Quarterly Financial Update from The Financial Brotman Group!

Our partners at Brotman Financial Group have published their quarterly “BFG Financial Digest” newsletter and we are pleased to share it with you!  It includes tons of financial information, an update on the housing market and personal finance tips.  Brotman Financial Group is a comprehensive financial planning and wealth management company based out of Lutherville and dedicated to helping busy, successful professionals and families plan for their future.   We encourage you to contact them to fins out more information about the services they offer how they can help you with your future planning.  Click here for more information.

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Top Baltimore Area Real Estate Sales Team, The Beliveau Group, Joins Keller Williams Legacy

The Beliveau Group has over 25 years of combined real estate experience serving clients in the greater Baltimore area. Their specialties include luxury real estate, representation of home buyers and home sellers, home staging, and investor representation. The Beliveau Group is on pace to help over 170 buyers and sellers achieve their real estate goals in 2015 with a total closed sales volume of over $50 million.

Ms. Beliveau is native to Lutherville-Timonium and has been a Realtor for 10 years. After graduating Towson University with a Bachelor’s in Advertising, she started her team. Due to her focus on client service, her team’s sales have skyrocketed and placed them in the top 1% of Realtors in Maryland and the United States. Ms. Beliveau was most recently honored by The Daily Record as a Twenty in their 20’s Award Winner.

When asked what accomplishment she was most proud of in her real estate career thus far, Ms. Beliveau replied: “The most fulfilling accomplishment to date for me has been curating a team of intelligent, driven and caring people. Due to our extremely high standards for our staff and our customer service, we deliver a uniquely special, first-class real estate experience to our community”. She serves on the board and as the communications chair for the Seminary Ridge Homeowner’s Association. Ms. Beliveau also serves as a board member for Abilities Network. One of her strongest personal passions is animal rescue and training.

“We are very excited to be in business with The Beliveau Group. Ms. Beliveau is an incredible business woman who has built an expert team of real estate professionals with a passion to impact the community through world class service. She exemplifies the possibilities in this industry and we are looking forward to a bright future together,” said Seth Campbell, the Operating Partner of Keller Williams Legacy.

Vladimir Kats, the Managing Director of Keller Williams Legacy said, “We are proud and honored to have The Beliveau Group as a part of our Market Center. Their heart for servitude aligns closely with our mission to transform lives through real estate. We are thrilled to serve as a catalyst in their professional growth and in reaching new and exciting milestones”.

Ms. Beliveau’s journey in finding the right brokerage partner was not unlike that of many other real estate professionals who have joined Keller Williams Legacy since its inception in July of 2014. Ms. Beliveau summed it up by saying: “I am a believer in the power of coaching, the power of being part of and contributing to my community, and achieving success through and with people. Over my ten years in the industry, I have purposefully aligned myself with top-tier coaches and mentors in order to achieve at the highest possible level. After getting to know Seth Campbell and Vladimir Kats on a deep level, I was certain that affiliating with these leaders and this brokerage was the ideal next step for The Beliveau Group. The Beliveau Group has grown 100% year over year, and we are excited to be partnered with a leadership team that will make it possible for us to continue to reach our potential and become the inspirational force in our community that we know we are destined to be. We are thrilled to have the formidable resources available through Keller Williams to continue to provide elevated levels of first class customer service to our clientele.”

About Keller Williams Legacy:
Keller Williams Legacy is on the path to becoming the largest real estate brokerage in Baltimore Metro by carrying out our mission of Transforming Lives Through Real Estate. Our heart is to build our brokerage by empowering associates in reaching their full potential, in business and life, with the greatest real estate education and coaching in the area. We are a brokerage owned by agents, led by agents… for agents.

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Why did The Beliveau Group move to Keller Williams?

A lot of people have asked why The Beliveau Group moved to the Keller Williams brokerage, so I decided to put some of my thoughts down for the curious minds that have inquired!

There’s some back story here, so bear with me…

About 8 years ago, I read a book written by Gary Keller (the founder of Keller Williams) called “The Millionaire Real Estate Agent”. Please don’t judge the title – the book isn’t about how to make oodles of money, it’s about how to build a sustainable business through leverage (people & systems). At the time, I thought the book had some nice ideas but I had absolutely no interest in “managing” other people. I was embarking into real estate full time after being part time in college working with another agent for a few years, and I was ready to make my solo debut!

Little did I know, in 2007, what I was in for as far as the economy and the real estate market. But that’s a story for another day!

Fast forward to 2013. In the prior year, I sold 55 homes (which equated to a sales volume of about $12.7 million). That sales production is pretty strong for a solo agent and in my case, most of my clients were buyers, which is more time intensive in the sense of spending many hours in the field. Buyers generally expect their agent to be available not only during all business hours, but also on evenings and weekends. At that point, I felt like I had barely seen my (new!) husband, that my social/family time was constantly back burnered, and that a lot of my other personal priorities were squeezed out.

This is a really common story in the real estate industry. And it’s frustrating to feel this way when you want it all. I am committed to being an elite Realtor, who gives amazing customer service & availability to her clients, but I also crave a rich and full personal life. To say the least, I felt like I was extremely successful yet constantly frustrated by the demands of being a high level salesperson.

Enter a local colleague, Seth Dailey. He had recently joined Keller Williams, which I was aware of in only a general way. I thought of KW as being like any other real estate brokerage, but what I didn’t know is that it is really a “training and coaching company, cleverly disguised as a real estate company”. Prior to our first meeting, Seth had me take a behavioral assessment called the AVA. When we got together, he went through the report with me (a process called validation) to see how accurate it was. It was a 10 out of 10. It blew me away to gain such valuable insights and I began to see how it could apply to hiring and leading other people. (For those that are curious, my AVA is 9*524-9* and my DISC is DI!).

Then, Seth brought me to a life changing class called “Recruit Select” – which trains Realtors on best practices for recruiting and vetting candidates for their teams. Up to that point, I had constantly struggled with the hiring process (I have no training or background in business or HR for that matter!) and the class and resources I got from it were a godsend. He also invited me to another class, where I met a real estate coach by the name of Christopher Hart. I was so taken with the way Chris spoke and led the class, that I started following him on Facebook, and eventually asked him to coach me.

In that same time frame, I also re-read that book  again – The Millionaire Real Estate Agent (call it MREA for short) – and light bulbs went off quickly and furiously. Suddenly, I saw how the models and systems laid out were right there for me to pick up and use. I didn’t need to reinvent the wheel and continue to hire the wrong people in the wrong order, or create systems when someone more experienced than me had already created them.

At that point, I decided to embark on a journey of building a team the MREA way. That was the summer of 2013. Over the next two years, although I wasn’t working with Keller Williams, I began to implement a huge number of systems and models that I learned through the books and the classes. I hired 6 people to my team including sales agents, full time staff, and part time staff. Through great coaching and a lot of hard work, I learned to attract and retain incredible people to work with me. Through leadership training, I learned how to keep those people, communicate with them on a weekly basis through techniques called the KASH talk and 411 (a highly effective accountability tool), and develop meaningful relationships built on trust.

My business grew from $13 million in 2012, to $15 million in 2013, to an explosive $32 million in 2014! This year we are on track to sell over $50 million in real estate. Our big goal is $60 million and we are working like heck to GET TO OUR GOAL – and then go to Belize as a team to celebrate!! If you know ANYONE who is looking to buy or sell a home, please have them get in touch with us at 443-595-7535!

Something Keller Williams teaches you is the concept of hitting a ceiling of achievement. The idea of how to break through a ceiling of achievement is going from Entrepreneurial (what you naturally figure out how to do on your own) to Purposeful (using systems, models, tools and guidance from those who have gone before you). I have had great coaching and taken the time to get purposeful in many, many areas of my business. But by the middle of this year, I realized that our team was hitting a new ceiling. With our unimaginably quick increase in production and amount of team members, I began to see that I didn’t have enough resources to give my team members what they deserved from me. I started to see that I needed to be around great leaders to teach me how to grow The Beliveau Group exponentially. I, Tina Beliveau, hit an enormous leadership skill ceiling and spent months of this year feeling like I was banging my head against a wall!

Concurrent with my leadership headaches, I began to get to know the CEO of a local Keller Williams office by the name of Vlad Kats. As we developed a friendship, I discovered that we had a lot in common, but more importantly, Vlad had a LOT of experience to mentor me into being a fully empowered and effective leader. I was drawn to his energy, what he and his office had to offer me and my team, and also this new awareness that Keller Williams would be much needed leverage for our team. The systems, models and tools that I had figured out in a limited capacity “on my own” weren’t enough for my team. I wanted it all – faster, more easily, and with more guidance!

So, we made the wonderful decision to move our business to KW Legacy. In two short weeks, we have transitioned and settled in seamlessly. I am certain that this was the right decision. The leadership conversations I’ve had in the last few weeks are already causing a level of growth and new energy that is keeping me up at night with excitement. My mindset is more positive and clear than it’s ever been. I’ve only just begun to research the incredible tools, technology and marketing engines at our fingertips through KW. I look forward to reporting back on what I discover for myself and my team as time passes. I welcome any questions about our process as we explore our new brokerage and resources and I look forward to sharing more! For any of my colleagues that are curious to hear more about my experience, please reach out. I’d love to talk about it.

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Sold! 16 Dublin Drive, Lutherville

Adorable 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Cape located in the heart of Lutherville!  Close proximity to shopping and all conveniences needed, yet quietly tucked into a charming neighborhood.  This delightful home boasts gleaming hardwood floors and a bathroom on every floor.  The kitchen was recently updated with stainless steel appliances and beautiful cabinetry.  From the living room, step outside to the private rear deck overlooking the flat yard – the perfect place to relax or catch up with family and friends.  The main level also features a master retreat with recently added en suite bath and walk-in closet.  The upper level is rounded out with two large sized bedrooms and additional renovated full bathroom.  The finished lower level offers even more living space with new carpet and a gas fireplace.  Dual zoned heating and air, new roof, updated electric and plumbing, back patio, large fenced yard and off-street parking are just a few of the additional features this completely move-in ready home has to offer!

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The Beliveau Group Sells Lutherville Home!

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1226 Clearfield Circle just closed for $680,000!

Friday was bittersweet for our latest seller who said farewell to the home he built and lived in since 1969. After living there for 46 years with his lovely wife and raising their children, he is ready to have a new family move in and enjoy it as much as he did.

Property Description

A private paradise in sought after Seminary Ridge!  At the end of a welcoming private driveway rests this 5 bedroom, 3.5 bath colonial with in-law addition that has been lovingly cared for over the years by the original owner. Tucked away on a gorgeous, secluded one acre lot, this home offers an in-ground pool, attached two-car garage and additional tractor garage. The main floor of this extremely spacious home features original hardwood floors in the living and dining rooms and an oversized kitchen with center island and attached breakfast room.  The oversized family room with wainscoting, picture rail moldings, and a wood-burning fireplace is the perfect place to cozy-up in cooler months. A convenient laundry room and half bath round out the first floor living space. The second wing on the main level leads to two potential bedrooms, a potential bath, and access to the garage. This is the perfect area for an in-law suite. Continue upstairs to five generously-sized bedrooms, 3 full baths, and loads of closet space.  The enormous recreation room and storage room offer even more living space in the fully-finished basement.  Public Schools are Riderwood Elementary, Ridgely Middle, and Dulaney High School.  If you’ve been seeking a sprawling home on a great lot in the heart of Lutherville, this is the one! The Seminary Ridge community has a homeowner’s association with inclusive year-round events including an Easter Egg hunt, fall BBQ, a visit from Santa before Christmas, and more.

Since January 2015, the Beliveau Group has sold $4.9 million in Lutherville Timonium real estate.  The Beliveau Group focuses and specializes in the Lutherville Timonium home market and is the go-to team for getting your home listed and sold quickly in 21093.

If you are looking to sell your Lutherville Timonium home, we encourage you to contact Tina Beliveau for a free home valuation at tina@thebeliveaugroup.com or 443.595.7535

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2015 Baltimore Public County School Schedule

We can’t believe summer is almost over and kids are heading back to school!  Here is some helpful information for Lutherville-Timonium homeowners as they prepare to send their kids back to school.  For more information, click here to access the Baltimore County Public School website.

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Lutherville Timonium Public Schools

Hampton Elementary School

Lutherville Laboratory Elementary School

Mays Chapel Elementary

Padonia Elementary School

Pinewood Elementary School

Pot Spring Elementary School

Riderwood Elementary School

Timonium Elementary School

Ridgely Middle School

Dulaney High School

Towson High School

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School Schedule

Monday, Aug. 17 All school staff report.

Monday, Aug. 24 Opening day for students.

Monday, Sept. 7 Labor Day. Schools and offices closed.

Monday, Sept. 14 Rosh Hashanah. Schools and offices closed.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 Yom Kippur. Schools and offices closed

Friday, Oct.16 Systemwide Professional Development Day/MSEA Convention. Schools closed for students; teachers on duty.

Friday, Oct. 30 First marking period ends. Schools close three hours early for elementary and middle school students. Teachers on duty. High schools in session full day.

Thursday, Nov. 12 Distribution of report cards. Preschool-3 and PreK Conference Day . No Preschool-3 or PreK. Teachers on duty.

Friday, Nov. 13 Elementary Conference Day. Schools closed for elementary school students . Teachers on duty . Middle schools and high schools in session full day.

Monday, Nov. 16, to Friday, Nov. 20 American Education Week.

Thursday, Nov. 26, to Friday, Nov. 27 Thanksgiving holiday. Schools and offices closed.

Wednesday, Dec. 23 Winter break begins at the end of school day.

Monday, Jan. 4 Schools reopen.

Monday, Jan. 18 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s birthday observed. Schools and offices closed

Tuesday, Jan. 19 Schools closed for students. Teachers on for half-day systemwide professional development. Half-day grade reporting and data analysis. Full-day preparation for teachers with semester courses.

Monday, Feb. 15 Presidents Day. Schools and offices closed.

Friday, March 4 Half-day systemwide professional development for elementary and middle schools. Schools close three hours early for elementary and middle school students. Teachers on duty. High schools in session full day.

Thursday, March 24 Easter holiday/spring break begins at the end of school day.

Monday, April 4 Schools reopen.

Friday, April 8 Third marking period ends. Schools close three hours early for elementary and middle school
students. Teachers on duty. High schools in session full day.

Tuesday, April 26 Primary election day. Schools and offices closed.

Monday, May 16 PreK and Kindergarten conference day. No Preschool-3, Pre-K, or Kindergarten sessions.

Tuesday, May 17 Pre-K conference day. No Preschool-3 or Pre-K Sessions.

Friday, May 27 Last day for seniors.

Monday, May 30 Memorial Day observed. Schools and offices closed.

Tuesday, May 31 Commencement exercises begin.

Wednesday, June 1, to Thursday, June 9 Commencement exercises.

Wednesday, June 15 Assessment Day. Elementary, middle, and high schools in session full day. Last day of classes for Preschool-3 and Pre.

Thursday, June 16 Assessment Day. Schools close three hours early for elementary and middle school students. High schools in session full day. Teachers on duty.

Friday, June 17 Assessment Day. Schools close three hours early for elementary and middle school students. High schools in session full day. Teachers on duty. Last day of classes.

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