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Is It Time To Live Or Die? - 08/23/08 10:02 PM
Nearly all of us go through life without truly thinking of survival. We may consider our financial survival when times are lean, but rarely do we consider our physical survival. What happens if something occurs which puts your physical survival in jeopardy? If you were attacked today, how would you fare? Without trying to instill paranoia in my readership, consider these things for a moment. Most real estate professionals go through their jobs in oblivion to dangers that could be present. Perhaps we should take a moment and think about the mindset that should be firmly in place should an actual (0 comments)
Time For Cake and Fireworks!! My Active Rain One Year Anniversary!!! - 08/23/08 09:53 PM
It's official - I've been blogging on Active Rain for a year! Fifty three weeks ago, or so, I thought that blogging was done by people with no life and no ability to interact with the social mainstream. I thought that blogs were for those who couldn't find any "real" way to express themselves. They were forums for radical political agendas, and humans with really bad hairdos. Boy was I wrong, and I'm SO GLAD I was! I attended Keller Williams Mega Camp in 2007, and one of the tidbits I happened to pick up in a breakout session was that (9 comments)
Relocation Companies Can Be Difficult - 08/16/08 10:45 PM
Not all relocation companies are difficult to work with. I have had VERY positive experiences with several relocation companies. There is one, however, that has been consistently difficult. I'm not going to name them. Perhaps you have dealt with them. It doesn't really matter. All I know is that they can make or break a deal and really could care less. We have several national and international businesses in Greenville, SC, so we deal with relos on a constant basis. A good relo company is on the ball, takes care of the customer, and returns calls promptly. The subject company, however, (1 comments)
Be Careful What You Put On Facebook, Myspace, ETC... - 08/16/08 10:31 PM
I am starting the hiring process for a new employee, and I advertised on Craigslist. Within twenty four hours, I had received six or seven emails from interested parties. I downloaded resumes, and then logged onto Facebook and Myspace. I'm a curious person. After a career as a police officer, I found that I enjoyed finding things out about people. Then, one night I saw a news blurb about prospective employers checking the social networking sites to find out more information on their employees. I thought that was an interesting idea. I've got to admit, as long as a person can (21 comments)
Another Update From The Golden Swivel Chair - 08/16/08 10:21 PM
Is this thing on? Hello? Ahh, yes. Greetings and salutations from the Golden Swivel Chair, high seat of Keller Williams Realty, Greenville Central. That would be South Carolina's Greenville, not North Carolina, Texas, or Alabama, in case you were wondering. I have been in the seat of the Golden Swivel Chair for a little over two weeks, and it has been an eye-opening experience. I have noticed several things that I will offer for your perusal. 1 - New agents let brokers know right away if they know something is going wrong in a contract. Experienced agents tend to wait longer... (0 comments)
Pictures On Business Cards - 08/16/08 10:10 PM
I was recently lucky enough to attend a class by Vaughn Loudenback in for our Keller Williams office in Simpsonville, SC. Vaughn spoke of many great topics, but one that he touched on was business cards. I've always wondered if pictures actually made business cards more effective, and he said that when it came to real estate, pictures WERE more effective. Cards with pictures tended to work better than cards without pictures. He went on to tell us some information on how you should lay out your card. First, have the picture on the left hand side. Do this so a (11 comments)
Instead Of A Pain In The (POSTERIOR) - Give Them A Pain In The Shin! - 08/16/08 10:01 PM
If you are ever confronted physically and you are up close to the attacker, consider this self-defense dilemma. You and your attacker are grappling. Your hands are holding one another off. You can't hit or elbow because you can't loosen your hands. You don't want to go for a shot to the groin, because you'd be placed too far off balance. What do you do? One thing to consider is the shin rake. The shin is a very sensitive part of the body. Think about it - there's a reason that Coach made you wear shin-guards when you played soccer! Ever (1 comments)
Office Antics - And A Lot Of Hot Air - 08/16/08 09:54 PM
Imagine going away on vacation, leaving your happy employees happily working in their happy environment. Imagine enjoying your vacation, without a care in the world... especially for your happy employees. Imagine that your happy employees are happily thinking about you on your happy vacation... and they want to have some fun of their own! This could be what you return to.
OK.... WHO HAD THIS MUCH TIME ON THEIR HANDS??? :-) (12 comments)
Keller Williams Mega Camp - Good Times Are Ahead! - 08/09/08 11:15 PM
I'm looking forward to attending Keller Williams Mega Camp at the end of this month down in Austin, TX. Mega Camp is always a special event. Agents who are well out of the starting blocks and deep in the process of building their businesses converge to learn about techniques and ideas, and to share opinions with one another. It was at Mega Camp last year that I learned about a little thing called Active Rain. That one bit of information has made me a lot of money in the last eleven months! It will be interesting to see what I bring (4 comments)
Realistic Buyers - Don't Expect A Seller Slaughter In Greenville! - 08/09/08 11:12 PM
One of the problems that agents in the Greenville, SC area are running into are buyers who expect to make a killing on selling prices of homes. This generally happens with out of state buyers who come from markets that have taken severe hits. Often times the buyer was hit hard as a seller themselves, and now wants to take that out on someone else. Unfortunately (or fortunately!), this is not the case in Greenville SC. Our homes are selling for an average of about 3% below asking price, so if a home's list price is $200,000, and it's priced correctly, (2 comments)
The Great Comedians - Where Have They Gone? - 08/09/08 09:05 PM
Don Knotts. Bob Hope. Tim Conway. So many others. Legends in their time, and personal favorites of mine. I've enjoyed laughs from those three and MANY others for years, but I often wonder, are those laughs becoming a lost thing? We don't really have any comedians that I can point to that have the same schtick as any of those guys. Lucille Ball was another great that comes to mind. I'm getting ready to watch Private Eyes with Don Knotts and Tim Conway. I've been searching for this movie for YEARS (not too seriously, but off and on), and finally found (0 comments)
Facebook Has Finally Paid Off! - 08/09/08 08:45 PM
This is an update to a previous blog that I posted about Facebook. I was questioning at the time whether or not Facebook was a viable source of leads, or if it was just going to be more of a waste of time. The spirits have spoken, and I received my first listing from Facebook. It required very little work - just a note here and a note there. The person discovered me through a mutual friend and saw that I was in real estate. A few questions went back and forth, and then there was commitment. The best part - I (12 comments)
Print Marketing - Dinosaur or Phoenix? - 08/09/08 08:42 PM
Recently, a client of mine asked if I could start running ads for her house in the local newspaper. I explained to her that my internet advertising was much more effective, and cited the numerous studies that have proven such. It got me thinking, though... how much of a dinosaur is print marketing? I think that it all depends on the TYPE of marketing that you do. If you're just running image ads, or ads with no direct response marketing aspect, then the ad is basically pointless. On the other hand, direct response marketing still has a place in the print (4 comments)
Dr. Pauch - Inspiration To Millions, but Hits Home With Me - 08/09/08 08:38 PM
I haven't even watched the last lecture series, but I got to see Dr. Pauch on a clip from Oprah. I was blown away. Here is a man who is dying (has died now, sadly), and he is telling folks how to be positive and optimistic. It made me wonder, how can I not always find positive things to focus on when this man's troubles were obviously far worse than mine?? Every day, I am vowing to focus on the good. I'm going to remember my dreams, and keep dreaming. Tomorrow I could be diagnosed with a fatal illness, or get (0 comments)
I Need To Kick The Habit NOW - But I'll Probably Wait Until Tomorrow (Again) - 08/09/08 08:32 PM
I don't smoke, drink excessively, or do drugs stronger than Advil, but I have a vice that is getting the best of me. Caffeine. That nasty substance is causing me no end of troubles. My drink of choice is Dr. Pepper. I don't drink coffee, so all of my caffeine comes with an added friend - high sugar content! These sugary, caffeinated drinks are giving my health a run for the money. My waistline won't go back to where I want it to be, I'm sluggish quite often, and I'm ready to have my first DP around 10am. Sound weird? Any advice? (1 comments)
The Olympics - Fun for Everyone! Do You Know Where A Schedule Is?? - 08/09/08 08:28 PM
Now that the Summer Olympic Games for 2008 have officially begun, it is time to start trying to digest the HUGE amount of information thrown our way. There are multiple channels covering various olympic games at all hours of the night. If you only want to see one particular sport, you've got to really be watching hard to get your glimpse of it! My favorites have been the equestrian events, the gymnastics and the team sports. I enjoy watching volleyball and basketball, but it's great to see individuals competing all on their own. The gymnastics amazes me - I'd break my (7 comments)
A Pilot's License Is A Freedom License - 08/08/08 11:37 PM
If your flying experiences amount to several trips inside a pressurized metal tube hurling through the air (i.e. an airliner), then you won't be able to relate to this. If you have NO flying experiences, you won't be able to relate... but I hope you all can visualize. I write this to share with you what a joy it is to have a private pilot's license. Getting from point A to point B became a lot more fun for me when I passed my checkride and became a newly-minted pilot a few years ago (2002). Now, I could travel in three (2 comments)
The Fork Tailed Devil Lives! - 08/08/08 10:47 PM
When I was in Orlando, FL recently for a real estate superconference, I expected my favorite moment to be something in the seminar. I reasonably figured that it would be a new sales technique, or a great script, or a new website for lead generation. Boy was I wrong! As I was driving down the highway one afternoon, I happened to look up in the sky and I SAW it! I knew what I had seen... but I didn't believe it! I've always been an airplane buff, as far back as I can remember. My dad and I share a love (3 comments)
Trinkets and Trash - Anything that actually WORKS??? - 08/02/08 11:08 PM
Trinkets and trash relate to all of the miscellaneous items that real estate agents buy to give out to people. These include pens, notepads, coffee mugs, etc. An agent in my office had customized first aid kits created for her to hand out to clients. I'm a big believer in no-frills marketing, and almost all of my money is put into direct response advertising, so I don't use trinkets. I've recently thought about printing up notepads to send out to my sphere of influence, along with pens. What feelings do you have about notepads, pens, or any of the trinkets and (4 comments)
Debt Free Is The Way To Be! - 08/02/08 10:55 PM
Debt is dumb, and I've experienced a LOT of dumb in my life. I've just recently been working my way out of debt, and I am excited about the process. More than anything, I'm excited about what the future will be when I'm finally there! Can you imagine living without paying ANY bills on debts you owe? I can go month to month paying utilities and things such as food or clothing. All my other money will stay with me instead of going off to build someone else's wealth. I can already tell that when I am out of debt, the (1 comments)
Do I Want A Phone That's Smarter Than Me? - 08/02/08 10:51 PM
I've long contemplated buying a smartphone, such as a Blackberry or a Trio. My real estate business is almost completely web-based, so I really need to be plugged in as much as possible to be effective. Right now, I have to rely on going to my computer to check my email, and there are often time sensitive leads to follow up on from my various marketing venues. The biggest problem is that I feel overwhelmed by the number and type of smartphones out there. I think I have a small fear of purchasing something, getting a two year contract on it, (12 comments)
Personal Defense - Pepper Sprays - 08/02/08 10:47 PM
As a defensive tactics instructor for REALTORS(R), I have often been asked about what types of self-defense devices agents should carry. When you look at everything that is offered on the market, I still think that carrying effective pepper spray is one of the best things that an agent can do. Why pepper spray? First, you don't need to have extensive training to use it (though I would get SOME training!). It's usually point and spray, with no difficult mechanisms to familiarize yourself with. It's non-lethal force, so no matter what your inclinations towards violence, you should be able to use (12 comments)
Termite Inspections - Sellers vs. Buyers Paying For It - 08/02/08 10:37 PM
The Greater Greenville Association of REALTORS(R) made a change to the purchase contract a few years ago that stated the purchaser was responsible for termite inspections, including paying the fee. Prior to that, the seller was responsible for choosing the inspector and paying the fee. I thought that it was a great change, beucase it always seemed odd to me that a seller would have an inspection of any type done. There always seemed to be the possibility of fraud, if the seller was allowed to pick the inspector, and had an acquaintance of theirs who happened to be appropriately licensed (1 comments)
Signage - Lighted Yard Signs: Any Thoughts? - 08/02/08 10:30 PM
I have seen agents utilizing the yard signs with lights attached, for "24 hour" advertising. I've often wondered how effective those signs are, and whether or not they make a difference in selling a property. I also wonder if they generate enough extra leads by virtue of their lights to pay for the increased cost. If anyone has had experience with these types of yard signs, I would be interested to hear how it has gone. Does it help during a listing presentation, when you tell your seller that you will be advertising 24 hours a day? Is there increased maintenance (9 comments)
Hiring Administrative Help - 08/02/08 10:24 PM
Many agents have talked with me about their need for administrative help. There always seems to be a need to hire "someone", but that person's tasks aren't always clearly defined. Before hiring, the need must be clear - what does your business need from the position you want to hire? I have long advocated virtual assistants. I have two assistants - a regular admin assistant, and a virtual transaction coordinator. My virtual transaction coordinator is the best "hire" I've ever made. I pay her on a per-transaction basis, and I never come out of pocket for it. My buyers and sellers (0 comments)
Your Opinion Counts: Top Producer vs. Outlook vs. Agent Office - 08/02/08 10:19 PM
I am once again considering the future of my business database. I'm currently using Top Producer (going between 7i and 8i depending on my mood each day). I'm fairly happy with TP, and have integrated it fairly well into my business. There are still things I could do to make my business more efficient by using TP, but I do what I can based on my time. I constantly look at my budget, and I'm reminded monthly that TP costs money. I have three assistant subscriptions, so my bill is around a hundred bucks a month. Options for reducing this cash (49 comments)
It Was Worth Paying For The Trip Just For This... - 08/02/08 10:13 PM
On my recent trip to Orlando Florida and the latest Craig Proctor Superconference, I learned a new technique - and this technique will be netting me a LOT of commission income in the future. How many times have you been contacted by a seller who explains that they recently purchased their home (within one or two years), and need to sell it in order to purchase a new home (for whatever reason - family size change, job change, it really doesn't matter). The problem? They haven't built up enough equity in their home to sell it, pay off their mortgage(s), and (0 comments)
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