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I see agents competing against other agents in their offices, or in their area, or MLS.  This is a rookie mistake.  Why would you compete against thousands of people?  In my MLS there are over 2500 licensed agents.  Why would you try and compete against any of them?  I am not saying you would not see what someone is doing and try to improve upon that or even emulate it.  I am saying why would you judge yourself against any of them?  We all bring different talents to the table, so it is already not a level playing field to begin with.  Some agents have a large family that can give them an instant sphere to work with.  Others might come from a different career area that helps them find business.  My point is that you are going to burn yourself out in life

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So you've been thinking for months about buying a new home.   You have a lot of big decisions to make.   You may or may not have to sell your current home.   Where do you start?   Who's the first person you call or look up online?  

You can go online and read reviews and that is very helpful.   A good place to start would be searching for realtors on major real estate websites.  Zillow, Trulia, Realtor, are the big 3.   You might choose a brand-name that you are already familiar with or has been suggested by a friend or family, and search from their agents.   Asking questions to people who have already been through the process is also a very important step.   The key here is to do research before you just grab an agent because they are the ones with

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I really enjoy making these videos for my clients and I hope you are enjoying them as well.  It adds a new dimension to marketing a home and gives the buyers a better sense of the area.  It is perfect for homes on larger lots or acreage.  If you know of anyone who has tried to sell a farm or a unique property and they just have not been able to catch people's attention, this might be the right answer for them.  I think it will be more and more common place.  I know it is quite popular in larger markets and on the east and west coasts.  

 

575 Queenswood Rd Valparaiso, IN from Shawn Spaw on Vimeo.

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239 S St Rd from Shawn Spaw on Vimeo.

We have started to include drone footage with some of our listings and the response has been phenomenal.   Our latest listing was shared on Facebook over 3000 times and the full video has been viewed almost 500 times in just 72 hours.  On our last shoot we had a mishap and I've already ordered a second drone because I think this is a fantastic way to market a property that has a special land feature such as acerage or being on a golf course.   If you are thinking of selling a home on Lake Michigan, just imagine a shot of the dunes leading up to your beachfront home.

 

 

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239 South State Road 49                                                                                                                         Famed architect John Harding brings you this unique ranch home on 6.5 acres in Morgan Township that includes a guest house and some of the most incredible Asian inspired landscaping you will find. As you enter the home you will immediately notice the use of natural light throughout. The kitchen includes custom cabinets, with built-in appliances, a skylight, and is open to the living and dining room areas. Hardwood flooring and exquisite interior design adorn this open living area with cathedral ceilings, a fireplace, and an oversized sliding glass door to the outdoor deck area. To the left are two bedrooms and 2

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Beautiful custom home in Jackson Township just minutes from town. As you enter the home you'll notice the corner fireplace and soaring cathedral ceilings in the living room area. Down the hall you will find a formal dining room that leads to the updated kitchen area with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops , and a breakfast nook. Updated full bath on the main level. The den rounds out the main floor area and could also serve as a main floor master or related living. There are 5 more bedrooms including 4 upstairs where you will find a large updated bathroom and a hallway that opens to the living room area. The fully finished basement has another full bath, exercise room, bedroom, and a large recreation room. The 1 acre yard is amazing with

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Enjoy many inviting spaces in this immaculate, custom built ranch in Tuscany!  Entering the home you are greeted by a sizable main living area enhanced by oversized windows and natural light. The fireplace, flanked by two built-in bookcases, serves as the focal point of the room. Kitchen has numerous, custom cabinets and large pantry with several pull out shelves. Great space for meal prep and entertaining around the large kitchen island. Beyond the kitchen is a den, which could also be a charming breakfast room. Main bedroom has two walk in closets and bathroom. Split floor plan with two additional bedrooms and full bathroom. The expansive stair case leads to the basement which is currently used as offices, there is a rec room and 4th bedroom. Down the

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We are looking at a frenzy starting in real estate again in Valparaiso.  The lack of inventory is amazing and I am seeing prices pushed to the limits.  Great news for all home owners in Valparaiso because our values are going up and this should continue into the foreseeable future.  Buyers, don't miss out.  Rates are still historically low, below 4%, and your investment is getting more and more expensive every day.  What a great place to be right now.  Go Valparaiso!

 

 

 

 

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