Kelly Tierney Received New “Certified Negotation Expert” (CNE®)” Designation

Professional negotiation skills are necessary for all real estate agents in helping home buyers and sellers, especially in the current market

Kelly Tierney has been awarded the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation from the Real Estate Negotiation Institute (RENI). The CNE is earned by real estate professionals after successfully completing formal negotiation training over two days. Agents who receive this certification are among the top agents in the country in negotiation skills.cne_logo_cmyk

With professional negotiation skills, agents are able to help clients obtain better results in the sale or purchase of their home. CNE agents have a higher skill level which enables them to 1) communicate more effectively to uncover desired information, 2) help clients understand their options, 3) work collaboratively with others, and 4) resolve deadlocks. CNE agents have a thorough understanding of how to negotiate effectively to help achieve their client’s goals.

The Real Estate Negotiation Institute is the leading negotiation training and coaching company in the real estate industry. Collectively, the Real Estate Negotiation Institute’s instructors have over 300 years of real estate and negotiation experience. Tom Hayman, the CEO and Co-Founder of the Real Estate Negotiation Institute, asserts: “Any Buyer or Seller who hires a CNE agent can feel confident they have one of the best trained negotiators in real estate. They should achieve superior results and have better resolution of all issues when represented by a CNE agent.”


Under Contract in 5 Days!

Stunning Remodel in Piney Creek – 5419 S. Jasper

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Welcome to this spectacular Piney Creek home with beautiful finishes and impeccable updates.  The delightfully low maintenance front yard and xeriscaped backyard is a serene private retreat.

Stunningly remodeled, the extended main level hardwood floors make this open floor plan an entertainer’s dream. The breakfast nook and bar seating in the kitchen create a sense of space with the use of daylight from the south-facing oversized windows and skylights. The romantic main floor master suite is complete with access to the Trex deck, to enjoy your mornings with a view. The master bath has new stone floors, a stone shower,  new soaking tub, granite counters and double vanity.

Upstairs enjoy the mountain views with the newly added Anderson windows in the second bedroom. The hardwood floors make this a perfect guest room or second study. Across the hall, the Jack-and-Jill bedrooms share a full bath.

The dramatic finishes continue in the professionally finished basement. The wine cellar, wet bar/ kitchen and open great room complete this truly special space. The gym area and new bathroom top off the list of all your wishes in your next dream home.

5 Beds | 5 Baths | 3 Car Garage | 3,078 + 2,087 SF (basement)

Listed at: $559,000

First Time Home Buyer Workshop

This is going to be a very informative event for first time home buyers. Feel free to pass this flyer along to anyone you know thinking of making a real estate purchase in the coming months! I look forward to seeing you there!First-time Home Buyers Workshop Invite (2)

All Cash Offers Crushing First Time Home Buyers

I came across this article about how all cash buyers are cornering a market that has historically been driven by first time home buyers. To read the entire article, click here.

In my experience over  the last 12 months, I’ve seen this first hand. Last Spring & Summer, first time buyers were being outbid by investors or individuals with the ability to pay cash and  also offered far over the listed sales price. It was heart breaking to see time and time again when a buyer would be first in the door for a showing, make a full price offer (in some cases even go over asking price) and still be pushed out by cash deals.  “All-cash purchases accounted for 42.1 percent of all U.S. residential sales in December, up from 38.1 percent in November, and up from 18.0 percent in December 2012, according to a new report from RealtyTrac. First-time homebuyers, historically about 40 percent of the market, accounted for just 27 percent of sales nationally in December, the lowest since 2008.”

Also mentioned, is a good point about how the increased appreciation of property drives prices higher and higher, making a home purchase even more difficult. Lastly, first time home buyers are also weighed down with heavy student loan repayment and credit card debt, so the new mortgage rules that have gone into effect this month push off the dream of buying a home for many. If you’re in the market to buy a home this year, my experience is to avoid waiting to buy a home prices for many reasons:

  • before prices continue to rise
  • before interest rates rise, as predicted a full point increase by end of 2014
  • the increased activity of buyers flood the market during the “heavy buying season”
  • as lending rules and regulations make it difficult to qualify for a loan.

What’s Your Style?

Thinking of redesigning your dining room lately? Not all homes have a formal dining room, but a home should have some place for a designated eating area. What’s your style preference for the homes below?  Sound off in the comments below!

A.  Modern
B. Cozy
C. Ornate
D. TraditionalDining Room Choices