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The Power of Comments and Commenting!!!!! - 09/29/10 11:25 PM
I love this post Larry wrote about commenting. I have actually begun to get a lot of referrals by building relationships here on AR. It's by commenting, referring to others in your blog, and by actually picking up the phone and getting to know other agents! There's where the referrals really come in! Occasionally, it's also fun to have a real live person to person get together... Via Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage: Blogs, Posts and Comments, Oh My!!!! Sure, they all go hand in hand. I guess it's only recently that I discovered the power in commenting. I've left just over (8 comments)
Cash-In Refinance. Nothin' New. Nothin' Revolutionary. - 09/29/10 09:56 PM
Gene has an absolutely extraordinary article here on refinancing, and good reasons to do it. Thanks so much Gene! I am hoping some of my earlier clients will enjoy reading this...... Via Gene Mundt (Chicago Bancorp):
Cash in Refinance. Nothin' New. Nothin' Revolutionary. By Gene Mundt, Professional Mortgage Banker - Chicago Bancorp
The concept of bringing "Cash In" to Closings of a Refinance is nothing new or revolutionary ... but it HAS become more common these days. Why? Home Values have declined in most U.S. housing market regions. Yields on stocks, bonds, and other (2 comments)
FHA credit scores and FHA streamline refinances - The Basics - Part 2 of 3 - 09/26/10 01:06 AM
Jeff writes so well about the new FHA loan rules, and is so thorough about it... You need to follow the links for a more thorough understanding of it all, but there's a lot right here. Via Jeff Belonger-The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( - FHA Home Loans - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc): HINT - PLease read Part 1 first - the link is below.
Okay, Jeff, I have heard that you could do a FHA streamline. Yes, this is true, but FHA now states that you can't make (2 comments)
Are You Planting Your Seeds for Your Spring Business Now? - 09/23/10 10:43 AM
Are You Planting Your Seeds for Your Spring Business Now? Are you doing all you can do and being all you can be to promote your business for the spring? Is your website up-to-date, is your Facebook and Twitter active, have you started blogging with a purpose, do you keep up with networking groups, etc...) Have you concentrated on "asking" for business, so folks are out there looking for ways to help you? Have you been working your SEO so you are showing up in your neighborhood? I do for Wilton and Fairfield County around me....
Look around you , (42 comments)
Prefinished Hardwood vs. Unfinished Hardwood - Which is better? Which costs less? - 09/19/10 12:40 PM
This post by Debbie Gartner is a fabulous write up about hardwood floors, what to look out for, and what the expenses are... Well done, Debbie!! Via Debbie Gartner (Floor Coverings International :Westchester NY & Fairfield CT): I'm often asked whether prefinished hardwood or unfinished hardwood is better. We install both and the truth is it depends on which of below factors is most important to you. The next question I get is, which is less expensive??? Just to make sure we are on the same page for definitions, prefinished means that it's all finished in the factory and then you just install (4 comments)
Take your Blog to the next level - Invite Contributors - 09/19/10 09:23 AM
Wow! The reason to never stop taking the AR classes is right here! I had stopped for a while, and now learn from Debbie that there is another new world out there for me to learn! Via Debbie Gartner (Floor Coverings International :Westchester NY & Fairfield CT): Last night I was reading Donne Knudsen's post on BLOG TEAMS: Are you on one and why you should be. She was explaining how she was so honored when Renee Burrows asked her to be a Contributor to her blog. And, I was so honored as Renee also asked me to be a contributor. ....So, what (14 comments)
Buying a Home - Celebrate Each of the Little Steps Forward! - 09/18/10 10:52 PM
Buying a Home - Celebrate Each of the Little Steps Forward! Are you helping your clients realize just how precious this process of buying a home is? How many countries allow home purchase? How many in this country can afford home purchase? How many dream of a beautiful home to raise their families and live in happily ever after? Do you keep them celebrating each little step in the process?
How do you help your clients celebrate each step? Do you bring them a bottle of champagne with each step forward? That would be a little silly, but what (4 comments)
Should a Home Purchase be Stressful? - 09/17/10 11:03 PM
Should a Home Purchase be Stressful? For many folks, buying a home can be very stressful. The whole thing can be very confusing. There are so many facets to a real estate transaction, and so many things that need to be perfectly timed. There are also many ways to keep a transaction totally on track and stress free. The first step is to have your clients write down their goals. Where, when, what, how much, etc. Where to buy, when are they aiming to buy, what sort of home are they looking for, and how much can they afford to spend? (12 comments)
Dr. Maksymuik is a fairly new dentist in Wilton, CT. Our dentist retired, and Dr. Maks came in.... He is young, has new innovative ideas, and is very attentive to his patients and their quirks, no matter how silly. It must be a good testament to his management, since not one of the other dentist's personnel quit!
My teeth have always been extremely sensitive since I was a child, and he and his hygenist, Patty, are so very gentle with me. I love (7 comments)
Do you Network for Business? I Do, All Over Fairfield County, CT - 09/15/10 11:24 PM
Do you Network for Business? I Do, All Over Fairfield County, CT Do you network for business? Do you pass your cards out at events? Do you volunteer in your town and elsewhere, and serve on community committees? Do you coach a team for your children, or help the Girl Scouts at their events? Do you help the Cancer Society run their events when they come to your town? How about joining a group of friends for a "girls' lunch?" How about a playgroup for your toddler? All of these are ways to be exposed to potential clients, and are networking. (18 comments)
Blogging is a conversation with the consumer out there in the internet world. It is not magic, and it is not the "purple pill." It will not solve all of your problems. It is just one more tool to add to supplement your marketing methods.
Social media is a great strategy and tool for marketing in the world today. Blogs should be included along with things like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, and others.
To start, simply read, listen, and observe what others are doing. Subscribe to others' blogs, and (16 comments)
Rafael Nadal Wins Another Tennis Grand Slam Match Tonight! - 09/13/10 10:49 PM
Rafael Nadal Wins Another Tennis Grand Slam Match Tonight! Rafael Nadal won his first U. S. Open title and completed a Grand Slam, beating Novak Djokovic by 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 today. It was one of the most incredible matches I have watched. Just into the second set, they faced another rain delay (the first coming in yesterday's match time), as another thunderstorm interrupted the play.
Rafa seemed to dig so deep for such incredible fitness and steadiness, always seeming to be able to pull an unbelievable shot out of the bag when he needed it. Djokovic (9 comments)
The Wilton Shoemaker - a Legend in Wilton CT - 09/12/10 02:30 PM
The Wilton Shoemaker - a Legend in Wilton CT Chris Kydes, the owner of The Wilton Shoemaker, is a legend in our town. His shop is located at 200 Danbury Road, in Wilton, CT. The phone number there is 203-762-5929. They are located at the Crossroads of Route 7 and Route 33, right next to the center of town.
Chris Kydes has been our shoemaker forever - or the better of 40 years, would be my guess. If one has a problem with anything that has leather on it, he will fix it or advice you on it. He (19 comments)
All Day Tributes to The Victims of 9/11 - 09/11/10 05:03 PM
All Day Tributes to The Victims of 9/11 No matter where we were on the day of 9/11 so many years ago, we almost all know where that was. It is a day of remembrance for all of us, all over the world. There were so many lost that day - friends and family alike. The television and radios and internet have been buzzing with tributes and memories for all. Stories from friends who lost close ones, stories heard from others...... We will remember those heroes who saved others, whether they lost their lives or not, for many years to come. (6 comments)
Post Corner Pizza in Darien CT - a favorite restaurant! - 09/10/10 11:14 PM
Post Corner Pizza in Darien CT - a favorite restaurant! Post Corner Pizza in Darien, CT is an institution. It has always been there as far back as I can remember, which is a very long time. I have been in the area for over 40 years, and it has always been right there on the Post Road in Darien, CT. It is located at 847 Post Road in Darien. Their phone number is 203-655-7721. They are open every day for lunch through dinner.
The menu at the Post Corner Pizza is pizza, obviously, lots (10 comments)
What Are The Advantages of Large Realty Houses vs. Small Family Brokerages? - 09/09/10 11:40 PM
What Are The Advantages of Large Realty Houses vs. Small Family Brokerages? Every real estate agent runs into the same dilemna as they go through their career. Many probably reassess their situation monthly as to whether they are better off staying with a large international firm, a national franchise, or a smaller family firm. Where does an agent find their future?
The international firm might have relocation referral advantages for you if you are a large producer and do some international work. The national franchise firm might be better for you if you look for national recognition and a (57 comments)
How is it that Sellers and their agents can let homes go on the mls in semi good conditions. Wouldn't it be better to have the home completely ready before letting the buying public in to see it?
Here we have an example of an attic access door that is clearly broken. A very simple fix, even for someone who is not very handy.
An example of a (16 comments)
Have You Seen Old Saybrook CT from the Air? - 09/07/10 06:55 AM
Have You Seen Old Saybrook CT from the Air? How many of you have flown over an area you know well? It is certainly a lot of fun to see the towns you know so well from the air. You can recognize your favorite lighthouses, your favorite kayak spots, your best beaches, downtown, even some friend's homes, etc. Everywhere there is a familiar sight from a different perspective - the air!
I have two great friends who have homes in Old Saybrook, and I will definitely send this photo to them! How many of us would like a photo of (19 comments)
In the spring, everything is blooming, the flowers, trees, shrubs, and insects everywhere are awakening. Bees are actively gathering their pollen, and we are admiring the work of nature. The carpenter bee will bore into wood to make its home.
The carpenter bee will bore into any wood on the property (13 comments)
This is such an incredible story - it's like this little fella has already lived three lifetimes, but acts like he's just starting his first! Watch this - It's well worth every second of it! Kyle Lograsso @ Yahoo! Video Are You a Golfer? You Won't Believe This!! (13 comments)
Reasons To Sign Up With A Buyers Agent - 09/01/10 10:44 PM
What a wonderful way to express this! Most customers do not understand how little leverage they have when they contact the listing agent for a purchase ... Via Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): So you find yourself searching for houses on the Internet. You call some agent's names off signs in front of houses. You think you are a junior real estate agent. This stuff isn't hard. Print out a few pre-printed contract forms, do your own negotiation. What could go wrong? You should know there are Reasons To Sign Up With A Buyers (3 comments)
When Will Hurricane Earl Hit Wilton CT on the East Coast? - 09/01/10 10:24 PM
When Will Hurricane Earl Hit Wilton CT on the East Coast?(copied from the Wilton Bulletin online)With huge winds of 135 mph, Hurricane Earl whipped across the Caribbean with rain, wind, and flooding causing lots of damage. Antigua, St Maarten, Us Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico all sustained flooding, trees down, roads eroded, etc. The prediction is for Hurricane Earl to hit the East Coast and maybe Wilton late Thursday before going back to sea. It may decide to sweep closer and hit a little of the New England states, but then again... do we ever know???? I guess we will know by (1 comments)
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