If a picture says a thousand words, this video says a million. I have absolutely no doubt that Keller Williams Realty – Union County had the absolute most heartfelt, productive RED Day 2013, serving Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Monroe. I couldn’t be any prouder of our agents, vendors, friends, and family for giving over 400 hours of service WITH LOVE. Just watch… it was absolutely incredible to be a part of this incredible day of “Giving Where We Live!”
The sales numbers are definitely up.
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And Inventory Supply is down to 5.2 months.
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But the average sales price is still down. This may soon be changing with the limited inventory but also keep in mind that mortgage rates are forecasted to raise, so the price to buy over the lifetime of the purchase will be creeping back up.
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Below is the official Press Release for our KW Union County RED Day Project.
But no one probably has any idea how much this year’s RED Day Project means to me, because I didn’t choose it. Our Red Day committee did. But I think God had a hand in the choice too.
My grandmother who raised me, passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s. I miss her every day and treasure the memories we made together, praying I will never forget them, like she did with so many of hers.
Next Thursday, we will be spending the day, making a courtyard area much more enjoyable for Alzheimer’s & dementia residents at Kindred Care, along with entertaining and playing games with them, bringing sweet pets to love on, and much more. I know in my heart my grandmother will be looking down with a smile…..
If you’d like to join us in our efforts, or contribute towards the landscaping costs, please call us ASAP at 704-684-1000. I obviously want to make this RED Day – extra special. Thank you.
For Immediate Release
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori Bee
Fifth Annual “RED Day” Set to Lend a Hand at Kindred Care in Monroe, NC
Keller Williams Union County Market Center part of community service initiative across the globe
Indian Trail, NC– May 02, 2013— Keller Williams’ associates may be taking the day off on Thursday, May 9, 2013, but it will hardly be a day of rest. Associates with theKellerWilliamsUnionCountyMarketCenter have chosen to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, one of the biggest events in the real estate industry.
Short for “Renew, Energize and Donate,” RED Day was created to unite Keller Williams Realty offices and associates in an international day of service.
As part of the RED Day effort, KW Union County Market Center has chosen this year to spend the day with Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, inMonroe. The agents, vendor partners and friends, will be landscaping an area to make it more enjoyable, playing games, entertaining, conducting pet therapy and much more, to bring smiles and memories to the residents, many of whom never receive a visitor.
“This event is an entrenched part of Keller Williams Realty’s culture and displays the extraordinary effect a company can have when individuals come together to work as a team for the greater good of everyone,” said Team Leader, Lori Bee.
“Last year, we gave over 232 hours of service (29 days!) to the House of Pearls in Wingate, which serves women who are trying to change their lives for the better after making poor choices, often leading to jail or rehabilitation time. We cleaned their yard sale barn, painted the interior, trimmed windows, installed gutters, and landscaped the outside. We can’t tell you what an impact it made on each of us personally – it felt so great to give back to the community we know and love.”
“Terry Merritt, Director of the House of Pearls, continues to be grateful for our service to their organization, and is actually working with us this year towards assisting Kindred Care. Both organizations recently participated in our Inspirational Breakfast, on April 16th atTuscany (hosted by Ryland Homes) that helps to motivate and inspire agents, vendors and the community to get onboard with the upcoming Red Day project. We continue to solicit funds, ane in-kind gifts to make this year’s Red Day a huge success.“
Since the first RED Day in 2009, Keller Williams associates have given almost a half million hours of community service through activities ranging from food and blood drives to cleaning up trash in public parks, revamping gardens at nursing homes and rebuilding homes and schools for community members in need. To this day, it is one of the largest events in the real estate industry.
For more information about RED Day, visit (www.kw.com/redday.)
TheKellerWilliamsRealtyUnionCountyMarketCenter, located at6555 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail, is a full-service real estate firm with 52 sales associates.
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Check out this video to find out what is going on in real estate for April of 2013! Lots of good statistics and info!
Here is a great video by Keller Williams Realty International, covering some basic real estate statistics and market info. This month’s edition also includes some very helpful info for sellers on pricing your house right, from the start and how it can save you money.
And remember, all real estate is local, so call our experts to assist you at 704-684-1000 !
The good news continues for the Waxhaw Real Estate Market! Check out these charts below for more info. For any of your Waxhaw real estate needs, contact our Market Center at 704-684-1000.
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It’s March, but not quite Spring weather yet. Many of you are waiting for the “spring” to list your homes. Well, I hope you don’t miss your opportunity. We actually have a housing shortage – nationwide and locally.
Please call us at 704-684-1000 to list now!
Here is the chart for the housing supply in Union County currently:
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And yes, closed sales numbers are up… that is why Inventory is shrinking.
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And a good future forecaster, is pending sales which also is on the upswing!
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The market is quickly changing. Please consider one of our Keller Williams Union County agents to assist you for all of your real estate needs. We educate them on current market conditions locally, to best serve you! 704-684-1000
Based on data available as of March 4, 2013
All data from Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. Data deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Powered by 10K Research and Ma
I am sensing an uneasiness among my real estate social media friends. A slow realization that all this communication online isn’t making as big of a difference as they thought it would.
Don’t get me wrong, I so love all the friends I have made online in the real estate industry. But if we are just reaching out to each other to impress one another, what have we gained? Some referrals, some industry recognition & awards, and some wonderful friendships for sure. But as the old commercial goes, “Where’s the beef?!!!”
I’m fully expecting a reevaluation of best uses of technology and social media efforts at the upcoming RE Tech South conference in Atlanta, April 4th-5th. Many real estate agents are finally realizing that spamming listings to the masses and sharing how great we are (puke!), will NOT bring us business. In fact, it turns people off. I’m looking forward to a retrospective analysis of where we’ve been and where we should go. We are definitely due for a recipe change! ;)
In my humble opinion, the real value is the influence you have in your OWN community, and the difference you are making by being helpful. And you have to do it OFF-line, as well as online! I’ve always been of the mindset that helping those that I live amongst, is my most powerful tool. Sharing school info, real estate statistics, making restaurant recommendations, veterinarian suggestions, sports team sign ups, and demonstrating good old fashion work ethic and follow-up, will make people appreciate and respect you, and utilize you when it comes time for conducting business.
And you know what helping others also does? It gives me joy. Joy to know I can make my little town and county a better, and even my real estate office, a more friendly place. I think it even makes a few other friends who live far away a little envious. Perhaps envious enough to consider my Waxhaw, and Union County, a place to move and raise their family, or retire too. Or make them wish they worked at the Keller Williams Union County Market Center too.
And in the end, that helping others has often came full circle, making my own life richer. I am blessed to live where I do, to give and to receive. I can’t even describe how friends have helped me move, found me my farm that I now live on, helped me through health crises and divorce, and celebrated with me in many good times too! I am grateful to give and receive love online AND in person in my beloved Waxhaw, every day. Some days that is so much more precious than anything. I can’t ask for anything more…
It just happens to be “Random Acts of Kindness Week.” Try it online and offline, where you live. I think you may find the real “meat” of life tastes pretty durn good.
I have a 40 minute drive every morning to work. I love passing thru the Carolina farmland, running into the occassional tractor jam. I may have the best commute ever taking those back roads.
I do a lot of thinking and reflecting on those drives. For whatever reason, this past week, I was thinking a lot about my love of dirt. Yes, dirt. I love the soil. I love what grows in it. I often wonder if people look at land — I mean really look at it, like I do, or if they spend their days in such busyness that they miss the beauty and resources that God has provided them.
I think my love of land started as a toddler. Perhaps even as an infant.. My grandmother that raised me, had a large garden in the foothills of West Virginia. She would take me and my brother with her every day, and put us under the protection of two large plum trees, while she worked. As a baby, she would let me lie in the shade of those trees on a blanket. I grew up watching her plow the earth with that old Troy Bilt hand tiller with the Massey Ferguson engine, while we played with Matchbox cars under those plum trees.
She was a very strong woman. Inside and out. That soil was quite varied and tough on those 2 acres or so. The section at the lower part of the hill had a good bit of clay and held lots of water, and as you went up it got darker and richer, but also more rocky. I remember her explaining the importance of planting which crops in certain parts. The corn, beans, onions, green & hot peppers, lettuce, and rhubarb, went in the lower spots. Then the strawberries, the potatoes and tomatoes went in the richer more fertile soil, making sure that the taters went in the least rocky section. She knew the land well, and in hindsight, so did we…
My brother and I would spend our hours while she worked, playing in the dirt. We would build dirt houses, roads, and even little pools for our “neighborhood” for the Matchbox and Hot Wheel cars to travel thru. They invariably would crash as they would traverse the slope. LOL. I think about the creativity of a child’s mind as I look back. Having so much fun with couple of hand shovels and some little cars. As we got older, we worked with her side by side. Admittedly back then, it was somewhat reluctantly. It was hard work. I often wondered how she had even done it by herself when we were smaller.
Also around our 2 small parcels of land in the foothills of the Appalachians, my grandmother planted many other perennial fruit crops to sustain us. We had blueberry bushes, concord grapes, the plum trees, apple trees (oh the apple butter!), and of course the wild blackberry bushes. We also had a quite rare chestnut tree and some walnut trees. I really don’t remember us ever needing to buy produce. :)
Looking back, I never knew how “financially poor” we were, when I was a child. My grandmother labored so hard in that dirt to make sure we were fed. But it was such a labor of love, that in fact we were rich. We were rich in delicious, nutritious raw foods, not to mention her incredible cooking that led to so many meals that I still remember. Nothing tastes quite like something you raised. It’s different somehow. And somehow, I think so am I for being raised the way I was.
“Just remember what you reap, is what you sow. Grandma’s love is what made Grandma’s garden grow.”
So now, as I look around at all the rich farmland here in Union County, I think how my grandmother would have loved having a garden here. I also think about the years I have spent toiling in the soil, trying my own hand at farming. I have often said that “the hardest thing about parting with my farm, is leaving the tears in the dirt.” Tears of labor, tears of sadness, and even, tears of joy. So many memories…
I have the pleasure of still enjoying the land every day on this 90 acre parcel I now call home. I shall never ever take it for granted. Or the beauty afforded to me as I drive to work every day. God has so blessed us with this red dirt here in the Carolinas that I have grown to love and call home. I encourage my children, and also each of you, to stop and pause, and take a look around at least once a day and be thankful for that red dirt too.
Thank you Grandma, for grounding my soul into the soil… I feel you there every day.
I wouldn’t be doing my job, if I don’t try to keep up with what you… my consumers and clients want and need. And how you wish to find it. I mean I AM into HUNTING, especially house hunting, ya know! :) I also love learning how you wish to communicate whether thru your feedback on this blog, e-mail, Facebook or Twitter, chats at the coffee house, at consumer based conferences like Hear It Direct, or research studies like this one from NAR.
There is some great information in this study conducted by the National Association of REALTORS and Google, that I plan to share with my agents. I want them to not only know what you want, but to implement a way to deliver it!
It is clearly obvious that the consumer is doing much of the “legwork” themselves searching for homes online. And they love using mobile apps to do so. But thankfully, they realize the importance of then contacting a qualified REALTOR to assist them in the transaction. Trust me, a good agent will save you time and money, and make the process much easier. I have 50+ agents to assist you in your home search. Soon, each of my agents will have their OWN branded mobile apps to help you conduct your searches. They will directly answer your questions about those homes, thru those apps. How cool is it, that you will have access to an app for the exact agent you wish to answer your questions? I think it’s awesome!
Give us a call at 704-684-1000 to assist you today!