally beginning to cool.

So if you haven’t listed your home before now, or did and felt you were not represented well, did you miss the boat? Absolutely not. But with each passing month, the experts say, you can expect the housing climate to shift a bit more in buyers’ favor.

“It’s definitely still a seller’s market in most of the country. But it’s not the same seller’s market that you saw in the last couple of years,” says Danielle Hale, chief economist of realtor.com®. “You might have to think about how your home compares to the competition and new builds, that buyers are going to see when they’re shopping. And you might have to price a little bit more competitively, or think about other enticements to attract buyers.”

I have many reasons a fairly new home may sell quicker than going to that builder in the neighborhood you’ve been looking at., There’s still a chance to cash in for top dollar, though, if you move quickly. Here are the biggest reasons to sell ASAP in 2019.

1. You won’t be the only listing for long

The top reason sellers have been in the catbird seat for the past several years? Inventory. There simply weren’t enough homes on the market to keep up with buyer demand. And when a “Home did go on the market” you can bet a bidding war may soon follow if your Realtor knows their stuff.

“You might have been the only listing in your neighborhood, and you could put your home up at a certain list price and you would likely see multiple offers at or above that list price,” Danielle Hale explains.

That tide is turning this year! That’s because the number of homes for sale is finally increasing, For now, buyers still outnumber inventory. But if you’re thinking about selling and don’t want to compete with your neighbors, it’ll pay off (literally) to list earlier rather than later. (This is particularly true in pricier markets, where inventory is increasing at a faster rate than more affordable areas.

“It’s going to depend on what neighborhood you’re in, but we expect it to be more common this year that you won’t be the only listing,” Danniel Hale says.

2. You still stand to make a ‘Fair Profit’

Home prices have been on a meteoric rise for the past seven years. In January 2012, the U.S. median home price was $154,700. Today, that figure has nearly doubled—to $289,300—and sellers have rejoiced. Sellers in Nocatee, Ponte Vedra, and Ponte Vedra Beach are enjoying much better opportunities.

Now comes a twist: 15% of all home listings saw price cuts in January, according to North East Florida Data.

That might sound like bad news if you’re thinking of selling. But hear this out: Those moderating prices, combined with today’s mortgage rates (more on that below), mean increased buyer demand for your house.

Plus, it’s not that home prices aren’t still increasing—they’re just not increasing at the frenzied pace of previous years, which often featured multiple offers at or above asking price. So even though you might have some more competition as a seller, things are still looking pretty sweet for you when it comes to cold, hard cash. When accepting an offer above what is believed the market price, CASH offers are clearly the best to accept. Appraisals are not required, and clearly a quicker close, and rarely disputed even when an appraisal is asked by the buyer at their expense.

“Even if you don’t get an offer above your asking price, you’re probably still going to come away with a handsome profit from being a seller in 2019,”

But again, it’ll pay to put your home on the market as soon as you can—before conditions change.

“Sellers who list their homes earlier in the year tend to get a higher sales price, often above list, and shorter days on market,” says Ali Wolf, director of economic research at Meyers Research.

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Watch: This Totally Ordinary House Sold for $782K Over Asking (Yes, You Read That Right)

3. There’s high demand for homes under $300K

There’s more good news if you own a home below the national median price of $289,300. Not only is that inventory increasing at a slower rate than its luxury counterparts, but there are more buyers shopping at those price points.

“If you’re a below-median-price seller, you will see a seller’s market that is as good as what you saw in previous years—maybe even better,” Hale says. “You might still see multiple offers coming in quickly, maybe even above asking price.”

4. Mortgage rates are at a new low

Something strange has been happening over the past few months. Experts predicted mortgage rates would rise—and at the end of 2018, they were indeed ticking upward as expected.

But since the start of the year, rates on a 30-year fixed mortgage (the most popular home loan) have been falling, sliding last week to a new 12 month low of 4.37%, and of course, those historically low mortgage rates mean you could have more buyers knocking on your door.

Plus, this temporary dip in rates creates an opportunity for trade-up buyers as well. After all, if you’re selling your home, there’s a good chance you’ll need to buy another one.

Bottom line: Now’s the time to hustle and get both transactions done.

“Sellers need to take advantage of low rates as much as buyers do,” Wolf says. “Sellers don’t want to get stuck in their homes when rates go up and the math no longer makes sense to move.”