Jan. 10, 2019

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value?

How Much Has Your Home Increased in Value? January 10th, 2019 During 2018, home values increased nationally by over 5%! If you are planning on selling your home in 2019 you may be pleasantly surprised by how much your home has appreciated! Every market is different. Let's get together if you are curious just how much your home has gone up in value!

July 20, 2018

4030 Eagle Ridge Dr Cedar Rapids, IA

Timeless elegance in this 2008 Buresh built home located in Woodland Estates. This home has a total of 4792 sq. feet and features a full private bath for each of the four bedrooms along with 2 additional half baths. Solid Brazilian Teak/Cumaru hardwood floors and heated masterbath floors. Screened in porch with separate deck and patio area. Custom built bar that is great for entertaining! Granite countertops throughout. Bosch stainless steel appliances with gas cooktop. Central vac, security and sound system. Beautiful views with wooded acre lot and no neighbors behind you! Originally built for $858,000 so all the savings can be yours! Seller is licensed Realtor in the state of Iowa.

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Matt Smith Team

Broker Associate
Remax Concepts
Licensed In: Iowa

Jan. 10, 2017

Hiring Real Estate Assistant

Real Estate Assistant Duties:

2 years real estate experience and active real estate license required.

1.  Listing Manager (Listing to Contract)

  • Oversee all aspects of sellers transactions from initial contact to executed purchase agreement.
  • Prepare all listing materials: pre-listing presentation, Listing Agreement, sellers’ disclosures, comparative market analysis, pull online property profile, research old multiple listing service (MLS) listings and etc.
  • Consult & coordinate with sellers all property photos, staging, repairs, cleaning, signage, lockbox, access requirements & marketing activities.
  • Obtain all necessary signatures on listing agreement, disclosures and other necessary documentation.
  • Coordinate showings & obtain feedback.
  • Provide proactive weekly feedback to sellers regarding all showings and marketing activities.
  • Coordinate all public open houses and broker open houses.
  • Input all listing information into MLS and marketing websites and update as needed.
  • Submit all necessary documentation to office broker for file compliance.
  • Input all necessary information into client database and transaction management systems.

2.  Transaction Coordinator (Contract to Closing)

  • Oversee all aspects of buyer & seller transactions from executed purchase agreement to closing.
  • Coordinate title/escrow, mortgage loan and appraisal processes.
  • Coordinate inspections, assist in negotiations regarding repairs, and coordinate completion of repairs.
  • Regularly update & maintain communication with clients, agents, title officer, lender etc.
  • Submit all necessary documentation to office broker for file compliance.
  • Coordinate moving/possession schedules.
  • Schedule, coordinate & attend closing process.
  • Input all client information into client database system.
  • Schedule 30 Day, 90 Day & 120 Day client customer service follow up calls to assist with any home improvement provider recommendations and to ask for referrals.

3.  Marketing Director

  • Manage client database management program & system.
  • Create & regularly prepare all buyer & seller consultation packages.
  • Coordinate the preparation of all listing & open house flyers, graphics, signage and all other marketing materials.
  • Manage & update agent website(s), blog(s) and online listings.
  • Regularly assist agent to manage & enhance agent’s social media presence.
  • Track & coordinate all inbound leads from websites, social media & other online sources.
  • Coordinate all client & vendor appreciation events.
  • Regularly obtain client testimonials for websites, social media & other marketing materials.
  • Coordinate & implement agent marketing videos & property videos on website(s), blog(s), social media and client database email campaigns.

4.  Administrative Manager

  • Oversee all aspects of the administration of the agent’s business.
  • Create & manage all systems for sellers, buyers, client database management, lead generation tracking, lead follow-up & all office administration.
  • Maintain all agent financial systems, profit & loss statement, bill payment, budget(s), bank accounts, and business credit card(s).
  • Coordinate the purchasing of any office equipment, marketing materials and any other business related supplies and materials.
  • Create & update a business operations manual and all job descriptions/employment contracts for any future hires.
  • Manage the recruiting, hiring, training and ongoing leadership of all future administrative hires.
  • Hold agent(s) accountable for conducting all agreed upon lead generation activities.
  • Ensure that all agent activities are limited to listing property, showing property, negotiating contracts & lead generation.

Please send cover letter and resume to:


Jan. 10, 2017

Hiring licensed real estate assistant

Seeking an individual interested in teaming with me to deliver an unmatched level of service to our clients while we aggressively grow our business.  I'm looking for an energetic and dynamic individual with a positive attitude and strong desire to have fun while we accomplish these goals.  I'm not looking for a receptionist, secretary, administrative assistant or anyone interested in a short term opportunity to "learn the business".  If you're a great (but underutilized) agent or a professional looking for a rewarding and fun career, please consider this position.


Position Overview:

Partner with an experienced agent to provide exemplary customer relations to a loyal and valued client base.  Provide valuable input into marketing strategies, events, mailings, advertisements and social networking.  Create and distribute quality marketing materials.  Propose, organize and manage multiple tasks, transaction management,  schedules and projects to meet deadlines and accomplish goals.

Position Requirements:

*    Real estate license minimum of 2 years in Real Estate Industry

*    Have a "team/partner" perspective with high level of self-motivation & direction (not someone who needs to be managed)

*    Positive attitude & genuine caring customer care perspective

*    Strong PC skills required

*    Marketing and database management skills  a plus


Please email resume and cover letter to:  Mattsmithremax@gmail.com  Subject line should read "Assistant Position"

Jan. 12, 2016

Coming Soon Listing

We have a new listing coming soon that may meet your criteria.  Here's a quick sneak peek:

H/R Location, Price is $409,000, 4 Bedrooms. 3.5 Baths, First floor master, Gourmet Kitchen


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Call Matt Smith Team for complete details and private showing.  Pre-qualified buyer's only please.











Posted in upcoming listings
Nov. 12, 2015


Beautiful 4195 sq ft custom home with great views. Located in desirable Echo Lake, an upscale neighborhood just outside of Cedar Rapids. Backyard is beautifully landscaped with waterfall, flowering shrubs, grasses & hosta. Brick and seamless steel siding with new roof with 50 year Malarkey Legacy in 2010. Soaring cathedral ceilings on the main level & 9' ceilings in the lower level. 2 gas fireplaces. Fully finished walk-out lower level with wet bar & custom theater room with platform seating, 105" screen & separate concession room. Security system, whole house sound with multiple zones, central vac, underground dog fence. Hardwood floors in foyer, dining and kitchen. Country living close to Cedar Rapids with all hard surface roads with Bertram taxes. Low HOA fees of $500 annually. Multiple neighborhood ponds. Chairlift installed between main level and lower level is available or can be removed. Nothing to do but move in!

Nov. 12, 2015

2975 Silver Oak Trail, Marion, IA

2975 Silver Oak Trail, Marion, IA

$ Click for current price
5 BEDROOMS | 6 (4 full, 2 half ) BATHROOMS | 5750 SQUARE FEET

A gorgeous spiraling staircase greets you as you walk into this fabulous 5700 plus sq ft home featuring 3 levels of living space. You can picture your giant tree in the two story vaulted Great Room. You do not have to take the elevator to the extraordinary library, complete with fireplace and amazing winter wonderland views of the 11th and 12th fairways, acres of ponds and wildlife, yet you could. You'll appreciate the gourmet kitchen with large pantry and island. This home has a first floor master bedroom and suite. Lower level has in law quarters, wine cellar and enormous rec room. Off the garage is a 400 sq ft. wood working shop, hobby room. In all, this 5 bedroom. 4.2 baths will not disappoint. Amenities to numerous to mention. Schedule your showing today. Over a million dollars invested in this home and will make a great home for the next owner.

Oct. 24, 2015

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June 24, 2015

Are You Sabotaging Your Cedar Rapids Home Sale?

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Today I'd like to speak about how you might be sabotaging your home purchase. I've seen buyers doing things that can very likely ruin their home purchase, and I'd like to show you what can be done to avoid this.

So, one mistake I see buyers making is thinking that a home seller will take considerably less than what they are asking them for. If a home is in good condition and also priced right, the sellers will probably not want to come off of that price. Meet with the sellers and buy the home! The market is very active right now, so you need to be prepared to buy.


Another reason to buy now is that interest rates are low and home prices are rising. Now is your window of opportunity, so if you see a good home you have to jump on it.

If you need any help buying or selling real estate in Cedar Rapids, be sure to contact me!


Posted in Home Buyer Tips
June 4, 2015

What's the Secret to Submitting a Winning Offer in Cedar Rapids?

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The market is booming here in Cedar Rapids. Because of this, many people are encountering multiple offer situations and are unsure of how to handle them. Today, we'll share some tips on how to handle yourself should you find yourself in one of these situations.


We've been seeing many multiple offer situations because these homes are exceptionally priced, in great condition, and are often staged. On average, buyers are looking at anywhere from 5-10 homes; when homes hit the market priced right and in great shape, they are typically quick to receive multiple offers. The question becomes: How can the Matt Smith Team set you up for success in such a situation? 


We'll start by getting you financially informed. We'll set you up with the best local lender so that they can provide you with a letter of credit, or a pre-approval, so that you know what you can afford. Once you have that letter from a lender, you will be ready to submit an offer as soon as a great home hits the market.

There are many other ways we'll put you in a great position to win a multiple offer situation. For one, we surround ourselves with the best advocates in the real estate business: the best banks, attorneys, lenders, credit unions, inspectors, and many others! 


If you have any questions about this topic, or if you need real estate assistance of any kind, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We would love to help make your real estate dreams a reality!


Posted in Home Buyer Tips