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Does anyone have a good strategy for working FSBO's?

Mon, 02 Jul 2007 12:17:54 -0700

So; does anyone have a good strategy for working FSBO's?

Does anyone have a good strategy for working FSBO's?

Mon, 02 Jul 2007 12:17:15 -0700

So does anyone have a good marketing idea to use when working FSBO's?

A little Saturday morning humor. (R -)

Sat, 23 Jun 2007 04:17:19 -0700

Talking AnimalsWhile riding one day, a cowboy met an Indian riding along with a dog and sheep and began a conversation.Cowboy: "Hey, cool dog you got there. Mind if I speak to him?"Indian: "Dog no talk."Cowboy: "Hey dog, how's it going?"Dog: "Doin' alright."(Indian: Look of shock.)Cowboy: "Is this Indian your owner?" pointing at the Indian.Dog:: "Yep"Cowboy: "How does he treat you?"Dog: "Real good. He walks me twice a day, feeds me great food, and takes me to the lake once a week to play."(Indian: Look of total disbelief.) Cowboy: "Mind if I talk to your horse?"Indian: "Horse no talk."Cowboy: "Hey horse, how's it going?"Horse: "Cool."(Indian: Extreme look of shock.)Cowboy: "Is this your owner? " pointing at Indian.Horse: "Yep"Cowboy: "How's he treat you?"Horse: "Pretty good, thanks for asking. He rides me regularly, brushes me  down often, and keeps me in a shed to protect me."(Indian: Total look of utter amazement.)Cowboy: "Mind if I talk to your sheep?"Indian: "Sheep liar."

Why West Seattle is a cool place to be.

Wed, 20 Jun 2007 04:03:26 -0700

(image) West Seattle is a peninsula. It is a part of Seattle that pokes out into Elliot Bay, which is the main waterway connecting Puget Sound to the Seattle waterfront. With Elliot Bay separating West Seattle from the "mainland," one can enjoy a great view of the Seattle skyline. West Seattle is connected to the rest of the city via the West Seattle bridge. A favorite destination for many Seattelites is Alki Beach. Yes, a real beach in the city! In addition to providing a stretch of about 2.5 miles of beach. The beach itself includes a seawall that allows one to just sit and people watch, or to stroll along at your own pace along the water. (image) Walking the beach path gives you wonderful views of the city skykine in addition to watching a game of beach volleyball, or catch locals sunning themselves on the beach. I think that Alki is the only place in the city where one would be sporting a bathing suit. You will find that many of us that live in West Seattle do spend a fair amount of time here. The shopping is plentiful, the selection of restaurants is good and as you learn about the area you will find that there is a lot that West Seattle offers that makes one want to stay in "the neighborhood," instead of venturing out into the main part of the city. That's not to say that West Seattle residents ignore the rest of the city. Far from it! One can get to the downtown area in about 15 minutes. West Seattle affords one a great sense of neighborhood. I know many can appreciate that. As some one who migrated from the New York City area the idea of neighborhoods brought a smile to my face. If you lived in New York City, and someone asked you where you lived, it was customary to say, "East New York"  instead of Brooklyn, or "Flushing" rather then Queens. I know that many of you can relate to that, no matter where you live. You'll hear one who lives in West Seattle ask someone else where they live, and it would be: "Oh, I live at Alki," or near "the Junction." Ah, the Junction. The Junction is pretty much the hub of West Seattle. Located at California Avenue SW and SW Alaska Street, the junction provides shopping, restaurants and on Sunday mornings, a Farmer's Market.(image) The area is also home to Arts West, serving as both a theatre and art gallery. So feel free to snoop around the West Seattle area when you visit Seattle. If you have any questions about West Seattle, or about living in a West Seattle neighborhood; just shoot me an e-mail or drop a comment below, and I will do what I can to get you an answer.M

The importance of RSS

Wed, 13 Jun 2007 09:00:47 -0700

What's all this talk about RSS? I am sure that by now most real estate types have heard about RSS (Reall Simple Syndication). Going a step further; I'm sure that many of you are using syndication on your website and/or blog.A lot of what I have read about RSS on Active Rain deals with folks adding the syndication tag to items of interest on their sites. Most of what I see deals with adding content from OTHER places. I'm here to extol the virtues of having your own syndication feed.What's more important than leading surfers and prospective clients to you? I say nothing is more important. Syndication can allow you to place your timely content in front of people that are specifically looking for the information and content that you offer on the Web.If your link to prospects is a blog, then chances are your blog host already has feed syndication set up. So all you have to do in that scenario is write and post. The mechanics are all handled automatically.If you're syndication your content from a web site, it might not be as simple. While some hosts provide the feed, many do not. However; all is not lost. You do have some options. First of all, if you're web savvy, you can write your own feed. If you're not (I'm sure many fall into this category), there are services out there in webland that will do it for you. My advice there is to be careful about which one you wind up selecting. Many of these services will create the feed for no out-of-pocket, but the bottom line is that the feed that is sent out is ad supported. Obviously; this won't do! You want your subscribers to read your content. Not an ad for the particular service you decided on. It's important to note that these same services will do ad free feeds also...You have to pay; of course. An alternative is to buy software that will generate the feed for you. Some of these tools are quite good. Generally they start at about $30 and go up from there.That all being said, it gets us to the "bottom line" on the subject. My friends, the bottom line is your bottom line! As I see it; the use of this tool gives you a distinct advantage in presenting the content you develop for the people you want to see it. Your clients and prospective clients.M

Pocketful of golf balls. (R for some)

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 18:52:11 -0700

A man entered the bus with both of his front pockets full of golf balls, and sat down next to a beautiful (you guessed it) blonde. The puzzled blonde kept looking at him and his bulging pockets. Finally, after many such glances from her, he said, "It's golf balls". Nevertheless, the blonde continued to look at him thoughtfully and finally, not being able to contain her curiosity any longer, asked .. "Does it hurt as much as tennis elbow?"

A Wisconsin Study (R...for right on?)

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 18:49:02 -0700

A study in Wisconsin showed that the kind of male face that a woman finds attractive can differ - depending on where a woman is in her menstrual cycle.     For instance, if she is ovulating she is attracted to men with rugged and masculine features.     If she has PMS, she is more prone to be attracted to a man with scissors shoved in his temple and a bat jammed up his ass while he is on fire.

AR Participation

Wed, 06 Jun 2007 03:59:22 -0700

Well, I have been trolling around AR the last couple of weeks and I must say that I have picked up ideas that I can use. AND...I have also offered advice myself. All in all, a very good experience!I expect to hang around here for a long time. Thanks all!M

Hi All!

Thu, 17 May 2007 08:09:13 -0700

Hi to all!I'm a Realtor serving the greater Seattle area. While I might be relatively new to real estate, I am not a fledgling when it comes to sales. I have been a professional salesperson for over 30 years. What I have learned over the years is that in order to be successful in sales, one must be a good listener.I pride myself on being able to listen to what my clients want and need and then being able to deliver to them the information they are after. I like to work with the person relocating to the Seattle area. As someone that was in that same place back in the 70's, I can only look at the information that is available NOW as opposed to the lack of information readily available back then. Of course; this is due to the coming of age of the Internet.My hope is to provide information via my blog at the Seattle Home Pages to the relocating individual, that might give one an idea of what Seattle is like, as well as providing them with an opportunity to use me for their real estate needs.