Recipes Your Family Can Do Together

Winter is coming to a close, and with that, we have some fresh recipes for you and your family as we leap into spring! Take a look at the recipes below and get the whole family involved as you try them out. They’re easy enough for the kids to take part in making as they are in eating! RECIPES: Easy Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese (https://www.31daily.com/easy-baked-mac-and-cheese/) Ingredients: I lb elbow macaroni 3 tbsp butter, divided (two for sauce, one for greasing pan) 2 tbsp flour 2 cups milk 1 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 1 tsp ground mustard ¼ tsp ground cayenne 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (sharp cheddar recommended) Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F and butter/non-stick spray a baking d

Tips for First Time Home Buyers

We all go through that phase at one time or another. A couple out on the market, getting out of that apartment life and really trying to settle down in an area you feel comfortable in. It’s a large transitional step, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The Lucas Howard Group wants to share with you some helpful tips for first-time homebuyers to keep your search as easy as possible. Get a Lay of the Land Before you even begin to look at a potential home, please be sure to get a general idea of the neighborhood you are moving to. Look around the neighborhood throughout various times of the day if you can to see what the feel is like. Also, scope out how far the house will be from your wor

Videos: A Marketing Necessity

Why are videos necessary in your marketing strategies? We were told some time ago that if you have to say anything more than twice, put it in a video library. With that notion, we have decided to create videos for almost everything. Our agents have slowly come around to making videos regularly, and here’s why you should too! The Media Landscape The attention spans of humans decrease every passing year, but a great way to capture someone’s attention is through a video. Visual and audio storytelling get messages across faster when combined into a video. Here are some statistics to explain what this means: 75 million people in the United States watch online videos everyday 95% of viewers retain

DIY Key Organizer

With all of the winter activities still going on, life gets chaotic. The last thing you should be worrying about is where your keys are! With this DIY Key Organizer, you won’t. Source: https://www.lilblueboo.com/2014/07/how-to-make-a-burlap-canvas-key-holder.html There are just a few steps for creating this chic and functional organizer to add to your home. Supplies 8x8 Burlap Canvas Mailing Label or Printer Paper with Adhesive Backing Spray Paint (Chalkboard Paint or Matte Finish Works well) Screw Hanging Hooks Exacto Knife Instructions Print key template on paper with adhesive backing Click Here for Printable Key Template Use Exacto Knife to cut out key graphic and letters Peel off adhesi

Credit Score 101

When applying for a loan or insurance, the lender will oftentimes check for your credit score for approval. What is your credit score? It is a number that is meant to represent your “credit worth,” or an indicator of whether you will be able to pay back what you’ve loaned or charged. Why Should You Care? Your credit score is your ticket into getting approved a credit card, a loan, or even insurance. The common FICO range for credit score ranges from 350 to 850. The lower the score, the more it is seen that you are likely to not repay any loans or credit. The higher the score, the more likely you are able to pay it back. Factors of Credit Score · Amount of payments paid on-time · Cr

Customer Appreciation: Date Night

Hi KW Family! Are you searching for an idea for your next great client appreciation event? One of our favorite LHG events is "Date Night". Read below for a step by step guide to an event like this. Our Invitation Mailer Step 1: Pick a Venue We wanted to bring in more participation from our past clients. We were finding that people did not want to drive out to the office to pick up the food and drink. Therefore, we decided to pick a location that’s easier access to our clientele. Downtown Grand Rapids is a thriving location with lots of local restaurants to choose from. In the past, we’ve had great experiences with the Downtown Market area, so we partnered with local restaurant Slo’s Bar-B- Q

Reviews: Why They Matter

Greetings Keller Williams family! Today, we wanted to talk with you about the importance of receiving reviews from your past clientele. Originally, we were only getting one review every month or so, which was definitely not good. To combat the situation, we put together a plan of action with our administration team. The plan was a huge success, now getting 2.5 reviews every week. Why Reviews are Important Reviews in any form, especially online, are extremely influential to people viewing your company. Millennials especially take note of online reviews. They’d rather look at a review when choosing a buyer’s specialist rather than depending on the opinion of their parents. Moz, a software-serv

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