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Question: Banners - 02/27/09 11:15 AM
I admit it, I'm jealous.I'm jealous of all these beautiful banners I've seen on AR blogs. I'm jealous of how nice they look and how some of them truly make the blog inviting.I want one! I want one, I want one, I want one. So, tell me, oh great and knowledgeable bloggers, how do I get me one of those banners?Cause, in case you didn't hear it, I want one! ~Renae - Market 4 Real!_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Need help with consistently marketing to your leads and your listings? Don't put it off! Contact us today for assistance and get started on the road (9 comments)
I love blogging. I love blogging for myself and for my clients. I love reading blogs. I love commenting on blogs. But between the ideas to blog about and actually having a post written, there is a sea of uncertainty that comes with having to deal with html in order to give the post some eye candy. Well, welcome to the world of the Nvu HTML Editor!
Simply put, Nvu is a fast and easy way to make your posts look the way you want them to look. Clicks of your mouse give (15 comments)
Dear Diary, My Passion Is...My Family - 02/23/09 11:18 AM
Most people with children feel some type of passion for them. It is understandable. Mothers go out of their way to protect and provide for their children. Fathers get even more protective and want earnestly to be the one who "takes care of" them. But for me, I've found that my passion for my family has found its outlet in several unique ways. As a Virtual Assistant... This is an awesome job that allows me to work from home and still be able to be there for my children. When they are sick, I'm here. When they need help with homework, I'm (7 comments)
How a Day Can Make a Difference - or a Nap - 02/19/09 09:08 PM
Earlier today, I wrote a post called "Slowly Losing It..." It was all about my kids, gotta luv em. My kids and the grey hair they inspire. By noon today, I was ready to throw in the towel. I couldn't get some information I needed for a client, despite several phone calls. For some reason, I couldn't get my login information to work on one of my clients' websites. The dishwasher wouldn't start. I couldn't get the kids on a schedule. Our 4 year old and 2 year old fought constantly over every little thing. Our 10.5 month old twins kept (8 comments)
I've Figured It Out: Real Estate Is Like Being Married - 02/19/09 06:20 PM
When I initially started working as a Virtual Assistant for the real estate industry, things were awesome! I had clients galore - so many that I could be extremely selective in who I chose to work with. Agents were coming from all over the world, wanting to partner with a VA. It was absolutely awesome, I tell ya! Of course, between 2001 and 2006, things were going very well for folks in real estate. Then, the market turned. Properties stopped selling as quickly, agents had to start doing a good deal of work to get listings, find buyers, and get their (74 comments)
Slowly Losing It... - 02/19/09 10:27 AM
I started going grey right after my first child was born. I was 26 years old. Quite young, I might say! But I went grey all the same. It started off slowly, almost crept up on me. I woke up one day to a few long strands of grey hairs. Then child #2 came along. With him came not a manual but more grey hair. Then child #3. And more grey hair. Then #4. And you guessed it - more grey hair. When the final set came along, our twins, I thought I wouuld go completely grey. Fortunately, I still have (15 comments)
Are you focused on these simple marketing strategies every day? - 02/18/09 11:14 AM
Anne Marie has written a blog post that just cannot be duplicated - or missed! I hope you find some great ideas here that will assist you in growing your business and helping your clients! ~Renae Via Anne Marie Malfi, "Marketing" Virtual Assistant/Owner, Bucks County, PA (Malfi Marketing Solutions): Real estate marketing starts with great services and often small ideas that can be made into big ideas. Review the list below and ask yourself do I have a "marketing" part to my day? Am I doing all I can to assist my clients and grow my business? (I hope your answer will be (0 comments)
Action Item for Today - 02/18/09 10:49 AM
Karen has a quick and easy way of reconnecting with or just providing information to first-time home buyers. If you're looking for a fast and valuable touch for your leads, check out this blog! Thanks, Karen! ~Renae Via Karen Parsons-Fiddler (Great Western Realty Group): Good morning, Most of us have some form of lead generation system, and contact lists. How are we using this information? How often do we contact these potential clients? And how do we contact them? If you have time today, let's contact them with some interesting information they can use. The news is filled with information about the "Stimulus" (0 comments)
Tuesday Tech Tip (um, on Wednesday): Convert PDF to Word Document - 02/18/09 09:09 AM
Previously, we discussed ways to convert documents to .pdf files absolutely free. This is a great way to make large documents smaller to e-mail as well as to ensure that the document does not get altered. Well, this week, I'm bringing you a free way to convert .pdf files to MS Word documents so that you can manipulate the documents as if you created them. HelloPDF is a free program that can: Convert PDF to Word and preserve the original layout of your PDF in an editable Word Document. Extract text labels, graphics, shapes from PDF file into Word Doc file. (6 comments)
I absolutely love the idea of promoting one another when we can! As a result, I have a project called "Twitter Friend of the Week." Each week, I'll showcase one or two of my Twitter Friends so that you can "meet" them. One of this week's featured Twitter Friends is Cheryl Phillips of The Daily Blonde. Here's what Cheryl had to tell us: What is your primary business? I am a freelance writer. I can't call it a business, but it's what I do...and what I love! What is unique about you or your business? Me? I think I (2 comments)
When Your Virtual Friends Are More Real (And More Fun)! - 02/13/09 12:12 PM
I read someone say the other day that she has more fun with her virtual friends than she does with her friends in real life. That's interesting to me because the friends I've made online have in many ways made more of an impact on me, my life, and my business than most people I've met in real life. I started wondering, why is that? How could that be when I've never even met most of my virtual "friends?" Then I realized something important... The friends I've made online are like me, more like me than just about anyone I know locally. They (5 comments)
Why Are You Making Me Do This? - 02/10/09 09:18 PM
As a parent, you've probably heard it a thousand times. Why are you making me not only go to school but get good grades?Why are you making me eat my vegetables?Why are you making me learn to cook?Why are you making me post to my blog?Why are you making me stay in touch with my leads? Why? Because it's good for you! Isn't that what we tell our children? It's good for you. Getting good grades helps you get into college and get a better job. (Ok, that one isn't exactly true.) Eating your vegetables makes you healthy. If you can (11 comments)
Tuesday Tech Tip: Desktop Post-It Notes - 02/10/09 12:43 PM
I have a confession to make. I am a note-addict. Similar to drug and alcohol addicts, I can't seem to stop writing notes. I write them on everything - notepads are strewn throughout my house, notes are taped on the refrigerator and every hung calendar, notes are even on the backs of envelopes. (Wait - that last happened just one time and only because someone called me right when I got the mail and I couldn't find any notepads.) Well, if you are anything like me (you don't have to admit it out loud), you're tired of all the pieces of paper. Either (17 comments)
I absolutely love the idea of promoting one another when we can! As a result, I have a project called "Twitter Friend of the Week." Each week, I'll showcase one or two of my Twitter Friends so that you can "meet" them. One of this week's featured Twitter Friends is Toby Boyce of Keller Williams Consultants Realty in Delaware, Ohio. Here's what Toby had to tell us: What is your primary business? Selling residential real estate is my primary business, but I’m also a free-lance writer, photographer, and designer. What is unique about you or your business? I teach my (3 comments)
What Is It With Kids and Bathrooms? - 02/06/09 07:51 PM
I have found over the years that bathrooms hold some almost perverse fascination for children. Why is that? Do you know? I've got 6 kids. 5 boys and 1 girl (stuck in the middle, poor thing). The oldest is 13, then 10, 4, and 2.5. The youngest are 10 month old twins. All of them, bar NONE, have a fascination with the bathroom. Examples follow... Playing in the sink/toilet - The older 2 did it, the younger 4 do it constantly. I keep the bathrom door closed but my daughter and the boy right under her can open the door. So I'm (17 comments)
Are You Speaking English? OR Communication Is Key! - 02/05/09 12:31 PM
As many of you know, we've got a few kids, 6 to be exact. Our oldest, Kennyth who is 13, is allowed to use the Internet only with supervision and with restrictions. Those restrictions include no chat rooms, no message forums, nothing that requires him to provide any personal information about himself. He is allowed to use Yahoo Instant Messenger but we have to approve anyone he messages there. So far, the people on his list include his cousins and one friend from school. Yesterday, Kennyth needed to extract himself from the computer so that he could do his chores. Peering (5 comments)
So You're Thinking of Moving to St. Petersburgh, Florida, Eh? - 02/03/09 02:55 PM
Alright, so here's the story... My husband and I bought our house in Garfield Heights, Ohio about 4.5 years ago. We love our house - absolutely love it! It sports 4 bedrooms, 1 full bath and 2 half baths. At the time, we had 3 children. Our sons were 9 and 6 and our daughter was born right after we moved in. In the last 4 and a half years, we had 3 more children. Our son who is now 2, and 10 month old twin boys. Needless to say, we've pretty much outgrown this house. (That's probably an understatement, you think?) (3 comments)
Tuesday Tech Tip: Hosting Photos Online - 02/03/09 02:22 PM
What's the worse thing that can happen, technologically-speaking? Your computer dies and you have no back-up system in place OR for some reason the back-up got corrupted so you can't access the files. One thing that you lost were photos. Alllllll your photos... There's a way to host your photos online absolutely free so that you never again have to worry about losing your photos. You can easily upload photos to the internet and even crop and resize them with some websites, saving them there so you don't take up space on your computer's hard drive and ensuring they'll still be (4 comments)
Asking for Recommendations - 02/02/09 07:18 PM
Are you one of those people who thinks the "ask for recommendation" feature on LinkedIn is to be sent to just anybody? Well, Mike makes a valid point in the e-mail he shares here about how he requests recommendations. We all need to take note and take heed. Hopefully, you'll get a much better understanding of how to and why ask for a recommendation. ~Renae Via Mike Mueller (Mike Mueller, Inc.): I just started reaching out to my LinkedIn Connections for their recommendations. With a present roster of 861 LinkedIn says I can reach a audience of over 4 million! That’s a lot (1 comments)
I absolutely love the idea of promoting one another when we can! As a result, I have a project called "Twitter Friend of the Week." Each week, I'll showcase one or two of my Twitter Friends so that you can "meet" them. One of this week's featured Twitter Friends is Gail Reeves Reid of Keller Williams Real Estate in Mississauga, Ontario. Here's what Gail had to tell us: What is your primary business? I am a wealth building consultant who educates consumers on wealth building through real estate acquisition. What is unique about you or your business? What's unique is (1 comments)
How about a little marketing to get your day off to the right start? As a Virtual Assistant, my goal is to help you achieve your goals. Want to grow your business? Come along for the ride as I provide practical tips and suggestions to help you do just that!
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