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Besides being FUN, it is great exercise, saves on gasoline (quickly becoming a precious commodity), saves money, Gives a fresh perspective, is intentional and deliberate (meaning it forces you to see and experience a city, make that community in much more organic way. It saves on pollution and is "green". In some instances, it is faster than waiting around in traffic. Most cities are bicycle friendly with well marked paths for bicycle commuters. Portland Oregon, for instance not only encourages bicycling but they make it easy for their commuters to do it, with biker friendly laws, rights (12 comments)
Folks this is serious......we must have this bailout!!!!....Period - 09/27/08 10:05 AM
Dear AR, It has come to my attention from some REALLY smart people that what we have been witnessing in the last couple of days is potentially one of the most catastrophic financial events in our short history, perhaps the world. It is not a bailout plan and trust me me when I say it.....Wall Street is not going to get rich off it. It is a financial stabilization plan. Our banking system and yes they are all mostly on Wall Street (coincidental) and the future of our economy has got to have the ability to lend money to keep the (15 comments)
What costs should a seller really pay? - 09/24/08 04:13 PM
Technically?....Nothing except the pro-rated portion of the property taxes due and even that is not a requirement but more of a courtesy. There are no requirements at all for a seller to pay anything. Many aspects of a real estate transaction are routine for most experienced agents. However, for buyers and sellers, a purchase contract and the costs involved are not easily understood. The responsibility of a professional real estate agent is to help navigate the terms and costs associated with the transaction. So let's say you have a contract and the seller has agreed to pay some of the costs (6 comments)
Success is not an accident........ - 09/22/08 10:35 AM
I should make this a series, since it is one of my favorite and most written about threads. Steve Hoffaker, Jon Wnoroski, Gary Woltal, Steve Homer, Richard Smith, Leander McClain, Rich Dansereau, Jason Crouch, Jim Crawford, Glenn Phillips and many, many, many more Active Rainers have all posted and commented on this area of their businesses. I hold that goal setting and planning are the most important ingredients of running a successful business. Additionally, I believe that research, education and understanding the market(s), how they affect your business, your customers, your local areas and your competition is critical to knowing how (14 comments)
Say it with service........and say it loud, say it proud! - 09/18/08 10:18 PM
Now that is what separates the professionals from the wannabes. When a customer calls 7 times in 2 hours because they are concerned about a potential problem, what do you do? Do you hide? Wrong Do you look at the caller ID and ignore the call? Wrong Again Do you turn off the phone? Nope Do you Answer the call and get frustrated and angry with the customer? Negative Do you blame and not take responsibility for the problem? NYET
Or Do you do whatever it takes to satisfy the customer...............which includes: ~Actually answering the (9 comments)
Did you know?........Title definitions ~ Official Glossary D-M - 09/17/08 04:10 PM
This is a continuing series from my blog post on the 21st of August, Did You Know?.....Title Glossary A-C The title industry has its own language. Many of the definitions are derived from Latin phrases. Many are commonplace words or idioms found in our daily language, but specific to land titles. Nonetheless, they are an important part of a real estate transaction. So, as an ongoing service....here is some useful stuff! Title glossary: D Deed- A document through which a conveyance of property is effected. Deed Restriction- A covenant contained in a deed imposing limits on the use or occupancy of (4 comments)
What are the numbers saying? - 09/16/08 05:06 PM
For starters, let me first state that I am not an economist. I read it and follow it but more as a bystander and not someone directly involved in the machinations of daily economics. I will say however that the more we know, the better we are equipped to handle all the negative and positive press that literally comes at us with almost tidal wave forces. Knowledge is after all power! So Bear Stearns has fallen, Lehman Brothers have fallen, Merrill Lynch has fallen, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have fallen, Indy Mac Bank has fallen and god only knows how (4 comments)
Nashville Predators Day at the Nashville Zoo! - 09/12/08 04:54 PM
Are you looking for something to do this weekend?........If you love hockey and animals .....Then come on out to the Nashville Zoo and sopend the day meeting the Nashville Predators and experience the beautiful exotic and really cool animals. Come on!.....It will be tons of fun! Have a great time! See you there!
NASHVILLE PREDATORS DAYNASHVILLE ZOO AT GRASSMERESEPTEMBER 14 From 1-5pm on September 24, the Nashville Zoo offers hard-hitting fun. Nashville Predators right wings Jordin Tootoo and newcomer Ryan Jones will be at Nashville Zoo's Festival Field to meet fans from 2-3pm. Predators mascot Gnash and Zoo mascot Twiga (2 comments)
Do you select partners because they.......? - 09/12/08 04:15 PM
Bring Donuts? Buy you lunch? Buy you leads? Sharing your marketing? have great Christmas parties? are your spouse, brother sister, mother, father, etc.?
..................Or Is it because they................? return all you phone calls, emails, correspondence in a consistent and measured length of time (say an hour?) .....have the highest level of professionalism in their area of expertise? .........deliver their product or service is a guaranteed length of time? .............are friendly, polite and courteous and demand the same of their staff (see above)? .....................guarantee their service levels (and take responsibility and hold themselves accountable)? ..............................are priced fairly? .........................................are financially stable? ....................................................have (0 comments)
Did you know?......Facts about title insurance that you may not know - 09/11/08 09:12 AM
Good morning, my friends, Title insurance may be the most misunderstood product and part of the real estate transaction in the whole process of transferring property. Property records are disjointed and confusing at best. There is no consistent recording methods and the laws pertaining to them are not easily disseminated or maneuvered. When I got in the mortgage business 15 years ago and since then, I have seen 1000's of closings. I have reviewed 1000's of HUD1 settlement statements. I have even closed many loans and until a year ago, I figured a had a pretty good handle on it. Well, (14 comments)
Who says you can't make it!! (Get it?) - 09/06/08 10:58 AM
How many times have you had those dark thoughts while you are by yourself in the dark? I am willing to bet that we all have. I just posted on my blog this morning after reading several articles that basically threw ice cold water on an otherwise nice day. They were about the current state of the markets, jobs outlook, home sales inventory and the bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It was enough to accelerate those dark thoughts into flat out despair. DEPRESSING! But here is the thing......yesterday I had a great day. I mean a really great day. (21 comments)
It is happening......my predictions? - 09/06/08 09:48 AM
It is happening right before our eyes.....The New York Times reported this morning that government financial leaders (Treasury Secretary - Henry Paulson, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, Fannie and Freddie mgmt. and others) met yesterday to discuss the impending "government bailout" of the 2 Leviathan's Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. This has been a topic of popular debate among many in the financial community over the last several months and essentially has been a question of when and not if. Fannie and Freddie stock has plunged in the last 12 months and has hindered their abilities to raise additional capital. They continue (6 comments)
Customer Service......are you real or scripted? - 09/03/08 06:11 PM
Okay short rant here, so bare with me for a second! How many times have you gotten one of those "service" calls from your cell phone, credit card, etc. providers? Well I have been getting quite a few lately (business must be bad) and as I understand their reasons for calling, it is absolutely ridiculous how they completely insult my intelligence while on the phone with them. They usually start something like this: Hello Mr. Hussung, this is (so and so and 9 times out of 10 I have no idea what they said) from XYZ company. How are you today? (8 comments)
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