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What Do You Leave, in Your Listings? - 03/30/11 05:33 PM
As the years have gone by, I have seen many products come and go. So, I am curious. What are you leaving in your listings, today, to try and capture that buyer that is coming through the home? I offer a photo book, so that, they can see the different seasons of living in and outdoors of the home. It includes the mls sheet. I offer bank flyers, with recent interest rates and the bank's programs are listed, that may help the buyer with his financing. I have photo cards made and leave them out for buyers. The photo card has (10 comments)
Bolton, Ct ~ A Quaint Little Town in Connecticut - 03/30/11 04:04 PM
Here are some photos that I recently took of my town, Bolton, Ct. We are famous for our delicious strawberries and historic landmarks. The population is now around five thousand people. We we moved to town, thrity four years ago, there were about twenty five hundred people livng here. We're growing! Some snow is still seen in the photos, but, most of it has melted away. We are ready for spring. The trees have buds on them and the local community has started their fundraising events. Welcome, Spring! Here's our Downtown Area Our Town Hall is on the left of the (2 comments)
Date & Location Change! Success Seminar is Coming to Hartford, Ct, RI, Massachusetts & British Columbia! - 03/25/11 08:32 AM
The Buffini Success Seminar is a half day event, that you may attend, FREE! You will have to go to the Buffini and Company website and register. The room fills up, quickly! Take advantage of this opportunity. This one morning session, will motivate you and boost you business for the coming selling season. There is no high sale pressure at this event. Just people seeking systems and ideas that work, even in this market! Many of the attendees, are already Buffini members! Come to the Hartford Success Seminar! Be inspired, motivated and learn from the best! I will be attending this (2 comments)
Active Rain Star, George Souto, Attends My Broker Open in Bolton, Ct! - 03/23/11 08:14 AM
Yesterday, I held my first Broker Open of the year. It was located at 38 Castlerock Lane, in Bolton, Ct. A true luxury home in a new subdivision. We had food, drinks and door prizes. The first person to walk in the door . . . .George Souto, from McCue Mortgage, which is located in New Britain, Ct. Not terribly far from Bolton, but, still a trip across the river. He helped me with getting things ready. My Sellers were away, so, shades needed to be lifted and the lights clicked on. George got it all done, while I prepared the food (8 comments)
Spring Renewal, Snow Forecasted for Tomorrow? - 03/20/11 05:57 PM
Yes, in our state of Connecticut, they are forecasting snow for tomorrow, Monday and Wednesday. They are suggesting, only one to two inches. It will warm up and probably melt away, quickly. We are just relieved that it's not twelve inches of snow, like we were experiencing through most of the winter, everytime that it snowed. Finally, spring has arrived. Time to freshen up the landscape in the yard and time to do that spring cleaning! I love to dine on our outdoor living space. My office will receive a good spring cleaning, too! It makes it so much easier, to work in a less cluttered (12 comments)
Please, Give me the Feedback! - 03/20/11 04:26 PM
I realize that we all become busy. In today's technology, how hard is it to simply answer an email or a phone message. Just let us know what you and your client's thought of the property. I even offer an email system that will notify the agent of a survey, very short, to take about the property. A few clicks! I know that now some agents are not offering feedback, because they feel they represent the buyer and don't want to share their client's thoughts. That's okay, just let me know that you got the message. I understand that you will not (2 comments)
Spring Renewal, Hitting it Home, Tips to Grow Your Business! - 03/19/11 02:38 PM
Spring is a wonderful time of year, to experience renewal. With the beginning of the new year, we all had a bit of a lift. However, with all of the snow, cold, rain and in general, poor weather conditions, we lost some of that feeling. Now, it's back! Spring is only days away. Here are some tips, that will get your business blooming! Take all new photos of your listings. Inside and out! Take a walk, everyday, to clear your head and to make your heart, strong. Call a friend and meet for a cup of coffee or tea. Let (14 comments)
For more information and details, please feel free to contact Fran Rokicki Realty,LLC. This home is a short sale and is ready to go! Located conveniently, in Manchester, Ct, it is close to the highway, stores and is within walking distance to the bus lines. (6 comments)
Planning a Broker Open, Any Thoughts? - 03/16/11 03:31 PM
Yesterday, I visited a few homes that were Broker Tours. It was good to see the homes. They were beautiful and very well maintained. It was good to see all of the agents who took the time to visit, a fellow Realtor's listing. Hurrah for the Realtors that held the opens! Thank you for your tips and advice. You never know who or how many agents will attend. You invite everyone that you can. Having feedback from agents coming through the home, is very helpful. Getting agents to view the listing, in person, is invaluable! I am planning a Broker Open for (8 comments)
Before You Call that Expired Listing.... - 03/14/11 06:59 PM
When I was a newbee, in the real estate business, my office took turns with the hotsheet expireds, every day. Actually, we were assigned, by the Broker/Owner, which day was ours, in our office, to call and try to procure that listing. I found that calling the listings and then, making an appointment to meet with them, worked very well. One time, I remember sitting with the Sellers in their living room and outside we could see another agent, through the window, coming to the door to offer his services. Once he saw me through the window, he just waved and left (9 comments)
Shorter Time to List and Close? How's Your Market Area? - 03/14/11 03:18 PM
We are in a Buyer's Market, when the listings take more than six months to close. I have been seeing several reports and posts (here on the Rain), of much less than six months. Does this mean that the market is turning? Is it more local than country wide? I know that the foreclosures are holding up our market from growing like it should be. However, these promising statistics are very helpful in getting us to that better market. Even if it starts out with a few markets, it will catch on and grow. So, to all of those agents, bankers (6 comments)
Which Lockbox, Do you Prefer? - 03/12/11 07:36 PM
With the many changes to our profession, I have noticed that more agents are using combination and code lockboxes. I, myself, turned in thrity-eight of the electronic lockboxes and then, replaced them with only eight. The ones that we turned in, used to freeze in the winter months and when it was a hot summer day, didn't always work. Every exchange occurs when the mls upgrades the keypads and lockboxes. This newer round of lockboxes, seems to work better in the cold weather and the hot summer weather. I still, prefer, the key that we had, years ago. It was a special key, sort (63 comments)
Here's a website that is designed to help my clients find the best of the best businesses in Connecticut. They must meet certain criteria and be highly recommended by my clients. If you are in a jam for a good reference for something that you may need, feel free to chose one of these vendors. http://www.MyBusinessDirectoryOnline.com/Home/FranRokicki (4 comments)
Yes! It Really is Spring! Check it Out, My Comments Got Spammed! Jeepers! - 03/11/11 08:06 PM
Our winter, in Connecticut, like most of New England, this year, was snow, after snow, after snow. Thankfully, everyone made it through okay. It will be a memory talked about for years to come. For now, I am busy taking new photos of my listings. Now, you can actually, see the homes and the landscaping that surrounds them. Landscaping is like the frame of a picture. It embraces the best of the home and helps to add to each home's character. This home has lovely sidewalks, front and back, that are bordered by lovely shrubs and trees. Doesn't it look perfect? Well, it is For Sale! 38 Castlerock (9 comments)
Just Got My QR Code! - 03/05/11 08:59 PM
My computer (help me) company is awesome! He just emailed to me, my QR Code! So exciting! I have them for my listings, and now, I have one for my Company! Have you used these? I have no idea how to check these or how to view them. Still in the learning process!
Doesn't it help when you have someone on your team who is so smart with all these gadgets? I feel like it's Christmas, all over again! Whoo Hoo! Thank you, Bolton Consulting, LLC! nick.cook@BoltonConsultingLLC.com 860-281-1199 (13 comments)
Spring Home Show in Hartford, Ct! - 03/05/11 06:57 PM
It was a good day to stop in and visit the businesses at the Ct Spring Home Show at the Ct Expo Center in Hartford. There were many attendees, with cars and trucks, everywhere! With all of the cold and snowy weather that we have experienced this winter, everyone was glad to get to the home show this weekend. The temperatures were in the 50's with the sun going in and out, all day. I tried some delicious crab cakes (samples) and of course, Dunkin Donuts has a booth that I always hit. They were giving out samples of dunkochino's. Not (5 comments)
What Say You? Better to Post, at Night, or Early Morning? - 03/02/11 08:50 PM
Maybe, in the afternoon? When do you find it more rewarding to post? Do you have more comments with the night owls, or with the early birds? Maybe, the lunch gang? I typically, post in the early morning. Tonight, I am posting and commenting, but, I won't last. I have lost my night life, to a busy day. It was such a beautiful day today, in Connecticut. Took a lovely walk with my Grandson and my lab:) They both love to go for walks. It was the perfect day for it. Showed some lovely homes today. The buyers are overwhelmed by (14 comments)
Ct Spring Home Show! This Weekend! Ct Expo Center in Hartford! - 03/02/11 08:42 PM
Starts on Friday, March 4, 2011! 5pm - 9pm Saturday, 10am to 9pm Sunday, 10am to 5pm The cost is $10 for adults, $8.00 for senior citizens and children, 12 and under are Free! The parking is free, also. The Ct Expo Center is locaated at 265 Reverend Moody Overpass, in Hartford, Ct. Easily accessible from I-91. Take exit 23. Just look for the signs! Be sure to stop by and visit, Birch Mountain Earthworks,LLC. Best of the best landscape construction & design in Ct, this company has been highly recommended by my clients! Birch Mountain Earthworks, LLC is an excellent (0 comments)
14 Courtland Rd, Manchester, Ct Price Reduced! - 03/02/11 07:11 PM
This home is ready to go! Centrally located in Manchester, this home is convenient to the highway, the greenway, shopping and local area parks. It has been freshly painted and offers oak floors, fireplaced living room, kitchen with a cute dining area and 3 bedrooms. The bathroom has been updated, too! Vinyl sided, replacement windows and a nice level yard. See it today! At $149,900 it's the best price in town! Pre snow photo:)
What In Your Home, Is Made In America? - 03/02/11 07:04 PM
Interesting question! Have you ever looked at or under your furniture, your dishes, your area rugs, your appliances, your television, your computer(s), phones, clothes or anything else that you may have? It's quite the surprise. Our workforce would increase by 200,000 people, by your spending just $64.00 on goods made in America. I know that my most of my furniture was made in America. I have Hitchcock chairs and tables, tea cart, and Ethan Allan bedrooms and living room furniture. Baby furniture, that I have recently unpacked because of my new Grandson, was made here in America. Most of the product for (5 comments)
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