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While 2021 didn’t quite start out with a bang as we all highly anticipated on the eve of 2020, we put on our big girl business cards, persevered through one variant to the next, and succeeded in having our most prosperous year in real estate to date.  Through a seemingly never-ending pandemic, Ray & Poynor, at no time wavered, but only continued to advance in the market with new agent hires, a total office renovation, and a continued commitment to providing the highest possible level of service to our clients.  Masks on, masks off, masks on again, our Realtors’ spirit and dedication stayed the course in building lasting relationships with our clients to be their real estate resource for life.


Office Renovation~ One of the best things

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 We are pleased to announce the most recent component to our evolution at Ray & Poynor:  our new management team. Amanda Davis has transitioned out of her role as a realtor assuming the position of Managing Broker for our office, leading our agents in their brokerage business. Harriet Cochrane, our Vice President of Business Development, leads all company referral and relocation programs as well as community and corporate development. Erin Myrick, our Vice President of Finance, oversees the accounting division and compliance.

By implementing these changes, we feel fully prepared for what is to come in this dynamic market.

Simply put, our goal is to build lasting relationships with our clients in order to be their real estate resource for life.


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Ray & Poynor is excited to announce a new division of our company—Transitional Move Experts. Life is full of transitions, and often these transitions come with finding a new place to call home. Our Transitional Move Experts are here to simplify what can be a complicated and sometimes overwhelming process.


But first, aren’t all moves transitions?

Yes, but certain ones require a specific skill set. If you’re in one the following stages of life, our Transitional Move Experts might be the right fit:

-          Are you an empty nester with children in college, ready to exchange upkeep and maintenance for travel and leisure— and tuition bills?

-          Perhaps you are ready to reduce the complications of your large family home with an eye

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 If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may be wondering if home staging is worth it. In our opinion, it absolutely is! The decision will ultimately be up to you and your realtor, but here’s why you should think about staging before you list:


Staging makes it easier for a buyer to picture themselves in the space.


When a potential buyer is looking at your home, you want them to feel like it could be theirs. This is where staging comes in—during the staging process, the home is depersonalized and often redecorated. Some furniture may be added, while some personal belongings and other furniture may be removed. Your realtor will advise you on this process and help you maximize the space. Professional home stagers can

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Picture this: you’ve decided you’re ready to buy your next home, and you want to move sooner rather than later. However, you keep hearing from friends and family about how hard it is to find a home in the Birmingham area right now. This is the reality for many home-buyers in our market. What can be done?


Hire a realtor.


Hiring a realtor that knows the market and how to navigate the home-buying process can give you a head start. Ray & Poynor’s realtors are highly trained, knowledgeable and assertive. Your realtor will guide you through the process and help you make the most competitive offer possible. He or she is your advocate and will work diligently to help you achieve your home ownership goals.


Make sure your

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Finding a realtor you trust is crucial when buying or selling a home. Both of these processes can be complicated, but our realtors do this every day. They’re here to guide you and make the transition as smooth as possible. So, what makes Ray & Poynor's realtors different from others in Birmingham?


  1.       We’re experienced and detail-oriented.

 With an average of 17 years in the industry, our realtors are able to handle a variety of scenarios related to home buying or selling. We know what it takes to make the process work, and we know the market. We are passionate about our work in real estate and have long-established relationships with numerous home services companies, which is a benefit to our clients. We also enjoy

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The spring market is heating up in Birmingham. Whether you’re thinking about listing or purchasing a home (or both!), the process can be very exciting and maybe a little overwhelming—this is where a realtor can help.


See below for ways realtors can provide immense value to a buyer or seller:


1.     Expertise in real estate. Becoming a realtor requires extensive coursework and training. Because realtors buy and sell homes every day, they’re prepared for any situation that may arise during the sale or purchase of a home. At Ray & Poynor, we are committed to continuing education, so our realtors are aware of the latest trends in the industry. Our realtors enjoy what they do, and real estate is more than a job to them.  



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At Ray and Poynor we work with clients across the board in the Birmingham area, from first-time home buyers to empty-nesters looking to downsize. If you’re looking for your first home, congratulations! It’s an exciting time. Here are a few tips to help you in your search:



 1. Write down a list of must-haves.

Have you thought about where you’d like to live? The Birmingham area has many great communities to choose from. Once you nail down your preferred location, figure out your must-have features. Is a backyard non-negotiable? Do you require a certain number of bedrooms? Do you need to be close to downtown? Create a list and share it with your realtor  to narrow your search. Other items like a fully remodeled kitchen may be nice

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With a lack of inventory and historically low interest rates, the spring home buying season is beginning here in Birmingham. If you’re looking to make a move, you’ll want to present your home in its best light so you can get top-dollar and a nice return on investment. Below are a few tips to help you along the way:


1.  Hire a realtor.

Realtors are invaluable when it comes to listing your home. Did you know that FSBO (for sale by owner) homes typically sell for less than agent-assisted homes? According to the National Association of Realtors, the median FSBO sale price is $200,000. The median sales price with an agent jumps to $280,000. Also, it’s likely that you’re not selling a home every day—and that’s okay! Real estate agents do

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