Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Home not selling in Lenox Village?

Lenox Village in Nashville is tough to sell right now. Putting your home in the MLS just won't cut it. Let us help you out. Go to www.Sstrickhausen.com for all your Real Estate needs.
Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Your Nashville MLS search. How much do you know?

Today I took a class at our regional MLS headquarters in Nashville. I didn't really NEED to take the class but it was an elective for a part of our mandatory continual education. I thought this class was going to be a breeze and uninformative. Sure it was a breeze but I was WRONG on the information I thought I was going to get.

I have been using "Realtracs" (Tennesee's MLS search) for two years and felt as if I knew the system pretty well. Of course I can do basic home searches and even very detailed ones but this can do SO MUCH MORE. This system is like those of us that have Blackberrys. Palms, and IPhones but only make and receive calls. Every once in a while we check email, send text, and maybe check the weather forecast but the day that someone sits down with us and says "Let me show you what all this thing can do" is when your world gets turned upside down! You wonder "Why the heck have I not REALLY been using this thing?". That was the light bulb that went off in my head this afternoon.

In addition to using using the system, I was introduced to a program called JingProject. Basically what it does is take screens shots of your computer and saves them as a file. Once you have done that you can add arrows and even text. So how would this be helpful? Let's say you have a client looking to buy a home close to a certain hospital. You can do your MLS search and pull up your map of the area. From there you can take a screen shot of the map, draw an arrow to the subject hospital and write "Hospital". Then you can send the screen shot as an attachment in an email! There are many other helpful ways this tool can be used.

Most MLS systems offer FREE classes. If you want to be a better agent and more useful to your clients (BUYERS AND SELLERS) then go get caught up on all the latest gadgets etc.

Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com
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Monday, June 22, 2009

It's not too late...but it's getting close

The age old expression "Now is the time to buy" has been worn out by Realtors in ANY market it seems. I have heard from many "buyers" that they are sick of hearing that phrase.

I know that Realtors are salespeople and WANT clients who are ready to buy. That in turn can give the impression of desperation and possibly trying to make ANY market look like "Now is the time to buy".

Just within the past two weeks I have had several buyers state that they wished they had bought LAST MONTH when interest rates were in the 4's. You read correctly.... buyers who basically told me "We wished we had listened". Some of these same buyers are also first time buyers and of course could have added an $8,000 check to sweeten the pot. Just within the past two weeks I have now picked up past clients who were looking at one time but decided to wait out the interest rates to hit rock bottom.

You won't hear me quote anything about "Now is the......" on this blog. I think with the fact that the $8,000 tax credit runs out on November 30th and rates STILL in the 5's that the common sense will speak for itself.

Agents' mindset shouldn't be "salespeople" as much as it should be "Educators".

Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com

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Friday, June 19, 2009

Nashville MLS search

Nashville MLS search at www.Sstrickhausen.com We believe this is the EASIEST MLS search in middle TN! It is the same database that Realtors use! Use it as many times as you want.
Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

SAFETYSUIT "THE SCARE2"

I took the day off so I thought I would leave everyone with a laugh. Support your local Nashville and go to VH1 and vote for these guys! Let's put SAFETYSUIT in the #1 spot on Saturday!
Also, we just posted a NEW Nashville MLS search. It is SUPER EASY!!!
Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
9175 CAROTHERS PKY SUITE 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lenox Village! Help me sell my home!

Lenox Village homes for sale at www.Sstrickhausen.com. If you are tired of having your home sit on the market then let us MARKET your home! That is what a listing agent SHOULD be doing!
Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
9175 CAROTHERS PKY SUITE 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Why is my home not selling??

Realtors should all have a general knowledge (if not an extensive knowledge) of things like contract writing, negotiating, Real Estate law, etc. Sure, some agents are better than others when it comes to those things. Some may be more shy than others and can't negotiate as well. Others may have to ask their Broker to help them fill out the contract. Bottom line is that there are a LOT of agents who have a good knowledge of the basics.

When it comes to listing a home though, what sets a good listing agent from a GREAT listing agent?

MARKETING!!

Don't all agents have access to the MLS? Don't all agents have a decent looking sign that can go in the front yard? Don't most :) agents hold open houses from time to time? What happens AFTER that is what separates the men from the boys (sorry ladies), the pee wees from the Majors, the good agents from the GREAT ones. EXPOSURE is the primary job of a listing agent! Think about it... How to we hear about a product? TV, radio, word of mouth, the internet, etc. I know that most agents don't have the money to advertise on the radio or television BUT we ALL have access to the internet (If not then get a new occupation).

Put yourself in a potential buyers position (before contacting an agent). What is the FIRST thing that you might do? GET ONLINE!

We have one of the most powerful tools at our fingertips and the best part is that it doesn't cost anything more than our monthly bill. When a buyer is looking online why doesn't your home show up? Probably because IT ISN"T THERE!! Again, it is in the MLS but that does not show up in a normal Google, Yahoo search. What about the families in Miami doing a search for Nashville homes for sale? Even better, what about the families that just MIGHT be in Malaysia looking at Real Estate in your home town? A "GREAT" listing agent will find a way for 1,000's and 1,000's of people to see their home.

Agents have a habit of stating why their listing is the best thing that has happened since sliced bread. Who reads those catchy words? OTHER AGENTS!! As an agent I have trained myself to see past that anyway. Potential buyers are the ones that need to see why your listing is the best thing on the market.

There are MANY MANY ways to have a your listings show up online. Social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace are bigger than what you may think. What about shooting a video of each listing and uploading it to your Myspace, Facebook, Youtube, etc. You can tag these videos with the key search words! Let's say you have a home in the "12 South" area in Nashville, you can tag that video as "12 South home for sale, Nashville". When that family from Miami searches in your neighborhood then that video WILL show up!



Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com
















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Franklin homes for sale ($8,000 tax credit)

Franklin homes for sale at www.Sstrickhausen.com for all your Real Estate needs! We have a Franklin MLS search and Nashville MLS search for FREE! Now is the time to buy in order to get your $8,000 tax credit. This will end at the end of November!
Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com


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Monday, June 15, 2009

Franklin homes for sale (SafetySuit Stay)

Franklin Homes for sale at www.Sstrickhausen.com. We are going to shoot the home in Spring Hill today! They won the HD video tour contest this week. Check out my friends band "SafetySuit". Go to VH1 and vote for them! They are a Nashville band and have been in the top 10 for the last 3 weeks. Let's make them #1 this week.
Stephen Strickhausen
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
CAROTHERS AVE SUITE 110
FRANKLIN TN 37067
615-778-1818
sstrickhausen@gmail.com

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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Franklin homes for sale (CMA Music Fest!!)

Franklin Homes for sale and Nashville Homes for sale at www.Sstrickhausen.com and check out our Nashville MLS search! We do High Definition video tours with all of our listings giving you the MOST exposure to your home. Don't forget Bonaroo and the CMA Music Festival this weekend!

Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
9175 Carothers Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Nashville MLS search (Video tour giveaway)

Nashville MLS search at www.Sstrickhausen.com for all of your Real Estate needs. Whether you are looking at Nashville homes for sale, Franklin Homes for Sale, or wanting to list your house with the MOST possible exposure then give our team a call.
Keller WIlliams Realty
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com


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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Franklin homes for sale (Free video tour giveaway)

FRANKLIN HOMES FOR SALE at sstrickhausen.com If you are a "For sale by owner" or if you have a Realtor and your home isn't selling then we are giving away a free video tour of your home. Just watch the video for more info!
Keller Williams Realty
9175 Carothers PKY Suite 110
615-778-1818
Sstrickhausen@gmail.com


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Monday, June 8, 2009

$8,000 tax credit is running out soon!

I hope you had a GREAT weekend! First time home buyers should be looking NOW before the $8,000 goes away! Enjoy the VLOG
KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY
9175 Carothers Ave. Suite 110
615-778-1818
http://www.sstrickhausen.com

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Nashville homes for sale (saving you time before an open house)

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Let us save you time and gas this weekend when looking around for an open house.
Have a great weekend!
Stephen Strickhausen
www.sstrickhausen.com
www.nashvilletnmlssearch.com
Keller WIlliams Realty
9175 Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818



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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Franklin MLS search

Our free MLS database is connected to the same MLS database that Realtors use throughout Tennessee. Check us out!

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Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
9175 S Carothers Pky Suite 110
615-778-1818
www.Sstrickhausen.com
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Nashville Homes for sale

This is our FIRST Video Blog!! Look for more to come. We hope we can serve you with all of your Real Estate needs. If you found this video then buyers WILL find and see your home.

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Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
www.Sstrickhausen.com
www.nashvilletnmlssearch.com



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Lenox Village Nashville (video blog)

A lot of people are trying to sell their homes in Lenox Village. This video explains why and how you CAN sell it.

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Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
www.Sstrickhausen.com
www.NashvilleTNmlsSearch.com




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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Blogging and SEO


This post was originally on Active Rain and I thought I would post it on Blogger as well. Enjoy!

I have been blogging for about 6 months now and would say I am definitely addicted to it. I am not so much addicted to the writing part as much as I am the results. This will be my 75th blog here on the rain! There are MANY reasons why I am thankful so I thought I would just name a few.

1. My website is actually getting traffic! When I first started, I don't think I was in the top 100 results of a Google search for much of anything. NOW, with certain keywords and phrases I am all over the top 3 pages! Most of the search phrases are fairly generic (which is a good thing). The proof is in the search. Give it a shot. Some of the key phrases I have been working on are "Franklin Homes for Sale" "Franklin MLS search" (This one has made it all the way to the top!!) "Nashville MLS search" etc.

2. I am learning more about Real Estate through blogging than I am through my continual education. Maybe blogging should be a mandatory class:)

3. I am also learning about SEO FOR FREE! The information that people post on here is priceless. A year ago I would have paid big bucks to get where I am today... instead, it costs me nothing.

4. Making new friends through blogging is key. Sure, some of them are in my SEO/Blogging class at work but now that I have made the connection they want to see me and my business succeed. Who else is going to call you and suggest better ways to capture leads! These same people are in competition for that number 1 spot. Thanks Larry Brewer and Mike Nastri

5. AR was just the beginning of my internet awareness. The information, the marketing, social networking, etc. is endless.... I am now discovering marketing ideas for my listings that I would never have thought of in the past. These listings are getting more leads and showings than they would have just being on the MLS.

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
www.nashvilletnmlssearch.com
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Monday, June 1, 2009

Craigslist and the MLS search.


I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty in Franklin TN. OF COURSE I use the MLS to list all homes for my sellers. The Nashville MLS is a GREAT tool and a no-brainer when it comes to giving a listing exposure. This exposure naturally targets other Realtors with buyers. In addition, buyers are learning more and more how to use the public MLS system for their particular area.

On the flip side, many buyers and renters are turning to Craigslist more and more. In fact, the last 2 rentals I had on the MLS were ALSO posted on Craigslist and BOTH rentals got their renters from Craigslist...NOT the MLS. To make it even sweet, I got ALL my calls from Craigslist. Not one of them came from another Realtor on the MLS.

I have also found similar success with listing a home. I have gotten extra traffic and calls from Craigslist. This is a FREE service and that extra call or email could just be the one.

A few things you may want to remember:

1. Post weekly. The ads fall down the line and less likely to be seen by potential buyers/renters

2. Put as many pics as you can. I believe you are allowed only 4 BUT you can get creative and have a two pictures in one.

3. Be descriptive like you would your listing in the MLS. (Room dimensions and amenities would not hurt)

4. If you are an agent you MUST put all of your office contact information (I got in trouble for this once)

Obviously Craigslist does not replace the MLS but it is just one more avenue for potential buyers and renters to be looking. I literally place my listings on every site I can think of including Myspace, Twitter, Active Rain, and Facebook. You never know who is watching.

Stephen Strickhausen
Keller Williams Realty
www.nashvilletnmlssearch.com
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