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CAN YOU DEFINE FREEDOM?

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Freedom is a symbol of the American dream. The hope of freedom has attracted millions of people from across the world to come to America.  The idea that freedom has always been promised to people in the United States may be comforting, but certainly not factual. There is a checkered history of freedom in America being interpreted to be meaningful to an inclusive group while excluding others. As I travel and meet with people across the U.S., I am more interested in how they define freedom for their lives, as opposed to having a debate on the historical timeline of freedom in this country. After all, shouldn’t we know what freedom looks like and means to ourselves as individuals?

A common question I ask people I meet is “Can you give me a definition of freedom?” The reaction to this question usually brings the look of bewilderment and a quiet awkward silence.  When I give an approving nod and a look of assurance to those that I posed the question to, I often times get a response that typically falls into one of two categories.  Either 1) to have enough money to never work again, or, 2) to do whatever I want.

Both of those answers sadden me a little bit, as I believe we have a built in need to contribute. Most successful people who gain true fulfillment do so by the contributions they make in their career or business, that then afford them the opportunity to give back to their community and family.  The other reason, often stated as doing “whatever I want” is the leftover rebellion of teenage years and the desire to not have anyone tell them what to do.  With either response, the individual may be missing the fundamental truth that is associated with the pursuit of happiness.

At the 2016 United® Convention in New Orleans, we first introduced the Webster dictionary of freedom: The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. However, as with most things in life, obtaining freedom is more complex than that simple definition in the dictionary.

Find Your Freedom® is United Real Estate trademarked recruiting slogan for real estate agents to work in a modern, relevant brokerage that allows an agent to grow their business, their income, their satisfaction in work and in life. What our slogan expresses is the reality that having freedom is not the ability to do whatever you want to do, but rather freedom is the ability to do what you are supposed to do! And in real estate that means investing in yourself to improve your business knowledge, while having the resources and training available to generate clients to meet your business goals. This is the dream of living life absent of necessity. To reach this level, it is critical to know what steps to take, and how to take them. In addition, this journey requires help and support.

At the 2017 United Convention March 2-4 in Austin, Texas, we are going to give you the knowledge to do what you are supposed to do to have the best year in your business and happiness in your life. Our special guest is one of the most dynamic speakers you will ever see. Mel Robbins energized the United audience last year, and she will spend more time with us this year to assist and push all attendees to do what they should be doing to gain success and fulfillment.

To learn more about Mel and her message, you can view a brief video clip here

To find out more about the 2017 convention, go to Unitedpalooza.com.

Peter

United Real Estate Group to be Featured on CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” Friday May 20th

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CEO Dan Duffy experiences front-line look into 90-year-old brand

United Real Estate Group, a fast-growing real estate franchise company that operates multiple brands nationwide and in select countries internationally, will be featured on the popular CBS reality series, “Undercover Boss.” The show will be broadcast at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, May 20. This will be the first time a real estate franchise has been featured on the popular program.

United®, established in 1925, continues to grow dramatically and be recognized as an innovative leader in unique, specialized real estate marketing. United Real Estate Group operates under two distinct brands, with United Real Estate focusing on urban residential markets and United Country Real Estate focusing on lifestyle and country markets. As United celebrates its 90th anniversary, CEO Dan Duffy was a prime candidate for “Undercover Boss” as he examines company performance, execution and culture at the local office level. The series has perfected the ability to uncover what is really going on inside some of America’s most iconic companies.

In the episode, Duffy worked directly with affiliated real estate agents and auctioneers.

“With 6,000 affiliated real estate and auction professionals across the U.S., Central America, Mexico and Australia, it is often a challenge to know how services are being delivered to our clients in market and to know each of the amazing individuals that make this organization so successful,” Duffy said. “The opportunity presented by ‘Undercover Boss’ was an extraordinary chance to do just that.”

“Undercover Boss,” in its seventh season, is a two-time Emmy Award-winning reality series that follows high-level executives as they slip secretly into the rank-and-file of their own organizations. Each week, a different leader anonymously joins a team member and works with them as they do their job, offering insights into the inner workings of their operation.

“Supporting the needs of the people and communities in which United operates has always been part of our core values at United. This experience reminded me how important it is for companies to not only provide exceptional services to their customers, but also to ensure everyone working with the company is respected and provided the resources to achieve their goals,” said Duffy. ‘Undercover Boss’ provided us a behind-the-scenes view into our 90-year-old brand. The experience was amazing and emotionally powerful.”

About United Real Estate Group

United Real Estate Group, operating the United Country Real Estate and United Real Estate brands, addresses the unique markets they serve, lifestyle, country and urban, with exclusive marketing, technology and training solutions. Together, the United brands support nearly 500 offices and 6,000 real estate professionals across four continents with a unique, comprehensive marketing program that includes one of the largest portfolios of real estate websites, the largest internal real estate marketing services company, an extensive buyer database of more than 650,000 opt-in buyers, and regional, national and international advertising programs for properties. For more information about United Country Real Estate or United Real Estate, please visit www.UnitedCountry.com or www.UnitedRealEstate.com.

What Does a United Real Estate Franchise Look Like?

If you’ve thought about joining United Real Estate, you might be wondering what a typical United Real Estate franchise looks like. Many of the offices have quickly risen in their local real estate markets as a centralized resource for agent training and development.

By focusing exclusively on agent recruiting, training, and development, our franchises focus on helping each professional maximize income while receiving support to develop branding, training, technology, marketing, and lead generation to sustain growth over time.

 

Providing Guidance for Success-Driven Agents

If you’re looking to boost your real estate earnings and prestige in the industry, United Real Estate can help. The franchise is headed by a powerful team of brokers, giving you the support necessary to promote success.

Just some of the key figures you’ll receive support from include:

  • Dan Duffy – As CEO, Dan has worked with the United team since 2006 to offer an innovative approach and strategies to agents. This creates a competitive advantage designed to help agents at a local level.
  • Peter Giese – The President of URE, Peter offers both national and local expertise in the real estate industry that furthers the capabilities of United Real Estate Premier.
  • Dave Dickey – The Chief Technology Officer, Dave provides the newest office technology solutions to our offices around the world.

While there are other key management figures, these three individuals form a strong foundation for the organization.

 

How Training at United Real Estate Works

United invests millions into helping agents grow and develop. As such, you can count on receiving the resources necessary to succeed, including:

  • Strategic planning sessions
  • Membership access to RealEstateCoach.com, a platform with articles, radio shows, a training library, and other resources for your success
  • Live and recorded webinars
  • An invitation to the United Real Estate Annual Convention, a prime event to network and receive further education
  • Technology training to utilize the powerful technological innovations United offers to agents

 

Contact Us to Get Started

If you’ve been looking to join United Real Estate either as an office or as an agent, now is the time.  With live and web-based training, advanced support and no fees, this is the perfect resource for your future development and needs.

To learn more about opportunities available with United Real Estate, visit GrowWithUnited.com.

Partner Feature: American Home Shield

When you purchase your home, homeowners insurance is a must. But, what about a home warranty?American Home Shield

A home warranty is a great choice for most homeowners as it covers the repair or replacement of major home systems including HVAC, electrical, plumbing, large appliances, and pools, amongst others. This will give you peace of mind (often for a one-year period before you must renew) that your home is covered should anything break down.

If you’re currently considering a home warranty, American Home Shield is a leader in home warranties and a valued partner of United Real Estate. Check out just some of the major benefits of choosing them for your own warranty below!

 

A Brief History of American Home Shield

Since 1971, American Home Shield (AHS) has been providing home warranties to homeowners just like you. The company serves the needs of homeowners through their network of qualified repair professionals that are ready to help whenever necessary.

Most AHS customers use their plan twice per year, giving them the support and flexibility necessary to keep their homes running. Through their relationship with the ServiceMaster company, AHS offers premier services from well-known names like Terminix, ServiceMaster Clean, Merry Maids, Furniture Medic, and Amerispec (amongst others) to homes across the nation.

 

Major Benefits of Using American Home Shield

There are major benefits of trusting your home to AHS over other potential organizations, including:

  • 24/7 Service – Home repairs don’t happen on a predictable schedule. Open 24/7, AHS is always there when you need them.
  • 90% Responsive – 90% of the time AHS assigns contractors to homes within just 15 minutes, meaning you receive the service you need (and quickly)!
  • 93% Effective – AHS has fulfilled 93% of customer service requests in the past three years. This guarantees they’ll provide the service promised when you need it most.

 

Learn More About American Home Shield for Your Needs

If you’ve been considering a home warranty, American Home Shield is a great resource.

Learn more about their services and pricing today to see if this is the right option to protect your important investment!

Disrupting the Real Estate Status Quo

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Since 1925, United Real Estate has played an integral role in the real estate landscape. And now, we’re rethinking and transforming the way agents like you invest in franchises to expand your own real estate careers.

We don’t believe in following the traditional franchise model. Instead, we offer a series of unique features designed to help you succeed, including:

  • 100-percent commission for agents
  • Business-building technology solutions
  • A dedicated training department for both agents and managers to help optimize your website, build strong client relationships, and learn more about other relevant topics
  • Protected office territories, providing reassurance for your franchise
  • No royalty or advertising fees
  • The strength and power of a national brand
  • Exceptional customer satisfaction (which will translate to your franchise as well)

Marketing and Logistical Support You Can Count On

At United Real Estate, we’re committed to providing ongoing support to all franchises from a logistical and marketing perspective. As such, you can depend on our resources as your own.

  • Logistical Support – We offer year-round trainings, business planning sessions, and other logistical support to ensure you can meet your goals and grow your franchise (even if it means opening multiple offices).
  • Marketing Support – Enhanced Marketing Solutions (EMS) is a subsidiary of United Real Estate that provides custom designs and campaigns for brokerages and agents alike. This is your go-to resource for all marketing needs.

Learn More About Growth Opportunities Available Exclusively Through United Real Estate

At United Real Estate, we believe that boutique firms, brokerages, and agents from a multitude of backgrounds are ideally suited to transition to United Real Estate brokerages. And with our unique structure that delivers more benefits to brokerages and agents alike, you stand to grow as an individual and a business.

To learn more about franchise opportunities and get your questions answered, head over to GrowWithUnited.com. We look forward to helping grow your career, your business, and your brand!

A Message from the President

As the new school year begins, teachers are quickly assessing their students’ current knowledge base and

Advice from the President, Start Where You Are

Advice from the President, Start Where You Are

 

 

highlighting a plan of milestones to be achieved over the course of the year.  The students will be required to change and adapt as the demands of continued learning grows during the year.  This time of year also means the beginning of America’s favorite sport – football.  From high school to college to the professional ranks, those coaching and playing football had their new year begin even earlier.

Anything you are going to do that is meaningful in your life and in business you will have to spend time working on the skills needed to succeed before you start your quest. If you are a football player and did not work out during the off season, you will be behind your competition. One question each player trying to make the team must ask themselves before the season starts is, “How am I going to make the coaches need me?”  To put it another way, they have to figure out how they are going to win a spot on the team.  At the professional level this is at the forefront of the player not just during the football preseason but throughout the year.  Each year, teams change and update their strategies to reflect the anticipated changing competitive conditions they will face so that they give their players the best opportunity to win more games.

I recognized some time ago that in life and in business you always have a choice.  You can take the right action or you can take the wrong steps.  The path to your successful business future starts by recognizing where you actually are relative to the progress you have made in growing your business.  If you understand the truth of where you are; you can then move forward.  The general education you received probably did not teach you how to apply that knowledge to builds success, nor how to manage the complex relationships that you must develop in many careers.

At United Real Estate, we have a process that allows real estate agents to grow personally and produce the results their clients desire.  Start where you are, but take action!  Get involved with all United Real Estate has to offer by attending our national real estate convention in New Orleans.  Those few days of commitment will deliver to you years of information – passed on to you by experts -that will allow you to begin to master your profession and win more business!

For more information on the best real estate event you can attend to build your business visit www.ureconvention.com

All the best,

 

Peter Giese

President

United Real Estate

We’re Looking for Someone Awesome

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United Real Estate is looking for a passionate marketing expert to join our team and help us achieve outstanding results for our offices, franchises and stakeholders. We need someone to help execute our national public relations and marketing campaigns. In case you haven’t heard, United Real Estate is one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerages in the United States, specializing in providing agents the tools and technology needed to grow their businesses.

What are we looking for? Marketing professionals with three to five years of relevant experience and a degree in marketing, business or something similar. Relevant experience includes media relations, writing, social media, content marketing and/or project management. Creating and delivering marketing collateral and programs to support the expansion and growth of the company services and programs is a key function of this role. Our ideal team member is a self-starter, writer and thinker, passionate about driving results and comfortable taking initiative. This position reports directly to the president of United Real Estate and the ideal candidate will need the ability to work directly with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

Here’s what we expect from our Marketing Manager –

  • Support the growth of company initiatives through the development of marketing and communications plans and outlines
  • Manage budgets and billing related to all marketing and sales activities
  • Manage all outgoing communication – including the management of the company’s social media presence, blog, online advertising, email calendar and web assets
  • Develop  strategy and copy of marketing communications and present to executive team for review
  • Develop marketing concepts and lead concept from idea through to final product
  • Create and implement an annual marketing communications plan
  • Ensures all communications align with strategic initiatives, presenting a unified message
  • Promote United Real Estate as a leader in real estate through media outreach and regular news release distribution
  • Maintain responsive working relationship with clients as well as with internal team members
  • Maintain contact and rapport with media suppliers

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Our open office environment and team structure provides a challenging, fun and highly energetic work culture. This position will be based at the United Real Estate flagship office in Dallas, TX.

If you’re interested in the position, send your resume and an explanation of why you’re our next team member to Peter Giese at pgiese@unitedrealestate.com!

United Real Estate Partners with DocuSign

Complete your real estate transaction more efficiently with DocuSign.

Complete your real estate transaction more efficiently with DocuSign.

The real estate customers you serve are digital. The vast majority of real estate agents recognize that the home buying and selling process starts with a consumer going online to educate themselves about market conditions and the home buying/selling process. A real estate agent having an online presence is not the same as having a digital strategy and transaction management plan. This requires an agent to have an appropriate mobile technology strategy and a user friendly way of sending contracts and receiving legally binding documents with approved electronic signatures.

A good description of digital transaction management as it pertains to the real estate industry would be: A new category of cloud services designed to digitally manage document-based transactions. It provides a way for real estate agents and brokers to manage a real estate transaction which involves multiple individuals and documents to create a faster, easier and more convenient process for all parties involved. At United Real Estate, we have embraced a paperless transaction management and storage system through our Paperless Pipeline system. As the consumer demands for communication efficiency increases and the advancement of technology allows this to be accomplished, we at United Real Estate will add the services to meet our clients’ needs. The expectation of the consumer will not be just greater ease of access to information but also greater efficiency in handling the documents required to close a real estate transaction. United Real Estate has the services to meet the ever changing needs of our clients.

With estimates of up to 77 percent of the adult online population using smart phones and the majority of them using them for real estate searches, we proactively changed our websites last year to be mobile responsive. This redesign was done to adapt the layout and interaction of the sites to work optimally across a wide range of mobile devices and screen densities. The next step for real estate agents to embrace and stay current with their tech savvy customers is moving towards a digital transaction. Anyone who has experienced the ease of use of digital technology and digital transaction management knows this is the future of our industry.

We are happy to announce that United Real Estate has signed a preferred vendor relationship with DocuSign, the leading and most respected company for sending, managing and executing legal documents. DocuSign is the best product to use to digitize the real estate transaction, especially as more and more consumers review documents on their smartphones and tablets. The ease of use of the DocuSign product is unmatched, as is their training and support.

Launching: Educator Mortgage Program

  • Now Offering: Discounts for Educators

    Now Offering: Discounts for Educators

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In conjunction with Supreme Lending, we have introduced a special Educator Mortgage Program that will be made available to teachers and all employees working in any public or private education system. This program is designed to benefit those who spend their days bettering the lives of others. You shape our children, our communities, our future – let us serve you, your family, your future.

What’s offered?

  • Discounted closing costs
  • Real estate agent fee credits
  • Priority loan processing
  • School Donations

Who can participate?

  • Teachers/faculty
  • Coaches
  • Custodial/facilities staff
  • Librarians
  • Secretaries
  • Professors/adjunct faculty
  • Counselors
  • And any public or private school employee

If you work in the public service sector and you are looking to find out if this program could work for you, contact us or visit our dedicated website.

Office Spotlight: United Real Estate – Asheville

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Located in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountain range, Asheville boasts a unique blend of natural wonders coupled with rich architecture and historical roots.

Residents can explore locally owned boutiques, eateries and galleries oozing with vibrant and inviting energy. Asheville has over 30 art galleries to stroll through as well as a fresh mix of farm-to-table dining, southern comfort food and everything in between.

While the city boasts an eclectic mix of food, art and entertainment, the mountains offer a steady stream of natural beauty for locals to enjoy. It’s an outdoor lovers dream with easy access to hiking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and even stargazing.

The city has kept much of its historical architecture intact, allowing residents and visitors alike to see a rare blend of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical style architecture.

In addition to its thriving city center, Asheville has some great neighborhoods to explore for those looking for a new home or vacation house:

Black Mountain

Located only 15 miles from Asheville, this neighborhood is an ideal spot for families to settle in. Black mountain has an exceptional school system, a wide range of cabins and homes to choose from and small town hospitality that will make anyone feel at home.

Biltmore Forest

A well-established luxury community, Biltmore Forest offers residents the privacy of forest living. Not far from Asheville, this neighborhood is a great place to live, work and enjoy the natural beauty of the area.

Candler

A mountain community through and through, Candler is only 20 minutes from Asheville. Located in Hominy Valley, Candler boasts an idyllic country setting without the isolated country feeling. Residents can also enjoy weekends sans yard work and outdoor maintenance, as Candler is a maintenance-free community!

Waynesville

Natural beauty is everywhere in this charming small town. Nestled in a valley just 30 miles outside of Asheville, Waynesville residents can savor stunning views of the Great Balsam range. Condos, townhomes and single family homes are available to buy in this neighborhood.

Weaverville

Weaverville has a bustling economy, with one of the most vibrant art communities in North Carolina. With a low tax rate and a pro-business attitude, this community is popular with businesses and entrepreneurs eager to make their mark.

Arden

Located in southern Buncombe County, Arden is only minutes away from Asheville. With a great school system and a super convenient location, this neighborhood offers a great place to settle down with all the amenities of Asheville close by.

With the cost of living hovering just over the national average, Asheville is  an affordable town to settle down in. Housing is also slightly above the national average of $178,400 with an average of $209,400. Stunning mountain views and a thriving city scene demand higher than average prices, but they also ensure that houses will maintain their values in the years to come.

If Asheville has climbed to the top of your housing list, contact our expert team at 888-961-6161

Sources:

http://www.exploreasheville.com/

http://www.zillow.com/asheville-nc/home-values/

http://www.ashevillechamber.org/economic-development/research-and-reports/cost-living-reports

http://www.forbes.com/places/nc/asheville/