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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Everyone knows about the supply chain difficulty and many know about the workforce shortage that has resulted from the great resignation.What started as supposed temporary shutdown has now grown into an entirely new set of workforce preferences.  As real estate agents you have heard first hand of the preferences in finding a home today.  A home office is very high on the list.How are the employers handling this.  I work with them and I can tell you they are scrambling.Employers are now seeing that it is time to stop thinking or temporary measures or to expect people to come and and resume as they did in 2019.I co chair the HR Council at the Business Council of Westchester and we have two speakers tomorrow who are going to tackle the challenge and share best practices.  This online webin...
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By Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast
(Big Block Realty 858.232.8722)
"Often we change jobs, change friends and change spouses ...instead of ourselves."Author, Arkbarali JethaYour action for today is to ask someone--it could be your spouse, friend or work colleague; what would be one thing they would like for you to change. You don't have to agree to implement the change. All you're doing is getting the information. I ask my bride 4 times per year: 1. What am I doing right and you want more of?2. What could I do better?3. What should I start or stop doing all together?I take it all in, I do not protest a thing.👇Design An Extraordinary Day!   💡 OOPS! If you missed a previous “Get After It" post  (formerly the Take Action Series) click here 👇 👉 Get After It / Take Action Archives 👈     We work 100% By Referral!Our experienced team is coached by the #1 busin...
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By Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI, Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell
(HomeSmart Real Estate)
Hot Hot Hot! is a phrase often used to describe the Sunny Phoenix Arizona metro area but that is not what I am referring to. I mean Home Prices and Home Sales and demand is RED HOT in the Phoenix metro!My last 3 contracts representing buyers in the highly in demand less than $400K homes price were all up against 20 to 35 other contracts from other buyers that we had to deal with.  Buyers with cash, best price (usually above list price),  fastest move in are getting many of these properties which means that families with a mortgage loan are being frustrated. Median Phoenix metro house prices rose to a record high at year end 2021 of $427,000 per the Arizona Regional MLS.HOT! Rising to a Record December 2021 Median House Prices of $427,000$427,000 December 2021$333,000 December 2020$290,0...
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By Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside)
Atlanta Buckhead Midtown: Google Cloud Training FREE Sign Up B4 1.31.22In Atlanta Buckhead Midtown and the Westside, Google offers many technical advances for worker to use in their workspaces. How about a FREE course?Sign up by January 31, 2022 to unlock free access to the “Getting Started with Google Cloud” learning path on Google Cloud Skills Boost. You’ll have an opportunity to learn through hands-on labs and earn skill badges to demonstrate your new cloud knowledge. Learn how to: Migrate from other cloud providers Write gcloud commands Use Cloud Shell Deploy virtual machines Run containerized applications on Google Kubernetes Engine  While the material in this path is mainly for aspiring Cloud Engineers and Cloud Architects, others may learn as Google presents the fundamentals of G...
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
2336 Sandpiper Street, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $1050002bed - 2bath - 0.04 sqft lotNestled in the quiet neighbourhood of Villas of Westridge, this fantastic two bedroom, two bath townhome lives large with a combo living room and dining room and features fresh interior paint and new flooring, updated kitchen appliances, interior laundry room, and a fenced back yard! Updates have been completed (2016 HVAC and duct work, 2011 roof & water heater), but also allowing the next owner to put their personal touch on the home. This ideal location is convenient to shopping, schools, parks and entertainment for home buyers or is a great investment opportunity as well!Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888-0888 Licensed In: ...
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By Sandy Sills, Associate Broker
(Preferred Real Estate Brokers)
The Next Generation of Homebuyers Is Here Many members of Generation Z (Gen Z) are aging into adulthood and deciding whether to rent or buy a home. If you find yourself in this group, it’s important to understand you’re never too young to start thinking about homeownership. The sooner you start planning, the sooner you can move on from renting. As you set off on your journey and plan your next move, here are a few reasons to think about homebuying this year. The Reasons Gen Z Want To Become Homeowners While the majority of Gen Z haven’t entered the housing market yet, a large portion plan to according to a realtor.com report. The report found that 72% of Gen Z would rather purchase a home than rent long-term. As George Ratiu, Manager of Economic Research for realtor.com, says: “With nea...
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By Patty Clark, Helping Families Move with Care
(Morningside Homes, LLC 720-231-5200)
We have all heard this expression that implies that had a person known earlier in life what they know now, they would have done things differently.  The subject possibilities are endless   While no one has a crystal ball to see into the future, it may be possible to learn from people who have experienced similar situations. In the late sixties, mortgage rates hit 8.5% but before the decade had finished, the rates had come down to 7% where they stayed for some time.  Homeowners who purchased at the higher rate, could buy a larger, more expensive home for the same payment if they could get out from under the obligation of their existing mortgage. FHA and VA mortgages, up until the late 80's, could be assumed by anyone, regardless of credit worthiness.  Since these homes were purchased on...
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
1517 Mcpherson Drive, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $1500003bed - 2bath - 0.24 sqft lotFantastic find convenient to FSU/TCC/FAMU and the airport! Enjoy expansive deck area and an efficient designed open floor plan with spacious bedrooms. Plenty of parking for all of your vehicles or outdoor equipment. Perfect for investor, student housing, or owner occupant looking to live close to work!Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888-0888 Licensed In: FloridaContact MeUseful Links Tallahassee Homes For Sale Tallahassee Home Search Free Home Values Manausa.com
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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
4209 Rabbit Pond Road, Tallahassee, FL Photos Maps & Local Schools Print Click Here to Get Directions $3100003bed - 2bath - 1.11 acres lotPrivate living in NE Tallahassee! Enjoy lake frontage in this farmhouse style home complete with soaring ceilings and abundant storage throughout. Perfect open layout for entertaining with kitchen featuring island that opens to living room. Front porch for rocking and fenced backyard to keep the family pet from going astray! 2019 Roof!Follow This Home Joe Manausa Joe Manausa Real Estate 850-888-0888 Licensed In: FloridaContact MeUseful Links Tallahassee Homes For Sale Tallahassee Home Search Free Home Values Manausa.comvvvvv
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By Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400)
More and more, I am hearing from buyers, and some tell me they are giving up. They have a fear of buying a house.  One couple visiting my open house said they stopped looking more than six months ago after five rejected offers. They were strongly encouraged to waive inspections and appraisal contingency. They were afraid and not something they would consider. Buyers are frustrated, and they don't want to be a "bother" to their agent, so they call the listing agent. This action may not be a good situation for buyers who may be giving up representation. These buyers are easy pickings for some agents. Yes, I have heard many backstories from the public-thanks to my radio show listeners who call "anonymously "during the week. And I am receiving calls from parents to help find a home for thei...
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By Michael Wayne Jackson, Broker - Seniors Real Estate Specialist Novato
(Coldwell Banker)
  Get a Pre-Approval Letter Financing matters, especially when a seller is dealing with multiple offers. A pre-approval letter is simply a notice from your bank that they would approve you for a mortgage, and it tells the seller that you actually have the funds to back up your offer. This takes a little more work on the front end, because these letters can take a little time to get, but it’s well worth it. Simply hand that letter over to the seller’s agent, and they’ll have immediate confidence in you as a buyer. For sellers, you’ll know that an offer isn’t going to fall through. Don’t Go At It Alone We highly recommend using a real estate agent, whether you’re buying or selling. In a seller’s market, it’s really easy to get wrapped up in the moment and cave in to a bad deal. A good re...
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By Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®
(Coldwell Banker Realty)
955 E. House Mountain Dr. Cottonwood AZ ! IN ESCROW! Brought Buyers Cottonwood Resort Lifestyle  Gorgeous Views to Sedona   | Cut-de-Sac Location |   Covered Deck   |  1.89 Acres  |   3,316  Sq Ft   |   Pool & Hot Tub/Spa   |    3 Baths   |   Primary Suite and Ensuite   |  3 Bedrooms    Open Floor Plan   Prepare to be amazed! Gorgeous views of Mingus Mountain and the entire Verde Valley to the Red Rocks of Sedona. Situated on 1.89 acres of horse property with plenty of room for all of your animals, RVs and toys. This spacious 3 bed, 3 bath, 3 car garage was built in 2003. The split floor plan is laid out with separate entrances from each garage so it is very private. The tall ceilings and travertine tile throughout make this home feel spacious and inviting. The backyard is an oasis in ...
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By Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"
(Hamm Homes)
Grant Schneider always comes up with some great points we can all use.  Here is one of his blogs. Real Estate brokers sometimes are guilty of this.  Particularity those who brag about having so many agents.  There are those who like to delegate and disappear.  Then there are those who are the opposite,  These people are control freaks. Both managers or brokers are ineffective and doomed to failure. An effective leader does not simply hand out jobs for others to do. The effective leader first puts the structure and processes in place to assure the successful execution by others. Consider the person who starts a business because they love the product, food for example. The is so much more to running a restaurant than understanding food. You need to know how to run an operation, and, in fa...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Edna Texas VA Loans with 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country!  VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel.  Here are some of the main features of this great program:  - 100% financing, no down payment required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment.  - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans- Low rates compared to other loan programs.  Here's how to qualify for Edna Texas VA Loans:  You must first verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Texas VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can contact the VA to obtain a cop...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veterans Loans in Forney Texas with 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country!  VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel.  Here are some of the main features of this great program:  - 100% financing, no down payment required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment.  - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans- Low rates compared to other loan programs.  Here's how to qualify for Veterans Loans in Forney Texas:  You must first verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Texas VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can contact ...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veterans Loans in Wilmer Texas with 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country!  VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel.  Here are some of the main features of this great program:  - 100% financing, no down payment required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment.  - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans- Low rates compared to other loan programs.  Here's how to qualify for Veterans Loans in Wilmer Texas:  You must first verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Texas VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can contact ...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Veterans Loans in Hearne Texas with 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country!  VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel.  Here are some of the main features of this great program:  - 100% financing, no down payment required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment.  - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans- Low rates compared to other loan programs.  Here's how to qualify for Veterans Loans in Hearne Texas:  You must first verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Texas VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can contact ...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Boerne Texas VA Loans with 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country!  VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel.  Here are some of the main features of this great program:  - 100% financing, no down payment required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment.  - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans- Low rates compared to other loan programs.  Here's how to qualify for Boerne Texas VA Loans:  You must first verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Texas VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can contact the VA to obtain a...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Grapeland Texas VA Loans with 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country!  VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel.  Here are some of the main features of this great program:  - 100% financing, no down payment required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment.  - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans- Low rates compared to other loan programs.  Here's how to qualify for Grapeland Texas VA Loans:  You must first verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Texas VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can contact the VA to ob...
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By The Legacy Group, The LegacyGroup of CrossCountry Mortgage
(CrossCountry Mortgage)
Richmond Texas VA Loans with 100% financing on VA Loans - the best loan program and loan payment in the country!  VA Mortgage Loans are one of the best mortgage loan programs available today for both honorably discharged Vets and active duty military personnel.  Here are some of the main features of this great program:  - 100% financing, no down payment required.  - No monthly mortgage insurance added to your payment.  - More lenient credit qualifying standards than other types of mortgage loans- Low rates compared to other loan programs.  Here's how to qualify for Richmond Texas VA Loans:  You must first verify your eligibility. This is done by ordering your Certificate of Eligibility or COE. An approved Texas VA loan lender can order your COE for you, or you can contact the VA to obta...
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