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2008 

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Hawaii may be the Aloha state (and for very good reason) but I now know why they have rainbows on their license plates - it could also be the Rainbow state.Today we rented a car and drove around Oaho - there was intermittent rain, generally still with blue skies, and we must have seen a dozen rai...
01/31/2008
This is the conclusion reached by Allison Schaefer in her article today in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Her story was written after interviewing Tami and I about the luxury real estate market in Hawaii compared to luxury real estate on the mainland. Early in our conversation we assured Allison tha...
01/31/2008
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Yesterday at the CRS Sellabration I attended a panel on Technology Tools that Pay for Themselves, moderated by Mark Porter, with panelists Sam Miller, Doug Divitre and Pat Wattam. One of them held up a mini tripod, that looks like it was rubber. Since then, searching on the internet, I found this...
01/30/2008
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One of the agents sitting at my lunch table yesterday had a DocuPen scanner that was pretty slick. It looks like an oversized pen, sweeps down an 8.5 x 11 page with one sweep, and can store over 100 pages before being transferred to your computer. It has a rechargeable lithium battery and can ran...
01/30/2008
Patricia Kennedy recently posted an article about You Snooze You Lose returning to the D.C. area. We're still in a Buyers Market in the Tampa Bay area, but that doesn't mean a buyer should go around making lowball offers and extend negotiations and counteroffers out for a long time. Often it will...
01/26/2008
When you're in a down market, it's often hard to feel up and optimistic. It's a great time to set up your systems, and a great time to take courses to improve your education and give your new ideas. To maximize that -Take a class in an area that's a Hot market. The excitement and enthusiasm of yo...
01/26/2008
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One of my favorite dishes is Ahi Poke (raw tuna with limu seaweed, onions, and who knows what else) and the best I've found it at a "hold-in-the-wall" restaurant in Waimanalo, Kimo'Z, on the island of Hawaii. The key is very fresh top grade Ahi tuna, and the crunch brown seaweed that looks like p...
01/26/2008
Denise Andres is from Bozeman, Montana, and has just joined Active Rain - in fact, she's so new, she hasn't posted her first blog. Denise was in the CLHMS class that Tami and I taught last year in Vail, and we've been seeing her at luxury conferences since that time. In fact, it was hearing about...
01/26/2008
It's nice that clients think so well of you that they want you to handle things for them again, but sometimes it makes them reluctant to work with your team when you're away. Clients were ready to look, but suggested waiting til I returned from my 2 week trip - I persuaded them to go ahead and lo...
01/26/2008
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So many brokers The Having a few or a handful of people sharing a space can also lead to good camaraderie and support, especially if the groups can self-choose who shares the space. When I first started with Merrill Lynch Realty in the mid 1980s, I was fortunate to have such a space - and learned...
01/25/2008
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