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Look Before You Leap or Sign that Receipt! - 02/28/11 11:18 PM
I just read Sussie Sutton's blog "Look Before You Pay" and it reminded me of something that happened today. Paying attention and studying a situation can save you lots of money. In Sussie's blog, her friend could have saved himself lots of money if he had researched the property he intended to buy Before he bought it. Today, I did save myself lots of money because I studied a bid (quote) for carpet I was about to purchase. The lady at the floor covering store was selling me 700 square feet more than I needed and she knew it too. Fortunately, I (11 comments)
This Blog will put me over the Top - 02/27/11 12:34 PM
Say Congratulations Ricki! Congratulations! This blog will take me to over 200,000 points! I rarely look at points even though I appreciate them. I believe blogging is about communicating ideas, sharing information and building relationships. Points are just a way to see if you are being consistent. Every milestone needs to be celebrated though. So I am celebrating this one! HOORAY FOR ME! Yippee! Never thought I'd make it! WOW! What a journey! What great friends I have made along the way! Looking forward to the next 200,000 points. Many of you hit this point a long time ago and to (19 comments)
A Lonely Heart's Letter - 02/26/11 10:48 PM
Guess I'm feeling silly tonight. I told my husband I couldn't get anyone to email me, so I needed to write a blog post. So, here it is. A Lonely Heart's Letter. There she sat quietly upon the chair looking out the window. Her gaze was straight ahead, her eyes rarely even blinked. Her breathing was shallow. She did not move. As I tiptoed into the room, I could smell the freshness of her bath. Her short black hair neatly groomed. A princess by the window; elegant she was. Always with such grace she walked and communicated with ease and confidence. I had (15 comments)
The Power OF Teamwork - 02/25/11 12:01 AM
The Power of Teamwork can never be emphasized enough in your organization. The strength of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Individually we can accomplish a lot but when two or more are united, their strength is increased. The power of unity, the power of teamwork is underestimated today. Everyone is reaching out to be the best. Consumed with individuality. Many businesses fail because there is no common goal. A common purpose that brings unity to the indiviual agents will bring success. When several work together to accomplish a like goal, power is unleashed. If I never (10 comments)
Ricki, the "enterprising" Crocodile - 02/21/11 09:56 PM
Yes, I am a crocodile according to Stefan Swanepoel's quiz taken from his new book "Surviving Your Serengeti". I've been called "Tricki Ricki", so I suppose a crocodile is not that far off. Now, let's explain this! In business and in life, there are certain traits that help us to survive and to thrive. Stefan Swanepoel, a leading real estate expert consultant has written this book, Surviving Your Serengeti. It is the story of a man seeking and finding answers in a place he never dreamed he would find them, the Serengeti plains of Africa. Using the traits of the animals of the Serengeti, Stefan Swanepoel, makes an (19 comments)
There's a slow moving flu going round - 02/18/11 09:42 PM
Going round and going round and going round and back around again. Our office has had someone sick every week this whole fall and winter. I don't know what it would be like to go a whole week and have everyone well and working. We have had to substitute agents for showings, for listings, for floor duty, for lunches, etc. It is almost comical these days. I want to ask "who is out today?" when I walk through the door. First, it started with a younger agent with children, then went from office to office and even my staff have had (20 comments)
Seven Days Without... - 02/16/11 09:24 PM
Have you heard that old saying "Seven days without _________ makes one weak?" I can't remember what went in the blank space but I want to say "Seven Days Without Active Rain Makes One Weak!" You have to keep filling your mind with good thoughts, more information, good ideas, conversing with friends and even reading a joke or two to be the well rounded person and REALTOR® you want to be. Active Rain is all those things and more. So, for all you newbies, remember to come back often, everyday if you can. It is not time wasted but time well spent. So (17 comments)
How Much Is Too Much? - 02/12/11 07:09 PM
How Much Is Too Much? I'm talking about real estate information for our potential buyers. Isn't our advertising enough? Isn't IDX searches enough? Aren't our websites doing enough? Don't you have telephones at the office, in your pocket, in your car, isn't email everywhere? And texting? HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? I'm not happy about our MLS being able to launch our listings onto our Facebook pages too. Yes, I have a business page on Facebook. Will I really need it anymore? After they install the Facebook button on MLS, it will be so easy for every agent to send their listings (14 comments)
A "Full Circle" Home in Kerrville, Texas - 02/07/11 12:06 AM
I have a cute New Listing that is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath bungalow that has recently been remodeled. It is a "Full Circle" home. The original hardwood floors look great and the kitchen and bath have tile. The tile in the shower was just redone and the bathroom fixtures were all updated. The utility room is large and has extra storage. It was added on from the original structure. The kitchen has modern appliances and the home sits on a large fenced lot. The garage has a nice workshop and extra room for storage. A carport is in place for more (17 comments)
Tired of Ice & Snow, Remember a few months ago in Kerrville, TX - 02/04/11 09:20 PM
I'm tired of seeing ice and snow on TV and in person. I'm tired of feeling cold winds on my face and blistering my hands. I don't like the sound of the howling wind. I don't like holding the door firmly so it doesn't fly out of my hand when I'm coming or going. I feel sorry for my friends further north that have to shovel snow just to get out of their driveways or take a chance driving on slick streets. So for all of us who are weary of these scenes, take a moment to relax and imagine the (19 comments)
One step closer to eminent domain reform! - 02/03/11 12:24 AM
Every Texas Real Estate Agent and Broker should be signing this petition to strengthen Private Property Rights. This is what we do. We are leaders in our communities that watch out for the consumers and protect the individual rights of home ownership. We need to back every bill that will stop the government from taking our lands by eminent domain. Texas has been tough on this in the past but recent years have seen a weakening of Private property rights in our state. Please make sure this bill passes by letting your politicians know how you feel. This is a quick (7 comments)
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