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June 21, 2019

Motivation 3: Fear of Failure

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In our ongoing, short series, Tom Ferry continues that Agents FAIL because of:

3. Fear of Mistakes & the Desire to Look Good

There’s a lot of vanity in real estate, which can lead to people shying away from anything that might paint them in unflattering light.

But you can’t be afraid to make mistakes.

Mistakes are how wisdom is gained.

Accept that it’s okay to make mistakes.

Try new things, see what works, learn from what doesn’t, and always keep moving forward.

The more mistakes you make, the more you’ll bridge that gap between knowing and not knowing.


My comments:

I do agree that there is 1) lots of vanity and 2) lots of "that is how I always have done it".

Followed with new agents on "deer in the headlights". I don't want to screw up, or I don't know what to say.


Make that phone call, knock on that door, ASK for that referral, etc.

What is the worst that can happen?  You don't get the client.

BUT WAIT!  You didn't have the client anyway! So you have nothing to lose.

Go For It!

June 15, 2019

Balch Road Luxury Apartments

  • No keys = phone keys or keycards
  • Electronic parcel lockers
  • On the go
  • Luxury apartments = $38.2M Development
  • 258 Units
  • Near Huntsville Hospital Heart Center


June 15, 2019

Motivation #2: Be Strategic

Part 2 from Tom Ferry's post with my thoughts on what that might look like.
2. Not Strategic (From Tom Ferry)
Can you explain your market trends easily? Do you truly know your market? What’s selling? What’s not?
To survive in real estate, you need to look at your marketplace from a strategic standpoint.
You must look at the hot sheets every day.
You’ve gotta own that knowledge and become the knowledge broker in your market.
It’s not enough to simply like houses and enjoy working with people.
Take a step back, analyze your market and make sure you know it, and you know your place in it.
For more on this topic, watch this video.
My Thoughts:
Set aside 30 minutes every day and do 1 thing. Here are some things you can start doing:
1. Get on the MLS and look at various hot subdivisions
2. Go to open houses.
3. Preview a home in a hot subdivision and then post pics while you are there. (Pick an empty one so you don't kick someone out).
4. Watch a video on something real estate.
5. Run a comp on a house for fun.
6. Go through a CD and understand each number and what it is for on a closing disclosure.
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Posted in REALTYPRO Tips
June 13, 2019

Motivation Part 1: Interested or Committed?

I got a good read from Tom Ferry, a coach I used for a year.
I will send out some short emails on motivation and why agents fail that are taken from him over the next few weeks for you to think on!
1. Interested vs. Committed (From Tom Ferry)
Just being interested in your career isn’t enough. When you’re interested, you do things when they’re convenient.

Success in real estate is all about being fully committed, which means doing whatever it takes as long as it takes to achieve your goals.

If you’re not fully committed, it’s time to reassess your career choice.
My Thoughts:
This does NOT mean full-time. I have been very successful as a part-time agent.
This does mean, that each day, work is done on your real estate goals. (It is 11:51PM...not in bath yet...knocking out my real estate after my bible study and family time once others are in bed)
This does mean, that perhaps you re-evaluate priorities and your hour of power is completed prior to that favorite episode you want to veg or binge-watch.
This does mean, you read some market reports and dig around on the MLS to see what is selling.
This does mean, that you GET INVOLVED!
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Posted in REALTYPRO Tips
June 8, 2019

Downtown Planning Group

Expect new shops and updates to Huntsville's already awesome downtown.

IDA Placemaking Summit attendees listen to a presentation at the AC Marriott


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Nov. 29, 2016

September 2016 Huntsville Market Update

Posted in Market Updates
March 26, 2012

Sub Contractors

Regardless of using me or not to help you buy a new build, here is one tip that will really help.  First, a little ground work; I tend to believe that not many builders out there are NOT "out to get folks".  They understand that quality is key to bringing folks back and getting referrals.  However, they are businessmen as well and they want to turn a profit.  That being the case, sometimes they end up choosing poor sub-contractors.  These builders do not actually get out there and lay bricks, they use subs for all that.  If the builder has been around for a while, that says something by itself.  Also, every builder builds a bad egg and that shouldn't necessarily reflect on the overall quality of the builder.  Maybe they saw the issue and got a new sub-contractor.

The idea is pretty simple, if you hire an expert in his or her field of expertise, you will pay a little more, but the work is done quickly and correctly.  Thus saving you money in the long run.  Just like any other businessmen, these builders get bids for subdivisions.  Perhaps they are building two subdivisions and they are across town from each other.  It would make sense to get two different plumbers, one from each local area, unless the plumbing business was large and could handle the volume of work.  You get the idea, right?

So, this brings us to the point of this tip...If you are interested in a particular subdivision, don't get sucked in to a high pressure sale.

Find out who the sub-contractors are, go home, and research them.

This won't take long, there are plenty of good resources to use.

  1. Google the sub-contractor and read the review on google
  2. BBB
  3. If the subdivision has been there for a while go knock on some doors

Now you can sleep on your decision and go back the next day to make your purchase more informed.  If you find out some bad info on a sub, maybe you can get the contract written up to use a different sub-contractor.  Hey, it is a buyers market!!  Also, just because a builder gets a bad rep from a few certain folks or from a certain subdivsion, don't let that completely dissuade you from them, perhaps it was a sub-contractor and they now have that problem worked out.

Just a tip to help you make sure you get a house that will be an enjoyment, not a hassle!



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