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  • HomeGain Releases Top Five ROI-Driven Home Improvement Projects for 2011

    According to's newly released 2011 home improvement survey, the top five home improvements (under $5,000) that real estate professionals recommend to home sellers based on average cost and return on investment (from highest to lowest ROI) are: Cleaning and de-cluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on January 28, 2011
  • NAR survey says homeownership still popular

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    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on January 28, 2011
  • "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught"/South Pacific

    The lyrics from Rodger and Hammerstein's memorable musical, "South Pacific" fits today's celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Listen to the song-I have never heard a song that so perfectly identifies the idiocy of discrimination of any kind.  While "South Pacific" is set during World War II, ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on January 17, 2011
  • Old Age-Not Me!

    As I read the news this morning, there are a couple of stories that caught my attention.  One, in the New York Times, was about the increase in use of social networking by ages 45 and up. From December 2008 to May 2010, those in every generation 45 and older more than doubled their participation. Adults 74 and older who are online ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on December 27, 2010
  • Lack of Sunshine

    It's that time of year again! The lack of sunshine, lack of Vitamin D and "the blues" are all related.  Actually, "the blues" can be more that just a bad day and should be taken seriously.  While the cause of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not completely understood, it is no longer a contested ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on December 26, 2010
  • Musings on end of year planning

    It comes to the end of the calendar year and the beginning of a new career year and I am evaluating how to organize and prioritize.  This seems so very easy to "tell" others how to do it; but not so simple to identify for myself. Is this why others find it difficult to get on track as independent contractors?  No job ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on December 21, 2010
  • Musings

    Having recently changed companies, I am in the process of examing the future (immediate, near, distant).  It occurs to me that I've been in somewhat of a fog for far too long and it's time to get off of my proverbial "butt".  There is so much to do, so little time in which to accomplish that which I intend.  ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on December 14, 2010
  • Realtors Amend Its Code of Ethics to Include Protection for the GLBT Community

    Is sexual orientation discrimination in housing legal? Maybe. By Lani Rosales on November 9, 2010 Can landlords legally deny renting to a gay couple because they’re gay? Can a Realtor refuse to negotiate on behalf of a transgendered woman because she’s transgendered? Can a builder jack up the price of ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on November 9, 2010
  • The Ten Must-Have Tools for Mobile Office Productivity

    Learn the little-known, proven tools top agents are using as mobile agents to successfully manage their mobile offices. From your smart phone, your laptop, digital camera, and even to your car organizer, you'll leave this session knowing the most effective and affordable options and valuable tips for making the most of them! Register ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on October 11, 2010
  • 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?) 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on October 11, 2010
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on October 10, 2010
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on October 1, 2010
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on September 6, 2010
  • 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!  [Video]
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on August 11, 2010
  • Robert Redford: It's the Opportunity, Stupid

    Interesting read.  What do you think?
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on July 27, 2010
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on July 27, 2010
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on July 21, 2010
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on July 15, 2010
  • 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on July 14, 2010
  • "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? YES! 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 ...
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on July 13, 2010
  • Are you hesitant about Blogging?

    Just post what you're thinking.  If there is something on your mind, a blog is the place to write it (do use common sense and courtesy).  What makes you uneasy about blogging?  I'm really curious.
    Posted to Sheila Bell (Weblog) by 615345 on May 17, 2009