A Man on a Mission of Empowerment

Many people in the Sarasota, Florida area know Warren McGregor as the Broker/Owner at Help-U-Sell Gulf Coast Properties, offering full service real estate services for a low set fee and saving home sellers lots of money. “It’s all about empowering consumers with information and choices. It’s a powerful draw that is successful when people learn about it,” Warren explained.

For the last 19 years, Warren McGregor, who is originally from South Africa, has been on a different sort of mission that empowers those that are less fortunate. Humanitarian efforts have brought him to places such as Haiti, Kenya, India, Malawi and Swaziland, all with the goal of improving the lives of impoverished and orphaned children.

Warren founded and serves on the board of Childrens Challenge, which focuses on Clean Water, Education and Care, The scope of their work includes installing fresh water wells, feeding and caring for the children, renovating the orphanages, and providing education and overall support to the children and the staff that care for them. Children’s Challenge has assisted over 2000 children across ten orphanages and care points. 

Children’s Challenge has also partnered with another local company in Sarasota, PPi Technology, which has pioneered a revolutionary mosquito repellant. Children’s Challenge helps distribute this product, which will help in the fight against malaria, in those regions that are affected by this deadly disease. 

“Our next humanitarian mission is in March of 2018,  in Swaziland, which has one of the highest AIDS/ HIV rates in the world. We gather the supplies and the team, we partner with other organizations, then we go and drill the wells or complete whichever project we are focused on for that trip. I always promised myself that when I left Africa and prospered, I would give something back,” Warren added. “More importantly, we would certainly welcome anyone who wishes to aid us in the effort to provide hope for these kids in the future.”

The current fundraising goal for the next mission is $15,600, with $3,200 currently being raised.

For more information on home buying or selling, contact Warren at gulfcoast@helpusell.com. For information on Warren’s mission work please visit http://www.childrenschallenge.org or contact him at warrenmcg@gmail.com

 

 

Help-U-Sell Attending the First of Three Major Realtor Conventions … Hello Florida!

As 2017 was anticipated as an excellent year of growth, we sought to enhance that by participating in three major real estate conferences.

The first one is in Florida is happening right now! Next month we will see you in Texas, and the California in October.

 

The more excitement we generate by new office openings and conferences, the more word gets out nationally about Help-U-Sell® Real Estate. This translates into more business is generated for you!

Veteran Help-U-Sell Broker Offers Great Insight

With the housing market feeling the pain of low inventory in these recent weeks, one Help-U-Sell Broker has managed to thrive during this tumultuous time. Ms. Maurine Grisso, our most tenured owner, has helmed the Help-U-Sell Santa Rosa real estate office for over 35 years.

When asked what she was doing to keep listings coming, she shared some information that revolves around a familiar theme to brokers: keeping in touch.

“The truth is,” Ms. Grisso said, “over 35 years I have sold a lot of homes. 60-70% of my sales are from repeat customers. Whether I sold them a house six months ago or two years ago, I call and check in with them to see how they are doing or how they like the place they bought. Often times, they inform me of another listing and would I handle it for them? Of course!”

While some of her success is attributed to working the phones, other times it is intuition: “I drove by this one house every day for the last 15 years. Recently I called and inquired about it, and got that listing,” Maurine added.

When asked how Help-U-Sell has contributed to her success, Maurine replied, “I love Help-U-Sell, it’s great. One of the reasons it works is because it’s collaborative between all of the parties involved. The Help-U-Sell Model provides flexibility to close the deal and make selling the home a win-win for everyone.”

Other great tips from Maurine:

  • “Listen to people and give them what they want. It is the reason why you are there.”
  • “Cultivate your good reviews on places such as Zillow and Realtor.com. I just closed this morning on a deal with a gentleman from Nevada who found me via public review.”
  • “I stay on top of and work sellers with notes, but will also thank buyers that were not my clients because buying and selling a home can be a difficult process.”
  • “Get the names and numbers of the neighbors surrounding your new listing. “
  • Facebook reported my posts are doing better than some other business posts in my area. I hold contests on Facebook. I also have my MLS listings tied to my Help-U-Sell Facebook as well.”

You can reach Maurine’s office santarosa.helpusell.com or (707) 575-4444.

Help-U-Sell Options Unlimited in Terre Haute, IN Announced Winner of Free Home Listing Contest

Terre Haute, IN (June 1, 2017) – It was an important and busy day for Ms. Brenda Fischer, Managing Broker and her team at Help-U-Sell Options Unlimited in Terre Haute, IN. June 1 marked the ten-year anniversary milestone of the franchise office, which featured a unique contest for home sellers in Vigo county to sell their home for free on the listing side.

The celebration, held at Kenbell Plaza saw supporters cycle in throughout the day to congratulate Brenda and her team. “We were really surprised to see a lot of folks with whom we’ve previously done business come in with well wishes and incredibly kind remarks for us. It’s a great feeling to know the community you are serving appreciates what you’re doing and wants you here. We had a great day and I can’t thank everyone enough for making it a great success, including our friends at Ruoff Mortage, who were here offering free, onsite pre-qualifications,” Ms. Fischer said.

The winner of the contest was drawn and announced live radio broadcast on HI-99 | 99.9 FM at 6 PM:  Ms. Jessica Fervida of Terre Haute was the name drawn. Ms. Fervida will be able to sell her home for free on the listing side, which boasts a minimum value of $2950.

For questions, please contact Brenda Fischer, 812-299-7355.

About Help-U-Sell Real Estate

Help-U-Sell® Real Estate, based in Sarasota, FL, is now in its 41st year in business. Its business model was the pioneer for providing an alternative to the dated commission structure. The franchisor has offices operating in 20 states and the District of Columbia and recently was named a top franchise by Franchise Business Review.