Renee's Real Estate Blog

Renee's Real Estate Blog

Welcome to Renee's Blog! Here you can find information and blogs on current events for real estate in the Denver area and nationally. For more information you can go to http://activerain.com/blogs/reneehelten or contact us at (303) 985-1901. Enjoy!


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     Everyone in real estate is working in this industry for personal reasons. Making a career as a real estate agent can be rewarding, lucrative, empowering, and allows one to get out of it what they put into it. But what are the biggest reasons people decide to build their business in real estate?

Why did you choose to become a Realtor?I love my work

     Did you decide to sell real estate because you work for yourself and make your own hours? Is it because it is a people oriented business where you are always meeting new people? Do you make your business successful because you love help people in one of the most important investments in their lives? Is it because you can make the kind of money you want to afford travel or get that shinny car of your dreams? What drives you?

     So hear it is, why did you get into the business? What do you love about real estate, and what would you change if you could about your business?

Do what you love and the money will follow!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

7/30/10



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    There are so many tools and resources available to our agents in Keller Williams to increase productivity in their business. We are a learning based company with an open door and open information policy. We teach new skills to Business education agents from those just coming into the business to veteran mega agents who would like an extra tool in their tool box. We offer classes in our office every week, regional courses to pool together agents across the state, coaching, Power Hour time blocking to motivate and hold ourselves accountable, role playing with scripts, teaching how to use social media to generate new business leads, and so much more. 

   So my questions to you is what things have you found that have been the most successful for you? What are some of the basics that you use everyday? What are some things that you do that you have picked up to take your business to new levels? What are some things you would like to learn about that would help you in your business?Business Tool Box

   I love to hear success stories and I would love to help anyone who is interested in learning new skills. Even if you are not in the Keller Williams Family I would love to sit down with you for a free consultation to help you identify your strengths and where you could improve your skills to make you business soar to new heights. For agents in our Keller Williams Family, please let me know how I can best serve you!

   Thank you!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

7/20/2010
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Housing Market Chart Image    Summer is always the busiest season in the real estate industry. But how much of that business are you doing? Here is some interesting information about how the real estate industry looked in June  for the Denver Metro Area and for our market center that I would like to share with all of you!

    In June 2010 the average sales price for a home in the Denver Metro Area was $273,689 and for our office the average sales price was $237,500. The total number of 22,689 homes on the market. The average number of days a home was on the market Home For Salefor the Denver Metro Area was 82, for homes listed with Keller Williams was 81 days on the market, while the average for Jefferson County was 76 days. The total number of residential properties sold in June in was 4046 across the metro area. Our office has an average of 28 closing per month, and in June we added 23 new listings, and had 24 new written/under contract properties. In June, according to the MLS Keller Williams Realty had 99 listings on the market. As of the end of June our office had 101 agents with a year to date number of closings/sold homes of 165.

   So the question becomes, how much of the market share is yours? How much business are you doing and how much business would you like to be doing? If you are interested in learning how to increase you market share and take your business to the next level I would love to talk with you!Please give me a call at 303-985-1901 or email me at [email protected] to schedule a free consultation. For more information about Keller Williams Realty Success in south west Littleton, Colorado please visit us at www.successatkwsouthwest.com

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

7/19/2010
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July's Littleton Colorado Market Update

     There have been some noticeable changes in the market this summer and from the month of May to the month of June. But how is Littleton doing in comparison to the rest of the Denver Metro Area as a whole? Summer is clearly the time of year where the highest volume of house are placed for sale in the market. Compared to the last two years how is Denver and Littleton doing?

Below you will see a chart showing sold volume for every month of the past two years through June of 2010 of the Denver Metro Area as a whole.

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Below is a chart showing the sold volume for Littleton, CO from 2008 through June 2010

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     It is clear that the June's volume was not as high as May's this year. The number one reason for this is likely because of the new home buyer tax credit. The tax credit created a sense of urgency for buyers to close on their homes before the credit expired. The goal of the tax credit was to create an addition incentive for people to buy to help drive the economy back up. It was clearly successful in doing so for the months that it was available but now we see the dip in the market after this urgency has fizzled out.

If you are interested in buying or selling your home this summer, we have so many high quality agents to help you with you buying and selling needs. For more information please visit us at www.successatkwsouthwest.com or contact or office at 303-985-1901. We would love to answer any questions you have.

Thank you!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

7/17/2010
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    On this 4th of July as we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this great nation, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the specific meaning of some key words in the declaration of independence. "'Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness' is one of the most famous phrases in the United States Declaration of Independence, and considered by some as part of one of the most well crafted, influential sentences in the history of the English Language." ~Wikipedia But did you know that the phrase was originally supposed to state 'Life, liberty, and the pursuit of property'?

Red White and Blue Firewors    '"That all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety."

It was later decided by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to change this statement to 'Life,American Flag Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

    As realtors we help people in this country achieve the American Dream. We help them acquire their homes, properties and therefore fulfill their pursuit of happiness. There are many things to be grateful for as a citizen of this country, but today I am grateful to know all of you! Realtors are a key part of achieving the American dream, and I am proud to be among all of you.  Happy Independence Day on this 4th of July!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

 7/4/10

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BOLD: Business Objective, A Life By Design

    I would like to invite you to an exciting opportunity to learn BOLD new skills to take your business to the next level!

    BOLD conditions you on how to think and act BOLD, completely redesigning your business, life and earning potential. The first session of BOLD is FREE, so you have nothing to lose but everything to gain!

 

Please join use at BOLD located at:BOLD Picture

 

The Comedy Works

5345 Landmark PL

Greenwood Village, CO 80111

 

June 28th, 2010 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

 

Please RSVP to [email protected]

or call my office at 303-985-1901

 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

6/24/2010


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Career Night Seminar Logo

    Please join us for an evening dedicated to your future! This will be an education Career Seminar focused on building Real Estate careers worth having. We will introduce you to Real Estate as a career, what makes each real estate company different, what investment you should expect to make in starting your own real estate business, answer any questions you may have, plus much more! This seminar will be followed by a Q and A session to answer any question you may have that are not covered during the evening.

BE YOUR OWN BOSS

You will be in business for yourself!

REAL ESTATE IS A HIGH DEMAND PRODUCT

One of life's necessities, home ownership is the "American Dream!" It is one of life's largest investments and is one of the top goals for the majority of individuals.

PEOPLE BUSINESS

A chance to meet different people with a wide range of interest and real estate needs.

UNLIMITED INCOME POTENTIAL

There are no limits to the income you can make. The only limit is the amount of time and effort you want to devote to being successful.

EARN YOUR WORTH

Residential, commercial, investment, new construction, property management.

 

This event will be held at:

Keller Williams Realty Success

10026 W san Juan Way #200

Littleton, Co 80127

 

Please RSVP by 7/20/2010 to 303-985-1901

 

For more information about this seminar or about Keller Williams Realty go to www.successatkwsouthwest.com.

 

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

6/23/2010


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    According to a report from CNN Douglas county one of the fastest growing counties in the nation! This is for both residential and commercial development, and despite the rest of the country still digging themselves out of the lack luster economy, we are fortunate to have an area that is booming despite of hard times.

Keller Williams Realty Success   The fastest growing county in the United States is in an unlikely area. "Kendall County, Ill., a far flung suburb of Chicago, Grew nearly 100% in the last nine years, according to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau. The county went from a population of 54,563 on April 1, 2000, to an estimated 104,821 last July." CNN - Money What is most unusually about this boom is that this county has grown from a mostly agricultural area into a bedroom community with job seekers traveling the distance to work in the Chicago Metro Area. Douglas County Colorado

   What is shocking in seeing the large growth of the front running housing markets across the country is that most of them are great distances from city centers of metropolitan areas. This is perhaps because your dollar goes a bit further in buying a bigger home for more reasonable priced housing in the bedroom communities making the commute worthwhile.

   According to CNN the "other fast growers include Forsyth County and Paulding County, both in Georgia; Lincoln County, S.D.; Williamson County, Texas; and Douglas County, Colorado." This is great news for us in the real estate industry in the Denver Metro area. We will want to keep an eye on the market in Douglas County and watch for upcoming incentives for prospective buyers. "The population increase calculations are more than an ideal exercise in data collecting. Once the actual census count is completed this year, these counties will be in line for big jumps in government money, pointed out Census Bureau Director Robert Groves." CNN - Money So keep an eye on Douglas County for they could be some great opportunities just around the corner for you or your clients.

   If you would like to know more about what is happening in real estate in Douglas County, interested in buying or selling a home, or for more information about Keller Williams Real Estate please contact us at 303-985-1901 or visit our website at www.successatkwsouthwest.com

Thanks!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

6/16/2010


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    Many of us are seeing what is going on nationally with the economy and the real estate market. We can also see how in many ways Colorado is ahead of the curve pulling out of these difficult times. In many ways the shift in our business has been a great opportunity for realtors in our area. But where is the business being done locally?

   Below is a chart of all the activity of sold residential volume in Littleton, Colorado for the last two years. You can clearly see that right now is the time of year that the most homes sell on the market. It is also evident that compared to last year's sold volume business is up!

Littleton Sold Volume

 

    How does this compare to the whole Denver Metro Area? In the Metro Area, we can see that the market is showing the same increase in sold volume as above, and that as a whole sales are up from last year.

Denver Metro Sold Volume

 

So what does this mean to you? If you are looking to buy now is the time to find your perfect home. While it is still a 'buyers' market, it will not be for too much longer. If you are a realtor, you should be seeing the same trends of increase in your own business. If you are not seeing an increase, contact me! I can help you build your business and increase your productivity and give you the tools to take you to the next level. The business is out there, the question is, are you seeing your share of it?

   For more information about taking your business to the next level, or about Keller Williams Realty contact me at 303-985-1901 or go to our website at www.successatkwsouthwest.com

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

6/11/2010


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   2010 is half over! Are you one track for your business goals? Is your business producing the income that allows you to fund your life?

     You are invited...

Join us on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

From 1-4:00 p.m.

 

Working In Your Business For Maximum Profit!

   Instructed by Holly Perry

Holly is a nationally recognized real estate trainer and coach. Holly is an expert on the principle and models taught in the 'Millionaire Real Estate Agent' series. She has been a top producing agent and leader in profitable real estate offices in Texas, Colorado and North Carolina. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn how to take your real estate business to the next level!

 

    Location: ATBS - 555 Zang St. #400 - Lakewood

    This is a free class - NO CHARGE

    Refreshments will be served

Please RSVP to Diana at 303-985-1901 by June 16th, 2010

 

For more information about this class or about our company please call us or visit www.successatkwsouthwest.com

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

6/9/2010

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   Business is speeding up in the Commercial Real Estate arena, but some areas of the business are remKW Commercial Imageaining stagnant. First quarter reports are showing vacancy rates are shrinking. The hard economic times have had an effect on all aspect of the real estate industry, not just the overly saturated housing market. :Commercial building projects have suffered in the week economy through rising loan defaults and tighter credit. That has made it harder for developers to get financing." 9news.com But small increases have been seen across the country on improving the conditions for commercial development.

Commercial Office Building   In Denver, the office market ended the first quarter of 2010 at a rate of 14.4%. This vacancy rate for offices was down from the previous quarter, and vacant sublet space also decreased in the first quarter of this year. The industrial market ended with a vacancy rate of 8.6%, and vacant industrial sublease space also decreased in the Denver Metro Area, which is down from the previous quarter as well.

   In new nonresidential construction across the nation there was a small climb in April of 1.7% for some specific types of commercial projects. "That marked the first advance in this category sense March 2009. The strength in April came from gains in private sector work on communications projects and power generation facilities." Unfortunately some divisions of commercial real estate business saw a decrease in new construction. "Construction of office buildings and the category that includes shopping centers fell in April." 9News.com

   If you are looking for commercial space or have questions please feel free to contact us. We have many experiences Commercial Real Estate Professionals held to the highest standards of business. You can reach us at 303-985-1901 or visit our Office Website at www.successatkwsouthwest.com. For more information about Keller Williams Commercial Division you can visit www.kwcommercial.com

 

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

6/4/2010

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    If you are a member of our Keller Williams family, then you probably know a little about KW Cares already. This is an excellent example of how Keller Williams is set apart and above other Real Estate companies by showing our culture and our values. KW Cares is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity.

    KW Cares was created to support Keller Williams Realty associates and their immediate families in times of extreme hardship as a result of a sudden emergency. This charity is the heart of the Keller Williams Realty culture in action - finding and serving the higher purpose of business through charitable giving in the communities where our associates live and work. This is a charity supported by agents all across North American for other agents and their families in need.

   Not only is this done nationally through donations from our agents but also locally in each of our offices. Each KW Cares Logoone of our Market Centers across the country is challenged to raise $30,000 every year for charitably giving locally and with 10% to be raise specifically for KW Cares International. From this money KW cares gives grants to those in need who have been suggested and reviewed by KW Care Board of Directors. The remaining $27,000 is designed to support those in need and other charitable organizations in the Market Center's local community.

   It is also very easy to donate to KW Cares! Through every transaction our agents do they must fill out a Green Sheet for deal. On the Green Sheet you can include a deduction for a donation to KW Cares either in a specific cash amount or even a percentage of your commission. Another way you can give to KW Cares is by simply filling out a donation form and mailing it in or going online to www.kwcares.org

    Each Market Center has its own committee dedicate to KW Cares and the Market Centers local emergency fund. the chair of the committee is a member of the ALC and designates a KW Cares Representative. There can be as many representatives as seen fit in each office to ensure that the needs of the charitable funds are seen too. These representatives also assist in KW Care Grant application and the charitable funds donations to the local community.

   If you would like to know more about KW Cares or Keller Williams Realty you can contact our office at 303-985-1901 or email [email protected]. The majority of the information provided here can be found at KW Connect and is property of Keller Williams International.

Thank you!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

5/27/2010


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    Finally, some great news about the housing market and our economy! It's not over yet, but the recent reports are telling everyone that the economy is starting a slow but steady recovery. One of the best ways to see the evidence of this is in the housing market. It is the best time for house hunters to buy in nearly twenty years, and purchase rates are at the highest we've seen in a year and a half. While this is great news the nation still has a long road ahead. "It is still a very moderate recovery in housing, it is not a V-Recovery. But it is supporting growth now, which is good news," said Kurt Karl, chief U.S. economist at Swiss RE, in New York. (MSNBC News) With interest rates at all time lows and a saturated market of homes for sale, it is a prime time for buyers to get into the right home. "More than 72% of American families making the nation's median income of $63,800 a year, could afford to buy a home during the first three months of 2010, according to a report from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo (WF)." (CNN.com - Money)

Great Housing Market    Colorado is doing better than the majority of the country, specifically in new home building sales. Nationally new home construction jumped an amazing 41 percent compared to the first quarter of last year. This is actually the largest increase in new home builds seen since 1994. Locally, Colorado's Front Range blew that number out of the water! "In the 11 - County Front Range region, new home starts are up 90 percent over the same quarter in 2009." Wayde Jester with Metro Study said. "That includes the eight counties in the Denver metro area, plus Larimer, Weld and El Paso Counties." (9News.com - Money)

    While a large part of this increase in home sales, both new and sold by current home owners, is attributed to the expiration of the New Home Buyer Tax Credit, there is also evidence that because of the saturated housing market buyers are actually taking their time in finding the right home at the right price for their needs. Consumer confidence is up, and buyers are not likely to make the same mistakes that played a large part in the economic bust leading the U.S. into our current recession. "A good portion of our May sales have been those new homebuyers that recognize the fact that it's more important to find the right house than rush it for this $8,000 tax credit." Says Chris Presley, division vice president of Mertiage Homes. (9news.com - Money)

    While all of this is fantastic news for future home owners it is also great for our economy. With more homes being purchased more money is circulating in our country, and the effects are starting to show. "Home ownership continues it's more than year long trend of remaining in reach of more households than it has in almost two decades," said National Association of Home Builders chairman Bob Jones. "With interest rates still hovering at low levels, companies starting to hire new employees and the economy beginning to rebound, this should encourage more home buyers to enter the market and help further stabilize housing and the economy." (CNN.com - Money) This is a ray of sunshine for what has been a very bleak time for so many Americans. In Colorado alone there has been an additional $100 million of spending in our local economy thanks to home sales compared to the first quarter of last year. "$100 million of increased activity in new home building means a lot of new jobs. It means that the recession is off the bottom and we're starting to see recovery," says Wayde Jester. (9News.com - Money)

    If you are thinking about buying a home in the Denver area please contact us at Keller Williams Realty by calling (303) 985-1901. Our experienced real estate agents can help you find the perfect home for you and your family or answer any questions you may have about the exciting and most important investment in your life. If you would like to know more about Keller Williams Realty you can call us or visit us online at www.successatkwsouthwest.com.

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

5/23/2010


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    I wanted to take time to thank everyone who participated in RED Day in our office and across the country. We had an amazing time and had an amazing day giving back to our community. Our Office chose two projects lend our time and help too, and we had a great turn out! The first place we went to was at Mortensen Elementary School KW Red Day 2010in Littleton, Colorado. We painted the gym, working on teacher's summer packets, did some spring cleaning and even cleaned out the lost and found. Everyone at the school greeted us warmly, and we had a great time. Then in the afternoon we headed over to the Lost and Found Boys home where our agent volunteer for the rest of the day.

    Across the state and the country Keller Williams made a difference on May 13th, 2010. The whole purpose of Red Day is to get out into your community and give where you live. RED actually stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. This is just one extraordinary reason that sets Keller Williams apart from other real estate companies. We have a company culture that is uniquely designed and is focused on improving the lives of everyone we touch.

   If you would like more information about Keller Williams or Red Day please feel free to contact us at (303) 985-1901 or you can go to www.kw.com/kw/redday.html

   If you participated in Keller Williams Red Day I would love to hear your stories and how you and your office have given back to your community. If you participated in Red Day with our office I would love to hear your favorite part of the day and what this event meant to you.

Thanks!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901


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    Locally and nationally there are slight changes in the Real Estate market. Trending reports have come out indicating that many metropolitan cities are experiencing increases in housing prices, while foreclosure numbers have increased slightly. Denver is climbing out of the recession but some parts of Colorado are seeing investment and second homes go into foreclosure.

National Association of Realtors Logo   "A growing number of metropolitan areas are experiencing price gains from a year ago, while most states have seen healthy gains in home sales from the first quarter of 2009, according to the latest survey by the National Association of Realtors ®" ~Realtor.org The end of the New Home Buyer Tax Credit created a rise in home sales and has decreased the home inventory nationwide with nearly one million sales as a direct result of the stimulus incentive. This is good news for everyone in the industry and for new home owners in Denver. "Buyer confidence is back, and home buyers have long term views. The Typical buyer plans to stay in their home for 10 years, so we've put the flipping mentality behind us and most people see housing for what it is - shelter that provides social benefits and is also a good long-term investment" Vicki Cox Golder, National Association of Realtors President

   While home sales have risen, so has the foreclosure rate. "Colorado public trustees reported 11,136 Euqal House Opprotunity foreclosure fillings and 6,686 sales at auction (complete foreclosure) during the first quarter" of this year. "That is up six percent from the same time last year." ~ 9news.com This is credited mostly to low personal income growth and the struggling economy. However, the location of many Colorado foreclosures has moved into the western slope which is effecting those who own second homes and investment properties. Meanwhile others in the industry are not concerned about the foreclosure increase. "Foreclosures aren't really going up much, and there's no sign of a big increase, but they're not going away anytime soon," says Ryan McMaken, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Housing. "We will only start to see big dips when there's job growth. This ties into the larger economy."

   Nationally there is actually a decrease in foreclosure sales, possibly indicative of a stabilizing market and a nearing end to the recession. "In a separate report, Irvine, Calif.- based RealtyTrac, which uses a different methodology from the Division of Housing, reported that there were 333,837 foreclosure fillings nationwide in April, a 9 percent decrease from the previous month and a 2 percent decrease from April 2009." ~ The Denver Post

   If you are interested in buying or selling your home, or have any questions about the housing market in Denver, Co please feel free to contact me.  I would love to help you in your real estate needs and introduce you to the right Realtor for you!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

5/14/10


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Please join us for an evening dedicated to your future career! This will be an educational event focused on building Real Estate careers worth having! We will introduce you to Real Estate as a career, what makes each Real Estate company different, what investment you need to make in your career, and much much more! This seminar will also be followed by a Q and A session to answer anything you would like to know that is not covered during the evening.

Career Night Seminar

    For more information about this seminar or about Keller Williams Realty go to please contact us. This event will be held at:

    Keller Williams Realty Success

    10026 W. San Juan Way #200

    Littleton, CO 80127

Please RSVP by 5/24/2010 to (303) 985-1901

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

 5/13/10

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KW Profit Sharing TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More  

   There are many things that set Keller Williams Real Estate apart from all the other companies in this business. Our company culture, our education systems, our leadership. But one of the most distinct qualities about us is that we reward our associates who help us to grow the business by giving them a portion of our company profits.

   Part of the Keller Williams business model is that we treat each of our agents is a share holders in our company. We are a company built by agents, run by agents and who believes in sharing our success with our agents. "In everything that we do, we honor our associates, because we know that it is through our associates that our company flourishes and grows. The Profit Sharing system is no different." Mark Willis, CEO, Keller Williams Realty Inc.  A wide range of businesses all around the world have developed Profit Sharing structures, but in the real estate industry, no other company has a system based on the Market Center's profits.

    So how does our Profit Sharing system work? How much is growing your own Profit Sharing Tree worth to you? Quickly described, "in the Keller Williams Profit sharing Model, each month every Market Center splits it's owners profit so that the owners who risked their investments enjoy 52% of the profit and the associates who helped grow the company enjoy roughly 48% of the profit. In 2008, Keller Williams Market Centers distributed more than $30 million to associates who helped grow the company."  This means that while the objective of any business is to make a profit, Keller Williams views it's associates as investors in our company in another valuable way, even if they are not share holders.

    How do I build a Profit Sharing Tree and how can I Profit share from my Market Center? When you join our company you must name a "sponsor" when you sign up. By sponsoring you to join our company your name goes into their down line, and when you recommend someone to you Team Leader or Managing Broker to join our company, you become their sponsor. Each person who goes into your down line becomes part of your Profit Sharing Tree. Every month the office profits the percentage that your down line has contributed to those profits is calculated and then dispersed to you and the six other people sponsored above you in the Profit Sharing Tree. You being the first person closest to the profit contributor will receive 50% of the amount to be dispersed.

   Another great thing about the Keller Williams Profit Sharing model is that it is passive income. The amount of profit sharing anyone receives is passive because the associates share in the profits like an own would, but without any person risks or investment capital. This can provide you with extra income every month your Market Center is profitable without financial or legal risk and with no down payment! "We jokingly call it mailbox money. Once someone names you as a sponsor. all you have to do to get it is go to the mailbox, and there's your check." Bryon Ellington, CPO, Keller Williams Realty Inc.

   If you are already an agent with Keller Williams Realty and would like to learn more about how to build your Profit Sharing Tree, we frequently hold classes in our office going into greater detail to help you get started. If you are interested in learning more about Keller Williams and our Profit Sharing system you can go online to Keller Williams University or contact Renee Helten at Keller Williams Realty Success in Southwest Littleton at (303) 985-1901.

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

05/05/2010

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Keller Williams Red Day: Renew, Energize, Donate

  Mark Your Calendars, Red Day Is Coming!

   Every year in Keller Williams we take a day to focus on our community. Where we live and work and play is as important to our daily lives as the air that we breath. With this in mind Keller Williams Red Day was created. Red (Renew, Energize, Donate) Day is a service initiative dedicated to improving our local communities. On May 13th, 2010 Keller Williams agents and employees will take the day to give back to our communities all across the nation.

   The Keller Williams Realty Success office in South West Littleton will be spending the day at Mortensen Elementary School in Littleton, Colorado. We will be painting the gymnasium, landscaping and planting flowers outside, making end of the year parent packages, and working on teacher projects. At Keller Williams we are an education based company, with the belief that you should never stop learning and growing personally, professionally, and spiritually. Giving a day of community service to a school is a great way to show the community how much we believe in our value system. Please join us in this national day of community service or contact the KW office in your town to join in their efforts.

   Because of her dedication to the culture of our company, Red Day has been dedicate to Mo Anderson, Vice Chairman. You can read her letter by visiting the KW Red Day website.

   If you are interested in learning more about Keller Williams or Red Day please call Renee Helten, Team Leader and Employing Broker Keller Williams Realty Success Southwest Littleton at (303) 985-1901. To find out what projects are happening in your community you can go to www.kw.com/kw/redday.html or email [email protected]. We would love any help or support you would like to provide on a day with an exceptional cause.

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

4/29/2010

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It's the last week before the tax credit incentive is gone. I don't believe the tax credit will be extended, nor do I necessarily want it to be extended. It has served its purpose and I am glad that we had it. But sellers will still sell and buyers will still buy, with or without a little help from our friends.

Buyers to be clear, you have until Friday, April 30th to go under contract and until June 30th to close the transaction to receive up to $8000 as a tax credit for 2011 taxes. My agents are working non-stop to get the fence sitters to get off the fence. And now is the time to do so! It is NOT too late!

We, here at Keller Williams, do not believe in running a business with recurring debt month to month, but rather a profit system. This is evident as we are turning the corner out of the recession and into the busier months of summer. WE ARE PROFITABLE AND WE HAVE NO DEBT!

If you are an allied resource in the United States, a lender, warranty rep, insurance sales person, inspector or anyone who works with real agents call, comment, or email me to see how we can work together after the incentives are gone.

If you are not making a profit in your real estate business, and/or do not have the tools or knowledge to do so, PLEASE call me as I love to sit down with real estate brokers to help them to put systems and models in place to make real estate a profitable business, it also should be an avenue where you have passive income, through investments or through helping your company to grow. I can help you on many levels, please call me for a private, no obligation, appointment TODAY! 303-775-7131

Have a great last week! Push it until the end-but have a plan for yourself on the other side! I can help if you don't have that in place!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

 4/26/2010
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While the rest of the country is struggling but slowly showing signs of improvement in this great recession, Denver is pulling a head of economic down turn. One great way to examine this is by the real estate market. There is much evidence that Denver is ahead of the curve and while we are not out of the woods yet, this is great news!

   Everyone has been talking about how great of a buyer's market this is, but often people don't know why that is. A few years ago we were in a strong seller's market, and when the country hit the economic train reek that changed significantly! But what is the difference between a buyer's and a seller's market? The short answer is how many homes are on the market and what price they are going for. As the number of home on the market increases, it means that homes are in less demand and therefore the price point drops. This is when we enter a buyer's market, because it is a great time to find a home in an overly saturated market at a great price. When the market shifts and we have less volume of properties for sale the demand becomes higher and prices rise. This means that those individuals selling their homes can ask for a higher price, therefore making it a seller's market.

Buyers Vs Sellers Market Chart

This simple chart shows you what this looks like.

Denver is Slowly but surely pulling out of a buyer's market. We have had a saturated market with lower prices. But new data coming out is showing us gaining momentum and shifting into a more stabilized economy with few homes for sale and stabilizing prices. For example, some "good news is that the housing inventory is 17 percent lower than it was a year ago, and close to 2 percent lower than it was a month ago, which are good signs for a recovery." - Realty Times  As the Denver area's home inventory shrinks the prices will go up, making this a good time to buy before the market shifts back again. Home owners will still have to ask for lower prices when selling their homes for now, but the good news is that they can make up the difference in the pricing of their new homes and in the extremely low interest rates being offered.

On a national level, the country has seen the worst of the economic down turn for now, and is also starting to show small improvements in the real estate market trends across the nation. "Sales of existing U.S. homes fell in February for the third month and the number of U.S. Properties by the most in almost two years," however, "the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index covering 20 U.S. cities showed signs that real estate values may be stabilizing." - Bloomberg. This means that Denver is ahead of the game when it comes to the economic recovery and the real estate market. So if you are looking to buy in the near future in the Denver Metro area contact us and we'll help you find your new home at great prices while they still last!

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

4/22/2010

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  The new home buyer tax credit will soon be over. Any first time home buyers that are interested in an $8000 tax credit better get moving and fast! To take advantage of the first time home buyers tax credit the buyer must have a property under contract by April 30th, 2010. You must also close on the property by July 30th, 2010. Oh! And that other thing about the tax credit... You must be a first time home buyer to be eligible to get it! Now, there are a few exceptions, and you should speak with a reputable lender for exact details.

   I know some home buyers who have used this extra money to buy their homes, or to do upgrades within their homes. There are some companies out there that will give you our tax credit money up front, and then once that check comes in the mail you just sign it over to them. But you have to be careful who do this with. There are some very reputable people out there that can help, but there are always those who do not follow the laws. Again, I must insist you speak with your lender for more details on if this is an option for you. 

   This tax credit has been extended previously, but there is no sign that it will be extended again. Part of the reason this tax credit was implemented in the first place was to create an additional incentive to buy in this market, and to place a sense of urgency on buyers. Once it was extended, the urgency wavered and now we are once again looking down the end of the road and running to get there!

   "There is little sentiment for continuing this program, especially because many consider the latest results to be disappointing. Even the Senate's biggest proponent of the home buyer tax credit, Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is ready to let it end. 'He has no plans to introduce legislation to extend the tax credit.' Said Isakson's spokeswoman, 'Part of the benefit of the tax credit was the urgency its sun-setting generated.'" - CNNMoney.com

  So to all you realtors and home buyers, get together, and to it fast! This is your last chance to get the $8000 tax credit from Uncle Sam.

Renee Helten

Keller Williams Realty Success

303.985.1901

4/20/2010

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