Archive for June, 2011

Stuck is Stuck is Stuck

Written on June 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

stuck

Have you ever heard someone say, “I just feel stuck.”

Maybe you have said it yourself.

“Stuck” usually means one of two things:

1 . Paralyzed. Not able to do anything. Not forward movement... not side to side movement...nothing. Just plain STUCK.

2. Caught in a reoccurring cycle of "stuckness." Doing the same thing over and over again and unsure of how to do it differently. Truly desiring a new way ... a different path ... a creative solution to an old issue, but unable to break away from the old, familiar, and all to comfortable and predictable pattern of …

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“Normal” is a cycle on a washing machine!

Written on June 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

"That is just a NORMAL part of aging."

I just want to scream when I hear that phrase!

Someone once said to me that normal is a cycle on a washing machine and nothing more! I love that statement because there really is no such thing as “normal” when it comes to human behavior.

Here is what I found when I looked online at Merriam Webster’s dictionary under the adjective “normal” ...

according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle; conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern, occurring naturally; of, relating to, or characterized by …

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Car,House,Spouse – Somethings Gotta Give

Written on June 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm

A few years ago I was asked to do an exercise involving the creation of a timeline. A timeline that represented major benchmarks in my life from high school graduation to present date.

Talk about a revealing exercise.

If you have never done it, I highly recommend it.

In creating this timeline, it became apparent that I had a clearly defined cycle that I had followed.

At  first, it was scary to realize this because it had happened as if I was on some sort of auto-pilot setting and did not even recognize that every 3 years, I would go …

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Do I Need a Designation to Specialize in Senior Real Estate?

Written on June 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

I am frequently asked what I think about real estate designations or other types of certifications.

Before I share my thoughts on the designation issue, let me give you a little background that will create some context.

NOTE: If you would rather forego the history lesson and find out what I believe about designations...jump ahead and skip the next 4 or 5 short paragraphs. It won’t hurt my feelings.

In 1995 I was four years into my second run at being a successful REALTOR. I was only making average money and not seeing much hope for a change so I …

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5 Steps to Tapping into the Senior Real Estate Niche

Written on June 3, 2011 at 11:56 am

Senior adult downsizing

With one in every eight people in the United States currently 65 years old or older, it is no surprise that REALTORS are finding themselves working with more and more senior clients.

Not everyone gets excited about senior clients like I do.

What is interesting is that I decided to work with the senior demographic first and then realized later all the advantages that came with such a niche.

1. I rarely work weekends nor do I find myself on listing appointments after 4pm.

2. Almost all my clients own their home free and clear... no short sales and rarely …

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