Why is a Career in Real Estate so Appealing to Women?

REALTOR Sara Lannom is balancing working and being a new mom to Lochlan. Having a career with Rose & Womble enables her to control her career and schedule.

REALTOR Sara Lannom is balancing working and being a new mom to Lochlan. Having a career with Rose & Womble enables her to control her career and schedule.

It’s been said it’s a ‘man’s world’ but not always in real estate.

In a recent National Association of REALTORS® report it was announced that almost 57% of their members are female. Here at Rose & Womble women make up a majority of our most successful agents. In fact, women made up our top resale agents both individually and at team levels for 2013. Real Estate is a great option for women as a career because of the income potential, the flexibility, and that many women bring in the right skill set to succeed- the ability to manage multiple deadlines, personalities, and challenges.

Mary Rumble, who has been an agent for over a year at Rose & Womble’s Lynnhaven Office, discovered that many of the skill sets she had as a stay-at-home mom translated well into her real estate career.

“I was part of many PTA committees while my children were growing up,” said Mary. “I had to balance teachers, parents, kids, and administrators.  A real estate transaction is very similar.  You have to balance many personalities to see a contract to closing.  It was nice I already had the skill set to understand this.”

Balancing the personalities of the buyers, sellers, and the other agent can be tricky, enoough, then try adding the other players, inspectors, appraisers, title professionals, and bankers. Understanding how to mitigate and diffuse conflict, arrange schedules, and monitor progress of projects all fall into the role of a successful real estate agent.

Mary, who had been wanting to be a real estate agent for over five years. is still happy with her decision because it allows her to problem solve and use skills from her college degree. Even while being out of the “traditional” working world for a number of years while she stayed home to raise her children, Mary discovered when she joined Rose & Womble she wasn’t penalized because she stayed at home in terms of income potential. Mary is able to earn the same income level that other agents earn coming into the industry and that level grows with more sales. According to Pew Research Center, women who work-full time earn 77% of what their male counterparts earn – and this often due to career interruptions to raise children.  The nature of real estate compensation is that it is solely based on output – giving women and men truly equal playing fields.

“That’s one of the things women like the most about real estate as a career, no ceiling on income,” said Beach Office Managing Broker Liz Harrison. Liz, who was a successful agent before becoming a managing broker, also felt that another key benefit was the flexibility of working their own hours. Often working moms love a career in real estate because they can balance being a career professional and a mom. Having a flexible schedule is a popular reason for many, men and women included, to start a career in real estate. A career in real estate sales allows the agent to set her own pace and she is directly rewarded in terms of compensation. Real estate is a career that is all about what you put into it and environment plays into a factor. Some want the hustle and bustle of a large, busy office. Others are more comfortable with a smaller team of agents. Within Rose & Womble, there are options to join a large office or a smaller office. There are also New Home and Property Management career paths that can be explored.  No two careers are alike.

“What our profession provides to women that they can’t always find in other occupations is flexibility. Most women have multiple roles between family and business and real estate allows them to work around their other demands. Additionally, when necessary, she can work from home. This does not mean that real estate is an easy profession because you will be working many long hours on nights and weekends when others are not at work,” said Chesapeake Managing Broker Karen Gaskins.

Sara Lannom from Rose & Womble’s Beach Office is discovering this benefit first hand. She is balancing her best year in real estate while being a new mom to Lochlan, who will turn one-year old in December. Sara began her real estate career with the plan of enjoying balancing work and raising a family. For Sara it was always appealing that real estate would allow her to spend time with her children.

“I became an agent in 2010 with the plan of having this career for the flexibility of career and family. Now that I had the baby it hasn’t always been easy. I am learning about being a new mom but I’m having one of my best real estate years. That means I’m busy with both. But I love that I make the schedule work with my husband and son. It allows me to be the mom and career woman I want to be,” said Sara.

Mary Rumble agrees, in fact if she had her way she would have started  her career sooner. “I wish I’d started five years ago.  It was a learning curve this summer to realize how busy I would be when normally I only had to worry about the kids’ schedules.  But I would absolutely sign up again to be a real estate agent.  I love it,” said Rumble.

If you wish to learn more about a career as a Rose & Womble Real Estate Agent there is no better place to start than visiting JoinRW.com

 

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We Celebrate National Coffee Day Every Day

Each new REALTOR® that joins our company gets a little present including their very own #RWMug.  After all the lifeblood of a good real estate agent is listings, buyers, and coffee

Today is National Coffee Day, giving the 100 million Americans that consume coffee daily an extra excuse to sip on a steamy mug or slurp a chilly iced coffee beverage. With 150 billion cups of coffee consumed each year, there’s a lot to know about the beverage that has been brewing for over six centuries.  One thing for sure Rose & Womble uses its fair share of coffee – in fact one of the perks of joining Rose & Womble is unlimited coffee in each resale and corporate office. Want to know some of the other perks of working as a Rose & Womble agent? Visit JoinRW.com to find out more.

Here are five facts about the “wine of the bean,” as the Arabic language puts it:

  • Prevents wrinkles. With the antioxidant-rich properties of coffee, you can help your skin fight the damaging effects of harmful external factors, such as UV light, and even prevent wrinkles as well.
  • Stops headaches. Research suggests that a cup of coffee could help relieve migraine symptoms and even stop it if consumed at the very early stage of a headache. This is because substances that dilate blood vessels cause vascular headaches while substances like caffeine constrict blood vessels and help counter the painful effects of blood vessel dilation in your head.
  • Cupping is key. An important component in determining the grade and quality of coffee is a process called cupping, where each batch of coffee is tasted, and scrupulously judged for acidity, aroma, body, and overall flavor. And yes, cuppers take coffee breaks.
  • Starts with “cherries.” It takes about six years for a coffee tree to produce its first “cherries.” The beans themselves are the stones of the coffee cherries.
  • Classical composers drank it. Johann Sebastian Bach composed the “Coffee Cantata” in honor of the drink. Ludwig van Beethoven also was an avid coffee drinker, preferring a blend made from 60 beans per cup.

SOURCE: NESCAFÉ

Read more: http://www.timesreporter.com/article/20140928/News/140929307#ixzz3EiWdw0QN
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Humpday Hot Property: 5533 Sadie Lane in Willow Pond, Virginia Beach

Hannah 2-car garage, dramatic 3-story home with huge 4th bedroom/media room with full bath, open floor plan, stunning master bath with 2 sinks, soaking tub, separate shower.

Willow Pond is a new community in Virginia Beach that is full of charm and great value.  With four bedroom, new homes below $300,000 it is one of the best new home bargains in Virginia Beach.  Today’s Humpday Hot Property is 5533 Sadie Lane – a four bedroom, 3 and 1/2 bathroom home with plenty of upgrades.  The master bath has two sinks, a soaking tub, and a separate shower.  Plus three stories means plenty of room for you and your family.

Want to know more about this community or any of Rose & Womble New Homes’ Communities? Just Ask Jen! 757-774-6999 or search on RWNewHomes.com

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Hampton Roads Real Estate Market Report

Here is the latest Hampton Roads real estate market report from our research team at Rose & Womble Realty Company.  In the Hampton Roads market, close to 2,000 homes were sold in August.  This is 6.5% down from July 2014 and 6.6% down from the previous year.  According to our research it would take 6.4 months to absorb all the inventory in the current Hampton Roads’ real estate market.  Absorption Rate is the rate at which a market absorbs or eliminates inventory.

For a more detail explanation of where your home sits in the market, the best and first step is to speak to one of our Resale Agents.  Together with our research and their detail knowledge of your city, neighborhood, and even street he can explain your home’s value and help create a plan to get your home sold.  It’s one of the reasons why Rose & Womble is number one in Hampton Roads for selling houses.  To set up an appointment visit our website RoseandWomble.com.

Hampton Roads Real Estate Market Report.  Data courtesy of REIN, analysis by Rose & Womble.  Deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

Hampton Roads Real Estate Market Report. Data courtesy of REIN, analysis by Rose & Womble. Deemed accurate but not guaranteed.

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Rose & Womble Treats Guests to Summer Concerts

We just finished up the last concert in a series of Facebook give-a-ways that treated many Hampton Roads residents to a night out courtesy of Rose & Womble.  We were so pleased to be able to give tickets away to three great shows at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach.  Using Woobox, we were able to reward our Facebook followers with chances to see some of music’s hottest acts perform in Hampton Roads!

We kicked off the concerts with margaritas and parrots.  Jimmy Buffet brought a bit of Key West with his show in May and we were able to treat several guests.

Then we rocked out to Paramore and Fall Out Boy in July – yes a bit younger audience but amazing music and an energetic show.  Paramore actually brought up a local girl to sing along to one of their songs.

Finally we finished the night with country mega-star Brad Paisley with a funny, heartwarming, and personal show.  From his classic Celebrity to his current hits, Brad filled the September night with one more taste of summer.

Did you get to have a chance to see any of these concerts on a private deck? Our guests did.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for even more give-a-ways and  chances to win contests prizes.  That’s one of the reasons Rose & Womble is #1 in Hampton Roads – we’re connected to local events.

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23 Autumn DIY Projects

Some of the best Fall-inspired Craft and DIY projects from our Pinterest Feed

“Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus.

Maybe it’s the cooler weather, or the pumpkin themed food options in stores – but Fall is simply one of the best times of year. From football to Thanksgiving – this season is filled with plenty of opportunities to decorate and celebrate all that fall brings. The challenge can be finding the right projects to use all of Fall’s bounty. We searched throughout our Pinterest feed to find some of the best projects to decorate and celebrate Fall.

To celebrate the first day of Fall – aka September 23rd – here is a collection of our favorite projects to get your home ready to showcase Fall.

1. Acorn Bird Feeder – Tried and True Blog

A great project to celebrate the Fall and help feed birds migrating down south

A great project to celebrate the Fall and help feed birds migrating down south

 

2. DIY Fall Leaves Bowl – Shelterness.com

Mod Podge, Leaf Garland, and a Balloon help create a unique and fun vessel to celebrate Autumn

Mod Podge, Leaf Garland, and a Balloon help create a unique and fun vessel to celebrate Autumn

3. Illuminated Pumpkin – RecapturedCharm.com

A great project for fall - one you can spook up for Halloween and keep out for Thanksgiving.  Illuminated Pumpkin #RoseandWomble #DIY

A great project for fall – one you can spook up for Halloween and keep out for Thanksgiving. Illuminated Pumpkin #RoseandWomble #DIY

4.  Velvet Pumpkins – HouseofHawthornes.com

Velvet Pumpkins offer a fun and elegant way to highlight one of Autumn's famous harvests

Velvet Pumpkins offer a fun and elegant way to highlight one of Autumn’s famous harvests

5. Painted Acorns – HomeStoriesAtoZ.com

For even the most craft challenged - painted acorns is a great, simple project that easily adds a bit of color

For even the most craft challenged – painted acorns is a great, simple project that easily adds a bit of color

6.  Acorn Frame – 320 Sycamore Blog

Cute way to decorate a cheap frame - you could even use the painted acorns from the previous project

Cute way to decorate a cheap frame – you could even use the painted acorns from the previous project

7.  Monogram Fall Wreath – CraftholicsAnonymous.net

Seriously in love with this fall wreath - simple but gorgeous and completely customizable

Seriously in love with this fall wreath – simple but gorgeous and completely customizable

8. Glitter Pumpkins – iVillage

Add some serious sparkle and glam to your table - plus this is an easy project

Add some serious sparkle and glam to your table – plus this is an easy project

9. Fall Wine Bottles – Crazy Lou Creations

So simple and easy - yet elegant.  This recycle wine bottle project is perfect to decorate a side table or mantel

So simple and easy – yet elegant. This recycle wine bottle project is perfect to decorate a side table or mantel

10. Glitter Leaves – 6th Street Design School

These can be hung as a garland, or placed around.  There is never a thing as too much glitter

These can be hung as a garland, or placed around. There is never a thing as too much glitter

11.  Leaf Art – Just a Girl Blog

Bringing real leaves into the home sounds complicated - you have to dry the leaves for weeks.  But this art project will last generations.

Bringing real leaves into the home sounds complicated – you have to dry the leaves for weeks. But this art project will last generations.

12. Framed Burlap Monogram – The Turquoise Home

This isn't just for fall - but burlap is a great choice.  A wonderful craft project for those who get married in the fall.

This isn’t just for fall – but burlap is a great choice. A wonderful craft project for those who get married in the fall.

13. Fall Chalkboard Printables – Nest of Posies Blog

Sometimes the easiest decoration is the one you don't have to make yourself.  Just print this and put in a pretty frame - add some pumpkins and leaves and you have the start of a wonderful Fall display

Sometimes the easiest decoration is the one you don’t have to make yourself. Just print this and put in a pretty frame – add some pumpkins and leaves and you have the start of a wonderful Fall display

14.  Felt Pumpkins – Delineate Your Dwelling

A felt flowered pumpkin might not be the traditional route but it sure does class up the traditional pumpkin.

15.  House Numbers Pumpkin Topiary – At the Picket Fence

We can't get enough of this awesome project! Fake Pumpkins make this an all-season display

We can’t get enough of this awesome project! Fake Pumpkins make this an all-season display

16. DIY Pottery Barn Filler for Vases – Live Laugh Rowe

Create beautiful and inexpensive center pieces for Fall tables with this great solution for "filler"

Create beautiful and inexpensive center pieces for Fall tables with this great solution for “filler”

17. Stick Letters – Hello Little House

Great project to include the kids - all you need is a glue gun and a good supply of sticks from mother nature

Great project to include the kids – all you need is a glue gun and a good supply of sticks from mother nature

18.  Wood Slice Chalkboard – Craftaholics Anonymous

The tutorial for this is all about Halloween -but come on you can so rock this look all fall long

The tutorial for this is all about Halloween -but come on you can so rock this look all fall long

19.  Felt Fall Air Fresheners – Domestics Super Hero

Super cute project that lets you decide the fragrance used.

Super cute project that lets you decide the fragrance used.

20.  Twine Pears – 906 East Chic

Elegant, chic, and inexpensive.  Usually one of those words don't match the other two.  What a great project that allows you to recycle and update for Autumn

Elegant, chic, and inexpensive. Usually one of those words don’t match the other two. What a great project that allows you to recycle and update for Autumn

21.  Scrap Buster Fall Pillow – Cluck Cluck Sew

You could spend a lot of money to buy a pillow like this - or get your craft on and pull it together yourself.  Great use for scrap material

You could spend a lot of money to buy a pillow like this – or get your craft on and pull it together yourself. Great use for scrap material

22. Fall Pumpkin – Shanty 2 Chic

Some of the best projects are the easiest.  Great letters to create a wonderful display.  You can customize to match your decor or keep it white.

Some of the best projects are the easiest. Great letters to create a wonderful display. You can customize to match your decor or keep it white.

23. Autumn Apple Wreath – Fox Hollow Cottage

This looks difficult - but really it isn't - plus it is stunning and a great way to show off

This looks difficult – but really it isn’t – plus it is stunning and a great way to show off on of fall’s best gifts the apple.

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Friday Funny

We love weekends because they’re filled with so many real estate possibilities.  Open houses, beautiful models at New Homes sites, and many other opportunities to learn about real estate in Hampton Roads.  So get through today because Saturday and Sunday are going to be awesome.

Better days are coming.  They are called: Saturday and Sunday

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Top Ten RW New Homes Communities for August 2014

Here is the roundup for the Top Ten Selling Rose & Womble New Homes Communities in August.

1.  Summer Park, Stephen Alexander Homes: Tricia Hubbard and Bridgette Espinosa Site Agents

Stephen Alexander Homes

2.  Walker’s Bend, HH Hunt: Fran Spence and Kim Boykin Site Agents

walkershhunt

3. Willow Pond/Madison Landing, Bishard Homes: Lois Schultz and Delores Ross Site Agents

5508 Mathis Place

4. Stockbridge at Tanglewood, Hearndon Construction, Melissa Ivey and Ray Bauer Site Agents

stockbridge

5. Riverbluff Estates, Platinum Homes, Suzanne Wells and Joann Pantas

River Bluff

6. Seasons at Cahoon, Platinum Homes, Rob Mitchell and Carmon Pizzanello Site Agents

Seasons at Cahoon

7. Carriage Homes at Lawson Hall, Corinth Residential, Lisa Kyriakides Site Agent

Lawson Hall

8. Affordable New Construction, DSF Development, Kelly Hollowell Site Agent

DSF

9.  Hampton Roads Crossing, Napolitano Homes, Nick White, Site Agent

Hampton Roads Crossing

10. Culpepper Landing, Vintage Homes, Joan Revell and Doreen Giuliano, Site Agents

Culpepper Landing

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Humpday Hot Property: 5016 Kings Grant at Kings Fork Farm in Suffolk, VA

Willow Model (1070) - 3-bedroom/2.5 bath, 1,905 sq ft, 2-story home. Upgraded cabinets with center island, Granite counter tops, Stainless Appliances, rear screened porch, 2-car Garage.

If you are looking for an affordable new home in a vibrant, yet secluded neighborhood in central Suffolk, you’ve come to the right place. Just off Godwin Boulevard, Route 58 and Kings Fork Road, yet convenient to nearby shops and recreation, as well as the numerous dining and entertainment options available, Kings Fork Farm is waiting.

Today’s home is 5016 Kings Grant Circle a 3 bedroom, 2 and 1/2 bath home, with granite counter tops, and an upgraded kitchen – plus a price tag of only $243,345 it’s such an affordable way to get a new home.

Want to know more about this or any of Rose & Womble’s New Homes? Just Ask Jen! 757-774-6999 or search on RWNewHomes.com

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August Resale Award Winners Announced

These were the top Listing and Selling Agents in Rose & Womble’s Resale Division.

Top Sales Team: The PerfectHouse Team, Holland Road Office

The PerfecrHouse Team from Holland Road. www.PerfectHouse.com

Top Sales Individual Agent: Tim Cochran, Lynnhaven Office

Tim Cochran, REALTOR®, Lynnhaven Office

Top Listing Team: Anna’s Home Team, Chesapeake Office

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Top Listing Individual Agent: Cheryl Hickok, Lynnhaven Office

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Top by Office

Beach Office: Top Sales: Diane Norton, Top Listing: Greg Hotta

Chesapeake Office: Top Sales: Wilkey’s Extreme Team, Top Listing Anna’s Home Team

Ghent Office: Top Sales Agent: Maureen Corra

Greenbrier Office: Top Sales: Clemens Team, Top Listing: Cathy Giambalvo

Harbour View/Suffolk Office: Top Sales: Ryan Benton, Top Listing: Sue Sanders

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

Lynnhaven Office: Top Sales: Tim Cochran, Top Listing: Cheryl Hickok

Peninsula Office: Top Sales: Sandra von Schilling, Top Listing: Vince Cowling

Shore Drive Office: Top Sales and Top Listing: Sue Lentini

 

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