Monthly Archives: September 2008

MY BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: My wife and I are expecting our fourth child!!

Tweet I have been waiting to write this post for some time now, and I mulled over the headline for a long time.  Ultimately, I decided not to try to get too cute with the title.  Instead, I thought the direct route made more sense for my friends and acquaintances who would be interested to…

The Value of Local Relationships (OR “How I Dodged a Bullet Yesterday”)

Tweet Over the course of my real estate career, I have been burned by clients quite a few times.  People that I thought were loyal friends turned out to be much more self-interested than I realized.  It’s not really about me.  It’s about the client and their needs/wants.  If it is to their advantage to…

Why You Need to Have a Working Understanding of the Olfactory Sense as a Home Seller

Tweet I remember doing a paper in college about the olfactory sense, which is the technical name for our sense of smell.  The olfactory sense is generally believed to be the most closely linked to your memory, and it is some 10,000 times stronger than your sense of taste.  Also, certain scents will produce a…

An Open Letter to the Applicant Who Emailed Me Recently

Tweet Dear Potential Applicant, I was excited when I received your resume and email that day.  You had the right kind of experience, although you were new to real estate.  You had years of sales, great references (although I didn’t get a chance to call them), and you offered something special that I was looking…

I Have Written Over 600 ActiveRain posts!

Tweet I will readily admit that I don’t necessarily have anything truly profound to offer you with this post.  I just felt like I deserved to pat myself on the back and write a milestone post since I crossed the 600-post mark this week.  I think this is #604 or so.  Some people have said that…

Home Sales Report – Stone Canyon – Round Rock, TX – Summer 2008

Tweet I have loved the Stone Canyon neighborhood for years, having assisted many buyers and sellers in the area.  We have some very good friends in this subdivision, and I always enjoy getting a chance to visit the area parks and trails with our kids.  One of the agents who works for our company has…

First-Time Home Buyers – New Tax Credit Explained – Austin, Texas

Tweet As you may have heard, on July 30th, 2008 President Bush signed into law the Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008 in order to help stimulate the economy. Among other items in the bill, Congress created a new home buyer tax credit.  The Housing & Economic Recovery Act of 2008 authorizes a $7,500…

“Ahem…Excuse Me! Are you even listening to me?” One of your most important sales skills

Tweet Before you decide to skim this post which may appear at first glance to merely be a story about a local restaurant, please know that it has a valuable real estate message. I took my family to Red Lobster on Sunday after church.  As always, the food was great, but the service was not…

How ActiveRain’s Re-Blogging Can Help Us All! A basic SEO concept that I finally appreciate now

Tweet Not too long ago, ActiveRain launched the “Re-Blog” feature, which allows members to designate posts that they will allow others to post on their own blogs.  I have been fortunate enough to have had about 8-10 of my posts re-blogged since this was launched.  Each time this happens, I get an additional 25 points,…

Sonoma – Round Rock, Texas – Neighborhood Sales Report – Summer 2008 (April – June)

Tweet Sonoma is a terrific neighborhood located in east Round Rock, just off Gattis School Road.  With two theme pools, two lakes, and a playground area, Sonoma is also located adjacent to the Round Rock hike-and-bike trail system.  It was awarded the prestigious MAX Award for “Best Overall Community” a few years ago. Currently, there…