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Idaho Short Sale Man! .....A Fun Video - 01/31/11 10:38 PM
Many home owners in a hardship situation, who are facing foreclosure, are not aware that their short sale lender will most often pay the Realtor fee.
Idaho Short Sale Man to the rescue!
If you or someone you know is in a financial hardship and could possibly lose your home, don’t wait too long, before you contact Don Wixom with RE/MAX Advantage at (208) 880-5039.
Don is a Certified Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource!
The worst item to have on your credit is a foreclosure. In a lot of cases, going through the short sale process (7 comments)
Though there are many strategies in running a successful real estate business, there seem to be a few common traits of Top Producers.
1. Top Producers don’t keep their profession a secret. 2. Top Producers know that networking will build their business. 3. Top Producers are creative, independent thinkers. 4. Top Producers know how to make other people feel important. 5. Top Producers return calls promptly.
Among these elements, you’ll notice 4 out the 5 are in direct relation to other people.
Now that January is nearly over, I hope we all have had a great start on the new year, implementing our goals and resolutions.
In case you have not yet been able to start, it’s not too late!
Next week brings on a new beginning of another month. If you have not yet set some goals or dialed in on your business plan, I hope these 7 principles will help get you started:
1. Your goals must be specific, detailed and clear. Highly defined goals are attained, fuzzy goals are forgotten. (5 comments)
Pros We Don't Think About: The Locksmith - 01/30/11 07:56 PM
One of my goals for 2011 is to create a master vendor list of professionals whom I will recommend to customers and clients. Jason has an excellent point of bringing on a locksmith as one of those vendors. Throughout the year I would like to offer specials to my clients. One trade-off idea might be to provide one "get out of jail free" card to your clients... A complimentary locksmith call. They might use it when they lock their keys in the car or when they change locks on the house. Maybe I could cut a deal with the locksmith to (0 comments)
A Great Outline for LEADERSHIP... - 01/30/11 07:41 PM
Earlier this month, our Realtor® Association was privileged to host Founder & CEO of LEEADERSHIP 1st, Derrick Boles as a guest speaker for our January General Membership Luncheon.
I had the opportunity to visit with Mr. Boles for a short while after the presentation. I was impressed by this man!
He has a heart for what is right and a heart to help kids in our society.
His organization, LEADERSHIP 1st, is headquartered here in Nampa, Idaho. They provide training & mentorship for troubled teens as well as business education and inspiration.
For all of those bloggers out there that don't know about Picnik.com, you're in for a treat. This free program allows you to not only make some cool headers, but to custom edit your photos..and it's VERY user friendly. I mean..if I can do it, anyone can!! Figure I'd pass along something (9 comments)
More John Wooden Quotes... - 01/29/11 09:04 PM
“Don’t worry about whether you’re better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best you can become. You have control over that; the other, you don’t.”
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”
“The leader who has a fear of failure, who is afraid to act, seldom will face success.”
“Contentment with past accomplishments or acceptance of the status quo can derail an organization quickly.”
Nampa Area Weather Search Nampa Idaho Homes for sale (3 comments)
My assistant and I had a brain storming session for about 2 hours on Wednesday, coming up with potential ideas for this video contest.
I must say, we were all over the place! By about noon, we had enough material to move forward and collect our “shots” all from my Flip Video Camera.
We established the fact that we have helped many clients in various situations in life. This video contains 3 scenarios of life changing moves, as re-enactments of similar situations.
The SOLD sign is actual footage and actual (31 comments)
How Important is An Online Presence? - 01/27/11 11:51 PM
The exponential numbers are amazing when it comes to technology in today's world! I remember looking through the 1969 World Book Encyclopedias and was amazed at how much knowledge was in one set of books! Cara has posted this very intriguing video... Take a look!
Via Cara Marcelle Mancuso (Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ): How far have we come in the past 6 years? How far will we go in the next 6? How Important is An Online Presence? Our broker at Tierra Antigua sent out this message and link, company-wide, today. This is amazing. Technology, innovation, creativity - we must (8 comments)
“Failure to act is often the biggest failure of all”
“Initiate quickly but not carelessly or in a hurried manner that makes a miscue more likely”
“Control of your organization begins with control of yourself”
“Combine a compliment with criticism when possible”
“No leader can succeed in the marketplace without good material”
Make it a great day! Nampa Area Weather Search Nampa Idaho Homes for sale Search Boise Idaho Homes (8 comments)
Illuminating Technology... Keeping us Bright! - 01/26/11 10:57 PM
I first heard that L.E.D. stood for “little electronic doo-dad.” It has been amazing to see L.E.D. technology come to the forefront of everyday use in electronics and even household items!
The true definition of the L.E.D. acronym is “Light Emitting Diode.”
For Christmas, I received a package of smaller L.E.D. flashlights that simply amazed me! I have retired my larger old traditional flashlights.
I was shocked by the small size and how bright the flashlight shown! I now keep a small L.E.D. flashlight in the console of my car & use it often during these short, dark, (7 comments)
You Read What!? - 01/25/11 11:47 PM
I should never under value the power of client testimonials!
Tonight, as usual, I asked this prospective seller where they got my name and number. They emphatically said, “From the Internet!”
I asked further to know what keywords, etc. and they couldn’t remember. They said they read some reviews and did some research and came up with me and my website.
The only reviews I can think of would be the client testimonials that I have on my site.
I continue to receive over 1,000,000 hits on my website each month with over 30,000 visits! I (12 comments)
I was amazed to hear this statement from a seller who is facing foreclosure. After you think about it, it seems somewhat obvious, that’s what a seller might think when needing to sell through a short sale.
When you consider the seller has missed several mortgage payments and has limited funds to live on, where would they get any money to pay their Realtor? One half of my sales in 2010 were short sales... Not one (11 comments)
Goals or Intentions? - 01/23/11 11:08 PM
Watch this video of Jeffrey Gitomer about goals vs. intentions.
This is an excellent explanation of goals and how important we perceive them when related to our intentions.
Have you developed your business plan for 2011? Have you set some New Year “Intentions?”
What actions are you taking on a daily basis to meet your goals?
Best of selling and best of Intentions to you this new year!
Nampa Area Weather Search Nampa Idaho Homes for sale Search Boise Idaho Homes for sale Idaho Short Sale Video Nampa Homes Idaho Short Sale Report (1 comments)
5 homes are currently for sale Average Price $244,760 Average price per SF $89 Average Days on Market 265
23 homes have sold in 2010 Average price $177,726 Average price per SF $71 Average Days on Market 119
1 home is currently pending sale Average asking price $192,500 Average price per SF $63 Average Days on Market 21
Great buy on 2982 SF Home at 548 Bayhill Dr.
Contact Don (4 comments)
Have Your Best Day! - 01/21/11 11:11 PM
Wow! I have read Jeffrey Gitomer’s “Little Red Book of Selling” but I have not seen him in action until I watched this video…
Jeffrey covers 10.5 ways to have your best day:
1. Wake up Early 2. Love what you do 3. Be a life-long student 4. Convert Anger to Resolve 5. Convert Barrier to Breakthrough 6. Take “No” as “Not Yet” 7. Watch little or NO TV 8. Read 20 minutes every day 9. Write 20 minutes every day 10. Call the people you love 10.5 Tell yourself “you’re the best”
You gotta love motivation like this (12 comments)
Caldwell Idaho Real Estate- Owner Carry! - 01/20/11 09:58 PM
Caldwell ID Homes for sale: 305 E Linden St. Caldwell, ID This 1964 single-level, brick home sits on a corner lot near Wilson Elementary School. This well-kept property has approx. 1968 SF, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, formal living room & separate family room, both with wood-burning fireplaces! There is extra storage in the garage and the over-sized laundry room. Out back is a gorgeous deck & patio adjacent to an 8x12 storage shed and a magnificent custom water feature! There is extra RV Parking off the side street with access to the back yard. Now just $115,000! Check out 305 E Linden St. (5 comments)
Do it Best with 3 "A's".... - 01/19/11 08:25 PM
We had a very dynamic speaker at our Nampa Chamber of Commerce meeting today, a good friend of mine, Dale Dixon with the BBB.
Dale is a former Broadcast Anchor for a local news team and is loaded with enthusiasm! He talked about 3 “A’s” that should be working in your business:
Awesome- Are you really good at what you do? If so, tell yourself first & then let others around you know (but don’t be cocky!) Show how awesome you are by means of excellent service, more knowledge and your best follow up! All of this can be (13 comments)
You Suspect Mold in a Home- What Should You Do? - 01/18/11 11:57 PM
There's no need for anyone to get scared and run away from a mold issue. Most mold issues can be identified and remedied with the help of an experienced professional. Some inspectors and contractors can certainly over charge. It's important to get a second opinion and get the task completed for good! Via William Powers (Powers Environmental LLC): Perhaps you see something that looks like mold or, even if you don't see anything, you smell that unmistakable musty odor, what should you do? You could make like an ostrich and put your head in the sand or you could suggest to the homeowner (2 comments)
8 homes are currently for sale Average Price $272,187 Average price per SF $95 Average Days on Market 156
7 homes have sold in 2010 Average price $245,409 Average price per SF $77 Average Days on Market 82
1 home is currently pending sale Average asking price $375,000 Average price per SF $109 Average Days on Market 113
Great buy on 2982 SF Home at 548 Bayhill Dr.
Contact Don (0 comments)
Personal Journey in the Car Business & Real Estate - TOP 5 Funniest Things!!! - 01/17/11 10:33 PM
Here are some great stories that could be shared on career day.. OK, maybe not in all settings. Chud has had some great experiences and I'm sure he's not telling us all of the stories. Enjoy these fabulous stories! Via Chud Wendle (Eastern WA Real Estate - Pullman (509-991-5263) CBT Pullman): Personal Journey in the Car Business & Real Estate - TOP 5 Funniest Things!!! Any business that deals directly with the public has the potential for some funny stories. Any business that deals with public regarding the purchase of one's #1 and #2 HIGHEST INVESTMENT ITEMS in one's life has the potential for (5 comments)
Keep Your Dream Alive - 01/17/11 10:13 PM
In commemorating the life of a great man; a man of peace and inspiration, today, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Needlessly shot down on April 4, 1968, Dr. King was a hero for equal rights. Though I was too young to experience the impact of Dr. King’s life, he continues to inspire us all... in his death. Three favorite quotes, beyond the dream… "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." "As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that (7 comments)
Everyone's Choices Cost Them Something - 01/15/11 09:26 PM
When making difficult decisions, I encourage you to lean toward making one that will enhance other people's lives more than your own. Gary has some great thoughts in this post. Life's decisions are about trade-offs. Whether it's a house or where you go out to eat. Be blessed!
Via Gary Woltal - Assoc. Broker REALTOR® SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty): Did you know with home purchasing and even with life Everyone's Choices Cost Them Something? It's true, there are tradeoffs to what you pick. Buy one house and you are not buying another. You are living in THAT 5 mile (8 comments)
For having a pretty positive attitude and personality, I can get down on occasion, myself. It’s not the getting down that causes ultimate failure, it’s the not getting up again, that messes you up!
A Loser is one who fails…. Then Quits!
I encourage you to be bold and strong in 2011 and not let circumstances get you down to the point of being a loser.
If you fail or come across disappointment, think of all the good (12 comments)
Do It With Intention! - 01/14/11 11:33 PM
As I watched a few college football games this season, it occurred to me that some teams/players “play to win” while others “play not to lose.”
You might wonder what the difference is. To me, it’s an attitude of greatness!
One team/player might be so overwhelmingly confident that they are going to win the game and most often do, while another may feel somewhat intimidated and their goal is to “not lose.”
I think if we are competing for a listing, or for business of any kind, we need to approach it with a spirit of expectation so (10 comments)
Burning of the what!? - 01/13/11 11:18 PM
I remember, as a kid, hearing about “Mortgage Burning Parties.” Friends of my parents or members of the church would get their house paid off and celebrate by having a party and burning the paid-off note!
You don’t hear of this too much these days and I wonder how many homeowners will actually have their house paid for in their life-time.
It used to be said that real estate would double in value every 10 years. Well, in the past 4 years, it has been cut in half, in our area!
What will the new cycle be?
Trampoline Included but NOT guaranteed… - 01/12/11 11:36 PM
When showing a home a few weeks back, my eye caught this less than functional trampoline and once I read the sign/logo on the side, I had to chuckle to myself.
Trying not to distract my buyers from looking at the home, I snapped a couple photos with my phone camera.
I could only imagine the remarks that could have been in the listing of this place:
Trampoline Included but NOT guaranteed…
Be safe out there and don’t jump around too much! If you want to include or exclude any personal items in a (13 comments)
As a disclaimer, I am not an attorney, but I play one on TV…
According to Idaho code, a lender who has interest in a property, secured by a deed of trust, has 3 months to file suite to claim a money judgment on the deficiency of a defaulted loan after the sale date.
This is good news to home owners who have either had their property foreclosed on or sold through other means.
Read the Idaho Code here: http://legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title45/T45CH15SECT45-1512.htm
If you are (9 comments)
One More Reason Why Nobody Sells More Real Estate Than... - 01/11/11 10:48 PM
Did you know RE/MAX is syndicating listings with Homes.com? For this partnership, RE/MAX listings will appear on Homes.com under a display category called “RE/MAX Standard.” The RE/MAX Standard will show two items:
1) A “See More Features” link into the property detail page on REMAX.com
2) A lead capture form that will pass leads to the RE/MAX listing agents’ LeadStreet account!
The result? More visibility for listings, and more leads for RE/MAX Associates. RE/MAX is also working with Trulia, Zillow, and Google on syndication terms for REMAX.com listings...
Meridian Idaho Real Estate by Price Category - 01/09/11 09:12 PM
If you’re planning on buying or selling a home in Meridian Idaho, you might want to consider this information to help you price your home in the right category or find where the best deals might be.
When looking at the average number of homes sold each month during 2010, divided into the current inventory available, here is the breakdown of the absorption rates for Meridian Idaho Home Sales:
$0-$100,000 11 sold / month Current inventory is 49 or a 4.45 month supply (6.5% of the market)
$100,000-$150,000 53 sold / month Current (2 comments)
In 1908, the first paper coffee filter was created in Germany. The concept was simply to extract the bitter taste of the coffee caused by boiling loose grounds.
Today, the paper filters are very common and over the years, have found to be useful in a variety of other methods:
1. Use a coffee filter to pour wine into a carafe after the cork has broken to pieces. 2. When re-potting a plant, place the filter at the bottom of the container over the drainage hole to eliminate soil from (16 comments)
Top 10 Posts of 2010...? - 01/09/11 12:27 AM
Thank you, Karen Bernetti, for posting What were YOUR 10 Best ActiveRain Posts in 2010? After reviewing my statistics, here are the Top 10 Best Active Rain Posts in 2010 for the Idaho guy who is “Looking out for your next move…” sm Call the Waiter... Great Advice!
New Policies for Taking Short Sale Listings
Showing Your Listing to Another Agent's Client....?
Where were you nine years ago today?
I got this Blog Idea From a Spray Can...
Best Practices Tip #10
Best Practices Tip #4
You (10 comments)
Who is this guy from Nebraska? - 01/07/11 12:04 AM
I had the tremendous opportunity today, to meet a veteran real estate agent, now trainer and speaker.
Van Deeb, is a great individual with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the real estate industry. His informational presentation may only be surpassed by his wacky sense of humor. (He reminds me of me, at times).
Van autographed his book for me and I was graced with the privilege of having breakfast with him and my lender buddy who brought him to Idaho.
If you get a chance to meet Van or have an opportunity to schedule a speaker (6 comments)
Probably the most recent situation was when I was scheduled to take my son to the airport to fly back to L.A. I figured I would be done in time to get back to the office & read a few posts and get my “Rain Time” in.
Not too long after I was on the road, my other son texted me and asked if I had time for dinner. (17 comments)
Top 5 Mistakes Dieters Make... - 01/05/11 10:40 PM
It seems dieting is one of the most frequently mentioned ‘new year resolutions.’ Most people have great intentions but are not always resolute when it comes to their eating habits.
I hope you find these helpful…
As heard On-Air: Dr.Oz's Top 5 Mistakes Dieters Make -
#1 - They crash diet. (Should become more of a lifestyle)#2 - They skip breakfast. (The most important meal of the day)#3 - They drink extra calories. (sodas and juices are loaded with calories) #4 – They don’t snack enough. (Grazing throughout the day is best) #5 – They don’t drink enough (17 comments)
10 Useful Tips Using Newspaper... - 01/05/11 10:09 PM
Newspaper is a very absorbent product, because it has to absorb ink. That also means it can absorb all sorts of moisture, including moisture and the resulting odors found in shoes, in vegetable drawers, and elsewhere.
1. Stuff newspaper in to a lunch box or thermos overnight, to deodorize food containers. 2. Ripen tomatoes by wrapping them up and leaving in room temperature. 3. Use plenty of newspaper to pack delicate items, dishes and figurines. 4. Wipe away streaks on glass with window cleaner or vinegar. 5. Shred newspapers to use as kitty litter until you can get to the (13 comments)
Our pastor spoke from Philipians on Sunday morning and challenged us with these 7 practices for the new year, so I took notes.
1. Speak with confidence and in a positive fashion. I want to encourage people in 2011. Customers and clients alike look to us as professionals and authority figures to help them through the purchase or sale of a home. We have knowledge and we need to be confident of what we know and put it to good use for their benefit! 2. Don’t be selfish, think of others first. (Phil (14 comments)
Is this the bottom? If we wait to find out where the bottom is, it will be too late! With interest rates as crazy (0 comments)
New Year's Day Tradition... Burning of the Tree - 01/01/11 07:33 PM
Every January 1st, for the past several years, we have had a tradition of disposing of the Christmas tree. We burn it! We do this for a few reasons: 1) It's an easy way to dispose of the tree, 2) It symbolizes the past year going away & bringing on a fresh start. 3) It's just a lot of fun.
You might be able to hear my 4 year-old grandson in the background saying, "I wish I could burn a tree with you again, with Christmas." I hope you have some nice traditions for the new year! Happy 2011. Make (15 comments)
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