What a year 2016 was! Here is our 2016 Year In Review:
Real Estate Recaps:
After a ridiculously wonderful 2015, we weren't *quite* sure if we could continue our forward traction into 2016. We closed out the year with 25 transactions closed (2015: 18), over $31,000 handed back to our clients who are heroes (teachers, police, fire, first responders and military) [2015: $16,000] and countless hours logged.
We assisted 7 sellers, our total number of buyers were 13 and we helped 5 rental families find new communities as well [2015: 4 sellers, 6 buyers, 8 rentals]. Production numbers don't matter much to us (community and clients come first!) but in an effort to publicly track our growth, we claimed $8.4 million in sales for the 2016 year in review [2015: $2.5 million]!
40% of our business came from direct referrals, 40% from Facebook (closed group networks) and 20% from traditional real estate marketing [2015: 78% from direct referrals].
While 2015 showed its hand with ups and downs as it related to finding our stride, 2016 has been a year of massive growth, and figuring out how to balance and "do it all." My family went through some major decisions as it relates to our future. As a result, we are now expanding the 8th & Home team to serve clients in both Ohio AND Virginia.
2016 also provided massive opportunities as I grow my brand to continue impacting the global sector. I was asked to speak as the opening keynote for the 2017 Families in Global Transition conference in The Hague, Netherlands. I am honored and really looking forward to having that time to spread my passion about creating community, even "on the go."
Give Back and Media Recaps:
What an honor to continue partnering in 2016 with the Loudoun First Responders Foundation (serving on the Board of Directors). We also volunteer our time and resources with Boulder Crest Retreat, Ripe for Harvest in Kenya and Ripple Effect Images - a global organization (serving on the Board of Advisors).
We saw the I Am A Triangle community (international relocation community) grow to over 10,000 members in our private Facebook group -- yes, TEN THOUSAND!! We were also featured again in The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and in the Loudoun Times-Mirror. We were asked to be a guest on many podcasts/interviews and our media presence continues to increase. Using our experience to help guide others is what we're in this business to accomplish! Click to our Featured Page to learn more about those media spots.
At the end of the day, we exist to serve you, your friends and family, and your referrals. We strive to better ourselves through consistent training and growth. Thank you for trusting us in 2016 with your referrals, with your own personal real estate journeys, and allowing us to help you find home!
Here's to an amazing 2017!