Sonora, CA Real Estate News

By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
(click image to enlarge, then in new browser tab or window click again) 10 "lightning fast" blog post examples (click titles to view): 10 Mistakes People Make with Decisions (plus 1 bonus) 10 Mistakes People Make with Defeats in Life (plus 1 bonus)  10 Mistakes People Make with Pinterest (plus 1 bonus)  10 Mistakes People Make with Newbies (plus 1 bonus)  10 Mistakes People Make with Relationships (plus 1 bonus)  10 Mistakes People Make Creating Infographics (plus 1 bonus) 10 Mistakes People Make When Buying a Home (plus 1 bonus)   10 Mistakes People Make with Facebook (plus 1 bonus)   10 Mistakes People Make with Twitter (plus 1 bonus)   10 Mistakes REALTORS® Make Doing Real Estate (plus 1 bonus)
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
My oldest daughter and I joke when the internet is down (not working) in our house that if we had to choose between the internet and oxygen, we'd choose the internet (actually, it may be me that started this). So what couldn't you live without (in all seriousness)? The toothpaste? Toilet paper? Trips to the hair salon? Time with the boys? It really is interesting to wonder about. And I really could live without a lot of things, but the fact is I don't always act that way. Do you ever get upset ( / lose your patience) when something you "need" isn't there? (I do.) I really could live without a lot of things. (I'm writing it again so it sinks in ~ with me!) I really could live without a lot of things. (I promise that was the last time.) But there are some things I couldn't live without.....
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
(click image to enlarge, then in new browser tab or window click again) 8 Tips to Help Your Blogging Blast Off:  1. Design impacting blog posts that someone can read in 60 seconds or less. 2. Use paragraph headlines on longer posts so a person can skip / scan to relevant info. 3. Tell stories from your personal life. Make a point. 4. Choose the perfect picture that goes along with your writing. 5. Don't let perfectionism paralyze you from publishing. Nobody's perfect. 6. Even the best bloggers run out of ideas. The difference? They don't quit. 7. Turn your blog post into a podcast, video, slideshow, infographic, etc. "Recycle" via other technologies. 8. Don't neglect social media platforms. Get your blog post in front of as many eyes as possible. You might also be interested in: 14 Way...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
I was talking with a coworker recently about contractors. We were having some work done at our house which required a plumber, an electrician and more. What I didn't know (so much) is that a "general contractor" (as they're known) have experience in all areas. They can do the plumbing. They can do the electrical wiring. They can do everything. They are the experts when it comes to building and renovating. So what are you an expert in? My expertise is not as a general contractor (obviously). And your expertise probably isn't either. But are you doing something that you really weren't "wired" for (pun intended)? We would hope that we discover what we're good (an expert) at and not good (an expert) at early on in life and not end up doing the latter. That can a be huge burden of anxiety f...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
Lightning fast post meant to make you think... 10 Mistakes People Make with Decisions (plus 1 bonus): (what might you add to the list?) 1. Move too fast. 2. Move to slow. 3. Don't seek counsel. 4. Don't listen to counsel. 5. Don't count the cost. 6. Have blinders on or rose-colored glasses. 7. Forget there's always an element of risk. 8. Go on emotions. 9. Succumb to (or are paralyzed by) fear. 10. Think they have the right decisions for everybody else's life. BONUS Don't learn from past wrong decisions. You might also be interested in: 10 Mistakes People Make With Newbies (plus 1 bonus) 10 Mistakes People Make With Relationships (plus 1 bonus)
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
I've got the latest Mother Lode market numbers for you to look at today. To begin with, you'll notice the overall sales picture including all sales classes. CLICK HERE to view June 2012 compared to June 2011. CLICK HERE to view January-June 2012 compared to January-June 2011. You'll also want to notice the graphs including the Mother Lode Residential Unit Sales through June 2012 graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 1 on above left) along with the Mother Lode Residential Volume Sales graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 2 on the right) and the Mother Lode Residential Average Sales Price graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 3 on the left below), respectively. (The data used comes from the Tuolumne Multiple Listing Service and is de...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
It was on the highway that I fell. (Well, a little bit off from it.) It hurt. (Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.) The truth is I was jogging and as I'm getting older, I don't pick my feet up as high as I used to. So I hit the curb with my left foot. (It's still sore a week later.) And I was down on my face in a second. (On my left cheek to be exact.) Pow! Scraaaaape. It's amazing what goes through your mind in such a moment. I have been in accidents before and experienced the proverbial "life flashing before your eyes" moment. What flashed through my mind in this case was the following: "Am I hurt? No." Next flashed: "Did anyone see me?" I felt a little embarrassed. The final flash: "Will anyone stop to help me?" I have had people NOT do anything when I've fallen before (in another setting). Being tha...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
We took tests on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Saint Patrick’s Day, April Fool’s and Easter (click titles to view). So here we go with one for the Fourth of July. How’s your understanding when it comes to Independence Day and its history ~ past and present? Let’s find out (answers below and page links to where answers were gained)… 1. It was on July 4th in which year that 13 colonies of an infant United States declared its independence from Great Britain: (a) 1767; (b) 1766; (c) 1776; (d) 1775. 2. The Declaration of Independence begins like this: (a) We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; (b) Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth; (c) When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve; (d) We the People of ...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
Lightning fast post meant to make you think... 10 Mistakes People Make with Defeats in Life (plus 1 bonus): (what might you add to the list?) 1. They don't learn their lesson. 2. They give up (don't try again). 3. They become bitter. 4. They become revengeful. 5. They turn to drinking or drugs to quiet their pain. 6. They no longer trust (others, themselves). 7. Some decide to end it all (suicide). 8. They take it out on their wife and kids (and pet). 9. They blame others. 10. They forget everyone faces defeats in life. BONUS They gloat (when they're the winner). You might also be interested in: 10 Mistakes People Make Creating Infographics (plus 1 bonus) 10 Mistakes People Make with Pinterest (plus 1 bonus)
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
You start something new (like Twitter and tweeting) and through fumbling and bumbling, a lot of us learn the ropes. Isn’t it true? And we wish there was a list of do’s and don’ts, but it doesn’t always work that way. But then, through an act of heavenly Providence, somebody comes along (muah) and puts together that list he wishes he had when he was just starting out. I know this is more for beginners, but it doesn’t hurt for us old-timers (notice #7 especially ~ has it ever happened to you?) to review the basics from time to time… 9 Tweeting No No’s (Things You Should Avoid Doing So You Won’t Get Unfollowed on Twitter): No No #1: Having an empty bio (tell us about yourself and more than just “I tweet therefore I am”) No No #2: Altering / modifying the initial tweet when retweeting (som...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
Manipulation. It happens when one person exercises some form of control over another person. There are good forms of manipulation (like a parent protecting a child from harm) and there are not so good forms of manipulation. Some of us are more easily manipulated by the "not so good forms" than others. It may be that we don't like confrontation (so we give in) or we want to be liked or we can't stand being rejected or we want to be a part of what everybody else is doing ~ it could be just about anything at the root of why we allow ourselves to be taken advantage of by a manipulator. And I guess the simple answer and protection against manipulation is to dig deeper (read the "fine print") when it comes to whatever we're being "sold." That said, here are... 14 Ways People Are Manipulated ...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
What would you do if you could reinvent yourself? (To reinvent: "to invent again or anew; to remake or make over, as in a different form; to bring back; revive.") Would you get up earlier (or later)? Would you wear different clothes? Would you talk differently? What about your attitude? Would you be more positive? Would you be more upbeat? Would you be more motivated? Would you say you're sorry more? Would you say, "I love you" more? Would you spend more time with your spouse? Would you spend more time with your kids?  Would you forgive more? Would you drive slower (or faster)? Would you exercise (keep yourself in shape) and not just let yourself go? Would you smile more? Would you hope more? Would you dream more? And maybe a reinvention is just the thing our life (and business) may ne...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
(click image to enlarge, then in new browser tab or window click again) ORIGINAL POSTS: 10 Things Kids Say to Their Dads 8 Things Dads Wish Their Kids Really Knew 12 Questions Kids Ask Their Dads
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
I've got the latest Mother Lode market numbers for you to look at today. To begin with, you'll notice the overall sales picture including all sales classes. CLICK  HERE to view May 2012 compared to May 2011. CLICK HERE to view January-May 2012 compared to January-May 2011. You'll also want to notice the graphs including the Mother Lode Residential Unit Sales through February 2012 graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 1 on above left) along with the Mother Lode Residential Volume Sales graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 2 on the right) and the Mother Lode Residential Average Sales Price graph versus the previous five years (clickable picture 3 on the left below), respectively. (The data used comes from the Tuolumne Multiple Listing Service and is d...
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By Mother Lode, Real Estate Master
(Real Living Sugar Pine Realty)
I like simple. (How 'bout you?) I can do simple. I can get my brain around simple. I have time for simple. I see other "beginner" Twitter guides and they're not simple. So I came up with simple. (If you want complicated, you've come to the wrong place)... 7 Ways to Get People to Follow You on Twitter (simple version): 1. Follow them first. 2. Retweet something of theirs. 3. Compliment them on their bio or respond to something you've read that they've tweeted. 4. Shout them out in a tweet on Follow Friday (include the hashtag #FF and their twitter name). 5. Tweet a link to an article that might interest them and carbon copy their name (ex. cc @blogboy2). 6. Create your own blog content, make it great and tweet links to it. 7. Be yourself. You might also be interested in: 3 Things I've C...
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