Reading Has Gone to the Dogs

Reading Has Gone to the Dogs

Did you know that reading has gone to the dogs? Well, it has! In many places, dogs* and their handlers visit schools and libraries and other places to encourage children to read. These programs give the children a safe and fun place to read out loud - the dogs don't care if the reader stumbles or stutters or takes a long time to sound out a word, and they will never ever correct their pronunciation**. It's all about the opportunity to read aloud in a judgement-free environment and, most of all, having fun reading.

Read More

Start-Up Stuff - Puzzling the Pieces Together

Start-Up Stuff - Puzzling the Pieces Together

This time between passing the state and national exams and hanging my license with a broker is moving more slowly than I'd like. It has, however, given me lots of time to get lots of puzzle pieces into place so I can hit the ground running once we have the funds available (or I adopt a rich uncle then get him to write me into his will then kill him off, or win the lottery, or whatever). I started this blog just thinking in type and intending to save it as a draft for my own reference later. Then got to thinking this might be of interest to other newbies, and other people might be able to point out things I'm missing and/or might want to consider. 

To start, I believe I'll have to do business as "me" and show my association to the brokerage on my main website, business cards, and signs as these are branding items. If they allow personal co-branding while associated, or later when I become an independent broker, I'll be promoting my real estate services as SpinOne Group so I'm getting all that set up now too.

Read More

The Other Numbers Game

The Other Numbers Game

When you start learning about becoming a real estate agent, you hear a lot of "it's a numbers game". That saying gets old pretty quickly, especially (for me at least) since it's usually tied to "so then to get to X number of closings you must then cold-call X*Y*Z number of people". I have a different numbers game for you today.

It's a fun one I think - how to find the number of dollars I could expect to walk away with after a transaction.

Read More

Broken Impression

Broken Impression

Many many times over the past few months I've gone to my soon-to-be broker's website, poking around for answers to this or that question which could potentially be answered by publically available information. One of the topics I've been researching is how agents who are affiliated with a broker's office brand their own real estate websites. 

Read More

The Auto Mechanic's Car

The Auto Mechanic's Car

Have you ever heard the saying that the car in the worst shape belongs to the auto mechanic? I have. {Ummm, of course I have, why else would I write it. C'mon coffee, kick in already!} For those who haven't, it means that because a mechanic might spend so much time working on other cars they don't have the time, or sometimes the inclination, to work on their own. So their car often seems to be in the worst shape. As I  look around our house mentally tallying up the things I'd suggest to us if we were going to put it on the market, I wonder if it's a case of the "auto mechanic's car".

Read More

What are your favorite tips for running a business?

What are your favorite tips for running a business?

This guy's a bit, hmmm, different in his presentation style, but by the end of the first run through I kind of enjoyed the quirkiness. Turns out he's a public relations director *and* a part-time stand-up comedian. Who's the guy? Dillon Wilson of Social Media Top Team.

The presentation is "10 Fast Tips to Grow Your Small Business" (a.k.a. "10 Commandments of Speed" for some reason) and I was watching it because of a business course I'm taking.

Read More

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #5: Wear Comfortable Clothing

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #5: Wear Comfortable Clothing

Have you been following our open house tour? Are you going on an open house tour of your own? If so, please dress comfortably! My open house tour lessons learned #5: wear comfortable clothing! By the time we reached the 4th house, my semi-new flats were chewing into the big toe on my left foot. I put a band-aid on the toe before we went in and that helped alleviate the discomfort, but I was sure wishing I'd just worn my regular shoes. Heck, I even wore riding/hiking boots at my wedding, what the heck was I thinking to not be wearing them on our 10-house trek?!

Read More

(Inspired By ... ) Infographics

(Inspired By ... ) Infographics

Inspired by David Gibson's ActiveRain post, Are you using info-graphics in your listing presentation? (I'd link the article, but it's not publically-accessible so that would just be mean), along with a touch of tongue-in-cheek frivolity, I went off in search of an infographic on the effectiveness of infographics. Low and behold I found this beauty by Market Domination Media right off the bat.

Read More

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #3: Know Your Technology, Part 2

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #3: Know Your Technology, Part 2

This is the third in a series of lessons learned from an open house tour I embarked on one Sunday with my husband as my stand-in client. I invite you to go back and read #1 and #2 if you missed them or if you just want a fun(?) refresher. I learned two lessons before I even made it out the door, but there I was, open house list in hand, Realtor.com app on my phone - logged in and everything! - and the route loaded onto MapQuest also on my phone, opened and verified to be working. We actually, finally, made it into the muddy Jeep, got settled in, turned up the volume for the routing, and took off down the road.

Read More

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #2: Know Your Technology, Part 1

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #2: Know Your Technology, Part 1

We left our Open House Tour Lessons Learned saga headed out the door, eager and ready to start on our way. Turns out, we weren't, well I wasn't, quite ready. While prepping the houses to tour, I'd marked each one as a favorite on Realtor.com thinking to pull them up on the smartphone app as we wished to view data.  "Easy enough," I thought, "just download the app and go." Downloaded. Gone.

Almost.

Read More

Why Service, At Your Service, Real Estate Services?

Why Service, At Your Service, Real Estate Services?

Why "Service", "At Your Service", "Real Estate Services"? First and foremost I will not be in salesWhen people think of the real estate profession, the sad truth is that many think "sales" often followed by "pushy", "cold calls", and even "harass". These are not terms with which I wish to be associated. Those who know me know those concepts are also not a fit for my personality type. I'm an introvert and I absolutely do not push myself on people. I often wonder why my smartphone has a phone component. What the heck is that for anyway?! I generally prefer staying home to going out into large groups of people. I tend to observe and enjoy more than interact. (BTW: I am not shy. So please, don't get me started on the introversion vs. shyness rant.)  I do not do unto others that which I would not want done unto me. This rules out, for me, the following "old school" mainstays of the profession:

Read More

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #1: Allow Plenty of Time to Plan Showing Routings

Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #1: Allow Plenty of Time to Plan Showing Routings

This past Sunday I was up at 6 am. "Ugh," you say? "Slept in," I say! For my day job (yes, yes, I'm going to be one of those dreaded "part-time real estate agents" for several years) I typically start work around 4am, so sleeping in until 6 is a real luxury.

Anyhoo, hubby had agreed to view some open houses with me and all I had to do was pick out the ones I wanted to see. I sat down for some quality time with Realtor.com to find open houses in our area in the price ranges I wanted. From my prior research, I'd learned that the median home price in my area runs about 300K.

Read More