In case you haven’t heard, Century 21 has swept all categories of J.D. Power’s 2015 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. For the second year in a row, CENTURY 21 was ranked highest across the four segments in this study: first-time home buyer, repeat home buyer, first-time home seller and repeat home seller. The CENTURY 21 brand is the only real estate firm in the history of the J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Study to rank highest in all four segments for two consecutive years! Read more about it in the official press release here. We are proud to be a part of the unique Century 21 brand, and would like to take a moment to thank all agents across the Century 21 System for all the amazing work they have done and continue to do.
What a great event at CENTURY 21 Realty Partners. The 2015 Awards Gala was held at April Sound Country Club on April 24th. It was a cocktail event to acknowledge the award winning efforts of our offices in 2014. The chef prepared a wonderful meal and we all enjoyed mingling with our guests and fellow agents. The main highlight of the evening was the number of Quality Service awards that the management team presented to the agents. Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you for introducing us to all of your guests. We are looking forward to a stupendous 2015 and hope that you are all winners again next year!
It’s common knowledge that everyone wants to buy their own little piece of Texas right now, particularly international homebuyers. Just take a look at the 2014 Texas International Homebuyers Report released this month by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Take a looks at some of the highlights below. We have already seen international buyers making significant impacts throughout the Houston Area housing market, this trend is very likely continue into the future.
Texas constituted 12% ($11.06 billion) of international home sales in the United States between March 2013 to March 2014. This is a 3% increase from the previous period and the highest level in the past five years.
Texas ranked third in the U.S. for total number of international home sales by state, after Florida and California.
More than half of all international home buyers in Texas originate from Latin America or the Caribbean.
By a significant margin, the majority of U.S. home purchases by Mexican buyers are in Texas, with 65% of purchases occurring in the Lone Star State.
If you are an international buyer who is interested in Texas real estate don’t hesitate to contact us. We have Certified International Property Specialists (CIPS) who are specifically trained on how to handle transactions with international aspects.
CENTURY 21 brand ranked “Highest Overall Satisfaction for First-Time and Repeat Home Buyers and Sellers
I’m sure by now you’ve heard the great news about CENTURY 21… We are the brand that has swept the 2014 J.D. Power Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study! Read all about it in the official press release below.
CENTURY 21 REAL ESTATE SWEEPS J.D. POWER 2014 HOME BUYER/SELLER SATISFACTION STUDY
MADISON, N.J. (August 6, 2014) – CENTURY 21 Real Estate, the iconic brand with the world’s largest real estate franchise sales organization, announced that it has been ranked highest in overall customer satisfaction by the J.D. Power 2014 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM, released today. Specifically, CENTURY 21® Real Estate swept the awards by receiving the highest ranking among national real estate companies across all four customer satisfaction segments in the study, including: First-Time Home-Buyer Satisfaction, Repeat Home-Buyer Satisfaction, First-Time Home-Seller Satisfaction and Repeat Home-Seller Satisfaction.
“CENTURY 21 sales professionals understand that real estate is about developing relationships and building trust with their customers. Customer satisfaction is at the core of everything that they do each and every day,” said Rick Davidson, president and chief executive officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “Our brand reputation is earned and measured with every customer interaction, and these J.D. Power results showcase the quality of our franchise broker network and their affiliated sales professionals.”
The study, now in its seventh year, measures customer satisfaction among first-time and repeat home buyers and sellers with the nation’s largest real estate companies. Overall satisfaction is measured across four factors of the home-buying experience: agent/salesperson; real estate office; closing process; and variety of […]
As the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are getting underway, CENTURY 21 Real Estate LLC is debuting the newest SMARTER. BOLDER. FASTER. television ads starring our greatest asset: the relationships we have with our clients. These ads will run throughout the games, but will be especially prominent during the bobsled competition. No wonder, since Century 21 is the official real estate company of the USA Bobsled and Skeleton Federation. The TV spots highlight the fantastic relationships we build with our clients and as visual metaphors feature a Zen garden, a field of puppies, and crowdsurfing. Don’t take our word for it though, take a look for yourself.
It is no secret that Houston’s economy just keeps pumping, throughout the region both transplants and locals are discovering that buying a home makes sense. Understandably, housing supply has been extremely tight throughout the year. All this growth has driven single-family home sales in the Houston area to the lowest recorded inventory levels. Ever. According to the latest Houston Association of Realtors monthly report, single-family home sales hit a record 73,232 closings in 2013, up an astounding 17.4% over 2012 (itself a very active year). Here’s a look at some statistical highlights from 2013:
- The Houston Area recorded 86,000 new jobs created, plenty of those new workers seem to have bought houses.
- The Houston Area median home price was $180,000 in 2013, up 9.4% over the previous year.
- The Houston Area average home price was a record-setting $265,017, up 10.3% from the previous average of $240,326 a year ago.
- Single-family home inventory hit a record low of 2.6 months, meaning that’s how long it would take for the Houston Area to sell every home listed given the current rate of sales. That’s less than the 3.7 months from 2012 and 5.8 months from 2011. A more “balanced” or “typical” market would usually hover around 6 months. This is absolutely a seller’s market.
- Total volume of home sales jumped 30.2% to $20.89 billion dollars.
“Clear to Close!” Those words are great news for buyers (and their agents)! Clear to Close (CTC) means all conditions of your loan have been met and the loan underwriter has given his blessing to release instructions to the title company for the closing. If you’re buying a home and you’re purchasing the home through financing, this is your goal: clear to close. Sometimes, these three words come in advance and everyone just coasts through the process. More typical though, you may be waiting for the CTC until the 11th hour. This can be a high stress time for you as a buyer.
To help streamline the path to your CTC, follow these 5 easy steps.
Choose a lender who is a good communicator. How fast does your potential lender respond to your questions? Do you understand the answers that they provide?
Ask your lender to provide a step-by-step accounting of the loan approval process in addition to the required disclosures and good faith estimates. (If they cannot provide a list, be wary!)
Provide your lender all documents he or she requests as quickly as possible. Any time spent waiting on you will slow down the approval process. Don’t open any new accounts, close any existing accounts, or make any large purchases without consulting with your lender first.
Make a quick electronic copy of your documents before you send them to the lender. A paper copy is ok: a scanned copy is better. There […]
International real estate grows in prominence and importance with every passing year. Several of our neighborhoods are attracting thriving communities of expats who live, work, and play in a world class metropolitan area. When you live in a region with an economy last measured at $442.4 billion, larger than Austria’s, South Africa’s, or the United Arab Emirate’s, you see a lot of folks from around the world coming to do business or settle down. This works in reverse as well, travel to any global metropolis from Sao Paulo to Shenzhen, and you will see Texans winning friends and influencing people. Texans in general have always welcomed opportunity no matter where in the world it comes knocking. This is why we are excited that CENTURY 21 has revamped and released an industry leading international real estate search. If you are looking to buy real estate in any one of over 71 countries where there is a CENTURY 21 System member, then let us connect you to them through our global referral network. Just want to see what’s on the market down in San Miguel Allende, Mexico? Now you can.
Here is what President and CEO of Century21 Real Estate LLC had to say about the new global real estate search portal.
“Property transactions today are occurring from country to country and continent to continent, through the development and launch of our global website, CENTURY 21 has positioned its over 102,000 sales professionals to collaborate, connect and engage buyers, sellers […]
Having your home on the market is a stressful time for even the most organized person. Keeping your home in a show-ready status at all times can be a challenge. There are many things you can do in advance to ease your stress level and make your home stand out. The amount of preparation you put into it before you list will definitely keep you ahead of the game, but what about everyday living?
Here are ten tried and true tips from some very clever sellers.
Keep a list of to-do tasks, and review it every night before bed.
Enlist the help of your kids. Make them responsible for making their beds, tidying the bathrooms, and putting away all toys and clothes.
Do you have pets? If so, vacuum and sweep daily. Also, keep the yard picked up after the pets and clean the litter box daily too.
Empty the dishwasher as soon as the dishes are clean. For those crazy days when it’s not all done and you have a last minute showing, throw the dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
Keep a couple of empty laundry baskets handy. When the call comes for a showing, dump everything you can’t find a place for in the baskets. Load up the baskets, the kids, and the pets in the car and take your messy house with you. When it’s time to return home, bring in the baskets and work from there.
If you […]
See how the market is doing with our latest Montgomery County Residential Market Update. Click the link above to see a short video outlining the key market trends at the end of the summer. In case you are wondering, it’s been another white hot summer buying season here in Texas. Many buyers who waited have found fewer homes on the market and higher prices, despite mortgage rates creeping upwards after historic lows. If you would like a market video regarding your city or zip code, contact us and we will be glad to provide one.