home: Happy Thanksgivings - 11/27/08 05:47 AM
                       H A P P Y   T H A N K S G I V I N G S !
This year has been far from Ordinary for me.  Among the Many, many instances that seem to want to "break" my spirits, there were just as many that caused Great Joy.  My New Year's Resolution is to drink more from the Glass of Great Joy and be in a state of Thanksgiving throughout the Year.
If your Glass is always Half Full, the Impossible starts to happen more often.

Buyers or Sellers, if you or … (7 comments)

home: Negotiator or Irritator - 10/14/08 02:58 PM
Ever received an Offer or Counteroffer that Ticked you off?
Well..... CUT THAT OUT!  
 A Skilled Negotiator never takes it personal.
One of the Greatest Services provided to a Client is the Art of Negotiations.  Being Combative is Rarely Effective. It also runs the risk of having the Seller or Buyer becoming less likely to budge on price and/or terms.
Some Agents believe in order to be a Good Negotiator, they need to be Standoffish, Argumentative or Confrontational. Not True.  If you Wouldn't respond Favorably to it, why Would Anyone Else? 
The main Focus is to protect the Client's Interests.  It's not in their Best Interests when your Personal feelings Dictate your Actions.  Stalling tactics, avoidance, and being … (32 comments)

home: Why Live in Richardson? - 10/01/08 02:48 PM
Richardson was ranked as the 18th best place to live in the United States by Money magazine. This ranked Richardson the 4th best place to live in Texas behind Round Rock, McKinney and Carrollton. 
Despite declining economies in other parts of the United States, Richardson has had Substantial Increases in its Economy in the past 3 years.  
- Highest concentration of high tech workers- University of Texas at Dallas - leading the nation in computer science degrees 
- DeVry University & ITT Technical Institute
- Major Employers include: Nortel, Countrywide Financial, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Verizon, AT&T Inc., Hewlett-Packard, … (13 comments)

home: The Best Way to Chase Away a Buyer - 09/30/08 11:15 AM
The Best Way to Chase Away a Buyer is To Keep Their Focus  A W A Y  From Your Home.
I contacted a FSBO with a client dying to purchase in the Neighborhood. 
The Tour was Horrible. The home reeked of musty Drapes and age-old soiled carpet. It was too Dark; Had no Comfortable Walking Space.  It was very cluttered with offensive items. Among them were Deer Heads, a Bronzed Panther Statue, fully equipped Gun Cabinet, and live but caged, Iguana and Python. 
The fact that the Home had Gorgeous Recent Updates and was in Excellent Condition meant Nothing.  It was being overshadowed by the many Negative Distractions. And Although … (17 comments)

home: Friends and Family Coping with Hurricane Ike - 09/24/08 06:28 AM
Today I Received a long awaited call from the last Family Member refusing to leave the Houston area during Hurricane Ike's devastating presence.  Surprisingly, like the rest of my Terribly Unwise Friends and Family choosing to stay, they were perfectly fine. Only mild Discomfort from the Electricity being out a few days and not trusting running water. Even then, they were given access to their fully powered office building.
The People I spoke to that refused to leave all said the same thing, "I didn't know it was going to be this bad." Talk about Adults needing a Spanking or Time-Out or Something.  I guess I can say what … (9 comments)

home: Is it Inappropriate for an Agent to Request a GFE? - 09/16/08 12:29 PM
Recently I've been searching for a Mortgage Broker and haven't found the Open-Arms reception I thought I should have.  Each time I call, it's for a specific home with an interested Homebuyer.  After providing all the details regarding the home and the FICO scores of my Buyer, I then request a GFE (Good Faith Estimate.)
Then the shuffle begins.  I've heard everything from, "I'll get back to you" to "Well, how much are you making in the deal" and everything resembling disgust in between. What I'm not hearing is the reason why an Agent requesting a GFE is Inappropriate or Taboo.
My usual … (72 comments)

home: The Wedding Invitation - 08/14/08 02:35 PM
Parents generally are overprotective when it comes to their Children.  Especially when we Know in our heart of hearts that something just isn't right with their prospective mates.  In this Mother's case, her suspicions have been confirmed for ALL to see.  The upcoming Holiday Season is sure to be Interesting.


Buyers or Sellers, if you or Someone you know, is Thinking of Buying or Selling a Home in Richardson or surrounding areas, give me a Call. Experienced Out-of-the-Box Thinking Realtor with Guaranteed Results. Richardson, Plano, Dallas, … (24 comments)

home: The Sweet Scent of a Sale - 07/28/08 01:51 PM
We've all walked through a Home where Smoke & Pet Odors, Rancid Hampers, Musty Carpet, and even some cooking smells have extremely limited our stay. Once you get it in your head that nothing's crawling on you, You start feeling like you need a bath and become so distracted, it's hard to keep up with the conversation. You can only hold your breath so long. You just want to GET OUT OF THERE!
Buying a home is still a very Personal and Emotional experience. From the moment a Home is entered, the Selling begins. The easier it is for Buyers to imagine themselves Living … (10 comments)

home: Just Because You Need a Break in Your Day - 07/26/08 03:05 PM
We all get in a hurry from time to time. Slow down. Don't let this happen to you.
For The 2007 Women Drivers Award 10th Place Goes to:9th Place Goes To:8th Place Goes To:7th Place Goes To:6th Place Goes To:5th Place Goes To:4th Place Goes To:The Bronze Medal Winner:The Silver Medal Winner:
Her helmet is being worn backwards..... and finally, here is our 2007 Women Drivers Awards*** Gold Medal Winner ***WOW ! ! How the heck...?!?Oh never mind... CONGRATULATIONS ! !This concludes the 2007   Women Drivers Awards Ceremony.Thank you to all contestants for giving us all a reason to laugh & … (13 comments)

home: Turning Other's Negatives into Your Positives - 07/24/08 06:41 PM
Everyday something happens that can cause your Clients time, convenience, or money. It's in those moments that opportunity presents itself for You to become Memorable and "Referral" worthy. 
Recently, stamps increased from .41 cents to .42 cents.  As usual, people are not too thrilled to stand in the postal lines for a book of .01 cent stamps.  So I will.  I send them out to all of my previous Clients and every one of them will contact me to send a brief thanks.  Some will even remember that "So and So" was talking about buying or selling.
Gas prices Encourages some to be … (14 comments)

home: Relocation Concerns - 07/15/08 06:21 PM
In a couple of years after my daughter's off to college, I plan to relocate to a less congested area outside the state of Texas.  Is practicing real estate in an unfamiliar area as difficult as I believe it to be?
In an area where I've spent most of my life, I love assisting Clients with great insight. From the best schools, golf courses, parks, waterfront properties, night life, etc... I can match a Client's needs with little effort down to the builder or style of home they seek. The public has access to tons of information with glorified descriptions however, nothing compares to KNOWING these things intimately. 

home: What Others Think About Our Profession (untouched) - 07/15/08 04:22 AM
 This is a little disheartening for me. 

The immediate problem here is agent incompetence. The bigger problem is that we have a system wherein anyone that can breathe can get a license. So, incompetency reigns supreme. What other industry has 1.5 million practitioners with only approx 1 million products (homes) to sell per year???? You do the math.Comment by Tom
Unfortunately, real estate agents, for the most part, have a very negative reputation. Deservedly so, because most DON’T do their job well. Especially the last 6-8 years, all you needed to be able to do was have a pulse … (7 comments)

home: An Old Classic - 07/13/08 03:06 PM
A Realty Salesperson had just closed on their first deal, only to discover the day after closing that the piece of land he had sold was completely under water.
"My client is going to come back here pretty mad," said the Salesperson to his boss. "Should I give him his money back?"
"Money back?" roared the boss. "What kind of Salesperson are you? Get out there and sell him a houseboat."

Buyers or Sellers, if you or Someone you know, is Thinking of Buying or Selling a Home in Richardson or surrounding areas, give me a Call. … (9 comments)

home: No Thank You Discount Brokers - 07/12/08 06:54 PM
I've been bombarded by email with invitations to join Discount Real Estate Brokerages. So I began calling them. I quickly found out what I suspected all along....that it wasn't for me. Their key recruiting tool is no prospecting for the agent. Their virtual office targets buyers and sellers by offering up to 2% cash rebates for using one of their agents. The buyers would search for their homes via Internet, visit the neighborhoods, and schedule an appointment to view only the properties they're interested in.  This sounds strangely familiar.  Oh yeah, my clients have always done this. 
The roles of the discount Agents are … (8 comments)

home: Newbie Just Wanting to Say Hello...so far - 07/11/08 01:29 PM
Hello All,
Tell me this forum is as great as I think it is. I've been on board for 1 day and already went through separation anxiety.  I love the helpful suggestions and tips offered. So any tips for getting the most from this site will be  g r e a t l y  appreciated. Thanks.
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