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Real Estate 360 Live With Louis Cammarosano 10/15/12

On Monday October 15, 2012, Louis Cammarosano, General Manager of HomeGain, was a guest on the Real Estate 360 Live radio show on The Big Talker 1580 WHFS AM, hosted by Ryan Sloper.

Listen to the show.

Part 1 (14:37)

Ryan and Louis discuss the recent unemployment rate that dropped unexpectedly. Ryan and Louis discuss whether the unemployment number will impact the Presidential election results.Ryan and Louis discuss the impending “fiscal cliff”. Louis notes that some CEOs are writing to the employees urging them not to vote for Obama.

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Posted by: Louis Cammarosano on October 18th, 2012 under HomeGain on Real Estate Radio, Louis Cammarosano on Real Estate Radio

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Newspapers Don’t Sell Homes

I was in Panera Bread the other day for lunch and overheard a conversation from the neighboring table. One lady mentioned how she just listed her house for sale. Her friend eventually asked, “What made you go with that (real estate) company?” The lady said, “They do the most advertising in the newspaper.” Although not surprised, I did find this amusing.

Many people are still under the impression that newspaper and other forms of print advertising are effective or even necessary in the sale of a home. I can tell you with 100% certainty that print advertising is NOT necessary to sell a home.

A Good Example

One of my agents just sold this wonderful home at 5318 Avenida Del Mare on Siesta Key, Florida. We didn’t need to do any print advertising to get this home sold. This home sold for the following reasons:

  • We mobilized the Realtor community and made them aware of this home via the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).
  • We found the right asking price to get buyers interested.
  • The listing and selling Realtors worked diligently to get the transaction closed.
  • Our marketing plan was more thorough than what is listed above. However, at the end of the day the MLS, the right price and good Realtors are what got the job done.

Where Do Buyers Look For Homes?

Of course newspapers generate buyer calls and thus ultimately causes some properties to sell. However, it is probably not as much as you think.

The National Association of Realtors compiles data every year and issues a Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. This report is recognized by most as the best compilation of data on today’s buyers and sellers because of the enormous amount of data available at NAR’s fingertips.

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Posted by: Marc Rasmussen on September 26th, 2012 under Buying or Selling a Home


Are You Prospecting Glocally? More Specifically, Globally and Locally?

Per the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) course “Local Markets”, glocally means:

  • Awareness of the opportunity in your marketplace
  • Knowledge of the market dynamics
  • Outreach to potential clients, customers and other real estate professionals

Despite the present market conditions, the process of globalization continues to persevere as reported in The National Association of Realtors® report “2010 NAR Profile of International Home Buying Activity” released earlier this year.

At the 2010 REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans they recently awarded the largest number of CIPS designations with 460 NAR members receiving the Certified International Property Specialist designation.

The numbers are big; $66 billion of U.S. residential property was sold to International buyers since March 2009. The median purchase price of these properties was $219,400, 26% higher than the overall median sale price of existing homes. 55% of International buyers used cash to cover the full purchase price.

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Posted by: Brian Kinkade on December 7th, 2010 under Best Practices

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The Alphabet Soup of Designations – Are They Worth It?

The freely available information on the internet has done wonders for me and my business.

Online forums, social networks and blogs have allowed me to learn, grow my sphere of influence and grow my business in ways that simply weren’t available 10 years ago.  If not for the internet, I would have been out of this business years ago when my wife had cancer and I had to take care of our first child. Free information led to leads and leads led to clients.

In many ways, the internet has helped new agents to level the playing field against entrenched agents and bigger brokerages because so much information is available to learn and leads available for anyone willing who is to put forth the time and effort with little to no capital investment. Such is the power of the internet.

With all of this information seemingly at our fingertips, we often forget that even the best  and brightest of us can benefit from specific courses taught by other real estate professionals and trainers. I think it is how we can take our business to the next level.

The alphabet soup of designations available to us as agents continues to grow, but a common conversation across the resolves itself around whether or not to even earn some of these designations. Opinions vary on this and I’m not sure how. I just don’t understand the logic that some people have that makes them think that these courses are not worth it.

Some agents think that becoming an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) or earning some other designation isn’t of much value or that consumers don’t actually know what those letters mean so they aren’t really helpful anyway. Besides, many agents naively think they can just learn it for free on the internet. I like free and choose it whenever reasonably possible. But sometimes, you simply need courses taught by more experienced or more well trained agents to learn specializations. Continue reading this post


Posted by: Ryan Ward on October 8th, 2010 under Realtor


Holiday Spirit: Pro Bono Real Estate Services

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.

Anne-Sophie Swetchine

For Thanksgiving.

My experience tells me that real estate professionals have done transactions for friends and family for no commission.  This is pro bono service.  Attorneys do the same. But while the attorney Code of Ethics provides for this charitable work, the Realtor Code of Ethics does not.  I think it ought.

I have lobbied for the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to include a pro bono provision in the COE.  The purpose is to recognize that Realtors ARE doing pro bono work.  It will get mainstream media coverage and perhaps help boost the Realtor brand, which has taken a beating over the years.

Even if it never makes it to the NAR COE, consider, if you are able, being a pro bono broker for someone in your neighborhood who is in dire straits. Give and become rich.

Happy Thanksgiving.


Posted by: Joseph Ferrara on November 25th, 2009 under Realtor


HomeGain Gorilla Goes to the 2009 NAR Conference & Expo

Although HomeGain was not an exhibitor this year at the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, California, we sent our best representative, Max The HomeGain Gorilla, to greet hundreds of Realtors as they entered the real estate trade show over the weekend.

Did you spot the Max-mobile truck? (See photos below) Let us know if you did!


Max-mobile at the NAR Annual Expo in New Orleans




Posted by: Jessica Gopalakrishnan on November 17th, 2009 under Max, Real Estate Trade Shows

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