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Thank you for visiting Homeowner Herald, the official blog of AustinHomeSearch.com, providing valuable information for both home buyers and sellers. Follow us on Twitter or check in each week for new posts on topics ranging from holiday decorating to the economy to moving into your new home. This blog is maintained by the Austin Board of REALTORS®. If you’d like to suggest a blog topic, contact the ABoR Marketing Department.

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ConsumerVue Report: Austin renters becoming first-time buyers
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012

As part of their ConsumerVue segments, KVUE News showcases REALTOR® expertise each month to update their viewers on the latest happenings in the Austin real estate market. Leonard Guerrero, Chairman of the Austin Board of REALTORS®, appeared last week on ConsumerVue and discussed the recent trend of home renters more seriously considering homeownership as rental rates rise.

Because mortgage rates are at an all-time low, this is a great time to sit down with a Central Texas REALTOR® to discuss making an exciting move towards home ownership. Texas Home Programs and Texas Real Estate have more information.

You can hear more of Chairman Guerrero’s tips for first-time homeowners by watching his ConsumerVue interview on KVUE.com.

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Inside information about your REALTOR®
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012

Each year, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) comes out with a Member Profile Report. We recently got a look at the 2011 report and found that it reveals much about who REALTORS® are, and how they do business. Read on to learn about your trusted advisor. The numbers may surprise you.

REALTORS® are becoming increasingly experienced. The NAR report states: “The typical member has been in the field for 12 years, compared to eight years in 2008.” While gaining this important experience, many members remained at one firm for five years. This is true despite the fact that “75 percent of members do not receive benefits at their firm.”

REALTORS® are changing their focus to meet the needs of the current economy. In 2010, “the certification for Short Sales and Foreclosures grew from 12 percent to 21 percent of the membership.” While the number of REALTORS® holding the Short Sales and Foreclosures certification has grown the most, many members are seeing the value in added education. About one-third of REALTORS® hold some type of designation or certification. This enhanced training keeps REALTORS® on top of their game and better able to meet the specific needs of their clients.

REALTORS® continue to earn repeat business from clients. REALTORS® work hard to deliver excellent customer service, and their satisfied clients stay loyal through future buying or selling needs. According to the report, “the typical REALTOR® earned 18 percent of their business from past clients and customers.” Are you looking for a REALTOR®? Be sure to ask your friends and family who they worked with; you’ll likely come up with a list of names attached to great reviews.

REALTORS® communicate in all the ways you do. NAR members worked hard in 2010 to customize their communication methods to meet the needs of their clients. Nearly all REALTORS® use email on a daily basis and about three-quarters are finding smart phones helpful for their extremely on-the-go business, with half of REALTORS® utilizing social media. Yes, you’ll be able to find a REALTOR® who communicates the way you do: via texts, emails, social media, and even good old-fashioned phone calls.

You can learn more about how REALTORS® work for you or find a REALTOR® on AustinHomeSearch.com today.

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