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May
14

Video: Hope and Confidence.

 

 

May
13

A DAY TO CELEBRATE!!

In fact, is ONE Day enough??

April
29

January
24

January
24

August
21

 

Existing Home Sales Strengthen!!

https://rismedia.com/2019/08/21/existing-home-sales-strengthen-2/

July
17

 

May
20

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16

 

May
1

 

March
20

 

February
25

The Best Agents Learn from the Best Agents!!!

December
18

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate? 

Telephone Operator - 15 yrs ,. Police Dispatcher 2 yrs, Pharmaceutical Customer Service Rep 6 yrs & owned a Gift Shop for 5 years. I believe all these positions throughout my life prepared me for selling Real Estate at age 54. First in learning respect in speaking with people, being on Time, working with deadlines, problem solving, selling handmade gifts & running a Cash Register taught me how to Count Money !

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate? 

Helping people & making them Happy with their decision in their new home. Whether it is a Lake House VACA or home to retire at the Lake.

Commission is a Bonus

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent?

Lot of people along the way. Husband is number 1 - because he paid for all my fees to get started & covered my debt during slow periods.

2 retired Realtors in my neighborhood suggested it years ago. Seasoned Agents in our Office that Believed in me in the beginning when I did not. Just believing in you inspires you to do well. Other Agents from other Firms wanting to work with me to get the process to the Closing table in an orderly manner. Respect from other Realtors, Admins, Brokers, Title & everyone in the related business.

4. How has Hometown helped your success? 

Everything from the very first Richmond Times Dispatch Article telling how Bonnie Chenault started & her 2 boys helping her part time. Then how Todd & Deane became part of the Company. We are more like a Family & coming from being the oldest of 8 kids, I felt that Hometown was a good fit. I was so scared of speaking in front of people ( I still am ) so the Powerhouse Training was really hard for me. Deane Cheatham, my training instructor kept pushing. Christine Young, a Realtor ( who has since passed ) worked in the Ashland Office & she asked Deane if I could come there & work with her. I believe if I had not, I would have quit. The agents in the Ashland Office were & still are Awesome from Cameron, Lil, Hank, both Steve's, Marty, Janet, Alice & Lucy are just the Best !  I am so grateful to have landed there.

Hometown Training is the best!  I can remember Sales Meeting Speakers including Mike speaking about Passion for the Business, to Smile to be Happy - Have Fun. Deane running down the Isle in a Monkey Costume carrying a bottle of Rum - He is So Crazy & Funny - It doesn't feel like a Real JOB. ( at least the jobs I had before ).

Todd teaching us about New Construction is Priceless & Deane teaching about people & answering the phone at midnight or while he is in a Deer Stand somewhere. Thank You to All the Owners including Miss Bonnie for starting all this !

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent? 

1st - Landing the Ladysmith Village Sales for New Homes with The Christopher Companies in 2009. A NOVA Builder - built 78 homes & we sold 34 in the first year.

2nd - When Hometown Owners believed in me enough to purchase the Hometown Realty Ladysmith Office & asked me to be part Owner. I have recruited many Agents to this Office & will continue to do so.

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)? 

I represented a Buyer who bought a 10 acre parcel for their animals. I didn't realize what animals they were talking about til the Lady opens her purse & out jumps a little MONKEY !!!  We closed on the home & 3 years later the County finds out about their OTHER ANIMALS which is a full grown TIGER among other exotic animals & they are not allowed to be there. The clients call me to list their home & of course they want to sell it for much more than they paid after they had turned it into a Jungle Gym. I went to the house & walked passed the 12 feet wire fence that held this Tiger, to find the Seller in the kitchen chopping up raw meat for the Tiger's dinner !!! I could not get in my car fast enough. This is a True Story !

December
18

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate?

My background has been property management and new construction. After my back against the wall and not moving up the ladder with corporate, I decided to take the quantum leap and get into Real Estate.

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?

I enjoy serving families and being part of the local community in Ashland and Western Hanover. Such as, I was a JV lacrosse coach for Patrick Henry High School with a winning season of 9-2. Becoming President for Market Ashland Partnership which I am responsible to improve each individual member business, as well as improve Ashland as a town, and being a Board Member for Ashland Mainstreet. 

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent? 

Janet Ashworth recruited me which I am always grateful for. I strongly believe Deane Cheatham, Cameron Wood and the entire team of the Ashland office and all the Realtors in Hometown helped me become successful. Lastly my wife, Regina, for understanding that I must burn the midnight oil and knowing there are times that we have to sacrifice family time. 

4. How has Hometown helped your success?


The training and the accountability. Hometown has the resources, the technology, and the training to become a successful Realtor. We as Realtors need to be excellent in communication and ask the right questions. If we do not ask the right questions, we are not doing any service for our clients. 


5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent?

It's when I think outside the box and make the impossible possible. Especially when it comes to a multiple offer situation and my clients' offer gets accepted. That is cool and that's a WIN for everyone!!!


6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)? 

I was driving with my wife to a family vacation. My client called me while she in labor with her first child. She said while in pain "BIG Z, please promise me that we will get this house! I need this home for my son and family! PROMISE ME!" I told her "I PROMISE! Now deliver that healthy baby!" I tell you what... I kept that promise. 

December
12

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate? 

I was a professional firefighter for 5 years and a police officer for 7 years. I guess you could say real estate was bred in to me. My mother was in the lending business for 30 years and my father, who is a retired fireman was in construction for as long as I can remember. When I chose to leave law enforcement, my mother said go be a Realtor, and I guess it was a natural path, especially being around it my entire life. I am very happy I made the choice to become a Realtor and haven't looked back!!

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?

I enjoy all aspects of real estate. It truly is something new and different every day! I enjoy meeting people and getting them into their new home or helping them sell their existing home. This profession keeps you on your feet and I love the problem solving aspect of it!

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent? 

I would have to thank my wife. When I decided to go a different route with my career, she was standing by my side and supporting me the whole time. It was a big change of pace and an adjustment, and without her encouragement and support I would not be where I am today in my real estate career!

4. How has Hometown helped your success?

Hometown is the best brokerage you could ask to be a part of! The owners and managers are always there for you, no matter when and what question you may have. Also, all the agents are great. It is a big team and everyone helps everyone out! It is a big family. Hometown provides all of the support and training you could ask for!!

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent?

My number 1 accomplishment is helping people everyday accomplish and fulfill the AMERICAN DREAM!! I was also extremely happy to be chosen as Rookie of the Year with the company in my first year in the business!

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)? 

The craziest and funniest thing I think I have ever dealt with, when I was pretty new I had a guy who wanted me to help him sell his house. His first question to me is what should I do with the marijuana plants I am growing. Definitely caught me off guard, and all I could do was laugh!

December
12

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate? 

I started in Real Estate a few months after graduating from University of Richmond.  I saw my brother, Mike, having success and it sparked me to join Hometown.

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate? 

The freedom and flexibility.  Both of my children were heavily involved in sports and chorus from the time they were 5 years old and still are today in college.  I was able to coach them and attend every single game or concert.

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent?  

I think living and working by Hometown's main rule, The Golden Rule, Treat people the way you want to be treated.  I've been very blessed with the opportunity to work with so many great clients over the last 27 years.  Referrals from my past clients and friends are the lifeline of my business.

4. How has Hometown helped your success? 

Our Training is hands down…The Best!!  When our Top Producers are willing to share their ideas and teach others, it helps the entire company be more successful.

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent? 

As a Broker and an Owner, I enjoy working with new agents and helping them grow a successful business.  As an agent, I am very proud to work with Pam Wood on our team.

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)?  

I would probably have to say, catching a gentleman in his tighty-whiteys when showing a home.  The listing agent set up the showing, but somehow, the seller, a day-sleeper, did not get the message.

December
11

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate? N/A

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?   

My enjoyment comes from the people that I am surrounded by and get to work with.   Real Estate sales normally involves so many opportunities to help people buy and sell perhaps their largest investment.  Establishing trusting relationships with people who contemplating their largest purchase or sale is very rewarding and enjoyable.

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent?

There are several people who have helped along the way.  First, my Dad was my initial Broker.  After my Dad passed, his best friend and attorney, Bernie Meyer, answered my calls and guided me in ways that I could never repay him for.  Lastly, my partners at Hometown have been a great support, encouragement and teaching group that is second to none.

4. How has Hometown helped your success? 

Since I am part of the Ownership structure, I would say that Hometown's philosophy on always giving a hand up has helped build and grow the company.  Experienced agents have always been willing to help inexperienced agents.

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent? 

From an Owner's perspective, growing a company from 10-12 agents in 1992 to over 300 in 2018 and being the 2nd largest in Richmond are certainly highlights.

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)? 

Too many to tell…some I wouldn't want in print!

 

December
11

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate? 

I was an electrician and needed a career change. I had a friend in the business and got an opportunity. 

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?

I love meeting new people. I especially like helping young people get on the right financial path. 

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent? 

Working here for 24 years has helped. The training, and being around motivated and successful agents/owners has been key. 

4. How has Hometown helped your success?

Constant training and motivational events. Having fun filled events like the crab eating trip on the Potomac! 

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent?

Serving people that appreciate good service and helping people reach their real estate goals. 

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)? 

I was showing a property on a Saturday morning and there was a naked lady still in bed. She never moved and we exited pretty quickly!

 

December
7

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate? 

I was in the Restaurant Industry for 15 years. When I got married in 2003, my wife told me that the late hours were not going to work anymore. I had always been interested in the Real Estate market from my personal home and buying investment properties. Real Estate seemed to be the next chapter in my married life.

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?

Helping others find the right home. Seeing/showing homes everyday over 15 years you really understand what is right and what is wrong with every house. It is great to be able to point out the positives and negatives of a home to every buyer and help them make the right choice. 

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent? 

Hard work, great past clients who continue to refer new business, supportive family to allow me to work 7 days a week if needed.

4. How has Hometown helped your success?

The owners and managers are always there for us. Questions, training, support, tools, shared offices all over Richmond and surrounding counties. I started with Hometown and have never had any reason to look elsewhere. The Hometown Family is great to work with and get help from if needed.

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent?

The smile at the closing table from the buyer or seller. Knowing that they are extremely happy with the product, service and decisions they have made.

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)? 

First year in the business, I had a family that I was going to show homes to in Chesterfield, 30 minutes from my office, I always drive but they asked me to jump in their minivan. So I did. We go to the first of 7 homes I was going to show and realized my lock box key was in my car. First time out with these buyers and we had to drive all the way back to the office grab the key and drive all the way back out there while I was calling agents to let them know we were 2 hours behind schedule.

Not fun but what a learning experience.

 

December
6

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate?

I began my career as a Realtor in 1971 after graduating from William and Mary

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?

The freedom of exploration and learning about people.

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent? 

My first broker Tommy Smith of Berkeley Realty in Williamsburg.

4. How has Hometown helped your success?

Hometown provides us all with a canvas, paint and brush and lets us go create in the Real Estate world.

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent?

The vision along with Cameron Wood of the Hickory Hill Development, thanks to Mike and Todd.

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)? 

I substituted for an agent on a Saturday and sold a home to a lady from New York.  We ended up married and had 2 beautiful daughters, sadly we couldn't live together after several years and we divorced, but it was a productive appointment.

December
4

1. What was your past career (if applicable)/what sparked your interest in Real Estate?

Before entering into real estate, I was in full-time youth ministry with Young Life. I was the Area Director for Hanover County Young Life and primarily worked with all the high schools in the area. I moved to Mechanicsville in 2006 and helped start Young Life in all of the high schools in Hanover County as well as start a ministry for students with disabilities called Capernaum, and ministries focused on college students at Randolph-Macon and VCU.

2. What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?

The thing that I enjoy most about real estate is that at the end of the day, it's a people business. Coming from a very relational ministry, relationships are extremely important to me. Real estate allows me to enter into relationships with folks who are going through perhaps the most exciting and/or the most stressful experience of their lives. I love getting to be the person who patiently walks them through those situations.

3. What or Who do you think got you to the position you're in now, as a successful real estate agent?

Responsiveness. I think the biggest thing that all buyers, sellers, and other agents desire is responsiveness. The easiest way you can communicate to someone else that you care about them is by responding to all their worries and concerns. You do that by answering phone calls, replying to texts messages, acknowledging receipt of emails, etc. If you add on top of that....and actually call people BEFORE they call you....you will be successful.

4. How has Hometown helped your success?

Hometown gave me the opportunity to see, listen, and be trained by some of the top agents in Richmond. What's even more amazing is that the Owners of the company are consistently among the top agents and top teams. I'd imagine most brokers just settle into supervisory positions and work themselves out of production. Yet the owners of Hometown are right down in the trenches because they love the work, they love working alongside their agents, and because they understand the need to constantly be learning/growing. Being around agents like that, having them teach classes (in person!), listening to them on nearby phone calls, seeing the golden rule lived out, and being able to ask them questions at any time....has helped with my QUICK success.

5. What is one accomplishment are you most proud of as an agent?

I think the thing that brings me the most amount of pride is that I'm able to give back to others just as was given to me. I can give away my time, tips, tricks, and advice to fellow agents. I'm able to donate to amazing community charities. I'm able to give away a moving truck to be used

by clients and non-profits. And I'm able to give time back to be with my family during more unconventional hours.

6. What's the craziest thing that has happened to you as an agent (good or bad)?

It's a growing list....but I'm always looking for ways to serve my clients any way that I can. Here's just some of the crazy things that I have done to best help my clients; Cleaning up cat poop, Building a new deck landing, Painting rooms, Installing a new ceiling fan on a vaulted ceiling, Renting a carpet cleaner to steam clean carpets, Taking dogs out to the park, Deconstructing a deck to dig up a septic tank, Cleaning out a home prior to closing, Shoveling paths in the snow prior to showings, Paying for all new paint, Paying for all new carpet, Removing washer and dryer, Staging a home with a washer and dryer, and more.

October
8

A Great Time to be Selling Your Home!!

Top 10 Cities where Homes are Vanishing Fastest. 

9. Richmond, VA  (According to Realtor.com)

Median list price: $311,500
Decrease in inventory: -36.8%
Drop in square footage on the market: 4,192,000

The job market in the capital of Virginia is on a tear, and so are home prices—up 7% in August year over year, after a 9% jump the year prior. And around 1 in 3 homes in Richmond end with multiple offers.

The amount of lost inventory in Richmond is equivalent to more than eight James Monroe Buildings, the tallest building in the city. (It's a 29-story office tower with about 500,000 square feet of space.)

The housing shortage would be even lower if home builders weren't putting up new homes at a frantic pace. New construction accounts for 27.6% of homes in Richmond for August.

August
20

August
1

Our own Matt Cullather is running for the Richmond Times Dispatch Best Real Estate Agent Award!!

Please use this link, and vote for him!!

July
18

July
12

We're #4!! We're #4!!

https://www.richmond.com/business/local/virginia-moves-up-again-in-cnbc-rankings-of-best-states/article_c7b0eab3-beba-5bbc-bc38-2f5e693221e3.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email&utm_medium=_Breaking%20News&utm_campaign=_Breaking%20News

May
1

February
21

From US News and World Report:

https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/why-you-should-sell-your-home-in-2018

January
17

January
3

October
31

October
25

August
24

August
11

 

May
22

The Week Ahead: Prices Still Rising, Inventory Still Dropping

On Wednesday, at 9 a.m. EST, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will release its House Price Index (HPI) for March. The Index covers single-family housing, using data provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Previously, the FHFA reported in its February HPI that home prices rose 0.8 percent month-over-month. In the report, January's former unchanged index was revised to a 0.2 percent increase.

On a seasonally adjusted national level, prices are now nearly 10 percent higher than their March 2007 peak. Prices have seen a compound annual growth rate of 3.5 percent since 1991, 3.4 percent since 2000, and 6.2 percent since 2012.

Out of all nine census divisions, the Mountain region saw the biggest annual increase in prices, with a 9.5 percent uptick over the year. The region includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. The Pacific division—Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California—saw a 7.6 percent annual rise, while the Middle Atlantic—New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—saw the least year-over-year growth with just 4.6 percent.

Other Indices have been reporting similar increases, such as First American's Real House Price Index (RHPI). The RHPI revealed that home prices have dropped by 32.8 percent since the pre-recession peak, but are still at a relative high. Real house prices rose 0.7 percent between January and February. The low inventory has meant that home prices have remained high.

"The main story in most markets this spring is the lack of supply. Combined with unfaltering demand, the lack of supply continues to pressure unadjusted prices higher in one of the strongest spring sellers' markets seen in recent memory," said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American.

April
26

On the 8th Day, God made a REALTOR(r) (By Steve Harvey)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXQusdbG4vw&sns=fb

March
1

October
21

 

1st Time Homebuyers have made a huge positive impact on the Real Estate Market.

Would you like to find out how you can be one of them?

 

August
15

July
1

April
7

March
11

March
8

Richmond is the #2 Trendiest City in the US...

...In which to Buy a Home !!

http://www.realtor.com/news/trends/americas-next-trending-cities/

 

 

February
29

February
11

February
5

New Homes Market Growing

http://www.richmond.com/business/local/article_d3c5dd5c-9b9f-5b4b-a693-899d83df7d15.html

January
27

Home Sales Are Up 14%!!!

 

http://www.richmond.com/business/local/article_3c2cb2ce-37db-5755-98c8-4e6f8088fe94.html

January
21

January
13

Richmond is Predicted to be the 4th Hottest Real Estate Market in 2016 !!

 
http://www.richmond.com/business/local/article_55aed777-ec64-51b9-a6bd-909b319f23a1.html
December
23

November
5

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