Do Cougars drive Jaguars?
When I went to my first Board Of Realtors meeting back in 1987, I was surprised to see so many Jaguars in the parking lot.
The first Broker I worked for in 1987 drove a Jaguar. He always had a new car. He was hooked on Jaguars. One day he told me as I was looking the Kelly Blue Book value of used Jaguars he casually told me that “around here Jaguars are selling back of book value” (less than the value KBB quoted). This was news to me. How could they have a service that gave the wrong information?
My eyes were opened by someone who knew Jaguars.
These days you can “check the value of your home” with just a click. We have that service, similar to the “Kelly Blue Book”. Many companies are trying to come up with the solution to the question, “What’s my home worth?” But is the “automatic value” correct? Does a Cougar drive a Jaguar? Ok well maybe sometimes, but I digress.
Wikipedia says “Fair market value (FMV) is an estimate of the market value of a property, based on what a knowledgeable, willing, and unpressured buyer would probably pay to a knowledgeable, willing, and unpressured seller in the market.”
Is your home value “back of book value” or “ahead of book value?” Only by marketing your home with a proven, experienced professional will get you that answer.
When It’s time to sell your home, call me for a no-obligation analysis of your home value and I will also walk you through the steps we take to get your home sold for the most money in the least amount of time and with the least amount of hassle.
Check out the, not to be trusted “ONLINE QUICK VALUE”
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I was chatting over coffee with a musician friend Johnny Blair recently at Madhouse Coffee. We have coffee every Wednesday morning with a couple of other entrepreneurs to discuss business, life hacks and other interesting topics that arise. This would be considered like an idea “jam session” of sorts.
We were talking about our morning routine and I was laying out mine and what I thought an ideal day was for me.
My morning routine, Monday through Friday starts at 4:50 am, yes 4:50. Normally I wake up before the alarm. I get dressed for the gym and then get on an inspirational call with Sharran Srivatsaa and about 160 people that lasts for about 5 minutes. This is called the 5am Club. This is a listen only inspirational call. I then take the drive from my house to Planet Fitness in Daly City. Workout starts at 5:30 and lasts until 6:15. It’s interesting to be at the gym at the same time everyday. Almost everybody in there is there everyday. I had the idea to move away from the machines that face the televisions (your mind thinks about what you look at) so I can focus on the podcast that I’m listening to and in the process witness a lot of crazy antics on the gym floor as well that could fill another blog post.
By 6:30 I make my way to Madhouse Coffee for breakfast, usually an egg bowl and toast. Again, I see the same people in there at the same time. We are creatures of habit.
By 7:00 I’m home, bringing a cup of coffee for my wife. I then get a chance to read for about an hour if I’m not distracted by any household chores. This gets me to the office around 9am. Mornings are best for prospecting and returning phone calls etc.
When we were chatting about our daily schedule I thought about how learning and executing a schedule is like learning a song. I will be playing drums for a band who’s drummer will be out for a gig and there’s one song that’s tough and I start at the beginning and play till I make a mistake and then start over. Like my daily schedule, I have to take all the measures one at a time and execute.
Solos! What’s a song without a good couple of solos? This is where time blocking (solos) come in. An hour to an hour and a half of prospecting, accounting, meetings, marketing are like solos in a song. They are usually different each day but work to bring a balance and productivity to the day. It’s a time of focusing on one thing. Don’t let solos take over the day! A solo is nice when it’s fairly short and doesn’t dominate the entire song.
Just as you couldn’t listen to the same song every day your work day can’t be exactly the same every day. Some days are Reggae and some are Jazz while other days can feel like Heavy Metal or Punk Rock. Some are just plain out of key.
What’s your day sound like?
Written on the beach in St. Martin. It’s a Reggae day.
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As a Real Estate Broker I have helped hundreds of people move. It can be a stressful time in a persons life especially if they don’t know where they they’re headed or if they don’t really want to move but circumstances drive the decision. Divorce, losing a job and many factors create stress. The people that are the most inspiring to me are the ones who know where they’re going and have new life experiences waiting ahead. Stopping everything in your life and making a change can be exciting. No risk no reward right? I’ve had clients move onto sailboats for an exciting adventure, move to that one level retirement home in the country with a pool or even just downsize to shed some expenses so that they can travel. There are also the people who are stuck. Fear comes easy for them. Do I do this or that? Do I go here or there? Being stuck is no fun. The decision to move on for this group is usually made for them. Breaking a hip, running out of money or a major illness may cause the move to happen at an inconvenient time. It pays to plan ahead!
As I see it, the people who take action and follow their dreams and plans are the heroes. I have been blessed to work with a few folks this year that are inspiring. One family moved to Germany another downsized to a home out of the area with a pool. Another is planning to take time off to walk the Appellation trail. How cool is that?
In the story I see these guys as the hero. Making big life decisions can be daunting. They all had different challenges and obstacles to overcome. For some it’s getting the home ready for others it’s the task of getting the home cleaned out and dealing with years of accumulation. For some it’s the challenge of closing out an estate of a loved one from across the country. For others it’s just the emotional challenge of taking the next step in life. I love it when I can help guide my clients through the process to a successful outcome.
When it’s time to make a move give me a call or send me an email. I will do my best to work with you to create a plan and guide you to a successful outcome. I have put together a book that outlines this. It’s called Ron’s Ultimate Guide To Selling Your Home. I will be happy to send a copy to you just request it at [email protected]
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“Ron brings such a wide knowledge to the process of selling your home. We especially valued his book, which addressed all stages of selling one’s home, practical advice that we checked back in on periodically. Ron has an extensive online presence that supports his sale plan and a personable real life presence that closes the deal. And he always stays in touch, lets you know what’s going on!”
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