Category Archives for "Workshops/Training"

Our Buyer and Agent Events held at the Showcase Realty office focusing on buying and selling Charlotte NC Real Estate Homes for Sale

Showcase heads to UNC Charlotte to speak about investing!

Nancy Braun, Owner and Broker in Charge of Showcase Realty, LLC and her investment expert, Doug Gardner, spoke to business finance students at UNC Charlotte on Monday, April 2nd. They covered many topics, including the benefits of investing in distressed properties in today’s market! Showcase decided to reach out to these students, because it is crutial that those age 21-25 know exactly what’s going on in the market and how to approach the buying process because they are the closest to the age of many first-time homebuyers! These students not only gave positive feedback, but were more interested in housing market than most would guess of college students!

 

Click here to see more photos from the lecture!

 

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All Signs Point Toward Improving Housing Market

In 2012, the housing market is continuing to improve as the U.S. economy moves forward on its slow but steady recovery. 

Demand in many areas and price points are now greater than supply and there has been upward pressure on home prices! In fact, there is so much good news to share that we are having a FREE MEETING on March 26th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at our NEW! Showcase Realty Charlotte location to present it all!

These are just a few of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Housing market forecast for Charlotte, North Carolina, surrounding areas, and the United States 
  • How to buy a home for as little as 3% DOWN
  • Short sale update on how the process works and affects your credit score 
  • What is a HUD home and how you can go about purchasing one, along with awesome programs that benefit buyers! 
  • How to buy an investment property and simplifying the process with the right person guiding you!  
  • And MORE!!! 

All Homes 66% Off!

I’ll bet you’d stop if you saw this sign at a builder’s subdivision!  Believe it or not, the cost of a home really is 66% off! With low prices and low interest rates the same home bought in 2005 is three times as affordable today than they were in 2005!  The following example should help you understand just how good the deals are right now. 

If you borrowed $200,000 to buy a home in 2005 and got a loan with a 6% interest rate, the interest would cost $12,000 per year or $1,000 per month.

That same home today can probably be purchased for about half its 2005 value, so your loan would be $100,000. The interest rate wouldn’t be 6%, it would only be 4% so you would spend only $4,000 per year or $333 per month!  One-third the payment FOR THE SAME HOUSE!!!

Worried prices are still falling?  Wouldn’t it be nice to know which areas are still falling in value and which are increasing? I have statistical evidence of what is happening in every price range, property type, and neighborhood in and around Charlotte.

This information will empower you to make smart decisions whether you’re buying or selling. If you’ve been thinking about moving up, down, or sideways, there is no better time. Hurry before the market heats up when school lets out!

Plan to attend our Housing Market Update on Monday, March 26th from 6:00 – 7:30PM at Showcase Realty’s New Office in Southend Charlotte (1430 S. Mint Street Suite 106, Charlotte, NC 28203). Seats are limited, so register here to reserve your place. We will provide light snacks and door prizes to those who RSVP and attend!

February 10, 2012

The Techy Realtor’s Advantage

By Andrew Hill @ www.newhomesource.com

The world of real estate has changed quite a bit in the last decade, but if there’s one thing you can be sure of, it’s that you want to have a tech savvy realtor as your guide. As you’ll see, the realtor of the future can save you both time and money.

First and foremost: this is an investment. A tech savvy agent will have the capabilities to get your home more traffic and therefore a better price. By knowing how to market your home to the best of its capabilities, a techy agent will get you the best price for your home, guaranteed. And if you’re looking to buy, the investment you make in a tech savvy agent will pay off as he/she will provide you with the most accurate information on homes that meet your needs. This is all part of a smart agent’s online marketing strategy.

Secondly: efficiency. A realtor can have all of the gadgets and websites in the world, but if they can’t properly utilize them, it’s just a big headache. By choosing an agent that has streamlined their business using technology, you’ll save a lot of time. To be an efficient agent doesn’t depend solely on having iPads, smart-phones, or other devices. Whether or not they have the latest gadget doesn’t matter, so long as they incorporate their tech to allow them to produce results remotely.

Which brings me to my final point: staying busy outside the office. Email, social media, texting, and other applications are the lifeblood of the 21st century agent. If your agent thinks a yard sign and brochures are going to be sufficient, then it’s time to find a new realtor. Your agent should be using all the power he/she can muster to sell your home all across the web, be it Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other formats. One such example is a good blog, which is kept up to date with fresh, relevant information, and incorporates posts about new houses on the market. 

So before you look at another home or take the next step towards putting your property on the market, make sure you choose a tech-savvy agent to help you along the way.

CLICK HERE to sign up for Showcase Realty’s upcoming “Agent Technology and Social Media Webinar”!

December 16, 2011

Nancy Braun speaks about giving back to the kids

Check out our new video with Nancy Braun, Owner and Broker-in-Charge of Showcase Realty, on her involvement in the community and the importance of giving back through children’s charitites like the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Charlotte!

Nancy is a proud contributing member of REO4Kids, in which every REO asset sold benefits a children’s charity! Since 2009, the members of REO4Kids have raised or donated over $500,000 to improve the lives of children with the motivation of “Paying it Forward!”Showcase Realty alone has raised and donated over $20,000 in 2011!