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Rightsizing Your Home How to reshape your house for the way you live now

AARP has wonderful articles accessible online.  Even if you're not yet 50 (you mean everyone isn't?)...you can register to read.  In fact this was posted on Realtor.Org.  How about hiring someone to help?  In Cincinnati, Jo Potvin is a favorite of many Realtors, but there are others as well.

Enjoy!  A most interesting read!

Posted Monday, October 11, 2010 8:22 AM by Sheila Bell | 1 Comments

Attachment(s): http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/home-improvement/info-08-2010/right-sizing_your_home.html

Shouldn't We Humans Be Evolving Instead of Devolving!

Treating our fellow "man" as animals or somehow less important has no justification according to anything I've ever read, studied, heard...  The only "justification" that can be levied for bullying or otherwise discriminating can best be describes as "HATE"

While I can appreciate both sides of nearly all arguments or points of view, this is one that has only one side for me!  Acceptance of difference.  Whatever any of us chooses should be accepted so long as it does not interfere with the rights of others.

Children are dying from bullying.  Grown men and women are being brutalized and, in too many cases, killed because of their choices.

WHY?  I don't know, do you?


Posted Sunday, October 10, 2010 11:06 AM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Attachment(s): http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101010/ap_on_re_us/us_gang_hate_crime

Listing Photos Reveal Photographic Trickery...?

In reading the article on the following ad in a NY publication, I was struck by the dilemma Realtors sometimes encounter.  Is it in the best interest of their sellers to alter a photographic image to enhance the listing?  Or does dramatic alteration violate Article 12 of the Code of
Ethics which states:  REALTORS® shall be honest and truthful in their real estate communications and shall present a true picture in their advertising, marketing, and other representations.  

 Is there an easy answer?  I'm not sure I think there is.  What do you think?


Posted Sunday, October 10, 2010 8:46 AM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Attachment(s): http://curbed.com/archives/2010/10/01/broker-flub-reveals-photo-fraud.php

ACT NOW! Stop bullying!
An Important Message from Ellen About Bullying - The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Please open and read this important message from Ellen about the epidemic of bullying (and in too many cases, results in suicides) of our children!

Please send letters to the editor of your local papers; contact school officials; contact public officials and anyone else you can. We MUST take action IMMEDIATELY!

Posted Friday, October 01, 2010 10:15 AM by Sheila Bell | 1 Comments

My musings on the upcoming week

I'm trying to get myself geared up this morning to finish the update on an online course I wrote a few years ago and looking for a brief distraction.  Thinking that I haven't posted in much too long, "talking" with you is the best thing I can think of!

Besides finishing the course update, this is the week of the Ohio Association of Realtors 100th Anniversary Convention that I have the honor of Chairing this year!  The volunteers have worked hard and the OAR staff much harder!  I am struck by how fortunate OAR is to have such an amazing staff "watching our backs"!

I continue to hope that we convince more Realtors to attend and enjoy the awesome line-up that we've designed for maximum learning, networking and entertainment.  We've also arranged for coveted seats at the winning Reds game on Monday, 9/13 for a special price just for our registrants.  

If you're reading this and you're an Ohio Realtor, take a look at the attached link. There is plenty of time to register and enjoy 21/2 days of the best convention Ohio has ever seen!

As the Chairperson of this event, I am so proud, so grateful for my committee, so thankful for our staff, so appreciative of the support of my local Board (the Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors) and District 9 (of which I am the District Vice President).  I look forward to my next Convention post that will a report all of the unbelievable events.

I will go to sleep for days afterward and I know my facebook friends will rejoice that I won't be incessantly posting about the MOST incredible convention OAR has seen in many a year!

And now-off to work on this Labor Day!


Posted Monday, September 06, 2010 7:19 AM by Sheila Bell | 1 Comments

The Dash Movie
As I contemplate the loss of a dear friend to the real estate industry, coincidentally I received this beautiful video.  It is taken from words from one friend to another at the "celebration of their life".  It is a beautiful remembrance and I hope that you will find use for it as well! 

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Posted Wednesday, August 11, 2010 7:26 AM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

A Conversation with a Friend

I had lunch with a good friend last week who owns a management consulting company.  As always, the conversation was insightful and useful.  We are both especially interested in customer relations management, so that was our primary topic.

We compared stories and they were startling!  How about calling a purported sales professional and never receiving a return call?  Or asking questions and receiving a response like: "gosh I don't know" or "that's just the way we do things"?

This is no way to conduct a successful business regardless of the industry!  Consider the last few calls you've made; what was your experience?  Did the experience enhance or diminish your desire to consider using the business again?

Now, let's suppose you are a service provider.   Do you provide outstanding service each time you have the opportunity?  If you cannot answer affirmatively, you should review your business plan, your behavior and your goal for the future. 

No matter how good you think you are, perhaps an evaluation of your interaction with people on all levels. 

Let's hear some ideas on making a difference!

Posted Monday, August 09, 2010 8:25 AM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Robert Redford: It's the Opportunity, Stupid
Interesting read.  What do you think?

Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 12:26 PM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Attachment(s): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-redford/its-the-opportunity-stupi_b_660533.html?view=print

Is It Important to Understand Yourself?

Of course it is and we all know it.  But do we understand how important really understanding and being able to behave appropriately "in spite of it?

Some people spend year in therapy to determine the answers to the meaning of their lives.  Others seem to be intuitively sensitive to themselves and aware.  Still others never think about it and always wonder about how things always seem to go wrong!

Be candid and ask yourself, "which one am I?".  Why not take some time to consider this and the implications on your personal life, your interpersonal life, your work environment and any other area of your life that communication is key! 

Yes, it affects all areas of our lives.  Try the attached Emotional Intelligence (EI) Quiz developed by the Hay Group.

Report back...how did you do, did you learn anything, will you put the results to work for you?


Posted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 11:39 AM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Attachment(s): http://www.haygroup.com/leadershipandtalentondemand/Demos/EI_Quiz.aspx

Use of the term 'Realtor' in a registered domain name is restricted by trademark.

As a consumer, you should be aware that there is a trademark on the word "Realtor" and it is an important distinction for you.  As the client of a Realtor, you are assured that they are governed by a Code of Ethics.  IF for some unfortunate reason you need to complain about your treatment by your Realtor, you may contact the local Board of which they are a member.  For a copy of the 2010 Code of Ethics, Click Here

Realtors, there are restrictions on your use of the term.  Be aware of them and use correctly to demonstrate your professionalism.

Due to trademark regulations it is not advised to purchase a domain name using the term 'realtor'. Realtors, search in realtor.org for the precise language for including in any way.

It is strongly encouraged to review the documentation on use of 'Realtor' on the web provided by NAR. http://www.realtor.org/letterlw.nsf/pages/internetuse



Posted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 10:35 AM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Attachment(s): http://www.realtor.org/mempolweb.nsf/214c1520b27c9ee286256b2600557d81/751835179b373ee18625767e005a574f/$FILE/2010%20Code%20of%20Ethics.pdf

Ben & Jerry's Does It, Should You?

Ben & Jerry's has announced it will be discontinuing its email marketing campaigns and focus their efforts on social media.  Their customers indicated they were losing interest in continuous emails.  B & J's concluded they were not building the relationship with their customers they wanted. 

Those on the email list were invited to join the ice cream giant on Facebook (to date, there are 1.3 million fans) and Twitter, on which they have several profiles named after several of their flavors.  On each profile, there are thousands of followers.

Should you consider an addition to your marketing efforts?  Guess you'll have to weigh your options.

 Article attached... 


Posted Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:49 PM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Attachment(s): http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/6217/Ben-Jerry-s-Drops-Email-Marketing-In-Favor-of-Social-Media.aspx

Cincinnati is a City of 52 Neighborhoods

The City of Cincinnati is comprised on 52 different neighborhoods.  Each has a distinctive personality and a history all its own.  Each week, two women breakfast together and create a visual blog for a different neighborhood, describing the special things about each.

The attached video focuses on the area called Sedamsville.  As the women progress through each neighborhood, we'll follow the conversations.


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Posted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 9:41 PM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

"For Gen Y, Tiny is the New Small"

Do you consider the differences among the various generations active in the real estate market today?  Is it an important consideration?


This attached article is a must read for anyone active in real estate today.  The operative phrase that really "grabbed" me:
"For Gen Y, the home is a place to live out of not to live in" says John McIlwain, a senior fellow for housing at The Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C.

Share your experiences!

Posted Tuesday, July 13, 2010 8:56 AM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Attachment(s): http://www.realtor.org/RMODaily.nsf/pages/News2010070906?OpenDocument

Get ready to complete the Census 2010

Read about the changes not least of which is the brevity!



Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:39 PM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments

Four reasons to sell now
4 reasons to sell now

Selling a property in this tough market can seem like a challenge. Here are four factors that actually make this a good time to post a For-Sale sign.

  1. Sell low and buy low. Because all property values are down, the loss on the property a home owner sells is really only a paper loss because the next property he buys also will be a bargain. If he buys smartly, when prices come back up in a few years, he'll be in better shape.
  2. Down-payment help is widely available. While nothing-down loans have disappeared, it is easy to find down-payment assistance for lower-income and first-time home buyers. Programs vary all over the country, but one good way to find them is to search online for "down-payment assistance programs" and the name of your region.
  3. Your uncle has money to share. Besides the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit and the $6,500 move-up credit, there are an array of energy tax credits that can make home improvements pay off in cash.
  4. Good help is available. Really talented real estate practitioners, contractors, and designers are available and eager for business.

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010 8:26 PM by Sheila Bell | 0 Comments