It’s official, in the United States: Keller Williams is #1 in real estate!
Greatness isn’t something that just happens – it is something that is earned. And, it isn’t something that comes from the top down – it is built from the ground up.
While each individual act of greatness builds to form something greater than the sum of its parts, it doesn’t diminish where it started. Today we celebrate the accomplishments made by our Keller Williams family toward greatness.
Keller Williams Realty has surpassed a remarkable milestone in the journey – just one of many that have come before and many that will come after.
In 2013, Keller Williams was #1 in agent count in the United States and North America. And then, in 2015, KW became #1 in the world. In June of 2017, the efforts of a worldwide network of agents carried Keller Williams to become the #1 real estate company by volume (U.S.). And now, as of December 2017- the KW family is also number one by units (U.S.)!
Together – with a strong network of global real estate professionals, Keller Williams has built a company that has imagined a new way of doing business, and The Indigo Skye Group couldn’t be happier to be associated with this great Company!
From all of us at KWRI, we are humbled and honored to be in business with you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
~ Indigo Skye Group – Keller Williams Realty
Many people wonder whether they should hire a real estate professional to assist them in buying their dream homes or if they should first try to go through the buying process on their own. In today’s market: you need an experienced professional!
You Need an Expert Guide If You Are Traveling a Dangerous Path
The field of real estate is loaded with landmines; you need a true expert to guide you through the dangerous pitfalls that currently exist. Finding a home that is priced appropriately and is ready for you to move into can be tricky. An agent listens to your wants and needs, and can sift through the homes that do not fit within the parameters of your “dream home.”
A great agent will also have relationships with mortgage professionals and other experts that you will need in order to secure your dream home.
You Need a Skilled Negotiator
In today’s market, hiring a talented negotiator could save you thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of dollars. Each step of the way – from the original offer to the possible renegotiation of that offer after a home inspection, to the possible cancellation of the deal based on a troubled appraisal – you need someone who can keep the deal together until it closes.
Realize that when an agent is negotiating his or her commission with you, they are negotiating their own salary; the salary that keeps a roof over their family’s head; the salary that puts food on their family’s table. If they are quick to take less when negotiating for themselves and their families, what makes you think they will not act the same way when negotiating for you and your family?
If they were Clark Kent when negotiating with you, they will not turn into Superman when negotiating with the buyer or seller in your deal.
Famous sayings become famous because they are true. You get what you pay for. Just like a good accountant or a good attorney, a good agent will save you money…not cost you money.
Wondering if the new tax laws will take deductions out of your pocket? Here are a few ways the bill will affect homeowners and the housing market:
MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION
Prior to this tax reform bill, homeowners could deduct the interest on their mortgage debt, up to $1 million. The new law caps the interest deduction on mortgage debt to $750,000 for new mortgages. Current homeowners are not impacted by this change.
Additionally, homeowners are no longer allowed to deduct the interest they pay on home equity debt. VERY IMPORTANT: the home equity line of credit (HELOC) deduction is NOT grandfathered. So, individuals with a HELOC will lose the deduction.
The new tax bill also curbs how much homeowners can deduct for paying property taxes. The previous tax law allowed taxpayers to deduct state and local income or sales tax and also property taxes.
Property, state and local income taxes face a combined $10,000 deduction limit.
CAPITAL GAINS ON HOME SALES
One tax break that remains in place is a rule that lets homeowners shield some of the profits they make selling their home from capital gains taxes.
For individuals, the break applies up to $250,000 in profits on the sale of a principle residence; for married couples, it is up to $500,000.
For more information on how the new tax bill might effect your homeowner deductions contact your CPA or tax professional.