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  • BUZZ IN REAL ESTATE

    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! 

  • #SoooBoca

    What is Your Word for the New Year?

     

    There is nothing like cracking open a new book or opening up a beautiful bottle of champagne or smelling a new bloom on a rose bush to make you feel inspired, hopeful and filled with joy… like a glittering New Year ahead of you …your future is filled with opportunity and success!

    New Years comes around but one time a season and we make lists and goals to celebrate what might be in the upcoming and untouched months. It is the time of year where you can simply breath in and breath out and say goodbye to the crap and successes from the old year and focus on the endless possabilities of a new and exciting unopened year!

    PICK A WORD…ANY WORD

     

    Our challenge to you is this: Pick a word that embraces what you see for yourself in 2018 and freaking run with it! Read more

  • #SoooBoca

    Hip Hip Hooray You Can Make Reservations for Thanksgiving Day!

    Don’t work yourself up about slaving away for this years Thanksgiving dinner because #SoooBoca has some great suggestions for you! Have you thought about shaking up your traditions a bit and dining out in Downtown Boca? Or at a historic venue? Or just something completely different? Lets face it we love our holiday traditions but even we like to shake up the otherwise generic family ritual!

    You (and your kitchen) are not the only ones serving up turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes this holiday season. Try a twist on the classic tradition with this weeks “Five in the Hive” and then some for a yummy foodie faves for your Thanksgiving Day meal! Make your reservations now, no clean up required. Read more

  • BUZZ IN REAL ESTATE

    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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    Halloween Happenings in Boca Raton

    As we roll into the autumn months and Halloween we pray that the summer humidity will begin to dissipate, it’s the perfect time to start ticking off all the seasonal activities from your checklist! Pumpkin patches, costume parties and of course fall flavored everything. Sit back relax and enjoy the hard cider because we have done all the hard work for you! Check out our top picks for this weeks five in the hive! Read more

  • Buzz on Travel, HOME

    How to Choose Your Ride in Boca Raton

    Planes, trains and automobiles and yes limousines — getting to and from Boca Raton should be the least of your worries. When planning your trip to one of South Florida’s most exclusive destinations a little guidance is in order. Traveling by air can always be a tad stressful, but with three major airports surrounding the Boca area, your options are much greater and easier to navigate. The toughest part of a travel day is the transportation to the airport but with the info below, your travel day should be as easy as 1..2..3..

     

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