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RE/MAX Recognized as the Top Real Estate Franchise in the U.S. for the 9th Year

For the ninth consecutive year, RE/MAX was ranked the #1 real estate franchise in the United States. The annual Franchise Times Top 200+® survey is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States by global systemwide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. According to the survey, now in its 19th year, the largest 200 U.S.-based franchise systems posted $616.4 billion in worldwide sales in 2016, up 3.4 percent from the previous year. RE/MAX was the 8th franchise overall and the 1st real estate franchise this year, continuing its streak for the ninth year.

This is another honor awarded to RE/MAX, which has received numerous other accolades. Entrepreneur magazine named RE/MAX the top real estate franchise in its annual Top Global Franchises list, released in July. RE/MAX ranked 11th overall in the publication’s “2017 Top Global Franchises” list of 200 brands, based on data submitted for the Franchise 500®. The magazine also recognized RE/MAX in its “2017 Top Fastest Growing Franchises” rankings. RE/MAX was the only real estate brokerage franchise that qualified, taking the 15th spot overall. It was the fourth consecutive year RE/MAX was included in the annual list of fast-growing brands.
 
With a presence in over 100 countries and territories, the RE/MAX network’s global footprint is unmatched by any other real estate brand.  Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX, as measured by residential transaction sides, and more than 115,000 agents worldwide are a part of the RE/MAX network. 

I'm proud to be a RE/MAX Allegiance agent and to have contributed to our collective success this year, and throughout my three decades in real estate. Read more about the survey and the power of the RE/MAX brand here, or contact me to discuss how I can help you achieve your real estate goals.

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    Arlington's 10 Most Dangerous Intersections

    Places to be extra careful whether you're driving, biking or walking.

    July 10, 2017 by Lisa Lednicer

    Anyone who has tried to get around Arlington by bike, car or foot knows that the county’s traffic can be frustrating and, at times, downright scary. In a densely packed community with thousands of residents and commuters, collisions are a regular occurrence. Arlington County Police reported 2,711 collisions in 2016.

    To make our roads safer, county police are implementing a number of measures, including analyzing accident data and complaints about certain intersections and sending officers to those locations; and teaching motorists and bicyclists about bike safety on busy roads. The ACPD is also restoring a rush-hour police detail in Rosslyn – a major crossing point from Virginia into the District where construction projects are in full swing and GPS directions aren’t always reliable, says Lt. Steve Meincke, a supervisor in the force’s special operations section. Police report that there were no bicycle, vehicle or pedestrian deaths on Arlington streets last year, but they still urge caution.

    Below are the intersections with the largest number of accidents reported to Arlington County police in 2016. To learn more about pedestrian and bike safety in Arlington, read this 2014 story from Arlington Magazine. For more on police efforts to ensure transportation safety, read the agency’s annual report.

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      After 30 Years and More Than 1,000 Transactions, Kevin Love Still Loves What He's Doing

      The FBI’s loss is Arlington real estate’s gain. Arlington’s award-winning Realtor Kevin Love could have followed in his father’s footsteps in the Bureau–“I know he would have liked one of his six children to join the bureau,” Love says–but Warren Love also encouraged his children to follow their passions and create their own path.

      In 1985, as an economics major at George Mason University, Kevin Love started a career selling Arlington real estate. Along the way Love, a Top 1% of Realtors nationally, has collected accolades including Top 20 in Virginia for Re/max, induction to the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors’ Pioneer Club and Re/max’s Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award. He’s also one of the region’s first Realtors to earn the Senior Real Estate Specialist designation.

      bright redBut accolades are secondary to Love, he says.

      “The one thing I want my clients to know is that I care,” he says. “The happiness and well-being of my clients is my top priority.”

      Key to that frictionless relationship is an “efficient and positive selling experience,” he says. With a wealth of experience preparing homes for sale and negotiating favorable transactions, he’s also upfront, reputable and honest, not to mention enthusiastic, still, after all these years.

      These qualities show up in the statistics accumulated over three decades and more than 1,000 transactions:

      • His average list-price-to-sold-price ratio is 103%.
      • His average days on market, 7.

      His familiarity with Arlington had guided him to help in the community in various ways over the years. He says he derives “a unique satisfaction” in participation and commitment to community, particularly the “Feet on the Streets” community outreach program offered by the St. Augustine Catholic Church, where he also serves as an usher. He also supports the Children’s Miracle network of Re/max and he volunteers for various fundraisers offered by the American Heart Association and the ALS Association and the Foundation for Life.

      “If you like what you do, the job is half done,” FBI agent Warren Love told his children. Kevin Love clearly took that advice to heart.

      To reach Kevin Love, call 703-969-6776 or email kevin@kevinlove.com.

      The preceding was a business profile written by Buzz McClain and sponsored by Kevin Love.

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        Test of Time

        “Neighborhood ties last a long time, and Kevin Love has been a fixture in the Arlington-area market for 32 years.”

        Most people who grew up in Bellevue Forest know ‘The Valley,’ either because they preferred it as a route out of the neighborhood or for the level playing field it provided for soccer or football.

        In elementary school, Kevin was friends with Debbie Montgomery. “The Montgomery’s backyard and ours made up the flat portion of ‘The Valley,’” recalls Love. Debbie and Kevin stayed in touch over the years and, when it came time to sell the family home, naturally she contacted Kevin. The property was professionally appraised at $1 million. However, Kevin disagreed and suggested some paint, floor refinishing and a listing price of $1,150,000. It subsequently sold for more!

        Neighborhood ties last a long time, and Kevin Love has been a fixture in the Arlington-area market for 32 years. He started when he was 20, juggling academics and real estate, before earning his economics degree at GMU. Recently, he got a call from a friend he had known at DRRA pool when he was nine years old and hadn’t spoken to since. “The last time she saw me I was in an orange and fuchsia daisy Speedo – the swim team uniform at the time. After all, it was 1972.”  When it was time to sell her mother’s home, she said, “Let’s call little Kevin Love.”  “Little! I don’t remember ‘little’ ever being associated with my description.” The property was sold in three days after Kevin coordinated an extensive facelift.

        Kevin’s strong ties to this area and his record of achieving 103 percent of list price on average in less than seven days explain why he remains very busy.

        View Kevin's profile on ArlingtonMagazine.com.

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          November 2016 RE/MAX National Housing Report

          October Sees Near-Record Sales

          DENVER (Nov. 17, 2016) – Last month saw the second-most sales – and the smallest inventory – of any October in the 9-year history of the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Add to that combination the highest year-over-year price increase of 2016 thus far: 8.3%.

          Although posting near-record sales, this October finished 1% below October 2015 sales, which posted the highest of any October dating back to 2008. Sales declined year-over-year in 28 of the 53 markets surveyed, including many New England markets.

          The number of homes for sale was the lowest of any month since May, and also the lowest of any October dating back to 2008. Inventory declined in 48 of the 53 markets surveyed. The Months Supply of Inventory was 3.9.

          Reflecting strong sales and shrinking inventory, last month’s Median Sales Price increased by 8.3% to $216,500. Fueling the hike were double-digit increases in Florida markets (Miami, Tampa, Orlando) and markets with very low inventory (San Francisco and Denver). 

          “Although October sales weren’t quite as robust as what we've tracked so far in 2016, it's only the second month this year that didn’t exceed the strong levels set in 2015. But finishing just 1 percent below October 2015 sales is still a very solid performance,” said Dave Liniger, RE/MAX CEO, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder. “It’s the 13th consecutive month of double-digit decline in inventory year-over-year, and that appears to have pushed prices up in all but one market.”

          Closed Transactions 
          In the 53 metro areas surveyed in October, the average number of home sales decreased by 1.0% compared to one year ago, which marks the second month in 2016 with a decline. Despite a slight decrease in the number of transactions, this October is the second best in the history of the report. This month, less than half of the 53 metro areas surveyed experienced an increase in sales year-over-year with Providence, RI seeing home sales that were unchanged and only one market seeing a double-digit increase. The markets with the largest increase in sales include Phoenix, AZ +12.2%, Seattle, WA +7.7%, Nashville, TN +6.9%, Milwaukee, WI +6.2%, Boise, ID +5.8% and Raleigh & Durham, NC, +4.9%.

          Median Sales Price – Median of 53 metro median prices
          In October, the median of all 53 metro Median Sales Prices was $216,500, down 1.6% from last month and up 8.3% from October 2015. Of the 53 metro areas surveyed, all but one (Billings, MT) saw year-over-year increases with respect to Median Sales Price, with 14 rising by double-digit percentages. The largest double-digit increases were seen in Miami, FL +16.3%, Trenton, NJ +14.4%, Tampa, FL +14.3%, Portland, OR +13.7% and Orlando, FL +13.7%.

          Days on Market – Average of 53 metro areas
          The average Days on Market for homes sold in October was 58, up two days from the average in September 2016, but down four days from October 2015. October becomes the 43rd consecutive month with a Days on Market average of 80 or less. Similar to the past two months, the two metro areas with the lowest Days on Market are Omaha and Denver at 28 and 29 respectively. The highest Days on Market averages continue to be in Augusta, ME at 143, and Burlington, VT at 99. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed. 

          Months Supply of Inventory – Average of 53 metro areas
          The number of homes for sale in October was down 6.7% from September, and down 15.9% from October 2015. Based on the rate of home sales in October, the Months Supply of Inventory was 3.9, compared to last month at 3.9 and last year at 4.5. A 6.0-month supply indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. This month, only five metro areas reported a balanced market at 6.0 or above. The markets with the lowest Months Supply of Inventory are San Francisco, CA 1.4, Denver, CO at 1.5 and Seattle, WA 1.6.
           
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            Your Arlington, VA Real Estate Agent

            “If you like what you do, the job is half done.” Sound advice Kevin received from his father; explaining how, after 26 years as a real estate agent, Kevin maintains the same enthusiasm about his career to this day. Growing up in North Arlington, the youngest of six children, Kevin credits his father, Warren L. Love, Special Agent-FBI, as being instrumental to his success in real estate. “I know my father would have liked one of us to follow in his footsteps with the bureau, but true to his advice, he encouraged each of us to follow his or her own path.”

            Kevin’s real estate career began in 1985, while simultaneously earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from George Mason University. Since that time, Kevin’s career accolades have been numerous. In 2009, Kevin was honored for 25 years dedication and achievement of excellence as an inductee to NVAR’s Pioneer Club, he was Ranked #11 in Virginia for Re/max in 2010, has been recognized as a Life Member, NVAR Top Producer 1989 – 2011, Top 1% Nationwide, Re/max ” Hall of Fame” and “Lifetime Achievement Award” and is also one of the areas first Realtors to earn the S.R.E.S. designation, Senior Real Estate Specialist.

            Kevin is also proud of his commitment to his community and betterment of society; in particular his association / participation with the Children’s Miracle Network, adopt-a-street program, as well as, his interactions regularly serving the needs of seniors. Kevin derives tremendous satisfaction supporting these important segments of clients, family, friends and neighbors.

            When working with Kevin you can rely on his honest and very straight forward approach. This often surprises clients initially, but it is also this same quality that attracts numerous repeat clients and referrals. Kevin’s intimate familiarity with the Northern Virginia and D.C. neighborhoods, homes, schools and amenities, coupled with his 26+ year of experience and 1000+ transactions, greatly enhances Kevin’s ability to provide his clients superior service, with a competitive edge.

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