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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.
  3. Clean EVERYTHING
    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.

1079Miracle Jeans Day allows groups and individuals alike to trade their work attire for jeans and help raise funds for kids at their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participate nationally on September 18, or pick your own day.

RE/MAX Plus is a proud contributor to our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital. Be sure to donate a minimum of $5 to wear your denim on Miracle Jeans Day, Wed, Sept. 18, in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. If you would like to find out how to participate in Miracle Jeans Day and for more information visit: http://www.miraclejeansday.com/

 

 

(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: prospectus@morganstanley.com; BofA Merrill Lynch, 222 Broadway, New York,
NY 10038, Attn: Prospectus Department or email: dg.prospectus_requests@baml.com; 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.

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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.”

MORE GOOD MOVES

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.

– MARY BETH BUCKLES, RE/MAX SIGNATURE SERVICES, DANA POINT, CALIF. (JOINED 2013)

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.

– DARLIN GUTTERIDGE, RE/MAX MOSAIC PROPERTIES, GILBERT, ARIZ. (JOINED 2012)

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!

– NATALIE VIZIR, RE/MAX SIGNATURE SERVICES, DANA POINT, CALIF. (JOINED 2013)

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.

– NANCY BENARD, RE/MAX ULTIMATE PROFESSIONALS, SHOREWOOD, ILL. (JOINED 2012)

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.

– GERRY FRASER AND GEORGE PATRIDGE, RE/MAX KELOWNA, KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA (JOINED 2013)

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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

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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

 

 

Can A Monkey Sell Real Estate?

By Anthony James

Recently, I heard a local REALTOR® make this statement over the radio: “Even a monkey could sell real estate in this market.” As a professional in the industry with over 11 years of experience, I get it. I understand the message this REALTOR® was trying to convey: The market is hot and homes are selling quickly. However, I don’t think a monkey could do our job.

Surviving the downturn of the local California real estate market and pressing forward in my career has helped me understand the true meaning of being a broker/manager. When the game changed in 2007, many REALTORS® were left to either sink or swim. This was the defining moment in a REALTOR®’s career. During this time, the monkeys were definitely scratching their heads and eating bananas while the real professionals rose to the challenge and figured out a way to claw through one of the toughest real estate markets our nation had ever seen.

And don’t just take my word for it, let the numbers speak for themselves: According to the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), the amount of people entering our industry has substantially slowed. In 2007, California issued about 44,000 salesperson licenses—a relatively high number—but only 11,434 salesperson licenses were issued in 2012.  If the business of selling homes could be taken care of by a monkey, why is this number dropping at such an alarming rate? Wouldn’t everyone want to get in on the act?

Further, the misconceptions about our industry happen in mainstream media too. The  lives of typical REALTORS® are hardly as glamorous as they seem on reality TV shows like “Million Dollar Listing.” The average real estate agent is earning less than $38,000 per year and it makes my stomach turn to see our industry misrepresented on television. The truth is, we work long and hard for our money and sometimes go weeks without a paycheck. Let’s recognize the reality and not attempt to minimize the importance of our role and what we do as professionals.

But the other issue I take with the “monkey” statement has to do with its source. As a community of REALTORS®, we must always be aware of what we are saying and how we are portraying ourselves to the public. Making a statement that a monkey could do our jobs gives off the worst possible perception of how valuable we really are to our clients. I can assure you that no monkey would be able to complete the hundreds of short sales and REO transactions I’ve been involved with in the past 11 years. If I would’ve asked a monkey to help me figure out how to close the 10-month short sale with delinquent taxes, liens, HOA dues, back child support, a seller who left the country, property damage, and three loans at three different banks, I know the monkey would have no answer.

Today, I want to challenge us to rise up as a community of young professionals and be extremely aware of the statements we put into our markets and give to local media. As the tide turns and the market continues its recovery, please press forward with a level of character, dignity, and integrity that shows our clients how essential we are to the success of their real estate needs. Our jobs are challenging enough and the last thing we need is to be compared to an animal by one of our own. Rest assured, this ain’t no monkey business—and you can quote me on that!

Anthony James is a Broker Associate and Regional Manager at RE/MAX Gold in Northern California.  He’s been a REALTOR® for over 11 years and now helps hire and train agents for the 21 offices he manages.  Connect with James at www.facebook.com/SacHomeMarket or ajames@remax.net.

RE/MAX Real Estate Satisfaction

I have extremely exciting news to share with you!

J.D. Power and Associates announced today that RE/MAX ranks highest in customer satisfaction, for both buyers and sellers, in its 2011 residential real estate survey.

That’s right – we’ve earned the highest level of appreciation from BOTH groups of consumers, which is a remarkable statement about the Outstanding Agents in our organization.

I want to personally thank and congratulate every one of you for contributing to this prestigious recognition. It truly reflects your professional excellence, your enthusiasm for education, your commitment to distressed sellers, your individual drive, and many other qualities that serve the interests of your clients. Your efforts change lives, and those people have spoken.

Our team at Headquarters is working with J.D. Power and Associates to determine how we can use the results of the survey, as well as their name and logo. As soon as possible, we will let you know what the guidelines are.

In the meantime, celebrate this incredible achievement and enjoy the fact that once again you’ve proven yourselves to be the best in the business.

Sent by Dave Liniger, Chairman and Co-Founder, RE/MAX World Headquarters

 

DENVER, CO – July 22, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — RE/MAX recently named Denver-based EquityLock Solutions as an Approved Supplier of Home Price Protection, which helps minimize the risk of real estate price fluctuations within local markets. Through this program, RE/MAX agents in the U.S. would be able to offer their clients this exclusive protectionprogram.

As part of the RE/MAX Approved Supplier Program, EquityLock Solutions is among a very select group of businesses RE/MAX names as preferred vendors. Only 1 percent of applicants are accepted into the RE/MAX Approved SupplierProgram. As part of the program’s rigorous review process, EquityLock Solutions demonstrated the distinct, measurable value Home Price Protection provides to RE/MAX agents.

“RE/MAX seeks out programs that benefit both our agents and consumers,” said Mike Reagan, RE/MAX Senior Vice President, Business Alliance. “EquityLock Solutions’ program can ease the fear of buying a house, especially in a market like this. And this program, along with the advice and consultation of a trained and knowledgeable RE/MAX agent, will help homebuyers know their equity is protected.”

EquityLock Solutions launched Home Price Protection nationwide on May 6. The product is a contract givinghomeowners a financial return if the local House Price Index, as reported by the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is lower at the time of sale than when the contract was purchased. If eligible, contract holders receive a payout from EquityLock Solutions equal to the percentage of the local House Price Index decline multiplied by the value of the home when the Home Price Protection contract was secured.

“We designed Home Price Protection to help boost confidence among homebuyers, providing peace of mind that the value of their investment won’t decline as a result of factors out of their control, like the overall strength of the real estatemarket in their area,” EquityLock Solutions CEO and Co-founder T.J. Agresti said. “This relationship has huge potential when it comes to providing that peace of mind.”

Home Price Protection is available to homeowners who are currently purchasing or who already own their home. By working through a RE/MAX agent, sellers can include Home Price Protection in the sales contract as a buyer incentive, and buyers can purchase Home Price Protection directly from a RE/MAX agent.

National Housing Report

JUST RELEASED – Home sales and prices were both nearly the same as April in the May 2011 RE/MAX National Housing Report when compared to the same time last year. The month-to-month price change has seen a three month trend to the upside, up 3.7% in May, with closed transactions rising 3.3% higher in May over April. View the full report: http://bit.ly/RmxReportMay11

Thank you RE/MAX

Families around the world are impacted by RE/MAX agents daily. A few took the time to share their experiences and to say thanks. To locate a RE/MAX Agent in your area, visit www.rochesterhomesplus.com today!