Sonia Gaby Martinez immigrated to the USA in 2000 after her country went through critical economic and political issues. After working in sales for several years in her original country Ecuador, Gaby's first job in the USA was at a tie factory sewing ties by hand,  later and with very little English Gaby became the receptionist of a Real Estate Company in Hallandale, FL.  She obtained her real estate license in 2006 and has been servicing Sellers and Buyers since then. In 2013 Gaby and Her husband founded Xtreme International Realty, a full service Real Estate company, one of the fastest growing real estate firms in Broward County with over (200) associates.  She mentors new agents in their real estate career. Gaby is married and has 2 children 15 and 20 years old.   A little more about me: Selected as 2018-2020 Miami Real Estate Board Governor, 2021-2022 Florida Realtors Director, Voted as one of…
Posted On Friday, 20 August 2021 00:00 Written by
It’s the middle of August, which means you have 90 days to get in front of everything you are going to close and get paid for this year. Silly as that sounds; it is the reality. We really need to get ready for the sprint to the wire that is the next 90 days and we can start with knowing where we are. By now you know what is going to close in August, or pretty close to it. You also have a good idea of what September is going to look like. This will get you ¾ of the way to your annual numbers. It also sets the parameters of what you need to do to get to where you want to go the rest of this year. Key questions: • Are you tracking ahead or behind your business plan?• Are you off your blend of loans purchase/refinance?• Are…
Posted On Monday, 16 August 2021 00:00 Written by
“Financial independence is the ability to live from the income of your own personal resources.” Jim Rohn It’s a secure feeling, owning your own home with an affordable payment so you and your family can enjoy living life together.  It’s a feeling of satisfaction knowing that as the value on your home goes up, and the balance on the mortgage gradually gets paid down, you are building wealth for yourself and those you love.  1. Know your comfort level for a payment and down payment.  Experts on podcasts and financial posts suggest keeping your total house payment under 33% of your gross income.   They recommend keeping your total house payment and payments on other debt no more than 43% of your gross income.   Keep enough savings in the emergency fund to get your family through an emergency.  Don’t rely on the mortgage loan officer to tell you what…
Posted On Monday, 16 August 2021 00:00 Written by
Nora Crosthwaite spent years in software development and left to do something meaningful and positively impact the world around her. With no sales, marketing or real estate experience,  After showing hundreds of homes since 2015, Nora realized there was a need for helping sellers prepare their homes for the sale and make them shine. Nora wanted a convenient online staging consultation but couldn't find the right fit. So, she created it: Stagerie.  Nora runs a real estate team of three agents at Home Sweet Des Moines (brokered by RE/MAX Precision) and is growing Stagerie, available nationwide. Stagerie launched in 2020 and was one of six companies chosen for the Iowa Startup Accelerator program in spring 2021. Now, Nora has worked to make Stagerie the only occupied staging company that is a RE/MAX approved supplier and is actively looking for other partnerships. Stagerie has stagers in five different states, with more coming…
Posted On Sunday, 15 August 2021 20:22 Written by
Kathleen Lappe, “Katie”, entered the real estate industry as an entrepreneur eager to solve a problem. She quickly identified an opening in the publishing industry, Katie created and founded a magazine dedicated to real estate. Her idea bloomed into the largest publishing house for Kentucky and Northern Tennessee real estate and auctions. Home Market Magazine was successfully acquired in 2018.  As digital search revolutionized the housing industry Katie realized the same could be done in the auction arena, and AuctionLook took form. AuctionLook is a nationwide auction aggregator and data portal for auctioneers, many of whom are REALTORSⓇ. More than half of AuctionLook’s inventory are real estate opportunities. AuctionLook has over 4B dollars in real estate published and more than 6,000 REALTORSⓇ/Auctioneers have engaged on the platform. AuctionLook manages 25 state auction associations, with more slated for 2020 launch.  As her knowledge and strategic real estate insight grew she founded…
Posted On Thursday, 12 August 2021 00:00 Written by
First week of August and we get the July jobs report on Friday. Not likely to be a great number, but the FED has dismissed all the jobs misses so it shouldn’t be a surprise, unless the FED sees something new. I do think the inflation report next week is also likely to be a terrible number, but once again, the FED will just dismiss it with its new favorite word, “transitory” and keep right on ignoring the inflation we all see. Housing is another issue, prices continue to rise across the country and in many areas, it’s more than double digit increases year over year. While activity has slowed down a little in some areas, volume of both home sales and demand remains strong. Fueling much of that is the insane rise in rents. Last month we saw a 2% increase in rents, leading to more than a 10%…
Posted On Monday, 09 August 2021 00:00 Written by
“The higher the climb, the better the view.”  Bacotkeren.blogspot.com  Dayo Dekker began buying rental homes close to streets where houses were being revitalized and renovated.  He did not buy on the same street where revitalization was actively taking place, but he bought ahead of the path where the revitalization was headed so he could still buy at a low enough price to get a good profit from his tenants, and yet he could see his values pop up quickly as more and more other investors started buying around him and fixing up houses.  Dayo positioned himself with a rooftop view of his local real estate market and bought ahead of the curve for a quicker return on income and value.  Rent vs. Buy Decision If you are a renter in Memphis, TN, rents have gone up 13.5% year over year. That means if you were paying $1,000/month in 2020, you…
Posted On Monday, 09 August 2021 00:00 Written by
Meet Samantha Knoerr who helped Christy Buck build the massively successful Christy Buck team from 3 to 28 members. Starting out as a babysitter she rose to Operations Manager of one of the most dominant real estate offices in the Houston Texas area. As the power behind the Christy Buck Team, Samantha and Christy have built a team by deploying systems and strategies from the Workman Success Systems. If you have resisted hiring a good admin, and want to learn how to work less and make more, discover how Samantha uses organizational excellence to grow each member of the team to profitability for everyone! Samantha is the Chief Operations Officer for the Christy Buck Team and a lifetime area resident. While studying Psychology in college, Samantha decided to pursue her career in real estate and began working with Christy as her assistant. She has been with The Christy Buck Team…
Posted On Friday, 06 August 2021 00:00 Written by
As a leader, do you have your finger on the pulse of what’s happening every week? Your team needs real leadership in a time that they need it most! People are still buying and selling and if we feel responsibility to help them, we have to figure out ways to help prospects even though we are physically restricted. Master Coach, speaker, trainer and radio host, Cleve Gaddis, from Remax Center in Atlanta, addresses how giving your team structure and systems can shift them from Lead Accountability to Lead Awareness.    Cleve Gaddis is a Master Coach, speaker, and trainer with Workman Success Systems who works with some of America's most-profitable teams. He specializes in helping family-owned brokerages and teams navigate the challenges unique to family businesses. Cleve hosts "Your Move Atlanta," a weekly radio show on 640 AM, a Fox News station on iHeartRadio.  He learned to sales the hard…
Posted On Wednesday, 04 August 2021 00:00 Written by
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