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The Value of REALTORS: A Guide for Home Buyers and Sellers, WCR Perks

As the President of the Women’s Council of REALTORS, I am passionate about promoting the essential role of REALTORS in the home buying and selling process. In an era of easily accessible online listings and information, some may question the necessity of a real estate agent. However, there are several compelling reasons why home buyers and sellers can greatly benefit from working with a professional REALTOR. Additionally, membership in the Women’s Council offers unique advantages, including access to a network-driven referral system that sets us apart. Let’s delve into these reasons and perks in detail.

Expertise and Guidance:

One of the primary reasons to engage a REALTOR is the invaluable expertise they bring to the table. REALTORS possess a deep understanding of the local market, trends, and pricing dynamics. Their knowledge allows them to provide accurate and up-to-date information, empowering buyers and sellers to make informed decisions. REALTORS guide clients through every step of the process, from pricing, staging, and marketing a property to negotiating contracts, managing inspections, and ensuring a smooth closing. Their guidance helps clients navigate the complexities of the real estate transaction with confidence and ease.

Access to Exclusive Listings and Market Insights:

REALTORS have access to a wealth of resources, including exclusive listings that may not be available to the general public. By working with a REALTOR, home buyers gain access to a broader range of properties that align with their specific criteria and preferences. Similarly, sellers benefit from their real estate agent’s ability to effectively market their property to a wider audience, increasing the chances of a quick and profitable sale. REALTORS also have access to comprehensive market data and insights, enabling them to advise clients on pricing strategies and market conditions.

Negotiation Skills and Advocacy:

Negotiating a real estate transaction can be complex and emotionally charged. REALTORS are skilled negotiators who advocate for their clients’ best interests. They leverage their knowledge of the market, contract terms, and local regulations to secure favorable terms and pricing. Whether representing buyers or sellers, REALTORS act as their clients’ trusted advisors, ensuring that their goals and objectives are met throughout the negotiation process.

Women’s Council Membership:

Network-Driven Referrals: One of the unique perks of joining the Women’s Council of REALTORS is the opportunity to participate in a network-driven referral system. As members, we have access to a vast network of professionals in the real estate industry, including REALTORS from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. This network becomes an invaluable resource for referrals, connecting buyers and sellers with reputable agents across different markets. By leveraging Women’s Council membership, clients can tap into a trusted network of REALTORS, ensuring a high level of service and professionalism throughout their real estate journey.

Professional Development and Collaboration:

Membership in the Women’s Council provides ongoing opportunities for professional development and collaboration. Through educational programs, workshops, and networking events, members can enhance their skills, expand their knowledge, and stay updated on industry best practices. The Council fosters a supportive environment that encourages collaboration, idea-sharing, and mentorship, enabling REALTORS to continually improve their service offerings and better serve their clients.


The decision to work with a REALTOR when buying or selling a home is a wise investment that brings numerous benefits. From their expertise and guidance to their exclusive access to listings and negotiation skills, real estate agents play a critical role in ensuring a smooth and successful real estate transaction. Additionally, membership in the Women’s Council of REALTORS offers an extra advantage through network-driven referrals and opportunities for professional growth. Embrace the value of REALTORS and consider the benefits of Women’s Council membership as you embark on your real estate journey.

Midpoint of 2023: Exciting Events and Opportunities Await

As we enter the second half of 2023, our Association remains committed to providing our members with valuable opportunities to learn, network, and make a difference. From engaging events to educational courses, there is no shortage of activities to keep you connected and informed.


• August 2 – Blingo Bingo!

Prepare for a night of glitz, glamour, and thrilling bingo fun! BlingovBingo merges networking with an interactive experience that isvsure to delight. Join us at 6 pm at WCREALTORS for this dynamic vevent.

• August 9 – Selling the Suburbs: The WCSPECIALIST Series begins live at WCREALTORS!

Back by popular demand, this award-winning course launched in 2015 and was written by REALTORS® who wanted our members to serve the community. Covering topics such as taxing entities, water issues, local governmental jurisdictions, new homes, and septic systems and much more. This course is broken down into eight sessions spanning over four full days of class.

• August 15 – Board of Directors Applications Open

• August 15 – City Update Series:

Dive into an in-depth exploration of the City of Hutto. Join us live at WCREALTORS at 10 a.m. as four different city officials provide updates on what’s new in their respective areas.

• August 30 – Board of Directors Applications Close


• September 13 – TREPAC Bowling: Video Game Edition:

Don’t miss our annual TREPAC Bowling Tournament at Mel’s Lonestar in Georgetown! Dress up as your favorite video game character and enjoy a fun-filled evening.

• September 19 – City Update Series:

Taylor, Granger, and Bartlett: Stay informed about the eastern parts of our county at 10 a.m. at the Board office for an update on these areas.

• September 26 – 2023 Annual WCREALTORS Golf Tournament:

Drive yourself to the Crystal Falls Golf Club in Leander for a day of networking and an above par golfing excellence. This annual tournament is an opportunity to connect with the best professionals in the business while enjoying the beautiful city of Leander.


• October 2 – Annual Election Commences

• October 10 – Annual Election Ends

• October 12 – Luxury Bus Tour:

Embark on an adventurous day with WCREALTORS Bus Tours, offering an exclusive look at newly built homes in luxurious master-planned communities across Central Texas. Expand your knowledge and experience the finest developments in the area.

• October 26th – Annual Business Meeting:

Stay updated on the year’s successes and meet the 2024 Board of Directors. There’s plenty of news to tune into.


• November 9 – D.I.Y. Pop-by Event:

Back by popular demand, this interactive workshop allows you to assemble personalized, thoughtful gifts for your clients, featuring a monthly theme. Imagine the impact of personalized, thoughtful gifts that keep you at top of the mind with your valued clients.

• November 30 – Deck the Halls LIVE auction!

This year we are switching up Deck the Halls and making it a live event for your community and clients! Featuring Santa, cookies and so much more, get ready for a tree-mendously good time! All proceeds will go to the Austin Angels Society.


• December 7 – The Biggest Event of the Year:

Prepare for an electrifying and enchanting experience at this year’s Installation event! With a theme inspired by fire and ice, get ready for a captivating evening that combines the thrill of contrasting elements. It’s a powerful reminder of the incredible growth and untapped potential found within the realm of opposites. Brace yourself for an event that promises to be as hot as fire and as cool as ice, where magic and wonder converge to create an unforgettable evening.

Stay tuned for more details and updates on these exciting events throughout the next few months. At WCREALTORS, we are committed to providing our members with exceptional opportunities to learn, grow, and succeed.

Save the Dates: Exciting Events to Mark on Your Calendars!

ABoR’s 2023 Central Texas Housing Summit is just days away, and attendees can expect an impressive lineup of industry experts ready to share their knowledge. If you haven’t secured your ticket yet, it’s time to take action! You’ll come away with a vast amount of market analysis, new research, and economic updates to immediately share with your clients.

Apart from the highly anticipated Central Texas Housing Summit, there are many more ABoR and MLS programs coming up that will elevate your expertise and boost your production. The second half of 2023 is going to be a busy and rewarding period for industry professionals.

Farm & Ranch Day – Tuesday, August 8

Location: ABoR Headquarters

This full-day event offers a variety of classes focusing on farm, land, and ranch topics. Notable speakers include Texas broker and instructor Avis Wukasch and Dr. Blake Bennett, an associate professor and extension economist from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service. Attendees will also enjoy a complimentary lunch as part of their registration.

MLS Power Hour – Thursday, 10

Location: Virtual

 join the MLS Power Hour virtually to explore the lead-generation and client management tools integrated into your MLS subscription. This session aims to help you harness the power of technology to enhance your business and increase successful deal closures.

REACH Labs Innovation Showcase – Wednesday, August 16

Location: ABoR Headquarters

Did you know that AI can help with business planning? For those interested in the intersection of real estate and innovative technology, the REACH Labs Innovation Showcase on August 16th at the ABoR Headquarters is a must-attend event. Digital expert Marki Lemons-Ryhal will present “Six Figures in Twelve Months: Real Estate Planning on Steroids with AI,” offering valuable insights into AI-powered business planning. The event also features an in-person REACH Labs pitch battle with proptech startups, allowing you to witness cutting-edge ideas firsthand.

Strategic Partner & Member Happy Hour – Thursday, August 31

Location: The Haute Spot

Join fellow industry professionals from 4 to 7:00 p.m. to enjoy complimentary bites and beverages while strengthening your network and connecting with ABoR’s strategic partner organizations.

Central Texas International Homebuyers Report Release – Wednesday, September 6

Mark your calendars for Sept. 6, as ABoR will release the highly anticipated 2023 Central Texas International Homebuyers Report. This year’s report will include research conducted by Dr. Clare Losey, ABoR housing economist, providing valuable insights into the international real estate market in Central Texas.

NAR’s Sustainability Summit – September 12-13

Location: Hyatt Regency Austin

The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) Sustainability Summit is taking place in Austin this year at the Hyatt Regency Austin. This annual conference explores the progress and market transformation in sustainability affecting real estate associations and professionals. The event aligns with NAR’s Sustainability and Resilience Plan and Strategic Plan, providing valuable programming and discussions for attendees.

Diversity Summit – Wednesday, September 20

Location: ABoR Headquarters

ABoR’s inaugural Diversity Summit will take place at the ABoR Headquarters. This half-day event aims to foster diversity, equity, inclusion, and a sense of belonging in both the Association and the communities. Keep an eye out for the program agenda and registration details, which will be available soon.

ABoR City Hall Visits – October 26

Location: Austin City Hall

This is an opportunity to meet with Austin City Council Members and Mayor Kirk Watson to share firsthand experiences from the market and advocate for prioritizing housing. Meetings with Council Members will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by a reception on the Mayor’s Balcony from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Vitality of a Detailed Home Inventory List

A home is more than just a dwelling place; it is a sanctuary where we store our memories, treasured possessions, and valuable assets. Consider the devastating consequences that would arise if our belongings were suddenly stolen, destroyed by fire or ravaged by natural disasters. It is during these trying times that the true importance of maintaining a comprehensive home inventory list becomes glaringly evident.

A home inventory list is a meticulous catalog of every item within our residence, encompassing both significant possessions like furniture, appliances, and electronics, as well as smaller items such as jewelry, antiques, and collectibles. This comprehensive record serves as concrete proof of ownership and aids in evaluating the value of goods in the event of loss or damage. Furthermore, it streamlines the insurance claims process and maximizes the likelihood of receiving fair compensation.

Reflecting on my own experience, I came to understand the significance of keeping a thorough home inventory list following a tragic incident that occurred in my neighborhood. A devastating fire engulfed a neighboring house, leaving its occupants in a state of shock and despair. Witnessing the anguish and despair of my neighbors as they lost their worldly possessions compelled me to contemplate the vulnerability of our own home. It served as a powerful wake-up call, urging me to take proactive measures to safeguard our belongings.

Although creating a home inventory list may initially seem like a daunting task, technological advancements have made it more convenient than ever before. With the aid of smartphone applications, one can effortlessly capture photographs or videos of each item and supplement them with accompanying details such as brand, model number, purchase date, and price. These digital records serve as tangible evidence in the event that an insurance claim is necessary. Additionally, retaining copies of receipts, warranties, and appraisals further bolsters the credibility of the inventory list.

To embark on my own journey of creating a home inventory list, I dedicated a specific day to methodically go through each room in my house. Starting in the living room, I meticulously documented each item, paying close attention to intricate details such as condition and estimated value. As I progressed, I began to grasp the magnitude of my possessions and the profound sentimental value associated with each item. It became a reflective exercise, evoking cherished memories and affirming the significance of these belongings in shaping my life.

Ensuring that the home inventory list remains up-to-date is equally crucial. As we acquire new items or part ways with existing ones through donations, sales, or disposals, it is imperative to reflect these changes in our inventory. By revisiting the list on an annual basis or following significant life events such as renovations, major purchases, or inheritances, we can guarantee that our inventory remains accurate and current. Furthermore, securely storing a copy of the inventory list in an off-site location or through a reliable cloud-based service ensures its accessibility, even in the event of physical loss or damage.

An often overlooked aspect of maintaining a comprehensive home inventory list is the opportunity it presents to identify gaps in our insurance coverage. By evaluating the value of our possessions, we can ascertain whether the coverage provided by our insurance policy is sufficient or if adjustments are necessary. In an era where the cost of living continues to rise and personal belongings hold increasing value, it is crucial to avoid the risks associated with being underinsured and potentially facing severe financial hardships following a loss.

A comprehensive home inventory list transcends a mere catalog of our belongings; it serves as a reflection of our lives, memories, and aspirations. It acts as a protective shield against unforeseen events that could disrupt our lives and threaten our sense of security. By dedicating the time and effort required to create and maintain a detailed inventory, we proactively take control of our financial well-being and protect what is most precious to us. So, let us not delay this essential task any longer and embark on the journey to secure our homes and find lasting peace of mind. After all, as homeowners or renters, our homes provide us with not only comfort and security but also the space to cultivate cherished memories and house our most treasured possessions, all of which contribute to an environment in which we can thrive and grow.