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Top 50 Blogs on Real Estate Industry Trends and Topics

Real Estate is an enormously exciting, fast-paced and diverse industry. Whether you are interested in the foreclosure market, property investment, commercial reality or even in the economics of real estate, there is ample opportunity to make your mark.

Follow the patterns of the market, the advice of professionals, and even the personal stories of first-time realtors by using the links provided below. These engaging and insightful real estate blogs will give you the tools and expertise you need stay on top of trends, overcome obstacles, and stand out in the real estate industry.

Jan O'Brien - Real Estate Coach has been featured on Guide to Online MBA's list of the Best Real Estate Blogs found here: http://www.guidetocareereducation.com/tips-and-tools/real-estate-blogs.

Thanks for the include on this extensive real estate resource list!

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Fundraising Drive for Breast Cancer - Will You Support Me in the Atlanta 2 Day Walk?

I am  participating in the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer on October 2-3, 2010.   I am asking for you support as we together support those who are in the fight against breast cancer.

Follow This Link to visit my personal web page and help me in my efforts to support TEAM G.R.A.B. the Boobies (Girls Racing Against Breast Cancer) - my goal is to reach a minimum of $1,000 for the TEAM and the cause!

As many of you know, my Mom, my aunt, my sister Loreen and now my sister, Kerri are all breast cancer survivors.  Loreen was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2004.  She just passed her 5th year since treatment and recently underwent a mastectomy to further reduce the risk of recurrence.

My mother was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer about 4 months after Loreen and underwent a bilateral mastectomy in the same year.

In November, 2009, my sister Kerri was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and is now recovering from a bilateral mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

 

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The Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is a 10 to 30-mile walk to raise funds and awareness for local Atlanta breast cancer organizations.

 

It's The Journey, Inc. (ITJ) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 2002 by two-time breast cancer survivor Randi Passoff. ITJ's mission is to strengthen Atlanta's breast cancer community by raising money and awareness for local Atlanta organizations that focus on breast cancer education, research, early detection, awareness and support services, as well as the unmet needs in the breast cancer community.   For more information, please visit the website: www.itsthejourney.org.

 

 

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Stay Informed with These Key Mortgage, Housing & Real Estate Industry Blogs

One of the ways I stay updated on what is happening in the real estate industry and specifically with the economy and our current housing and mortgage default market is by subscribing to the resources listed below.

I highly recommend signing up for the daily email alerts so you can have the news and resources come to you.  I just take a few minutes a day to scan the emails with the current headlines and either read or bookmark the articles I want to save for later.

Calculated Risk - http://www.calculatedriskblog.com/

DS News - http://www.dsnews.com/

Housing Wire - http://www.housingwire.com/

RISMedia - http://rismedia.com/todays-real-estate-advisor/

Inman News - http://www.inman.com/

 

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2009 in Music - Music Mashups by DJ Earworm

Last year I posted a 2008 Year in Review - and discovered DJ Earworm - creator of brilliant video and song mashups.  From his About page… Basically, what I do is take a bunch of songs apart and put them back together again in a different way.  I end up with tracks called mashups, which I post to this website."

Visit his website and checkout all the great mashups - you can also download the MP3s.

Here is the latest mashup from DJ Earworm:  United States of Pop 2009, with the Top 25 most popular songs according to Billboard:

  • The Black Eyed Peas - BOOM BOOM POW
  • Lady Gaga - POKER FACE
  • Lady Gaga Featuring Colby O’Donis - JUST DANCE
  • The Black Eyed Peas - I GOTTA FEELING
  • Taylor Swift - LOVE STORY
  • Flo Rida - RIGHT ROUND
  • Jason Mraz - I’M YOURS
  • Beyonce - SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT)
  • Kanye West - HEARTLESS
  • The All-American Rejects - GIVES YOU HELL
  • Taylor Swift - YOU BELONG WITH ME
  • T.I. Featuring Justin Timberlake - DEAD AND GONE
  • The Fray - YOU FOUND ME
  • Kings Of Leon - USE SOMEBODY
  • Keri Hilson Featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo - KNOCK YOU DOWN
  • Jamie Foxx Featuring T-Pain - BLAME IT
  • Pitbull - I KNOW YOU WANT ME (CALLE OCHO)
  • T.I. Featuring Rihanna - LIVE YOUR LIFE
  • Soulja Boy Tell ‘em Featuring Sammie - KISS ME THRU THE PHONE
  • Jay Sean Featuring Lil Wayne - DOWN
  • Miley Cyrus - THE CLIMB
  • Drake - BEST I EVER HAD
  • Kelly Clarkson - MY LIFE WOULD SUCK WITHOUT YOU
  • Beyonce - HALO
  • Katy Perry - HOT N COLD

And I absolutely LOVE this Mashup of Annie Lennox songs....

 

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Free Download of 3 Classic Motivational Books

If you haven't read these classics before (or even if you have, they are worth revisiting), download a PDF version today and be prepared for a motivational-inspirational deluge of information to apply, remember, reinforce in your daily life.

FREE eBook Downloads:

Think and Grow Rich -Napoleon Hill

The Master Key System-Charles F. Haanel

Richest Man in Babylon - George S. Clason

Here is a link to the books I recommend on business, personal development and blogging/social media:

Recommended books on

Business, Blogging & Social Media, and Personal Development

 

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Five Agreements that Can Change Your Life

Here are 5 Agreements that if you truly comprehend, accept and live by can dramatically change your life!  The agreements are taken from 2 outstanding and highly recommended books:

Fouragreements The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz 

Powerofnow The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle


1.    BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD. Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

2.    DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY.  Nothing others do is because of you.  What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.  When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

3.    DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS.  Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.  Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.  With just this one agreement you can completely change your life.

4.    ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST.  Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.  Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

5.    LIVE IN THE NOW.  You have ONE moment, this moment. The past is behind you, the future has not yet arrived. Presence is power. Be here. Still. The next moment is already on its way. The past doesn’t change. Put your attention on today, free yourself.


Best of 2008 - Year in Review

Year in Review from WashingtonPost.com

CNN: Year In Review 2008

Time's 50 Best Websites of 2008

Amazon's Best Books of 2008

NPR - Best Books of 2008

Lifehackers Most Popular Top 10 Lists for 2008

Rolling Stone Best of 2008 (Albums, movies, DVDs, Songs)

InfoWorld:  Best Tech Lists of 2008

Yahoo! Year in Review 2008

NYT:  2008 Year in Pictures

Mashup of Billboard's Top 25 Songs of 2008 by DJ Earworm "United States of Pop 2008"



4 Questions for Maximum Productivity - Focus on Results

Are you focusing on what you want or do you find yourself stuck in the negative trap and putting energy on what you don't have?  The following information is adapted from Brian Tracy's abundant material on the subject of productivity and performance.  I recently revisited and read these Brian Tracy Books:

Tracy states in Eat That Frog:
"You can get control of your time and your life only by changing the way you think, work and deal with the never-ending river of responsibilities that flow over your each day.

Your "frog" is your biggest, most important task, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on.  It is also the one task that will give your the greatest positive impact on your life, business and results at the moment.  The key to achieving high levels of performance productivity is to develop the lifelong habit of tackling your major task first thing each morning.

4 Questions for Maximum Productivity - Remember to focus on results and what you want as you answer these questions for your business and life:

  1. What are my highest value activities?
  2. What are my key results areas?
  3. What can I only do that if done well will make a real difference (in my life and business)?
  4. What is the most valuable use of my time right now?

Here are some best practices and action steps to implement in your daily plan now:

  • Do the Worst First
  • Resist the temptation to clear up small things first
  • Identify your high value tasks and do them first
  • Examine each of your personal and work activities and evaluate it based on current situation
  • Select at least one activity to abandon immediately or at least put off until more important goals are achieved
  • The key to success is ACTION
  • 80/20 Rule Applies to Everything!
    • 80% of salespeople spend 80% of their time on people who are not going to buy or sell
    • m20% of activities will account for 80% of your results

Identify Your Key Business/Sales Results Areas and the targeted activities for each area:

  1. Prospecting
  2. Trust & Rapport Building
  3. Identifying Needs
  4. Presenting Persuasively
  5. Answering Objections
  6. Closing the Sale
  7. Building Referrals
  • Grade Yourself in each area
  • What one skill, if I developed and did it in an excellent fashion, would have the greatest positive impact on my career?
  • What am I really good at?
  • What do I enjoy most about my work?
  • What has been most responsible for my success in the past?

Continuous learning is the minimum requirement in any field:

  1. Read in your field minimum of 1 hour/day
  2. Take every available course and seminar, workshop 
  3. Listen to audio programs in your car (average car owner spends 500 to 1,000 hours/yr in their car
  4. Practice, practice, practice
  5. Hire a coach or mentor!

Recent Articles from Realtor Magazine - Green Marketing, Technology and more

I finally caught up on some reading this weekend - you know those magazines that pile up with the intention of getting around to them in a free moment!  I read the August issue of NAR's REALTOR magazine and wanted to share some highlights with links to the online articles.

  1. Get Certified - Check out EcoBroker and US Green Building Council
  2. Market yourself as green-friendly
  3. Partner with other professionals

Then I started surfing around the REALTOR Magazine website and rediscovered some excellent tools and resources:

From the July issue - some good info on using video:

Handouts for Customers - loaded with educational articles your can print or download and customize for use with buyers and sellers. 
NAR has several blogs also: