RWC marketing materials Warranty signsOne of the many advantages of your membership in the RWC Warranty Program is the marketing support available for your use. You can enhance your sales strategy for today’s competitive marketplace by taking full advantage of RWC’s marketing essentials. Best of all, they are FREE!

Below are a few examples of what is available, but feel free to browse our marketing materials page to see what best suits your needs. Consumer brochures are also available to pass onto your homeowners so they can better understand the warranty on their home.

- Electrical Box Sticker (form # 204): This self-adhesive sticker makes it easy for your homeowners to find their warranty validation number. Affix this sticker to their electrical box during your final walk-through inspection.

- Small vertical Easel (form # 509): Sometimes space is limited on countertops. When that’s the case and our full-size easel or brochure holder doesn’t fit, try this smaller version. Works great in sales offices and model homes!

- Static Cling Window Decals (form #533): This cling is perfect for windows in model homes, sales offices or even homes under construction. This static cling decal will let your prospective buyers know that their home will be protected with an RWC warranty.

Order Online through Warranty Express (top right corner of webpage). Call us if you still need a password to login.

Email: info@rwcwarranty.com and let us know which items you are interested in.

Phone: 800-247-1812, Ext 2459

We ask that you please order only a 2-3 month supply to ensure that you receive the most current materials.

new home construction, building a roofDid you know that as a member of RWC or HOME of Texas you may be eligible for our General Liability Insurance Program through RWC Insurance Advantage? If you would like to learn how we might meet your general liability coverage needs, call RWC Insurance Advantage today at 866-454-2155 or click here to get a quote. Plus, be sure to read on for some helpful hints about certificates of insurance, subs and staying on top of policies.

Insurance agents hear it all the time; are certificates really that important? If my subs’ certificates aren’t current, am I on the hook for what their policies don’t cover? What about exclusions on my policy? Maybe a hypothetical claim will help provide some answers. Let’s say you contract with a roofer. He’s not the roofer you usually work with but, he has a good reputation and he gives you a certificate of insurance that shows he has his own General Liability policy. It has the same limits as your policy with the RWC Insurance Advantage program. No worries here. His policy will respond first to injuries or damage to others that he might cause while working on your behalf. However, you also notice his Workers Comp is due to renew in about a week but, he assures you the renewal is going to happen and he’ll provide you with an updated certificate just as soon as he gets it from his agent. You need to get your latest project under roof as soon as possible because the weather has been uncertain; so, you decide to take a chance. Besides, it shouldn’t take a week to do a roof. What could go wrong?

The weather takes a turn for the worse. By the time the roof is started it’s been over a week. Then you get the news one of the roofer’s employees has been injured. He didn’t fall but, he hurt his back. Only then do you remember the promised certificate hasn’t appeared. Then your roofer admits his policy was not renewed because he failed to make a payment. Your policy doesn’t cover injuries to the employees of subcontractors. That’s because workers compensation insurance is available to them and is designed to cover the medical bills and lost wages of his employees. As it turns out, waiting for a renewal certificate of insurance might have avoided you being held liable for a loss that isn’t covered under your policy.

• Make sure all your subcontractors provide you with up-to-date certificates of insurance.
• Ask them if they have any open or, unreported claims.
• Be aware of what your policy does and does not cover.

Don’t let someone else’s lack of planning become your problem.

Source: nahb.com

Whole house remodels and additions are regaining market share according to a 2016 survey of remodelers released by NAHB Remodelers, the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The survey revealed the most common remodeling projects in 2016, compared to historical results of the survey.

“While bathroom and kitchen remodels remain the most common renovations, basements, whole house remodels and both large and small scale additions are returning to levels not seen since prior to the downturn,” stated the 2016 NAHB Remodelers Chairperson. “Clients want to add more space, but remodeling a significant portion of the home is no easy feat. That’s why it is important to work with a professional remodeler who has the integrity and expertise to take on these large remodeling jobs.”

Builder remodeling a kitchen window.Remodelers reported that the following projects were more common than in 2013:
• Whole house remodels increased by 10 percentage points
• Room additions increased by 12 percentage points
• Finished basements increased by 8 percentage points
• Bathroom additions increased by 7 percentage points

Bathrooms topped the list of most common remodeling projects for the fifth time since 2010. Eighty-one percent of remodelers reported that bathrooms were a common remodeling job for their company while 79 percent of remodelers reported the same for kitchen remodels. Window and door replacements decreased to 36 percent from 45 percent in 2014.

Whether you are currently working on remodeling projects due to the colder weather and frozen ground or because that's what your customers are opting for, Residential Warranty Company, LLC & HOME of Texas have great remodeler warranty options at your fingertips. When it comes to revamping space, creating an addition to a home, or totally reinventing the look and style of a home, homeowners want to know the work is being done by a quality, professional remodeler. Contractors who offer the RWC warranty / HOME warranty provide clients with written, insured warranty protection, including a dispute resolution process.

It takes a lot of tools to both complete a remodeling project and to build a business. RWC / HOME offer you a great selection of tools. Talk to your account executive today for more details on the remodeler warranty, or any program available in our menu of choices.

man and woman standing on sidewalk looking at house exteriorSource: proremodeler.com

Readers of news articles about the housing industry have been inundated for a while with stories about Millennials and their desire to live in the city. Headlines such as “Millennials Prefer Cities to Suburbs, Subways to Driveways” and “The New American Dream Is Living in a City, Not Owning a House in the Suburbs” popped up frequently. And polling companies provided the data to back it up: The Nielsen Company, for example, reported that 62 percent of young people “like having the world at their fingertips,” preferring to live in “dense, diverse urban villages where social interaction is just outside their front doors.”

But around the middle of 2015, the stories about Millennials started to shift. We began to see more stories like, “Think Millennials Prefer the City? Think Again …” And now, a survey from the National Association of Realtors says that Millennials are finally starting to buy homes. And where are they buying them? That's right, in the ’burbs.

Why all of a sudden the change? Perhaps Millennials are now ready to settle down and start families and prices are cheaper in the suburbs. Or because they want to raise their kids in places that remind them of their own childhood. Whatever the reasons, the numbers show that buyers under the age of 35 now make up the largest share of homebuyers (35 percent) and that 51 percent of them bought homes in the suburbs or in subdivisions.

It stands to reason that these buyers, whose median age is 30, are the leading edge of their generation. As the rest of this generation, 80 million strong, reach their 30s, they will likely follow the same path—research from the Demand Institute says 75 percent of Millennials consider homeownership an important long-term goal and 48 percent say they plan to buy within the next five years. The question is, are you building homes they will want to buy?

So what exactly does this young group want? Turns out they want pretty much the same things almost everyone else wants: a nice neighborhood; good schools; access to public transportation; & convenient outdoor space to walk and exercise. Another requirement is close proximity to social activities such as shops, cafés, and restaurants. As for the house itself, they are looking for an open plan, ample storage, energy efficiency, low-maintenance living, space for easy entertaining, and of course good cell reception. But the single most important thing Millennials are looking for is living within their means in a home they can comfortably afford.

Unfortunately, the problem is, there just aren’t enough new homes being built that Millennials can afford. Because of land and labor costs, zoning and other regulations, most builders are targeting a smaller, more affluent group of buyers. A lot of new homes are large and include more expensive features and amenities. Something that a young, first time home buyer, will probably pass right by because it is out of their price range. A recent study by real estate advisors RCLCO revealed that when first-time buyers considered new and existing homes in their searches, only 18 percent of them bought a new home.

There are some success stories out there, though. RCLCO reports that a concerted effort by some master planned communities to offer a range of product types, such as townhomes, cottage court bungalows, and small single-family homes—in addition to conventional single-family homes — “can still achieve premiums on a dollars-per-square-foot basis.” The company cites the Daybreak master plan near Salt Lake City as a good example of a project that successfully integrates midscale, mid-priced product within a larger community.

Companies that are building more affordable homes and marketing them to Millennials are already starting to reap the rewards. It’s time for more builders to start thinking about creating a product that is attainable for the largest faction of buyers we may ever see.

piggy bank with money tied to backWho doesn't love a perk that allows you to reap the rewards of something that you already do... provide quality construction and outstanding customer satisfaction. That's right, cash in on YOUR excellent customer service by joining the Incentive Program!

Joining the Incentive Program is the best way for our Members to maximize their dollars plus enjoy additional benefits that only this program offers.

RWC established this program over 25 years ago as a way to reward our members for their good claims experience. Since then, RWC and affiliates have distributed $21.5 million in Incentive distributions back to Incentive members.

A Member must enroll at least 20 homes per year or have an annual enrolled sales volume of $2 million. A free analysis illustrating how the Incentive Program can work for you is available upon request.

• The annual fee of $295 is waived for Incentive Members, saving an additional $1180 in years 2-5 of membership.
• The value of the Incentive distributions greatly reduces the effective cost of the warranty fee.
• The Member enjoys a locked-in enrollment rate under the standard program throughout the duration of their Incentive membership.

If you think your company will meet the eligibility requirements, call us to take the next step in building your own Incentive reward! Contact us at 800-247-1812, Ext 2149 or email sales@rwcwarranty.com.