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If You Give, You Begin To Live

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One of the founding values of United Real Estate is to be a positive contributor to the communities we live in. In order to do so, we must give back. United Real Estate is a company that has been rapidly expanding through franchising across the United States for only three years, while obtaining more than triple digit growth in agent count and transactions each year.  It would be easy to say we are “too busy” to make certain that important cultural aspects of giving back are occurring inside the company, but that is not the case.  I am always proud to see United Real Estate offices and agents volunteering to make the world a better place.  I am always happy to give a like on Facebook or shout-out to any and all who make the time to improve a community or make an individual’s life better.

Individuals search for personal fulfillment in a variety of different ways. Some are positive, but some actions unfortunately lead to negative habits that instead work to the detriment of what the individuals are searching for – happiness. There are plenty of articles, graphs, quotes and lists that can be easily searched and found on the Internet of how successful people behave to reach fulfillment. However, even with an abundance of information available at our finger tips, a recent Harris Poll concluded only 1 in 3 Americans consider themselves to be “very happy”.  I truly believe we were created to do good, and in order to reach our full potential and be happy; we need to address and fill two advanced human needs. The first is our need to grow.  In order to reach the state of being happy, we need to continuously develop and expand our dreams. Second, is the need to contribute. Understanding the world is not just “about me”, it’s “about we” which allows us to contribute to something bigger than ourselves, something worthwhile. It produces a true, visible change of things being better because we gave beyond ourselves.

Through the dedication of our employees, we have reached a new milestone in supporting our corporate charity, Autism Speaks. By redesigning our internal processes, every United agent can now voluntarily contribute to Autism Speaks at each closing, either a specific amount or a percentage of commission earned!  Together, as a United family and community, we can help a charitable organization that is making massive positive changes to the individuals diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. To learn more read our press release.

I also believe there is a greater chance, than just a hope, that more than 1 in 3 Americans will become very happy. While millennials are known as being experts in digital communication, they are also unknowingly geared to do well by positively contributing to their communities. In the book Meet the Millennials, the author noted giving back and being civically engaged are the millennials highest priorities. This is a great step towards fulfillment when you realize it is tough to feel bad about yourself when doing good for others. It’s also an important factor for prospective employers and businesses that are wanting to sell to this generation. Millennials absolutely expect their employer to give back and contribute. As a customer, they expect the company will live up to those same set of values, as well.

One prime successful example of the power of donating a portion per transaction is seen through the generous contributions by the Dave Mathews Band. Through its Bama Works Fund charitable foundation, the band has raised and donated over $40 million to benefit the people living in the Central Virginia area, as well as internationally.  The band was able to generate this by setting up a per ticket sale, per album sale, per download sale and directing a portion of each sale to charity, as well as from fans who wholeheartedly support these causes making direct online donations. This has undoubtedly made a huge impact.

It is with great enthusiasm that I look forward to the major positive impact our fast growing network at United Real Estate will make to the individuals and families who are living with Autism.  It is estimated that it takes $60,000 a year to effectively support someone diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum Disorder.  At United Real Estate, we are now closing over 12,000 transactions a year, and that number is about to double!  Our collective contributions at each closing will do more than just fulfill a guiding principle. It will change lives.

Let me also give a shout out to the Dave Mathews Band and pay respect to them for giving back. It’s a verse from a complex song, and I see the positive in the lyrics, “If you give, you begin to live. You get the world, you get the world.” The path to fulfillment will include growth and contribution. May this inspire you to start or continue your journey!

On behalf of everyone at United Real Estate, thank you, for not just being part of our company, but for being active in supporting the communities we all live in. Happiness is not guaranteed, and giving should not be mandated, but should be heartfelt.  The reward is waiting for you.

All the best!

Peter Giese

President & Co-Founder

United Real Estate

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!

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!

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/

Translating CaptURE Success Into Personal Success in Your Real Estate Business

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All too often, it can be difficult to translate ongoing training into success in your business. Let’s face it: we attend a convention, network a little, and return to business as usual the following week.

Luckily, the United Real Estate CaptURE Success Convention breaks this archaic mold.

Known for its renowned speakers, extensive networking and training opportunities, and exceptional value for your personal real estate business, the CaptURE Success Convention offers you a comprehensive resource quickly approaching March 19-21 in Dallas, Texas. And if you want to boost your business in more ways than one, attendance is required.

Speakers in a Variety of Disciplines Offering Diverse Expertise

With speakers from within United Real Estate and outside of the company, this year’s speakers offer a diverse range of expertise in real estate coaching, speaking, social media, online marketing, and personal development.

As such, attending agents can expect to learn the information necessary to optimize their online presence, improve their interpersonal skills, and offer their business a unique boost upon returning home after the convention.

Helping You Adapt to a Changing Real Estate Environment

Like all fields, the real estate industry is constantly evolving with new technologies, tools, and resources you can use to succeed in your business. And, for simple access to everything you need to know, CaptURE Success is where you want to be.

Networking Never Before Possible

With attending agents from all over the country, the United Real Estate Convention is also a simple way to connect and network with agents you otherwise wouldn’t be able to meet.

Of course, networking is vital to success, particularly in today’s competitive environment. And as such, the connectivity offered by the Convention is simply another reason why the event draws increasing numbers of attendees on an annual basis.

Take Advantage of Everything the CaptURE Success Convention Has to Offer

Packed with keynote presentations, education breakout sessions, the expo, sponsor and exhibitor happy hour, awards recognition reception, banquet, and celebration and more, there is plenty to do the entire weekend!

Don’t worry, you still have time to register if you haven’t yet! Simply click here and enter your information for speakers, events, and networking that can take your business to the next level.

Don’t Miss These Three Speakers at the United Real Estate Convention

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If you’ve attended one United Real Estate’s Conventions, you might feel as if you’ve attended them all. But with speakers and topics changing every year, attending is a must for dedicated real estate agents around the country.

This year’s CaptURE Success Convention is no different and promises attendees two full days of information-packed sessions and resources that translate into success when you return home.

So, what are some of the highlighted speakers and presentations this year? Below, you’ll find just a small sampling of what you can look forward to when you join us in Dallas, Texas March 19-21, 2015.

Mike Merrill, Social Media Expert

As an Enterprise Account Executive and Digital Strategist at Salesforce ExactTarget Marketing Cloud, Mike Merrill is deeply involved in the world’s leading digital platform for marketers. With extensive expertise in both social media and marketing, Mike is an in-demand resource to help professionals translate their business into the social media realm.

Mike’s presentation, “Building a Local Personal Brand,” is set to take place from 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. on Friday March, 20. By attending, you can learn not only about personal branding, but how to expand your network and leverage social media to promote and differentiate both yourself and your business.

Also be sure to check out Mike’s presentation on “Taking Social media to the Next Level” also on March 20 from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. where you can learn which content and platforms will work best in terms of social media for your business.

Joeann Fossland, MCC, e-Pro, GRI, MRE, SRS, Coach and Instructor

Known for her enthusiasm and energy, Joeann Fossland is a personal coach at Advantage Solutions Group determined to ignite passion within each member of her audience. Involved in real estate since 1983, Joann has been an award winning agent, instructor for GRI and PMN programs, and has even served as Regional Sales Manager and Assistant Publisher for a top homes magazine.

Her presentation, “Niches Mean Riches,” is set to take place on Friday March 20 from 2:3-3:20 p.m. and will teach agents how to identify their target niches based on their strengths and area. This allows you to target your approach to a specific clientele while developing a marketing strategy designed to give these clients what they want.

Pat Zaby, CRS, CRB, CCIM, National Speaker and Instructor

For over 25 years, Pat Zaby has been speaking at national, state, and franchise conventions sharing his knowledge of speaking, teaching, and writing in the real estate industry. With a deep knowledge of residential and commercial real estate as well as sales and management, Pat is a comprehensive resource for agents at this year’s convention.

His event, “Run the Numbers…Seal the Deal!” is set on March 21 from 2:00-2:50 p.m. It is designed to teach agents how to take advantage of new tools that convert buyers and convince them why they should purchase their dream home now and why the information is in favor of this decision.

Register for the Event Today to Access These Speakers and More

With renowned speakers and cutting-edge information, there’s no place better to be come March 19-21 than at the CaptURE Success Convention.

Register today to reserve your spot and unlock actionable information that will translate to success in your real estate career.

A Career with United Real Estate

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Whether you’ve been in real estate your entire career or are interested in getting started, United Real Estate has the solution for you.

Our Jumpstart Program helps new agents get their careers started by teaching the stepping stones to being successful in real estate. If you complete the training requirements, your registration fee will be 100-percent reimbursed after you make a sale.

Or if you’ve been in the business for years, our Accelerate program helps agents boost their careers with listing/selling techniques, tips for enhanced productivity and marketing/prospecting best practices.

The best part? United Real Estate agents earn 100-percent commission. Our company doesn’t take any percentage of the commission our agents earn when clients buy or sell a home. Unlike other franchises, which sometimes demand up to a 50-sspercent split in commission, you’ll enjoy 100 percent real estate commission on every transaction. The only charges you’ll be dealing with are a small transaction fee ($300-$600; variable by region) and a $65 monthly office fee.

This arrangement also benefits clients. It motivates each agent to provide the best service available in order to earn that commission. It’s a win-win situation for our agents and their clients.

Want to learn more about joining our team? Stop by JoinUnitedRealEstate.com or visit our Facebook page for more information.

Start the New Year off Right: Invest in a United Real Estate Franchise

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If you’ve ever thought about starting your own real estate business, look no further. No matter which area of property sales, purchases or rentals you’re looking at, you’ll find real estate franchises from United will offer you the best way into the real estate business, whether you are experienced in this field or not. We continually provide fantastic agent training, unsurpassed technology and a suite of tools that are tailored to your level of expertise.

Three top reasons to invest in a United Real Estate franchise are:

  • We are a recognized and highly regarded business with a long history in real estate and offer you an opportunity run your own business which will succeed now and in the future.
  • Our franchisees receive business tools and support that give them an edge over competitors, ensuring brokers will outperform their rivals time after time.
  • Our leadership team has the professionalism and experience to help grow your business. You’ll find it easy to recruit top agents to your fast-growing real estate business, in whatever area you decide to operate

Contact United Real Estate now to discuss setting up your new franchised real estate business and find out area availability.

United Real Estate Launches New Office Websites

The team at United Real Estate is proud to announce the launch of new office websites.  After many meetings, lots of review and even more strategizing, we’ve launched new office websites to make home buying and selling even easier for each of our offices. The real estate industry has changed tremendously over the past few years, as technology has empowered people with a plethora of new tools and access to information at all hours of the day. These changes have redefined what it means to have a positive real estate transaction – and we’re here to tell you that we’re on a mission to provide you with the best experience we can.

With the launch of our new office websites, we’re hoping we can make the home buying and selling process a little easier for our clients – and for our brokers.  United’s buyer- and seller-centric technology, paired with the most trustworthy and accessible real estate professionals in the business, allow us to serve our clients better than the competition. Our office websites provide significant value to our brokers and demonstrate our commitment to providing the newest, most innovative technology tools to our stakeholders.

In 2015, we’ll also be launching redesigned agent websites, to help our agents better serve their clients and to help clients better find the home of their dreams. Have questions about what we’re doing or suggestions about how we can do it better?  Let us know. We’re here for you.

United Real Estate Continues to Expand

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The team at United is proud to announce that we’ve got FIVE new offices joining the team. As we expand our franchise solution, we continue to bring new markets into our network. Dedicated to developing top-performing agents and providing them with the tools they need to grow their careers is what we do best.

The following markets will soon be joining our team:

United Real Estate – Fort Worth
Assal Al-Drei, a current agent with United Real Estate – Dallas, has purchased the rights to expand United Real Estate into Tarrant County Texas. Brenda Thompson, who opened the first United Real Estate office in Dallas, July 2011, will be the operating manager and broker of record for the new office.

United Real Estate – North Jersey
Founder of the successful Manhattan real estate firm, Elegran, Jeff Cappon has partnered with Franklin First Financial, to launch United Real Estate in Bergen, Passaic and Morris County, NJ. Jeff Bailey, co-owner of United Real Estate – North Jersey, will be the operating manager.

United Real Estate – Pacific
Leading an investment group with interests in community banking, commercial real estate development and management, Michael You will be serving as acting operating manager. Headquartered in Pomona California, the newly formed brokerage will be opening multiple offices in key areas of Orange and Los Angeles Counties, California.

United Real Estate – Premier
Steven Batitto, formerly a top-producing agent for Century 21, has purchased the rights to United Real Estate for the Virginia counties of Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, Carolina and Orange. With an in-depth knowledge of the local market, real estate success as a broker and a passion for helping agents, Batitto will serve as the operating manager and broker of record.

United Real Estate – Raleigh
A serial entrepreneur with successful businesses in insurance, financial planning, real estate education and as a real estate broker, Tristan Pan has purchased the rights to United Real Estate in Wake County, NC. Travis Everette, a highly regarded real estate broker in Raleigh, will be the operating manager and broker of record for the new office.

United Real Estate – Select Properties
Owning and operating successful national marketing firms and property/land management firms, investment group Gabriel Select Properties, LLC, has purchased the rights to open multiple United Real Estate offices in St. Charles and St. Louis Counties, MO.

Stay tuned for more information on our new offices. Or to learn more about our franchise solution, visit  www.UnitedRealEstateFranchise.com.