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Once You Publish, Google Has it Forever! - 08/31/11 07:20 PM
ActiveRain, I want to thank you for that. I received a comment from a post I did back in 2008 that was found and reviewed today. I saved a worms life. I helped to save a life today! Okay, a moth. I saved a life and I am tickled about it! I have to tell you this story!I wrote an ActiveRain post back in 2008 about a wonderful Huge Worm that crossed my porch. I didn't know what he was so I hustled over to google and checked him out. As it was, he was going to metamophisize into a beautiful (15 comments)
Is Presentation Everything? - 08/29/11 10:06 PM
Well, no it's not but it does have a lot to do with getting you into a door. They say you have to open the door of opportunity if opportunity knocks. Do you hear it knocking? If you do and you have not yet perfected your presentation in Real Estate, maybe now is the time to do it. How are you presenting yourself? As a Listing Agent/Buyer's Agent? A Listing Agent only or a Buyer's Agent only? Those questions are up to you. My question is: Are you presenting yourself properly and to the best of your ability? (41 comments)
Shirley You Jest! - 08/26/11 12:06 AM
Shirley You Jest! Okay, so I opened my AR page today and I had a contact through ActiveRain from Shirley Knoblett Abraham, my long lost cousin. Shirley wasn't really lost but we lost touch with each other about, well 40 years ago. Seems like yesterday. Shirley had gone to our Knoblett Tree on Google and found the Obituary I wrote and posted for my Mother, her Aunt. Now, Shirley found my name on the Obituary and Googled my name and guess what came up? Good ole' ActiveRain! And, Deb Brooks. Awww, the miracles of the Internet! Just a quick note to (19 comments)
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Things to Do When Turning Fifty or Sixty! - 08/25/11 12:26 AM
Just as Gayle Rich-Boxman tells us here, these are things we can do! We are the Boomers and We Rule! It is our world and it's time to realize that we are IMPORTANT! We have lived and can teach, we have lived and can do, we have lived and have much more living to do! Listen and learn from Gayle. She Rocks! Deb Brooks Via Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor® (Vernonia Realty): Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-Things to Do When Turning Fifty or Sixty! I love this book called God Never Blinks and the author, Regina Brett has put together short chapters based (5 comments)
WHO AM I? - 08/24/11 11:29 PM
I stood with my arms extended and head laid back. His breath was cool to the touch yet he was coming with such anger. The boom of his voice and the darkness that set in was proof that he was on his way. He was on his way to revisit me. It has been a long time coming. I asked him to come each and every day. Tears fell from the time he hid from me and the lives we have lost. I knew he was there but I couldn't seem to get through. I couldn't find him, I couldn't call him (17 comments)
It only takes one... - 08/23/11 10:51 PM
It only takes one sale to make us feel fulfilled...maybe each week or month or whenever we are blessed with it... It only takes one friend to acknowledge that you are appreciated each day to know why you are here... It only takes one "thank you" to know you have been noticed... It only takes one subscriber to know what you are writing is worth it... It only takes one hug to know you are loved... It only takes one positive thought to put your mind on the right track... It only takes one flower to make you remember bright colors (27 comments)
Safety tip: Do you have ICE on your cell phone? You should... - 08/23/11 01:18 AM
I had never heard of this. Thank you so much for this information. I am going to follow these instructions. We never know when it could save our lives. Thank you so very much! Via Craig Snead / Real Estate Investor (Quality Home Investments, LLC / Dearborn Heights, MI): Safety Tip: Do you have ICE on your cell phone? You should... This is not the same as having your phone on ice. ICE is an acronym for In Case of Emergency. This idea has been around for a number of years, yet not everyone is adapting. The reason for ICE on your (13 comments)
I think we're missing a lot by not going one step further than the dashboard. There are features beyond that one page! What's the point of the DASHBOARD? The DASHBOARD. Up front and suppose to be seen.
Attention getter, the front cover of the book, the tuxedo or gown of the ball.
If you're like me you may only get to the site once or twice in a very busy day. If you are running 100 miles an hours there are options! First (9 comments)
"I'll be Yours till the Ocean Wears Rubber Pants to Keep its Bottom Dry..." - 08/22/11 11:27 PM
This is inspired by Louise Thaxton...who reblogged one of my posts. Visit Louise and say hello. She is a great contact! Louise is a true sweetheart and shows herself to be a professional blogger even though she has only been here since May of this year. After she re-posted one of my recent blogs, she reminded me of just "why" my writing is important to me.
Diary of a Realtor has a special meaning to me as a group. Not only do my friends show up posting their daily thoughts but it is a community of like minded bloggers (9 comments)
Water You Talking About? - 08/22/11 11:04 AM
We are now collecting our own water right from the air! Returning home the other night we found the temperature at the house rising and rising....hum. Not a good thing. The A/C was definitely on the fritz. After a long and painful night tossing and turning our A/C man came to the rescue! It was over 100 degrees outside and almost that on the inside. Once the capacitor was replaced and the old system was shot with freon we sighed a sigh of relief. Our newfound friend, Joe also left us with a wonderful tidbit of advice that I want to (15 comments)
POSITIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN THE LAKE LEVELS ARE LOW! - 08/21/11 08:29 PM
Written by Paula Hamilton of The Woodlands Texas, this information applies to Lake Conroe and the surrounding areas. Read and enjoy. We all have an opportunity to explore and repair and get our ducks in order here. Great Post. Thanks Paula. Deb Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate Via Paula Hamilton The Woodlands, TX ~ 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC): POSITIVE THINGS TO DO WHEN THE LAKE LEVELS ARE LOW!
As the dreaded drought continues and Lake Conroe is releasing millions of gallons of water to send to Houston, we watch in sadness as the already low lake levels dip even further down. We (2 comments)
Is Active Rain Magic? - 08/21/11 06:39 PM
To be a good writer, I think you have to know why you write. When I first discovered ActiveRain I had no clue what a blog was. My husband pushed me into jumping in due to his enthusiasm towards the prediction of the Blogging Boom! Since then, after so many attempts to find my voice in my words, I am still searching. I was drawn in to this place because with each post I would find myself on google and my personal site rose and rose and finally made it to the top. I began here for the google juice, remained because (24 comments)
Did You Really Subscribe to My Blog? A Tutorial.... Sort Of.... - 08/19/11 02:12 PM
I can never seem to be a big winner if it consists of dollars or cars or other give aways but I was certainly surprised and honored to be Craig's 500th subscriber! I don't want to miss any of his posts! Thanks Craig! Deb Via Craig Rutman Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area Realtor (Home Buyer and Seller Specialist): Today when I logged on to ActiveRain, I discovered that Deb Brooks has become my 500th blog subscriber! I'm not sure whether she should be congratulated or reprimanded. But she is my 500th blog subscriber!!! Now, I’m no Alan May or Brad Andersohn when it (23 comments)
That One Special Thing You Do... - 08/18/11 11:16 PM
That One Special Thing You Do...Will help you to stand out in a crowd. Each and every day I look for a way to Pay It Forward in one way or another. Even if it is a matter of standing for a longer wait at a door to help an elderly person enter a building. I hope someone will do that for me one day. I just heard in the background of my living room "white TV noise", a statement coming from an actress saying, "I am so tired of being positive". Wow. I don't want to be that way. (9 comments)
Rolling, Rolling, Rolling - 08/18/11 10:38 PM
Real Estate encompasses so many different professions within one circle of life. Are you utilizing all your sources that make up the hub of your wheel? You are the Hub. Whatever you do. Since I'm a Realtor it's easier to use that as an example. As the hub of my wheel, I have worked with many spokes (folks) that keep me rolling. Now, when the rolling slows down, your wheel needs to gain momentum and pick up speed. How do we do that? Take a few minutes each and every day and contact one of your folks...spokes. As a Realtor, (8 comments)
When The Lights Went Out In Kindergarten! - 08/17/11 07:10 PM
Kindergarten. This is the time Charles Buell has asked us to write about. I was very lucky to have a wonderful and stable early childhood. This is probably why I am still quasi-sane today. Now, this statement is not open for debate. Sorry. "The Secret to Youth is Arrested Development"....author unknown. I can close my eyes and think back. My memory of that time is like photogenic to the point that I can remember what I was wearing and what everyone looked like. Except my parents for some reason. They hold only one caricature within my mind and heart and that (23 comments)
Kindergarten ain't just for kids! - 08/17/11 03:08 AM
Hello To Diary! Charles Buell has announced a new contest that you will want to enter! Read below and catch some of the entries in the comment section. His contest runs through August 31, EST! Don't miss this one. It's going to bring memories back for you and should be really fun to read and write. Let's give the contest a boost! More points are always good and I can't wait to read all the entries. Have fun with it. Thanks Charles, Deb Via Charles Buell, Seattle Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections.com): Sending ones kids off to Kindergarten for the first time (7 comments)
What's the Worst Thing Chase Bank Can Do in a Short Sale? - 08/16/11 06:44 PM
Elizabeth Weintraub gives a perspective we should all read. Excellent post. Soon, we will all be dealing with the same challenges. Live and learn! Thanks Elizabeth Deb Brooks Via Elizabeth Weintraub, Sacramento Short Sale Agent, Land Park, #00697006 Lyon RE (Lyon Real Estate #00697006): I've heard some short sale agents bad-mouthing Chase Bank because a Chase Bank short sale takes too long. In the overall scheme of things, taking too long isn't the worst thing a short sale bank can do. The worst thing a bank can do is reject the short sale. I have not had a rejected short sale with Chase (2 comments)
Underwater Homeowners and Short Sale Sellers: Beware of Bank of America and Titanium Agents - 08/14/11 05:27 PM
Elizabeth is giving us extraordinary information and insight to Short Sales. If you are in financial trouble please contact me to help represent you in your property sale. Thank you! Deb Brooks Via Elizabeth Weintraub, Sacramento Short Sale Agent, Land Park, #00697006 Lyon RE (Lyon Real Estate #00697006): Bank of America is probably going to put a big black mark next to my name for this blog. But who really gives a rats? I close a lot of Bank of America short sales. I'm just a Sacramento short sale agent who is looking out for her clients. Which is more than I can (6 comments)
Be Careful What You Say In Real Estate! - 08/14/11 09:04 AM
I am sure we all have a few strange stories in Real Estate to tell. How could we not? Some are good stories, some are not so good and others are just strange. That is exactly this story. Once upon a time, my husband and I were contacted by a gentleman that was checking himself into a nursing home and was ready to list his house for sale. We were very happy to help him sell his home for as much money as we possibly could. The little house was located off the main drag of Trinity, Texas and could possibly (99 comments)
GOOD NEWS! "Painting With a Twist" in The Woodlands Texas! - 08/13/11 05:10 PM
Last night my girls and I painted with a Twist at Painting With a Twist and it was a whooping, marvelous, fantastic and unbelievable time and experience. We had a ball. It's inexpensive and special classes are offered for you and the kids! How many of you have at some time wanted to dabble in painting? I knew from the time of my finger painting there was something to love about smearing wet paint on a canvass and turning it into a picture. Although, through the years when I thought of purchasing paint, brushes, canvass, lessons and the time involved I (19 comments)
Deb's Rambling Thoughts... - 08/11/11 07:25 PM
And just because I can! Lately we have all been so involved in the contest mode that really helps us crank out good stuff. But, I begin to miss sharing my thoughts for what they're worth if anything! It becomes like visiting with old friends. And, there is so much to talk about. Here I go...Rambling. Have you been here long enough to remember hi-jacking blogs? This all happened towards the beginning of ActiveRain's start up and sometimes it was pretty fun. At other times it got pretty rowdy for lack of a better adjective. Members would choose a post from (24 comments)
Dear Diary, - 08/11/11 05:57 PM
Dear Diary, Here we are again and we are excited about all the wonderful entries in this cool contest. We have really gotten to know so many of you better and have laughed and cried and gone cross-eyed wanting to read more!
The photos you turned in are amazing and sweet and have "Real Estate" written all over your cute faces. This is a simple reminder that the contest is ending August 15, 2011 11:59 PM EST. I hate to see this end. Your posts have brought a great deal of joy and friendship! It's not too late to (11 comments)
I'm Sorry But I Just Can't... - 08/11/11 05:34 AM
"I'm sorry but I just can't list your home"....yes, I actually said that today. The words stuck in my throat as I choked them out of my mouth but I had to say it. What a lovely home he has and believe me I wanted to list it but not at that price. My eyes strayed to the corner of the room as I explained that after I had not sold his home in several months he would be mad at me and the price on the home would have sent all potential buyers running the other way. Okay, I didn't (19 comments)
MISD 2011 Back-to-School Information, Montgomery School District - 08/10/11 02:46 AM
MISD 2011 Back-to-School Information The MISD campus back-to-school letters, supply lists, and student/parent handbooks have been collected here for easy access. Parents can find bus information for their children using the "Find Your Bus Route" service. The school district asks that parents and guardians keep in mind that bus routing is a continuous process and the routes are being fine tuned throughout the summer as well as the school year.
It is recommended that parents and guardians recheck the site just prior to school starting to confirm the route number, stop location and times. Lone Star Elementary LSE Back-to-School Letter (5 comments)
Go Bears! Record Breakdown HomeAwayNeutralWin %PFPA Schedule Legend Conference Game = * Tournament Game = ** Playoff Game = *** Forfeit = F Contact Deb Brooks for all your Montgomery Real Estate Needs! (3 comments)
2011 Mon, July 04 2012 Holiday - Independence Day Offices & schools closed. Mon, January 02 Holiday - New Year's Day (1 comments)
Real Estate Recovery...Must See 'Um Museums! - 08/08/11 05:21 PM
How would a tour of good Museums help in the Real Estate Recovery? Actually, for more reasons than you think. As our economy becomes tighter and tighter we still must retain the Vacation Money for mortgages, groceries and gas. Visiting your local Museums will give you a chance for a bonding experience with the children close to home. Would your children rather take a long road trip and stop at fancy restaurants or would they prefer to just "be together with you?" Visiting your local Museums is educational and fun for the entire family. Oh, so you've been there before? Great! (12 comments)
Yada, Yada, Blah, Blah, Blah, "CLICK" - 08/08/11 03:12 PM
The other day I was running a bit late for an appointment and trying hard to get out of the house. My cell phone rings. I answer as I always try to do. On the other end of the phone was a canned call coming from a Cold Caller working for Bing, yes Bing! The young man begins with, "yada, yada, yada, search engine placement, yada, yada, yada and I then very courteously stopped him and said, "Cory, I really would be interested in what you have to offer if you could call me another time." Simple as that. Cory then (28 comments)
When Attraction Wanes... - 08/07/11 11:49 PM
It's time for work. Anything in this life worth having is worth working for. At times the Client relationship is much like our own relationships in life. Relationships are work and I mean hard work. It's a matter of give and take and requires attention each and every day. Have you just executed a contract on a home and you feel your job is well done? Maybe it is but you are not done yet. If you quit too soon you can lose the deal. Why? Well, remember the old saying, "Cold Feet?" It is not recommended to sign the (15 comments)
Contingency chain...Very Iffy Today - 08/06/11 12:07 PM
Due to the lag in Lending and now the Guise of Qualification of Clients, Contingencies are more and more difficult to close. Not long ago when a client received an Approval Letter we all felt comfortable that they were going to be able to purchase the home. Not anymore! At this point an Approval Letter is no more than a promise to try! We just lost yet another sale to a failed loan from an Approved Buyer from New Mexico. From what I understand New Mexico's purchase protocols are quite a bit different than ours. It seems the Seller must supply (21 comments)
Hot Night, Lazy Moon... - 08/03/11 11:33 PM
And a digital camera that I've dropped, taken hundreds of house and property photos, Christmas', birthday parties and everything else worked yet again. The moon was so far away but hubby called me outside to enjoy this lazy summer night moon with him. Sweet huh? It was just so beautiful looming over the trees and just looked surreal. I am thinking about a telescope purchase after looking at this photo. Oh, I'm not a photographer at all. I took exactly 35 photos with my camera to get this 1 shot. I don't know much about the settings so I got some (28 comments)
Call Me Snow White... - 08/03/11 05:26 PM
Many of my friends from the past have used the name Snow White for my AKA, Deb Brooks. I seem to truly communicate with animals and at times it becomes a bit eerie. I have a love of wildlife and most likely they sense it. Baby Deer approach me, squirrels eat out of my hand and of course, frogs like me. I like them too and that's what is so cool about it all. Weird story here. I walked out onto my porch to sit at the table and gaze into the stars one night. I got up and walked the (18 comments)
Elkins Lake Home For Sale, Huntsville - 08/02/11 06:45 PM
This Elkins Lake Home, Huntsville Texas, Walker County is priced well below Market. Home sits next to a creek that runs across the street to a beautiful lake and park. This is a perfect place for children to play, Sunday fishing, and a short walk behind the home to the Olympic Pool and Tennis Courts. Huntsville ISD. Golf course is gorgeous. Dine in the club and live life easy! (8 comments)
Real Estate Tech Savvy Speakers & FREE Training - 08/02/11 05:34 PM
Free Training From Zillow? This is hot, really hot. Sign up today. Thank you so much Brad for letting us in on this deal. I can afford it! FREE Via Brad Andersohn (Zillow - Outreach Manager): HOT AUGUST TOPICS - Real Estate Tech Savvy Speakers offering FREE Training and Support This is possibly one of the best months of FREE Tech and Real Estate support training ever. There's going to be some awesome topics covered this month with some absolutely amazing speakers and presenters. I hope you'll stop by and take advantage of these FREE classes, sessions, and webinars. Thousands of industry professionals (1 comments)
Real Estate Recovery...Conroe, Texas, Cracker Barrel and a Mom... - 08/01/11 12:56 PM
The Real Estate Recovery Contest is one of the most innovative and succinct contests I have seen on Active Rain to date. We are all seeking recovery as the negative results of our economy is on our heels. I couldn't figure out what to write till I was treated to lunch today by my dearest friend, Sylvia. The incident at lunch gave me the reason to enter the recovery contest and the idea was personal and real. Not only did the restaurant feed my hunger but the visit fed my soul, hope and trust in the human race and not to forget (5 comments)
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