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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

  • Grow with United

    Grow with United

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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/

Franchise Feature: Indianapolis

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Originally nicknamed the “Crossroads of America” for sitting at the junction of multiple highways, Indianapolis has certainly become the intersection of culture, nightlife, nature and sports.

With a bustling downtown, major sports teams, numerous parks and an affordable housing market, it’s easy to see why folks are flocking to Indy.

Known most notably for the Indy 500, which recently took place at the end of May, Indianapolis is famous for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Along with world-class racing, Indianapolis has major sports teams such as the NFL Indianapolis Colts and the NBA Indiana Pacers, making it an ideal place for sports fans.

It’s the 12th largest city in the nation, second only to Washington DC in its number of monuments.  It boasts major universities such as Purdue, Butler and the University of Indiana.

Besides its many monuments, residents can enjoy neighborhoods with a diverse range of dining, shopping, theatre, art, live music and nightlife such as:

Zionsville

A lovely place for families to settle with top rated schools, a charming New England style downtown and a quaint community full of unique local shops and restaurants.

Carmel

Money Magazine named Carmel the 3rd best place to live – now that’s impressive! It has a strong local economy with projected job growth and top rated schools, along with pedestrian friendly streets and an authentic sense of community.

Northern Indianapolis

Located only 15 minutes from downtown, this area has an exciting mix of entertainment, local art and dining.  Residents have access to great local schools and safe investment opportunities as Northern Indianapolis has an established real estate market.

Downtown

This neighborhood has something for everyone with single-family homes, condos, high-end lofts and converted work/live spaces available. It’s highly accessible as well with interconnected biking and running trails and has plenty to do for every type of interest from the Colts and the Pacers to Mass Ave Theatre.

Broadripple/Meridian Kessler

Known for its older homes and historically rich background, this neighborhood is only 5 minutes from downtown. It offers a wide range of dining an entertainment options and has a strong LGBT community.

While the city has much to offer, Indianapolis also has ample outdoor space for nature lovers to enjoy such as Eagle Creek Park and Nature reserve, one of the largest parks in the U.S., along with hundreds of local parks and bike paths.

Residents enjoy a low cost of living compared to the larger cities in the nation, meaning locals can stretch their dollars a bit further and enjoy all that the city has to offer. Studies show that the cost of living in Indianapolis is approximately 4% cheaper than the rest of the nation when looking at housing, healthcare, childcare and transportation.

Along with a lower cost of living, residents can enjoy the benefits of an affordable housing market. The median home values in Indiana are below the national average. According to Zillow, the median home value in Indiana is $130,400, whereas the national average is $178,400.

With a thriving city culture, low cost of living and reasonable housing prices, Indianapolis is an ideal place to set up shop and get the best of city living without the expensive city price tags.

If you’re looking to buy a home in Indiana, check out our office in Carmel, IN – a northern suburb of Indianapolis.

Sources:

http://careers.angieslist.com/life-in-indy/

http://www.zillow.com/indianapolis-metro-in_r394705/home-values/

http://cost-of-living.startclass.com/l/195/Indianapolis-IN-Metro-Area

http://www.clrsearch.com/Indianapolis-Demographics/IN/Quality-of-Life

http://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2015/05/26/juan-pablo-montoya-earns-nearly-2-5-million-for-indy-500-win-full-box-score-with-winnings-attached/

United Takes New Orleans

  • Get ready for the 2016 Convention

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Its official, we’re heading to New Orleans for our 2016 convention. Even though it might seem like the 2015 convention just wrapped up, we’re already planning for next year.

With our dedicated agents, brokers and industry experts all in attendance, our conventions are always a great success.  The convention is a fantastic opportunity to uncover new ideas, learn tactics for advancing your business and gain amazing insights from industry experts. The agents and brokers in attendance are able to set new goals, build connections with a powerful network of industry experts and build momentum for the coming year.

Haven’t been before? Here’s what you need to know:

Who

United Real Estate agents, staff, vendors and strategic partners are all invited to join us for our 2016 Convention. We use this as a time to recognize past accomplishments as well as gear up for the future.

What

Our annual convention is an opportunity to learn from educational speakers, mingle with United executives and be recognized for past years’ accomplishments.

When

The convention will be held February 19-21, 2015.

Where

To make the event even more enoyable, we’re hosting it at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside located along the Mississippi River and at the edge of the French Quarter.

Interested in learning more? Contact our support team at 855-441-6288 or eventteam@unitedrealestate.com. They’d be happy to help.

What is EMS Express?

Our newest project coordinator, Kyle Yancik explains our newest offering:

United agents, are you looking for an easy and timely marketing service for your next listing? If you are, our new marketing service EMS Express is right for you. EMS Express is a low-cost, semi-automated option for simple and timely marketing services. EMS Express is for United Real Estate and United Country agents that already know what marketing materials they want to use for their project and don’t need a full marketing campaign. EMS Express is easy for you to use with template marketing materials ranging from postcards and brochures to media buying.

Meet the EMS team.

Meet the EMS team.

Developing marketing materials is streamlined – giving you better results, in a shorter amount of time. You receive professional looking marketing materials from
our in-house marketing firm, ultimately helping your client and you buy and sell properties faster. Take advantage of EMS Express today for your next project.
To see all the marketing materials EMS Express covers and to start your next marketing project visit http://www.enhancedmarketing.net/shop/.

Meanwhile, if you have needs that fall outside of EMS Express our full-service marketing campaigns encompass a variety of online and offline marketing media. Our dedicated team of marketers will customize a campaign to meet you and your clients’ needs.

To start your marketing project, complete our creative brief at enhancedmarketing.net/creativebrief/ and start working with your dedicated Project Manager today.  If you’re a United agent, it’s – Lauren Aleshire, if you’re with another sector of our company, we’ll assign you another project manager to help you through the process. From $30,000 full marketing campaigns to $200 postcards – we can handle us. Give us a call and we’ll help you achieve your marketing goals.