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WC Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:00 AM thru 3:00 PM
WC Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt

Ready… Set… RIDE!! After last year’s overwhelming success of almost 100 real estate professionals participating in the inaugural event, the WC Wild Ride Scavenger Hunt is back for more fun, costumes, scavenger hunting, and the opportunity to network with real estate professionals across the county!Whether you want to get your team together and join the WCREALTORS in a scavenger hunt or advertise your services to the members of WCREALTORS, this fan favorite is the event for you! The prize for the winning team is half of the registration pot, with 100 players, that is a $2000 prize!  Register Your Team | Advertising Opportunities

TRU Success

Wednesday, September 3, 10, 17, 24 from 8:30am, - 5:30pm
TRU Success

Welcome to a new way to obtain your new agent SAE hours! TRU Success puts Texas REALTORS® on track to achieve their goals. Highlighting professionalism, the course explores prospecting, lead generation, and the value of creating an effective business plan that can be integrated with your practice. It reviews agency relationships, providing tips for both buyer and seller representation, and reviews intermediary relationships. With a practical approach, TRU Success gets back to the nuts and bolts of real estate, and offers strategies and systems that can be implemented in your daily routine. The course examines online marketing strategies, tools, and resources, and addresses NAR advertising rules and Code of Ethics guidelines. Finally, TRU Success focuses on self-analysis, effective communication, and best practices to help boost your real estate practice to the next level. To receive credit for this class, the student must attend all 4 days of the class session. More Informaiton | Register Now

Industry News
Do You Believe in You?

If you were a Buyer or a Seller would you hire you to help with your real estate needs?  Successful real estate agents look and sound the part well.  You are not going to convince others to use your services unless you have confidence in yourself.

Spend a little time thinking through why the client should hire you.  What is it you have to offer they won’t find anywhere else?  Focus on the positives.  Maybe you have a lot of experience or your company is one of the best in the area.  Maybe you are a real go getter, let the client know that.

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The Fault Lies not in the Stars …

Much has been made of how technology has and will affect our lives and chosen vocations.  Technology speeds things up.  Technology provides instant access.  Technology feeds the insatiable demand for more and more meaningful information. Information wants to be free.  Technology and ‘change’ are often used interchangeably to remind us that our world tomorrow will be very different than it was yesterday.  Then you throw in a healthy dose of ‘who moved my cheese’ and all those other consultant driven mantras about adapting to the new world order and quickly your head is spinning and you just want it all to stop.  But it doesn’t and it’s not going to!

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5 Market Problems Scaring REALTORS®

REALTOR® confidence in current and future market conditions took a slight dip in June as several challenges continued to pose a threat to their businesses and the housing recovery, according to the latest REALTORS® Confidence Index. In the survey of 50,000 real estate practitioners, the following problems were cited as the most common causes of loss of sales:

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News You Can Use
Analysis: Red Poppy Festival economic impact more than $2.5 million

In June, Georgetown city staff received the results of an economic impact analysis on the city’s 2014 Red Poppy Festival. The analysis was presented to downtown Georgetown stakeholders and business owners during the quarterly Downtown Low-Down meeting July 16 at Roots Bistro.

The study surveyed 580 attendees from the weekend festival. Of those, 293 were returned, said Cari Miller, Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau tourism manager.

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Leander campus lands on ACC Prop. 1 bond

Leander will be home to a new $60 million Austin Community College campus if voters favor a bond initiative approved by the ACC board of trustees June 16.

Propositions 1 and 2 totaling almost $386 million in bonds will be on the ballot Nov. 4 in addition to Proposition 3, which would raise the ACC property tax rate cap incrementally by 1 cent in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

If approved Propositions 1 and 2 would amount to a 2-cent increase in ACC’s property tax rate. If Proposition 3 also passes, the total tax impact is estimated to be 5 cents and will be phased in over time, according to ACC. For a home with a taxable value of $195,000, the property tax increase totals $39 per year.

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Williamson County elected officials get salary increases

Elected officials will receive a pay increase for the 2014–15 fiscal year following a vote from the Williamson County Commissioners Court on July 1.

Commissioners voted for a 3 percent increase for county judge, commissioners, treasurer, sheriff and constables; a 4 percent increase for county clerk, district clerk, tax assessor and justices of the peace; and a $10,000 increase for county attorney.

Several officials spoke out in favor of increasing county employee salaries.

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