As I approach forty years connected to the mortgage and real estate industry, I have given a great deal of thought about what the last phase of my career will look like. I have really thought deeply about what I know, and the things I have learned, and have concluded that my favorite part of all I have been a part of has been helping others find their path in this industry. So, my future will be committed to what I will call “The Mentoring Mindset”. I will continue to write and record content but will limit my individual originator coaching clients and spend more time with teams, managers, branches, and working with companies to help them develop the “Mentoring Mindset” so the next generation of coaches, trainers, managers, and leaders will be in place to help future producers, top producers and others do a better job building and nurturing…
Posted On Monday, 23 January 2023 00:00 Written by
Existing-home sales retreated for the eleventh consecutive month in December, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Three of the four major U.S. regions recorded month-over-month drops, while sales in the West were unchanged. All regions experienced year-over-year declines. Total existing-home sales,[i] https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales – completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops – decreased 1.5% from November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.02 million in December. Year-over-year, sales sagged 34.0% (down from 6.09 million in December 2021).
“December was another difficult month for buyers, who continue to face limited inventory and high mortgage rates,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “However, expect sales to pick up again soon since mortgage rates have markedly declined after peaking late last year.” Total housing inventory[ii] registered at the end of December was 970,000 units, which was down 13.4% from November but up 10.2% from one year ago…
Posted On Friday, 20 January 2023 07:32 Written by
 Silverland Bakery began over 30 years ago as one of the first commercial bakers of brownies. Since 1983, our founder and former structural engineer Athena Uslander has been hand crafting brownies, old fashioned bakery bars, cookies, crispy rice treats, raw bars and customized products for wholesale customers as well as direct to the consumer. Recipes are developed by Athena are hand made with locally sourced, high quality all-natural ingredients in small batches, preservative free. Our family business strives to be a recognized brand known to consumers, foodservice and retailers for making all natural desserts crafted by heart and hand. What Does It Take To “Craft By Hand And Heart?” It takes a pregnant engineer who’s fed up with her job and determined to pass some tradition down to her kids. Thirty years ago, Athena Uslander, with her nimble engineer‘s hands and tradition-craving mother’s heart, left her job for her passion.…
Posted On Thursday, 19 January 2023 00:00 Written by
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
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