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1-800-GOOG-411: Google’s 411 service

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Random | Posted on 09-05-2010

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http://www.google.com/goog411

Google 411 - Good service. NO, A GREAT ONE!
Just leave it up to Google to come up with something like this!

Here's a number worth putting in your cell phone, or
your home phone speed dial: 1-800-goog411 or (1-800-466-4411.)

This is an awesome service from Google, and it's free
-- great when you are on the road, at home or at work.  Don't waste
Your money on information calls and don't waste your
Time manually dialing the number.

I am driving along and I realize that I should call the golf
Course but I don't remember its telephone number.  I pull over, stop, and hit the
Speed dial (1-800-466-4411) for information that I have programmed. The voice

at the other end says,"Say the name of the business and the City & Province."

I say, "Kingsville Golf Course, Kingsville , Ontario ”.
The voice responds, "Connecting" --- and Kingsville Golf
Course answers the phone.

How great is that?  This is nationwide,  for both Canada & the USA.
It is absolutely free!  Works on cell and land line phones. All you have to remember is 1-800-466-4411.


Give it a try.

http://SellingToolz.com

Real-time listing prices in these areas of the U.S. are dropping, and experts expect them to fall further this year

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 05-02-2010

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Year-over-year home listing prices have dropped precipitously in nine cities, according to Altos Research, a Mountain View, Calif.-based housing real estate research firm, and they're not all cities you might expect. Some had appeared to escape the housing bust but are now showing cracks. Others were hit hard by the Wall Street collapse and still more are facing drained demand in the luxury home market. Since Altos tracks asking prices, housing price trends tend to show up months earlier than they do in other widely respected price indexes. Click to see where trouble might be ahead.

http://CommissionGusher.com

I Got An Important Phone Call

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 03-10-2009

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The other day I got a phone call from one of the early
pioneers of real estate training.

I was rather excited when I listened to the message.
You see 20 years ago when I started to sell real estate,
he was the very first trainer that I listed to.

As a matter of fact I wore out two sets of tapes and had
to get a third.

So you can understand why my ears perked up when he was
now calling me... Asking me to get together to discuss
an idea.

The trainer that called me wants to meet with me today and
of  course I agreed... He is Jerry Bresser of the List More
Sell More training system.

The interesting thing about training tapes/cds/mp3s is
that when you listen to them often, you tend to retain the
information and can therefore use it when called upon.

I was golfing with friends a while back and one of the guys
in the group was grinding me on the topic of listening to
training systems, saying that I was for training because I
am in that industry.

I made an interesting point when I asked another of the
group how his second language skills were when he was
not speaking in his Italian tongue very often.

His answer was immediate... Well you start to forget
things... This is something that we can all relate to...Right!

Getting leads is one thing and I have mastered this area
of the business and turned it into a a Virtual Prospecting
System. However you still need to know what to say when you
acquire a lead.

http://CommissionGusher.com

The system comes with the Internet tools, the thinking behind
the tools and the scripts that enable you to covert your leads
and to motivate your buyers and sellers to take action.

In many ways things have not changed much in the past 20
years. You still have to prospect, you still need to practice
your scripts and dialogs.

The only thing that has changed is the way we prospect and
where you have to go to get the leads.

http://CommissionGusher.com

NAR has found that 96% of all people now start their home and
Real Estate Professional search on the Internet and 75% of these people pick
the first agent that they meet.

They also show that 88% of agents are still using old school
methods to "try" to get their business.

You see the opportunity here... Don't you?

To your online success,

James Osmar
http://CommissionGusher.com
1241 Beaverbrook Ave.
London, CA

P.S. I will keep you posted on what my new friend from the
past, Jerry Bresser has to say.

Are you Fit to Sell?

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in Real Estate Articles | Posted on 19-02-2009

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New RE/MAX program helps Canadian homeowners secure the value of their biggest investment.
Mississauga, Ontario (February 19, 2009) – As home sellers across the country adjust to new market
realities, RE/MAX is set to launch Fit to Sell, an innovative new program designed to secure home
equity in uncertain times.

“The stark reality is that more than 2,000 properties are listed for sale every day in Canada,”
explains Michael Polzler, Executive Vice President, Regional Director, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic
Canada, “yet only a quarter of them will be sold. With the creation of Fit to Sell, RE/MAX is
intent on helping Canadians get the most out of their biggest investment – their home.”
RE/MAX has enlisted the help of popular staging expert Carla Woolnough, host of the DVD series
‘How to Stage your own Home’ and owner of Nex-Step Design, to develop Fit to Sell. The program
encourages existing homeowners to increase their stake in the home-selling process by working with
their real estate professional to bring their home to the market. Fit to Sell ultimately rewards their
participation by maximizing sale price and minimizing on-market time.

“Sellers are no longer in the driver’s seat but there’s also no reason for them to take a back seat,”
explains Polzler. “We know that location, price, and condition are the three major factors that come
into play when selling a home – and while location and price are clearly choices made by the buyer at
the onset, condition is the one factor that a seller can influence. Sellers who make the right moves in
preparing their home for sale can maximize their housing potential and ultimately improve their bottom
line. After all, there are still buyers in the market and they are looking for quality product.”

RE/MAX and Carla Woolnough, the national spokesperson for RE/MAX Fit to Sell, have created a
checklist of the top 10 priorities for preparing a property for sale, ranging from air quality to furniture
placement and lighting. The checklist and tips can also be found on www.fittosell.ca

“By following these simple and inexpensive tips, homeowners across the country can secure top dollar
for their properties,’ says Carla. “All it takes is a little upfront planning and some advice from your
RE/MAX sales professional.”

The official launch of RE/MAX Fit to Sell will co-incide with the opening of the National Home Show,
presented by RE/MAX, at the Direct Energy Centre on February 20 through to March 1. RE/MAX will
be presenting tips for consumers, with four scheduled appearances by Carla during the 10-day event.
RE/MAX is Canada’s leading real estate organization with over 18,000 sales associates situated
throughout its more than 670 independently-owned and operated offices across the country. The
RE/MAX franchise network, now in its 36th year, is a global real estate system operating in more than
70 countries. Over 7,000 independently-owned offices engage more than 100,000 member sales
associates who lead the industry in professional designations, experience and production while
providing real estate services in resident, commercial, referral, and asset management. For more
information, visit: www.remax.ca

For more information, please contact:
Christine Martysiewicz, RE/MAX Ontario-Atlantic Canada, 905.542.2400
Eva Blay, Point Blank Communications, 416.781.3911

Home renovations can influence the resale value of your home
As the residential housing market becomes increasingly competitive, more and more homeowners
are investing in renovation before listing their home for sale.

The recent introduction of the Federal Government’s new $2.5 billion Home Renovation Tax
Credit (HRTC) program will now provide Canadians with added incentive. The program allows
for a 15 per cent tax credit on eligible renovation expenditures such as work performed or goods
purchased between January 27, 2009 and February 1, 2010. A credit of up to $1,350 per
household can be claimed for the 2009 tax year on renovations including upgrades to bathrooms
and kitchens, the installation of new flooring or carpeting, and replacing a furnace.

By utilizing the new program to make necessary upgrades, homeowners can maximize the value
of their properties. A recent RE/MAX survey found that the most value-added upgrades for
today’s purchasers include:

Private Seller – Purpose of the Phone Call

Posted by James Osmar | Posted in How to Private Sellers | Posted on 15-12-2008

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A video used to be embedded here but the service that it was hosted on has shut down.

Private Sellers will pose many problems for the real estate agent, so as a Real Estate Professional it is important to understand what the purpose of the call is. It simply to get in the For Sale by Owners home. You never try to list the home over the phone and you do not waste your time trying to give Canada Private or USA Private Seller as a give without meeting face to face.

Click here to go to Canada Private

Click here to go to USA Private Sellers