August brings about the annual ritual of back-to-school shopping. Back-to-school for Ray and I were the complete opposite. School for him started after Labor Day, he attended the same school system from k-12 and even lived in the same house in a small Michigan farming community with cousins and lifelong friends all around. I, on the other hand, grew up moving to a total of five different states and attended seven
different school systems. I was the “new girl” in school every few years. But no matter where you grew up back-to-school shopping meant new school tools like crayons, rulers, pencils, trapper keeper notebooks, and the totally cool math compass. In school we are all taught the importance of using the right tool for the job. We all know colored pencils do not color the same as crayons and that Crayola colors are much better than other brands. Well, Coldwell Banker Realty has tools too, the right tools for the jobs. I would go so far as to say Coldwell Banker Realty is the Crayola of real estate tools. First, the in-depth continuing education (CE) provided to all of us Coldwell Banker agents is remarkable. Their CE units prepare Ray and I for all the interesting twists and turns selling real estate brings so that we stay ahead of the curve. Then, we have incredible listing tools. One is called RealSure, a cash offer on your home. Period. You can skip the showings if you want.Watch our video for a bit more information.
We have another tool called RealVitalize. Are there repairs or sprucing up you need done before listing? RealVitalize takes care of the hiring and paying for the work and then at closing RealVitalize is reimbursed from your net earnings. Easy Peasy! But maybe you’re thinking, “I’m a buyer not a seller, what are your tools for me?” That is where our extensive CE comes into play. Coldwell Banker and our managing broker, Cindi Rogers, in particular go to great lengths to make sure we have in-depth understanding to negotiate your deal, knowledge of the Florida contracts, understanding of the market, the best practices and right way to achieve your real estate goals. Integrity, professionalism, honesty, and knowledge are the tools Ray and I have built our business on.
Is August still a hot sellers market? Yes, but check out this data graph for the area of Venice, North Venice, Nokomis, Osprey - this shows the entire market from July 2018 through July 2021. The blue line is the active inventory. The red line represents the sold homes. Then the brown line shows new listings coming on the market. July shows the first month since February where the number of new listings was higher than the closings. It’s also obvious that the real estate inventory market is low. But interesting stats for our Coldwell Banker office we have closed 889 units Year-over-Year, that is up 34% from last year. And this might surprise some but our listings are up 7% over last year. How is it that we are up in listings and still have low inventory. It's in the 34% more closed transactions this year.
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