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There is no place like home. ~ L. Frank Baum The author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was born on this day in 1856.
It is a simple sentence, but the meaning is deep and heartfelt. We all have a place that we think of when we hear those words. It is a safe place, a family place, a place where we can be ourselves, a place we miss when we travel and a place we long to return to.
We are lucky to be in this business where we help people (12 comments)
I am a huge fan of ActiveRain... it is a wonderful source of information, tips, perspectives. It is a great place to connect with your peers and share your challenges, victories, and insights. I have become a consistent blogger and have topped 100,000 points in less than 9 months. I have only had 1 direct contact from a prospect via ActiveRain... but I will keep on blogging and I am positive I will see results! The other benefits that come from being ACTIVE on AR are well worth the effort! Because of my belief in ActiveRain and all (13 comments)
Getting to the Next Level! Are you feeling beat up, beaten down, tired of reluctant buyers, harassed by frustrated sellers ? I had one of those weeks when my high expectations were trampled and buyers moved on without looking back.... Then this Tom Ferry video landed in my e-mail box and it helped me get back on track... it has a simple message, but it hit home with me (4 comments)
la quinta realtor: Happy Birthday Twitter! Twitter turns 4 Years Old Today! - 03/21/10 06:42 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWITTER! Can you believe Twitter is already 4 years old? Can you believe Twitter is ONLY 4 years old? It seems to me that it has been around much longer than that! It is a social-media phenomenom-- and if you are'nt using Twitter to share and learn-- Then WHY NOT? Check out my previous posts on TWITTER BASICS and HOW TO USE TWITTER FOR BUSINESS ! You can follow me on Twitter by clicking the twitter bird right here! (2 comments)
We had a great time at the first annual TASTE OF LA QUINTA! According to the Desert Sun... the event was extremely popular! Can't wait for next year!
The La Quinta Chamber of Commerce held its first Taste of La Quinta on Saturday on Main Street in Old Town La Quinta. During the one-day event, attendees could purchase a block of tickets to sample food for $25. The tickets provided 15 food samples per person — and sold out two hours into the event, officials said. The brainchild of Bruce Franklin, chairman of the La Quinta Chamber (1 comments)
la quinta realtor: World Class Tennis and Food in the Desert! - 03/12/10 01:38 PM
The PNB Tennis Classic in Indian Wells California is happening right NOW! According to the Desert Guide.... the food is as great as the Tennis! World-Class Tennis Plus a Feast for the Palate By Donna Curran Strawberry Delice Crêpe, served at Crêpe Express in The Food Village, with strawberries, Grand Marnier, and whipped cream. BNP Paribas Open fans expect to see the top tennis players in the world when they come to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden but along with witnessing their favorites, they get to partake of culinary excellence at numerous food venues under the direction of Levy Restaurants, founded (1 comments)
la quinta realtor: Oh-No , They Call Me the ActiveRain Queen - 02/24/10 01:00 AM
I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about my Broker "forcing" us to join ActiveRain--I'm afraid I am addicted to ActiveRain... so much so, that when a new Agent is introduced to our office-- they say ask-- Kathy about ActiveRain, she will get you going! I am almost feeling indulgent about sending the "invite" e-mail. I want the other Agents in our office to get involved and send out those invites to welcome the newbies! I post new listings to ActiveRain... I post my latest photos.... When a local event sounds like it should'nt be missed-- I post it to (7 comments)
la quinta realtor: How to Buy a House! - 02/06/10 01:25 AM
This little video speaks VOLUMES! A great tutorial for new home buyers- this could work for lenders, appraisers, inspectors, attorneys, bankers, realtors, you name it! Send this to newlyweds, college kids, investors and anyone who wants to buy a house! I love that they include the internet search along with..... CONTACT YOUR Realtor! HOW TO BUY A HOUSE! How To Buy a House on Howcast (3 comments)
la quinta realtor: Good News: My Short Sale Keeps Her Home/ Bad News: I Don't Get Paid! - 01/31/10 11:13 PM
I have been working on a friends' short sale since last October-- with many phone calls, pitfalls, restarts, pot-holes, phone calls, faxes, e-mails, phone calls, well, you get it. I refaxed the 78 page bundle twice-- and then was told just a month ago that I was starting over using an "automated" system and all info had to be uploaded AGAIN! On Friday-- she came by the office and said that her situation has changed-- she has secured a new job-- and she wants to try to keep her home by doing a loan modification. We called the bank, and she (4 comments)
Via HUB International: So here is the 20 min per day Twitter Workout to help you become more effective with your time on Twitter.Most people tell me that part of the reason they don't want to get involved with Twitter, is that it takes too long, and that they have far more important things to do. Well, as I tell all my clients whatever time you have available, is the time you have available.. The key is to be as effective and productive with that time as you can.So here is my 20 min per day Twitter workout. Will it make (1 comments)
Via Sharon Tara New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations): Today's buyer is doing their research online. It's more important than ever to be an informed and prepared seller. Doing your homework and strategically marketing your house, with help from the right professionals, is the fastest way to a successful sale. It takes five keys to unlock the secret to a successful sale:
This, in my opinion, is the most important key. Listing before the house is 100% ready is a mistake that you will regret. Many sellers are talked into premature signing by realtors who are afraid of losing the listing. (1 comments)
la quinta realtor: ACTIVE RAIN-- WE HAVE CONTACT! - 01/18/10 11:54 PM
I am an ACTIVERAIN believer... I meant it! I invite and and I shout the praises of the ACTIVERAIN experience. To me it is theraputic, and inspiring and a chance to share and learn. Then today... breakthrough! I was contacted by a complete stranger who found my blog via GOOGLE, and connected with my story. It was not my blogs that got her... IT WAS MY BIO! (so go write one!) She found common ground in my background, (golf), my location, (La Quinta), where I met my husband (The Nest), and his hometown, (Pasadena)-- alot of random connections resulted in an (15 comments)
Via Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Premier Realty Group): Home prices have hit bottom in most areas of the country, but they're not like a rubber ball. Sellers can't expect much of a bounce. At the Center for Economic Policy Research, in Washington D.C., analysts are predicting that the pricing arrow is pointing up, but not very far. There are still too many foreclosed homes on the market. So, what did the center's co-director do? He bought a house. He doesn't expect its value to rise much in the foreseeable future. But the home had features he loved. (1 comments)
THE NEW CLUBHOUSE AT La Quinta Country Club, was the setting for the FIRE & ICE BALL last weekend! With 200+ attending the event was an amazing success-- decorations of ice scultures and blocks of carved ice on each table with candles glowing created a magical setting. It was held in the Eisenhower Pavillion-- with entertainment by Mike Costley and his Band... For dinner we were treated with a Poached Lobster and Pear Salad, and a Truffle-Mushroom encrusted Filet-- followed by an enticing Chocolate Truffle Bomb! To cap off a perfect evening, fellow Member Andy Williams sang (3 comments)
Via Sam DeBord - Seattle Real Estate Broker (SeattleHome.com - Washington State Realty): If you're looking for an easy way to get your information to multiple sites at once, you may want to try twitterfeed. You can automatically have your blog posts from ActiveRain or any other blog show up on your twitter account, your facebook page, and many other places without ever having to log in.
It's as simple as this: Signup for a twitterfeed account. Find the URL for each of your blogs' RSS feeds. Set up a feed for each of these blogs in twitterfeed, and (2 comments)
Via Mary MacGregor (Windermere Real Estate): Hidden Canyon is one of my favorite communities in La Quinta and one which now offers some fleeting home bargains for those ready to pounce, either on foreclosures or short sales.
I did an Open House just this weekend on a superb highly upgraded home of 4 bedrooms/3.5 baths with gorgeous south-facing views of the encircling Santa Rosa Mountains. The 3031 sf home offers amenities including a sunken outdoor kitchen/BBQ area, swim-up bar, waterfall spa, high-end bathrooms, custom stonework, hardwood floors, new interior paint, granite and travertine. Each of the bathrooms has (0 comments)
la quinta realtor: Difficult Clients or Difficult Times - 11/17/09 05:49 PM
What can we do to make our transactions run more smoothly? With difficult clients it may mean calling them everyday...I mean a call from us, our Broker, our TA, and our Escrow Officer. Is this what it means to provide good service ? Some deals breeze through without alot of friction or fuss- others bump along and take wide swings left right up down! Is hand-holding the new norm... or is it just a sign of the times? Are you noticing more buyers and sellers stressing out and needing more from us?? (4 comments)
la quinta realtor: La Quinta Country Club's New Clubhouse! - 11/15/09 05:04 PM
The Desert Sun features LQCC New Clubhouse! WE are so excited about the new Clubhouse at LQCC! and it has even made the news...with the economic times and dreary forecasts, it is great to see some signs of recovery and excitement in La Quinta! Larry Bohanan of The Desert Sun wrote an article this weekend featuring the new Clubhouse and interviews with the new General Manager! LQCC is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary this year-- and the beginning of a new era! LA QUINTA— Bruce Zahn says he’s heard some of the snowbird residents of La Quinta Country Club are (0 comments)
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