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24 May2011

"The Greenest Real Estate Brokerage in the World"

MONTHLY JOURNAL OF Allison James ® Inc.

Estates News The Wild Ride P.1 Point2 Announcement P.2 Allison James is Getting Noticed P.3 AJI Green Corner P.4 Getting Paid P.5 Grow Your Referral Business P.7 Publishing a Newsletter P.8 William Cady on Compliance P.9 Americas Still Believe in Housing P.10 Dear Allison James Estates and Homes Realtors: I want to personally thank you for a record month of sales, and a record week of sales. If you hadn‘t been so proactive with bringing top notch Realtors to Allison James Estates and Homes we wouldn‘t be setting new records every month. If each of you send Ginger just one ( 1 ) Realtor referral this week, once again we will set another record. You may reach Ginger at gcrumbaugh@allisonjames.net or by calling 941-979-8760 Because of our growth; last week we started adding new servers to speed up your uploading process, and we moved into new corporate offices. Once again, I personally want to thank you for making Allison James Estates and Homes the fastest growing Virtual Real Estate Brokerage in the country. Written by James A. Crumbaugh III CEO

The Wild Ride!!! Written by James A. Crumbaugh III CEO I guess Allison James Estates and Homes® have finally crossed the threshold of respectability. The reason I say that Allison James Estates and Homes® has crossed the threshold of respectability is because just recently we have been attacked from multiple companies and individuals. I knew that as soon as the realization that our business model was here to stay, and as the Real Estate industry took notice and realized that our business model is the future of our industry… the attacks would start. So, I guess I’m flattered. It was nice during the first three ( 3 ) years while we grew by over 400 Realtors from zero Realtors. We are now operating in 14 states and averaging monthly sales recently of over $80 million in volume per month, on 400 sales per month. While we got a lot of attention and had this spectacular growth with virtually zero marketing or advertising, I knew the day would come that our competitors would have to hunker down and draw their weapons. That day seems to have arrived. This past week I have received several crazed emails from the typical Brick and Mortar Brokers accusing us of being some type of “alien beings”. Allison James Estates and Homes® new business model is to the Real Estate Industry what the jet engine was to the aviation industry. We represent a paradigm shift in the industry, and after three ( 3 ) years not only have we proven our business model is the future, we have proven that the Realtors are in love with the business model. When was the last time you had all your Realtors telling you on almost a daily basis how happy they are to be working in your company.

It’s not just the Realtors either, it’s the Brokers. They have no expenses, every penny made is pure profit and they build a company with a guaranteed buyout after seven ( 7 ) years should they wish to exercise the buyout. The buyout is established right up front as well, so there is no question what the vested interest is worth at the end of seven ( 7 ) years. The last couple of months have been a pleasant surprise. New brokers are affiliating with us on almost a weekly basis. We’re opening new territories within states, and our sales volume doubled in less than a single month. We have had three ( 3 ) National Recruiters not only sign up to recruit for Allison James Estates and Homes but have made us their exclusive client. As a result I now get the emails wanting to take me fishing off shore where I might possibly have an accident or they want to hang me from the highest tree. So I now know that we are a challenger! So for all the Realtors out there that read this post, you need to take a hard look at your future. For all the Brokers out there that struggle to make a profit, you are guaranteed a profit with Allison James Estates and Homes®. The size of your profit is only based on how big you want to get. So today make that decision to keep all of your commissions and check out www.AllisonJamesInc.com. We don’t just give you 100% of your commissions. We give you 100% support as well. You are our customer and we respect you and treat you with respect. So CHOOSE CAREFULLY, THEN CHOOSE THE BEST. James A. Crumbaugh III is CEO of Allison James Estates and Homes. The only National Internet Based Real Estate Brokerage. To contact Mr. Crumbaugh email him at jcrumbaugh@allisonjames.net


Point2 Announces 11 New Listing Syndication Partnerships Agent Website Provider Get started fast Point2 Agent provides you with dozens of elements to choose from, loads of pre-built text and photos, automated blog posting, and all sorts of productivity features that allow you to have a huge web presence with a minimum of work. And then take it up a notch Once you've moved beyond the basics, you can learn just how versatile a Point2 Agent real estate website can be - you can remove default content and create an incredibly unique site with completely custom elements (Professional and Premium members), you can keep in touch with comprehensive statistics, and you can include just about any website element you can think of. Don't just attract visitors; attract clients Your free Point2 Agent site includes a suite of prospecting features that give your visitors the information and tools they're looking for (listing notification emails, mortgage calculators, and many more). In exchange, these tools are built to encourage prospect generation. Plan “C” ?

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Associations and MLSs leveraging Point2 program to enhance broker security San Diego, – April 07, 2011 – Online real estate marketing solution provider Point2 (www.Point2.com) announced today that it has completed the technology implementation and market rollout of its listing syndication and real estate broker and agent product line co-marketing program with 11 additional real estate Multiple Listing Service (MLS) organizations and associations. The new implementations bring the number of syndication partners served by Point2 in North America to nearly 240. The Point2 program, launched more than two years ago, plays an increasingly critical role in the supply and maintenance of timely and accurate real property data on the Web. With the rollout complete, Point2‘s new partners now power real estate syndication for their entire membership base at their choosing, with full control and choice over syndication destinations and on a listing by listing basis. ―We‘re pleased to see adoption of Point2‘s syndication program maintain this kind of momentum. It signifies that more MLSs, associations and boards are moving to ensure that property data online is consistent, accurate and available to consumers in a timely manner,‖ said Saul Klein, senior vice president, Point2. Klein added, ―Further, automating listing distribution through an MLS feed, at no cost, circumvents an onerous manual process for many brokers and agents, and eliminates unnecessary duplication of effort and time. It‘s a great value-add and a must-have marketing service for real estate professionals today.‖ Point2’s new partners include: · · · · · · · · · · ·

Grand/San Juan Association of REALTORS® MLS (Utah) - http://utahrealtors.com Rock Green REALTORS® Association (Wisconsin) - http://rockgreenrealtors.com Fremont County Board of REALTORS® (Wyoming) Chipola Area Board of REALTORS® (Florida ) - http://chipolaareaboardofrealtors.com Northern Black Hills Association of REALTORS® (South Dakota) - http://nbhrealtor.com Southern Black Hills Association of REALTORS® (South Dakota) - http://nbhrealtor.com Grant Pass Association of REALTORS® (Oregon) - http://www.gpar.net Hemet San Jacinto Board of REALTORS® (California) - http://www.hsjaor.org Rancho Southeast Association of REALTORS® (California) - http://rsaor.com Midwest Missouri Board of REALTORS® (Missouri) - http://missourirealtor.org Down River Association of REALTORS® MLS (Michigan) - http://www.drar.com

Under the plan, Point2 MLS and Association partners will also co-market Point2‘s subscription- based Point2 Agent real estate lead management, online marketing and website solution to their members. Point2 ‗s listing syndication network spans more than 60 high traffic real estate consumer portals, search engines, auction and classified websites. For more information about Point2‘s solution for MLSs, associations and boards, please visit www.listingsyndication.com. About Point2 Point2 (www.Point2.com), a Yardi Systems Inc. (www.Yardi.com) brand, provides inventory management and online marketing software solutions to the real estate and heavy equipment industries across 120 countries.


Allison James is getting noticed!

Recipe of the Month IT Guy’s Crock Pot Roast By AJI Corporate 4 pounds beef pot roast 1/4 cup flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 carrots pared, cut 2-inch pieces 3 potatoes, peeled and quartered 3 medium onions, sliced 2 celery stalks, cut 2-inch pieces 1 jar mushrooms drained 3 tablespoons flour 1/4 cup water Trim all excess fat from roast; brown and drain if using chuck or another highly marbled cut. Combine 1/4 cup flour, the salt and pepper. Coat meat with flour mixture . Place all vegetables except mushrooms in Crock-pot and top with roast (cut roast in half, if necessary, to fit easily.) Spread mushrooms over top of roast. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours. If desired, turn to high setting during last hour to soften vegetables and make a gravy. To thicken gravy, make smooth paste of the 3 tablespoons flour and the water and stir into Crock-pot.

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AJI Green Corner Energy Saving Tips EnergyStar.gov

Lighting is one of the easiest places to start saving energy. Replacing your five most frequently used light fixtures or the bulbs in them with ENERGY STAR qualified lights can save more than $65 a year in energy costs.

ENERGY STAR qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) provide highquality light output, use 75% less energy, and last 6–10 times longer than standard incandescent light bulbs, saving money on energy bills and replacement costs.

Remember to always turn off your lights when leaving a room. Turning off just one 60watt incandescent bulb that would otherwise burn eight hours a day can save about $15 per year!

Install a programmable thermostat to keep your house comfortably warm in the winter and comfortably cool in the summer.

Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed.

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Available Options Replacement Cost on your Home & Contents Flexible deductibles to fit your needs Increased limits & schedules for jewelry and other valuable articles Personal liability protection & home based business protection Sewer & Drain Back-up Coverage Flood Insurance

Attention Florida Agents! Allison James Estates and Homes®, is excited to announce the latest ―tool" to serve you and your clients... ALLISON JAMES Insurance Agency. Security. Speed. Savings. That's what Allison James Insurance Agency provides for you and your clients. Our goal is to provide you with hassle free insurance options to make the home buying process a smooth one. Our full-service insurance agency is uniquely equipped with the best information and selection to assure you of the right insurance coverage at the most competitive insurance rate. With several A-Rated insurance companies to choose from for home, auto and umbrella insurance we provide you the very best in insurance products, coverage and value. As part of Allison James Insurance "One Stop Shopping" services we will coordinate with each realtor, mortgage loan officer, and settlement officer to ensure a convenient, hassle-free closing, for you and your clients. Your clients new homeowner's policy can be bound and issued prior to closing giving you one less item to worry about and we can even arrange for payment at closing for added convenience. Get a Free - No Obligation Quote for your clients call 877-851-4766 or email Sheila@allisonjamesinsurance.com No property is too difficult for Allison James Insurance to insure! We offer a variety of insurance options for just about any housing situation, including: Condominium, Renter's/Tenant, Landlord/Investment Property, Vacant/Unoccupied Homes, Builder's Risk (New Construction), Vacation / Seasonal, Log Homes, Mobile Homes, Modular Homes. Online Quotes www.allisonjamesinsurance.com

Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher air drying cycle.

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Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.

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as TVs and DVD players, into power strips; turn the power strips off when the equipment is not in use (TVs and DVDs in standby mode still use several watts of power).

Getting Paid One of the greatest things for me about working with Allison James Estates and Homes is the fact that we get paid right from escrow. At my previous company, they had about twice the required documentation as everyone else … and then made you wait a week after close of escrow while they figured out your check! It always drove me nuts. On top of the wait, they took out all kinds of fees: E & O Insurance ($1,300 per year), marketing fee (6% off the top), Technology fee ($315 per year), legal fee if you had talked to their attorney, and don't forget the broker's split of 20% - 40%! At AJI we keep it simple: you sell, get the documents signed, upload into the system and we pay 100%. All for a flat fee that is the lowest in the industry. This is a pretty great deal! Perhaps that is why we have doubled in California in the past seven months. Since I started as the broker in California, however, I have noticed that many agents don't really understand the mechanics of how we get you paid directly from escrow when all those other companies say ―it can't be done‖. The answers have a lot to do with the innovative system AJI has established for file approval and even more with the passionate commitment to make it happen on the part of our founder, Jim Crumbaugh. One of the goals each of us has is to make sure we do the right thing for our clients. The California Department of Real Estate has the same goal and they institute regulations to make sure those clients are cared for properly. They also have rules to cover what the broker must do to ensure compliance with the rules. Most agents are apparently unaware that the DRE rules state that any document on which an agent has obtained a client's signature must be reviewed by their supervising broker or designee within five (5) days of signing. Since the way we brokers review documents in AJI is online from the Transaction Desk system, it stands to reason that the documents must be uploaded within five days so the broker can review them.

Listings don't show in the system and we can't forward leads that call in

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The broker cannot review the documents within 5 days as required

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Errors that should be corrected before closing become very difficult to fix afterward

The way our business is growing, we can no longer operate like this. When one transaction could have over 40 different documents to review, we can't wait until the last day of escrow and then expect the broker to get an approval done by the next day.

Take short showers instead of baths.

Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes.

Drive sensibly. Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gasoline.

Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

Bleed trapped air from hotwater radiators once or twice a season; if in doubt about how to perform this task, call a professional.

Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.

Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing highefficiency, low-noise models.

We all benefit from being able to get paid directly from escrow, but our system depends on doing the right thing for our clients and being conscientious about providing them with all the required disclosures. If we don't do the right job with this, government audits could rule that we're not providing the proper supervision for our agents. We are not going to allow that to happen. Going forward, we need every agent to upload their documents no later than one week prior to close of escrow. For listings, we need them uploaded within 48 hours of entry into the MLS. We need your compliance and support on this so that we can continue to authorize payment at closing on your transactions.

Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120°F.

Too often, transaction coordinators and agents are accumulating all of the documents for a transaction and then uploading a day or two before the closing date. There are some big problems with this approach: 1.

Plug home electronics, such

Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.


Stephen Fennelly Elected to REACH Foundation's Board of Directors By Gene Fennelly With great pride and happiness Sharon & Gene Fennelly would like to announce that their son, Steve, has been elected to join the BOD of the REACH Foundation of Orange County CA. REACH is a non profit organization committed to assist in finding addiction treatment for anyone regardless of their financial situation with additional branches all over the U.S. REACH is not a treatment provider, but works with a multi-level network of hospitals, treatment centers and clinics to deliver the best possible care for each individual. REACH is a network of hope & help for addiction.

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Preparing for the unexpected. Many of our mortgage products may include Borrowers Protection Plan®, an optional loan protection feature that can help safeguard against sudden income losses that can result from the following unexpected events: disability, hospitalization, involuntary unemployment and loss of life.

REACH Can Help!

Helping your clients stay on track.

If drugs and/or alcohol have taken over the life of someone you love, REACH can help. Left untreated, substance abuse is a progressive disease that eventually can be fatal. After years of conditioning that addiction should be handled by the courts and overcrowded prison systems, the world is just beginning to view addiction as a disease. The concept behind REACH is to get the addict into the proper medical treatment facility early before the disease progression accelerates.

When your clients need financial relief most, Borrowers Protection Plan® can cancel their monthly loan principal and interest payments for a select period of time (depending on available protection plan). And that could help provide them with one less thing to worry about during a difficult time.

The worst thing a friend or family member can do for an addict is nothing at all. Research shows that the estimated percentage of addicts in the U.S. population is approximately 10%. Other studies show that addiction is a disease that impacts 1 in every 4 families. Virtually everybody knows someone who has been affected by the negative impact of substance abuse. With the help of family and friends, a recovering addict can find a satisfying job, get back with friends, and develop a sense of meaning in their lives. You can contact REACH on their Hope Line at 1-877-502-1131- 24 hours a day / 7 days a week and also at hopeline@reach.org. For additional information please check out www.reachoc.org. Steve along with Elizabeth Perry are the co-founders and directors of Sure Haven Sober in Costa Mesa, CA. Sure Haven is a provider of sober homes and treatment centers for women in the Orange County area. They can be reached at 1-800-8524465, 24/7 7 and at help@surehavensober.com. For additional information please check out www.SureHavenSober.com.

Added confidence when deciding to build or buy. When you consider the array of mortgage programs offered and the peace of mind that comes with Borrowers Protection Plan®, you‘ll understand why so many people rely on Bank of America for home financing and more.

Contact your Bank of America mortgage loan officer for details. Find out how easy it is for your clients to protect their family, their home with Borrowers Protection Plan®. This profile of Borrowers Protection Plan® is for informational purposes only. Please do not discuss the product features or benefits with your customer. You should refer them to a Bank of America representative to find out details on the plan.

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877-544-2439 Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Or Visit http://bankofamerica.allisonjamesinc.com THIS INFORMATION IS INTENDED FOR MORTGAGE, REAL ESTATE AND/OR BUILDER PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY AND IS NOT AUTHORIZED FOR CONSUMER OR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION. Bank of America, N.A., Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. Credit and collateral are subject to approval. Terms and conditions apply. This is not a commitment to lend. Programs, rates, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. © 2009 Bank of America Corporation

Interesting News From NAR March saw another increase in pending home sales, with contract activity rising unevenly in six of the past nine months, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 5.1 percent to 94.1 in March from a downwardly revised 89.5 in February. The index is 11.4 percent below 106.2 in March 2010; however, activity was at elevated levels in March and April of 2010 to meet the contract deadline for the home buyer tax credit.


Grow Your Referral Business with Exceptional Customer Service By Lisa Monti, Director of REALTOR® Sales, Stewart Title Company RISMEDIA, April 6, 2011—While growing your real estate business may be a daunting task in today‘s real estate market, it is important that real estate professionals take advantage of referrals that come from past clients. Here, Lisa Monti, director of REALTOR® Sales, Stewart Title Company discusses how exceptional customer service can help grow your referral business. In today‘s economic climate, growing your business can be a daunting task. Leads and listings are not just falling onto your doorstep as in the good ol‘ days. So how can you be a

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top performer? Let‘s first start by looking at your latest successes. How did you generate your last listing? According to the 2010 National Association of REALTORS® Member Profile, a median of 20% of all NAR members‘ business is referrals from past clients. To further support this, the National Association of REALTORS® Home Buyer and Seller Survey reports that 64% of sellers chose their agent based on a referral or had used the same agent in the past. Reputation was the most important factor in choosing an agent, cited by 35% of respondents, followed by trustworthiness at 23%. Eighty-four percent of sellers are likely to use the same agent again or recommend them to others. Buyers also most commonly choose an agent based on a referral from a friend, neighbor or relative, with trustworthiness and reputation being the most important factors. Given this, building a strategy to grow your referral business seems crucial. Provide exceptional customer service in your client’s transaction Real estate brokers and professionals across the country are using technology tools to offer a new level of service. Whether they help agents manage their transactions or give home buyers and sellers the ability to view their transaction via email or mobile device, these tools can help you stay in the forefront of your client‘s mind. Another way to get people talking about their experience with their home purchase or sale is to master the closing. As you know, you want to avoid any possible surprises at the closing table, and the key to this is transparency. Always keep that line of communication open with your clients. Provide access to their real estate documents and status to notify your clients of any issues and pending activities that must occur to keep the transaction on track. Be your client’s trusted advisor You know your market like the back of your hand. Share this information with your clients and become their resident expert. You can provide neighborhood data, school information and local retail information, as well as educate your home buyers and sellers about the real estate process and what to expect throughout the transaction. Extend your services beyond the closing Another great way to better serve your clients is to offer new services centered around their home and move. Try partnering with a provider to handle basic utility hook-ups, provide quotes for home services, or assist with shopping for home appliances and insurance services for your clients. Stewart Title offers these services to our customers via our Stewart Concierge™ call center with great success. These simple customer service tips will help your clients feel secure in their decision to make you their real estate professional. And in your business, great service is the key to getting more referrals. Having a plan to provide the best service in your area is the key to your referral success. RISMedia welcomes your questions and comments. Send your e-mail to: realestatemagazinefeedback@rismedia.com.

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Publishing a Newsletter In the era of Twitter, Facebook and Web 2.0, most people see publishing a newsletter as an oldfashioned, inefficient way to communicate with their desired audience. They may remember the added time and the expense involved in having your newsletter designed, content created and the additional cost of adding more & more email addresses as you grow. But they forget the unique and powerful benefits that a newsletter has for any business, group, club or organization, Facebook Page or LinkedIn Profile --- even for solo entrepreneurs. Savvy marketers realize that the benefits of a well-written, attractive newsletter go far deeper than the constant clamor of online marketing channels in the long run.

What are the Benefits? A Greater Depth

Unlike 140 characters for Twitter or a few brief sentences on Facebook, a well-written newsletter---even just four pages---can share your organization's work, success, needs, sales or vision in much greater depth.

The Relaxed Touch

While online media provide immediate gratification, newsletters enjoy a distinct advantage over online communication in another way: a more relaxed touch. While a tweet or blog update is a NOW type communication where as the Newsletter is read at a time of convenience, relaxed atmosphere & usually saved in a folder for future reference . . . unlike a Tweet or Blog Post or Facebook Status Update.

The Reminder Factor

Instead of waiting for readers or prospects to come looking for your information (which many never will), it goes directly to them---your readers don't have to be thinking about you before you can communicate with them.

Where No Tweet Has Gone Before

Newsletters have a stealthy means of travel: your readers. While tweets can be forwarded or bookmarks to blogs can be emailed or forwarded, an attractive newsletter that passes from one Inbox to another is your most powerful form of advertising---a personal recommendation and endorsement---from someone the recipient knows and trusts.

Bring a FRIEND & the Webinar is FREE! Otherwise it's $20. How do you bring a FRIEND? Ask a REALTOR FRIEND to "LIKE" the Allison James – You Get So Much More FACEBOOK PAGE – click on this link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Allison-James-you-get-so-much-more/213138152033670 And then have your REALTOR FACBOOK FRIEND Post on the Allison James - You Get So Much More "WALL" that you invited them to attend this Webinar for FREE!


WILLIAM “WILD BILL” CADY SPEAKS OUT ON COMPLIANCE! I'm William R. "Wild Bill" Cady, the newest broker in the Allison James Estates & Homes family and I'm glad to be able to write my first article for our eMagazine. The corporate office has commented that there are agents, and they are in most states, including my state, Texas, are waiting until a day or two before closing before turning in any documents, AT ALL! And want to be paid at the closing table. It has gotten to be such an issue that the main office is considering instituting fines for habitual offenders. Personally I've been thinking that it is okay to turn forms in late and that maybe agents can pay AJ and their broker an express processing fee. (I can use the money, personally) Seriously, it's not just a matter of turning in your paperwork and getting paid. Here's what happens when an agent turns in paper work: 1.

Your broker needs time to screen it and ask for corrections/missing paperwork,etc. Maybe We've got a lot of contracts to review and need time before we can get to yours.

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When we send an email back to the agents and ask for corrections, they need time to correct it, sometimes having to track down other agents, clients, etc.

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The main office needs time to process the deal and send the CDA (disbursement) to the title company. We've got a lot of agents in the AJ family and need adequate time to process paperwork. Our staff at the main office is working hard and we need to give them adequate time to process our deals, and thank them for what they do day in and day out.

By turning in paperwork in a timely manner we are not scrambling at the last minute to get you paid. Everyone has time to do their job. 1.

My policy (here in the Lone Star state, and after this article am sure that your broker will says the same is) that we should be turning in:

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Listing agreements & related documents within 72 business hours after execution and/or it goes into the MLS system.

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Sales contracts & related documents within 72 business hours after they come out of the option period and go into pending.

There are always special circumstances and we have absolutely no intention of penalizing anyone if that is the case. If you are going to have an issue turning in documents on a deal because of a fast contract to close situation or have other special circumstances, please send your broker an email or give them a call

Continuing Education Opportunity As the Real Estate world continues to evolve, we understand the importance of providing you with excellent education and we recognize the growing demand for CE in an on-line format. We are proud to introduce a new partnership with The CE Shop to provide CE training in an easy to use on-line format. Through this partnership you can access great online continuing education courses that are state approved and 100% accredited! Additionally, once you complete the course you can access your certificate instantly and The CE Shop manages all reporting to the state. We are excited to offer this great resource for CE training and look forward to an even more robust on-line education platform as the year progresses! CONTINUING EDUCATION MADE EASY! Simply visit http://allisonjames.theceshop.com/ And as an ADDED BONUS….Enter Promo Code: AJ20 to receive 20% off your enroll-

Existing Home Sales Rise More than Expected in March By Adam Samson Published April 20, 2011 The beleaguered housing market is beginning to show some signs of recovery, data released this week have shown. Sales of previously-occupied homes jumped 3.7% in a month-over-month basis to an annualized rate of 5.1 million in March, according to report Wednesday from the National Association of Realtors. The March reading was well above expectations of a 2.5% gain. Foreclosures and short sales made up 40% of total transactions -- the largest proportion since April 2009. The median home price also fell 5.9% from last year to $159,600. The news from the NAR comes a day after the Commerce Department unveiled a report saying the rate of new-home construction accelerated at the fastest pace in three months after dropping the most since 1984 in the prior month. "We‘re clearly on a recovery path," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at the National Association of Realtors, in a release. However, tight credit conditions are still making it difficult for some would-be homebuyers to secure mortgage financing, proving to be a drag on the market. Indeed, all-cash purchases made up a record 35% of sales in March. Demand in the housing market "should gradually firm as labor market conditions continue to improve, although tight credit conditions in the mortgage market will provide ongoing headwinds," wrote Michael Gapen, an economist at Barclays Capital, in a research note.


“Allison James Estates and Homes just set a record for the most sales in a week and a month. 85 sales so far this week for $16.5 million. So far this month 271 sales for $52.5 million.”

Despite Bust, Americans Still Believe in Housing Top Droid Apps By RIS Media The following is a list of the most popular free mobile app downloads for Android-based devices, based on a search of the phrase "real estate" at the Android Market website.

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81% believe a home is the best long-term investment, survey finds By John W. Schoen Senior Producer msnbc.com msnbc.com After a dramatic run-up in U.S. home prices the 1990s and early '00s — fueled by easy lending standards and the encouragement of Wall Street — the market began its sickening plunge in July 2006. The average metropolitan home has lost roughly a third of its value since then, according to the latest reading from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. The allure of the American Dream — and the fresh memories of those double-digit gains during a once-in-alifetime boom — are apparently offsetting the stinging losses brought by the bust. The allure of the American Dream — and the fresh memories of those double-digit gains during a once-in-alifetime boom — are apparently offsetting the stinging losses brought by the bust. Despite a bruising, five-year drop in U.S. home prices, eight in ten Americans still believe that home ownership is the best long-term investment they can make, according to a new survey. Apparently, hope springs eternal. Generous tax breaks for home buyers temporarily halted the slide last year. But with those incentives gone, home prices are headed lower again. But the allure of the American Dream — and the fresh memories of those double-digit gains during a oncein-a-lifetime boom — are apparently offsetting the stinging losses brought by the bust, according to the survey by the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends project. The survey found that 81 percent of adults believe "buying a home is the best long-term investment a person can make." The findings, released this week, are based on a telephone survey conducted among a nationally representative sample of 2,142 adults from March 15 to March 29. The drop in home prices represents more than just a paper loss. Among homeowners who reported that their home is worth ―a lot less‖ now than it was before the recession, roughly two-thirds said their finances are in worse shape than before the housing bubble burst. Nearly half of all homeowners reported that their home is worth less now than before the recession began. Of those, the overwhelming majority say it will take at least three years for values to recoup their losses, while nearly half say it will take at least six years to recover. Returns like that would give a gold bug second thoughts. But apparently few people have shaken the conventional wisdom, handed down for generations, that homeownership is a risk-free road to wealth. Some 37 percent of those surveyed "strongly" agreed that a home is the best long-term investment a person can make, while 44 percent "somewhat" agreed. No word on how long they think it will take to again see multiple buyers showing up on the first day of a listing and waging cellphone bidding wars on the front lawn. Or condos flipped in six months for a 100 percent profiting and waging cellphone bidding wars on the front lawn. Or condos flipped in six months for a 100 percent profit. Some homeowners do have regrets about buying. Nearly a quarter said that if they had it to do all over again, they would not buy their current home. But most of those said they had buyer‘s remorse because they don‘t like the house itself or the location. Only a third said they regret buying their house because it was a bad investment. On Tuesday, the CEO of one of the nation‘s biggest mortgage lenders, Bank of America, sought to set homeowners straight on the wisdom of buying a house as an investment. ―It's sobering to think, but some people shouldn't be thinking of (their home) as an asset," Brian Moynihan told a gathering the National Association of Attorneys General, who are trying to work out a deal with bankers like Moynihan to help stem the tide of foreclosures. "They should be thinking of it as a great place to live." Investment returns aside, pursuit of the American Dream — with homeownership as its core — still has a strong hold among 80 percent of Americans surveyed, along with ―being able to live comfortably in retirement.‖ Some 73 percent include paying for their children‘s college education on that list. And about half said the same about leaving an inheritance for their children.


ALLISON JAMES ESTATES AND HOMES HAS EXPANDED THEIR TITLE SERVICES TO THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA! After a brief test in Florida to get our feet on the ground and make some adjustments, Allison James Title is taking its first steps to go national in an effort to service the agents of Allison James Estates and Homes. We plan on opening California on March 1st and stepping into the other states over the next few months. To handle all of your real estate closing needs, we have recently recruited Laurie Mooney, a 25 year veteran of the real estate closing industry. She comes to us from Lexington Kentucky where she played a pivotal role in several title agencies and law firms over the years. If you have any questions regarding our closing services, call Laurie at 877-851-4766. She is very willing to help with any question you might have, and if she doesn‘t have the answer, she will find it for you. Some of you might ask ―Why would I switch?‖ We understand you might have some one else that has been doing your closings. The easy answer is to help build your Allison James Brand and keep your client seeing your Allison James logo as many times as possible throughout the real estate transaction process. This will help them remember it the next time they have a real estate need. To go one step further, if you have read the article about the recent survey done by the National Association of Realtors you know there are a lot of reasons to convert your business to a one-stop service. National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and Harris Interactive partnered to conduct a public opinion study of consumer preferences when it comes to real estate services. They were testing the appeal of using a real estate-affiliated service provider. They found that 39% of all buyers liked the overall idea and that as many as 50% of the buyers that were aware of the multiple service real estate agencies weighed that factor when choosing their real estate agent. That in itself is a number that makes using your own Allison James branded title company a wise choice to help you grow your business. In addition, a higher percentage of buyers were more satisfied with one-stop providers than multiple source agencies. Of those surveyed 78% believed that one-stop shopping would save them money, 75% believed it would prevent things from falling through the cracks, and 73% believed it would be more convenient. When asked what service they wanted most from their agents‘ firms, 69% of them chose closing services. The numbers speak for themselves. Using Allison James Title makes sense for you as an agent. Allison James agents in California and Florida now have one more tool to make the sale. By next month, we should have additional states rolling out and we expect to be in every state by the middle of the year. Our goal is to give your clients the best and most timely service so that you, the Allison James Agent,

Women‘s Choice Award As you may know, we ran our Women's Choice Awards ballots at the end of the year in our Charlotte Woman magazine. Allison James Estates & Homes won in the "Best Real Estate Agency" category. You have a lot of friends out there! Kathie Lynch Group Manager Breeze Newspapers

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Major Announcement The corporate office of Allison James Estates and Homes® is so pleased with the referring efforts of the Allison James Estates and Homes® Realtors, that we have made the decision to give every AJI Realtor full vesting after they refer 100 net Realtors that join Allison James Estates and Homes®. Example: 100 Realtors paying $295 per month will earn you $5,900 per month. In addition, you would receive, should you decide to exercise your option, another $214,400.00! Option: If you exercise your option that means that Allison James Estates and Homes® is paying you for those Realtors. You must be with Allison James Estates and Homes® at the time of exercising the option or retired. You may not work for another Brokerage. You will also be required to sign a non-compete at the time of exercising your vesting for a 3 year period. (Which means you won’t be able to recruit any Allison James Estates and Homes® Realtors to any other Brokerage during the 3 year period.) James Allison Crumbaugh III CEO

“Partners” Definition: : a person who takes part in an undertaking with another or others, especially in a business with shared risks and profits.

At Allison James Estates & Homes® There is a true partnership between administrative personnel and our tors.

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