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Meet Dawn Devlin, BOLD Moves Agency’s Newest Agent

Dawn DevlinMeet BOLD Moves Real Estate’s Newest Agent, Dawn Devlin.

The relationship between a home buyer or seller and their agent is based on trust, shared goals and understanding. I strive to continually improve and to do this I listen and take your needs and wants into consideration.

I am a member of MAR, NAR and MLSpin. I am also W.H.A.L.E certified as a Historic Home Specialist and E-Pro certified. One of the things I am doing in this ever changing market is aggressively pursuing business from the internet. Along with reaching buyers and sellers I am always searching for new and innovated ways to help buyers and sellers fulfill their dreams.

I work with buyers and sellers and develop long lasting relationships. Along with using the internet I will use all avenues such as attending seminars, mailings, ad print in all local papers and advertising in selected magazines to make your real estate experience the best it can be.

I reside in the seaside town of Fairhaven with my husband. I hold a degree in accounting and computer science. I have been a Realtor for many years and I am an active member in my community.

I am also looking forward to beginning my career as a licensed real estate instructor.  Past involvements as School Council Member, Technology Council, Finance Committee member,  along with coaching softball, soccer and being a dance mom have enabled me to gain the respect and trust within the community.
My family and I are avid sailors and I look forward to helping you chart your course for all your real estate needs.

I’d love to hear from you!

 

Phone/Text 508-287-5291

Dawn@DawnDevlin.com

www.DawnDevlin.com

Agent Rising

Agent Rising and Expanding Your Datatbase

Agent RisingExpanding your database should be an “all the time” activity. You should be working on growing it all the time!Whether it is called floor time, up time or anything else, time spent in your real estate office can be time well spent, but only you can make it that way. Each phone call or walk-in about a listing is an opportunity for you! The key is to be prepared to ask the right questions. The more you can find out about that individual, the better. You have to be comfortable asking questions sincerely so that the person does not feel that you are prying but that you are really trying to help.

Be careful not to judge anyone too quickly. That gruff, skeptical voice on the phone or that oddly dressed individual who walks in off the street could turn into a lifetime client, if you can connect with them in a short amount of time. They are looking for someone whom they can trust, and you want to be that person. Here is where you need to ask questions to find out what their needs are and then be ready to show them that you can meet their needs.

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Prepare in advance for these situations – make a list of questions that you can ask either on the phone or in person, practice them with someone until they come to you naturally. Lead the potential client to the point where they are comfortable giving you their contact information so that you can be the person they think of when they need a real estate expert.
Spend time in the office – if you are assigned weekly floor time, this will be easy. If you feel you could use more time, then volunteer to take someone else’s time. Make yourself available as much as possible.
Visit www.agentrising.com for more real estate tips and information on Agent Rising  Real Estate School.  It’s  a great way for you to start your real estate career.
Spring cleaning

Spring Is In The Air

Spring cleaningSpring is in the air, don’t let a musty house spoil it. Here are seven tips for giving the season the welcome it deserves.

Whether you simply want to do some spring cleaning or you are getting your house ready to put on the market, here are some spring cleaning tips according to HGTV.

  1. The best refrigerator cleaner is a combination of salt and soda water. The bubbling action of the soda water combines with the abrasive texture of the salt to make a great cleaner.
  2. The best way to get rid of lime buildup around the faucet it is to lay paper towels over the fixture, soak it with vinegar and let it set for an hour. The deposits will soften and become easier to remove.
  3. Clean screens with a scrap of carpeting. It makes a powerful brush that removes all the dirt.
  4. Clean windows with a rag and soapy water, and then dry them with another rag. You can also go to an auto-parts store and buy a windshield squeegee, which cleans very well.
  5. If drapes are looking drab, take them out of the window, remove the hooks and run them through the air-fluff cycle in the dryer along with a wet towel (to draw off the dust) for 15 minutes. Hang them back in the windows immediately.
  6. Clean the blades of a ceiling fan by covering them with a coat of furniture polish. Wipe off the excess and lightly buff.
  7. Sometimes comforters, blankets and pillows don’t need to be cleaned, but they do need to be aired out after a long winter in your closed-up home. Take them outside and hang them on a clothesline for a day.

Visit www.hgtv.com to read about more home tips.

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Spring Market!

Agent RisingSpring is almost here!  Although it may not seem like it, now is the best time to get your house ready to sell!  Inventory is still low and now that the weather is starting to cooperate, it’s time to think about sprucing up your home and boosting its curb appeal.  We have had a relatively warmer winter and it’s a great time to get a jump start on your spring sprucing up.

Studies have shown that renovations that improve a home’s function may not be worth the investment. Small cosmetic changes that cost little may give you the best bang for your buck.

Many buyers do judge a book by its cover.  The front of your house is their first impression and many buyers will turn away and look elsewhere if they are not pleased with the look of the house.

While there are certain features you can’t change, there are some things you can do inexpensively to make your home look like the gem of the neighborhood it is.

A new front door, or simply painting the front door can add a whole new look to your home.   A fresh coat of paint on the house itself or powerwashing the shingles or clapboard can make a big difference.  You want your home to look clean and fresh.  Don’t forget the garage door too.

Check your mailbox.  Does it need some sprucing up or a coat of paint also?  You may even want to replace it if it’s in rough shape.

Landscaping can also make a big difference.  Although it’s not time to cut the grass yet, as the snow melts you may be able to clean up the flowerbeds of debris and weeds.  Soon it’ll be time for putting out some nice pots on the porch or front steps with some colorful annuals.  The key is to keep your yard as manicured as possible with freshly cut grass and mulched flowerbeds and shrubs.  If your yard lacks for color, you may want to plant some flowering trees or shrubs to help.

It’s also time to wash the front windows.  This will let the sunshine into the house and also make the outside look fresh.

Lastly, don’t forget the driveway.  Spray away the winter’s grime and oil stains with a powerwasher.  It will add to the clean, sparkly look of the house.

Now’s the time to spruce up and get your house on the market.  Rates are still low!  It’s a great time!

Visit us at www.agentrising.com for more real estate news and trends.  Interested in becoming a real estate agent?  Check out the Agent Rising Real Estate School and start your new career.

Laurie Zell

Laurie Zell, New Agent at BOLD Moves Real Estate

Laurie ZellMeet Laurie Zell,  New Agent at BOLD Moves Real Estate!

I  am a recent graduate of Agent Rising Real Estate School and so excited to start my Real Estate Career with BOLD Moves Real Estate.  Though I am new to Real Estate sales, I am not new to helping people achieve their dreams.

I received my bachelor’s in management from the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth.  I was a continuing education student working forty hours and week in addition to going to school full-time.

I have been in the banking industry for over twenty-five years, holding many different positions within the banking center.  Throughout my career I have been the recipient of many customer service awards from both customers and management.  I am also a Notary Public.

I am:

Dedicated to Community!

. Lifelong resident of tri-town

. Two sons, one at Sippican School already!

. Volunteer

. Love of nature

Hard Worker!

. Earned BS in business management while working full time

. Balance my young sons, husband, and my profession

. Banking and finance background

Skilled!

. Mortgage connections and knowledge

. Customer Satisfaction Specialist

. Dedicated, dependable, with great attention to detail

My connections with current mortgage professionals and my partnership with BOLD Moves will help facilitate the process  of your dream of home ownership.

Contact me so that I may help you make a house your home.

Cell 508.509.7617 or at Laurie@boldrealtors.com

See our whole team at www.boldmovesrealestate.com

Visit  www.agentrising.com to start your real estate career.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on March 8, 2016.

Corbett Nye

Introducing Corbett Nye- New Agent at BOLD Moves Real Estate

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New to the industry, I offer a fresh set of uncompromising skills to help clients with one of their many important life events; buying or selling a home. A recent graduate of Agent Rising Real Estate School and a soon-to-be graduate of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, I’m a goal oriented individual with an obstinate attention for detail.
With seemingly so many Realtors to choose from, I understand the importance integrity when it comes to my profession as well as my personal life. Having taken a gap year in-between high school and college, I have had the opportunity to travel throughout the US as well as parts of Europe. I’ve spent time in California assisting foreign clients help experience the unreal motocross world California has to offer, as well as spending time in Ireland working with school children in a vast number of fields; from writing to swimming. One aspect that is true to my nature throughout all of my experiences is my instinctive and natural  desire to help people, priding myself on the honest happiness I like to bring others.

 

One aspect of the industry I look forward to focusing on is helping fellow “millennials” on the path to becoming a home-owner. Although we millennials are often misjudged and categorized in a negative connotation, it’s really nothing more than that- misjudgement. One common claim is that millennials don’t understand the importance and usefulness that comes with buying a home, and that instead we much prefer renting. Perhaps this connotation has come from some of us seeing the struggle our parents went through less than 10 years after the millennium started when the housing market crashed; or perhaps it comes from the seemingly lack of jobs upon graduating, giving us fear we can’t afford to own a home. Regardless of the reason, it’s simply not true. While it is true that home-ownership brings a great feeling of fulfillment and is certainly a good investment, an article published in March of 2015 by the National Association of Realtors describes how their study found, for the second year in a row, that millennials made up the largest group of recent homebuyers. That being said, it’s apparent we millennials understand the benefits and importance of home-ownership, and I look forward to helping any and all along the path.

 

Although I look forward to focusing on the millennial movement towards home-ownership, of course I am dedicated to all generations and aim to be a professional all will want to work with. I strive to be someone you can trust and enjoy working with when it comes to real estate, but also anticipates being someone you will build a genuine relationship with that will extend far beyond anything in regards to the industry.

 

I look forward to hearing from you soon and can be reached anytime at 401-644-5516 or through my email, corbett@boldrealtors.com.

Visit www.agentrising.com to meet our new agents and find out how you can be on the road to becoming a real estate agent.

Social Media Webutation with Kate Lanagan MacGregor

social mediaHow is Technology and Social Media Impacting our Realtor Profession?

Kate Lanagan MacGregor, broker-owner of BOLD Moves Real Estate held a Lunch N’Learn on Thursday,  February 25, 2016 at SEMAR , Southeastern Massachustetts Association of Realtors,  in New Bedford, MA.

The class covered Webutation– What your online reputation is.

Brand Yourself– What do you want your webutation to portray?

Tools– Blueprint to create and support your Webutation.  This includes Facebook, Linked In, Twitter, Google+,and  You Tube.  New Technology includes Periscope , Instagram and Snap Chat.

The New Consumer has already googled you before they meet you and have already formed their First Impression.

Google yourself and see what your Webutation is.  Google who you want to be and Google your competitors.

Kate covered everything you need to get yourself noticed on Social Media and spark interest in your real estate career.   She also included  reputation marketing and gratitude marketing and how to make the BOLD Day Challenge work for you.

Visit www.katelanaganmacgregor.com for the whole slideshow on this great day of training.

Visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com for great listings to make your dream of owning your own home a reality.

This blog was posted on www.boldmovesrealestate.com on March 3, 2016.

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Marketing Skills Matter

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Marketing Skills Matter!

You have several different options when deciding how to start marketing; no matter where readers are seeing your material, careful and creative writing is what makes it effective. As a real estate agent, your add is typically your first line of communication with your customer and it is important to make a good first impression. So how do you know where to begin? Lets take a look at a few key points:

A clear catchy headline– create a headline that will grab someone’s attention and make them want to read on.

Make it local– be sure to highlight your knowledge of the area by pointing out local assets of the property.

Be creative– make sure your content stands out from others, this is a great opportunity to point out anything special about the home and make the reader feel like they can picture themselves there.

Quality photos– while most of us aren’t professional photographers, it is important to take the time to make the pictures look great. This means preparing the scene, making sure the lighting is good. It is always a good idea to inspect the photos after taking them before posting them for others to see.

Include a call to action!- suggest that the reader contact you for more information, or stop by your next open house.

Proofread– make sure there are no errors before posting your material, if necessary have someone else read over it first.

Whether you’re creating an Open House Ad, a Listing Description, Just Listed or Sold Cards or even your business cards, these tips can help you put your best product forward and create a quality product.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more real estate tips and perfecting your marketing skills.  Help your business grow and expand your database.

 

 

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Starting a Buyer Relationship

agent risingHere are some tips for new agents.  You’ve passed the test and become a new real estate agent.  You’ve developed your business cards  and started your lead generation.  It’s now time to take those leads you have generated and start to turn them into actual customers. Invite a potential buyer into the office to meet with you. This simple invite can go a long way in measuring their level of interest. If they are reluctant to take the time to meet with you in person, they may simply be curious about the market and not really ready to buy. That’s okay, you can remain their resource for industry information
until they are ready.

When you do meet with a buyer, you have to be ready with a buyer presentation that you
are so comfortable giving that it almost seems like an informal conversation. The core of
this presentation will be all the essential questions that help you determine their wants and
needs. It is also important that you educate your potential buyer as to how the industry works
and how you work. Informing your customer up front about what they can expect from you,
and what you expect from them, is a great way to head off issues that could crop up in the future.

Make sure that you are knowledgeable about any forms or contracts between you and a buyer that are required by state law, or simply by your office.
Most potential buyers will not be familiar with them, and they will look to you for any questions they might have. If you don’t know the answer, don’t
wing it. Simply state that you will have to find out the answer for them, then make sure that you do.

As part of your presentation, don’t be afraid to spell out to the buyer the benefits of working with you rather than another agent. You are a competent professional, make sure that you show them!

Buyer questions – make a comprehensive list of questions that will help you determine your potential buyer’s wants and needs in buying a new home. The
more you ask, the easier it will be to find the house they want!

Industry/market information – find resources that you can access quickly that give you the most current information on market trends and the industry. You
need to be informed!

Your skills and assets – why should this buyer work with you? Prepare yourself to answer this question in a confident manner . You need to be able to showcase your skills in a way that will make them see you as a great buyer’s agent, even if this is your first buyer!

Learn the forms – whether it is an actual buyer’s contract or an agency relationship disclosure, read the forms in advance, ask questions about any parts that you don’t understand and practice filling them out!

Visit www.agentrising.com for more tips to help launch your real estate career and information on when new real estate classes are starting.

Certified Buyer Representative

BOLDIES Complete Certified Buyer Representation Program

Certified Buyer Representative

Sarah Holick, Denise Higgins-Reuter and Dave Garro from BOLD Moves Real Estate recently attended the Certified Buyer Representative Program at the Plymouth and South Shore Association of Realtors.  Each agent completes 3 days of extensive training  to earn the CBR Designation.

This means they are certified by the State of Massachusetts, MAR, Plymouth and South Shore Association of REALTORS and RealNet Learning Services, and Anita Hill, as a CBR- Certified Buyer Representative.

Sarah, Denise and Dave are trained in the professional representation of home purchasers.  Buyer Representation is rapidly changing the face of real estate.  Buyer Representative is a cooperating agent who legally represents the real estate buyer.  They generally do so under a buyer representation agreement, much like a traditional real estate broker represents the seller under a listing agreement.  The buyer agent’s role is to be the advocate for the purchaser in the real estate transaction.

BOLD Moves Real Estate Agents are dedicated to providing the best possible service and representation to their clients.  This distinction only adds to their professionalism and skills.

Visit www.agentrising.com for more information on becoming the best possible real estate agent you can be and visit www.boldmovesrealestate.com to learn how you can buy or sell a home with the help of our professional agents.