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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
ActiveRain MasterMinds Challenge - April 2011 - Procuring Cause:  How can we lessen the issue? OK, MasterMind Groups. Time for you to do what you've done best:  Develop the best solutions. Here is the challenge for April, 2011: Your team's solutions must be posted HERE on this blog post no later than May 1st, 9pm Pacific Time in order for the team to be assigned the bonus points. Also, you must list each team member WITH their headshot in your post as well. All members of the ActiveRain Mastermind teams who participate by the deadline are guaranteed 500 points to each member. The winning team members will receive 1,250 points to each member of the winning team. The winning team for that month will be posted on the 10th of the following month, when the judges scores are released. So this...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Congratulations to our Pay It Forward Angels for March - 2,500 Bonus Points Each! We had 40 members of our Pay It Forward accountability group that met the group's requirements for March and each received 2,500 bonus points for the month! If your name does not appear and you feel that you have met your requirements for last month, it may be the case where you either did not have the words "Pay It Forward" in the title and tags, OR you did not post your 5 blogs to the January reporting post, which is here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2207282/pay-it-forward-march-reporting-post   As a reminder once again, here are the rules: 1. You must post one blog post per week to the group. ONLY ONE per week. Each of the blog posts are due no later than that Sunday at 9PM Pacific Time. You do not ...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
There is a Chicago-based realty that is now offering a discount voucher on Groupon.Dream Town Realty is offering a $1,000 cash-at-closing voucher for just $25!You can read about it here:http://www.walletpop.com/2011/04/10/save-1-000-on-real-estate-purchase-with-groupon/ Most of the online discount voucher companies, such as Groupon, Living Social, and new contender DailyTicket, offer huge discount vouchers on local merchant products and services such as restaurants, spas, classes, cosmetics services, cosmetic dentistry, theatre, car washes, special events, entertainment, and much more.If you haven't read this month's ActiveRain Masterminds challenge, it actually had to do with this same topic:http://activerain.com/blogsview/2238160/activerain-masterminds-march-2011-the-judges-scores-are...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
The ActiveRain Masterminds monthly challenge for March is complete, and the judges scores for each team are in! If you missed this months challenge, you can read each teams entry here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2189099/activerain-masterminds-challenge-march-2011-buyer-rebates-what-s-the-best-solution- If you are new to the ActiveRain MasterMinds and want to learn what the monthly challenge is all about, you can click here about how to join and what the rules are: http://activerain.com/groups/ActiveRainMasterMinds Put your own team together and be part of the Creative Mindshare to coming up with solutions to issues in our industry! Each month, the members of the winning team will receive BONUS POINTS, and everyone else who participates will receive BONUS POINTS!!   The March issue ...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Pay It Forward - March Reporting Post OK, Pay It Forward Angels, this is where you will write your SINGLE comment with the link to your Pay It Forward posts for March. PLEASE NOTE: YOUR LINKS TO YOUR PAY IT FORWARD BLOG POSTS ARE DUE ON THE MONTHLY REPORTING POST NO LATER THAN THE 7TH OF THE FOLLOWING MONTH, 9PM PACIFIC TIME. That means that the links (with hyperlinks) for March are due no later than April 7th, 9PM PT. We have 4 Sundays falling in March, so you will need to post the links to your 4 posts here.     Los Angeles Homes For Sale Los Angeles Condos For Sale Los Angeles Townhomes For Sale  
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Pay It Forward - I donated $25 to the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation Wow.  What a week.  Elizabeth Taylor is no longer with us.  What a huge void we have without her presence. She WAS Hollywood, and in my opinion the last living link to old, classic Hollywood. I remember my Mom telling me that Elizabeth Taylor was famous for her violet eyes.  At first I didn't believe her, but when you look very closely, there truly is a slight violet hue to her eyes. To me, she is a symbol of living your life fully by your beliefs, without wavering to public pressures.  If she were a boxer, she would have been the undisputed lightweight champion, because with that amount of fight you are pretty much unstoppable. And lastly, she had dedicated decades of her life to fighting a terrible disease that can...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
A real DOOZY this week with an appraisal on a short sale I am mitigating.......... In addition to my own short sale listings, I am also a certified/hired short sale mitigator for other agents. Right now I have 3 short sales that I am mitigating for other agents in my area. One of them just got an accepted offer, and the other two I have obtained written approval for.  Both of those had 2 lenders on them, and one of them I successfully negotiated the HAFA short sale for, and the sellers will be receiving $3000 from the net proceeds at the close of escrow. Well, on the one that is not the HAFA short sale, the appraisal was done on the property this week. But here's the twist:  1. The property was appraised $100,000 below the accepted purchase price! 2. There were MULTIPLE offers on this p...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Pay It Forward - I just made a $25 donation to BestFriends.org - help the displaced animals in Japan Last week I made a $25 donation to the American Red Cross to help the victims in Japan. I heard that there was a serious issue with the amount of homeless animals due to the devastating catastrophe. So I researched some of the most reputable animal rescue organizations with international reach.  A good friend of mine, Jennifer Parsignault who works with a great local animal rescue organization - Heaven On Earth Society for Animals - gave me the info on BestFriends.org. At least the people in Japan have a voice to express their need for help, which we can all assist with. But the sad part is, the animals cannot speak or help themselves.  They have no voice. We need to look after these lit...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
ActiveRain MasterMinds Challenge - March 2011 - Buyer rebates:  What's the best solution? OK, MasterMind Groups. Time for you to do what you've done best:  Develop the best solutions. Here is the challenge for March, 2011:   Your team's solutions must be posted HERE on this blog post no later than April 1st, 9pm Pacific Time in order for the team to be assigned the bonus points. Also, you must list each team member WITH their headshot in your post as well. All members of the ActiveRain Mastermind teams who participate by the deadline are guaranteed 500 points to each member. The winning team members will receive 1,250 points to each member of the winning team. The winning team for that month will be posted on the 10th of the following month, when the judges scores are released. So this ...
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By Adrienne Kessler
(Rodeo Realty - Beverly Hills)
Are you aware that the cost of borrowing money could be going up in the very near future? Many buyers focus on the price of a home, which is obviously extremely important, but they should also pay attention to the cost of attaining a mortgage to purchase the home. In recent years, to spur the real estate recovery, interest rates were lowered to historical lows. It became less expensive and more encouraging to purchase a home. At one point the rate of 30 year fixed mortgage was in the low 4% range. For those of us that remember the 80’s, rates back in those days were around 18% or so. The lending industry is under pressure to change their lending guidelines to avoid another financial crisis. No matter what happens to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, get ready to pay more for mortgages. If yo...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
The ActiveRain Masterminds monthly challenge for February is complete, and the judges scores for each team are in! If you missed this months challenge, you can read each teams entry here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2139948/activerain-masterminds-february-2011-what-are-some-of-our-strongest-issues-related-to-appraisals-and-how-do-we-solve-them- If you are new to the ActiveRain MasterMinds and want to learn what the monthly challenge is all about, you can click here about how to join and what the rules are: http://activerain.com/groups/ActiveRainMasterMinds Put your own team together and be part of the Creative Mindshare to coming up with solutions to issues in our industry! Each month, the members of the winning team will receive BONUS POINTS, and everyone else who participates will...
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I've created a Group Lotto website for agents - proceeds go to KW Cares. This year our office is aiming high with the donations to the KW Cares charitable organization. I've joined the Care Committee and I've put together a website that is a group lottery pool for the California Lottery. www.ourofficelottery.com Here is the format: 1. We will be running the Lotto sessions every 2 weeks. 2. All participants can pay with your credit/debit/PayPal card online at www.ourofficelottery.com 3. $8.00 each per person (no more! no less). Real estate professionals only. No family members. 4. You will need to have paid online no later than 1PM, the Thursday before the Saturday SuperLotto. If your payment comes in after 1PM, it will be held for the next Lotto session in 2 weeks. This is so we have en...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
GRAND OPENING!! - DailyTicket now opening in Studio City, CA - April 2011 DailyTicket.com - The HOTTEST new online savings program is going VIRAL!! Next stop - Studio City, California   Hop online and fill your cart with HUGE savings from local merchants on such products and services as: Restaurants Movie Theatres Entertainment Spas Hair Salons Pet Services Dry Cleaners Home Improvement Retail Goods Dentistry Cosmetics Rentals Personal Training Group Classes Auto Services Clothing & Accessories Electronics And MORE!!   Los Angeles Homes For Sale Los Angeles Condos For Sale Los Angeles Townhomes For Sale
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
ActiveRain MasterMinds - Here are members who would like to form a team - would you like to join them? Here is a list of members who have commented on past ActiveRain Masterminds posts, and have stated that they are not currently on a team, but would like to join one. Contact these people to put a team together! ActiveRain MasterMinds is one of the hottest new groups, and everyone who participates receives guaranteed bonus points each month! As a result of this month's ActiveRain MasterMinds post, we have been approached my a member of C.A.R. to include our teams problems/solutions ideas to be included at the C.A.R. committee meetings! Talk about getting our voices heard!! If you don't know what the ActiveRain MasterMinds group is and would like to learn, CLICK HERE.   Los Angeles Homes...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Looking to network more on ActiveRain AND receive guaranteed bonus points for doing it? Read on..... The ActiveRain MasterMinds group started in January, and already there is quite a bit of buzz going around about it! Each month, we have different teams of 6 ActiveRain members who come together and come up with a solution to a posted real estate issue each month. We have a Judges Panel who on the 15th of each month, award on a scale of 1 to 10, scores to each team based on creativity and practicality. The winning team each month receives 1,250 bonus points, and everyone else received 500 bonus points. It's a GREAT way to network and pool your mindful resources with other members, as well as develop solid business and personal relationships here on the Rain. You can read all about this m...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
My DRE License states that I'm a Salesperson..........Does anyone have any white-out I can borrow? Salesperson?  Really? The way I see it, I'm not a "salesperson" at all. How many buyers do you know these days get "sold" on a home?  None that I know of.  With everyone and their grandmother seeing EVERYTHING on the internet, buyers these days know what they want, how much they can afford, just about everything that can be seen about the house, and pretty much make up their own minds which homes they like and how much they want to pay for it. Basically, it's my job to go out and find it. And again, I'm not "selling" them anything.  Technically/legally, it's not even mine to sell!! How many sellers do you know where you have to "sell" them on listing their property with you?  None that I k...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Gave my Kohls coupon to the person in line in front of me - Pay It Forward I went to Kohls this week to buy a new pair of shoes and some other items. Kohls ROCKS because they have all kinds of discount cards and "Kohls Cash" and other promotions that making shopping their so great, you might as well walk out of there with everything for free!! Anyway, I was in line and the woman in front of me was paying for one item.  I think it may have been a gift for someone.  But she was being very price conscious about it with the cashier, very politely asking about the sale amount, etc. I had 2 Kohls coupons on me for 20% off, so I gave it to the cashier and told her to let the woman use it to get an additional 20% off. She was such a sweetie pie about it, and the look on her face was priceless. ...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
ActiveRain MasterMinds - February 2011 - What are some of our strongest issues related to appraisals, and how do we solve them? OK, MasterMind Groups. We had a GREAT inaugural month in January, and there is alot of buzz surrounding this group! Time for your next challenge. Here is the challenge for February, 2011:   Your team's solutions must be posted HERE on this blog post no later than March 1st, 9pm Pacific Time in order for the team to be assigned the bonus points. Also, you must list each team member WITH their headshot in your post as well. All members of the ActiveRain Mastermind teams who participate by the deadline are guaranteed 500 points to each member. The winning team members will receive 1,250 points to each member of the winning team. The winning team for that month wil...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
ActiveRain MasterMinds - January 2011 - the teams answers are in! Let's check them out....... OK, our first monthly challenge for the ActiveRain MasterMinds Team Challenge is underway! All teams have posted their answer/solution for this month's issue: If you're wondering what the ActiveRain MasterMinds is all about, you can read about it here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2027027/activerain-masterminds-be-a-part-of-the-powerful-mindshare-effort-in-2011- Here are this month's Teams that have entered: bRain Power Rain Godesses Mind Masters The Dream Team Synergy Golden State Stalwart Six YOU CAN READ THEIR ANSWERS TO THIS PROBLEM IN OUR INDUSTRY HERE: http://activerain.com/blogsview/2078990/activerain-masterminds-january-2011-how-do-we-improve-the-short-sale-process- Watch for the jud...
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By Ralph Gorgoglione, California and Hawaii Real Estate (310) 497-9407
(Metro Life Homes)
Congratulations to our Winner for January: Stephanie Williams 1,500 Bonus Points!! This month's "Liar" posts were from featured members: Jeff BelongerDonna FoersterRosalinda MorganKym Tarr Stephanie guessed ALL 4 weeks correct this month! Each month if there is one member who has the most correct guesses, they will receive 1,500 bonus points. If there is a tie, each member who ties will receive 1,000 bonus points each. Once again, thank you Praful Thakkar for your assistance with the tabulation. Our next game will be posted in just a few minutes, right after this post. That game will end on the following Friday. Watch for that post of "2 Truths and A Lie"!! If you haven't played yet, then try this month! It's alot of fun and a great way to meet some of the other members on ActiveRain an...
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