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What it means to be a REBNY member?

by Kijner & Sons International Realty


Joe Barbaccia, Senior Vice President of Brokerage Services and Education at the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), recently explained in front of an audience of sales associates and Brokers during a mandatory new members Ethics course, that credible information is the currency of success in Real Estate.

Since REBNY’s inception in 1896, the Real Estate Board of New York through its members, has accompanied consumers consistently over 100 years of excellence in real estate. This excellence is achieved through credible, ethical and professional information and service we provide.

These words of higher standards resonate ever so strongly at KSI Realty New York Inc. Information held by one of our sales agents is often key to creating a successful trust relationship with clients, the community at large as well as with fellow licensees. The information we have and the availability to share it with you, does distinguish us from many other sales agents that exist out there.

Mr. Barbaccia went on to describe that REBNY® accounted nearly 13,500 residential members, 2,000 commercial members and 100 more of owner and management division professionals. Given that the entire State of New York accounts for roughly 118,000 licensed sales persons, with 56,000 alone in the city of New York and 30,000 in the borough of Manhattan, we can certainly consider ourselves proud to be part of the happy few selected specialists at REBNY®.

As a consumer who is learning about their options, you should also know that not all sales agents are born equal in terms of ethics, professionalism, training and business acumen. We, at KSI Realty New York Inc., respond to a higher authority and level of training. 

Among major activities and achievements, the REBNY® brochure will teach you that our board lobbies and strives for such program as 421-a where REBNY® negotiated reforms that would result in the creation of more affordable housing targeted at broad band of income levels throughout NYC in exchange for a 35-year abatement on new property taxes.

Other programs include:

  • Co-op/Condo Abatement: advocating for the continuation of co-op/condo abetment programs
  • Brownfield Tax credit program: working the Governor and State Legislature to secure a 10-year extension of a reformed Brownfields Tax Credit Cleanup program which encourages the environmental cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties…which ultimately benefits all of us
  • EB-5 Regional Center Programs - one of KSI Realty Thailand’s Corporate sister firm specialties: working with federal officials and other business groups to secure an extension of the EB-5 program, which stimulates job growth through foreign investment in areas of high unemployment

The list goes on and on with amazing achievements and projects that benefit the real estate community as a whole.

Marc-Henri J. Kijner
Kijner & Sons International Realty New York Inc.
Broker Principal

757 Third Avenue Suite 2129
New York, New York 10017
Tel. +1 (646) 808 6476



December 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view our DECEMBER 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter and our dedicated market report for the Greater Miami Area.



The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click theHome Evaluator link for a free evaluation report. 


Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.

Agents Wanted!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

 

 

 

Are you a self-starter who is always constantly looking for ways to grow? Can you see yourself working with a group of people who love what they do and enjoy working together? If you said yes, then our company is the right one for you.
Kijner & Sons International Realty‚Äč - a global Real Estate firm with offices in the U.S, Europe and Asia - is currently expanding to New York City with its latest boutique brokerage and looking for new talents. 
Learn more today at http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/rej/5389290497.html
Qualified licensed agents can apply now at nyc@kijner.com. 
Newly licensed sales associates and qualified broker associates welcomed!


 Are you a self-starter who is always constantly looking for ways to grow?


Can you see yourself working with a group of people who love what they do and enjoy working together?

If you said yes, then our company is the right one for you.

Kijner & Sons International Realty‚Äč - a global Real Estate firm with offices in the U.S, Europe and Asia - is currently expanding to New York City with its latest boutique brokerage and looking for new talents. 

Learn more today about our various openings at http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/rej/5389290497.html.
 
Newly licensed sales associates and qualified broker associates welcomed!

Qualified licensed agents can apply now at nyc@kijner.com.


Position Opening at our New York City Office

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

KSI Realty NYC is hiring a Real Estate Clerk for its New York City office. This full time position must be filled out by December 2015. If you wish to apply, please review the job description as mentioned hereinafter to make sure that you meet the job duties and requirements.


The Real Estate Clerk will be responsible for maintaining all real estate files and handling administrative duties for the office. Requiring a community college diploma or its equivalent with 2 years of experience in the field or in a related area. The Real Estate Clerk must have knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within the real estate field such as inputting new listings on a CRM system, coordinating calls, following up with and assisting the Sales Associate (SA) and the Broker Associate (BA) with office secretarial work.


The Real Estate Clerk will possess great interpersonal skills and will be able to live in a high pressure environment, follow instructions and understand pre-established guidelines to perform the functions of the job. The Real Estate Clerk will work under immediate supervision of the Managing Broker. 


Job Duties & Responsibilities (not intended to be an all inclusive list but rather a fair and reasonable example of daily tasks)

- Manage the client base by ensuring SA/BA are inputting new leads in the CRM system according to guidelines
- Provide the template forms to register prospects to SA/BA
- Track sales target of SA/BA in accordance with Managing Broker requirements
- Ensure daily office staffing and cold calls, as well as follow up and farming to generate leads to be assigned to SA/BA
- Ensure that all units are still available, in a clean and marketable condition to ensure best showing experience to SA/BA and their prospective clients
- Provide SA/BA with prospective buyer and seller screening guidelines to ensure compliance with sales and that purchase objectives are met
- Work with Managing Broker to create all necessary paperwork to commence the Rental, Sale and Purchase process and ensure SA/BA have completed files before moving to the next step
- Work with Managing Broker and SA/BA to create marketing collateral, property listings and update the company website
- Participate and help manage social networking websites to promote properties
- Ensure compliance with all fair housing laws when conducting all transactions
- Collect on behalf of Managing Broker all files and forms to be reviewed and approved by Managing Broker prior to signing and transmitting binding documents
- Follow office Brokerage manual internal policy and assist SA/BA in enforcing it
- Answer phone calls and provide secretarial assistance to SA/BA as well as Managing Broker
- Keep an office calendar up to date


Qualified applicants shall send a resume and a cover letter to Mr. Marc Kijner at marc@kijner.com

Qualified applicants shall already be allowed to legally work in the USA. 


October 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view the Housing Trends OCTOBER - 2015 Newsletter. For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report. 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.

Say hello to our new agents!

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Kijner & Sons International Realty welcomes its newest team members. Please meet the faces of our Thai office located in vibrant Sathorn district, Bangkok's prime financial and business center.

For all your real estate needs in the city of angels, our dedicated agents will be more than happy to assist you whether you are looking to rent, sale or buy a condo, a townhouse, a retail or an office space. 

We are just a phone call or email away!

To search some of our latest listings for rent or sale in the greater Bangkok area, just click here. We update our listings weekly!

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Saovalak Phetsirikoon (K. Tuck) is KSI Realty’s Bangkok Office Manager, supporting the company’s operations in Thailand while ensuring a perfect coordination between clients and the sales team. Saovalak graduated from Kasetsart University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Agricultural Sciences and a Ph.D. in Horticulture. She is both fluent in Thai and English. She is also familiar with the USA as she has spent several months at both Louisiana State University and University of Hawaii, studying and doing research work over there in her field of study.


 

Nonthalee Pochan (K. Nan) is one of KSI Realty’s Sales Associates for the greater Bangkok area. She is specialized in residential real estate and most specifically in rentals. Nonthalee graduated from Kasetsart University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science before joining DHL head office and human resource department. She also gained further experience by working for the sales department of a European real estate company in Phuket. Nonthalee is fluent in Thai and English and has some basic understanding of Spanish.


 

Panukorn Patipatdontri (K. Hi) is one of KSI Realty’s Sales Associates for the greater Bangkok area. He is fluent in Thai, English and Chinese. With a background in Business Administration and Management, Panukorn graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Assumption University. Panukorn has an in-depth knowledge of Thailand thanks to his tourism license from Silpakorn University, the leading Thai University for Fine Arts. In addition, Panukorn has also been a successful interpreter for the past five years. He has worked for both the U.S. Marine and Thai Navy in Lam Chabang in charge of weapon logistic. He then pursued his career onto property consultancy specializing in residential real estate. 

September 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view the Housing Trends SEPTEMBER - 2015 Newsletter. For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

 

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report. 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.

July 2015 Housing Trends eNewsletter

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

Welcome to KSI Realty's most current Housing Trends eNewsletter!

This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general.

Please click here or on the image below to view the Housing Trends JULY - 2015 Newsletter. For the Greater Miami Area Market Report, click here.

 

The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources.

Housing Trends eNewsletter is also filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, housing market video reports, blogs, real estate glossary, maps, mortgage rates and calculators, consumer articles, community reports that map shopping, schools, recreation and more.

If you are interested in determining the value of your home, click the “Home Evaluator” link for a free evaluation report. 

Sound decisions can only be made with accurate and reliable information, and we are happy to be a trusted resource for you. Thank you for the opportunity to provide you with this monthly eNewsletter, and we look forward to answering any questions you may have and to the opportunity to be your REALTORS® in the future.


2 Position Openings at our Bangkok Office

by Kijner & Sons International Realty

KSI Realty Thailand Co. LTD is hiring two (2) Sales Administrative Assistants who will report to the Office Manager of its Bangkok real estate agency. These full time positions must be filled out by September 2015. If you wish to apply, please review the job description as mentioned hereinafter to make sure that you meet the job duties and requirements.

 

Job Responsibilities

The Sales Administrative Assistants (SAA) will perform administrative and office support activities for the Office Manager. Duties may include fielding telephone calls, receiving and directing visitors, word processing, creating spreadsheets and presentations, and filing. Extensive software skills are required, as well as Internet research abilities and strong communication skills.

The SAA shall support the company’s operations by maintaining office systems and have knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures within the real estate field. The SAA will work under immediate supervision of the Managing Brokers and the Office Manager.

 

Job duties

  • In charge of clerical and technical support for the sales department of our Bangkok real estate agency. Recordkeeping responsibilities may include sales and expense reports, electronic databases and sales proposals for leads or prospective customers. The SAA will plan meetings and ensure that sales representatives in the field are in contact with home office staff/management
  • Clerical duties include but are not limited to:
     
    - Answering the telephone

    - Making visits and travel arrangements

    - Maintaining office files and records according to the office internal standards and procedures

    - Composing and typing letters or emails

    - Opening and distributing mail, email, fax

    - Organizing, planning and conducting meetings, events and conferences

    - Handling administrative duties for sales team and preparing sales records and statistics
  • Maintain and manage the company’s CRM
  • Responsible for permanent interaction with the wide public and for answering their questions as well as greeting clients. Interaction with prospective, existing and past clients to promote our agency and its services. Encourage repeat business
  • Elaborate strategies under the guidance of the Office Manager by assisting and coordinating the marketing plan in establishing sales outcomes and goals
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
  • Participate and assist with local and international property shows, conferences and seminars 
  • Maintain office services by

    - Organizing office operations and procedures

    - Preparing all necessary and appropriate forms to register a new prospect, add a new listing, make an offer or close a transaction. For example but not limited to, lead registration form, lease agreement, purchase agreement, sale’s contracts etc.

    - Controlling correspondence with and among management, prospects, clients, colleagues and the company’s ancillary network of professionals (accountant, lawyer, juristic officer, handyman, contractor, home inspector, financial institution, etc.)

    - Maintaining all real estate files and handles administrative duties for the office as directed by the Office Manager 
  • Provide historical reference by defining procedures for retention, protection, retrieval, transfer, and disposal of records. Regularly update clients’ file individually saved in the CRM system. Any relevant pieces of information and communications – including, but not limited to, recap of meetings, phone calls and emails - shall be at any time retrievable and available on the CRM for review and follow up by other employees and management
  • Develop a client base by generating and inputting new leads in the CRM system (cold calls, attending professional networking events…). Weekly follow up of new leads as well as current and past clients by email or phone call
  • Ensure compliance with professional standards of ethic when conducting all transactions, dealing with the public and the other employees/colleagues at the office
  • Establish sales target in accordance with the Office Manager requirements. Complete monthly survey
  • Ensure that all agency listings are updated weekly. Ensure that each unit is still available, in a clean and marketable condition. Ensure that the price and description of each property are still current 
  • Screen prospective tenants, buyers and sellers according to the company’s guidelines to ensure compliance with lease, sale and purchase objectives
  • Work with Managing Brokers and Office Manager to create marketing collateral, property listings, and update the company’s website and social media 
  • Meet with prospective tenants and buyers who wish to either rent or buy a property. Fill out the appropriate tenant and/or buyer registration form(s). Organize property showings with prospective tenants and buyers
  • Meet with landlords and sellers who wish to put their property on the market for either rent or sale. Take photos, fill out the appropriate owner registration form(s), create a listing and upload the property onto our online platforms, etc.
  • Secure the company’s right to compensation/commission at closing by having:

    - A potential tenant sign a “registration clause” allowing the Broker to register the prospect with developer companies, owners or rental companies

    - A potential seller sign a “right of sale/agency clause”

    - A potential buyer sign a “representation agreement” and a “right of sale/agency clause”
  • Implement the marketing plan created by the Managing Brokers and Office Manager to ensure the lease, sale and purchase of real property
  • Review and approve with the Managing Brokers and Officer Manager all files and forms prior to signing and transmitting binding documents 
  • Accompany sellers and buyers to the Land Office at closing to facilitate and supervise the transfer of the title of property (shanot)

 

Office Manager Skills and Qualifications

  • Data Entry Skills, Reporting Skills, Administrative Writing Skills, Understanding the Customer, Customer Focus, Informing Others, Self-Development, Attention to Detail, Professionalism, Teamwork 
  • Language requirement: fluency in Thai (native or bilingual level), very good command/understanding of English (oral and writing) and/or Mandarin Chinese
  • IT/Computer skills: proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, Internet search engine, and social media. Understanding of basic CRM software and paperless transaction pipeline. Notion of video and photo editing a plus
  • A minimum 2 year college degree
  • A minimum 2 year general sales’ experience, preferably in the field of real estate or direct sales
  • A valid driving license (motorcycle and/or car) and a personal smart phone

 

Compensation & Benefits

The Sales Administrative Assistants shall be compensated as follow:

  • Full reimbursement of expenses related to business travel and commute such as gas and highway tolls if you use your personal vehicle for work (proof of receipts required) 
  • Up to 50% reimbursement of taxi and MRT/BTS fares to go to and from work appointments
  • Grade A prime location office in Sathorn as well as a personal desk and work station to work from
  • A company’s laptop for professional use (mac or pc)
  • Unlimited access to domestic and international phone calls (for office work only). Unlimited use of a company’s laser printer (for office work only)
  • A company’s car for professional use (maintenance, insurance and parking paid by the company, excluding gas)
  • A company’s motorcycle for professional use (maintenance, insurance and parking paid by the company, excluding gas) 
  • A monthly base salary of 12,000 THB net
  • An additional 10% sale’s commission on each closed transaction. For example, on a total and net 100,000 THB commission collected by the Brokerage, a Sales Administrative Assistant that closes a transaction, will be awarded 10,000 THB (100,000 x 10%)
  • Thai social security and welfare

Qualified applicants shall send a resume and a cover letter at thailand@kijner.com (ref. # SAA092015)

Ask the Expert: US Realtor

by Kijner & Sons International Realty



Kijner & Sons International Realty
is pleased to share a recent report from
World First, UK first foreign exchange broker offering currency exchange and international payments to private and corporate clients in the UK and abroad. Laura Kijner, international real estate specialist with KSI Realty in France and Thailand and, Florida Realtor® with Fortune International Realty in Miami, Florida is featured in their July 29th issue on investment and relocation to the U.S.  

To read the full article by David Trumper, see below:

If you’re thinking about moving to the US, you’ll be aware just how many considerations there are – the actual buying of the property is one of the last things you’ll have to sort out!

Florida Realtor Laura Kijner has helped lots of people in their move to the US, and in this edition of ‘Ask the expert’, she explains some of the things you need to consider. 

In the U.S., every state has different rules and regulations, so wherever you are looking to purchase a property, you should get the relevant information.

Investing or buying a vacation home abroad is quite different from actually moving and living overseas!  Usually, people that have successfully moved to the U.S. have conducted their due diligences – they’ve gone to visit, they know the area, maybe they’ve been there for ten years for a month every year. Moving to the U.S. can be a long process. A lot of people don’t realise that getting the proper visa or even a green card is not an easy task.

Ask yourself the right questions

Do you already have the proper structures in place to facilitate your move and the acquisition of a property? Do you have a U.S. bank account? Do you have all the necessary funds available for an investment? How about currency conversion? Are you a cash buyer? If you need a loan, it’s probably best to check with your financial institution at home since, as a foreigner, you are unlikely to have collateral or a credit history in the U.S. You need to be ready, willing and able! And to be so, takes preparation.

Get to know the place and its people

Make sure it’s right for you and your family. Adapting to a new culture and environment takes time. You need to see yourself working and living there for the foreseeable future. If you are moving with your kids, you will need to think about schools and later colleges. Even to run the simplest errand, you are most likely to drive your car around. Do you have a driving license? Are you fine with driving at least an hour a day? Make sure you find a property in a neighbourhood you like, that is safe and convenient, a place where you can easily commute to and from work.

Drive, walk around, check various neighbourhoods, talk to some agents, talk to fellow expats who have moved to the U.S. and who will give you honest feedbacks, talk to an attorney, a wealth manager and a CPA about what’s involved – it’s about just getting that information.

Many foreigners do not know that dual agency is illegal in Florida. A real estate licensee may enter into a brokerage relationship either as a transaction broker – offering limited representation – or as a single agent with prospective buyers and sellers.

See a house you like? Go for it, whoever you’re signed up with

In the U.S., all real estate agents, with no exception, have the same access to the available properties in their market with the exact same conditions. As members of the Miami Association of Realtors, we offer access to the MLS (Multiple Listing System). The MLS is a tool where, in the words of the National Association of Realtors, brokers share information on properties they have listed and invite other brokers to cooperate in their sale in exchange for compensation if they produce the buyer. Sellers benefit by increased exposure to their property. Buyers benefit because they can obtain information about all MLS-listed properties while working with only one broker. Thus, it doesn’t matter where you find your dream property. Even if it’s not listed with the company you signed up with, your real estate agent will call the other agent and they will cooperate with each other to ensure a successful transaction.

The purchase of the property is the last thing we would take care of. You’re not going to put your trousers on when you’ve already put on your socks and your shoes!

Do things in the right order. If you are not ready to take the plunge yet, you can always sign up for listing alert emails on a realtors’ website – like this one. By signing up to alerts like this, you’ll get a good picture of a place’s real estate market – in this case, Miami – from prices to inventory and you will be able to monitor the changes over time. What you see today might not be available 6 months for now when you are actually ready to buy. Be informed!

Finally, there are many costs associated with the acquisition of a property. These costs depend on your own project, the selected property and its location, laws of the State of Florida, of the County and the City as well as on professionals and/or other providers you are likely to select from Attorney to CPA (Certified Public Accountant). Some fees are negotiable, other not. Some are recurring, other not. Most people are first time investors with very little knowledge of the acquisition and relocation process in the U.S. As a consulting firm, we are here to help and we offer tailored packages for a fee for those in need of full assistance.

Laura Kijner works with Kijner & Sons International Realty, which specialises in investment opportunities and income producing properties in South Florida.

Source: http://www.worldfirst.com/uk/blog/property-2/ask-expert-us-realtor-2/

Looking to buy a condo or a home in Miami? Looking to relocate to or invest in Florida? Contact us today at info@kijner.com

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