The Future is Here: Embracing AI Tech at PSA

Real estate is an ever-changing industry, where staying ahead of the trends is key to success. As Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools start to take the world by storm, powerful AI writing models like ChatGPT are introducing game-changing ways to enhance productivity, streamline communication processes, and ultimately transform the real estate landscape. At Patterson-Schwartz, we’re making it easy for our agents to understand and embrace this new technology with industry-leading education and resources. 

AI Powered Writing Tools for Listings & Newsletters 

PSA’s team of technology and marketing experts spent the summer learning about AI technology, specifically AI writing tools like ChatGPT, and the applications for the real estate industry.  

“Seeing the benefits, it was imperative we bring this tech in-house,” says Sue Kennedy of PSA’s Technology team.

By September, AI writing tools were built into existing tools and available to assist with property descriptions and newsletter content using PS@NET – PSA’s internal business management system. 

“I LOVE these new tools from PSA,” says Greenville agent Lauren Madaline of the Madaline & Law Group. “I saved so much time using the prompts in place, giving a personal touch here and there as opposed to sitting for hours thinking up content from scratch! This is an absolute game-changer for me and my team.”

Coaching from National Social Media and AI Technology Expert 

Seeking ways to help agents understand and maximize AI writing tools, PSA partnered with national social media expert Katie Lance. CEO and co-founder of Katie Lance Consulting, Katie is a prominent figure in the real estate industry, specializing in helping real estate professionals leverage social media, video marketing, and artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance their business strategies.  

“I’ve been a long-time fan of Katie’s and I always learn so much from her expertise,” says Nicolette Pomije, PSA’s Senior Marketing Manager. “I enrolled in her ChatGPT course over the summer and knew she’d be the right person to show our agents the capabilities of this new technology.”

PSA agents showed up in droves for Katie’s three-part webinar series entitled Empowering REALTORS® with AI: ChatGPT and the Future of Real Estate. This Zoom course covered everything from writing prompts to best practices with ideas for creating content, engaging consumers, and generating efficiencies. Her emphasis on ChatGPT and AI as a complement to an agent’s business – and not a replacement for an agent’s voice or experience – was key to her approach.

Marcus DuPhily, a Hockessin agent, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “This is VERY cool! [Writing remarks] is my least favorite task when it comes to preparing a listing. I am looking forward to trying this out.”

Ann Jackson, a Rehoboth Beach agent, was similarly excited to use AI writing tools after Katie’s sessions, saying, “Great info. Looking forward to taking the leap.”

The Future of AI is Here 

PSA’s new tools and Katie’s presentation are helping our agents open the door to a new era of real estate, where AI becomes an indispensable ally, enabling them to provide a higher level of service and streamline their workflow.  

As Katie Lance shared with our session attendees, “So many brokerages and offices don’t understand the importance of at least starting to have these conversations [about AI/ChatGPT]. I give huge kudos to Patterson-Schwartz for being ahead of the game. I love that you are on it.”

Stay tuned for more exciting developments from PSA as new technology shapes the future of real estate. 

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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Scorching with Opportunities: A Look Back at PSA’s Summer

As the temperatures soared and the sun blazed, summer became a time of heightened activity at Patterson-Schwartz. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, PSA agents were busy getting in front of their communities and industry peers, as well as getting ahead on their service portfolio and professional development. Join us as we revisit the highlights and achievements, and share the opportunities that were seized during those sunny days.

Fired Up Philanthropy

The temperature wasn’t the only one rising to the occasion this summer. In June, PSA participated in another successful Build Day for Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, and in July, took a trip to the Delaware beaches to return as sponsor of the Rehoboth Art League’s Cottage Home Tour. In addition to these events, PSA co-sponsored a number of agent-driven causes through the PSA foundation, hit the links at a number of golf fundraisers, and helped local kids prepare to get back in the classroom with a company-wide school supply drive.

The charitable giving never stops at PSA and there are a number of events and charitable efforts lined up for fall, including sponsorships with The Delaware Center for Horticulture, The Delaware Museum of Nature & Science, Delaware Hospice, and The Mary Campbell Center.

Fun in the Sun

From our first-ever company-wide picnic at our Newark campus to our Mid-Summer Mixer in Lewes, members of the PSA family had a number of opportunities to celebrate the best of summer with their colleagues. These events proved an excellent way to gather agents from across the company and provide a warm welcome to the many new and returning agents who’ve chosen to make their home at PSA.

PSA company-wide picnic 2023

Speaking of fresh faces, over the summer our corporate headquarters welcomed a new technology support assistant, and a number of new staff members to our property management department. We are constantly improving and expanding our network of support at PSA and these new hires are already integral to the strength of our team.

With end-of-summer celebrations underway – an intimate “Q&A with PSA” open forum with our EVPs, Donna Greenspan and Jason Giles, and plans for a November Mid-Month Mixer in the works – there are sure to be plenty of opportunities to celebrate PSA’s culture, community, and growth into the fall months.

Tools & Tech Coming in Hot

Before the Memorial Day barbeques coals got a chance to cool, PSA beefed up our tech with the launch of a new and improved online home valuation tool on pattersonschwartz.com. What better way to bring the summer heat than with maps showing buyer activity hot spots?  A product of partnership between PSA and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, this new tool has already proven a valuable resource for potential sellers, and a springboard for PSA agents assisting clients with putting their homes on the market.

On the heels of that launch came a series of in-person sessions at each PSA office with experts from Homes.com, and the release of some updates to our internal business management system (PS@NET).  

On tap for this fall, PSA is helping agents dip their toe in the AI waters by hosting sessions with a national expert and coming up with ways to make AI more accessible for day-to-day business.

Diving into Professional Development

At PSA, our agents are always striving to be the best they can be. And during a season defined by clocking out for vacation, our agents were increasingly checking into the office. Well-attended educational summer sessions on “How to Answer Six Common Real Estate Questions” and “A Day in the Life”, and workshops on compliance guidelines, gave PSA agents an edge on generating business and the best practices to garner success.

“How to Answer Six Common Real Estate Questions” with Justin Kierstead and PSA leadership team members Juan Fuentes, Jr., Angela Allen, and Brian Pomije.

September brings a new season of our Successful Start new agent training program, a vigorous continuing education schedule, business planning sessions, and a marketing road show focused on leveraging testimonials for business. Sales meetings, workshops, and round tables with PSA peers, leadership team members, and industry partners will also pick up in frequency as the leaves change.

With a bustling summer under our belt and a jam-packed fall on deck, it’s a great time to be a part of PSA regardless of the season.

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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Summer Fun to Feel Good About: Giving Back at PSA

From fun and fundraising along Dewey’s sandy beaches to fireworks lighting up the hills of Hockessin, PSA is teaming up with our agents to support events that celebrate the best of summer in the areas we serve.

Summer is a great season to get out and enjoy outdoor events with family and friends. It’s even better when these events benefit a worthy cause, or give some love to the local community.

From fun and fundraising along Dewey’s sandy beaches to fireworks lighting up the hills of Hockessin, Patterson-Schwartz is teaming up with our agents to support events that celebrate the best of summer in the areas we serve. What does it mean to partner with a company that believes in giving where you live? We spoke to agents across the company about how PSA is helping the causes and communities they care about get their day in the sun.

We are so grateful to count on the support of PSA

Jamie Coleman and Cassie Rogerson of PSA’s Rehoboth Beach office

Jamie Coleman and Cassie Rogerson of PSA Rehoboth Beach say, “For eight years, Patterson-Schwartz has supported the Seeshore Fest Event and helped raise over $100,000 to fund research finding treatments and cures for blinding diseases. We’ve been sponsoring this event in honor of a former client since the very beginning, and were proud to be involved in its launch. We are so grateful to count on the support of PSA as the cause continues to grow.”

This year marks the 8th annual Seeshore Fest at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, and both Jamie and Cassie will once again be teaming up to support the cause with the help of Patterson-Schwartz. Click here to learn more about how this fundraising event benefits the mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness & Eye Institute.


“Delaware Crime Stoppers is dependent upon the support of businesses like PSA”

Jeff Olmstead of PSA’s Greenville Office

Jeff Olmstead of PSA Greenville says, “My involvement on the board of directors of Delaware Crime Stoppers began about 15 years ago. It has grown significantly and is dependent upon the support of communities and businesses like PSA to have funding for its mission. It is Delaware’s only anonymous reporting source which bridges the gap between scared citizens with information and the police that need to solve crimes. The organization receives up to 200 tips on a monthly basis. We appreciate the commitment to sponsoring DECS as it brings us closer to making Delaware and its communities a safer place.”

Patterson-Schwartz is a proud returning sponsor of this year’s Delaware Crime Stoppers’ Friends of Law Enforcement Annual Golf Tournament at Deerfield in Newark. Click here to learn how you can join Jeff and PSA in lending your support to solving crime in the community.


PSA truly values the uniqueness of communities it serves”

Karen Burke of PSA’s Hockessin Office

Karen Burke of PSA Hockessin says, “I joined the Hockessin Business Association over six years ago and one of the many initiatives I support is the annual Fourth of July parade. With the backing of local businesses like Patterson-Schwartz, the celebration has expanded into a festival of events that ends with evening fireworks. PSA truly values the uniqueness of communities it serves, and I am proud to be a part of this amazing, caring company.”

Hockessin has been home to Patterson-Schwartz’s corporate headquarters and largest sales center since the 1980s. Click here to learn about the community’s Annual Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks, and how you can join Karen and PSA’s efforts to keep the celebration going for years to come.


More Ways to Have a Feel-Good Summer

Please join the PSA family in supporting more summertime events in our community:

At Patterson-Schwartz, we embrace the philosophy that being a good neighbor is more than just giving money to a worthy cause – it’s about developing and investing in the community in which we live and do business. That’s why our sales associates and employees give countless hours of their time to charitable causes.

In support of this culture of giving back, Patterson-Schwartz donates a portion of the proceeds from every real estate transaction to the PSA Foundation. Since its inception in 2001, the PSA Foundation has donated nearly $1.4 Million to local charities and organizations that are close to the hearts of the PSA family of sales associates and employees.

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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Honoring America’s Best: 11 PSA Agents & Teams Earn National Recognition

RealTrends recently released the 2023 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals rankings, and Patterson-Schwartz is thrilled to announce that eleven of our best and brightest agents and teams have made the list! This remarkable achievement positions them as industry leaders, representing the top 1.5% of more than 1.6 million real estate professionals nationwide.

Now in its 11th year, the recent rankings measure closed transaction sides and closed volume for 2022. In total, over 27,500 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best.

Each honoree earned their spot during another competitive year in our industry, surpassing production benchmarks and delivering outstanding service. We are proud of our local brand and service legacy that proves our agents and teams are prepared for any market challenge and only getting stronger.

Being recognized among the highest performing agents in the United States is a well-deserved honor for these hard-working members of the PSA family who continue to raise the bar in the real estate industry. Get to know them on the list below!

America’s Best – Delaware Rankings 2023

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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PSA Rises in Top Independent Broker Ranks, No. 1 in Del.

Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is proud to be among the nation’s top brokerages in The RealTrends Five Hundredan annual report published by RealTrends of the top 500 real estate brokerages in the United States. Rising to 66th nationally among private independent brokerages and maintaining the number one spot as Delaware’s leading locally owned and independently operated brokerage, Patterson-Schwartz closed 2022 with a total sales volume of $1,484,562,093 with 3,756 transaction sides.

Real People, Real Local

Patterson-Schwartz may stand out as one of the few locally owned companies in an industry dominated in recent days by big brands and franchises, but our connection to the community and its people is hardly a novelty.

For over 60 years, we have honed an ability to adapt and overcome market challenges by listening to, learning about, and anticipating the needs of our agents, clients, and industry. And as independent broker, we have the freedom to react quickly and efficiently to implement the methods and technology that best suit our unique market.

We’ve weathered good markets and bad with innovative marketing strategies, top notch tools and resources, and a supportive company culture that pulls from our collective experience and knowledge. And at the root of all our success is the hard work of our family of sales associates, staff, and leadership team who live and breathe what it means to be local and genuinely care for the people and communities they serve.

I firmly believe that Patterson-Schwartz is about the people, the relationships, and the overall compassion that we have for each other and our customers. I’m proud of the culture that Patterson-Schwartz fosters. I’m proud that we truly are a local brand that gives back and supports the local community through its agents and employees. It is certainly unique in today’s world.”Jason Giles, PSA Executive Vice-President, Brokerage Operations

Locally Grown, Nationally Recognized

Headquartered in the town of Hockessin, Delaware, Patterson-Schwartz has been lighting the way home for over 60 years. We are Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage with ten offices and over 500+ sales associates and staff. We offer a full range of services including residential home sales and rentals, relocation services, and property management. We invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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Business Management Gets a Major Boost at PSA

“This industry moves and changes fast and our agents need the ability to quickly and efficiently access the information and resources they need,” says Donna Greenspan, Patterson-Schwartz Executive Vice President of Administration. “We love offering the right tools in the right moment, especially ones thoughtfully crafted for own agents.”

Last month the Patterson-Schwartz tech team wrapped up a series of office roadshows demonstrating our re-imagined and newly mobile-responsive online business and listing data management system, PS@NET. It’s a project our technology team and in-house focus group proudly worked on for a great part of 2022. 

Donna Greenspan addressing a packed training room at PSA Hockessin in January 2023

Designed for PSA, by PSA 

“Building technology internally allows us to customize and create access to tools and resources that work best for our agents and our ever-evolving industry,” says Sue Kennedy, Patterson-Schwartz Technology Manager. “We launched PS@NET in 1998 as our first internal online listing management system. We’ve been fine-tuning with added features and functions ever since.”

While a one-stop resource for property searches, transaction management, real estate tools, and company news, this latest version of PS@NET is our most robust version to date. It was re-designed in response to how our agents do business — on the go and on the spot. 

Streamlining the mobile experience played a large part in the re-design. Menus and most-used tools are front and center; and added features, like goal-trackers and quick search options, further enhance the user experience. But making it feel fresh was just as important as making it feel familiar. 

“We really listen to our agents and carefully watch the way they do business. Our internal systems support them by being smart and intuitive, but also accessible and uncomplicated. We launched the new PS@NET at the beginning of the year, and our agents are already becoming fluent users,” says Sue.

Launched at the Right Time 

Agents were able to start using the new PS@NET and take advantage of its new features in January — a time of year when business planning and goal-setting is top of mind, and ahead of the busy spring market to come. 

“Change is good! In addition to the new look, I can find things with less ‘clicks’, customize my frequently used tools, and the entire system mirrors what I see and do on my cell! In today’s world, we require quick and easy access to the tools we need and the new PS@NET does exactly that!”

Lori Davis, Patterson-Schwartz Newark sales team

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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Oh, What a Year! Wrapping Up 2022 & Looking Ahead

Whew! … The holidays are over, the resolutions have been made, and the new year is in full gear.

But before we venture too far into 2023, we want reflect with gratitude on a year full of growth, productivity, and community at Patterson-Schwartz (PSA).

Growth

In 2022, our agents showed up in droves for PSA-led marketing strategy sessions, home tours, continuing education classes, business planning workshops, and networking events. But our agents weren’t the only ones to get smarter through professional development, our CMA listing presentations did too. Especially in a shifting real estate landscape, access to on-going education and innovative tools is key to growth in any market and our agents took full advantage of both.

The PSA population also grew, in size as well as strength. In addition to welcoming 60+ new and experienced agents to our sales team, we had the pleasure of congratulating nearly 200 members of the PSA family on their noteworthy anniversaries (10+ years) last year. Our agents, staff, and leadership team possess a remarkable depth of knowledge, experience, and dedication that is a true testament to our legacy of service.

With so many brokerages looking to add to their ranks, we are honored by all of the talented and caring professionals who’ve made the choice to partner and grow with us. PSA remains dedicated to supporting you and your business.

Productivity

In 2022, we were proud to serve the residential real estate needs of approximately 3,756 individuals and families, transferring ownership of properties valued over $1.48 Billion in total. We also proudly assisted over 175 individuals and families through the leasing process to find a rental property. During every single transaction, our sales associates, leadership team, and dedicated support staff worked diligently to meet every challenge and deliver exceptional service.

And with over 75 sales associates and teams from across the company receiving recognition from the Realty Alliance for 2022 top sales performance, and a significant number of that population having earlier ranked nationally among America’s Best, we are confident saying we have some of the most productive agents in the business!  

Community

The PSA Foundation continues to be active and has contributed nearly $1.4 Million to local charities and organizations since its inception in 2001. In addition to giving back through our Foundation in 2022, the PSA community gathered around our peers to support a number of charitable causes, celebrate important milestones and achievements, and launch the Mid-Month Mixer — our very own series of networking events.

We value our family culture and always look for new ways to support and connect with each other and the areas and the industry we serve. Year after year, we are thrilled by what we can accomplish together.

What’s on the horizon?

2023 is already off to a great start, and our sales associates are here for it. The January calendar was dominated by sales meetings, next-level business planning sessions, our first Mid-Month Mixer of the new year, and the debut of our re-imagined and mobile-responsive online business and listing data management system (PS@NET) — a project our technology and in-house focus group worked diligently on for the greater part of 2022.

The next few months will bring more new agents through our Successful Start program, back-to-basics marketing sessions for seasoned agents, and more opportunities to better serve clients and get in front of and learn from industry leaders and peers.

Markets change and bring new challenges, but our commitment to serving our clients, agents, and community with integrity stays at the same level of intensity as it did at our company’s founding. Cheers to over six decades strong and the bright future ahead!

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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Best of the Best: Our 2022 Realty Alliance Award Honorees

At Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate, our sales associates are always working hard behind the scenes, navigating ever-evolving market conditions, and using their professional know-how to make homeownership dreams a reality. And in an uneasy year marked by low housing inventory, rising interest rates, and historic inflation, it was important to have a local expert to guide you through the buying and selling process.

Celebrating Success

The Realty Alliance is a network of North America’s elite real estate firms. Each year they identify the leading residential sales professionals for their exceptional performance.

The Patterson-Schwartz agents and teams recognized for their efforts in 2022 make up the top 15% of our sales associates in the individual categories of Units and Total Dollar Volume. The qualifying amounts were 16 Units and/or a Total Dollar Volume of $5,900,000.

We are thrilled to congratulate the 75+ Patterson-Schwartz agents and teams for being nationally recognized for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments. These honorees represent the best of the best and epitomize our company’s dedication to providing superior guidance and service in every market. 

2022 Realty Alliance Award recipients, listed by sales office:

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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A little office, a lot of heart: a visit with PSA Brandywine

“I have an important update, friends,” says Tim Carter as he greets the late October Lunch & Learn crowd at the North Wilmington office of Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate. “Before we start our meeting, I want to share photos from the local mom we helped back in April… a lot of them featuring outfits you so generously gifted. She wants you all to know baby Skylar is doing well and how grateful she continues to be for all of your help.”

As sales manager of PSA Brandywine, Tim Carter’s strength is bringing people together, whether it’s for a training session, a celebration, or, as is often the case, a charitable cause. The office roster is small compared to others in the organization yet the agents are a mighty force when sharing their ideas, time, and resources.

Tim Carter, PSA Brandywine Sales Manager outside the North Wilmington office

Before April 2022, the mother they helped was just a stranger, struggling with a disability and with limited access to support or resources. Her story reached a member of the PSA Brandywine office and Tim dropped a call-to-action in his weekly communication. In less than two weeks, the office had amassed enough donations of diapers, clothes, and baby supplies to fill four car loads and to keep the little girl outfitted for at least two years.

“We saw a need, spread the word, and came together,” says Tim about the donation effort. “It’s just what we do.”

Where good things happen

The Brandywine office of Patterson-Schwartz is tucked in a quiet corner of a bustling commercial plaza off Silverside Road and is home to about 40 full-time sales associates. The two-story brick building is well-equipped for real estate business with the usual desks, conference areas, and a glassed-in board room. But upstairs, the cubicle walls give way to a bright, open space with three large farmhouse tables scattered with chairs.

“It’s a collaborative space,” says Tim when asked about the break with tradition. “Previously, we didn’t have a place for our agents to gather that didn’t feel cramped or formal. One day something came over me and I walked upstairs and just started tearing down a cluster of unused cubicles. Then I went to IKEA.”

The re-imagined space works — and not just for sales meetings or holiday parties. Earlier in the month, agents and partners from Fairway Mortgage used the space to put together over 250 bagged lunches for Ministry of Caring. In September, it was used to sort toiletry donations for Ronald McDonald House. And months before that, it was filled with baby shower gifts for someone they had never met.

It’s a comfortable space where conversation and laughter flows, and good things happen.

A generous spirit

“We have a great family here. We’re supportive of each other professionally and personally, and at the heart of everything is this spirit of generosity,” says Tim. “It’s no wonder we often find ways to get together that also give back.”

And give back they do. The office has a monthly commitment going back 20+ years with Meals on Wheels Delaware and members regularly volunteer for the Delaware Food Bank, but a lot of outreach happens organically as needs develop in the community.

It’s these “pop-up” needs that brought their attention to organizations like Urban Promise of Wilmington who needed water bottles for their summer camp program; and the Friendship House Clothing bank who put out an urgent call for winter coats.

It’s also what brought them to a stranger’s doorstep with baby gifts.

#CountingOurBlessings

After the October Lunch & Learn in the collaborative space, Tim walks back to his office to add the baby photos he received to his window of collages. It’s a big collection of happy faces and moments from gatherings and charitable events his office has been a part of.

He has a special memory and story to go with each photo, like a social media feed come to life.

Tim’s collage display on his office window

“If you ask, my group isn’t really fond of getting their pictures taken. They don’t do any of this for recognition, but I’ve never seen a group of people so generous with their time and resources. I document it to remind us just how truly blessed we are.”

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The Patterson-Schwartz Brandywine sales center is located at 2211 Silverside Road. As proud members of the North Wilmington community, the PSA Brandywine staff, sales associates, and mortgage professionals are area experts who care about the people and communities they serve. You’re invited to reach out to Tim, his team, or any of our local offices when you need assistance with your real estate goals.

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Fresh on the scene: Mid-Month Mixers hit networking circuit

Live music and laughter fill the air as a friendly game of cornhole gets underway in the parking lot of a seemingly quiet Hockessin office park. It’s late-afternoon on a crisp fall day and there’s not a starched suit in sight.

Business networking never looked so relaxed and fun.

October’s Mid-Month Mixer event at Patterson-Schwartz of Hockessin

The right event for right now

“We’ve been deprived of so much socialization over the past couple of years,” says Juan Fuentes, Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate agent, assistant sales manager of PSA Greenville, and networking event committee co-chair. “Without a doubt, we are loving the return to office gatherings and in-person celebrations within the organization. The time seemed right to create opportunities to connect with the local real estate community at large. Our Mid-Month Mixer is meant to feel like a fun night out and not a straight-laced business meeting.”

Patterson-Schwartz hosted its first Mid-Month Mixer in September 2022 at Timothy’s Pub in Newark with great success. Over 100 attendees came out to enjoy drinks and mingle with colleagues and peers from the local real estate industry and its affiliates.

Fairway Independent Mortgage Company of Delaware partnered with Patterson-Schwartz to sponsor the event and played a big role in the launch by promoting the mixer, providing refreshments, and donating a generous raffle basket. Held in the late afternoon on a Wednesday, the bar was busy and the space was abuzz with lively conversation and the exchange of business cards.

A network of support

October’s Mid-Month Mixer was a more casual outdoor affair that put the spotlight on the company’s largest office and its hospitable spirit.

The back parking lot was transformed into a picnic area with tables, lawn games, and a makeshift bandstand. Friendly smiles welcomed everyone from new and experienced agents, to local lenders and home service providers. There were raffle and cornhole tournament prizes for a few lucky winners and special branded can koozies available to all attendees. But for many, the real reward was something not so tangible.

“These Mid-Month Mixers have been awesome!” Says first-year Patterson-Schwartz Greenville agent Kathryn Matic, who has attended both events.

“I’ve been introduced to and formed relationships with several agents in and outside the organization… and I think these connections and having that support from each other are crucial when doing business. All different types of agents coming together in a cool setting has resulted in some great conversations. Hearing about events like these, even my non-industry friends want to get their license and be a part of the real estate scene.”

Save the date

Future Mid-Month Mixer events for Patterson-Schwartz are in the works, including one in November on the Wilmington Riverfront.

“We love what we have started here,” says Angela Allen, Patterson-Schwartz agent, Assistant Sales Manager of PSA Hockessin, and Mid-Month Mixer co-chair. “It’s been great to see people interacting, forming new relationships, and sharing ideas.

“We look forward to continuing this effort with many creative variations and more partners in the upcoming months… Stay tuned!”

In the local real estate industry as an agent or affiliate? Follow Patterson-Schwartz on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn to learn about our Mid-Month Mixer events or send an email to midmonthmixer@psre.com to be added to our distribution list.

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Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate is Delaware’s largest independent real estate brokerage and offers a full range of services that include residential home sales, purchase and rental, relocation services, and property management. We’ve been guiding home buyers and sellers since 1961, and invite you to connect with us when you’re ready to partner with a local real estate expert.

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