Posted in goal setting, home ownership

ShaBoom! Goal Achieved!

Why, you might ask, is Monique – the Real Estate Matchmaker, writing a blog on her site about goals? Well, there are a few reasons and I think they’re super-uber important so I hope you’ll indulge in 2 minutes that could have a huge impact on your life. And yes, I threw that “uber” word in there just for you “Under 25” crowd. πŸ™‚ Twice your age means I have the potential to be twice as cool, right?

…..anyway….. Here’s the thing. I have been a Realtor for 9 years. I hold 2 bachelor degrees, and have worked in Broadcasting, Sales, & Management since 1990. In the spring of 2014 I had an “encounter” that changed my life in many ways. So much so, that by January 2015 I was on the prowl for a business coach, marketing firm, and lots of answers about how to be a real estate guru. It started pretty simply, actually. A client asked me a question. He asked me if I could make him money in real estate. He entrusted me with a pretty nice sum of money. At that same luncheon, he made a statement something like, If you’re the best (and I know he truly believed I was) – why aren’t you number #1. Hmmm….

Here’s what I learned. You achieve what you expect to achieve; what you plan to achieve, and even what you believe you have already achieved. That last part sounds a little funky, I know. But, as I studied, and worked, and read, I realized that I needed to believe I was already #1. I had to act in a way that would bring my dreams into reality. But, the first step is to have that goal. You can’t achieve something that doesn’t exist! I started working – really diligently. I became goal specific. I learned systems.(Thanks, Gary) I began doing motivational talks – not just to help others, but myself too. I hired that business coach to hold me accountable, and the marketing firm to wrap it all up into a great package. I hired an assistant for the overload of tasks I knew was going to come. It was a TON of work. Learning about myself, my personality traits, strengths,weaknesses (yup, I have a few), market demographics, psycho-graphics of my audience… it went on and on – and still is.

So, I set my goals and started implementing everything. I made my goals public in my agent motivational speech. It is much more difficult to forget about a goal if no one else knows about it! One of my goals was that I wanted a new Dodge Charger. That my friends, is where this blog comes about! Last Friday, I went out and bought one. I’m super excited. and I’m loving it! Now, maybe you could care less if I have my new Charger. That’s ok. πŸ™‚ But here’s what I think is important: A. You know I’m a person following and achieving my dreams. B. You should have a dream too!

Keep in mind that goals can change. This year I wanted my beautiful new Charger. But, that’s not to say that next year I won’t desire something else, like a new cabin, or adding exponentially to my mission work. Our reality changes and so can our goals. The point is that we need one in order to achieve one. Home ownership is a huge American dream! There are a lot of factors involved in being able to achieve that goal in itself. Maybe your dream is to have a great home and be mortgage free. Maybe it is buying up, or perhaps it has nothing to do with real estate. Take a moment today and jot down your dream. Imagine it being reality and figuring out how to get there will happen. You’ll be creative. Don’t think for a second that it isn’t tough work though. But gee…. when you hit that goal – you’ll be able to take a silly picture on the day you achieve it too! I’d love to see it!!!

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Posted in Home Buyers

HOUSES ARE LIKE SPOUSES! Great Info For Buyers

They cost as much – can be cold and drafty – potential to take away your paycheck! Oh my, this is not what I was thinking when I posted that I would be writing an article with the title Houses Are Like Spouses; but those were some of my followers lines! Lol……

Here’s what I was thinking: Have you heard that line before, “There’s no one perfect spouse”? This is the direction I was headed. Stay with me here. You see, I love working with buyers. For the most part they are super fun and it is so exciting when they find “The one”. But in reality, I don’t think there is any “one” perfect home, as there isn’t necessarily a perfect spouse. No house is perfect, neither is any person. Though, as they say – there might be one perfect for you. Or at least one that you can work on where the end result is indeed the perfect match. πŸ™‚

When I begin working with a buyer, I ask them to get me a Wish List. Write down some major and most important factors you are looking for in a home; just like your mom told you to do when you were looking for that special person in your life. There are a lot of things you can like &/or dislike in a home. Some are deal breakers, others are fixable, changeable, or just not that important. Decide what is the most important aspect in a home for you. It will be different for everyone. Maybe location is most the highest on the list for you. Maybe it needs to be a 1 story, have a main floor master, or you just have to have a pole barn. What is it? Narrow it down. Make sure you are aware of the items that are deal-breakers & those that are “Gee that would be nice”.

The reason is because most likely there won’t be one home that has it all. But, there may be several that have everything except one or two things. I rehab a lot of homes. Buy them, fix em, and re-sell. I have come to look for the possibility in homes. Maybe I found the perfect location but I understand most people want a master suite and this home doesn’t have it. I just closed on one of those last week. Voila, for under $5,000 I am making a master suite and have added another half bath off the kitchen to make a 2 1/2 bath home, that was originally a 2 bath and it will soon have that ever sought after master suite with walk-in closet and bath. Things aren’t always that expensive. Most things can be done. Would it have been economical for me to have purchased a home that I would have had to actually put an addition on? Nope, absolutely not. But this one worked perfectly for me. Β At my personal home though, I’m considering an addition; one that will make my home just the way I want, and it is focused on things I know the return on investment is high.

Here are some main things you should consider when buying a home: location, setting, style (ranch, 2 story), # BR’s & BTH, basement, attached garage, pole barn, acreage, and of course price. What is important to you? When we look for that perfect person, we may have to teach them to kiss – our way! Or to put the toilet paper roll front ways. These are trainable and changeable things. Just like there are things in a house that we can do to make it a home, OUR home. Don’t miss out on something that could be just perfect for you!!