the chief peddler blog: The Gift - 11/05/09 09:20 AM
Do you give your very best at all times? The great American Olympic runner, Steve Prefontaine (1951-1975) said, "To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." Talent alone is not enough and it is a waste if you do not give your best all the time. Excuses and lack of accountability for actions has hurt many a talented professional in every field of endeavor. It is something to think about, are you one who is sacrificing the gift you have?

the chief peddler blog: Talk is Cheap - 11/02/09 01:44 PM
The statement, "talk is cheap" goes hand in hand with watching what a person does. Years ago, a person's word was their bond. If a deal was "struck" and people shook hands on the agreement it was as good as gold. No attorneys were required, no long documents; a man's word was binding. In "those days," a person's integrity meant something to them. Most would rather die than lose their good name. 
Unfortunately, a person's word does not mean what it did in the past. People will say anything to get what they want regardless of the truth of their statement … (2 comments)

the chief peddler blog: Be Prepared - Better Yet - Prevent! - 10/09/09 12:04 PM

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) estimates 33% don't wash their hands after using the restroom. They also determined that 80% of infectious disease is transmitted by touch. Put these two together and you are at risk when using touch points throughout the day. Touch points such as common door handles, counter tops, light switches, hand railings elevator buttons, etc.
In the fight against viral and bacterial infections such as  H1N1 (Swine Flu), MRSA, and Influenza A, Varsity Contractors, a nationwide leader in janitorial cleaning services, is the preferred total facility company, to utilize BioShield 75. The JanOps® System delivers Varsity … (2 comments)

the chief peddler blog: 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.

the chief peddler blog: Relocation Guide - 09/28/09 03:18 PM
Thinking of moving to Arizona? Email me for your free, no obligation Phoenix Relocation Guide. The Valley of the Sun is a wonderful place to live and this guide has information on Business & Economy, Education, Healthcare, Housing, Leisure, Active Adults, and Getting started.
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the chief peddler blog: 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.

the chief peddler blog: 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.

the chief peddler blog: 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?

the chief peddler blog: "Cause Something to Happen" - 09/04/09 05:22 AM
The 2009-2010 college football season is upon us with the opening games last night. One thing I believe we can take from college football is a saying on a sign that legendary Alabama Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant hung in his locker room. "Cause Something to Happen"
I read a blog about social networking and how many "old" school agents are still prospecting and refusing to learn and use new technology. Many sit around and reflect on the good old days and grouse about how nothing is happening for them.
It would be wise to use Coach Bryant's saying in our lives. Things sometimes … (4 comments)

the chief peddler blog: 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?

the chief peddler blog: Look into My Eyes - 09/03/09 06:11 AM
It has been said that communication is only complete when it has been "registered" by the receiver. How often do we communicate with our client or prospective client and what we say makes sense to us, but later we find the receiver did not understand what we meant? We might have used "industry" jargon or abbreviated words, like MLS.  
We are familiar with such terms and converse with other agents those in the business but those outside may be confused with the terms or process that is second nature to us. In those cases, the communication was not complete, as it … (5 comments)

the chief peddler blog: 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.

the chief peddler blog: Surprise or Secret Agent - 08/30/09 05:11 PM
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 … (4 comments)

the chief peddler blog: 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)

the chief peddler blog: The Fish Are Biting - 08/28/09 06:53 PM
For a fun fishing outing without a long drive, cast your line right here in Surprise, Arizona. The Surprise Lake, just between the County library, and the new tennis complex is stocked with a variety of fish and the limits are posted for your convenience.
Walk around the lovely lake or picnic at one of the large pavilions that surround the lush lawn and play ground for the kids. The entire Surprise Recreation Campus is 180 acres and is home to the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals the 5 acre fishing lake, a dog park Arizona's largest playground, the Aquatic Center and the region library.

the chief peddler blog: Tact & Courtesy - 08/28/09 06:39 AM
Someone once said, "The nearer one person is to another, the more necessary is tact and courtesy." As Real Estate Professionals we work closely with each other so tact and courtesy should be paramount in our dealings and relationships. It is so satisfying to work with an agent on a sale where communication is clear, concise, and timely and the transaction is completed in a win-win situation. On the other hand it is one of the most miserable experiences when there is no communication, tact or courteous behavior. Hopefully, more agents will realized it is to there advantage and professionalism to … (4 comments)

the chief peddler blog: 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.

the chief peddler blog: Special Moments - 08/18/09 03:36 PM
Emerald Isle North Carolina is a gorgeous place to vacation. Today, after viewing the North Carolina Aquarium, I stopped in a little country store to cool off with some refreshing ice cream. There was a sign that caught my eye - "We do not remember days; we remember moments." As I was having a terrific moment, I realized how true that sage advice was in my life.
There are special moments we will remember when dealing with clients. Do you remember when you passed your test and received your license, or your first sale or first listing? We get so caught up … (0 comments)


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