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FINALLY! Finished Sorting Through Our NAR Goddie Bag! - 11/30/07 10:33 PM
WHAT IS WORTH PURSUING FROM THE VENDOR BOOTHS AND PRESENTATION SESSIONS? Hi, folks! Sue and I are finally getting down to the bottom of the very thick-and-heavy collection bag from NAR 2007 in Las Vegas (BTW, weren't the "New Elvis," Bill Cosby, and James Taylor shows worth the trip? Taylor gave us FOUR encores!) Here are a few keepers - please write and add yours - DigimarkText.com- sign riders suggesting drive-by's TEXT information request from their cell phone or SmartPhone, for an instant, mobile listing brochure. Listing Agent immediately notified via text as well. Here comes Generation X and Y - (4 comments)
Lil' Buddy's Blog - Don't Forget Us Pets for the Holidays! - 11/30/07 08:28 AM
THE CHICAGO REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! I'm waxing romantic about the holidays! You wouldn't believe some of the creative, and tasty, gift items out there for us four-pawed companions. Incredible baskets of wonderful treats, doggie and kitty beds, collars, and toys, dog and cat oriented items for around the human home - even a new Pet Cell Phone (what will they think of next?). Check out BlogChicagoHomes.com for some ideas and some great links. And don't hesitate! There aren't too many shopping days left before the holidays. You wouldn't want us (0 comments)
Keys to Success in 2008 - Attitude, Approach, Expectation! - 11/29/07 03:53 PM
SOME END-OF-YEAR CONFESSIONS AND PLANS FROM A CHICAGO TEAM LEADER! Just got off the phone on our Group Telecall with our Success Coach, Patti Kouri of Accelerated Performance Coaching in suburban Los Angeles. We've been working with Patti for over seven years - she has changed my business, and my life! We had a very good year in 2007, our Gross Revenue is up nearly 2%, our Net Income up nearly 5% - despite encountering a very challenging condo and single-family home market in the city. Virtually every transaction has been challenging. Six short sales, several foreclosures, buyers who want the moon during (1 comments)
Top Producer "Market Snapshot" - Worth the Investment? - 11/29/07 12:38 AM
Hi, folks - Would like your take on another "Instant CMA" product - Top Producer's Market Snapshot. Click the link for more information, and a demo site (using, of course, the Top Producer templated website product). The screenshots look rather impressive - a prospective seller can create a do-it-yourself CMA by entering a few facts about their house and location. The pages that come up brand you, as the Top Producer licensee, and link directly to your local MLS, through their Top Connector software product. They suggest with a link to contact you for more information, as you, the Top Producer License Holder, (12 comments)
IL Legislature Considers New Mass Transit Funding Plan Wednesday! - 11/27/07 10:32 PM
As Alfred Hitchcock used to say . . . Goood Eeevning! Down in IL Capitol Springfield tomorrow, the IL House of Representatives debates diversion of the IL Gasoline Tax in the six-county Chicago Metro Area to provide a long-term solution for Transit Funding in and around Chicago and the suburbs - IL Counties of Cook, Lake, DuPage, Will, McHenry, and Kane. All area transit agencies - the CTA Bus and el, METRA Rail, and PACE Suburban Bus - would be impacted by the funding program. This is relevant to not only Downtown Chicago Real Estate, but also Chicago Suburban residents as well - (1 comments)
Do You Know Somebody, Who Knows Somebody? Dean's Team is Growing! - 11/27/07 07:33 AM
Know anyone in Chicago who wants to grow? Our Team, at Keller Williams Fox in Lincoln Square, on the North Side of Chicago, near Western & Wilson Avenues, is looking for the one right individual to join us. Incredible work ethic and the desire to learn, and grow to your next level are a must. You've got to be willing to work hard, be coachable, and want to do well. We all live by the Dean's Team Code of Conduct in our daily business. It says, in essence - We're EXCELLENT at what we do, and we'll bring that excellence to our Buyer, (1 comments)
Spam No More? Try Cloudmark Desktop! - 11/26/07 08:58 PM
Good Evening Everyone, Ever since I built a Public Website, I have been plagued with Spam. Tons of it! I can make the world's biggest sandwich out of it, and still have room for leftovers tomorrow! Tried Outlook and Outlook Express Filtering, Filtering at Point2, my web hosts (they OVER filtered), and numerous free and paid programs that said, "Pick me - we are the best Killer of The Spam!" To date, Cloudmark Desktop, available for both Outlook and Outlook Express, seems to be the best. After installed, it filters spam to it's own folder for subsequent deletion. You can check the folder (3 comments)
Distressed Homeowners Wait for Lawmakers to Act! - 11/25/07 09:50 PM
Hope you enjoyed the Thanksgiving weekend, and you're getting down to the bottom of the Cranberry Soufle Leftover Bowl! I spotted a relevant article in today's Chicago Tribune, written by reporter Kenneth R. Harney, Washington Post Writers Group. Each day, our Team sifts through Foreclosure Databases to uncover dozens of newly-filed foreclosure actions and Sheriff's Sales scheduled. For weeks, and months, we've been encountering rhetoric on the web and in print about lawmakers wanting to do something about it. Such reform actions, it seems, have stalled in the U.S. Senate. Check out our summary on our BlogChicagoHomes.com website. Indeed, many of those with less-than-immaculate credit, who (2 comments)
Just Received Another "CONTINGENT ON SALE" Offer! - 11/24/07 04:30 PM
Hey, gang - Just received another "Contingent on Sale" offer on one of our Suburban Chicago IL listings. Anyone want to guess if the price on the contract was - A. Respectably high, or B. Ridiculously low! If you guessed "B", you're right - but you knew that anyway. And, wouldn't you know, the prospective buyer doesn't even have his home listed yet! When he does, says the inexperienced Buyer's Agent, of course he is going to build in some "negotiating room" in his own price. When will he list the home - after MY client accepts! How much time does the prospective buyer request (7 comments)
Data, and Sanity, Saved with Mozy.com - 11/24/07 09:48 AM
Hey, everyone - Each and every one of you backs up, religiously, right? Automatically, systematically, regularly. Right? Well, I got this thrown up in my face yesterday. Thankfully, I DO always back up, automatically, using a business back up service at using the Connected Online Backup from Iron Mountain (for me, about $75/month). There is another service, FREE, for most of us and our home PC's, at Mozy.com, and have been using that on my computer, as well as my wife's, for a couple of months now. Suggested by our Tech VA - Cathy Mallers at The Office Grapevine. In my experience, a lot of (8 comments)
Keyboxes in The Big City! - 11/24/07 12:24 AM
Hey, Gang - Just posted, on the Windy City Group, my thoughts about using Lock Boxes (manual or electronic) to handle your showings, rather than personally accompanying every showing. This issue seems most highly charged in larger cities, where clients may be concerned about security. Here in Chicago, the issue is highly charged. Many agents that accompany every single showing blame those who use lock boxes to show as being lazy, or not in tune with the City of Chicago market. I was one of the skeptics, but now use lock boxes extensively, especially in the City of Chicago. The boxes allow our Team (3 comments)
Black Friday in Chicago IL - Great Links, Info for you CRAZY Shoppers! - 11/23/07 01:55 PM
Hitting the mall today? Not me! Like many guys, my biggest shopping day this year will be Monday, December 24th, at around 4 in the afternoon. Ladies, you want to find a bunch of males, each with a "deer in the headlights" look in their eyes, and fear in their hearts, heading straight to the "Gift Card" rack (they still can't think of what to buy their wives or girlfriends) - go to any mall or big box store late in the afternoon on Christmas Eve! It's quite humorous! Click to BlogChicagohomes.com for some relevant thoughts and great links updating what's happening (2 comments)
LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - TO ALL YOU DOGS, AND HUMANS, TOO - HAPPY THANKSGIVING! - 11/22/07 03:29 PM
THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Dean's Team! You know, there's a great old movie - Avalon, directed by Barry Levinson (the same director who brought you such great films as Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Diner, Liberty Heights, and several others). Part of the story line revolves around the annual Thanksgiving dinners celebrated by an Eastern European Immigrant family, year after year. Even though it is set in the 1940's, just after World War II, the story holds a lot of (1 comments)
CHICAGO REAL ESTATE VOLUME DROPS - BUT MEDIAN PRICE UP! - 11/21/07 01:28 PM
ILLINOIS MEDIAN SALES PRICE INCREASE 0.7% THIRD QUARTER, 2007 Statistics compiled by the Illinois Association of Realtors, released yesterday, indicate an increase of 4.2% in the median sales price of homes across the Chicago IL area over last year - to $262,000 in the third quarter of this year, from the median price of $252,000 in the third quarter, 2006. Visit BlogChicagoHomes.com to view the entire story, and link to the full Chicago Tribune Article written by Staff Reporter James P. Miller, on November 19, 2007. DEAN'S TEAM LEADER, DEAN MOSS (2 comments)
HELLO, ACTIVE RAIN! - 11/21/07 12:57 PM
Hello, everyone! We're Dean's Team, from the Lincoln Square Neighborhood in Chicago IL. Came to visit at the suggestion of several others we network with through Coach Patti Kouri, Floyd Wickman, and many at the NAR Conference in Las Vegas last week. We look forward to sharing with you! Dean's Team Leader, DEAN MOSS (9 comments)
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