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National Real Estate News

09May

Hiring a Real Estate Agent?

Referrals Are Key

People often get interviews for jobs based on specific criteria. Then, the key to whether or not they actually get hired comes down to “fit.” Hiring a real estate agent is no different.  Homebuyers and sellers should consider a range of qualifications when selecting a realtor – and ultimately decide what matters most: Experience? Referrals? Results? Fit?

Members of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group are happy to share our experience with prospective clients.  Referrals and references are the cornerstone of our business.  Our website, www.LeeAnnGroup.com, offers many of our much-appreciated client testimonials.  Each member of our team has been recognized for assisting customers, and we are grateful that buyers and sellers have taken the time to express their appreciation!

We are pleased to share just one of our recent testimonials:

I wanted to tell you what a pleasure it was working with you.  We really loved your approach.  Being in D.C., we are used to realtors that want you to sign an agent agreement before they will show you anything and then put and lot of pressure on you to try and make decisions quickly.  We never felt that from you, and it made the whole experience much more enjoyable.  You were always incredibly responsive – nights, weekends, whenever, but we never felt like we were at all rushed.  You gave us a lot of valuable input and guidance, and then listened to what it is we were looking for.   I’m sure part of this is just a difference in the size of the markets, but we both much prefer your approach.  We are very excited about the prospect of our new home, and we feel like we got the right deal for us. Thank you again.  You were the perfect realtor for us.

-      Joseph and Shina

Our Resume

Sales volume, the number of properties sold (as buyer agent or seller agent) is an important factor for many people.  The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group leads Sussex County Realtors again for 2013 in sales volume and ranks 7th out of over 47,000 Prudential/Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents nationwide. 

It’s true that we are busy!  This pace actually enables us to serve the needs of more clients:  We often put buyers and sellers together quickly, based on a strong local network and real-time real estate knowledge.  Additionally, we have a strong working knowledge of most of the properties on the market and their current market value.

All members of The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group sales team - Lee Ann, Chris Holt, Carrie Gentile, Trish Irwin, Garrett King, Dane Baich, Erin Lee, Mark Robinson, Dawn Singley, Cyndi Myers, Billie Wilkinson, Taylor Wilkinson, Bob Green and Beth Heid – work together to make sure buyers and sellers receive quick answers and superior service.  Our office is open seven days a week.

Each of us also recognizes that homebuyers and sellers here at the Delaware beaches have many choices when selecting a real estate agent.  Buying or selling a home is a huge investment; so, just like hiring for any position, it sometimes comes down to “fit” – what matters most and who can make you feel comfortable with your purchase.  



For more information about The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group, please visit our website at www.LeeAnnGroup.com, call us at (302) 645-6664, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. You could even stop by the office at 16698 Kings Highway, Suite A, in Lewes!

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06October

Closings, Despite Government “Closing”

Federal government shutdown has not impacted our local real estate settlements. If you would like to buy or sell property, like this beautiful home at 33693 Bay Ridge Lane, call us!

 

The continued shutdown of our Federal Government is concerning on many levels – including its reach to Cape region residents still working in Washington, DC., and the impact of people furloughed throughout the country.  Of course it’s a topic unto itself.

 

We can at least address one question: How will the shutdown affect the home buying process?

Most federal agencies involved in federal housing and mortgage programs will continue to operate throughout the shutdown, though a few may process things slightly more slowly.  To summarize a reference sheet from The National Association of REALTORS released on October 3, 2013:

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) – specifically single family mortgage loans, VA Loan Guaranty program, Government Sponsored Enterprises (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) and the Treasury’s The Making Home Affordable Program (HAMP and HAFA) will continue to operate during the shutdown, with some requiring subsequent verification of information.  The IRS and Social Security Administration may be the slowest to process requests for verification.

To summarize a local report from our friends at Dynamic Mortgage:  We are closing loans! 

Whether you have already put a contract on a property to buy or are considering a purchase, mortgages are still moving along!  Check with your mortgage lender to find out if the federal shutdown may impact you personally, and always feel free to contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group with any questions about buying or selling homes and land in our Delaware Beach communities!

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20July

Prudential Real Estate Earns Top Spots for Customer Satisfaction

JD Power and Associates' Annual Survey Results are In!

Prudential Real Estate Ranked Highest for Customer Satisfaction in Three Segments of J.D. Power and Associates 2013 Home Buyer/Seller Study

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Prudential Gallo, REALTORS, is proud to be affiliated with Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company.  Prudential Real Estate announced last week that its affiliate network ranked highest for customer satisfaction in three of the four segments included in J.D. Power and Associates’ annual Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study: 

  • Repeat Home Buyer
  • First-time Home Buyer
  • First-time Home Seller

 

The J.D. Power and Associates sixth annual study measured customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies in four categories of the home-buying experience:

  • Agent/salesperson
  • Real estate office
  • Closing process
  • Variety of additional services

 

Seller satisfaction was evaluated through the same four factors plus marketing.

According to survey findings (per the Prudential Real Estate July 10, 2013 press release), Prudential Real Estate scored over 800/1000 possible points in each of its top three categories. This represents the third time in six years Prudential Real Estate ranked highest in seller satisfaction (including recognition in 2008 and 2010).

The strong Prudential brand, recognizable by the long-standing “Rock” logo, does stand for strength!  As the survey revealed, brand reputation was a key factor for first-time home buyers and sellers – and satisfaction increases with the number of transactions. 

“As long as I can remember seeing real estate ads on television or on local ‘for sale’ yard signs, I have associated the Prudential brand with stability, dependability and strength,” Lee Ann Wilkinson explains.  “My team and I are proud to be part of this network and represent its commitment to home buyer and seller satisfaction.  Our referrals and repeat clients are truly the cornerstones of our business.”

Additional survey findings include:

  • First-time home buyers and sellers are most influenced by a company’s good reputation and the recommendations they receive from friends, family and colleagues.
  • More than one-third (35%) of first-time home buyers and 27% of first-time sellers indicate they selected their real estate company based on its reputation.
  • 28% of first-time home buyers and 27% of first-time sellers selected their company based on recommendations.
  • Overall satisfaction with real estate companies is higher among repeat customers compared to first-time buyers or sellers.
  • Suggesting better times in residential real estate, the percentage of first-time home sellers increased to 44% in 2013 from 30% in 2012.
  • The percentage of first-time home buyers also increased significantly, 49% in 2013 vs. 40% a year ago.

 

The 2013 Home Buyer/Seller Study includes 4,371 evaluations from 3,930 respondents who bought or sold a home between March 2012 and April 2013.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group recently earned top honors among Prudential Real Estate affiliates nationally and in Canada as 8th of more than 47,000 real estate agents in terms of number of transactions for 2012.

The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group is an agent of Prudential Gallo, Realtors, which is a brokerage member of Prudential Real Estate - a network brand of HSF Affiliates LLC, of which HomeServices of America, Inc. is a majority owner. Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

Prudential Real Estate is a part of the HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage family, which includes Real Living Real Estate and the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand available later in 2013.  Prudential Real Estate franchisees are independently owned and operated. HSF Affiliates LLC, based in Irvine, Calif., is a joint venture of HomeServices of America and Brookfield Asset Management.

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit jdpower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

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07April

Warming Trend

In the Delaware Beach Real Estate Market

When it is 50 degrees one day and 70 the next, it must be spring! Can our local real estate market warm up as quickly?  Judging by 2013 activity so far, our forecast is definitely improving.

“The bidding wars are back,” proclaims CNNMoney (April 5, 2013).  Especially in metropolitan areas like New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and cities throughout northern and southern California, sellers are receiving multiple offers on properties.

This national trend is largely a result of an imbalance between buyers and sellers (a much lower than normal number of houses for sale). Additionally, buyers want to take advantage of current low mortgage rates. While spring is usually a popular time for sellers to list homes, this seasonal bump may not balance the scale.

Delaware beach housing inventory levels remain lower than usual, as well.  Demand is exceeding supply, which is creating buyer competition.  Locally, we are seeing a continual rise in multiple offers - especially for beach homes that are priced right and for vacant lots in Historic Lewes.

While the term “bidding wars” may be strong, Delaware beach homes are definitely becoming hotter properties!

Contact The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Prudential, Gallo REALTORS for more information about the Delaware beach real estate market and properties in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Milton, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and towns in-between.  Call us at (302) 645-6664, email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit us online at www.leeanngroup.com.

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