12 Keller Williams Agents share their $1 Million winnings with new employee.

12 Keller Williams Agents share their $1 Million winnings with new employee.  Read the full story at blog.kw.com

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Real Estate Career Night at KW Bloomington

Considering a career in real estate?

You’re invited to an information session that explores the possibility of a career in real estate.

Topics will include:

  • Where to start
  • Getting Licensed
  • Becoming a successful agent

Date: March 21st, 2013

Time: 7:00 pmCareerNight

Location: Keller Williams Realty, 2401 E Empire Street, Bloomington, IL (next to Moe’s)

To register go to:  http://bnrealestatecareernight.eventbrite.com

It’s about time…

Image…for a vacation! This time of the year is popular for families and individuals to try to get one last trip in before school starts in August or September.

One thing that people often overlook when leaving home for a vacation is that with the prevalence of social media, most of us are posting pictures of our fabulous beach vacay while we’re away. If you’re not selective about who you’re sharing your information with on Facebook and Twitter, you may be setting yourself up for a thief to target your home while you’re away. 

Remember these tips when you’re preparing for that last jaunt of the summer (or anytime of the year):

  • If sharing your exciting vacation photos on social media, restrict your posts to those you trust
  • If you’re not super tech savvy, and aren’t sure about privacy settings on Facebook, save your pictures for when you return. Besides, it’ll be fun to look back through all of your photos and reminisce on your trip!
  • Notify a neighbor or friend you trust about your trip, give them a way to contact you should anything come up while you’re away.

Enjoy your last days of summer break! – Keller Williams Realty Bloomington Staff

Current Market Trends – July 2012

Jay Papasan reviews the average sale price of homes in the US, interest rates, and explains how REALTORS are marketing homes.

We’re Debt Free!

We're Debt Free!

Always have been, always will be.

Learn How to Control Costs Around Your Home This Summer

From Keller Ink’s most recent post:

 

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In the “Money Smart” segment of Green Your Home, we break down your property into three categories – Inside Zone, Systems Zone and Outside Zone – and teach readers ways to cut costs while conserving energy and resources in each. As we step into the season of sunshine, we’ve tightened those tips to give you our top nine simple strategies for saving money this summer.

Inside Zone

1.    Open up those windows. If you live in a location that stays relatively mild in the summer, maybe Denver, Colo., or Southern California, open your windows once the sun goes down and get some of that cooler air circulating through your home. Window fans are a great way to help cool the house without upping the AC.

2.    Power down power strips. Electronics account for 15 percent of an average household’s energy bill, and surprisingly power used by electronics in standby mode can be blamed for typically 5-10 percent of that. If your part of the world is just too hot for ventilation, even at night, counter that energy use with power strips. TVs, computers, media players and chargers can all steal energy, even when they’re turned off. If they’re not in use, switch off the power strip and save money.

3.    Gentlemen… start your grills! If you want to keep energy costs down, stay away from that oven. Air conditioning makes up almost half of the average home’s energy bill. Cooking your meat and veggies outside will help keep your Inside Zone cool and efficient.

Systems Zone

1.    Chip away at your bills. Sit down with your energy and utility bills and figure out possible ways to reduce them. Do you recycle more than you throw away? Get yourself a smaller trash bin and knock a few dollars off your bill every month. Have any energy efficient systems already in place? Make sure you’re seeing the appropriate rebates in your monthly statements.

2.    Audit yourself. The average home can lose up to 20 percent of its cooled airwhen it’s not insulated correctly. So, if you’re looking for smaller improvements to make around the house, get an energy audit. This can help find where cool air is escaping so you can seal up those gaps.

3.    Upgrade your thermostat. Do you ever finish an eight-hour workday only to come home and realize your AC has been working hard to keep your furniture at a comfy 70 degrees the entire time you were gone? A programmable thermostat, which can cost as little as $30, can save you up to $150 annually.

Outside Zone


1.    Water in the dark. Evaporation can consume up to 30% of the water used to irrigate. Save water wherever you can. In the summer, losing water to evaporation can do a world of harm to your water bill. Early in the morning, (and we mean early!) and at night, long after the sun goes down, are the best times to get that lawn green.

2.    Go native. It may be too late in the year for some to consider this, butxeriscaping is becoming the new, hot trend for people looking to save money on landscape irrigation. And this doesn’t mean filling up your lawn with weeds. Check out your local botanical gardens for xeriscaping tips and turn your lawn into a beautiful scene of native plants and trees.

3.    Plant trees. Shade. Clean air. Curb appeal. We can’t say enough about theimportance of trees… so we won’t tell you anymore. Except this: Plant them. You won’t regret it.


Anything we’ve forgotten? Share your summer tips for saving hundreds of dollars when it’s 100 degrees outside.

Inventory Is Down And The Competition is On!

Inventory Is Down And The Competition is On!

The newest problem for the slowly improving housing market isn’t a shortage of serious buyers, it’s a shortage of good homes.