CALLING MY OWN SHOTS! Plus a Few Others that the AR Gods Missed this Week – 012212

Mortgage and Lending with Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA

First and foremost, I want to send a big hug and thank you out to my fellow rainers who contacted me this past week to check on me to see how I’ve been doing.  You all were so sweet and kind to think of me and to call or email me to see if I was ok.  You see, I’ve been kind of MIA from AR lately that I missed putting up my weekly “Calling My Own Shots” post. 


Last week, I was in computer crash #%!! and ended up getting a new computer.  As for the rest of the time, I’m in newbie madness.  Last month, I started my transition from mortgage loans to real estate sales and it’s been non-stop ever since. 

The past few weeks, have been so incredibly hectic for me that I have just fallen behind in my blogging efforts. I have a couple of new buyer clients as well as some of my last few borrower clients and I’m just so completely exhausted.  

By the end of the day, I am so brain dead I simply haven’t any functioning brain cells left to blog much.  I have spent a few minutes here and there reading a few blogs but even that’s not up to my usual pace either.  I’m hoping that things will settle down soon to a more comfortable pace where I can squeeze a little blogging in my day.  I miss blogging and keeping up with everyone at AR.


So, onto “Calling My Own Shots”, well, this week there were so many really great posts here in the rain by some of my fave bloggers as well as some newbie bloggers that I’ve recently come across. First and foremost, I just want to give a shout out to my fellow rainers for their gold star features that I was happy to "call the shot" on them.

"Buyers Don't Care about your AR Account" by Cara Marcelle Mancuso

This was an excellent posts that had some really great comments, which is one of the best things I love about great posts. With some posts, the comments can actually be better than the post. Check them out.


But there were some other really great posts that I suggested but the AR Gods must have missed them this week when they were bestowing those little gold stars. Check them out and see for yourself.

First there was David vs. Goliath, and Goliath has a lousy work ethic by Andrea Swiedler.  Oh, how I could so relate to this post.  Andrea reminds us that bigger is not always better and in some cases, it's actually worst.

I have dozens and dozens and dozens of real-life experiences of prospects and former clients who came to me with horror stories of how some big, national, retail bank and their unlicensed bank clerk total &^$# up their escrow and loan transaction. 

Furthermore, what was even worse in so many of these transactions and escrows was that many of these big, national, retail banks and unlicensed bank clerks were ones that the buyer/borrower was forced to get pre-approved with in order to even submit an offer.

When it comes to mortgage lending, the Goliaths have a horrible record for not only failing to get to the closing table but for also leaving total devastation in their wake.  Goliath SUCKS big time!!!

Next was newbie blogger, Brian McFedries and his post, Buying a short sale? Make sure you pick the right lender.  This kind of goes with what I was just referring to about big, national, retail banks and their unlicensed bank clerks not being able to perform.  Brian outlines why buyers need to be so much more diligent in choosing a lender to buy that short sale or REO.

While short sales and REOs are challenging enough to deal with, the last thing a buyer wants to do is hire the wrong lender to originate, process and fund the loan they are getting to purchase their new home.  As Brian points out, the big, national, retail banks are just not capable of performing in accordance with the requirements of many short sale lenders and REO bank properties, even if it's their REO or short sale property.

For buyers looking to purchase a short sale or REO, stay away from the big, national, retail banks.  You won't regret it.

Then there was Why Servers Can Make Rockstar Agents by newbie blogger, Melanie K. Fleet.  As a former bartender (during my college years), I could so relate to how well the skills I learned back then have been so transferrable to my professional careers over the years.

While there will always be those folks who will claim that this is what's wrong with the real estate industry, too many waitresses and bartenders turned Realtors but it doesn't really matter what industry these folks (waitresses & bartenders) chose to pursue, the skills and traits they learned in the service industry would be vital in so many other fields and industries besides just real estate.

Well, Melanie outlines so perfectly just why this is so true.  Check it out, you'll enjoy it.  :)

Lastly, there was a double shot by one of my fave bloggers, Gene Riemenschneider, with his posts, ActiveRain – My Real Estate Partner and Content is King – Looooooong Live the King!.  Gene is a great blogger and I really enjoy his blog and this week was no exception; he was on a roll.

Like Gene, as well as so many others here, we don't all work in large offices filled with lots of people that we see and speak with on a daily basis.  Yes, we all work with a lot of the same types of vendors and settlement services but that's not the same as working in a full office.

I gave up the office cubicle years ago for a home office and I don't regret it.  It didn't take long to realize that I am so much more productive on my own than I was chained to a traditional office.  However, some days, I do need to get out of the office so that I can interact with others.  Well, blogging on AR is a lot like getting out of the office for me and for Gene (and I suspect quite a few others), it's like the office water cooler.

With Content is King – Looooooong Live the King!, Gene discusses one of my fave practices, creating blogging series.  I love doing this whenever I can.  As a rather verbose blogger who likes to delve into my blog topics without dragging on and on and on and.....I like to break up my posts. 

As Gene points out, not only does this prevent your blog visitors from losing interest and attention over some long and drawn out post but it also creates anticipation for the conclusion of the topic - it brings your visitors and subscribers back for the rest.  Try it out!  I highly recommend it.


As always, I love "calling the shots”. I’m pretty picky and selective about whom I suggest. I intentionally highlight my fave bloggers and then I look for new bloggers or bloggers that aren’t on the feature board every other day.

Anyone can suggest all the popular bloggers but finding the hidden treasures and gems is so much better. I hope you check them out and enjoy them as much as I did.

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Jill Sackler
Broker Associate, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!" - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

So great to have you back. Even when I didn't take the time to comment, I never missed your Sunday post. I liked your picks this week.

Jan 22, 2012 09:55 AM #20
Jo Soss
HOMEFRONT Realty - Kettle Falls, WA
HOMEFRONT Realty @ LAKE Roosevelt - Stevens County

Donne, I missed a couple of these - now I have some reading to do. Thanks!

Jan 22, 2012 10:00 AM #21
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Donne We missed you, i sent an email as I could not imagine what happned that would keep you off AR fof the week. On my way back form the Patriiots Game.... Glad to hear things are ok. Another great "Called Shots"

Jan 22, 2012 11:39 AM #22
An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Donne, so glad that some of your days are evening out..  Changing from loans to real estate agent and a new computer too.. that's a lot to take in.

Jan 22, 2012 12:11 PM #23
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Donne - you are already miles ahead of the competing real estate newbies ..... your mortgage loans experience should pay early dividends in your new path in real estate.

Jan 22, 2012 01:09 PM #24
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Computer issues, certainly can put a cloud over you.  Glad you are back up and running in great form.  Another wonderful post of some of the best of the week.  Appreciate you bringing these to our attention and congrats on the gold star!

Jan 22, 2012 02:26 PM #25
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Donne--congratulations on your career switch--I wish you much success.  Glad to have you back in the Rain and I enjoyed your picks this week, too. 

Jan 22, 2012 06:20 PM #26
Steven Cook

Donne -- as Gene (#18) pointed out, the mortgage industry has lost a great Loan Officer.  However, we wish you all the best in your new endeavor, and as you have already lined up some buyers - it looks like you are off to a great start!

Jan 23, 2012 01:05 AM #27
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

R U sure you want to do this career switch? I could never be a LO, but I would never recommend that anyone in this market become a realtor either. I'm surprised. Good luck & I'm sure your busy .....

Jan 23, 2012 03:11 AM #28
Marge Piwowarski
Phoenix AZ Horse Property - Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC


Delighted you are back armed with a new computer and bringing your knowledge to a new facet of the business! 

Jan 23, 2012 07:07 AM #29
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

Doone, I too feel the same, it's hard to get back into the routine once it is broken, I found doing it first thing in the morning before the day starts may be helpful to get your swing back.

Jan 23, 2012 02:35 PM #30
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

It sounds like your computer issues have been resolved. That's a critical component of real estate! Great post! I always love seeing some of these new blogs that I missed before! Welcome back!

Jan 24, 2012 12:33 AM #31
Mike Schneider
10 YRS with Active Rain ! - Lake in the Hills, IL

Donne:  welcome to the "new world" of opportunity! While so many realtors are dropping out of the industry, I believe , now is the best time to jump aboard......the opportunites are plentyful and it will only improve as time goes on. perfect timing and you have a great combo of skills to offer ! and real estate "love and marriage go together like a "horse and carriage". <smile>

Best wishes for continued success ! youre gonna be fine !

Mike in Windycity !

Jan 24, 2012 12:57 AM #32

Donne - congrats on the feature and thanks for pushing out these special posts - I am going over to read each one.  I have been MIA for the past week which is a first for me since joining ActiveRain so I have missed lots of good stuff!

Jan 24, 2012 08:15 AM #33
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Donne - Welcome to the Realtor side!  And thanks again for finding some great posts that we might otherwise have missed.  I'm off now to check them out.

Jan 24, 2012 03:44 PM #34
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

Donne -- yes, you were missed! Congrats on your new computer and your new career. Welcome to the madness on the other side. Thanks for all the wonderful links -- you are definitely the go-to person who finds such gems. What will we do without you?

Jan 24, 2012 05:53 PM #35
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Donne, Thanks for sharing!  Those were some great posts that I missed.

Jan 24, 2012 10:00 PM #36
The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties
Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville - Lansdale, PA

Hi Donne,

You may have been out of the Rain for a bit, but it doesn't seem that you have missed a beat!  Well done as always!


Jan 25, 2012 09:15 AM #37
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Donne, I find it fascinating that real estate sales is more exhausting than being a loan officer.  I wish you would write a separate post about that.  Meanwhile, thanks for the reading material!

Jan 27, 2012 01:38 AM #38
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I'll check these suggestions out Donne. And, by the way, I love that  you compare the loan process to a long flight - true, true. I must admit, I prefer those turbulence free flights - I'll bet you do too. :)

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