Three Words You Do Not Want To Hear

It is cancer. Three words.  Three life changing words. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 1,638,910 new cancer cases in 2012.  Break that down daily, and 4552 people each and every day will hear those three words. Wednesday, August 22nd was my day to hear those three words. Here is a look at my week: On Monday, I visited a gastroenterologist for my first colonoscopy.  I turned 50 last year, so I knew this screening was necessary.  I had put it off, but at my … [Read more...]

The Hectic Last Days of an Escrow


A post on Facebook prompted me to compose this post. Yep, Facebook. Although I am now VP - New Media and Education for Chicago Title Agency, in my recent past I managed a branch operation for the company for ten years. During those ten years, I witnessed thousands of different HLDE's (Hectic Last Days of Escrow). A quick disclaimer ”“ I am writing about residential real estate transactions in Arizona. Each state has their own rules. It is important to note that 90% of the work on an … [Read more...]

Search vs. Social”“Which is the Blueprint for Agent Success?


Let me start with a disclaimer.  This post consists of my opinions and my opinions only.  They have been formed, however,  through hundreds of  conversations and interactions with some bright and talented people in the real estate space. (You can always hear more of Bill's opinions on his Twitter account) So, what do I mean by search and what do I mean by social? Search is SEO, squeeze pages, lead generation, keywords, analytics, etc.  Social is sphere of influence, referrals, social … [Read more...]

Longbow Golf Course in East Mesa, Arizona

Longbow Golf Club. 16th Hole

One of the first golf courses I played after moving to the Valley of the Sun was Longbow. Besides being one of the nicest courses in the East Valley area of Phoenix, it has an interesting back story. It originally opened in 1997 and was owned by Boeing. The name comes from the Apache Longbow attack helicopter built by Boeing right across the street from the course.  Employees were offered a steep discount on tee times as a perk. In 2003, the course went through a major renovation. The … [Read more...]

Las Sendas Golf Course in Mesa, Arizona


Located in North East Mesa, Las Sendas Golf Club is desert golf at it's finest.  If you want sprawling fairways and tall trees, look elsewhere.  If you want a course that demands shot-making, precise putting  and has breath taking valley views, try Las Sendas Golf Club. The battle begins on the very first hole.  A 90 degree dogleg left around a water hazard requires a drive placed between two fairway bunkers.  The approach is gently uphill to an elevated green that will kick wayward shots … [Read more...]