Category: Real Estate

We are Local, We are Global

Photo Courtesy of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

Photo Courtesy of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World

I recently attended the Annual Conference for the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.  Leading RE, as it is informally known as, is the largest network of Independent Real Estate Companies in the World.  It consists of over 500 Companies, with 4,000 offices and roughly 120,000 agents in 40 different countries.

About 2,500 members from 20 different countries descended on the Wynn and Encore Resorts in Las Vegas for the Annual Conference.  It featured 140 member panelists and 40 guest speakers including Stephan Swanepoel, author of the annual Swanepoel Trends Report, and Matthew Ferrara  of Matthew Ferrara and Co. a leading industry Trainer, Speaker and Writer.

Daniel Pink, who has authored 5 books about taking a fresh new look at selling, delivered the Opening Session Keynote Address to a packed house, and gave some great tips into the changing environment of Sales.

In addition to the Annual Conference, there were 4 Pre-Conference Events.  MarTech for Marketing and Technology Professionals, Sales Manager Summit for Real Estate Sales Managers, Performance Summit for Sales Accociates, and Luxury Portfolio Summit for Luxury Sales Associates and Staff.

I was really looking forward to attending this year, as I had not attended the Conference in the last couple of years, and I was not disappointed!  The Sessions and Keynotes were informative and fun, and I took a lot away from each of them that I attended.  But perhaps my favorite part is connecting with the attendees and speakers.  Whether it was new connections, or old friends from previous Conferences, it was great to connect with people from all over the country, as well as all over the world.

The Van Dyk Group has been part of this network for close to 30 years, and we could not be happier that we are a part of it.  In being able to recommend top agents from across the country and around the world, we can help you, family members, or friends who are moving or relocating from the area.  We can provide a list of top agents in whatever area you are looking to move to.

Just let your Van Dyk Agent know that you are moving out of the area, and we will help you find a top agent that will fit your needs in the area you are looking to move.

It really is that simple!

Avoid Summer Rental Scams – Van Dyk helps 7 on Your Side

Our very own Dave Wyrsch Jr talks with 7 on Your Side’s on tips to avoid Rental scams on the internet.

It is prime season for criminals taking advantage of summer renters searching the internet for great vacation deals so watch the “Top 7 Tips to Avoid a Summer Rental Rip-off” by Nina Pineda – http://7online.com/realestate/top-7-tips-to-avoid-a-summer-rental-rip-off/761038/

Customer Appreciation Day is Back Starting This Weekend

Photo-Jun-30-12-43-31-PM-300x224This Saturday, June 28th, we will continue our tradition of Customer Appreciation Day.  Each Saturday, during the rental changeover, we set up a tent out in our parking lot, offering complimentary refreshments including water, soda and snacks for our customers.

We started this tradition about 5 years ago, and it consisted of one Saturday in the summer.  We had the tent set up, music playing, and refreshments including hot dogs, soda/water, and snacks.  Because it was such a success, the following year we decided to do this each Saturday of the summer.  We kept up with serving refreshments and snacks, except the hot dogs, and of course it is all complimentary.

Saturday’s here on LBI are usually very busy.  It is the traditional changeover day, when renters for the previous week check-out, and those renting for the upcoming week arrive.  For those arriving, usually they are traveling at least 2 hours, if not more, to get down to LBI.  As check-in does not begin until 2pm, many arrive early, hoping to avoid the notorious traffic headed south on the Garden State Parkway and on Route 72 heading over to the Island. Since many cannot go to their rental unit right away, and have been in the car for many hours in some cases, we thought it would be nice to offer some refreshments while they wait to check-in.  We have everything set up early enough so that those leaving may also grab a snack or a drink before their long ride home.

This is just a small token our appreciation to our renters, for using us to help them with their summer vacation on Long Beach Island.  It is our way of saying thank you.  Of course we welcome anyone, whether they have rented with us or not, to stop by for a refreshment.  Whether you are riding bikes, taking a walk, or on your way to the beach, anyone is welcome to come by and grab a complimentary snack and/or refreshment.

Look for the tent in our parking lot starting this Saturday, and continuing every Saturday until Labor Day.  If you are in the area, feel free to stop by and grab a snack or drink.

See you this Summer!

Avoid Jersey Shore Vacation Rental Scams

NBC 10 recently did an article on how Scam Artists are now using Craigslist and other free anonymous outlets to post Fake Rental ads in order to try and get potential vacationers to wire money in advance. Please see the link below of the article interviewing Van Dyk’s own Marlene Romanowski and the Long Beach Twp Police Department on what to look for and how to avoid being scammed. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Scam-Artists-Post-Fake-Ads-for-Summer-Homes-at-the-Shore-258209301.html  

Flood Insurance Bill Eases Increases

Flooding on Long Beach Blvd in Dec of 2012

Flooding on Long Beach Blvd in Dec of 2012

The Homeowner Flood Affordability Act of 2013, written by Senator Robert Menendez of NJ and Representative Michael Grimm of NY, has now passed the Senate and is on it’s way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. This eases the some increases and changes that went into affect as a result of the Biggert Waters Flood Act.  A more detailed rundown can be found on the Insurance Journal website, but here is a quick overview of changes that will help many homeowners along the Jersey Shore, and across the country for that matter. First, it puts the maximum increase NFIP can impose at 18% per year, with some property classes having a 15% cap on increases.  This is the maximum that NFIP can increase a policy each year. The Bill also repeals both the property sales and new policy sales trigger.  Under Biggert Waters, the home buyer and homeowner who are purchasing a new house, or new policy on their current house would immediately have to pay the full risk rate.  Both of these provisions have been repealed, and in both instances, subsidized rates would still be available. It also restores “grandfathering” and sets a hard cap on policy increases per year.  This relieves property owners who were mapped into a higher zone from being forced to raise their houses or have higher rates phased in over 5 years. There is also a slight change to the Reserve Fund that was set up as a result of Biggert Waters.  Now a fee of $25 per policy for primary residence, and $250 per policy for a secondary residence will be imposed on all policies.  This is changed from a 5% fee on all policies that Biggert Waters called for. There are many other changes that this Bill addresses also.  For a complete rundown, the article I mentioned above from the Insurance Journal is well worth the read.  You can also click here to view the article. Feel free to get in touch with our Insurance Dept. if you have any questions on how these changes might impact you.  

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