For a business or organization, cost-effective solutions to current and future problems is a primary goal of many internal leaders. Of course, this is not limited to having less scrap as a manufacturing company or offering fewer refunds to dissatisfied customers as a retailer. Much of what cost savings has to do with these days is found in processing power, bandwidth, and storage — the Three Digital Accelerators that I have identified as the cause for accelerated digital disruption since the eighties. Yes, cost savings by way of using an Anticipatory Mindset to get in front of disruption is certainly a prominent factor as a business or organization. However, the other side of the coin here is in understanding how to effectively implement digital disruption to leverage it in low-cost ways. I have previously highlighted in recent blogs the fast-moving nature of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in nearly all areas of…
Posted On Monday, 16 January 2023 20:14 Written by
Really solid news from my clients reporting from the field that new contracts, pre-approvals, and contacts for information are significantly higher than the last few weeks of 2022. As expected, the new year brought both buyers and sellers back into the market and many are interested in making something happen NOW! While not huge amount of urgency, interest in making it happen, or the commitment to the process appears to be strong. That is always a good sign, and certainly welcome now. Will sellers continue the annual tradition of listing in January? We will have to see, but it appears that there is solid interest by homeowners to trade up, trade down, or relocate. Couple that with a strong first-time home buyer interest and you have the makings of solid activity.  Thanks to those who reached out to me about the call I did with Dave Savage on December 30th.…
Posted On Monday, 16 January 2023 00:00 Written by
Welcome to 2023! I am excited to enter this year with the excitement for our industry that many others are lacking but are searching for. It may just be my experience pointing me to the opportunities that are there for the taking, but I can’t help but feel optimistic about what lies ahead, and you should too! I did a call with Dave Savage of Mortgage Coach last Friday (You can find it on Facebook or the Mortgage Coach YouTube channel) and it was about what four generations of mortgage professionals thought about our business going forward. While I am not so sure that it was four generations since Dave Savage, and Dave Gallegos are less than 10 years younger than I am, but Sosi at 33 is almost young enough to be my grandson, so why not? The point is perspective! As the industry has changed in many regards,…
Posted On Monday, 09 January 2023 00:00 Written by
Buyers received concessions—such as money for repairs and mortgage-rate buydowns—in a record 42% of home sales in the fourth quarter, up from 31% a year earlier Home sellers gave concessions to buyers in 41.9% of home sales in the fourth quarter—the highest share of any three-month period in Redfin’s records, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. That’s up from just over 30% in both the previous quarter and the fourth quarter of 2021, and outpaces the prior 40.8% high from the three months ending July 2020, when the housing market nearly ground to a halt due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Redfin’s concessions records date back to July 2020 and are based on data submitted by Redfin buyers’ agents. Concessions have made a comeback as rising mortgage rates, inflation and economic uncertainty have dampened homebuying demand, giving the buyers who remain…
Posted On Friday, 06 January 2023 06:39 Written by
You have heard the term “entrepreneurship,” and perhaps as a business leader or C-suite executive, you fear the possibility of some of your team members leaving your organization to pursue their own great ideas. This is not because you do not want to see them succeed, but because you may lose them as an asset to your operation. But have you heard the term “intrapreneurship?” Does that sound like a typographical error, or do you have an inkling as to what that may mean for you and your organization? “Intrapreneurship is a form of organizational innovation that leverages the brilliance of even the most entry-level employees.” I have long encouraged the high-level leaders and managers at a multitude of businesses and organizations to allocate for innovation hours, where all employees come together with transformative ideas to progress the business or organization further. But believe it or not, these innovation hours and…
Posted On Friday, 06 January 2023 00:00 Written by
Cristy “Code Red” Nickel is the author of “The Code Red Revolution” and has been in the health and fitness industry since 1994. While studying Exercise Science at the University of Memphis, Cristy competed in 3 NPC Figure competitions, placing in the top 5 at each show. In 2003, Cristy became a federally licensed professional boxer and fought in 15 professional fights all over the world over the next 7 years. She was named “Top 3 Most Dangerous Females on the Planet” by Ring Magazine, which landed her a coaching role on MTV’s hit series “MADE.” The success of that show propelled her to New York City to train top celebrities, business tycoons, models and professional athletes. In 2008, Cristy was awarded “New York’s Best Trainer” by Allure Magazine and featured in the August issue. After retiring from boxing, Cristy settled in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Miles and dog,…
Posted On Thursday, 05 January 2023 00:00 Written by
Last week you had just a few more loans to close to close out the year, and then close the books and start fresh with a solid head of steam into 2023. At least, that is what I hope you all did! I had a few people who did open houses with their more engaged agents last weekend, I will be very interested in seeing how they went. Your business plan should already be in place. Your schedule should be adjusted to the realities of your market. All the new tools and technologies should have been adopted and fully functional, so you are all set to go next week so all you need to do is execute and adjust; track your results and execute again.  Many are forecasting a challenging 2023, if you are prepared, it won’t be. If you aren’t, it always is. Either way, people will be buying…
Posted On Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00 Written by
The supply of homes for sale posted a record year-over-year increase this week as homes linger on the market. But some buyers are making their way back, with Redfin’s Homebuyer Demand Index showing an uptick in early-stage demand. The total number of homes for sale rose 18% from a year earlier during the four weeks ending December 25, the biggest increase since at least 2015, according to a new report from Redfin (redfin.com), the technology-powered real estate brokerage. Inventory is up even though new listings are down by double digits because homes are taking a long time to sell amid 6%-plus mortgage rates (the average 30-year rate ticked up to 6.42% this week), economic uncertainty and the typically slow holiday season. The typical home was on the market for 40 days before going under contract, more than double the record low of 18 days set in May and the slowest…
Posted On Sunday, 01 January 2023 06:25 Written by
Join Cristy's Challenge!Visit her website for more information: https://10poundtakedownchallenge.com/join Cristy “Code Red” Nickel is the author of “The Code Red Revolution” and has been in the health and fitness industry since 1994. While studying Exercise Science at the University of Memphis, Cristy competed in 3 NPC Figure competitions, placing in the top 5 at each show. In 2003, Cristy became a federally licensed professional boxer and foughtin 15 professional fights all over the world over the next 7 years. She was named “Top 3 Most Dangerous Females on the Planet” by Ring Magazine, which landed her a coaching role on MTV’s hit series “MADE.” The success of that show propelled her to New York City to train top celebrities, business tycoons, models and professional athletes. In 2008, Cristy was awarded “New York’s Best Trainer” by Allure Magazine and featured in the August issue. After retiring from boxing, Cristy settled in Boise, Idaho…
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