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Training oh training how I love your shiny teachings - 07/24/08 03:19 PM
I have just finished some great classes with one of our trainers, and I can not believe how much information and technology is truly out there. I also can't believe how so many agents become so afraid of change that they end up not utilizing the great tools out there. I think we should all take some time, maybe once a month or so, and find an agent in our office that is afraid, or not utilizing our tools. Just be casual and maybe ask something like: "Hey, did you see that great new program that creates CMAs for you? I (0 comments)
Will the real Batman please stand up? - 07/21/08 09:16 PM
I think that he just did. This weekend a couple of new records were set at the box office by this little movie called The Dark Knight. Was it all that the media cracked it up to be? Yes, and then some. Being some what of a purist, I had my doubts. How could you replace Jack as the best Joker ever? How would this new guy even begin to fill those large shoes? Somehow, Heath did it. Heath Ledger was incredible, dark, and crazy. He didn't try to replace Jack, Heath put his own spin on the character, and blew it away. (0 comments)
New Tyler stats: up 15% - 07/15/08 03:46 PM
Just a quick note about all the growth in Texas, and Tyler in particular. WE ARE GROWING!!!!!!! According to the news reports all over the other night, Tyler has grown a whopping 15% since last year. Is that nuts are what? No. I guess many people have finally figured out that we have a great "small town" feel, while still being city like. Did I mention all the lakes we are close to? (0 comments)
The little closing that could..... - 07/15/08 03:40 PM
Well, it has been several days since my last post, and I will admit that the withdrawals have been horrrrribbbbbleeee. However, I have legitimate reason why I have not been spilling the knowledge from forth my mind. It is called a closing. Yes, almost all of us have had one of those things before, but what made these past few days so special, for me in particular, has to be the fact that it was an FHA loan. How could that be so bad? Don't thousands upon thousands of those things close daily, or weekly? Sure. Did I mention that this (0 comments)
why, oh why must lending me so messy? - 07/10/08 05:53 PM
So, there I was feeling sick waiting for a close that I hoped would close. I say hope, because two days before the closing date I was still sending needed documents. Oh, I warned them. I warned them all. No way we can close that quickly. When do you get your check? Well, the closing is set at 4:30 in the afternoon so plan on at least another day or two. Oh? Okay, let's close four days early anyway, just in case. Twenty phone calls, a frustrated closer, an upset client, a confused agent, and a big mess later... The closing gets moved (3 comments)
the path to financial freedom: home building - 07/07/08 09:41 PM
I just got an interesting phone call. I have a client who is building homes here in Tyler. The phone call tonight was from a mutual friend who wanted to start building homes too. Tonight talked to my client and my client is going to help tonight. (with me so far? leaving out the names for obvious reasons) Of course, tonight wants me to find him land lots of land and the starry skies above, and I would get to list the home built, or homes if they can make enough to keep going. So, this makes me wonder if this (6 comments)
blogging addiction - 07/06/08 11:14 AM
Yes, it's true. I can not deny it. I too like to blog. Okay, that was weak. I lovvveee to blog. Oh, and learn too. Isn't that what this place is all about? If you stop learning, if you stop trying new technology, if you fight the ever changing world, how can you expect to be successful? So, what am I learning that maybe my fellow raindrops could learn? You have to look everyday at not only this site, but others. You have to think outside the box as to what you think your clients may want. Learning is an every (7 comments)
first week thanks, and question - 07/05/08 11:36 AM
Well, here I am at the end of my first week on AR, and I have to tell you this place rocks. I'm on Facebook, and I have mentioned AR about four times this week. I love the wealth of information, the kinship, the efforts to help that you find here. I think blogging on AR should be mandatory for all new agents as part of their classes before being issued your license. All these things being said, I still don't know how to thank an individual for their comments. I know how to send an individual message, but is there (17 comments)
Gifts for clients - 07/04/08 02:10 PM
As I get ready to close this latest deal, I am reminded that I should give my sellers a gift for letting me represent them. I have listened to them, and have a gift picked out, but once again I find myself wondering what amount I should spend. How much is too much? Is it based on the amount of commission I make? Is it based on a personal friendship? I have heard of $100 gift baskets for new home buyers, gift cards to restaurants, movie and popcorn baskets, new vacuums, etc. What are you guys doing for clients? (19 comments)
Tyler, Texas - 07/03/08 10:14 PM
For those of you that visited Tyler once many, many, moons again, I just thought I would let you know things have changed. I have lived here for about 12 years, and let me tell you we have some growth going on here! I learned yesterday of a new hotel going in by the toll road. I think this makes about 6 new hotels this year. Yes, this year. Before the new multistory hotel, we were up to a 20% increase in hotel rooms. Why so many hotels? I asked a friend who works at one, and he explained that his (0 comments)
VA paperwork - 07/02/08 09:54 PM
Does anybody know if there is some good information out there on walking through the VA paperwork on a loan? I feel like I don't understand enough about the process. I am in the middle of a VA guaranteed loan now, and it looked like it wasn't going to be too difficult a process. Today, I had no less than 6 phone calls asking me for information. I gave it, and it took until 4pm to figure out that they wanted something different. I really need some more info on the whole process. Any resources with an outline of the process would (3 comments)
Words of wisdom for all new agents - 07/01/08 10:26 PM
I was just remembering something my RE instructor told me in one of the many classes I took with him so I thought I would share it. He said something to the effect of: " Real estate is not about the money. Never look at it as about making money. Do the best you can to help people, be honest, be the best person you can, and the money will follow." I try to live by these words, and hopefully they can help some of you too. (7 comments)
Veterans: Remember them often - 07/01/08 09:57 PM
So the big weekend is coming up. Fourth of July, Independence day, a day off from work, another day the banks are closed, and the mail doesn't run. However you choose to look at it, take a second this week to reflect on our freedom. Yes, you typically remember Veterans during Memorial Day, but why not remember them again? In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a Veteran. I was in the 25th Infantry Division (Light) for about three and a half years. No, I don't need to get a bunch of people to say thanks to me. I just want to (7 comments)
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