Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello all,

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Wishing everyone and their families a Happy Thanksgiving. Lot's of things to be thankful for but especially your family that you will be spending time with to celebrate. Enjoy the holiday!

Don't forget to sign up for the holiday party on 12/5 6pm at Lakewood Country Club. This is a wonderful event and a great opportunity to spend time with our Remax Town Center Family. Here is the link to sign up.

FYI- The offices will close at Noon on Wednesday so staff can get an early start on the holiday.

Enjoy the coffee,

Monday Morning Coffee


"People fail forward to success."

~ Mary Kay Ash


It's been observed that although experience can be the best teacher, you get it by taking the exam before you've actually taken the course!

Quite expectedly, many of us don't perform well initially when attempting something new. While there is such a thing as a "natural talent" in just about any field of endeavor, it's probably safe to assume that most people working (or playing) at anything, from the practice of law to the game of tennis, have a long road behind them paved with what they considered (at the time) to be failures.

Every experience we have, however, should be a learning process. And our so-called "failures" are in fact the “experiences” from which we learn the most. Early on in life, the way we gain our sense of balance is from falling down when we first attempt to walk. Every fall, every "failure," eventually led to success.

It's a rare individual who does well in his or her first attempt at anything. Despite Yoda's philosophy in the Star Wars saga that "there is no try; there is only do," most of us ending up "doing" after repeated attempts at "trying." Eventually, we “do” manage to succeed.

So perhaps what Yoda was saying, after all, is that when we finally achieve our goals, it's only the end result that matters - because of everything we previously considered, failure simply becomes part of the process of success. Then we have indeed "failed forward!"

Monday, November 17, 2014


Hello all,


Please believe me when I say that hate to write this email as much as you hate to get it, but it is what it is. In order for you to be a Real Estate Agent in our offices you need to be a member of GCAAR or FCAR, the bills are out and the late fees start to hit on 12/1. We will be checking the list through out December to make sure everyone has paid. The reason you have to be a member and why we check is I am on the hook financially for anyone who has not paid after 12/31 and that is not an option. If you have any questions please let me know.

Enjoy the coffee,

Monday Morning Coffee
"Let us then be up and doing
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait." 
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
You may have noticed that towards the end of summer your energy level begins to sag. Depending on the heat level in your area, your tendency to accomplish less may be obvious or even quite subtle. Nevertheless, when that first fresh breath of autumn passes through, drying up the humidity, you suddenly feel rejuvenated. Your energy returns, your objectives come back into focus, and you're back on track. 
What a great time of year to formulate some positive autumn resolutions - to literally "turn over a new leaf." In a 1949 issue of "Good Housekeeping," an author notes that we make negative resolutions in January, i.e. "lose" weight, "quit" smoking, etc. - and we do it at a time when we are "worn out in spirit, body, and pocketbook, and have no real urge to do anything but rest." 
So - why not use October's entrance into the new season as your excuse to formulate some new goals? Instead of concentrating on the negatives (as in January), take some time alone to work on the positives you want to invite into your life. It can include everything from simple joys of time with family and loved ones to a complex plan to pump up the production level of your business. 
Best of all, you won't be distracted by blaring horns, confetti, or a Champagne hangover. In fact, there's no need to share your revitalized outlook with anyone. Work quietly, think outside the box, and plant some new seeds for future growth. Happy "New Year!" 
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Office Numbers

Hello all,

"Office Numbers"

Well our little company continues to grow as it has every year since we started. Very proud to say that because not many Real Estate Companies can! In 2013 the three offices did a combined 370M in volume. We crossed the 370M mark at the end of October this year and should end the year around 425M. So thankful for all of you and to be a part of this amazing run. Many more great things to come for all of us and looking forward to an even better 2015.

Enjoy the coffee,

Monday Morning Coffee
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." 
~ Henry David Thoreau
"Follow the yellow brick road," sang Dorothy and her unusual entourage in The Wizard of Oz, as they marched toward the Emerald City. The road was clear and their direction set. What they didn't know was that the good witch and the joyful munchkins had sent them down a road leading to a wanna-be fake wizard behind a curtain.
Have you ever had friends or family direct you to take a "yellow brick road" of their imagining? If you blindly followed their advice, you may have ended up in your own Emerald City of disappointment. The truth is that you have the power to create and follow a yellow brick road of your own, one that leads to the realization of your dreams.
The hard part is that YOU must also lay the paving stones of that road. You must first decide on a destination, and then be certain that each brick faces in that direction. Along the way, you may be distracted by winged monkeys or a wicked witch of your own making. If you succumb to those distractions, you may look back to find that your paving stones are uneven and lead in the wrong direction.
Only by having your destination clearly in mind will you arrive unscathed by life's many dead-ends and hairpin twists and turns. You must also be committed to the work involved - choosing only the right bricks, having the patience and perseverance to lay them straight, and the strength to avoid life's temptations as you work.
In the words of Thoreau - "If you have built castles in the air . . . "

Monday, November 3, 2014

Marketing Focus

Hello all,

"Marketing Focus"

Before you decide on your 2015 marketing plan/budget a couple of thoughts. First, don't be this guy...

Second, I heard a couple of stats about the market that got me thinking a bit. In normal years investors make up 20% of the market, so far this year it is 12%. First time home buyers usually make up 40% of the market and this year it is 19%. The investor part is easy, foreclosures and short sales are fading fast so a lot of the value for investors have left the market. The first time home buyer number is tougher to swallow. New rules passed about two weeks ago which will make it easier for new buyers to come into the market but it is a year off.

So where should we focus are marketing dollars in 2015? In my opinion it is with move up buyers. I would focus on a farm of townhouses ranging from $250.000-$400,000 and start working it hard, and harder, and harder... you get two sell and buys out of it that's 1.5M-2.0M in volume. Not a bad return on the investment. 
Enjoy the coffee,

Sorry-It's a repeat. 

"You've failed many times, although you may not remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn't you? Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot. R.H. Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on. English novelist John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he published 564 books. Babe Ruth struck out 1,330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs. Don't worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try." 
~ Full-page ad published in the Wall Street Journal by United Technologies
There's a wonderful story in "Chicken Soup For The Soul" about a 4th grade teacher and a funeral. The teacher had her students fill a sheet of notebook paper with all the things they couldn't do. They wrote furiously for quite a while filling their paper with "I can't do ten push-ups," or "I can't kick the soccer ball past second base," or "I can't get Debbie to like me."
The students were then instructed to fold their papers and place them into a shoe-box at the front of the room. The teacher then tucked the box under her arm, and invited the students to follow her out into the playground. There, they each took a turn at the shovel and dug a hole four feet deep. The box was placed in the hole and quickly covered with dirt.
The students then held hands while the instructor delivered a eulogy in memory of "I can't." In it, she noted that "I can't" was survived by his brothers and sister, "I can," "I will," and "I'm going to right away."
"I can't" is a close relative to most of us, yet maybe with a little extra effort we can finally let him go. It won't be easy since he's been such a close relation, yet maybe by dwelling on his brothers and sister and their importance to us - we can!
Remember the unforgettable line from "The Little Engine That Could"? "I think I can - I THINK I can! I THINK I CAN!" Don't forget the last line of our quote for the day. "Worry about the chances you'll miss when you don't even try!"