Tides Night Brings Over $1500 to Rose & Womble Foundation

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Rose & Womble agents, employees, and guests came together to enjoy a night of fun and to raise money for the Rose & Womble Foundation’s general fund with the Norfolk Tides.

The 1st annual Rose & Womble Foundation Night was organized by the Foundation Board as a way to have fun but also help the Foundation grow.  The night was considered a success by many of the agents who attending the evening event.

“I had a great time at the Tides game hanging out with friends and colleagues while supporting a great cause,” said Rose & Womble Property Manager Kelly Guzman.

Over 400 tickets were sold for the event – purchased by Rose & Womble agents, property managers, and employees.  Many of the participants used the evening as a client appreciation event.  Guests enjoyed the baseball game – the Tides won – and were also entertained by the Hurrah Players and Reggie the Purple Party Dude.  The fireworks at the end of the game that were themed to rock music and were also a huge hit.

“What a blessing to raise money for the Rose & Womble Foundation, while enjoying a the greatest American past time with my fellow REALTORS!!  It was truly a fun night with friends, family and clients, Rose & Womble hit it out of the park,” said Holland Road Office Agent Jenni McFarland.

Suffolk agent Ryan Benton was able to throw out the first pitch and the Foundation was able to raise over $1500 for various programs.

“It was great that the whole company got behind this fundraiser.  This was the first year but I can see us hosting this night year-after-year.  I can’t say enough good things about the Tides organization – they made it so easy and fun, ” said Tides Night Organizer Ramona Rice.

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Meeting Shows Past, Present, & Future of Rose & Womble

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Rose & Womble Realty Company celebrated our Past, Present, and Future at the July 9th All-Company Meeting held in Chesapeake.  The event was a combination of rally, education, and trade show.

The morning started with a trade show that featured several businesses and companies that have affiliated with Rose & Womble.

Rose & Womble REALTORS® take a look at some of the offerings at the Trade Show

Rose & Womble REALTORS® take a look at some of the offerings at the Trade Show

Agents were able to network and learn about new services with these fine vendors and companies.

  • Rose & Womble Marketing Department Store
  • Cox Communications
  • Johns Brothers  Home Security
  • 1st American Home Warranty
  • The Fire Safety Guys
  • Mayo Insurance
  • Monarch Bank
  • Advance Title & Abstract, Inc.
  • Damsel in Defense
  • United Credit Education Service
  • Rose &Womble Foundation
  • Advance Financial Group

The general session featured a presentation of profit sharing checks to agents and managers throughout the company.  These checks were valued at over $210,000 and were the second distribution of the profit sharing program.

Ron Foresta, President of Resale Division of Rose & Womble Realty, and Van Rose, President of Rose & Womble New Homes announce the profit sharing distribution for this year.

Ron Foresta, President of Resale Division of Rose & Womble Realty, and Van Rose, President of Rose & Womble New Homes announce the profit sharing distribution for this year.

Mitchell Kucy, son of Jean Kucy from our Holland Road Office, was recognized as the recipient of the Internal Scholarship presented by the Rose & Womble Foundation.  The Rose & Womble Foundation also manned a table to allow agents to sign up for automatic donations during closings  and they collected non perishable food items for Prince of Peace Food Pantry.

From left to right: Art Zachary, President and CEO of Rose & Womble Realty, Julia Diehl, President of the Rose & Womble Foundation, Mitchell Kucy, 2014 Internal Scholarship Winner, and Van Rose, President of Rose & Womble New Homes

From left to right: Art Zachary, President and CEO of Rose & Womble Realty, Julia Diehl, President of the Rose & Womble Foundation, Mitchell Kucy, 2014 Internal Scholarship Winner, and Van Rose, President of Rose & Womble New Homes

Resale Division President, Ron Foresta and New Homes Division President Van Rose gave the crowd a year-to-date presentation of the company.  They highlighted the Accounting department’s upgrade to LoneWolf software, the diversification of marketing efforts, the impact of the Online Sales Counselor in New Homes, and the many ways that Rose & Womble provides leads to resale agents.  Ron Foresta also took a trip down memory lane, showing off a treasure trove of photos from various events and parties the company has hosted over the years.

Ron Foresta, President of Rose & Womble Resale Division

Ron Foresta, President of Rose & Womble Resale Division

After that the agents were able to choose between four breakout sessions for further education.  Greenbrier Resale Office Managing Broker. David Drogus hosted a session entitled, “Are You Smarter that Your Smart Phone?”  The session highlighted ways agents could boost the second half of their 2014 by using prospecting techniques designed to increase listing opportunities.  Another popular choice was the session called “New Tools and Tricks to add Value to Your Business” was hosted by Director of IT, Vargis Mathews and Special Projects Marketing Manager, Ramona Rice.  That session showed off new social media sharing capabilities added to RoseandWomble.com which enable marketing and IT to track what and where items are being shared from Rose & Womble’s website.  Vargis also highlighted the great uses of Google Drive.

Greenbrier Managing Broker, David Drogus leading a packed house.

Greenbrier Managing Broker, David Drogus leading a packed house.

Tim Good from Advance Financial Group and Derrick Smith of United Credit Education Service hosted a session called, “Demystifying The Mortgage Process & Helping YOUR Customers Clean-up Their Credit.”  This session highlighted changes in the mortgage process and introduced agents to the services of United Credit Education Service.  Rose & Womble New Homes Managers Butch Boykin and Terry Gearheart led the final session, “The Top 10 Myths of Selling New Homes.”  This session was filled with excellent questions as the men explained to resale agents the benefits of bringing clients to a New Homes community.

Butch Boykin from Rose & Womble New Homes listening to an agent question.

Butch Boykin from Rose & Womble New Homes listening to an agent question.

All of the education sessions were free of charge to agents as it is part of Rose & Womble Realty Company’s commitment to supporting agents.  If you wish to learn more about Rose & Womble visit our career website at JoinRW.com.

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Congratulations to our June Listing Contest Winners

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The Following Resale Agents each won $50 dollars for their listing performance in June!

Beach Office

  • Cynthia Welch

Chesapeake Office

  • Joan Revell
  • Richard Calderon
  • Kathy Rolaf
  • Lisa Cicchetto

Ghent Office

  • Ernie Guiterrez

Greenbrier Office

  • Carmen Anthony

Harbour View/Suffolk Office

  • Genine Cooper
  • Kim Hughes
  • Cyndi Osborough

Holland Road Office

  • Jenni McFarland

Lynnhaven Office

  • Patricia Jami
  • Beth Hughes

Peninsula Office

  • David Tortolini

Shore Drive Office

  • Steve Conner
  • Naomi Reider

And the Grand Prize Winner . . . David Wilkey from the Chesapeake Office who won $200 dollars for his exceptional listing performance in June

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Remembering Mr. Rose

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Today marks the 2nd anniversary of Mr. Rose’s passing.  Jim Rose was a staple in our community and throughout Rose & Womble – his influence, his values and work ethic are felt everyday.  We could go on and on about what we feel about the man but we think the best person to tell you about him is his son, J. Van Rose President of Rose & Womble New Homes and Rose & Womble Enterprises.

 

      ” Today marks the 2nd anniversary of my dad’s passing. I can remember it like it was yesterday. The pain, the heartache, the loss were all overwhelming. But as in all of life, somehow in God’s vast resources of mercy and love, He covers us with His peace and His comfort and somehow helps fill the void. I can scarcely remember any bad moments but remember with a glad heart all the good. From early childhood to his departure, my mind and heart are full of all the things he taught me and shared and the time he spent with me here. Today, when someone says “you remind me of your father,” I find it the greatest compliment of all. He filled my life with so much good. He taught me to be honest, how to be a gentleman. He taught me to get up early and stay late, he taught me to love others even when they fail you. He taught me to be frugal, make the most of each day and help all those you can with an act of kindness along the way. I am so so sad today, but I am so blessed to have had him here to guide my life every step of the way. Dad, I love you and hope that as you tend the gardens of heaven today, for your Heavenly father, you will know that your son is so happy you tended the garden of my life so well.  May this be a great day for you. May God grant you great joy today and when you see Him will you ask Him to send a little extra comfort to all of us here today who loved you so very much.” – Van Rose.

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Win a Pair of Tickets to See Fall Out Boy and Paramore

Rose & Womble Realty Company is giving away 25 pairs of deck level tickets to the July 29th Fall Out Boy and Paramore Concert being held in Virginia Beach’s Farm Bureau Live. This is part of a larger sponsorship deal with Farm Bureau Live, which also included tickets to Jimmy Buffet’s concert in May and Brad Paisley’s show in September.

“Our partnership with such a strong local brand is enabling us to give back to our clients in a new and exciting way.  Many of our clients love these bands and this allows us to grow our social media reach and give back to our fans and customers,” said Special Projects Marketing Manager Ramona Rice.

Individuals are able to enter the contest by going to http://woobox.com/79qjnc.  From there they will have to like the Rose & Womble Facebook Page.  There is no purchase necessary to enter but participants must be 18 and cannot be immediately related to an agent or an employee of Rose & Womble Realty Company.

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Top Resale Agents for June 2014

We’re so happy to announce our top resale agents for June 2014!

 

Top Sales Team: The PerfectHouse Team, Holland Road Office

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The PerfecrHouse Team from Holland Road

Top Sales Individual Agent, Tim Cochran, Lynnhaven Office

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Top Listing Team, Wilkey’s Extreme Team, Chesapeake Office

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Top Listing Agent, Mike Yoder, Lynnhaven Office

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Rookie of the Month, Dusty Thayer, Chesapeake Office

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Top By Office

Beach Office:  Top Sales, Brenda Rawls Star Team;  Top Listings, Sandy Hughes

Chesapeake Office: Top Sales and Listings, Wilkey’s Extreme Team

Ghent Office: Top Sales, Lenneta Breznican

Greenbrier Office: Top Sales, Clemens Team, Top Listing, Maxine Long

Harbour View/Suffolk Office: Top Sales, Ryan Benton, Top Listing, Nora Edwards

Holland Road Office: Top Sales and Listing, The PerfectHouse Team

Lynnhaven Office: Top Sales, Tim Cochran, Top Listing, Mike Yoder

Peninsula Office: Top Sales, Sandra von Schilling, Top Listing Eugenia Jackson

Shore Drive Office: Top Sales, Sue Lentini, Top Listing, Naomi Reider

 

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New Homes Top 10 Communities for June 2014

We’re so excited to share with you the top selling New Homes Communities in our portfolio of sites.  From beautiful waterfront to traditional details we have a community that is perfect for you to move your family to.  Want to know more? Just Ask Jen! 757-774-6999

1. Saddlebrook, Hearndon Construction

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– site agents Nell Gallagher and Martha Root

2. Seasons at Cahoon, Platinum Homes

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site agents Rob Mitchell and Carmon Pizzanello

3. Walker’s Bend & Governor’s Point, HH Hunt

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site agents Fran Spence and Kim Boykin

4. Retreat at Greenbrier, Weldenfield of Virginia

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site agents Cindy Godsell and Heather Godsell

5. Riverbluff on the Nansemond, Platinum Homes

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site agents Suzanne Wells and Joann Pantas

6. Willow Pond, Bishard Homes

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site agents Lois Schultz and Delores Ross

7. Lawson Hall, Corinth Residential

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site agent Lisa Kyriakides

8. Stony Run Manor, Christopher Kait Construction and Preston Homes

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site agents Bea Cobell and Lynda Martin

9. Ashville Park- Rainer Village, Bishard Homes

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site agents Scott Berry and Wendy Kelly

10. First Watch at River Pointe, Gee’s Group

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site agents Donna Goz and Guy Henderson

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DIY: Magical Ideas for Your Garden

Watch out Muggles – J. K. Rowling just released a new short story about the Hogwarts alumni on her site PotterMore.  You may not care much about further adventures of Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the gang but it did get us thinking – how can you add a bit of magic to your garden.  Gardens are idea for a bit of whimsy and fantasy – and because it can be inexpensive its a great DIY project.

Here are few great ideas that we found on Pinterest.  If you haven’t you really should take a look at our collection of pins.

Do You Know the Way To the Emerald City?

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A fabulous idea for using reclaimed wood and creativity.  This sign features a great collection of fantastical places including Hogwarts, Narnia, and the Hobbits’ Shire.

Beach Themed Fairy Garden

Sure there are hundreds of Fairy Gardens on Pinterest - but this one caught our eye because hello beach theme!

Sure there are hundreds of Fairy Gardens on Pinterest – but this one caught our eye because hello beach theme!

We simply could not pass up this great example of a Fairy Garden.  They are all the rage on Pinterest because they are small and cute.  This one looks each to accomplish with blue sea glass stones acting like water and a mini beach chair and flip flops to complement.

Magic Watering Can

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What a wonderful idea for an old watering can! This idea comes from Crafts By Amanda and we think it is simple and stunning.

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RW New Homes Agents Host Brokers Open at Walker’s Bend

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A successful brokers’ open can mean serious foot traffic for a home – particularly an intimate community like Walker’s Bend.  With New Homes being offered by Vintage Homes and HH Hunt, Walker’s Bend is a  community that features homes with deep water access to the Chesapeake Bay.  Contemporary homes in an established neighborhood but still close to I664 and all of Hampton Roads.

Agents and brokers from many companies, including Rose & Womble’s Suffolk Office, were treated to lunch and a tour of the models.  For more information about this community just Ask Jen at 757-774-6999

 

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Taking Advantage of Top Trends in Real Estate

How Trends Can Impact the Sell or Purchase of a Home

Recently a report from the National Association of Real Estate Editors gave out the top five trends for real estate today. Hundreds of real estate professionals were on hand to hear the results which showed that the national market was on the rebound.  But we at Rose & Womble care about the LOCAL market and we wanted to review the items to show you how they affect the Hampton Roads marketplace.

Energy Efficiency

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This was a hot topic because it is increasingly becoming important to buyers.  A national trend that is growing is buyers asking for energy bills to estimate how much it costs to heat and cool a home.  Way you as a seller can take advantage is considering upgrading the appliances to Energy-Star rated, making sure the attic is well insulated, and replacing windows with high-efficiency windows.

Credit is Still a Concern

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The media and many at the conference believe that the majority of people assume they can’t qualify for a mortgage because of their credit score.  While new regulations require that lenders really check an potential loan for many steps you can’t assume that your credit score is the only factor.  Ways to help with this trend as a buyer: start your real estate conversation with a REALTOR® and a great loan officer.  The loan officer can pull your credit report and then help you come up with a plan to get into the price range you want.  Plus there are a TON of great loan products so doing your homework helps.  For sellers offering great terms including closing cost assistance can go a long way to easing a buyer’s apprehension.

Lifestyle Amenities

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Increasingly more and more buyers are looking for community of their dreams – not just the house.  They want walkable neighborhoods, close to work, school and play.  Many buyers wish list include great neighborhood playgrounds, access to nature, and bike trails.  As a seller you can make sure your agent highlights these great features in your community.  As a potential buyer you should make a list of features for the community you want – your REALTOR® can help create a search to find those communities that meet your needs.  Thinking about your home search in terms of communities will help you really enjoy your new house.

Water Efficiency

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Saving water is another area that buyers are looking into.  According to Consumer Reports, 1/3 of home owners turned parts of their lawn into patio or other useable space.  This goes with the trend of more outdoor living, but also with saving water.  Sellers should consider adding indigenous plants, or adding water saving plumbing options like low-flow shower heads.  Buyers should consider  looking at the water-saving features available in the home and if the outdoor space is manageable.

Online Real Estate is Exploding

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This one isn’t much of a shock – we’ve seen it with Rose & Womble and that is why we’re investing in the best technology to ensure that our listings are seen by buyers.  90% of buyers use the internet to find property – so for a seller it is important to ask the potential listing agent what his plan is for online marketing of your property.  He should know which sites the listing will appear on, where it potentially will sell, and also which images should be used to get buyers off the internet and into seeing the home.  For RoseandWomble.com we get 80,000 unique views a month – but that doesn’t stop us from investing to ensure our properties are see on top real estate websites like Trulia and Zillow.  We’ve also increased our mobile share, ensuring your listing can be found on any advice.

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