Let Zig Ziglar Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2013

Have you set your real estate business goals for 2013?  Whether you already have or they’re still in the works, I highly recommend taking a few moments to watch this video of Zig Ziglar explaining how to set goals in a way that helps you successfully achieve them.  I’ve seen it a few times before, but I always find his advice really insightful – it falls into the category of things that intuitively make sense when you hear them but that are quite easy to forget when you’re bouncing around in the day-to-day world.

Some great Zig Ziglar quotes from the video:

“The basic problem is not lack of time, it’s lack of direction.”

“Don’t confuse activity with accomplishment.”

“Logic will not change an emotion, but action will.”

And from J.C. Penney:

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history.  But give me a man without a goal, and I’ll give you a stock clerk.”

Click the link above to watch the video on Youtube (be sure to start with Part 1).

Is Your Real Estate Blog Breaking Copyright Law?

Please forgive the question.  (And if your first reaction is “Of course not, what is she thinking!” I totally understand.)  However, you would not believe the number of times I’ve seen real estate agents copy and paste entire news articles into their blog posts, mistakenly believing that they’re complying with copyright law by including the…

What Are the Requirements for General Contractors In Your State?

For years when I saw that someone was a bonded General Contractor, I assumed that they had passed a set of construction-related professional standards set by the state  I think many consumers make the same assumption, but did you know that depending on where you live, this could be completely untrue? In Washington state, for example,…

Why We Love Hostgator for Real Estate Website Hosting

I got off the phone with a Hostgator tech support person a few days ago and vowed to write a post reminding real estate agents of why we recommend them for real estate website hosting. Finding a place to host your real estate website or blog is one of the first things you’re confronted with…

For Real Estate Magnets, Try House of Magnets

As you start ramping up your real estate marketing now that 2012 is here, you might want to check out the House of Magnets website for ideas to complement your other projects.  They offer a good selection of magnets in the form of calendars, sport schedules, business card holders, and more – and their prices…

Is December Really a Good Time to Market to Home Buyers?

If you’re a real estate agent who sends regular marketing pieces to your past clients, contacts, and/or a farm, you might be surprised to know what your potential future real estate clients are thinking about towards the end of the year.  (I’m talking right now primarily about home buyers, but of course their mindset affects…

Number-of-Days Calculator on TimeandDate.com

Here’s a handy tool you can use when you’re calculating deadlines in your real estate transactions.  It’s TimeandDate.com’s date calculator, which allows you to enter in a date, then choose a number of days, weeks, or months to add in order to come up with a final date.  Here’s an example of what it looks…

MarketWatch Helps You Keep Track of Housing Reports

Do you sometimes lose track of when the various housing and economic reports are coming out?  It’s easy to do, but since newspapers start buzzing as soon as the Case-Shiller housing numbers or new unemployment figures are released, it’s good to know in advance what’s coming up.  That’s where MarketWatch.com’s economic calendar page comes in handy.  It…

Agents, CNBC’s Realty Check is Worth Your Time

In the course of researching this month’s real estate email newsletter article I stumbled upon Diana Olick’s Realty Check column on the CNBC site, and I have to say I wish I’d found it long ago.  Each weekday she posts a short, well-researched blurb about some current real estate topic, from recently released housing reports to new legislation,…

Do Your Real Estate Clients Know About New Lead-Based Paint Regulations?

Effective April 22, 2010, important new federal regulations went into effect regarding  how remodeling firms and contractors need to handle work done in pre-1978 housing.  Called the Renovation, Repair, and Painting rule (RRP), it requires firms and their employees to be certified by the EPA in order to do any work that disturbs lead-based paint…