realtor: Sometimes being a Realtor is similar to taking Chocolates from a Box - 07/21/13 11:50 AM
Sometimes being a  Realtor is similar to taking Chocolates from a Box  
Many folks may remember a fairly famous movie where the main character said in a often quoted line something to the effect that “Life is like taking a piece of candy from a box of chocolates as you never know what you will get”. Today I found an Email in my inbox that made me think being a Realtor is sometimes just like that fairly famous line from the movie.
 
I received an Email from some folks who live in another state. It starts with them complimenting … (14 comments)

realtor: “Well is there someone else in your office that can show us this home?” “No probably not”. - 08/20/12 01:34 PM
 “Well is there someone else in your office that can show us this home?” “No probably not”

The above question came from a lady who called me today and my response is shown right after her query. Let me discuss how this all came down. I might sound like am ranting in this blog. Just ignore the rant portion when it shows up.
 
My cell rings this morning and of course I see a number I do not recognize. I answer and a lady is speaking very quickly about wanting/needing to view a home. The call sounds like she … (48 comments)

realtor: What I do as Buyer’s Agent for my Clients - 08/08/12 12:31 PM
 
What I do as Buyer’s Agent for my Clients
 
Many of my clients find me through my web site, Active Rain, my blogging site, or a combination of all. Some check me out on other Social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn after finding me somewhere else. I also obtain new prospects from referrals. As a Realtor, the initial contact I try to have at a minimum is a phone call conversion. I start my list of what I do with the phone contact. This will be a long detailed portrayal of what I do as a Buyer’s Realtor … (14 comments)

realtor: I want to make an offer on this home and what do we do next in Katy TX? - 06/03/12 12:43 PM
 
 
I want to make an offer on this home and what do we do next in Katy TX?
 
 
The above is another Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) by many clients. My blog here is the tenth of my blog series concerning FAQ and provides Buyers with a summary outline of the process of making an offer.
 
I will start will a simple phrase that an oral offer has no legal standing in Texas. I do not know the rules of other States but here all offers have to be in writing to have any legal … (9 comments)

realtor: Comfort Suites opens new Hotel in Katy Texas - 02/16/12 11:53 AM
 
Comfort Suites opens new Hotel in Katy Texas
 
Back on January 11, 2012 Comfort Suites opened a new hotel right here in Katy Texas. I am always happy to hear news of companies relocating their operations here or moving employees to the area or when new businesses to this area are opening. This means new jobs in the area and more growth and hopefully new clients if you are Realtor like I am. The Katy Chamber of Commerce held the ribbon cutting back in January. The hotel is located at 25115 Katy Freeway, Katy Texas and is close to … (8 comments)

realtor: A Few Quick Tips for Short Elevator Speech in Katy Texas and beyond - 11/01/11 11:32 AM
 
A Few Quick Tips for Short Elevator Speech in Katy Texas and beyond
All of us at one time or another is going to have to be ready to give a short Elevator speech. These principles apply to both selling your real estate services as well as selling yourself when applying for a new job. Several years ago I had my job at a major corporation eliminated in typical political big company reorganization. The company actually did me a huge favor by eliminating my job as they immediately afterwards announced the relocation of the energy trading group to the East … (9 comments)

realtor: Catching Falling Stars in Katy Texas and Beyond - 08/08/11 04:55 PM
 
Catching Falling Stars in Katy Texas and Beyond
 
Perseid Meteor Showers have been seen for over 2,000 years. The latest three day appearance in the Northern Hemisphere will be August 10 thru August 13, 2011 so check your local area information so you and your family can enjoy the show. At peek activity points as many as 60 meteors per hour can be seen like Falling Stars in the sky. Visibility will be hampered by the full moon on August 13, 2011.
The Perseid meteor shower is named after the constellation Perseus that is located close to the same … (6 comments)

realtor: Real Estate Recovery for Katy, Houston and State of Texas - 08/07/11 02:33 PM
 
 
Real Estate Recovery for Katy, Houston and State of Texas
 
According to a research real estate economist named Dr. Ali Anari from Texas A&M University the private sector in Texas added approximately 251,000 jobs that equates to an annual growth rate of 3%. The national rate of private sector job increase during the same period was 1.7 %. The Monthly review of the Texas economy indicated that the State had vigorous job growth for the year ending June 30, 2011 and this statement was confirmed by the A & M data. The economic slowdown certainly has affected Texas … (5 comments)

realtor: Real Estate Recovery more Good News Houston, Texas - 08/04/11 03:44 PM
 
Real Estate Recovery more Good News Houston, Texas
My main market area is Katy Texas and Katy is about 23-32 miles (depends on where you want to go to in Katy) due west of downtown Houston. One commonly used landmark to define where you are is to use I-10 (major highway) which runs right through downtown Houston and continues west all the way west to San Antonio and beyond. As I said in my Katy Texas Real Estate Recovery market report from yesterday, the Houston market covers a huge geographical area and is full of numerous micro real estate markets. … (8 comments)

realtor: Veterans Charity Golf Tournament – RED, White & Blue - 08/02/11 03:17 PM
 
Veterans Charity Golf Tournament – RED, White & Blue
 
The Red, White and Blue are a non-profit organization that is a Veterans support group. Their basic mission is to enrich the lives of wounded veterans and their families. This group wants to transform the means that Veterans, when finished with active duty, reintegrate back into a normal civilian life and assist Veterans with this task. There finding that way too many Veterans returning from Iraq and/or Afghanistan are having extreme difficulty with social functioning, community involvement and leading productive lives.
 
Charity Golf Tournament will be hosted by the … (6 comments)

realtor: Katy ISD Resident and New Home Buyers Requirements - 08/01/11 03:47 PM
 
Katy ISD Resident and New Home Buyers Requirement
 
School will be starting on August 22, 2011 for the Katy Independent School District (KISD). If you and your family plan to enroll children that are new to the district there are residency requirements. There are also specific requirements if you are purchasing a new home in the KISD.
The residency requirement means that parents at time of registration have to bring proof of residence such as a recent utility bill but not a cable or telephone bill. A bill from Centerpoint Energy (natural gas) or Reliant, TXU or some … (3 comments)

realtor: Discover Who your Neighbors are on National Night Out - 07/31/11 04:49 PM
Discover Who your Neighbors are on National Night Out  on Tuesday August 2, 2011. This will be the 28 TH Annual National Night Out. This is a unique crime/drug prevention program which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch ( NATW).
Last year 37 million people particapted in this event. The campaign involved citizens, law enforcement, civic groups, local business, local offiocials from over 15,000 communities covering all 50 states, US Territories, Canadian cities and Military bases.

The purpose of this night out is spend one evening away from the television and go out and meet your neighbors. … (8 comments)

realtor: Why I Choose Real Estate - The Long Road out of Eden - 07/30/11 03:34 PM
Why I Choose Real Estate - The Long Road out of Eden
My family lived in a large major city in the mid-west while I was growing up. We were the working poor ( Today's term) as we had a roof over our heads, some food, and no major luxuries. Both my parents worked all of their lives. My Mom worked in an era where very few women worked outside the home. The whole time I was growing up we never owned or lived in a home. Most of my friends lived in a home or owned a walk-up building where … (4 comments)

realtor: Katyhomefinder: Inman News May 2011 Top Websites and Search Terms - 07/12/11 03:42 PM
 
Katyhomefinder: Inman News May 2011 Top Websites and Search Terms
During the month of May 2011 Yahoo Real Estate reclaimed first place by capturing 6.51 percent of traffic in this category while slightly beating out Realtor.com who had 6.46 percent of traffic. Yahoo had fallen into second place. The data was accumulated by Experian Hitwise. As many of you know, Realtor.com is owned by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and many of us who are Active Rain members are also members of this group. After seeing this search information all of us who are NAR members should check Realtor.com to … (8 comments)

realtor: Sugar Land Red, White and Bluefest - 07/02/11 03:29 PM
 
Sugar Land Red, White and Bluefest  will be held at Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land on Monday July 4, 2011 starting at 3:00 PM. I almost forgot about this important fourth of July celebration. I decided I need to write about this event as I just had clients who moved here from the East coast arrive this week in Sugar Land to live in there new home. I will E-mail my blog so they know where to go on Monday to enjoy themselves.Houston radio station 107.5 and now 106.9 “The Eagle” will be hosting the festivities this year at … (0 comments)

realtor: Five Phases to Obtaining a Mortgage Loan in Katy Texas - 06/22/11 03:57 PM
 
Five Phases of Obtaining a Mortgage Loan in Katy Texas.   The steps required to successful obtain any mortgage loan is much more complex these days than in the past. Many buyers are not stepping forward and pulling the trigger on a home purchase as they are confused by all the red tape they have read about in the news media. They believe that a 20 % down payment is required and that is beyond their financial means.  
Home buyers if you and your family are considering buying a new home then you should have an initial discussion with your Realtor … (5 comments)

realtor: Twenty Second Spring Accounting Expo - You Complain about Realtor Continuing ? Education - 05/25/11 05:40 PM
The Houston CPA Society which is a Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants held their 22 ND. annual Spring Accounting Expo on May 23 and May 24, 2011 at Reliant Center which is part of the Reliant Park complex where the Houston Texan's play their home games. I attended as I am also a CPA and need continuing education hours each year.

Every CPA in the State of Texas to retain their license each year has to obtain 120 hours of continuing professional education (CPE). This equates to getting approximately 40 hours each year and 4 hours … (4 comments)

 
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