Sat Dec 07 16:56:32 UTC 2013

Brick Ranch Home For Sale in Roosevelt Gardens

Posted by: Lynne Ruffin

Looking to buy an affordable brick ranch home in Norfolk, Virginia?  Check out my latest listing at 8324 Kanter Avenue in Norfolk, Virginia in the Roosevelt Gardens neighborhood.  This home features an all brick exterior.  It has a nice size yard. The interior features include a large living room area.  It has a formal dining room, hallway, and three bedrooms.  These areas have been recently carpeted with new carpet in a neutral color. Additionally, it has an open floor plan layout which is very inviting.  You can probably tell by the photos how the layout flows. The garage has been nicely converted to a den/family room/great room area.  It has a patio door for an additional front entrance way. Exterior features include a deck, storage shed, garden run, and a paved driveway for off-street parking.  There is brick step entrance way which is very attractive. There is a large utility room with washer/dryer connections and additional storage area. For a private showing contact me direct today at (757) 301-4800 or send an email to Lynne@Century21.com. Start the New Year off in your new home.  Are you dialing yet? Lynne Ruffin REALTOR Century 21 Nachman Realty 1512 E. Little Creek Road Norfolk, Virginia  23518 Phone:   (757) 932-0053 Email:  Lynne@Century21. com Website:  Lynne.co

Mon Oct 07 11:21:39 UTC 2013

October is a Good Month to Dust Off the Cobwebs

Posted by: Lynne Ruffin

Well, today is a good day.  It has been a long while since I have had a listing and I am happy to say today I have a listing. For about the past two years I had been gainfully employed and worked tirelessly part-time.  Now that I am trying to make it full time in the business again I'm liking what I am running into. I set Opportunity Time this morning and the calls were pouring in.  Folks looking to buy and the one listing I had sent out a CMA for last week was faxed over today. October has always been a successful month for me when I was active full time in the business and the way this month is starting out is great!  Looking forward to getting the cobwebs dusted off and be a top agent again. Wish me lots of luck, say lots of prayers, I'm vulnerable and need all the praise, inspiration, and encouragement I can get. Happy Selling!Lynne Ruffin REALTOR Century 21 Nachman Realty 1512 E. Little Creek Road Norfolk, Virginia  23518 Phone:   (757) 932-0053 Email:  Lynne@Century21. com Website:  Lynne.co

Tue May 04 21:38:08 UTC 2010

Open Houses Every Sunday, Why?

Posted by: Lynne Ruffin

My goal is to hold at least one house open every week.  I try and hold my listing open on Sunday from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Holding my listing open at least once a week requires me to repost the fact that I'm having an Open House on several different websites.  The increase in my website stats shows me my marketing efforts may be working. Advertising Open Houses has given me the most bang for my buck.  The Open House listing I try and remember to post it to all the different portals.  The websites I use most frequently to announce my Open Houses are the MLS, point2agent, Craigslist, backpages, FACEBOOK, Twitter. When posting I try and optimize the ROI by including a website address when allowed.  I can see by my personal website stats someone is finding my listings.  When prospective buyers come to my Open House they normally let me know they already have a flyer for the listing. I send an email to request the property be advertised on OpenHouse.com which consequently gets it posted to other top real estate portals as well. Some of the marketing techniques I use to add more bang to my marketing efforts are on FACEBOOK I recently found out publishing a map helps people locate the property.  One of the to-do's I've added is to include a link to a map with the property information as much as possible in the future.  I got the idea from a blog post on activerain where some agents post maps on Localism.com. I've found so many inexpensive ways to advertise via the Open House edge. Admittedly, the most successful Open House technique has been to include a website url when advertising in the local newspaper.  Of course I cannot determine whether it is from consumers reading the print version or the online version of the newspaper, but I see a drastic increase in hits when I include a website url with my Open House advertisement in the paper. A few years ago I was reading all the Open House ads in the paper and noticed no one on the day I read the paper was including a website address with their add.  I received so many inquiries when the next week I placed an ad and included a website address.  It was like night and day as far as exposure. The main reason why I continue to hold open houses is because as far as business when I've seen the domino affect, one transaction falling into place right after another it has been from the business I have generated from Open Houses.  They have definitely worked for me in the past. Open houses gives me the opportunity to mix my online marketing efforts with my meet and greet efforts from when prospective buyers come through.  I've been fortunate at times when the prospect coming through has been someone wanting to list their home for sale and purchase another home. Open Houses are just that open.  It gives me the chance to receive feedback from prospects and inform my seller of what type of comments we are receiving on the property.  It gave us an idea recently to stage the smallest room in the house because one of comments we were hearing repeatedly was over concern the smallest bedroom was too small to set up as a bedroom.  We staged the room to show a full-sized bed could fit comfortably in the room.  Not once since have I heard the comment about the room being too small.  Now I get all the rooms are nice-sized.  What a difference an Open House makes.Lynne Ruffin REALTOR Century 21 Nachman Realty 1512 E. Little Creek Road Norfolk, Virginia  23518 Phone:   (757) 932-0053 Email:  Lynne@Century21. com Website:  Lynne.co