Giveback Homes Build Day – San Francisco

 

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On July 30, 2016, Giveback Homes, a real estate professional volunteer and donation network, partnered with Habitat for Humanity, an international organization driven to build homes and communities for those in need, to volunteer for Build Day in San Francisco. 

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PlanOmatic was happy to be the first to ever sponsor and provide photography at the event. Our long-time photographer and account manager, AJ Canaria, had the pleasure of capturing this momentous day which brought volunteers together to work on Habitat Terrace, the largest development of it’s kind in the San Francisco area.

AJ says, “I just absolutely love telling a story through pictures. It was fun following around each one of these groups, getting to know each person as I moved from one building to the next, and capturing them in action doing their specific task. Everyone had a smile on their face and really had a great energy to them. It was a rewarding experience being part of something bigger than myself and taking part and doing something for social good.”

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PlanOmatic is proud to sponsor events such as these, which focus on providing everyone a stable home to live in. Working with Giveback homes was a great experience and we can’t wait to see the success they have with future Build Days all across the country and in Nicaragua. We fully support the mission and goals of Giveback Homes and Habitat for Humanity, and we are happy to contribute to such a wonderful cause.

For more information about the San Francisco Build Day, click here.

5 Steps to Keep Busy this Holiday Season

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As the weather gets colder, many of us go into hibernation mode. We may find ourselves having extra down time during the holiday season. Why? Folks are busy with parties or having guests in town. Buyers and sellers alike usually assume that buying a house this time of year is not a large priority with all of the holiday hustle and bustle taking place. But don’t let that stop you from staying busy. You can keep ahead of the curve with some creative time and prep work.

1. Get Organized

Now is the time to do clean up that you have been procrastinating all year long. Sort documents into their proper folders. Change desktop titles to easily searchable names. Organize your lists. Tidy up your desk space.

2. Research

Search the latest real estate statistics and articles to strengthen your industry knowledge. Keep up on what’s happening and what’s in the foreseeable future for your local market. Look for new leads. Find ways to keep your marketing fresh and to have your branding stand out from the competition.

3. Plan

Use your newly acquired knowledge and implement it into your strategy. Create outlines to follow for your marketing. Plan how you will seek out and follow up with new leads. Prepare documents you know will be needed at the start of the new year. Lay out a guide for how you will adjust your marketing strategy based on the change of seasons.

4. Be Creative

Take this time to do some creative brainstorming your own, and with teammates. Think of new ideas to keep your branding appealing to your audience. Create a new business card design. Change up your office space by re-positioning furniture or getting new decor. Work on a fun presentation that sums up accomplishments of the year, and goals for next year; share it with your colleagues.

5. Enjoy Time with Family and Friends

Tis’ the season to spend time with loved ones and appreciate all that we have. If you have time off during the holidays, be sure to make memories with the people who matter most!

Shea Stone, Marketing Assistant

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Making the Most of the Market

 

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It’s no secret that the real estate market is at an all-time high right now. In 2015 alone the real estate market has experienced a pretty impressive growth in numbers! For the PlanOfam and real estate agents alike this is rather exciting news. But, this may be a strenuous project – specifically for home buyers. Whether putting an offer down, or vigorously searching for the ideal estate for a client, it goes without saying that those whom are involved in the industry have had their hands full this past year.

One of the most recognized trends that has caused a sudden rise in prices seems to be that home owners simply are not selling right now. As you know, the real estate world is a two-way street, so you can’t quite expect things to flow the way they normally would if there is a pretty significant component missing on the other end. With such a hot market, current homeowners may be worried that they won’t be able to find a home or are still waiting to recover their homes value from the previous fall of the economy. Either way, so much demand and not enough supply results in remarkably steep price tags. Not even the most skilled and licensed real estate agent can anticipate when and how hard, or soft this uptick in the industry will touch down. But, here at PlanOmatic, we’re all about looking at the glass half-full. You can take the edge off and make the process just a little less cumbersome.

Buyers and renters; keep a running list over the duration of the search. This process may seem daunting and after looking at tons of properties it’s easy for elements to start blending together. Make sure to write down those traits to a home that caught your eye – whether it be that dark granite kitchen counter you couldn’t take your eyes off of, or that single-sink in the master bathroom that you couldn’t bear to have to share with your better half, make note of it. In doing so, you can easily sort through the pros and cons when you start to narrow it down. Having the ability to easily recall those specific attributes to the home may just spark your interest to go ahead and put an offer down before that other couple does. Now’s the time to really drill down; ask a lot of questions. Catch sight of the surrounding area, do schools nearby have a good rating? Is there an unusually large amount of vacant properties on the block? Although you may feel eager to make an offer, make sure you that you really see a future in the space.

Agents; take this opportunity to strengthen relationships with clients. Be mindful – pick up the phone and reach out to current and past clients, nothing is more reassuring than knowing your agent has your back, even after the deal is closed. I strongly encourage agents to inform before clients have to ask – communication is always crucial, especially right now. Your clients want to know all of the little details about a space, even if it’s minute – it matters! Display an abundance of images, mention the fact that there’s a delicious bagel shop around the corner – that’s what potential homebuyers and renters want to hear.

Being that the market is at its peak, it can be a nerve-racking process for those involved on either end. However, rest assured, there is a silver lining and we can all benefit from the sudden boom. Here’s to making the most out of the market!

Sydney Crowell, Marketing Coordinator

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Homebuying, as told by Happy Cat, Success Kid, and Doge

Upon finding this gem, I couldn’t help but re-post. Content writer for Market Leader, Andy Fulton, produced this infographic for their blog to relay some key homebuying tips through the use of memes. If you’re unfamiliar with memes, this should give you a good idea of what they are.

The infographic targets Millennial homebuyers, hence the meme theme for this internet-savvy audience. Anything that combines entertainment and valuable information gets an A+ in my book, so I hope you enjoy this as much as I did!

How to Buy a House – As Told by Memes

Source: How to Buy a House – As Told by Real Estate Memes