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Wednesday, August 08, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Who Is Ashley Hanawalt and Why Is She Such an Important Part of Our Team?

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Today we’re happy to be joined by Ashley Hanawalt, an integral part of our team. Ashley is our executive partner who works with our database manager and runs a lot of stuff behind the scenes for our team.

As you guys know, when you work with our team, you get more than just one individual on your side working for you. Ashley is just one example of that. I asked her a few questions about working with us and how she contributes to our team:

What is the best part of working with Realty Network Group?

The best part is that you’re not alone and you’re working with a team. There’s always someone to help you and everyone always has great advice to give. There are people who may have been in a certain situation where they can share their experience to help others through the process.

What are some of the things you do for our team each day?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Introducing 1 of Our Amazing Team Members: Becky Trujillo

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When you work with the Realty Network Group, you have the opportunity to collaborate with a full team of experts for the price of one. That said, today I’d like to introduce you to one of our integral team members: Becky Trujillo.

Many of you may have already worked with Becky in the past, so we wanted to put a face to the name and give you some deeper insight into her role with our team.

Becky has been working with me for over 14 years and has been a part of Realty Network Group since its inception. Put simply, her job is to assist our company’s agents and clients with their listing and selling needs. She takes a lot of stress out of these processes.

Getting to know each agent and each client is actually Becky’s favorite part of her job. According to Becky, our team is like a home to her. We are so thankful to have her on board.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

3 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value Through Sustainability

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Today I am going to discuss how you can use sustainability to sell your home. A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors showed that 71% of Realtors said that sustainability helped homes sell faster and for more money. Here are a few ways that you can maximize energy-efficiency in your home in order to increase its sale price:

1. Energy-efficient appliances. Energy Star-certified appliances such as fridges, washing machines, and dryers can be as much as 40% more water-efficient and 25% more energy-efficient than standard models. Those numbers go way up if you compare new energy-efficient appliances with models that are more than a few years old. On top of that, there are some pretty cool gadgets out there, such as the NEST thermostat and solar hot water heaters that will stand out to buyers who are looking for this type of property. It will help your home stand ...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

Are You About to Buy a Home You Can't Afford?

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Let’s face it: Purchasing a home is a major life event. It can be exciting, frustrating, and can wear homebuyers down if they aren’t careful with their judgment.

Unfortunately, this process can sometimes lead people to purchasing a property they can’t afford. And while banking requirements have tightened over the last decade, homebuyers can still easily find themselves biting off more than they can chew.

Today I’d like to highlight five signs that you’re about to buy a home you can’t afford.

1. You’re using creative mortgage terms. If your financing looks like a trail mix of mortgages, this is probably a significant indicator that you can’t afford what you’re about to buy. If the financing feels forced, you are likely taking on more than you can handle.

2. You need a down payment assistance program. If you need help with yo ...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018   /   by Bret Johnson

What Should You Ask an Agent You’re Looking to Hire?

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Today’s topic stems from a listing appointment I took earlier in the week. A seller hired us and had some great questions to ask us, and when all was said and done, they wanted to know what other questions they should have asked when interviewing agents to sell their home. Let’s face it—picking an agent is a critical decision that could potentially cost or save you thousands of dollars.

That inspired me to create a list of questions that agents hate to be asked. The answers they give will indicate what you can expect from them. In real estate, as in life, not all things are created equal.

1. “What makes you different?” It is a much tougher market today than it was a decade ago. Now we have some unique marketing plans, programs, and technology available that agents use to help your home stand out favorably next to other competing homes. What will thi ...

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