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Congress Realty Reviews

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Sunday, April 19th, 2020

We have created a page on our site to link consumers with accredited review websites. As more and more Fake Review websites come to light, we want customers to be able to access reputable review sites. This allows consumers to compare companies side by side. Google and Zillow especially do a wonderful job of removing “fake reviews” from their platform.

https://www.congressrealty.com/Flat-Fee-MLS/Customer-Reviews/Default.aspx

Should I take my home off the market? Is anything selling during COVID-19?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

First and foremost, whether you want to allow people into your home is a decision that you should make along with your medical professional. In the event you are willing to allow showings, homes are still selling in many states. One state that we have seen multiple properties go under contract in during the last 10 days is Arizona. Since March 20th, we have had multiple AZ properties go under contract. Including 5 in the last 3 days.  Outside of AZ, we had a CA listing that went under contract within 48 hours of listing. We have also seen multiple properties that we have listed go under contract in NV in the last few days. In DFW, TX, a new listing yesterday already has an offer today.

This is not to suggest that now is the most ideal time to list your home. However, you have to weigh the pros and cons. Right now, many seller’s are pulling their homes off the market. When they will return these homes to the market remains to be seen. However, if you pull your home off the market or you wait to list your home, you have to consider the possibility that the market may see a flood of inventory when this pandemic passes.

 

Phoenix Flat Fee MLS Listing

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

ARMLS Flat Fee MLS Listing:

Arizona Flat Fee MLS Listing

Phoenix is still our home base and the market I follow most closely. Since 03, we have seen the rise, fall, and rise again of property value in the Phx Metro Area. Phoenix is serviced by the ARMLS system. Year in and Year out, Congress Realty ranks in the top 10 for all Valley agents when it comes to total properties sold. 2019 was no exception. Through our flat fee MLS program, Congress Realty sold over 50 Million dollars worth of residential real estate in the state of AZ alone. ARMLS includes Phoenix and all of the surrounding area. This includes Buckeye, Florence, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Anthem, Carefree, Mesa, Chandler, Fountain Hills, and so forth. In all of these areas, we offer both Electronic Lockboxes and Sign and Post installation. With nearly 20 years in the Phoenix market, we are looking fwd to another exciting year.

2020

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Monday, January 13th, 2020

Happy New Year! We are excited to take on 2020 and continue to build upon the success of 2019. This past year, we worked with more buyers than ever before who were taking advantage of our buyer rebate program. If getting cash back at closing sounds like something you are interested in on your next purchase, reach out to us. We will rebate 2/3rds of any commission paid to our office back to the buyer at closing.  You will be amazed how simple it is to get thousands of dollars back at closing.

A few notes from the start of the year, Arizona continues to boom. We have seen a remarkable increase in offers coming in on listed properties with Congress Realty in Arizona since after the holiday. More and more agents are using the showing time app in Arizona and Texas. If you are listed with our firm or considering listing and have questions regarding Showing Time, reach out to us. It is a simple tool to use to manage showings and review Realtor feedback from previous showings on your property. Las Vegas, Nevada continues to see a spike in closed sales and slight decrease in supply on the market.

We will continue to provide market updates for available inventory and sold data for various markets that we cover throughout the year.

What to expect in 2020

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

For most of the states that we cover, 2019 posted strong #’s for sellers. Areas like Phoenix and Southern California continued to see appreciation and shorter days on market. Markets like Dallas cooled after record setting appreciation in 2017 and 2018 but still showed gains in 2019. What should sellers expect in 2020? Inventory #’s are still low in many markets. Las Vegas for example is dipping below 3 months of available inventory on the market at the present moment. This is a strong sign that Las Vegas will once again be a strong seller’s market in 2020. Phoenix should follow a similar path. Inventory #’s are still well below a balanced market in the Phx area. What about markets like Seattle and Boise? Seattle and Boise saw incredible appreciation in 2017 and 2018 but still posted moderate gains in 2019. There are no signs pointing towards a dramatic change from 2019 to 2020 in both of these markets.

Using Vegas as an example and using Data from the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors. Available inventory in Las Vegas stands right between 2.7 and 2.8 months. Compare this to this time last year of 3.4 months of available inventory. What is a healthy balance in Las Vegas? Typically about 6 months of inventory produces a stable market. What does that mean for sellers in Las Vegas? Most likely shortened days on market and continued appreciation at the start of 2020.

Ventura County, CA being added to our Flat Fee MLS coverage

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Thursday, October 31st, 2019

By the end of the year, we will have local coverage for the Ventura County, CA MLS system. Property owners in Ventura County will now be able to list properties on the local MLS through Congress Realty. We are excited about this expansion and look forward to working with homeowner’s and land owners in this area of Southern California.

Showing Time in Texas is coming!!

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Showing Time, the very popular showing service used in Arizona, NV, etc.. is coming to the state of TX. Showing Time has already launched in the DFW Market and is launching in early November for San Antonio. Showing Time allows Realtors to schedule showings through the Showing Time App. Homeowners receive an email notification when a Realtor wants to show through the App. (Text notification is also available) The homeowner with one click can accept or decline the appt. If the owner declines the appointment, the homeowner can propose a new showing time that automatically is sent back to the Realtor who requested the showing appt. Showing Time is an extremely powerful tool for both Realtors and Homeowners. Homeowners can actually set pre-determined showing dates and times that are acceptable or even black out certain dates through the Showing Time App. More info to follow in the upcoming weeks and how this affects CSS in Texas.

How do I review my listing with Congress Realty?

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Monday, September 30th, 2019

Once your listing is activated on the MLS, we will send you an email with access to what we call the Private Client area. The subject of this email will include the MLS#. When you open up the email, your login and password to the private client area will be near the very top of the email. Once you login, at the top of the screen you will see a welcome message and a blue hyperlink to download a copy of your MLS listing.

What is the difference between your MLS listing and sites like Zillow or Realtor.com? The MLS listing will be much more detailed and contain information that Zillow and Realtor.com will not publish. For example, your MLS listing will have your buyer’s agent commission listed along with the expiration date of the listing. In addition, the MLS will have detailed showing instructions.

Why do I want to review my MLS listing? It’s imperative that you review your listing as quickly as possible so that you can submit changes to your listing if needed. Not only is the MLS by far and away the most important site to market your home, but it also is responsible for feeding the data that is posted to Zillow and Realtor.com

 

Congress Realty Reviews

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Click to Read Congress Realty Reviews from Google

We are incredibly excited and proud of our many 5 star reviews on sites like Zillow and Google. In the upcoming weeks, we will feature a few of the reviews we have received recently from our customers. Much of our business is repeat business and word of mouth. The following review was posted to Google in the summer of 2019 by one of our clients:

 

I have used and attempted to use many discount and flat-fee brokerages over the past two decades of buying and selling real estate. Congress Realty has an awesome website, useful state RE forms you can download, and their response time is incredible and accurate. I just sold my home by using Congress Realty and they just saved me over $6K in commissions. This was my second home I’ve sold at a flat fee and Congress Realty is hands-down the best service out there! They just need to spread to all fifty states now!! The professional pictures service and your own For Sale sign is a bonus and well worth the money. Great job Andrew and thank you! You guys are true professionals! Congrats on gaining a faithful customer for life.

Mechanical versus Electronic Lockboxes

J. Andrew English J. Andrew English
Monday, July 22nd, 2019

An Electronic Lockbox is a lockbox that is accessible to all Realtors through the use of their key fob or smart phone. The Electronic box is sometimes referred to as a Supra Box or Sentrilock box. (depending upon your area) This is the type of lockbox that would be used by any Full service traditional Realtor with a listing on the MLS. The advantages of using an Electronic box include a more professional appearance during a showing, tracking who goes in and out of the property, tracking how long someone is in the property, and greater security in that a non Realtor(R) can not access the box.

 

Mechanical lockboxes are accessible via anyone who has the code to that lockbox. This includes Realtors and members of the public. Advantages of mechanical boxes include being able to get contractors in and out of the property easily and a much lower cost when compared to the Electronic boxes. Disadvantages include: They can be much easier to break into. Most banks and REO vendors utilize mechanical lockboxes, which some sellers do not want to be associated with. Anyone with the code has access  to the box and mechanical lockboxes will not track activity. Lastly, some MLS’s will not allow a code to be published in the MLS. Thus, each showing agent may have to contact you and speak with you to acquire the code. This could result in missed showings in you are unavailable to answer your phone.

 

Other notes – For the markets of NWMLS in the Seattle area, Prospector in the Sacramento area, and NNRMLS in the Reno area, the MLS will only allow a mechanical box to be on the property if an MLS issued Electronic box is also on the property. These particular MLS’s claim this is for the safety and security of the property. It is important to note that this is not our rule. These 3 MLS’s enforce this rule for all listings from all agencies who list a property in that particular MLS.