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Do You Wear An Electric Collar? - 08/31/11 08:55 PM
Nucazza, LLP, 8.31.11 It has been two and a half years since I put in the Electric Fence around my property to keep my Golden Retriever, Cabo within our property boundaries. The device works by first alerting him that he is getting close to the boundary line by softly beeping in his ear, as he gets closer to the line, it'll beep stronger and if he's really "Golden Retrieverish" it'll give him a shock should he decide to cross the line. It works like magic! In the time that we've had it, he crossed it only during the training sessions and (1 comments)
Family Abstract to Offer Free Seminars to Philadelphia Area Citibank Home Buyers Showing them how to Save Thousands of Dollars on Their Next Home - 08/26/11 11:38 AM
Family abstract has successfully put together a 6 month, ive seminar series in the branches of Citibank in the greater Philadelphia region. We are very excited about spreading the word on Alternative Compensation Agreements to the Citibank customers. Via Family Abstract (Family Abstract, Inc.): Family Abstract, Inc. is bringing the Nucazza, LP, Alternative Compensation Plan to the customers at Citibank. This new model allows home buyers to work with Realtors(R) to create agreements that allows home buyers to get cash back, a reimbursement of of the Buyers Agents commission or a reduction in closing costs. Horsham, PA (PRWEB) August 24, 2011 Family Abstract, (2 comments)
Lenders often lose their home buying customers to their competitors because they can't easily identify them. Nucazza was created to help lenders make a connection with their home buying customers early on in the home buying process. By providing education to home buyers that includes a study of Alternative Compensation Agreements that save home buyers thousands of dollars. "I have always liked the idea of alternative compensation packages...We need a revolution in the industry..." Margaret G, North Shore Realtor Horsham, Pa (PRWEB) August 26, 2011 Horsham Based Nucazza, LP is starting work with lenders in the greater Philadelphia area to (0 comments)
My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. He has his food prepared for him. His meals are provided at no cost to him. He visits the Doctor once a year for his checkup, and again during the year, if any medical needs arise. For this he pays nothing and nothing is required of him. He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep. If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up. He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep. He (12 comments)
Sunday Morning Sex - 08/26/11 09:04 AM
Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just passed away, Katie went straight to her grandparent's house to visit her 95 year-old grandmother and comfort her. When she asked how her grandfather had died, her grandmother replied, "He had a heart attack while we were making love on Sunday morning." Horrified, Katie told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100 years old having sex would surely be asking for trouble."Oh no, my dear," replied granny. "Many years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured out the best time to do it was when the church bells would start to ring. It (15 comments)
How to Make a Realtor Hate you! - 08/24/11 01:33 PM
I have seen so many blog postings complaining about the buyer that it seems like the buyer is out to try to make you hate them. Buyers want to look at houses, they watch HGTV all the time and know how things work! Buyers don't need financing approval, their brothers',cousins',sisters', father was a loan officer at Commerce Bank 2 years ago. And on and on it goes. Click on my video, I hope you like it, leave me a comment.
We Just Had An Earthquake, Does Mother Nature have a sense of Humor? - 08/23/11 03:32 PM
The earth shook under my feet while in the middle of writing a comment onActive Rain, in which I was ardently opposed to the original blog and was in the middle of a scathing retort. In a split second, my focus changed, of course it did, the letters on my keyboard were moving and shaking. In Eastern Pennsylvaia for my 48 years, I can remember 3 quakes, so it was certainly something different! What went through my mind you ask, I am glad you did! (I love being the writer). Wow, this is cool! Hmmmm, the ground seems to be moving! (12 comments)
Did Respa get the right guy? - 08/23/11 11:58 AM
Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit, which subsequently became known as the "Capones", was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931. The Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), was an act passed by the United States Congress in 1974. It is codified at Title 12, Chapter 27 of the United States Code, 12 U.S.C. §§ 2601–2617. It was created because various companies associated with the buying and selling of (2 comments)
Humans Helping Humans, It Still feels right! - 08/22/11 04:43 PM
Humans helping humans Written By Sarah Boyer, Family Abstract, Inc. Earlier this month there was a tragic accident in my town. This accident did not involve me or anyone that I know, but in a sense it involved my whole world. I am saying this because this accident involved a car full of teens; 2010 graduates from my son's high school. Two of the teens died in this accident and I cannot get them or their families out of my mind. My son will be going for his driving test next weekend; he turns 17 years old next month. He will (4 comments)
1976 Spokane Special Olympics - 08/22/11 01:50 PM
In 1976 Spokane Washington hosted a Special Olympics for contestants that were physically or mentally disabled. For the 100 yard dash there were a number of contestants assembled at the starting line.
At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one boy who at the starting line stumbled on the asphalt and tumbled over.
Two of the other runners saw the boy fall and slowed down. They then turned around and went back, picked him up and the (0 comments)
Give your Home Buyers a Choice by Glenn Freezman Let's face it, home buyers are getting more and more savvy every year about what options are available to them. I think we can chalk it up to better access to information via the Internet for the most part, but regardless of the reason home buyers know a lot more about the process of home buying today than I certainly did when I bought my first property. The good news is that YOU still probably know a LOT more about buying houses than your clients ever will. That’s not to say (4 comments)
Peter Piper is "Pucked" Peters property is in "Poor-Closure" - 08/15/11 11:04 AM
I began to awake to the sound of rain tapping on the windows and for some odd reason the Peter Piper nursery rhyme in my head. Sure, Rum and Vodka come to mind, since it was a Saturday night out with my wife and friends, but Peter Piper was not profering libations. he was picking "Pickled Peppers" something like...Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, if Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where is the peck of pickled peppers peter piper picked? But in my half awake dream state Peter was buying a home, he was being advised (8 comments)
It's Not BUSINESS, It's Extorsion! - 08/12/11 03:10 PM
It is not Business it is Extortion! I just left another Realtor appointment for my title company Family Abstract, Inc. A potential client in 2011, while everything else is going south, OF COURSE i will be there!! The referral came from a mortgage company that we currently deal with and have for many, many years. The Realtor was licensed in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, wow, perhaps a "Buy 1 get 1 FREE"! Reality Check>>> Eastern Pennsylvania Realtor Closes 1-3 deals per month between the 2 states Comes from Entitlement Generation Can't make a living just selling Real Estate We have (8 comments)
I'm a Doctor Dammit, Not a Realtor!! - 08/12/11 10:13 AM
What happens when a Realtor wants to pay her Gynecologist the same way he wants to pay the Realtor? This humorous parody looks at the relationship between Doctor and Patient, Realtor and Client! Well I just found out that posts under 50 words get really bad points so I am using this filler to fill it up. Enjoy, and PLEASE leave me a comment.
What to do when You Hate Your Job! - 08/10/11 01:55 PM
Here we go again, another round of the bad economy blues. Depending on your favorite prognosticator, the possibility for another recession is somewhere between 33-99%. Standard & Poor's U.S. credit downgrade has the stock market in a panic, and many companies are shedding jobs and stalling expenditures. So how do you cope with a job that you don't like when you can't leave? I realize that, as a coach, I'm supposed to debunk your perception that you don't have actual choices with optimistic statements that open a world of possibilities for you -- no one is an indentured servant after (2 comments)
Who screwed Hugh? - 08/10/11 12:21 PM
Let me know what you think, please watch the video and leave me a comment, Glenn (1 comments)
Mortgages, No Questions Asked - 08/09/11 04:17 PM
How many times did people refinance their homes every time the value increased by the outstanding balance of their credit cards? How many folks refinanced every 6 months, using their home like a Slot Machine, Pull the Chimney, the money comes out the front door? Please take a minute and watch my video, above, leave me a comment, let me know what you think,
At Family Abstract, we did many borrowers over and over and over, paying off vacations, credit card balances, boats, recurring debt and new debt. It was ridiculous, but it kept their bills being paid, it kept (3 comments)
3 Things You Should Know About Being A Real Estate Consultant - 08/09/11 03:22 PM
3 Things You Should Know About Being A Real Estate Consultant by Glenn Freezman As anybody who reads my blog on a regular basis can tell you, I'm a huge fan of finding new ways that real estate agents can bring greater value to their home buying clients. One way that I feel we can creating significant and lasting change is if we can develop better models to serve our clients as consultants instead of salespeople. While at first it may seem like a semantic distinction, the reality is that offering consulting services to home buyers changes an awful lot of (4 comments)
"When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount." - 08/09/11 09:32 AM
The tribal wisdom of the Dakota Indians, passed on from generation to generation, says that, "When you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount." However, in our more advanced societies our government has developed alternative strategies that are often employed, such as: 1. Buying a stronger whip. 2. Changing riders. 3. Appointing a committee to study the horse. 4. Arranging to visit other countries to see how other cultures ride dead horses. 5. Lowering the standards so that dead horses can be included. 6. Reclassifying the dead (10 comments)
You may have to pull out my Dinghy...What are the funniest Real Estate Listings? - 08/07/11 09:32 PM
What are the funniest Real Estate Listings? At what point does the obvious become the absurd? Sometimes, it's easier to hire professional Lego's to get the point across. Below, these two, Lego's Newscasters, discuss a few of their favorites. Whats are some of yours? If this happens to be blessed by the rain-gods and gets comments I will create a follow up video with your favorites.
US News and World report ran a feature entitled The Real Estate Euphemism pocket translator, heres a quick look at some of the entries. I hope you like them, leave me a comment (5 comments)
Disorder in the Court... Out of the mouth of Babes!!! - 08/05/11 03:18 PM
To help you come to grips that Realtors are the only crazy ones, take a look at what goes on in our courtrooms! Enjoy!! Disorder in the Court...These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place. ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?WITNESS: No, I just lie there. ________________________________ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?WITNESS: July 18th.ATTORNEY: What year?WITNESS: Every year. _____________________________________ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at (12 comments)
Ivanna LookAlot, the Ultimate Home Shopper! - 08/04/11 04:38 PM
I couldn't resist making a little cartoon using the Xtranormal program available from State. Ivanna LookAlot, the ultimate Home Shopper can make a Buyers agent crazy, she has been through several already... Will you be next?
Brokers and Lenders....Do you own a Title Company? - 08/04/11 04:25 PM
There are changes that are happening and need to be happening all over real estate. The title rates in PA are out of line, but so is the number of Broker owned agencies. The number of cliams are through the roof, the number of agency defalcations are high and the number of agencies being shut down is rampent. If your agency is relying on Title and Mortgage to pay the bills, what will happen if your Brokerage can no longer be in the 3rd party business? Via Family Abstract (Family Abstract, Inc.): Do you own your own Title Insurance Agency? Is your (2 comments)
You Can’t Have Rainbows Without the Rain By Glenn Freezman Like many of you, I find myself worrying about how the real estate market will shake out over the next few years. Will the recovery be very slow and long coming or will we find that a few years of stagnant selling will result in another mini buying ‘boomlet’ that will help to lift the economy? There is plenty of gloom and doom out there and while I have no intention of totally ignoring some of the valuable lessons we have all learned during the past few years, I also (2 comments)
My blog is getting spammed, but does Google know it? - 08/03/11 11:01 AM
All of the sudden, i am getting these crazy 1 line comments on on the blogs i have posted. First, I have no idea why someone would spend the time posting to all these blogs when they obviously didn't read them. I liken it to "Robo-Signing" foreclosure documents without reading the brief and facts. Second, it was kind of deflating when I saw a plethera of comments only to realize, they were Spam, Spam Spam Spam, baked beans and Spam! But wait... Does Google know they are spam? Does Google know that these comments are not from real people but from (5 comments)
You, who worry about Democrats versus Republicans--relax, here is our real problem. - 08/03/11 09:38 AM
This just might make your day a little brighter!! You, who worry about Democrats versus Republicans--relax, here is our real problem. In a PurdueUniversity classroom, they were discussing the qualifications to be President of the United States . It was pretty simple. The candidate must be a natural born citizen of at least 35 years of age. However, one girl in the class immediately started in on how unfair was the requirement to be a natural born citizen. In short, her opinion was that this requirement prevented many capable individuals from becoming president. The class was taking it in and letting (12 comments)
300,000,000 People verse just 545 - 08/02/11 01:49 PM
300,000,000 People verse just 545 Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.You and I don't set fiscal policy, (2 comments)
The final ray of light that shines over the mountain or over the ocean is one of the most magnificent gifts we are given each day. When was the last time you stopped and stared in admiration at the awesome beauty to the end of another day? I was so fortunate to spend the last couple of days in South Lake Tahoe, while on a mission of finding housing for my son and a couple friends that will be attending South Lake Tahoe Community College.
My day started at 8am each morning, gathering all the listings that were (13 comments)
Self Service Real Estate, It's in South Lake Tahoe I was fortunate enough to be able to spend 2 days rental house hunting in South Lake Tahoe (SLT) for my son and a couple roommates, where they plan to attend the South Lake Tahoe Community College, to finish their general education credits at a reasonable price per credit. Renting a long term house is a whole new experience in SLT. It’s Self Service! The realtors’ job is to give you a list that the particular agency has of homes that are for rent, that about raps up the involvement of (0 comments)
Recovering From A Bad Inspection Report - 08/01/11 11:58 AM
Recovering From A Bad Inspection Report by Glenn Freezman I received a note from a friend of mine recently regarding a home that he has been trying to sell in New Hampshire. Recently, he had a very serious offer on the table and was actively doing what he could to bring it to a happy conclusion. Here's a note I received: “Hey Glenn, I wanted to catch you up to date with the latest segment of what has become more of a drama than a real estate deal. As I mentioned to you last time we spoke it appeared that after (2 comments)
It's a Jewish dog. His name is Seth and he can talk - 08/01/11 10:57 AM
Morty visits Dr. Saul, the veterinarian, and says, "My dog has a problem." Dr. Saul says, "So, tell me about the dog and the problem." "It's a Jewish dog. His name is Seth and he can talk," says Morty. "He can talk?" the doubting doctor asks. "Watch this!" Morty points to the dog and commands: " Seth, Fetch!" Seth the dog, begins to walk toward the door, then turns around and says, "So why are you talking to me like that? You always order me around like I'm nothing. And you only call me when you want something. And then you (6 comments)
Nucazza, aligns itself with banks and credit unions all over the country to bring the message of choice and transparency to the banks customers. Through Webinars, co-branding and a message of positive choice we can identify home buyers on behalf of the lending institution and give them all the tools to make an informed decision as to how they wish to buy a home and how they wish to pay for the services provided. Nucazza, LLP will pass all interested home buyers to our database of participating Realtors. We are a free service to the home buyers as well as all ACRE graduates. We are an ACRE industry partner in the education, effectuation and Rabble Rousing of the Alternatives to Commission.
While in my 25th year as a multi-state title insurance agent I am fulfilling a promise I made to myself just 3 days into my new career. "This industry is broken, I need to part of the change" Over my tenure, the companies I have been involved with, Family Abstract, Inc. et al has been involved in over 100,000 real estate transactions. The number one question that continually rose was regarding the commissions being paid to the Realtors(r) at closing. The buyers insisted it was their money that paid for the commissions since it was added to the sales price, the sellers believed it was their money because it was paid as part of the sales price and the "Gentlemen of Real Estate that began it all were smart enough to put it in the Agreement of Sale to protect their own ASSets. Question 1A was, what does 6% commission have anything to do with the value my agent brought me? How does one equate to the other? Why am I handing money to everyone? :(
Nucazza, LLP was created as a way of giving back for an incredibly rich life that I have gotten to enjoy thanks to the real estate industry. I see great changes coming in real estate all to the benefit of our children and our grandchildren. Both as buyers and sellers as well as for those that become a new "Evolutionary" Realtor all will enjoy the richness of life that will be associated with this profession.
My job is Chief Evangelist, You don't know me... But you will
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