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June
10

RE/MAX Professionals Launches Exclusive ProSuite 2.0 App & OfferWriter™ Tool For Associates

COTTAGE GROVE, MN, June 10, 2021RE/MAX Professionals is pleased to  announce the official launch of OfferWriter™, a revolutionary tool available exclusively to RE/MAX Professionals agents in Minnesota and Wisconsin through the brokerage's proprietary agent-only ProSuite 2.0 app. The app gives agents real-time access to manage all business activities including transactions, commissions, listing changes, seller reports and more. Patent pending as of June 15, 2021, OfferWriter allows agents to draft offers and send them to their clients for e-signatures in under three minutes, all from their smartphone.

The idea for OfferWriter originated from the observed need for more efficient offer writing processes, especially in the competitive, low inventory markets where offer deadlines and bidding wars are common; offers need to be submitted very quickly and agents are frequently writing multiple offers per client. While most of a realtor's business is conducted via their mobile devices, much of the day-to-day business, including writing offers, is not mobile-compatible.

Justin Fox, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Professionals and creator of OfferWriter shares, "Nothing like this exists in our industry. It currently takes agents 45 minutes or longer to pull together just one offer and it must be written from a desktop computer. A client's decision to write an offer is a big one. Now, our Professionals can be at the ready to do so, thoroughly and completely, without significant, menial prep-work that takes them away from their time with their clients."

OfferWriter is fully integrated with a live MLS data feed so that the appropriate data and forms are automatically pulled for the agent. With just a few simple steps, agents can easily enter in all information and quickly generate a purchase agreement to be shared and signed by the client. Ultimately, the tool expedites the offer writing process, giving agents more time in their day to further consult with clients.

"Most clients don't realize the back-end work that goes into crafting an offer," says Sonya Fox, COO and Owner of RE/MAX Professionals. "With OfferWriter and the full ProSuite 2.0 package, RE/MAX Professionals agents will be able to continue providing clients first-class service by helping them purchase the home of their dreams, even in the most competitive markets."

Over the past few years, the brokerage has been focused on uncovering ways to save their real estate Professionals time by reducing busy work. Their goal is to provide agents the ability to spend more time coaching and guiding their clients in this challenging market, as well as give them more balance in this always-on industry. ProSuite 2.0 and OfferWriter are a step in this direction towards bringing more balance to agents.

For more information about this innovative solution, visit www.professionals.net/offerwriter and to view all of the details about ProSuite 2.0, visit www.professionals.net/prosuite.

For more information about RE/MAX Professionals and the areas it serves, please visit www.professionals.net.  

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About RE/MAX Professionals:

RE/MAX Professionals is a locally owned and operated franchise of RE/MAX, the world's premier real estate company. In 2005, we opened our headquarters office in Cottage Grove, and since then, expanded to downtown Stillwater, and Saint Paul's Downtown/Lowertown. Our associates specialize in the Greater Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin real estate markets.

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March
25

Financial Resources for Those Affected by COVID-19

For those experiencing financial hardship during this emergency, we've compiled a few resources for you:

Unemployment Insurance:

  • Hourly/Salaried Individuals in Minnesota: The Minnesota Governor issued an executive order that removed the one week waiting period for unemployment claims. Applicants may now also be eligible if they're quarantined and unable to work, unable to go to work due to an outbreak at the workplace, or lost childcare where the employer can't accommodate them with paid time off or leave. More information about Minnesota's response: https://www.uimn.org/applicants/needtoknow/news-updates/covid-19.jsp
  • Hourly/Salaried Individuals in Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Governor has asked the state legislature to waive the one week waiting period for unemployment benefits. An executive order removes the requirement to search for work while laid off or working with reduced hours. More information about Wisconsin's response: https://dwd.wisconsin.gov/covid19/public/ui.htm
  • Self employed / 1099 contractors: Neither Minnesota or Wisconsin currently has a solution for UI benefits for workers in this category. Our trade association is actively lobbying to get benefits for self-employed individuals and 1099 contractors, but nothing has been enacted there yet. There are several loan options available due to the emergency declarations and executive orders
    • Minnesota DEED: On 3/23/2020 the governor directed DEED to create an emergency loan program that is 50% forgivable and has a 0% interest rate. More information: https://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/?id=424384
    • SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program: This is available directly through SBA – not local banks. Low interest loans are available up to $2MM with a current interest rate of 3.75%. More information here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Mortgage Payments (Primary Residence, Second Homes, and Investment Properties):
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA have all released new payment deferment options for loans owned by them. They've instructed banks and servicers not to charge penalties or make derogatory credit reports. While you may mail your payment to a bank or mortgage company, it's likely owned by one of these three entities. It's important that individuals seeking this help, contact their bank or servicer to set up the deferral before missing a payment. Here are the sites with details.
Auto Loan Payments:
Many auto lenders are offering to defer payments up to six months without penalties or adverse credit reporting. Call your auto lender or visit their website for more information.

Home/Auto/Renters Insurance:
Almost every large insurance carrier is currently offering payment deferments without penalties right now. Contact your agent or carrier directly if needed.
 
Stay healthy out there!
February
13

Considering New Construction in 2017?

Are you wanting to move this year, but are having a hard time finding the right home for you? Inventory is at record lows right so it may make sense to build your next home, especially if you have very specific needs. The Twin Cities is booming real estate market, with a vast number of options to make your dream home a reality.

There are many options in the Twin Cities from custom builds on acerage to large developments with great amenities. Whatever your desires are, our professional REALTORS can assist you in finding the best builder for you. Use this list of top builders in the Twin Cities, according to BATC, to start doing your research and find what suits you best. The Spring Parade of Homes is just a few weeks away, where you can preview many of these builders and perhaps even get some great deals.

1. Lennar

2. CalAtlantic Homes

3. PulteGroup

4. D.R. Horton, Inc

5. Mattamy Homes

6. K. Hovanian Homes of MN, LLC

7. Hanson Builders Inc

8. Robert Thomas Homes, Inc

9. Gonyea Homes, Inc

10. M/I Homes

11. Capstone Homes, Inc.

12. KEY LAND HOMES

13. Country Joe Homes

14. Brandl Anderson Homes, Inc.

15. Charles Cudd Co. LLC

16. Eternity Homes, LLC

17. Sharper Homes, Inc.

18. Creative Homes, Inc.

19. LDK Builders, Inc.

20. Donnay Homes, Inc.

21. Progressive Builders, Inc.

22. Centra Homes, LLC

23. GBI Homes, Inc.

24. McDonald Construction, Inc.

25. Ron Clark Construction

 

When building new, it can be fun to incorporate some of the latest design trends. One trend for 2017 homes is reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood has become extremely popular over the past few years, in everything from furniture to decor.

Courtesy of HGTV

Another big trend for 2017 is the farmhouse style. Lots of modern homes are being updated to look more like a rustic farmhouse especially in the suburbs. This style tends to focus on lighter or neutral colors mixed with traditionalpatterns and unique decor.

Courtesy of HGTV

 

Acrylic decor is also a trend that has been very popular over the past several years. Larger pieces such as coffee tables or television stands make almost any room come together.

Courtesy of HGTV

In 2017 Navy will be the new black, it works well with grays and bright colors such as red or yellow. It can give any room a nice dark pop when paired with a light color or just white. 2017 is your year to make the most out of your new home with some style trends that are here to stay for a while. 

Courtesy of HGTV

February
8

RE/MAX Professionals Celebrates 2016 Successes

2016 was a record year for RE/MAX Professionals and we had a great time celebrating at our annual Holiday Party & Awards Celebration. The brokerage was named one of the top 30 brokerages in the Twin Cities, based on units sold. The total number of transactions were up 11.3% in the past year. Total volume increased 25.6% to $132 million over the past year, and our per agent productivity increased to 19 transactions. This led to RE/MAX Professionals being ranked #4 RE/MAX brokerage in Minnesota based on units sold.

RE/MAX Professionals could not have done it without our outstanding associates. RE/MAX Professionals inducted a total of 8 members into the Executive Club in 2016. The Executive Club level is the sixth highest international honor for sales in a single year. Only 20% of more than 1,700 RE/MAX INTEGRA, Midwest associates in Minnesota achieved the Executive Club level in 2016. The recipients were Perry Abel, Andy Calton, Brittney Dahl, Elisa Eesley, Charlene Foltz, Dan Harrison, Tony Khambata, and Jeff Nivala Jr.

RE/MAX Professionals inducted a total of 8 members into the 100% Club in 2016. The 100% Club level is the fifth highest international honor for sales in a single year. Only 30% of more than 1,700 RE/MAX INTEGRA, Midwest associates in Minnesota achieved the 100% Club level in 2016. The recipients were Caroline Anderson, Anne Clancy, Justin Culley, Justin Fox, Hollie Hernandez, Aundrea Paskett, and Amy Zuccone.

RE/MAX Professionals inducted a total of 3 members into the Platinum Club in 2016. The Platinum Club level is the fourth highest international honor for sales in a single year. Only 9% of more than 1,700 RE/MAX INTEGRA, Midwest associates in Minnesota achieved the Platinum Club level in 2016.  The recipients were Jonathan Lindstrom, Thad Rich, and Mike Vizenor.

RE/MAX Professionals inducted 1 member into the Chairman's Club in 2016. The Chairman's Club is the third highest international honor for sales in a single year. Only 1% of more than 1,700 RE/MAX INTEGRA Midwest associates in Minnesota achieved the Chairman's Club level in 2016. Our very own Mark Mason was the recipient of this award in 2016. 

In addition to being named into the Chairman's Club, Mark Mason was also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, a significant milestone based on sales volume with RE/MAX. The Mason Team was awarded the top team at RE/MAX Professionals in transactions, completing 90 transactions in 2016.

Anne Clancy was awarded the On Fire award which is awarded to the individual or team that had the largest increase in production over the year prior. Anne had a 109.6% increase in volume for a total of 9 million in production.

Brittney Dahl was also presented with the On Fire award for the largest increase in transactions over the year prior. Brittney had an 85.7% increase in transactions.

Thad Rich was named the #1 individual agent at RE/MAX Professionals in volume and transactions with 12.1 million in volume and 43 transactions.

The Jonathan Lindstrom Real Estate Group was named the #1 team in Volume with 22.3 million in sales volume.

When asked about the success of his agents, broker and owner Justin Fox had this to say, "RE/MAX Professionals continues to be home to the most productive, independent real estate entrepreneurs. We continue to support productive real estate professionals with progressive leadership and technology. We're thrilled to recognize our associates on their outstanding achievements this year."

Congratulations to all of our award recipients in 2016. Their hard work and service-first attitude shows.

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