Monday, January 30, 2006

Inspiration for today,

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody." Bill Cosby
"Who Is Grading Your Exam?" or learn more about the meaning of success.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Teens May Lose Phone Privileges In Cars

The Virginia General Assembly is considering a bill to restrict cell phone use for drivers under 18, even with a hands free device.

This seems like a no-brainer, as 16 year olds have higher accident rates than any other age group. As a parent, I am relieved and grateful my children are no longer teenagers!

Have teenagers? Want to influence your legislator on this issue? Click here.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Buyers and Sellers in the Hampton Roads, VA real estate market continue to be frustrated by the local MLS service (Real Estate Information Network) policy to charge consumers for access to detailed listing information provided through individual agents' and brokers' web sites. This program is called MLS ePass. To get complete information (excluding property address) you are asked to pay for an ePass using your credit card.

We, The Butler Team, believe that this “pay-per-view” program is ill conceived and not in the best interests of Buyers or Sellers. We have joined with other agents (Agents For Free Pass) in establishing a website, http://www.no-epass.com/, to help educate the public, other agents, and hopefully our MLS decision makers, about the downside of MLS ePass.

We have, also, created a website for you to obtain detailed listing information for FREE, http://www.emailvirginiabeachhomes.com/. No credit card is necessary! Simply complete the registration form with your property requirements (bedrooms, baths, age of home, price range, special needs, square feet, garage requirement, etc.). We will set up a custom search for you on our non-public MLS. This Home Search is not just for Virginia Beach homes, but for any home listed in the MLS in Hampton Roads.

After registering, you will then receive an initial email from us with all the listings that might meet your needs. Then you will begin to receive regular emails with all new listings as they are entered into the system. These follow-up emails will be "automated". You can opt out any time you want to.

Click here, your Hampton Roads real estate resource.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Press Release: Top Agents Attends Invitation-Only CyberStar® Gathering

Dave & Ruth Ann Macklin were among 130 top real estate agents who were invited to attend The Allen F. Hainge CyberStar® Summit recently in San Antonio, TX. The nationally recognized CyberStar® Summit is an annual invitation-only networking and idea sharing conference open only to outstanding real estate agents from the US, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and Australia.

As leading members of the CyberStars®, Dave & Ruth Ann have long been market leaders in Hampton Roads due to their commitment to serving customers and clients and their use of technology to meet the needs of today’s consumer. The Macklins emphasis on their Web site, ButlerTeamHomes.com, as a top consumer resource and on using technology for effective communication and service has made them a unique success.

The three day event focused on using technology and personal marketing strategies to better serve clients and customers. During the session, the Macklins participated in information and discussion sessions on strategies and tools for marketing property, customer service strategies, blogging and pod casting as communication tools, staging property for faster sale, strategies for a changing market, success in international real estate, implementing consumer-oriented Web sites, client appreciation strategies and more.

According to the Macklins, attendance at the annual CyberStar® Summit provided many personal and professional benefits:

“We are honored to have been invited to our industry’s most exclusive gathering. Sharing with these other extraordinary real estate agents for three days pays big dividends in many areas of our business. Most importantly, we learned more about using the latest in today’s technology and successful strategies so that we can better serve our clientele and help them achieve a more successful home sale or purchase. We spent three full days sharing marketing and customer service strategies that really work and that result in higher client satisfaction.

“Our clients are continually complimenting us on the service, tools and technology we use to meet their needs, we owe that to our association with the CyberStars® and to the fact that we share among ourselves so freely. In short, we are surrounded by the best agents in real estate for three days at every Summit. We share with them, they share with us, and we all translate our new found knowledge into increased services for our clients.”

Be sure to visit Dave & Ruth Ann’s website, http://www.butlerteamhomes.com/, your source for Hampton Roads real estate or give them a call, 866-222-0158 #550. They will help you anyway they can.