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Spring Staging Tips

Any home stager will tell you that “staging is staging” and the principals remain the same throughout the year—keep things clean, clutter free and colorful. But that doesn’t each season comes without its own brand of staging magic. For spring, there are a number of things you can do both inside and outside to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

spring flower gardenBarb Schwarz, creator of Homes Staging® and CEO of Stagedhomes.com, suggests adding splashes of color to your porch with potted flowers. She favors larger pots placed on each side of the front door bearing tulips or daisies with greenery in the middle.

Bringing spring colors into a home is just as easy, especially with accessories like throw pillows, area rugs, artwork, towels and bedspreads. “Change accessories and the whole house changes,” Schwarz said. Swap-out decorative pillows on a sofa for a fresh, new look. “This year nature colors are really in; green is really big and hot orange is an accent that is strong.”

Designers recommend using other knickknacks that speak of spring, such as pears, eggs, sea shells, nature, leaf patterns in fabrics, wicker, real leather and rust metal as contrast. Schwarz said it’s also a good idea to replace the drapery panels in a home or office. She recently changed a den from a daisy pattern in blue to cream plain panels that went from ceiling to the floor “and the whole room looked bigger and more elegant,” she said.

Of course, all rooms in the house are important and there are ways to liven up each one as the spring season blooms. You want the buyer to buy the whole house, not just one or two rooms staged, so it’s important to create a cohesive design.

Yet don’t forget your “great outdoors.” Clean up your yards, remove fallen leaves and dead plants, and trim bushes and hedges. Indeed, spring brings more buyers so take advantage of all that the season has to offer.

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Prudential PenFed Realty pays start up costs for military and their spouses

Everyone who knows me knows I think Prudential PenFed Realty is the most awesome company out there. The programs they offer for their members are simply head and shoulders above what any one else has available. Now they have gone and surprised me again with their awesome “Real Heroes” program which helps retired veterans and their spouses, and active-duty men and women as they leave the military, begin a career in real estate. The program covers the cost of training, certification, licensing, and materials to become a Prudential PenFed Realty Sales Professional.

Lots of companies offer to pay for your real estate class but to the best of my knowledge we are the only one that actually pays for the class and your start-up costs.

What does this mean in dollars and cents? About $2500!

Yep, you read that correctly! Prudential PenFed Realty will cover the cost of real estate school, state licensing, first year’s dues for the association of REALTORS, fees to join the multiple listing service, errors and omissions insurance, and company fees – up to $2500!  This is an outstanding, unprecedented opportunity for anyone in or married to a current or past member of the US Armed Services.  The only real condition is that you commit to PenFed Realty for two years – that it!Real Heroes

Interested in learning more?  Call Maxine at 703-836-1464 or drop us an email!

Prudential Leads JD Power Servey

Prudential Real Estate, an HSF Affiliates LLC company, and Prudential PenFed Realty announced that the Prudential Real Estate affiliate network ranked highest for customer satisfaction in three of the four segments included in J.D. Power and Associates’ annual Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study. The network scored highest in Repeat Home Buyer, First-Time Home Buyer, and First-Time Home Seller categories. It ranked third in the Repeat Home Seller segment.

The sixth annual study measures customer satisfaction among the nation’s largest real estate brokerage companies. Overall satisfaction is gauged across four factors of the home-buying experience: agent/salesperson, real estate office, closing process, and variety of additional services. Seller satisfaction is evaluated through the same four factors plus marketing.

Among repeat home buyers, Prudential Real Estate scored 829 on a 1,000-point scale, performing particularly well in agent/sales person, variety of additional services and closing process. The network tallied 811 points among first-time home buyers, showing strength in all factors. Prudential Real Estate scored 809 points in the First-Time Home-Seller segment, drawing strong marks for marketing and closing process. This represents the third time in six years Prudential Real Estate ranked highest in seller satisfaction including recognition in 2008 and 2010.

“Prudential Real Estate stands for quality and consistency in neighborhoods across America,” said Earl Lee, network president and CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC. “Buyers and sellers alike appreciate our affiliates’ market leadership and our agents’ skill and innovation.”

Lee added that the Prudential Real Estate network enjoys one of the industry’s highest average selling prices and that its agents stand out as local-market experts. “Affiliate to affiliate, Prudential Real Estate sales professionals have a strong work ethic and drive for client satisfaction. These prestigious awards further underscore our agents’ success and the quality of our network.”

The team at Prudential PenFed Realty works hard to exceed the expectations buyers and sellers alike, explained Maxine McLeod Miller, manager of the Prudential PenFed REALTY office in Alexandria.  “In today’s market, our clients require all the expertise and service we can offer. Through our knowledge, innovation and guidance we maximize the home-buyer/home-seller experience to ensure our clients’ needs are met.”

Among other survey findings:

  • First-time home buyers and sellers are most influenced by a company’s good reputation and the recommendations they receive from friends, family and colleagues.
  • More than one-third (35%) of first-time home buyers and 27% of first-time sellers indicate they selected their real estate company based on its reputation.
  • 28% of first-time home buyers and 27% of first-time sellers selected their company based on recommendations.
  • Overall satisfaction with real estate companies is higher among repeat customers compared to first-time buyers or sellers.
  • Suggesting better times in residential real estate, the percentage of first-time home sellers increased to 44% in 2013 from 30% in 2012.
  • The percentage of first-time home buyers also increased significantly, 49% in 2013 vs. 40% a year ago.

The 2013 Home Buyer/Seller Study includes 4,371 evaluations from 3,930 respondents who bought or sold a home between March 2012 and April 2013.

About Prudential Real Estate and HSF Affiliates LLC

Prudential Real Estate is a part of the HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage family, which includes Real Living Real Estate and the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand available later in 2013. Prudential Real Estate franchisees are independently owned and operated.

HSF Affiliates LLC, based in Irvine, Calif., is a joint venture of HomeServices of America and Brookfield Asset Management.

Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

About Prudential PenFed Realty

 Prudential PenFed Realty, wholly owned by PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union), is a full-service real estate company with an annual sales volume over $1.7 billion; serving PenFed members as well as the general public. Recognized as a leading real estate company in its service area, it is ranked among the top Prudential affiliates nationwide. Over 1,700 top-notch sales professionals work out of Prudential PenFed Realty’s 49 offices to provide complete real estate services nationwide.

Prudential PenFed Realty is an affiliate of the Brookfield/Home Service Franchise (Formerly Prudential Real Estate) Residential Property Services network. Its franchises are independently owned and operated. The network provides franchises with numerous benefits, including access to Prudential Real Estate’s Online Seller Advantage® program designed to provide real-time information to sellers in an easy to use system; and Online Buyer Advantage®, enabling consumers to easily search for property in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Prudential Real Estate is one of the largest real estate brokerage franchise networks in North America, with more than 1,500 franchise offices and 50,000 sales professionals in the franchise Network as of December 31, 2011.

 About J.D. Power & Associates

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company providing performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit jdpower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

J.D. Power Results Are In: Customers Most Satisfied with Prudential

Prudential Real Estate tops J.D. Power’s lists again, ranking #1 in three out of four categories:

  • First-time home buyer satisfaction rankings
  • Repeat home buyer satisfaction rankings
  • First-time home seller satisfaction rankings

As an agent and a broker that has been with Prudential since the 1990’s I can honestly say, our agents are able to deliver such fabulous service in no small part due to the outstanding support they receive from their company.

Realtor Magazine has the full scoop in their article Customers Most Satisfied at This Company

Prudential PenFed Realty Hosts Showcase Event For Local Del Ray Artisans in Alexandria, Virginia

Prudential PenFed Realty hosts quarterly showcase events to display the artwork of local artists for the public to enjoy in Old Town Alexandria.

Prudential PenFed Realty’s Alexandria office began its series of art shows in 2010 to show support for the local Del Ray Artisans and charities close to the community. These quarterly themed events, hosted by Prudential PenFed Realty at their 300 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, Va., location began in July of 2010 and feature the artwork of the Del Ray Artisans accompanied by wine and hors d’oeuvres, fundraising, and the ability for the public to meet the artists and purchase their artwork.

Sue Elbertson, Jay Palermino and Maxine McLeod Miller at the April 2013 Art Show

The first event of 2012 was held in March with the theme, “Artist Warriors’ Adventures” which benefited the Organization for Autism Research. The artwork focused on the inner survivalist and warrior imagination. Special guest Nina Tisara’s mosaic artwork was on display as well.

In June of 2012 the office hosted an event to benefit the Organization of Autism for Research. The art show was dubbed “Childhood Memories,” and featured works by local artists that was inspired by their childhoods. The event also commemorated the Virginia Art Commissions’ Minds Wide Open, a celebration of children and the arts. Tisara made a repeat visit with her mosaic style artwork. Close to $500 in donations were raised for this community charity event.

Later in the year, the office hosted an event, “Spread a Little Sunshine,” that was a silent auction and art show designed to raise money for the Sunshine Kids Foundation; an organization supporting children with cancer. Approximately $5,000 was raised at the event, and the artwork on display at the show was created by the artists from the Del Ray Artisans Center.

“We enjoy inviting our clients, customers, local business owners and real estate professionals to experience the newest art exhibit and enjoy some wine and hors d’oeuvres,” said Sue Elbertson, REALTOR® with Prudential PenFed Realty’s Alexandria office.

Kicking off 2013, the office hosted yet another event showcasing the artwork of the Del Ray Artisans. The theme was, “Dot and Dash,” where artists interpreted dot and dash in their unique styles—showcasing two and three-dimensional work that is painterly, graphic, realistic, and abstract.

“Prudential PenFed Realty is proud to be able once again to team with the non-profit Del Ray Artisans to showcase within our Old Town Alexandria office the paintings, pictures and other visual arts produced by the thriving artistic talent within our local community,” said Maxine McLeod Miller, managing broker of Prudential PenFed Realty’s Alexandria office.

Prudential PenFed Realty in Alexandria is pleased to announce its newest exhibit celebrating works of art from the Del Ray Artisans. The exhibit, “Music In Art,” explores the relationship between music and art by showcasing artists’ interpretations of music in art in a variety of media.

“Del Ray Artisans is honored and pleased to show artwork from its “Music in Art” exhibit at Prudential PenFed Realty. Music and art have gone hand in hand for centuries, and these pieces explore the relationship between music and art by showcasing artists’ interpretations of music in art in a variety of media,” said Jackie Tury, co-curator with the Del Ray Artisans.

The opening reception is free and open to the public, and is scheduled to be held on Monday, July 15 from 6-8 p.m. Please stop by for some wine and cheese, chat with the featured artists, and enjoy a great evening! To RSVP, please call the office at 703.836.1464.

About Prudential Real Estate and HSF Affiliates LLC

Prudential Real Estate is a part of the HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage family, which includes Real Living Real Estate and the new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand available later in 2013. Prudential Real Estate franchises are independently owned and operated.

HSF Affiliates LLC, based in Irvine, Calif., is a joint venture of HomeServices of America and Brookfield Asset Management.

Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are registered service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.  Used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

About Prudential PenFed Realty

Prudential PenFed Realty, wholly owned by PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union), is a full-service real estate company with an annual sales volume over $1.7 billion; serving PenFed members as well as the general public. Recognized as a leading real estate company in its service area, it is ranked among the top Prudential affiliates nationwide. Over 1,700 top-notch sales professionals work out of Prudential PenFed Realty’s 49 offices to provide complete real estate services nationwide.

Prudential PenFed Realty is an affiliate of the Brookfield/Home Service Franchise (Formerly Prudential Real Estate) Residential Property Services network. Its franchises are independently owned and operated. The network provides franchises with numerous benefits, including access to Prudential Real Estate’s Online Seller Advantage® program designed to provide real-time information to sellers in an easy to use system; and Online Buyer Advantage®, enabling consumers to easily search for property in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Prudential Real Estate is one of the largest real estate brokerage franchise networks in North America, with more than 1,500 franchise offices and 50,000 sales professionals in the franchise Network as of December 31, 2011.

©2013 BRER Affiliates LLC: An independently owned and operated broker member of BRER Affiliates LLC. Prudential PenFed Realty is an independently owned and operated member of BRER Affiliates LLC. PenFed Membership is not required to conduct business with Prudential PenFed Realty.

Prudential PenFed Realty Presenting Sponsor of the We Salute Our Heroes Tribute Wall at AT&T National

PenFed Returns as Presenting Sponsor of the “We Salute Our Heroes” Tribute Wall

Prudential PenFed Realty and PenFed Credit Union Sponsor the heroes wall at the AT&T National in Bethesda, MD

2012 “We Salute Our Heroes” Tribute Wall

quotation mark openIt is our pleasure and a privilege to be the presenting sponsor of   the We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall. It gives members of the public an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those who serve our country in such an honorable way.quotation mark

Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Fans attending the 2013   AT&T National at Congressional Country Club will once again see a special tribute to the United States Military near the 18th green. Donning flags and seals from each branch of the military, The We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall, which debuted at the 2011 AT&T National in Philadelphia, gives fans the chance to write a personal message of thanks and support for the men and women who serve in the military.

PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union),   one of the nation’s largest credit unions, the PenFed Foundation and Prudential PenFed Realty will again  serve as the presenting sponsors of the We Salute Our Heroes tribute wall;   ensuring the wildly-popular tribute will continue to be a part of the tournament’s military activities. Sharpie® generously donated thousands of markers, courtesy of Newell Rubbermaid, to be used at the tournament.

“It is our pleasure and a   privilege to be the presenting sponsor of the We Salute Our Heroes tribute   wall,” said Frank Pollack, president & chief executive officer of  PenFed. “It gives members of the public an opportunity to say ‘thank   you’ to those who serve our country in such an honorable way.”

“We are very excited to be part   of one of the country’s top golfing events,” said PenFed Foundation President   Christopher Flynn. “The tournament will be a great way for PenFed supporters   to have fun, while helping raise money for the men and women of our armed  forces who need help.”

“Prudential PenFed Realty   is honored to be a part of this great tournament in support of the military families who sacrifice so much to protect our liberty,” said Kevin  Wiles, president of Prudential PenFed Realty. “It is a great opportunity  to give back to our military.”

Last year, the We Salute Our   Heroes tribute wall made its Congressional Country Club debut with the help   of PenFed. After the tournament concluded, sections of the tribute wall were   framed and delivered to local military outlets in the Washington, D.C. area.   Thanks to the generous donation from Sharpie®, thousands excitedly   participated in this unique tribute including fans, caddies, volunteers and   PGA TOUR players such as 2012 Champion Tiger Woods, Jimmy Walker, Billy   Hurley III and John Huh. Due to the overwhelming response, the tournament   filled five large canvases with personal messages of thanks.

Furthermore to giving away   portions of the 2012 tribute wall to military outlets, this year PenFed will be giving away a one of a kind 40 x 48 inch framed portion of the 2012 We   Salute Our Heroes tribute wall in its tribute wall giveaway on its Facebook page.

In addition to honoring the   military, the AT&T National also raises funds and awareness for the   college-access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation and local charities.   More information on the AT&T National can be found at http://www.attnational.org.

About PenFed (Pentagon Federal   Credit Union): Established in 1935, PenFed is one of the largest credit   unions in the United States with over a million members and more than $15   billion in assets. PenFed provides an extensive selection of financial products   including mortgages, automobile loans, credit cards, checking/savings   accounts and other personal loans to its members worldwide. Its core   membership includes the Department of Defense, Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air   Force, and Coast Guard; Department of Homeland Security personnel, employees   or volunteers of the American Red Cross, numerous military associations, and   many others. PenFed is federally insured by the National Credit Union   Administration and is an equal housing lender. For more information about   PenFed and learn how to become a member, visit PenFed.org or call 800-247-5626.

About the Pentagon Federal   Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation)

The PenFed Foundation is a   nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs   of military members and their families through supporting wounded warriors   and providing financial management assistance and home ownership aid (equal   housing opportunity). The foundation is also the primary sponsor of a new   free hotel for veterans called the Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge, a   $17 million public-private partnership with the Department of Veterans   Affairs in which the foundation is raising $11million to cover the cost of   construction. PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union) covers all labor   expenses for the foundation so every dollar donated goes directly to   supporting its programs. To make a donation or learn more about the   foundation, visit PenFedFoundation.org.

About Prudential PenFed Realty

Prudential PenFed Realty,   wholly owned by PenFed (Pentagon Federal Credit Union), is a full-service   real estate company with an annual sales volume over $1.7 billion; serving   PenFed members as well as the general public. Recognized as a leading real   estate company in its service area, it is ranked among the top Prudential   affiliates nationwide. Over 1,700 top-notch sales professionals work out of   Prudential PenFed Realty’s 49 offices to provide complete real estate   services in Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina,   Northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.   Learn more about Prudential PenFed Realty by visiting PenFedRealty.com.

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About The Tiger Woods   Foundation

At the Tiger Woods Foundation,   we believe every child deserves a shot at college. Designed to break through   a culture of low expectations, our college-access programs reach underserved   youth in all stages of academic life. For scholars in grades 5-12, the Tiger   Woods Learning Centers provide hands-on experiences in science, technology,   engineering and math coupled with college preparation workshops to create a   unique environment focused on college and careers. The Earl Woods Scholarship   Program is an unparalleled network providing admissions counseling, college   scholarships, dedicated mentors, specialized internships and vital workshops.   Receiving individualized support, our bright young scholars are succeeding at   prestigious universities such as Georgetown, USC, UC Berkeley, UCLA and   Harvard. For more information on our programs, please visit tigerwoodsfoundation.org.

PenFed Announces 30-Year Fixed, Jumbo Loans

People oftentimes ask me what I like about being with Prudential PenFed Realty – being able to offer our clients awesome products like 3.625% on jumbo loans up to $4 Million is at the top of the list. Questions? Ask me! Want to know how to offer your clients these great programs? Call me!

For the full scoop visit https://www.penfed.org/30-Year-Fixed-Jumbo-Mortgage/