Greetings Virginia Real Estate Team Client Appreciation Movie Night

Each summer, the Greetings Virginia real estate sales team with Keller Williams Realty team hosts a client appreciation party to acknowledge our past clients, friends, family, and referral partners. Our real estate sales business is largely referral based from our happy past clients that refer us to their friends, families, and co-workers are in the market to Buy a Home, Sell a Home, or Invest in Real Estate.

When you buy a home or sell property with Greetings Virginia, you become a part of our GV Insider’s Club where we become your advocates for life. In addition to inviting you to great events like our annual Movie Night, we will be available to refer any resource to you that you may need in the future. Our extensive connections include close, well vetted relationships with almost any resource that you may ever need. Need a handyman or plumber or a chiropractor or massage therapist? Just pick up the phone and call us and we will introduce you. This is just another way that we provide World-class Solutions to our clients and past clients.

Members of our GV Insider’s Club enjoy invitations to free events such as Movie Night as well as our Christmas Tree Exchange and Toy Donation. In addition, we also support unwanted, abandoned, abused, or stray pets to be rescued and placed into loving homes by helping Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

 

Check out a few photos from our last Greetings Virginia client appreciation Movie Night:

 

Some brought their kids and had loads of fun!

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Avocado: A True Game-Changer for Real Estate

Editor’s Note: This was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. See what else is cookin’ now at blog.rismedia.com:

Who knew that creamy, verdant avocados could make or break one’s future in real estate?

According to Australian developer Tim Gurner, (who is 35 and worth half a billion dollars, nbd) millennials are poor and unable to buy homes because of their infatuation with the single-seeded berry (yes, it’s technically a fruit—The More You Know!)



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On a recent episode of Australia’s “60 Minutes,” he said: “When I was buying my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for 19 bucks and four coffees at $4 each.”

I would propose that maybe only millionaires would pay $19 for guac, but I digress.

Also noteworthy, Gurner was handed $34,000 from his grandfather at the age of 19, which led to his early success in real estate, and he wants to chastise me for my love of guacamole!? Get outta here. What does he think? That if I was given free money, I would’ve bought 22,667 avocados instead of investing it? (Actually, that sounds like a pretty OK investment, if you ask me.)





Snarks aside, Australian real estate company Ray White is latching on to the avocado craze and offering buyers a delicious deal: free avocado toast for 12 months is up for grabs for anyone willing to shell out for a new two- or three-bedroom townhouse in Queensland.

Now, millennials can save their pennies for a townhouse and guacamole in one fell swoop! If you’re an avocado aficionado, you’d better get that passport renewed ASAP: the deal expires June 30.

What a time to be alive.


Nick Caruso is RISMedia’s senior editor. Email him your real estate news ideas at nick@rismedia.com.

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Elm Street Technology acquires real estate tech platform Consolidated Knowledge

Elm Street Technology, a provider of technology solutions for the real estate industry, announced this week that it acquired Consolidated Knowledge, a technology platform provider to the residential real estate and multi-family industries.

According to Elm Street Technology, the acquisition is the “next step” in the company’s ongoing efforts to consolidate the real estate industry’s “leading technology and marketing service providers.”

Over the last several months, Elm Street acquired Listingbook, a MLS data powered CRM platform, and RLS2000, a provider of IDX websites and social media marketing services.

According to Elm Street, the acquisitions are part of a series of strategic moves designed to “create a portfolio of marketing and technology products and services that, when integrated, offer a single technology solution providing lead generation to client retention services for agents, teams, brokers and others.”

Of its latest acquisition, Prem Luthra, president and CEO of Elm Street, said that the company fits in nicely with that Elm Street is trying to acocomplish.

“The products that Consolidated Knowledge has developed have enabled the company to assemble a respectable portfolio of customers, including SRE Matrix in a short period of time,” Luthra said. “We’re excited about adding their customers, team and technologies to our rapidly growing enterprise.”

Randall Kaplan, the chairman of Elm Street, said that through the combination of Consolidated Knowledge’s “engineering talent” and Elm Street’s sales and marketing capabilities, the company now plans to rapidly expand its offerings.

“Our team is excited to join the portfolio of EST’s companies and I’m personally looking forward to joining such an experienced and well respected leadership team,” Lucas Haldeman, founder and CEO of Consolidated Knowledge, said.

“The current vendor landscape in the real estate industry is way too fragmented, causing extra work and unnecessary time investments from real estate professionals,” Haldeman added. “Elm Street is devoted to developing or acquiring all products and services under one roof that today’s real state professional needs to grow their business.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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loanDepot increases VA home loan volume by nearly 225% in two years

loanDepot’s commitment to veterans has skyrocketed over the last two years, as the company’s latest mortgage report shows a huge jump in VA home loans.

According to loanDepot, it has increased its number of funded VA-guaranteed home loans by 170% and its total funded volume of VA home loans by nearly 225% since 2014.

As a result, it’s now the nation’s fifth largest lender of VA-guaranteed home loans.

“Homeownership is a key part of the American dream, yet too many of our veterans and active military aren’t using the benefits they’ve earned to finance their homes,” said Dan Hanson, chief retail production officer at loanDepot.

“The latest VA data indicates only 12.6% of our nation’s 18.9 million vets used the VA Home Loan Guaranty program,” said Hanson. “We want veterans to know there are dedicated resources to help them access the most advantageous mortgage financing available to fulfill their dreams of homeownership.”

In 2016 alone, loanDepot helped serve more than 23,000 veterans, active military and spouses, resulting in nearly $7 billion in VA loan financing.

And its not only mortgage that loanDepot is helping veterans with. The lender added that in order to serve the unique needs of veterans and military families, loanDepot hires loan officers who are veterans themselves and will match VA applicants with loan officers proficient in VA home loan benefits.

For added perspective, the latest data from the Mortgage Bankers Association found that the Veterans Affairs’ share of total applications sits at 10.5% of total applications. 

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Representative reintroduces legislation to end Operation Choke Point

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., reintroduced the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act to the 115th Congress in attempts to end Operation Choke Point.

Luetkemeyer explained in his announcement that the bill would restore the balance between financial institutions and regulators and protect private industry from the organized bureaucratic intimidation that originated under the Obama Administration.

According to the bill’s summery, it would prohibit a federal banking agency from formally or informally suggesting, requesting, or ordering a depository institution to terminate either a specific customer account, or group of customer accounts, or otherwise restrict or discourage it from entering into or maintaining a banking relationship with a specific customer or group of customers.

The only exceptions are if:

  1. The agency has a material reason to do so
  2. The reason is not based solely on reputation risk.

The bill also broke down that a “material reason” is satisfied when an agency believes that a specific customer or group of customers poses a threat to national security, including any belief that they are involved in terrorist financing.

Here are some examples the bill gives:

  • Poses a threat to national security
  • Is involved in terrorist financing
  • Is an agency of the government of Iran, North Korea, Syria, or any country listed from time to time on the state sponsors of terrorism list
  • Is either located in, or subject to the jurisdiction of, any of such countries; or
  • Does business with any entity located in such countries.

“Last Congress, the House of Representatives took the first step in putting an end, once and for all, to Operation Choke Point by passing my legislation,” Luetkemeyer said.

“Although there is a new Administration and Department of Justice in place, this legislation is necessary to ensure that no future Administration will have the opportunity to negatively impact individuals and legal businesses through this unprecedented initiative,” he said. “We must continue to demand greater transparency and end the practice of allowing government bureaucrats to use personal and political motivations to block financial services to licensed, legally-operating businesses.”

Luetkemeyer’s announcement added that the bill would ensure that the Department of Justice’s once broad interpretation of the law is limited and the original intent of the statute is restored.

Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has voiced opposition to the bill in the past.

In supporting the Financial CHOICE, the leading bill to replace Dodd-Frank, Hensarling stated, ““Liberal elites in Washington want to keep the Bureau unaccountable to hardworking taxpayers so they can continue to wield it as a political war machine.  We’ve already seen the abuses that occurred when Democrats used the IRS as their attack dog and unleashed financial regulators to go after legally operating businesses with ‘Operation Choke Point.’  The Financial CHOICE Act holds financial regulators and the CFPB accountable so it can be the consumer protection ‘cop on the beat’ that Americans need.”

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Low commission, tech-focused real estate company Reali closes $5 million funding round

Reali, a real estate company that offers lower commissions and a tech-focused experience for home buyers and sellers, announce that it plans to expand its operations throughout San Francisco after it closed on a $5 million round of funding.

The funding, which was led by a Silicon Valley venture fund Signia Venture Partners, is the company’s first round of funding.

Using the money raised in its Series A funding, Reali plans to expand into all real estate markets around the San Francisco Bay Area, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose.

The company launched towards the end of last year, and has made significant progress so far, Reali’s co-founder and CEO, Amit Haller, said.

“We’ve experienced significant growth in a very short period of time and our scalable model is ready for new markets and platforms,” Haller said.

“We care about innovating and improving upon the whole process for buyers, sellers, and current homeowners,” Haller added. “Reali’s model has been particularly appealing to first time home buyers, and we’re quickly gaining traction and repeat business from experienced homeowners.”

The company claims that it can offer lower fees and cash back with a full refund of the buyer’s agent commission (typically 2.5%). Additionally, it cuts the seller’s commission to just 4%, saving tens of thousands of dollars in certain markets.

The company said that it can do this because it brings “data-driven insights across the complete lifecycle of buying, owning, and selling a home”.

“Reali’s technological platform and app-driven approach fits today’s mobile lifestyle, and makes the entire process more accessible, transparent and financially rewarding than ever before,” the company said in a release.

In addition to expanding in the San Francisco area, the company said that it will use the $5 million to fund technological advancements, brand marketing, and market expansion.

“Signia invests in technology companies whose innovative business models are taking advantage of mobility and data,” said Ed Cluss, partner at Signia Venture Partners, who will also be taking a seat on Reali’s board.

“The real estate industry is poised for dramatic change and Reali has the team and expertise to be that disruptor,” Cluss added. “Their mobile-first real estate approach delivers value to the consumer real estate experience through improved customer service while also dramatically reducing brokerage fees.”

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