Archive for July, 2012

Save Money by Growing Your Own Garden

July 23, 2012

Although the economy is on the rise, people are still interested in saving money. An interesting (and delicious) trend that I’m seeing is the revival of the home garden. Homeowners with a little room in the backyard are making room for some fruits and vegetables. I definitely consider myself a “foodie”, and I love it when you can go out the back door and pick your own fresh produce!

In addition to being much fresher and tastier, growing your own produce can save you a ton of money!

Let’s say you want to grow tomatoes:

  • Average tomato plant yield 35-40 pounds
  • $4 per plant from your local nursery
  • $4 cage which can be used and reused
  • $5 worth of quality planting soil (you’ll get about 30-40 lbs of dirt at this price)

With a little time and TLC your tomatoes cost you only $14. Compare that to an average cost of $1.50 per pound from your grocery store where 35 pounds of tomatoes will cost you $52.50! Plus, you can reuse the cage and planting soil, so you save more money with each yield! (more…)

Success is a State of Mind

July 16, 2012

I’m sure you’ve been asked, “do you have to go to work tomorrow?” My answer to this mundane question is, “no, I get to go to work tomorrow!”

I must confess that I’ve never been one of those people that leap out of bed in the mornings. I hit the snooze button way too many times before I’m in the frame of mind to embrace another day. But the minute my feet hit the floor, I start thinking of all the things to be accomplished. Things that I have to do and things that I want to do.

Rarely at the end of the day have I accomplished everything, but I don’t beat myself up over it. Somewhere in my life’s journey I came to the realization that success comes one step at a time. I also discovered that success is a state of mind and that my success depends on my state of mind. (more…)

How Do I Make My Listings Stand Out?

July 9, 2012

Research shows that approximately 90% of home buyers use the internet in their search for a home. While 91% of those same people eventually use the services of a Realtor, many use the internet to narrow down their search.

It’s fair to say that if you have a listing for sale and it’s not on the internet, you’re going nowhere fast. It all begins with placing your property in your local Multiple Listing Service(s). Most brokers utilize a service that will then place that listing on other popular websites such as Realtor.com, Trulia.com, Zillow.com and more. BHGRE Metro Brokers places listings on thousands of websites.

So your listing is on all of these websites, where buyers look first, and you still aren’t getting any “hits”. Now what? (more…)

Are You in Danger of Becoming a “Trigger Lead”?

July 2, 2012

What if I told you your information is being sold and you don’t even know it…. but you can stop it! It’s the practice of selling “Trigger Leads” and this is how it works:

After a borrower submits a loan request, lenders pull a credit report from a Credit Bureau. The Credit Bureaus get the data they use to generate credit reports from companies that are called Repositories. There are 3 Credit Repositories: Experian®, TransUnion®, and Equifax®. Each time a Credit Report is ordered, the Credit Bureau sends a request to the three Repositories for the most updated data on that consumer. This order creates an Inquiry that the Credit Repositories turn into cash by selling the information as a “Trigger Lead”. (more…)