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10 ideas to start 2008 off with a Bang! - 11/29/07 04:52 PM
Marketing Plan for January 2008 Here are ten ideas to start 2008 off with a bang. I have not decided whether to push all ten but I have used all ideas before with some success. For me one sale is successful. Only three of the ten actually cost money. The majority are more time driven. Good selling in 2008. •1. Newspaper presence. We run program adds every Sunday for our Listings. There is an additional charge for our logo. The present well received. •2. Update our website. To include new updating pictures of all listings. •3. Email blast MLS sheets to all Realtors (13 comments)
Moving into the Greater New Orleans Area Important Phone Numbers - 11/29/07 02:19 PM
Moving into the Greater New Orleans Area Here are some important phone numbers and website to help your move go smoothly: Atmos (Gas) 1 800 692 4694 website: http://www.atmosenergy.com/AT&T 866 620 6000Cox Cable 504 304 8444 website: http://www.cox.net/Entergy 1 800 368 3749 website: http://www.entergy.com/J.P. Water Dept. 504 736 6060 website: http://www.jeffparish.net/Waste Mngmt 504 254 5353 website: http://www.wm.com/US Postal Services 1 800 275 8777 website: http://www.usps.gov/FEMA 1 800 621 3362 website: http://www.fema.gov/Kenner City Hall 504 468 7200 J.P. Tax Office 504 363 5710Gretna Tax Office 504 363 1555Orleans Tax Office 866 493 7407 If you need any other numbers feel free to call me (1 comments)
Did you know you could order live recordings for NAR CONFERENCE? - 11/29/07 10:36 AM
Did you know you could order live recordings for NAR CONFERENCE? To me this is a great idea. I wanted to sit in on more conference but time is so short. I ordered the complete conference. I just received them yesterday. I plan to listen to two sessions each week. There appears to be 140 session on the 10 cd's. My tech guy (my son) is downloading all on my iPod for me. If you like to order here is the web site: http://www.iplaybacknar.com/ You can order just the session you want or the whole thing. I thought every session was informative. (8 comments)
NAR's Seminars Las Vegas Do Agents Read? - 11/29/07 09:57 AM
NAR's Seminars During one of the seminars' in Las Vegas NAR, one of the speaker stated that the average Realtor reads about 2.5 books per year. I have read about 7or so. This does not include by two books that I keep on my desk for daily inspiration. How does this compare with your readings? Majority of my titles are dealing with Real Estate and construction. This is me just wondering. (3 comments)
Retiring the black Box - 11/28/07 01:27 PM
Retiring the black Box. Just a reminder, to check the NOMAR schedule. Appointments are set up via your last name. Many agents do not know that there is a schedule to follow. I do not go until Friday at 1045 to change to the new key. The location for the exchange is: Wednesday through Friday, December 5-7 Quality Inn & Conference Center 2261 N Causeway Please allow at least 45minutes to exchange your key, followed by a short instructional video. Check the chart to see where your last name falls. If you cannot make another agent may exchange for you. (4 comments)
Specialized Real Estate Services, Inc. - 11/27/07 07:21 PM
Specialized Real Estate Services, Inc. Frank Rubi Broker/Manager I would like to extend an invitation to all Realtors. Come By and visit our new corporate office. We would like to personally invite all of our agents to our new location at 3525 Hessmer Ave, Suite 301, Metairie, LA on December 13, 2007 from 3:00-7:00pm to help celebrate the opening of our new office. We will be having an open house with snacks and beverages and would love to see everyone there!
Please Come, Frank Rubi (2 comments)
Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans - 11/26/07 09:55 PM
Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans Game time has been change to 3 PM for this Sunday match up. Ok Section 602 let's hear you. I will be there just as normal. This is a big game for the Saints. A must win so let's get ready for game day. The Saints lost the first game to Tampa Bay so this game is a must. GO SAINTS (9 comments)
Assist to Sell - 11/26/07 09:46 PM
While at NAR in Las Vegas last week, I visited with the Assist to Sell people. I am wondering if anyone here is has experience with Assist to Sell. If so what is your general impression. I don't think it is for me but I like to know all the different approaches to our business. (6 comments)
Four Points for your 2007 Tax Preparation - 11/25/07 04:23 PM
As we move into the last quarter of 2007, we should all take a little time and evaluate your taxes. Some points to ponder: •1. Boost or make contribution to your retirement plans. •2. If you turn 50 by year's end, you maybe allow increasing your contribution by $2,500.00. •3. Hurricane Katrina tax break for individuals will expire December 31. The GO Zone allows bonus depreciation. •4. For self employed the standard mileage rates for use of vehicles for work are 48.5 cents per mile. These points are my understanding. You should always consult your tax advisor to ensure these deductions fit your needs. (1 comments)
Dixie Beer Coming back to New Orleans - 11/25/07 04:05 PM
Dixie Beer Coming back to New Orleans Dixie Beer was making a strong come back until Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005. Since then the brewery has been in several locations. Recently, the new owner decided to come back to its Tulane Ave home. Since 1903 the Dixie Beer brand has been one of New Orleans own beers. I personally, am looking forward to their return in 2009. If you want to taste an original beer try a Dixie. (8 comments)
More Points to keep in mind when hiring a Contractor - 11/24/07 08:27 PM
More Points to keep in mind when hiring a Contractor Getting your Property Ready for the Spring Selling Season If you would like to hire a professional to do a professional's job, keep in mind these points: •A) Do not pay any money up front. If you have to no more than 10% or $1000.00. •B) Do not make your final payment until the job has pass your final inspection. •C) Protect yourself from liens by adding a release of lien clause. As a big investment, keep in mind the remodeling projects can pay you back in a big way. Kitchen and bathroom remodels appear to be (0 comments)
Top 6 Things to keep in mind when hiring a Contractor - 11/24/07 07:49 PM
Getting your Property Ready for the Spring Selling Season If you would like to hire a professional to do a professional's job, keep in mind these points: •1. Choose a professional through personal recommendations. •2. Combine a short list. Here where I would find out if they are license an insured. •3. Get references from each contractor. If possible ask to see the work performed. •4. Get a formal bid from at least three contractors. •5. Find out from the contractor if they are or willing be working on several jobs at the same time. •6. Once you pick the contractor double check the insurance coverage and their (1 comments)
Get your home ready to sell this Spring - 11/24/07 07:30 PM
Get your home ready to sell this Spring. Point to consider when preparing to list your home. •1. Seek a Realtor who will help you price your property to the current conditions of your local market. •2. Property preparation: •· Minor remodeling projects like changing your cabinet doors in your kitchen, •· Changing faucet fixtures, •· Adding new backsplash at your sink area. •3. A new coat of paint will help in any room. •4. The front garden, freshen it up with new mulch. •5. Make a plan; do a little at a time. Start now so this spring you will ready for a Sale. A customer call today and (0 comments)
Top 10 Things to do before 2008 - 11/24/07 09:21 AM
Top 10 Things to do before 2008 •1. Go paperless. Purchase. Office will become paperless in 2008. A new Scanner will be included in our Technology budget. •2. Paper Files. Ensure all paper files are in correct jackets and in filing cabinets. •3. Backup all data on our computer. •4. Clean all computers. Purchase canned air and clean all dust from inside and around towers. Beginning in 2008 this will be done every six months. •5. PM. Preventive Maintenance for all electrical equipment. Repairing wires and cables. Make sure surge protectors are installed and working properly. •6. Check to make sure anti-virus software is up to date (13 comments)
New Orleans City Park Big Bass Rodeo is Back - 11/23/07 07:01 AM
City Parks Big Bass RodeoMarch 29, 2008 Location: City Park This is a great time had by all. Whether you're a kid or adult the fishing is coming back at City Park. This will be the first Rodeo since Hurricane Katrina. It appears that the pond has been restocked and the fresh water pumps are working. To help make the Big Bass Rodeo a big success they are in need of donation. Contact Kaye Florane, Rodeo Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on donating or sponsorship. (3 comments)
Happy Thanksgiving from Frank Rubi and Specialized Real Services, Inc.Hopeing this Thanksgiving finds you with many reasons to give thanks! Well here we go with the holiday season. This afternoon my family spend time with my Mother. Tomorrow, Thanksgiving day I plan on watching some football and starting the Christmas light for my home. Enjoy your families! Happy thanksgiving (5 comments)
My closing thoughts on NAR Las Vegas - 11/19/07 12:10 PM
Las Vegas NAR 2007 The perfect place for a conference Las Vegas. There was something for everyone. Whether you were there for just the NAR Conference and networking you could have not asked for a better time. I eat at various restaurants with my wife. She also enjoyed herself to the shopping. The weather although it was warmer than usual was perfect for walking the strip and enjoying the sites. I believe a good time was had by all. I hope to have just as good of a time in Orlando, FLA next year. (1 comments)
Your thoughts on 1800soldfast - 11/19/07 11:57 AM
While attending NAR last week I visited with a vendor, 1800soldfast. My question is or has anyone done business with this group. They are out of California. They offer a license, to use the 1800soldfast telephone number for a given area. I would appreciate and input on this issue. They offer use of the 800 number and redirect the calls that originate from your desired zip codes. (8 comments)
Las Vegas Conference Nov 13 - 16 2007, Here we Come! - 11/12/07 05:44 PM
Check List for NAR LAS VEGAS 2007 •1. Airline Ticket •2. Check In online •3. Confirm Hotel Reservations •4. Email All Clients to let them know I am in touch via email and cell Phone •5. Agent covering any business •6. Dinner at Paris reservation •7. Pass for Expo •8. Pack •9. Finish all paper work •10. Laptop charge Here is a sample of things to complete for NAR. Hope to see everyone there. I leave with John Walters at first light. Vegas here we come. (3 comments)
New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams - 11/10/07 05:14 PM
New Orleans Saints vs. St. Louis Rams This is one to make anyone worry. The Rams are winless. That does not mean they do not have talent. The Saints on the other hand are on a roll. Winners of their last four. The Saints going into tomorrow games are 4-4 on the season. Last week the crowd went crazy every time Reggie Bush went on the field. I know because I was there. (8 comments)
Veterans Day - 11/10/07 11:03 AM
Brother and Sister Veterans Day November 11, 2007 I know we all have on our minds, Las Vegas and the upcoming holidays but we cannot forget those who have and are standing watch for all of us. Send a card, email or a simple phone call to all veterans that you know. To all My Brothers and Sister "Carry On".
Let's Go To Vegas! - 11/10/07 10:53 AM
Are you Ready? Are you ready for the NAR? It is time to go. I need to pack. I am looking for this much need break. Although, it is work related I just enjoy being around others who I share common interest. I will leave early Tuesday morning. Come back for a closing on Friday and back out for the Thanksgiving break with my children. Hope to see everyone. (3 comments)
New Orleans International Airport WIFI Kenner LA - 11/02/07 08:03 AM
New Orleans International Airport, Kenner, LA. If you're traveling in the next few weeks to NAR, Las Vegas don't forget your laptop and camera. If you're traveling and have a layover call ahead and see if the airport is offering WIFI. The New Orleans International Airport as just added this nice convenient feature for the traveling public. The New Orleans International Airport is located in Kenner, LA. Since Hurricane Katrina the report number of daily flight is now about 130. Pre Hurricane Katrina, the daily fights was about 170. The City of Kenner has bounce back as well since the hurricane. The (5 comments)
Booth Number for NAR and Markers - 11/01/07 05:12 PM
NAR Booth in Las Vegas If you have a booth in Las Vegas for NAR please share the booth number. I am sure every Active Rain member will stop by and introduce themselves. We had a booth in New Orleans and it was a great experience. In addition does anyone have an idea that we can use to easily identify ourselves. (1 comments)
Count down to NAR Las Vegas - 11/01/07 07:51 AM
NAR in twelve days are you going? If you're going what attractions are you planning on seeing? It has been twenty years since I last visited Las Vegas. Hotels rooms are book solid so I know someone is going. If you would like to meet, please let us know. I have four Realtors from my firm. One is John Walters. I have started a Las Vegas Conference group. Join if you like to met up and share a coffee. (5 comments)
Clocks and Smoke Detectors - 11/01/07 06:59 AM
It that time of year again Don't forget to turn your clocks back on Saturday, November 3rd. A simple way to remember is fall you fall back and spring you spring forward. Anyway, just a simple reminder. In addition, all property owners should change batteries at this time. Smoke detectors batteries are very important. I have had a fire in a rental. The smoke detector work and everyone got out safely. If you need any additional information for your Kenner or Metairie rental feel free to contact me. (1 comments)
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