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Show Them You’re Serious

June and July are the busiest home sale months of the year. When inventory is in short supply and you may be competing with other offers, it is important to show the seller you’re serious. Make your offer look as good as possible because you may not get the chance to make or accept a counter-offer. Put yourself in the seller’s shoes. Your home has just gone on the market.… Read More »Show Them You’re Serious

Don’t Leave Home Without…

You’ve been planning this trip for some time and almost every detail has been considered…or has it? Have you thought about how to protect your home while you’re out of town? What’s going to make sure that everything you left is still there in you return? Nothing could ruin a trip more than coming back to find out your home has been burglarized or worse. It makes sense to spend… Read More »Don’t Leave Home Without…

Two Great Times to Explain Aging in Place

In 2010, my wife Linda and I, discarded the chains of a 3500 square foot home and embraced the practicality of downsizing. For us, the decision wasn’t easy as we were still young and vibrant (well, maybe not as vibrant as we’d like), and had plans for future moves. Nine years later, we’re still here. I mention this because many of you have not taken the SRES (Senior Real Estate… Read More »Two Great Times to Explain Aging in Place

Are We Still Doing This Stupid Daylight Savings Time Thing?

It was a balmy 14 degrees for my run this morning. That’s up from 0 Sunday and then 2. Now, don’t get me wrong, 0 in Colorado is not like 0 in say…. Detroit or Chicago. I’ll take 0 here over 20 in the Great Lakes. Still a hair chilly – at the least it’s tights weather. In general, this running thing has been light, at best. 30-35 miles a… Read More »Are We Still Doing This Stupid Daylight Savings Time Thing?

Be A Duck: or some other deeply embedded lesson

There are two ducks in this picture. They are both one distracted moment from being hurled through these mini-rapids to a place where, at least for now, they do not want to go. They looked casual to me, but below the surface were paddling like crazy to stay where they intended to be: right there. Like these ducks, I (and maybe you) need to stay focused and not let the… Read More »Be A Duck: or some other deeply embedded lesson

Do You Know the Way?

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Fear of the unknown is common among all ages. Kids, at night, imagine monsters in their closets or under their beds and adults are unsure of what the future might bring. It may be natural for first-time buyers to be unsure of the process because they haven’t been through it before but even repeat buyers need to know changes that have taken place since the financial housing crisis. The steps… Read More »Do You Know the Way?

Ready For The Listing Season?

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Sitting at my desk, contemplating this afternoon’s course at the Northern Colorado Realtor Summit, Creating Listing Abundance. While I’m not concerned about the content and I am not shuffling through slides for the 473rd time (only up to 306th), I’m wondering how many agents will be wise enough to respond to the possibility of learning a little more about this so, so relevant topic. My first Broker told me that “you have… Read More »Ready For The Listing Season?

Same Old Problem – Different Day:  “You’ve Got Text”

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“My son, Isaac, called me on that danged telephone contraption today,” my great Grandfather said. “Why can’t he just come over here if he wants to talk with me? It’s only three towns away. Instead he expects me to hold that thing up to my ear like it’s natural or something.” Thus was the lament of my Great Grandpa Blackmer as he struggled with the changing times. I know exactly… Read More »Same Old Problem – Different Day:  “You’ve Got Text”

Bridging The Do/Do Gap

It was 4:15 this morning and I was lying in bed. The ideas were coming at break neck speed. One after another, after another. It was actually kind of incredible. By 5:05, I had to get up and see if any of these fabulous early morning, dawn breaking ideas, could survive the Do/Do gap.  Do/Do gap, you ask? Yes, the Do/Do gap. (he said DoDo – insert Beavis and Butthead laugh). They (whoever… Read More »Bridging The Do/Do Gap

What Will You Learn?

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins Those two quotes really sit well together for me. If we want to get better, if we want to get to the next level, whatever that is for you (or me), some change must occur. If you do what you’ve always done…..… Read More »What Will You Learn?