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The Ritz-CarltonJupiter, FL The Ritz-Carlton name is associated with elegance and luxury... and deservedly so. With hotels, resorts, and estates all over the world, the Ritz-Carlton has proven time and again their committment to unsurpassed signature service. If you are in the market for a luxury property in the Palm Beaches, look no farther than the Residences, Estates, and Villas at the Ritz-Carlton Resort Club & Spa, Jupiter. Imagine spending the day shopping on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, or sitting seaside at the Jupiter beach, then coming home to the Ritz. Pass through the security-guarded gate into its lavish landscaping, and make your way (0 comments)
FSBO Help Part 6:"Why the Guy Next Door Has No Idea What He's Talking About" So you are thinking about selling your home, and ahve decided to do it yourself. You've started repainting and making the necessary minor repairs. Your friends and neighbors have started to hear that you are moving, and the big question starts getting thrown at you: "What are you asking?" Choosing an asking price can be difficlut, and everyone has an opinion. Be careful about taking advice from your neighbors. First, unless they are in the real estate industry they are probably grossly misinformed about the true market value (9 comments)
FSBO Help Part 5:"5 Reasons Buyers Hate Your House.... And 5 Quick Fixes" #1: You Smoke InsideIf a buyer walks in your house and smells cigarrettes, you have just severely decreased the chances of them being interested in the house. Many people find the smell extremely offensive, and unfortunately it is not an odor that you can get rid of quickly. QUICK FIX: If you are a smoker, you likely do not realize that your house smells of smoke. Ask a friend or neighbor who doesn't smoke to give you their honest opinion. The, don't be fooled into thinking that you can neutralize (4 comments)
FSBO Help Part 2:"Why Staging is Taking Center Stage" These days buyers have the luxury of taking their time, shopping around in different neighborhoods, and being very particular in exactly that they are looking for in a new home. As a seller, this means you need to do everything in your power to make your home stand out against the rest. Many sellers are turning to staging. There are two types of staging. The first involves hiring a professional staging company to bring in "rented" furniture and to redecorate. The second involves making inexpensive alterations to the furniture and decor that you already (5 comments)
FSBO Help Part 1:"Thinking INSIDE the Box: Packing to Stay Ahead of the Pack" No matter whether you are using a realtor or selling your home yourself, the first thing you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers is to pre-pack your things. Before you repaint, before you think about staging, before you even think about putting a sign in the yard, you should take all of the things that aren't necessary to your everyday life and put them in boxes. Many sellers don't pre-pack for a variety of reasons. Read on for the most common excuses. #1 Excuse for (3 comments)
Hello everyone! First, I would like to offer an apology to all of my regular readers and subscribers. I usually keep my blog updated regularly, but have slacked off lately due to a new project I've been working on.... My colleagues and I are proud to present The Take 5 Team! We have decided to use the strategies and principles you are accustomed to reading about in this blog to form the most innovative team in the area. The team has 5 members, and each plays a different role on the team according to his or her area of expertise. Given this new project, (3 comments)
Ok, maybe what I should have said is "nobody wants to read your newsletter if it's a boring collection of complicated statistics and boring real estate news updates." Yes, I am aware that you are in the real estate profession and therefore want to impress upon your contacts (your newsletter recipients) that you are the real estate expert in your area and you know everything there is to know about the local and national markets. The problem with this approach is that it serves your ego more than it serves your audience. Think about this analogy: you want your insurance agent (15 comments)
You Can't Ignore Us!! We love email and instant messaging. In fact, we all learned to type really fast by spending hours on AOL Instant Messenger gossiping with 5 friends simultaneously. We have thousands of songs (and podcasts and tv shows) on our ipods. We consistently go over our cell phone plan limits on text messaging but don't even come close to using up our minutes. Facebook and myspace accounts let us keep in touch with old friends without actually talking to them. We are pretty sure we couldn't live without the internet and we need our laptops... desktops just won't do. When we don't know something we (6 comments)
In my last post, I wrote about my friend Diane who generates leads while running errands just by wearing her nametag. Her nametag is her billboard! Then I read Todd Heuffed's post on the merits of doing business at a coffeeshop. In the post he said he was thinking about posting a small sign on his table while he is working from his laptop and enjoying his coffee. And really, you wouldn't need a sign, you could just slap a sticker on the back of your laptop. Your laptop is your billboard! That got me thinking... how else could you turn daily activities into lead generating activities? Why (13 comments)
I know an agent who loves running errands. She likes waiting in long lines at the bank, and she looks forward to sitting around a doctors office waiting way too long for an appointment. No, she's not crazy. She likes this stuff because she turns errands into lead generating opportunities. Does she start forcing her cards on everyone in line, or start making real estate announcements in the waiting room? No. She just wears her name tag. That's it. That's the big secret. She just wears her nametag, and inevitably the inquiries start pouring in. How many of us have said "I didn't have time to (7 comments)
Ah, the start of a brand new year! The chance for a clean slate, and a new beginning. The chance to leave behind the mistakes and disappointments of the year before. As we do every year, we all vowed that 2008 will be better than 2007, and we made the requisite resolutions as added insurance! Well, we are exactly one week into the new year. I'm curious: what are your new year's resolutions for 2008, and have you stuck to them so far? Meghan MulleeReal Estate Business & Marketing ConsultantThe Next Level Agent (1 comments)
As I was perusing the blogs this morning I ran across Sally Zatkoff's posts. Her posts were great, but what really caught my eye was the avatar in the right side of her blog. I couldn't help myself. I know I'm supposed to be working, but I had to check it out. I clicked on her avatar, which took me to Meez.com, and then I spent way too much time trying to make one look like me. Did I succeed? Ummm kinda, I guess. Not 100%, but close enough for a fake cartoon picture. Hey, it's the Friday before Christmas... (13 comments)
Being a "Millenial" I've had an active myspace page for a while now. I've used it to keep in touch with (and send silly messages to) my college buddies, high school BFFs, and my siblings. I recently decided to use it as a business networking tool, and set up a separate page for my business needs. As of this morning, my page is up and running. My question to you guys is: What are the best groups to join for real estate-related social networking on myspace? Looking forward to your answers! Thanks! Meghan Mullee: The Power Behind Your Sales Real Estate Business & Marketing Consultant The Next Level (3 comments)
As some of you know, I'm taking a stand for the older guy! I overheard someone say that I shouldn't encourage people to join ActiveRain because it's only for younger agents. I totally disagree, but need some help backing up my opinion. I would really appreciate it if you guys could take just a second to VOTE in the age-range survey I placed over there on the right side of my blog. Today is the last day to vote! I'll post the results tomorrow. Thanks for your help! Meghan Mullee: The Power Behind Your Sales Real Estate Business & Marketing Consultant The Next Level Agent UPDATE: (53 comments)
Are you too old to blog? I overheard someone say today that I should not encourage people to check out ActiveRain because blogging "is a younger, hipper thing and she'll lose the interest of the older agents." Really? I don't buy it. I think blogging is a useful tool for any agent, and age ain't nothin but a number! In the interest of proving people wrong, I'd like to hear from everyone regarding their age. Would you guys do me the favor of taking a second to vote in the survey on the right? I bet most bloggers are older than the naysayers think! Thanks!!!! Meghan Mullee: (15 comments)
An agent I met with yesterday asked me if there was a database system that she could pay for for only 6 months out of the year. She is a snowbird, living here in Florida for 1/2 the year, and spending the other 1/2 up north. When in Florida, she works hard at real estate full time. When she goes north for the summer, she takes the time off. I advised her that it is well worth her time to spend money on a database for the entire year, and here's why: Feature: Organize your contacts in a database. Benefit: This will save (2 comments)
Top 10 Things to Get Done to 2008 1. Get a Database An electronic database system, such as TopProducer, is crucial to organizing and efficiently running every aspect of your business from budgeting to marketing to daily scheduling. 2. Create a Budget You have to know how much you can spend before take another step. Your marketing and networking plans will be contingent on your budget, and they will fall by the wayside when you run out of cash unless you plan accordingly. 3. Brand Your Business Get a well-designed logo and slogan, and put it on everything! Set yourself apart, and make your brand memorable. It should (13 comments)
3 Best Blogs for "Newbies" Hi, my name is Meghan, and I'm a blogging newbie. ALL: "Hi Meghan!" Thanks guys. I've been on activerain for a couple of weeks now, and also just started an outside blog featuring marketing tips and tricks. I consider myself fairly tech savvy, but of course, I don't know everything. Being a rookie blogger I have spent an inordinate amount of time searching through other blogs to learn as much as I possibly can. As a thank you to those bloggers, and as a helpful hint to other newbies, here are the three blogs I have found (1 comments)
The Basics of "Happy Meal" Service 1. Lay out the "menu" for your clients. McDonald's gives you a choice of a hamburger, cheeseburger, or McNuggets, a choice of side item, and a choice of drink. Give your clients a list of all of your services, and let them choose which they are interested in. Each property and each listing situation is unique. Be flexible, and let your client be a part of the listing plan. 2. Guarantee the product and the service. McDonald's guarantees that your cheeseburger, fries, and soda will be ready quickly, will be hot & fresh, and will be served in a pretty package.Guarantee that everything you do (1 comments)
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