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3 Closings in One Week! January 29, 2010

I’ve been very blessed with getting 2 Buyers into their 1st homes and helping an investor on a flip property! I love when all the work comes together!

I’m busy wrapping up lots of work before I head to Indian Wells next week. And, man, is there a ton!

They’ve started highlighting some of the subjects we’ll be talking about and they’re all very worth conversations. First off, California is trying to make their own tax credit so when the Federal Government’s Tax Credit Expires, we’d want one in place that’s similar.

Also, we’ll be looking at getting a statewide standard for property maintenance. Some cities are really good about taking care of their code violations and some aren’t. We’d like to see something that isn’t so spotty.

We’re also going to be voting on something for the HOAs. Right now when and HOA wants to change the rules, it just has to be a majority vote.  We would like to see a 2/3 vote. This protects the HOA that someone purchases in from major changes without major agreement.

We’re also expecting some new news from Fannie and Freddie regarding the process and what we can expect for the future.

And, one that’s close to my heart, the editing of the Purchase Contract. With as many Short Sales and REOs that our Buyers are writing offers on, we need to make sure that we’re protecting them in every way we can. Also, one of the changes would address the issue of technology that is hanging on the wall. Per the Contract now, anything attached to the home is included in the sale unless expressly written otherwise. How many times do you think that someone doesn’t even think about writing that their TV is coming with them? All the time!

I’ll update ya’ll when I get back from the CAR Meetings in Indian Wells with lots of information!

And, stay tuned for YPN events that are coming up… they’re going to be great!

 

Prepping for February… January 18, 2010

When you’re in a business like Real Estate, you constantly have to think in the future.  Constantly!  I can’t depend on what I’m doing today to feed me today, I have to work today to get fed tomorrow (it’s actually more like months from now but you get the idea).

February holds loads of exciting events! The first is my first set of CAR Business Meetings in Indian Wells as a CAR Director!  I literally can’t put into words how excited I am being a CAR Director and going to my first set of meetings!  While I went to the June Meetings in Sacramento last year, it was just a taste and this is the real deal!  I’ll be gone for 5 days but luckily I have an amazing business partner that will be helping me with all of my work so none of my clients will feel slighted.

Upon returning, Mark Peterson and I will be heading to Anaheim to the Memorial service for Jim Rohn.  Speakers will include Anthony Robbins, Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Chris Widener, Denis Waitley and Darren Hardy.  I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing any of them speak in person so I’m excited about that but I’m so deeply saddened by the fact that I’ll be there mourning/celebrating.  I can’t put into words how influential Jim’s words have been on me or how they’ve guided me to seek the wisdom of others.  I still find myself wanting to cry because it’s so upsetting but I’m glad that he’s no longer in pain and that his family, friends and the rest of us can constantly find him on a CD, DVD or in a book.  He left his message for us wherever we’re willing to find it.

The next day is a great big day… SuperBowl Sunday! We don’t know who is playing yet but after watching the games this last weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a Vikings/Jets matchup.  We’ll see what happens though…

February 11th-14th is one of my two favorite events that come to the Pomona Fairplex… WinterNationals!  That’s right, drag racing!  It’s so much fun every year!  Since I’ve lived out here, I’ve only missed one visit to Pomona.  I’m hoping to drag (non-intentional pun) Kristin so she can experience them for her first time!  I just know she’ll love them as much as I do!

February 20th is something altogether amazing… love’s truest expression.  A friend of mine, Jasmin, is getting married.  I’m always amazed by love.  The love of two people.  It’s the simplest thing but it’s the beginning of so much.  Two people who can’t get enough of each other create love that creates love.  Through their children, grandchildren and beyond, I hope the amazement that their love started all of it grabs a hold of them in the years to come.  Amazing.  Literally awe-inspiring.  I wish them both the best of luck!

And, the very last weekend of February holds a first for Kristin and I… a trip to Philadelphia!  She’ll be attending… actually, I’m not sure what she’s going for but I’ll be spending time with her parents and boyfriend, Tim, while she’s in her meetings and we’ll all be enjoying Philly when she’s done!  I’m so excited to see a city so rich with history!  I can’t wait!

So, as I’m preparing for such excitement, I’m also tying up my loose ends for the month of January.  It’s been a great month that still holds much to do.