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The Value of Veterans In America’s Real Estate Market

November 11, 2018

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

RisMedia offered some useful information in an article in 2016 as to why veterans serve as a valuable constituency in home buying. The premise of the article is just as applicable today.

As we mark Veterans Day during this Sunday’s All Things Real Estate radio show, we decided that “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” for this week encourages you to spend a few minutes to review this article. It gives both real estate professionals and the general public, a greater understanding of the importance veterans play in fulfilling the ‘American Dream’ of home ownership:

https://rismedia.com/2017/11/16/veterans-most-lucrative-real-estate-market-america/

For more real estate information, always check out our blog at ATREradio.com/blog and also join us for the “All Things Real Estate” radio show, which airs each Sunday 12-2pm (Mountain Time) and can be heard at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.

 

 

 

Rey Post Highlights ShowHouse Santa Fe 2018

Radio Show on Santa Fe’s Talk 1260 AM KTRC and 103.7-FM
The October 14, 2018 Show (12 – 2 pm)
 
This weekly radio show features host and Sotheby’s International Realty’s Associate Broker Rey Post (NM REC License #45660) and a variety of special guests offering the best news, information and commentary regarding every aspect of today’s real estate market.
In the first hour of the show, join Rey and his guests for a program inspired by an historic event that occurred exactly 134 years ago this Sunday.

On October 14, 1884, George Eastman received a patent on his new paper-strip photographic film. The man and his company (Eastman Kodak) changed the way that photography played a role in the lives of people all over the world.

In the spirit of the anniversary of Eastman’s accomplishment, the theme for the radio show will be:How professionals in real estate and business work hard to make their client transactions and experiences “picture perfect.”

  • Real Estate Brokers Help To Make Buyer/Seller Transactions “Picture Perfect”: Rey will offer some thoughts on how real estate professionals bring their expertise to make all of the elements to home buying and selling, as perfect as possible. Rey will also offer his weekly “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation,” which is designed to make the home buying and selling process a bit easier and more enjoyable for consumers.
  • Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association Update: Rey will join in a conversation with Kim Shanahan, Executive Officer of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association (SFAHBA), regarding the theme for the first hour of the show. Kim will also address a variety of timely home-building and remodeling issues, including his take on the state of the construction industry at this point in 2018. Kim recently announced that he hopes to transition out of the SFAHBA Executive Officer position by the end of 2018. In what many characterize as an amazing ten years since Kim went from being the association’s Board President in 2008, to assuming the Executive Officer duties, Kim noted that it “has been an honor and a privilege to serve our members and our industry on a local, state, and national level.” Kim intends to stay active as a SFAHBA builder member and will continue to volunteer on many levels. Rey will review many of Kim’s accomplishments while serving as the association’s Executive Officer, as well as obtain his thoughts on next steps in his ongoing commitment to the community. As a reminder, tune in to the SFAHBA’s weekly radio show “Green Building”—which Kim hosts—airing just before the “All Things Real Estate” program, beginning at 11 am (Mountain Time) each Sunday on KTRC’s 1260AM and 103.7FM (also heard at the same time via the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com)
  • ShowHouse Santa Fe: Interior designers Heather French and Larry Wilson, participants in the highly successful ShowHouse Santa Fe 2018 event, will join Rey to offer information on this year’s gathering. Starting during the October 6-7 weekend, this popular public event continues on October 13-14. Fifteen of Santa Fe’s most uniquely talented interior designers and decorators have collectively transformed a luxury Santa Fe residence into an interior design experience. This year’s event will feature the unique concept of designers pairing up with local artistic chefs of the region, inventing a fresh global experience for “a world of taste.” ShowHouse Santa Fe 2018 co-founders Jennifer Ashton and David Naylor note that since this unique event began six years ago, nearly $140,000 has been raised in support of Dollars4Schools, providing funding to Santa Fe public school teachers; supporting over 250 classroom programs in 29 Santa Fe schools; and enriching the lives of thousands of Santa Fe students. For event details and ticket information go to: https://www.showhousesantafe.com/tickets/.
  • The Club at Las Campanas Report: Rey will offer some observations on the important role that The Club at Las Campanas plays in the community, including a review of the amenities The Club offers to its members; the activities The Club is pursuing at this point in 2018; as well as the range of unique events it has and will continue to showcase throughout the rest of the year. This includes a series of special lectures and presentations of renowned business leaders, music performers and authors, The Club is known for offering an extraordinary setting to enjoy an ideal life in Santa Fe. As one of the nation’s most regarded country club destinations, The Club was not only recognized as a Platinum Club of America for 2014 – 2016, it is also known for its deep commitment to the people and environment, as well as programs that help to make Santa Fe a better community. The Club’s amenities include two championship Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses; a well-equipped fitness center; tennis and spa facility with seven synthetic clay courts; one of the finest equestrian facilities in the Southwest; and, the casual and fine dining provided at The Club’s Hacienda Clubhouse.

  • Rey’s “Real Estate Recommendation”: As has been the case for the past two weeks, Rey’s weekly real estate recommendation offers some specific thoughts on the importance of voting during this year’s mid-term elections. Early, as well as absentee voting are options to pursue for New Mexican residents who are registered to vote. In addition, there is always the choice of voting on election day, Tuesday, November 6. Participating in the electoral process is the most direct way for home owners to have influence on who serves in local, state and Federal government positions.
  • Open House of the Week: Rey will review the attributes of 2551 Tano Compound, with his Sotheby’s International Realty broker colleague Ashley Margetson. This four-bedroom and one owner home, is custom built and is located in a superb eight-home paved gated compound on Tano Road, just minutes to downtown Santa Fe. The house has no interior steps, is nestled on 2.29 lush wooded acres, offers numerous features and has a brand-new roof with a lifetime warranty.
In the second hour of the show, join Rey and his guest co-host Craig Hoopes, Principal at the highly-regarded firm Hoopes & Associates Architects, as they continue to discuss the theme from the first hour of the show. Specifically, Craig will offer his thoughts on all of the ways that he and the members of his firm work hard to make his client transactions and experiences as “picture perfect” as possible. Among many other examples, Craig’s architectural firm has accomplished this goal by designing and then assisting in the building of the Grand Hacienda-winning home of both the 2014 and 2018 “Haciendas, A Parade of Homes” tours. As participants in these editions of the nationally-known and highly-respected event—sponsored by the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association—Craig and his team joined home builders, landscape architects, and interior designers in the design and construction of these award-winning properties. With this history as a backdrop, Rey and Craig will also discuss current architectural issues that are impacting the home building process at this point in 2018. During the second hour of the show, Rey will also feature another interview with professional interior designers associated with this year’s staging of ShowHouse Santa Fe 2018.
Giving Back: The Realogy Disaster Relief Fund has been activated to provide much-needed financial assistance to help those who were affected in September 2018 by Hurricane Florence and are in need and not covered by personal insurance policies. Those affected by Hurricane Florence and covered by the Fund’s program can pay for emergency-related costs such as significant home repairs from flooding, lost possessions, and temporary housing expenses. You have the opportunity to donate to the Fund, with 100 percent of all money received being disbursed to those in need. The Fund is managed through the Realogy Charitable Foundation, which is matching up to $50,000 in donations for this hurricane relief campaign. Click here to donate to the Realogy Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Florence. Realogy Holdings Corp. delivers its real estate services through its well known industry brands including Sotheby’s International Realty®. Since 2009, the “All Things Real Estate” (ATRE) radio show has donated air time to a variety of Santa Fe non-profit and community organizations. Representatives from organizations are able to use the ATRE program to share news and information with northern New Mexico residents about their services and activities. In 2018 alone, some of the organizations featured on ATRE in donated air time are: Kitchen Angels; Creative Santa Fe; Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center; Dollars4Schools; and, the New Mexico Real Estate Commission. In addition, Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber has been a guest on the show on multiple occasions in 2018 sharing useful information about city programs, events and community activities.
As always, listener email questions and comments are welcome during the broadcast. Join in the conversation by calling Rey with your own questions or comments at 505-989-8900 or you can email Rey at: rpost@atreradio.com.
Check out the radio show and tune in via the Internet: Go to www.ATREradio.com and click on the “Listen Now” button.

THE RIGHT OF VOTING IS A PRIVILEGE WE SHOULD NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED

By Rey Post
Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty &
Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

 October 7, 2018

In an article published in the Atlantic, a question was asked that has great bearing on us, as we approach the mid-term elections on November 6.

Specifically, the author asked: “Which constitutional right is the most important? You might answer “freedom of speech” or “free exercise” of religion. Some think it’s “the right to keep and bear arms.” Criminal lawyers think of the guarantee against “unreasonable searches and seizures,” trial lawyers of jury trial in civil cases.

But which right appears most often in the Constitution’s text? It’s “the right to vote.”

In New Mexico—as it is elsewhere—registering to vote is relatively easy and actually voting can be done via early voting, absentee ballot voting; or actually casting a ballot the “old fashioned” way—go to you designated voting place on Tuesday, November 6. For information on how you can participate in this year’s important election, go to your state’s Secretary of State office website for information. In New Mexico the link is:

http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/voter-information-portal.aspx

In another article penned exactly two years ago by meditation teacher and author, Sharon Salzberg, I found that her description about the circumstances surrounding the 2016 Presidential election, was ironically similar to the state we find ourselves in today.

Her observations are worth reviewing to remind us of not only the value of voting, but also the right and privilege this unique feature of our democracy offers to all of us:

“This election cycle has struck many of us as particularly intense—from public interactions between the candidates and their party officials, to the mutual attacks by voters on each other that can be found all over social media.

Voter-behavior seems to also be topic that the media has been covering with more focus these days. And while much of it’s noise, the stories that have resonated most with me have been those about people who aren’t planning on voting. This is a cause I care a lot about, in a very deep way.

I try my best to make a distinction between the feelings of anger and anxiety that can easily come up during election season, and the act of self-affirmation that is voting itself. As a meditation teacher, I not only feel compelled to vote, but to emphasize the imperative to vote.

It may seem strange to relate spirituality and voting, especially in a country where religion becomes the source of policy-related conflict during political debates. But the faith that I think about in the context of voting is completely non-partisan. It’s about recognizing voting as an immense form of freedom we’re given; we have the choice to participate in the outcome of our lives, the lives of others, and the country as a whole. Each of our influences on any outcome may be incremental, but it exists, and is a critical component of change. In that way, each one of our choices to step up and take action has immense impact—on each other, and on our world’s future.

Many years ago, during an election cycle, an acquaintance said to me, “The differences between candidates tend to feel so marginal.” I can’t even quite remember who she was talking about. But regardless of specifics, I think it’s critical to recognize even the smallest margins of difference in the choices we make—in an election, or any time. In this case, one candidate’s views on education may not be a high-stakes issue for you, but they may greatly affect another person (likely millions of people). All of us, millions of us, are greatly affecting each other each day. By voting, we honor that connection.

I’m told that in Australia, all citizens are registered to vote and actually pay a fine if they don’t vote. I like this model, though given the choice we have here, we actually have an invitation to pay attention to voting as a privilege, rather than a chore.

Voting is a privilege. It’s how we can show commitment to ourselves, to each other, to this country and to this world.”

So “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation”—for the weeks leading up to the November election—is to remember this constitutionally granted right that each of us as registered voters possess, is to be treated as a great honor we as residents of this nation. Please take the time to cast your own ballot on November 6.

I also want to remind you that a place for you to learn about home buying and selling elements, is to join us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show at 12-2pm Mountain Time.

Also, if you go to my website, you can send me your own real estate questions, or suggestions for topics that he will handle on the program (that’s ATREradio.com). I will treat your questions confidentially and will send you answers I hope will help you in your own real estate activities.

LEVERAGE YOUR LOCAL DATA FOR GLOBAL IMPACT

By Rey Post
Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty &
Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

September 23, 2018

During the first hour of today’s “All Things Real Estate” radio show, my guests and I marked a special anniversary and how it applies to the practice of real estate.  

The show marked the 134th anniversary of when American statistical engineer Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine on September 23, 1884. This event has been named the beginning of data processing, with Hollerith being called the father of information processing. The company he formed was later the entity that actually started the International Business Machine Company (IBM).

This historic occasion is important because information processing—the acquisition, recording, organization, retrieval, display, and dissemination of data—is at the heart of any successful real estate, or business activity. 

An article offered this month by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), spoke to the fact that data is a powerful tool, with infinite real estate applications. First and foremost—as the article details—you, as a real estate professional, can use data to evaluate properties, prices, current inventory, and local market trends. After all, whether your clients are buying or selling, their top priority is getting the best price.

However, many other types of data also play a role in shaping your practice as a real estate professional. As a global broker, you can use data and market insights to:

  • Pinpoint global opportunities in your market. Data reveals many key facts about international connecting points, each leading to residential and/or commercial property transactions.
  • Market your services to a global audience. Once you understand where opportunities exist, it’s much easier to decide where and how to attract new business.
  • Promote your market to the world. What’s unique about your area, and how can you use those points to appeal to international buyers?
  • Help clients make property decisions. Typically, global buyers need more assistance identifying and purchasing a suitable property, compared to someone who is intimately familiar with your market.

So “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” this week is for real estate professionals to recognize that—as the NAR article reveals—buyers and sellers want to work with a real estate professional they trust—a quality that requires more than honesty and integrity. Trust also implies knowledge and competence. To earn your clients’ trust, a real estate pro needs to make sure that they relying on the most accurate and useful resources to help guide their decisions.

I also want to remind you that another place to learn about other home buying and selling elements, is by joining us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show at 12-2pm Mountain Time.

Also, if you go to my website, you can send me your own real estate questions, or suggestions for topics that he will handle on the program (that’s ATREradio.com). I will treat your questions confidentially and will send you answers I hope will help you in your own real estate activities.

THE GREAT SEAL SYMBOLIZES WHY WE ARE LUCKY TO OWN A HOME IN THE U.S.

September 16, 2018

During the first hour of today’s “All Things Real Estate” radio show, my guest co-host—Scott Robinson, Branch Manager of the Gateway Mortgage Group—and I marked a special anniversary and how it applies to the practice of real estate.  

September 16 marks the 236th anniversary (1782) of the first use of the Great Seal of the United States of America. The Great Seal is the official emblem and heraldic device of the United States of America, adopted by our Continental Congress to represent our nation. The Great Seal was intended to demonstrate to the world the ideas and values of our Founders and people, including love of freedom, virtue, honesty, courage, and sacrifice. 

In the spirit of this historic occasion, the theme for the first hour of the show was how real estate professionals recognize that the ideas and values represented by the Great Seal, contribute greatly to why people pursue the American Dream of home ownership. 

Scott and I discussed how the words associated with the meaning of the Great Seal of the United States aren’t just lofty terms. They in fact represent how lucky we are to have the opportunity for home ownership in our nation—a reality that others around the world can’t always, if ever, achieve.

And the Great Seal offers a fair amount of symbolism in its design that relates to the essence of our nation. Here are some “fun facts” about the seal:

  • The Continental Congress began planning a seal as soon as the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  • The Great Seal is a round piece of metal with designs on both the front and back. You can see both sides of the Great Seal printed on the back of a dollar bill.
  • On the front of the seal is bald eagle with the shield of the United States. The shield has thirteen red and white stripes, representing the thirteen original colonies.
  • The shield is unsupported, symbolizing that America stands on its own for virtue and justice. 
  • A blue stripe at the top of the shield stands for Congress.
  • The eagle holds an olive branch, symbolizing peace, in one talon.
  • The other talon holds the arrows of war.
  • The eagle holds a ribbon in its beak which contains the Latin words, “E. pluribus unum,” which means “From many, one.” (from many states, one nation)
  • The back of the seal bears a pyramid with thirteen layers, representing the thirteen original colonies.
  • On the bottom step of the pyramid is the Roman date MDCCLXXVI—1776. 
  • The top of the pyramid is an all-seeing eye, which represents God. Above the eye are the Latin words, Annuitcoeptis, which means “God has favored our undertaking.” Below the pyramid, is inscribed, “Novus ordo seclorum,” which means, “A new order of the ages is created.”

On this historic occasion, our conversation during the radio show spoke to many of the ways that professionals across every field of real estate work tirelessly to support the interests of their clients. Achieving the American Dream of home ownership isn’t always easy, nor is it something that most of time can occur in a very short time frame. It requires a team effort, patience and an ability to anticipate and address challenges that sometimes arise unexpectedly. But achieving the goal, for most, is well worth the effort.

As I have written before, real estate is the most expensive purchase that anyone will most likely have in their life. Include the complexity of the process of either buying, or selling a home—and it’s imperative to consumers that they have real estate professionals they partner with who are knowledgeable, successful, empathetic and enthusiastic.

So “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” this week is so to think about the elements of the Great Seal of the United States and why they can serve as a reminder for why we in this nation are so fortunate to be able to freely buy, or sell a place we eventually call “home.”

I also want to remind you that another place to learn about other home buying and selling elements, is by joining us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show at 12-2pm Mountain Time.

 

Also, if you go to my website, you can send me your own real estate questions, or suggestions for topics that he will handle on the program (that’s ATREradio.com). I will treat your questions confidentially and will send you answers I hope will help you in your own real estate activities.

Rey Post Interviews Mayor Alan Webber

Radio Show on Santa Fe’s Talk 1260 AM KTRC and 103.7-FM

The September 16, 2018 Show (12 – 2 pm)
 
This weekly radio show features host and Sotheby’s International Realty‘s Associate Broker Rey Post (NM REC License #45660) and a variety of special guests offering the best news, information and commentary regarding every aspect of today’s real estate market.
In the first hour of the show, join Rey and guest co-host Scott Robinson—Branch Manager of theGateway Mortgage Group—as they mark a special anniversary and how it applies to the practice of real estate.
September 16 marks the 236th anniversary (1782) of the first use of the Great Seal of the United States of America. The Great Seal is the official emblem and heraldic device of the United States of America, adopted by our Continental Congress to represent our nation. The Great Seal was intended to demonstrate to the world the ideas and values of our Founders and people, including love of freedom, virtue, honesty, courage, and sacrifice.

In the spirit of this historic occasion, the theme for the first hour of the show is: real estate professionals recognize that the ideas and values represented by the Great Seal, contribute greatly to why people pursue the American Dream of home ownership.

  • Real Estate Broker Update: Rey will offer some thoughts on how he and his real estate broker colleagues embrace the tenets associated with the Great Seal and how they can contribute to the real estate buying and selling process. Rey will also offer his weekly “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation,” which is designed to make the home buying and selling process a bit easier and more enjoyable for consumers. In addition, Rey will remind the audience that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand has partnered with New Story, a non-profit organization that puts 100 percent of donations toward transforming dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes, for $6,000 a home. Go to https://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/newstory for more information on this significant initiative.
  • Gateway Mortgage Group “Home Buyer Tip”: Besides offering his thoughts on the Great Seal-inspired theme of Sunday’s show, Scott will provide his regular mortgage tip that can benefit home buyers who are purchasing a property in collaboration with a lender. The Gateway Mortgage Group is one of the largest privately held mortgage companies in the country, doing its entire mortgage servicing in-house. This business element is important, since it means that Gateway’s customers work directly with them until the time their loan is paid. Commentary contained within this broadcast is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a solicitation to extend credit. Scott Robinson, NMLS 202265, is a licensed Branch Manager with Gateway Mortgage Group, located at 502 West Cordova Road, Suite 1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505. All loans are subject to program guidelines and final underwriting approval. Gateway Mortgage Group, LLC, is an equal housing lender. NMLS 7233.
  • Open House of the Week: Rey will review the attributes of 3174 Viale Trisana with his Sotheby’s International Realty broker colleague Bob Cardinale. In the popular and elegant, gated Villas di Toscana, this three-bedroom and striking two-story Tuscany-style home offers a large cook’s kitchen, stainless steel Viking appliances, lots of counter and cabinet space, a beautifully landscaped yard—which is walled and bricked—and Sangre de Cristo Mountain views. The home’s location is close to the Santa Fe Community College, as well as excellent shopping and restaurants, along with easy access to downtown Santa Fe.
In the second hour of the show, join Rey for a very special interview with the Mayor of Santa Fe, Alan Webber. Becoming the 43rd mayor of Santa Fe—winning with a landslide victory on March 6—Alan is known as a successful entrepreneur and author and has considerable experience in local, state and Federal government activities. Alan worked as the Editorial Director of the Harvard Business Review; ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of New Mexico in 2014 (finishing second in a field of five candidates); and in 1995, co-founded the technology business magazine, Fast Company, where he was named Adweek‘s Editor of the Year in 1999. Alan happily acknowledges his fortunate place—joining many others in Santa Fe—as a proud father and husband.
In the third of a series of quarterly interviews in 2018 on “All Things Real Estate,” Rey will engage Alan this Sunday in a discussion of a variety of issues, including:
 
—Impressions of the future of the city, eight months after becoming mayor.
—The expectations of residents with their local government.
—Success with stated goals since becoming mayor.
—Special rewards and unexpected challenges encountered while serving the city.
—Thoughts on the city’s youth as they become community leaders and future home buyers. 
—Importance of real estate to the economy of Santa Fe, as well as the housing needs of all residents.
—Santa Fe’s role with our nation and world. 
As always, listener email questions and comments are welcome during the broadcast. Join in the conversation by calling Rey with your own questions or comments at 505-989-8900 or you can email Rey at: rpost@atreradio.com.
Check out the radio show and tune in via the Internet: Go to www.ATREradio.com and click on the “Listen Now” button.

STANDING UNITED FOR OUR REAL ESTATE CLIENTS

September 9, 2018

During the first hour of today’s “All Things Real Estate” radio show, my guest co-host—Stephen Etre, Owner of Stephen’s, A Consignment Gallery—our guests and I, spoke to the theme of standing united on behalf of the interests of our clients.

We marked the 242nd anniversary of when the U.S. Continental Congress declared that the name of our newly formed nation—then seeking independence from Great Britain—would be the “United States.”

This designation, given to our country on September 9, 1776, replaced the term “United Colonies,” which was in general use at the time.

So, using this historic occasion as our theme for the show, we offered many of the ways that professionals across every field of real estate—be it as brokers; retail home business specialists; home builders; mortgage lenders; vacation home renter pros; architects; and so many other important functions of the home buying, selling and owning process—work tirelessly and in a unified fashion to support the interests of their clients.

Given that real estate is the most expensive purchase that anyone will most likely have in their life—combined with the complexity of the process of either buying, or selling a home—it is imperative that every professional who plays a role in the trade understand the value of combining forces with others who also serve consumers.

As I have stated on previous shows and in other blog articles, having a good team to work with of knowledgeable, successful, empathetic and enthusiastic professionals, is perhaps the best way to demonstrate the message of standing united for the benefit of consumers.

So “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” this week is so to understand that those who are there to aid you in the sale, or purchase of a home—or furnishing and maintaining it to the highest level—should be viewed as professionals you can trust, as they unite their skills and experience to your ultimate benefit.

I also want to remind you that when tackling these and other home buying elements, please join us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time).

 

Also, if you go to my website, you can send me your own real estate questions, or suggestions for topics that he will handle on the program (that’s ATREradio.com). I will treat your questions confidentially and will send you answers I hope will help you in your own real estate activities.

HOME BUYING AND THE MESSAGE OF LABOR DAY

 September 2, 2018

Happy Labor Day

During the first hour of today’s “All Things Real Estate” radio show, my guest co-host—John Grisak, President of Fix My Roof, LLC—and I offered some thoughts tied  to this Labor Day weekend broadcast of the program.

We reminded folks that Labor Day is a creation of our nation’s labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. 

In the spirit of this historic occasion—and as the theme for the show—John and I underscored the concept that hard working real estate professionals, aid consumers in their efforts to achieve and maintain the “American Dream of home ownership.”

I also offered some thoughts on how real estate professionals work together to help property buyers achieve home ownership, which is undoubtedly the largest expense that anyone will most likely have in their life.

As I have stated on many occasions during past radio broadcasts, having positive chemistry with your real estate broker; lender (if you use a mortgage to buy your home); home inspector; title company professional; and any other player who is critical to the home purchase process, is critical to your eventual success in the purchase of a new home.

The home buying process is full of potential obstacles, delays, time and material requirements and other elements that can work to deny you the goal of reaching the settlement table in a successful fashion.

Having a good team to work with of knowledgeable, successful, empathetic and enthusiastic professionals, is perhaps the best message to deliver to you on this Labor Day holiday weekend.

So “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” this week is so to shop wisely when     pursuing a home purchase; have your paperwork in place; collaborate with a team of professionals you can trust; and then enjoy this unique and life-changing event!

I also want to remind you that when tackling these and other home buying elements, please join us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time).

 

Also, if you go to my website, you can send me your own real estate questions, or suggestions for topics that he will handle on the program (that’s ATREradio.com). I will treat your questions confidentially and will send you answers I hope will help you in your own real estate activities.

Honoring the Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show 

August 26, 2018

In the spirit of the 98th anniversary of certification of the 19th Amendment to our nation’s U.S. Constitution—achieving the right to vote for women—“Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” today speaks to the achievements that women have made in the field of real estate.

According to the McKissock Company, real estate is one of the best careers for women who want to create their own destiny. It’s one of those careers where you can be your own boss, set your own hours and see the rewards of all your work.

But as they observe, it’s a lot of work. From staying up late at the dining room table to find new clients, or researching all the data on a listing to know its true worth—are among some of the day-to-day challenges of   being a successfulreal estate professional.

And as the National Association of Realtors (NAR) notes, there are few industries remaining today that have not seen a drastic change in the role that women play.

Historically, women have been involved in real estate almost since its inception in 1794 and its establishment as a legitimate business in the 1840s.

As the NAR observes, in real estate’s early days, women filled office and clerical roles, but by the 1880s, women were already moving into the roles of agents and brokers, though at a relatively slow rate.

Nationwide, women brokers today  dominate the residential real estate market, and the majority of members are women with a college education, with 63 percent of all REALTORS being female.

Among broker licensees, 58 percent are female, compared with 67 percent of sales agent licensees. Among part-time sales agents, 70 percent are female, while 64 percent of full-time sales agents are female.

And at the Santa Fe operation of Sotheby’s International Realty, several of the women who serve as    successful brokers, are also leaders of the Santa Fe Association of Realtors, and also have given consistently and tirelessly for years to lend time and money to the venerable non-profits of our community. These real estate    professionalsinclude:

Shane Cronenweth, who supports NDI; Katherine Blagden, who supports the Buckaroo Ball; Karen Wolf-Mattison,who supports Kitchen Angels; Roxanne Apple and Caroline Russell, who support Southwest Care Center; and Marion Skubi, who supports the Santa Fe Symphony.

Also, when it comes to Kitchen Angels, many of our brokers also devote time and money to the efforts at  Thanksgiving to buy, prepare and deliver food to those less fortunate in Santa Fe.

From my own experience, many of our administrative staff have been invaluable to my personal success in      real estate, including Linda Varela, Judy Ramos and Lois Gray. 

And when it comes to the success of the “All Things Real Estate” radio show,  Sotheby’s Director of Marketing, DebbieStevens; and Annie Hutton, Director of Digital Strategy for SantaFe.com have contributed significantly to making the program a winner among our listeners.

So “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” for this week is to acknowledge just some of the women who have   playeda major role in the real estate.

Their talents have made the trade successful for so many other professionals, as well as for home buyers and   sellers.

 

For  more information on this and other real estate issues, please join us each Sunday on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show (12-2pm Mountain Time).

Also, if you go to our website, you can send me your own real estate questions, or suggestions for topics we will handle on the program (that’s ATREradio.com). For your questions, I will treat them confidentially and will send you answers I hope will help you in your own real estate activities.

7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR

August 5, 2018

By Rey Post, Associate Broker, Sotheby’s International Realty & Host of the “All Things Real Estate” Radio Show

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) offers some good information which fits well with our theme today on the “All Things Real Estate” radio show. This information goes to the heart of why teamwork with a real estate professional is critical to the success of any home buyer, or seller activity, as well as simply owning a home.

As “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” for this week, please take a moment to review why working with a licensed REALTOR® can bring value to your own real estate experience.

REALTORS® aren’t just agents, or brokers. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:

  1. Ethical treatment. Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters. The first obligation is to you, the client.
  2. An expert guide. Buying a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
  3. Objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need. By understanding both your needs and search area, they can also point out neighborhoods you don’t know much about but that might suit your needs better than you’d thought.
  4. Expanded search power. Sometimes properties are available but not actively advertised. A REALTOR® can help you find opportunities not listed on home search sites and can help you avoid out-of-date listings that might be showing up as available online but are no longer on the market.
  5. Negotiation knowledge. There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows enough time for you to complete inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase.
  6. Up-to-date experience. Most people buy only a few homes in their lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
  7. Your rock during emotional moments. A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.

So “Rey’s Real Estate Recommendation” for this week, is to consider partnering with a real estate professional—whether it is a licensed broker or any other expert. You need to trust in who you are working with on what is the most expensive purchase you will most likely make in your life.

 

For more information, always check out our blog at ATREradio.com/blog and also join us for the “All Things Real Estate” radio show, which airs each Sunday 12-2pm (Mountain Time) and can be heard at the “Listen Now” link at ATREradio.com.