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Keller Williams Realty Family Reunion 2018

This was my first year attending Keller Williams Family Reunion. Family Reunion is a real estate convention where thousands of associates attend four days of networking, presentations, and hundreds of classes. It has everything you need to re-energize and take your business to the next level! This year KWFR was held in Anaheim California from Feb 16-Feb 23rd. I met with many agents across the United states and from several companies. It was powerful, at times overwhelming and without a doubt an event not to miss.

KW draws a very unique and awesome group of people who are well vested in the KW culture.  I caught myself a few times watching the crowd of agents all of them looking for something, a program, a method, a system, that magic pill, encouragement to get to the next level. In essence everyone there was tying to figure out something that would increase their value propositions and allow them to be of better service to their clients.  To be in the presence of some of the most remarkable minds in our industry is humbling and energizing.

Some of the KWFR highlights for me

Our new exclusive Keller Mortgage (mortgages with zero lender fees)
Keller Williams the triple crown winner   WOW!

Labs process for rolling out new technology and platforms like KW Command and Kelle our new artificial intelligence

During the International ALC meeting they announced that the Northwest Region was the biggest donor to our disaster relief fund KW Cares in the United States.  Way to go!!

I had to stay a few extra days.  You just can’t go to Sunny California and not take time to go to the ocean.  Yes I collected sea shells and dipped my feet in the water and had a wonderful time.

To KW associates who have now returned to their posts inspired, refreshed and excited to apply the incredible lessons learned.  Make it a great year!

KWFR 2018 Breakout Sessions

Sat, 17th
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

AI: The Next Revolution
Location:
204 ABC
Facilitated By:
Josh Team and Neil Dholakia
Audience:
ALL
The fourth revolution is upon us—artificial intelligence. From customer acquisition to a personal assistant, listen to how our agents are steering our AI initiatives to power your business.

AI: The Next Revolution (Livestream Room)
Location:
210 ABCD
Facilitated By:
Josh Team and Neil Dholakia
Audience:
ALL
The fourth revolution is upon us—artificial intelligence. From customer acquisition to a personal assistant, listen to how our agents are steering our AI initiatives to power your business.

Bigger Business … Bigger Life: How to Grow a Million-Dollar Business in Five Years (And Still Have a Life)
Location:
Ballroom CD
Presented By:
Wendy Papasan
Audience:
ALL
In this informative session on work-life counterbalance, Wendy Papasan offers tips on how to be more efficient and productive in your work and home life. Step by step, she walks you through the journey she took from being a stay-at-home mom (making no income) to becoming a Millionaire Real Estate Agent. Learn how you can break through your own ceiling of achievement in almost every area of life using the MREA models and systems, accountability and the right leverage.
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BoomTown – Shockproof: How Top Teams Hardwire Their Business for Lasting Success
Location:
202 AB
Facilitated By:
Rivers Pearce
Audience:
ALL
Changing market conditions. New challenges. Unexpected opportunities. Regardless of what comes their way, these panelists know how to leverage change to their advantage. See how they consistently grow their businesses in any climate, and learn proven strategies to create success that lasts.
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Bringing Head-Turners (And Your Future Head-Turners!) Aboard
Location:
Ballroom E
Facilitated By:
Dick Dillingham
Audience:
Leader
It’s a win-win! In this session, you will hear from Market Centers who minimize disruptions to their Mega-recruit’s businesses and provide maximum support with Cap Management.

Build Your Wealth and Leave a Legacy
Location:
303 ABCD
Presented By:
Jay Papasan and Ben Kinney
Audience:
ALL
Ben and Jay will revisit their popular session highlighting the new model for Give a Million in the future second edition of The Millionaire Real Estate Agent. This year they’ve added new content on proven strategies for building your wealth on the path to strategic giving.
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Build a Better Budget: Protect the Path to Your CGI Profit Goal
Location:
257
Presented By:
Jackie Ellis
Audience:
Agent
Protect your profit with a strategic budget for your business while tracking the activities that will propel you past your Daily GCI Break-even Goal into profit! This session is repeated Monday at 5:00.
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Communicating Value: Agent Trend, Agent LORE, and Local Expert
Location:
256/258
Presented By:
Todd Butzer
Audience:
Agent
What is your value story? Ramp up your presentations, marketing messages, websites, social media, advertising, and more by sharing your value story—Trend, LORE, and Local Expert—in a powerful way. Incorporate your evidence-based value tools from the CGI into your value proposition and stand out from the crowd.
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Eight to Great – Productivity Habits
Location:
2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty Stage
Presented By:
Abe Shreve
Audience:
ALL
Productivity habits lead to profit! Learn the eight steps to gaining habits that achieve your CGI goals with ease. Sponsored by 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty.
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Establishing a Culture of Wellness
Location:
259
Facilitated By:
Alex Garland
Audience:
ALL
Wellness brings value to your Market Center! Whether your MC is new to wellness or has an established program, learn more from KW Wellness representatives that can help guide your journey to success.

Farm Your Way to Financial Fortune
Location:
Ballroom AB
Presented By:
Kenny Klaus
Audience:
Agent
Move from “E” to “P” with your farming efforts. Bring focus and momentum to your lead generation and reap the rewards from your geographic farm with tried-and-true techniques that work!
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Get Real with Real-Play (In the Classroom)
Location:
264 ABC
Presented By:
Beverly Steiner
Audience:
Leader
Nothing develops skills quite like real-world experience. Watch associates gain confidence and skills while potentially adding to their business through practice and actionable feedback in real-play activities.
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How to Close a Market Share Appointment
Location:
Value Stage
Facilitated By:
Caryn Prall
Audience:
Leader
Top Team Leaders reveal the secrets to closing with market share recruits. Using the language of top producers through the Growth Initiative and Career Growth Initiative, find out how proven leaders handle objections, deliver value, and take territory in market share recruiting appointments.

KW Commercial Presents: A Brand on the Move
Location:
262 ABC
Presented By:
Mark Moreno and Sam Hasty
Audience:
Agent
Join Mark Moreno, Director of KW Commercial, as he shares his perspective on the current state of KW Commercial, outlines the challenges and opportunities ahead, and provides his preliminary short- and long-term strategies that will build on our foundation to power the KWC brand and create the most successful network of brokers in the industry.

KW Land Presents: Farm and Ranch – Round Table
Location:
208 AB
Facilitated By:
Kasey Mock
Audience:
ALL
Attendees will rotate between seven topics and learn from top KW Land pros in a round-table format. Attendees will have two hours to pick tables and topics of their choice. Drinks will be served. Grab a refreshment and get ready to learn! (This session is for members of KW Land, KW Luxury International, KW Commercial, and Leadership.)

KW Luxury Presents: Why Build a Luxury Team and How – Create Leverage in Your Luxury Business
Location:
263 ABC
Facilitated By:
Lesli Akers
Audience:
Agent
Bust the myths about luxury teams and maximize your time and efforts! Use the Career Visioning process with the KPA to hire the right people for the right roles that allow you to make the most of your time and talents, and together produce at higher levels to meet CGI goals, while delivering stellar customer service!

KW MAPS Coaching Presents: Expand Your Business Through Leverage – Building Scalable Systems for Success
Location:
304 CD
Facilitated By:
Brindley Tucker
Audience:
ALL
Transaction management, listing management, and operational systems to expand your business. Learn from the top Transaction Coordinators, Listing Managers, and Directors of Operations in the country as they discuss systems, efficiencies, scalability, and how to prepare your foundation for an expandable business.

KW MAPS Coaching Presents: Leadership Lessons Learned from Great Leaders
Location:
207 ABCD
Presented By:
Dianna Kokoszka
Audience:
ALL
Great leaders leave clues! Learn lessons you’ll be able to implement for yourself and your team.
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KWYP Presents: Goal Your Way to a Million
Location:
253 ABC
Presented By:
Chris Suarez
Audience:
ALL
Does the idea of netting a million seem daunting? Revisit the foundations of The Millionaire Real Estate Agent with Chris Suarez, who will provide tactical tips to make your next million a reality.
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Market Center Human Resources: Best Practices for Your Office
Location:
205 AB
Presented By:
Rebecca Lundquist
Audience:
ALL
Your people are your business! Whether you are leading a Market Center or a team, learn the basics for human resource management.
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Market Center Leadership: Time Block Your 20 Percent
Location:
Growth Stage
Facilitated By:
Tim Beverlin
Audience:
Leader
How do Market Center leaders protect their time to focus on the Big Rocks that maximize results? Hear from top leadership who have time blocked their way to success and proven that growth is cultural.

Market Share Appointments Simplified: The KPA = Conversion
Location:
304 AB
Facilitated By:
Tony Brodie
Audience:
Leader
Find out how top Team Leaders leverage the KPA to recruit Mega Agents in their markets, and how they’re able to take territory through purposeful market share appointments.

Match Your Value With Their Needs and Hit the 4:1
Location:
261
Presented By:
Carl Battiste
Audience:
Leader
Your Market Center offers compelling value to attract top recruits. Discover how to conduct purposeful needs analyses, offer personalized value prescriptions, and close appointments to meet your 4:1.
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Price Your Way to Profit
Location:
Home Warranty of America Stage
Presented By:
Steve Schlueter
Audience:
Agent
Increase your Listings Closed by pricing properly and get deals closed more quickly. Use logic and scripts to position your seller’s listing so it gets sold. Sponsored by Home Warranty of America.
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Shoot Great Video with Your Smartphone
Location:
254
Presented By:
Jamie Huffman
Audience:
ALL
Video is no longer a nice-to-have, it’s a “must” have. Come listen to Jamie Huffman from KW Video as he provides tips on how to get the best video your smartphone will allow.
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Systems and Processes of a Team
Location:
252 ABC
Facilitated By:
Lance Loken Group
Audience:
ALL
The Career Growth Initiative offers foundational models and systems that are designed to drive team success. In this session, hear top tips and tricks from one Mega Agent Team on how to implement proven systems for profit.

Technology in the Market Center
Location:
201 ABCD
Presented By:
Bruce Virgil and Mike Silkett
Audience:
Leader
Hear updates from KW Technology’s Labs process and gain exclusive insights into upcoming projects that promise to boost MC productivity for the MCA as well as for the rest of the Market Center leadership team. Sponsored by RealCommissions.
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The Growth Initiative and Career Growth Initiative: A Common Language for the Mega Agent and Market Center
Location:
206 AB
Presented By:
Mark Brenneman
Audience:
ALL
Market Centers succeed when agents and leadership share a common language and purpose. This session will detail how the Four Conversations of the Growth Initiative and Career Growth Initiative can offer everyone in the Market Center a shared language of business to deliver the win-win outcome of profitability for associates and Market Center alike.
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Sun, 18th
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Sun, 18th
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Achieve Your CGI Listings Goal by Improving Your Conversion Rate
Location:
Ballroom E
Facilitated By:
Joseph Klosik
Audience:
Agent
Your appointment goal is the first of Four Conversations on the path to profit. Learn from experts how to get more appointments and ultimately more profit through effective lead capture and conversion systems.

Business by the Book with The Millionaire Real Estate Agent and The ONE Thing
Location:
264 ABC
Presented By:
Jackie Ellis and Kent Temple
Audience:
Leader
Get a sneak peek at this powerful course on how to apply the transformative concepts of the Red Book and The ONE Thing to your business. All production levels, as well as your recruits, will learn how living a life by design, combined with proven models and systems, will build big lives and big businesses.
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Communicate Your Value: Marketing Masterpieces
Location:
Ballroom AB
Facilitated By:
David Hill
Audience:
Agent
Discover the turnkey tools that empower you and your team to express your VALUE! Whether at a listing presentation, on your website, or on social media, these tools shine a light on the immense value you provide to your clients.
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Global Property Specialits Agent Panel – Take Your Lead Generation Global
Location:
209 AB
Facilitated By:
Zola Szerencses
Audience:
ALL
Don’t settle for marketing your listings just to local buyers. We’ll give you an action plan to generate leads from around the world that help you win more listings!

Grow Your Market Center Through Your ALC, Not Around Them
Location:
252 ABC
Facilitated By:
Georgia Alpizar
Audience:
Leader
Generate an abundance of market share referrals by providing ALC members with the scripts, systems, and tools to experience the gift of Profit Share.

Homes.com – Generate More Leads with Niche Marketing
Location:
Value Stage
Presented By:
Joe Sesso
Audience:
ALL
Every agent has the potential to have a successful niche—the problem is how to be profitable at it. Learn to establish a profitable niche that generates and converts leads.
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How Billionaires Set Goals
Location:
201 ABCD
Presented By:
Jay Papasan and Geoff Woods
Audience:
ALL
If every one of us has the same number of hours in a day, how come some people accomplish so much more? There is a way billionaires think and set goals that makes all the difference. In this session, Jay Papasan and Geoff Woods will stretch your goals for 2018 bigger than you ever thought possible.
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How to Succeed in Business Without Being Tried: The Rules of RESPA and “Do Not Call”
Location:
208 AB
Presented By:
David Foster
Audience:
Agent
Do you ever make referrals to a lender, title company, or home warranty firm? Do you ever use phones, emails, or texts to market your business? Then stop by to hear the latest on RESPA and “Do Not Call” rules from an experienced DC attorney. David Foster will walk us through what the law requires—and how to stay on the right side of it.
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It Takes Two: Team Leaders and MCAs Collaborate to Bring Top Agents on Board
Location:
207 ABCD
Facilitated By:
Marc King and Rebecca Rose
Audience:
Leader
Onboarding begins before top agents join the Market Center. Learn how Team Leaders and MCAs work together to provide value, set up logistics, and cement relationships to minimize disruption and ensure a successful (and permanent) transition.

KW Commercial Presents: Intro to Commercial
Location:
262 ABC
Presented By:
Carlo Caparruva
Audience:
Agent
Please join KW Commercial Leadership Council member Carlo Caparruva as he discusses the fundamentals of the commercial real estate industry.
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KW Land Presents: The Synergy of KW Land, KW Luxury International, and KW Commercial
Location:
254
Facilitated By:
Kasey Mock
Audience:
ALL
Want to broaden your business? Learn how top producers niche to get rich by utilizing KW Land along with KW Luxury and KW Commercial specializations to maximize their business opportunities.

KW Luxury Presents: Top Luxury Agent Strategies for Dominant Luxury Market Share
Location:
263 ABC
Facilitated By:
Mike Brodie
Audience:
Agent
Luxury heavy hitters discuss their strategies for luxury lead generation, marketing, polished presentations, and memorable customer service.

KW MAPS Coaching Presents: Get Your Full Commission
Location:
202 AB
Presented By:
Jim Reitzel and Kevin Reitzel
Audience:
Agent
Start making more money per deal! Come learn the tactics that will help you make 25%–50% more commission per deal.
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KW MAPS Coaching Presents: ROAR Session – Gaining Power Through Authentic Leadership
Location:
Ballroom CD
Facilitated By:
Dianna Kokoszka
Audience:
ALL
Dianna Kokoszka interviews Mary Tennant over building a large Market Center and her tenure as president of the company, and Linda McKissack about Profit Share lessons learned.
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KWYP Presents: Extend Your Reach with Social Media
Location:
253 ABC
Facilitated By:
Caitlin Bauer
Audience:
ALL
Gain leads and stay in touch with your clients through social media. This panel of experts will share how to personally stay connected to your clients and market your business to prospective clients through Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools.

Landvoice – Five Ways to Convert More FSBOs and Expireds into Listings
Location:
205 AB
Presented By:
Shaun Farr and Christoph Malzl
Audience:
ALL
FSBO and expired leads are the low-hanging fruit in real estate, yet so many agents never capitalize on them. Learn the five tips you need to list more of these properties. This session is repeated on Sunday at 3:45.
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Leverage Talent to Break Through the Ceiling of Your Business
Location:
304 CD
Facilitated By:
John Schumacher
Audience:
Agent
Hear from top Mega teams about how they took their business to the next level to meet or exceed their CGI goals by mastering talent leverage, and how leverage ultimately changed their lives for the better.

Leveraging and Enhancing Health Through Fitness Trackers
Location:
259
Presented By:
Alex Garland and Rachel Klaer
Audience:
ALL
How our new relationship with Fitbit can allow you leverage and enhance the health and well-being of your associates. Learn how you can get involved, receive discounts for team members and clients, and better your health in the process.

Marketing Matters: Market Your Listings to Sell
Location:
2-10 Home Buyer’s Warranty Stage
Presented By:
Gene Rivers
Audience:
Agent
Once you’ve gotten the listing, make sure it shines and sells! Stand above the crowd with these tips and tricks to market your listings. Sponsored by 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty.
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Recruiting Made Simple With the Language of Megas
Location:
261
Presented By:
Caryn Prall
Audience:
Leader
Learn to speak the language of top producers with the Growth Initiative and Career Growth Initiative. Gain instant validity and attract your market’s Megas, while providing value!
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Shift-Proof Your Market Center
Location:
303 ABCD
Presented By:
Bruce Hardie
Audience:
Leader
The best time to prepare for a shifting market is today! Fortify your Market Center with knowledge and tactics that will allow you to be proactive in a downturn.
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Simple Scripts for Success
Location:
257
Facilitated By:
Joe Bogar
Audience:
Agent
Scripts are your language of sales—and they work! Listen in as several script masters reveal their magic with handling objections and getting deals done! Anyone can do it. Will you?

Six Personal Perspectives and the Growth Initiative and Career Growth Initiative
Location:
206 AB
Presented By:
Carl Battiste
Audience:
ALL
The KW foundational perspectives to propel you to the highest level of achievement. Come learn what it is that differentiates those who achieve at the highest level from those who don’t seem to accomplish as much.
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Tell Your Value Story
Location:
304 AB
Presented By:
Annie Switt and Stacia Thompson
Audience:
Leader
Discover the turnkey tools that empower you and your associates to tell your local story—a story of growth, production, and VALUE! Whether in a market share appointment, weekly business meeting, agent’s listing presentation, or on social media, these tools shine a light on the immense value you provide.
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The OP/TL Relationship: Communicate Your Way to Success
Location:
256/258
Facilitated By:
Brenda Benson
Audience:
Leader
OPs succeed when they build a vision big enough to hold the Team Leader’s vision and accommodate their growth. Hear from top OPs and Team Leaders on how they communicate to stay in alignment and make their vision a reality for the Market Center.

Three Paths to Mailbox Money
Location:
Home Warranty of America Stage
Facilitated By:
Dick Dillingham
Audience:
Agent
Learn how to leave a legacy for your family from one of KW’s top Profit Share recipients. Create extra income with no sweat using the power of the KW Profit Share/Growth Share system to put you on the road to passive income and wealth building. Sponsored by Home Warranty of America.

You Heard KW Tech at the Vision Speech: What Questions Do You Have? LIVE Q&A Session
Location:
204 ABC
Facilitated By:
Josh Team and Neil Dholakia
Audience:
ALL
Keller Williams has to own both its technology and its data. And you heard in the Vision Speech which experiences are in Labs now and why they’re important. Now come to this LIVE Q&A with the questions that were going through your mind as you heard Gary and Josh talk about the future of KW Technology.

You Heard KW Tech at the Vision Speech: What Questions Do You Have? LIVE Q&A Session (Livestream Room)
Location:
210 ABCD
Facilitated By:
Josh Team and Neil Dholakia
Audience:
ALL
Keller Williams has to own both its technology and its data. And you heard in the Vision Speech which experiences are in Labs now and why they’re important. Now come to this LIVE Q&A with the questions that were going through your mind as you heard Gary and Josh talk about the future of KW Technology.

realtor.com – Best 2018 Lead Conversion Strategies. Period.
Location:
Growth Stage
Facilitated By:
Andrew Dorn
Audience:
ALL
Top real estate professionals are experiencing double-digit lead conversion rates. Get the absolute best lead follow-up strategies from around the country.
Sun, 18th
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Mon, 19th
7:30 AM – 8:45 AM
Mon, 19th
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Mon, 19th
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Mon, 19th
5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

How can your home make you happier?

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How can your home make you happier?
Your home should be your sanctuary, a refuge from the stresses of everyday life, where you can relax, enjoy yourself and spend time with friends and family. If your home isn’t bringing you the happiness it should, take a look at the following tips to help put a smile on your face whenever you walk in your front door.

Surround yourself with mood-boosting colors. Red, orange and yellow are most often associated with generating positive feelings. If those colors don’t make you smile, surround yourself with the colors that you’re most drawn to. Try using one of your favorite memories for inspiration. If you took a life-changing trip to Greece a few years ago, why not paint your bedroom the deep blue of the Aegean Sea?
Fill the air with blissful scents. Many scents, including jasmine, citrus and freshly baked bread, are reported to be linked to happiness. Scent is also closely linked with memory, so filling your home with a scent tied to happy memories will give your spirits a lift.
Create a dedicated space for your favorite hobbies. Spending time on activities that bring you joy is important to your overall happiness. Whether your passion is reading, painting or woodworking, having a space devoted to your favorite hobby will motivate you to spend more time doing what you love.
Bring the outdoors in. According to Psychology Today, there is a significant link between time spent enjoying nature and happiness. To bring Mother Nature indoors, fill your home with plants and fresh flowers or just open your curtains to enjoy the view of any nearby gardens or trees.

Simple tips like these can create a happier, healthier and more valuable home. Thank you for thinking of me for all of your real estate needs, and be sure to share my contact information with anyone you know of looking to buy, sell or invest in a home.

 

 

How to increase your home’s appeal when selling

Increasing your home’s appeal

Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal.

Exterior

* Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
* Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
* Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
* Tighten and clean all door handles.
* Clean windows inside and out.
* Powerwash home’s exterior.
* Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
* Paint the front door.
* Buy a new welcome mat.
* Place potted flowers near the front door.

Interior

* Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
* Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
* Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
* Shampoo carpets.
* Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
* Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
* Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
* Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
* Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
* Fix or replace discolored grout.
* Replace broken tiles.
* Replace worn countertops.

Special details for showings

* Turn on all the lights.
* Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
* Keep pets secured outdoors.
* Buy new towels for bathrooms.
* Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
* Replace old lamps or lampshades.
* Play quiet background music.
* Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
* Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
* Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.
* Vacate the property while it is being shown.

Eight steps to selling your home

Eight steps to selling your home

  1. Define your needs. Write down all the reasons for selling your home. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?” For example, a growing family may prompt your need for a larger home, or a job opportunity in another city may necessitate a move. For your goals, write down if you’d like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin. Work with your real estate agent to map out the best path to achieve your objectives and set a realistic time frame for the sale.
  2. Name your price. Your next objective should be to determine the best possible selling price for your house. Setting a fair asking price from the outset will generate the most activity from other real estate agents and buyers. You will need to take into account the condition of your home, what comparable homes in your neighborhood are selling for, and state of the overall market in your area. It’s often difficult to remain unbiased when putting a price on your home, so your real estate agent’s expertise is invaluable at this step. Your agent will know what comparable homes are selling for in your neighborhood and the average time those homes are sitting on the market. If you want a truly objective opinion about the price of your home, you could have an appraisal done. This typically costs a few hundred dollars. Remember: You’re always better off setting a fair market value price than setting your price too high. Studies show that homes priced higher than 3 percent of their market value take longer to sell. If your home sits on the market for too long, potential buyers may think there is something wrong with the property. Often, when this happens, the seller has to drop the price below market value to compete with newer, reasonably priced listings.
  3. Prepare your home. Most of us don’t keep our homes in “showroom” condition. We tend to overlook piles of boxes in the garage, broken porch lights, and doors or windows that stick. It’s time to break out of that owner’s mindset and get your house in tip-top shape. The condition of your home will affect how quickly it sells and the price the buyer is willing to offer. First impressions are the most important. Your real estate agent can help you take a fresh look at your home and suggest ways to stage it and make it more appealing to buyers. * A home with too much “personality” is harder to sell. Removing family photos, mementos and personalized d?cor will help buyers visualize the home as theirs. * Make minor repairs and replacements. Small defects, such as a leaky faucet, a torn screen or a worn doormat, can ruin the buyer’s first impression. * Clutter is a big no-no when showing your home to potential buyers. Make sure you have removed all knick-knacks from your shelves and cleared all your bathroom and kitchen counters to make every area seem as spacious as possible.
  4. Get the word out. Now that you’re ready to sell, your real estate agent will set up a marketing strategy specifically for your home. There are many ways to get the word out, including: * The Internet * Yard signs * Open houses * Media advertising * Agent-to-agent referrals * Direct mail marketing campaigns In addition to listing your home on the MLS, your agent will use a combination of these tactics to bring the most qualified buyers to your home. Your agent should structure the marketing plan so that the first three to six weeks are the busiest.
  5. Receive an offer. When you receive a written offer from a potential buyer, your real estate agent will first find out whether or not the individual is prequalified or preapproved to buy your home. If so, then you and your agent will review the proposed contract, taking care to understand what is required of both parties to execute the transaction. The contract, though not limited to this list, should include the following: * Legal description of the property * Offer price * Down payment * Financing arrangements * List of fees and who will pay them * Deposit amount * Inspection rights and possible repair allowances * Method of conveying the title and who will handle the closing * Appliances and furnishings that will stay with the home * Settlement date * Contingencies At this point, you have three options: accept the contract as is, accept it with changes (a counteroffer), or reject it. Remember: Once both parties have signed a written offer, the document becomes legally binding. If you have any questions or concerns, be certain to address them with your real estate agent right away.
  6. Negotiate to sell. Most offers to purchase your home will require some negotiating to come to a win-win agreement. Your real estate agent is well versed on the intricacies of the contracts used in your area and will protect your best interest throughout the bargaining. Your agent also knows what each contract clause means, what you will net from the sale and what areas are easiest to negotiate. Some negotiable items: * Price * Financing * Closing costs * Repairs * Appliances and fixtures * Landscaping * Painting * Move-in date Once both parties have agreed on the terms of the sale, your agent will prepare a contract.
  7. Prepare to close. Once you accept an offer to sell your house, you will need to make a list of all the things you and your buyer must do before closing. The property may need to be formally appraised, surveyed, inspected or repaired. Your real estate agent can spearhead the effort and serve as your advocate when dealing with the buyer’s agent and service providers. Depending on the written contract, you may pay for all, some or none of these items. If each procedure returns acceptable results as defined by the contract, then the sale may continue. If there are problems with the home, the terms set forth in the contract will dictate your next step. You or the buyer may decide to walk away, open a new round of negotiations or proceed to closing. Important reminder: A few days before the closing, you will want to contact the entity that is closing the transaction and make sure the necessary documents will be ready to sign on the appropriate date. Also, begin to make arrangements for your upcoming move if you have not done so.
  8. Close the deal. “Closing” refers to the meeting where ownership of the property is legally transferred to the buyer. Your agent will be present during the closing to guide you through the process and make sure everything goes as planned. By being present during the closing, he or she can mediate any last-minute issues that may arise. In some states, an attorney is required and you may wish to have one present. After the closing, you should make a “to do” list for turning the property over to the new owners. Here is a checklist to get you started. * Cancel electricity, gas, lawn care, cable and other routine services. * If the new owner is retaining any of the services, change the name on the account. * Gather owner’s manuals and warranties for all conveying appliances.

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Another home sold by Rain Silverhawk in Cocolalla Idaho

Congratulations to the Lipp family on your new home!!!

 

 

Lake views from almost every room of this 3 bedroom 3 bath 1716 sq ft two story new home built in 2013. Beautiful kitchen with custom cabinets stainless steel appliances, oak pergo floors. Green built energy efficient home with extra insulation in trusses and hardiboard siding. Office and good sized bedrooms and Master bedroom features a huge walk in closet. Featuring recessed lighting, wood cased window sills and double sinks. Full length covered deck with lake views, large trees, good year round access.

 

 

Trains traveling Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry Idaho

Here is a great re-blog  on the Trains traveling Sandpoint and Bonners Ferry Idaho

North Idaho is a main funnel for trains coming from and heading to Canada. We have plenty and since moving here I have become facinated with them.  The shear power, strength of these brutes just amazes me.  Their beauty as they move through the different landscapes.  

Weather extremes only seems to enhance them.  Like a magnet one is drawn to them.  Or perhaps it is just me.  Most trains coming through are 100 cars or more.  Imagine!  

 

 

 

 

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This short video (23 seconds) shows a train starting again after having waited on another to pass.  The domino type sound rushing from car to car as the couplings grab.  Keep in mind the engine for this train is up around to the left beyond the buildings.  The power and strength amazing!

 

 

These cars were empty thus the hollow sound.  The same effect when full only a very heavy thunk, thunk, thunk with no less speed.   

 

10 acres, small cabin electric for $60,000

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10 acre parcel with electric on site. Rolling to level with no steep areas. Open and cleared areas with plenty of southern exposure. Small cabin on
site (no water) with electric. Mature trees for privacy and less than a mile to County Maintained Rapid lightning Road. Bring your imagination and North Idaho dreams for to this parcel. Sandpoint Idaho $60,000

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