Friday, December 30, 2011

Good timing- Gear up for 2012!

As 2011 comes to a close, the timing couldn't be better to roll into 2012 hearing this news. So I am just going to say it (Jim Gillespie style) with some enthusiasm- Hellllllooooo 2012!

With the release of this USA Today report stating the US ends 2011 with a stronger job market and with the release yesterday from the National Association of Realtors revealing national pending home sales reached a 19-month high -it looks like we are off to a good start for the New Year in 2012!

It gets better, Triad! According to the Triad Multiple Listing Service in this Winston-Salem Journal article, it is the 5th consecutive monthly increase our local housing market has experienced when compared to last year.

With the prediction that closed existing home sales should continue to rise in the next months in combination with housing affordability conditions being at record highs, it might be to your advantage to sit down with your Broker-In-Charge soon to review your 2012 goals and gear up for a great real estate year.

Are you working this weekend?

Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ellen Moore - 2011 Women Extraordinaire Winner

Ellen Moore
Congratulations to Ellen Moore of Coldwell Banker Commercial Triad Realtors, a Business Leader Women Extraordinaire Winner for 2011. This award honors the top women business leaders of the Southeast who demonstrate significant business achievement and community involvement. Ellen was selected among 35 other women of the Triad.

Ellen serves on the Winston-Salem Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA) Board of Directors as well as the North Carolina RCA Board of Directors and was the RCA Chairman in 2010. She is involved in the International Council of Shopping Centers, Chambers of Commerce and is active in political campaigns. Ellen serves on the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors Political Affairs committee as well as the Change of Use committee, which helps connect local small businesses to Winston-Salem inspections and permitting divisions.

In addition, Ellen is involved with Stephen Ministry Leadership, Centenary United Methodist Church (CUMC) Chancel Choir Council and CUMC Property Committee. She also spends time with homebound church members- in particular she has enjoyed weekly visits with one woman for over 11 years. Ellen has contributed her time and decorating skills to Gray Cottage at the Children’s Home this past year.

"Keeping passionate about my industry is relatively easy because each day brings a different challenge. The excitement of adaptive reuse in some of my listings really creates a 'buzz' for me. A great example is WinMock of Kinderton," said Ellen.

Despite the obstacles, Ellen's influence largely impacts other women in difficult career fields, especially in those dominated by men.  Ellen attributes her accomplishments to perseverance and always asking how, not why.  Consistently educating herself and keeping informed, Ellen makes it a priority to network as well as attend educational seminars and webinars. 

Contact Ellen Moore today to congratulate her!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wendy Taylor - WSRAR 2011 Realtor of the Year

Wendy Taylor
Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors awarded their Paul G. Minish Award to Wendy Taylor with Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors as 2011 Realtor of the Year.

“I feel like I have walked in the feet of giants, selling one property at a time. To share the award with Mr. Lewis Hubbard (1977) and Bruce Hubbard (1988) is such an honor. Mr. Hubbard was always a mentor to me and I am just so honored to have received this. Normally I am not speechless. I was flabbergasted,” said Wendy.

A Winston-Salem native, Wendy has worked in the Winston-Salem commercial and residential real estate industry since 1992. She served as the 2006 President of Winston-Salem Board of Realtors and was the first woman to be President of the Realtor Commercial Alliance in 1999. She is currently on the Board of Directors for North Carolina Real Estate Education Foundation as well as for the North Carolina chapter of Certified Residential Specialist.  

Wendy brings leadership, experience and a “servant’s heart” to the community. She is an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce and a Senior Mentor for those in danger of dropping out of high school.  In addition, Wendy along with her MKT business partners, join to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House –currently enough to provide 82 families with a night’s room and board.  The team also hosts an annual Pet Food Drive for the Humane Society of Forsyth County, which is currently the society’s second largest food drive. She and one of her team members, John McPherson participate in the annual “Celebrity Serve” at Fourth Street Filling Station to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Success, for Wendy, is measured many different ways. A victory may not only be achieving performance awards but also helping a girl graduate from high school who otherwise wouldn’t have.

Wendy attributes hard work and tenacity to much of her personal success, claiming characteristics from her mother and grandfather 'got into her blood early.' “They are people from the salt of the earth who taught me to leave my mark if I am fortunate enough to do something I love. They also taught me not to imagine my life a certain way and expect that perfect life to be brought to me but to bring my life to it,” said Wendy.

Wendy is passionate about marketing resale and new construction homes as well as working with first time buyers and those relocating into the area. Regardless of the needs of her customers or clients, Wendy likes to “leave her mark” on their experience.  She has been known to greet an out-of-town family at the airport with a welcome sign, cooler full of water and fresh baked cookies.

“I love to get deep with people. Not everyone is silk or cotton,” she said, when comparing personality types to quilting patterns. “Every new person or family comes with their own pattern or unique traits -getting to know them keeps the journey interesting. A lot of people don’t think they have anything interesting to talk about of themselves until you tell them they do.”

If you have ever had the pleasure of talking with Wendy, you know she is sincere, quick-witted and captivating- there is never a dull moment around her.   If you don’t know what her ‘Chatter Tour’ is, call her today to tell her you read this and ask her for one! Whether she tells you about her pony or about her son who recently enlisted in the US Military, Wendy Taylor is sure to leave her mark with you.

Contact Wendy

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

How to Buy a HUD Home

HUD homes are foreclosed homes that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) list to recover foreclosure debts.  While homes are not always in pristine condition, the proper agent and lender could help you purchase more of a house for the money.  You can visit to search for listings in your desired area. However, you cannot bid on them without a certified real estate agent. 

Want to avoid a short-term loan for your improvements?  You may also qualify for a FHA 203(k) Rehabilitation Loan.  

Contact your trusted Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors to answer your questions &
discuss your loan options with our Coldwell Banker Mortgage Representatives:

Mike Kirkpatrick
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-Jordan Schwall

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Can you prevent foreclosure?

Like many Americans amidst foreclosure, you may not know what programs exist to help you in this time of financial turmoil. Housing Bills, modifications and jargon used can be intimidating and frequently change, so finding the pertinent details relevant to your personal situation is quite a task.  USA Today recently compiled great, succinct information to answer just these questions. Read the article to review the programs as well as their intended goals, results and shortcomings.  Then contact us to find a trusted and experienced Realtor who will provide personal insight catered to you.

-Jordan Schwall

Monday, December 5, 2011

Triad Real Estate School 'Outstanding' according to the Commission

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Looking to get your NC Real Estate License? Each year the North Carolina Real Estate Commission monitors applicant performance on the real estate licensing exam and then reports performance results to schools and instructors.

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This list of top performers may come in handy as you contemplate school and/or instructor options in your local area. Located in Winston-Salem, Triad Real Estate School and Instructor, Gam Bates, achieved the outstanding examination performance record of 80% or higher for the 2010-2011 report.

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The most recent annual performance record for each school can be found on the Commission's website here.

Check the list (twice) for your preferred real estate school in the Triad!

Congrats Gam & TRES!