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First, let me say that I appreciate all the kind words and messages about the series we just completed on mentoring and the mentoring mindset. It’s always nice to put in the work and be rewarded with a great outcome; so I thank you all for your support!

Following that thought process, isn’t it interesting to see all the excuses as to why more houses aren’t selling or that we aren’t doing more loans? It really is something, here are some of my favorites:

  • Interest rates are too high and nobody can buy a house now! Well, average rates for 30-year fixed rate loans have averaged 8.76% since the 1970’s, plenty of homes were sold with rates much higher than they are now!
  • Inventory is low because people won’t sell and give up their 2.5% mortgage! Some may not, but 35% of all mortgages in place now are over 4%! Not to mention, a significant number of those low interest loans can be assumed, making them a greater asset!
  • Nobody is refinancing anymore! Not true! Refinancing still makes great sense to those who are weighted down by credit cards, car loans, or are scared of their rising HELOC payments. In fact, some people are better off selling a home, paying off their debt, buying a new home with a higher rate mortgage and lowering their total monthly payments without the penalty of a cash out rate!
  • The flip side is now we have borrowers who can get offers accepted, seller’s contributions, use VA/FHA/USDA/ and other programs that sellers wouldn’t look at just a year ago!
  • Don’t buy into the biggest excuse, “everyone is hurting!” Well, not everyone! I have clients that are going to have record breaking months in March and April! And, they are not just low level producers, they are people who have a plan and just keep working it!


You must have a plan that includes diversity of opportunity, as well as be committed to doing the work needed! If you need help with either, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let’s talk about it!

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Plantation shutters are a classic and timeless window treatment that can add value to any home. They not only provide excellent light control and privacy but also enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of a room. However, choosing the right style and color of plantation shutters can be a daunting task, especially if you are trying to match them with your home decor. In this article, we will discuss how to style your plantation shutters to complement your home decor, whether your style is modern, traditional, or somewhere in between.

Modern Style: Choosing the Right Color

When it comes to modern decor, the key is to keep things simple and minimalistic. For a clean and contemporary look, choose plantation shutters in neutral colors such as white, gray, or black. These colors will create a crisp and clean backdrop, allowing other elements in the room to stand out. If you have a specific color palette in mind, you can also opt for custom-colored shutters to match your decor.

Traditional Style: Adding Warmth and Texture

If your home decor leans towards the traditional side, you might want to consider adding warmth and texture to your plantation shutters. Wooden shutters in warm tones such as mahogany or cherry can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any room. You can also opt for shutters with decorative moldings or traditional louvers to enhance the overall look.

Transitional Style: Blending Modern and Traditional Elements

If your style is somewhere in between modern and traditional, you can blend the two by choosing plantation shutters that feature both modern and traditional elements. For example, you can opt for shutters with clean lines and neutral colors, but with decorative moldings or traditional louvers. This will create a balanced and cohesive look that complements any decor.

Choosing the Right Material

When it comes to choosing the right material for your plantation shutters, there are several options available. The most common materials are wood, vinyl, and composite. Wood shutters offer a classic and elegant look, but require more maintenance than other materials. Vinyl shutters are more affordable and require less maintenance, but can warp or fade over time. Composite shutters are a durable and low-maintenance option that can mimic the look of wood.

In conclusion, plantation shutters are a smart investment for any home's resale value, as they not only provide excellent light control and privacy but also enhance the overall aesthetic appeal of a room. When styling your plantation shutters to match your home decor, consider your style and color preferences, as well as the material of the shutters. By choosing the right combination of these elements, you can create a cohesive and stylish look that complements your home decor. For Australian-made plantation shutters, contact AAA Plantation Shutters, a trusted retailer for quality plantation shutters.

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Connect Social was born at a meeting of like-minded entrepreneurs in a coffee shop in the spring of 2019. Tired of the ever-growing dominance of Amazon in the retail sector and seeking to find a way to better utilize social media for enterprise purposes, the idea behind Connect was formed. A revolutionary new, free of charge, social network ecosystem where users would be paid for their data. Merchants would, in turn, have Connect Social consumers shopping with them, and be provided with a low cost trackable and result-driven advertising method, with which they could market directly to the exact consumer they want. Consumers and merchants will transact in a brand new, never been done before, a centralized economy driven by a freely distributed and exchanged currency (a loyalty token) – truly revolutionary!

So, in the fall of 2019 Connect Social started testing in a single city with merchants and consumers, offering discounts to consumers from local merchants while trying to develop the software necessary to integrate those consumers and merchants in a synergistic economy. Progress was being made when the pandemic struck in the spring of 2020. All development of the Connect Social model ground to a halt due to the financial constraints caused by the strangulation of economic development that was caused across so many sectors. One thing the pandemic made apparent was how much a model like Connect Social was needed to keep small businesses alive. The pandemic proved to be tough financially for our growth, but thanks to others seeing our vision, we were able to obtain enough funding to continue building.  We created a new, improved model that allowed everyone to benefit from Connect Social’s growth.

In 2021, with the economic constraints of the Pandemic waning, Connect found new footing as investment capital once again became available. Software development was started in earnest, with the long sought-after user-integrated platform being developed and eventually Beta tested in the spring and summer of 2022. Phase 1, (The Ambassador Platform) was officially launched on October 1, 2022 with a party to celebrate. Since that time, our user base of Ambassadors has grown steadily into the thousands.

We are currently moving into Phase 2 (The Merchant Platform) and pre-boarding small businesses into our database, offering them unique opportunities to become our Founding Merchants and provide them with a distinct advantage over their competition. Connect Social will drive customers to these shop at our businesses and will become a priceless tool for all businesses in this competitive economy.  We are excited to see the launch of the full platform in the coming months.

Connect Social is the future – a self-sustaining, digital, virtual economy with a currency that will circulate through it and grow in value in sync with that economy AND THAT FUTURE IS NOW! Both our Ambassadors and our Merchants can be proud to be a part of Connect Social and benefit from our growth for years to come! 

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