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Barter in Real Estate

With the nation in constant yellow and red alert terror and disaster status lately, homeowners are ramping up their emergency supplies and creating survival plans for their families.  Some are even purchasing land and creating getaway retreats–just in case.

Such is the situation with Southern Barter Club members Cindy and Travis. When they sat down together in January to formulate their annual spending plan, they jotted down their goals, which included:

  • Buying property in North Georgia         $12,000 estimated cost
  • Real Estate Agent                                      $600 est.
  • Property appraisal                                     $500 est.
  • Real estate lawyer                                      $1100 est.

During the SBC orientation meeting, however, the couple was thrilled to learn that all these line items can be purchased on barter!

According to recent estimates, the average American couple spends more than $20,000 on home real estate and appraisal fees in a 20-year period. While these costs were taken in stride for many in years past, recently the volatile economy has made it more difficult for people to part with the funds in this ever-tightening category. However, the good news is that wise homeowners are increasingly turning to the barter-based providers as an alternative to satisfy these costs while maintaining their properties and keeping home values high.

The following are typical real estate-related categories that customers are now seeking to purchase through barter:

  • Property purchases
  • Real estate broker fees
  • Real estate agent fees
  • Real estate legal fees
  • Home appraisal fees
  • Home photography and slide shows
  • Basement renovations
  • Home staging services
  • Population statistics

The world of cashless trading now serves as a creative niche that opens a whole new world of customers and contacts for real estate providers.  Why not keep more cash in the bank by offering your skills and services to this ever-widening group of barter lovers?  Many of our home improvement sellers in the barter club designate a certain percentage of business (say, 20%) for their cashless customers, and they enjoy watching their virtual bank accounts grow.  In turn, they can use their “barter bucks” for purchases they need–photographers, subcontractors, etc.–and non-industry-related areas like medical, dental, dining, vacations, and more.

Call us today to discuss a special offer we have – just for you.  We look forward to working with you soon! 678-546-0900

The Secret to Living Like the Rich

Recently Crystal and Hans Bridges were dining with their good friends, Patti and Jim, at a 4-star Atlanta restaurant, when the conversation suddenly turned very interesting.   Leaning forward Patti said, “Do you mind if I ask you guys a personal question?”

“Depends,” replied Hans, chuckling.  “Sure.  Go ahead.”

“Well,” Patti began… ”We know that you guys are not millionaires… and you’ve shared some of the struggles in your construction and freelance writing businesses over the past few years…”

“But you’re living like rich people,” Jim said, cutting to the chase.  “So what gives?” Continue reading

BarterCare: A Health Plan that Actually Works in this Economy!

You can’t turn on the TV without hearing ObamaCare, or RomneyCare… You know–the plans from politicians that hope to force companies to secure health insurance for their employees?  The downside, of course, is that this idea comes with an astronomical price tag, which has many small business owners nervous. But what if we, as small businesses, could prove to “Big Brother” that we were providing for our employees in a unique way that satisfied the needs of families but didn’t hurt the bank account?  Might that work even better?  We think so!

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Leveraging Existing Customers for Your Small Business

You may be like so many small businesses this month–staring at the end-of-year spreadsheet containing an itemization of your annual income and expenses.  Perhaps you’re grateful you even made it in a down economy, but also a bit discouraged because there’s so little left over in the coffers.  Maybe you’re like small business owner Sandy, whose husband needed dental work here at the year’s end, but who had little cash or insurance to cover it. Fortunately, Sandy found an unusual, creative answer – just in time!

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Starting and growing a Business with Barter

Have you ever wanted to start another business or expand an existing business–but the thought of paying tens of thousands scared you away?  Well, tremble no more because the world of barter just might have your answer.

Medical Clinic Sees the Light

Last year a multi-specialty medical clinic in Norcross joined the Southern Barter Club, and its skeptical Director sat across from SBC President Laurie Sossa to figure out how to make barter work for him. Dr. Mel Colon of International Medical Clinics had a stack of invoices in one pile, and a list of needed services in the other.  Within minutes, Laurie sorted through the piles and quickly demonstrated how the clinic could save over $25,000 of their hard-earned cash–simply by switching to barter-friendly vendors for projects. Continue reading

Content, Content, Content!

Written by Lisa A. Rice
One of my favorite hobbies is the barter club I belong to (where I do a service and receive ‘virtual’ dollars, which I can then spend on products and services I need from other barter members). This club is one of the most excellent I’ve seen at getting their messages out in relevant ways.

For example, on one day, I’ll get an email about the latest Scuba Diving trip to a Caribbean resort, and on another day I’ll get a Face book message about an event they’re throwing. Continue reading

Barter Proves Clever Answer for Tight Times

They say that people become most efficient with their scarcest resource, and in these uncertain economic times, Georgians have proven this old adage to be true.  With few individuals,  businesses and non-profits having extra cash lying around lately, entities have been forced to become more clever and efficient with their buying habits. Fortunately, the world of bartering has proven to be a unique and timely solution to this dilemma. Barter has become their expense account and emergency fund. Continue reading