Making Friends with Crocodiles

RETHINKING YOUR 2017 MARKETING PLAN WITH RISING INTEREST RATES

"If you live in the river, you should make friends with the crocodile." -Proverb

I love that quote, but let me adapt it for you-the Realtor: "If you work in real estate, you should make friends with change!"

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Grace Sanderson
The Value of Time: Kristin Brindley's Story

Within the first two minutes of talking with Kristin Brindley, her gregarious attitude and love for life is infectious. After hearing her story, those attributes seem miraculous.

Kristin is a Real Producers Publisher in the D.C., metro area. Her first publication, D.C. Metro Real Producers, recently launched in April, but her determination and people-skills have driven her business to the level she has achieved today.

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Grace Sanderson
5 Reasons To Call a Real Estate Agent Before Your Vacation

Summer: a word associated with tan lines, the smell of sunscreen, sandy feet and vacations.

But have you thought of summer as an opportunity?

Whether it's the beach or the mountains, make sure to reach out to a local agent to explore new investments or vacation property opportunities before arriving at your relaxation destination.

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Grace Sanderson
8 Real Estate Buyer FAQs

As top producing agents, we are consistently communicating in real estate jargon: "turnkey," "large E-2 plan," or "pre-qualifying."

Often, we forget what it's like to be a first-time home buyer. Or a second-time home buyer. Or a third-time. Regardless, purchasing a home can be an scary step for many because of unclear terminology and processes.

Real estate expert, managing partner at Summit & Crowne and Forbes' contributor Abhi Golhar says many potential home buyers may hold off purchasing real estate due to the intimidating process.

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Grace Sanderson
Unlearned Skill Sets

In a Wall Street Journal article, they published their finding regarding a little-known test of college students that measures their improvement in learning to think. The results were surprising – in a negative way (see WSJ, June 2017, entitled: "Exclusive Test Data: Many Colleges Fail to Improve Critical-Thinking Skills")

Ouch. Double Ouch.

I bring this new article to your attention for the following reason: Rental properties involve, fortunately or unfortunately, human beings. As I have written about human beings in other articles, we are messy creatures–physically, emotionally, and mentally.

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Grace Sanderson
Thank God It's Monday

There’s an epidemic in our country today-- a sadness that affects more than half of our citizens. Four letters that capture how the average person feels in the American workplace: TGIF or “Thank God It’s Friday.” I get it. I just strongly disagree with living that way. Why would I only cherish 2 out of the 7 of the days I’m blessed with each week? A recent study by Forbes stated, “70% of American employees hate their jobs. Don’t believe that sat? I would simply challenge you to ask ten of your friends how they feel about their current job.

As I write this, I know that even with the most carefully managed teams there will always be tough days in the horizon. But as a rule, through persistence, determination and honesty; you can see each day as an opportunity. This is what sets you apart as a Real Producer.

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Grace Sanderson
Contract Breakdown

Real estate agents see purchase contracts day in and day out, but a closer look of one section at a time, can help agents better understand what they present to their clients. 

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Mark Taylor