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We here at Keller Williams Preferred Realty keep a close eye on the market and watch closely trends to make sure we stay on top of the market.  We personally hold daily real estate sales team meetings and our whole office holds bi-monthly meetings with all or most of our 170+ agents.  Today was one of those meetings where we discussed market updates, new home community builder Meritage, financing and interest rate updates and upcoming training opportunities.

Market update
For the month of August 2011 we had a total of 16,631 homes for sale which is a decrease from last year by around 28%.  Last year was an anomaly because of the tax credit hype which caused people to show up to the party – albeit a little late since the credit expired June 30, 2010.  We did see a jump in inventory this time last year.  The numbers this year are more in line with our typical market.

We did see a 14% increase in homes that went under contract from last year.  This type of activity combined with lower inventory suggests that a seller is more likely to sell right now because demand is up and supply is down.

New Home Community by Builder 

In the world we currently live it’s just the right thing to do to conserve and reuse when we can.  The green movement is here and it’s time to get involved.  Meritage has answered the call.  Focusing on energy efficiency they have developed a home that comes in around 60 HERS compared to the average resale which is around 135 HERS.  Here are a few of places where they are building:

North Creek Farms is located across from Larkridge shopping plaza on Highway 7 in Thornton, CO.

Coal Creek Village in Lafayette with close proximity to shopping and major thoroughfares.

Interest rate updates

Rates are hovering right around 4% with an FHA loan.  Anytime an interest rate goes up by 1% it buys 10% less house for the same monthly payment.  If you or someone you know is on the fence about getting into this market it may be time to get off that fence.

Upcoming training
Mega agent camp in Austin, TX, is being held next Tuesday, September 20-21, 2011. The core belief for this organization is that ‘Iron sharpens iron’. This is an intensive couple of days focussed solely on finding out what the best agents are doing in their markets to really help people with their real estate needs at a high level. We at the  The Strange Team average 30 days in training each year. In order to stay on top of the market and marketing trends it’s important to learn from people in different markets dealing with different situations.

What do you do to stay on top of the industry in which you work?

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We’ve been hearing about this ‘paperless movement’ for some time so we’ll understand if you’re not ready to believe us just yet 😉 although it’s hear for real.  I’ve joked for years that the paperless thing really took off when lenders started combining one specific set of documents that buyer’s sign at closing from four forms to just one form.  That cut down on the typical 80 page packet to 76…wow.

Noticing a huge waste in the amount of paper we print off and do not use we felt ‘enough is enough’.  Over the years we’ve been able to make small subtle changes such as:

1. the use of QR (Quick Response) codes which allow people to view a property brochure by taking a picture of it with their smart phone

2. the use of an iPad when viewing homes to eliminate the need for our team to bring along a printed brochure for ourselves

3. the use of online contracts which allow us to reduce the amount of driving by having the ability to email contracts, get electronic signatures and uploading the contract until the file needed to be turned into our office for the required four years of storage (Dept. of Real Estate regulation).

Now we are fully green.  We no longer are required to have paper copies on hand.  Everything is kept online and stored under encryption to prevent nefarious eyes from seeing.  Keller Williams, in conjunction with Dotloop,  has established an easy to follow system that has a very low learning curve and brings our firm into high technology by making it more convenient for our clients and lessening our impact on the environment.

For more information on our team visit our site and view great photos of Colorado that we’d like to keep around for the next 1,000 years.

www.TheStrangeTeam.com

The Strange Team at Keller Williams Realty
(303) 668-5208 Direct
alan@TheStrangeTeam.com

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