Three Sixty REALTOR® Michy Aja Named to Opelika Chamber of Commerce 2017-18 “20 Under 40” Class

Michy AjaThe Opelika Chamber of Commerce has proudly announced a new class for their “20 Under 40” program this past week. Three Sixty is proud to announce that our very own Michy Aja has been named to the exclusive group. The program recruits 20 outstanding people under the age of 40 who live in and love Opelika with the goal for the group to help shape the direction of the city’s future.  Members of the class are encouraged to think outside the box and are challenged to think of ways to make the city better and improve the quality of life.

“I’m thrilled to be chosen for this prestigious role. I love this community and I’m excited to see what kinds of things we can do to make Opelika an even better place to call home.”

Michy Aja, REALTOR®, Three Sixty {real estate}

2017-18 Opelika "20 Under 40" Class

2017-18 Opelika “20 Under 40” Class

As a proud member of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, Michy loves to help members of her community find their dream home. Michy’s husband Tim is a Navy pilot and the family has relocated several times and weathered multiple deployments. She understands all too well the stress of military life, and she gets great satisfaction out of using that experience to help clients, and especially military families, through that sometimes challenging process.

A top producer at Three Sixty, Michy is always looking for ways to improve her knowledge in order to make things easier for her clients. She is a certified Military Relocation Professional (MRP), a program educates REALTORS® about working with U.S. service members and their families and veterans to find the housing solutions that best suit their needs and to take full advantage of available benefits and support. Additionally, she is currently working on her Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR®) Certification, a series of courses focused on knowledge needed for agents working directly with buyer-clients.

Our very own Emmy Martin Sorrells Named to dotloop’s Top 10 Most Tech-Savvy

Emmy_SorrellsDotloop® has named Emmy Martin Sorrells to its inaugural “Top 10 Most Tech-Savvy Real Estate Agents” list. The ten agents selected for inclusion on dotloop’s list are leveraging technology in creative and innovative ways to more effectively do their jobs and make their client’s lives easier.

Emmy was chosen for her exceptional use of technology in the real estate field. Winners were judged on the following criteria: intentional use of technology to improve the way they administer real estate deals, curiosity in exploring the latest and greatest technologies available to real estate agents, and incorporation of dotloop as a tool to benefit both their clients and their career.

Three Sixty is constantly looking for new ways to use technology in order to make the home buying experience as efficient, effective and enjoyable as possible. As one of our “pioneers,” Emmy has led the way in our commitment to dotloop over the last couple of years and more recently with our implementation of the groundbreaking Matterport 3D virtual tour technology. It is this innovative mindset that makes us a leader in providing superior service to our clients and helps us in creating an inspired workplace for our staff.

“We are pleased to recognize Emmy Martin Sorrells as one of our most tech-savvy agents. The agents included on this list are helping to move the real estate industry forward, incorporating technology into their businesses in new ways and streamlining old processes to better suite their clients’ needs. In today’s world, we must embrace technology or be left behind.”

Austin Allison, founder and general manager of dotloop

 For more information, click here to visit dotloop’s blog.

Matterport is here! #matterportyourproperty today!

matterportlogoWe are thrilled to announce that we’ve found yet another amazing service offering for our clients. We’ve begun utilizing  what we believe will be an industry changing tool – a Matterport Pro 3D virtual tour camera. The camera has already been put to use for several clients, and has received rave reviews from the marketplace.

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Matterport Dollhouse View

“Investment in technological innovations gives our clients a competitive advantage in the marketplace, and the Matterport is a prime example of doing just that.”

Tricia Peterson, Co-Founder

Designed as a powerful, easy to use tool, Matterport collects accurate visual and spatial data to map entire areas in minutes. With a focus on automation, all Matterport Spaces captured are processed, organized, and hosted in the Matterport Cloud for easy access anywhere. This cutting edge technology allows for different perspectives so that viewers can get a completely new appreciation for a property.

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Matterport Inside View

Anyone who knows us knows that we are constantly looking for new ways to use technology in order to make the real estate process as efficient, effective and enjoyable as possible, and the utilization of the Matterport camera is just one in a long line of technological innovations that we have always offered to clientele. As the first paperless real estate company in East Alabama, we use online and cloud-based solutions for all company and client needs. Team members are fully trained in Dotloop, a cloud-based online document management system that securely houses all real estate transactions. Dropbox is used for all company file management needs. In addition to our information rich and beautiful website, we host thriving Social Media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

 “Our commitment to technology doesn’t just benefit our clients. In addition to providing a great customer experience, we have increased business efficiency, which allows us to close more deals through utilizing effective processes.”

Nonet Reese, Three Sixty Co-Founder

Interested in learning more about this exciting new technology? Check it out on www.matterport.com, and keep tabs on our Facebook page, where we will be posting all the listings that utilize Matterport. Want to use it for your own property? Start a conversation with us today!

One Down, 11 to go!

 

Our team making the most of time at the Builders' Show!

Making the most of our time at NAHB

As this first month of 2017 comes to a close, I reflect on how the year has begun…

Each of us sets many goals at the start of every year! How are we doing? Have we started a daily checklist to confirm we are moving toward the goal? Have you forgotten why you wanted this goal?  Do you keep your written goals in front of you daily? Do you remember why the goal was so important to you?

Here’s to refreshing your goals!

At Three Sixty, each of the team members chooses ONE WORD for the year! At our Revolution meeting at the beginning of each year we share our words and we also decide on company words for the year!

Many come with words that mean very much both personally and professionally and some of us come with words that help us make the most of each day. Here are some examples… ACTION, FOCUS, GROWTH, KINDNESS, CONSISTENCY, ENOUGH.

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NAHB in Orlando with the team

I must say that the first month is always tough… it involves a lot of travel, a lot of information and education and it flies by!

Week One we had our annual Revolution meeting. We are Three Sixty – it is one full circle! It’s only fitting that we have a meeting that we call a “Revolution.”

Week Two we are off to Orlando for the National Home Builder’s International Builder Show! It is amazing that this conference truly covers 2 Million square feet of meeting space at the Orange County Convention Center. There are sales topics, building code, plan design and development education sessions as well as universal design tours and let’s not forget… the newest and coolest products for the home!

Week Three we are off to New York City for one of our favorite (if not our favorite) real estate conferences of each year, Inman Connect! Inman covers all things real estate and so much more along with setting the standard higher for customer service and pushing the limits of technology that we can make the most out of each and every day in our business! Biggest topics this year were 1) incorporate some automation in your business; 2) teams truly allow all personalities to become real estate professionals and allow a bit of balance in each team member’s life; and 3) nothing is more important than face to face professional real estate process specialists – customer service wins every time!

We were so happy Britni Ingram was with us at Inman Connect this year!

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Now that we are back to more of a normal schedule, it’s time to decide what the take away from all these education sessions will be and what we want to implement! Speed of Implementation is the only thing that can set you apart from the rest! Do it and do it well!

As we close these first 30 days of 2017, I truly hope each of you is making the most of your WORD!

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Three Sixty is Committed to Providing the Best Expertise in the Business!

Three Sixty agents April Coulter and Emmy Martin Sorrells have started the new year off with a bang. Both women have been hard at work honing their marketing savvy and industry knowledge by achieving certifications from the National Association of REALTORS®.

Both women have achieved the ABR® designation, a series of courses focused on knowledge needed for agents working directly with buyer-clients. April has attained the e-PRO® certification, directed at maximizing use of emerging technologies in the industry. Emmy has completed the SRES® designation, giving her specialized knowledge to address the needs of home buyers and sellers age 50+.

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April Coulter

“April is always looking for ways to maximize the technology offerings that make the Three Sixty approach so unique in our industry. We are pleased that she has chosen to make that commitment official by pursuing and attaining the e-PRO®.”

Tricia Peterson, Three Sixty Owner

April is well versed in and has a strong commitment to customer service and the happiness of her clients. She is careful to explain information and make the buying process as seamless as possible. April truly enjoys getting to know and understand her clients’ needs and motivations, while utilizing her organizational skills and diligence in negotiations to go the extra mile to make sure her clients are satisfied.

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Emmy Martin Sorrells

“Emmy is dedicated to attaining as much knowledge as she can of the burgeoning 50+ community. We couldn’t be happier that she has achieved the SRES® designation.”

Nonet Reese, Three Sixty Owner

Emmy 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, when working in the banking, engineering and pulp and paper industries, and to this day in her commitment to continuing her professional education in order to provide her clients with true expertise and informed advice.

 


For more information on these designations and to download a PDF of this complete press release, click here.

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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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!

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.

IMG_6470 copy IMG_6474 copySomething that was a bit of a surprise was that everyone there is still working!  Inman really makes it easy and acceptable to take care of your clients while learning about the latest trends.  There were always at least five agents hanging out in the sitting area of the ladies room working on deals back home (myself included!). There are a lot of amazing products out there that will make my job and my clients lives easier. You need to embrace them now before someone else does.  One of the many things I love about Three Sixty is we are always looking for the next great service we can bring our clients.

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!