Archive for July, 2012

This is a quick snapshot of some of the great new cutting edge class we are offering at Fidelity National Title.  Call me or email me for more details or to make a reservation.

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The most significant thing we’ve learned in the past year about capturing and servicing the residential investor market is how easy it is. It turns out that most of the things that work to build a book of business of home buyers and sellers also work when you apply them to build a book of investor clients. Those tried-and-true methods that our industry has perfected over the years produce great results with investors. You don’t need to learn any new marketing and sales techniques, just apply your existing skills toward a new audience.

I am going to dedicate this space over the next few weeks to highlighting different methods and how they work. First up? The Investor Open House.

Is there anything more fundamental in our business than the Open House? Everyone has done them at some point in their career. Why? Because they work! Open Houses are a rejection-free way to meet new buyers. Many top producers don’t bother with them anymore, but I’ve never met anyone who denies that a good open house will attract visitors.

But have you ever heard of an Investor Open House?? Almost no one has until recently but they work like a charm

Investors like open houses just like home buyers do, and for the same reasons. No appointment necessary, just drop in and look around, leave whenever you want. Here are the three keys to make an Investor Open House work:

First, advertise it like this: “Investment Property Open House – Positive Cash Flow” (If you are not comfortable with calculating cash flow, we can help).

Second, the house must be presented as an investment and not a home. Think of it as merchandising. You need a new property flyer.

Third, create investment property flyers for 5 other listings and say “Would you like to see any of these?”

It’s that simple. Investors show up. They are delighted by what you hand them, and many are inclined to see more houses with you because you teased them with the report. This is the easiest way to create more transactions in this market.

Let me conclude by clarifying an important point – I want you to capture the best investor clients, not the “get rich quick”, “find me a foreclosure at half price!” types. If your experience with investors has been negative in the past, chances are it’s because you crossed paths with the wrong ones. There are people out there with realistic expectations, plenty of money, and a genuine need for help from a professional. Finding them is easier than your think. Stay tuned.

To learn more about the OwnAmerica training and tools, click here. We’d love to help you make money with with investors this year.

Housing Starts in June Highest in 4 Years – Building permits for future construction of single-family homes edged up to the highest level since March 2010.

iPAD for Buyers Agent Class

Posted: July 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

This post was created on BizBrag.  BizBrag is something that you should look at to stay in touch with your customer base and increase you exposure.  

I will continue to search for new ways to help you in your real estate business.  Call me if you need any help reaching you database more often.

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All four of Texas’s major metro areas ranked in the top 10 housing markets in the U.S. for 2011, according to data from Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington took the top two spots, outranking both New York City and Washington D.C. San Antonio and Austin-Round Rock followed at No. 6 and No. 7, respectively. Read more at

GE begins hiring, training for Fort Worth manufacturing jobsImage

Dallas Business Journal by Lance Murray, Digital Content Producer

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 6:31am CDT

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) officials said they have begun hiring and training workers for the new mining equipment and locomotive manufacturing facilities in far north Fort Worth near Texas Motor Speedway.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that company officials said they have hiredand trained a handful of workers already to build electric-drive wheel systems for massive off-road vehicles that are used in mining, but that many more workers need to be hired.

Applications for jobs at GE’s Fort Worth facilities can be submitted online, the newspaper reported.


Posted: July 23, 2012 in Uncategorized

Good Afternoon-

Next week on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 10AM Fidelity National Title in Southlake will be putting on a great new class called “iPAD for Buyers Agents”.  This is a great class that will show you how to implement some great new technology into your business.  This class will teach you how you can intergrate an iPAD into your business to be more effective and resourceful to your clients.

Please give me a call or email me for more information… or (817) 527-1181

As part of my journey to the top of the Title Industry in D/FW I am trying to find news ways to help you close more transactions.
Bizbrag is one of those ways, call me to learn some more.
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It is our jobs as real estate professionals to educate consumers on the state of our industry.  If you are waiting for the news to do it, you will be waiting for a long time. 

Majority of Americans think it’s still a buyer’s market

Atlanta Business Chronicle by Jeff Clabaugh, Broadcast/Web Reporter- Washington Business Journal

Date: Monday, July 9, 2012, 11:24am EDT


 Residential Real Estate 

Most Americans still think the housing market is a buyer’s market, according to a new Fannie Mae survey. 

Despite rising home prices, most Americans still think the housing market is a buyer’s market, according to a new Fannie Mae survey. The percentage of those surveyed who say it is a good time to buy a house increased to 73 percent in June, the highest since Fannie Mae began the monthly poll two years ago. The percentage who think it is a good time to sell was unchanged at 15 percent. 

The survey also found 35 percent think home prices will go up in the next 12 months, the highest since Fannie Mae (OTC BB: FNMA) began the survey.

More consumers are willing to buy, with 69 percent of respondents saying they would buy if they were going to move, up 6 percent from May and the highest since the survey began.