Friday, July 24, 2009


This is Part 2 of a series on getting the "Why" nailed down so that you can Certify the reason you are working in the first place.....
Get that BURN.....What gets your fire going.....
Let's start with the basics and move forward form there...
Other words that describe the word "Certify" are: confirm; officially state; verify; endorse; attest; declare.
Those are pretty accountable words. It is a positive affirmation. In order to solidify your understanding of your "Why", we need to take some time to confirm what you are officially stating and verify the meaning to you so that you can properly endorse your commitment. Then in the future you will be able to attest to what you had formerly declared. In other words "CERTIFY the WHY".
Steps to "Certify the Why"
Rule #3 - Be honest with yourself
The exercises will only work if you are totally and freely honest with yourself. This is paramount for your success. I believe in you and know that you can build a fantastic business if you just do every exercise in this manual completely and honestly. Free your mind and let go of all the stuff cluttering it up. Allow yourself to be honest and you will grow a lot quicker in this manner.
CLARITY - Ask yourself some questions to clarify where you are today. Clarify your current situation:
•1. What are my assets today? (Make a list and ascertain an approximate value)
•2. What are my immediate needs for my home and business that I need extra money for? (Itemize and attach a dollar amount for each and then total the amount)
•3. If I could ask a Genie today for the money that I need to clear up all my debt except for my mortgage, how much money would I ask for? (Itemize if you want or just write the total down)
•4. The sum total of all household and life expenses that I am responsible for on a monthly basis is $________________.
•5. Add $1500.00 per month for Real Estate business expenses and the total "nut to crack" monthly is:
$____________________/month x 12 is $____________________ per year. (turn to page ___ and write this total in the space provided)
We have now succeeded in Clarifying the present state of your financial life. It is now established that you NEED to earn $________________/year which is $______________ per month and there is a total amount of $_______________ required to be debt free except for your mortgage. Take the amount of debt and divide it by 2 and add that to your yearly total that you are required to make.
The Total amount of money I need to earn per year required to pay for my yearly obligations and pay off all bad debt in 2 years is: $__________________.00.
I would say that this is a pretty good place to start. Now make a decision to meet that requirement as your minimum. 24 months later you will pay for everything and get yourself into a debt free situation. These are your business building months. Anything that you can make over and above that can go back into your business into marketing yourself and getting your name out there. After that you can put money away for later and for future investments. Remember to give back and support some other worthy causes along the way. More on money distribution later.
Where you are today is the direct result of the efforts and focus of the past. Everything that you have done in the past; everything that you have thought about in the past; everything that you have focussed on in the past; all of the mental influences of the past; all previous experiences of the past and all money spending and investing of the past have brought you here today. It is important to establish where you are today and then decide on how it can be improved and then focus on what tomorrow will look like so that you can take control of your future. It is all in your hands. This is where we draw a line in the sand and move on from here.
The next step is where it really gets exciting.....Look for Part 3 shortly!!!!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Certify the Why

This will be a 2 part segment on getting your "Why" figured out...... This is part one and look for Part 2 in a little bit....

Now the office is set up and we have a basic list of things to do. We haven't started to get into the specifics of how the get the business going yet and the reason for that is that it doesn't matter unless you have discovered within yourself WHY you are now going to set this ship to sail. Where are you going? Why do you want to go there? What is there once you get there? How will you feel? What does it look like? How fast are you going to go? What bumps will you hit along the way and how will that slow you down? What will keep the ship going when you hit challenges or- to keep the analogy going - when you hit stormy seas. Well Captain. I hate to say it there, matey, but you are the one steering the ship and we need to spend a little time charting the course. Sound fair?
Have you ever heard the saying... "Whatever the mind can conceive and then truly believe, it can achieve"
Or...... "Thoughts are things" Or...... "As a man thinketh in his heart, so he will be"
Or...... "We need to spend a lot of time thinking about the future because that is where we will be spending the rest of our lives"
And finally...... "Setting goals is nothing more than predicting our future. It's choosing our destination before starting the journey"
So .....When would Now be a good time to start thinking about where you are going? How about Now.
Let us move into the conception stage and simply free our minds for a bit and just really get excited about the possibilities that you can accomplish. We have discussed briefly about what this business has to offer and it is all exciting in a book but there is a reason that you have been attracted to this business and there have been some sort of parameters that you have set for yourself that you believe that you can accomplish. Maybe the inner conversation goes something like "oh if I could just replace the income I was making at my last job then that would be fantastic" or "I know a guy who I graduated with in high school and he is making a killing and if he can make it then, man, I know I can" or there may be a lot of other inner conversations that you have had with yourself and that is normal but we need to go deeper than that and really get the juices going for you so that you will make this business a phenomenal success like I know you can.
We will get into the details of work ethic and how to goal set strategically but for now we need to "Certify the WHY". By ‘Certify', I mean to make certain what it is that gets your motor running. Implant it in your brain. Make a concrete choice. Take the reasons that get you excited and Certify them. Certify the Why.
Money is a great thing and it is ok to want to make money and lots of it but ...Why do you want it? Why do you need it? Why is more, better than less? What difference will more money make in your life? What can you obtain to make your life better? What would you like to contribute to your family, your church, your community? Does more money buy you time? Obtaining stuff is ok too. A nicer home or nicer car or the ability to take a vacation once in a while when you feel like it and pay for it. Maybe it is just getting rid of debt.
Other words that describe the word "Certify" are: confirm; officially state; verify; endorse; attest; declare.
Those are pretty accountable words. It is a positive affirmation. In order to solidify your understanding of your "Why", we need to take some time to confirm what you are officially stating and verify the meaning to you so that you can properly endorse your commitment. Then in the future you will be able to attest to what you had formerly declared. In other words "CERTIFY the WHY". Make a declaration of your Goals and future achievment that will/must be obtained. There is no "maybe" or "wow that would be nice" or "that would be cool" or "Boy if that happened I would be excited"......We need to stop that internal dialogue right away and make a paradigm shift in your thinking but for now and until the 2nd segment of this gets posted just free your mind and ask those questions....write them down and internalize the "wouldn't it be nice" and let your mind go there. We will work on exercises to solidify those "dreams" later. For now just have fun and let yourself dream. Until next time...."Dare to Dream".....

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

June 2009 Chilliwack Real Estate MArket Report

Market Report for June 2009 from the Chilliwack District Real Estate Board statistics.
This is HappyHomesBC with the monthly market report taken from the Chilliwack and District Real Estate board for the month of June 2009.
Well summer is here and the temperature is heating up but so is the Chilliwack Real Estate Market. Personally we have increased our sales in our office over 30% over the last 60 days but the stats across the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board remain active and are rising slightly.
The number of days that homes are listed on the market before selling is hovering around the 70 day mark and that was consistent with the month earlier. I think we will see that number decrease over the next couple of months. If you have listed your home this year and have not received an offer within 70 days of listing then there are 3 things that you need to consider – 1) either nobody knows about your property or 2) you are over-priced and need to think about adjusting your price or 3) you are priced in the upper echelon price point over $700,000.
For Single Family and attached town-homes we saw a slight increase in those target areas of about 10% from the year before. Total sales value was consistent with last year so prices have stabilized.
The biggest jump in sales occurred from $225,000 to $275,000. About a 28% increase in homes sold compared to the month of May. Who are those buyers? Investors and First time buyers. Welcome back you guys. Good to see you again. Interest rates were too good and you just had to get off the fence didn’t you. We are happy to see you back in the game.
Once gain for the second month in a row, - the most amount of sales were in the $300,000 to $350,000 bracket. OK now, I repeat from last month. If you have a home priced in that category and it hasn’t sold over the last 30 to 60 days then chances are you are over - priced for what you have and you are just helping other people sell their homes. We encourage you to consult with your REALTOR today to analyze where you are at.
We are looking forward to helping people get into homes over the summer and we are here to serve you. google Chilliwack Real Estate and you can find us on the internet or just type in and you can learn a lot about how we can help you. Have a great July