Keller Williams Journey to the Top

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

The 2018 Edition of Buyers & Sellers Guides are Here!

The 2018 Edition of Buyers & Sellers Guides

Download your copy of the 2018 edition of the Buyers & Sellers Guides loaded with information to help you get started with your house search, or if you are thinking of selling your home.

We are sure you will have questions, so feel free to contact The Indigo Skye Group to help you with your next real estate transaction. The right Realtor really does make the difference!

2018 Selling Guide – Click on image to download printable PDF.

 

2018 Buying Guide – Click on image to download printable PDF.

 

Why You Need a Professional on Your Team When Buying a Home

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. 

Bottom Line

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.

Baby it’s Cold Outside So Throw a Cozy Winter Brunch!

HOW TO THROW A COZY WINTER BRUNCH INSTEAD OF LEAVING YOUR NICE, WARM HOME

Stay indoors and follow these expert tips from a NYC chef-and-interior design duo.

 

Going outside in the winter is really hard. What shoes to wear? How cold is it? What if your space heater misses you?

Instead of braving the elements, circumvent these issues by throwing a winter brunch and making everyone come to you.

Here are interior designer Becky Shea and chef and former Homepolish editor Matt Powell‘s top tricks and tips to recreate the lavish winter spread they put on at a SoHo loft earlier this season.

1 PAY ATTENTION TO SEASONAL HARVEST

“Winter calls for root vegetables and ingredients like allspice, cloves and cinnamon that warm us from the inside out and help lull us into hibernation,” Shea says.

 

2 EMBRACE YOUR DARK SIDE

It isn’t sunny outside, which means a theme of pastels, Gerber daisies, and rainbows isn’t going to work.

Take a page out of Shea’s dream journal, and go for something bold and cosmic, dark and moody. And really commit to it — from food to flatware.

“By keeping all the elements in the same tone, we were able to create cohesion with the tableware, flowers, interior space, and food,” Shea says.

For flowers, Shea chose Garden Roses, Eucalyptus, Ronia Black berries on twigs. The black-rimmed Soie Tressée plates are from L’objet ($50-$130, L’objet), paired with navy plaid napkins from Crate & Barrel ($4.87, Crate & Barrel). The dining table is a custom-order American Walnut live edge table with steel integration from Becky Shea Design.

 

3 PREP WITH FRIENDS AHEAD OF TIME

Who said you have to do all the work? “Prepping with friends and loved ones ahead of the actual RSVP time makes the experience so much more fun and cuts the time in half,” Shea says.

Inviting your right-hands over turns party prep into an actual party, but do also make sure to plan the menu a week or two in advance, in case you have to change plans when your grocer runs out of nutmeg.

To still get that “wow moment,” your tabletop should be set, appetizers ready, and main courses roasting as other guests arrive.

To help you recreate this spread, Shea says the Hasselback Butternut Squash can be roasted up to 4 hours in advance, wrapped in tin foil, and then reheated right before serving.

 

Shea and Powell called the pears their “hero dessert,” as the fruits had quite the role to fill.

“We strive to hit all five senses in our experiential designs for tablescapes,” Shea said. “[T]hese pears played the perfect part of stimulating your smell, sight, touch (texture), and most importantly, taste senses.”

The pair topped off the brunch with some classic Frank Sinatra tunes to fit in with the warm, classic vibes.

 

5 REMEMBER EVERYBODY LOVES A GOODY BAG

“We love to surprise guests with a little take-away gift as a thank you for spending time with us and as a token of our relationship,” says Shea.

For this brunch, Powell and Shea baked rosemary shortbread wreaths the night before and wrapped them in canvas bags with ribbon to give guests “something to enjoy later in the night when they return home or the next day as a reminder of the fun event.”

 

 

Photos by Sean Litchfield – Article source: ElleDecor.com

The Impact Staging Your Home Has on Sales Price [INFOGRAPHIC]

Some Highlights:

  • The National Association of Realtors surveyed their members & released the findings of their Annual Profile of Home Staging.
  • 50% of staged homes saw a 1-10% increase in dollar value offers from buyers.
  • 77% of buyer’s agents said staging made it easier for buyers to visualize the home as their own.
  • The top rooms to stage in order to attract more buyers are the living room, master bedroom, kitchen, and dining room.

Will the new tax laws take mortgage deductions out of your pocket??

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.

PROPERTY TAXES

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.