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“Sometimes in life you don’t feel like a winner, but that doesn’t mean you’re not a winner.” (Lady Gaga), from the blog Jack’s Winning Words. Jack has very eclectic taste in quotes, but he always finds a way to pull some inspiration out of them. Today’s quote got me thinking about how oriented our society had become about winning and being a winner. Unfortunately, all too much of our use of the word winner carries with it an unstated context that someone else must therefore be the loser in whatever we are discussing. That’s unfortunate because so much of (3 comments)
I track sales in 9 local real estate markets that surround (or are near) Milford – Milford (Village and Township), Commerce Township (to include Walled Lake and Wolverine Lake), Highland Township, White Lake Township, West Bloomfield Township and Lyon Township and South Lyon in Oakland County; plus Green Oak, Brighton (Township and City), and Hartland Township (and Village) in Livingston County. I’ve been tracking these same nine markets for a about three years and five of the nine for several years longer.
Basically I show the sales data every week and report the following statistics – Whether the sale (20 comments)
Don't fail to try... - 08/27/12 05:38 AM
“Try, and fail, but don’t fail to try.” (Stephen Kaggwa) from Jack’s Winning Words. Jack went on to talk about trying or doing things that might be on one’s bucket list, before it’s too late. I’d contend that as realtors we face this challenge every day. All too often at the end of those days there are too many things on or “coulda, woulda, shoulda” list because we find ways not to try. Whether through procrastination or just fear of failure, sometimes we don’t even try new things. I certainly know that I’m guilty of that. Sometimes my wife and (11 comments)
You haven’t lived in Milford until… - 08/23/12 02:30 PM
You’ve seen the waterfalls of Milford. Yes the plural is correct. There are at least two waterfalls in the Village of Milford. The most obvious and best known waterfall is now called the Mill Valley Falls, which is located behind the Mill Valley Strip Mall on Main street right where it branches off into Main street to the north and N. Milford Rd to the northwest (at the Flatiron Building with the waterwheel and geese statue). Thousands of cars a day pass by the Upper Mill Pond just north of the Mill Valley complex and see the Upper Mill Pond. I’m (0 comments)
Taking risks in life... - 08/22/12 06:39 AM
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute for experience.” (Paulo Coelho) from the Jack’s Winning Words blog. Many of us are risk averse, we just don’t like getting outside of our comfort zone and trying new things that we see as risky. The risk may be physical danger (like in sky diving) or perhaps the chance for social embarrassment (talking to people at a party) or maybe the risk of failure (calling on that FSBO or expired listing) and loss of self-esteem. For some the risk is about blogging – whatever shall I write about and what if people don’t like (1 comments)
Who's running your day? - 08/20/12 06:06 AM
“Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” (Jim Rohn ) from the blog Jack’s Winning Words. Boy is this saying that Jack featured today applicable to real estate. One of the things that I see a lot (and unfortunately fall into more often that I’d like to admit) are agents who come into the office and just sit there, waiting for something to happen that they can react to. That’s especially the case with new agents doing floor time. Many will just putz around reading emails or looking at the latest gossip sites to see what their favorite (0 comments)
The next big weekend in Milford... - 08/14/12 07:52 AM
The warm afterglow of a successful (albeit a bit wet) Milford Memories is fading fast and we turn our attention to the next big thing – the third weekend in September when the Milford Home Tour is the weekend event. That same weekend, on Sunday only there is the biggest car show in the area – the Milford Car Show – and a Tractor Show. In addition the local Rotary Club holds their annual rubber duck race on the Huron River on Sunday. It’s a fun-filled weekend for the whole family. The 36th annual Milford Home Tour will feature tours through (2 comments)
New Short Sales Readings... - 08/11/12 05:13 AM
Distressed sales – foreclosures and short sales – still make up about 40% of the local southeastern Michigan real estate market sales (higher in a few of the markets that I track and lower in others). Of that 40% the majority in this area are still foreclosures, with short sales tending to be prevalent in the lower end of mid-range of the market – the $100K to $300K segment – right now.
Short Sales occur when a homeowner sells his/her home for less than what is owed to the bank on the mortgage balance. Bringing money to closing is one (0 comments)
Dealing with our wolves... - 08/07/12 04:33 AM
There is real meaning in the real estate world to be found in the words of an old Russian proverb that was posted Monday on Jack’s Winning Words - “If you’re afraid of wolves, don’t go into the woods.”
For many just going into Real Estate, the wolves in the forest may be the local big name agents who seem to scary to take on for listings. For some the woods are a metaphor for the things one must do in order to prospect – calling on FSBO’s may be a wolf, or calling on expired listings, or maybe just calling period. For some (2 comments)
Go for the gold - listen - 08/03/12 07:17 AM
“None is so deaf, as those who would not hear.” (Australian Proverb) from Jack’s Winning Words.
How true and how important for success in real estate. Sometimes the calliope of so-called “super star” agents focusing upon “ME, ME, ME” during listing appointments drowns out the would-be sellers’ comments about the house or their needs. There is certainly nothing wrong with letting the potential client know what your qualifications are to represent them and their house, especially is they ask. I’ve heard feedback more than once from people who listed with me that they were completely turned off by that ego-driven (14 comments)
Getting ready for our big weekend... - 08/02/12 07:00 AM
Milford’s summer festival Milford Memories may not be at the level of the Ann Arbor Art Fair, but for a little Village the size of Milford it’s HUGE. It’s also huge with the various arts ads crafts vendors who attend every year. It is such a success that there is a waiting list of vendors trying to get a booth slot at Milford Memories. I’ve talked with many of the vendors who tell me that this is one of their favorite street festivals of the year and a very good one for business for them. Even during the very down years (0 comments)
July is in the books... - 08/01/12 06:36 AM
I’ve just completed updating the sold real estate stats for the markets that I track locally – Milford, Highland Commerce, White Lake, Lyon &; West Bloomfield in Oakland County; and Green Oak, Brighton and Hartland in Livingston County. So how are we doing so far in 2012? Did more homes sell in Highland or Milford in July? How about year-to-date? Is the median home price higher in Commerce or Lyon? How about the cost per square foot? Which market had the most New-Build sales in July? Is Brighton on average more or less expensive than West Bloomfield in terms of average (1 comments)
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