Bacon Jam: Make Yours Today!

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The Build-a-Burger competition a few weeks ago was so much fun. The Lee County Homebuilders Association always puts on a great party, and this year was no exception. And though we did not win the top prize (boo!), we were thrilled and honored to receive a Best in Show mention! Congratulations to the Three Sixty team for a job well done: David Clegg, Tonya Tyson, Matthew Willis, Evan Crawford, Will Faulkner, Emmy Martin Sorrells and Nancy Carlton Bendinger.

We gave it our all with a bacon jam burger. David Clegg’s Bacon Jam did not disappoint. So many folks have asked for the recipe. Never wanting to disappoint our adoring public, we’re sharing it here! Use it to top your burgers, chicken, hot dogs, ham sandwiches, really any time you want to make something taste AMAZING! If you’d like a printable version of the recipe for yourself, click here!

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National Association of REALTORs Conference in Orlando!

nonetmagcoverTwo weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the National Association of REALTORS conference in Orlando. NAR conferences are held around the country year after year, but it always special when it happens to be at Disney!

NAR is currently at a membership high of over 1.2M members strong. This year more than 50,000 REALTORS attended the conference. Our industry is having a very good year! The conference is FULL of wonderful relevant information for REALTORS all across the nation.

I began my conference with a half day seminar on Smart Growth in the 21st Century. This session was full of useful information for my everyday life in real estate right here in Auburn, AL. The next several days were packed with sessions from heavy hitters in our industry such as Brian Buffini, Bob Wolff and one of my favorites, David Knox. And you can’t go wrong when listening to the NAR Chief Economist, Lawrence Yun.

We were also inspired and motivated by speakers Lou Holtz! Colin Powell was our General session speaker – he was eloquent and humorous.

The EXPO is always exciting – you can find anyone who can help you to do anything in the real estate world! All of your favorite vendors are there and they always have a special gift just for you at the EXPO!

I have  the privilege of knowing so many realtors from across the country and it is so fun running into them each year at these events.

Realtors know how to have fun, and the night life is no exception! Several vendors invited us to receptions and some have STARS…. I was lucky enough to get invited to play FAMILY FEUD with the Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan! So fun! And we were front row for the Concert… TRAIN! All in all this was a wonderful time in Orlando with a few thousand of my closest REALTOR friends!

It’s almost time for Swing for Diabetes 2016!

Three Sixty is proud to be a Gold sponsor for the upcoming fourth annual Swing for Diabetes golf tournament, hosted by my sister Diana Ramage and Kendall and Celesta Simmons. The event will be held on June 20th at Moore’s Mill Golf Club.

Diana-RamageDiana’s personal struggle with diabetes didn’t stop her from pursuing a career in golf, which was a passion for her from the age of ten. National success in junior golf tournaments put her on the college radar as a young high school student.  Despite recruitment efforts by most all of the southeastern schools, Diana knew Auburn University would become her school of choice.  While playing on the AU Golf Team, Diana was awarded numerous  individual titles, including National First Team All American her senior year.  The Auburn University Golf Team was ranked number one at various times during Diana’s collegiate career.  The team also won two South Eastern Conference championships.  After graduating in 2005, Diana headed straight to LPGA Qualifying School where she finished in the top 15 and received her LPGA card.

Now a REALTOR and a valued team member here at Three Sixty, Diana was looking for a way to raise money to benefit research and support of others fighting diabetes. She teamed up with former Auburn football player and two time Super Bowl champion Kendall Simmons and his wife Celesta to create the Swing for Diabetes golf tournament four years ago. Like Diana, Kendall’s diagnosis of Type I diabetes in 2003 was only a minor speed bump.  The following year he won the Ed Block Courage Award for returning to football after being diagnosed.

Swing for Diabetes has been a huge success. The money raised this year will benefit the Diabetes and Nutrition Center at East Alabama Medical Center. This specialized department provides supplies, counseling and education for those who otherwise would not be able to afford those services.

Find out more at http://www.swingfordiabetesauburn.com/ and we look forward to seeing you at the event!

BP PAC Fun Run 2016 is a huge success!

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Three Sixty was so proud to be a sponsor of this past Sunday’s BP PAC Fun Run at Auburn High School. Auburn High & Junior High Baseball and Softball Programs joined together for the fourth annual BPPAC EVENT, which stands for “Baseball Players Play Against Cancer,” and the Auburn event raises money to benefit East Alabama Medical Center Foundation Cancer Center.

The 8th, 9th, JV and Varsity Baseball and Softball teams include children of some of Three Sixty’s own. Each player, in fundraising around town, gave community members the opportunity to place a name in memory of or in honor of someone they knew who had cancer. Names were displayed on baseball signs all along the 5K route.

Opelika, Enterprise and Central teams will be participating in fundraising and as they play their games against Auburn during the BPPAC events this week. Although these teams will battle each other for a win on the field, they will join forces off the field in raising money for EAMC Foundation Cancer Center.

Honorary Cancer Survivors will be throwing the first pitch of each game throughout the event at both the softball and baseball games. Join us for a special ceremony March 9 between the Auburn and Opelika JV and Varsity Games for all of the teams and community.

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For information on timing of the BP PAC events, click here: http://www.bppac.org/

On the Road Again – This time, Inman Connect in NYC!

 IMG_6501.JPG copyThe past year has been full of hard work and lots of fun working with the Three Sixty team. I was so proud and thankful that Tricia and Nonet selected me to attend the Inman Connect conference in NYC as recognition of my hard work. Never have I been in a room with so many people who were so excited about selling real estate. It was amazing and made me want to come home and work harder!

This was my first real overnight trip without my daughter Anna, who is 20 months old. Nonet and Tricia made sure to keep me busy and they didn’t mind the early morning Facetime with a screaming toddler. The conference was the perfect place to keep my mind off of being away from my girl. Teams were part of almost every lecture and reminded me that I am so thankful to work in a great team environment. It was great to meet agents from other markets. I really enjoyed comparing notes with people from all over the country.

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IMG_6478.JPG copyThis trip wasn’t all work though! Whoever said that Realtors are boring is so wrong!  Karaoke until 3am – enough said! And I am still dreaming about the Meyer Lemon Cheesecake at the end of my favorite meal of the week – lunch at legendary Tavern on the Green!

A huge thank you to Tricia and Nonet for taking me on this trip. I learned more than I can put into words and have a renewed passion for what I do everyday. I couldn’t ask for a better trip or a more fulfilling place to work!

Hollis Marshall – Realtor, Interior Designer, and Expert “Re-arranger”

Hollis_MarshallThose of you who know me know that I am passionate about Real Estate, but what you might not know is that I am also a registered Interior Designer! In my “previous” corporate life I worked primarily in Healthcare design, but I have spent the majority of my Interior Design career working in high end residential and custom nursery design. After moving to Auburn in 2011 and staying home for a bit with our three children, I saw that there was a real need for decorating and design at a reasonable price, so I began offering my services. It has been a wonderful experience working with clients in Auburn. My specialty is in re-purposing items my clients already have to maximize functionality and transform with style! 

My expertise has been invaluable with my real estate clients. For folks selling a home, staging has become such an important part of the process and it is my specialty! For people purchasing a home, I am able to give constructive advice on how prospective homes can be modified to be the dream home so many people desire. Whether you need help with color schemes, paint selection, how to “shop your home,” how to redecorate for a set budget, furniture layout, refinishing furniture, you name it – I am here to help!

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Nonet and I take on Las Vegas for the International Builders Show!

Photo Jan 20, 10 31 04 PMNonet and I recently took a trip to Las Vegas for the International Builders Show {IBS} 2016, and I would like to share a little IBS Insider Commentary/ Vegas Travel Guide by Tricia with you!! 

First travel tip…. As business owners & moms with plenty of people back home who need us, Nonet & I always try to maximize our time at our locations and we have mastered that by not wasting a whole day for travel, especially when the trip is across the country. We took off late Monday evening and landed in Vegas around 10:45 – this wouldn’t have been so bad, as Vegas is just getting hopping this time of night, but we forgot about the terrible taxi line until we walked up to it! I’ve never seen a taxi line like this one. It took us about 45 minutes to grab a cab to the Caesar’s Palace! Apparently the extra long lines were from other people also trying to maximize their time – guess we aren’t so smart after all! So note to self: next year, we’re taking Uber or Lyft! 

Upon arriving at Caesar’s we found yet another line, but things moved pretty smoothly and we do love Caesar’s – it’s a great central location that we recommend! It is close to many of my favorite Vegas locations.

Since we were responsible and headed straight to our room Monday night, we got up bright and early (well kind of!) and headed off to IBS for a full day! If you have never been, you may have never seen anything like this conference. The Las Vegas Convention Center is HUGE and people are everywhere! We attended several sales & marketing classes, as well as learning about new trends for 2016. 

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 The EXPO was amazing and our favorite experience there was on a “Universal Design” tour that concluded at the GE Monogram booth. I personally have found my next dishwasher purchase. Trust me, for me to be excited about that is pretty impressive. And yes, for all you coffee drinkers out there, you have GOT to check out the GE Refrigerator with the Keurig in the door. Yes, I said IN THE DOOR! It operates through the water line in the fridge so you never have to worry about adding water to your Keurig again. AMAZING. Great new cabinet designs were also discovered, and the colors of the past new years are still hot – driftwood, grays and of course white!

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Don’t worry, we had plenty of fun too – when in Vegas, check out one of our tried & true favorites: Olives at The Bellagio. Tip: Make a reservation, but depending on the season, show up 1 hour to 30 minutes before and request a terrace seat so that you can enjoy the wonderful water show from the Bellagio Lakes! Some of our dining favorites at Olives are the tapenade they bring out with a variety of bread featuring a wonderful foccacia! Some of the other twists on traditional that we dream about in between trips are the tuna tartare & the dirty martini- be sure to order it with blue cheese stuffed olives and the rosemary sprig – we recommend Grey Goose – it will be served in the frostiest glass you have ever seen!

Photo Jan 21, 2 16 27 PMOne of our new favorites, for sure, is Giada at The Cromwell. The Cromwell was once Bill’s Gambling Hall – an eyesore on the strip – but now it is a trendy boutique hotel – wonderful, tucked away lobby, cozy casino and Giada’s Las Vegas flagship restaurant! So chic – love the decor and the food does not disappoint! It was so much fun to try some of my favorites from Giada’s cookbooks that I have made at home and to compare her version to my creation. Try her Rise & Shine juice and the Orzo Meatballs are at MUST! 

My favorite gambling venues are The Bellagio (because it smells like flowers!), Paris, where it always feels like mid afternoon because of the beautiful blue sky and The Wynn, with the extravagant flower displays. But lets face it – they all take your money, so don’t plan on coming home with any! 

More next time from the next trip – I had to repack my suitcase with snow gear this time… off to NYC for the Inman Real Estate Connect Conference less than 48 hours later!

Matthew Willis Earns Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) Educational Designation

headshotThe National Association of Home Builders’ Institute of Residential Marketing has announced that Matthew Willis has completed the requirements for the Certified New Home Sales Professional (CSP) educational designation. Matthew earned the CSP designation after completing the educational requirements and demonstrating excellence in new home sales. He is one of only 11 professionals in Alabama to have this designation. The Institute of Residential Marketing recognizes and promotes professionalism, education and ethics in the new home sales and marketing field.

“Matthew’s quest for education and desire for professionalism is well known throughout Auburn. And, of course, Three Sixty fully supports his commitment to that quest.”
Tricia Peterson, Three Sixty Owner

Matthew has been in the new home sales and marketing field since 2005 and works as a Realtor at Three Sixty. He has his Alabama Home Builder License with which he’s built several homes in Auburn and surrounding areas. Matthew is very active in and enjoys community involvement, including serving as a member of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce where he served as a diplomat. He also has served on the Business and Economic Committee for the Chamber and is a member of the National, State, and local Association of Realtors. Matthew holds many accomplishments, including the Diplomat of the Year Award (2009), Graduate of Leadership Lee County (2009), GRI (Graduate REALTOR Institute), and his Associate Broker License.

For additional information about NAHB’s Institute of Residential Marketing, visit www.nahb.org.

Agent Spotlight 5 Question Quiz with Brad Tapley & Hollis Marshall

It’s time for our 5 question quiz with our January Spotlight Agents. Enjoy these fun and interesting answers!

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

A Veterinarian. I’ve always loved being around animals and being outdoors enjoying nature.

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

“You’re a lifesaver!” I always feel I have accomplished something when I hear this. Whether it’s a simple task helping a friend or from being a nurse caring for someone’s family member. It’s always good to put a smile on someone’s face and know you made a difference in someone’s life.

3. What do you trust with your life?

A Lifejacket. I fish many bass tournaments and if the boat were to sink I could make it to shore without exerting too much energy.

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

“How many times can I hit snooze and still make it to my hunting stand before daylight?!”

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

I would stay 26 as so many exciting things are happening at this point in my life.

Hollis Marshall

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

A school teacher.  I had the best 2nd grade teacher and wanted to be just like her.

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

When someone compliments my children.  With life, sometimes you feel like you are pulled in so many directions and are not doing anything well.  When a compliment is given to my children about their manners/behavior it is such encouragement that my husband and I are raising good kids and succeeding in a game where there is not a playbook and rules.  It is a great feeling. 

3. What do you trust with your life?

I trust God with my life.  I know he has a plan for me although sometimes I feel like I am still figuring it out!  He has always provided everything I needed even when I didn’t think there was a way.

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

“I overslept! I have to get busy with work while the kids are still sleeping.”  I am looking forward to them being back to school so that we can get back to our “normal” routine.

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

23!  This age was wonderful and I did not take full advantage of it then.  I wish I knew then what I know now!  It is a great age where you are stepping out into the world from college, establishing your career and where you want to begin putting your roots down.  It is a great age to travel, experience adventures and for the most part have only yourself to worry about.  If you make a mistake, there is still plenty of time to recover from it.  Life is easy and carefree at 23.

Sneak Peek of our Almost Completed New Home!

We are so excited to give you a little preview of our fabulous new office. I don’t want to give too much away before our big opening—just a bit to make you want more. We still have a lot of little decorating and landscaping to do, but we are close. We love how different it is from most buildings and how many reclaimed things we were able to use. Stay tuned!

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