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Handling Stress - 03/30/11 11:37 AM
Selling real estate can be challanging at the best of times. I have watched over the years as a business I loved once so simple has become so much more complex and regulated. There have been many improvements and many changes that have served to confuse our customers who in most cases just want to buy or sell a property. I am coming to the end of a very successful career having sold real estate for 36 years. I have been stubborn by focusing on my customers and not the changes in our industry. There is a balance there we (5 comments)
Selling Real Estate The Early Days Article Two - 03/29/11 06:10 PM
Selling Real Estate The Early Days Article Two I was working in the forestry industry as a chopper cutting pulp by the cord and selling real estate evenings and week ends. I was a ball player and my ball coach mentioned at practice he was thinking of selling his house. I made a deal to buy his house. I then sold him a Dance Hall and home about 30 miles away for $69500 (My own listing) The owners of the Dance Hall then made an offer on a house in near by Truro. Everybody was happy. Then my first snag. Nobody (2 comments)
Goal Setting - 03/28/11 11:21 AM
Every year between Christmas and New Years I take my old day timer and transfer all my current information to my new day timer. I review my goals from the previous year and how much I have accomplished towards those goals. I then set my new goals for the coming year. I always have two sets of goals. The first are my short term goals and the second my long term goals. These goals include my personal goals and goals for each business we operate. I write these goals in the back of my day timer for easy reference through (2 comments)
The Art of Making A Deal - 03/24/11 08:06 PM
The Art of Making A Deal How can you make a deal ? We all understand how important it is to obtain listings and to market those listings to find prospects. Average Realtors TM put their listing on MLSTM and pray another agent will sell it for them. They depend on the MLSTM system. Successful Realtors TM consider the MLSTM system just one of the tools in their Realtor's TM tool box. Successful Realtor's TM are fully positioned to survive and prosper with out MLSTM. You see as successful business people know you should never have all your eggs in one (4 comments)
Deal Maker or Deal Breaker - 03/23/11 08:51 PM
Deal Maker or Deal Breaker Many agents limit the income they can make by falling into what I call the illusion of being successful promised by many different systems, trainers and franchise's in our industry. The truth is none will work without a good work ethic , a focused effort, persistence and successful habits. Most will work to a limited degree when combined with these personal traits. Many people ask me what is the single most important thing you have to do to be successful in the real estate business. In my opinion the top 3 are 1. Answer your phone. (12 comments)
The Art Of The Deal - 03/23/11 04:19 PM
How I made a $54,000 Commission On One Sale And Made My Customer $500,000 in 22 Months ! My name is Larry Matthews and I sell real estate. I also finance and appraise real estate. I have been doing that now for 35 years. Now you are probably thinking based on the title of this article that I work in a big city with high priced real estate. In fact I don't . The population of my service area is about 30,000 people and the average house price is about $180,000. Over the years as a small company we have diversified (4 comments)
Enfield Nova Scotia Real Estate - 03/23/11 03:59 PM
Enfield Nova Scotia Real Estate Enfield Nova Scotia is located about halfway between Halifax and Truro along the East Hants 102 hwy corridor. Enfield is the closest community to The Halifax Airport and is home to many airport employees. Enfield is also a bedroom community to Halifax the capitol city of Nova Scotia with many people commuting to work from Enfield each day. The real estate market in Enfield is very active and housing prices have increased every year for the past 10 years in most cases doubling in value providing a great return to home owners and fuelling a strong (0 comments)
Home Credit - 03/19/11 03:23 PM
Home Credit Home credit is in my opinion the single biggest driving force behind the Canadian economy. Most home owners depend on and even count on the increasing value of their home in order to consolidate debt or cash out for tax free profit to subsidize their ever shrinking purchasing power. As the changes to accessing credit continue to tighten up that option is slowly but surely being removed and the consequences will be drastic. Consumer spending is essential to economic recovery. As more and more consumers are being turned down for debt consolidation and mortgage applications are being declined a (0 comments)
Alpaca Farm For Sale - 03/18/11 01:09 PM
Alpaca Farm For Sale The farm is in a peaceful rural setting known as Georgefield, in central Nova Scotia.. Conveniently located 30 minutes from Halifax's Stanfield International Airport, Canada's closest mainland international departure point to Europe. Centrally located, 30 minutes from Truro, one hour north of Halifax, one hour from Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley, and two hours from the New Brunswick border. The farm is approximately 4 hours from the Maine / New Brunswick Border We invite you to consider "Canada's Ocean Playground" where you can enjoy attractions such as relaxing on one of the many beaches, historical tours, river rafting, (2 comments)
How Valuable Is Time ? - 03/18/11 08:12 AM
How Valuable is Time ? I often wonder when I see advertisements for courses in time management. How can you manage or manipulate time? Time is one of those things in life that can't be manufactured. We are all born with a treasure chest full of a lifetime of time. In my opinion this time is a gift from God and more valuable than anything that you will ever buy or sell. For example what would you give for precious time with a loved one you've lost. Just a few precious moments of time with them again. Early in my career (7 comments)
Happiness Is Attitude - 03/16/11 11:33 AM
Happiness Is Attitude What is happiness ? Is happiness positive thinking ? Is it our thoughts ? We all know happiness is the times in our lives when we feel good . What is the secret to having a positive attitude ? In today's modern world we know every tragic event almost immediately. We have to almost hide to have a few moments of peace and quiet. How could you not be effected when suddenly the evening news flashes a scene of a whole village in Japan being engulfed in a huge wave. Then scenes of a leader of a country bombing (5 comments)
Is The Internet Good or Bad - 03/15/11 01:52 PM
Has there ever been anything that has impacted society the way the internet has? Maybe fire, electricity, the automobile, the airplane or perhaps the printing press would be the closest comparison. Has there ever been anything that has impacted society the way the internet has? Maybe fire, electricity, the automobile, the airplane or perhaps the printing press would be the closest comparison. The printing press made knowledge available to the common person. Over time it gave many great minds a chance to express themselves and share their knowledge and opinions with the rest of society. Books also motivated people to (5 comments)
Video from Japan - 03/14/11 05:42 PM
AS a follow up to my article Japan Needs Our Help. Just watch this video and then imagine this happening to your town.
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1605260179420 Here is the link again to donate http://www.redcross.ca/article.asp?id=000043&tid=016
Thanks Larry Matthews http://www.larrymatthews.com
Japan Needs Our Help - 03/14/11 12:52 PM
Japan Needs Our Help Awe struck is the only words that can describe how I felt when I saw the news images of the wall of water that struck the Japanese coast. All of us trying to imagine what these people are going through and the truth is we can't. We can only care , pray and send money. Even prayer seems futile as your faith has to be tested wondering how a good and loving God can let something like this happen. Japan needs our help. That is how God works. Through us . He does not cause these tragedies (3 comments)
Real Estate Internet Marketing 5 Social Media Facebook - 03/14/11 11:47 AM
Real Estate Internet Marketing 5 Social Media Facebook Many of us wonder where do you draw the line between effective use of your time and wasting your time. Your computer and the internet can be the greatest tool in your arsenal or the biggest time waster in your life. You can sit down at your computer with the best of intentions and open one email or get caught by one pop up or add and be drawn into hours of time wasted with nothing accomplished. Even worse you may have invested in another make a million doing nothing promise. I know (5 comments)
Real Estate Marketing 4 - 03/12/11 10:44 AM
Real Estate Marketing 4 So How does article marketing work ? You have to decide who you are wanting to attract to your website. In most cases we want home buyers or sellers in a particular community. Your outside blog on active rain is designed to do that. The key to a successful article is the keyword/phrase research. Go to Google add words and use their keyword tool. Type in the name of the community you want to attract business in and press search. The system will provide you with all related searches with the number of global and local monthly (3 comments)
Real Estate Internet Marketing 3 - 03/10/11 10:57 AM
Real Estate Internet Marketing 3 I tell people to visualize standing on a beach looking at an ocean watching the waves come in. Then I tell them if you can imagine that ocean being the internet with each wave being some new change on line you will have some perspective as to what is taking place in the world today. There is a lot of money being made by those able to predict, ride or create those waves. I would like to state that I make no claim to being an internet expert or guru. I am just an old real (3 comments)
Real Estate Internet Marketing 2 - 03/09/11 11:27 AM
Real Estate Internet Marketing (#2) In this second article on internet real estate marketing before getting into the training.I would like to give you an example of how effective and lucrative your marketing efforts can be. Here is a recent example of a sale I just made. A member of the RCMP contacted me over the summer regarding some land we had listed on our website. I sent him some information by email, answered some questions and he said he would be in touch with me. Several months later he contacted me regarding selling his property because he had been unexpectedly (4 comments)
Real Estate Internet Marketing Oh my how things have changed. When I first started working as a real estate salesperson. Back then we called private sale adds, private for sale signs and hustled around the community talking to people looking for leads and referrals. The best effort was the face to face effort. That is still all part of it but the internet has changed the way we do business and if you have not learned internet marketing you will not be successful in real estate sales. Do not be fooled by the old dog who does great and doesn't (46 comments)
Real Estate In Nova Scotia - 03/08/11 10:10 PM
Real Estate In Nova Scotia Nova Scotia real estate has proven to be an excellent investment over the years and not as subject to the booms and busts of other real estate market places. One area of particular interest right now is Hants County real estate. When looking at real estate in Nova Scotia. Hants county in particular the municipality of West Hants is the gateway to the Annapolis Valley and an easy commute to the capital city of Halifax. If you are looking for a Halifax home for sale with-in easy commuting and a quiet rural life style definitely put (3 comments)
Effective Real Estate Advertising - 03/08/11 02:17 PM
Small business is a challenge today and Realtors(TM) are no exception. Although many say over 80% of buyers start their home search on the Internet we all know there are people out there that are computer illiterate and have no intention of learning about a computer. They still rely on the print media for their daily news and those are the adds they read when house hunting. How can we afford to be in all places at once. Here is a system that works for us. Web Site Report For easthants.com
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Let Freedom Ring - 03/07/11 11:22 PM
Let Freedom Ring. As a Canadian I never realized how much the United States of America has sacrificed and persevered as the bastion and example for freedom for countries around the world. As I watch the situation in the middle east as the people exercise their rights I thought a reminder might be in order. This is a passage from the American Declaration of Independence written by this great country's founding fathers. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, (7 comments)
Hants Realty Limited Announcement. - 03/05/11 08:47 AM
Larry Matthews President/Broker AMP DAC President/Broker Hants Realty Limited and Hants Financial Services is pleased to announce that Natasha Head has passed the Provincial exam for her Real Estate Brokers License and has been promoted to General Manager of the firm. In her new capacity Natasha invites anyone interested in a real estate or mortgage sales career to contact her. Cell (902) 225 0584 (2 comments)
Buying Your First Home - 03/05/11 07:47 AM
Buying Your First Home There are many reasons to buy a home. One of the most important being the equity you build over time through home ownership. Equity is the difference between what you owe on your home (mortgage) and what your home would sell for on the market. For example if the market value of your home is $200,000 and your mortgage is $150,000 your equity is $50,000. The sooner you buy a home the sooner you start building equity. The biggest financial benefit of home ownership is that the equity you build is tax free (In Canada). Most personal (2 comments)
Is It Time For A Change ? - 03/01/11 03:54 PM
IS IT TIME FOR A CHANGE ? Life is actually very similar for us all. Oh yes some are born into a more privileged environment , some are more lucky and some just seem to be more blessed but here in North America the playing field is reasonably level. You can be successful with the right choices and a certain amount of ability and determination. So why do so many people seem to be unsuccessful and unhappy with their circumstances ? We need to explore that question in order to determine what it is that seems to separate the winners and (0 comments)
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