2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Awards

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RE/MAX Regional of Tennessee hosted it's annual awards show Feb 15, 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful downtown Nashville, TN.  All of the area brokerages were in attendance to help honor those who exemplify what it means to be a RE/MAX agent, team and brokerage.

Team George Weeks stands with this group of exceptional agents yet again.

2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Team in Closed Transactions #3

2016 RE/MAX’s Tennessee Regional Team Overall in Tennessee #5

Individual Agent Awards

George Weeks - 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Titan’s Club Award for Sales

Erin Kosko - 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional 100% Club Award for Sales

Eddie Mann - 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Executive Club Award for Sales

Mike Patterson -  2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Executive Club Award for Sales

Chris Smith -  2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Executive Club Award for Sales

We are also very thrilled to announce that our brokerage RE/MAX Elite & owner Carrier Zeier earned the 2016 RE/MAX Tennessee Regional Highest Net Gain Award.

Team George Weeks would like to thank all of our clients, both current and past, for allowing us to serve their real estate needs and helping us to achieve these honors. We look forward to even more success in the future!

A Trendy Solution for Home Interiors: The Barn Door

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By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Sliding barn doors can add a modern twist to an interior space. Malte Strauss, broker and owner of Trust International Real Estate LLC in Deltona, Fla., says the barn door trend has caught on in central Florida.

“They are great for locations where a swinging door would infringe on the space and where there is not a conventional doorway,” Strauss says. “We use them all the time in master bathrooms where there is a vanity area that is separate from the tub commode area.”

They can also be a great solution in modernizing the vanity area of homes from the 1970s and 1980s, which tended to have the vanity in the master bedroom rather than in the bathroom. “Now we just close those off with a barn door and buyers love that solution,” Strauss says.

 

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Source:  Realtor.org

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home | Keeping Current Matters

 

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market. Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money. For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents say “their child’s education is an important part of the search for a new home.” This survey supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the four major reasons people buy a home have nothing to do with money. They are:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of that space

What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are home values headed?

According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home values are projected to increase by 5.3% over the next 12 months.

What does that mean to you?

Simply put, if you are planning on buying a home that costs $250,000 today, that same home will cost you an additional $13,250 if you wait until next year. Your down payment will need to be higher as well to account for the higher home price.

3. Where are mortgage interest rates headed?

A buyer must be concerned about more than just prices. The ‘long term cost’ of a home can be dramatically impacted by even a small increase in mortgage rates. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), the National Association of Realtors, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have all projected that mortgage interest rates will increase over the next twelve months as you can see in the chart below: Mortgage Rate Projections | Keeping Current Matters

Bottom Line

Only you and your family will know for certain if now is the right time to purchase a home. Answering these questions will help you make that decision.

Source:  Keeping Current Matters

5 Crime Watch & Safety Apps for Safer Neighborhoods

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Researching a new neighborhood for your next move? It’s easier than ever to research local crime and safety of those neighborhoods thanks to a few websites and mobile apps.

1.  Nextdoor, free

Nextdoor is a private social network for your neighborhood. Share break-ins, weather alerts, recommendations for contractors, lost/found pets, neighborhood events, babysitters and more. Available on mobile app and website.

 

2.  Spotcrime, free

Spotcrime gathers information about crime from law enforcement, news and user tips and plots the crimes on Google Maps. Icons are assigned to each crime, making it easily recognizable what is happening in your neighborhood. Spotcrime Blog offers information and tips.

 

3.  NSOPW (National Sex Offender Public Website), free

The national registry for sex offenders links public state, territorial and tribal registeries on one site. Available on mobile app and website.

 

4.  MyLocalCrime, free

Similar to Spotcrime, users can input addresses to find recent crimes in that area. Clicking on an incident will produce a description of the crime.  The information is gathered from police and news reports.

 

5.  MobilePatrol, free

Available on Google Play & iTunes MobilePatrol is partnered with public safety and law enforcement agencies to give you news, important safety information and critical alerts quickly. Users can view recent bookings, send alerts regarding your most wanted lists, area sex offenders. Users can also submit crime tips or report a sighting of someone they have placed on their wanted lists. MobilePatrol is integrated with social media and news outlets.

 

Check with local authorities and community residents for more even more information but with the aid of some of these apps, your job of keeping you family safe can be a whole easier.

 

3 Surprising Ways Public Schools Affect Your House Hunt

It’s back-to-school season. School supplies are front and center in the stores, back-to-school sales are everywhere, and school buses are becoming part of the morning commute.

Even if the public school district is not an important factor in your home search, the location of public schools can still have a significant impact on your home buying decision.

If you are looking for a home near a school, you may want to take these factors into consideration.

1. School Speed Zones

Pay attention to the speed limit around schools and times that the school zone speed is enforced. You may want to consider a home that has convenient alternate routes around the school zone.

the stop sign on the side of a bus2. School Bus Stops

Whether there is a bus route through your neighborhood or on a major thoroughfare, it can affect traffic around your home. Call the school district and ask if there is a bus that stops near your home to pick up students.

3. Morning and Afternoon Traffic

Traffic congestion near public schools may be an issue during the weekdays. Crowded carpool lanes and frequent bus stops can turn a short trip to the grocery store into a frustrating ordeal.

When you are searching for your home, visit the area during peak morning and afternoon hours. Again, you may want to consider a home that is farther from the school or has convenient alternate routes.

We Are Your Guide to the Area

Realtor showing a buyer a homeA school’s location can affect your decision to buy a home, especially if you are new to the area. But a real estate agent is your local expert, giving you everything you need to know about how the nearby schools will affect your morning commute or afternoon trip to the store.

We can help you find the best home in the best location. Call us and let’s talk about your home search.

2016 RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Agents

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Team George Weeks Earned Ranking for 2015 Homes Sales 

Murfreesboro, TN 7/19/16 – Team George Weeks with RE/MAX Elite is among the top RE/MAX agents and teams featured in the 2016 REAL Trends “America’s Best Real Estate Agents” survey. The agents included in the survey represent less than 1 percent of all real estate professionals in the United States.

“Team George Weeks is dedicated to ensuring our clients receive the highest possible standard of personalized service when buying or selling their home,” said Weeks. “To be recognized for our hard work as ‘America’s Best’ alongside so many of the best real estate professionals in the business is a true honor.”

“America’s Best” is the industry’s largest ranking of agents based on homes sold in 2015. The survey is open to individual agents who closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume and teams who had at least 75 sides or $30 million in volume. The fourth annual ranking groups agents by state and metro area. Both individual agents and teams are recognized for their number of transaction sides and/or sales volume.

Team George Weeks has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate market. This is the third year Team George Weeks has been recognized among “America’s Best.” Ranking #8 Team By Sales and #16 Team By Volume MSA.

RE/MAX agents accounted for 22 percent of the more than 12,000 participating agents who qualified for the survey. This year, RE/MAX had more agents named in the survey than any other brand.

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About RE/MAX Elite:

RE/MAX Elite is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage located in Murfreesboro, TN and specializes in residential and commercial real estate. RE/MAX Elite is a proud sponsor of the Nashville Predators as well as supporter of Habitat for Humanity.

 

 

Three ways to ease your fears about making a move.

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell—whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood—there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

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Look to buy first In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on Zillow, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home.

Think outside the box Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

Protect yourself legally Each state varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to your real estate professional about adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.