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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New Year, New Team Members!

MissyHarris MikeScarborogh ToriThrower2016 is going to be an amazing year – we can just feel it! We are starting off the year with three amazing additions to our team. A hearty Three Sixty welcome to Missy Harris, Mike Scarborough, and Tori Thrower. For more information on these dynamic and passionate REALTORS, click their names below!

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Our New Office is Taking Shape!

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Well…..Let’s say there is progress—and of course there is.  I am just dying to send you some exciting pictures with some cool design.  We still have piles of old doors and windows stacked outside but we have new ones inside! We also have spray foam painted white—that could be a hint of things to come. We really are moving along and soon I will have something to excite. We really want this building to say something about our company and to tell a story.  Hang on, we are closer every day!

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So hard for the dumpster diver in me not to take some of this for a project!

Movin’ on Up!

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We have made progress!!! No, we really have. It is still a bit scary, but we are moving along. The upstairs addition is going to double the size. We are going to have a real kitchen and office pods!! Tricia, Nonet and our awesome builder are so forward thinking and creative. I can’t wait for you to see the finished product.
You know I have always heard that things have to get worse before they can get better. That is a perfect example of our building. If you are in Auburn, watch our progress on Opelika Road.

Number of Sales, Median Sales Price, and Average Sales Price All Reach Highest Point for the Month of June over the 11-Year Period of 2005-2015

Lee County had 188 sales in June 2015, the highest number of sales our market has had in June in the 11-year period of 2005 to 2015. Additionally, Lee County has had 850 sales year to date through June 30, 2015, a 20.2% increase from the 707 sales year to date through June 30, 2014. According to the Lee County Association of REALTORS, the Lee County housing market had sales volume of $38.6 million from existing homes and new construction homes sales and $3.2 million from condo sales in the month of June. Our market’s median sales price and average sales price also reached peaked prices for the month of June as compared to the prior 10 years. The increase in sales and decrease in inventory has brought our market’s months of supply down to 3.9 months, which is 18.8% below the prior year and the lowest our market has seen in the month of June since 2005. Lower months of supply creates increased demand, which in turn creates higher selling prices as evidenced by this month’s sales.

For a the complete detailed analysis of ACRE’s June 2015 market data, please click here.

New Office Update – Demo in Progress!

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Ok everyone, we have torn it down!! Now it is time to build it back up. We have some exciting ideas and can’t wait to get started.  We are thinking “Industrial.”  We are opening the ceiling and adding a funky catwalk upstairs.  We will have office pods and interesting conference rooms.  We really want everyone to take notice of our cutting edge design.  We want our building to be as pretty as the new street designs in Auburn.

This has to go fast, so stay turned. The next pics should show progress. We are excited!

Oh wait—I promised to tell the good and the bad on our journey.  Tricia walked in what will be the office that she and Nonet will share and the one thing that was supposed to stay–a wall of cabinets and bookshelves, was totally gone!  Oh well, we will let you know how we make lemons into lemonade.