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Are you OPEN-MINDED? - 10/29/09 09:24 PM
"Close your eyes and let the mind expand. Let no fear of death or darkness arrest its course. Allow the mind to merge with mind. Let it flow out upon the great curve of consciousness. Let it soar on the wings of the great bird of duration. Up to the very Circle of Eternity." Hermes"
So, what does "Hermes" mean by this? Well, my interpretation is to let your mind not be confined to your own ideas and thoughts. Open your mind to the thoughts and ideas of others. Do not be stubborn and close-minded.
In the real estate (1 comments)
Do we consider ourselves a success or a failure? we are what we believe! - 10/29/09 09:00 PM
This is so well put! We should read this from time to time to remind us that life happens. Let's not be afraid to fail; our courage will lead to success! Great blog, Sandy! (and great words Winston Chuchill !) Via Sandy Bliven, e-PRO Certified Agent (Coldwell Banker Cahoone): "Success if not final, failure is not fatal;It is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill 1871-1965 Motto to Live By "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, body thoroughly used (1 comments)
Only the facts here, only the facts as of this moment....but you know this industry! Many changes in lending on a daily basis!
Ann Sabbagh Vice-President Seacoast Mortgage (1 comments)
Do you have regrets?? WELL DON'T!!!!!!! - 10/29/09 08:19 PM
"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy; you can not build on it, it's only good for wallowing in." Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)
So, real estate agents, you may not have priced the last listing attempt correctly or you said something wrong during the appointment. Loan officers, you may have quoted the rate too high or forgot to ask for the tax returns when you pre-approved a borrower and then the underwriter noticed "unreimbursed employee expenses", thus lowering your pre-approval amount.
When is the last time you did an act of kindness for someone not in your immediate circle of family and friends? And when you do a kind act, do you talk about it and broadcast it? Or do you act kind so often that they go unremembered by you?
Try spending one day doing random acts of kindness to those you meet along life's way. See how you feel at the end of the day. If you wish (1 comments)
Do you WASTE time???? Do you know how to ENJOY life? - 10/23/09 07:25 PM
"Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret, and life a beautiful success." Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), Author
Do YOU make each day useful? Or do you spend time thinking about what you need to do, thinking about what you wish you had done, or just wasting time in general?
Some of us need "to-do-lists" or we may do well by attending a time management class.
The most successful people in a sales industry, such as the (7 comments)
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DO YOU KNOW IF YOU SAVED ENOUGH/ARE SAVING ENOUGH FOR RETIREMENT? If the answer is "no", you should find out NOW so you know what you need to do to accomplish retirement. There are many websites you can use to help you calculate YOUR retirement requirement. Here is one from Bank of America that is very easy to use:
Once you plug in your numbers, the "Retirement Calculator" will show you how much more you need to save OR if you saved "too much", God Bless YOU! You have done well. If you are not so fortunate, do (3 comments)
Sometimes we get in our own way when a challenge is presented to us. It may be our stubbornness or our pride or our own personal convictions. We need to step out of the box and watch ourselves as if we were in a movie. What would we think of ourselves as we watched?
Real estate, and for that matter, everyday living, presents obstacles we need to overcome in order to achieve RESULTS. Let's eliminate one issue: ourselves. Fight back the temptation to argue back. When others (4 comments)
So, let's put this into an example: As a listing agent, you have been listing many homes in excellent/good shape. One day, you are asked to list a house that is in BAD repair: bad odors, plumbing that does not work, porch falling off, terrible landscaping, etc... WHAT DO YOU DO?
Turn the lemon into LEMONADE! HOW? Target a contractor who wants to team up with (4 comments)
We all face challenges during the day, a curve or two in the road, especially in a difficult real estate market such as this! Our challenges should strengthen us and compel us to move forward and through them.
So, the next time you receive a call from someone involved in the transaction, which may cause a delay or possibly a termination of the sale, consider the issue a challenge. One that can be overcome by everyone working together. And (5 comments)
So, do you face a problem knowing exactly where YOU stand on the issue? Give yourself a test: think of a similar situation in which you were involved: how did you react? How did you solve the problem?
Do you approach life and solve problems the way you live?
Ann Sabbagh (0 comments)
Do YOU meet the definition of CLASSY? - 10/17/09 11:34 PM
"Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life." Ann Landers, born 1918
How TRUE this is! Class has nothing to do with money. It is knowing yourself and showing the world you have proved yourself by your accomplishments and grace you exhibit. Thank you Ann Landers for saying it so simply! Ann Sabbagh Vice-President Seacoast Mortgage 508-243-1190
"When you choose me as your mortgage consultant, (6 comments)
Do you BLAME others when things go wrong in a transaction? - 10/16/09 10:52 AM
"Yes, there are times when something is legitimately not our fault. Blaming others, however, keeps us in a stuck state and is ultimately rough on our own self-esteem." Eric Allenbaugh - Author of "Wake-Up Calls"
So, when was the last time you said: It was the loan officer's fault!" OR "It was the agent's fault!" OR "That darn appraiser ruined the transaction for everyone!" .
When a transaction goes south, we should all realize not every transaction can be a grand slam. There are houses that will not appraise or will have appraisal issues, like repairs required. There may (3 comments)
Nehemiah was terminated since it was discovered these loans had a higher incidence of foreclosures. Ok. So now we have the $8000 tax credit, which many borrowers are using to pay back gifts from relatives that were used as a down payment or to (2 comments)
Do you believe knowledge is POWER? Mario does! - 10/13/09 10:21 PM
"Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs." Mario Andretti Auto Racer
So, TRUE, Mario! The more education a real estate agent can grasp, i.e. learning about the internet and how to syndicate listings, the better the agent will be for the consumer. The more a loan officer educates themselves about loan products and learns about affordability and not just qualification, the better the loan officer will (3 comments)
Yes, times are difficult in the real estate industry. But a POSITIVE attitude and knowing that every day is a blessing and will be the BEST day of the year will make life happen for you and for others, since a positive attitude is contagious!
Ann Sabbagh Vice-President Seacoast Mortgage Corporation LICENSED LENDER AND BROKER Residential AND Commercial loans 508-243-1190
"When you choose me as your mortgage consultant, you also choose a financial planner who cares (8 comments)
I hear often in this industry: "my mortgage lender did not listen to what I wanted or my realtor is showing me homes I have no interest in"
By listening to our clients needs, we will be able to better meet those needs. Pure and simple!
Let's get listening!
Ann Sabbagh Vice-President Seacoast Mortgage Corporation LICENSED LENDER AND BROKER Residential AND Commercial loans 508-243-1190
"When you choose me as your mortgage consultant, you also choose a financial planner who cares about YOUR future!" (10 comments)
The SATISFACTION of the REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY ! - 10/10/09 11:04 AM
"I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it's not going to be satisfying." Greg LeMond - Cyclist, 3 Times Winner of the Tour de France
Well, we all know real estate can be a struggle during these tough times, BUT at the end of the day we are helping the consumer and isn't that satisfying?
Ann M. Sabbagh Vice-President Seacoast Mortgage Corporation "Where financing is smooth sailing!" Residnetial & Commerical Financing (508) 243-1190 (401 475-1441 (fax) email: firstname.lastname@example.org website:www.annsabbagh.com (1 comments)
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