What geese can teach us about teamwork

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What Geese can teach us about teamwork in real estateAs the temperatures start dropping the marvelous sight of geese flying south in their “V” formation.I remember being in school and our biology teacher told us that the “V” is one of nature’s prime examples of teamwork. When geese fly together in their ‘V’ formation, they’re all being lifted into the air. And they can fly much further, longer, and with less breaks than they could have if they were flying solo. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The birds take turns being in the front, falling back when they get tired. That formation enables those geese to fly 1,500 miles in just 24 hours!Keller Williams Realty encourages teamwork from their agents. This might take form as an official team or just a general supportive group for the betterment of all. It not only provides higher income potential but improves the safety and overall well being of their agents. Geese set a great example of how to form effective teams.1. Working together all of them arrive quicker.Just like geese when real estate agents work together harmoniously on teams, sharing common values and a common destination, they all arrive at the destination quicker and easier, because they are lifted up by the energy and enthusiasm of one another.2. Geese know how to honk.Geese make loud honking sounds as they fly together to communicate and to encourage each other. When working on teams, it is exceedingly important for each team member to communicate regularly with all the other team members. Teams can fall apart because of the lack of adequate communication and positive encouraging support.3. Geese rotate leadership.The lead goose has to flap the hardest and when he gets tired he lets another take the lead. This rotation of position happens many times in the course of the long journey to warmer climates. When a team is functioning well, various members of the team may take the leadership role for a while because of a particular expertise or experience. Consequently, on good teams, everyone has the opportunity to serve as a leader as well as a follower. 4. The whole is greater than the sum of our parts. When a goose drops out of the v-formation it suddenly feels the air resistance of trying to do it alone. It doesn’t take long for that goose to return to the formation to take advantage of the lifting power that comes from flying together. Sometimes people playing on teams will drop out of the group and try to accomplish goals on their own. Just like our feathered counterparts it doesn’t take long to discover just how much further we can get with less energy when we work as a team.5. Geese help each other. Scientists discovered that when one goose becomes ill, or injured, and drops out of the formation, two other geese will fall out of formation and remain with the weakened goose. They will stay with and protect the injured goose from predators until it is able to fly again or dies. The best of teams work best when they do more than just work together, but care for the well being of each other. To stand with each other in difficult times as well as when they are strong. If you can learn from a goose to form your real estate teamwork will effectively enrich your business and help you reach your goals quicker and easier.  What can your open handed, full of praise and energy teamwork do for your office?  Will you fly solo against the turbulence or glide to your destination?
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Hayden Lake Idaho Waterfront Short Sale! Seller’s loss is your gain!

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Jana Scharf in our CDA Keller Williams office has a great short sale on a waterfront home.  Along with Jana I specialize in short sales and if you would like to see this home today, give me a call at 208-610-0011
Hayden Lake Waterfront Home at English Point
Hayden Lake waterfront home with 100′ of deep water frontage at English Point. Best value value on Hayden Lake. This is a short sale and the list price was approved by the bank. Located in a highly desirable location that would work well for year-around living, or a perfect summer retreat for extreme recreation. You have that coveted southern exposure as the spectacular lake unfolds before your eyes. No weedy cove, your 100′ of frontage is on crystal clear, sparkling blue deep water, with southern exposure. State of the art tram from your deck to the waters edge. Professional property inspection was completed on 7/12/16 and is available to prospective buyers.
Janna Scharf Scharf Real Estate at Keller Williams Realty Coeur d’Alene 1450 Northwest Blvd. Ste 301 Coeur d’Alene ID 83814Janna Rankin Scharf  provides a superior level of real estate services to home buyers and sellers in Coeur d’Alene and Kootenai County, Idaho. Visit www.sellingcda.net to search for homes in the Coeur d’Alene MLS for anywhere in spectacular North Idaho.
No matter how grand or modest your real estate dreams may be, you can turn to me in confidence.  Give me a call today and let me know what I can do to be of service to you!
Janna Rankin Scharf AB, GRI, CLHMS, PMN, SFR  208.651.9700
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LARGEST and BRIGHTEST super moon in 64 years coming Thursday

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Coming soon the LARGEST and BRIGHTEST Full Moon we’ve seen in the last 64 years… and we won’t see another one like it again until 2034. Time for a full moon and not just any full moon but a Super Moon. They are called super moons because it appears to be larger and brighter in the sky, particularly when it begins to rise over the horizon. I still remember the first one I saw as a kid on a flat horizon in New Mexico. It looked like something you would see in a sci fi movie. Extremely large, dramatic and in that case a blood moon to boot.The white line in this graphic shows the moon’s normal orbit. When the moon’s orbit is altered, as seen in the blue lines, it brings the full moon closer to our planet, resulting in an exceptional “supermoon.” (Bob King | Sky & Telescope) Supermoons usually occur a few times each year, but this year we happened to have three consecutive supermoons. One supermoon occurred on Oct. 16, the next is November 14th and and another one is on the way on Dec. 13. The upcoming November supermoon is expected to be more spectacular than those two because of its closer proximity to the Earth. The orbit of this month’s full moon will be closer to the Earth than it’s been since January 1948. If you miss this rare Super supermoon, you’ll have to wait 18 years for the next big one on Nov. 25, 2034 Be sure to check it out on Sunday but If you miss the celestial show Sunday night  the supermoon should look good again when it begins to rise in the eastern sky around 5:15 p.m. Monday
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Bonner County Idaho Lush forests, majestic views and current homes

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Northern Idaho is one of the prettiest places on the face of the earth. Lush forests, an abundance of wildlife, clean air, low crime, majestic views, lakes and rivers everywhere. A true sportsmans paradise with skiing at Schweitzer, boating on one of the many lakes like Lake Pend Oreille or Canoeing on Priest Lake or the Clark Fork river. Hunting, fishing, and snow mobiling in the Kaniksu national forest. Or take a scenic drive on the Selkirk Loop scenic byway. Idaho is a great place to raise a family, or to live out your days on your slice of paradise. See the current Bonner county Idaho homes for sale between $200,000 and $400,000
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Your life deserves all the enthusiasm and energy you can give it.

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The words are from the KW CEO Chris Keller but the motivation and impact is for each and every one of us.  I hope this helps you find a moment of Enthusiasm and Energy as you start your new week.   here is a thought I shared with my team and wanted to pass it on… Enthusiasm and energy +++++++++++++++++++ Your life deserves all the enthusiasm and energy you can give it. So without waiting another moment, give it, and keep giving it. Be a positive presence in your own life, your own thoughts, your own actions. Be a positive influence for people and situations you encounter. Imagine the best that can happen, and then take vigorous steps in that direction. Visualize pure, unrestrained joy and then let that joy emerge from your vision out into your life. Let go of the tired old thought patterns that keep you feeling worried and hesitant. Think of what it would mean right now to live with boldness and enthusiasm, then do it. Your time is too precious to let even a few moments slip away without putting all of yourself into them. The possibilities are too splendid to ignore. You have the power to energize your whole world. Activate that power, create that energy, and do all the great things today you know you can do.
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Home renovation. Is your basement a hidden gem?

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We have all seen these little gems waiting to be discovered.  That wonderful space that can either be viewed as a wonderful home addition ready to be enjoyed by one and all or that dark damp space that we avoid going to and that horror movies are made of.  Here is a great example of  a finished product done by Home Scene Renovations.  For over 15 years this basement was a dark, dreary space and used only for storage. Now it is fully developed with great lighting, soothing colors and enjoyed by its owner!! What spaces in your home do you have that can be developed into a warm and friendly place for your family to enjoy?  #basement #homeimprovement #homescenerenovations #build #design #houseandhome #benjaminmoore
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purchase a home this year, buying sooner could lead to savings

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The seasons are changing and with them bring thoughts of the upcoming holidays, family get-togethers, and planning for a new year. Here are a few great reasons to consider buying a home now, instead of waiting.1. Prices Will Continue to RiseThe price of homes across the nation have been steadily rising for the last year. The bottom in home prices has come and gone and home values will continue to appreciate. Waiting no longer makes sense like it did a few years ago.2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to IncreaseThe Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors are in unison projecting that rates will continue to rise.An increase in rates will impact how much home you can afford and your monthly mortgage payment. Your housing expense will be more a year from now if a mortgage is necessary to purchase your next home.3. Either Way You are Paying The common way of looking at rent versus a mortgage is that when you pay rent, it is simply gone and you have nothing to show for it. When you are paying a mortgage you are spending money each month for something you will actually own. In many areas it is actually cheaper to pay a monthly mortgage than it is to pay rent.The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. Both are on the rise and if the right thing for you and your family is to
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How will you leave your indelible mark on someone elses life?

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We have a million “first times” in our lives, each one having the capability of taking us on new adventures, new avenues and defining who we are.   This month Patricia Kennedy is sponsoring An October Contest: Your First Time – The Real Estate Edition! Patricia Kennedy has asked us to reveal one of our first time interactions in real estate that left an indelible mark on your psyche.  I first got my license in 1985, so many of my first time experiences as an agent are riddled with cobwebs. They say you never forget your first sale, although for the life of me I can not remember what that was. I do remember a quick very fuzzy orientation showing me where my desk was, the floor schedule and handing me a key to the office.  I remember the first phone call I got a positive response from only because it followed a healthy volley of bad phone calls.  Most of all though I remember that feeling of someone throwing you into the deep end of a pool when you don’t know how to swim. I was like most agents completely overwhelmed and wondering what I got myself into.   I was working for a very large bustling office of 200 agents and I am pretty sure I never learned all of the agents names. The brokerage had sponsored the real estate classes in the office so when I actually went to work I was thankfully familiar with my surroundings. I remember thinking that while I could calculate a mortgage payment or cap rate and knew the definition of estoppel nothing in my classes has taught me what I was supposed to do on a day to day basis. In the classes I had never even seen a listing form or a purchase and sale contract, had no idea what really happened during escrow and didn’t have a clue as to what I was supposed to do when I walked in the office each morning. Between youth and inexperience I was completely worthless on how to advise a client yet people liked me and trusted me anyways. I actually treated it like a job and jumped in with both feet. I pulled a farm of about 600 properties and spent 8 hours a day on the phone calling them. At the end of my first month I had 12 listings. Whoo hoo!!! What I didn’t know at the time was that as a new agent I let the sellers dictate the price and I had effectively gathered up a great group of over priced and unwanted vacant land listings that a more experienced agent would never touch. On the bright side I was off and running, had properties to advertise and was working on getting my name out there. The first office meeting I attended was very memorable and a major saving grace for me. Once a month the broker reserved a banquet room at a local restaurant for breakfast awards. There was probably a good 120 agents there and I have never been much of one for crowds and I was absolutely terrified and eager to fade into the background. I had never seen such a collection of designer suits and Rolex’s in my life. I was a wet behind the ears kid, completely out of my league and I wanted to be anywhere else. We went through the usual market reports, upcoming events, motivational speeches and then a round table of new listings and needs. By the time it was my turn I already understood that I would need to relay the information on my 12 new listings and had written notes about them all. I got through my list without any hitches and was busy planning my escape when it was time to hand out awards. The first one was for top listing agent for the month and they called my name and wanted me to give a speech. Yikes a what? We went through a round of jokes about beginners luck and the new kid on the block. I remember the broker telling me to just talk about what scripts I used to get the listings. Scripts? what scripts I haven’t had that training yet! I simply talked to people, listened to their needs and tried to help them sell their property. It worked for me then and still does to this day.  After the meeting a very respected and older agent come up to me with congratulatory praise. Her name was Fran and everyone just adored her, she knew everything and every one. She told me that she had never used a script in her life and she offered to take me under her wing. Fran did an outstanding job at teaching me what I needed to know and help develop the skills I needed to be a good agent. Since that time when we have new agents come to the office and I see that deer in the headlights look I try to extend the same kindness in mentoring that Fran showed me.

I would say anything that I can remember vividly a few decades later has indeed left an indelible mark in my life.  More importantly taught me a way to make a good difference in someone elses life.  None of us get through this life all alone and even some of the smallest kindness may make a big difference.Which bears the question….How will you leave your indelible mark?
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As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home:

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Understanding the buyer

As the seller, you can control three factors that will affect the sale of your home:

* The home’s condition
* Asking price
* Marketing strategy

However, it’s important to note that there are numerous other factors that influence a buyer, and you need to understand these consumer trends when you enter the sellers’ market. The more your home matches these qualifications, the more competitive it will be in the marketplace. Your real estate agent can advise you on how to best position and market your home to overcome any perceived downsides.

Location
Unfortunately, the most influential factor in determining your home’s appeal to buyers is something you can’t control: its location. According to the National Association of REALTORS(r), neighborhood quality is the No. 1 reason buyers choose certain homes. The second most influential factor is commute times to work and school.

Size
While some buyers want to simplify their lives and downsize to a smaller home, home sizes in general have continued to increase over the decades, nearly doubling in size since the 1950s. Smaller homes typically appeal to first-time home buyers and “empty nesters,” or couples whose children have grown up and moved out.

Amenities
Preferences in floor plans and amenities go in and out of fashion, and your real estate agent can inform you of the “hot ticket” items that are selling homes in your market. If your home lacks certain features, you can renovate to increase its appeal, but be forewarned: That’s not always the right move. Using market conditions and activity in your neighborhood as a gauge, your agent can help you determine whether the investment is likely to help or hinder your profit margin and time on the market.

How to increase your home’s appeal when selling

Increasing your home’s appeal

Remember the 60-second rule: That’s all the time you have to create a winning first impression. Here are some simple to significant ways to maximize your home’s appeal.

Exterior

* Keep the grass cut and remove all yard clutter.
* Weed and apply fresh mulch to flower beds.
* Apply fresh paint to wooden fences.
* Tighten and clean all door handles.
* Clean windows inside and out.
* Powerwash home’s exterior.
* Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
* Paint the front door.
* Buy a new welcome mat.
* Place potted flowers near the front door.

Interior

* Evaluate the furniture in each room and remove anything that interrupts “the flow” or makes the room appear smaller. Consider renting a storage unit to move items off-site.
* Clean and organize cabinets, closets and bookshelves.
* Clean all light fixtures and ceiling fans.
* Shampoo carpets.
* Remove excessive wall hangings and knick-knacks.
* Repair all plumbing leaks, including faucets and drain traps.
* Make minor repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking).
* Clean or paint walls and ceilings.
* Replace worn cabinet and door knobs.
* Fix or replace discolored grout.
* Replace broken tiles.
* Replace worn countertops.

Special details for showings

* Turn on all the lights.
* Open all drapes and shutters in the daytime.
* Keep pets secured outdoors.
* Buy new towels for bathrooms.
* Buy new bedding for bedrooms.
* Replace old lamps or lampshades.
* Play quiet background music.
* Light the fireplace or clean out the ashes and light a candelabrum.
* Infuse home with a comforting scent, such as apple spice or vanilla.
* Set the dining room table for a fancy dinner party.
* Vacate the property while it is being shown.

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