Mark Seiden was born to become a real estate leader and professional coach. As a graduate of Cornell University with post-graduate credentials from the University of California-Berkley, he began his career in 1993 at Lois Seiden Real Estate of Westchester County, New York, and was the agency's top agent each year until it was sold in 1997.  He continued his ascent by earning a position as the Number 1 Agent for all of Westchester County at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage for five consecutive years (1997-2002). In 2003, he founded Mark J. Seiden Real Estate, Inc., rebranding it as the Mark Seiden Real Estate Team in 2008.  Since 2004, Mark was and continues to be ranked among the Top 3 Agents for selling single-family homes in all of Westchester/Putnam Counties (over 10,000 agents) - ranking Number 1 in 2008, 2014 and 2015.  A natural mentor and gifted communicator, Mark and his…
Posted On Friday, 12 November 2021 00:00 Written by
It’s the first week of November and we are in the final days of 2021. There are a few things that we must get taken care of before we lose the ability to control these final days. It’s a simple check list, but important none the less. 1. Complete your business plan for 2022! If you don’t have this done and begin working your new schedule and processes, you won’t be able to hit the ground running on January 3rd! You can’t afford to give up such a competitive advantage. 2. Finish all required continuing education classes. While I always suggest this is done in February, some push it off. You can’t be without your license! Get it done! 3. Check the calendar. How many days left for you to take in a loan and close it for 2021? Remember to allow for your personal time off, vacations, or possible…
Posted On Monday, 08 November 2021 00:00 Written by
 EXIT Realty Corp International’s CEO TAMI BONNELL is an internationally renowned leader in the real estate industry and was instrumental in building three major brands. Among her many achievements, she was recognized by Real Estate trend watcher, Stephan Swanepoel, three years consecutively as one of the 200 most Powerful and influential   people in residential real estate, among the top 20 corporate executives and among the top 10 women leaders.  Ms. Bonnell has been a featured speaker at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTOR’S® convention to the Top 500 power brokers, The National Women’s Council REALTORS®, Inman News Connect Conference and the RIS Media’s Leadership Conference.   She was named to the National Association of Women in Housing & Real Estate Ecosystem ( NAWRB) Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council (NDLIC). Ms. Bonnell was honored by STEM connector as one of it’s 100 Corporate Women Leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).…
Posted On Thursday, 04 November 2021 00:00 Written by
As October ends, we face the stark reality that our year is about to conclude. For those in the mortgage and real estate world, it means there are about 30 days to generate an opportunity and close a deal that will count for you production and income in 2021. The calendar waits for no one! So, we must choose, and it is a choice, what opportunities do we need to generate to take advantage of the time we have left, as well as what are the actions, we need to take to make it happen? What are your options and what are the choices? Who are you targeting and what is the message? What are the actions and activities associated with my needs? What does the social and professional calendar look like? What will my schedule need to be to get it done? What is a winning result?   You…
Posted On Monday, 01 November 2021 00:00 Written by
“If one door closes and another one opens, you may be living in a haunted house.”  Anonymous Conversation from the mortgage desk: Let’s talk about ways to protect yourself from buying or financing a home that haunts you.  No one I know has a crystal ball, but here are some good practices that can help you build a protective hedge to shield yourself. Hedge against inflation The financial headlines point to inflation moving into a more permanent position in our economy, robbing the value of our savings today when we have to pay more for things we need with that money tomorrow.   Financial advisors seated across my mortgage desk from me over the years have pointed out how well real estate protected the wealth of homeowners during times of inflation.     As prices on goods and services went up, the value of real estate went up also.   …
Posted On Sunday, 31 October 2021 00:00 Written by
The Christy Buck Team still knows how to reach out and support her clients and customers even though social distancing has changed how we connect.  Not familiar with "Boo-ing" or "Egg-ing?" It's not just about real estate. Learn how Christy Buck and her team supports and is a resource to her community in times of floods, loss, stress and tragedy. Discover how she shares the team's core value to give back and have FUN!     A bit about Christy: Christy Buck is the Broker/Owner of The Christy  Buck Team at Infinity Real Estate Group. She is a third generation realtor in the Houston, TX market. In the last 5 years, Christy has taken her team from 2 members to over 28 members, and has gone from 55 units a year at $13 million sales volume to over 450 units a year and over $100 Million Sales Volume. Her team went…
Posted On Thursday, 28 October 2021 00:00 Written by
We have all heard the theme song to the TV show COPS. See, the song already started playing in your head! Now just make a quick substitution:  LOs, LOs; whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do now that your rates ain’t TWO?
Inflation continues to push prices higher. Bond yields are responding for fear of that inflation. Ten Year T pushed past a critical 1.63 level and has closed above it. So 30yr mortgage rates have left the 2% level smack into the mid 3% arena causing refinances to fall off. Loan officers, managers, and company ownership are all facing the facts that refinances are going away rapidly, and what was once the major force in originations is now off by 22% year over year as rates continue to rise. If your business was 50% - 60% - 70% or more refinances; whatcha gonna do for business in 2022?…
Posted On Monday, 25 October 2021 00:00 Written by
Buying a home is one of the largest investments someone will make in a lifetime.  Getting a mortgage is one of the biggest loans in the budget.   Take a little time to save yourself a lot of money.  Team up with the experts and use their experience to save yourself from a bad experience.  Taking a few extra minutes to prepare can give you big bragging rights on your real estate deal for years to come.
Here are some things to do as you set out to buy your home or get your mortgage. Determine your budget.  Set a timer for two to three hours, turn on your favorite tunes and start slogging through your last six months bank statements and credit card statements.  Keep a tally of how much you are spending on food, rent, utilities, gas, insurance and more. Remember those bills you only pay…
Posted On Monday, 25 October 2021 00:00 Written by
A bit about Patricia Fripp: Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, and presentation skills expert. Companies hire Fripp to increase sales by improving their important conversations and presentations. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance wrote, “One of your best investments is to learn presentation skills from Patricia Fripp.” In 2019 she was named “One of the top 30 women in sales” and “One of the top 30 Global Gurus.”
Posted On Thursday, 21 October 2021 00:00 Written by
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