Apr 01 2011
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Although the northeast is under a winter storm watch, it is time to start thinking about getting your home ready for spring and summer! The Wall Street Journal provides a recovery plan to deal with winter’s wrath in four critical areas: the lawn, shrubbery, the roof and dealing with unwelcome Continue Reading

Jan 31 2011
Google’s Real Estate News Highlights Just How Much Agents Should Care About Listing Syndication

Google’s Real Estate News Highlights Just How Much Agents Should Care About Listing Syndication

The Twittersphere was chirping loudly last week with the news that Google was dropping real estate listings from its classified listing search on Google Maps. This news means that consumers using Google Maps will no longer be able to search for listings. Except for a few folks inside Google, we Continue Reading

Jan 25 2011
Blog Traffic: 5 Insider Tips Your Competition Doesn’t Want You to Know

Blog Traffic: 5 Insider Tips Your Competition Doesn’t Want You to Know

Everyone in real estate is talking about blogging. You may have heard stories ranging from “untold riches” to “never getting enough leads” as a result of blogging.  While both stories have merit, the truth is you can build the world’s best real estate blog but if no one is reading, it’ll be a Continue Reading

Oct 29 2010
Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

Week in Review: What We Liked From the Week That Was

As the worst storm in 30 years tore through the Midwest, the foreclosure tornado continued to sweep across the housing industry. Clean up in the Midwest will hopefully be swift; the same can not be said for the latter. A 50-state task force is hoping to change that by helping struggling borrowers. Continue Reading

Oct 25 2010
Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

With the tents officially up for the famous Big Apple Circus, the real estate industry is dealing with what has become a three ring circus of its own: the foreclosure chaos.  After only 24 days into its freeze of foreclosures in 50 states, Bank of America this week announced that in 23 states, it Continue Reading

Oct 08 2010
Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

The F-word was thrown around a lot this week. For us in the real estate industry, that is “foreclosures.” Recently, paperwork technicalities have stirred much debate, and legal action, Bankers admitted they signed foreclosure documents without reading them, rightly dubbed “robo-signers.”  Until Continue Reading

Oct 01 2010
Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

First class stamps will stay at 44 cents since the Postal Regulatory Commission denied a United States Postal Service rate hike to 46 cents.  With a sharp decline in snail mail, some suggest the post office needs a new business model. It is another example of how every industry has to assess its Continue Reading

Sep 01 2010
Succession Planning Part 2: Nine Keys Areas of Focus

Succession Planning Part 2: Nine Keys Areas of Focus

1. Include it in your strategic plan. How many years prior to retirement should there be a plan? Right now is as good a time as any! There is no reason you can’t start preparation now with a series of plans at any point in the life of the business or even before the business even begins. 2. Obtain Continue Reading

Aug 16 2010
Smart Phone Overload!

Smart Phone Overload!

I’m on Smart Phone Overload!  Here’s my dilemma: Do I stay with what I have, my current smart phone, which I like and serves my purpose, has useful applications for my needs and functions in nearly any area I travel, or do I switch based on hype? There is so much to choose from, so many Continue Reading

Aug 13 2010
Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

Social media’s power in capturing the public’s imagination was in full display again this week when a Jet Blue flight attendant quit his job after he “hurled obscenities at passengers over the airliner's PA system, then deployed the inflatable emergency chute, slid down and fled.”  He instantly Continue Reading

Aug 06 2010
Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

Week in Review: Things We Liked from the Week That Was

President Obama, born August 4, 1961, celebrated his 49th birthday this week.  The same year the President was born, the lobby group National Committee against Discrimination in Housing (NCDH) released a report which found that private mortgage lenders continued to “profit from Federal benefits, Continue Reading