We did it again!

Every so often we just need to celebrate a success and today presented a wonderful opportunity.

J.D. Powers and Associates has – in a buyer’s market – named Keller Williams Realty number1 in buyer satisfaction for the 3rd straight year!

We got a very kind nod from NAR and REALTOR® Magazine as well!

Congratulations to all of the 70,000+ associates nationwide who have made this possible and most especially to our own competent and committed Agents here at KW-FVR!

Published in: on July 29, 2010 at 9:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Make the most of your real estate website.

It’s easy to lose sight of some of the big picture when agents work on their websites. Look around and see all kinds of confusing options you have if you want to start out an effective Real Estate web site.

But we have to do better. I’m not going to say that a template is or isn’t the way to go, what I will posit is that a little time and a lot of vision will enhance your brand.

There’s so much information and we want our clients to have access to every bit of it…we want to be their experts and to prove it we have sites with as much information as possible on them. I love the desire to share, I’ll talk about that here a little later on – look for “what sharing does for the selfish” – but it pays to spend a little time upfront thinking about the way you present your information.

Keep it simple. Always. Two reasons (among many) I want to let you in on: 1. If it’s confusing and unattractive you stand to lose. It’s not good enough to get to the top of the search results, you have to get leads from it, as well. If they click away you have no opportunity for lead capture. 2. If there is no call to action they will not know what to do. There’s no reason to chose your site if there’s nothing you’re asking them to do.

Make sure you have room for you. It’s important that you are branding yourself – be that with a color scheme, an image or logo, or with a consistent presentation. People do search for you when they see you listing, never forget to consider the power of your name when you consider SEO.  Tell them what you do and why you are the agent to work with. Never forget to make yourself easy to contact. It’s amazing how many agents don’t have their phone number on their website. If someone wants to talk to someone NOW they will find someone – be that agent.

While you’re in there, it’s not about you. Seems counter intuitive, I mean you built it to get people to work with you, right? Well, sort of. It’s about the consumer and your future client above all. Address the community you are the expert in, address what your clients always need. Make this your presence while you are asleep and think about what the people you work with are looking for. If this seems unspeakable hard to approach, remember that many of your clients are demographically a lot like you. Use that to write to yourself as you would be as a client.

Have some fun. It’s important that you put yourself into your site in this regard, as well. You are the value proposition and your talents are why you get referrals. Have fun with that. Add a section about the people you work with. It’s an easy way to slip in testimonials without being heavy handed and a great way to make it about your clients. It also gives them a reason to return.

Give ’em a reason to come back. It might be a customizable search they can save and log back into. Maybe it’s a blog or an interactive section they can come back to and see their questions answered.

There’s no way to cover everything in a single post, so we’ll return to this. This should be a great place to start, however.

In short, make it pretty, make it functional, make it about the client and make it unique. The unique thing you have is you – no one else is you or brings what you bring to a transaction. In the meantime, here’s some beautiful sites for you to look at.

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

How we do business is always changing (changes in July, 2010)

If you’re an Illinois Real Estate agent practicing here in the Fox Valley there’s a few things impacting your business that we should be looking at right now. I know, isn’t there already a lot of changes and information to keep up on with license law and lending protocol?  There is, but there’s some local changes I want to look at today.

I posted elsewhere yesterday about the Fire Sprinkler Systems mandates that seem to be coming here, at least to St. Charles. I’m not sure where you fall in the debate, but either way it’s something very worth knowing. As far as day to day Realtor stuff, though, I’m trying to get some of the changes out and we have a pretty good resource with the president elect of our local board (Boni Mondragon) as an associate broker here.

The first thing to pay attention to is that MRED and ConnectMLS are cracking down on agents and members sharing or divulging their ConnectMLS passwords.  Already 2 brokers have been fined, one for $2,500 and another for $5,000.  If you’re already asking if it’s sharing if your assistant uses your ID, it is. The proper protocol is to add the assistant to the MLS.

On the tech side of this, if you read this document you’ll see that flash 10 and above will be a requirement – So, no iPads/iPhones ever and my Android phone is out until I get the FroYo update.

Thanks and talk to you soon!

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

This week: Sharing in the Profit

Thursday, July 1 will be a “don’t miss” class, with a ton of information on Profit Share and a few ways to make passive income from your relationships and while building an office full of people you want to work with!

I profit share a part of your life? Whether you’re already a KW agent or you’re simply thinking about it, you should know the facts about profit share. You may have heard quite a bit about what it’s not, but you owe it to yourself to find out what it is.

Published in: on June 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Our Weeks Training Events, June 14th

A lot is happening this week at KW-FVR.

Happy Birthday to Paula Boone and to Kevin Trudo!

Published in: on June 16, 2010 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

This week’s training events

If you’re in the St. Charles, Illinois or the Fox Valley in general and are looking for Real Estate information, statistics or training contact us or attend any of the events listed above. Next week is our full Team Meeting; we do it every month on the second Tuesday of the month.

For anonymous info please contact training at kw-fvr.com.

Published in: on June 2, 2010 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  


Life can really get away from you. We haven’t been able to say a whole lot here lately, mostly because it’s been busy.

Believe me – no one’s complaining. You hear constantly about the real estate market decline, but what you don’t hear is that national headlines are unable to tell a local story. So, I have to rebuild this page with some links to people who are telling the story here in Northern Illinois. For now, allow me to send you elsewhere for a snapshot of what’s happening in our market and in our office.

Vince Coniglione asks if Homeownership is still the American Dream.

Cindy Strahota shows us the median home prices and touches on the trends here in the Tri-Cities.

Kelsie Mettille gets to brag a little bit about the company. A side note, I got word last week that the stat about KW being the 3rd largest brokerage in North America is not only true – but apparently by a count a few weeks ago we were 2 associates away from Number 2!

Justin Letheby takes a look at Deeds in Lieu as options.

Look soon for the follow up from Red Day. I’ll have a photo gallery and some stories from that day. Confused? I’ll send you back to Kelsie for a little about Red Day, or go straight to KWRI for their info on this initiative.

Published in: on May 21, 2010 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Just to let you know what’s going on around here this week.

Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 3:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Short Sale Panelist

We are having an amazing short sale panelist today, check this out at 11am, we are using it coveritlive to do live Text streaming.

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Published in: on April 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

KW-FVR March Top Guns

This is a fun time of the month, starting on new goals and taking a look at the preceding month. You gotta stop and celebrate your successes…and we’re having some. It’s amazing to be able to say that we shared profit for the 10th month in a row! It’s a very cool feeling when the 5th position for listings taken can boast 5.5 units!

The names are in the graphic up there, but bear repeating: Kim DeVincentis shows up a lot – and she should; she closed 16 units for $1.8 Million in Volume. Kim wrote another $2.3 Million on 18 units and she listed 14 for $2.4 Million in listing volume. WOW!

Kim didn’t top the closed volume list, however: Barb Daly Closed 4 and a half units for an amazing $3.2M in closed Volume. All kinds of properties are still selling.

I can’t mention everyone, but I do want to mention 4 more people. Bonifacio Mondragon – Boni closed 6 units with another 6.5 taken. John Sommer wrote on 4 units and listed 5 and a half units. Amy Nelson wrote on 5 units for just over a million dollars in volume and closed 2 units for almost a half a million last month. The last person I want to say something about is Miles Tischhauser and his 16 listings. Miles, although he’s been involved with real estate for a few years, was licensed in 2009. He’s one of our newest and youngest, but is certainly stepping out and doing some amazing things.

Of course I’d like to recognize and congratulate Dina Painter, Beth Lindner and Jennifer Biddle for their outstanding contributions and impressive months. Beth has stepped in to help out a TON with some of our KW Cares events and responsibilities.

Keller Williams Fox Valley Realty is incredibly proud of all of you and to the many more we couldn’t fit in here who are making this place a huge success and the place to be.

Published in: on April 7, 2010 at 3:45 pm  Leave a Comment