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2009 

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Many years ago in our Floyd Wickman "Sweat Hogs" training class we all got pins that said "You Get What You Give."  The main premise taught was to get out there and make a difference in your community or sphere of influence.  It was not about being seen but to get involved in activities that mea...
12/31/2009
    In the January 2010 issue of Realtor Magazine, through an agreement with Remodeling Magazine, it laid out the average cost recouped for 33 home improvement projects in nine regions.  In their Cost vs. Value Report they disclosed judicious home remodeling is still worth the investment.  In th...
12/31/2009
"Let this year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you've always wanted to do, but couldn't find the time.   Call up a forgotten friend.  Drop an old grudge and replace it with some pleasant memories.  Vow not to make a promise you don't think you can keep. Walk tall and ...
12/31/2009
  What becomes effective January 1, 2010 on the closing statements? In order to make HUD-1 closing statements more transparant for the parties involved, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has made various changes.  HUD has tried to protect consumers, particularly buyers, durin...
12/30/2009
The economy has brought about hardships for many and some are struggling far greater than others.  You may find yourself in a position where a family member asks you for a loan to help them out.  Nothing huge, but a loan nonetheless.  Because they are family you think you can just write a check a...
12/30/2009
  Financing troubles your clients might face in 2010 will need to be addressed proactively.  You will more than ever need to be involved with counseling your client on the loan process. 1. Make sure your client is using a local reputable loan officer who is aware and compliant with the new guide...
12/30/2009
As we wind down the festivities for Christmas do you feel like you are restless and need to get back into a routine?  I see some with forced or by design vacation time flying off for a New Years fling to ring in 2010!  I see lots of standing around in a fog after drawing up New Year Resolutions,...
12/29/2009
There are some houses that have been on the market for a long time. Even though there is activity in December and a number of homes have gone under contract, homes that require a special buyer due to a quirky floor plan or a "location" issue may still be sitting.   Even homes that appear to have...
12/29/2009
I really like many of Colin Powell's quotes. They seem to ring true for so many situations!  During the holidays many families who don't see each other often get together and for whatever reason (too much to drink or past hurts not resolved) conflicts arise and hurtful things can be said or done...
12/28/2009
I really like many of Colin Powell's quotes.  They seem to ring true for so many situations!  During the holidays many families who don't see each other often get together and for whatever reason (too much to drink or past hurts not ...
12/28/2009
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