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Keeping your Teenagers safe

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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THE PINK CHICKEN. A safe haven of teenagers.

The pink chicken is a free recreational program for teenagers co-founded by Christian C. Klueg, and Rob and Molly Whittaker. Christian has great desires to help children who are lonely. He put himself out there to reach out to kids in what ever way he can. His personal experiences made him found this group. According to him “You can’t force a kid not to drink, but you can give him an alternative place to go where drinking isn’t present but fun is”.

The trio started a weekly youth program to offer teenagers a safe place to hang out and be themselves. In the summer of 2004 they constructed a skating park. “We built ramps, kept them in a garage, and rolled them out into the church parking lot twice a week that summer,” he says. “We’d have about 10 to 20 kids skating and about 50 watching, so we just kept adding on—a basketball hoop, food, and so on,” recalls Klueg.

The pink chicken opening night was on january 2005, every friday night they hold free programs for teens which include activities like video games, billiards, soccer, football, food fight, board games and 10 minutes of Spiritual lessons.

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Building a Safe Haven for Teenagers

Squeeze more leads, do the basics

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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Are you getting the best return on your marketing dollars? The only way to tell for sure is to track your leads.

While everyone says you have to be using social media to generate leads today, this may not be the case for your specific market.

I recently reviewed the tracking for an agent’s lead generation sources for the last 12 months. Based upon your personal experience, which of the items on this list would you predict to be this agent’s top three lead producers?

1. Two-line open house ad in a local paper.
2. Best-buy ads in local paper.
3. Agent’s personal video.
4. 12-month postcard program.
5. Company website
6. Property search from agent’s website
7. Cable television ad campaign
8. Yard sign
Of the 1,537 responses to this agent’s marketing over a 12-month period, the top three lead generators were:

yard signs (71.7 percent);
best-buy ad campaign in the local paper (15.6 percent); and
company website (9 percent).

All the other categories produced less than 1 percent each.

Keep in mind that this is a snapshot for one agent. The results for your business may differ dramatically. Nevertheless, if you don’t track results, there’s no way of knowing which lead generation sources are worth the money and which ones need to be eliminated.

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Back to basics: yard signs and newspaper ads

Six long years of blogging and the twenty importants lessons I learned

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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My idea of blogging for business was not yet embraced by the real estate industry when I began, but it has proven to be an inexpensive and effective way to reach consumers who may already be searching the Internet looking for real estate and real estate agents.

There were experts who told me that the scope of my blog was too narrow because it is a local blog for consumers and not a national blog for the real estate industry.

While some of the popular real estate blogs and websites are written for real estate professionals, my target market is much smaller and closer to home.

The people who read my blog are neighbors, friends, members of the local media, and community leaders. My competitors read it, too, and occasionally swipe content from it.

Here are some of the lessons I have learned after six years of blogging:

1. The most valuable feedback on my blog comes from my readers, and I must always stay focused on who they are and why I write.

2. Part of what makes my blog work is the noncommercial look and feel.

3. People love photographs of real estate and local landmarks, and writing a post without including a picture is unthinkable. Using clip art is worse.

4. Blog traffic is somewhat seasonal just like real estate sales.

5. There is always something new to learn about blogging, and most of it has little to do with technology and more to do with producing content that attracts visitors.

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20 lessons learned in 6 years of real estate blogging

Pets deserve to have good shelter

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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A number of pet animals were found in vacant homes after families have moved on, it increase day by day, families left their pets because of many reasons such as aged, illness or increase of expenses etc

These become a major problem for real estate peoples, it increase finding the abandoned pets when they touring homes.
To avoid these problems a group of real estate professionals in Chicago were make a group to provide any assistance or guidance to the family or giving shelter and food for the left animals.

Suzy Thomas, a real estate professional for Dream Town Realty in Chicago, found REALTORS® to the Rescue in 2005. Originally, the group helped find new homes for animals abandoned in homes, but the group has now refocused its efforts on raising funds for animal-protection groups.

“We began to wonder, how can we network to help the shelters?” Thomas told the Chicago Tribune. “Because they have the experts. Or maybe we could help them get volunteers for events. Lately, we did a food drive to provide food for people who can’t afford to feed their pets. We volunteered at a 36-hour animal-adoption event. … We focus now on helping the shelters and rescue groups.”

Another group — No Paws Left Behind — was formed by a mortgage broker in Houston. Since 2008, the group has rescued at least 1,000 animals nationwide.

 

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Group Aims to Save Pets From Housing Crisis

Want to win $250 gift card

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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Inman News Reader Survey:

Share your views on the real estate news you need to read

Inman News has launched a 2011 Inman News Reader Survey to gather your input on how to improve our daily news. Survey participants are eligible to win a $250 Amazon.com gift card, which will be awarded at random. Your responses will help Inman News to deliver the right combination of news, market trends, advice, statistics, research and insight to empower you in your daily work.

Inman News has launched a 2011 Inman News Reader Survey to gather your input on how to improve our daily news. Please take some time to share your thoughts. Survey participants are eligible to take part in a drawing for a $250 Amazon.com gift card.

Your responses will help Inman News to deliver the right combination of news, market trends, advice, analysis, statistics, research and insight to empower you in your daily work. The survey participation deadline is Dec. 20, 2011.

Thank you for your taking an active role in improving our news coverage. –Glenn Roberts Jr., managing editor, Inman News

Are you now ready to claim your price and start your real estate business?

 

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Inman News Reader Survey: participate for chance to win $250 gift card

Yankee ingenuity brings back the time

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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Granted, things have changed since Ford’s time. We’re no longer so easily pigeonholed by occupation the butcher, the baker, the Model T maker. And perhaps because our own jobs are becoming ever more specialized and esoteric, many of us have come to believe we’re incapable of doing even relatively simple domestic repairs without the help of “experts.In this troubled economy, more people might take this gentle exhortation to heart. In Ford’s time, In these technologically complex times, you’d think we’d take comfort in the fact that, while we may not be able to repair our own computer, at least we can still be self-sufficient in simple things such as replacing a door hinge, repairing a fence, or changing a furnace filter. But the opposite seems to be true.

I’m not sure just what is sapping our store of Yankee ingenuity. Maybe it’s the usual fear of having to learn something new. More likely, though, it’s just the laziness that grows from being used to paying one’s way out of problems.

If so, these tough times should be a great incentive to relearn the grand old Yankee trait of self-sufficiency. There’s nothing to lose by trying — in fact, there’s not even much to lose by failing.

To follow another Fordism: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

 

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Bring back Yankee ingenuity

Tips for real estate agents in handling taxes

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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Stephen Fishman said that he had passed his real estate salesperson test and would be become an “active” agent with a local brokerage in January. He has faced many difficulties in his life but he never stopped. He works harder and says that he currently works a “normal” job where he receives a weekly paycheck where federal tax, state tax, and social security are withheld for him. he started self business and grow it up and now he is a perfect business mater.
Most real estate agents are independent contractors — self-employed business owners who are affiliated with a licensed real estate broker in their state. As such, they are running independent businesses, even though they must work under a licensed broker’s supervision.

The great majority of real estate agents who work as independent contractors for a real estate brokerage are sole proprietors. A sole proprietorship is a one-owner business. Unlike a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership, it is not a separate legal entity.

The business owner (proprietor) personally owns all the assets of the business and is in sole charge of its operation.

When you’re a sole proprietor, you and your business are one and the same for tax purposes. Sole proprietorships don’t pay taxes or file tax returns. Instead, you must report the income you earn or losses you incur on your own personal tax return, IRS Form 1040.

If you earn a profit, the money is added to any other income you have — for example, interest income or your spouse’s income if you’re married and file a joint tax return — and that total is taxed.

 

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Tax-time tips for real estate agents

The best Real Estate Websites only offered by RentJuice

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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RentJuice is a company that provides online rental relationship management software to real estate professionals. The company is now offering a platform that integrates with WordPress to create websites for RentJuice customers.  Wordpress is a SEO ready platform with good Content Management System already built in.  The advantage of Wordpress is flexibility and scaleability.  Here is more on JuicePress Below:

“Dubbed JuicePress, the platform automatically populates the websites with a customer’s rental or for-sale property listings and sends any prospect inquiries directly into the customer’s RentJuice lead management dashboard. The cost for JuicePress will be $199 per month in addition to the base cost of a RentJuice account.”

WordPress is currently the most popular content management system in use on the Internet and has hundreds of thousands of developers innovating on the platform. As a result, JuicePress users will be able to easily create comprehensive websites that are ready for immediate use, that are optimized for search engines and that enable differentiation from competitors,” the company said.

“RentJuice closed a $6.2 million round of financing earlier this year and subsequently acquired competitor Kahoots. In September, the companylaunched a free online directory of real estate professionals for the markets where the company operates: Boston, Chicago, New York City, and Miami.”

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RentJuice offers real estate websites

Homeowners beware of HAMP Fraud

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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The new task force recently issued a warning to home owners looking to refinance their mortgage: Only your mortgage servicer can grant you a loan modification through HAMP so don’t be duped by scam artists saying they can help with HAMP. Any third-party promising to guarantee a loan modification or pre-approve a loan modification or trying to charge an advance fee for a loan modification may be involved in a scam, the agencies warned in a public statement The federal agencies involved in the HAMP fraud investigations are the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of the Treasury.

The new task force recently issued a warning to home owners looking to refinance their mortgage: Only your mortgage servicer can grant you a loan modification through HAMP so don’t be duped by scam artists saying they can help with HAMP. Any third-party promising to guarantee a loan modification or pre-approve a loan modification or trying to charge an advance fee for a loan modification may be involved in a scam, the agencies warned in a public statement.

The federal agencies involved in the HAMP fraud investigations are the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Department of the Treasury.

 

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Federal Agencies Crack Down on HAMP Fraud

Spend wisely especially in tough times

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011


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While John found a new gig quickly, Marlit was out of work for two full years. Going from a combined income of $230,000 to $90,000, we cut everything we could vacations, dinners out and saving for retirement, What to do with that cash has been a source of debate. John wants to save more for retirement. Marlit wants to speed up payment of their mortgage. They’d both like to bolster college funds for children Reagan and Anneliese, ages 11 and 14. Seattle financial planner Michelle Fait offers a compromise. The recession dealt the Stubb family a double blow: In late 2008, John lost his job in ad sales. Marlit, an auto industry performance manager.

After shoring up cash, they can redirect part of the $1,500 to college savings accounts, part to a taxable account.

This will allow them to use some of the money for retirement if the kids choose public universities.

Also, by Anneliese’s freshman year, they can spend down their reserves to six months of costs since they’ll be close to paying off their mortgage.

Where they stand

TOTAL ASSETS: $1,229,000

  • Retirement accounts: $540,000
  • Value of real estate: $600,000
  • Cash: $43,000
  • College savings: $31,000
  • Taxable accounts: $15,000

TOTAL LIABILITIES: $135,000

  • Mortgage: $135,000

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Spending wisely after recovering from tough times

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