Aerial Photography for All!

After many grueling months of trials, regulations and laws, drones are finally allowed for usage within the real estate industry, and you better believe we’re catching onto that tail wind. PlanOmatic is now offering Aerial Photography services everywhere in the U.S.!

You’ve seen the stunning imagery before, but we’ll drop these here in case you need a refresher…

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..and these…

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Don’t feel bad, we’re drooling too. Want to see more? Let’s goooo.

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.

Denver Business Journal Small Business Award

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We are pleased to have won the Small Business Award in the category of 20-29 employees presented by the Denver Business Journal at the first annual Small Business Award Luncheon on April 19, 2016 at the Denver Marriott City Center Hotel in downtown Denver.

PlanOmatic ranked #1 in revenue growth over a three-year period between 2012 and 2014 among companies headquartered in the metro-Denver area in the category of 20 to 29 employees, as of March 1, 2015.

“We are honored to have received this award which is a reminder of the accomplishments we have achieved over the years. It keeps us motivated to continue improving our company and our services for the future of business in the real estate industry,” says CEO Kori Covrigaru.

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Ten nominees were selected for each of the five categories chosen by The Denver Business Journal, based on revenue and number of employees as of March 1, 2015. The categories were 46-75 employees, 30-45 employees,  20-29 employees, 11-19 employees and 1-10 employees. From the nominees, the top three ranking from each category were honored on stage at the Small Business Awards Luncheon. You can view photos here.

The winning companies of each of the five categories are featured in an article that was released on April 22, 2016. This specific publication also discusses how small businesses are performing nationally over a given period of time.

We are blessed to have recognized for this award due to the hard work and dedication of our employees, and the continued loyalty and support from our clientele. Thank you, and we look forward to continuing to serve the real estate industry in the best way we know how, story telling through online marketing.

The Colorado Courage Classic

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Over the weekend, PlanOmatic donated $600 and had the pleasure of participating in the 2016 Courage Classic, a biking event that strives to raise money for sick children through Children’s Hospital Colorado.

The charity ride took place at Copper Mountain in Colorado and hosted around 2,000 riders with 300 volunteers. The two day bike tour offered a couple different route options each day, offering a 40 mile ride and an 80 mile ride.

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CTO, Arie Covrigaru, and Operations Coordinator, Avi Covrigaru biked 40 miles from Copper Mountain, to Vail and back. The ride took about 4 hours in total, not including a lunch break in between. The route was a combination of upward peaks, and downward slopes.

“The most difficult part of the ride for me was the steep incline in the dead center of Vail Pass. I struggled to keep peddling on my lowest gear while I watched people dismount and walk. At certain points I had to stop and stretch in order to keep my legs fresh. As grueling as the ride was at this stage, it was moments like this that gave me the sense of accomplishment I felt upon completion,” says Avi.

Though the trail was difficult at points, the PlanoTeam also enjoyed moments of peace and beauty which made it a success. Arie claims, “There was a lot of excitement about this ride. Most riders were CU Children hospital employees and their families. The village at Copper was as full, as colorful and as lively as I have seen it during snowboard season. In addition, the landscape was majestic and I enjoyed it tremendously, when I was not busy paddling uphill.”

PlanOmatic had a great journey and we intend on participating again next year! To learn more about the Courage Classic, visit their website:

http://www.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/courage-classic/

 

CEO, Kori Covrigaru, Looks Back on 10 Years at PlanOmatic

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BloovanPrime, a luxury online real estate news source recently interviewed our CEO, Kori Covrigaru, on what it’s like to be a market leader in the industry. Check out this article and hear first hand what it took to spark up the company, how PlanOmatic got to where it is today and how our co-founder balances daily life tasks.

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Get to know – Brandon Petteway

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1) Do you prefer Pepsi or Coke?
More of a root beer man, but if I’ve gotta pick then Coke all the way. I’ve always thought Pepsi was real nasty, even though in reality it’s all the same sugary nonsense.

 

2) What is your spirit animal?
I’ve always figured I’m a bit of a turtle, real slow and steady, and ain’t nothing can touch me in my shell.

 

3) What is your favorite season?
To be honest I like them all, hot summers or cold winters it’s all in your mindset of enjoying the day despite whatever discomfort comes your way.

 

4) On the weekends you are typically..
Nice weather means the outdoors, whether that’s camping, hiking, cycling, etc. Cold usually means I get lazy and end up on my couch or in a brewery somewhere.

 

5) What do your shoes say about you?
Half of the time I’ve got my cycling shoes on so I guess that’s pretty indicative of what I’m into.

Get to know -Shirlé Shivers

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1) If you could be a super hero, who would you be and why?

I wouldn’t want to be a superhero; I’d be a villain because I feel like I’d definitely be better suited for that role. Which villain? I have no idea. I’d probably be a mob boss that eats fruit snacks all of the time.

2) What’s your favorite food?

Lasagna. You can NEVER go wrong with lasagna. There’s so much flavor and so many ingredients that my tastebuds take a trip to heaven every time I take a bite, unless there’s ricotta cheese in it. Then, I die an instant death.

3) What’s your favorite song to dance to?

I Would Die 4 U – weird song choice, I know, however, Prince is my idol. I can’t help but jam every time I hear those 80’s synths blasting through the speakers.

4) If a movie was made about your life, which celebrity would star as you?

Keke Palmer. She’s young and extremely talented. I almost said Beyonce, but, no.

5) Which pattern do you prefer, stripes or polka dots?

It really depends on the day. Sometimes, stripes look better than polka dots because that’s what your eyes prefer. I can tell you what I do NOT prefer – wearing both at the same time. Vomit inducing.

Seasoning Your Strategy

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With August on the horizon, it’s evident that Summer is slowly winding down and with the change of season, comes fresh opportunities. Would you believe us if we told you that seasons play a critical role in your business practices? If your answer was no, it’s time to become a believer.

Businesses are most successful when their strategy is completely aligned with the industry in which they reside in, right? The real estate industry is what we like to call conditional. Really quick, let’s talk variables; most of you probably have a decent understanding as to what variables are, so we won’t bore you with stale details. We like to think of the real estate business as being the dependent variable, because in actuality, real estate is generally subject to certain circumstances, or independent variables such as, status of the economy, location, etc. Then there’s you, the controlled variable. That’s right, you as the agent are the one thing that stays consistent in the world of realty. Having said this, one of your leading duties is to evolve with the seasons.

As sweltering temperatures lessen, fall will start making its way to us. Trust us we when say that now is a very prosperous time for you – or time to spice things up rather. Fall screams warm hues, sweet aromas and harvest related knickknacks – just the right kind of decor to start incorporating in a home on the market! Buyers are always eager to get settled into a cozy home, but especially prior to the holiday season, which is why tailoring your plan of action to fit the time of year is not only important, but necessary for success.

As a real estate agent there are little things that you can do to compliment each season. Light a cinnamon scented candle, or turn on the fire-place if you are showcasing a home around the holidays. During warmer months, place fresh fruit in a bowl on the kitchen counter. These small details resonate with clients! This also goes hand in hand with keeping the visuals and content fresh and up to date – accordingly. Make sure that photos of a property match the season. I think it goes without saying that a picture of a home covered in snow is quite unseemly for the summertime.

Humans are trained to base an opinion off of a first impression and you only get one chance to do so. No matter how many flowers occupy that snow-capped homes front yard, it won’t do it any justice midsummer. It’s all about presentation and developing with every aspect of the business. As the controlled variable, you have the power to administer a fitting delivery. Get out there and go season the scene!

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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Neighbors

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Ah yes, neighbors. Think of your current next door neighbor. Your first thought is likely that you love them, you hate them or you have never even met them because you didn’t take the step to introduce yourself.

If you love them, chances are you chat about the kids, chat about work, chat about cars and invite each other to your backyard barbecues. You slurp back your beers in the garage, or sit on the patio and gossip about how tacky Tom’s front yard pink flamingo is or how Rebecca didn’t bring a fruit tray to the cul-de-sac block party.

If you hate your neighbors, it’s likely because they don’t mow the lawn, they rev their motorcycle at three in the morning, they won’t pay to fix the fence that you both share (and refuse to admit is your responsibility split), they blast loud music or their dog only seems to leave little chocolate presents in your yard.

I personally, don’t understand what my upstairs neighbors could possibly be doing that requires the constant stomping around at all hours of the day. Do they breed elephants? Host daily clogging lessons? Perhaps they are attempting to break the record for amount of time continuously bounced on a Pogo Stick. My boyfriend, who has a much shorter temper than mine, decided to find out one afternoon. I sat on the couch and anxiously awaited what I would hear while he trudged upstairs.

I couldn’t make out much but a light muffled conversation. A few minutes later, he returned. “Well?” I said. “They were making chicken.” he replied. “Chicken?” That’s right, after my boyfriend had asked the neighbors to please quit thudding, because he was studying for a “test he had the next day”, they apologized and said that they were cooking chicken, as if that was a valid excuse. Now i’m no Julia Child, but the last time I cooked chicken, it required little to no sumo wrestling, floor screeching, hammering or dropping of the chicken onto the kitchen floor. But I will say this, the amount of physical exertion they experienced cooking that chicken, must have made it tender and delicious! My upstairs neighbors must eat chicken for three square meals a day. Cheers to 14 more months of renting in my unit!

Most of us are too scared to address the issues that we do have with our neighbors. But the truth of the matter is, wether you love, hate or don’t even know your neighbors, they’re here to stay; at least for a while. If you love your neighbors, be thankful. If you hate them, make peace, or sign up for anger management classes. If you don’t know them, for goodness sakes, bake some cookies and introduce yourself. You never know, they may have a yacht.

Shea Stone, Marketing Assistant

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