2015 has started off with a bang!

With five new agents and two newly licensed agents, we are growing fast. We have been able to respond to the improvement in the real estate market with our unique approach. Three Sixty is a technology and marketing driven company with a great team environment and forward thinking leaders who are focused on keeping us ahead of the game in our constantly changing industry. Our fresh, new approach is working, and we would love to share more about our company with you. Start a conversation with us today!

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Agent Spotlight – 5 Question Quiz with Tricia Peterson & Lessie McCreless

Our 5 Question Quiz was so fun last month, we’re doing it again with our March Spotlight Agents. I’ve put myself on the hot seat this time, along with our beloved Office Manager, Lessie McCreless. Enjoy these fun and interesting answers!

Lessie McCreless

Lessie McCreless1. What question do you hate to answer?

What do you want to eat?

2. What famous person do people tell you resemble?  What famous person do YOU think you resemble?

I have never had anyone say I resembled anyone famous, but if you picture long, straight, brown hair parted down the middle, I favored Ali McGraw, from the famous movie of 1970, Love Story. Google her, as most of Team 360 were not even born when that movie came out!

3. What is the weirdest thing about you? Are you proud of it?

I like a banana sandwich with peanut butter on one slice of bread and mayonnaise on the other with barbecue potato chips on top of the banana slices. Sure, I’m proud of it… it’s delicious!

4. What is your favorite knock knock joke?

Knock, knock?  Who’s there? Imma!  Imma who?  Imma gon’ be late again.

5. What are you afraid of?

Snakes.

Tricia Peterson

Tricia Peterson1. What question do you hate to answer?

I don’t hate to answer it but I do get annoyed to get asked it “is your real name Patricia?”  Nope. Just Tricia.

2. What famous person do people tell you resemble?  What famous person do YOU think you resemble?

Just recently someone mentioned that I reminded them of a “young Sofia Loren”. What a huge compliment. I’m not so sure I see it though :). What famous person do YOU think you resemble? I think I resemble country music singer Sara Evans and have been told that from time to time as well. I think she is a lovely person inside and out! I definitely don’t have her voice though! That’s for sure!

3. What is the weirdest thing about you? Are you proud of it?

Brunch is one of my favorite meals but I don’t eat eggs. I’m starting to find a few more people in this camp with me. But most people seem surprised that I don’t. I really wish I liked them. There are so many great  dishes like frittatas and quiches that look amazing but I just can’t bring myself to take a big bite. I probably stopped eating eggs when I was around 5 years old.

4. What is your favorite knock knock joke?

Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad to see me?  I’m sorry. I’m not very original. Or funny. When I get people laughing it’s normally at me, not with me!  And I’m ok with that!!

5. What are you afraid of?

I’m going to keep this light…. So RATS!!! Can’t stand them. Disgusting. They are so small and really can’t hurt you but….. I could handle a snake any day but a rodent just gives me the heeby jeeby’s!!

Agent Spotlight – 5 Question Quiz with Brooke Watson & Britni Ingram

In honor of our 5th birthday, we decided to have a little fun with our February Spotlight Agents and give them a 5 Question Quiz with some randomly generated, thought-provoking questions. We found out some interesting things that we bet you didn’t know about these ladies!

Brooke Watson

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  1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

    I always wanted to be a doctor. I love helping people, and although I didn’t end up in the medical field, I feel as a Realtor I’m still doing that!

  2. What is the best compliment you have ever received? 

    Someone once said to me “Brooke, you are so wise. Thank you for always being there with a kind word and good advice.” You can’t beat that!

  3. Who do you trust with your life? 

    God!

  4. What was the first thought you had when you woke up this morning? 

    Cinnamon Rolls!

  5. If you could be any age for a week, what age would it be?

    I’d have to say 35. I look at friends and colleagues who seem to have it “all together,” and it seems that by 35 you have a lot of things figured out – career, family, friends – but you are still young enough to have a good time (and recover quickly ha ha!).

Britni Ingram

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  1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

    A Nurse. I always knew that was what I wanted to do until high school when I volunteered in the NICU at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for 2 summers and realized my heart just couldn’t handle a job like that!

  2. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
    One day when my son was only a few months old, I was realizing being a mom was not as easy as I thought it would be. I was feeling pretty inadequate and my husband said to me, without me voicing my frustration with myself, that I was doing a really good job taking care of our son.

    And a compliment that is right up there next to being complimented on my mommy skills is a Referral. It makes me feel so good when someone calls me and says they were referred to me by someone else. That means I did what I strive to do with every client I have, which is to help them with their real estate needs to the very best of my ability while also creating a lasting relationship.

  3. Who do you trust with your life?
    My husband!

  4. What was the first thought you had when you woke up this morning?

    Well since my “alarm clock” is my son saying “out please” (out of his crib) through the monitor, my first thought is almost always “I wish he would go back to sleep and let me get  just one more hour of rest.”

  5. If you could be any age for a week, what age would it be?24! I was finished with school and beginning a career, engaged to the love of my life and excited about what our future would hold. We had not a care in the world (read: no children!) and we could do whatever we wanted, whenever we wanted. Not that I would trade my kids for anything! But come on, a sleepy Saturday morning? Sounds like heaven!

Welcome Brooke Watson!

BrookeWatsonSquareWe are thrilled to welcome Brooke Watson to the Three Sixty team. Her long time love of Auburn, passion for Real Estate and helping her clients make her a perfect fit for our dynamic office environment, and we couldn’t be more excited to have her on board.

To find out more about Brooke, click here.

Nonet Reese Appointed to City of Auburn Planning Commission

Nonet ReeseThree Sixty is proud to announce the appointment of co-owner Nonet Reese to the City of Auburn Planning Commission. The Planning Commission, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Auburn City Council, studies land use and development trends, collects data, analyzes such information, and prepares a set of official policies, know as the “Comprehensive Plan,” for the future growth and development of the City.

“I’m so pleased to continue to serve the City of Auburn. The Planning Commission is an essential part of the reason Auburn is such a wonderful place to work, live and play.”

Nonet Reese, Three Sixty Co-Owner

For the complete press release, please click here.

Why work with a REALTOR?

We know you wonder why?? In this day and age of information at your finger tips….what value can someone actually bring me? We get this question often and of course feel very strongly about what we offer as professionals! Take a look below…and of course we love to hear your thoughts too- leave us your comments!

Click Below to meet the REALTORS on our Team!

5 Reasons To Hire a RE Professional

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Michy Aja earns Certified Military Relocation Professional (MRP) Designation

Michy AjaThree Sixty is proud to announce that Michy Aja is one of the first Realtors® in the nation to earn the new Certified Military Relocation Professional designation from the National Association of Realtors®. While relocation is a periodic event for a military family, it is still stressful. Being married to a Navy Pilot, Michy has personal experience with multiple relocations. Excited to learn of this new program, she jumped right in to learn what opportunities might exist to better help military families.

“My husband was often deployed and all of the work that went into each of our several military moves was “on me”. That could be very overwhelming, and I always wished I could find a Realtor who really understood what I was going through. I’m proud to say that now I can be that person for other military families.”

Training for this certification helped Michy to gain a better understanding of how to best counsel U.S. service members and their families to find housing solutions that best suit their needs in a military relocation. This training extensively explained how eligible active-duty service members and veterans are able to leverage VA financing benefits in the purchase of their home. Michy and all of us at Three Sixty were also happy to find out that the program is set up so that a portion of the application fee is donated to a homeless veteran’s service organization that serves military veterans and assists with their housing needs.

About the Military Relocation Professional Certification Program

Active duty service members and veterans represent a significant potential client base for NAR members. Active duty personnel number more than 1.1 million and approximately 70% choose private sector homes for their housing needs. Veterans number more than 22 million. Real estate transactions for relocating military personnel are unique in many aspects. The time frame can be significantly compressed. Military service members may have only days to see homes, make an offer, and get under contract. Military service members may be deployed during the real estate transaction, which may require a power of attorney.

Takeaways from ACREcon – Alabama’s premier commercial real estate conference

By: Carrie Davis, development strategist

Last week, I attended ACREcon, the Alabama Commercial Real Estate Conference & Expo, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center in Birmingham.  It was the week between Birmingham’s two snowstorms, which I was very glad to dodge!  The conference included a lineup of outstanding speakers, and the room was packed with real estate professionals from all over the state.

One of the speakers that I was very excited to hear was Dr. Lawrence Yun, the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research for the National Association of REALTORS.  He discussed the state of economy in Alabama and in the nation as a whole and had some very interesting things to report.  The highlights are summarized below.

The Overall Economy and Commercial Real Estate Market

  1. We are officially out of the Great Recession.  The nation has had GDP growth over the past 4 years, but because of the gradual growth in GDP (around 1% to 2% growth rather than the usual 3% or the expected 4% to 6% coming out of a recession), it may not feel like we are out.  However, statistically, we are!
  2. Though GDP growth has been positive, jobs are still down.  Alabama had over 2 million total jobs at Year End 2007.  At Year End 2013, there were 1.9 million jobs.  With the state’s focus on the recruitment of and expansion of manufacturing companies, the long term job growth for the state of Alabama is looking up!
  3. Sales Volume of all commercial real estate types (office, industrial, retail, apartment, and hotel) in Major Markets have been increasing since 2010.  Commercial real estate markets with smaller sales transactions (usually around $2 million or less) have had increasing sales volume since 2012.
  4. Commercial real estate prices in Major Markets have increased since 2010, while commercial real estate prices in smaller markets began increasing in 2013.

The Residential Real Estate Market

  1. Household formations made a huge jump in 2012, increasing by half a million households from the year before!  From 2007 to 2011, there were on average 400,000 to 600,000 household formations each year.  In 2012, there were approximately 1,100,000 new household formations.  This growth is great for the residential market – both in new construction and existing home sales!
  2. Existing home sales have had a 20% cumulative increase over the past two years, AND the median home price has increased by nearly 20% in two years.
  3. In Alabama, existing home sales began increasing in 2012, and have increased by about 10% from one year prior.
  4. Alabama and the nation as a whole will face a persistent housing shortage if housing starts do not begin to increase substantially.  Housing starts have been significantly below average over the past six years, due to the Great Recession and the lack of construction financing available for builders.  The good news for homeowners – this creates more demand for existing homes and new homes coming onto the market!

The Forecast over the Next Two Years

  1. GDP growth is expected to rise to 3%
  2. There should be significant job growth of about 2 million jobs per year
  3. Interest Rates will rise as the 10-Year Treasury should reach 4% by late 2015
  4. Rents will rise and business opportunities will improve

Lawrence Yun had a lot of great information to share, along with the other ACREcon speakers including Mark Polon, the CCIM National Instructor of the Year, and Martin Mayer, President and CEO of Stirling Properties. It is an exciting time in real estate, full of growth and opportunities!  Follow @NAR_Research on Twitter for daily updates and analysis of the real estate market shared by Lawrence Yun and his staff.

What do YOU expect from the person that lists your home for sale?

 

Expectations….

We all have them. We are all given them. We have a different set for each life activity. We have them for our spouse, our children, the people we work closely with, so of course there are also expectations for your REALTOR. The person you entrust to sell and market your house for the world to see should live up to your expectations. This is why it is imperative to communicate these expectations to your REALTOR. We, as REALTORS, want to do the very best job we possibly can for our clients. Expectations exist for a reason so always work with a professional to ensure that the contract and all other paperwork will be explained and completed correctly. During the negotiation process you should be comfortable in their market knowledge and their ability to respect your wishes when negotiating. From the small expectations, such as, how you would like to be communicated with; phone, text, email. How often you would like to be informed about your sale; To the big expectations, such as, “our family is not willing to move until the end of a certain month”, or that “there really isn’t any additional money that we can get to sell this house at a loss”; and the biggest expectation cannot go unsaid… Get the house SOLD! Also know that there are expectations from the REALTOR to you. We need for you to be honest and have a certain trust level. This is very important; each person needs to feel comfortable sharing information with one another.
Contact a Three Sixty Team Member today and share your “expectations” with us!

New Year, New People!

2014 is shaping up to be the best year yet at Three Sixty! Our innovative team is growing every day. Most recently we have added Realtors® Emmy Martin Sorrells and Amy Smallridge, as well as Development Strategist Carrie Davis. Amy’s love for people and her interest in homes is what makes Real Estate a perfect fit for her. Emmy never fails to inspire us or make us laugh, and her clients agree! Carrie’s specialized expertise and positive outlook on Alabama’s future development opportunities is an exciting addition into our already innovative company culture. We are so lucky these amazing women have decided to join the Three Sixty team. Below please find a little more information about each of these beautiful women!

amy smallridge webAmy Smallridge

Amy Smallridge has lived in Auburn and Opelika for 30 years. She’s a graduate of Auburn University where she studied Early Childhood Education, and then taught school in Opelika before joining Three Sixty.  Amy’s husband Ricky played golf for Auburn and now works at Auburn University Golf Club as the PGA Director of Instruction and Membership.  Amy enjoys meeting new people, keeping up with old friends, spending time with her family (Ricky, their daughter Abby, and dog Bella), and is always ready to lend a helping hand.

Emmy Martin Sorrells

Emmy Martin Sorrells

Emmy Martin Sorrells learned at an early age that hard work is important and that education is one of the things that you cannot have taken away from you.  She carried these lessons with her when obtaining her undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology from Auburn and the University of West Alabama and then in her work in the banking, engineering and pulp and paper industries.  Thirteen years ago, Emmy finally found her way to working with preschoolers, which she claims overlaps perfectly with her work in Real Estate (but not for the reasons you might think!):

“Imagination is the ability to turn anything into a rocket ship, or an animal, or a best friend… or to see the hidden potential in a fixer-upper or on a large white wall in your unfinished basement. Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. Spending time at home, laughing, eating, creating memories is the best gift you can give your family.  I want to help you find a HOME, not just a house.”

Emmy and her husband, Kevin, have been married for over 18 years and have happily made Auburn their home for the last 17 years.  They have two children, a 14 year old “girl teen” and an 11 year old “boy child.”  Emmy loves all things orange and navy, candy, living a green lifestyle, Pure Barre and yoga, and to travel.  She makes her bed every day, is a member of Cornerstone Church, and volunteers for just about everything she can from the PTO to the Junior League.

Carrie Davis Real Estate siteCarrie Davis

Carrie’s passion for real estate comes from her desire to have a positive impact on the community in which she lives and to determine ways to make it an even more desirable place to live through real estate development. Her specialized expertise in market research and land acquisition services for builders and developers will allow Three Sixty to expand our set of services throughout the state. In addition, Carrie’s presence at our firm will enhance the development coordination services already offered by all of our team members.

Originally from Albany, GA, Carrie graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. During her senior year at Auburn, she took a Principles of Real Estate class and knew immediately that her goal was to pursue a career in the real estate industry. After graduating from Auburn, she moved to Charlotte, NC for a summer internship with a commercial real estate development firm and then went on to graduate school at Clemson University, where she earned a Master of Real Estate Development degree in 2010.

Carrie worked in Atlanta, GA for a consulting firm in their Real Estate Advisory Services division for three years gaining experience in various aspects of the real estate industry, including appraisal review, financial analysis, market analysis, and due diligence of office, retail, and multifamily properties.