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Treats no Tricks

October 31, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio

For four consecutive years Chicago has been in the nation’s top ten. This top ten is not for best sports town, cultural achievements, or food but as one of the top Trick-or-Treating cities in the nation. (However, it must be noted that Chicago is of course a top ten sports, culture, and food city.) For the past four years Zillow has calculated the top cities for trick-or-treating and Chicago is listed as number six.

Deeming it a “holistic” approach to trick-or-treating Zillow examines the home value index, population density, walk score and local crime data (from Relocation Essentials) to determine which area will provide a high candy return with a low danger rate. Using these statistics Zillow believes they have found the scientific reasoning behind the pinnacle trick or treat experience.

The survey went even further to predict which neighborhoods should produce the ideal neighborhood for Halloween safety and premium chocolate in Chicago. Ravenswood Manor was first, followed by Wrightwood Neighbors, Edgebrook, North Center, and finally Lincoln Park. If you live in one of these neighborhoods get out there and reap the sugary rewards. Or Travel-and-treat if you feel like it, take the hike up to one of these neighborhoods, statistics show it has potential to be a great time and who doesn’t love statistics and Halloween?

Spooktacular cities ranked ahead of Chicago include San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, San Jose, and get this, Honolulu (ranked 3rd). Hawaiian Halloween sounds like a treat.
So congrats to Chicago and a spooky Halloween to us all!

 

Some comments from Baird & Warner intern Elizabeth McGrath

 

BairdWarner.com named Best Brokerage Website

October 30, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio

Baird & Warner was honored to receive two Agents’ Choice awards on Wednesday night at the Chicago Agent Magazine annual award ceremony. The awards were for Best Upper Bracket and Best Brokerage Website. Key Mortgage also won Lender of the Year.

Here in Business Development we are particularly excited about winning the award for Best Brokerage Website. BairdWarner.com was redesigned this past year thanks to the team efforts of Eric Bryn, , Jim Schiefeldbein, and The Active Enterprise Network. The redesign included new tools such as the advanced property and lifestyle searches, as well as agent websites and individual property websites.

Being the agent’s choice for best website solidifies the effectiveness of the site’s improvements and innovations. Jennifer Alter Warden, President of Baird & Warner Residential Sales, said the Chicago Agent Magazine’s Agent Choice awards are different from other awards Baird & Warner has won due to the fact that it comes directly from the agents.

“Our business’ success is a direct result of the skilled and knowledgeable broker associates who are helping their clients buy and sell every day,” said Warden. “We are honored to be chosen by Chicagoland’s real estate professionals to receive these awards.”

Having a website that is current, easy to use, and full of valuable information to both agents and clients is of high importance and we are very grateful for this award. Congratulations to all the winners and check out the Best Brokerage Website in the Chicagoland!

 

Some comments from Baird & Warner Intern Elizabeth McGrath

 

 

 

 

Relocation 2.0

October 24, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio

Here are some comments from Baird & Warner’s own Tom Gill.

Frank Patitucci of Mobility Magazine wrote a great article about the future of relocation and how technology will affect it. Below are some excerpts and some of our comments.

The world of technology is fast paced, and literally changing all the time. Soon after I purchased the newest Iphone, I was already 2 generations of newest technology behind. My younger sister’s elementary school has a cart of Ipads that students use to learn, and more and more things that used to be done by people are being converted into machines. Frank Patitucci points out several examples of this in his article The Next Generation of Relocation Services in Mobility Magazine. He writes that Bank tellers, travel agents, and stock brokers are all becoming less relevant due to the influx of ATM’s, online travel websites, and stock trading websites.

While the business world is always growing and changing, I have trouble seeing a day where technology completely replaces a relocation service. The process is too involved for an app to simply come in and replace what a relocation consultant can offer. An app cannot provide an opinion, or think and adapt to the wishes of a client. An app can never provide the personal relationship that working with an associate can bring.

That’s not to say however that business apps and mobile technology will not change the way we work: it almost certainly will. As technology improves, so will the method in which we conduct business and the process in general. Hopefully, it will make parts of relocation progression easier and simpler. I’m not a technology expert, but I don’t think technology will ever be able to completely replace a role that is so focused on human relations; at least not any time soon.

 

The Enterprise Network’s Top Ten

October 16, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio

Active Website was happy to announce that 10 of their Enterprise Network Members were listed in RIS Media’s 2012 Power Broker Report‘s list of the nation’s 300 most successful real estate companies.  Baird & Warner was one of the network members listed as 12th in transactions and 17th in sales in the nation.

The article accompanying the results discussed traits of RIS’s top Power Brokers and reasons why they had success.  Traits such as  innovative uses of technology, marketing, and thinking ahead.  Active believes these are traits that are shared among The Enterprise Network members and a key reason why so many made the list.

A few years ago Active Website came to realize that real estate has unique needs for a website compared to other industries.  One unique need is developing a strong consumer relationship.  Consumers conduct personalized research well before they seek a broker so it has become necessary for brokerages to have an current, user-friendly website and web presence.  Active has made it their priority to create websites that work best for the consumer and the brokerage keeping an eye on trends, consumer habits and the best way to get results.

 

Some comments from Baird & Warner Intern Elizabeth McGrath

 

 

 

 

The Housing Market and You

October 10, 2012

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John D’Ambrogio

Here are some comments from Baird & Warner’s own Tom Gill

Frank Sorrentino of Forbes wrote an article on July 7th titled “Four Reasons The Housing Market Is On Your Side.” Below are some comments and excerpts.

The current housing market has been a hot topic in the business world for a number of years now. However Sorrentino lists his four reasons why this is a good time to get back into the real estate market.

His first reason is Low Interest rates, which are at an all time low. When rates are lower, so are your payments. Therefore, your house is more affordable than it would be in an upward market. His second reason is depressed prices. This one couples with his first, low interest rates reason. Sorrentino says that because of the overall economic downturn, property values have gone down as well. Combined with the lower than normal interest rate, I believe these are two great reasons to buy now. Even Warren Buffet recently said “If I had a way of buying a couple hundred thousand single-family homes I would load up on them.”

The third reason is consumer confidence. This is backed up with the fact that unemployment has decreased, and that some markets are improving. When looking on popular news websites however, it is difficult to say that consumer confidence is on the rise. When viewing CNN’s Real Estate page on July 2nd, the headlined articles include titles such as “Home sales slow slightly” and “Why millions aren’t getting housing help,” headlines that aren’t exactly encouraging. I do think that consumer confidence is improving, but I personally don’t believe it to be a significant factor.

Finally, Sorrentino talks about Supply and Demand. Because of an excess of foreclosures and high supply, there is buying power for the consumer to get the best deal possible in the current market situation opposed to when there is high demand and low supply, in which the seller has a majority of the power.

Overall I believe Frank Sorrentino is right; the housing market is on your side, and if a qualified buyer, now is the time to jump back into the real estate market.

 

Relocating your Business: Things to Consider and Actions

October 3, 2012

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Relocating your business: things to consider and actions. Considering relocating your business? Firstly, you have to understand your reasons for moving.Is your client base shifting? Are new thriving markets developing in other locations? Are you struggling to recruit staff with specialist knowledge and expertise in the location you are currently in?

Be clear about what your goal for relocating your business is. The decision needs to be made with specific reference to the future of the business – can the business maintain or improve its viability if you decide to move? It is worth considering what the real opportunities are, because relocating is not the best option for an ailing business. Know your business’ strengths and weaknesses. Having a clear vision and motive for relocating is the foundation that you will build your hopefully stronger business upon.

Whatever the reason for the decision to uproot your enterprise it is important to understand the complexity of relocation and be prepared for the journey you, your staff and family are about to go on. There is no set time to complete the relocation and there is no timescale to refer to, it is simply as long as a piece of string as moving a business in most cases can take a lot of time. I advise from a starting point you allow yourself at least six months thorough planning to allow yourself to understand the cost implications of the move and have strategies in place for the operational factors of the move. It is a good idea in the preliminary stages of the move to appoint someone within your structure to be the lead of the relocation project. There are many areas to consider such as finance, IT, human resources so a good project manager who can co-ordinate the internal changes and communicate them to the relevant key departments. The next crucial people you have to get on board are a solicitor and a commercial agent.

In regards to finances there are many things to consider from the outset. These include different premises rates and service charges, legal costs, communication costs amongst others. You must be fully aware and prepared of the cost implications as this could be the difference between a success and unsuccessful move. Lack of planning could lead to funds coming to an end before completion which leaves the move and your business at a stand still.

Choosing the right location is key. This is an obvious importance but the location is really what will make or break your business. Indications of a failing area can include: a lack of local jobs available, a high crime rate, poor education results. Good indications of growth and development in an area include: new shopping areas, major companies setting up within the area, good transport and connectivity links. These are signs of an active and engaged business community and a definite sign that your business would sit well here. It is a good idea to speak to some of the local business owners about your possible move and how they find their progress within that location. Visit the locations personally, it is your business so it should be you that decides, also visit possible spaces to get an idea of fitting costs and turn around for getting the space fully functional.

Most importantly, make sure you are comfortable with the location for other purposes than simply the business. You may be uprooting your family and self to start a life there so it has to fit with your lifestyle and personal circumstances. Check out the schools and any recreational facilities you enjoy within the area to see if this can be your new home as well as the hub for your business. Just be completely sure the location is right for you and that the surrounding market is suitable for continued growth and development.

Author bio: Rionne Williams is currently writing on behalf of www.selectproperty.com where she is developing content and social media strategies for the website. She is also a keen blogger and content writer on a range of subjects.