Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Get your Kimtag

QR code that serves as a hub for
all CB Triad social connections

How sweet is this?

I dare you to take 5 minutes of your time & go to Kimtag.com right now. If you are asking why, you didn't scan this QR code or link to it.

Kimtag is a connection hub- it provides you with a single web and mobile address, as well as a QR code for all your social networks, blogs, websites and other connections. You can even include a short bio, provide a phone number and your physical address which displays a Google Map.

Try it now and happy connecting!

P.S. Please "like" us. :0)
P. P. S. Thanks to Terry Watson for the tip(s)!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CB Triad Rewarded & Recharged by Terry Watson

International speaker Terry Watson speaks at Coldwell Banker Triad,
Realtors 15th Annual Awards Celebration
There was not a dull moment at the Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors 15th Annual Awards Celebration held yesterday in Kernersville at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden. Agents, staff and management gathered to recognize Sales Associates and staff for their accomplishments in 2011 as well as to hear the greatly anticipated guest of honor, Terry Watson.

The awards began with Tenure Awards for staff, management and Sales Associates. There were 24 staff and managers recognized for 5 - 30 years of service and 47 Sales Associates who were recognized for being with the company for 10 - 30 + years.

Watson, an international motivational speaker from Chicago, transformed the room, recharging the agents and staff with an unique spark only he can ignite. He opened the floor with a powerful video suggesting social media is the marketing vehicle that continues to lead the race toward the largest audience. Three key principles he shared in how to reach it- make it easy, deliver some value and reduce the steps to get there.

For many years, CB Triad has been working on providing just those things to its consumer, by implementing innovative concepts and integrating the newest technologies into the marketing tools and benefits offered to its clients and customers. 

"We knew Terry Watson would engage our team with humor, real estate tips, and he even shared a couple powerful life lessons. This was a departure from our normal awards event- we chose a festival atmosphere so our family of agents and staff could RE-WARD and RE-CHARGE together, celebrate their accomplishments and acknowledge the hard work of so many! Everyone received a Coldwell Banker back pack stuffed with goodies and great door prizes were given throughout the celebration. We are so fortunate in our company to work side-by-side with so many professional Realtors and staff," said Jodi Tate, Chief Operating Officer.

Employee Recognition presented to those employees who have provided dedicated service to Coldwell Banker Triad, Realtors for 5 - 30 years of service. 

5 or more years: Sunni Lauten, Carol Wailes, Elizabeth Castelda, Michelle Amador, Lili Gerrard, Ellen Moore, Helen Nagy; 10 or more years: Valerie Fricault, Julie Aites, Gail Harris, Aaron Wood, Jan Sherman; 15 or more years: Sallie Goza, Ed Stafford, Carol Hudson, Linda Petitto, Denise McGahan, Hope Drake; 20 or more years: Gam Bates, Wanda Pedersen, Jodi Tate, Lane Young; 30 or more years: Steve Culler, Beverly Godfrey.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Flopping" - a New Fraud Scheme

Melanie Troutman
Coldwell Banker Mortgage

What's Behind The Blue Door of Real Estate?

The precipitous decline in home values and the distress of homeowners facing foreclosure has given rise to new fraudulent schemes, and one that is currently on the rise is a scheme known as "flopping."  Unlike property flipping, which uses an inflated appraisal to secure a loan for more than a property is worth, property flopping is executed by forcing the sale of a home for less than it is worth and reselling it at its true value.

Flopping schemes can be very elaborate and can involve a number of co-conspirators.  The simplest explanation of the scheme is that "...participants buy a home from an owner who may face foreclosure, at a price well below its distressed value by agreeing to deal with the lender, then immediately resell if for a profit, sometimes to a fellow conspirator."

This is illegal on so many levels and is another reason that a homeowner needs to work with a trusted and experienced realtor.

~ Melanie Troutman

Friday, May 4, 2012

Saying 'bye' to Helene and Joachim

Helene & Joachim, our interns from Denmark
What's Behind 
The Blue Door of Real Estate?

Lately we have been asking, “What makes a house a home?” and for these two ‘home’ hasn’t been confined to one country. In less than 2 weeks, Joachim Selnaes and Helene Hohle will head back to their permanent home Copenhagen, Denmark. During their time as interns with us in Winston-Salem they have made it a home too. Or rather, has Winston-Salem made it ‘home’ to them.

Joachim and Helene wanted to leave Denmark to experience the differences in American culture and in real estate. Of their ‘favorite American things,’ our social exchange is something they enjoyed so much they want to integrate it into their lifestyles at home.

“People are so different here in the Triad- they are more curious and react positively to strangers. We knew we needed to make an effort to make an impression but people here are so easy going it has been simple for us to make friends. We aren’t sure if it is because of where we are in the United States, but everyone has been so polite and good to introduce us to their friends. Networking is so much easier here than in Denmark,” they both said.

As one would begin the business brand new, they went through the life of an American real estate agent.  Joachim and Helene completed our new agent training, which included Fast Start, many weekly skills classes and BOO$T. They also observed phone duty and open houses, helped measure homes, input listings, got experience with our document management system, and other technology. 

“iPads, apps and technology in general are used more in the US– there is an appearance of high use of technology in Denmark but it seems people are further ahead here because they are actually using it,” said Joachim.

There couldn’t be more truth to this- ‘Real Estate is Location, Location, Location.’  One of the homes they helped measure was 435 Torrington Lane, a Tuscan-style home just under $690,000 built by Keith Rogers and listed by Wendy Taylor.

“Copenhagen’s prices are four times the price they are here and can get up to approximately $500 per square foot - this home would sell for over $3 million there,” said Helene.

Most of the homes there are built of stone, brick and some wood with high quality materials such as marble. Also, there’s much more real estate here -opportunities to purchase are fewer in Copenhagen than they are in the Triad. 

“When it comes to marketing to different generations, we have some of the same struggles as you do in the US.  People in Denmark are more traditional, though, in how they want to see listings. They would rather see homes in the newspaper versus video tours,” said Helene.  

They’ve been so busy they haven’t yet experienced as much of the Triad as they want. However, they hope to fit in as many fun things they can before they leave. Their plans when they head back?

Of course they both look forward to reuniting with family and friends. Helene also looks forward to returning to her ‘puppy dog’ and will finish her degree at University of Copenhagen…possibly pursue further education. Joachim plans to get into the Copenhagen real estate industry, preferably selling higher end homes he says.

Some of their other ‘favorite American things’- lower prices in real estate, autos, technology and out-to-eat food costs;  care of animals through animal shelters and food drives; Ford Mustangs and domestic beer (Joachim’s favorites); all the good FOOD! (Helene’s favorite, steak); Wendy Taylor Chatter Tour; Boone, NC; and our patriotism and pride for our country.

When asked, they both said they would love to come back to the United States. Maybe they will come back for good. A big thank you and good luck goes out to you two – we’ve really enjoyed having you at CB Triad!