real living: Static investment... - 10/30/08 10:43 AM
Well it's that time of the year...Dues are Due... and you either wrote a check or put them on your credit card in order to maintain your status as an active Realtor... Whenever I pay $425 for anything I like to look for a direct benefit to increasing my business... Membership should have its privileges.  In this case, I consider this expense a static investment.   I am not downplaying the role of FAR, NAR, or ORRA... your membership plays an invaluable role to provide real estate practitioners the resources, education, tools, and guidance to make your individual business model a success. … (3 comments)

real living: What does it take to learn something new every day? - 05/06/08 01:35 PM
 
What about the rut?  Don't realtors do the same thing day in and day out...? Hell No!  6 months ago, I thought a short sale was any sale under $200,000... Now $200,000 could be my bread and butter for the next few years... I guess I could learn something new every day?  So why don't I? Well it's simple; I don't have the time... I have listings and sales plus buyers and sellers... fire and water...combined with 10 to 12 hours... and the day is gone.
I need to remember the value that I bring to the transaction...to the customers...to the families...to … (17 comments)

real living: What do you want to be when you grow up? - 04/25/08 05:47 AM
 
I grew up in a time of great role models, family dinner at 5pm and TV shows with happy endings.  Why do you think you were so sad watching Old Yella...? That's right we were accustomed to happy endings...  Today, TV is totally different, last night one episode:
5 murders'
Boyfriend in prison,
Pregnant girlfriend just had the prisoner's baby,
 She vows not to let the prisoner to see his son,
And, get this, the happy ending was $50,000 in blood money, hidden from the IRS, was going to find its way to the criminal's newborn... HUH?  What happened to Mayberry and Sheriff Andy Taylor? 
Until … (3 comments)

real living: Short Sale Rant... - 04/16/08 04:19 AM
 
Can you imagine just a few short months ago that banks were asking congress for permission to get into the real estate business...?  Based on how well they are currently managing their own business, I have to thank God; once in a while our representatives get things right.   And, what do you think about the 2008 version of a short sale?  What genius at the bank thought this one up?  Let's come up with a plan that sells for less than a foreclosure and takes 2 months to approve... whose idea was it to create a whole new market value lower … (17 comments)

real living: Rewards matter... - 04/10/08 05:31 AM
 
If you can find a "Vocation"  that is fun and rewarding, then "work" becomes an oxymoron...
Living in Florida for the past 10 years, we enjoyed the real estate market almost always trending upward.  I would describe our career as mostly fun and rewarding.  Over the past 18 months, we have witnessed the contraction of the real estate market, it's still fun but would you call it rewarding?
What is the difference between "Work" and "Vocation"...  to borrow a brief definition of both, work is the focus on completion of tasks and a vocation is work demanding of a special commitment...
Clear as … (6 comments)

real living: Rewards matter... - 04/10/08 05:30 AM
 
If you can find a "Vocation"  that is fun and rewarding, then "work" becomes an oxymoron...
Living in Florida for the past 10 years, we enjoyed the real estate market almost always trending upward.  I would describe our career as mostly fun and rewarding.  Over the past 18 months, we have witnessed the contraction of the real estate market, it's still fun but would you call it rewarding?
What is the difference between "Work" and "Vocation"...  to borrow a brief definition of both, work is the focus on completion of tasks and a vocation is work demanding of a special commitment...
Clear as … (0 comments)

real living: Qualify your customers.... - 04/02/08 12:54 AM
 
Why does the prospect of qualifying a buyer sound so uncomfortable?  Over the past 5 years, our involvement with regards to qualifying has been discouraged by lenders because they had programs that were so diverse that only a mortgage professional should get involved... So looking back...that didn't turn out so well? At least not so well for the 2 million folks marching toward foreclosure... As more money flowed into the secondary mortgage market, it wasn't about qualifying at all... It was about getting the deal done...  Everyone is partially to blame, the buyer's, the seller's, the agents, and the mortgage brokers.   … (4 comments)

real living: Building the very first Professional Real Estate Simulator...? - 03/18/08 11:31 PM
What a great idea...a Pilot has flight simulators, golfers have golf simulators, and even the army has combat simulators... I think after you decide to start your Real Estate career you should be able to plug in your "Wii" and see how you can actually do... Maybe we would have more productivity, higher Sales volumes, more Listings, leverage more investment properties or decide to open your own real estate office.  Either way, I can only let my imagination run wild because trial and error takes on a whole new meaning when you're not using live ammunition. .  And now with the … (10 comments)

real living: Eating the Fat Frog... - 03/12/08 11:59 PM
I borrowed this expression from one the excellent Real Living Brokers in North Carolina, Scott Hoyt.  It hit home to me...guilty as charged!  We occasionally avoid eating the "fat frog", so regardless of how successful you are, or think you are, we all lose focus on the most important pieces of our personal life and our professional life.  Since January 1st, I have had the taxes return paperwork strewn across my office floor waiting to be filed, I know it has to be done but I just don't like to do it.  Let's not even talk about my filing system... It's … (3 comments)

real living: Decent Proposal... - 03/04/08 11:16 PM
I just asked a group of hard working agents... if I wanted you to sell a home or generate an offer today and have it accepted by this Friday, could you do it? Nobody raised their hands... What if I paid 1 million dollars to get this job done, how many could do it? Or how many would die trying... Everyone's hands went up. The only difference was the reward...
The challenge was the same...
So let's frame this a bit different... I am telling you in advance, that one day next week, or one day next month or within the next few … (9 comments)

 
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