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The point hunt......do you get it? - 11/30/08 11:30 AM
I was interacting today with some friends on Active Rain and while we chatted I noticed that all of the chats centered on the point hunt. I know that as Realtors we are competitive by nature to some degree......some much more than others, yet it must be part of our make-up in order to be successful. Active Rain has provided to all of us a way to show our competitiveness as well as a format to share our experiences (the success and failures too). To me the point hunt is fun and at times frustrating......but, I have always found that from (13 comments)
The rest of the NFL Week 13 story..... - 11/30/08 10:46 AM
I hope all of my Active Rain family had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! I know whether you like football or not, you had to at least seen part of some game on Thanksgiving. I wrote and pondered if the Eagles would be able to bounce back.......that the Warner led Cardinals would break their east coast troubles.......well, a resounding Eagle victory over the Cardinals made me eat a bit of crow that day. The other two games went the way I thought and they should have. Now on to the games today that have true meaning...... Can the Bush led Saints, (4 comments)
Turkey day NFL...... - 11/27/08 09:47 AM
Well I know that Thanksgiving is a day that families gather and give thanks.....yet we all know there is a lighter side of the day......watching football. I remember when I was younger there was just the one game and yes it was the Detroit Lions game. They have taken a true bashing this week on sports talk that they do not deserve to have the prime time spotlight today. I love tradition and can they really be this bad much longer? The NFL hass scheduled more games over the years because of the TV draw it gets on this day......and the (12 comments)
Happy Thanksgiving to my Family..... - 11/27/08 09:30 AM
Today we celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friend..... Today we reflect on all that we have and need to be grateful that we do..... Today we have an opportunity to relax and regroup (many of us, not all) and get recharged for the balance of what has certainly been a challenging year for most of us..... Today we offer a quiet moment to thank all of those in the Millitary that continue to provide the strength and opportunity for us to celebrate...... Today we remember all those brave soldiers a that have given of themselves for the principles that we hold (2 comments)
Quiet Desperation........ - 11/26/08 12:34 PM
Quiet Desperation.....to me this is when your tone, inflection, mannerism's, action's, word's and direction is all about a sale rather than about building a business or what is in the best interest of your Client. I am sure we have all felt this at some point in our lives. Especially in today's economic issue's leading the evening news each day. When deals for many are few and far between. It is not easy to get past the feeling when you have a mortgage to pay, car payments to make and children to raise and care for. We must be vigilant in (6 comments)
The day before Thangsgiving..... - 11/26/08 09:41 AM
The day before Thanksgiving and all through the house not an appointment was granted not even for a CASH Buyer....... This is nuts......I have bee trying to make appointments since Tuesday afternoon for a Client wishing to get a jump on the holiday long weekend and see some homes. To date I have made 7 call for appointments........I have had 6 NO's and 1 yet to return my call. This Buyer is buying with almost cash, 50% down on a $300k house and no sale of home to worry about......HELLO! I understand the need for family and if you are hosting (10 comments)
Check out the Center......... - 11/25/08 04:26 AM
This time of the year, many who need the ability to socialize, connect, interact and an opportunity to find appropriate activities are not sure where to turn. If this is you and you are a Senior Citizen (or someone you know who is) please take advantage of all that the Downingtown Area Senior Center has to offer. I have had the privledge to be associated with the Center for many years now and know the good that they do. Led by its Executive Director, Bill Pierce, the excellent staff and volunteer's have made the Center one of the best in the area. (8 comments)
Call from a Friend.......long over due.... - 11/24/08 07:15 PM
At this time of the year, and more than most, we hope to reach out to those in our past that we have neglected to keep in touch. Many of those individual's were those that we spent many times together and even considered "best" friends.As we grow and change jobs we find that we drift at first and then lose total contact much to our chagrin.I know that we all lose a part of ourselves every time this happens and hope that one day we can make this different.Today as I am on the Rain I get a call from a (11 comments)
At Thanksgiving time...... - 11/23/08 09:23 AM
At times we look to ourselves and decide if we are good or bad......happy or sad.....successful or not........rich or poor..... In reality while we can get a feel for who we are by looking within, nothing more shows exactly who and what we are than the company we keep. The Faith you have and the family, friends and acquaintances we keep is the true measure of who we are. The Church that you belong, the involvement you have in that Church and the people of your faith.....keep you centered and gives you the base from which the rest of your life (8 comments)
NFL......week 12 - 11/22/08 07:53 AM
Well my Steelers started the week's activity on a positive note for me.....they took care of business as they needed to by beating the Bengals on Thursday night. The potential loss of Willie Parker is a trouble spot, especially for those of us who counted on him this year in our fantasy leagues. The Eagles have a tough match-up with the Ravens.......and I would appreciate the Eagles assisting my Steelers by wining this week, yet it will not be easy. Can the Favre era in NY make it a better story by a win over the undefeated Titans? I say no, (2 comments)
Unfortunate sign of the times.....PLEASE be careful. - 11/20/08 08:26 AM
Here is a notification and reminder from one of our local police authorities.....I have to imagine that most areas are feeling this type of increase.......you don't have to be the next one that has to file a report if you...... Please be aware that over the past month, there has been a sharp increase in car break-ins resulting in numerous thefts from vehicles. The thieves have been entering unlocked vehicles and also forcibly entering vehicles by breaking windows. Be proactive in all that you do and avoid the pitfalls of being a victim. Attempt to park your car in well lit areas whenever (2 comments)
Wednesday....the best day of the week - 11/19/08 07:18 AM
I am not referring to the fact it is "hump day" as many in the Real Estate profession know our week is quite different from the 9-5 Monday to Friday job. As many of you know, Wednesday is very special to me as it is the day I spend in Adoration of our Lord. This is my dedicated time I took when our Church open our Perpetual Adoration Chapel. While I spend time every day in prayer and devotion to our Lord and from time to time I do stop in the Chapel on other days as well, this time has (2 comments)
Starting to payoff....... - 11/19/08 07:01 AM
Yesterday started as many in the last few months.....a good dose of phones calls and emails to my SOI. Following up on many of the people that I have crossed paths and networked. Then a call from someone that seemed to be a very log term project and one we believed that was at least 6-12 months off......HELLO, we want to see a house today......YIPPEE! This a property that was listed late last year and then did not sell and went off the market.....it came back on about 30 days ago and with a price much more in line with the market. (5 comments)
BIG week for the NFL....is your favorite in trouble? - 11/16/08 12:31 PM
I have the day to get caught up on much of what I need to today. Beverly is traveling for a few days, she left after Church today. I hope to set the upcoming week up for success by clearing my table today. In the background is the Eagle's game. I took a few minutes to set my "fantasy" line-up and listened to a few of the TV host experts. I do agree that many of the BIG named usual suspects have a make or break week game today. The Eagles have to beat the Bengals today on the road and (6 comments)
A change of weather......now what?....time to prepare. - 11/16/08 12:04 PM
Today the weather here in the Philly area is changing for what is a normal November temperature range. I always like it cooler than hotter, yet now comes the issue of being prepared for many other factors.....rain turning to ice, snow and ice and slushy remnants of the snow and ice. We have to be prepared for all of the above in order to service our Client and the owners of the homes we visit. Remember to respect the home - if necessary take off your messy shoes when you do your showings, keep the floors clean for the next showing (4 comments)
Teaming up to get results! - 11/13/08 04:34 PM
I just spent some time talking to an Agent from another company who wanted to see our latest listing. She was up front that she was listing a home in the development and wanted to see ours as a preview. I said sure, and I would appreciate her feedback. We also discussed the idea of having a Broker's open the same day and coordinate our efforts for attracting as many brethren to it as possible. Especially today, what ever it takes to bring in the numbers we must consider.......to me a good game plan.
Dan Brudnok - John McGovern We appreciate (12 comments)
When we need Him......all we have to do is ask.... - 11/13/08 04:28 PM
I was talking to a friend the other day who asked me when things will get better. I asked in what respect, he answered that he was feeling no matter what he does he is not happy. I am not one to push my belief's on anyone. I did tell him that I have given myself to the Lord many years ago....and I have never looked back. My daily prayers and quiet time talking to God is the best part of my day and a time that everything else takes its place far behind Him. I hope and pray he finds (12 comments)
What is the REAL truth? - 11/13/08 08:13 AM
I can see how the general public is in the confused state that it is. Why I get the strange looks I do when I stress that our local market is NOT the way the national news is reporting. The national reports of the real estate economy is forever reporting the general state of the market based on those areas hit hardest by the slow down. Last week the news headlines locally reported that Pennsylvania's foreclosure rate is up 71%.......how scary is that? Today in a bottom of the screen sub-line (at the bottoem of the screen) while the news is (8 comments)
Downingtown Area Senior Center...On The Move - 11/12/08 11:37 AM
We're Moving Again!!! March 29, 2008 at our annual Dinner Dance & Auction the Board of Directors and the staff of Downingtown Area Senior Center announced their plans to relocate. This newer and larger facility will be a collaborative effort between the Senior Center and the Downingtown Library. Both organizations will work with Mr. Peter Uhlman of The Percheron Group to renovate an existing building on the former Sonoco Paper Mill property located in the Borough of Downingtown at the intersection of Boot Road and Route 322. The cost of renovations will be approximately $3.5 million dollars and the Senior (4 comments)
Waiting for a response....counter....acknowledgment, anything! - 11/11/08 06:28 PM
Waiting for a response....counter....acknowledgment, anything! Lately the above statement has come from my mouth more often then not. It is like pulling teeth trying to get any response on offers. What could be the issue? Do the Seller's think that the offers are lining up for them? The art of negotiation is, has and will always be a HUGE part of the Real Estate transaction. Please remember to be professional and even if your Client hasn't responded, communicate with the Buyer's Agent that fact and keep the lines open.
The Dan Brudnok - John McGovern TeamWe appreciate your referrals!!!!!!!Keller Williams Real EstateDan - (10 comments)
Today's the day.....and boy am I HAPPY! - 11/11/08 11:39 AM
While we all need some downtime and time alone, we must have a connection that keeps us centered and grounded. We need a special relationship that makes sense to us and allows us to know who we are and our place. My wife comes home today.....Beverly has been away since last Thursday, however it seems much longer. I have gotten a lot done, yet every day I know I am missing something. The house is much less hectic (and this is not something that I haven't told my lovely bride) yet the quiet does get to me after too long. When (12 comments)
First Time Home Buyer's.....What are you waiting for? - 11/10/08 07:59 AM
First Time Home Buyer's.....What are you waiting for? I am asked daily, is this a good time to buy?.....I answer the same way every time, Are you ready to buy? Are you prepared to buy? Do you want or need to buy? If they answer yes to these questions then YES IT IS A GREAT TIME TO BUY!!!!!!!! FHA Minimum Down Payment is Increasing as of January 1, 2009 with the passage of HR 3221, the minimum required out of pocket costs for a new home buyer using a FHA loan is increasing from 3% to 3.5% starting January 1, 2009. To many this would be (14 comments)
Veterans Day approaches....... - 11/06/08 10:10 AM
November 11, 2008 is approaching fast, and another opportunity to show our appreciation for all those who have served the USA proudly. I know that there are many who have served that have touched my life and I am thankful for their sacrifice. I am especially proud of those that have I had the pleasure of personally knowing...... Matt Brudnok, my nephew( now heading back to Iraq for his third tour) may the Lord watch over him and all those men and women who are there for all of us.
Dan The Dan Brudnok - John McGovern TeamWe appreciate your referrals!!!!!!!Keller (16 comments)
Taking advantage while I can...... - 11/05/08 03:40 PM
After racquetball today I asked my brother in law Rich if he had plans for Friday...why am I telling you this? Well it looks like we will be blessed yet again with temps in the 60's and sunny.....so what to do, what to do? GOLF, what else!!!!!! The weather will not hold out like last year and I know this may be the last time to get in a round with some good friends and have a few laughs. What would be your choice to spend a beautiful fall day? (9 comments)
Today's reflection...... - 11/05/08 02:11 PM
I went to my Adoration hour this morning with a special request for my prayer offering. Dear Lord, Thank you for the direction You have given all of us to vote our hearts and mind this election. Thank you for allowing us to have these two men take the challenge to lead our Country. Watch over us all, especially President - elect Obama, give him the strength, courage and intellect to guide us all through this time of need. Your will be done, and our lives are Yours......leads us all to a life full of love and cmpasion for one another. (4 comments)
CHANGE?........Let's hope so..... - 11/05/08 01:50 PM
What a day yesterday was......long lines, some rough weather, yet many stood the course so they could vote their conscience.....I applaud everyone of you. Letting your voice be heard is one of the many difference's that make the United State's of America the greatest country on earth. Both Sen. McCain and President-elect Obamaspoke eloquently, and to the heart of ALL American's.....and that should let us all know that we are in for some much needed changes and direction. God Bless both these men and us all.
The Dan Brudnok - John McGovern TeamWe appreciate your referrals!!!!!!!Keller Williams Real EstateDan - (2 comments)
Taking time to see the Light.... - 11/04/08 02:44 PM
Everyday we see so much around us that is not what we believe is right...... - the violence, so unnecessary - the deceit to make you more important - the lying to get more or to get by - the self gratification without any regard to others - the theft of goods - the loss of our moral compass When in doubt, turn to the Lord......pray for strength and guidance.....allow yourself to know He is all we need and once you release yourself to Him your up hill battle just leveled off.
The Dan Brudnok - John McGovern TeamWe appreciate (9 comments)
Experience with ZIP Realty....I need to know more..... - 11/04/08 02:31 PM
A conversation or two has taken place with a member of ZIP Realty and our team, and joining their company. While there are many places that I have found about the company, most of them are over a year old. I would like to hear from the Active Rain family and friends that I have come to know and trust regarding their personal experience with a ZIP Agent and Company. What I would especially like to hear about is the transaction side of ZIP....have you had any experience with a ZIP Agent? What went well? What did not? Have you ever (0 comments)
DO NOT BE DETERRED....Get Out The Vote!!!!! - 11/04/08 01:47 PM
I am by no way a political animal, or one who always starts the political conversations....yet I know many may be irritated by the long lines and wait at many of the polling places. I just voted in East Brandywine and the entire process took less than 20 minutes. While I know there has to be a better way to get the line flowing, I appreciate all those who volunteer their time for the cause. I stopped by the local pharmacy and heard of an hour to a two hour wait to vote.....THE IMPORTANT THING TO GET HERE IS THAT THEY (8 comments)
What to become a member of the Knight of Columbus? - 11/03/08 11:23 AM
I wanted to send the broadcast out to all the Active Rain members who wish to become a member of the Knight's of Columbus Fraternity......a choice I have not thought twice about since I joined earlier this year. Below is the local St. Joseph's Church in Downingtown order I belong and would like to hear how many other Catholic men would like to join me.....there are orders throughout the area, State, Country and World.
Membership Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to practicing Catholic men in union with the Holy See, who are at least 18 years old. (0 comments)
Upcoming Downingtown Chamber Lunch...... - 11/03/08 10:54 AM
MEMBER LUNCH: MEET THE CHESTER COUNTY TREASURERJoin us for an informative session with Alan J. Randzin, Chester County Treasurer. Tuesday, November 1811:30 AM - 1:00 PMDowningtown Country Club93 Country Club DriveDowningtown, PA 19335$20/Members ~ $25/non-MembersPlease RSVP by November 12610 269-1523 or email@example.com
The Dan Brudnok - John McGovern TeamWe appreciate your referrals!!!!!!!Keller Williams Real EstateDan - direct @ 610-256-7258John - direct @ 610-331-9964Office - main @ 610-363-4300Click here for the most up to date Real Estate market conditions where you live......Search the 7 County Philadelphia market for homes for sale at:www.DanBrudnok.com400 Village Walk , Extonhttp://danieljbrudnok.point2agent.com/Listing/VirtualTour.ashx?listingid=1840565 (0 comments)
A Day without Rain, and at what cost? - 11/03/08 10:46 AM
I thought it was just me yesterday. A new laptop and my computer gal here getting it up to snuff. I even tried on my older laptop, and my desktop without success......throughout the day Sunday. NOW, I find my self locked into a lower position in Pennsylvania after getting to number 9 in the state. Congrats to Erica for her ability to get into Active Rain yesterday and increase her lead over me.....LOL Now I have to be sure that I don't miss a day due to that ugly four letter word......WORK, LOL..... All in the spirit of competition.......ya right! (6 comments)
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