Archive for April, 2011

Earth Day Tips

April 25, 2011

Friday was Earth Day. Do you have any earth friendly tips? If you need some inspiration, check out some of the tips below featured in the BHG.com article titled “Easy Ways to Go Green” from the Motherboards.

Tip – Be a Green Role Model

“We’re trying to teach our kids the value of recycling and conservation, because if they grow up with these values, it will become habit; they won’t even think twice. It will simply be a way of life.” —Kelli W.,West Virginia

Do It
Monkey see, monkey do! Mimicry begins at birth, and it’s never too soon to start practicing what you preach. Give earth-friendly habits a kid-friendly spin by turning recycling into a game, spending a day—or weekend—traveling only by bike, foot, or on public transportation, and incorporating recycled materials into afternoon craft projects. By teaching sustainable habits, you’re creating lifelong ways of living green. (more…)

Must-Have Mobile Real Estate Apps

April 18, 2011

I attended a real estate technology conference recently and sat in on a presentation about mobile real estate tools and resources by Chris Smith from Tech Savvy Agent. He shared several really good apps that can help sales associates streamline their business.

Here’s a few of the apps that I thought you’d find most helpful. Leave a comment and let me know which apps help you be a more efficient real estate agent. (more…)

Email Etiquette Is VERY Important in Real Estate

April 11, 2011

So much of our daily communication is by email. We email friends and coworkers, customers and clients as a regular part of our day. Sometimes we can forget that our written words can be easily taken in unintended ways. What may be acceptably casual and friendly with friends at the tennis club may appear lazy and poorly written to a client. Quick responses may seem efficient to us, but may come across as terse. And when we get angry and commit those thoughts to email, they can come back to haunt us well after the emotion has passed. 

I searched the web for some email etiquette pointers and thought I’d share some of the best ones with you.

A few well placed words like “please” and “thank you” go a long way to make your requests polite. Make sure your email includes a courteous greeting and closing. Greetings and closings help your email seem less demanding and terse. Are you stuck on how to close an email? Here are some suggestions: (more…)

D-I-V-O-R-C-E and Real Estate, The Finale!

April 4, 2011

Continued from “D-I-V-O-R-C-E and Real Estate, Part 5”.

Divorces involving jointly owned real estate ARE real estate transactions with a Buyer and a Seller. Usually neither is represented by anyone having any knowledge of real estate matters. Typically neither performs even the most basic Due Diligence to determine what he/she OWNS, what he/she OWES and what he/she WILL BE STUCK WITH once the divorce is final.

Why don’t divorcing spouses do Due Diligence? They may think they cannot afford it. But much of the needed Due Diligence can be performed at no cost to the divorcing spouses. Even the Due Diligence activities which require the use of fee-based professionals are very modest in comparison to the risks avoided. (more…)