northwest indiana: Superbowl Sunday - 02/06/11 12:54 AM
Well it is superbowl sunday.  I am not a huge football fan I used to be but have found that weekends are the best time to show property.  Before I became an agent I never missed a football game on Sunday flipping from one channel to the next to catch parts of the other games.
 

I used to be able to tell you which players played what and what their stats were.  Superbowl was a party for me and I looked forward to it every year. Now I have a superbowl of my own the challenge I give myself … (2 comments)

northwest indiana: How Do You Keep Up with it All? - 02/05/11 04:22 PM
I love blogging on activerain but when it comes to my facebook, twitter and linked in it can all become so overwhelming.  So I ran across this great thing called hootsuite.  It is a one stop shop (and free) for managing all of these. 
The great part of hootsuite is on twitter you can make a column for search words like "buying a home" "moving to (whatever state).  I usually type in moving to Indiana search and then when their posts come up I tweet back where in Indiana? If it is in Northwest Indiana let me know if I can … (11 comments)

northwest indiana: Day 31 Oh What Fun!!! - 01/31/11 02:00 PM
I have really enjoyed this 31 day challenge although I may have caused another problem for myself.  Yes I am addicted.  I am checking the blog posts almost as much my facebook.  This can not be good as my husband already questions how I can be on the computer so long.
I have enjoyed some of the controversial posts such as the ones that ask about handing out your cell phone number and other such as one about  how wonderful a customer can or can't be.  It is amazing how much you can associate your experience with everyone else out there.
So … (3 comments)

northwest indiana: REAL ESTATE BRANDS? Do You Think They Matter? - 01/31/11 01:40 PM
I have been thinking a lot about this lately as I have been reading about the different companies and their financial problems.  Locally we have seen a lot of different companies closing branches and I wondered do brands matter?
 

I got into this discussion recently with a few other agents and of course if you talk to an agent working for a no name brand office they have the best situation and if you speak with a name brand agent they sell their houses because of the name brand.  So I am curious with the internet being where most … (3 comments)

northwest indiana: Hump Day! - 01/26/11 01:52 PM
     Well it is Wednesday and it has been a crazy week.  I am already exhausted and haven't even hit the weekend yet.  I have been showing, writing offers, counter offers, scheduling appraisals, and inspections.  I really love this business but this week is catching up to me as I have been going from 8 am and getting home at 9pm since last Friday.  Tomorrow will be no different as I have to run to the next county tomorrow night and pick up an earnest money check.
 

    
 I was concerned in December when it was a little slower and things … (2 comments)

northwest indiana: January Has Been a Great Month so Far! - 01/24/11 01:20 PM
Busy! Busy! Busy! This month has been incredibly busy and I can tell you now last January was not like this.  I usually carry between 10-15 listings and I am going to have to go out and reload. Thats right I am getting offers and showings left and right. 
    So what do I attribute to this wonderful windfall of customers the mortgage rates have been moving a little and I think that is making some people nervous.  I also have some rentals and when people call I always ask why are you thinking about renting?  If they say there credit … (2 comments)

northwest indiana: OK So Another Disappointing Sunday? - 01/23/11 10:34 AM
     I wasn't going to do it I was going to watch anything but the game some how the remote flipped it on and there  sat yelling at the television and wishing I wasn't watching the slow death of the Chicago Bears.  I want you to know I am one of the few people that still have the superbowl shuffle on 45.  I know I live in Indiana and we have the Indianapolis Colts but the area of Indiana that I am in is Bear country. 
    Well we are off to the next season and we are White Sox fans at … (3 comments)

northwest indiana: Pending??? Or Not??? - 01/22/11 07:08 AM
     Today I had a buyer i have been working with call me they found a house on one of the websites and absolutely love it and want to see it.  I looked it up on the MLS and it said pending I called the customer and let them know that the status is pending and I will send them some more homes.
     As I sat there scanning through the MLS and looking at what I have notice attracts them I ran across that same house and picked up the cell and called the agent.  I said I know that … (4 comments)

northwest indiana: Lake Station Hometown Hero Wounded in Action Soldier - 01/22/11 02:26 AM
     John Masson was wounded October 16. 2010 he sacrificed 3 of his extremities for our freedom.  He has a wife and three children.  He proudly served for 11 years in the armed forces. 
     John was employed with Precoat metals in Portage before joining the national guard. Both he and his wife graduated from Edison High School in Lake Station. 
    Please visit his webpage and read more about this hometown hero http://www.johnmasson.com/ the loacl American Legion in Lake Station is doing a benefit for this man and his family he will have quite a struggle ahead of him however John said … (1 comments)

northwest indiana: Didn't Get Much Accomplished Today.... - 01/21/11 01:17 PM
     Well I was in the office all day and I didn't get much accomplished but sometimes that is ok.  It started out quiet and just went from there.  I was happily typing away on the computer when it suddenly got loud around the office.  Well, that is kind of weird as I peeked around the corner.  Normally finding an agent in the office on a Friday is an oddity. So as I peek around the corner of my office I see two agents walking down the hall laughing and I could hear more out front. 
It seemed like the entire office … (3 comments)

northwest indiana: Bank of America Short Sale Process - 01/20/11 11:10 AM
     Today I watched the webinar on the "new" short sale process and have to say in theory I pray that it works the way they say it will.  I have not worked a Bank of America short sale as of yet and have heard the usual horror stories.  I have worked Chase and in my opinion there is none worse.  There is not another that I have done that can even compare with Chase.  Wells Fargo is my favorite so far. 
    But back to the webinar I have to say I was truly impressed that they are at least making … (1 comments)

northwest indiana: Learning a New Language - 01/19/11 02:14 PM
     OK so I have been eying the Rosetta Stone programs and wow are they expensive but I hear totally worth it.  I was in Staples today picking up some items with my husband tonight and as I walked past the display and ran my hand over the top of the box and all but drooled on it my husband looked at the box.  I heard this gasp and I turned around  and looked and he says just so you know for almost eight hundred dollars I better not hear you even mutter one word of English ever again. I said … (3 comments)

northwest indiana: Short Sale Issues? - 01/19/11 01:36 AM
     So yesterday as we were sitting at a company meeting another agent brought up a huge problem that he was having with his short sales.  The home owners who at first were trying to keep their home out of foreclosure are no longer motivated to get their home sold short.
     Why would they be?  The bank is not throwing them out on the street. The are getting free rent and they know that if the house sells they will have to start paying monthly rent.  So how does agent get those sellers to do the price changes necessary to … (3 comments)

northwest indiana: Working in the Office or Working From Home? - 01/18/11 01:43 PM
     OK so I am definitely more dedicated when I am working in the office.  I need to be sitting at the desk working to make any kind of progress.  If I am at home I find a million other things going on to distract me.  I know alot of people are able to do the home thing and honestly at night while sitting on the couch with my laptop I can do great things with blogging and putting my listings on craigslist. I can even get my zing dings done. Working expireds and follow ups definitely have to be at … (8 comments)

northwest indiana: The Tools Confusion! - 01/16/11 11:13 AM
     Every day I receive in my inbox email after email.  Lead generation for x amount of dollars. Leads to your phone for x amount of  dollars.  QR code information for x amount of dollars.  How to get buyers to call you for x amount of dollars.  You as a real estate agent I am sure are getting emails like this. 
     Sorting it all out! What a nightmare a new agent could lose more money then they make in the first year.  As you look at all the pay only 19.95 a month for this virtual tour company and that photo … (5 comments)

northwest indiana: Todays Phone Call - 01/10/11 03:43 PM
     Hi I need some information and I hoping you can help me I respond with not sure but I will try. She then says they have been doing some remodeling around the house and wanted to know about some questions about making improvements that would affect the price of the home. 
   She then tells me that her husband and her are planning on selling within two years and she wanted to know if she should get stainless steel appliances for the kitchen.  I said tell me what it is that you have completed in the home to update it. She … (6 comments)

northwest indiana: Touching the Lives of Others Everyday - 01/09/11 11:25 AM
     As I watched on the news about the shooting in AZ today I thought alot about how people interact on a day to day basis.  You see there can be two hundred people in a grocery store and as we walk through do you ever wonder how if any way your life will interact with any of them.  The child that runs in front of your cart.  The elderly man that you get upset at because he has his cart sideways in the aisle blocking both directions? Or how about that mom screaming at her child that you just looked … (0 comments)

northwest indiana: Social Networking Pet Peeves!!!! - 01/08/11 02:19 AM
Ok so we all have facebook pages and possibly a number of other social media tools like twitter, linked in etc... My post today will address mostly the facebook page today.  I have alot of real estate friends on my facebook page for the most part they are really good discussing holidays, kids, family, news and events. 
Now to the pet peeves it seems to start slowly one or two listings posted on facebook then they start posting five and ten in a row. The next thing you see is a not so subtle call me I am the best agent post.  I … (3 comments)

northwest indiana: I Love Short Sales! - 01/07/11 11:47 AM
Ok I know most of you are going to think I am insane but I love short sales.  I am not sure whether it is the challenge of them or what but my blood starts pumping when the phone rings and it is a short sale.
However, I do wish that these banks would get their act together for example I have a short sale in Burns Harbor, Indiana and I have spoke with the bank several times and have received email from them yet when I called yesterday they tell me they do not have an authorization for me to … (2 comments)

northwest indiana: New Home Buyer Just When You Think You Covered Everything! - 01/06/11 10:34 AM
So I get a phone call a month ago from a lady and she and her boyfriend want to buy a house I have listed. Naturally step one was to get them qualified.  She called me back and said unfortunately they were just shy of being able to get a loan.
She then tells me that they really want this home that I have listed and they were going to get their credit right and that the loan officer said it should be fine by the next month if they do these few things.
Three days ago this customer called me and … (1 comments)

 
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