Monthly Archives: September 2007

Ad I Ran in a National Magazine that Resulted in Me Calling the FBI

Tweet With the exception of television ads, I have tested every type of marketing imaginable during my career in real estate, including internet, direct mail, local magazine ads, local newspaper, out-of-area newspaper, radio, newsletters for neighborhoods, yellow pages, walking neighborhoods, and more.  But only one form of advertising has consistently brought strange buyers and odd…

Family Time is the Best Time for Me! No Real Estate Allowed Today

Tweet   My mom is visiting us for the weekend from the Dallas area (arrived yesterday, leaving Monday sometime), and things are generally a little frenetic with three small children, especially with a precocious 18-month old toddler.  Usually, we spend some time shopping so that she will have a chance to properly spoil the kids, and…

Lessons from Terrible Clients – Part 2

Tweet Here is Part One of this blog, in case you missed it: Lessons from Terrible Clients – Stories from my Past (Part 1 of 2) Here are some additional stories, with the consequent lessons: I once met a musician who was a drummer for a nationally known band (I won't mention the name here, because it just…

Lessons from Terrible Clients – Stories from my Past

Tweet   I was recently thinking about some of the more difficult clients that I have the displeasure of working with over the years.  The tips in the above link are good basic starting points for how to best get the sale completed, but I wanted to talk about a couple of occasions when I learned…

Austin Texas School Districts – How are the schools in the Austin area?

Tweet Are the Schools Good in Austin? In this article, we at Austin Texas Homes have covered the following:     Public Schools Private Schools Homeschooling Public Schools The public schools in the Austin area vary in their ratings. The Texas Education Agency, or TEA, rates Texas schools using a four-level system. The levels are,…

A Couple of Useful Technology Tools that I Like

Tweet I was working yesterday using a couple of my favorite technology tools, and my client seemed interested in them, so I thought it might be a good idea to share them here at Active Rain.  They have both become second nature to me, and since this forum is full of tech-savvy agents, you may…

Please Get to the Point Already! The clock is ticking….

Tweet Okay, I see that I have a call coming in from an unknown number.  Is it a potential client relocating to Austin?  Is it something productive?  Sadly, no.  It is a sales call – again.  I have registered all of my numbers on all of the “do not call” lists available, yet I still…

Are you helping your clients through the maze, or are you a stumbling block?

Tweet  I am fast closing in on my eleven year anniversary in real estate (Jan. 2008), and I am still constantly amazed by how many agents and brokers I come across who are either misinforming their clients or simply allowing the client to set their own pre-conceived expecations.  We are the professionals, and as such…

Austin Real Estate – What Can I Buy in the Austin area for $300,000 or less?

Tweet Last week, I wrote this post about the affordability of Austin real estate: Austin Real Estate – What can I buy for $200,000 in the Austin area?   This week, I am "upping the ante", and I will focus on what you can purchase for $300k right now in this market.  Some of these are…

What makes a man a real man? Lessons from my Grandpa

Tweet My grandfather passed away in 1999, and I still miss him.  He was 93 when he died, so there was no doubt that he lived a “full life”, as people like to say.  Simply put, he was one of the greatest men that I have ever known. This is a picture of him holding…