Dennis Realty April 4, 2021

EXPAND YOUR REAL ESTATE NETWORK WITH THESE PRACTICAL TIPS

Success in real estate is in direct correlation to your network of potential clientele and without it, continued success in the industry may be difficult. Today, the way we interact with others is changing, and coming up with new ways to connect with your clients can be challenging. Marketing yourself as the agent that your clients can trust is key to gaining the business that you’re striving for.

To stand out from the seemingly endless sea of real estate agents out there, it is vital to market your individual personality.  Your personal brand is your voice in the marketplace and is how most people get to know you before they actually meet you.  To help build your personal brand consider the following questions:

      • What characteristics do you possess that are likely to help you attract clients?
      • How does your personality play a part in your business marketing strategies?
      • How can you relate your hobbies and interests to your clients / potential clients?

These types of questions are important to consider when developing your marketing strategy.  After all, being a Realtor is about more than selling homes, it’s about building relationships!  So, making your personality known will have a lasting impact on the people you interact with.  The easiest way to start is to add your contacts to your social media network.  Then begin making regular posts about yourself, your business, and your community in order build an online presence and keep your name top of mind.  It is important that when marketing your business or answering questions, to make sure that you interact in ways that are relatable to your audience in order to provide a sense of comfort and trust. When the time comes, your clients will know who to call! 

We know it sounds easy but sometimes making connections is tough.  So, how do you start making those new connections?  We’re glad you asked!

There are plenty of ways to meet people in day-to-day life who may need your assistance in real estate! Start with who you already know and tell them to spread the word about your career in real estate. The Leading Real Estate Companies of the World has put together a list of different categories of client sources you can use to build your clientele that you may not have thought of.  Here are a few!

THE DEPENDABLES

Relatives! Isn’t it about time to send Aunt Betty a note – how about nieces and nephews, now married and fast approaching the homebuying age? Do they know you can help them?

THE ORGANIZERS

The neighbor you depend on to let you know about a zoning change, the change in the bus route, the school closing, why the street is torn up. Not only is your neighbor in the know about civic matters, but in the course of getting in on protest meetings, gets to know a lot about the neighborhood. He’s probably heard many times, “Well, I’m moving so I don’t care what they do in this neighborhood anymore!” And there is your cue.

THE ADVERTISERS

A large percentage of garage sales are the direct result of a transfer. Moving sales are a dead giveaway. While the local paper can give the subtle agent a chance at a referral (or potential listing), actually attending the sale and offering referral services on a direct basis may prove more effective and worth your time. Who knows, they may be selling the “white elephant” of your dreams…

THE ENLISTED REFERRALS

Military personnel commonly move all over the country with regularity. Wouldn’t it make their job so much simpler to have a good relocation service to assist?

THE CURE-ALL REFERRALS

With the vast number of people involved in the medical field, surely you must have overlooked an acquaintance that might introduce you to the personnel manager of one of the local hospitals. It is common knowledge that doctors usually move on an average of every two years during the early part of their careers.

These are just a few suggestions on how you can make initial contact with potential clients and start building your business. If you’re interested in taking your career in real estate to the next level with innovative ideas, continuous training, and outstanding support, check us out!  We’ve been building relationships for over 45 years and invite you to come experience The Dennis Difference!

Dennis Realty March 30, 2021

DENNIS REALTY SELECTED AS THE 2020 GLOBAL ALLIANCE CLUB AWARD WINNER

Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation Wins Prestigious Achievement Award

 

 

Lutz, FL – March 4, 2021– Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation was recognized with a top Member Achievement Award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of market-leading independent real estate firms, during a special awards   ceremony held virtually March 1. 

   

Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation won the Global Alliance Club award. The 2020 Global Alliance Club recognizes members with one or more closed referrals across country borders. 

 

Carl Stratton, the Managing Broker of Dennis Realty has diligently focused on building the agency’s relocation division over the years. Upon being presented with the Global Alliance Club award he had this to say, “Our membership with Leading RE allows us to assist our clients worldwide. The world is getting smaller and having access to such a robust international real estate company like Leading RE has truly proven to be the key to successfully serving our clients on a global scale.”

 

“We are delighted to celebrate our members who went above and beyond serving the needs of relocating home buyers and sellers during a truly unprecedented year,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “The evolving needs of homeowners resulted in increased activity for our network, whether relating to the demand for more space, the appeal of a change of scenery, the ability to work from anywhere or the desire to be closer to family.”

 

He added, “While we normally present these awards during our annual Conference Week, which has been postponed until the end of May, we didn’t want to delay the opportunity to acknowledge their success.”

 

Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation is the West Central Florida representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 135,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation combines authentic local market leadership with top-ranked resources and relationships with other premier real estate firms across the country and around the world.

Established in 1973, Dennis Realty is a leading real estate company serving West Central Florida. Our professional family of REALTORS® proudly serves the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando and beyond. At Dennis Realty, we believe that our business is more than selling houses—it is about fulfilling dreams, creating investment opportunities, assisting, and building communities and maintaining lasting relationships.

 

Dennis Realty delivers quality service, expert knowledge, decades of experience, and proven results.  Let us know how we can help you and come experience the Dennis Difference!

Dennis Realty March 25, 2021

DENNIS REALTY WINS THE 2020 MOMENTUM CLUB AWARD

Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation was recognized with a top Member Achievement Award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE), a global network of market-leading independent real estate firms, during a special awards ceremony held virtually March 1, 2021. 

Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation won the Momentum Club award and was named to the Momentum Club in recognition of achieving notable improvement in their broker-to-broker referral production in 2020.

When presented with the Momentum Club award, Carl Stratton, the Managing Broker of Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation, said, “We appreciate the strong, dynamic network that the Leading RE team has constructed. The benefits that it offers to both clients and real estate agents are tremendous in assisting with relocation efforts worldwide.”

“We are delighted to celebrate our members who went above and beyond serving the needs of relocating home buyers and sellers during a truly unprecedented year,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Paul Boomsma. “The evolving needs of homeowners resulted in increased activity for our network, whether relating to the demand for more space, the appeal of a change of scenery, the ability to work from anywhere or the desire to be closer to family.”

He added, “While we normally present these awards during our annual Conference Week, which has been postponed until the end of May, we didn’t want to delay the opportunity to acknowledge their success.”

Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation is the West Central Florida representative of LeadingRE (http://www.LeadingRE.com). With a membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 135,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. As a member of LeadingRE, Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation combines authentic local market leadership with top-ranked resources and relationships with other premier real estate firms across the country and around the world.

Established in 1973, Dennis Realty is a leading real estate company serving West Central Florida. Our professional family of REALTORS® proudly serves the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando and beyond. At Dennis Realty, we believe that our business is more than selling houses—it is about fulfilling dreams, creating investment opportunities, assisting and building communities and maintaining lasting relationships.

Dennis Realty delivers quality service, expert knowledge, decades of experience, and proven results. We invite you to come experience the Dennis Difference and put our team to work for you!

Dennis Realty February 13, 2021

2020 JUANITA DENNIS AWARD PRESENTATION

Dennis Realty & Investment Corporation is proud to recognize Nicole Parker as the 2020 Juanita Dennis Award Recipient.  This achievement speaks volumes to the character, determination, and dedication that Nicole demonstrates as a real estate professional but to truly understand the value of receiving this award, you must understand a little bit about the matriarch for whom it is named.  

Juanita Dennis is described and remembered as an achiever, a top producer, and a motivator.  She began in the real estate industry in 1973 when being an aggressive female go-getter wasn’t exactly popular but she wasn’t deterred.  Her vision, determination, and goal-oriented mindset allowed her to climb the ladder to success in real estate, while setting the standard for those she mentored.  Juanita was a woman who believed in working hard, and it was her commitment and dedication combined with an honest, strong work ethic, that made her an inspiration for those following in her footsteps.  Throughout her career, Juanita maintained an impeccable reputation among her clients, peers, and colleagues.

Carl Stratton, the managing broker of Dennis Realty, says that it is Juanita’s persona that he has built the company’s foundation upon and believes that her values are the driving force behind the company’s success today.  Carl is dedicated to maintaining Juanita’s vision for success which includes providing support, leadership, and growth opportunities to his team.  Each year one agent is selected who fervently strives to achieve this elite status and we are excited that Nicole Parker has been selected for this honor.  

If you know Nicole, then you already know that her values align with those of Mrs. Dennis.  Nicole is a driven, goal-oriented achiever who dedicates herself to getting it right.  As a top producer, Nicole not only closes deals but she does so with the admiration of both her clients and colleagues.  We are honored to have Nicole Parker as one of our professionals and we are extremely proud of her representation of what we call  “The Dennis Difference”.  Please join us in congratulating Nicole on this tremendous achievement and on continuing the tradition of excellence in real estate.

Dennis Realty January 23, 2021

IS BUYING A HOME MORE AFFORDABLE THAN RENTING?

Are you spending more time at home? Is your home doing double duty as an office?  If so, you’re not alone.  If you’re renting, you may be wondering whether or not buying a home is a better option even with home prices on the rise.  So, is it?  Well, the data experts at ATTOM DATA SOLUTIONS say that owning a home is still more affordable than renting.

In their recently published 2021 Rental Affordability Report they state that the research shows that

Owning a median-priced three-bedroom home is more affordable than renting a three-bedroom property in 63% of the 915 counties analyzed

The report goes on to state that

“in 83% of the included counties, median home prices have increased more than average rents in the past 12 months and have risen more than wages in about ⅔ of the nation.

So what’s the driving force behind this paradox?  HISTORICALLY LOW MORTGAGE RATES!  

That’s right! Todd Teta, the Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data Solutions explains that mortgage rates below 3% are balancing the cost of rising home prices.  As we transition from 2020 into 2021, it appears that mortgage rates are staying low which will in turn continue to make homes affordable.  ATTOM’s Teta remarks that

“It’s startling to see that kind of trend. But it shows how both the cost of renting has been relatively high compared to the cost of ownership and how declining interest rates are having a notable impact on the housing market and home ownership. The coming year is totally uncertain, amid so many questions connected to the Coronavirus pandemic and the broader economy. But right now, owning a home still appears to be a financially-sound choice for those who can afford it.”

If you’re still wondering if buying a home is right for you, please contact us!  We can help you not only find a home but we can put you in contact with trusted advisors who can help you decide what’s right for you. Come experience The Dennis Difference and see what sets us apart from the rest!

Dennis Realty January 6, 2021

3 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELLING YOUR HOME

Selling your home is a big decision and it’s important to understand how to get the most money for your investment in the current market.  When you think about selling your home you may be overcome with sentimental memories and that’s okay.  Just remember that you will build new memories in your new home and reach new milestones.  Help from a real estate professional can help you avoid costly mistakes, give you guidance on pricing your home correctly, and help you transition to your new home.  

SETTING THE CORRECT PRICE FOR YOUR HOME

In today’s real estate market, inventory is very low which means that homes are selling quickly and in some cases are listed and sold on the same day.  As a seller, this means that you may receive multiple competing offers which is very positive but remember that an appraiser will determine the fair market value of your home.  Why is this important?  It depends on the type of offer that is presented.  If you have a buyer that is able to pay above the appraisal value then there is generally no issue, otherwise you may have to renegotiate because the bank will only lend what the appraiser determines is the fair market value.  We can help you determine the sale price for your home using statistics from recent home sales and other metrics.

HANDLING EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT

Homeowners are holding on to their homes longer than in previous decades.  This graph from Keeping Current Matters shows that since 1985 the average ownership time has increased from 5 to 10 years which is a huge increase over what used to be considered the “norm”.

The effect of staying in your home longer is that it might be harder for you to make the decision to sell even though you may financially benefit.  Memories are very powerful and if this is a first home or the home you raised a family in, then you are going to have an emotional attachment which could make it more difficult to negotiate the fair market value of your home.  It’s safe to say that the emotional value and the fair market value aren’t generally the same and accepting that can be challenging.

PRESENTING YOUR HOME TO POTENTIAL BUYERS

When preparing to put your home on the market it is important to depersonalize your decor.  From the buyers’ perspective they are looking to envision your home as their own.  This means taking down family photos, decluttering, and maybe even updating the paint colors.  This article on how to prepare your home to sell has a ton of useful information.

NEXT STEPS

Right now may be the right time to sell your home considering the current market conditions.   If you have questions please let us know.  We have a team of very experienced real estate professionals covering Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus, Pasco, & Pinellas counties but that’s not all.  Dennis Realty & Investment Corp. is a part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World which means that we can help you no matter where you are in the world.  We’re local and we’re global so if you’re thinking about selling your home, make sure you have the right team to help you get the most for your investment.  We invite you to experience the Dennis Difference and see what sets us apart from the rest.

Dennis Realty December 22, 2020

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO SUCCESSFULLY PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR SALE

Preparing your home to be listed for sale is a lot like preparing to host a wedding in your backyard.  You don’t have to make a seating chart or party favors but the tasks to ready your home sale are very similar.  In general, it comes down to cleaning, decluttering, repairing, and a little sprucing up.  We suggest focusing on the following areas to ensure that your home stands out from the rest!

INTERIOR – CLEAN & DECLUTTER

Everyone knows that a clean home not only looks good, but also makes you feel good when you enter, and feelings are a HUGE factor when it comes to selling.  The first thing a person notices when they enter your home aside from the decor, is how clean it is.  So, preparing your home requires a deep clean and some serious decluttering. The American Cleaning Institute has some tips for cleaning when you’re trying to sell your home.  We couldn’t agree more!   

Each room needs to sparkle but each room is a bit different, requiring either more or less effort.  Whether you work from easiest to hardest or vice versa, make a plan and stick to it.  Staging your home is also something to consider and our friends at Instyle Home Interiors are a great resource for home staging advice.  

KITCHEN 

When a buyer is touring your home, the first place they want to go is the kitchen!  The kitchen is the main selling feature of your home because it’s where all the action happens.  Cooking, homework, meals, celebrations – they generally all occur in or around the kitchen, so it’s no secret that the kitchen could be a deal breaker or a deal maker!  

In order to keep it in the deal maker category, consider the following when tackling the kitchen:

              • Clean the inside and the outside of the cabinets and dust on top if there is open space above.
              • Throw out, make a donate box, or sell items you no longer need and don’t want to pack.  
              • Clean under the sink including the garbage can and the garbage disposal.
              • Polish any stainless steel and make sure any hard water marks are gone.
              • Clean the inside of the dishwasher- it sounds like a chore but it’s actually quite simple.  This article from Country Living explains how!
              • Clean the refrigerator and the freezer and toss out any outdated food.
              • Don’t forget the microwave and make sure to clean the top of the inside.  

 

BATHROOMS 

The second place a buyer is interested in seeing the master bathroom but really each bathroom matters.  This article from Jaclyn Crawford over at Improvenet.com explains the importance of the bathroom when selling your home but it’s clear that a clean bathroom is key, so keep these things in mind.

            • Clean the walls and patch any holes.
            • Paint the walls with a neutral color.
            • Dust and clean the light fixtures and replace bulbs with daylight LED lights.
            • Clean the inside and outside of the cabinets and get rid of any unnecessary clutter.
            • Dust the towel racks, toilet paper holder, shelving and decor.
            • Get the hard water stains out of the toilet bowl, tub, and shower.
            • Remove any broken or peeling caulk around the tub, shower, and sinks and re-apply for a fresh, clean look.
            • Wash any rugs and clean the floors.
            • Clean the tile grout and restore the color.

 

BEDROOMS & LIVING AREAS 

These areas are generally the easiest to clean and it’s a good idea to de-personalize so that a buyer can envision your home as their own.  To make the most impact in these rooms consider the following:

                  • Give all closets a serious going-through and get rid of, donate, or sell any items you haven’t used or worn in the past 6-12 months.
                  • Clean the walls and dust the ceiling fans.
                  • Patch any holes and paint the walls with a neutral color.
                  • Clean the carpets and vacuum.
                  • Dust and paint the baseboards.
                  • Dust the light fixtures and furniture.

 

GARAGE 

Cleaning out the garage is a chore that no one really looks forward to but leaves you with a sense of accomplishment once finished.  Charlene Storozuk from Dezigner Digz explains the importance of a clean and tidy garage in this article she wrote for the National Association of Realtors.

                  • Declutter and get rid of any items you don’t need at your new home or don’t want to pack.
                  • Patch any holes in the walls and paint with a bright white color.
                  • Clean the floors paying special attention to any grease marks.
                  • Tidy up your workspace and put hand tools away and out of sight.

 

 

EXTERIOR

The exterior of your home is the first thing that a buyer sees and is the first impression that begins to formulate their opinion.  As such, it is important to get it in shape by making any needed repairs and cleaning. If you’re thinking about painting check out this article from Bob Vila on color choices that work well together and focus on the following to spruce up the exterior. 

                    • Pressure wash the house, driveway, patio, and fencing. 
                    • Clean the roof.
                    • Repair any damaged wood or stucco.
                    • Paint the exterior if it’s been more than 2-3 years.
                    • Clean out the gutters and downspouts.
                    • Sweep the sidewalk or walkway approaching the entry to the home.
                    • Clean the ceilings and remove any bugs and cobwebs.
                    • Wash the windows. 

LANDSCAPING

The yard is the equivalent of a hairstyle and can really make a difference when it’s well kept and tidy.  Like the exterior, landscaping is part of the first impression and has the ability to make a buyer feel positive or negative. HGTV has put together this helpful list of things to consider regarding curb appeal and we agree.   

 

                • Pull any weeds in the flower beds, walkways, and patio areas.
                • Mow and edge the yard weekly.
                • Put down new mulch in the flower beds.
                • Add some colorful plants to give a splash of color.
                • Trim the bushes and trees to create a curated look and frame the exterior.
                • Check the sprinkler system and replace any broken sprinklers.

 

 

If you’re thinking about selling your home or have questions about the process, please contact us.  We pride ourselves on being a trusted advisor in all aspects of real estate and we would love to earn your business.

Dennis Realty Cares November 12, 2020

Thanksgiving Food Drive 2020

Brought to you by Cassidy Spitler:

Dennis Realty is supporting the local community and collecting for the Metropolitan Ministries Thanksgiving food drive. We will be collecting non perishable food items today through Thursday, November 19th. You can drop off the non perishable food at the Lutz, Brooksville or Hernando Beach locations. We also have a link to an Amazon shopping list. The link will take you to the shopping list where you can purchase any items on the list and get it shipped directly to our Lutz office to be added to the food drive. Thank you everyone for your support and Happy Thanksgiving. 

For any questions please contact Cassidy at 813-949-7444 EXT 143.

Dennis Realty November 1, 2020

Heroes On The Move – Giving Back to Our Everyday Heroes

Heroes On The Move – Home Rebate Program for Everyday Heroes

Heroes On The Move is an amazing rebate program designed to give back to our everyday heroes. When a hero buys or sells a home through the Heroes on the Move program, they’ll receive a rebate based on the actual sales price – not a fixed amount based on a range of pricing – and you’ll receive your rebate at the closing!

We understand your job is challenging and that you put in long hours to serve our community. We aim for this program to show how thankful for the services our everyday heroes provide. 

Who Are the Everyday Heroes?

  • Active Military & Veterans

  • Law Enforcement

  • Firefighters

  • EMT Services

  • Health Professionals

  • Teachers & Educators

 

How Do I Apply For The Rebate?

Applying for Heroes On The Move is as simple and requires a bit of basic information.

To apply for the rebate: Visit Heroesonthemove.com and scroll to the bottom to fill out the registration form.

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions list, contact online , or by phone at 844-944-0343.

Dennis Realty September 4, 2020

Search the MLS for Free

Hello Tampa & Future Home Buyers!

The power of starting your home search is now available to you! With our site you now have access to the MLS database at your fingertips! Here at Dennis Realty we have an interactive IDX search tool that feeds live daily listing data for home buyers and sellers. Search across major metro areas like Tampa, St. Pete, Hernando Beach, Odessa, New Port Richey, & beyond

Start your search no matter your local and time of day here: Here!

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