Southend by Southwest

The 8:40 a.m. Lynx Light Rail Blue Line train leaves the station taking commuters to uptown offices. Developers plan two separate mixed-used developments on either side of the station, which sits in the middle of South Boulevard, and another developer plans an apartment complex nearby. Experts say the area will become south South End. Photo by Tony BrownNancy Braun was quoted in the feature story of the September 13, 2013 edition of the Mecklenburg Times. The article was called South End by Southwest and described the revitalization of South End. The area is expanding very rapidly south and west to include many other neighborhoods who were recently unable to claim the now popular South End name.

Below is the excerpt that includes Nancy’s contribution:

Showcase Realty LLC owner Nancy Braun, whose standing as one of Charlotte’s busiest Realtors was recently recognized by The Wall Street Journal and Real Trends, says she wishes she had invested in Wilmore – which has been gentrifying in fits and starts since the 1990s – before South End began to creep ever closer.

“It’s a hotbed for investors,” said Braun, whose office is nearby at South Mint Street and West Summit. “It took a real sleeper during the recession, but when the housing market picked back up, it became a target for out-of-town real estate investment trusts and individual investors.”

“I see a lot of activity every day, major renovations going on, and new construction. There’s the Unknown Brewery going into this big beautiful old brick building on Mint. Wilmore is getting pretty cool right there in that area.”

 

View the full article click the link below:

Mecklenburg Times Article Sept 13, 2013

Open House Sunday Sept. 7 1:30-3:00 P.M.

Stop by the Open House this Sunday 1:30 – 3:00 to view one of our featured homes! 1985 W Foxwood Ct, Indian Land, SC 29207

This property features spacious open layout with 4 bedrooms and bonus rooms on the third floor. Located at the end of a deep wooded Cul-De-Sac, this tranquil suburban property has boasts a 3/4 acre lot with landscaping, gas bbq and irrigation systems installed.

Don’t miss out on this amazing property! View it this Sunday.

 

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September 5, 2013

Coffee with Nancy & Mike: Free Agent HUD Sales Training

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Come Join Us! For FREE agent sales training on HUD Homes at our Charlotte NC real estate office in SouthEnd. Breakfast provided by Home Inspection Carolina.

* Learn the steps to close in record time

* Understand the selling process to maximize your results

* Become a HUD expert with this hands on workshop.

* And Much More…

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September 2, 2013

5 Programs Every Real Estate Agent Should Use

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Using these websites and programs to their fullest potential can set you out from the crowd, and become a five star agent.

1. LinkedIn

With over 225 million members, LinkedIn is important for business. It’s a great networking tool. This is also another great place to receive recommendations. View my LinkedIn Profile.

2. Active Rain

Belonging to a real estate community outside of your office gives you access to a wealth of information. Active Rain is where agents can connect, share and learn, by reading and posting blogs, and asking and answering questions. Even if you don’t ask or answer questions, you can read about hot topics or search previously answered questions. View my Active Rain Blog.

3. DocuSign

Digital signature programs are convenient, save time, and are important in a growing paperless world. DocuSign is what we use at our Charlotte NC real estate office. We promote DocuSign as a service to our customers, because we no longer have to meet face to face to sign documents.

4. Evernote

With so many things in the mix in day to day, Evernote is a great way to store and organize current clients, past clients, leads, check lists and notes. Never drop the ball again, and free up space in your mind with extremely organized notes, categories, all in Evernote.

5. Voice Cloud

You’re not always going to be available to answer your phone, meetings, showings, other phone calls get in the way – this is when Voice Cloud is great. Voicemail to text transcription can be a life saver to filter through voicemails when you can’t answer, and help you immediately follow up with urgent calls.

 

 

4 Technology Tips Every Real Estate Agent Should Follow

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One of the best ways to get ahead in any industry is staying abreast with the latest technology. trophy; how to be the best charlotte nc real estate agent and get the most charlotte nc homes for sale

In today’s digital information age, interested buyers and sellers will look for you online before doing business with you. For them to find you, you must be online. For the best results you need to be on as many places at the same time as possible.  This can be overwhelming, and impractical. With Facebook, twitter, Pinterest and blogs, the list is never ending.

To increase your business what technologies should every real estate agent implement?

1. Smart Phone & Tablet

to be the best charlotte nc real estate agent like nancy braun at showcase realty you need a smartphone to get all the charlotte nc homes for saleSmart phones are here to stay and they are only getting smarter. If you don’t have a smart phone by now, you run the risk of looking dated and out of sync with the rest of world. If this is the only new technology you implement, take the plunge on this one.

With access to 1,000’s of apps, a smarter phone can help you connect with everyone in your sphere. There are also several options for cloud based apps, giving you access to all your documents, presentations, or flyers anywhere you are.

If you’ve already committed to a smart phone, consider purchasing a tablet. Popularity and preference of tablets over computers and laptops is growing. Imagine showing a presentation on your tablet instead of flipping through a stack of papers.

We recommend the Ipad specifically. The Windows Surface or Samsung Galaxy Tab have more options, but when you consider ease of use, right out of the box, The Ipad has a much more simplified format. This is easier for users to just grab it and go, especially users who are less tech savvy

2. LinkedInIN.fw

With over 225 million members, LinkedIn is important for business. If you’re not a fan of social media, or don’t have time for all the different platforms, at least create a profile on LinkedIn. It shows that you are in tune with the professional world, and it’s a good place to house your experience, abilities and any awards.

Because it’s a website of professional looking for professionals, LinkedIn is a great networking tool. You can use it to keep in touch with colleges, and tech savvy client will use this as a reference. This is also another great place to receive recommendations.

3. Online Communities

active rain logo. blog on this site to be the best charlotte ne real estate agent like anncy braun at showcase realty and have the most charlotte nc homes for saleOnce you have found a company with a good internal training structure, become a member of an online community.  Belonging to a real estate community outside of your office gives you access to a wealth of information.

You can join a Facebook group (Raise the Bar in Real Estate and Tech Support for Agents are the most active), become a member of a real estate blogging site like Active Rain, or join a List-Serve email list where agents ask and answer questions.  Even if you don’t ask or answer questions yourself, you can read about hot topics or search previous posts to see if your question has been answered before.

4. Be Genuine

Finally if you’re going to do any of these suggestions above, be genuine and relatable.  the best charlotte nc real estate agents are genuine like nancy braun of showcase realty who has the most charlotte nc homes for sale

Danny Mareco, Director of Marketing at Showcase Realty, advises,  “Don’t jump on the next fad just because you think you have to. People will see through that.”

If you are going to blog, provide useful information; don’t just tout your accomplishments. If you are going to create a social media profile, keep it updated.  The main focus of technology today is connection – connecting all of our tools and devices together through apps and cloud, and connecting us to each other through social and networking sites.

If you are just using it to ‘be out there’, you’re missing the point; these technologies are supposed to make life easier, not feel like a burden. That tune will ring flat in many of your clients’ ears.

August 22, 2013

7 Best Strategies to Prevail in a Bidding War

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“Will I get

a second chance?

Will the seller

counter my offer?”

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Many real estate markets are experiencing higher buyer demand than supply. In Charlotte, N.C., we currently have a 5 ½ month supply of homes; less than a 6 month supply is considered a Sellers’ Market. A good house in this market will likely receive multiple offers. Follow these strategies to prevail in a bidding war.

 

1.     Submit your highest and best offer as soon as possible. I am often asked, “Will I get a second chance or will the seller counter my offer?” Probably not, the Seller will likely negotiate with the best offer and reject all others. So, if you really want the home, submit your best offer up front.

2.  Keep your offer clean and simple. If you don’t need closing costs paid by seller then don’t include that in your offer. Don’t ask for personal property. You can always ask for small things later, and wait for the home inspection to ask for repairs. Pay for the home warranty yourself; they are inexpensive (typically under $500) and not worth losing the house.

3.     Have your agent call the Seller’s agent to ask why they are selling. Price may not be the priority; it may be speed, flexibility or a certain closing date. Unless you ask, you won’t know what the seller will consider the most acceptable offer.

4.     If you are able, submit the offer not subject to it appraising. This is a volatile market and appraisals are subjective, not scientific. Without this, there is a better chance the deal won’t fall out and the seller won’t have to worry about negotiating the purchase price later.  However if you plan to finance, make sure you can pay the difference of the appraised value and what you agreed to pay for the home, since your lender will only give you a loan up to the appraised amount.

5.     Write a personal letter to the seller, unless the property is bank or business owned. Tell the seller why you want the home and how you will enjoy certain features.

6.     Submit complete paperwork. This includes the contract, pre-approval letter and earnest money check. If possible, include a preapproval letter from a reputable lender with the property address on it.  A certified check is better than a personal check for the Earnest Money Deposit, and it should be higher than the standard for your area. This shows good faith and your commitment to buy the property.

7.     Your offer should be higher than the list price.  It should be as much as you think the home is worth plus a few dollars. Or you can offer to pay $1,000 more than the highest offer up to a certain amount. Interest rates are low right now so this additional amount over 30 years won’t amount to much.

Use these strategies to put your best foot forward.

Good luck!

                                      

Lunchtime Review Recap

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Our HUD Workshop, Lunchtime Review, was a great success. We had a good turnout and everyone benefitted from the hands-on nature of the class. This workshop focused on how to complete a HUD contract.

Our guest speaker for this workshop was Gary Frank of Home Warranty of America. He spoke about his company’s warranty programs and the way it can benefit both buyers and sellers. He also provided a generous amount of sandwiches and refreshments from Newk’s Express Café.

We created a scenario about Claire and Craig Chase, who were a young newlywed couple in search of their first home. They needed a home that was affordable, but that didn’t require much renovation. Purchasing a foreclosure would help them get the size of house they wanted for a price that fits their budget. They decided to look exclusively for a HUD home because of the discounts available to them. They were especially excited about the $100 dollar down program, because they didn’t have very much saved up for a down payment.

We walked the class through all the steps that they would need to take to show Claire and Craig the property, make sure they were informed on any special circumstances, a place a bid. After the bid is accepted they filled out a real contract in class.

The agents enjoyed the class and, I think they got a lot out of it. Showcase Realty holds agent classes every month. Our next agent class is September 20, from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. It’s completely free and tickets are available now. You can register online via the button below or at http://coffeewithnancy-blog.eventbrite.com

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We also hold free buyer and investor outreaches every quarter. Our next buyer outreach is October 22 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Registration for this event will open one month before this popular event. For a complete list of all our events visit, www.showcaserealty.eventbrite.com

Enjoy the candid photos of the event below.

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July 24, 2013

Excited for the Electric Run!

I’m so excited that it’s finally here. Gearing up for the big day, I’m picking up my t-shirt and packet this afternoon at Charlotte Running Company.

If you haven’t heard about this, The Electric Run is this Friday and, if you watched the video above, you can see that it looks awesome. This 5K is held in many metropolitan areas throughout the U.S. and the U.K. The website says it features,

  Immersive “Lands” of light and sound that transport the participant into an electric wonderland, Electric Run promises to transport the mind, body and soul to a new world in a healthy and drug-free way. Participants are encouraged to join in on the art by lighting up with glow sticks, LEDs and anything else their imagination can conjure up.

Our Electric Run is at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. This will be my first night run, and certainly the first one with music, dance and best of all glow sticks!

I got my tickets months ago when were they first released, but if you put it off — Good news! Tickets are still available. The site says it’s 98% sold out though. So if you are looking for something to do this Friday night, I wouldn’t drag my feet on this one. Registration was pretty simple. You can register or find out more here.

But if you’re not able to attend, why not browse some inspiring photos from previous runs?

From the event sponsors  or from the participants here

These were my favorites:

Nancy Braun of Showcase Realty Ranked Best Real Estate Agent in NC!

best agentREAL Trends released its newest ranking called the Best Real Estate Agents in America which ranks the most productive agents by state and by metropolitan area.  Nancy Braun and Showcase Realty ranked in both categories at the state and regional levels:

  • 1st in N.C by Transactions
  • 3rd in N.C. by Volume
  • 1st in Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia by Transactions
  • 1st in Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia by Volume

The report, the first of its kind ever produced, ranks real estate agents in several categories for their 2012 calendar year: individual agents by closed transaction sides and by closed volume and the same rankings for agent teams. Over 6,500 real estate agents from every state in the U.S. are featured.

This new report is an outgrowth of the REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal report called The Thousand, which ranks the most productive 1,000 real estate agents in America. This year, REAL Trends extended the report to include all sales agents who exceeded certain minimum levels of closed transaction sides or closed sales volume during calendar year 2012. Many of the real estate agents qualified to be ranked in both closed transactions and closed sales volume.

We are so proud of Nancy and are elated to receive this award.

To see how we stacked up against the competition, view the full ranking here:

http://www.realtrends.com/best-real-estate-agents-north-carolina#.UearRI2kr9Y

To see what sets us apart, making us the best in N.C. visit our website here:

http://www.showcaserealty.net/about-us/