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Hurricane Protection Plan Part 2

+ Make sure you and your clients homeowner's premiums are sent out via over-night delivery, allowing sufficient time to reach the insurance company before the storm. If it gets there after the storm their insurance claim could be denied!
+ Prepare a log of all your closings 1 week prior to storm and monitor the status!
+ The following should be considered when making preparations for the storm:
+ Make sure you have a current contact list with phone numbers for you, your staff and clients!
+ Communicate with everyone within 24 hours after the storm to determine their status.

8 Point Business Relocation Checklist

Here is a brief business relocation checklist for you to review before you move your business.

+ Are there certain tax benefits to moving your business? Some municipalities offer tax incentives for businesses that relocate from another state?
+ Have you visited the local chamber of commerce to get a feel of the business climate?
+ Does the region’s culture match your company’s culture? Specifically, what are some of the intangible benefits of the move, whether from another state or from another area of the same town?

Generating Real Sales Leads from Market Leader

In order to keep your pipeline of leads full, consider these tactics:

Broaden your network; it could be a cooking class at the local community center or a beginner’s course on kayaking at the local lake. Shared interests can go a long way in building the foundation of trust and familiarity that make for a solid business relationship.

Look for soon-to-be empty nesters. College graduations are followed by a flood of new collegiate co-eds who are leaving behind mom, dad, and their oh-so-big home. Some may be looking to transition to a smaller home, and you should be ready to help them!

Smile Stand and Say

Some of the simplest ways we can earn the respect and business of another person is to respect them not by what we say but by our actions. Here are 3 helpful reminders on how to keep the line of communication open.

Smiling Shines a Light on Others

A Brief Business Relocation Checklist

+ Are there certain tax benefits to moving your business? Some municipalities offer tax incentives for businesses that relocate from another state.
+ Have you visited the local chamber of commerce to get a feel of the business climate?
+ Does the region’s culture match your company’s culture? Specifically, what are some of the intangible benefits of the move, whether from another state or from another area of the same town?
+ Is the region growing in both population and economic opportunities?
+ Will Your Business Gain Access to a New Talent Pool?

Total Number of Available Foreclosures Falls

As the number of available foreclosure properties dwindles and home values improve, house flipping in the U.S. appears to be on the decline.

Data from RealtyTrac reported the number of single-family homes that were flipped declined for the second quarter of 2014. A house is considered to be “flipped” if it is bought and sold within a 12 month period.

Fast Facts from the RealtyTrac Report
+ Single-family homes 2nd quarter 2014: 4.6% of all home sales
+ Single-family homes 1st quarter 2014: 5.9% of all home sales
+ Single-family homes 4th quarter 2013: 6.2% of all home sales

Census Bureau Reports People Are Moving Less

Another Reason for Sluggish Housing Market

According to the report issued by the Census Bureau on September 16, a little over one in ten Americans moved for the year ending March 2014. This translates into Americans moving on average of once every 8.5 years.

About ten years ago, the stats for Americans on the move were showing them moving every seven years. It seems that, according to Jed Kolko, Trulia chief economist, this is not a new trend. Back in the 50’s and 60’s, Americans were moving once every five years.

Hurricane Preparation Checklist Pt. 2

+ Make sure you and your clients homeowner's premiums are sent out via over-night delivery, allowing sufficient time to reach the insurance company before the storm. If it gets there after the storm their insurance claim could be denied!
+ Prepare a log of all your closings 1 week prior to storm and monitor the status!
+ The following should be considered when making preparations for the storm:
+ Make sure you have a current contact list with phone numbers for you, your staff and clients!
+ Communicate with everyone within 24 hours after the storm to determine their status.

The Homebuilder Index Hits 9-Year High

The National Association of Home Builders/Housing Market Index [HMI] for September 2014 improved for the fourth month in a row, and hit a nine-year high reaching back to 2005.

The HMI gauges builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes.

Reasons for improving conditions:
+ A firming job market
+ Pent-up demand for new homes
+ A gradual, upward trend in builder confidence

Mortgage Apps Jump Almost 8%

The Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly report for the number of mortgage applications for the week ending September 12 climbed by nearly 8 percent. It appears that there is a statistical see-saw battle going on by the divergences of weekly reports as the prior week’s numbers showed a drop of 7.2 percent for the week ending September 5.

A look at the numbers over a two week span shows:
+ Refinance applications are down overall by 1.4 percent
+ Purchase applications are up 2.1 percent
+ On a comparative basis from last year, purchase volume continues to lag almost 10 percent