A Unique Way to Do New Year's Resolutions

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Good evening everyone-It is a New Year and this lady is a new blogger and it is her first post. Join me in welcoming her to Active Rain. Her name is Jennifer Halm and she has been a realtor for 20 years.  She lives in Great Falls and is originally from Texas.

Original content by Jennifer Halm

 Check out my article on a unique approach to New Year's Resolutions. If you would like to get my newsletter sent straight to your inbox, just give me shout jenniferhalm@cox.net.

January 2015
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with Jennifer Halm Real Estate Consultant   ♦   703-851-2255

On a Personal Note

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and I wish wish you a very Happy New Year!  I am very excited to kick off what looks to be a year of exciting growth for me both my personally and professionally. In 2015 I will celebrate 20 years of marriage, turn 50 and yikes, see my oldest graduate from high school and go off to college. My real estate business is set to grow exponentially in 2015 as well and I am so thankful for your support and referrals. Helping people with all aspects of real estate is my passion and I am very grateful to get to do what I love every single day.

I look forward to keeping up with you in the New Year! P.S. Check out the links below for some terrific opportunities in Old Town, McLean and Great Falls and stay tuned for details on a gorgeous upcoming listing in McLean that is perfect for multi-generational living. Best, Jennifer Two great buys in Old Town for under $600,000 Listings in Great Falls under $1,500,000 Listings in McLean Under $1,500,000
Jennifer Halm Real Estate Consultant McEnearney Associates www.jenniferhalm.com

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A Unique Way to Do New Year's Resolutions

I don't know about you, but I feel as though 2015 is going to be a time of growth and opportunity. The real estate market is climbing. The job market is robust. I am excited about doing things differently; starting with this New Year’s resolutions idea that I want to share with you: Instead of planning simple goals and resolutions, what if you imagine forward to the time when you are already at your goal, then you ask yourself how you got there? Instead of saying “I’m going to lose 20 pounds,” or “I’m going to start going on more dates with my spouse,” or “I’m going to start putting 10% of everything I make in savings,” imagine you are already there. Then ask yourself, “How did I get so thin?” “How did my spouse and I get so close and loving this year?” and “How did I get so prosperous?” This twist is what Noah St. John calls “afformations” in which he talks about turning affirmations on their head. When using this idea in goal setting, instead of affirming what we want in the future, we use the power of our inquisitive mind to picture the result and then ask how we got there. Our minds naturally seek an answer, and in that answer might lie a more certain path to our goal. So why not try it? Go ahead and reframe your New Year’s resolutions. Imagine you’ve already succeeded, and ask yourself, “How did I…?”

Thank You Friends and Clients  

Welcome to new clients and Thank You to friends who’ve trusted me with their referrals.I appreciate my wonderful friends and clients who thoughtfully introduce their friends, family and coworkers to me.
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A Wise Motto to Live By...

A queen called her advisers together and asked them to come up with a motto for the nation that would help her people in times of distress.“It must be short enough to be engraved on a ring. It must be as useful in prosperity as in adversity. It must be wise and true and endlessly enduring, words by which men and women could be guided all their lives.”The motto they chose: “This, too, shall pass.”

Free House Valuations for Selling

Wondering just how much money you can count on when you sell? I'll do a market analysis of your home's value, and provide a net profits sheet, showing you how much you'll take away after closing costs. Send me an email: jenniferhalm@cox.net Text or call me at:  703-851-2255

Is Winter a Good Time to Sell Your Home?

As a real estate agent, I’m often asked when is the best time to sell a home. The answer varies, so here are some timing tips that can save sellers a lot of money: We often hear the best time of the year to sell a house is in the spring.  Statistically speaking spring is the most popular time to put a home on the market.  The negative aspect to waiting until spring is you have increased competition. It is all about supply and demand. In the winter, there are fewer homes on the market and I am seeing the buyers that are out right now tend to be serious buyers. Right now in our market inventory is lower than it has been in over a year. Winter provides a  great opportunity for your home to stand out amongst the competition and get a jump on the spring market. Is there a best day of the week to list my home? Yes! The best day to list your house for sale is on a Thursday. It will be available right away for weekend showings and by Saturday — the most important day of the real-estate week — your house will have shown only two days. That’s important because the fewer days on market, the better chance the home will attract a full-price offer. Even if your house doesn’t sell by the next Saturday, it will still show only nine days on market, benefiting from the psychological advantage of a single-digit number.

January Quiz Question

If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
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A Penny Saved...

...is a penny earned. You might be interested to know that this old saying does not mean what it says. The saying implies that by keeping the penny, you are being wise. But the idea that you can earn money by saving it is backwards. You need to invest that penny to earn. Both saving and investing have their places in good financial planning. The trick is to both save some pennies and make others grow through wise investing. Perhaps the saying should be "A penny saved is a penny kept." Or perhaps "A penny invested is a penny earned."

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5 Things Sellers Do that Buyers Hate

If you want buyers’ hearts to beat faster when they see your home, avoid these five deadly mistakes that discourage buyers from offering. If you—or your friends or family—are planning to sell your home, email me now and ask for a copy of this report.
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Some Homes Take Forever to Sell...Don’t Let Yours Be One of Them


Sellers who list their houses in a hot market expect to get multiple offers. But when a house languishes without selling, even though plenty of buyers are looking, they must wonder what they—or their agents—are doing wrong. A home seller might not think their price is too high, their hallway too narrow, their bathroom configured wrong, or their location just outside of the "right" area.  But buyers are not looking at any one house in isolation. Instead, they are comparing it to others. In that light, many features of a home—even the price—can look less desirable than it would standing alone. The only way to know what’s wrong is to ask buyers for their input. My job as your listing agent is to get exact input from buyers about why they are not buying your home. Then I can help you compensate for those factors, if possible. Call me when you're ready to list your home so we can talk about how to market it in the best light possible. 703-851-2255
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