Clean Your House!

Clean Your House!

  As I was thinking about the new year, my goals, and reflecting on the past, “clean your house” came through loud and clear to me. I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. One of the things that causes me stress is clutter. Most of us have so many things going on in our life. We have responsibilities, needs, desires, and goals. For me, clutter causes my focus to wander. Clutter comes in many forms. It can be stuff – clothes you don’t wear, books you have read, items you don’t use, entire rooms of your house you never step in. It can also be responsibilities – jobs, extra curricular activities, committees, and other commitments that may seem to be very worthwile. Clutter can also be relationships – friends, family, co-workers. And lastly, emails and social media. As I write this, there are two boxes next to me that I am filling with items I don’t need. I have held on to things thinking I will use it someday, I will wear it someday. No, I probably won’t. It is just taking up space and cluttering up my life. The other bonus besides getting it out of my house is that I am giving those things to others who need them. This feels great and I am excited to have less. I am also taking account of my responsibilities to find what is going to serve me best this year and help me reach my goals. See The Art of Saying “No.” If you’re like me, you tend to take on too many tasks and responsibilities and what started off being a worthwhile cause that you enjoyed being involved in, turned into just another task on your to-do list that takes up your valuable time and keeps you from the most important things. Relationships can be tricky. Sometimes we have had people in our lives for so long that we don’t know how to step away. It may be that friend that is constantly negative and sucks the life right out of you. It could be a parent that makes you feel you’re not good enough. It could be the co-worker that loves to gossip. There may be people we enjoy being around from time to time but they don’t need a place in our daily lives. You may need to re-evaluate the people that get most of your attention. Do they deserve it? Do they value it? Do you get something out of it? Some people just take and rarely give back. Others seem to only reach out when they need something. They may be taking away precious time that you would rather be spending with others you laugh with, teach...

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Realtors: Are you Being Robbed?

Realtors: Are you Being Robbed?

  If you are a Realtor, there’s a good chance you are being robbed. If you know a Realtor, there’s a good chance they’re being robbed. Realtors work hard. (Disclaimer: I understand this will not apply to all!) Realtors can work an unreasonable number of hours. Realtors can put many hours of work in, shell out hundreds and thousands of dollars, and in the end, not get paid a dime. Realtors use their gas, often times buy meals and spend hours away from their family on nights and weekends to show buyers houses and give their expert advice. Most of the time that ends in a sale. Sometimes, it does not. A Realtor can also spend time and money on photographs, video, professional measurements, flyers, ads, etc. on a listing. Sometimes that effort and those costs result in a sale, sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, that Realtor has lost money. When the efforts result in a closing, it may seem that all is well and that it makes up for the times when money is lost. Well, that can depend on what company a Realtor is affiliated with. A traditional real estate firm will take a split of the commission earned, typically 10%-50%. So, a commission earned of $3000.00 could be lower than $1500.00 when it hits the Realtor’s bank account. Flat fee based companies, yes, such as United Real Estate Music City are becoming more popular among producers. Realtors are independent contractors, the CEO’s of their own business. They are looking at their bottom line and realizing they are giving away a lot of money. Just like clients don’t like to know they are leaving money on the table, Realtors are becoming more protective of their earned income. I have Realtors tell me they like the fact that they don’t have to pay for marketing, contract to close, or put their own listings into MLS. I understand that. It is nice to just go out and sell and not have to worry about the behind the scenes. I would challenge, though, that a vendor could be paid per transaction to handle those tasks and it would be much more cost effective than giving away a large percentage of hard earned income. If you are a Realtor and are tired of being robbed, or you know a Realtor and you fear they are being robbed, give me a call. It won’t hurt to have a conversation about how you can add more to your bottom line and put more in your bank account this...

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Resolve to Stay Sane

Resolve to Stay Sane

It’s finally a new year! Have you blown it yet? I sure have. So, what do you do? Do you throw in the towel on day 2 and wait 363 days to try again? Of course not! You pick yourself up, learn from your mistakes and your choices, forgive yourself and move forward. Did you cheat on your diet? Resolve to eat healthy today. Your body doesn’t know what day it is. Any day you start over and feed it well, it will appreciate. Did you disappoint someone you love? Ask for forgiveness. Did you only make one sales call instead of the 5 you said you were going to make? Do 9 today, or spread the extra 4 over the next few days to meet your goal. The truth is, we all mess up. We all do and say things we wish we hadn’t and don’t do and say things we wish we had. The key is not to let it paralyze you. Just because you messed up yesterday doesn’t mean today is ruined. If you learn from the experience, chances are, you will never mess up in the same way again. If you understand what you did (or didn’t do) and really feel the disappointment of blowing it, you will likely do everything you can not to feel that again. No matter how you did today, tomorrow is a new day. The best resolution to stay sane is to know that we can always start over. No one ever achieved anything great without some failures along the way. Beating yourself up is not going to solve anything. It will only make you more miserable and make you feel like you will never get any better or never reach that goal. I have a rule for myself. I let myself feel mad, upset, angry, hurt, disappointed, sad, etc. for one day. After that, I move away from that feeling. If I continue to let myself wallow in that state too long, I am not doing myself any good. Look at the big picture and see the good. There will always be disappointments and failures. That is called life. Dwell on the positives and soon the negatives will seem so small, they may even disappear altogether. So resolve to stay sane and make what’s left of 2018...

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