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Announcing My New Book For Realtors - 02/28/10 09:44 PM
I have just published a new book for Realtors - "Knowing The Score" - that contains a new concept that I think you'll find quite valuable. Now. you can schedule your time quite wisely because you'll be able to determine if someone is serious about buying or listing - and in working with you - or if they really aren't. This book is based on the "ready, willing, and able" formula, but it adds a very important missing ingredient. For the first time, "ready," "willing," and "able" have been quantified and defined as objective criteria that will mean the same regardless (5 comments)
Number 48 Gets Number 49 - 02/28/10 07:47 PM
That didn't long. Last week at Fontana, Jimmie Johnson drove his Lowe's 48 Chevrolet into Victory Lane. It was the 48th win in his 9 year career. 48 for 48. Well, today, he won at Las Vegas, making it 49 for 48. Can't do much better than that - back-to-back wins for the reigning 4-time, 4-in-a-row Champion. The nice thing about this victory is that there were a series of adjustments and decisions to be made - as there are in any arace, and as there are with any of the drivers and teams. This was a total team effort that (4 comments)
Can We Move On To Something Else? - 02/28/10 11:47 AM
Everyday it's health care. The President won't let up, and because he won't I won't. Not a day goes by that he doesn't lobby for health care - something that the vast majority or Americans didn't ask for and don't want as proposed. While the President is so fixated on getting health care passed, he seemingly is ignoring the other issues facing us. Come to think of it, health care isn't even an issue so he's spending an inordinate amount of his time unproductively. When was the last time he talked about our Afghan strategy, the national debt (other than what (20 comments)
Sarah Palin to headline NRA Annual Meeting in Charlotte NC MAY 14 - 02/27/10 10:49 PM
The second amendment gives us the right to bear guns - all of us - and it is a right - unlike other so-called rights. It doesn't say we have to to, but it says it can't be regulated - thereby making it a right. This sounds like a great event.
Via Wallace S. Gibson CPM * GRI (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.): "Governor Palin is one of the most requested speakers in America today," Wayne LaPierre, NRA's executive director as he advised CNN on Thursday. "She's an outdoorsman, hunter and a steadfast supporter of our Second Amendment freedom. We are pleased to (6 comments)
Perseverance Pays Off - 02/27/10 09:40 PM
The US men's 4-man bobsled team did what no other US team had done since 1948 - they won the gold medalin the Winter Olympics. That's 62 years of trying, and trying, and trying. Not giving up, keeping at it, honing their skills and equipment, and recruiting a strong team finally paid off. That is such a long time to keep pursuing a goal, but it was worth it. It finally has happened. Congratulations, Team USA. Well done. ─── For more information on my coaching and educational programs and services, visit my website stevehoffacker.com or go to my other blog homesalesinsights.com for additional (8 comments)
Health Care Was Never A Right - 02/27/10 06:34 PM
With all of the debate in this country about health care - initiated by the then Candidate Obama - there has been considerable discussion about health care being a right. It isn't, wasn't, and can't be. The basic tenet of a right is that it has to be conveyed universally. It isn't something you qualify for, and it can't be legislated or regulated. Voting is not a right. Having a job is not a right. Health care is not a right. In the health care arena, people can chose of their own free will whether to have insurance or whether to (16 comments)
Via John Mosier (Keller Williams - Prescott - AZ): I found this wonderful video and want to share it with all of you. I believe it is a GREAT expression of what moves and motivates the TEA Party Movement. Our movement is less about high taxes than it is about supporting our constitution and defending our freedom. Our military has kept us safe and free for over 230 years. We will not give that up for ANYONE's AGENDA.
"Bipartisanship" Redefined - 02/26/10 01:37 PM
After yesterday's very entertaining extended photo op for the President and his closest supporters from Congress - I know there were some Republicans there, too, as foils - it's clear that we have a new brand of bipartisanship in Washington - the President and those who agree with everything he wants. Fortunately this doesn't seem to be enough to get health care and cap and trade passed, but the so-called "jobs" bill is moving forward. I'm looking forward to November 2nd - now just 248 days away. Then we'll see another definition of bipartisanship - those who being ignored now who (18 comments)
So That's A Pummelo - 02/26/10 12:26 PM
When I logged back in on Active Rain today, the word that I had to type was "pummelo." If you've ever seen that word and been asked to type it, this is what it is - a large grapefruit-like citrus. We have had them the size of volleyballs, and the rind is often over a ½" thick. They are mainly a Far Eastern tree and fruit, but they can be found in Florida and California.
─── For more information on my coaching and educational programs and services, visit my website stevehoffacker.com or go to my other blog (17 comments)
Via Danielle Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB): You are invited to our next Active Rain Meet & Greet! April 14th, 20104:00pm-5:30pmRobb & Stucky - Palm Beach Gardens4001 Design Center Dr. RSVP to Danielle Boutin at email@example.com or 561-997-8266 Here are a few photos of the last AR Meet & Greet we held in Lake Worth. Everyone had a great time and we had a wonderful presentation from Katerina and Nestor Gasset, Lou Ludwig and Steve Hoffacker. (4 comments)
Quote of the Day - 02/25/10 11:13 PM
Here's a secret to success - in sales, music, sports, art, or any other endeavor. Thanks for the post, Karl.
Via Karl Peidl - Accredited Loan Consultant (Pleasant Valley Home Mortgage Corp.): "The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion." -Jean Claude Killy French Alpine Skier
Americans have said they want to competitive health insurance plans. This is being done at the State level where it needs to be done. Way to start the ball rolling, Georgia.
Via Mike Saunders (Keller Williams Realty - Greater Athens): Georgia state representative Matt Ramsey has introduced HB 1184 which would permit Georgia residents to purchase health insurance across state lines. It would allow insurance companies doing buisiness in Georgia to offer plans that have been approved in other states but are not currently available in Georgia. Governor Sonny Perdue supports this bill saying: “This legislation will open up (0 comments)
Today's The Big One! - 02/25/10 11:01 PM
Nicholas, good summation. Counting down from 249 days to go.
Via Nicholas Goglucci, PA. South Florida Real Estate (RE/Max ParkCreek): Today is the big one people - the day when this president of the United States tries to convince America that Obamacare is not a big spending monster that will destroy the country. He went to the teleprompter - I mean the television studios a few days ago and tried to convince us that he is not a socialist - actions speak louder than words...Mr. President. Government takeover of the insurance industry, student loans, the auto industry and now health care doesn't speak (0 comments)
Rhode Island School Board Has The Right Idea - 02/25/10 10:39 AM
In Central Falls, Rhode Island, the teachers at Central Falls High School are soon going to be out of work. Oh, they still be getting paid by the public for unemployment, but at least they won't be interferring with the education of at risk kids. The kids appear to be at risk - not so much by their own doing - but because of the lack of professionalism and dedication by the teachers. In a school that is severly underperforming - by anyone's standards - the teachers were asked to tutor students and to put in a couple of hours extra (18 comments)
"Bipartisanship" Is More Than A Word - 02/24/10 09:58 PM
President Obama is hosting his health care summit/media event/photo op tomorrow. He would like to get at least one Republican to sign onto his plan so he can proclaim that he has bipartisan support. However, bipartisanship - true bipartisanship - means that there is a general consensus or agreement on the concept. There is none. It means that it is good for the country, is necessary, and has broad-based support. Not true either. Just saying that you want bipartisanship because you think people want it and you campaigned on it is meaningless unless you actually can deliver. This is a bad (19 comments)
Not A Good Day For Florida Brands - 02/24/10 05:52 PM
Maintaining your brand is so very important in the buisness world - as Toyota is finding out. Today, an employee at Sea World in Orlando was attacked and killed by "Shamu" (this is the stage name of Tilikum). Turns out that people who work with this animal know of his nasty disposition, and it also turns out that this is not the first that Shamu has killed someone. While the whale is only behaving naturally, do we need to risk human injury and death for the sake of entertainment? Then, we hear of a local Walmart - normally very brand conscious (6 comments)
Via Oakley Signs & Graphics (Oakley Signs & Graphics): Looking for a quick and easy way to get your name and your phone number attached to every email you send? Try this quick and inexpensive trick: 1. Pick the phone number you'd like to get in front of people most often, including area code 2. Go to GoDaddy.com and reserve the phone number as a domain name (with dashes). For example: 555-123-4567.com. (Replace this number with your own phone number, of course.) 3. Have an email address setup using the phone (12 comments)
Military Tribunals Are The Way To Go - 02/23/10 05:15 PM
Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday celebrated an easy victory when Zazi plead guilty in civilian court. Holder now thinks this gives him leave to prosecute all of the other terrorist cases on the mainland in civilian courts. However, his own words do him in. He says that he wants to use "every means possible" to secure convictions - every means except the one surefire way to get a conviction, and that is the military tribunal. I think Holder is more interested in putting on a show than in getting results. On a related point, the Administration and others are criticizing Congress (10 comments)
Another Tuesday Closer - 02/23/10 09:57 AM
November 2nd is now only 36 weeks away - and counting. With health care and massive spending - and Andy Stern being instrumental in a deficit reduction commission - I hope we can hold on until then. The CPAC was a very bright spot in this past week. It has fanned the flames of the spirit of change. If we need to repeal health care after it passes, we can do that, but let's stop it now. It's easier this way. Keep up the count. Next week will be 35. Replace House and Senate members who don't get it - this (8 comments)
A New Twist On A Very Old Scam - 02/23/10 08:53 AM
All of us at some time have likely received an email purportedly from someone in Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Hong Kong, or somewhere else in Africa or the Far East. The email tells us that they are an official in that country or a trustee of an estate and that they need our help to cash out. An alternate version is that we are the beneficiary of an estate from a long lost relative - that we didn't know we had, because in fact, we didn't. Some even ask us to become complicit in circumventing the laws in their country to (22 comments)
MARCO RUBIO – THE POST CPAC INTERVIEW WITH SIMON CONWAY ON 540 WFLA - 02/22/10 11:45 PM
This is of particular interest to us Floridians, but the rest of the country will benefit from the election of Marco Rubio and his insights. Great interview, Simon. Via Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services): He was still coming down from his incredible performance at CPAC, but Florida GOP candidate for the United States Senate, Marco Rubio, still found time to talk to me live on 540 WFLA on Friday morning. Find out what he had to say and some very eye opening stuff about how he would keep his feet on the ground and his head out of the clouds if (4 comments)
Via Bob Southard,e-Pro Powder Springs,Marietta,Cobb, Realtor (Solid Source Realty): Do think our tax system needs an overhaul? Join the online tax revolt. It is a virtual march on Washington that will culminate with a live event. Signing up easy. Give your name and email address, pick an avatar, pick a team. That's it! Then you can check in anytime and see your progress on the interactive map. Online Tax Revolt to Storm Washington to Demand Tax Reform The first-ever Online Tax Revolt, (4 comments)
Reframing The Health Care Debate - 02/22/10 04:08 PM
The central issue in the health care debate has been lost. The issue is not whether people should have access to insurance and at what cost. The issue is not whether people who choose not to have it should be compelled to do so - for the public good. The issue is not that we will have to subsidize those individuals without insurance coverage who go to emergency rooms - we do that now. The issue is not people being denied coverage. The issue is not the portability of policies. The issue is not that anyone wants to see people go (9 comments)
"A" For Effort, "F" For Concept - 02/22/10 02:54 PM
You have to admire the President's all-out commitment to get health care legislation passed - legislation that he campaigned for on a made-up insurance crisis. He has been both tireless and endless. Over a speech a day on health care somewhere in this country since he took office. He gets an "A" for persistence and perseverence. However, he gets an "F" on concept - only because that is the commonly acepted lowest grade to award. The American people have spoken repeatedly that this is not what they want. In fact. they didn't even know that we had a health insurance crisis (10 comments)
Via Wallace S. Gibson CPM * GRI (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.): "I have not yet heard people in the Republican Party admit they have a problem," Beck told a packed ballroom in Washington. "I have not seen a come-to-Jesus meeting. . . . 'Hello, my name is the Republican Party and I've got a problem. I'm addicted to spending and big government.' . . . They need that moment." Wallace S. Gibson, CPMGIBSON MANAGEMENT GROUP, Ltd.View our available rental homes online with photos and floor plans"...to be a Virginian, either by Birth, Marriage, Adoption, or even (4 comments)
48 For 48 - 02/21/10 09:52 PM
Jimmie Johnson drove his Lowe's Chevrolet to Victory Lane today at the Auto Club 500 in Fontana, California. It was Jimmie's 48th career victory in the Cup series - in just 9 seasons - so 48 for 48. He has now won at least one race in each of his 9 seasons, and he is going for a 5th consecutive series championship this season. It's a long season, but this is good - especially after last week's time problems at Daytona and a 35th place finish. ─── For more information on my coaching and educational programs and services, visit my website stevehoffacker.com (10 comments)
Possible Double-Standard? - 02/21/10 11:43 AM
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J), the 2nd oldest member of the US Senate, has just been diagnosed with stomach cancer. That's unfortunate, but it won't deter him from finishing his current term and even running for another term - which he has announced he intends to do. Doctors say that he is expected to make a full recovery after a series of chemotherapy treatments over the next 4-6 months. Between treatments he intends to return to the Senate and keep up his fight for the health care bill. In fact, he is one of the Senators that has signed a resolution demanding (39 comments)
A Rite Of Springtime - 02/21/10 10:21 AM
I remember growing up in the north how baseball spring training always meant that winter was coming to an end. Living here in Florida where spring training (part of it anyway) is actually played, it has a little less significance. Nevertheless, it is still a rite of springtime. I like spring training for a few reasons. The players are closer to the fans - no pressure to perform for the press. All teams have the same unblemished record for now. The excitement and anticipation is in the air. So pick your World Series winner and wait until the fall to see (6 comments)
Join the Online March! - 02/20/10 02:28 PM
I'm part of the march. Thanks, Brian, for passing this along and giving us the opportunity to participate.
Via Brian Chesser, CPI - Metro Atlanta and North Georgia (Chesser Home Inspections): Here is a Great and easy way to show the Federal Government you are sick and tired of the out of control taxes and spending. It does not matter if you support the Fairtax, a Flat Tax or simple want to cut down our 80,000+ page tax code. Join the Online Tax Revolt that is open to every American who believes our Federal Government is harmful to our country and a threat to (4 comments)
America Loses Another Servant - 02/20/10 02:13 PM
General Alexander Haig died today. While he ran for President and served several Administrations, put politics aside just to recognize and appreciate the military achievement and service to our country that he accomplished. Throughout American military history, there have been but 175 4-star generals in the US Army - beginning with George Washington. Haig was number 94, attaining that rank in January, 1973. They don't hand these out too freely. Many distinguished military strategiests - names that you would recognize - are on that list. However, many are not. None attained it during the Civil War although Grant and Sherman did (6 comments)
Guidelines to Becoming a Localism Master - 02/20/10 09:35 AM
Blogging is often called the "new media." One of the reasons is the way it covers local events. Here's a great introduction into doing just that.
Via Jeff Dowler ~ Carlsbad Real Estate ~ 760-840-1360 (RE/MAX Moonlight Beach (CA DRE Lic. # 01490977)): GUIDELINES ON BECOMING A LOCALISM MASTER Sounds arrogant, doesn't it? I can tone it down - how ‘bout a great Localism writer? A good one? Heck, maybe you don't even WANT to write Localism posts. If that's the case, perhaps your time is better spent elsewhere rather than reading this. To each his/her own. I think there is tremendous (6 comments)
Via Danielle Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB): Yesterday, February 2nd, was the first of many Active Rain Meet and Greets sponsored by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches in Lake Worth. Through the rain and muggy weather came 30 Realtors and Affiliate business professionals anxious to meet face to face with the bloggers they connect with online on Active Rain. Some curious non-AR members were in attendance to hear about Active Rain and see if it's something they should pursue. (2 comments)
Karl points out one of the true secret ingredients of being successful - humility.
Via Karl Peidl - Accredited Loan Consultant (Pleasant Valley Home Mortgage Corp.): "Discipline and diligence are up there on the list, but one of the most important qualities of many really successful people is humility. If you have a degree of humility about you, you have the ability to take advice, to be coachable, teachable. A humble person never stops learning." - Todd Blackledge Pro football player
It's Still Bad Brand Management - 02/19/10 06:16 PM
Toyota has had many issues the past couple of weeks - much to the delight probably of Government Motors. After all, GM is number 3 in the world behind Toyota and then Volkswagen. You have to wonder how much of this is motivated by GM and Congress (in effect the Board of Directors of GM), to give a major competitor a black eye and how much Toyota has really made a bad situation worse. Automotive recalls are quite common. How many moving parts do they have? Something is bound to break or not work as designed when you start manufacturing millions (12 comments)
I Won't Do That Again - 02/18/10 11:26 PM
I should have learned before, but I guess I didn't. This time, I hope I can remember for the next time it happens. Microsoft (like other software companies) likes to test its products in a beta mode. I've had issues before with Microsoft beta releases and adandoned the programs I was evaluating. This time, I momentarily forgot my history and downloaded the Microsoft Office 2010 beta. Big mistake. I wasn't greatly impressed with the "improvements" that have been made, but I really wasn't impressed with the issues it caused me. I got 3 error messages with my Outlook and finally had (24 comments)
Via Lou Ludwig CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO, (Ludwig & Associates):
Motivational Power Quote
People Who Take Action Are Priceless
"Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless." Mary Kay Ash, Founder of Mary Kay
As I see it. . . . . . . . People who take action are priceless An idea without action is worthless. An idea with action has unlimited potential. The person that takes action is priceless. Be a person of action, (8 comments)
WHY I LIKE SARAH: SHE CARES - 02/18/10 10:55 PM
I agree with Hugh that it is so refreshing to see someone so grounded in core values and principles who speaks her mind and is not afraid to be passionate about what she believes.
Via Hugh Krone Sussex County NJ Realtor (Savva Realty): Let me start by saying that I think there is a VERY good chance that Sarah Palin is going to be our next president and she will have the main stream media and the liberal elitists to thank for the win. Americans by and large do not like being told who we are allowed to like and what (5 comments)
I think "slow learner" is an apt description for this. Good for the Mayor for tending to his primary business.
Via Wallace S. Gibson CPM * GRI (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.): Las Vegas May Oscar Goodman has refused to meet with Obama and rejected his invitation to meet when Obama is in Las Vegas for a fundraiser for Harry Reid's US Senate re-election. Goodman has called Obama a "slow learner" after he told Americans not to spend their kids college education money by going to Las Vegas for a weekend and blowing money. "I've got other things to do quite (0 comments)
All Of This Was Avoidable - 02/18/10 09:48 AM
Stop the insanity! After spending over $3 trillion last year, President Obama today announced that the federal debt has exploded, and his solution is to create a deficit taskforce to look into it. Duh! The federal deficit (as is true with most deficits) only happens one way - you spend more than you have. We didn't have $3 trillion last year, but we spent it anyway - somehow. That's deficit spending. Don't need a commission to tell us this. By the way, how are we paying for a deficit taskforce? George Bush gave us TARP and plenty of outrageous spending, but (10 comments)
These Are Exciting Times - 02/17/10 11:54 AM
These are exciting times. Washington - DC and George - are at the center of this. Washington, DC, the establishment - the tired, bloated, indifferent, wornout, spendthrift, gluttonous government - is so out-of-step with the people, the Founding Principles, and the Constitution that the other Washington (George) is playing host to the signing today of the "Mt. Vernon Statement." Liberals and progressives have been deriding conservatives for not having any solid ideas or leadership. Look again. There are many solid principles in this brief document - patterned in size and format after the Declaration of Independence. I like one provision in (5 comments)
Leave Your Footprints - 02/16/10 10:16 PM
I like this quote that Lou gave us because it says that we have to be intentional, not casual. We have to mean it.
Via Lou Ludwig CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO, (Ludwig & Associates):
Motivational Power Quote
Leave Your Footprints
"If you want to leave your footprints on the sands of time, be sure you're wearing work shoes." Author unknown
As I see it. . . . . . . . Leave your footprints To leave your footprints in the sands of life, be willing to do what has to be done. You (4 comments)
Another Casualty As We Draw Closer - 02/16/10 08:48 AM
With November 2nd now just 37 weeks away - and counting - we notice another political casualty - Evan Bayh of Indiana. Add him to Chris Dodd (D-CT), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Roland Burris (D-IL), and Ted Kaufman (D-DE) plus George Lemieux (R-FL), Sam Brownback (R-KS), Jim Bunning (R-KY), Kit Bond (R-MO), Judd Gregg (R-NH), and George Voinovich (R-OH) who have announced their intent not to run again. We definitely are going to be seeing some new faces in the Congress. We still to replace nearly everyone in the House. Fortunately, many incumbents are trailing in the polls. This is the only (12 comments)
We Always Have Choices - 02/15/10 10:11 PM
This is what freedom is all about - choices. It all comes down to this.
Via Lou Ludwig CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO, (Ludwig & Associates):
Motivational Power Quote
We Always Have Choices
"I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude." Judith M. Knowlton, author
As I see it. . . . . . . . We always have choices I can choose to look at my world through the prism of positive thinking, or I can choose to see my world as a negative environment. I (12 comments)
We Don't Have To Agree To This - 02/15/10 02:17 PM
The government is spending money they don't have like there is a deadline for going into maximum debt - like there is a contest for whichever Senator or Congressperson can spend the most. The President has spent over $3 trillion dollars in the past year. I have no idea how much a trilion is - and neither do most people. I don't know that I've ever consciously seen or held a million of anything at one time. Forget all about a million times a million (one trillion). It occurred to me that we don't have to accept this. We don't have (18 comments)
Via Mike Saunders (Keller Williams Realty - Greater Athens): I have seen the name bandied about but until yesterday I did not know anything about him. Jonathan Krohn is a 14 year old who wrote a book called "Defining Conservatism". He addressed CPAC last year. I saw an interview with him on TV yesterday and was very amazed at the poise, the confidence, the understanding and the knowlegde he presented. Here is a link to his very short, but very profound, address to CPAC last (10 comments)
Increase the Return on Your Efforts - 02/13/10 11:17 PM
I seen this expressed different ways, but this is a great concept for customer loyalty and satisfaction - also for referrals.
Via Lou Ludwig CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO, (Ludwig & Associates):
Motivational Power Quote
Increase the Return on Your Efforts
"Giving people a little more than they expect is a god way to get back a lot more than you'll expect." Robert Half
As I see it. . . . . . . . Increase the return on your efforts Doing what we have been doing in the past, will give us more (2 comments)
Via Wallace S. Gibson CPM * GRI (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.): Morgan Shepherd runs with the BIG BOYS with mega funding frequently with a little help from other drivers. He is the "feel good" driver that everyone roots for * his team is his family and friends who drive to races from their homes in NC * just like the good old days. With limited funds, his Racing for Jesus team is frequently assisted by other drivers buying his car's tires (0 comments)
If Airlines Are That Unprofitable, It's Time For A New Model - 02/13/10 01:32 PM
If airlines are so unprofitable, it's time for a new business model. For openers, ditch the unions. There's the pilot's union, the flight attendant's union, the mechanic's union, the baggage handler's union, and who knows what else. There's most of your huge costs right there. Then decide what your mission is. Is it to provide safe comfortable transportation by air from point to point - or is it to make the passengers sorry they ever booked your carrier but had no other choice, and they got nickled and dimed all the way? I'm thinking the latter is closer to the point. (18 comments)
How Can We Believe Anything? - 02/13/10 10:00 AM
How can we believe anything the President is telling us? He not the first Chief Executive to go back on his word, but he seems to have broken every single promise or commitment he made to the American people except the one about radically changing America (and no one fully appreciated what he was saying - it sounded like nice campaign rhetoric at the time). How many hundreds of times did he tell us that people making under $250,000 or $200,000 or some amount - it keeps changing - would receive a tax cut? I believe the number he kept using (28 comments)
This is such a great truth that Lou has shared with us - the idea that we make success becaue of who we are and not because of our title is. Thanks, Lou.
Via Lou Ludwig CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO, (Ludwig & Associates):
Motivational Power Quote
Success Comes From Within The Person
"The real opportunity for success, lies within the person and not in the job." Zig Ziglar author
As I see it. . . . . . . . Success comes from within the person Success doesn't result from (6 comments)
This may be the end of creative financing as we know it - 02/12/10 09:51 PM
HUD is sticking its nose where it doesn't belong. Seller financing has long been an important part of the real estate market. Now they want to eliminate it to play to the banks. Thanks, Rob for the great post.
Via Rob Arnold, metro Orlando full service, investor friendly & foreclosure Realtor (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.): Our local real estate investment association released this alert. Please spread the word. The deadline on comments is next Tuesday, February 16, 2010. More information at the National Real Estate Investors Association website.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rob Arnold - Your full service and investor friendly Realtor ® in Orlando and (2 comments)
Via Wallace S. Gibson CPM * GRI (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.): Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi lived in a second floor, walk-up unit in Hollywood, Fl. That building will soon be transformed into a parking lot and pool.Atta and Al-Shehhi, pilots of the two planes that crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, occupied the corner apartment from May through June 2001."I feel like no one will be upset about that, considering who used to be a tenant there," said Bryan Grosman, the investor who recently (0 comments)
La-la-la-la-la-la-la-la - 02/12/10 05:46 PM
Remember as a kid pretending that we weren't listening or that we couldn't hear something? What did we do? We covered our ears and loudly sang - as if to drown out what was being spoken - lalalalalalalala! Remember the scene from Beverly Hills Cop (the original movie)? Same thing. Well, Congress is doing this to us. They have to be doing it. They aren't listening - that's for sure. How long are they just going to keep going and going after this health care bill that only they and the unions want? The voters in Massachusetts voted against it when (14 comments)
You Can Respond Quickly If You Want - 02/11/10 02:36 PM
This week, we witnessed a large organization with a lot of parts - a lot of moving parts actually - show that things can happen quickly if and when you want them to. I'm speaking of NASCAR. Saturday night, the fans got shortchanged as the Bud Shootout ended with a checkered flad (the winner) and a yellow flag (caution) flying at the same time. This means that the competition was over as no one is allowed to advance their position or challenge during a caution. Essentially the filed was frozen prior to the finish. The way it got to that point (26 comments)
Via Mike Frazier, Dyersburg Tn Real Estate (Carousel Realty of Dyer County): Today one of my clients told me his plant Kinder Morgan is hiring like crazy. I wrote an article about these jobs and jobs in another plant on my Dyersburg Real Estate Information Blog. All of these plants are just across the Mississippi River from my city of Dyersburg,Tennessee. Most of those employees in those steel related plants chose to live in Dyersburg because of the schools, shopping, medical facilities and quality (6 comments)
Via Nicholas Goglucci, PA. South Florida Real Estate (RE/Max ParkCreek): Before you look at the photo - look throughout history - does communism or socialism work? It does not because people abuse the system - free handouts - free programs - free benefits! But are they truly free - or does someone have to pay for them? Yes - someone has to pay for them - and it is the American TaxPayers! TEA PARTY UNITES THE NEW AMERICAN STANDARD! You don't work - You don't eat! - It is that simple! Nicholas Goglucci, PA., CRS Certified Residential Specialist (11 comments)
Via Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services):
It's been coming for a while now, and today at last it is ready for release! I'm very proud to announce the birth of my new multi-media website: SimonConwayRadio.com It's still new and still very much under construction, but its most certainly ready for my friends and perhaps some of you who don't agree with me - just make sure you do so politely! In addition to my blogging, you will also be able to find (4 comments)
Cool It - 02/09/10 05:24 PM
It's time for the President to cool it - give it a rest. Ever since Al Gore invented the internet, he's been pushing this global warming myth. It has consumed more than that one Administration and Congress. It ate up millions of dollars and hundreds of manhours recently in this Copenhagen debacle - the one that ended with most of the world finally realizing that global warming was a hoax. Calling it climate change doesn't give it any legitimacy either. For the record, manmade global warming that Al decided to popularize does not and never has existed - but he got (15 comments)
Quote of the Day - 02/09/10 02:18 PM
We do not operate out of a sense of fear but courage.
Via Karl Peidl - Accredited Loan Consultant (Pleasant Valley Home Mortgage Corp.): "It's ok to be scared, but don't let it dictate your actions." - Michele Akers U.S. Women's national soccer team - Order of Merit Winner
Karl, this is a great motivational quote. Teamwork gets it done.
Via Karl Peidl - Accredited Loan Consultant (Pleasant Valley Home Mortgage Corp.): "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." - Michael Jordan Hall of Fame basketball player
Another Week Closer - 02/09/10 02:13 PM
Now we are at 38 weeks and counting until Election Day - November 2, 2010. With John Murtha's passing, we know there will be one more change for sure in the lineup of the Congress. Some incumbents are trailing in the polls. Ed Lynch won the Republican nomination in Florida's District 19 last week. All 435 seats in the House plus 36 seats in the Senate are up for grabs. It's time for a big change - back to our core values. I think we can believe in that! Keep up the pressure my fellow patriots and free enterprisers. ─── For (6 comments)
How truck owning is that? - 02/08/10 10:49 PM
Here's to truck owners and people that can discuss the love they have for their country without it being written out for them to read. Thanks, Kevin. Via Kevin "Flag" Robinson Doing a fractional right now (Crownline Home Builders): Remember speech class? I do. You had to give a 20 minute speech, from memory, with only a small 3 x 5 card to remind you of your basic outline. You were not allowed to write the entire speech up on the chalkboard at the back of the class. Did you ever know someone who was really popular. They just had a way with (4 comments)
Note To Commander-In-Chief - 02/08/10 03:31 PM
All of should know that when we are saying something in public that we might not know how to pronounce or that we might easily mispronounce that we should practice it. I guess TOTUS doesn't come with any pronunciation keys or hints. Then again, if you're the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States you would should know that "corpsman" - as in the medical officer in the Navy and the Marines - is pronounced with a silent "p." He used the hard "p" twice in the same paragraph in a speech last week. Nice to know that our (24 comments)
DON'T YOU JUST LOVE THE REAL AMERICA? - 02/07/10 06:21 PM
Simon posts a great story of people helping people instead of looking out for themselves. Via Simon Conway (Orlando Area Real Estate Services): I promise this will not be all that political - but I just LOVE the REAL America. The one that sets us apart from everyone else. What I'm about to tell you is a story of incredible entrepreneurship which was followed by an incredible find which in turn was followed by a challenge to kids and then the first of many acts of generosity. This story will end up with you doing the right thing to help provide college (4 comments)
Expanding Your Skills - 02/07/10 04:49 PM
In an age of specialization, you may want to consider becoming more knowledge on Universal Design princiles and home modification issues for an aging population and anyone with special needs. It can mean the difference in helping someone adapt to a home or find a new one that will meet their needs. This week I am teaching the NAHB professional course "Certified Aging in Place Specialist" through its University of Housing division. I teach this several times a year, and I enjoy having people from many different disciplines in attendance. Builders, physical therapists, remodelers, lenders, appliance vendors, medical equipment, hospital administrators, (6 comments)
We're The Little Guy (Or Gal) - 02/07/10 12:38 PM
You and I are special today. We are the small business that the Administration loves to single out and target as needing to comply with all of their new regulations and tax proposals. We also are the ones they claim to have such empathy for. Then agian, we are the ones they expect to create the jobs and lead economic recovery to make them look good. Isn't it nice to be so popular? Of course, you and I are just one of the thousands of sole proprietorships, "mom and pop" businesses, self-employed individuals, independent contractors, boutique businesses, and others that make (18 comments)
Crisisitis - 02/06/10 10:00 AM
Nothing pulls the country together like a good crisis - or so Washington would have us think. However, there is almost a crisis-of-the-week. I can just imagine some of those strategy meetings deep inside the caverns of the White House. They probably already have crises calendared through the 4th of July and are working on the rest of the year. Afterall, Rahm Emmanuel, the President's Chief of Staff, likes to say, that "we can't let a good crisis go to waste." What he means is that each crisis gives them another opportunity to insert themselves into our lives. If there isn't (16 comments)
They're At It Again - 02/05/10 07:04 PM
Congress doesn't learn very quickly. They apparently haven't noticed that the American public is fed-up with their spending spree. Next week, they get to try to spend even more money that we don't have on yet another program we don't need. Even more to the point, we don't need them. There is still unspent over $500 billion of the $787 billion stimulus bill (roughly two-thirds) that just had to get passed or we would suddenly fall into a financial collapse. Well that may happen anyway - but as a result of the stimulus bill rather than the possible lack of it. (30 comments)
Read Our Lips - 02/05/10 11:45 AM
Washington, read our lips: we don't want your health care package! How can we make it any clearer that we want reforms - just not your lame, overindulging plan. Scott Brown carried Massachusetts against conventional wisdom because of health care - people made themselves clear at their dissatisfaction for what Washington are doing. Poll after poll for months shows anywhere from 51%-68% of the people don't want this health care package. A few were even in the 70s. So what do we get? We get an out-of-control Nancy Pelosi with her "gate, wall, pole vault, parachute" committment that "we will pass (18 comments)
Cash For Clunkers - 02/04/10 02:50 PM
Remember the "Cash For Clunkers" program last year where people were encouraged to trade in their cars for a $4.500 credit against a qualifying new car? Many late model cars, trucks, and vans that were in perfectly good condition and operating order were simply used in the program to upgrade to a new vehicle. Well, the Toyota Corolla was the second most popular car purchased in the program, the Prius was the 4th, and the Camry was 5th. In the events publicized in the past two days, it appears that the Prius wasn't such a good buy. It has some serious (10 comments)
"Meet & Greet" A Great Beginning - 02/03/10 02:56 PM
Aside from a dreary looking, rainy afternoon that may have kept a few people from attending, our Active Rain "Meet & Greet" that Lou Ludwig and I hosted at the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB) yesterday was a hit. Many people from South Florida got together for a chance to meet each other face-to-face. We even had a few people attend who are not present members of AR. After a kickoff by RAPB, Lou set the tone for the gathering and asked the group for some ideas on future get-togethers. Bob Stewart provided a personalized youtube video for us, (20 comments)
Take Notice - 02/02/10 10:09 AM
As Realtors, salespeople, home builders, and small business owners, we tend to manage our own little worlds and not pay a lot of attention to what is going on in Washington. That needs to stop. If we don't start making a huge fuss - and a very vocal one - we may not be able to continue our businesses. Not tomorrow or the next day, but we are being squeezed. Credit is non-existent because of government regulation. The President and the Congress want to tax gasoline, electricity, and every other form of energy usage but won't allow the free markets to (12 comments)
February 2nd To November 2nd - 02/02/10 09:11 AM
We're out of the 40s, and now just 39 weeks remain until Election Day - November 2, 2010. This election is more important than it has been in recent memory. We need to halt or reverse the agressive legistaltion that is being debated and passed. The President's budget is nothing but a recipe for bankrupty. Nancy Pelosi says she will pass Health Care no matter what she has to do - and over the objections of two-thirds of the American people. All 435 seats in the House plus 36 seats in the Senate are up for grabs. It's time for a (12 comments)
February Is The Month Of Observances - 02/01/10 09:22 AM
I know that Punxsutawney Phil doesn't show up until tomorrow and that it may still look and feel a lot like winter in many parts of the country, but spring isn't that far away. Actually, the groundhog leads off an entire month of festivities - beginning tomorrow. For a short month, February has a tremendous number of important dates. After Groundhog Day tomorrow - and election day here in South Florida - we have the beginning of the NASCAR season on the 6th, followed by the Daytona 500 and Valentine’s Day on the 14th. You'd think Valentine's Day and the Daytona (13 comments)
We Are Being Duped - 02/01/10 08:58 AM
The American people are being misled, and we appear to accept it. The President is freezing spending, and we think that's a good idea. It's a horrible idea and a trick. If a department had a budget of $1 billion (a very small department) for 2010 (the fiscal year we're in the middle of now) and it wants a 2011 budget of $1.2, freezing it merely keeps it at the $1 billion level. It doesn't reduce it to "0." It sounds like when you are freezing spending or freezing the budget that you are stopping it - putting it on ice. (10 comments)
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