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Speechless Sunday - Does This Photograph Remind You of Anyone? Your Congressman? A Past Client? - 07/31/11 10:31 PM
Does this photograph remind you of anyone? Your congressman? One of your past clients? This priceless photograph was taken today by my daughter (Beth Lee Photography) and I thought it was fitting to be included in "Speechless Sunday". Maybe I have been watching too much news these days. And I don't know if you agree with me or not - but I'm thinking there are some people who are just MULE-HEADED! Tell me the truth - who or what do you think of when you look at this photograph?
REMEMBERING NAMES AND SETTING GOALS - 07/31/11 04:53 PM
Remembering names and setting goals with Zig Ziglar! Several years I ago I had the pleasure of attending one of Zig Ziglar's conferences and it was incredible. Enjoy this blog by Fred Carver along with three short videos! Zig NEVER goes out of style! Via Victoria Realtor Fred Carver ACRE 250-598-2963 Accredited Consultant (Re/Max Camosun Real Estate): REMEMBERING NAMES AND SETTING GOALS-Zig Ziglar Back in the 60's I enrolled in a week long Sales and Motivational Training Course by somebody called Zig Ziglar. Not many knew who he was then, now everyone knows who Zig Ziglar is. The Course was held at the (1 comments)
6 Time Saving Strategies for Social Media Success - 07/30/11 09:54 PM
Without a doubt, marketing with social media is a must for your business. It has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the time it takes to monitor. So....how about some strategies for saving time from Rebekah Radice! Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): Without a doubt, marketing with social media is a must for your business. It has impacted every aspect of our lives, including the time we waste monitoring it. So how can we effectively build our online presence while reducing the wasteful time we spend (4 comments)
Setting Expectations With Your Homebuyers - Do You Have a Script? - 07/30/11 08:34 PM
Setting expectations with the home buyer - how important is it? VERY! If you read my blog from a few days ago, "Homebuyer Dissatisfaction With Real Estate Companies is Up Says J. D. Powers. So How Is It that My Clients Are Satisfied with THEIR Realtors?", you know that setting expectations is crucial for home buyer satisfaction with their real estate agent. By failing to do so, you run the risk of causing resentment and disappointment is sure to arise. In this challenging real estate and financial climate, it's more important than ever to make sure your clients know what (1 comments)
Recently I received the book "Go for No: YES is the Destination - NO is how you Get There" by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz. The book was from my corporate office as the "Book of the Month" and I placed it on the "stack" of books I plan to read. Since I read one or two books per week, I am constantly taking from and adding to the "stack". How timely that this book was the next in the infamous "stack" to read when I was sleepless at 3:00 A.M.
When a message comes to me two or (2 comments)
"Homebuyer Dissatisfaction with Real Estate Companies is Up" says J. D. Powers....So How is it that MY Clients are Satisfied With THEIR Realtors®? - 07/29/11 03:52 PM
J. D. Power and Associates 2011 Homebuyer/Seller Study reveals that even though conditions in the real estate market maintain that it is a buyers' market, home buyers indicate they are less satisfied with real estate company services compared with last year's study, while home-sellers during the same time period are more satisfied. The study is detailed in a recent article from National Mortgage Professional magazine. Ok - it's a buyers' market but buyers are LESS satisfied than sellers? WHY? Jim Howland, senior director of the real estate and construction practice at J.D. Power and Associates says, "Although the current real estate (2 comments)
Boo hoo, the market changed, my life is a wreck ... WAIT! - 07/29/11 10:04 AM
A truly powerful video of overcoming adversity - and it helps us to gain a little PERSPECTIVE. Yes, the market has changed. Yes, these are different and sometimes trying times. But where is our focus? On how BAD the economy or the market is? Or is our focus on what we can do to help OTHERS through these tough times? What can we do with the "talent" we have - right at our fingertips - or on the tips of our tongues? A kind word? A gentle nod? Hope you enjoy. Via 678-439-8683: One day we'll stop talking about how great it was (3 comments)
Texas Prayer Rally - 07/29/11 09:40 AM
"Judge tosses suit seeking to stop Governor Pery's Sponsorship of Texas Prayer Rally" VERY good news that we still have freedom in this United States to gather together and pray - if we choose to gather and pray - we are FREE to do so. Via Lisa Von Domek - Broker/Associate (Lisa Von Domek & Associates / Real Living Real Estate Group): Judge Tosses Suit Seeking to Stop Gov. Perry's Sponsorship of Texas Prayer Rally Breaking news as reported by FoxNews.com:
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to stop Gov. Rick Perry from sponsoring a national day (0 comments)
Testimonials.....How to Market for Success - 07/28/11 10:49 PM
Testimonials are not about bragging or tooting your own horn. Sharing your successes with your client base and associates is an essential part of growing your business and your reputation within the community. And a great way to do this is by utilizing testimonials in your marketing efforts. Not only do testimonials get attention, they can also create a sense of confidence in the idea of doing business with you. The following are a few simple steps for gathering positive feedback from your clients: When clients thank you for completing a phenomenal deal, ask them to write a testimonial for you about (12 comments)
Do-it-yourselfers will always be a part of our society. But for many people, there comes a time when the frustration of doing it on their own far outweighs the cost of calling in a professional. When an individual who is trying to sell their own home arrives at this conclusion, you want to be the first person they call.This can be achieved by initiating a "drip campaign." To do this, you must have a series of letters, flyers, or handouts that you send consistently to your FSBO targets. Successful drip campaigns are clearly systemized, so the process is easy to (4 comments)
Type A versus Type B - Buyers versus Browsers - 07/27/11 11:00 AM
Type A: A tendency towards tenseness, impatience, and aggressiveness. Type B: A tendency towards a relaxed manner, patience, and friendliness. Both of these personality types have their merits, and both tendencies exist in all of us to some degree. But when it comes to home buyers, Type As are the ones you want to be working with.I heard a real estate superstar say one time that her turning point was when she decided to seek one type of customer over another. "We had spent an inordinate amount of time on people who drained a huge amount of energy," she says. "We (4 comments)
Using ActiveRain SideBar Links in Your Favor - 07/27/11 10:39 AM
Are you using the ActiveRain sidebar link location to the best of it's ability? Did you know every time you post a blog those links are counted as a back link? Granted, they are not as heavy on the back link scale as say a back link from a .gov or .edu site but they still count and every little bit adds up. Great information! Via Tammy Emineth (Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing): Are you using the ActiveRain sidebar link location to the best of it's ability? Did you know every time you post a blog those links are (4 comments)
Personal & Company Branding: Imitation Is the Worst Way to Challenge a Market Leader - 07/27/11 10:35 AM
Personal and Company Branding - should we be the "copycat" or an ORIGINAL? We have all heard that "imitation is the highest form of flattery...." but does it really help you in the marketplace? The answer is a resounding NO! Great blog from two ORIGINALS! Via Ron & Alexandra Seigel (Luxury Real Estate Marketing) (email@example.com):
As a luxury real estate marketing professional, if you want to challenge the market leader in your area the last thing you want to do is imitate the incumbent. This is one of those branding traps that even some of the biggest brands fall into and (1 comments)
Consider An Alternative Before You Turn Out The Lights on Your Real Estate Career - 07/27/11 10:20 AM
If you are an agent thinking of retiring, this is a great blog you should read from Cindy Jones! How many agents every year decide to retire but leave thousands of dollars of future earnings sitting on the table? Depending on your state licensing requirements could there by a way to continue to earn money in referrals for years after you “retire?” Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (CJ Realty Group, Inc.): Over the last few weeks I’ve been having a discussion with an agent retiring from real estate in Virginia. Our conversations first started about lockboxes and other (2 comments)
Raising The Debt Ceiling for the Potential Homebuyer....What do YOU think? I Need YOUR Opinion! - 07/26/11 09:09 AM
With all of the debate going on about the how and why we should or should not raise the national debt ceiling, I began to think more local and more personal. I started to think of the "debt ceiling" of a potential home buyer. I would like to lay out a scenario for you and then get your opinion of which plan you think is the best. Here's the deal: Mr. and Mrs. Smith own a huge house right now. They must own a huge house because their four grown children still live with them. BUT .....their children are now having (9 comments)
Good News is Good for Business, "The Contest" !!! - 07/26/11 01:09 AM
Good News IS Good for Business! What a great contest of blogging about the road to the Real Estate Recovery by way of a Good Newsa Tsuanami! Much like the song - I sure could use a little good news today! Via Peter & Linda Pfann (250) 213-9490 Pfanntastic Victoria Homes Since 1986 (Cornerstone Properties Ltd. www.pfanntastic.com ): Good News is Good for Business, "The Contest" !!! Here we are, at the launch of the Good News is Good for Business, "The Contest", we know you are ready to change the world and start or enhance the road to Real Estate Recovery (4 comments)
My Blog About QR codes landed me a quote in USA Today! - 07/26/11 01:04 AM
QR Codes are popping up everywhere - they are the latest thing in marketing. Check out how blogging about QR codes landed Marilyn Boudreaux a quote in USA Today! Via Marilyn Boudreaux, Lake Charles Realtor Lake Charles LA Real Estate (Marilyn Boudreaux, Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s):
QR Codes are the latest thing in marketing and getting a lot of attention in the news. We are seeing QR codes pop up on everything!
QR codes are also quite contraversial and the jury is still out on the return received from the QR codes. Real (4 comments)
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates: Week of July 25, 2011 - 07/25/11 10:29 PM
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates This Week : July 25, 2011 As the Greek sovereign debt situation came closer to final resolution, mortgage markets worsened last week and the U.S. housing market showed signs of life. After many weeks, European leaders agreed on a financial package for Greece that featured favorable loan terms designed to slow Eurozone contagion, along with a built-in, 37 billion euro "haircut" for private-sector investors. The accord pleased Wall Street. Equities rallied after the announcement. Mortgage bonds sank. Bonds also sank after a strong home builder confidence report Monday. Last week, conforming and FHA fixed mortgage rates (2 comments)
How to Have a Smooth Move with Children - 07/25/11 12:35 PM
How to have a smooth move with children - thanks Norma for the great blog! Since the majority of my clients are military families - I thought this blog was an excellent one to share. Here's some great tips for moving with children - of all ages!
Via Norma Toering Palos Verdes & Rolling Hills, CA Homes (REMAX Palos Verdes Realty Broker Associate Lic# 01147470): My children lived in five different states during their school years. As a former elementary school teacher I was aware how stressful and difficult it can be for children to be the new kid on the (2 comments)
The Home Price Index is Just Like Me - IT'S BIGGEST FLAW IS ITS AGE! - 07/23/11 12:48 PM
The government says, "A strong spring season helped home values recover". And according to the Federal Home Finance Agency's Home Price Index, home prices rose a seasonally-adjusted 0.4 percent from April to May. It's actually the HPI's second straight increase, and puts the monthly index at its highest point since January 2011. Sounds like great news, right? Home sellers everywhere may be jumping up and down and loving news such as "rising home prices". BUT (there's always a "but") it's important to remember that the Home Price Index has a several built-in flaws -- the biggest of which its age. I (4 comments)
Your Sarcasm Cuts Right Through The Current Heat Wave-Let's Stay Cool - 07/23/11 12:14 PM
I don't know if it's the weather or just the "climate" of the real estate and mortgage business - but there definitely needs to be some wisdom used in these "hot" trying times. I think that this blog proides some excellent advice - now we need to heed it! Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (CJ Realty Group, Inc.): It's hot. It's humid and we are all suffering. Add the stress of a seller who wants their home sold now or a buyer looking to find the perfect home and what do you get? You likely get short tempers (2 comments)
Fridays with the Farmers Wife - Beware the Little Yellow Flowers - 07/23/11 11:49 AM
The pasture was sprinkled with these precious little yellow flowers. They looked so beautiful, a field of yellow, and I made that comment to the my husband, affectionately referred to as "the Farmer" The Farmer explained to me that this seemingly harmless little yellow flower had no value whatsoever for this pasture and if left unchecked, it could actually kill the growth of the nutritious clover and grass needed to sustain his herd of cattle.
It occurred to me that many times when I have dreams and goals of where I want to take my life and business or deepen (3 comments)
FHA Kiddie Condo Loan is Too Cool for School - 07/23/11 11:17 AM
Say hello to an underused and unappreciated FHA (Federal Housing Association) program called the Kiddie Condo loan. This option allows you to make an investment into your son or daughters future that will continue to pay dividends over time. It’s an excellent way to get your child on the road to home ownership without breaking the bank or your pocketbook. Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): As a parent of two college kids I know how expensive tuition, housing, meals, books and other miscellaneous costs can be. College isn’t cheap (1 comments)
Socially Speaking - 07/23/11 11:14 AM
I thought this was a great video to reblog from Jennifer Navarette of Brewing Media. Some of it is basic information but it doesn't hurt to be reminded of what we need to be doing daily with our Social Media tools. Via Link LeGrand, CCIM, Director w/KW Commercial (Keller William Legacy): Socially Speaking CLICK HERE TO WATCH PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS ON SA CONFIDENTIAL
Jennifer Navarrete of Brewing Media, and the recognized Queen of Social Media in San Antonio, gives a compelling argument for adding social media to the arsenal of business marketing tools.
Rebekah's Blog Post Roundup - 07/23/11 10:56 AM
I met Rebekah Radice a few months ago at a conference and I have been inspired by her writing and blogging since that time! I just had to share her Blog Post Roundup for you in the eent you missed it. Some great blogs - many of which I need to go back and re-read! Enjoy! Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): As I reviewed my blog posts from 2011, I spent quite a bit of time pouring over past articles, comments and statistics. It’s a great way to get (0 comments)
Life's a B.E.A.C.H.! My Family "Vacation" and Doing What I Wanted to Do! - 07/23/11 10:33 AM
This past week I was at the beach but I was in the water very little. I was in a condo and outside there are waves crashing and lots and lots of sand. But my "place" for this week was not on the seashore. Oh, I dipped my toe into the salty solution a couple of times (here's one) But I didn't go to the beach to swim or to sun. I know, very weird and my children and grandchildren didn't like it. Not one bit. They argued, complained, and tried everything possible to persuade me to do otherwise. One of (3 comments)
Be Effective in Business and in Life - 07/22/11 07:56 AM
We all want to be "effective" both in BUSINESS and in LIFE! Here are some lessons that Kristine Ginsberg shares on being effective. I thought it was greatread for a Friday a.m. inspirational jumpstart. Happy Friday to you!
Via Kristine Ginsberg (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): Be Effective in Business and in Life One benefit of age is the wisdom it brings. That said, the following are some valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years: Not making a decision is making one by default – make a decision and stand behind it. You have a choice – to (2 comments)
Success Secrets of Top Real Estate Agents - 07/22/11 07:38 AM
Successful Realtors® are no different than successful loan officers or sales people in general. They all share common traits. They are hardworking, diligent and consistent in their sales efforts and marketing strategy. They also incorporate a few basic rules of thumb. Want a few of their insider secrets? It isn’t rocket science, just a few simple tactics to incorporate into your daily conversations. A great blog by Rebekah Radice - enjoy! Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): Successful Realtors® are no different than successful loan officers or sales people (0 comments)
Friday's Fotos ~ KISS - 07/22/11 07:33 AM
Keeping It Simple Sweetie! The KISS principle works every time. Too many days are filled with complications and distrations. A simple photograph and some wisdom today with Friday's Fotos that we should slow down, take a deep breath, enjoy. Keep it Simple, Sweetie. It's Friday! Via Michael Thornton - Nashville, TN area Home Inspector - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.): Friday's Fotos ~ KISS Life is way too complicated. We clutter our daily lives with so much gobbledegook we often cannot see straight. I almost get the feeling that we are over stimulated and without another "fix", we're going to crash and burn. (1 comments)
Who is the egg thrower in your life? - 07/22/11 07:28 AM
An excellent blog on how we all have different personalities. When you know how people are wired, it is much easier to work together. And interesting question -who is the egg thrower in your office, on your team or at your house? Via Mike Cooper, Real Estate Agent-Broker, Winchester,VA (Cornerstone Business Group, Inc.): In the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, there is a scene where Kathy Bates is getting ready to pull into a parking space when two young girls pull up in a red convertible VW and take the space. Kathy Bates tells them she was waiting for the slot, but they (1 comments)
Stop Duplicate Titles! - 07/22/11 07:23 AM
A great tip to stop duplicating titles to your blogs. It can "confuse" the search engines and label those posts as spam. Very simple to just add a few words - even if it is a series - date or some additional description.
Via Nikesh Parekh (ActiveRain): In our efforts to keep ActiveRain highly SEO friendly and to get our member blogs to the top of the search engines, we are working with a well-known SEO consultant here in Seattle. As I had mentioned previously, Google is frequently running its user experience and content optimization algorithm called Panda. Panda targets content farms and duplicate (1 comments)
In June Retail Sales Rise for 12th Straight Month - 07/15/11 05:04 PM
In June Retail Sales Rise For 12th Straight Month The American Consumer will not be deterred. Despite worsening jobless figures and an increase in the Cost of Living, Retail Sales are climbing. In June, for the 12th straight month, retail receipts rose, excluding cars and auto parts. Analysts expected no change from May. Instead, receipts topped $321 billion -- an all-time record. For home buyers and would-be refinancers, this is a bit of unwelcome news. Mortgage rates are rising in the wake of the Retail Sales data release. This is because Retail Sales account for roughly half of consumer spending, and (0 comments)
But the underwriter *does* have the right ... - 07/15/11 10:52 AM
As a lender, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this blog. Most people in the industry do not understand the responsibility that the lender, underwriter and investor take when a loan is approved. Yes, underwriting guidelines are tougher. Yes, underwriters do ask for more. Is there a reason? I believe all you have to do is turn on the mortgage news to know the reason why. Now - did they go too far to the right? I think so. And hopefully this will swing more to the middle. But once again - I appreciated this hard-hitting blog. Via 678-439-8683: Yesterday I (2 comments)
5 Common Misconceptions About Social Media - 07/15/11 09:30 AM
Five Common Misconceptions about Social Media - second in this series. In the event you missed the original post or this second in the series - you need to read it also! Too many times we think that "Social Media" is the "magic pill" for our business. But if we are not true professionals in whatever our area of expertise lies doing an excellent job - then Social Media will NOT help us! Great post! Via Rich Jacobson Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (WindermereRE/West Sound, Inc.): "Social Media Won't Help.....if You Suck!" This post is the 2nd part of a series (1 comments)
Lighten Up! And Have a Great Weekend! - 07/15/11 08:34 AM
The mortgage world can be pretty sobering - so, I thought I would share this GREAT blog with the instructions to "LIGHTEN UP! AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!" Thought it would be good to share this Friday a.m.! Via Mike Cooper, Real Estate Agent-Broker, Winchester,VA (Cornerstone Business Group, Inc.): Some days I just want to say, "Lighten up!" when meeting some people. Life can be stressful. So, if you haven't learned the fine art of laughter you're doing yourself a great disservice. I once had a lady accuse me of never being serious, but I explained to her that I ascribe the philosophy (2 comments)
For the NINTH Straight Month, Foreclosure Filings Fall - 07/15/11 08:20 AM
For The 9th Straight Month, Foreclosure Filings Fall For the 9th straight month last month, foreclosure activity slowed. According to foreclosure-tracking firm RealtyTrac, the number of foreclosure filings dropped 29 percent nationwide on an annual basis in June. The phrase "foreclosure filing" is a catch-all term, comprising default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions. June marked the ninth consecutive month of sub-300,000 filings after 20 months above it -- a promising signal for the housing market nationwide. It's also noteworthy that each of the 10 most foreclosure-heavy states showed fewer foreclosures in June 2011 as compared to June 2010, led (0 comments)
Cast Your Vote...Pretty Please - 07/14/11 03:41 PM
Inman News is holding their annual voting poll for the 2011 People's Choice Innovator Award. "The People's Choice award is intended to recognize a standout real estate-related technology". Let's cast our vote for Active Rain TODAY! Via Kerrie Greenhalgh (ActiveRain, Community Builder): Inman News is holding their annual voting poll for the 2011 People's Choice Innovator Award. "The People's Choice award is intended to recognize a standout real estate-related technology". Hmmmm.....which Community do I know that standouts from the rest? Ok, so it has to be real-estate related.....ok...um...geez....this is a toughie.....NOT!!!!!! ActiveRain baby!!! Voting ends Friday, July 22nd so cast your vote for (1 comments)
How Did You Make That Header For your Blogs? - 07/12/11 05:39 PM
An incredible blog post on how to make that header for your blog! I have been wanting someone to SIMPLIFY this for me and that is what this blog does! Thanks for helping me create my new header! You're right, Jerry Newman, it was as simple as pie! Via Jerry Newman,REALTOR®,US Army Retired, San Antonio Real Estate & Military Reloc (Keller Williams Realty): How Did You Make That Header for your Blogs? This was the very first question that I asked as a Newbie back in January 2011, when I first signed up for Active Rain. After reading many posts, I started to (6 comments)
2011 Louisiana Tax Free Day's - 07/12/11 02:08 PM
A few years ago Louisiana began a Tax Free Day just like many of other States. The Tax free day has limit on the dollar amount of your purchase. The limit is $2500.00 dollar here in Louisiana. The dates are August 5- 6 2011. Good information to share with your Louisiana friends, family and contacts! Via Frank Rubi New Orleans LA | Kenner | Slidell (New Orleans Homes for Sale): Louisiana Tax Free Dates A few years ago Louisiana began a Tax Free Day just like many of other States. The Tax free day has limit on the dollar amount of your purchase. (2 comments)
I Say ToeMayToe-You Say TahMayToe-At The End Of The Day It's Still A Fruit - 07/12/11 01:46 PM
As always, Cindy takes an insightful look at blogging. Before spending a significant amount of time on blogging, we should consider these two things: #1 What do I hope to accomplish with my blogging and #2 How do I calculate my return on investment? Enjoy this blog from one of the best! Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (CJ Realty Group, Inc.): That's right a tomato is a fruit. There are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes and they aren't all red. However at the end of the day no matter how you pronounce it or what your favorite is (0 comments)
What IS Annual Percentage Rate (APR)? And is the LOWEST rate always the BEST deal? NO! - 07/12/11 12:11 PM
What Is Annual Percentage Rate (APR)? More commonly called APR, Annual Percentage Rate is a government-mandated mortgage comparison tool. It measures the total cost of borrowing over the life of a loan into dollars-and-cents. A loan's APR is printed in the top-left corner of the Federal Truth-In-Lending Disclosure, as shown above. When quoting an interest rate, loan officers are required by law to disclose a loan's APR, too. APR is meant to simplify the process of choosing between two or more loans. The theory is that the loan with the lowest APR is the "best deal" for the applicant because (0 comments)
Adding Google +1 button to your website - 07/10/11 11:06 PM
Getting Google +1's on my website or blog posts seemed a little daunting until I read Debbie's post - I will definitely give this a try to get a boost in Google's Rankings (and she gives instructions on how to add it to your website) Thanks Debbie! Via Debbie Gartner - Westchester Flooring -Hardwood Floors Carpet Tile Refinish - (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Fairfield CT): As many of you know, getting Google +1's on your website or blog posts can give you a boost in Google's Rankings. Certainly, the most important thing is content/keywords/links, but Google +1 can be the icing (6 comments)
Social Media Won't Help if You Suck!" - 7 Ways to 'Suck-Proof' Your Business - 07/10/11 10:55 PM
The title is catchy and funny! But I believe Rich has some great insights - with some real depth. I look forward to his upcoming blog series which he is publishing based on a presentation he gave at ActiveRain's Raincamp. Enjoy! Via Rich Jacobson Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (WindermereRE/West Sound, Inc.): "Social Media Won't Help... ...if You Suck!" This post is the beginning of a series of articles I will be publishing and are based on a presentation I gave at ActiveRain's RainCamp here in Seattle. ~ o ~ o ~ (0 comments)
LA is One of 5 States with LOWEST Real Estate Taxes! - 07/10/11 02:58 PM
Great information shared by Gayle Causey with a link to the Kiplinger article - showing 5 States with the LOWEST Real Estate Taxes - and my home state of Louisiana, is one of them! This is crucial info to get to potential retirees in our state! Via Gayle Causey (Keller Williams Realty Parishwide Partners): According to a Kiplinger article, Louisiana is in the 10 most tax-friendly states for retirees! It's pretty good for those of us still working, too! You can read the full article at http://portal.kiplinger.com/tools/retiree_map/index.html?map=14#anchor Here are the 5 states with lowest state real estate taxes:
REALTOR, Relocation SpecialistDirect: 318-614-5615Find your (0 comments)
Seasons of Drought, Floods and Green Pastures - Which Season Are You In? - 07/10/11 02:40 PM
It's dry in our corner of the world and my husband (affectionately referred to as the "Farmer") is concerned. Everywhere I go, people are talking about the drought. "I have never seen it this dry before...." old-timers are saying. The Farmer's friends and family are all concerned about their cattle. They need the rain for the pastures to grow the hay to feed the cattle. And the rain hasn't come. It is season of drought.
But in other parts of the country, there are the floods. You turn on the news and there are cities (1 comments)
Active Rain Points? Whats the point? - 07/09/11 08:13 PM
A "NEWBIE" - only a few weeks posting, commenting on AR, this post caught my eye! And I loved it! I have found a "community" with AR. Also, I like what she says about the "leaderboard" - I'm closing in for the #1 spot in my city - even though I have only been blogging for a few weeks! When I started I was on page 5 of Google - now page 1!!!! It is possible if you focus and make it a priority. Via Deb Brooks, Lake Conroe Real Estate, 936-661-2624: Have you ever glanced at your State's Leaderboard and thought, "hmmm...there (6 comments)
Craig's Week in Tech 7/9/11 - 07/09/11 05:59 PM
"Craig's Week in Tech- Newsletter" - some incredible content! Maybe it is because I am so "non-techie" that I l love reading Craig's post - or maybe I am a "techie-wannabe". Whichever - I love it and I'm sharing it! Via Craig Daniels - Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (located NYC - remote assistance everywhere! :): Craig's Week in Tech - Newsletter July 9, 2011 - Volume 1, Issue 6 Welcome Wow! Sixth Issue of my weekly newsletter. I've been getting great feedback and so glad that you are all enjoying it. I've got my radar up all week for interesting stories. I monitor (0 comments)
Someone's Buying Your Name...and You Don't Even Know It! - 07/09/11 04:51 PM
This is a GREAT post with some crucial information that many people just DO NOT KNOW! Pass it along - we need to get this information to the street. Via RIDHI RAHEJA , 630-660-6376 ,MLO #303815 FHA, VA CONVENTIONAL HOME LOANS,ILLINOIS (Ridhi.firstname.lastname@example.org:Preapprovals,1st time buyers):
Your name is actually worth quite a bit. The only problem is that you aren't the one benefiting from it. Very few people realize that each time their credit is checked, the information provided to the credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, Innovis or Experian) immediately becomes a commodity that is sold not only to other lenders but also (0 comments)
The Many Looks of One Lighthouse Using Picnik - 07/09/11 02:56 PM
I love lighthouses so I just had to re-blog this great post which features Horton Point Lighthouse and museum which was built in 1857 and is located on the north side of Eastern Long Island, New York. I have to say - I like the original photograph the best. But what's your favorite look? Via Kristine Ginsberg (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): The Many Looks of One Lighthouse Using Picnik effects Horton Point Lighthouse and museum was built in 1857 and is located on the north side of Eastern Long Island, New York near Southold. It sits high up (1 comments)
MORTGAGE FRAUD IS STILL HAPPENING - 07/08/11 03:28 PM
Unbelievably, Mortgage Fraud is STILL happening! I share this blog with you because the story that Joe shares is almost IDENTICAL to one in my own mortage practice! Via Right Trac Financial Group, Inc: I pride myself on being able to sniff out anything that looks or sounds like "Fraud". Guess what, I missed the signs. I started working with a client about a year ago. He was in his 20's and self employed as a landscaper, for the last three years. When he came to me, I viewed his 2008 and 2009 tax returns and based on his numbers, I couldn't give (0 comments)
You Can Be a Referral Magnet - 07/08/11 11:17 AM
Ivan Misner says "Givers Gain" it is so true! When YOU become a "referral magnet", you are the key one to benefit! Helping others will always help YOU! Great post by Rebekah! Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” Helping someone grow their business while helping you at the same time can be like Christmas in July. You have a present to give at (3 comments)
Fridays with the Farmers Wife - Bittersweet Blackberries and What They Taught Me About Priorities - 07/08/11 12:05 AM
A few weeks ago, my husband whom I call affectionately, "The Farmer" and I were riding over one of our pastures when we came upon a huge patch of blackberry bushes. We jumped off the Ranger and began to gather a sweet afternoon snack of plump and delicious blackberries. The berries had just begun to ripen and the vines were laden with hundreds of red berries. I looked at the tangled berry vines, my mind begin to envision what these bushes would look like in a few days, the berries going from red to black. I was thinking of blackberry cobbler, (5 comments)
Is Active Rain the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? Tell me your AR story! (ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, THE FIRST LOAF OF SLICED BREAD WENT ON SALE!) - 07/07/11 09:19 PM
Is Active Rain the best thing since sliced bread? I am a "Newbie" to Active Rain - posting my very first blog just a few weeks ago! Today, 37 days, 38 blogs, one featured post, over 21,800 points, and SEVERAL new friends and acquaintenances, later.....YES - I DO think Active Rain IS the best thing since sliced bread! To go along with that queston - I will share with you that on this day in history, the first loaf of “Kleen-Maid” Pre Sliced Bread went on sale in Chillicothe Missouri. Otto Frederick Rohwedder was the inventor of the “Loaf-at-a-time” Slicing machine. (4 comments)
THE COOLEST ADVERTISING EVER USING QR CODES! YOU HAVE TO CHECK THIS OUT! HAVE YOU SEEN BEFORE? - 07/07/11 04:13 PM
I discovered this unbelievably cool ad while reading a recent leadership blog by Chris LoCurto. Chris is one of Dave Ramsey's key leaders (Total Money Makeover). I am a regular follower of his blog and one of his "top commenters" (he gives away a book to each of his top 10 commenters every month). I have even had the privilege of writing a "Guest Blog" which greatly expanded my network. What he shared today blew me away and I just had to share. WATCH THIS! First 100 Days Ad from Nazarene Publishing House on Vimeo. The advertisement is from Nazarene Publishing (4 comments)
Friday morning, at 8:30 AM ET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its June Non-Farm Payrolls report. If you or your client is currently shopping for a mortgage, or maybe even floating a mortgage interest rate, be prepared! Mortgage rates can change following the monthly report's release. Often, by a lot!!! More commonly called "the jobs report", Non-Farm Payrolls reports on the U.S. workforce by sector, summarizing its findings in terms of total workforce size, and as a national Unemployment Rate. Jobs are considered a keystone in the continuing U.S. economic recovery.
More working Americans means: More (2 comments)
How to Write a Catchy Blog Post Title that POPS - 07/06/11 12:53 PM
We have all heard that catchy blog post titles are powerful and can determine if your blog ever (as Rebekah says) "....sees the light of day..."! Thought I would share Rebekah Radice's blog - very informative! Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): Blog post titles are powerful. They are the deciding factor between a widely read article and one that dies an immediate death. The cold hard reality is that no matter how great your blog content might be, if you don’t come up with a catchy title, your (5 comments)
What to Know BEFORE You Move To a New Neighborhood! It's MORE than STATISTICS! - 07/06/11 12:20 PM
What To Know Before You Move To A New Neighborhood Home buyers tend to research homes a lot. They look at square footage, upgrades, landscaping, even community statistics! And just about every other "number" on which they can get their hands. But those are just statistics. What about the home's "feel"?
In this 5-minute piece from NBC's The Today Show, a home-buyer can learn a dozen complementary home-shopping techniques to help them review and evaluate a home for purchase. Each is focused on findings you won't find on a website. One example, instead of scheduling a second visit (2 comments)
On this day in 1954, Elvis Presley had his first commercial recording session in Memphis, Tennessee, where he recorded "That's All Right, Mama". Some regard this moment as the true beginning of the rock-and-roll revolution and set Elvis on the path to stardom. Here's some thoughts about Elvis that we could implement into our lives and businesses: #1 (1 comments)
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates: Week of July 5, 2011 - 07/06/11 12:03 AM
What's Ahead For Mortgage Rates : Week Of July 5, 2011 Mortgage markets worsened last week as Wall Street's renewed optimism pushed equities to their best one-week gain in 2 years. The change in sentiment was bad news for rate shoppers, however, as investors pored into stocks at the expense of bonds. Last week, for the first time since February, mortgage rates rose 5 days in a row. By the time bond markets closed for the 3-day weekend, conforming fixed mortgage rates had climbed to their worst levels since mid-May (mortgage rates are now at 7-week highs) The biggest reason for (3 comments)
So you want to be a ROCK STAR in your industry? What can we learn from Elvis that would propel us to success and "stardom" within our industry - whether it be real estate, mortgage lending, appraiser, or attorney? On this day in 1954, Elvis Presley had his first commercial recording session in Memphis, Tennessee, where he recorded "That's All Right, Mama". Some regard this moment as the true beginning of the rock-and-roll revolution and set Elvis on the path to stardom. Here's some thoughts about Elvis that we could implement into our businesses: #1 - Be true to yourself. (1 comments)
As we celebrate today the 235th anniversary of our DECLARATION of INDEPENDENCE, I will share the 6th and final blog on "Having a Star Spangled Heart to Serve Those Who Serve". ]Parts 1-5 of "Having a Star Spangled Heart to Serve Those Who SErve" and linksare:
#1 - "H.E.A.R.T." Star Spangled Heart Part 1 #2 - "H" is for Star Spangled Heart Part 2 #3 - "E" is for Star Spangled Heart Part 3 #4 - "A" is for Star Spangled Heart Part 4 #5 - R is for Star Spangled Heart Part 5 And today we conclude (4 comments)
Photography | Unusual Seahorse at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla - 07/03/11 06:49 PM
Beautiful and unusual photograph of a Seahorse at Birch Aquarium - as the original blog author, William Johnson said, these really ARE "....beautiful standouts in the magical undersea marine world." What a lovely picture and I just had to share. Via San Diego Real Estate Voice authored by William Johnson GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates): Unusual Seahorse at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla These are a protected species found in waters south of Australia. I have never seen anything quite like it, but then many of species that you will see here at the Birch Aquarium are beautiful standouts in the (1 comments)
Do you buy items from Daily Deal websites? - 07/03/11 04:10 PM
Daily Deal websites! Love this post by Angie Clarke. I loved the shoes and wanted to buy - but actually couldn't get the shoes in MY size. I thought I would pass along and get some Sunday afternoon deal shoppers busy! Have a great day! Via Angelina Ogle~Clarke www.DreamHomesbyAngie.com (Dream Homes by Angie ~ Charles Rutenberg Realty): I am a DEAL junkie!!! If it is a DEAL, I want to know about it!!! I am a member of GottaDeal.com and log in religiously to get a jump on the Black Friday deals. Speaking of Black Friday....I create my "BIG Plan" based upon the "leaked" (2 comments)
Having a Star Spangled Heart To Serve Those Who Serve! (Part 5) - 07/03/11 03:56 PM
R – is for “Raving Fans”. That is what we are looking to create – RAVING FANS! We want clients for life! Because I want to be their mortgage strategist for life, I have in the last few months taken the necessary tests to obtain my personal license in 3 additional states, all because of my military clients! When my clients are transferred and they receive a PCS ( “permanent change of station”), I want to not only assist them with their strategy for either selling or renting their present home, I want to put them in a home in their (0 comments)
Speechless Sunday: Patriotism in Action - 07/03/11 03:43 PM
What an incredible picture taken by Marilyn Boudreaux, of Lake Charles, Louisiana. By her comments, she shared that this picture was taken at her church this morning -it has become a tradition during the Salute to the Patriots when each branch of the service comes up front. I love it! Via Marilyn Boudreaux, Realtor Lake Charles, LA Homes for Sale ( Century 21 Mike D. Bono & Co.'s): * ******************************************************************************************
For more information on Lake Charles Real Estate, visit my website. You can search homes for sale in Lake Charles, Louisiana, get information on Lake Charles Subdivisions and Neighborhoods, and (2 comments)
Having a Star Spangled Heart To Serve Those Who Serve! (Part 4) - 07/02/11 12:43 AM
As I continue with my six part series on "Having a Star Spangled Heart to Serve Those Who Serve", today we talk about the "A" in the acronyn H.E.A.R.T: A – is for “Above and Beyond”. We want to be known as the Team that goes the extra mile – whether it means staying late to meet with a client who has been in the field, or speaking to a client late at night Central time, because that’s when its early morning in Iraq! There are times when our clients are staying in temporary quarters or a hotel room, and (2 comments)
Newlyweds say “I DO” to FHA Bridal Registry Gift Funds - 07/01/11 02:02 PM
"Newlyweds say "I Do" to FHA Bridal Registry Gift Funds" is a great blog from Rebekah Radice. Here's the question - Are you planning to get married and buy a home but wonder where your down payment funds will come from? FHA has a Bridal Registry program where the money you receive as a wedding present can be used towards your down payment! Check out the blog below! Via Rebekah Radice Colorado Springs FHA Loan 203k, VA Mortgage, Loan Pre-Approval (Benchmark Mortgage, Colorado Springs FHA, VA, Pre-Approval): Are you planning to get married and buy a home in Colorado, but wonder where your (4 comments)
A Declaration of Independence and A Nation is Born! - 07/01/11 09:49 AM
On July 2, 1776 the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence. After approving the vote for independence, attention was directed at writing the "Declaration of Independence".
The "Declaration of Independence" was to be a statement explaining this decision to seek independence from Great Britain. Thomas Jefferson was the principal author, and the Declaration was approved and signed on July 4, 1776. A nation was born!
Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same (5 comments)
Having a Star Spangled Heart To Serve Those Who Serve! (Part 3) - 07/01/11 12:02 AM
As I continue to share "Having a Star Spangled Heart to Serve Those Who Serve", today, we come to the "E" in the acronym H.E.A.R.T. E – is for “Engage”. Anyone can quote rates and fees, but we are looking to ENGAGE our clients and connect with them at a deeper level – their H.E.A.R.T.! As Mortgage Planners, we offer the value service known as a “Mortgage Strategy Session” with each of our clients. We feel this takes our Team to a higher level of professionalism. A Mortgage Strategy Session is arranged for each and every client to examine our client’s (3 comments)
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