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Client or Customer? - 03/30/10 06:57 PM
Client or Customer? Who do you service? There is definitely a difference, not just simple semantics. According to Dictionary.com, a client is described as: The party for which professional services are rendered, as by an attorney A customer or patron: clients of the hotel One that depends on the protection of another Dictionary.com (Legal definition) describes a customer as: A person or business that purchases a commodity or service (a) A person or entity having an account with a bank or on whose behalf the bank has agreed to collect items (b) a person or entity for whom an issuer issues (0 comments)
Would You Hire You? - 03/23/10 02:04 PM
Would You Hire You? Are you the type of person youwould hire? Naturally, most people respond with an emphatic yes. But would you really hire someone just like you? There are potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line in a real estate transaction, with thousands more being paid in commissions. If you had to pay someone thousands of dollars, would you be willing to write the check to someone like yourself? What are the things that irritate you the most with other people you deal with? Do you get angry when calls and emails are not returned? Do you promptly (3 comments)
Processes That Lead to Blogging Success - 03/22/10 11:20 PM
Processes That Lead to Blogging Success Blogging can be very lucrative. It does not happen overnight. Blogging, just like life, is a marathon rather than a sprint. If you plan to stay in for the long haul, you can finish very well. I must give credit where credit is due. I found this link as a Tweet. It was originally posted by @socialrltr. The original author is Mk Akan, with reference to a blog posted by Seth Godin. I hope I have given everyone the appropriate recognition since I am not the original composer of the content. Check it out. I (3 comments)
Juggling Too Many Balls You Are Going To Drop Some Eventually - 03/18/10 05:29 PM
Life is too short. Don't sweat the small stuff! Via Gary Woltal - Associate Broker REALTOR® Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): I am a big proponent that multi-tasking is not necessarily a good thing. We all multi-task in real estate, other fast pace vocations, and just about everything in life from Moms to talking on the cell phone while driving and listening to music in our cars. But optimally doing ONE thing at at time when you can, will give you the best quality experience like listening intently to another, doing only your hobby, etc. But with juggling more and more balls (0 comments)
Actually Kermit, it is EASY being green...paperless that is - 03/15/10 02:14 PM
Actually Kermit, it is EASY being green...paperless that is I had a very strained relationship in my business. Paper and I just do not play well together. I maintain a very orderly home, keep the garage clean, and my vehicle is always presentable. Then there's my office desk. Oofta! Many trees have been slaughtered senselessly to achieve the level of disorder that is known as my desk. I have shown many signs of improvement however. A year and a half ago, I'd had enough. I purchased a tablet PC. I settled on a Lenovo X61 ThinkPad. I didn't know if I made (31 comments)
Is your life in order? - 03/12/10 12:27 PM
Is your life in order? Separating our business from our personal lives is challenging at best. Real estate is not a nine to five job. When our business is struggling, our personal finances follow suit. I've always believed in finding a balance of the most important components of our lives: Spiritual, personal, business, social. I've been following a blog related to a separation of personal and business on Facebook. The link below is much more important than a social networking site. This could be the key to a successful business, marriage, family or virtually any aspect of your life. Thanks to (3 comments)
Notables and Quotables...share your favorite - 03/11/10 10:46 PM
Notables and Quotables...share your favorite Here are some of my favorite quotes. Please share your favorite...funny, sappy, inspirational, biblical, whatever! It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely. - Erma Bombeck All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. - Walt Disney If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary - Jim Rohn He who desires, but acts not, breeds pestilence. - William Blake Many do with (3 comments)
Preventing Water in the Basement - 03/11/10 04:26 PM
Preventing Water in the Basement...a few easy steps. Spring is almost here. It's difficult to think that here in Sioux Falls, SD. It is snowing as I type this but spring is on its way. With spring comes melting. With several feet of snowfall this winter, melting snow means water. Lots of it. Along with the spring melt will also be rain. There could be lots of it. Where will all this water go? That will be determined later, but the basement is where we do not want it. When water does enter your basement, it will need to get pumped out. (2 comments)
What Drives You? - 03/10/10 03:41 PM
What Drives You? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Does the sound of the alarm every morning make you angry? Would you rather stay in bed and forget you sell real estate? I'll be the first to admit the alarm does not greet me with smiles every morning. Three mornings per week I am on the basketball court by 6:00 am. I don't enjoy waking up, but starting the day with a game of full court hoops tends to give me a kick start. I am driven to make a difference. One of my favorite quotes is (5 comments)
Sioux Falls Home Show Attendance - 03/07/10 10:09 PM
Sioux Falls Home Show Attendance This weekend was the annual Home Show in Sioux Falls. The weather seemed to cooperate in favor of the event. We were fortunate to have the temperature warm enough to welcome spring, but cool and damp enough that being outdoors was not an enjoyable option. The Homebuilders Association of the Sioux Empire sponsored the event which saw over 200 vendors. The area of primary focus this year seemed to be energy efficiency and the movement towards going green. It is encouraging to speak with people this year and hear the excitement for spring. I'm sure the (1 comments)
Are you Stupid, Sick and Broke - 03/04/10 06:49 PM
Sound advice for life. Via REATA REALTY: There are 5 abilities everyone needs for personal development. It is a proven fact, your success is directly proportioned to your personal development. The more personal development the more success you attract to yourself and your business. The first ability: THE ABILITY TO ABSORB or in other words to "GET IT". There is nothing worse than being stupid. Not having information to make intelligent decisions is really bad. Nothing worse than that unless you're broke too. Being stupid and broke that's really bad, unless you're ill as well. Now being stupid, broke and sick now that's (0 comments)
Should the repairs be completed before listing? - 03/03/10 09:22 AM
Should the repairs be completed before listing? I thought this was a very simple question with a very simple answer. I will contend the answer is yes. Here's the scenario: Property is listed, posted on MLS, and the sign goes in the yard on Wednesday. The seller promises to finish painting and cleaning over the weekend. In the meantime, there have been 10 showings and of course the work did not get done over the weekend. I work very hard to educate my sellers. I do not want a single showing until all cosmetic repairs and/or upgrades are completed. I see so many (5 comments)
Snowfall in Sioux Falls...how about you? - 03/01/10 10:35 PM
Snowfall in Sioux Falls, SD...how about you? 56.2 inches for the 2009/2010 winter, as of 3/1/10. Is that a lot? I think it is. The average snowfall in Sioux Falls, SD is 39.2 inches. It is still quite possible we could exceed our average by nearly 2 feet. 2 feet!! I've always felt as if being average would not be my ticket to success. I will now settle for a little underachievement. We're down to only 14 inches on the ground. At this rate, I should see my front lawn by May 1. Even though we've had a lot of snow, at least (1 comments)
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