Weekly Marketing Tip


Start a Social Media Conversation

  • Listen to what’s being said—check out what your audience is saying with competitors
  • Show gratitude—if your audience reaches out to you, thank them for their comments (even if they are criticism)
  • Stay positive—People are more likely to feel comfortable sharing and connecting with optimistic people and brands.

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Ptch- This app lets you easily combine your photos, videos, and music into one minute ptches, right from your mobile device.  Similar to Instagram, except you can add music straight from your library and add captions, titles, and comments to create listing presentations that you can share on all of your social media sites and your website!


4 Ways to Get Involved in Your New Hampton Roads Neighborhood


The boxes are unpacked, the house is set up and everybody’s settled into their new routine after the big move. Life is beginning to feel a bit more normal. But now that you’re here and the immediate tasks have been taken care of, you want to get involved in your new neighborhood. What do you do?

Here are four ways you can get involved and get acquainted with your new neighbors. If you have more ideas, let us know below!

1. Join a group. Most neighborhoods have public forums, such as city or town council and citizen advisory group meetings, that address specific community issues. Groups like these allow you to get involved in the issues directly affecting your neighborhood. They’re also an excellent way to meet like-minded people. An online search should give you some ideas of where to begin. If your neighborhood has a homeowners association, talk with the officers about the kind of support they need.

2. Volunteer. Identify a cause you feel passionate about, and think about donating your time and skills to a local organization. They’ll appreciate any amount of time you can give. Volunteering offers an opportunity to make meaningful friendships with people who also live and volunteer in the community. Start by visiting neighborhood hospitals, animal shelters and community arts groups or schools, to inquire about volunteering opportunities. Youth sports teams are also an excellent way to get involved. If you’re having trouble locating a volunteer organization that fits you, visit the local public library and ask for suggestions.

3. Organize an Event. Donation drives, block parties and other group activities can be efficient and fun ways to meet neighbors and establish yourself as someone who’s invested in the community. Share your idea by dropping off fliers. Include an email address and ask neighbors to contact you if they’re interested. You can schedule a meeting for everyone who replies to generate more ideas and make plans for an event.

4. Fill a Need. If you feel your neighborhood is underserved in any regard, get the ball rolling yourself. For example, start a neighborhood association if your community doesn’t have one, or institute an adopt-a-block program to keep your neighborhood clean. Similarly, your neighborhood might benefit from a volunteer Neighborhood Watch group. ​

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Weekly Marketing Tip

Weekly Marketing Tip

Ask For What You Want

  • Improve your marketing in 2015 by asking for what you want
  • Want more Facebook likes, guest blogs, referrals, or testimonials? The easiest way to get these is to ask.
  • Make sure you ask the right people so you get the results you are looking for.
  • Giving some type of direction will lead to more results and online presense.


FREE App of the Week

Sunrise Calendar- This free calendar app is made for Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange.  This calendar promises to make your life easier.  Sunrise calendar synchronizes in real-time with background updates.  See faces and profiles of people you are meeting using Linkedin and weather forecast updates based on your location.

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Weekly Marketing Tip

Weekly Marketing Tip

RE/MAX Web Commercials

RE/MAX International offers web commercials on www.remax.net.  To access and create these videos, login to your account online and click “Marketing” and then “Design Center”.  Once you are in the Design Center, scroll through the different products until you see Web Commercial near the bottom.  Click to browse different layout and start creating!

Web Commercials are designed to help you profile your services, special interests, community events and more. They feature up to six photos that combine movement, transitions and personalized text. Each Web Commercial can be featured on your Web site, emailed, or downloaded to run on your computer.

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FREE App of the Week

Xim- Xim your photos on your camera roll on your mobile device to another device.  The other phone does not have to have downloaded Xim for it to work.  Choose photos from your camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, or OneDrive.  Send and save multiple photos easily with this app.


4 Reasons to Buy That Virginia Beach Home Before Spring


The holiday season is behind us, time to focus on what exciting new experiences 2015 can bring! If you are planning on becoming a homeowner, or moving up to the home of your dreams in 2015, here are four great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting until spring.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

The Home Price Expectation Survey polls a distinguished panel of over 100 economists, investment strategists, and housing market analysts. Their most recent report projects appreciation in home values over the next five years to be between 15.1% (most pessimistic) and 32.8% (most optimistic). The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense. 

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Although Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have softened recently, most experts predict that they will begin to rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will be up almost a full percentage point by the end of 2015. An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.

3. Either Way You are Paying a Mortgage

As a paper from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains:

“Households must consume housing whether they own or rent. Not even accounting for more favorable tax treatment of owning, homeowners pay debt service to pay down their own principal while households that rent pay down the principal of a landlord plus a rate of return. That’s yet another reason owning often does—as Americans intuit—end up making more financial sense than renting.”

4. It’s Time to Move On with Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise. But, what if they weren’t? Would you wait? Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide whether it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe it is time to buy. If the right thing for you and your family is to purchase a home this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.


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Weekly Marketing Tip

Share Valuable Information

  • One great way to reach out to past clients is to send them information they will find useful.
  • This can be real estate related, but also if you run across an article that has to do with something personal they told you they are interested in.
  • This shows that you listen, stay informed, and take the time to interact with people you have done business with.

FREE App of the Week

Reach- Reach is a mobile professional networking app that uses your location to connect you with other professionals in the area.  Reach exposes the business world around you.  Find and make real connections with professionals like you.

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