Each year, the country is hit with hurricanes, tornadoes, hailstorms, super storms, flooding, and more. With hurricane season running from June 1st to November 30th, coastal and inland region homeowners must prepare for potential storms annually. Of course, you have insurance to help you recover. But knowing and doing a few things now—while the weather’s fair—can help you and your family stay safe and help you protect your property if the unexpected happens:
• Stock up on important items such as canned goods, water, pet food, paper goods, flashlights & batteries with a battery-operated radio.
• Clean up around your property! Trim trees and shrubs, store outside items such as grills, boats, trailers securely – and yes storing the lawn furniture in the pool can work (if it’s rust proof!)
• Be sure all important documents are stored in a waterproof safe, in the cloud, or in a secure portal online. These documents should include your Homeowners Insurance policy, survey, marriage license, wills, social security card, title policy, etc.
• Consider Flood Insurance, even if you are not in a flood zone. Be sure to purchase early – it can take 30+ days for the insurance company to finalize your policy. Take photos of the property, inside and out, prior to the storm.
What if you’re involved in a real estate transaction during hurricane season? Consider signing contracts and binding your insurance earlier than normal, and know your closings options in case of evacuation. Our options include, but are not limited to, Remote Online Notarization (RON), Mobile Notary services at your location, or a Traditional Closing (in-person at the office).
Visibility is key in the real estate industry. Are you searching for a way to boost your visibility in mere minutes at zero cost to you? Check out Google My Business!
Google My Business is a free tool that will give your brand and reputation a rocket boost over your competition. We rely on Google’s business listings to be a trusted source for business information and reviews. Why not use it as a marketing tool for yourself and be the first to come up in a Google search for business information and reviews? At no cost!
To begin the setup, here are few things you need to know:
Ask your brokerage their policy on setting up a Google Business Listing. Usually, they want you to add their brokerage name to the end of your name.
Ask if you can use your brokerage’s office address.
If you are using your brokerage’s address and they have a strong internet presence, they may overshadow you. OR, your brokerage may not want to be overshadowed by you, an individual realtor, since Google will only show one business in the map listing for the same address.
If you are using your home address, you will want to verify your business address and then, remove the address from the listing. To keep your listing visible locally, once you are verified, ensure your “Areas of Service” section of your business profile is filled out. You don’t want people knowing where you live.
Once your address of choice is determined, follow the below steps to complete the setup:
Setup a Google Account or access your Google My Business login if you already have one.
Head to Google.com/business and click “Manage Now.”
Enter your business name.
Enter the address. If you’re a Service Area Business (you used your home address for verification purposes), you’ll need to check the box at the bottom of this form. SAB’s have two options here.
Option 1: If you can receive customers at your business address, enter your address here and click “Next.”
Option 2: If you don’t have premises where your customers can visit you, leave the address field BLANK. Check the box for “I deliver goods and services to my customers.” Then, check the “Hide my address (it’s not a store)” box that appears below
Specify Service Areas.
Before you can choose your business category, you’ll need to specify the areas you serve so that Google can accurately present your business for searches in those areas. Enter one or more regions, cities, or zip codes that your business serves.
Choose your business category.
This is a very important field that will not only strongly influence what types of search terms Google will present you for, but it will also appear within your Google My Business profile that is visible to potential customers. You can adjust this later, but we recommend researching competitors and looking through a full list to find the most accurate category for your business.
Add a Contact Phone number and website URL.
These fields are not required but are strongly recommended if you want to take advantage of GMB functionalities.
Complete your Google My Business Verification
Google needs to be able to prove that your business is where you say it is and for new GMB profiles, you have three options:
Postcard Verification: This is the most used verification process. A verification postcard will be sent to the address you entered earlier and should reach you within five days. Once received, you will enter the code in your GMB account to verify the business.
Phone Verification: Some businesses have the option to verify their listing over the phone. You’ll know if you’re eligible if you see “Verify by phone” as an option at the beginning of the verification process. Using this method, you’ll receive an automated message with verification code that you’ll then enter into GMB.
Email Verification: Some businesses have this option. You’ll know if you qualify if you see “Verify by email” as an option at the beginning of the verification process. This simple process sends a verification code to the inbox of the Google account associated with the GMB listing.
Now that you’ve officially verified your listing, it’s time to optimize your Google My Business account by adding photos and videos, writing a compelling business description, encouraging your loyal customers to “Follow” you on Google Maps, and starting to request and manage your Google Reviews.
Have you updated your FANAgentOne app yet? If you haven't, its time to get moving! You're missing out on fast answers for your clients with market specific title fees, closing cost estimates in real time, and more.
Here are the new and exciting updates:
Comparing Multiple offers – Easily compare up to 12 offers from iBuyers, investors and traditional offers.
New HomeLink Feature– Simply add an address and HomeLink will pull the property tax information available for the property.
Video Lenses to Enhance Your Marketing – Take the promotion of your listings to another level with our new video feature.
But the best part... all of this in the palm of your hand!
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We all could use a little good news now and then, and for everyone closing with a Florida Agency Network we have some... good news!
Using Alanna AI, our state-of-the-art virtual closing assistant, realtors and their customers are automatically signed up for a series of "good news updates" during the process of their closing. Below are some of the notifications you can expect, as we do our part to give you good news!
Upon receiving your contract, you will receive a welcome text message with a link to the welcome package where we collect your contact data and any additional information for }the lifetime of your transaction. It can all be signed and submitted right from your phone.
Once the necessary title work has been completed - from lien searches to surveys – you will be updated to let you know that your title processor is reviewing all documents. Once all of the requirements have been cleared you will be update again.
At this point your tile work has been cleared and your title professionals are now working up closing figures and any remaining details you will need on closing day. You will receive more information very soon regarding your final figures and a closing date and time.
Your closing figures are out for your review! You will receive your preliminary figure breakdown, details on what to expect at closing, and if any remaining information needed to finalize your transaction. The link to your documents is included in this text message for your convenience.
You’ve reached closing day! With this update, you know your transaction has been closed and documents are being filed. You will receive a brief survey link to share your experience with us so we can continue to improve our processes. We aim to keep your experience personal, professional, and streamlined for all of our customers.
Your official documents have been filed in the appropriate county clerk’s office and we have received confirmation of recording! You will now receive a copy of your title policy.
Our goal is to keep you informed automatically about the process of your closing. This way you are ready to take the steps for you and your customer while preparing and finalizing their transaction. Of course, this also means we get to be the bearer of GOOD NEWS!
Be sure to download the PDF chart of automated good news updates and start chatting with Alanna AI today via text at 813-710-4126, by using the chat feature on our website, or by scanning the QR code below!