Leaders set the pace!

Life is good.  It’s been a tough year and a touch winter, but the spring and summer is here!!

In the world of sales, or small businesses we are constantly surrounded by a myriad of people.  Many lately, have nothing but negatively to spew on everyone they come in contact with.  Yes, its been a tough year and a tough winter, but let’s put it into perspective.

I have been listening to the Success Magazine Symposium speakers from last years event.  What some amazing leaders!  I was especially intrigued by some of the stories John Addison told.  He talks about leaders -vs- “ExcuseAholics.”  We need to lead those around us through these tough times.  Things will get better!  He relays a story from a biography about Andrew Jackson.

When Andrew Jackson was President, there was the 1837 Banking Crisis that hit America.  The Louisiana Purchase just went through and there were a lot of people out west speculating in land.  Many deals and flips were taking place.  Well, this caused the banks to go broke.  One newspapers headline was, “The End of Banking in America…”

Well, a lot of great things have happened since then.  Let’s start dreaming, innovating and looking to what we can do and those lives we can change and be the leader in your world and with everyone you come in contact with on a daily basis.  Like The Beautiful Mind say, “Feed your Dreams and Starve your Nightmares!” Learn to Dream again and laugh and inspire.  These are my goals for 2010, what are yours?

So, this video is a toast to a happy, healthier, inspired you!  Enjoy!

Foreclosure or Short Sale?

Many people are feeling the impacts of the shrinking economy.  This is translating to many Americans as losing their homes.  As real estate professionals, we need to educate and consult with our clients into understanding their options and opportunities to remedy a seemingly destitute situation. 

So, the question is then, do we Short Sale or Foreclosure?  Short Sales are a lot of work and a long process, but the end result from there is an easier path for people to move forward and possibly own a home again.  Foreclosure is much more destructive and mentally damaging long-term.  Take for example, Terry Hoskins from Moscow Ohio, who decided rather than let the bank foreclose on his home, he decided to bulldoze it down completely . . . 

“Frustrated Owner Bulldozes Home Ahead Of Foreclosure – Man Says Actions Intended To Send Message To Banks.”  WLWT channel 5 news in Cincinnatti reported this story.  “Like many people, Terry Hoskins has had troubles with his bank. But his solution to foreclosure might be unique. ‘When I see I owe $160,000 on a home valued at $350,000, and someone decides they want to take it – no, I wasn’t going to stand for that, so I took it down,’ Hoskins said.”  (Read entire story)

I think that a lot of times, consumers don’t really know or understand the options they have today.  The real estate industry is constantly changing and all the programs and regulations associated with homeownership is in constant flux as well.  Bringing knowledge and help to our neighbors is what we do best in real estate, and most rewarding. 

Many national sources are showing signs of improvement of  real estate sales.  Banks and mortgage providers are also showing some signs of softening or at least a light at the end of the tunnel. 

The Los Angeles Times reported, “Short sales grow as a cheaper alternative to foreclosure.  Banks’ resistance to the tricky transactions is softening as the number of distressed properties increases.  With more Americans losing jobs and missing mortgage payments, banks and investors increasingly are agreeing to short sales as a less costly alternative to foreclosure.

Short sales approved by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which own 57% of U.S. mortgages, nearly quadrupled in the first nine months of 2009 compared with the same period in 2008. At the nation’s largest mortgage servicers, short sales soared 165% to 74,513 in the first nine months of 2009 from the year-earlier period.” (Read More)

Real Estate Professionals have such an opportunity right now to help their neighbors and communities.  Giving people hope and peace of mind in a world of such turmoil and uncertainty is a blessing.   Realtors, remember how valuable you are and take that knowledge and bring it to your friends and clients.

Title Princess “Techie Talk”

I am launching my Title Princess ~ “Techie Talk” this year.  With the goal of helping my clients and followers optimize their social media marketing footprint.  Information overload is so common these days in our business world, so my job is to help you sift through all this information quicker and more efficiently.  I hope to find and post the best tips and tools of the trade that I think will be useful to you in your business.  We are moving at the speed of light in our new business world, so grab on, hold on, and enjoy the ride!!

This month who better to start our year off with valuable social media tips than Mashable.  I don’t know what it is about the number 10, but we seem to listen when ever we see “Top Ten” lists… so here is another one to ponder.  “The 10 Stages of Social Media Business Integration.”

1. Observe & Report
2. Setting the Stage + Dress Rehearsal
3. Socializing Media
4. Finding a Voice and a Sense of Purpose
5. Finding a Voice and a Sense of Purpose
6. Humanizing the Brand and Defining the Experience
7. Community
8. Social Darwinism
9. The Socialization of Business Processes
10. Business Performance Metrics

(read more here)

Wow! Firestorm . . .

firestorm

I had no idea what a firestorm of controversy and comments I would get from my last post!!  Unfortunately for our industry, slanderous articles and opinion pieces by some of the largest news organizations across the nation continually allow articles like these for their front/top news.  We are constantly having to fight this everyday.  I strongly believe that the more knowledgeable we are and professional in knowing how to combat this exact kind of mentality, the better equipped we will be and in turn the better perceived we will be as well. 

The fact is that I was alarmed by the piece!  When I said “I found a great article,” I was stating that sarcastically.  Realtors are some of the hardest working, selfless people I know!  People absolutely need Real Estate Brokers to help them buy or sell their homes!  This is one of the most complex and emotionally vested transactions most people will ever make in their lives!!  Professional realtors are the people who make it all happen and for dreams to come through for the average American family!  Truly!! 

So, we are a profession that is so undervalued and stomped on.  But if we can have this knowledge, yet not feed into the energy of the negativity, but be consistent and steadfast in advocating professionalism, then maybe, just maybe we can slowly change this perception. I guess this is a great lesson for all of us.  Perception plays such a huge role in our world!  Be cautious and sincere in your quest to help others be better than they were yesterday!  I just recently finished a book that helps keep us moving forward in a positive, steadfast light.  It is called “The Angel Inside,” by Chris Widener, which retells some experiences through Michelangelo’s life.  I highly recommend it.  So keep this thought in mind as you go through your day,

“Every person has this tremendous capacity to be both king and warrior, a person of value and a person of accomplishment – of beauty and power.  There is an angel in all of us.  This day will forever change your life.”

10 things your Real Estate broker won’t say . . .

 

BEWARE!!

BEWARE!!

How apropos for this upcoming holiday season. . . I saw this great article on MSN’s Real Estate website today.  I think this is important for all my clients and real estate friends to be aware of, and make sure you aren’t one of these they talk about. 

Here are the 10 to keep in mind:

1~ “Your open house is really just a networking party for me.”

2~ “My fees are negotiable.”

3~”Think you’ve had no offers? Actually, there have been several.”

4~”I’m not obligated to keep my mouth shut for you.”

5~”Sometimes I forget whose side I’m on.”

6~”I know zilch about zoning.”

7~”I won’t let termites — or pesky inspectors — kill a deal.”

8~”I sometimes forget I’m not a lawyer.”

9~”My Web site is a dead end.”

10~”You can probably do this without me.”

(to Read full article click here…)

It is alarming to me that MSN would post such a skewed and such a blatantly untrue article!  Real Estate professionals are some of the hardest working professionals out there that get beat up on time and time again in the mainstream media.  The fact is, people need realtors to sell their homes… bottom line.  So, let’s prove to our communities that we are specialists in our field, with knowledge and a high level of  professionalism.  Don’t let ignorant media define your business.

Murphy’s Law in Real Estate

Really . . . ?

Really . . . ?

 

I just am convinced that its Murphy’s Law working in my life the past few weeks!  The pattern of events that has affected my personal life is too intertwined with my business life.  On July 20th, a massive, almost tornado came through our neighborhood, and our house was greatly affected.  A lot of damage  was done and we are now looking at around 18k in repairs to our house and cars.  We were fortunate, however, and were featured on CBS 4 Denver news a few nights later.  Which by the way, was my girls “Best night ever,” they said when watching the live broadcast that night on our front lawn.  So, we are officially famous here in Denver!  Check out the clip: http://www.cbs4denver.com/video/?id=60164@kcnc.dayport.com

Now after all the insurance claims and adjusters and contractors appointments we finally get the estimates done on our house and wait patiently for our check to start the repairs.  We got it a few days ago.  Well, yesterday, this bomb hit!  “News Release – Taylor Bean & Whittaker Mortgage company (who happens to house our mortgage) unexpectedly shut down operation and close their doors.  Out of Business.(The official news release is posted in my box.net)  So, who knows when we will be able to get the insurance check to them to approve the work to begin on our house. 

It’s so Murphy’s Law!  And I must say, that honestly I have not been too affected by all these turn of events.  Life is still amazing and good!  And the news video showcasing my sweet angel baby is now for the memory books.

life-is-good

The start of a new day!

Today I start my own personal blog about my life and business experiences in the Title & Sales Industry.  I am the Director of Business Development for a Title Company in the Denver/Metro area.  Relationships and growing and learning together is a core element of my role as a title account manager.  However, life is life and hopefully we can laugh and relax along the way of personal growth our the development of business relationships.  So Today, I start my new life as the “Title Princess!” 

Title Insurance is a complicated industry!  With the emergence of social media onto the business forum in almost every industry, we are too adjusting to this new venue of connecting and reaching out to our target markets.  Providing knowledge and mentorship in this vast new sea online is where I can guide you through the rough waters in marketing on these platforms. Check out all my upcoming social media classes and workshops!  So, thanks for following!!