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Martha Stewart Does Not Live Here! - 10/30/06 03:45 AM
A few years ago I was asked to help a family sell their home – bright, educated, professional people with a couple of kids. Sounds great, right? But their home was a refuge for "strays" both human and four legged. The place was a disastrous, dirty, cluttered, smelly, mess.Now this was a real challenge. How do I sell this "pigsty"? First, I told them to paint the dining room. It was packed floor to ceiling and the table was piled three feet high. I figured they would have to empty the room in order to paint it. Wrong! They moved everything (11 comments)
Speaking, Networking, Making Connections!! - 10/27/06 04:48 PM
Sixteen years ago as a real estate newcomer, I signed up for the "Fast Start" training course and met Anne Hruby, one of the finest trainers in the business. Over the years, we've remained good friends and mentors for each other. So when she invited me to speak to a GRI class about Marketing not long ago, of course I was honored to accept.As an introduction, Anne read from the new edition of "Connections" magazine that mentioned me, and from the new feature article about me in "Real Estate Executive Magazine." She told the class about my awards and achievements and (20 comments)
Another Kind of pot - 10/17/06 10:08 PM
The Clay Connection About a week ago I decided to take some rare time away from real estate and reconnect with my inner artist. The Baltimore Clayworks http://www.baltimoreclayworks.org/home/index.html was hosting a panel discussion with international artists in connection with a gallery exhibition. It sounded like the perfect couple of hours completely removed from listing and selling for this former ceramic artist. So there I was on a Sunday afternoon at a nearby conference center for a lecture/panel discussion that turned out a bit differently than planned. Two of the three panelists were unable to be there, so the one remaining brave soul, (7 comments)
Favorite four-letter "F" word - 10/15/06 08:09 PM
You remember what I just said about luck? Well Friday the 13th was another lucky day – and I got to spend time with a good friend. The dynamo from Arizona, Joeann Fossland, was in Baltimore for a school reunion. When I found out she was coming to town, I said "You have to come speak at my Coldwell Banker office!" Now Joeann could talk about dozens of topics, but this time it was the NAR's online e-PRO certification program aimed at helping Realtors raise their level of technology understanding and use. I took the program and got the e-PRO designation (5 comments)
I have been very lucky! - 10/13/06 10:10 AM
My friend Toby Davis in Charleston, SC, sent me a story that really hit home - gave me one of those "Ah Ha!" moments. At the same time, it reminded me about what it means to be lucky in real estate or in anything you do in life.A teacher told his class of pottery students that he would grade half of them on the quantity of pots they produced, and the other half on the quality. In the "Quantity" group, it didn't matter how good or bad their results, only the total weight of pots they created would count. For the (6 comments)
When real estate professionals get together, you know that numbers and statistics will come up. At a meeting in Scottsdale, John Featherston, President and CEO of RISMedia,Inc., said that 500,000 – that's more than 1/3 - of the 1.3 million Realtors® have never done even one transaction! Small wonder that the old 80/20 rule – 80% of the transactions done by 20% of the agents – is now more like 93/7.This is a good example of why averages are useless. And it applies to realtors, housing prices, time on market, weather, you name it. The go-getters will go and get, and (9 comments)
My Technology Habit - 10/07/06 06:52 PM
A couple of months ago Joeann Fossland asked me some questions about what part technology plays in my business. The answer is…Huge!One of the advantages of working solo is that I only have to plan for my own needs. This way I can react to not only what's happening in my market but also in the very important rest of my life with family and friends. I'm a believer in living in the moment – this doesn't mean I don't plan, but it's not the top of the list. When it comes to technology I react to what I need, not (3 comments)
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