5 Best apps for Home Sellers & Buyers

Welcome to the 21st century where even home buying and selling are made easier with your smart phone. Knowledge is power and you can improve your realty experience with these 5 powerful apps:

  1. Jackie’s Keller Williams app. With this app, you can get free instant access to local homes for sale from any cell phone or tablet. Jackie’s Keller Williams Realty Real Estate Search is available for Android, Iphone or IPad. You will find three ways to get Jackie’s KW app at JackieEllisOnTheGo.com.
  2. Redfin. This app updates every 15 minutes, so you are always getting fresh information! While this app can’t replace a qualified real estate agent, you can optimize your search with a variety of filters.
  3. Zillow Real Estate. With this app, you can easily search for homes for sale or for rent. Get your house listed on this site to reach numerous potential buyers. You can also take advantage of the Video Walkthrough feature.
  4. Realtor.com. The granddaddy of real estate apps is still going strong. With numerous photos and important details such as sales history, this app and site remain important tools for your home buying or selling experience.
  5. Mortgage Calculator at Quicken.com. Having a good sense of how much you can afford is the starting block for your house shopping adventure. You can use this app whether you use Quicken as a mortgage company or not.

Clues to Watch for a Market Shift

The doldrums of the real estate market are long past us. The sellers’ market is hot again. But can that shift? Of course. So when can we expect a shift to a buyers market? Look for these clues:

  • Interest rates on the rise

If interest rates are expected to rise, as they may again, buyers will be motivated to snap up their dream home soon. Once rates do rise, some buyers will cool off. For perspective on the current market, the average 30-year mortgage rate is 4.11% in July 2017, compared to 3.44% a year earlier. Keep an eye on whether those rates start rising further.

  • New homes being built again

More homes available for sale is good for buyers; not so much for sellers. Here in South Florida, new home construction is heating up – and those new homes are competition for the resale market. While today is nowhere near the craziness of the early 2000s era with new developments popping up in every spare lot, the builders are back and new homes are hitting the market in a steady stream.

  • South Florida attractive as always!

As folks retire and crazy winters continue to aggravate, people will keep moving to Florida and buying real estate. Our area was hit hard by the economic downturn nearly 10 years ago, but now we are seeing great success again. No matter the construction or interest rates, Florida homes will always be in demand.

Contact Jackie Ellis for more info on how the neighborhood that you want to sell or buy into is doing.

Jackie Ellis Programs: Premiere Preview Package

9points-p3-1In a hurry to sell?  Then The Premiere Preview Package is perfect for you!  We call it P3, and our clients love it!  It’s an aggressive and unique program designed only for the highly motivated!  Yes, it’s extreme but can be very effective when used the right way.

This intense home selling program includes an extensive 10-day home showing plan that consists of 3 open houses combined with local advertising to generate a “buzz.”  Yes, you read that correctly!  3 open houses in only 10 short days.  Needless to say, this is not a program for the faint of heart, and it may not be for everyone.  But if you are on a mission to get your property sold “fast and furious,” we will be happy to implement this program for you!

Of course, along with the P3 package, you will also receive all of the other benefits of listing with The Jackie Ellis Team such as Seller Connection Videos, the 3D & Walking Home Tour, Interactive Home Showcase, and Moving Made Easy, just to list a few.  But the Premiere Preview Package is something you can choose if you are an impatient seller and want the ball rolling as quickly as possible.

To learn more about P3 as well as all of our other Unique Selling Tools and Programs, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com. One of our experienced and dedicated agents will be happy to share our concepts with you and assist you in creating a personalized plan to help you meet your individual real estate goals.

Jackie Ellis Featured Programs: Builder Trade-In

btipIt’s undeniable that part of living the American dream is trading up, no matter the commodity.  Exchanging cars, motorcycles, boats and, yes, even houses is what continuously makes “the market go around” in the good ol’ U.S. of A!  We’ve all been there, “This is my dream home, and I will never want to move!”  Fast forward two, five, or even ten years, and the story may slightly change.   Evolving lifestyles, changing careers, and growing families always come in to play.  This is where we come in!  When your “once upon a time dream home” no longer fits your needs, you’ll be relieved to hear about The Jackie Ellis Team’s Builder Trade-In Program.

So, you may have to eat your words, but we’ve all been there.   Maybe you’ve decided that a new construction home is the only way that you will be able to get everything you need out of a home.  There’s something to be said for being able to select all of the details and customize your living space to best fit your personal needs.  The Builder Trade-In Program is designed for clients exactly like you.  The Jackie Ellis Team can help you get into your new, upgraded home, all the while helping you sell your old home.

Our team has developed relationships with local builders so that we are able to provide discounts to you for selling your home so that upgrading to a new construction home is simple and uncomplicated.  If you’re concerned because you’ve never worked with a new home builder before, there’s no need to worry.  We have plenty of experience, and we will be there to assist  you each step of the way.

To hear more about our Builder Trade-In Program, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.  We look forward to working with you to help you realize all of your real estate dreams!

Jackie Ellis Featured Programs: Hassle Free Home Selling Program

sellinghasslefreeWith the Jackie Ellis Hassle Free Home Selling Program, the biggest advantage to our clients is simple; reduced stress!  This plan is based on three components: Cancel at any time, be free of all advance fees, and agent presentations with “no pressure” attitudes.

Cancel Any Time:  That’s right!  If you’re not happy, at any time, for any reason, you can walk away.  If you don’t feel that we are working for you, you have every right to cancel your contract with us and move on.  But we are certain this won’t be the case.  That’s how committed we are to your real estate goals.  We work harder than most to prove our loyalty and keep our promise to you.  We guarantee a professional working relationship with all of our clients, and this is what keeps them with us and coming back time after time…..not a binding contract.

No Advance Fees:   We, here at The Jackie Ellis Team, will never ask you to pay any advance fees.  Buyer’s agents will never require a “retainer fee” to help you find your dream home.  Likewise, as selling agents, we would never consider asking you to pay any costs or commissions up front.  Any and all fees associated with the marketing and selling of your home will be covered by our team.  We don’t get paid until the transaction has closed!

“No Pressure” Presentations:  We love sharing our proven track record with anyone who will listen.  That’s because we are truly passionate about what we do.  Needless to say, we are enthusiastic about our unique selling tools for sellers as well as our exciting opportunities and programs for buyers.  Developing and perfecting these strategies over time, we enjoy sharing our knowledge and success with potential clients in a relaxed and casual environment with the highest respect and regard for you.  High pressure sales tactics just aren’t our style!

For more information on our programs, specifically designed with you in mind, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.

Unique Selling Point: A Bike & A Helmet #SellWithJackieEllis

9points-bikebackpackOne of the greatest privileges of running a local business is being able to give generously to charitable causes and community organizations.  A big part of the culture at The Jackie Ellis Team is our desire to give back to our community in a big way.  In fact, we consider it an honor.  One of the ways we enjoy this is through our Bike & a Helmet Program. Not only do we involve our team, be we also enjoy engaging our clients in the process.  With every closing, The Jackie Ellis Team will donate a bike and a helmet to local children in need.

You may be wondering why we’ve chosen a Bike & a Helmet as a worthy cause.  It’s simple!  We care about kids, and we want them to have the tools necessary to succeed in life.  Studies show that learning to ride a bicycle is an important part of child development.  Not only does it promote lower extremity strengthening, it also helps with core strengthening, bilateral coordination, balance, and upper body proprioception.  Let’s not forget it also burns calories and helps kids stay fit which helps promote a healthy lifestyle. We believe that each child should have the benefit of owning their own bike.  Learning to ride a bicycle is almost a rite of passage!

So, how do we involve our whole team, including our clients? As we mentioned, with every closing we add another bike and a helmet to our donation.  And each quarter we will host an event, giving the bikes and supplies out to the children, inviting you to join us! We are excited about the opportunities we have to support our community, and we would love for you to play a role in our efforts.  For more information call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.

Unique Selling Point: Photo & Video Specialist #SellWithJackieEllis

9points-photoWhen listing your home, photos have never been more important than they are today.  According to realtor.org, studies show that more than 92 percent of all homebuyers use the internet in their search for new properties.  The study also revealed the interesting fact that homes priced at $200,000 and ranging above $1 million actually earn a better sales price AND sell more quickly! This means that good photography is critical, and here at The Jackie Ellis Team, we take it very seriously.

That’s why our team’s digital media specialist utilizes the latest in 3D, wide-angle and HDR technology to capture the special features of your home.  And we don’t stop there.  The photos are then turned over to the graphic design professional to create effective marketing that properly showcases the aspects of your home that buyers are seeking.

It’s important to remember that the first impression a buyer has of a home, even online, is essential.  If would-be buyers are not impressed by the images they see, the chances are high that they will move on.  The goal is to capture photographs that will create a positive emotion with the home prior to seeing it in person.  Because emotion is the number one trigger of most buyers, home sellers must take full advantage of this tool.

There’s simply no reason to settle for the typical agent who does not utilize these special services.  Hiring a company at random to save money or taking photos themselves just isn’t good enough in today’s market.    We, here at The Jackie Ellis Team, believe in using every available resource to market your home in the best light possible.  To hear more about our Unique Selling Tools, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.

Unique Selling Point: Social Fusion #SellWithJackieEllis

9points-socialIt’s called the World Wide Web for a reason, and the Jackie Ellis Team uses it to the greatest length.  There’s no better way to market your home than to use social media to your advantage.  With Social Fusion, marketing of your home doesn’t end after the first week you list it.  It continues until your home is in contract and a “SOLD!” sign is placed in the yard.

The Jackie Ellis Team creatively utilizes blogging and social networks as well as paid target advertising to enthusiastically spread your home across the internet, generating buzz!  All of these highly effective tools connect back to your home’s Virtual Home Showcase where prospective buyers will find pictures, the 3-D tour, and all of the detailed information on your property.

Our particular method of Social Fusion makes it possible to keep your home on the forefront of the real estate market, assuring that your home gets the appropriate attention it deserves.  From the Seller Connection Video, the 3D & Walking Home Tour, and the Interactive Home Showcase, your home is made visible to a wide-reaching audience.

For more information on The Jackie Ellis Team, Social Fusion, and our other Unique Selling Points, call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.

Unique Selling Point: Moving Made Easy #SellWithJackieEllis

movingIt’s always exciting to move into a new home.  But it’s undeniable, along with the excitement comes a little anxiety and stress over the actual move.  With Moving Made Easy, The Jackie Ellis Team gladly takes a little pressure off of their clients and puts it in the hands of some trusted professionals.

The easiest moves always happen when sellers and agents do the necessary work ahead of time.  And by now, you must know that the move begins well before the “sale” sign is even placed in the front yard!  That’s right….It must begin during the de-cluttering and staging phases of the home selling process.  So, while you’re busy with purging, positioning and packing, we’ll deliver some much needed boxes to your door to help with the job of clearing out and setting the stage for a “model home” showing experience like no other.

Once the goods are safely wrapped and tucked away in some sturdy cardboard, you’ll need a truck to pick up belongings that can be set aside while your home is being used as a showplace.  The Jackie Ellis Team comes to the rescue again!  Yes, we will have a truck available to collect your precious possessions and carry them off to a site unseen.

And there will be no need to worry about your beloved belongings while they are away from you.  The Jackie Ellis Team comes complete with a secure storage facility to keep them safe and sound, ready to reunite with you once your home sells and you’re ready to move on to your next adventure.

Moving Made Easy with our Unique Selling Points will get the packing and moving steps easily underway.  For more information Call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.

Unique Selling Point: Interactive Home Showcase #SellWithJackieEllis

9points-virtualhomeThe Interactive Home Showcase takes marketing your home online to a whole new level.  Going over and beyond the simple task of putting your property on the MLS, your home will have its very own website with its own domain.  Creatively advertising your website to potential buyers and real estate agents alike, the Interactive Home Showcase will consist of valuable and pertinent information.  Let’s take a more detailed look at just what the Interactive Home Showcase will present to the audience:

  • Professional photos of the interior and exterior of the home – Professionally staged photos placed strategically on the website will create just the right feel and ambiance that is unique to your home.
  • A detailed description of every aspect of the property – Details, details, details! There can never be too many details when it comes to the home description. Some potential buyers will spend time reading every word, while other buyers will skim the surface looking for keywords they find of most interest.  Either way, this marketing tool is undeniably invaluable.
  • 3D & Walking Home Tour – As outlined in a previous post, the 3D & Walking Home Tour is the latest 3D technology used to capture your home’s every nook and cranny, allowing online users to tour the entire home as they so choose. This tool, incredibly, increases the accessibility of your home to the largest possible number of buyers.
  • Seller Connection Video – Also outlined in a previous post, the Seller Connection Video allows the seller to share personal experiences about their home and allows them to create that important emotional connection with potential buyers.

Our world is changing through technology and the world of real estate is also evolving.  Having access to these new tools can be incredibly valuable, and we believe that each of our clients deserves the very best in marketing and representation.  We, here at The Jackie Ellis Team, look forward to sharing more information with you regarding our Unique Selling Tools.  Call 561-965-1225 or visit us at www.JackieEllis.com.