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The Campaign Trail - 12/19/07 01:46 PM
Doing what the politicians do. That means getting out there on the campaign trail and getting votes! That is exactly what I want potential prospects to do! I want them to vote for me! In 1980 there were 761,000 Realtors, in 2000 there were 766,000 and in 2005 it nearly tripled and there were 1.3 million. NAR projects this to dwindle to 900,000 which is a 31% decrease. The fact that I am still here is because I do what the politicians do. I continue to campaign for votes. Most agents get into the business because they want to try it out. Because (24 comments)
Home Sweet Home What's it worth? - 12/18/07 05:37 PM
We check the stock market sometimes everyday either on line or T.V. or reading the newspaper. But homeowners fail to take stock of an even weighter investment: their own home. Do you know the value of your own home? A Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) provided by a real estate professional can bring you up to speed. As the name suggests, a CMA compares your home with similar ones on the market in your neighborhood during a specified time period. This data, combined with the value of upgrades, will give you an accurate picture of your homes worth. Remember however, that your personalized (0 comments)
It's a good day when the phone rings - 12/18/07 03:47 PM
No matter what is going on, no matter if I have a crazy closing or a irate seller or a buyer who won't get off the fence it is a good day when the phone rings. Today I think everyone came out of the woodwork. I've had six previous clients call me to list their home and discuss buying another and another sent me a referral. This makes for a good day. There is nothing I enjoy more than helping folks buy or sell real estate. The opportunity to help others reach their dreams excites me! The confidence and trust my (7 comments)
Filling Your Emotional Tank - 12/16/07 11:51 AM
First let me tell ya this is not a blog written by Dr. Phil. But I've learned that real estate takes a lot of emotional energy. As a small business person I live by my emotions. You need a lot of emotional intelligence to be able to read a client through a transaction and then you get to go home and you need emotional energy for those there. My emotional tank goes all day long! Many times I find myself running on empty. To fill my emotional tank there are three basic philosophies. 1. Restore physically. Focus on keeping your tank full. You (15 comments)
Managing Emotions When Times Are Tough Part 3 - 12/16/07 06:39 AM
The last series of this blog is the final brick in the mortar to holding it together during the valleys of life. Your confidence must grow and not diminish. Webster defines confidence as the fact of being or feeling certain. I like it when people are certain they are wrong rather than unsure they are right. What are you certain of? I find there are three ways for me to increase my confidence. 1. Proper expectations. One thing that shakes confidence is improper or false expectations. What are the expectations of the market? The past years we had a hot market and now it (4 comments)
How I know I was meant to be a real estate agent - 12/16/07 06:09 AM
The year was 2003. It was my first listing. It came by referral from a family member. I was excited and I had my brokers experience right behind me and he was encouraging me and he believed in me. I had been talking with the sellers about the clutter in the house and she said she was going to de-clutter and paint the purple bedroom a more neutral color and after a week or so I went back to the house for them to sign the listing agreement and put the sign in the yard. Mr. Seller really did not want to (7 comments)
Managing emotions when times are tough Part 2 - 12/15/07 06:35 PM
The first part of this blog can be read here. The second important belief which helps manage your emotions when times are tough is that your commitment must be stronger than your circumstances. Mr. Webster defines commitment as a pledge to do something or a dedication to a long term course of action. When times get tough people tend to stop doing. Fear paralyzes folks. But the best thing I can do when things get tough is just DO! No matter what the circumstances. And the the second thing would be to associate with others who are doing the same thing! I have (8 comments)
Managing your emotions when times are tough Part 1 - 12/15/07 05:17 PM
I believe there are three major points to help manage ones emotions when times are tough. This first blog discusses the first major point. Look for the next point in my next blog. First is faith. Your faith must be stronger than your fears. One definition of faith is the evidence of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. It is difficult to have conviction of things you can't see. Faith is believing. I'm not necessarily talking about religious faith. Most people have to see it to believe it. And then there are those even after seeing it (6 comments)
I don't care if you spell my name wrong... - 12/15/07 06:32 AM
I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing, but I was blessed with a unusual name with an unusual spelling. I get called ANNETTE, JEANETTE, LYNETTE, sometimes even worse and I always have to spell my. name. What was my mother thinking when she named me? For years growing up I hated my name. I got called "Nanny the Nanny Goat" I really hate being called "NAN" I guess over the years have become use to it. I can always tell how well you really know me if you can pronounce my name correctly or spell it (25 comments)
When are you going to stop that bad habit? - 12/14/07 10:17 AM
I don't know about you but I have at least one bad habit. I have tried to stop countless times. I have eliminated other habits. But this one habit is just keeps hanging on as though it has a life of its own. What is it going to take for me to stop? I am a Christian person and raised up that way. I believe a sin is a sin. One being no worse or no better than another. Why is it that I just have a "little bad habit" that it's okay, or don't have to make an effort to (6 comments)
Bless his little heart... - 12/14/07 09:34 AM
I love the south! Being from the south and a REALTOR and relocating many folks from other parts of the country I get to meet all kinds of people. I really love the diversity. I learn about other people and I just find them fascinating. I love the way folks talk. I learn different ways people from other parts of the country refer to things. This brings me to my point of this blog. Here in the south when we are describing an unique character of the community, or maybe a cousin who might be a little "slow", or even the (6 comments)
What I know for sure - 12/14/07 07:46 AM
I like reading Ophra's "What I know for sure" at the end of her magazine. It helps me remember to keep things in prospective. What I know for sure about real estate is that nothing is for sure. I can't count on re-listing the house just because I sold it. I can't count on the seller re-listing with me when the house does not sell and the listing agreement expires. I can't count on the buyer finding another Realtor to show them a property or write an offer. I can't count on being a REALTOR for life or any referrals. What (6 comments)
Moving In Central Virginia - 12/14/07 05:34 AM
I had lived in the same house for ten years in Lynchburg Virginia. I had gotten quite comfortable. As I relocated families across the country I did so with professionalism and for the most part without a snag. But I really don't think I fully understood their situation until I moved myself. I did not realize this was going to be as big a deal as it was. I was simply moving 27 miles across the county to Altavista Virginia. I was wrong. It was a big deal and it still is. I really believe going through the whole ordeal has (4 comments)
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