Friday, January 10, 2014







For Immediate Release 
Contact: Dan Dekker
                    Century 21 Premier Group

Local Real Estate Agent Earns e-PRO® Certification

January 6, 2014 Dan Dekker of Century 21 Premier Group has successfully completed the e-PROÒ Certification Program and has been awarded the e-PRO® Certification, the official technology certification program offered by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR).

Dan Dekker joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals who have earned NAR’s e-PRO® certification and dedicated time and effort towards learning how to use the latest social media technologies to create an online presence and reach today’s hyper-connected consumers.

Working together with the Social Media Marketing Institute (SMMI), NAR redesigned the e-PRO® curriculum to better meet the challenges of today’s real estate market. The new e-PRO® program expands an agent’s real estate technology skills and helps them connect with consumers online via social media, email marketing, and web site promotion.

“Today’s consumers are beginning their real estate search online,” said Dan Dekker of Century 21 Premier Group. “With an increasing number of consumers turning to social media and online technology throughout their home search, it is essential for today’s agents to have the knowledge and training necessary to connect with these consumers online.”

Social media is still relatively new, and evolving every day. Agents who earn e-PROÒ are dedicated to making the most of today's social media and technology to help consumers with their real estate needs, whatever they may be.

For more information about e-PRO®, visit ePRONAR.com or contact Dan Dekker of Century 21 Premier Group.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Traditional Market Share Dominates as Sellers Re-enter the Scene

November 12, 2013

Traditional Market Share Dominates as Sellers Re-enter the Scene

 

MAAR-October-2013-Stats-News-Release
Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 12, 2013) – The Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan housing market continued along the path toward recovery in October. While some measures suggest a slowing in the pace of recovery, this
deceleration is primarily the result of a healing distressed segment. Sellers felt more confident as new listings rose 15.1 percent to 6,102, marking the seventh consecutive year-over-year increase in monthly seller activity. Buyers
closed on 4,495 homes, a modest 1.9 percent increase over last October. Consumers have 15,556 properties from which to choose – or just 3.7 percent fewer than last October, but 19.2 percent more than in January 2013.
The market-wide median sales price was unchanged from September 2013 at $195,000, but was up 11.4 percent compared to October 2012. In October 2011, foreclosures and short sales together comprised 46.2 percent of all closed
sales. In October 2013, these two segments made up only 21.5 percent of all sales. For new listings, the same October figure dropped from 42.4 percent in 2011 to 19.5 percent of all new listings in 2013.
“The slight decrease in pending sales activity is entirely attributable to declines in the number of contracts signed on foreclosure and short sale properties,” said Andy Fazendin, President of the Minneapolis Area Association
of REALTORS® (MAAR).
Traditional pending sales activity was up 19.7 percent while foreclosure and short sale contracts were down about 33.7 and 50.8 percent, respectively. Closed sales increased 1.9 percent overall, but traditional closed sales rose 23.6
percent. Foreclosure sales and short sales were down 32.9 and 50.0 percent, respectively. New listings rose 15.1 percent overall, but traditional seller activity increased 39.0 percent higher as foreclosure and short sale new
listings fell 24.4 and 50.1 percent, respectively.
On average, homes are spending 75 days on the market – the quickest October pace in seven years. Sellers are receiving an average of 95.8 percent of their original list price – the highest October ratio since 2006. The Twin Cities
metro now has 3.5 months’ supply of inventory, which suggests sellers are regaining their leverage.
“We are within the final phases of market recovery,” said Emily Green, MAAR President-Elect. “Supply levels are stabilizing and regenerating, which means buyers have more choices and balance is being restored.”
All information is according to the Minneapolis Area Association of REALTORS® (MAAR) based on data from NorthstarMLS. MAAR is the leading regional advocate and provider of information services and research on the real estate industry for brokers, real estate professionals and the public. MAAR serves the Twin Cities 13-county metro area and western Wisconsin. 10K Research and Marketing, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of MAAR.
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