Fall is in the air!  What a tremendous year this has been thus far with a lot of accomplishments and life-changing events for members of our team and the clients we serve.  As we look toward the final quarter of 2013, our team is encouraged by the market activity we have experienced over the first 3 quarters of 2013. 

Average sales prices per unit have remained about the same when compared to 2012, but total sales volume and number of sales is up about 20% over the same period of 2012.  Interest rates remain near record-lows, and inventory is quite healthy.  We presently have new construction opportunities throughout the Oak Grove and Petal markets between $120,000 and $365,000 that will be available for purchase in time for celebrating the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  Many of these can be purchased with $0 Down/$0 Closing costs if the purchaser qualifies for USDA or VA financing.  Contact one of our team members who can connect you with the appropriate lenders making these offers as well as the homes that qualify.

As usual, The All-Star Team is making investments in education of our team members so that we may provide our clients with the most highly-credentialed real estate sales team in the Pine Belt.  Sales and Support team members will attend training courses in San Francisco at the beginning of November at the National Association of REALTORS’ annual convention.  This annual experience will be the capstone to a year’s worth of educational accomplishments.  Jennifer Beightol and Andrew Bird completed coursework for licensure earlier this year.  Jennifer is presently completing courses that will allow her to attain her G.R.I. designation (Graduate REALTOR Institute) as well as attaining her brokers license.  She began her new role as Team Administrator at the beginning of September as well.  And, much to the relief of Amelia, DeLois, and the Team, I completed my Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) with Finance Concentration from Tulane University in New Orleans back in June, after 20 grueling months of study.   When complemented by over 200 years of combined experience in the real estate industry, these educational investments provide a wealth of knowledge for our clients that is unmatched in our region.  You can expect us to continue fine-tuning our skills as practitioners both in the field and the classroom.

Congratulations are in order to DeLois and The Team for recording the largest sale of 2013 for the HAAR MLS this past month.  It is one of only two sales recorded over $1 Million in the current production year, and the highest-valued sale ever recorded for Canebrake subdivision.  So far this year, The Team has been involved in 50% of the recorded sales over $700,000 in Canebrake.  We remain thankful and honored by the opportunity to represent some of the finest homes in our marketplace.  At the same time, we are keenly aware of how important each home purchase is, whether it’s a starter home or a luxury residence.  You can’t bring families home again and again (and generation after generation) without recognizing that within every price range is someone’s dream home.  That’s why we make it a point to seek out the best homes in all price ranges to serve every life stage.  Just ask Andrew Bird, our newest Buyer Specialist, who recently helped close a sale for some excited first time home buyers!

Our campaign to increase our social media presence and be accessible to our friends and clients in multiple ways is growing.  In the last two months, our official team page on Facebook has grown by nearly 150%.  Increasingly, our monthly Tour of Homes is being promoted through online mediums - including Facebook.  If you haven’t already done so, please be sure and “Like” us on Facebook and join our real estate conversation.  You can find our page by logging onto our webpages, www.GoAllStarTeam.com or www.allstarteam.com, and clicking on the Facebook icon.  Or, direct your web browser to www.facebook.com/AllStarTeamREALTORS.  Hope to see you there soon!

We look forward to serving you or someone you know in the near future.  We’ll have the perfect opportunity to do so at our final Tours of Homes for 2013, scheduled for October 6th and November 3rd.  For the complete schedule, be sure and check our website and/or Facebook page.   As always, we remain ready to earn and keep your trust again and again.

Adam & Team