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On January 24th, 2018, the Pinellas International Council will co-host this class with the Asian Real Estate Association of America, Partnered with Bailey Glasser LLP: 

“Leverage Social Media For Success & To Connect With International Clients.”

~~Registration is required, however, PIC Members are Free. Others $15. ~~ Please Go to PinellasRealtor.org, Education and Events Calendar.

Jan 24th, 2018  11:30-3:30pm   held at Pinellas Realtor Organization, 4590 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, Florida

  https://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/popup.php?op=view&id=118909966&crd=pro 

  • Why LinkedIn, Facebook, WeChat and other communication apps are essential for professionals
  • How People are using the Platforms
  • How to maximize these tools for lead generation
  • How to Optimize your entire profile
  • Connection strategies
  • The power of referrals and recommendations
  • The importance of LinkedIn and Facebook Groups
  • Advanced Search Techniques
  • Content Tips
  • AND MUCH MORE…..
  • LUNCH will be provided.

Seating is limited, so you must register ahead of time. Thank you! Hope to see you there!

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On October 18th the Pinellas International Council held it’s monthly International Marketing Session with Martha Vasquez presenting on Canada. Martha shared how to connect with and do referrals with Canadian realtors, helpful websites, and much more in the hour long presentation. We had a great turnout. Thanks to our speaker, the Pinellas Realtor Affiliates and all those who attended this very informative presentation.

 

 

Come learn about tools available for marketing & working with Canadian buyers and sellers. This event is free but you MUST register in advance on the Pinellas Realtor Organization’s website.

Light refreshments & wine will be served. October 18th from 3-4:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

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Please join the Pinellas International Council on September 20, 2017 for our International Marketing Session and Technology Tips for working with International buyers and sellers. It is FREE but you must register first. We want to make sure we have enough chairs, wine & appetizers. Hope to see you there!

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These are some of the best “Smart Home” devices that may help to sell your home or increase the selling price of your home. Some may even help to lower the cost of your homeowner’s insurance. Worth checking out. Let me know what you think or which ones you’ve utilized.

 

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HARRISBURG, Penn. – Nov. 1, 2016 – For the third year in a row, the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®(PAR) created a Ratings System Report Card on websites that allows users to review real estate agents.

from http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article.

“Among both consumers and Realtors, there is a belief that real estate practitioners do not operate with uniformly high levels of ‘professionalism’ – though there is not a single accepted definition of that term,” the authors noted. PAR says it created “a rating system that rates the evaluation systems themselves.”

To create the report card, PAR says it spent time debating the criteria to use to keep it objective and useful. Overall, it focused on how a rating system handled an agent’s education, knowledge and communication skills with clients. It also considered the format of the reviews and the questions it asked. Finally, PAR judged “honesty” by looking at the way a review was created, including “who could create reviews, if they could be challenged and what sort of advertising was displayed on the site.”

PAR says it judged nine websites that review agents on a 0-10 scale, with 0 being the worst and 10 being the best. Overall, one website – RealSatisfied – led the list with a maximum score of 10. The lowest score of 5 went to two websites: HomeLight and Yelp.

Agent review websites ranked by score

  1. RealSatisfied (score: 10)
  2. realtor.com (score: 9.5)
  3. RatedAgent (score: 9)
  4. QSC (score: 8.5)
  5. Zillow (score: 7, tied with Trulia)
  6. Trulia (score: 7, tied with Zillow)
  7. Stik (score: 6.5)
  8. Yelp (score: 5, tied with HomeLight)
  9. HomeLight (score: 5, tied with Yelp)

PAR created a side-by-side comparison chart of each website and its ratings, along with a one-page description of each website’s pros and cons.

© 2016 Florida Realtors®  http://www.floridarealtors.org/NewsAndEvents/article

What: The National Association of REALTORS® 2016 Annual Conference and Expo
When: November 4-7, 2016
Where: Orange County Convention Center West, Orlando FL

Network with Realtors from across the USA and from around the world. Learn about the latest products, technologies and legal issues. Take classes. Be aware of the latest scams-protect yourself and your clients. Join in on meetings. Find out about the best marketing tools. What do buyers and sellers want these days in a home and in their agent? See what benefits NAR has for its members. Expand your mind and have fun!

Hope to see you there!

There is a clear connection between the quality of schools and the value of the homes near them. Families want to raise their children near good schools.

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Pinellas Realtor Organization
Neighborhood Advocates Initiative
School Grades (Campaign #9 / 10.2016)

Sometimes though, it can be difficult to differentiate which schools are considered “good schools.” One resource available to you is the annual report released by the state of Florida. This report grades all public schools on performance, and the state has made the results public at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

The state releases this important data annually, but usually after the school year starts. It may be too late this year to make any changes for your family, but there is always an opportunity to get involved, or move to a new school next year.

Remember, a key factor for the success of our schools is volunteer involvement. Every school has opportunities for parents, and non-parents, to contribute. Kids need mentors and coaches, someone to help make them a healthy meal or put a band-aid on a cut. In the end, community involvement in our schools makes them better, and in turn, keep our neighborhoods and home values strong.
Here are some highlights from this year’s report:
Grades are for 2015-2016: Each school grade consists of data compiled from that school year. Historic performance data is not considered, so past success does not influence current grades. To be fair, an “A” rating is very difficult to achieve. Only three school systems in the state attained that status this year.

What if your school’s grade is a “D” or “F?”: That’s not good, but don’t lose hope! State and local governments use the data to guide policy and steer resources to the places of most need. And to date, this policy has seen success. This year 58% of last year’s “D” and “F” schools improved at least one letter grade. While this is not a complete turnaround, they are now on the path to being great schools.

Pinellas County: Three of the five schools spotlighted in the Tampa Bay Times “Failure Factories” series improved. They still have a way to go to be on par with the county’s overall status a “B” county, but things are getting better. Pinellas County received an overall rating of “B” for school year 2014-2015.

Pasco County: Unfortunately, Pasco County schools on the whole underperformed compared to 2014-2015 going from a “B” district to a “C” rated district. Several schools did see some improvement, but overall, not a banner year for Pasco County Schools.

Hillsborough County: Like Pasco County, Hillsborough County saw some regression going from an overall “A” rating to a “B.” While still a strong school system, any step backwards is unfortunate and requires attention.

It is important to understand how our schools can impact neighborhoods and our real estate. Know that I work to stay informed about issues that affect property rights and values and will keep you informed as well.

You can find out more at schoolgrades.fldoe.org.

If you ever have questions, you can email me at AnnalisaWeller1@gmail.com or call me at 727-804-6566.

© 2016 Pinellas Realtor Organization

Certified International Property  Specialist courses help Realtors to become more knowledgeable when conducting business with International buyers and sellers, understand the cultures, make worldwide connections, obtain the designation, and ultimately make more money.These 5 National Association of Realtors courses are to be offered at Pinellas Realtors Organization over the next few months. They include Transactions Tools, Asia/Pacific, Europe and the Americas. In addition, At Home with Diversity will be offered. Please register at PRO’s website soon as the first course begins on MAY 19th.  http://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

Hope to see you there!!

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This is fun to check out. It shows some of the different homes styles that have been built over the years. It sometimes helps my first time buyers decide what style they do or more importantly don’t like when home buying. Actually, it has helped some of my sellers when remodeling or adding onto their home too.

Every house has a style. Sometimes it has two or more; because of renovations and new, eclectic mixes, fitting a home into one specific category can be daunting or even impossible. Thankfully, there’s no need to memorize complicated architectural terminology. REALTOR® Magazine has compiled a convenient compendium of common styles. Delve in and learn to highlight the details that give a home character, history, and romance.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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