Uncategorized January 26, 2024

What Moves Her – Kent McCown Group

Welcome to our very first month of our “What Moves Her” campaign. We’re thrilled to kick off this initiative, where we’ll be diving off into the incredible world of women entrepreneurship, beginning with our experiences in the realm of real estate.

We are both pumped to share our stories, lessons, and insights into the exciting and challenging journey of running our business. We’re not just about showcasing pretty houses; we’re here to discuss the nitty-gritty of owning a business, the ups and downs of balancing mom life and work life, and all the wisdom we’ve gathered along the way. Plus, we’re planning to feature some amazing women in business in the upcoming months.

Let’s get to know a little more about Megan’s journey. After graduating from Auburn University in 2019 with a degree in economics and supply chain management, Megan, with her data analytics background, found the perfect fit in real estate. A stay-at-home mom at first, she sought a way to contribute to her family financially while maintaining that crucial balance of being present for her children. We both know how tricky that juggling act can be!

Now, I’ll share a little about myself. I have a degree in business administration. The knowledge of maintaining a business and my type A personality work well together to keep things organized and cohesive. Growing up, I had this fascination with floor plans. I vividly remember sketching my own designs on graph paper and even mapping out the house from “The Dukes of Hazzard.” My maiden name is Dukes, so yes, I was a geek when it came to Bo and Luke Duke. Fast forward, and here I am, a real estate enthusiast, just as passionate about houses and floor plans as I was back then. My journey into this field was almost predestined.

As we reflect on our early days, we acknowledge the misconception that real estate is only about showcasing beautiful homes. Oh no, it’s way more complex! Setting boundaries, handling emergencies, and balancing family life with demanding clients were just a few of the unexpected challenges. We’ve come to realize that the journey of entrepreneurship is a roller coaster of trials and triumphs.

For those of you aspiring to dive into entrepreneurship, here’s a nugget of advice from both Megan and me – don’t be afraid to try new things. Failure isn’t in the trying; it’s in not trying at all. Advocating for yourself and having those difficult conversations is key. We know it’s tough, especially for women who tend to be more emotional, but it’s a necessary part of the business journey.

We’re super stoked about two initiatives this year – the “What Moves Her” campaign that you’re reading about now and our collaboration with the Care Humane Society. Giving back to the community and supporting fellow women entrepreneurs are at the heart of what we do. We can’t wait to share more about our community involvement and the exciting projects on the horizon.

As we wrap up, Megan and I are filled with excitement for the upcoming year. The growth of Kent McCown Group, the impact of our “What Moves Her” campaign, and the projects in the pipeline have us eagerly anticipating the journey ahead. And guess what? We’ve got some spots open for female entrepreneurs who want to join us in the “What Moves Her” campaign. Let’s make a positive impact together!

So, buckle up, folks! Corrie & Megan are taking you on a thrilling ride through the entrepreneurial landscape. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or just dipping your toes into the world of entrepreneurship, stay tuned for more episodes of “What Moves Her,” where we shine a light on the incredible stories of women making waves in business.

For BuyersKent McCown Group January 14, 2024

Navigating the Home Finding Odyssey

A Guide to Making the Perfect Offer

Embarking on the journey to find your dream home can be both thrilling and daunting. As you navigate through the vast sea of options, it’s crucial to understand the intricacies of the process. This blog is your compass, guiding you through the exciting adventure of finding your home and making a compelling offer.

The Home Finding Expedition

1. Define Your Priorities

Begin by outlining your priorities. What features are non-negotiable? What neighborhood suits your lifestyle? Establishing clear criteria will streamline your search.

2. Research and Explore

Dive into online listings, visit open houses, and explore neighborhoods. Leverage technology and real estate apps to narrow down options. Take notes on each property, noting pros and cons.

3. Engage with Professionals

Real estate agents are your allies in this quest. Their expertise can help you uncover hidden gems, provide valuable market insights, and negotiate on your behalf. Collaborate closely with an agent to optimize your search.

Crafting the Perfect Offer

1. Understand Market Dynamics

Knowledge is power. Research current market conditions, comparable home sales, and the overall economic landscape. This insight will empower you to make informed decisions when formulating your offer.

2. Set a Realistic Budget

Establish a budget that aligns with your financial comfort zone. Factor in potential additional costs, such as closing fees and renovations. Your budget will be the foundation for your offer strategy.

3. Consult Your Real Estate Agent

Your agent’s experience is invaluable. Work closely with them to determine an appropriate offer strategy. They can provide insights into the seller’s motivations and guide you on presenting an enticing offer.

4. Craft a Compelling Offer

A compelling offer goes beyond just the price. Consider what may be important to the seller. Money isn’t always the driving factor behind a great offer! Be flexible on closing dates and contingencies to make your offer more appealing.

5. Negotiate with Care

Negotiation is an art. Be prepared for a back-and-forth with the seller. Stay firm on your priorities but be open to compromises. Your agent’s negotiation skills will play a pivotal role in securing a favorable deal.

The journey to finding your home and making the perfect offer is an adventure filled with excitement and challenges. By understanding the process, collaborating with professionals, and crafting a thoughtful offer, you increase your chances of landing the home of your dreams. Happy house hunting!

For BuyersKent McCown Group January 7, 2024

The Crucial Step in House Buying

The Crucial Step: Why Getting Pre-Approved Before House Hunting is Essential

 

The thrill of house hunting is a unique experience, filled with dreams of cozy kitchens and spacious living rooms. However, before you start envisioning your dream home, there’s a crucial step you shouldn’t overlook: getting pre-approved for a mortgage. In this blog post, we’ll explore why this preliminary step is not just important but often a game-changer in the homebuying process.

Understanding Pre-Approval

Before we delve into the why, let’s clarify what pre-approval means. Unlike pre-qualification, pre-approval is a more rigorous process that involves a lender reviewing your financial history to determine the loan amount you qualify for. It’s a solid indicator of your borrowing capacity.

The Advantages of Pre-Approval

Financial Clarity

One of the primary benefits of pre-approval is gaining a crystal-clear understanding of your budget. Knowing your financial limits from the start helps narrow down your choices, making the house-hunting journey more focused and efficient.

Negotiation Power

Picture this: you find the perfect home, and now it’s time to make an offer. Having a pre-approval in hand significantly boosts your negotiation power. Sellers are more likely to take your offer seriously, knowing you’ve already taken the necessary steps to secure financing.

Time Efficiency

Time is of the essence in the competitive real estate market. Pre-approval saves time by preventing you from falling in love with a property that’s outside your budget. It’s a proactive approach that minimizes disappointment and optimizes your house-hunting efforts.

Building a Stronger Offer

When it comes to making an offer, pre-approval can be your secret weapon. Sellers often prefer buyers who have been pre-approved because it signals financial reliability and commitment. It sets you apart from other potential buyers who may not have taken this crucial step.

The Pre-Approval Process

Gathering Documents

To kickstart the pre-approval process, gather essential documents such as income statements and credit history. This proactive approach will streamline the process and make it smoother for both you and the lender.

Choosing the Right Lender

Selecting the right lender is as important as the pre-approval itself. Research and compare lenders to find one that aligns with your needs and offers favorable terms.

In summary, getting pre-approved is not just a formality; it’s a strategic move that can significantly impact your homebuying journey. The financial clarity, negotiation power, time efficiency, and strengthened offer it provides make it an essential step in the process.

Ready to take the next step? Begin the pre-approval process today to empower your house-hunting journey. [Include a link or information on how readers can start the pre-approval process.]

Kent McCown Group January 2, 2024

Happy New Year!

As we wrap up another year, Kent McCown Group is gearing up for a focused and productive 2024. Here’s a closer look at our upcoming initiatives:

 

Empowering Women in Business: What Moves Her

Our dedication to diversity takes center stage with the “What Moves Her” initiative. Throughout 2024, we’re putting the spotlight on women-owned businesses that contribute significantly to our community. This campaign is more than just a nod; it’s a commitment to fostering an inclusive business environment.

In January 2024 we will be spotlighting ourselves, Kent McCown Group. We will focus on what it takes to be a mom and owning your own business, supporting your families needs while also staying relevant in main stream social media. We will also be kicking off our new KMG Podcast, where we will be discussing the good, the bad and the ugly when dealing with real estate transactions and balancing family life. Stay tuned for our podcasts and much more!!

 

A Pawsitive Mission: Care Humane Sponsorship

Exciting news on the animal welfare front! Kent McCown Group is thrilled to announce a partnership with Care Humane Society. Our joint mission for 2024 is to sponsor the adoption of 12 pets. It’s not just about finding homes for these furry friends; it’s about contributing to the overall well-being of our community and emphasizing our dedication to responsible pet ownership.

Meet Biggie, our KMG-sponsored dog for January! His adoption fee is covered, and he’s ready to find his furever home. Biggie is a 2 year old neutered male. He’s not only dog-friendly but also sweet as can be. Help us spread the word and let’s find this precious pup the loving family he deserves!

CARE Humane Society

☎️ 334.821.3222

 

 

 

 

 

Making Every Transaction Count: St. Jude Children’s Hospital

At the core of our business values is a commitment to giving back. With each transaction, Kent McCown Group continues to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital. This ongoing partnership allows us to play a role in providing hope and healing to children and their families.

 

Our team is evolving… and we’re excited to share some key developments. Megan has stepped into a new role as a partner, bringing her expertise to new heights within Kent McCown Group. Additionally, Corrie has been elected as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Lee County Association of Realtors. These achievements highlight our team’s dedication and commitment to excellence, promising positive impacts within our community.

As we step into 2024, we express our gratitude for your ongoing support. Kent McCown Group looks forward to navigating the opportunities, forming new partnerships, and achieving collective success throughout the coming year. Here’s to a successful and productive 2024!