Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 by realtordebbie

Virtual Technology Camp for Realtors

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, Realtor, Technology with tags , , on November 4, 2009 by realtordebbie

Do Not Miss VREBC A VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY SEMINAR!

DETAILS – CLICK HERE!

If you are new to real estate, or simply a consumer wanting to know more about what the latest trends and technology is in Real Estate, the Virtual RE Bar Camp is an event you will not want to miss!  I attended my first RE Bar camp in Miami in October. I can’t even tell you how much I learned and how it helped me develop content for my blogs.  Adding technology to  my business as a Realtor gives me the ability to reach to the corners of the world with my message and to those who are using technology in their lives as well.

Learning to niche market, attract buyers and sellers using technology is a part of gaining a competitive edge and communicating with the 86% of people who begin their search on the Internet.  Let’s face it, computers are more and more a part of every facet of our lives, if you’re going to remain a competitor, learn what you need to know and grow!

This will be a fun event,.. gather up your friends and participate, you will be amazed at what you walk away with!

If you miss this, there is always RETech South in Atlanta on March 25, 26th, 2010.  For more information see: http://www.retechsouth.com/

 

The Best Shakes and Butts in Tallahassee

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, Local Businesses, Restaurants, Tallahassee, Things to Do with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by realtordebbie
Ali's Strawberry Shakes

The Best Shakes and Butts in Tallahassee!

Oh my! Can you smell it now? It’s autumn here in Tallahassee, despite the 85 degree day that we had today, there is still a twinge of fall in the air. Driving back roads in Tallahassee you often smell the smoke from leaves burning, freshly mown fields, even boiled peanuts on the corners of the remote intersections just outside the city limits.

But today was extra special! Today I wound up off Highway 90 east at the intersection of Crump Road, just west of Maxwell’s grocery and BP station, and it was lunch time! I had to stop and get gas.. and that’s when I was reminded of what fall really smells like! Butts! Smokin’ Hot Butts!  Boston pork butts that is!

Locally owned and operated, Ali’s Strawberry shakes is a virtual food and produce delight! It’s a fun stop just about any time of day!  If you don’t quite know what to fix for dinner…don’t worry! Between the fresh produce at the Farmer’s market, the homemade jellies and jams that would make any biscuit proud, and the Butts.. the perfectly smoked boston butts just waiting for knife and fork.  Buy the whole thing! you won’t be able to resist and  your family will thank you, believe me!  If you want to eat it right there, the friendly staff. locals and family, will give you a knife and fork and set you up!

Ali's Strawberry Shakes and Farmer's Market

We love Ali's Shakes!

On the weekends, the kids line up for the thickest, yummiest shakes in town! made with creamy ice-cream and whole milk and fresh strawberries,…you will not find a better treat! If it wasn’t for the butts, I’d almost skip dinner to have one!

So if you are looking for a way to spend a beautiful day outdoors, or if the butts have made you begin to drool, head out to east Tallahassee, and follow the smoke! You’ll be glad you did!

 

Alis Strawberry Shakes and Farmer’s Market – Directions

The $8000 Tax Credit Explained

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2009 by realtordebbie

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For First timehome-buyers, this tax credit may mean the difference in afffording a home or not. It is an incentive to stimulate the economy by encouraging those who have not owned a home in the last three years, to make a home purchase before November 30th, 2009. It has indeeed worked in many areas and has stimulated sales of homes under $250,000 especially. Inventories are lower and many areas attribute increase in home sales to the first-time home buyer sales.
This credit will expire on November 30th, so if you are thinking of purchasing a home, you have a narrow window in which to get this done. Dont forget, there is a holiday near the end of November, which will shorten your days to close even more!
Call a Realtor today, and enjoy your home search! If you need a Realtor referral, call me at 850.212.0440, Debbie Kirkland, Realtor, National Referral Agent.

Most Contemporary New Home in Tallahassee

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, New construction, real-estate with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2009 by realtordebbie
Trendy Home Features

Trendy Home Features

New construction is one of my specialties as a Realtor in Tallahassee and I am always amazed with the creativity and thought that most people put into custom construction. Choosing a contractor that understands a client’s fundamental goals and then works through the details of planning and design by incorporating those often intricate details into the home is paramount to a succesful working relationship.

This home at 6475 Tracy Lane in Tallahassee is a perfect example of a customer with very specific tastes and ideas for their home. Modeled after homes in their Native Australia and their lifestyles as athletes and outdoor enthusiasts, the home features amenities suited to an active lifestyle and their love of trendy, modern conveniences.

Features in this home include:

  • Over 3600 sq.ft. of living space
  • Custom made cabinetry with granite counter-tops
  • Porcelain and Glass Vessel Sinks
  • Custom shaped Stainless Bar, Laundry Table and Fireplace Surround
  • 9 ft. Triple Sliding glass doors along the rear of home offering near floor to ceiling views of the pool area and fenced yard.
  • Brick Accent wall in Master Suite
  • Master Spa Bath with Slate Roman Shower with 5 shower heads!
  • Theater or Home Gymnasium Room with Wet Bar

For more information on contemporary, trendy home and custom details Click Here to see this beautiful new home in the gated subdivision of The Ridge at Velda Dairy.

Tallahassee Homes – Marketing Plans That Work

Posted in For Buyers, For Sellers, Real Estate Advice with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by realtordebbie
Tallahassee Homes - A marketing plan that works for sellers and buyers.

Whetehr you are a seller or a buyer, interview your Realtor. Ask the right questions and make sure you can commmunicate with your Realtor. Call Debbie Kirkland, Realtor and referral agent, for a referral to a professional Realtor in your area. 850-212-0440

Interviewing Realtors?  Can we all agree the ulitmate goal of selling a home is ….to get it SOLD!  Statistics show that the majority of buyers will see a home in the first three weeks, after that, “The thrill is gone,” so to speak. 

So, let’s look at a Realtor’s role in a transaction and what it takes to get a home exposed and to make a wise investment  in today’s market.

Multiple Listing Service

  • In our  MLS system, a listing is posted and remains “NEW” for four days! Wow,.. 4 days to show up on the “hotsheet.”  That’s the area most savvy agents look to when they wake up in the AM and before they head out the door. (but face it, busy agents hit the groud running..so let’s hope they don’t miss your “creampuff!”) The hotsheet posts new listings, price reductions and status changes of listings. It’s important to review this, especially if you are looking for properties that are “buyer specific.” By that I mean, you buyer is very specific (picky). It’s ok… it’s a big purchase, buyers should be specific! You want to make sure that your listing is ready to go with as many photos as allowable and a video is shortly following!
  • After those 4 days are up..then what? Again, it’s there, searchable, so make sure it can be found by use of pictures and video and that the description will entice buyers!

Websites

  • Most Realtors have websites, but content is king, so a website that reaches into the community, showcases area information, neighborhood information and features listings with visual and video appeal is what will reach today’s buyers. 87% of buyers begin their serach on the Internet, and most of those buy homes they have found on the Internet. Websites with photos and videos really bring in the visitors!
  • If you’re searching online or in a magazine and find a home with just one picture.. a fuzzy one at that, what conclusion will you draw? If you need to see details and can’t get to the listing, will your Realtor to preview for you? (sellers,..are you listening?)

Local Exposure

  • Is your Realtor a wallflower?  The real estate industry is about networking. I seriously don’t think I’ve met a successful Realtor yet who is bashful, reclusive or introverted. I’m not saying your Realtor should be the class clown, but certainly you want them to talk about your home, share your listings with those who may just have the perfect buyer for that property!
  • There are many ways for your Realtor to showcase your home to other Realtors. Local Board of Realtor marketing meetings. We have them once a month..what a great time to talk about your new listings! Realtor socials and community events, broker open houses, office and top-producer caravans. Yes, they work! People remember homes they see, and they fit the home to those “specific” buyers we mentioned earlier!
  • Don’t forget Social Media tools and networking. In today’s world, if you want to grow a business, any business, people must be able to find you, to see your product and get information with the click of a mouse. If a Realtor is leveraging social networks, people are getting their message, they are exposing products regularly to today’s buyers.
  • I think most would agree.. Realtors are the most social creatures on earth! Most balance home, work, family, community… and they all seem to compliment each other. Realtors are working most all the time, even when it looks like it’s completely unrelated events! (just ask the customer I met last night in line at the movies!) Pick one who likes to have fun and is involved! Remember, Realtors are people too, respect their time just as you would your family or co-workers!

Media

  • Choosing which media is effective today is a challenge. Measuring the effectiveness versus the cost of advertising is very important. A wise agent carefully times advertising  between print media, radio and tv, web exposure and niche database marketing. It’s a combination of all these mediums that are the most effective.
  • Realtors with specialty niche markets may be the best choice for a specfic type property, or in smaller areas it may be the realtor with the biggest tool box, the agent with the tools to attact every type buyer that would be a great fit for your home.

Communication

  • This probably should have been first on the list! What is your preferred method of contact. If you are one-on-one, then let your Realtor know this. If you are a busy student or business person, perhaps e-mail  is best for your updates. If you are on the go, mobile technology, texting and e-mail from the road may work best for you.
  • No matter what method you choose, regular communication, market updates, showing feedback and product information is critical to your success, both for buyers and sellers. Ask your Realtor for a communication plan!

There are many great Realtors from which to choose today. Take time to interview. If you are a buyer, avoid the luck of the draw by simply calling on signs. Do your homework, buying and selling a home deserves sound, educated and professional information and resources. Find a Realtor who will give you the best service as you enter your next real estate transaction.

Debbie Kirkland, Realtor  .  Armor Realty of  Tallahassee .  www.HomeSalesofTallahassee.com

Florida State Football… It’s More Than Just Football!

Posted in Tallahassee, Things to Do with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by realtordebbie

Florida State Football… it’s more than the game, it’s the pre-game, the game, the post-game fun! Football is the tie that binds fans, families and friends! Gathering up before the games for great food, tailgate parties, music, warpaint,.it’s tradition here in Tallahassee and it’s almost here!
Team practice has started and we are excited!

See the Team at Practice!

Brush off the grill,.. get ready for THE GAME!
Gooooooo Noles!!!