Austin Platinum Top 50 Roundtable "Food For Thought" with Amber Thomas

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899

Austin Platinum Top 50 Roundtable ~Food For Thought with Amber Thomas

Amber Thomas, President of PT50, is on track with her annual Austin Top50 Roundtable kicking off 2016! It was held at the Shoal Crossing event center  yesterday on Wednesday January 27, 2016 (thank you Amber, good location to navigate in the morning). We received 2 surveys before the event and answered some thought provoking questions. The answers were tabulated and compared to the National Statistics thus proving once again real estate is local.

Fostering relationships through creative Mind - Sharing was the goal of this event. Once again Amber got us thinking and collaborating on best real estate practices and what will work in 2016!

Everyone agreed on 5 things of worry in Austin for 2016:

1.  Inventory

2. Affordability

3. Interest rates

4. Oil

5. Elections

We discussed BPP (Broker Public Record) NAR's answer to a national public MLS and Livestream, private data base collection.

Everyone is looking to be on the cutting edge...developing a break through to change the game. That’s what innovators do! Every industry is trying to be a game changer but statistics show Retention of clients in real estate nets you 5 times the business as following up with on-line paid leads.

In 2016 it will be a game changer if you look back on what worked in past generations. After all, designers of clothes, furniture styles, and hair styles look back to previous generations for inspiration.

Consumers are looking for a connection to someone who has their best interests at heart. Those willing to take the time to create “an experience” for a client are most likely the agent consumers will use and recommend to their friends, family and co-workers. Other agents will want to show your listings and work with you! It's wonderful how that all comes full circle to you. It all starts with an honest “Thank You” and letting clients and customers know you care.

Zig Ziglar said it best:

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care”

P.S. I am a recognized professional in NW Austin real estate. I’m a good listener and act, not react to your needs. I have systems in place, references at hand and proven solutions to getting your home sold. Let’s schedule a time to see if we are a good match. Reach out to me at 512-346-1799 or email at for a free comparable market analysis. I offer you hands-on Professional guidance for all your real estate needs.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Dorie. Sounds like the list of concerns is local and spot on! Bet everyone walked away with a new idea. Enjoy your day!

Jan 27, 2016 08:28 PM #1
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

The Zig Ziglar quote says it all Dorie......exciting things happening in 2016.

Jan 27, 2016 08:32 PM #2
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Dorie, sounds like a thought provoking session that does focus on the local real estate landscape...2016 will be interesting to all of us and may we all benefit when we do right for the consumer!!

Jan 27, 2016 08:40 PM #3
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good mornign Dorie.  I've said it for awhile now.  2016 is going to be a banner year.

Jan 27, 2016 08:41 PM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Wayne Martin : You are spot on!

Hi Roger D. Mucci : That's affirmative!

Hi Ginny Gorman : I agree!

Hi James Dray : Yes it is!!

Jan 27, 2016 09:20 PM #5
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

I haven't been to one in a while, but attending these roundtable discussions, I always walk away with interesting thoughts...

Jan 27, 2016 09:53 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Dorie -- it's great that you take away so much from these meetings.   Whenever national trends or statistics are mentioned, the topic doesn't seem to have the same impact as knowing and reporting the local aspect.  

Jan 27, 2016 11:04 PM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Dorie - I agree with Zig Ziglar.  Careing about people makes the difference and establishes the connection 

Jan 27, 2016 11:10 PM #8
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Dorie, good one!...the whole relationship thoughtline caught my attention here. We have stopped chasing online was expensive and pretty fruitless. The quality of the transactions were not nearly as good since the online party was not there was zero opening trust...we did not enter the relationship trusting those folks either. Money and time is best spent caring for your client base. If agents are new and have no client base houses for other agents can build better leads since they are face to face.

Jan 28, 2016 12:14 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 The only way I would get into the platinum club is because I have gray hair Dorie Dillard 

Jan 28, 2016 02:10 AM #10
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Dorie, creating relationships will never go out of style. This sounds like it was a great meeting and I'm sure you are glad you attended. Zig Ziglar sure says it best.

Jan 28, 2016 03:12 AM #11
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

You are so wise to be involved in your community. It enhances your lifestyle and those of your clients. Smart you to be part of this effort. 

Jan 28, 2016 03:29 AM #12
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Dorie Dillard - Great information for anyone following the Austin market. They'll be able to see you not only know your market, but they will quickly see how much you care about your community and those you work with!

Jan 28, 2016 04:01 AM #13
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie this sounds like it was an excellent event, and I am sure you had a lot to contribute to it.

Jan 28, 2016 05:27 AM #14
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