Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Online Newsletter for the Week Ending July 4


QUOTE: “We are all worms. But I really think I am a glow worm.” Winston Churchill

YOUR DON’T DO LIST; 8 MARKETING MISTAKES TO AVOID; http://www.brokeragentsocial.com/RealSupport/blog/5729/

BOND FOR DEED ADDENDUM: A new Market Center Bond For Deed Addendum to the Agreement to Purchase has been uploaded to www.SlidellCalendar.com in the Document Section in both the Listing and the Selling form sections. The forms have also been put in both the listing and selling binders in the Resource Room along with instructions on how to use the addendum.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE INCLUDED IN THIS NEWSLETTER. Every Tuesday I send out the Market Center Online Newsletter and every Tuesday I open a word document to start the next week’s newsletter. As items come across my desk that I think you may be interested in I add them to the Newsletter. The question is what else can I add to the Newsletter that would make it something you just can’t wait to get your hands on?

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that you can go to www.NuggetsForTheNoggin.com and http://www.readforachange.com/ and click on FOLLOWING so you will always be aware of what is happening on both sites?

DID YOU KNOW? If you use the Keller Williams Email system you may have some important emails put in your SPAM/BULK folders because the Spam Filter is set too high. Log onto www.kw.com and sign in. Go to KWwebmail and when you see the MAIL icon on the left side of your screen, click on the + sign next to mail. Then click on the SPAM link. Across the top of your screen the first tap is where you can adjust the filtering process from AGGRESSIVE to a lesser degree or to none at all. Remember your emails are probably being screen twice for spam, once by KW if you are using the service and again by your email provider such as AOL, Gmail, etc. Next you can use the WHITELIST on the adjacent tab. This is where you can enter email addresses from your trusted sources such as your lovable broker, your supercharged Team Leader, etc. If you don’t get my emails, you have no idea what you are missing.


WILL SMITH’S SECRET TO SUCCESS, another great and short article by Jon Gordon. http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-062810-willsmithsuccess.html

CREATE YOUR OWN EBOOK COVER; DON’T DISMISS THIS LINK, LET ME EXPLAIN: We have several Brochures on www.SlidellCalendar.com, Documents/Books and Brochures that you could change ever so slightly to include your name and anything else you want to change, use this service for only $10.00 a book and you will have an email you can send to your customers/database to offer them what appears to be a professional online ebook version of any of the brochures on SlidellCalendar. You send out the email with just the cover of the brochure professionally created to look like a book, a paperback or a report to ask your customers if they would like the entire brochure sent or mailed to them. Check it out.  http://www.ebooks-made-easy.com/create.htm#ecover

HOW TO WRITE A NEWSLETTER, including free articles and templates. Created by Michael Green. Cost is only $34.97 and is fully guaranteed. If you write or are thinking of writing a newsletter this may be the right tool for you to consider.  http://www.howtowriteanewsletter.com/

DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE and the CONSTITUTION:  Given that it is July 4th and with all the recent talk in Washington about the Constitution and what the Federal Government can and cannot do, I thought you might like to obtain your own FREE copy of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. I can honestly say that neither document was ever taught, at least to me, throughout my initial 12 years of schooling and I can say for certain it was not taught in any of my courses at the college I attended. You hear so many people citing the country’s Constitution. Have they ever read it? Have you read it? When you see the length of some of the laws coming out of Congress (2000+ pages) and you hear that a majority of our elected officials have not read the laws they are passing you might be amazed to discover that the Constitution is only 17 pages long. It is our country’s guiding document, everyone should have their own copy AND read it. Get yours here: https://secure.heritage.org/pocketconstitutions/

3 LEVELS OF ONLINE LEAD GENERATION: A good article on Broker Agent: http://www.brokeragentsocial.com/article/808/3-levels-of-online-lead-generation

SELL, SELL, SELL, great article by Roger von Oech, author of A Whack On The Side Of The Head, http://creativethink.com/hk7

SIX WAYS TO DESTROY YOUR REAL ESTATE BUSINESS, by Denise Lones. Hopefully none of you will see this article as a mirror of your own real estate business. If so, remember, it is never too late to turn it around. http://www.brokeragentsocial.com/TheLonesGroup/blog/5848/

DO YOU HAVE THE CHARACTER AND CHARACTERISTICS OF SALES SUCCESS? Another beauty by Jeffrey Gitomer, http://www.gitomer.com/articles/ViewPublicArticle.html?key=ajcdMibak3N7aT46pwAO8g%3D%3D

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Online Newsletter For The Week Ending June 26

SPECIAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23: Missy Whittington, Chief Executive Officer of NOMAR will be at our Wednesday Partner’s Meeting to talk about NOMAR and what it has to offer. It would be in everyone’s best interest to attend.

QUOTE: "Successful people decide how they are going to live; they are not victims of circumstance. In good times or bad times, they know where they are going and they know that they are going to get there." Bob Proctor, Author and Speaker

I’M SORRY, I DIDN’T HEAR THAT, CAN YOU REPEAT THAT? Another great article by Jeffrey Gitomer. http://www.gitomer.com/articles/ViewPublicArticle.html?key=ajcdMibak3N4buzS4v8YUA%3D%3D

REALLY GOING PAPERLESS FOR $130.00. Check out this site from Brothers. It is a very compact portable scanner for less than $130.00. Situation, you are at your sellers home and you are preparing one required form after another. The law states you must give the customer a copy of the forms they sign immediately. You plug in your compact scanner, scan the documents, and then, give the originals to the customer. You submit your scanned documents to the Paperless system and wella you are done. How much easier could it get? Here is the link, I am sure there are other such scanners, this is just one: http://www.brothermall.com/OtherProducts/ProdDetail.aspx?Model=DS600&WT.mc_id=BMG00104C&WT.mc_ev=click&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

CHECKED OUT WWW.REALESTATELOUISIANA.COM? This is where your contact information is provided to the public. It is initially drawn from the Louisiana REALTORS’ Association records but you need to modify the basic information including uploading your photograph. When you access the site, look in the upper left hand corner for the login link, instructions are provided to access your site, YOU WILL NEED YOUR NERDS NUMBER!  http://www.realestatelouisiana.com/

NAR CONVENTION IN NEW ORLEANS. Here is your link. This is in your own back yard. You do not have to fly; you do not have to reserve a hotel room. You can car pool and more importantly you can use this opportunity to learn. November 5-8, 2010. 125 Education sessions, over 400 exhibitors. Featured celebrities, Regis Philbin, Earth, Wind and Fire, Mary Lou Retton. Morial Convention Center. Cost: $350 if you register before August 15, $380 thereafter. http://www.realtor.org/convention.nsf/

JD POWERS LICENSE TO KELLER WILLIAMS; IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note, however, that we licensed the right from J.D. Power and Associates for all of us to incorporate the J.D Power and Associates survey ranking into our marketing materials, and that contract expires June 30, 2010!

What this means is that it’s time to stop using these claims and trademarks. Please note, however, that if we automatically added the J.D. Power and Associates logo and “Highest Satisfaction” information to your individual or market center Website, we’ll be able to remove it remotely – no action is needed on your part.

If you have included the J.D. Power and Associates information on any printed materials, you can complete your current inventory, but be sure that the J.D. Power and Associates claims or trademarks do not appear on new materials.

DEPOSIT CONFLICTS BETWEEN BUYER AND SELLER FORM. To insure all buyers and sellers understand the company policy regarding any deposit that is in dispute between buyer and seller, a new form has been created and has been uploaded to http://www.slidellcalendar.com/ in the Document Sectin in both the Sales Forms and the Listing Forms section. The form has also been placed in both the Listing Form and the Sales Form binders in the Resource Room.

“DANGER WILL ROBINSON” (I’m showing my age): A report appearing in the Washington Post on January 13, 2010 indicated that 1.4 MILLION car accidents occurred last year while DRIVERS were using their cell phones. Of that number 200,000 were actually texting. No one appreciates personal freedom more than I do but the time has come where people need to be protected not only from their own actions but more importantly by the senseless actions of others. Unless there is a life-threatening situation there is absolutely no need to use your cell phone while you are driving. If you must use it, pull over; whether you believe it or not, you ARE a menace to public safety. When you make the pledge to NOT use your cell phone while driving you are protecting your own personal liability, the company’s liability, your safety and the safety of everyone on the highway. If you think this only applies to the “other guy” you need to look in the mirror – you can be and probably will be the other guy, it is only a matter of time. You can purchase a Magnetic Car Sign indicating No Cell Phones for about $9.00 from Signs Now next to Office Depot.

WWW.IQREALESTATE.COM. You may want to log on and sign up for the free registration. Don’t immediately see any down side to registering.  http://www.iqrealestate.com/

20 WAYS TO GET MENTALLY TOUGH, by Jon Gordon. http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-062110-mentallytough.html

AMAZING PERFORMANCE. This group performed on America’s Got Talent, they are a bunch of college kids that thought the routine up and then did it without a flaw. Really different. http://videosift.com/video/Amazing-anti-gravity-dancers

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

TIME SENSITIVE: Newsletter for the Week Ending June 18

TIME SENSITIVE: NOMAR/NABOR POSSIBLE MERGER. There will be a meeting on June 18 of NABOR brokers to discuss the possibility of merging NOMAR and NABOR. If you have anything you would like for me to know for this meeting, please email your comments to JimBrown@gymbeaux.com.

QUOTE: "You know, it's not more knowledge, it's not more education, it's not more facts that we need. It's a better use of what we already have that we need to have. You have each and every one of you, within your potential power right now to do a wonderful job in your chosen field - if you would only embrace it and use it." Napoleon Hill 1883-1970, Author of Think And Grow Rich

ONLINE FREE FAX? www.faxzero.com. This was provided by Beth Lemonier, thank you. It was one site among many on Michael Tritthard’s site where he links interesting and often free web sites that can enhance your business. Check his site at: http://michaelt.yourkwagent.com/atj/user/AdditionalGetAction.do?pageId=194449


» VOW stands for "Virtual Office Website"

» A VOW is where the public can enter, provide contact information, get a password, describe property interest, and then conduct searches of all available MLS listings.

» The Participant can display all available MLS listings.

» All listing information details can be displayed.

» Display rules are set by the MLS.

» The visitor becomes a bona fide customer / client.

» A VOW website is a business site whereas an IDX site is an advertising site.

» A VOW real estate site allows you to give your site visitors / clients more powerful access to MLS data in exchange for their contact information and agreement to become a bona fide customer.

If you want to see a comparison chart comparing a VOW to an IDX link, check here: http://www.metalsoftware.com/vow-vs-idx-web-sites.html

ILOVESLIDELL.COM WILL BE DOWN: Thank you for your business. This notification is regarding your WebOffice site kwmc165.webexone.com. In order to continue to provide you the best service, on Saturday, July 3, 2010 at 10:00 pm EST we will be upgrading the WebEx WebOffice data infrastructure to leverage the Cisco WebEx Collaboration Cloud network. The WebOffice service will be temporarily unavailable during this change. This period will run from Saturday, July 3rd at 10:00 pm EST until Sunday, July 4th at 10:00 pm EST. During this period, your WebOffice will be totally unavailable to you, but rest assured that your data will remain safe and secure.

This change will:

* Significantly increase bandwidth

* Provide additional network redundancy

* Deliver increased stability & security

GREAT REPORT ON ADVERTISING: 21 Ways to Increase The Power and Profit of Your Advertising has been uploaded to http://www.slidellcalendar.com/, Documents, Productivity. This is one you want to review.

7 LESSONS I LEARNED FROM JOHN WOODEN, article by Jon Gordon. http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-061410-7lessons.html

ARE YOU CERTIFIED; OR ARE YOU JUST BRAGGING. Interesting and different link to Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Caffeine Ezine. It is food for thought but is more of an advertisement for a certification program/training he has created that involves 11 weeks of training and then a final exam. When passed you become certified as an Ace of Sales and then become entitled to use the designation and the resources that go with it. Cost is $199.00. http://www.gitomer.com/salesMagazine/ViewEzine.html?ezineId=1097 If you go to the site, take the weekly sales quiz to see how you stack up. I have read all of Gitomer’s books and as such miss very few; the answers are not always what you think is obvious.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Market Center Online Newsletter for the Week Ending June 11

QUOTE: "You cannot change anything in your life with intention alone, which can become a watered-down, occasional hope that you'll get to tomorrow. Intention without action is useless." Caroline Myss Author of Entering The Castle http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/074325533X?ie=UTF8&tag=insighofthe02-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=074325533X

PERSPECTIVE: The next time you or someone you know gets angry about anything, take a minute to watch this video and see if your problem has been cut down to its proper size. The next time a sale falls through, someone does or does not do something you think they should or should not have done, it rains when the sun should shine or your three putt a green, watch this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE

10 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL BLOGGING: If you are not blogging, you should be, if you have “thought about it”, stop thinking and do it. Here are 10 tips courtesy of the Lowe’s Newsletter to help you do it successfully: http://rismedia.com/lowes/8355/8455

EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT NEGOTIATING: Posted a slightly updated Nugget on www.SlidellCalendar.com in the Document section under the Everything I Know folder. Make your real estate life easier by not getting personally involved in the negotiating process; read the Nugget. Also posted on http://www.nuggetsforthenoggin.com/.

ACE OF SALES, Contact Management Online Software: Jeffrey Gitomer has created a contact management program called Ace of Sales that you can use to manage your database. If you are not using Top Producer or similar program, you may want to check this program out. Gitomer is famous for his sales techniques, his books and his seminars on sales. No contract required, month-to-month with free 30 day trial. $20.00 a month, $16.59 a month if you sign up for a 12-month agreement. Check it out for yourself at: https://www.aceofsales.com/  If you would like to see the program in action, contact David McLaughlin of our Market Center who is currently using it.

5 WAYS TO THINK LIKE A CHAMPTION, by Jon Gordon. As usual, right on! http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-060710-thinklikeachampion.html

KELLER WILLIAMS COMMERCIAL FACEBOOK: You are strongly encouraged to join the Keller Williams Commercial Facebook page where you can link with other KW agents desiring to share commercial concerns, ideas, techniques, and opportunities. Go to www.Facebook.com and search for Keller Williams Commercial and join in.

HOW TO SELL BEST? ASK SOMEONE WHO BUYS. A fabulous article by Jeffrey Gitomer that involves interviewing someone who buys for a living and asks why she buyers from some and not others. This should be an eye-opener for everyone. http://www.gitomer.com/articles/ViewPublicArticle.html?key=ajcdMibak3OEUgb4uuQK2A%3D%3D

39 TECH THINGS TO TEST AND TRY: Very interesting article from Inman News, link: http://www.inman.com/buyers-sellers/columnists/gahlorddewald/39-tech-things-test-and-try


I know some of you own GUNS but this is something to think about...---

If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you. Did you know this? I didn't. I never really thought of it before. I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.

Wasp Spray - A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of u se.

On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School .. For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed..

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades.

It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the sp ray. "That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out." Maybe even save a life.

Please share this with all the people who are precious to your life

Did you also know that wasp spray will kill a snake? And a mouse! It will! Good to know, huh? It will also kill a wasp.!!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Market Center Newsletter for the week ending June 4th

QUOTE: "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." --Charles W. Eliot

QUOTE 2: "Don't camp out in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, just pass through it!" Joe Tye

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews. The book was first released as The Island of Saints. When I read it I kept asking if it were true. It was and is. It is about a German U-Boat operating between New Orleans and the Florida Panhandle. A German sailor was betrayed by the onboard Political Officer, was shot and left for dead in the water. A local resident who was widowed when her husband was shot down over England found the sailor on the beach and this is their most remarkable and true story. Check out Andy’s blog about the book with two videos: http://www.andyandrews.com/blog/heres-somthing-you-wont-believe

PROTECT YOUR LICENSE. I have uploaded a document on www.SlidellCalendar.com  in the Document Section and in the Legal Issue Folder. The information has been extracted from the Louisiana License Law and the Rules and Regulations promulgated by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Of course there are included “Gymbeaux Notes” to help explain or provide examples.

COMMISSION MODIFICATION FORM: It is not unusual to be faced with a listing going into a short sale situation and the bank requiring a commission modification in order for a sale to work. In such a case the actual commission paid may not be the same as what had been offered on the MLS to a coop agent/broker. This form could be used to upload to the MLS and a comment entered into the Agent Remark Section to advise coop agent/broker that a modification to the commission may be required and to download the Commission Modification Form from the MLS. The form was uploaded to www.SlidellCalendar.com  in the Document section in the Short Sale Folder.

JOB SPRAWL IN METRO NEW ORLEANS. You can visit the site at http://www.gnocdc.org/JobSprawl/  or you can go to www.SlidellCalendar.com  and retrieve the report in the Document section under

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING WEB SITE: Not sure there if there is anything this site CAN’T DO. This link will take you to a 13 minute video that I can assure you will tweak your interest to see what it can do for you. http://www.wolframalpha.com/screencast/introducingwolframalpha.html

BE HUMBLE AND HUNGRY. A fabulous plan, short and sweet from Jon Gordon. http://www.jongordon.com/newsletter-060110-humbleandhungry.html


We wanted to let you know about a fraud attempt that has been reported to us regarding an offer on a listing. Below is an account of the report from the listing agent.

“We received an offer last week through agents who got a client over the internet. The offer on the surface looked very good. All cash, closing in 30 days and a $20k deposit. We suspected something was up from the start. The client had never seen the house.

We asked for proof of funds. The buyer's name was Wakabayashi Hisaki. He insisted on the title company holding the deposit and said that his broker could not wire funds that he had to overnight cashier’s checks to the title company for the $20k deposit. We also Googled the buyers name only to find out that there was a fraud alert out for him from a law firm in Canada stating that he was purchasing property with fraudulent checks.

He sent a "bank statement" from ScotiaBank in Canada. We called ScotiaBank and it was totally forged. The 800# on the statement was for the Grand Hotel. Their routing numbers were wrong and there was no such address of the branch.

The agents that gave us the offer said that he had emailed other agents in their office as well telling them that he wanted to buy property in New Orleans. Our clients rejected the offer.

This listing agent also reported that they received an email that some agents had been sent counterfeit checks that were issued from Dover Federal Credit Union. They had been presented to New Orleans and Shreveport title companies.

TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS, YOU MUST DO THE FOLLOWING: Great article by Jeffrey Gitomer at: http://www.gitomer.com/articles/ViewPublicArticle.html?key=ajcdMibak3P5JnwxFsA2OQ%3D%3D