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Triangle Real Producers Mag – Featured Broker of the Month!

Society Real Estate is proud to be featured in Triangle Real Producer Magazine‘s May 2019 issue!  Our very own Shaun Smith has been named Broker of the Month!  Thank you so much to Triangle Real Producers for the team spotlight opportunity!  Read on below for the full article!

Triangle Real Producers Magazine

Featured Broker of the Month

Written by Chris Menezes. Photos by Marissa Menezes.

Triangle Real Producers Mag Shaun Smith Broker of the Month Society Real Estate

Society:
(1) companionship or association with one’s fellows;

(2) a voluntary association of individuals for common ends; especially: an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession.

Upon considering the definition of ‘Society,’ Shaun and Michelle Smith knew it would be the perfect name for their new brokerage. They had both been running their separate real estate businesses for several years, and finally decided to join forces and create something new together.

Shaun had transitioned out of real estate sales 6 years ago to do acquisitions and development. He spent several years learning that side of the real estate industry; working full-time with a home building company, running their Acquisition and Development, and then branching out on his own in 2017. As a licensed REALTOR®, Shaun needed somewhere to hang his license, and that’s when he and Michelle started thinking about working together.

However, they didn’t want to go for one of the traditional partnership options—joining another firm together, setting up a team under another firm, becoming a husband and wife team on their own, etc.—they wanted to create something that combined their strong passion for giving back to the community with their passion for real estate. The term ‘society’ kept popping into Michelle’s head. 

Triangle Real Producers Mag Shaun Smith Broker of the Month Society Real Estate

Society Real Estate works as a uniform team to take care of each individual client. “We’re trying to change the way people view the home buying experience, by partnering throughout the entire process and creating a genuine team experience. When someone chooses to partner with Society Real Estate, they not only partner with the individual agent, they also partner with the entire team,” says Shaun.

“We want to provide the best possible experience for our clients,” says Michelle. “We do that by pulling together what we each have to offer, between the length of experience, time in the community, knowledge about the development process, land use, and the ultimate buying experience for buyers regardless of price point.”

In addition to this unique team approach, Society Real Estate created a charitable portion to the business with the sole aim to be part of the solution to combat homelessness in the Triangle. The team handpicked and partnered with four local charities: A Lotta Love, CASA, The Green Chair Project, and The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness.

Society Real Estate’s charity strategy is a threefold approach. 1) A percentage of every commission goes into their charity fund, which is evenly distributed to each charity every quarter. 2) The team participates in volunteer days, assist with special events, fundraisers, and joint marketing through social media, printed advertising, etc. 3) Every quarter, they host an Awareness Social to draw attention to each organization.

In just a few short years, Society Real Estate has grown into a team of 13 fulltime agents. They have also recently branched into the competitive market of providing sales and marketing services to builders and other developers. Shaun currently focuses on mentoring the team and working to grow the sales and marketing side of the company.

“Seeing the growth of others has been the most rewarding thing I have done in my career,” says Shaun.

Triangle Real Producers Mag Shaun Smith Broker of the Month Society Real Estate

Shaun and Michelle have two boys—Kieran (11) and Lucian (12). Although much of their time outside of the business is spent participating in both social and service-oriented community events, they enjoy going to Jordan Lake as a family, boating, and wakeboarding.

 

Triangle Real Producers Mag Shaun Smith Broker of the Month Society Real Estate

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Raleigh Ranks 2nd for First Time Homebuyers!

We know buying a home can be an overwhelming process: Will I qualify for a loan?  Am I paying too much?  Will there be issues post-closing that I don’t see now?  And for first time homebuyers, those questions can unfortunately cause you to postpone your decision.

But it shouldn’t!  Especially if you select an expert agent who understands the area you’re looking in.  Choose someone who has their finger on the pulse of the market, and most importantly can guide you through the process by answering all your questions before you ask them!  By partnering with a market pro, you’ll be able to truly enjoy the journey of owning your first home!

Our team at Society Real Estate has decades of combined experience. Whether you’re a first time homebuyer or a seasoned pro, we have the resources to help you find a trusted lender, custom search tools to find your perfect home in your ideal community, and the negotiating skills to get you the best deal!

The Triangle Business Journal recently published an article citing a study from Bankrate.com:

“The analysis from the consumer financial services company [Bankrate.com] found that the Raleigh metro is the second-best place in the U.S. for first time homebuyers.  The ranking was based on 13 measures related to affordability, culture, job market, market tightness and safety for the nation’s 50 largest metros.”

Read more from the Triangle Business Journal’s article here.

Starting your home purchase journey? Check out some of Society Real Estate’s home buying resources.

Ready to start a search? Our custom search tool is easy to use, and can send you alerts when new homes enter the market!

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We Love Raleigh and Heres Why You Should, Too!

Our team at Society Real Estate loves living in & serving the Raleigh Real Estate market!  As the capital city, Raleigh is seriously a special place to call home!  We have the benefit of being close to the beach and the mountains. Therefore, it’s easy to satisfy someone’s love for either vacation destination.  Raleigh offers a wide range of activities for any interest. We have museums & art festivals, professional sports teams, concerts, the theater, tons of parks, and a thriving foodie scene.  Whatever your hobby, we’ll have an event you’ll love here in Raleigh!

Raleigh isn’t all fun and games though! We’re consistently ranked among the top cities for economic growth, jobs, education, & quality of life. With it’s close proximity to the Research Triangle Park (RTP), Raleigh is home to some of the biggest tech & health companies in the world.  Companies such as Bayer, GE, Cisco, & GSK are all based in RTP.  We’re also world famous for our universities and hospitals.  Duke University, University of North Carolina, & North Carolina State University are all based in and around the Triangle.

Whether you’re from the area, or relocating, our team of local market experts are focused on implementing the best strategy to achieve your real estate goals!  We can’t wait to help you realize your dream of calling Raleigh home! Start your comprehensive home search with us below!

Learn more about relocating to the Triangle here.

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Society Real Estate Named CASAs Partner of the Month!


CASA Parnter of the Month Society Real Estate

Society Real Estate is so excited to be named CASA’s August 2018 Partner of the Month! CASA provides affordable housing to veterans, people living with disabilities, and others who are experiencing homelessness. We’re proud to be a supporter of such an amazing organization who makes an extraordinary impact on the community we live in and serve.  Please visit their website to learn more and to support their cause!   www.casanc.org

Society Real Estate partners with four outstanding housing related charities across the Triangle.  Our charity strategy is threefold:

  1. We donate a portion of every commission earned to our charity partners;
  2. Our team participates in regular volunteer days; &
  3. We host awareness socials to draw additional attention to these wonderful organizations.

To learn more about Society Real Estate’s charity involvement and strategy, please visit our Charity Partners page!

Read on to see CASA’s blog post about their August Partner of the Month: Society Real Estate!

CASA Blog Post - Partner of the Month - Society Real Estate
https://www.casanc.org/society-real-estate/
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What does it mean to Redefine Our Community Through Giving and Growth?

Before Society Real Estate first opened, many on our team were already very involved with charities in the Triangle.  However, we knew that we wanted to grow that spirit of giving back with our Real Estate company.  It was important to find a way to combine our expertise in Real Estate and our passion for helping others in our area.  The result?  We decided to partner with four handpicked, housing related charities across the Triangle.  Each charity chosen embodies the very specific mission to be part of the solution to combat homelessness in the Triangle.

Society Real Estate’s charity strategy is threefold:

  • A percentage of every commission we earn is earmarked to go into our charity fund. Every quarter that fund is evenly disbursed to each of our charity partners.
  • Our team will participate in volunteer days, assist with special events, fundraisers, and joint marketing through social media, printed advertising, etc.
  • To draw additional attention to these wonderful organizations by hosting an Awareness Social on a quarterly basis.

We are very excited to announce that we’ve partnered with A Lotta Love, CASA, The Green Chair Project, and The Raleigh/Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness.  After meeting with each of these organizations, it’s clear that they all have a deep love for what they do every day and we’re thrilled to help further their causes.

In a fast-paced real estate market, it’s important to stand out amongst your competitors.  As a team, we feel we’re brought together by this opportunity to give back.  Our agents work together towards the common goal of not only helping their clients get the most out of their buying or selling experience, but also maximizing the contribution they can give back into their community.

To learn more about our charity partners please visit our charities page at https://societyrealtygroup.com/charity-partners/

 

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Society Real Estate, LLC – How it all began…

Both my wife Michelle Congleton Smith and myself have been in the Real Estate industry for the better part of our working lives. When we finally decided to figure out how to work with each other and combine our efforts we had to decide what that would look like? We contemplated every option out there including joining another firm together, setting up a team under another firm, becoming a husband and wife team, etc. Nothing seemed to fit exactly what we wanted. Both of us have a strong passion for charity and giving back to our community where we can. Considering our passion for giving back with our love of Real Estate ultimately led us to the decision to set up our independent firm with a strong focus on giving back to our community; primarily through housing related charities. We needed a name for our new firm that would portray our sense of giving back and our desire to grow and benefit our community, and Michelle came up with Society. When we looked up the definition of Society right away we knew we made the right decision.

Society:

  • companionship or association with one’s fellows
  • a voluntary association of individuals for common ends; especially: an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession

From there Society Real Estate started to take on a life of its own. And, soon our little team of two very quickly and organically grew into a team of six. We now have an amazing firm that is made complete by the outstanding brokers/friends that have decided to join us in our adventure. We look forward to years and years of success and the ability to help others with all their Real Estate needs. Welcome to Society Real Estate, where we choose to redefine our community through giving and growth.