A few months ago – I was contacted by a person that I had never met – nor whom I thought I would ever meet.
He was a caller who wanted to get information on a Santa Clarita property that was for rent/lease.
I explained to him that we don’t handle those types of properties directly, but I would help him because it’s the right thing to do.
I cannot tell you how many times, we have helped people such as he, not expecting anything in return, and had them refer those who wanted to do what we handle directly – Buying or Selling Real Estate.
Having the person we helped, come back to want us to represent them, as a buyer of real estate, happens a lot.
Philosophy –Help enough people get what they want without expectation of anything in return – and you will never be lacking in life!!!
I have been hard at it and have lost 70 pounds since August 27th of 2015. I was 350 and as of July 16, 2015, today – I am currently 280 pounds.
I have been taking a facial photo every day and full body every 10 days.
One of these days, When I am where I want to be, physically and mentally – I will transcribe from my journal to a Blog that I will build – SCVfit.com and post the daily writings, “pain and suffering” entries, with the photos etc…
I am no where finished – I will get to 230-240 and re-evaluate.
But below, is what I needed….
Off the beaten path…
I wanted to buy Green Iced-Tea, unsweetened of course, from Starbucks. I left my office which is down on The Old Road, in Stevenson Ranch, thinking about where the closest Starbucks would be.
While not the closest, I went to the Starbucks in Granary Square. I exited my vehicle and made a beeline for the entrance.
A lady asked me if I wanted some information about Orange Theory – there was a table and folks with smiles across their faces… I said I would be back – went inside Starbucks – ordered and waited.
As soon as the barista completed my order, I headed outside and, being a man of my word, I stopped by the table and said, “You have 30 seconds to sell me…”
Then one of those standing with the Orange Theory fitness shirts said, “Paris911 – you are Paris911?”
My shirt said “Paris911″, being of a LEO background, I thought he was getting cheeky….
It is a real small world…
He then said, “Connor – your name is Connor…” I was set back on my heels – I did not tell him my name.
He proceeded to tell the young lady about a story when I helped him, several months ago, get connected to obtain a rental property.
I remembered our correspondence and thought to myself, “What a small world – you never know…”
Now, I was at a place that I had been looking for(dreaming about). I wanted to join some type of fitness class, but I did not like the local selection.
It’s not one of these Santa Clarita Fitness Boot Camps…
Drill Instructor Type of Military – belittling, screaming and telling the attendee’s they are worthless…
Too Vain – owners too interested in how “pretty and in shape” they are to pay attention to their clients…
Fitness Camps that Push past “healthy levels”– I have seen this more often than not – watching some of the attendee’s being pushed to the point of needing an ambulance…
What it is….
I wanted a place that had more of a science behind it and that was Brand New. It’s nice starting at a place at the beginning – being one of the “foundational” members. Plus – everyone is new – While I don’t think this is going to be one of those places where starting later will pose an issue, as in the ones mentioned above, New is Nice…
I signed up. I’m all in. It came at a time when the time is not exactly “right”. Everything in my world is not “aligned” and perfect.
But neither was it when I started to actively “rid myself of excess body fat…”
If I have learned one thing in my journey – thus far, it’s this…
Monday will never come and there is never a “perfect time” to start anything!
Both Paris and I have been in the real estate business, licensed, since 1999 and 1998 respectively.
During that time we have used different companies to handle our California Bureau of Real Estate (CaBRE) continuing education and licensing requirements demanded by the CaBRE.
Some were okay and one is the BEST we have found.
The intention of this post is not only for Santa Clarita real estate license renewals – This company is not “tied to”Santa Clarita only – Any Real Estate licensee in the State of California is able to use their service.
They have a cloud based system for CABRE license renewal. You no longer have to depend on clunky books and are able to access the learning materials via any “internet connected” device.
This portability expands to your mobile devices too. If you have an iPad, Android Tablet, iPhone or Android Phone – you have access anywhere you are connected to the internet!
One of the advantages of the REVEI system is that it is easy to use.When you first login to their platform, you will see that. The language used is not “typical and confusing”, you actually learn via simple statements, stories and scenarios.
If you have issues, this you won’t believe, you can call. Actually, pick up the phone and speak to a real person. One that will walk you through the steps and help you with any of the processes. Also, the phone number is not hidden from public view, it’s on the homepage of their website for all to see and use!
How about a Guarantee? They have one and it’s money back if you don’t pass, you don’t pay.
We have used other renewal sites and systems. They have been, in our experiences, labor intensive, taxing and confusing.
I love the staff at REVEI and am proud to acknowledge that where everyone can see!
Are you a California real estate Broker – they have that too!
Be safe and here is to your successful continuing education with your California Bureau of Real Estate License!
I know that you may not appreciate this, but I can show you thousands of “commerce websites” that don’t have a phone number.
I am a big fan of Moleskine. I write in my journals – ever since I quit the LAPD and when I picked Real Estate as a Full timer – from a part timer.
The sequence of my Real Estate and LAPD business was as follows:
10/09/1990 – Started the LAPD Police Academy
August 1998 – Became a Realtor
March of 2007 – Quit Full Time LAPD service
March of 2007 – Became a Full Level III reserve officer for the LAPD
March of 2007 – Went from Part time to Full time Realtor at REMAX
I had been working “behind the scenes” in our Paris911 at REMAX of Santa Clarita real estate business since I became licensed as a Realtor. But, Paris MacIvor was the full time end of our business until my LAPD Severance.
Lots of Writings – It makes my mind work better!
Back to the point. I have journals reflecting info and my happenings for every 4 months, dating back to March of 2007.
I had a leather moleskine cover back in the day – a custom leather one I ordered online – but it was way too “big” and bulky.
Today I went to a Texas Leather Craftsman – I grew up in Alamogordo NM, Went to College in Portales NM, which are both very close to Texas – El Paso and Lubbock – respectively.
I appreciate that part of the country and appreciated the response to my order I received.
Hello there Connor MacIvor,
I see you have a paid order in my cart. We will get your leather out within 24-48 business hours and some orders ship same day. Orders will not be shipped during weekends. As soon as your leather ships, you’ll receive an email tracking number from our shipper. If you’re in the United States, UPS ground states 1-6 business days to receive your package. If you’re an international customer, UPS Worldwide Expedited says to allow 6-10 business days for your leather to arrive. Please be aware that it might sit in customs for a few days and that those rotten customs agents will want to charge you for their troubles and to help pay for your very inexpensive medical care.
The interesting thing is some of the spammers stop sending me emails – who would have thought that “reverse psychology” and that “giving them a dose of their own medicine” could work with internet email spammers?
When we first became Realtors in 1998 – everything was on paper, delivered in person and with mounds of paper files everywhere.
In Fact – FAX Machines – which now are becoming a part of the past, were not trusted in 1998. Everything was delivered in person!
AOL was the hot item of the day and you had arrived if you had a 56.6 baud modem – (google it )
This included information about our clients. The better the agent, the better the organizational system and the easier he was able to keep in contact with those people that already trusted him.
The keystone to any business is the ability of past clients to continue to need your services, spread the word, and refer you to their sphere of influence.
However, if you follow the path of most real estate agents, you are busy getting new clients and neglecting the past ones.
We stated with Top Producer years ago. They offered something that was contained on a CD and had the data housed in your own computer’s hard drive.
While the software worked well, it was not website based, there was no “back up” except that which you provided and if you were “away” from your computer, you could not access the data you had entered.
There were also no social media outlets and online publishing services, those platforms did not exist during the time which I am speaking of.
Today, the game has changed and we are even happier with Top Producer.
They have a think tank of people continuing to refine their systems and those ‘brains’ are outside of the box types!
This is one of those “plugs” where I am not benefitting in any way. I just love to share what works for my Team.
There are two components that I totally “wear out” when it comes to TP systems.
First – The Market Snapshot.
This is a entry module that now has the enhanced ability to keep your clients notified as to what is happening within their neighborhood. Not only is the system going to monitor the current happenings and email them that information. It now has an “alert” system.
The Top Producer Alert system emails your client at the moment a new listing hits the market, the moment one closes or where the status changes.
You are always on the “top of mind” when it comes to real estate because your current and past clients see you having your finger on the pulse of their local market and always monitoring it for them.
Second – The Responsive Content Management System
This is the system that is all web based. It’s capable of being used on all of your mobile devices, everything sync’s and it’s hotter than the center of the sun in July!
Where the rubber meets the road, keeping track of your past clients and having your leads enter the system from many of the top real estate lead generation platforms.
Who should you contact?
Clint Lomax – TP systems expert, will be glad to guide you through the process and show off what Top Producer Systems can do for you.
The nice thing about being online is that you too can be an expert
While that statement is a bit “tongue in cheek”, just look around – isn’t everyone an expert these days?
What got me out of bed at 2:30am to write this post? I’m not sure, but this one was burning at the base of my skull and just had to be unleashed.
I attempt to do 3000 words a day in content writing. Some days the “water” flows much faster than others. Sometimes, it’s hard to shut the valve to get the “Water” to stop flowing.
Others, while I pump and pump, it seems that every word is a challenge – but push through I do.
When people ask me about “inspiration” and my “why”, I cannot help but think of myself coming from a place of mysticism. As if writing “content” is some ancient art of gaining business or exposure.
If you remember “Qui Gon” from Star Wars, he was said to be in the “old ways” referring to Jedi Mysticism and the “old religion”. I sometimes feel like that.
“Not that I want to dress like a Monk and walk the scorched Earth selling real estate, although that does sound like the beginnings of a “niche” market.”
With so many of my fellow realtors paying the large syndication websites for leads, and with some being very successful with obtaining and closing them, I cannot help but feel that maybe my ways are “outdated and old”.
Is it worth the time that I am spending online? Punching the keys to build valuable content for those that are interested in real estate? Writing about the experiences that I and my clients have had while selling or buying homes? I do know, that for many of my clients, my articles give hope.
My clients have commented that even, “comfort and reassurance”, have been gleaned from articles produced by myself about their situations and occurrences within the real estate trenches.
I could save time and just pay the large real estate syndication websites and other portals for leads. I could step away from the computer and not take the hours a day it takes to publish my “Mojo”.
However, I think I won’t. I know I am better from writing. My clients are better from reading. Even if my articles don’t hit home runs with traffic, I feel good about being able to direct a client to the one that fits their needs.