Category : RE/MAX

When putting a house on the market it’s common for sellers to invest in home repairs, but what most sells don’t know is that not every repair adds significant market value. Indeed it’s far too common for uneducated sellers to spend thousands of dollars on “important” renovations only to discover that these new features will not increase their potential selling price at all. But since RE/MAX Plus is committed to ensuring that our customers receive the most return on their investments, we have put together a few suggestions for value-conscious repairs and renovations that home owners can do to increase their resale value, all without breaking the bank. Keep in mind this list is only a general guide, so if you are truly interested in learning what repairs will generate the most value for your home, contact a RE/MAX Plus agent today!

  1. Get Expert Advice
    Before you even pick up a paint brush, one of the most cost-effective methods of adding value to your renovations is to hire a professional contractor, designer or real estate agent to inspect your home. These people will always have the latest knowledge on the current trends and can help you develop a renovation plan that suits your budget while maximizing value. Many of these experts offer free estimates, but even for the ones that charge a small fee, it’s hard to put a price on a plan of action.
  2. Have a Painting Party
    Arguably the least-expensive method to add instant value to your home, painting walls and ceilings is a simple task you can do yourself or with family. For around $50 a room, sellers can create a clean, updated look that draws the eye and helps buyers better picture what it would be like to live there themselves. Keep in mind that neutral colors such as beige or white will appeal to the greatest number of people, making it that much more desirable for a larger percentage of the population.
    Last but certainly not least, never underestimate the selling power of a freshly-washed window or a sparkling floor. Dirt, grime, and dust sends a general message of disrepair and dampens the selling potential, even in a home with no other issues. Pay particular attention to the threshold of entry doors, windows, bathrooms, and kitchens as these are places prone to heavy soil levels. For a professional touch, consider renting a commercial steam or carpet cleaner to remove deep stains and scuffs.

For many of us, working the nine-to-five shift at a steady job is a comforting and predictable career path. But for those seeking a little more excitement, there’s nothing quite like the fast-paced world of real estate! Not only is freedom a guarantee, but the life of a real estate agent comes complete with fulfillment, intrigue, and a comfortable monetary compensation package. Of course all of us at RE/MAX Plus won’t lie; becoming a licensed real estate agent takes a bit of work. But if you’re willing to put forth a little effort, the rewards of real estate are spectacular!

First Perk: Freedom
One of the biggest perks to the real estate agent lifestyle lies in the power to have complete control over your own work hours. Agents are able to create a schedule that works around his or her personal needs, which can be especially important for parents that need to support their family financially but don’t want to miss out on the important moments in their lives. Clients schedules however won’t typically be as flexible as their agents, which means that real estate agents must accept that there may be times that he or she will have to drop everything and see to the client’s needs. That being said, it’s hard to complain when there’s no time clock to punch.

Second Perk: Simple Education
There are many career paths that lead to success, but most require many years of education and a hefty amount of debt to get there. RE/MAX Plus agents however have the advantage of having full access to training material and industry experts 24/7, and no higher education degrees are required! Whether you decide to learn at your own pace or take advantage of our expert trainers, you can access the education you want, when you want it. There is an exam to become an officially-licensed real estate agent, and given the multitude of RE/MAX Plus resources at your disposal, starting or expanding a real estate agent career is only a matter of time.

Third Perk: Rewards
With no hourly wage or set salary weighing you down, the rewards of real estate are only limited to the time and effort he or she puts into their careers. Monetarily-speaking a real estate agent can enjoy an average commission of $1500 to $2000 after brokerage fees, and that only is after selling a modestly-priced property. A seasoned real estate agent usually works with several clients at a time, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in a single quarter. But beyond the commission itself, the greatest reward a real estate agent receives is the personal satisfaction of finding his or her client a property that they love, or helping them sell their property at the best possible price. When a real estate agent forges those personal connections by helping resolve one of the most important decisions in a person’s life, the result is incredibly fulfilling.


(Denver, CO) – RE/MAX, one of the world’s leading franchisers of real estate brokerage services, today announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of its common stock. The RE/MAX brand name has held the number one market share in the U.S. and Canada since 1999.  The timing, number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. RE/MAX intends to apply to list its common stock on the New York Stock Exchange.

Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan will act as joint book-running managers for the offering. Perella Weinberg Partners is acting as advisor to RE/MAX.

Copies of the preliminary prospectus relating to the offering may be obtained, when available, from Morgan Stanley, Attention: Prospectus Department, 180 Varick
Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10014, or telephone: 1-866-718-1649, or email:; BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, New York,
NY 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department or email:; or J.P. Morgan, Attention: Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, or telephone: 1-866-803-9204.

The registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC, but has not yet become effective. The registration statement had previously been
submitted on a confidential basis under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers be accepted,
prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these
securities, nor may there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or
qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. The proposed offering will be made only by means of a prospectus.

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About the RE/MAX Network:
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording RE/MAX agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. With over 90,000 agents and a global reach of more than 90 countries, RE/MAX is recognized as one of the world’s leading franchisers of real estate brokerage services. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX.

RE/MAX Myth Buster

Nicki ThompsonA Colorado top producer discovers that rumors don’t match the reality of RE/MAX

By Keith Miller

Nicki Thompson sums up her decision to join RE/MAX with one word: harmony. “I’ve found harmony in my life at RE/MAX,” says the top-producing agent with RE/MAX Alliance in Arvada, Colo., near Denver.

“I’m in a very good place. I’m content, but never complacent.”

A former Coldwell Banker agent, Thompson says her career has blossomed since joining RE/MAX in 2008. Last year, she reached Platinum Club status after two years in the 100 Percent Club.

At the same time, she has more time to spend with her family and get involved in the community. Thompson is an active member of her local chamber of commerce and has chaired the Arvada Young Professionals group. She’s even found more time for her favorite activities: swimming, competing in triathlons and having fun with her three children.

It wasn’t always this way. At Coldwell Banker for six years, Thompson began feeling like she had reached her peak. She worked long hours, and although she was a top producer in her office, she felt constrained.

“I was a big fish in a little pond,” Thompson says. “I reached a place in my career where I wanted to be challenged.”

Thompson often sat across from RE/MAX agents at the closing table. They appeared happy and very productive. She began considering RE/MAX herself. Then the voices of doubt would come, as she recalled the cautionary tales she heard around the office: “RE/MAX doesn’t offer any support,” “You’re on your own at RE/MAX,” and “So long to education.”

So what ultimately tipped the scales? How did Thompson know RE/MAX was the right choice?

She researched and ultimately debunked the RE/MAX myths.

myth 1

There’s no education.

nicki busted

After she made the switch, Thompson discovered a world of education. She regularly takes advantage of RE/MAX University programming and earned the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation right after joining the network.

“The reality turned out to be much different than what I had thought,” she says. “The amount of available education was one of the biggest surprises for me.”

myth 2

You’ll be on your own.

nicki busted“My concern that I was leaving a family atmosphere and would be by myself ended up being completely unwarranted,” she says. “Once I joined RE/MAX, I was amazed at the support and culture of teamwork and mentorship.”

Now, as a more experienced agent, Thompson thoroughly enjoys sharing her own wisdom with others.

“It’s not just a receiving relationship; you have to give as well,” she says. “I know numbers and analytics, and enjoy sharing that expertise. It creates a very collaborative and empowering work environment for everyone.”

myth 3

The fees are prohibitive.

nicki bustedThis myth was crushed with a spreadsheet. As a numbers and statistics enthusiast, Thompson tallied her potential income with RE/MAX and saw the stark difference for herself.

“This one was easy,” she says. “The numbers made sense from the get-go. It was overcoming the other concerns that initially made me more hesitant to change.”

myth 4

There will be no time for yourself.

bustedWhen Thompson worked with RE/MAX agents at closings, she got the sense this was far from true. Her RE/MAX Broker/Manager, Phil Shell, made a statement that ultimately tipped the scales for her to join.

He told her, “Don’t let your business run you; you run your business.”

With RE/MAX, Thompson found the work-life balance she was looking for.

“When I walk in the house, my phone is off and my attention is on my family,” she says. “I’m able to leave my business at the office.”


These experienced Associates can definitely relate to Nicki Thompson’s journey. Here’s why they recently joined RE/MAX.

I wanted to be part of a highly recognizable, global brand with a local presence. The office I joined is centrally located in an up-and-coming resort town, and the brand presence of RE/MAX provides a huge advantage. My Broker/Owners and the office staff provide everything I need to be more effective.


The RE/MAX brand is powerful. There’s a sense of pride and name recognition that was absent when I worked for smaller companies. After 20 years in real estate, I was very confident in my knowledge, but I’ve been blown away by all that I’ve learned through RE/MAX courses and education – and particularly how much is offered through RE/MAX University.


I’ve been very impressed with the strategic, administrative and transactional support. I’ve also been surprised by the corporate support. In one instance, I called asking for materials for The RE/MAX Collection. They delivered a package the next day, and I was able to use everything in a presentation. I ended up getting the listing. I should have joined RE/MAX sooner!


My Broker/Owner’s marketing expertise and real estate knowledge are incredible assets. I love that I can truly be an independent contractor in charge of my own destiny and success. I can achieve this with the support and opportunities for growth through REMAX University and Mainstreet. The RE/MAX Design Center gives me countless ways to make my listings stand out and wow clients. There’s no other real estate company that offers anything close.


We wanted to take full advantage of the recovering market and evaluated several companies. By joining RE/MAX, we affiliated with the strongest horse in the race. RE/MAX has proven to be the most powerful and easily recognizable brand in real estate – and the most dominant in our local market. When we told our clients about our move to RE/MAX, they were very pleased, and liked knowing how much more exposure their listings would receive.


Rick RockWebster, N.Y. —

The Webster Golf Club’s Ladies’ Association is making plans to sponsor its third annual “Fairways for Caring” golf tournament to benefit the Webster Comfort Care Home. The event is set for Friday, Aug. 23.

Webster Comfort Care is a volunteer-driven organization that provides a compassionate home for individuals who are in their final months, weeks and days of life.

Local businesses already lined up as corporate sponsors include Rocky Mountain Granite & Marble, BayTowne Plaza, Canandaigua National Bank, Gregg Layer from Marathon Financial, Dave McBride from Stanley Steamer, DC Collision, DSB Engineers & Architects, Flaherty’s, Invex Investigation Agency, Thomas Leonardo from John Hancock Financial Network, Q-Tech Engineering, Ron’s Auto, Rick Rock from RE/MAX Plus Commercial Division, SPINERGY, and Glen Skalny from VanZile Travel.

Silent auction items have already been donated by Casa Larga Vineyards, Century Liquor and Wines, Cobblestone Creek Country Club, The Goodie Shoppe, Hatter’s Pub, Hedges, Seneca Niagara Casinos, Shadow Pines Golf Club, and the Webster Golf Club Pro Shop.

“This (event) is a wonderful opportunity to show our support for the Webster Comfort Care Home as they celebrate their 10th anniversary serving our community,” said Joel DiMarco, of BayTowne Plaza.

There is still time for businesses and individuals to help by sponsoring the event, donating items for the silent auction or buying raffle tickets at Webster Golf Club for a 42-inch RCA TV.

For more information on how you can help, call Linda Dorsey at (585) 451-5456 or Liz Hill (585) 355-2300.

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RE/MAX in the Know: The Difference One Light Bulb Can Make


Cole Taylor Mortgage has teamed up with RE/MAX Plus for an Open House Blitz weekend set to take place Sunday, June 9th at various times.

The focus will be to highlight the properties located in the USDA eligible areas and the potential buyers who can qualify for this program. This is an exciting opportunity to increase awareness to listings and the number of qualified buyers. To view a map of USDA eligible areas click here.

Cole Taylor will have information on hand at each of these listings for the USDA guidelines and qualifications. Please take a moment to review the following homes that will be open and the times you may visit them on Sunday, June 9th:

MLS Address Town Zip  Price Open Time
R204324 18 Evergreen Dr Batavia 14020  $  209,900 Advertizing Only
R218166 78 Forest Meadow Trl Ogden 14624  $  171,500 2-4PM
R220384 6349 Route 262 Byron 14422  $  184,900 12-2PM
R216583 841 Stones Cir Caledonia 14423  $  168,500 Advertizing Only
R206580  669 State Route 31 Macedon 14502  $  189,900 1-3PM
R203645 1113 Main St Mumford 14511  $  114,900 1-3PM
R207024 524 Gillett Rd Ogden 14559  $  114,900 1-3PM
R218530 28 Walnut Hill Dr Parma 14559  $  219,900 1-3PM
R215980 3218 Goosen Rd Marion 14505  $  254,900 1-3PM
R216127 7753 Victor Mendon Rd Victor 14564  $  289,900 1-3PM
R212573 943 Johnson Rd Palmyra 14522  $    89,900 1-3PM
R217831 3266 W Walworth Rd Macedon 14502  $  229,900 1-3PM
R217312 417 Burch Farm Dr Clarkson 14420  $  119,900 1-3PM


4227 Heather Drive Spur Marion 14505  $    94,900 1-3PM
R214753 40 Munger St Bergen 14416  $  109,900 1-3PM
R223072 260 Genesee St Avon 14414  $  159,900 1-3PM
R201130 38 James Moore Circle Parma 14468  $  229,900 1-4PM
R215924 70 Fairview Wheatland 14546  $  115,000 12-2PM
R208691 3267 LeRoy Rd LeRoy 14482  $  249,900 1-3PM
R221725 114 Heather Lane Scottsville 14546  $  134,900 12:30-4PM
R221531 465 Lake Road East Frk Hamlin 14464  $  190,000 1-3PM
R222164 972 Roosevelt Highway Hilton 14468  $  189,900 12-2PM
R222178 28 short hills Drive Hilton 14468  $  119,900 1-3PM
R204551 339 Franlee Ln Victor 14564  $  365,000 1-3PM
R220222 4990 Main St Livonia 14466  $  105,000 1-3PM



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National Housing Report

The average Days on Market for homes sold in July was 88, down just two days from the June level. July marks the first month since September 2010 that the Days on Market figure has been below 90. The July average is identical to September 2010, when the average Days on Market was also 88. Days on Market is the average number of days from listing to receipt of a signed contract.

RE/MAX Agents’ Achievements

RE/MAX CEO Margaret Kelly shows how RE/MAX agents are successfully helping more families buy and sell homes. Statistics from two major industry surveys show that in 2010, RE/MAX agents out-performed the competition, and are working hard to better serve their clients.