surprise real estate: Who is Minding the Listing? - 10/08/09 03:31 AM
I pulled up to the listed home with clients in tow and as approach the door I see cobwebs around the handle and the lockbox. Information listed on the MLS sheet indicated the home on the market for over 215 days, which isn't unusual in this market. However, a surprise was waiting for me as I unlocked the box.
NO KEY IN THE LOCKBOX!!!!
I return to my car and immediately call the listing agent to inform him of this unfortunate occurrence and guess what, he had no clue. Yes, the listing was still open and available and no one had … (5 comments)

surprise real estate: The Sunday Difference - 10/04/09 02:21 PM
Sunday is a "different" day! Sunday feels different, Sunday smells different, Sunday is the most unique day of the week. Whether you are a religious person or not, their is something special about Sunday and that special feel, smell, or sight, is uniquely different to everyone. If you haven't stopped to listen and feel the difference try it next week. I know you will find something to make you smile and bring some pleasant memories to your mind.
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surprise real estate: Professionals Return Calls - 09/23/09 11:43 AM
Professional agents return phone calls as soon as they can get the message. It is plain and simple and common sense to professional sales people who have sold in the real estate market and out of it for any length of time. With all the modern technology, cell phones, email, texting, what excuse is there for not returning calls to other agents? None!!!!! Why is this so hard to get across to agents in this industry?
I believe the problem stems from so many agents without any sales background or training. Just because you have a license DOES NOT MAKE YOU … (5 comments)

surprise real estate: I Don't Get It? - 09/23/09 08:13 AM
I don't get it so please, someone, anyone, help me understand. Why do agents request  a call to them to obtain the lockbox code when they don't use the MLS lockbox and then never call back with that information? The MLS indicates the listing as active and yet no call from the agent. Please, someone, explain to me how this is a benefit to the client and how they are getting their listing sold? I'm very puzzled.
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surprise real estate: West Valley Fall Fun - 09/22/09 02:38 PM

October 24-25 Buckeye, Arizona celebrates Heritage Days and its rich culture and history. There are many fun activities including an antique tractor and engine show; an antique tractor pull and parade; a Lil' Miss and Mister Heritage Pageant for children; pumpkin patch; live and silent auction; food vendors; and arts and crafts.
There is fun for the whole family so mark your calendars and do not miss this fun fall event located in the west valley at Heritage Park at 809 North First Street in Buckeye.
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surprise real estate: Surprise Fall Cleanup - 09/10/09 03:11 PM
Surprise has set Saturday September 19th for the Fall Cleanup Event from 7 A.M. to 1 P.M. This activity is presented by Surprise and Waste Management and allows residents to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of residential waste free at the Northwest Regional Landfill. The address is 19401 W. Deer Valley Road.
Participants will be required to show proof of residency, via a driver's license and electric bill.
Hazardous waste items will not be accepted. These items will be collected at the city's Household Hazardous Waste event October 10th.
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surprise real estate: Secret Agent - 09/09/09 11:46 AM
You decided to purchase, sell or lease your home in Surprise, Arizona and use a professional Realtor to insure fair and ethical treatment. Congratulations on your first correct decision! Now where do you go and how do you decide which agent to utilize? Let me suggest some criteria that might help you select the best person for you.
Does your potential Realtor really know Surprise? Are they a "secret agent" only visiting the community if they have a buyer? Do they "live" in the area or do they have a main office in the town which they rarely frequent? Many agents list homes in area's … (0 comments)

surprise real estate: Are You Happy? - 09/09/09 03:05 AM
Well known American film director, producer and screenwriter, George Lucas said, "If America is the pursuit of happiness, the best way to pursue happiness is to help other people." That is certainly wise advice and makes me wonder, how many of us are happy? Are we helping other people or are we thinking only of ourselves and our problems. Are you happy?
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surprise real estate: You are What You Show - 09/07/09 05:59 AM
What kind of example are you? Someone once said, "People know what you are by what they see, not by what they hear." There are some brokers and agents on Active Rain that "talk" or "write" very well but unfortunately their actions don't mesh with what they portray. It is unfortunate they have not learned, talk is cheap, you are what you show, not what you say.
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surprise real estate: Warnings - 09/05/09 05:30 PM
I was in the grocery store this afternoon and as I was checking out several patrons left with their purchases and one set off the noisy "inventory control device". The purpose of this device and the loud sound is to help prevent customers from taking unpaid items from the store. The intent is good but as the sound went off, almost everyone either glanced at the door or ignored the sound completely. Not one employee went to check and see if anything was amiss. Every time I have been in the store when this has happened the same scenario happens. Nothing!
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surprise real estate: What does the Graphic Say??? - 09/05/09 05:16 AM
When you get to the bottom of a post to leave a comment sometimes a box appears and the comment asks "What does the graphic say?" Occasionally a real word is listed but most of the time the "word" is  gibberish. I chuckle at some of the graphics listed and as I was entering one today I thought, who thinks up these graphics? What an interesting job to come up with a combination of gibberish to make sure spam isn't getting through. How creative would I needto be to come up with millions of combinations to save us all? Has anyone else noticed or thought about these words?
Now before … (3 comments)

surprise real estate: Scumbag Landlords - 09/04/09 08:57 AM
Is there anything lower than a scumbag landlord that takes a tenants rental money while defaulting on their loan and letting the place foreclose? I have a client who is in that situation as I write this post. Fortunately, we found out the home is going to foreclosure so I have the time to find these good people a place to move without much problem.
The landlord, of course, hasn't said a word to the tenant. It is no wonder that landlords have such a bad reputation. In most cases they are deserved!
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surprise real estate: What Do You Really Think? - 09/03/09 06:52 AM
I am fascinated with the number of people who read blog posts and never leave a comment, positive, negative or neutral. I wonder if they agree, disagree or don't care. It would be interesting to know some of the thoughts of readers. How about you? Care to get involved and comment?
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surprise real estate: Arizona - Experience All of It - 09/02/09 04:54 PM
Arizona is a great place to live and enjoy all the beauties mother nature has to offer. Arizona is known as the Grand Canyon State and the picture is just one of the many gorgeous views of this incredible wonder.
There is so much to do year around from golf, hiking, Sedona jeep tours, the Fiesta Bowl, FBR Open tournament in January and many more activities. If you are coming to Arizona one of the first things to do is take few extra days and visit the Grand Canyon.
Words can not describe the magnificent beauty and the awesome work of mother nature. It will take … (1 comments)

surprise real estate: Are You Excited? - 09/02/09 04:19 PM
Are you excited about being in the Real Estate Industry? Everyday we face challenges with the economy, negativity on the news, tighter loan requirements, and  bankers who are clueless about homes they now possess. It is hard at times to be excited about our profession.
If you get discouraged and less excited it might help to remember this quote by an anonymous source; "There is a name for people who are not excited a bout their work - unemployment." Just some food for thought.
 
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surprise real estate: Thorns Among Roses or Roses Among Thorns - 08/30/09 09:41 AM
I am a firm believer in a positive outlook in every situation that arises and we can learn from everything that comes our way. Someone once said, "Some people complain because God put thorns on roses, while others praise Him for putting roses among thorns." Which type of person are you?
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surprise real estate: The Chief Peddlers Blog - 08/29/09 07:31 PM

In the "olden" days salesmen were called peddlers. They often had a number of items on their wagon or cart or other means of transportation. Having been in sales, sales management and marketing for 35+ years I feel I can help others in the sales profession with information on a number of topics.
If you have read my blog here at Active Rain, and enjoyed anything I have written check on The Chief Peddlers Blog and you will find different and longer articles on,sales and sales management.
I want to thank all of those who have left such interesting and gracious comments. It is … (1 comments)

surprise real estate: Are Your Challenges Fun? - 08/20/09 08:37 AM
The legendary Walt Disney once said, "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." Walt had the right attitude and spirit in all that he did and where would TV, Movies and Entertainment in general be without his visionary outlook?
These past few years have been loaded with challenges in the real estate industry. We have seen many agents leave the profession, some of them needed to go, others weren't up to the challenges. Those that remain certainly are up to the market and economy and are successful.
One question I would like to pose; are your challenges fun? Are you enjoying … (1 comments)

surprise real estate: Aim - 08/20/09 06:36 AM
"In the long run, men hit what they aim at, therefore, they had better aim at something high," stated Henry David Thoreau. How high is your aim? Have you set your goals for real estate success high. Thoreau's wisdom should be taken to heart, set goals high and then work like crazy to hit them. It will stretch us to the limit and that will help us grow.
Remember, if you hit your goals they can be adjusted and your personal growth will be enhanced. Now is a good time to review where you are and to adjust where necessary. Aim … (0 comments)

surprise real estate: Scam Request - 08/18/09 04:07 PM
I don't know how many of you have received the "scam" letter from Senator Wilson Asinobi Ake of Nigeria, but this is a heads up that you might receive one. This letter has been going around for at least two years with the sender asking for help to purchase a home/property for over 4.5 million dollars although the amount varies depending upon where the letter is sent.
Just some information for all my Real Estate friends.
 
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