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There is an absolutely wonderful new technology tool - Jott!  Using Jott, you can send text messages and/or reminders to yourself or others, create lists of things to do and schedule appointments - all with speech recognition.  Now for the best part: this tool is free! Jott works with Google Cale...
08/14/2008
How to Pick a Successful Farm   Select a target area with at least 300 homes. Assume that the average turnover rate for Houston-area communities is 9%. Calculate the number of homes expected to sell each year (9% times the number of homes.) Determine the average selling price of homes that have s...
06/30/2008
Another day of conflicting market forecasts.  Bernanke says things are starting to look up!  At the same time, the general economy is faltering.  Gas is at an all-time high, but pending home sales are up.  Then we see the 14% drop in home prices last quarter ... it's amazing we're not all running...
06/10/2008
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"It's not easy being green..." I think Kermit may have missed it.  It seems that it IS easy being green, and it's profitable too, so I hear.  NAR has focused on green housing boom, and many brokerages (and agents) are pursuing the Eco-Broker designation.  More and more agents are utilizing the "m...
05/29/2008
I've been reading a lot of posts on lead generation.  Everyone wants to know what works best: bumper stickers, calendar magnets, car magnets, farming, networking, classifieds, ...  The list goes on and on.  While it is true that this is a lead generation business, we need to take a minute and det...
05/28/2008
Every day we're bombarded with more "bad" news about the mortgage industry:  "Foreclosures up 27% ..." and so forth.  The problem I see is one of perspective.  Did you know that 99.5% of the mortgages in the Houston area are performing?  99.5%!  Since when is a foreclosure rate of 0.5% a crisis?!...
05/21/2008
Well, they've done it again. Another "front-line" news story reports that there is a major slump in housing sales. The problem is that ALL real estate markets are local -- there is no such thing as the "national" sales figures. It makes about as much sense as talking about national zoning ordinan...
05/14/2008
Here are the latest numbers about The Woodlands single-family luxury home market, with numbers and statistics pulled from the Houston Association of Realtors MLS (my own research): For homes priced between $500,000 and $750,000: average days on market was 78, and we currently have about 3.6 month...
05/14/2008
As a fairly recent franchisee of Real Living, I was asked, "Why Real Living?" at Momentum (our annual convention) this past weekend.  Of course I started with the predictable answers of the technology we offer our agents and the agent-centric culture, but it is FAR more than that. So many real es...
05/13/2008
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