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March 9, 2018

ICTR February 2018 Top Producers

Congratulations to our February 2018 Top Producers! It is always a pleasure working with these agents who put their clients first. Thank you for making service to the client a priority! If you are looking to buy or sell a home, give one of them a call today. Way to go Heath Criswell, Kristi Wright, Brad Williams, Kelci Cashman, and Josh Scarbrough!

If you are interested in a career in real estate and want to be a top producer with It’s Closing Time Realty, then join our team! We would love to celebrate your success also!! Click here

 

Posted in Top Producers
Jan. 19, 2018

New Year Great Progress

 

If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.  -Yogi Berra

I love that quote by Yogi Berra because it reminds me that you must keep your focus if you want to get where you are going and have a plan. With that in mind, we looked at It’s Closing Time Realty’s progress in 2017 and wow, do we have some numbers to be proud of! From top producers, increased volume, and new agents, we set a benchmark in 2017 and plan to surpass it for 2018.

In 2017, 39% of our business were listings, 50% were buyers, and 11% leases. Congratulations to our overall top producer, Justin Zamarippa! Justin closed 28 transactions last year!! Way to go, Justin!!

 

 

The next four agents rounded out the top producers group, Brad Williams, Carlton Ledyard, Bobbie Jo Rodriguez, and Raymond Zamarippa.  We love celebrating our agent’s success!

 

 

In addition to our hard-working agents, we also want to welcome the twenty-two agents that joined ICTR throughout the 2017 year. A growth like that means that our reputation is spreading, and people want to work with us…and why wouldn’t they??? Not only do we have competitive splits and tons of perks that most companies don’t offer, but being a REALTOR at It’s Closing Time Realty is like working with friends and family. 

We are excited about the growth that we have experienced and are looking forward to the projected growth in 2018. If you’re thinking about a career in real estate and want to know how to get started give us a call. We would love to talk to you about your options!  If we can help you in any of your future real estate transactions, contact one of our agents and they will be happy to help guide you in the right direction!

 

 

Posted in Kristy Wright
Aug. 29, 2017

Sam Berube Earns NAR Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification

 

 

 

Sam Berube Earns NAR Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification 
Buyers and Sellers from REALTOR® Expertise in Pricing Properties 

Sam Berube with It's Closing Time Realty has earned the nationally recognized Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the PSA certification to REALTORS® as determining property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives.   

“The market demands accurate property value assessments, so NAR is excited to provide Realtors with enhanced tools, education and expertise to determine the most accurate value for a home and give their clients a leg up when buying or selling,” said NAR President Tom Salomone, broker-owner of Real Estate II Inc. in Coral Springs, Florida.  

“Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA” is the required course for the PSA certification that provides REALTORS® with knowledge and skills to select appropriate comparables and make accurate adjustments, guide sellers and buyers through the details of comparative market analyses and the underlying pricing principles that inform them, and interact effectively with appraisers. In addition to completing the course, participants are required to view two required webinars. Once awarded the certification, REALTORS® will be equipped to guide clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values. For more information about the PSA certification, visit www.pricingstrategyadvisor.org.

 

Posted in Education
Aug. 28, 2017

Don’t Disqualify Yourself… 52% of Approved Loans Have A FICO® Score Under 750

 

The results of countless studies have shown that potential home buyers, and even current homeowners, have an inflated view of what is really required to qualify for a mortgage in today’s market. 

One such study by the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania revealed that many millennials have not yet considered purchasing homes simply because they don’t believe they can qualify for a mortgage. 

A recent article about millennials by Realtor.com explained that: 

“About 72% of aspiring millennial buyers said they’re waiting because they can’t afford to buy…”

The article also explained that 29% of millennials believe their credit scores are too low to buy.The problem here is the fact that they think they will be denied a mortgage is keeping them from even attempting to apply. 

Ellie Mae’s Vice President Jonas Moe encouraged buyers to know their options before assuming that they won’t qualify for a mortgage:

 “Many potential home buyers are ‘disqualifying’ themselves. You don’t need a 750 FICO® Score and a 20% down payment to buy.”

So, what credit score is necessary? 

Below is a breakdown of the FICO® Score distribution of all closed (approved) loans in July from Ellie Mae’s latest Origination Report.

Over 52% of all approved loans had a FICO® Score under 750. Many potential home buyers believe that they need a score over 780 to qualify.

Bottom Line

If owning a home of your own has always been your dream and you are ready and willing to buy, or if you are a homeowner who wants to move up, find out if you are able to! Let’s get together to determine if your dreams can become a reality sooner than you thought!

Source Keeping Current Matters

Posted in Home Buyers
Aug. 24, 2017

Bright Colors Glow Again In Home Accents

Posted in Home Decor
Aug. 22, 2017

Comments to SC Troopers As Excuses These are good!

Comments to South Carolina Troopers As Excuses These are good!

These are actual comments made by South Carolina Troopers that were taken off their car videos:

1. "You know, stop lights don't come any redder than the one you just went through.”

2. "Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they're new. They'll stretch after you wear them a while.”

3. "If you take your hands off the car, I'll make your birth certificate a worthless document." (My Favorite)

4. "If you run, you'll only go to jail tired.”

5. "Can you run faster than 1200 feet per second? Because that's the speed of the bullet that'll be chasing you." (LOVE IT)

6. "You don't know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything I want to on the ticket, huh?”

7. "Yes, sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don't think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I'm the shift supervisor?”

8. "Warning! You want a warning? O.K, I'm warning you not to do that again or I'll give you another ticket.”

9. "The answer to this last question will determine whether you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”

10. "Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and step in monkey poop.”

11. "Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”

12. "In God we trust; all others we run through NCIC." (National Crime Information Center)

13. "Just how big were those 'two beers' you say you had?”

14. "No sir, we don't have quotas anymore. We used to, but now we're allowed to write as many tickets as we can.”

15. "I'm glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal friend of yours. So you know someone who can post your bail.” 

16. "If you want to run, you better be fast" , my K-9 has been on the job 4 years and she has not been outrun yet!

AND THE WINNER IS....

17. "You didn't think we gave pretty women tickets? You're right, we don't. Sign here."

Posted in Humor
Aug. 11, 2017

Fore

 

FORE!!!!!

Recently, It’s Closing Time Realty sponsored and participated in the 4th annual Glow Ball Scramble fundraiser for the Archer City Volunteer Fire Department. The tournament is an 18 hole event with the first 9 holes starting at 6 pm, the final 9 starting at 9:15 pm, and played with glow in the dark golf balls. The tee boxes and pins on the greens are lit up with glow balloons and the fairways are sparsely lit with glow sticks about every 50 yards.   

To make it even more challenging and fun, no flashlights or phone lights are allowed while hitting or putting.  Participants could also enter the cart decorating contest for a chance to win for EXTRA glow balls. You can imagine the golf carts decorated with a variety of glow in the dark paraphernalia!!! 

The tournament had 12 sponsors and 9 four person teams competing. ICTR sponsored hole 7 and our agent, Gregg Miller, played on a team. Our team finished -5 for third place! It’s Closing Time was proud to be a sponsor of this fundraiser to aid in the remodeling and completion of the new fire station!

Posted in Fundraiser
March 28, 2017

What Makes a Home

Home

It's a simple concept for most of us that we truly take for granted. Is home where your family gathers around the table? Is home where the kids run and squeal in the back yard? Or maybe home is where there's a yellow ribbon tied to the front tree. 

Home can take on many forms and evoke many emotions. For each of us home is where we relax...where we rest feet after a hard day's work and where we lay our heads each night. 

Home is our most valuable asset. It's more than just a place we make memories or the shelter from the storm.  Your home is your greatest financial leverage. Knowing your home's value is the key to making strong financial decisions for your family. 

Here at It's Closing Time Realty, we have developed a tool that will enable you to determine your home's worth. Our goal here at It's Closing Time Realty is to bring value to our clients by providing you all the information you need to make sound financial decisions for you family. 

Do yourself a favor and use our specifically designed home valuation tool today! 

Find Your Home's Value

 

 

Posted in Real Estate
March 19, 2017

Gregg Miller Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friends, family, and members of the Archer City community joined together to officially welcome Gregg Miller to It's Closing Time Realty during a special ribbon cutting ceremony held on Friday, March 17th.  Gregg's office is located at 105 S. Center in Archer City, inside he and wife Judy's business, Millwright Marketplace and Flowers. As a former Archer City resident, Broker/Owner of It's Closing Time Realty Sam Berube says, "I am excited to see our business in the town where I was raised. I'm looking forward to working with Gregg and I know he's got what it takes to be successful in real estate. He is an incredibly self-driven individual, exuding integrity, tenacity, and professionalism. His pleasant demeanor, excellent communication skills and undeniably genuine personality will undoubtedly contribute to his ability in not only meeting but exceeding his client's real estate needs."

 As the real estate market shifts toward on-line growth and mobile-friendly technology, It's Closing Time Realty is able to support the needs of all its clients both here in Archer City and throughout Texas. With the use of top-notch marketing tools and exceptional client relationship management, It's Closing Time Realty is a cut above all other real estate entities. Sam states, "I am very proud of this company and of the agents representing it. I am confident that It's Closing Time Realty will continue its upward growth and I look forward to providing unprecedented assistance for any and all real estate needs. I sincerely appreciate the support I have received from the Archer City community. 

Posted in Real Estate
Jan. 11, 2017

6 Things Your Buyers Are Stressed About

6 Things Your Buyers Are Stressed About

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017 

Do you know the pain points your buyers are most concerned about when it comes to purchasing a home? A new TD Bank survey of 135 real estate professionals nationwide reveals six stressors that are causing their clients the most anxiety:

  • Confusion around paperwork required: 31.85%
  • Unexpected costs: 22.22%
  • Concerns over financing: 21.48%
  • Appraisal and inspection: 11.85%
  • Meeting and closing date: 6.67%
  • Credit approval: 5.93%

To better support your clients through their toughest transaction issues, TD Bank recommends partnering with mortgage loan officers who can help your buyers — particularly first-timers — navigate the purchase process more smoothly. Nearly 80 percent of real estate professionals who responded to TD Bank's survey say the traits they value most in a mortgage loan officer are efficient communication, ability to guide clients through the finance process, and expertise on managing the regulatory landscape.

Real estate pros also say the factors affecting their clients' home search the most are limited inventory (45 percent), mortgage qualification (29 percent), and affordability (26 percent), according to the survey. But respondents still express optimism about the real estate market in 2017. Fifty-five percent say they expect home sales to increase this year, and 70 percent say they expect greater demand for single-family homes. Practitioners expect online real estate portals to continue to grow, with 44 percent saying realtor.com®, Zillow, and Trulia will be the biggest technology influencers on the homebuying process in 2017.

Posted in Home Buyers