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    Wednesday, March 1, 2017   /   by Ebony Graham

    Meet Brent McCall

    As one of our newest agents, Brent has started his real estate career with great enthusiasm! Brent is a native of Birmingham, but has lived in several cities throughout Alabama. This gives him a unique perspective of our state and the clients that he encounters. Being one of the youngest team members (he's not even 30 yet!), he brings a fresh take to the home buying process and attracts many millennials who are looking to buy a home for the first time.

    I enjoyed sitting down and speaking with Brent and learning some new things about him: Here's what he had to say

    Why do you enjoy working with first time home buyers?
    When I was a first time home buyer, I purchased my home through The Graham Group and had a great experience from beginning to end! I wanted to give that same experience to other first time home buyers. I know that homeownership was a big goal for me and want to help other first timers conquer that big goal for themselves.

    What advice do you have for home buye ...

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    Tuesday, February 28, 2017   /   by Ebony Graham

    Sellers- Be the Hero of Your Own Story!

    I recently read a real estate article about realtors who think they are the hero of their listing clients story! They are predestined to get above asking price, sale the home in less than 30 days and ultimately save the day. However, the article suggest a different narrative. As realtors, are we really the heroes for our clients, like a Luke Skywalker or Batman? Or are we the ones who guide our clients into making the best decisions for THEMSELVES and their family, like a Yoda or Alfred (Batman's butler)? I think we should be the latter. We are a resource to our clients, and our job is to guide them into making the best choices when selling their home. As a realtor, we have to put place ourselves into the role as an advisor, not a savior. As a realtor, I know that jumping into the negotiating phone booth, throwing on our cape and saving the day, I mean deal, is necessary. However, its not the pitch that we should use to win the clients trust, nor the way we should present our ...

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    Tuesday, February 14, 2017   /   by Ebony Graham

    Meet Darius King, Realtor

    A Birmingham native, Darius King has discovered that his passion for real estate sales goes far beyond loving real estate itself, but extends into loving the people that he's able to help on a daily basis. Darius started his real estate career in 2012 as an independent agent. After, doing that for a while he decided that the camaraderie and accountability that is provided on a real estate team is exactly what he wanted. Therefore, he joined the Graham Group in August of 2014.

    Since joining the team, he has worked in a dual capacity role- as a buyers and listing agent. However, working with buyers is his greatest joy! Most agents know that working with buyers can sometimes be taxing, with constantly showing them homes. However, Darius loves helping buyers find the home of their dreams- no matter the time it takes to find it.

    I recently sat down with Darius to find out what makes him tick and why he has such a passion for real ...

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    Thursday, February 9, 2017   /   by Ebony Graham

    Meet Clarence Graham, Realtor

    Clarence started his real estate career in 2005 as an investor! He bought and sold properties throughout Northwestern Birmingham, eventually venturing into multi-family units in the Avondale area. His love for all aspects of the real estate process prompted him to become a licensed agent in 2007, first working with Remax, then moving on to Keller Williams and he's never looked back!    

    Clarence is currently the founder and CEO of The Graham Group Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Vestavia. The team began in 2013, when his wife decided to leave her career as an educator and join forces with him. Since then the team has grown to include 4 other agents and 1 administrative assistant.

    We asked Clarence a few questions to find out more about him:

    What are you most proud of about your work?
    I am most proud of our team's growth. Each year we have grown about 73% in productivity and was awarded #1 top producing team two years in a row. The team works har ...

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    Tuesday, February 7, 2017   /   by Ebony Graham

    Real Estate Rush Hour!

    Warmer weather, spring break, and people are out and about! Yep, this sounds like the perfect time to sell your home! But is it?

    In the world of real estate we call this the "real estate rush hour" and it begins in Spring. There are pros and cons to putting your home on the market at this time and we are here to help you weigh your options.
    CONS:
    1. More competition. You're not the only person on the  block who will consider testing the waters of the market during this time. If you know for sure you want to sell, go ahead and place your home on the market in Feb./or early March to bet the rush.
    2. Availability: Service providers such as mortgage lenders, title and settlement companies, home inspectors and attorneys are more available during the off-season.

    PROS:
    1.Motivated buyers: During this season buyers are sometimes in a time crunch (to purchase before end of summer). This could be good for the seller, because buyers are more motivated.  ...

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