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1000s of Free Images Available To Us Courtesy of Yale University

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I was recently turned on to Yale University's vast archive of images of which Yale has placed into the public domain. From the Yale Daily Bulletin: "The goal of the new policy is to make high quality digital images of Yale's vast cultural heritage collections in the public domain openly and freely available." And, "Scholars, artists and other individuals around the world will enjoy free access to online images of millions of objects housed in Yale's museums, archives, and libraries than...

2011 Commencement Address by Denzel Washington

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The actor Denzel Washington recently spoke at the University of Pennsylvania's 255th commencement (The Class of 2011). His address is nothing short of inspirational. Not only for the graduates who heard it, but for any one us looking for inspiration to succeed in real estate. Well worth the time to watch, as Denzel Washington is not only entertaining, but motivating as well...

Need A Special €hÄ®åç†êr For Your Blog?

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Have you ever needed one of those special characters for your blog and then proceeded to spend the next ½ hour figuring out the ASCII code to get it?  Well, makes it simple. When you go to the website you are greeted by this:   Simply click on the special character you need and the character is instantly copied to your clipboard and available for pasting into your blog or other document.  Enjoy!

Cool Free Time Management Tool: RescueTime

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I was reading BloodHoundBlog the other day and Chris Johnson shared a cool time management tool. is free and easy to use. Once downloaded and put in use, RescueTime will keep track of where your time is being spent. This type of personal management resonates with me. I remember when Colleen and I first got married, someone suggested to manage our finances simply by keeping track of where the money is going. We found ourselves saying, "We spent that much money on that!" We t...

Open Houses: A Selling Point

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Communicating the value of an Open House in a listing presentation is one of an agent's greatest assets. Why? Because they do not work for selling homes, and work really well for finding prospective home buyers. Communicating this to the prospective home seller not only frees up your weekends, but shows the home seller the competing agent offering Open Houses as a marketing tool is deceiving them, ignorant of marketing, or both. Sure, we hold Open Houses, but the seller understands there...

Real Estate and Social Media, Do Not Waste Your Time

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I've known this for quite some time. Social media is not a good use of marketing time and money. Social media is what it is, fun socializing time, and some new clients mixed in for good measure. Sure, there is some business to be had, however, the time spent to garner a new client in social media would garner scores of news clients if the efforts were put elsewhere. HubSpot, who generally advocates social media for business, posted an article (Stop Wasting Time With Social Media) the other d...

10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account

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10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account If you haven't seen this, then read Business Insider's 10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account. Very interesting read. Posted a few days ago, the article cites privacy concerns, the CEO's integrity, the integrity of the platform, and other reasons to simply delete your Facebook account. I cannot see real estate agents deleteing their account anytime soon, as real estate agents are notorious at viewing Facebook as their next farm and spamming the ...

The 80/20 Rule | Time Management

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Sometimes I feel like I'm wandering in the desert as I frequent many online circles, but cannot say any one place can be called home. I'm envious of the folks that have 'camped out' at one online location and have established roots. However, there are advantages to getting around. I'm subscribed to many affiliate marketing blogs as a result of Squidoo and a fellow was trying to sell the book, The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris. I've since bought the audio version and very pleased with th...

The Facebook Conspiracy Theory?

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In my morning rounds of visiting blogs and procrastinating things I'm supposed to be doing in the guise of further educating myself, I stumbled across this Facebook video. I'm not the conspiracy theory type, but I wonder just how much privacy we'll have left, especially with the advent of cloud computing. Enjoy this video... Related: Facebook Owns You Forever, Even If You Cancel Facebook's Response

Your GPS, Your Home, Your Garage Door Opener

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I was reading Sellsius the other day. A great blog, btw. Actually, so good it's a time suck! Anyway, I came across a blog entry I thought repeating. The story as quoted by Sellsius goes, Someone had their car broken into while they were attending a football game. Items stolen from the car included a garage door remote control and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everyt...