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Next month will mark my 10th anniversary being a real estate agent.  It is the most fantastic career  and I love going to work every day.   I work more hours than I ever did at any other job.   I have no guarantee of ever being paid again.   Now don't let these facts scare you away from getting licensed.   It could end up being the most significant thing you ever do careerwise in your life.

My motivation for selling homes started out from fear.   It was 2006 in early March and I had just learned that the company I worked for and had a vested interest in, was going to go out of business.   Our largest supplier declared a force majeure and commodity prices had gone through the roof.   We had presold deliveries stretching out over a 2 to 3 year period

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The ChicaGo DASH is an express commuter bus service from downtown Valparaiso to downtown Chicago. Utilizing 53-passenger coach buses, the DASH allows you to travel in comfort to the vast employment, shopping, and educational opportunities of Chicago without the hassles of the traditional suburban commute. Lavatories, WI-FI, satellite TVs, free parking, and even bike racks are just some of the great features offered by the DASH. Follow the links on the sidebar for more information.

 

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A new generation is driving the U.S. housing market forward, faced with new challenges but holding to some traditional values when buying a new home.  "I believe the millennials are coming of age and they are coming of age later," said Martin Rueter, president of Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, on Wednesday. "But they are now pushing that 30-year age mark and coming out of the woodwork buying houses.".............. continue reading at NWI TIMES

 

 

http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/millennials-enter-housing-market-late-but-in-force/article_b0ca6cbf-31b5-5956-81af-a5b36aa70af4.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

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So you are thinking of moving to Valparaiso, Indiana.  What should you expect?  What is it like?  Will you like living here?

I am here to tell you that I love living in Valparaiso.  I have lived here since 2004, but I have been coming here since I was a child. It is about an hours drive to downtown Chicago.  We can actually get downtown faster than most people who live in the western suburbs of Chicago.  A lot of my clients were once Illinois residents and now are Hoosiers.  The city has changed a lot in the last 10 years.  It is growing quite fast, but in a really good way.  I have to give credit to the local officials who have planned the growth and managed to keep our small town feel.  We also are lucky to have some really great local companies

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Are you on the cutting edge of technology?  Is your company conducting business based on 3 to 5 year plans?   This is appropriate for certain aspects of the organization, but if that is how they are addressing technology, they are dinosaurs.  Innovation is constant and we see that every week in technology.   There are things we are using on a daily basis that did not exist 12 months ago, and now we cannot believe we ever did business without them.   This is not going to change, it's only going to speed up.   Are you on the cutting edge of technology?   Is your broker?   If not, you're going to find yourself falling further and further behind.   At a certain point you may just give up thinking that you cannot catch up.   Don't worry.  Take a deep breath.

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As a real estate agent, you do a lot of preparation before meeting with a homeowner to discuss their listing. Researching the area and past sales, running reports, and compiling an accurate comparative market analysis (CMA) all take time and effort, but you understand that it's important to give your clients the most accurate listing price. After all this work on your part, there's nothing more frustrating than having the seller insist on overpricing the home.........read more at Unrealistic Seller Pricing: How to Handle it Like a Pro

 

 

 

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At long last, the FAA outlined rules for using drones and issued 500 permits for commercial use, with real estate businesses winning the lion’s share of them — more than 30 percent — the most popular application being aerial videos that showcase homes. You might be asking yourself if using drones in your real estate business is viable — even necessary — to stay competitive or if it’s just a flash in the pan. Whatever you decide, drones are shaping up to be the next evolution in real estate marketing.......read more at:

Using Drones for Real Estate Photography

 

 

1449 Brandywine Rd Crown Point, IN 46307 from Shawn Spaw on Vimeo.

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Custom built home at 506 Eastwood Dr Kouts, IN 46347 $265,000 with 2598 finished square feet, 4 bedrooms & 3 bathroom on a .34 acre wooded lot.

 

506 Eastwood Dr Kouts, IN from Shawn Spaw on Vimeo.

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