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Crossland Real Estate Receives Website Quality Certification – Recognition earned for excellence in corporate website.

Posted on: March 15th, 2016 by Aimee Crossland No Comments

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Crossland Real Estate Receives Website Quality Certification for excellence in corporate website.

Oklahoma City and Norman OK

Crossland Real Estate has been awarded the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, an international network of more than 500 premier real estate firms. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) presents the certification to member companies that demonstrate best practices in website design, technology and service.

Crossland’s website, gocrossland.com, earned the certification after achieving superior marks on a range of measurements, including usability and performance, design and content, interactivity, customer service and Internet lead management, search engine optimization and mobile. The website was evaluated by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm enlisted by LeadingRE to review the websites.

WQC is a program available only to firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and is awarded based on criteria that is updated annually to reflect the latest in internet marketing strategies. To maintain the certification, companies are re-certified every two years.

“We are delighted to recognize the 117 companies that earned the WQC this year and applaud them for creating websites that attract and engage today’s consumers, providing useful information on homes and communities and supporting them with local expertise,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor.

“Being awarded the WQC is an honor; I am very pleased to be with a firm in this tremendous network. I feel it is a benefit I can offer my clients, knowing their listing will be featured on a certified website provides them with assurance they are getting the best marketing possible.,” said Dennis Dunn, MRP, GRI Realtor Associate, Crossland Real Estate.

For more information about Crossland Real Estate, please visit www.gocrossland.com.

Established in 1986, Crossland Real Estate provides superior service to those relocating to or from the Oklahoma City metro area. The Relocation Department gives great attention to referrals and ensures the most qualified Associate will attend to the needs of the client. We know OKC and welcome the opportunity to serve you.

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About Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®

Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (www.LeadingRE.com) is the largest network of top independent local and regional brand-name brokerage in the residential sector of real estate. The 500+ firms affiliated with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) are represented by 3,500 offices and 120,000 associates in more than 50 countries worldwide. Collectively, LeadingRE affiliates produced over 1 million home sales valued at $314 billion in 2013. In addition, LeadingRE affiliates hold the No. 1 position in terms of sales volume, transaction sides or both in more of the top U.S. markets than any other organization.

Home Prices Are Rising: Yea! But That Also Means Higher Costs

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Aimee Crossland No Comments

 

By: Dona DeZube

With improved equity comes higher costs for property taxes and insurance. Here’s how to manage them smartly.

If you’re like most homeowners, rising home prices mean you can finally let out the breath you’ve been holding since the start of the economic downturn — especially if you’re hoping to sell.

Would you mind terribly if I added a little cloud to your silver lining?

Rising home prices might mean higher bills for you in the coming year because:

  • Your property taxes will rise unless your tax rate falls.
  • You’ll need higher limits on your homeowners insurance coverage to compensate for your higher home value.

Fortunately, you can do a few things now to reduce your tax bite, keep your insurance costs as low as possible, and continue your exhale of relief.

Property Tax Appeals

You pay your property taxes based on a formula that generally uses your home’s assessed value multiplied by the tax rate. When you home value rises, if the tax rate doesn’t fall, your taxes rise.

Take, for example, a property tax rate of $1 per $1,000 of home value:

  • You owe $100 when your home is worth $100,000.
  • You owe $110 when your home value rises to $110,000.
  • To keep your tax bill at $100 when you home value rises to $110,000, the tax rate has to fall to about 90 cents per $1,000.

Given the sorry state of most local and state government budgets, I wouldn’t count on the tax rate going down. Instead, work to get your home value assessed as low as possible by filing a property tax appeal arguing the taxing authority has over-stated your home’s value.

Here’s how you do it: When your home’s tax assessment arrives in the mail, contact your REALTOR®, tell her you want to appeal your assessment, and ask her to pull the last three comparable home sales for you. If those sales were lower than your home’s assessed value, you use those comparable sales as evidence that your home is worth less than the tax man says it is.

Also ask your REALTOR® if she knows of any tax discounts (some jurisdictions offer discounts to owner occupants or senior citizens).

Homeowners Insurance Discounts

When your homeowners insurance renewal comes in the mail, call your insurance agent and ask if you can earn a discount for:

  • Increasing your deductible.
  • Installing a security system.
  • Membership in an affinity group like AARP or because of where you work.
  • Adding features that protect your home during natural disasters (like hurricane-proofing your roof).

Focus on the Silver Lining

If those cost-cutting measures don’t work, focus on the silver lining. An extra couple hundred a year in property taxes and insurance isn’t much compared with gaining thousands in home equity that you can use to finance your child’s education, start a business, fund your retirement, or just put in your pocket when you sell.

 

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