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JANUARY 2013 • VOLUME 17 • ISSUE 9

Attracting and working with relocation buyers By Stacy Hale

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rate relocation company. It isn’t as simple as paid advertising (although advertising in city guides and chambers does yield some success), but in this age of information, neither is any sound marketing strategy. Keep in mind: a relationship with the relocating homebuyer has a longer ramp-up time than other sales cycles. Offering valuable and helpful information at every stage of this stressed buyer’s search is a good idea, and a multi-channel approach is best. According to NAR, 88 percent of buyers start their search online. This has got to be especially true for relocation buyers, who don’t always have the luxury of frequent travel and driving the

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ustin is a top destination for migrating corporate talent. In fact, the tax environment, culture, and low cost of living are so favorable that according to the Census Bureau, Austin ranked first among the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan cities based on net migration as a percentage of population in 2011. According to Forbes, 116 of the 1,000 largest public and private companies in the U.S. are based in Texas, including Dell, ExxonMobil and AT&T. You can see a list of these top companies and the corporate jobs they’ve created at AustinCham-

ber.com, under the “economic development” tab, where you’ll find lots of other stats—such as the percent change in population over the last few decades. And although Austin is a definite corporate and technology hub, the surrounding suburbs are seeing massive growth. From 2000-2010, for example, Williamson County’s population grew 69.1 percent, compared to Travis County’s 26.1 percent. Obviously, you’ll want to meet these enterprising new residents-to-be, and they’ll need places to live. Attracting relocation buyers takes some marketing strategy, if you’re not one of the few relocation specialists working with a corpo-

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he Austin Board of REALTORS has selected Paul E. Hilgers to become president of the nearly 8,700-member professional organization that serves 18 Central Texas counties. The appointment came Jan. 4 in a unanimous vote during a special called meeting of the group’s board of directors. Hilgers previously served nearly 10 years managing federal and local housing and community development programs in Austin, including expansion of the Austin Housing Finance Corporation, which issues housing bonds and tax credits. More recently he served three years as deputy general manager of the reorganized Pedernales Electric Cooperative to help bring major changes to that organization. “Paul Hilgers brings leadership and relationship qualities along with an energy and vision that we know will assist the Austin Board of REALTORS in building its own future as well

as playing an important role in the future of the community,” says board chairman Cathy Coneway. Hilgers called his new post “the job of my dreams” and thanked the board for its choice and the organization’s staff for its solid work during an interim period when a national search was conducted for a new leader. An Austin native, Hilgers is a graduate of Whittier College and holds a masters degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to the City of Austin and the PEC, he has worked for former Governor Mark White, as a long-time district director for former Congressman Jake Pickle, and as a federal and community relations manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority. Hilgers will assume his new office on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. RL

neighborhoods. So your online presence should be strong. You won’t get the rankings on Google or social sites that large national brands will garner, but it’s arguable that you won’t have to. You’re working with buyers moving into one of the most desirable areas in the nation, and you’ve got the data they need and the knowledge and tools to put them at ease. If you already have a content marketing strategy in place, with a blog, videos, e-mail marketing and social media ready to share “insider” information on neighborhoods and fun and interesting ways to thrive in Austin, you’re on

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Upcoming Events Wednesday, January 23 ABoR Water Forum 2013 Capitol Extension Auditorium - 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, January 24 NAHREP Honors 2012 Industry Award Winners Cool River Cafe - 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 CCIM Central Texas Symposium Renaissance Hotel - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, January 30 CCIM Central Texas Symposium Renaissance Austin Hotel 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 ABoR Matrix Forum ABoR Office - 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, February 7 WCAoR Super Bowl of Builders WCAoR Office - Time TBD as of press time. More at www.myRealtyLine.com


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To be found by relocators, make sure all your bases are covered

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t goes without saying that Austin is a booming city. According to the City of Austin, there was a 20 percent population growth in Austin from 2000 to 2010. The City is expected to add 750,000 more people by 2039. Based on information from the Internal Revenue Service, Austin is gaining residents from all across the nation. The City of Austin’s Manager of Urban Design Jim Robertson reported that 57 percent of the Austin population is under 35 years old and 72 percent is under 45, making Austin a relatively young city. Still, the number of retirees or those nearing retirement is also growing. There was a 97 percent increase in the 60 to 64 age group between 2000 and 2010. Newly minted Austinites are coming all the way from Alaska and Florida and everywhere in between. The question now remains: How do you reach those moving from out of state? My suggestion is to make yourself easy to find online and— once found— deliver the information home buyer’s will need.

Improve your SEO

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) not only

sounds like a mouthful, but can also be an intimidating task to tackle. It takes research, time and careful attention. The four main items Google recommends for better search rankings are fresh website content, keywords relevant to your industry in your content, quality links to outside sources and a well-designed website. You can learn how to improve your search engine ranking by reading Google’s “Search Engine Optimization Starter Guide” at bit.ly/d29DIc.

Prominently display your contact information Getting found on the Internet is only half the battle. Just as important as your website ranking high in a Google search for “Austin REALTOR,” for example, is making sure your website is effective. This is a simple tip, but the most important feature your website should have is easy-to-find contact information. Attention spans are short for Internet users, so it’s always smart to include a link to your contact information on every page of your website. At the minimum, include your phone number in the header of each page. This

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way, the most straight forward way to contact you is obvious to your website visitors. Including prominent links to your social media accounts offers consumers additional avenues to contact you, so they can use whichever method they prefer.

erly credit your sources, you can repost some of those top 10 lists that Austin keeps showing up on or link to an interesting article from your favorite Austin magazine.

Have an social media presence Having a social media presence is something frequently suggested to REALTORS, but avoided by many because of time concerns. Yet, it is essential to building your business today. Make sure your website includes links to all your social media outlets and vice versa. Announce you’re a REALTOR in your Twitter description and display it on your Facebook page. Disclosing this information not only ensures compliance with TREC rules, but helps develop your brand and lets your connections know you’re someone who can help with their home buying and selling needs.

The World Wide Web is constantly evolving. That’s why it is important to stay proactive in all your online ventures, from blogging and social media to streamlining your website and improving your rank in Google searches. Each of these features plays into the other. Blogging on a regular basis gives you a constant flow of readers who you can convert into clients or advocates for your service. You can share your blog posts on social media to also grow your brand’s reach. All the while you are becoming more knowledgeable about Austin and the area you service through your research, writing and personal brand development.

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Today, out-of-staters start their home search online. They want to know what Austin is like— How is the food? The nightlife? The schools? Become an online resource for this information. Share information about Austin on your blog and social media outlets showing what Austin has to offer. Ask yourself what you would want to know about a new city you were moving to, and answer that for your readers. Your content doesn’t even have to all be original. As long as you prop-

Attend an unlimited number of regular mandatory continuing education (MCE) courses between January and Dec. 31, 2013 with the 2013 ABoR Academy Card. For just $99 you can have access to an unlimited number of regular mandatory continuing education (MCE) courses at the ABoR Academy. Only 250 cards will be sold in 2013, so get yours before they sell out. Visit www. abor.com/acard for more information or to make your purchase. RL

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ABoR Academy Educational Courses Jan. 24: ZipForm: What You Need to Know Jan. 29: Broker Responsibility MCE Course

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Such an accomplishment—CRS Austin Area President Risé Johns of Keller Williams Realty is awarded with the CRS Member of the Year award. She also accepted the CRS award for membership growth on behalf of the chapter from national CRS past president Mark Minchew.

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WCR members Nicole Schoening Von Thies of North American Title, Chelsea Brown and Nayeli Garza, both of KB Home, enjoy a lovely lunch just before the annual installation of officers begins at the WCR Installation Luncheon.

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Build your Business

Sente Mortgage is pleased to announce that in 2013 we are transitioning our popular Power Lunch series to Build Your Business. If you liked our Power Lunches you will love these new seminars, providing new content and enhanced tools, all offered at more convenient times for you. As you’ve come to expect, these classes are MCE certified and will continue to enhance your business-building skillset without taking much time from your busy schedule.

Our new schedule will be posted at the beginning of the new year.

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Jack Stapleton of Austin Suburban Properties proudly displays his REALTOR of the Year trophy at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS Industry Awards and Installation Gala which was held at the Avery Ranch Golf Club.


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AMBA President Michael Scott welcomes members and guests to the group’s annual Installation and Holiday Party at The W Austin Hotel.

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Esteban Sanchez of Platinum Realty, Cindie Brooks of Chicago Title and Nanette Labastida of The Gill Agency check out the vegan lunch offerings at the property tax luncheon at Chicago Title’s Westlake office.

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Doug Land, left, of Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty congratulates Todd Smith of Austin Living REALTORS for winning one of the coveted spots on the list at the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS awards ceremony at Austin Music Hall. Doug was a finalist.

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Becky Hopkins of Austin Title receives the WCR Lifetime Achievement Award from Susan Horton of John Horton Realty, a Private Label Realty company, at the WCR Installation Luncheon.

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potential clients relocating will go there to find out about neighborhoods, schools, and life in the WC. WC REALTORS’ and affiliate members’ information will be available to all visitors. As a general rule of thumb, keeping your information up-to-date on all websites provides a successful way to garner that relocation business, as well as providing more

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in depth and current information in terms of buying, selling and relocating that will attract those potential buyers. With so many economic indicators pointing to large growth within Williamson County, get ready and buckle your seat belt— Williamson County is going on a wild ride! Don't you want to be on it? RL

Upcoming Events & Education Jan. 25: TREC Ethics & Legal in Cedar Park Feb. 6: Basics of Real Estate Photography Feb. 7: Superbowl of Builders Feb. 15: 10 Tax Mistakes that Cost REALTORS Thousands each Year Feb. 21: Broker Responsibility Course

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t the recent 15th Annual Williamson County Growth Summit it was revealed that Williamson County growth is "beyond exponential." We are seeing an escalation of economic growth coupled with increased population and a robust housing industry. Williamson County, according to CNN Money Magazine, is listed in the top five fastest growing counties in the state. The job growth from 2010 to 2011 was 73.8 percent and is the ninth fastest growing county in the nation. As REALTORS, we had an incredible year in 2012. So why are we seeing such growth, who are these people relocating, and how can we advertise our services to them? Many people come to Texas because we do not have a state income tax, whereas in California or New York between nine and 11 percent of your income goes to the state. Texas has 10 percent lower housing costs compared to the rest of the nation according to PayScale’s Cost of Living Calculator. More people can telecommute from their

homes, meaning they can relocate to any part of the nation and yet participate virtually in the corporate environment. Couple those statements with Williamson County's core of economic developers that have positioned their efforts to bring new businesses and relocation of people to each of their cities. They know who and where these people are relocating from and are usually the first stop for information. At the Williamson County Association of REALTORS, our board of directors has been tasked to serve our members in a broader way. They will be reaching out to each city economic developer for specifics on incoming businesses in our market area. That information will be shared through talks and articles so you, as a WC REALTOR member, will be better able to connect to these new potential clients. At, WCAoR. we are launching a new website called WC LIFE. There, consumers will be able to obtain extended information about Williamson County. It's our belief that

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Kevin Scanlan of Quantum Leap Realty, a Private Label Realty company, and Juanpablo Wright of Ameripro Funding show their support for friends and colleagues at the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS awards ceremony. Tenura Holdings, parent company of Private Label Realty and Ameripro Funding, sponsored the event.

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Rana Walker of Guild Mortgage and Matt Heaton kick off the holidays Vegas style at the Guild Mortgage Company Casino Christmas Party.

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Holly Schuler and Allison Craig, both of Gracy Title, chat briefly at their company’s sponsored table at the WCAoR Industry Awards and Installation Gala.

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Kandis Henkes of Lennar never minds an opportunity to get dressed up. She attends the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association annual Installation and Holiday Party at The W Austin Hotel with Dan Rushing of imortgage.

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The crew at Guild Mortgage has a little fun with mustaches on a stick at the company Christmas Party at Versante Canyon Clubhouse.

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WCR officers are installed for 2013 at the WCR Installation Luncheon at the Austin Country Club.

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WCAoR President Stacey Rider proudly presents Tiesa Hollaway of North American Title with the WCAoR Affiliate of the Year award at the association’s Industry Awards and Installation Gala at the Avery Ranch Golf Club.

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Dianna Thomas of Capital City Sotheby’s International Realty congratulates Terese Peabody of Stanberry and Associates for becoming a Platinum Top 50 REALTOR winner at the group’s awards ceremony at Austin Music Hall. Both Dianna and Terese were Platinum Top 50 REALTOR finalists.

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Unmatched experience and love for what we do drives our sales executive team to provide our customers with the guidance needed to succeed. We pride ourselves in building relationships to open a path of communication that is essential throughout the closing process. We’re here as your partner to help with everything from education, to the latest innovative tools and most importantly personal guidance and business goals.

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Carol Medley Parker of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS and Kristin Carroll of Sente Mortgage show their support for the CRS Austin Chapter by becoming a Friends of CRS lunch sponsor.

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Ashley Smith and Pam Carroll, both of Austin Title, share a great evening of awards with friend Nathaniel Berta at the WCAoR Industry Awards and Installation Gala at the Avery Ranch Golf Club.

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Julie Gross of Starkey Mortgage and her husband, Rick, arrive in style to the AMBA Installation and Holiday Party at The W Austin Hotel.

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Jason Klam and Sheri Watts, both of First American Title, share some holiday cheer with Gerald Thibodeaux of Avalar Austin at the Avalar Christmas Party at the UT Golf Club.

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and gift cards. Again, this is a great way to crosspromote with some of your partner businesses. The goal is to make the client feel immediately at home on unfamiliar turf. When they arrive, send a gift basket to their hotel room and make sure they know you’ll be a phone call away; they’ll have lots of questions and time on their hands. After close, these buyers are still dealing with more stress and juggling more details than the average in-town move. Anything you can do to

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Rolf Mitzkat of Mitzkat Realty recites the oath of office for Stacey Rider of Keller Williams Realty to repeat as he installs her as 2013 WCAoR President at the WCAoR Industry Awards and Installation Gala.

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Connie Havens of Avalar Austin and her husband Bill wish Betty England, also of Avalar Austin, happy holidays at the company’s Christmas party at the UT Golf Club.

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BJ Fletcher and her husband Jack get a fun keepsake to take home to remember the fun they had at the RE/ MAX Skyline Christmas party. BJ had retired but loyal clients convinced her to return to work.

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John Schutze of Supreme Lending is floored when he finds out WCR selected him for the Affiliate of the Year award. Susan Horton of John Horton Realty, a Private Label Realty company, is all too happy to present it to him.

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he fact we are in an industry that sees its fair share of conflict isn’t particularly surprising. Real estate transactions are, by their very nature, the perfect incubator for misunderstanding and poor communication. To the average buyer and seller they are confusing, filled with jargon, and freighted with emotion. They are also expensive. If you’ve been in the industry for any amount of time, however, you’ve been involved in, and/ or observed conflict—between buyers and sellers, agents, and between mortgage and title. So often the conflict starts as something minor, and ultimately not critical to the success of the transaction, but mushrooms into a “shouting match” that threatens to derail the whole process. The happy news is there are proven techniques to deal with conflict effectively and efficiently, so as to not let a minor issue become a deal breaker. Probably the most respected and utilized theory of conflict resolution is referred to as “Interest-Base Relational Approach,” or IBR. This type of conflict resolution respects individual differences while helping people avoid becoming too entrenched in a fixed position, and it comes with some easy

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Russell Stout, Rana Walker and Dale Gremillion, all of Guild Mortgage Company, are having a jolly holly company Christmas party with casino games and of course lots of cheer.

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Brian Pitman of Independence Title greets Gary Cocanougher of ERA Colonial Real Estate at the WCAoR Industry Awards and Installation Gala at the Avery Ranch Golf Club.

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Parties are fun—especially AMBA parties! Kelley Murphy, left, and Winter Edwards, right, both of First American Title, have a great time talking with Beth Coffey of Hay Compere at the AMBA Installation and Holiday Party.

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Marge Phillips and Jackie Woodfin, both of WCAoR, are glad to see all the members who attended the "sold out" Industry Awards and Installation Gala and look forward to working with the 2013 board of directors.

WCR wishes you a happy and prosperous new year

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This one’s going on the wall! Kay DaSilva of Avalar Austin proudly accepts her Broker of the Year awards from Platinum Top 50 REALTORS award at the group’s awards ceremony at Austin Music Hall.

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s Winston Churchill said, “It's always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” Thus, every Jan. 1st, agents sit down in front of their computers with retina displays (sorry, my mind wandered) and use this time to push the “reset” button on their business. Resetting a business plan requires a little forethought—that’s where the Women’s Council of REALTORS can assist. We are a network of real estate professionals empowering women to exercise their potential as entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Through our influence we will effect positive change in the profession and in the broader community. Our mission and vision statements are the benefits to be gained from serving in a leadership role, getting involved, volunteering your time and joining the Women’s Council of REALTORS. WCR is about education. Classes and meetings are presented each month that provide the knowledge to speak confidently about real estate, to help build better business practices and organizational ideas to become a better real estate agent.

WCR is also about referrals and networking. With approximately 225 chapters across the country, we have the ability to share contact information with other real estate professionals that are like-minded and customer service oriented. WCR is about motivation. It provides different ideas on how to grow your business. Speakers are provided that inspire, encourage and ignite ideas to help you get that motivational jump start. And, finally, WCR is about leadership. You learn how to put on a meeting, conduct yourself professionally at a meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order, and how to become involved with a team. As you look forward, as far as you can see into the New Year, we ask you to stand with us— to come and learn with us—to network with us—to get motivated with us—and to come and be a leader with us. You too will see how the Women’s Council of REALTORS will spark success in 2013. So, regardless of the market, your relationships, your talents and your experience will enable that business “reset” we all experience at the beginning of every New Year. RL

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ecently, at lease once a week, we hear about another company moving to the Austin area. Within the past few months, Visa and General Motors announced their moves while Apple and Samsung announced plans to expand. With so many people relocating here, the big question is “how do we, as REALTORS, get some of that business? How do we reach those who are moving here? Is there a way to market to them?” It’s easy to find out what city their company is currently located in. But is that where they live? Are they already connected with a specific relocation company? Are they free to use any agent they want to? There are lots of questions that need to be answered before we start spending marketing dollars. In addition to the large companies moving here, there are the small companies that typically move five to six families each year. Plus there is a group of people who work out of their homes who can work anywhere. They have visited Austin, fell in love with the area and decided to move here. While it is exciting to work with a corporation moving a large number of people here, it is not always practical. By the time the move is announced, they probably already connected with a

relocation company that will handle all the many details of the move. I cut my real estate teeth on relocating families. And yes, while it was exciting to assist those folks and help them find a house, many of them chose not to make the move. What really worked for me was assisting the smaller companies. Most of them were not connected to a relocation company. They truly needed help with moving their employees here. Once you get their business they are extremely loyal. The large relocation companies target the large corporations and the smaller companies get ignored. If you do an outstanding job, and we are assuming you will, you will be their first phone call. They will call you when they are thinking of hiring someone. I gave many tours of Austin to people who were on their interview and had a couple of hours before they had to catch a plane. The transferee gets to meet you in person and know you are knowledgeable about the area. By staying in touch, when the company makes the job offer, usually their next phone call is to you, the real estate agent who was willing to assist before they had the job. By offering superior service you will obtain another source of business. RL


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Laughing all the way, Tammy Garner, Leisa Ormsbee and Andrew Constancio, all of JB Goodwin REALTORS, are making spirits bright at the WCAoR Industry Awards and Installation Gala at the Avery Ranch Golf Club.

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Becky DeButts of Starstate Realty and Lavon Haney of North American Title cheer on Chris Rodriguez of Austin Real Pros as he is installed as the new WCR President for 2013.

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Amber Emerson of Platinum Top 50 REALTORS congratulates all of the winners on stage at its awards ceremony at Austin Music Hall. Buy photo: RL_01_05_13_A.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Whoever came up with the idea to put a casino inside the Christmas party is pure genius! Maybe it was Dale Gremillion, center, of Guild Mortgage who took a turn at the craps table with Gene and Dorie Dillard, both of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, at the Guild Mortgage Company Christmas Party.

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Never missing a networking opportunity, Natalie Ridder of Sente Mortgage and Beth Coffey of Hay Compere meet at the AMBA Installation and Holiday Party at The W Austin Hotel.

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Bob McKenna of Austin Real Estate Partners shows off his award recognizing him as one of the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS in Austin. Way to go, Bob!

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Past presidents of the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association gather around at the annual Installation and Holiday Party as they celebrate the group’s incoming leadership.

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Jim Smith of The Property Management Company, Les Sherman of AustinReps, LLC, Hellena Frazier of JB Goodwin REALTORS and David Pavliska of RE/MAX Round Rock raise their right hands as they take the oath of office as officers of the CRS Austin Area Chapter. Buy photo: RL_01_01_13_K.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

The crew at Austin Real Pros attends the WCR Installation Luncheon to support Bill Evans, standing, who was named Entrepreneur of the Year. Buy photo: RL_01_08_13_H.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Helen Edwards, Vanessa Bivens and Teresa Gouldie, all of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS, enjoy the camaraderie at the Platinum Top 50 REALTORS awards ceremony at the Austin Music Hall. Vanessa was honored as PT 50 Manager of the Year.

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e love REALTORS,” is a phrase you’ll hear from a lot of builders, and it’s probably true, but Buffington Homes literally puts it on signs in front of their communities. This company has some very personal reasons for treating REALTORS right: it was founded by (and is still owned and operated by) a former REALTOR, and is 100 percent local to the Austin area. Tom Buffington has been building in Austin for over 40 years, and is still heavily involved in Buffington Homes, Greater Austin’s largest locally owned builder. He’s still in the office every day and drives through subdivisions at least three times a week with City President James Dorney and Dow Wright, VP of sales and marketing. “One of the most valuable things I’ve learned from Tom is never burn a bridge,” Dow says. “And that’s become one of the pillars of our company’s success.” Buffington Homes was founded in 1987, during one of the most challenging times for the homebuilding industry—when interest rates soared and lending was tight.

The company’s success was due in large part to Tom Buffington’s business savvy as a top performing agent turned executive, and his philosophy of fostering long term relationships with vendors and trusting the input of

www.myRealtyLine.com family; they are partners, and many of them have been working with the builder since the 1990s. In other words, they go the extra mile to make sure the details are right. This helps the builder place a strong emphasis on building an efficient house, with materials such as radiant barrier roofing and bib insulation, which offers wonderful sound blocking qualities and helps create a very tight home that’s still able to breathe. It’s the small details that can make the greatest difference when you start with the homeowner’s everyday quality of life in mind. It all begins with the experience of buying a home, and building a great experience is where Buffington Homes excels. Customer service is handled on a local, personal level— not at a national corporate headquarters. Clients are welcome on the job site during construction (after being handed a hard hat, of course), and construction managers give out their phone numbers. Seventy percent of sales are co-op sales with REALTORS (most of them repeat business) in a process that fosters trust between builder, agent, and client. Buffington takes care of third party walks, the client gets multiple design center appointments, and closings are handled in house. Agents can have as much involve-

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customer facing sales agents. Today, that philosophy is canon at Buffington Homes, where success in a tight local market depends on reputation and word of mouth. A “local” mentality is what attracts many buyers to Buffington Homes. Many customers found the builder either through Austin’s Go Local program or word of mouth. The company partners with and promotes as many local businesses as possible, using local vendors wherever they can. Buffington Homes treats its vendors like

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ment as they like and are always welcome. You can find Buffington Homes in 13 active communities throughout the Greater Austin area, ranging from the $130s to the low $500s. All plans are designed for Central Texas living and are flexible to special needs and client imaginations. “We do everything to accommodate our customers,” Dow says, citing the old adage that if one person has a bad experience, they’ll tell 10 people; if they have a great experience, they’ll tell one person. “Word of mouth is our advertising, so we create a wonderful experience for homeowners around a unique product in a great neighborhood at an exceptional price point.” To get an idea of that experience, explore Buffington Homes at www.MyBuffington.com. RL

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decision? What do they want to know? What’s important to them? If you can answer these questions, I’m betting you aren’t too concerned about what Zillow and Google are doing over there to your SEO, because you know who your leads are and you’re over here building content just for them. SEO is geek-speak for “gaming the system” and is quickly becoming irrelevant as a single means to an end. Even RealGeeks will tell you this, right on their site, because: 1.) Your customers aren’t buying homes straight off the Internet; 2.) Infrastructure advances have made it possible for search engines such as Google+ to sniff out the “optimization” from real relevancy through pertinent and often-shared content; and 3.) that’s the stuff that makes a good brand. Just like any locally focused business, your brokerage or independent agency has got to build a brand to stand out from all the others. Building a great brand means knowing your customers, developing specific content to help them become more knowledgeable and make more informed decisions, and providing the kind of help and service that only an expert could provide. That’s how to stand out. RealGeeks is an excellent example of content marketing and what it can do for a brand. They know their customer: they sell IDX sites and search consulting to independent agents and small brokerages, who are nervous about competing on SEO with syndicators and national brands. So they develop a research-based blog series, complete with infographics to put the data in plain English, on the state of real estate SERPs. They’ve got articles and videos on the demise of SEO. They’ve been tweeted and quoted

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he Internet is abuzz lately about real estate syndicators and their degree of good or evil as they affect search engine result success for local brokerages and independent agents. This is because last month, RealGeeks (a company that sells real estate IDX and search websites) released a study that explained something everyone already knew: that when consumers type in searches like “Austin real estate,” the results are usually dominated by large syndicators and national brands. You can read the results of the study in a series of articles on “The State of Real Estate SERPs” on RealGeeks.com. (SERPs are search engine results pages). There’s even a really good infographic that breaks down what types of sites are getting the Google love (yours probably isn’t one of them). When real estate syndication sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com first appeared on the scene, it was pretty easy to recognize the situation as a mixed blessing. According to NAR, 88 percent of buyers start their search on the Internet before contacting an agent. On the one hand, go-

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ing straight to the search box makes beginning the process of house hunting much less daunting for the consumer, especially one who’s relocating. They can narrow their options down from a sea of properties, search stats by area and view all sorts of data. (Now whether that data is accurate or whether the properties listed are even still available are other issues.) On the other hand, some of the common and valid complaints about these search-dominating syndicators are poor user experience, off-themarket properties not being removed quickly enough, and a buck being made off of agents who should get the lead based on their knowledge of the local market. Probably these things are all true. And as for big brands dominating the search—that’s also true, but again, it’s nothing new. Big brands tend to dominate mindshare in every industry and always have, but does that mean that syndicators or national brands are stealing your clients from the first click? Who are your best leads? What kind of information do they need to make an informed

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and reposted and have even caused a little stir by reviving the syndication conversation. They’ve done their homework, and they even reveal some pretty shocking information about how Zillow uses predatory back-linking practices and widget spam to get you to help them outrank you. (Definitely worth a read: http://www.realgeeks. com/blog/how-youre-helping-zillow-and-trulia-outrank-you/). If you want to deal with it yourself, they’ve got tips; if you want to make it easy, they’ve got solutions. This is the model of content marketing. Now back to you. Because you still want to stand out to your best leads in search results, think in long-tail keywords. Make your web content hyper-local. Build pages specific to the areas you specialize in. For instance, if you work Northwest Hills, dedicate a page on your site to the Northwest Hills lifestyle: places to go, restaurants, local events, great hikes, stats that are updated monthly. Link to local businesses and event pages. Partner with title companies and home inspectors. Co-sponsor charity runs. Trulia and Zillow may get searchers narrowed down to an area, but they’ll never be able to provide the kind of knowledge you can share—because you are a person and you live here—and when it gets shared again and again through social channels, your rank improves. If you’re still anxious, just keep in mind: ranking high in a general city search isn’t everything, and your ideal customers are smarter than a search engine. RL

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Cecilia Roberts of Coldwell Banker United REALTORS has the honor of installing the new WCAoR officers and board of directors at the association’s Industry Awards and Installation Gala.

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What does a job well done as president of the CRS Austin Area Chapter get you? Another year as president! Mark Minchew, past national CRS president, installs Risé Johns of Keller Williams Realty to a second term at the CRS Austin Area Chapter Installation Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club. Buy photo: RL_01_01_13_M.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Tax guru and guest speaker Jeff Bullard thanks the ladies at Chicago Title for inviting him to speak to a group of professionals at the company’s Westlake office. Pictured with Jeff are Rose King, Cindie Brooks and Kim Martinez, all of Chicago Title. Buy photo: RL_12_08_12_C.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Anne Johnson brings in another tray of delectable treats at the RE/MAX Skyline Christmas party.

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For all her hard work, Susan Horton of John Horton Realty, a Private Label Realty company, presents Ruby Johnson of Austin Real Pros with the WCR Member of the Year award at the group’s Installation Luncheon at the Austin Country Club.

Inexperienced legislators challenged with tough issues in Texas

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John Voyles of NETCO Title, Chris Ott of Keller Williams Realty, David Pavliska of RE/MAX Round Rock and Steve Spicer of Prudential REALTORS are looking sharp as they make the scene at the WCAoR Industry Awards and Installation Gala at the Avery Ranch Golf Club. Buy photo: RL_01_09_13_G.jpg at www.myRealtyLine.com

Larry Crisp and Chad Overhauser, both of AmeriPro Funding, chew the fat at the AMBA Installation and Holiday Party at The W Austin Hotel.

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he 83rd Texas Legislative Session is historic. With over half of its 181 members entering their first or second terms, this will be the third least experienced legislature in history. Only the 48th and 63rd editions, during World War II, were considered more “green”. So what many already felt was an unpredictable exercise in futility may be even more convoluted this year. Despite the uncertainty brought by inexperience, this new class will take on matters that have remained unsolved and have caused significant turmoil in previous years. These include over-riding concerns in transportation, natural resource conservation, and property taxes. All three issues will be strong factors that affect the futures of the existing home market and new home builds throughout the state. Central Texas has been especially affected, seeing an influx in the number of public/private partnerships in the building and maintenance of highways, significant water restrictions in the wake of the drought, and drastic property tax increases in connection with heightened property values.

Appraisal cap reform can also be expected to be a big issue this year. School districts are currently operating on a system that lowered rates in 2006 to $1 per $100 of property value with a cap of $1.17. This has contributed to historically low deficiencies in public education funding. In addition, there will be a renewed push by appraisal districts to require sales price disclosure on real property. The common argument against the practice relies on artificial inflation of property values, leading to higher taxes and sales prices in the future. An issue that real estate agents and other individuals with mobile offices might be especially interested in is cell phone use in vehicles. It is expected that there will be a number of bills filed on this matter ranging from a state-wide texting-while-driving ban to the mandatory use of hands-free devices during the operation of all motor vehicles. Other bills to be on the lookout for include tax exemptions for spouses of veterans, acrossthe-board franchise and property tax reductions, and even measures calling for a full abolition of the entire property tax system. RL

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Real Estate News & Notes Ringstaff brings to the office 23 years of experience in real estate. “My first responsibility is to help my buyers and sellers," says Ringstaff. "My move to RE/MAX will be a significant benefit to my clients, because RE/MAX has the most powerful name brand in real estate. Ringstaff says another advantage offered by her new company is the focus on continuing education. "No other real estate organization has a higher percentage of associates with advanced, professional designations," says Ringstaff. "Keeping on top of the changes in protocol and procedure is extremely important. As an agent, I need to know the latest techniques so I can do the best for my clients." RL

Coldwell Banker's Costello achieves $1 million sales month Victoria Costello of Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS in Round Rock, Texas had a million

dollar month in September for $1,007,120 in business written. RL

Austing Mortgage Bankers Association honors Kenton Brown by establishing an award in his name AMBA honored the late Kenton Brown at its annual holiday celebration by establishing the Kenton Brown Distinguished Service Award. Kenton was one of Sente Mortgage’s founding partners and vice president of the company, as well as 2012 AMBA president until he lost his battle with cancer in February 2012. This annual award was established in Kenton’s name to recognize exceptional and outstanding service to AMBA and the mortgage banking industry. This first year’s award went to Michael A. Carroll, a 33-year active member of the AMBA and former association president. “It was quite the

honor to receive the Kenton Brown Distinguished Service Award," says Carroll. “Having known Kenton and been his friend for many years and to know how much he loved life, the mortgage industry, and the Austin Mortgage Bankers Association—to receive his award is an honor that I will never forget.” Carroll went on to say, “As a member of the AMBA for the past 33 years I know so many members that have given their time and experience to AMBA and deserve this award more than me... Kenton was a great friend and customer and to win is an honor I will cherish and remember for the rest of my life.” RL

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Hay Compere, PLLC partner John A. Hay III has been named to the board of directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin, Inc. (RECA). One of the founders, and managing member of the title department, of Hay Compere, PLLC, Hay practices in the areas of business, real estate, mortgage, family, and property law, is certified as a mediator, and holds a Texas Escrow Officers License. Prior to forming the Firm, Hay spent eight years in the mortgage industry, most recently as a managing member of Level Funding, LLC, a company rated in the Austin Business Journal's Top 20 Mortgage Companies in Austin. Additionally, he held his real estate license for over three years

with Resident Realty, LLC and represented over $500M in mortgage and real estate transactions before founding the Firm. RECA is a non-profit corporation created in January 1991 to advocate for the interests of the commercial real estate industry. RECA’s membership of nearly 1,500 represents a broad spectrum of the local economy, ranging from landowners and developers to the various service professions that facilitate the industry. RECA members are responsible for building the houses, office buildings, and shopping centers that provide property tax revenues used to fund our public schools. As a founding member of the Hill Country Conservancy, RECA was the first to pledge more than $500,000 to open space preservation in Central Texas. Since 1998, RECA has contributed more than $1.7 million to worthy organizations in Central Texas. RL

RE/MAX of Texas becomes company owned region RE/MAX of Texas became the 11th Company Operated Region owned by RE/MAX, LLC of Denver. Richard and Jeanne Filip, owners of RE/MAX of Texas since 1996, agreed to transfer ownership of the master franchise for the state of Texas, but remain the owners of several individual RE/MAX brokerages.

“Jeanne and I have counted each RE/MAX of Texas Affiliate as a member of our family as we have operated this region from our Houston office,” says Richard Filip. “This is a business decision that was very hard for us to make, but one I truly believe is best for the entire RE/MAX of Texas region.” RL

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Primrose

2,184

4/2.5/2

January

5%

$

151,890

176 Bufflehead Lane

Sante Fe

2,206

4/2.5/2

January

5%

$

168 Bufflehead Lane

Tuscon

1,313

4/2/1

January

5%

$

220 Chickadee Lane

Iris

1,899

4/2.5/2

January

5%

$

189,310

176,490 151,590

186,840

6. TERAVISTA • WILL: 512-913-1863

446,987

382,959 457,508

385,849

469,085 566,385 457,834

2. RIM ROCK • KYLE: 512-627-0900 1122 Flint Rock Loop

Langford

3,154

4/3.5/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

433,643

268 Southern Sunset Cove

Castille

3,246

4/3.5/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

262 Southern Sunset Cove

Concordia

3,766

5/4/2

NOW!

5%

$

1158 Flint Rock Loop

Oakmont

3,700

5/4/2

SOLD

SOLD

$

115 Rodgers Ravine Cove

Oakmont

3,700

5/4/2

January

5%

$

1931 Flint Rock Loop

Langford

3,154

5/3.5/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

1072 Flint Rock Loop

Kinsley

2,800

4/3/1

SOLD

SOLD

$

$

431,324

456,765 477,177

467,779

441,806 415,132

3. ROUGH HOLLOW • WILL: 512-809-8026

4619 Chestnut Meadows Bend Blanco

2,101

3/2/1

NOW!

Call Today! 249,994

4613 Chestnut Meadows Bend Sabine

2,675

3/2/1

NOW!

5%

$

2028 Greenside Trail

Terrazzo

2,551

4/3.5/2

January

5%

$

1911 Autumn Run Lane

Onyx

1,797

3/2/1

January

5%

$

1908 Autumn Run Lane

Obsidian

2,384

4/2.5/2

February

5%

$

$

277,253

252,990

229,990 256,609

LENNAR.COM/AustinRealtors

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101 Waverley Spire Court

Concordia

3,766

4/2/1/3 Car

SOLD

SOLD

465,607

205 Wester Ross Lane

Savoy

2,834

4/3.5/1.5/3 Car

NOW!

5%

103 Princes Court

Belmeade

2,407

4/2/1/3 Car

January

5%

$

206 Tavish Trail

Castille

3,421

4/3.5/2/3 Car

January

5%

$

204 Tavish Trail

Belmeade

2,407

4/2/1/3 Car

January

5%

$

417,715

$

405,309 445,195

408,855

VILLAGEBUILDERS.COM/AUSTIN

Prices, features and amenities are subject to change without notice. Visit Lennar.com or see a Lennar New Home Consultant for further details. To qualify for anyapplicable referral bonus/incentive, registration must occur on the first visit. Offer valid only in states where referrals are permitted. *Effective 1/1/13, 5% commission will be paid on select inventory homes that sell between 1/1/13-1/31/13. Ad must be presented at time of contract. Homes must close and fund by 1/1/13. *Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Offers, incentives and seller contributions are subject to certain terms, conditions, and restrictions, which may include use of designated lenders and closing agents. Offer good for a limited time only. Copyright © 2013 Lennar Corporation. Village Builders and the Village Builders logos are registered service marks or service marks of Lennar Corporation and/or its subsidiaries. 1/13


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Llook at the awesome gift Laura Duggan, left, of West Austin Properties gave to Camille Ulmann of Re/MAX Austin Skyline at the CRS Austin Area Chapter Installation Luncheon at the Westwood Country Club.

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And the gavel goes to (drum roll please)… Chris Rodriguez of Austin Real Pros. WCR Past President Anita Farrell of Keller Williams Realty presents the gavel to Chris after he is installed as the 2013 WCR president at the group’s Installation Luncheon at the Austin Country Club.

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Rose King and Cindie Brooks, both of Chicago Title, have a little fun with Cindie’s blinking Christmas glasses at the company Property Tax Lunch at its Westlake office.

Realty Line January 2013 Issue  

Putting a face on real estate since 1995. Realty Line January 2013 issue focuses on relocation buyers and where they are coming from.

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