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Monday News You Can Use 11.29.2021

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Should you buy a house right now? YES according to this expert. 
 
 
 
Top ten takeaways from this year's NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers. Points 1 and 2 and 10 are a big change. 
                                                                                            

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Sometimes Old School works best 

Classic Planner 2021/2022
 
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Monday News You Can Use 11.22.2021

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Best Article on Zillow Offers going away
 
Housing market still strong - due to low inventory
 
Disturbing article on predominantly black neighborhoods - no easy answers but I know we can do better.  Awareness is the first step. Read this article.  It's long and enlightening. 
 
 
                                                                                            

Tech Tip

Look Better on Zoom Calls

 
 

This powerful little gadget helps me look like a PRO during online video calls -- in about 2 seconds! 

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Is Automation MAKING your business or KILLING it?

by Coach Donna Stott

I recently got an email with the Subject Line “AUTOMATE OR DIE.”
 
And I wanted to write back and say… “No… it’s OVER-AUTOMATE and ABSOLUTELY KILL YOUR BUSINESS.”
 
I believe Automation is MOSTLY costing you a ton of business and will give just a few examples of things you CAN automate and the COST of doing it. 
 
But before I start….
 
Here is another Proclamation:  
 
"ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU CAN AUTOMATE WOULD BE DONE BETTER... IF YOU DIDN’T."
 
OK… so here’s a shortlist:
 
Social Media Posts
Yes, you can Automate 100 ways… I use Keeping Current Matters social media automation ONLY for my business FB page, Twitter and Linked In. And I change the dates, times, and lead in/signature comments frequently…HOWEVER... If I post a good KCM article on my PERSONAL page (the one people actually read), I do it...
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What is a Goal?

By Coach Mike Stott

Most of us have created personal or professional goals: Some we have completed and celebrated; some we have had a sense of “so what” about, and others we have abandoned. Our view of goals may not conform to how you usually think about goals.  It’s useful to look at goals during this time of year as we ready ourselves for 2022.  Let’s look at what Dr. Maria Nemeth from the Academy of Coaching Excellence says about goals.

A powerful goal gives you an opportunity to demonstrate what has true meaning for you. Most of what you now consider to be goals are probably tasks or “to do’s.”

What is a goal? An area or object toward which play is directed in order to score.

  • A goal is an expression of one of your Life’s Intentions in physical reality.
  • A goal is a promise that you make to yourself that you really are going to do.
  • A goal isn’t an open-ended process: you complete it, rejoice, and go on to the next.
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Monday News You Can Use 11.15.2021

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Warren Buffett says this two-letter word is the key to success. READ HERE
 
Press on why Agents are vital - if you read one article this week - this is it! 
 
Rush to Refinance as rates drop. Send to all your past clients 
 
Another reason to buy -  rents rising rapidly. 
 
                                                                                            

Tech Tip

 

a Gimbel for your phone 
(cameras and video are movie quality now)

DJI OM 5 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer, 3-Axis Phone Gimbal, Built-In Extension Rod, Portable and Foldable, Android and iPhone Gimbal with ShotGuides, Vlogging Stabilizer, YouTube TikTok Video

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November warm fuzzy: You never know when what you say matters:

warm fuzzies Nov 09, 2021

You won’t find the name Eddie Mifflin in the baseball record books, but the little known baseball fan played a starring role in the creation of one of the sport’s most legendary storylines.  And CONGRATULATIONS to our WORLD SERIES WINNING BRAVES!!!!!!

Was he the most important and influential baseball fan in history?  I’ll let you decide…

The story begins in a Baltimore train station when Ted Williams was approached by a stranger. 

“You’re Ted Williams, right?” the fan asked.

 

“Yes.”

“Are you really planning to retire when this season is over?” 

Now, at the time, Williams was about to turn 36 years old.  He had missed most of the 1952 and 1953 seasons serving in Korea. 

As recounted by Mike Shatzkin, Ted’s life at that time had very clear personal preferences for Ted: “No weddings, no funerals, no ball games.” 

It was in the middle of that season that the...

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Monday News You Can Use 11.08.2021

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Quick video on the state of the market! 
 
Families are moving to extreme climates to be able to buy homes. 
 
In case you haven’t heard - Zillow’s giving up on buying homes. 
 
Three staging hacks to help you sell for more money.
 
                                                                                            

Tech Tip

 
 Buying a Refurbished Device

Buying a refurbished tech product will save you money compared to buying it new. It also gives a device a second life instead of sending it off to be recycled. And especially during these times when demand is high for all kinds of tech, buying refurbished is sometimes the only...
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7 Tips to Achieve Your Goals

by Coach Mike Stott

Our definition of Success is doing what you said you would do, consistently, with clarity focus ease, and grace.  (Thanks to Dr. Maria Nemeth from the Academy of Coaching Excellence.)

Here are 7 Tips to think about that may help you reach your goals.

1)    Forget about perfection.  Be gentle with yourself and know that life is unpredictable.  Unexpected things will happen. When they do – take a step back and look at what happened and ask yourself will this stop me from achieving my goal? If it doesn’t then adapt and move forward.  The goal is consistency, not perfection.

2)    Learn from Failures.  There is beauty in failure because it can often reveal what could be done better.  Failing is proof of your efforts.  If you can see failure as a gift and an opportunity to learn you may find yourself wishing to fail faster!

3)    Take small sweet steps! ...

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Monday News You Can Use 11.01.2021

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Bad Press for our industry - commission scam lands a federal lawsuit. 

Wow! Very biased article - I like teams but he’s stretching. 

Is Chicago going to be underwater?

Rents Surging - why do higher prices affect renters more than buyers? It is because buyers pay principal and interest and are leveraged.  For example, if homes rise 10% in value from $400,000 to $440,000 the principal and interest payment (at 3 years and 3% interest) goes up $168 but $2000 rents rising 10% is $200 a month more. 

                                                                                            

Tech Tip

Gas Buddy 
Save $$$ on gas!
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Monday News You Can Use 10.25.2021

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3 Ways to get into the housing game
 
 
In Case you haven’t heard: Zillow stops buying homes for at least three month. 
 
Foreclosures coming?
                                                                                            

Tech Tip

Need an Umbrella or No?
Try this App - DarkSky

Dark Sky offers hyperlocal weather information. With down-to-the-minute forecasts, you’ll know exactly when the rain will start or stop — right where you’re standing. (It’s like magic.)

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