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    5 Tips To Open House Safety

    Open House Safety Should Be Taken Seriously

    Whether you are a Realtor  with a new listing or a homeowner attempting to sell your home on your own as a For Sale By Owner there is some risk involved when having an open house. As recently as today I was alerted to thieves distracting agents and homeowners at open houses in Broward County, Florida. While this is not new it is not going away any time soon. Open houses can be another way for unsavory thieves to “check-out” different neighborhoods and target homes to break into at a later date or during the open house.

    If you plan to do an open house please do not do your open house alone…period!

    In today’s social media and online world you simply do not know who has seen your “Open House” promo. I have included open house safety tips from the Chicago Association of Realtors geared towards agents holding an open house but same holds true if you are are trying to sell For Sale By Owner or FSBO. Just read between the lines. For entire article just click here. 

    OPEN HOUSE SAFETY TIPS

    [From the Chicago Association of Realtors]

    Start by reminding the sellers to put valuables in a safe and secure place, and ask them to remind neighbors about the open house. Be sure to reaffirm the security code with the sellers and arrive early to survey and double check the entrances. If possible, park in an area where your car will not get blocked in.

    Create a sign-in sheet for visitors, whether electronic or on paper, to not only contact them later but also to be aware of who is in the house at all times. Greeting visitors will help you get to know possible buyers and be aware if anyone suspicious stops by.

    When showing visitors the home, walk behind them and direct them as they go. If possible, avoid smaller spaces like attics and basements where you could become trapped. This way, the potential buyers not only get to explore more on their own, but you get to keep your eyes on the situation at hand at all times.

    Scheduling friends or co-workers to stop by can be another way to ensure safety at your open house. If they can’t make it, communicate frequently with technology by giving them a call during the showing or schedule them to call you. This lets visitors know that others are aware of your whereabouts and could sway them from doing any harm.

    During the open house, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts. If something or someone feels off, take extra precautions. Answering visitors’ questions with follow up questions is a simple way to learn more about them. For example, if they ask “Is this property vacant?” You can follow with, “Are you ready to move in?” or “Are you preapproved?” This allows you to better understand their intentions and where they are in the buying process.

    Good luck and stay safe! 

    PS… I use a multitude of cutting edge ways to market homes I have listed. Open houses are low on my “marketing” list because I leverage and use social media, live video and digital ways to showcase my listed properties to attract a pre approved buyers. Lets face it…shouldn’t it really be a second showing by the time someone comes to see a property if online visuals are compelling, on point and the description is not a snooze fest?  Interestingly I am finding more and more of my home sellers are not keen on the Sunday open house very much these days.  That being said Broker Opens are still popular within our industry for Realtors and Realtor caravans to preview. Interested in more seller tips and suggestions just head over to my YouTube Channel and  if you need a 2018 update on what your home value is click here! 

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    14 Tips to Listing Your Home During the Holidays!

    Michele Bee’s Boca Buzz on Real Estate

    Ho Ho Ho or Heck No? Why It is a Great Time to Sell During the Holiday Season!

    Ahhh the age old question…do you hold off for between Thanksgiving and New Years to list your Boca Raton house or South Florida condo for sale in order to “get” through the holidays OR do you take advantage of South Florida’s lower inventory levels and less competition for buyers to look at?  Here are my thoughts on why you want to list your property now during this time frame! 

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  • BUZZ AROUND TOWN, BUZZ IN REAL ESTATE

    September 2017 Real Estate Newsletter & Fundraiser

    Fundraiser

    Fundraiser for the Florida Keys

    Hello Friends,

    The last few weeks have been hard on everyone dealing with Hurricane Irma. I hope you are well and if you need
    any assistance please reach out to friends, neighbors, family and even myself.

    As you scroll down you will see we have planned an amazing fundraiser for the Florida Keys.

    Let me also wish you a very happy Rosh Hashanah and wishing all who celebrate a sweet New Year filled with love,
    health and peace!

    I am sending this out today to let you know about a fundraiser that I am part of for our friends that were devastated by
    the storm in the Florida Keys.

    Our family has great memories spending a ton of time in the Keys and we also have a property in Key Largo.

    We luckily had little damage but it was very hit and miss. We had a house guest here from Key Largo and happy to
    report his home was in decent shape. The neighbor next door however did not fair as well.

    We plan to enjoy many more years in Key Largo and adjoining Keys and know the people there are resilient and strong.

    Join us on September 28th at Tim Finnegans from 6 pm – 10 pm in Delray Beach.

    This is a benefit concert fundraiser and you can click the link for ticket and donation details.

    We are in need of auction items for a ” mystery box” live auction so if you would like to donate something please let me know.

    Benefit Concert for The Florida Keys

    Fundraiser

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    Hurricane Must Have List Via My Facebook Friends

    (Unscientific but good suggestions)

    Battery Operated Fan
    Free Standing AC Unit
    Portable Generator/Whole House Generator
    Extra D Batteries
    Gas can
    Lanterns as well as flashlights
    Battery operated hairdryer (does this exist?)
    Phone Battery to charge cell phones
    Hurricane shutters not wood
    Portable radio
    Digital TV antenna
    Battery charged DVD player
    Board games
    Portable butane burner
    Old fashioned percolator

    On a lighter note:
    Vienna Sausages
    Liquor
    More snacks
    A ticket out a here (quoting)
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    As a gal on the go Realtor that loves our town and the surrounding South Florida areas (39 year resident)
    I started vlogging and blogging last year with two daughters or “my millenials” as I call them and
    I launched our #SoooBoca Lifestyle, Local & Real Estate website.

    If you have an event or business in Boca Raton (or close by) please introduce yourself to us!

    We are excited to announce we started at weekly podcast at Boca Chamber Radio.

    We will focus on having community leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, event producers,
    store and restaurant owners on the show as well as talk about trends in real estate, food, fashion, social media and
    a little sass to boot!

    You can catch the show on replay on the blog and the #SoooBoca Facebook page and
    chances are we will going “Live” frequently…oh snap, imagine that.

    Want to be part of our #SoooBoca show!  Sponsors and collaborations available just reach out by clicking here
    to send us an email #SoooBoca Lifestyle & Real Estate

    You can also find us doing Instagram stories and posting cool and timely things at #SoooBoca on Instagram 

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    Social Side Notes…

    4th Quarter News! You Asked…I Came Up With A Solution! 

    I have launched K.I.S.S. DIY Social Media for those of you who want a do it yourself, easy to manage,
    hour a week or less way to expose your business to your ideal target market.

    Social media should be just that…social, strategic and yes…fun… but not a huge time suck!

    If you need help getting your message and brand out there on social media here you go. This is a
    great opportunity to have your assistant, secretary or admin learn so they can leverage your message.

    I have tips, tricks and time saving short cuts that work to get your message, events,
    information and more out there to your past, current and new customers in a simple,
    minutes a day or week, shoestring budget way to brand yourself!

    You can send me an email through the contact link here on #SoooBoca.

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    Facebook Biz Page Audit & Mini Training Now Available

    Ah Facebook for Biz…you know you need it in your business but how do you set it up for max exposure or fix what you started! Leverage and automation are the name of the game. Let me be your guide! Includes:

    • Setting up your page properly.
    • User name, about section, cover, profile picture.
    • Getting people to like your business page.
    • Using your date base and personal page to generate likes and new followers.
    • Content, polls, questions to engage your audience.
    • Auto schedule industry updates and other engaging posts.
    • How to use your personal page and your business page together to generate “top of the mind” presence throughout the day, week and month.
    • Going “Live” for your business   Examples: grand opening, a new product, weekly show.
    • 3 Call-to-Actions for you to implement today.

     

    Instagram Biz Page Audit and Mini Training

    Instagram is where it is happening these days especially for real estate agents! Time to up your game and have your
    profile stand out and understand how to use Instagram Stories to leverage your brand as the digital mayor of your community.

    Client Avatar Brand Strategy

    • User name and bio
    • Theme and strategy
    • Business goals and marketing goals (do they align)
    • Images and content
    • Engagement practices
    • Following and followers
    • Stories – how to use them effectively, behind the scenes, product launches, take overs
    • Geo tagging (huge by the way)
    • Analytics (what is working, what is not)
    • 3 Call-to-Actions for you to implement today!

     

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    If you are thinking of selling your home or upsizing or downsizing let me help you out.

    You can click on this link to see what your home is worth and the latest neighborhood values…be that nosy neighbor…I am!

    My estimated home value report will help you determine how much time, energy and money
    to put into your home BEFORE you sell to net you the most money.

    For all things real estate check out TheMicheleBee on Instagram  as well  Michele Bellisari Realtor on Facebook page  and specifically targeted real estate topics at Michele Bellisari Probate Senior Downsizing Divorce Real Estate

    PS: Attorneys, CPA’s, Financial Planners,Estate Professionals if you need a free
    comparable market analysis for a client please let me know and I will gladly help
    you or your clients out by putting one together!

    The Bellisari Real Estate Team is walking again and raising money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s
    at the 2017 Boca Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Mizner Park November 8, 2017.
    Please click on this link to donate and or join my team http://bit.ly/MicheleBellisariAlzheimersFundraiser

     

    I have 3 new listings hitting the market this week in
    Aberdeen, Highpoint and Vista Verde.

    Free List of Homes Near Your Work

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     Michele Bellisari

    Information deemed reliable, not guaranteed. I do not give legal, financial or tax advice in regard to real estate transactions. Please refer to the appropriate professionals such as your attorney, cpa or other trusted advisor you work with. Home value reports are estimates and not an appraisal of value. If you property is currently listed with a Realtor please disregard this email as it is not my intention to solicit offerings of other real estate brokers or their agents