Archive for February, 2011

A BUSINESS HAS ONLY ONE OBJECTIVE — APPARENTLY MANY HAVEN’T LEARNED IT

Posted by    |    February 28th, 2011 at 4:15 am

There is an elementary component of business that few either don’t understand or never leaned.

A business only has one objective:  To convince customers to give the business some of the customer’s money.

That’s it; nothing more complicated.

So the raw method used to do that is to offer a product or service that the customer can be convinced he needs.  At that point the customer gives the merchant some money, and the business has achieved its goal. (more…)

TEXAS HOMES SALES AND PRICES ON THE UP!

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2011 at 4:15 am

COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Some 10,628 existing single-family homes were sold in Texas last month, according to the most recent Multiple Listing Services (MLS) data compiled by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. That’s a 2 percent increase over a year ago.

The median price was also up 2 percent from January 2010, at $139,100. There was a 7.3-month inventory.

January 2011 MLS data for many Texas cities (current as of today) are available on the Center’s website. Here is a sampling: (more…)

Is Blogging Becoming the CB Radio of the 21 Century — Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

Posted by    |    February 24th, 2011 at 4:15 am

Active Rain’s membership of real estate professionals seems to be about 200,000.  I believe when I first joined up that there were about 50,000.

The other day I heard on Bloomburg News that bloggers are leaving that practice by the droves, now favoring posting their thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.

Apparently posters are finding they are getting their messages out to more people, and a more focused group of people.

The most hits I ever got on an Active Rain post was about 24,000.  It was a silly post about whether or not a person should consider getting a tattoo.  But for the first several of years, most of the time I got about 100 – 200 hits per blog post. (more…)

I SUGGEST AR FEATURE THIS POST — A MESSAGE FROM BELINDA SPILLMAN

Posted by    |    February 23rd, 2011 at 4:15 am

Fellow AR poster, Belinda Spillman of Colorado, wrote a comment to a post I entered that complained about showing agents who do not give feedback to the listing broker. (My post)

Those of you who know how to get AR to decide to make a blog a Featured Post, I wish you’d cause it to happen for this one.

Here’s what Belinda wrote:

Hi Bill.  I agree that feedback is so important.

Our sellers sit on the edge of their seats waiting to hear something. They go to all the trouble to clean their home and spritz some air freshener to make it smell pretty.  Heck, some sellers actually bake cookies for showings. (more…)

A WAY TO CHECK TO SEE IF YOU ARE AS THE FORTUNE TELLER THINKS YOU ARE

Posted by    |    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:15 am

My friend, Elaine Mitrovich, and I have been close since junior high.  That’s a long time, and it’s a treasured friendship. 

She sent me this yesterday, because she found it describes each of us to the T.  She’s an Aquarius and I’m a Gemini.  I agree with her, so I thought you might like to see if the description of those born when you were is on the spot.

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"A GAME OF OLD MAID TO DIE FOR"

Posted by    |    February 20th, 2011 at 4:15 am

ARSENIC & OLD LACE

Arsenic and Old Lace is one of those Broadway stage plays that has been around for decades.

Legitimate theaters, college drama classes, even high school senior play groups have staged the play time and time again, and it all but assures a big box office.

The Dallas Theater Center will be running its version of the Joseph Kesselring classic at the Kalita Humpherys Theater until March 13th.

Directed by Scott Schwartz, it stars Broadway legends Betty Buckley and Tovah Feldshun.

Tauted as “a game of old maid to die for,” Arsenic & Old Lace is a comedic mystery, and it’s one the entire family can both understand and enjoy. (more…)

DENTON’S FAMOUS JAZZ FESTIVAL – April 23-25, 2011

Posted by    |    February 18th, 2011 at 9:15 am

Denton, Texas, about 40 miles north of Dallas, has long been considered the king of jazz music education.  The University of North Texas is there, and it’s the daddy of the famous One O’clock Lab Band that has played for kings, queens, presidents, and for regular people like you and me.

Chick Corea ===>>

I suppose because of the Lab Band’s more than 70 years of influence on the city, the citizens of Denton themselves are rabid jazz aficionados.  And UNT treasures its jazz programs and bands probably more than other colleges and universities treasure their school’s athletic prowess. (more…)

San Antonio Area Forclosures Significantly Higher

Posted by    |    February 16th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Here’s what the Texas A&M Real Estate Research Center at College Station reports:

Foreclosure posting activity in first quarter 2011 in Bexar County (San Antonio area) was 105 percent higher than it was eight years ago when FLS began tracking foreclosure activity there.

The chart here compares the first quarter of 2011 with the first quarter of 2010 as well as to the last quarter of 2010. (more…)