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real estate industry: If You Want to Be My Client……. - 09/22/12 01:00 PM
No matter if a short sale or not, there are still responsibilities of all involved during a real estate transaction. What’s so hard about being HONEST? Bottom line, why lie when one has to cover their tracks and use so much energy to back up that lie? IT ALL COMES OUT IN THE WASH! It would be my understanding that if we travel through life with good morals, values and beliefs then it is no problem to do so in whatever career choice we choose. There are no cutting corners in personal or business relationships. THINKING DRIVES BEHAVIOR! We have (37 comments)
real estate industry: From Turmoil to Empathy and Compassion - 03/16/11 09:51 PM
The unbelievable turmoil that surrounds us. Many countries are in havoc with turmoil and war between the citizens of one country to nature's wrath and fury of earthquakes and tsunamis in another. We help out as much as possible and though some may wonder why I do not. The ethnic diversity in Hawaii and the cultures within each contain huge growing experiences. I was fortunate to travel in many countries as well and through each I have turned all into learning experiences. I opened my mind. Opening our minds to new experiences will be rewarding.
No matter how negative the (16 comments)
real estate industry: Is Assisting Our Competition a Good Thing? - 02/06/11 04:03 PM
I have long been an advocate to assist and help any new agent that joins us at Century 21 Liberty Homes. I've also helped new real estate agents who are on the other side of me too. Yes, they may be my competition in the future although I'm looking at the bigger picture here. Helping those real estate agents who are new to the business (or you can fill in the blank on the profession...i.e. loan officer, escrow officer etc) will be beneficial as a whole to the real estate industry. If they are getting assistance through a training program or (20 comments)
real estate industry: Understanding Diversity in Real Estate - 01/27/11 11:37 AM
Diversity can be defined as being different. I grew up on Oahu (Honolulu County) Hawaii I learned the importance of understanding diversity of all races, ethnicities and cultures. We learned to live together on such a small island and I found that opening my mind to the possibilities would increase my knowledge of all the different backgrounds. An open mind creates room for growth. In business we have a diverse workforce no matter which company we work for or what kind of business we are doing. That's just the nature of the business. We have a conglomeration of people with all genders, (10 comments)
real estate industry: Real Estate Personality- Do You Have What It Takes? - 12/16/10 07:27 PM
Oh, we will change like chameleons in an ever changing market of Real Estate. We often cross paths with like minded clients, peers and team players to our transactions. Our personalities will click and everything will run smoothly. Others that we don't click with is just fine too...because we ARE the heart of all things real estate. We Have What It Takes. We're peacemakers, negotiators, educators, listeners and give sound advice and direction for all things real estate. No matter what is going on in the transaction we keep a level head and there is no such thing as bantering and being (16 comments)
real estate industry: Updating Property Information Online IS Important - 12/13/10 03:54 PM
We all want to get ourselves and our listings ‘out there' on the internet for maximum exposure. I mean, it's only logical since 85-90% of all real estate related hits are from home buyers and home sellers. Just think. Submitting our listings to our local MLS is THE best place for our listings as it will syndicate to a large number of additional sites as well. ActiveRain, Zillow, Trulia, Craigslist, Homes.com (and the list goes on) are other large sites where a large number of those Home Buyers and Home Sellers frequent. But how often do we hear from our clients (and (47 comments)
real estate industry: The Road to RUIN or Success in Real Estate – YOU CHOOSE - 04/21/10 03:16 PM
Honolulu County IS the island of Oahu. We're just one island of the chain of Hawaiian Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. In other words, we aren't a huge state like the vast Continental United States and obviously it's not hard to run into people we know from time to time. I don't know about some, but many of us in the Real Estate Industry REALIZE that our reputation is all we have on such a small island. Stepping on another's toes, giving phone call slaps or virtual smacks for the sake of being "competitive" is a no-no ....in (60 comments)
real estate industry: Getting All Tickled over Real Estate - 03/15/10 11:33 AM
I don't know about the rest of you, but I get a little personal with my transactions. For each and every transaction I pay attention to all those details that ensure that the transaction will go as smoothly as possible. This past Friday I closed on a listing that involved many parties. The sellers, the relocation company, two agents on the buyers side, the home inspector, termite inspector, escrow officer, handyman, contractor and the list goes on. In the end I received the best compliments that a real estate agent can receive. My clients said they appreciated all I had done (22 comments)
real estate industry: Don't Forget to Stop and Smell the Flowers - 12/31/09 10:52 PM
As the hours and minutes tick away I am reflecting on all things big and small throughout 2009. A challenging time to say the least and as the end of 2009 nears I am once again in awe of the curve balls that life throws me....and how I handled it to bring on a fresh 2010 with glorious dreams, hopes and wishes that I will soon fulfill. The first half of the year proved to be very challenging in the way of closed transactions. That's okay, I took whatever time in between transactions to update my blogs, my websites, my marketing (17 comments)
real estate industry: Will YOU Fill the Shoes of a Referral? - 12/29/09 02:10 PM
When referring a client to another Realtor® we think in the best interests of our client. We interview the professional with the utmost care and keeping in mind that they will do their best to think in the best interests of our client as well. Granted, not always do we really ‘know' if it will be the right choice but we do our best to get the right professional to ‘click' with our client. Which brings us to: Why would I refer my client to YOU? Because you are not continuously bragging about yourself throughout the whole interview and you focus on (59 comments)
real estate industry: Setting Ourselves APART from .... "The OTHERS" - 12/15/09 01:35 PM
In order to set ourselves apart from our competition we have to have our own niche and areas of expertise in our profession. As Real Estate Industry Professionals we hold ourselves to higher standards and that is definitely NUMBER ONE in setting ourselves apart from ...."THE OTHERS". Instead of focusing on ‘THE OTHERS' and their poor performance let's take a look at how each and every one of us CAN and WILL make a difference in the lives of all those we come in contact with in the Real Estate Industry. BEING A TEAM PLAYER - In this business we have (21 comments)
real estate industry: So...You Think YOU'RE Excluded From Paying Taxes? - 12/03/09 04:39 PM
Independent Contractor.....means that we are small business owners and is the majority of the Real Estate Industry although I specifically want to talk about Hawaii's Real Estate Agents and their obligations for paying taxes. Yup...it's that time of year again and that's what I've been doing for the past two days. Getting ready for Year End Tax Time. All independent contractors (business owners) have to pay not only Federal and State Estimated taxes throughout the year but also General Excise Tax. We not only have to have a Hawaii Real Estate License but a GET Business Tax License too. WE, as (9 comments)
real estate industry: Are You Engaging Your Readers? - 10/13/09 05:44 PM
There are many topics and thousands of posts that have been written about How to Blog, Why to Blog, When to Blog, Where to Blog and What to Blog. And then you see a comment on someones post where the writer is complaining about others getting featured posts all the time. Obviously they aren't getting a post featured ...or even read......and they are wondering why? We engage the reader with our ‘interesting' content and I can't be more straightforward than to say that if you want others to read your posts you have to MAKE it interesting. Localism Posts: They have (88 comments)
real estate industry: Fact or Fiction? - 10/13/09 12:00 PM
What kind of books do you read? While perusing the book store for a great read I gravitate toward documentaries, news and then look at the soulful (Deepak Chopra) stuff that has helped me through the years with ‘getting a grip' on the meaning of life. On the flip side I love the weird but ‘exotic' writing of Stephen King. What kind of television shows do you watch? My husband got me into watching history, NATGEO and all those channels and topics I didn't even know about. I'm still learning! On the flip side I like cop shows and action/drama/love/fantasy stories. (14 comments)
real estate industry: Overlapping Real Estate Job Descriptions - 07/25/09 10:01 PM
Over the years I've learned that being a good Realtor Associate® means I know every aspect of our market and all involved in the real estate transaction process. I know the duties for each and how it's imperative that we all work together as a team to meet a common goal. A closed transaction. Escrow is the third neutral party that takes care of all paperwork, monies and disbursements. They can even go as far as schedule termite inspections, surveys, condo docs and so forth. They order the preliminary title report and identify any problems that the clients/Realtors® must know and (19 comments)
real estate industry: For EVERY Action there IS a Reaction | The Ripple Effect in Motion in Hawaii's Housing Market - 05/22/09 07:36 PM
There IS certainly a reaction for every action and regardless of how much we try to just....BE....there is always the human mind and behavior that will cause some sort of reaction. For instance, if I call you a @#%^&! you are not just going to just ....be. You'll either fly a remark back or your eyebrows will raise. If you're anything like me I pause, think a bit, my face contorts to the kind of situation it is and I just may have a rebuttal..... It's all in the manner of how each and every one of us handles a situations is what really matters. The Ripple (23 comments)
Back in January of 2008 nine members of ActiveRain were invited to co-author a book on Technology, Social Media and Blogging. In March I wrote: Co-Authoring a Book: "Profit From Technology - A Guide for Today's Real Estate Agent" and now I am proudly announcing the release of this book along (73 comments)
The Byodo-In Temple at the Valley of the Temple Memorial Park was established on June 7, 1968 to commemorate the first of the Japanese immigrants to Hawaii....and built entirely WITHOUT nails. This temple was constructed as a replica of a temple constructed over 900 years ago in Uji, Japan. The Byodo-In Temple translates "Temple of Equality - not to discriminate". The temple is the home to a golden Buddha Amida and thought to be the largest figure (standing 18 feet) carved since ancient times. We stood at the temple peering up at this tall Buddha. I bowed to show respect (19 comments)
real estate industry: Not All Realtors® Are Bad Apples - 04/17/09 08:53 PM
Goodie! I can write a spinoff of Jeff Corbett's Survey Says...Realtors Suck Jeff said, "....unfortunately, a few GOOD apples don't ripen the bunch". In other words a few bad apples spoil the bunch. (and pardon the title...I was just counter copying Jeff :) I changed the title folks...the word 'sucks' was not ladylike (my mom would freak if she saw that lol) Well, many good apples should be writing a response! Maybe the few good apples are not a minority ...maybe they are. I found out just how bad the tunnel vision of some individuals are about our industry in the (160 comments)
real estate industry: The Magic Formula for a Smooth Transaction - 04/02/09 03:07 PM
The Real Estate Industry is a complex industry indeed and there are so many different factors to make a transaction work. If one party does not do their job or another does not work together with another in a timely manner then that dream of homeownership for a buyer is doomed to fail and the home seller will fail in selling their home. The Realtor® representing the Buyer, Realtor® representing the Seller, Loan Officer. The Lender, Home Inspector, Escrow Officer, Termite Inspector, Appraiser should all be working together as a team to make the transaction run smoothly. When one party slacks (23 comments)
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