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Riverside Art Museum offers a fun, free program for children and
adults called "First Sundays". Held on, you guessed
it, the first Sunday of the month, families can participate in art,
music, science and more at the Riverside Art Museum, located at
3425 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside, CA. The next First
Sunday will be held on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2010, from
1-4pm. There will be cultural activities for everyone to
enjoy and the museum fills both the lawn and the lobby with great
works of art. I'm going to mark my calendar to make sure I
don't miss April's First Sunday at the Riverside Art
Museum. Will you be there?
Richie Alan Naggar... People first, then business! (Richie Naggar Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
FINDING A REAL ESTATE AGENT IS EASY. BUT A PRO? WELL
THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.............
What is a professional? In every profession, there are people
who stand out and they are called professionals. Professional
defined........ one who has special education, who possesses
distinctive qualities, an expert, one who practices their highest
being....all these convey an extraordinary person in their field. A
professional or a real
pro as we call them earned the meaning of the above words.
They live them. When you see a anyone practicing traits as
described, you are moved to recognize a professional at work
whatever field of endeavor they are in. I have seen professional
cooks, electricians, plumbers, escrow and title officers, doctors,
nurses, bus drivers, retail personnel, military officers and many
more who change your life just by them being professional in what
they do. It is not something you easily forget. How a person
CONDUCTS themselves in their profession contributes to their being
called a professional. They leave that special impression.
How to spot a professional Real Estate Agent..........
1. Stands out for a good reason. More than just a person who has
a license. They like what they do and it shows up in their daily
life. Presents well because of it.
2. Knows what they are talking about and more importantly..... knows
when they do not. Its called credibility.
3. Can genuinely listen and then decide to comment or not.
4. Is available. In Real Estate, the largest transaction of a
persons life, everyone wants an agent that is available. Bears
repeating that ALL PARTIES to the transaction want this.
5. Experience is an old favorite. However, eagerness to learn
and please is what every newbie employs on his way to gaining
experience. That precious innocence can get things done too.
Remember your start-up?
6. When they speak, they are demonstrating how they will
represent you. After-all, they will negotiate for your best
interests. Speaking plainly, clearly and to the point says a lot to
someone who wants to hire or use a pro.
7. Can explain what they do, how they do it, and why in just a
few brief seconds. It was known as the business card test. If you
cannot explain everything on your business card in 3-5 seconds, it
just ain't you!
8. Can comment on what things cost or find out and get back to
you. Either way, that makes an impression.
9. Doesn't bring up money ever. In fact, they are the last to
bring up the subject.
10. Is current on what is going on in the market and can comment
in layman's terms.
11. Knows their documents and what is needed in writing.
12. Sure, ethics and integrity are wanted. Clients also want to
know that you can think out of the box. They want to know that if
things get rough & tough, you can finish what you started. Can
they count on you?
How to spot a professional Real Estate Agent.......These are
just a few of the things to look for
Oh, and by the way, these
Professional agents are looking for you too!
Richie Alan Naggar
Ran Right Realty Riverside,
Real Estate Broker and AUTHOR
of popular "PEARLS SERIES"...books on
Every December, the historic Mission Inn in Riverside CA is
decked out in thousands upon thousands of gorgeous lights. My
son and I look forward to this every year. This year, I had
my handy little Flip camera and was able to take video of the
downtown area, including the beautiful Mission Inn. People
ice skate, drink cocoa, eat funnel cake and listen to live music
here. If you're in the area, make sure you stop by.
You'll have the best time.
The Riverside Festival of Lights is officially
on now in Riverside CA. Officially, this year's
Festival of Lights display started on November 27th, but it will
continue on until January 3, 2010. As usual, downtown
Riverside has been transformed between University and Mission into
a twinkling paradise, complete with hot cocoa, carolers, vendors,
live music and our very own outdoor skating rink. Santa Claus
is even available to visit with the kids. The cost for
skating is $10 per hour, with a $3 skate rental fee. If you
plan on skating alot this season, you can purchase a Frequent
Skater Card for $50 which will entitle you to one skate hour per
day on Sundays through Thursdays throughout the entire month of
My family was out of town last weekend for Thanksgiving, so we
missed the official Switch-On Ceremony presented by the owners of
the Mission Inn, Duane and Kelly Roberts. But, you can be
sure we will be there this weekend. We never miss an
opportunity to enjoy the Riverside Festival of
Lights. It's a sure bet to get you in the Christmas
spirit. And I guarantee I will be taking photos and video to
post later. So check back soon.
Thanks to Michael Thornton's stained glass
photo post, I not only found out about a great Active Rain
group I was unaware of until now (Friday's Fotos). But it reminded me of my trip
to Riverside's Historic Mission
Inn. There was a chapel built on-site using original
Tiffany stained glass windows that were from an old New York church
that was being torn down. The man who built the Mission Inn
(Frank Miller) rescued them from being tossed into the trash by
just promising to give them back to Tiffany's if he ever decided
not to use them anymore. Here are photos of those stained
glass windows (couldn't take the photos from inside the
Every Saturday, from 8am-1pm in downtown Riverside, our local
farmer's market sets up shop between Mission Avenue and the
Riverside Convention Center. You will find some of the best
organic produce, breads, cheeses, flowers, plants, herbs and even
fresh fish for sale. The colors, flavors and smells will
absolutely blow your mind. And it's all brought in by local
farmers. My family and I decided to check it out because we
hadn't been in a while. We picked up some fresh strawberries,
avocados, strawberry-banana bread, organic pomegranate juice (it's
good for you and we even got to sample the different kinds before
we bought), oranges (being from Riverside, these are ALWAYS good)
and some fabulous garlic, rosemary and thyme infused Ambrosia extra
virgin olive oil. All this was under $30. It was
fabulous. We have been nibbling on our goodies since
Saturday. We had fresh-sliced strawberries on the
strawberry-banana bread with a dollop of whipped cream on top for
dessert on Saturday night and pomegranate juice with
breakfast. I rubbed the garlic olive oil all over a whole
fryer chicken and roasted it until it was crispy brown in our oven
for dinner tonight. The olive oil kept the juices inside,
making the meat juicy. Hungry yet? Here are some of the
photos my son took for me while we were there so I could share with
you fine folks:
The great thing about supporting my local Riverside farmers
market is that, since all produce, fruits, flowers and herbs are
grown locally, it takes less gas to ship them in. It also
supports the local economy by keeping money here in the community
and giving the farmers a platform to sell their wares. Many
cities across the country offer up farmers markets in their
towns. You really should check them out. It's also a
great place to meet your neighbors. We even found two great
places to eat while wandering through the downtown Riverside area:
The Upper Crust sandwich shop (the heavenly aroma of baking bread
hits you dead on in the face before you even walk through the door)
and Gram's Mission BBQ, a small, family-owned BBQ joint with dishes
like cajun catfish and good ol' Louisiana hot links. If you
ever find yourself wandering around Riverside CA on a Saturday
morning, come check out the farmers market. If you aren't in
the area, check out the local farmers market in your neck of the
woods. You can't go wrong!
If you are in need of help with your taxes, go to the Riverside
Public Library (3581 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside) every Wednesday -
Saturday til April 15th. Volunteers from AARP will be
available on Wednesdays and Thursdays fro noon to 4pm and Fridays
and Saturdays from 11am-3pm.
The Community Action Partnership is volunteering its time for
free as well for citizens in need of help with their taxes at the
Eastside Cybrary (4033 Chicago Ave #C, Riverside) every Saturday
from 10am-4pm until April 11th. For more information on these
free services, please call 951-826-5201.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.