Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Real Estate Market Expected to Improve with New President

Real Estate Market Expected to Improve with New President
RISMEDIA,Nearly half of all home buyers (44%) believe the housing market will improve once the new President takes office in January, 2009, according to a new survey recently released conducted by Harris Interactive® and commissioned by Move, Inc., operator of Realtor.com®.Forty-eight percent of women and 41 percent of men who plan to buy a home in the current market said they think the housing market will get better once the new President is in office.
At the same time, 81% of home buyers are still nervous about the current housing market and report the existence of barriers between them and home ownership. Today’s home buyers perceive the cost of a down payment (28%), their annual income level (20%), lack of confidence in the economy (26%) and high home prices (31%), especially in the Western states (39%) as barriers to buying a home.
Despite these reservations, the survey indicates underlying demand for home ownership is healthy. While nearly half (41%) of current homeowners do plan to purchase a home again, 80% of all renters plan to purchase a home someday with 47% planning to purchase a home within the next five years. More people who plan to move will do so for space-related (26%) and life-stage change reasons (17%), such as having children (2%) or downsizing to a smaller residence (9%), not financial ones including an increase in rent (2%) or an expensive mortgage (less than 1/2%).
Most home buyers (78%) are also willing to make sacrifices to save and earn extra income for down payments and will compromise on neighborhood features and residential amenities in order to buy a home in the current market. Many of their choices may reflect changing values, including a growing concern over the environment, the importance of community features and the rising cost of fuel.
“These findings show that despite the difficulties home buyers face in the wake of the sub prime crisis and their concerns about economic uncertainty, underlying demand appears relatively strong. Consumers see better times coming,” said Lorna Borenstein, president of Move, Inc. “This is great news to us and our colleagues in the real estate industry. As the leader in online real estate, we pay close attention to consumer perceptions and behaviors. This important feedback enables us to identify ways in which we can enhance the search experience so it meets the needs of today’s consumers who will become the home buyers of tomorrow.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Go Team Rahway

The updated rankings are out and once again we have moved up 1 position to the #23 Company in NJ & Delaware. More exciting then that is that for the first time in the history of CENTURY 21 JRS Realty we have a NATIONAL RANKING. IF you look down this NATIONAL list you will see TEAM RAHWAY is the # 83 TEAM in THE NATION. Congrats to everyone that has contributed to this amazing accomplishment, and as you can see these rankings only reflect closings through November 4th. So we still have a chance to move up.
National Rankings
Century 21 Real Estate LLC October 2008 Team Producers by Units . These rankings reflect 2008 transactions with a close date of 10/31/2008 and a paid date of 11/04/2008 .
For production or spelling corrections, please contact Real Estate Operations at (800) 345-2972

83 Team Success / CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Rahway, NJ 59.5

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tips to Make Your Home More Salable

Top 21 Ways to Improve the Chances of Selling Your Home
1. Make the Most of that First Impression-A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. Rake leaves in the Fall. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways.
2. Clean Clean Clean-Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property.
3. Check Faucets and Bulbs-Dripping water causes stains and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.
4. Don’t Shut Out a Sale-If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
5. Think Safety-Clean away potential disasters: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights.
6. Spacious Living-Potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
7. Bathrooms Help Sell Homes-Make bathrooms sparkle. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. Enhance your bathroom with flowers, guest towels, and your best mats and shower curtains.
8. Pay Attention to Detail-Loose knobs, sticking doors and windows, pushed-out screens and other minor flaws can detract from your home’s value.
9. Dream Bedrooms-For a spacious look, remove excess furniture. Hang fresh curtains and use attractive bedspreads.
10. Warmth of the Sun-Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
11. Sweet Scents-The old trick of delicious scents still makes homes appealing. Bake cookies, pies, or other delectable treats. Or use potpourri as long as the scent you choose is not overwhelming.
12. Coloring the Night with Light-Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
13.Garage Neat-Organize the garage. This is often a place that becomes cluttered.

14. Closets Are Important-Closets look their best when they are orderly and not too full. Be sure the lights work and pack away items unused to make them look more spacious. Great time to box up unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
15.Control the Music-When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.
16.Keep a Low Profile-CENTURY 21® Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your CENTURY 21 Sales Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
17.Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store-When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
18.Expert at Hand-When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your CENTURY 21 Sales Associate.
19.Make it Inviting-Be sure the front entrance is clean and inviting. Paint the gutters, downspouts and the front door. Also sweep the walks, steps and driveway.
20.Touch Up-A small investment in paint for the inside and outside helps. Remember to choose neutral colors.
21. Avoid Crowd Scenes-Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Punit Shah Agent of the Month of October 2008


Punit Shah Agent of the Month of October.
Congratulations to Punit Shah as his efforts have earned him the prestigious "Agent of the Month" award for the month of October as a member of CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. If you recall Punit was also the "Agent of Month in May as well. Punit continues to work extremely hard this year for all of his customers and clients. Punit registered an amazing 5 listings and 2 sales in the Month of October to earn this honor. With more than 3 years experience in this industry Punit has the knowledge and work ethic to rise above the present market trends, and help sellers and buyer achieve their dreams. We are all very proud of Punit for his accomplishments and CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is honored to have him as a member of their family. Punit is a huge part of the reason CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is the #24 CENTURY 21 in New Jersey and Delaware. For more information on Punit or any other CENTURY 21 JRS Realty agent please visit http://www.c21jrs.com/ or for information on owning a home or selling your existing home in the Union, Middlesex, Essex, or Bergen County areas please feel free to Call 1-800-831-0681 or E-mail the Broker at C21JRS72@aol.com.

Friday, October 10, 2008

3 Months in a Row????


3 Months in a Row?

Yup, you heard right, Khem Persaud has done something no agent in the history of CENTURY 21 JRS Realty has ever done. September marked the 3rd month in a row that Khem Persaud has won the Agent of the Month award for CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. The news about the financial industry did not slow Khem down at all. In fact, Khem has just used the news to motivate him to succeed even more and to greater heights. September Khem listed 2 homes and sold 4 more to his buyers, proof that people can still get mortgages and buy homes. Agents just need to have their values of Trust, Honesty, and Hard Work at the top of their minds at all times. Congratulations to Khem Persaud on his wonderful accomplishment.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fear and Focus

Putting Fear in It’s Place
As you move forward on your journey from where you are to where you want to be, you are going to have to confront some of your fears. Fear is a just a natural part of living.
Whenever you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there, there’s usually some fear involved. Unfortunately, most people let fear stop them from taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams.
Confronting your fears is a very necessary step in achieving success.
There is simply no other way.
Fear can be a helpful emotion, as it tells you when you need to be extra careful, keenly aware, and cautious. Fear is not an emotion that is telling you to stop. In fact, it’s telling you just the opposite!
Acknowledging your feelings of fear helps you know when you are stepping out of your comfort zone. It points your awareness to areas where you could improve and grow.
Successful people also feel fear. Yet they don’t let it get in the way of anything they want to do-or have to do. They understand that fear is something to be acknowledged, experienced, and taken along for the ride. They have learned, as author Susan Jeffers suggests in her must-read book, to “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway®.”
(Susan has been a friend of mine for twenty years now, and her work, which is very powerful and transformational, has helped millions of people overcome their fears and move forward to create success in their lives. I highly recommend her as a resource: www.SusanJeffers.com)
You see, fear is more of a signal that we should stay alert and cautious. We can feel fear, but we can still move forward anyway.
Think of fear as a 2-year-old- child who doesn’t want to go grocery shopping with you. Because you must buy groceries, you’ll just have to take the two year old with you. Fear is no different. In other words, acknowledge that fear exists but don’t let it keep you from doing important tasks.
Also realize that so many of our fears are self-created. We might frighten ourselves by fantasizing negative outcomes to any activity we might peruse or experience. Luckily, because we are the ones doing the fantasizing, we are also the ones who can stop the fear and bring ourselves into a state of clarity and peace by facing the actual facts, rather than giving in to our imaginations.
If a fear is too great for you to overcome, try breaking it down into smaller challenges.
Try starting out doing the parts of the project that don’t scare you so much. You need to give a speech in front of a large group? Try giving your speech in front of a small group of people who care for you. Work your way up until you are able to feel the fear but still move forward. As you do you will build your confidence and eventually you won’t feel fear surrounding those issues because you’ll have done them enough to count it as a skill.
As you move toward your goal, don’t attach yourself so much to the outcomes.
Keep moving toward your dream doing everything you can to create what you want, then let it go and see what shows up. Sometimes the universe will have a better idea in mind for you and present a better opportunity when you were expecting something completely different. Don’t let fear keep you from moving forward. Even if the horrible outcome that you imagined happens, the universe will always provide for you another way to succeed. So be on the look out!
Trust that no matter what occurs, you are smart enough and strong enough to keep looking for, and attracting, opportunities.
If you are willing to try new experiences in spite of your fears, then more new experiences will present themselves for you to try. And the more you try, the more you are likely to succeed!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Company Leader Coaches Winners on the Football Field as Well


Bergen Catholic 27, Southington (Conn.) 6 by JOHN RUYZAM, FOR THE STAR-LEDGER
Friday September 12, 2008, 8:19 PM
Bergen Catholic, No. 6 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, is implementing a new offense and defense this season, and the squad from Oradell came through for coach Fred Stengel with a 27-6 victory over Southington of Connecticut last night at the Kickoff Classic at Giants Stadium.
Bergen Catholic (1-0) switched to a spread offense to take advantage of its skilled position players and went from a 4-4 to a 4-3 defense because of a talented secondary and linebacking unit. It made the changes to compete more closely with Don Bosco Prep, winner of The Star-Ledger Top 20 Trophy as the state's No. 1 team the last two years.
"I had an opportunity to hire two great assistants, Tom Falato (a former head coach at Ridge) as my offensive coordinator and Mike Katz as my defensive coach. And I changed both the offense and defense," Stengel said. "Also, because of my personnel, I have more secondary and linebacker type kids and skilled players on offense. I went to my strengths. Did I do that to close the gap with Don Bosco? One hundred percent."
Stengel said when he had to debut his new offense in the rain he was concerned.
"But I was very pleased with the way the offense played under the conditions," Stengel said. "I wasn't happy with the defense in the first half, we missed a lot of tackles and that helped them score. But we did better in the second half."
Southington was 9-2 last year and lost in the semifinals of the LL playoffs, the largest public-school division in Connecticut.
Running back Nick Gerst carried 26 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Rob Eckrote completed eight of 15 passes for 103 yards and ran for two scores for Bergen Catholic.
"This was a start," Stengel said. "We're still a work in progress and have a lot to do."
Southington scored on the opening drive of the game as it marched 78 yards on 14 plays with quarterback Josh Lamson throwing a 2-yard TD strike to Ryan Borawski. The kick was blocked.
Bergen Catholic came right back as Anthony Marino took the kickoff and raced 20 yards to the Southington 44. Five plays later, Gerst ran 17 yards for a score and Zack Kovalovsky's kick gave the Oradell team the lead for keeps, 7-6, with 3:08 left in the first quarter.
Bergen Catholic forged a 14-6 lead with 9:52 remaining in the second quarter. Runs of 32 and 26 yards by Gerst advanced the ball to the Southington 2, from where Eckrote sneaked over.
Bergen Catholic made it 20-6 at the intermission. The Southington punter went back to kick and, on a low snap, his knee touched the ground, presenting Bergen Catholic with the ball on the Southington 16. From the 9, Gerst went over left tackle for the touchdown. The kick failed.
Bergen Catholic scored its final touchdown with 6:33 left in the game, going 57 yards in 10 plays. Passes of 14 and 18 yards to Tanner McEvoy and Marino helped push the ball to the 4. After a run by Gerst, Eckrote punched it in from the 1.
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Bergen Catholic (1-0) 7 13 0 7 27
Southington (Conn.) (0-1) 6 0 0 0 6
First Quarter
Southington (Conn.): Borawski 2 pass from Lamson (kick failed)Bergen Catholic: Gerst 17 run (Kovalovski kick)
Second Quarter
Bergen Catholic: Eckrote, Rob 2 run (Kovalovsky, Zack kick)Bergen Catholic: Gerst 9 run (kick failed)
Fourth Quarter
Bergen Catholic: Eckrote, Rob 1 run (Kovalovsky, Zack kick) Southington (Conn.) Bergen Catholic

Friday, September 12, 2008

Have No FEAR

Putting Fear in It’s Place
As you move forward on your journey from where you are to where you want to be, you are going to have to confront some of your fears. Fear is a just a natural part of living.
Whenever you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there, there’s usually some fear involved. Unfortunately, most people let fear stop them from taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams.
Confronting your fears is a very necessary step in achieving success.
There is simply no other way.
Fear can be a helpful emotion, as it tells you when you need to be extra careful, keenly aware, and cautious. Fear is not an emotion that is telling you to stop. In fact, it’s telling you just the opposite!
Acknowledging your feelings of fear helps you know when you are stepping out of your comfort zone. It points your awareness to areas where you could improve and grow.
Successful people also feel fear. Yet they don’t let it get in the way of anything they want to do-or have to do. They understand that fear is something to be acknowledged, experienced, and taken along for the ride. They have learned, as author Susan Jeffers suggests in her must-read book, to “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway®.”
(Susan has been a friend of mine for twenty years now, and her work, which is very powerful and transformational, has helped millions of people overcome their fears and move forward to create success in their lives. I highly recommend her as a resource: www.SusanJeffers.com)
You see, fear is more of a signal that we should stay alert and cautious. We can feel fear, but we can still move forward anyway.
Think of fear as a 2-year-old- child who doesn’t want to go grocery shopping with you. Because you must buy groceries, you’ll just have to take the two year old with you. Fear is no different. In other words, acknowledge that fear exists but don’t let it keep you from doing important tasks.
Also realize that so many of our fears are self-created. We might frighten ourselves by fantasizing negative outcomes to any activity we might peruse or experience. Luckily, because we are the ones doing the fantasizing, we are also the ones who can stop the fear and bring ourselves into a state of clarity and peace by facing the actual facts, rather than giving in to our imaginations.
If a fear is too great for you to overcome, try breaking it down into smaller challenges.
Try starting out doing the parts of the project that don’t scare you so much. You need to give a speech in front of a large group? Try giving your speech in front of a small group of people who care for you. Work your way up until you are able to feel the fear but still move forward. As you do you will build your confidence and eventually you won’t feel fear surrounding those issues because you’ll have done them enough to count it as a skill.
As you move toward your goal, don’t attach yourself so much to the outcomes.
Keep moving toward your dream doing everything you can to create what you want, then let it go and see what shows up. Sometimes the universe will have a better idea in mind for you and present a better opportunity when you were expecting something completely different. Don’t let fear keep you from moving forward. Even if the horrible outcome that you imagined happens, the universe will always provide for you another way to succeed. So be on the look out!
Trust that no matter what occurs, you are smart enough and strong enough to keep looking for, and attracting, opportunities.
If you are willing to try new experiences in spite of your fears, then more new experiences will present themselves for you to try. And the more you try, the more you are likely to succeed!

Believe in The Right Person


Success Begins with Believing
In a previous edition of Success Strategies, I talked about how in order to be successful, we must first define what success means to us, and that means getting CLEAR about what you want, writing it down, and thinking BIG!
If you are going to be successful in creating the life of your dreams, you have to believe that you are capable of making it happen. You have to believe you have the right stuff, that you are able to pull it off. You have to believe in yourself. Whether you call it self-esteem, self-confidence, or self-assurance, it is a deep-seeded belief that you have what it takes - the abilities, inner resources, talents, and skills to create your desired results.
Ultimately, you must learn to control your self-talk, eliminate any negative and limiting beliefs, and maintain a constant state of positive expectations.
Control Your Self-Talk-Researchers have found that the average person thinks as many as 50,000 thoughts a day. Sadly, many of those thoughts are negative - I’m not management material… I’ll never lose weight… It doesn’t matter what I do, nothing ever works out for me. This is what psychologists call victim language. Victim language actually keeps you in a victim state of mind. It is a form of self-hypnosis that lulls you into a belief that you are unlovable and incompetent.
In order to get what you want from life, you need to give up this victim language and start talking to yourself like a winner - I can do it… I know there is a solution… I am smart enough and strong enough to figure this out… Everything I eat helps me maintain my perfect body weight.
You Are Always Programming Your Subconscious Mind. Your subconscious mind is like the crew of a ship. You are it’s captain. It is your job to give the crew orders. And when you do this, the crew takes everything you say literally. The crew (your subconscious) has no sense of humor. It just blindly follows orders. When you say, “Everything I eat goes straight to my hips,” the crew hears that as an order: Take everything she eats, turn it into fat and put it on her hips. On the other hand, if you say, “Everything I eat helps me maintain my perfect body weight,” the crew will begin to make that into reality by helping you make better food choices, exercise, and maintain the right metabolism rate for you body.
This power of your subconscious mind is the reason you must become very vigilant and pay careful attention to your spoken and internal statements. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize they are committing negative self-talk, which is why it is best to enlist another person - your success partner - in monitoring each other’s speaking. You can have a signal for interrupting each other when you use victim language.
Use Affirmations to Build Self-Confidence-One of the most powerful tools for building worthiness and self-confidence is the repetition of positive statements until they become a natural part of the way you think. These “affirmations” act to crowd out and replace the negative orders you have been sending your crew (your subconscious mind) all these years. I suggest that you create a list of 10 to 20 statements that affirm your belief in your worthiness and your ability to create the life of your dreams.
Of course, what to believe is up to you, but here are some examples of affirmations that have worked for others in the past:
I am worthy of love, joy and success.
I am smart and make wise choices.
I am lovable and capable.
I create anything I want.
I am able to solve any problem that comes my way.
I can handle anything that life hands me.
I have all the energy I need to do everything I want to do.
I am attracting all the right people into my life.
Believing in Yourself is an Attitude-Believing in yourself is a choice. It’s an attitude you develop over time. It’s now your responsibility to take charge of your own self-concept and your beliefs. It might help to know that the latest brain research now indicates that with enough positive self-talk and positive visualization combined with the proper training, coaching, and practice, anyone can learn to do almost anything.
You must choose to believe that you can do anything you set your mind to - anything at all - because, in fact, you can!

Success is for EVERYONE


Success is for EVERYONE

By Doug Smith September 5, 2008
We've all heard the saying: " do success.
If we know this, what are we waiting for? So many mortgage loan originators are waiting. They are waiting on the market to change, waiting for the rates to come down, waiting for the weather to warm. Others are waiting for some new product, waiting until the new computers are in, waiting for summer, waiting until they feel more confident in their skills. Waiting, waiting, waiting. While they are waiting they're losing opportunities, losing momentum, losing loans and losing money.
Would you classify yourself as a bit of a procrastinator? Are there things you want and need to be doing but are putting off?
We human beings are an optimistic sort. We believe that tomorrow will always be better and that things will improve. We become victims of circumstance, rather than masters of our future. Perhaps that is why so many in this business are not having the fun and success they should be having right now. If you are one of them, read on!
Are you tired of waiting for success to happen to you? Then let's do something about it!
1. Make a list of three things you have wanted to do but have not yet done. These might be:
Weekly sales calls
Start a database
Learn a new loan program
Attend a seminar
Join an association
Mail out letters
Run a magazine ad
Design and deliver a seminar
Target a new prospect
Organize your office
Design a personal brochure
Hire an assistant
There may be many things you want to do, but let's just start the ball rolling with three.
2. After you list your three actions, ask yourself: "Why haven't I done these things?" I'll warn you in advance the answers will be pretty lame. You'll hear yourself saying things like: "I just haven't taken the time," or "I've been a little busy lately," or "I haven't gotten around to it," or "I'm not ready." You have to admit that those reasons are hardly a strong defense for your inaction. Recognize and realize that very little is keeping you from moving forward except yourself.
3. Take out three brightly colored index cards and write each action on a card.
4. Place these three cards at the top of your desk facing you, in plain sight where you can't miss them.
5. Each day when you arrive at work, look at the cards. Make a deal with yourself that you will keep the three cards out and look at them every day until you either have accomplished the activity or you are doing it as you should.
6. When you can say you are no longer procrastinating and that the activity is happening or has been achieved, tear the card in half and throw it away!
Procrastination can paralyze you! There's no need to wait weeks or months for good things to happen to you when you can make them happen for yourself...right now!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

2 IN A ROW!!!


This makes 2 Months in a Row as Agent of the Month
Khem Persaud is now the agent of the month for 2 consecutive months. Khem has posted another month with 6 listings in the same 30 day span. Khem is working his tail off in the summer market to make sure the year finishes as it started, with a bang. Khem leads a group of agents in the Rahway office of CENTURY 21 JRS Realty that are on pace to have a 2008 that is better then 2007. In this market that is an amazing accomplishment. Khem is the top listing agent in a company that has well over 150 listings in the Union and Middlesex County area's. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is lucky to have an agent like Khem on its team, and we wish Khem the best of luck moving forward.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Motivation the Entire Year

Staying Motivated
By Dirk Zeller July 29, 2008
One question I get asked constantly from Agents is, “How do I stay motivated?” They further state, “If only I was more motivated, I could do more.” For any producer in life, there is a constant exposure to de-motivating situations, people, and pressures. The more we do, the more potential exposure we have to the de-motivating factors of life.
To really understand the ebbs and flows of our personal motivation, we have to understand what we are seeking. What are the things we are striving for to create satisfaction in our lives? To really stay motivated we have to clearly know what drives us or what motivates us. Most people have a key driver that causes them to act. There are only a handful of key drivers for human beings. Each of us will use one of these key drivers to increase our effectiveness in life. Knowing which one is primary for you allows you to use it to your advantage.
There are people who are motivated through comfort and fulfillment. They are focused on completion of the job. They feel that a particular order or system must be applied to reach the completion or fulfillment of the task, goal, or system. These people desire a high level of comfort. It doesn’t mean they need the best car, house, or clothes. It addresses the need for security. Achieving a level of security or comfort is essential to this person. This individual will work long and hard to feel secure and comfortable.
Each individual who fits into this category has his or her own individual definition of comfort and security. It could be $100,000 in cash. It could be $1,000,000 in net worth. It could be a certain number of listings or sales made. Each definition is unique to the individual. If you are motivated by comfort, one of the ways to stay motivated is to define what comfort is for you. Determine the criteria for comfort, so you can see your progressive realization of that goal of security. Too often, people move the goal line for their goals. It’s like playing a football game on a changing field. We make the field 120 yards longer after we get within thirty yards of the goal. That can cause us to be de-motivated because we are still too far off!
Another significant motivator or driver is competition and triumph. There are some of us who thrive on competition. We love to compete at anything we engage in. We must put ourselves in that competition regularly to feel alive. I understand this style well because it’s the motivating factor for me. I love to compete and win. If the competition ceases for this individual, they find another avenue for their competitive nature to be exhibited. In the business world, there is competition. In real estate sales, being a full commission game, we are in constant competition. We are in competition with other Agents and other buyers regularly. When we are on a listing presentation, and the seller is interviewing other Agents, this is competition in its purest form. You either feel the triumph of victory or the agony of defeat. You either have an opportunity to receive compensation for your efforts, or you are out of the game with zero compensation. For many Agents, putting themselves in competitive situations regularly allows them to stay motivated toward their overall success.
In the end, for us to stay in a motivated state for longer periods of time, we must clearly know what motivates us. What are the hot buttons that move us quickly through a lack of motivation? The real difference between Champion Performers and the rest of the field is the span of time they allow de-motivation to take hold. Champion Performers get back on track to success more quickly than low performers. They spend less time in the unmotivated state. The problems they face don’t take them out of the game for a week, or even a day. It might bother them for an hour or less.
Make it a priority to clearly define what motivates you, so you can achieve Champion Performance. Write them down and review them whenever you feel unmotivated and need help getting back on the track to success quickly or when you come across the de-motivating factors of life. This will allow you to stay motivated and on top of your game.

Put Fear in the Right Place

Putting Fear in it's Place
By Jack Canfield July 29, 2008
As you move forward on your journey from where you are to where you want to be, you are going to have to confront some of your fears. Fear is a just a natural part of living.
Whenever you start a new project, take on a new venture, or put yourself out there, there’s usually some fear involved. Unfortunately, most people let fear stop them from taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams.
Confronting your fears is a very necessary step in achieving success.
There is simply no other way.
Fear can be a helpful emotion, as it tells you when you need to be extra careful, keenly aware, and cautious. Fear is not an emotion that is telling you to stop. In fact, it’s telling you just the opposite!
Acknowledging your feelings of fear helps you know when you are stepping out of your comfort zone. It points your awareness to areas where you could improve and grow.
Successful people also feel fear. Yet they don’t let it get in the way of anything they want to do-or have to do. They understand that fear is something to be acknowledged, experienced, and taken along for the ride. They have learned, as author Susan Jeffers suggests in her must-read book, to “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway®.”
(Susan has been a friend of mine for twenty years now, and her work, which is very powerful and transformational, has helped millions of people overcome their fears and move forward to create success in their lives. I highly recommend her as a resource: www.SusanJeffers.com)
You see, fear is more of a signal that we should stay alert and cautious. We can feel fear, but we can still move forward anyway.
Think of fear as a 2-year-old- child who doesn’t want to go grocery shopping with you. Because you must buy groceries, you’ll just have to take the two year old with you. Fear is no different. In other words, acknowledge that fear exists but don’t let it keep you from doing important tasks.
Also realize that so many of our fears are self-created. We might frighten ourselves by fantasizing negative outcomes to any activity we might peruse or experience. Luckily, because we are the ones doing the fantasizing, we are also the ones who can stop the fear and bring ourselves into a state of clarity and peace by facing the actual facts, rather than giving in to our imaginations.
If a fear is too great for you to overcome, try breaking it down into smaller challenges.
Try starting out doing the parts of the project that don’t scare you so much. You need to give a speech in front of a large group? Try giving your speech in front of a small group of people who care for you. Work your way up until you are able to feel the fear but still move forward. As you do you will build your confidence and eventually you won’t feel fear surrounding those issues because you’ll have done them enough to count it as a skill.
As you move toward your goal, don’t attach yourself so much to the outcomes.
Keep moving toward your dream doing everything you can to create what you want, then let it go and see what shows up. Sometimes the universe will have a better idea in mind for you and present a better opportunity when you were expecting something completely different. Don’t let fear keep you from moving forward. Even if the horrible outcome that you imagined happens, the universe will always provide for you another way to succeed. So be on the look out!
Trust that no matter what occurs, you are smart enough and strong enough to keep looking for, and attracting, opportunities.
If you are willing to try new experiences in spite of your fears, then more new experiences will present themselves for you to try. And the more you try, the more you are likely to succeed!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Americans Stun Arrogant Rivals


Relay Stunner Keeps Phelps' Dream Alive

BEIJING (Aug. 10) - With history about to slip away and Michael Phelps cheering him on, Jason Lezak pulled up next to the lane rope and set out after hulking Alain Bernard, like a NASCAR driver drafting down the backstretch at Daytona.
Only 25 meters to go, half the length of the pool. Every stroke brought Lezak a little closer, a little closer, a little closer, his body seemingly carried along by the Frenchman's massive wake. The two lunged for the wall together. When the result flashed on the board, Phelps was still on course for his record eight gold medals.

By a fingertip.
Lezak, the oldest man on the U.S. swimming team, pulled off one of the great comebacks in Olympic history Monday morning, hitting the wall just ahead of Bernard in the 400 freestyle relay, a race so fast it actually erased two world records.
Few sporting events live up to the hype - this one exceeded it. The 32-year-old Lezak was nearly a body length behind Bernard as they made the final turn, but the American hugged the lane rope and stunningly overtook him on the very last stroke.
Wow!
"This has been happening my whole career," Lezak said. "People have gotten on my lane line and sucked off of me, so I figured this is the one opportunity in my whole career to do that."
Watching on deck, Phelps let out a resounding "Yeaaaaaah!" and thrust both arms toward the roof of the Water Cube. His quest to break Mark Spitz's record of seven gold medals had survived what will likely be its toughest test - and almost certainly its most thrilling.
The Americans shattered the world record set by their "B" team the previous evening in the preliminaries, touching with a time of 3 minute, 8.24 seconds - nearly 4 full seconds below the 15-hour-old mark of 3:12.23.

"Unbelievable," said Phelps, who swam the leadoff leg and then became the team's biggest cheerleader. "Jason finished that race better than we could even ask for. I was fired up. Going into that last 50, I was like, `Aw, this is going to be a close race.' Jason's last 10 or 15 meters were incredible."
The Americans won the relay at seven straight Olympics, but watched the Australians and South Africans take gold at the last two games.
"You could tell I was pretty excited," Phelps said. "I lost my voice and I was definitely pretty emotional out there."
Bernard was the world record holder in the 100, but he surrendered that mark as well. Australia's Eamon Sullivan broke the individual record by swimming the leadoff leg in 47.24 - ahead of Bernard's mark of 47.50.
The French star was extremely confident about his team's chances heading into the big showdown. "The Americans? We're going to smash them," Bernard said. "That's what we came here for.
"If the relay goes according to plans, than we'll be on a roll."
Only Bernard didn't count on Lezak and the Americans spoiling those plans.
Oh, by the way, Phelps set an American record leading off, 47.51. But it was Lezak's anchor that everyone will remember. He got down and back in a staggering 46.06, the fastest relay leg in history though it doesn't count as an official record.
"A fingertip did the victory," said Amaury Leveaux, one of the French swimmers. "It is nothing."
Lezak looked at the scoreboard, then leaped out of the water with an emphatic fist pump.
"I knew I was going to have to swim out of my mind," Lezak said. "Still right now, I'm in disbelief."
Garrett Weber-Gale and Cullen Jones also did their parts on the middle legs of the relay, overcoming the enormous pressure of making sure they didn't mess up Phelps' attempt to take down the Holy Grail of Olympic records. Jones was the only holdover from the team that swam in the prelims.
Lezak should get a share of that $1 million bonus that Phelps has been promised if he goes on to beat Spitz's mark.
"I never lost hope," said Lezak, who trains alone but has been a longtime stalwart on the relay team. "I don't know how I was able to take it back that fast, because I've never been able to come anywhere near that for the last 50."

While the Americans whooped it up on deck, Bernard clung to the wall, his head down. The swimmer who had talked confidently of beating the Americans - "smashing" them, some media reported - was the last one to leave the pool.
"Alain is wounded. When you are the last swimmer in a relay and that you have the opportunity to bring a title of this importance to your country, you don't get out of this unhurt," said Claude Fauquet, France's team director. "But I don't think that Alain lost the race. It's Lezak who won it." The French were second in 3:08.32 - eight one-hundredths of a second behind. Australia took the bronze in 3:09.91. In fact, the top five all went below the record set Sunday.
"I felt I was in the lead," Bernard said. "I knew I had to accelerate, but it got harder."
The Americans also were on the losing end of a last-lap comeback.
Katie Hoff was again denied a gold medal when Rebecca Adlington of Britain rallied over the final 50 meters to overtake the 19-year-old, who had settled for a bronze the previous day in the 400 individual medley.
Adlington won in 4:03.22, while Hoff took the silver in 4:03.29. Adlington's teammate Joanne Jackson earned the bronze in 4:03.52. Defending champion Laure Manaudou finished last in the eight-woman final."I saw Katie and thought, 'Let's just try to catch her,"' Adlington said. "That's what I did." Hoff still has three more individual events, plus a relay.
"I was a little disappointed I was so close," she said. "But I got a bronze yesterday and a silver this morning. If I keep climbing at this pace, I'll be happy."
President Bush was back at the Water Cube for the second day in a row, with wife Laura on one side, daughter Barbara on the other. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife were sitting in front of them, and Bill Gates was right behind.
Clearly, the swimming record book will need some heavy revisions by the time the Beijing Olympics are over. Two more world marks fell Monday morning when Kosuke Kitajima of Japan finished off American Brendan Hansen's hopes of an individual medal, winning the 100 breaststroke in 58.91. Kitajima pounded the water defiantly and let out a scream after breaking Hansen's 2-year-old record of 59.13. Hansen was left without a medal, fading to fourth behind silver medalist Alexander Dale Oen of Norway and Hugues Duboscq of France, who took bronze.
Kirsty Coventry didn't even bother waiting until a final to set a record in the 100 backstroke. The Zimbabwean won her semifinal heat in 58.77, taking down Natalie Coughlin's mark of 58.97 set at the U.S. trials last month. They'll go head to head in Tuesday morning's final. Coughlin won her heat in 59.43 with a nice, comfortable swim.
Seven world records have been set through the first 2 1/2 days at the Water Cube.
Phelps had another race to care of, moving on to the final of the 200 free with the fourth-fastest time of the semis. Trying to save as much energy as possible for the leadoff leg of the relay, the American touched in 1:46.28 to finish behind teammate Peter Vanderkaay (1:45.76) and South Korea's Park Tae-hwan (1:45.99). Jean Basson of South Africa also went faster in the other heat, winning in 1:46.13. While Hansen still has a swim left in the medley relay, he'll go down as one of the major disappointments of the American team. A one-time world record holder in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, he didn't even qualify for the Olympics in the longer race.
Putting all his hopes of beating Kitajima in the 100, he wasn't close to the Japanese star, finishing 0.66 seconds behind. "I've just had a really off year, on a really important year," Hansen said. "I just feel like that's not the last you're going to see of me. I'm going to bring it back and I won't be done until I at least have a legitimate shot at those world records again." Hansen swam over to Kitajima's lane to congratulate the winner. "That's a hell of a swim, and he is a true champion," he said. Coventry put down quite a challenge to Coughlin. Then again, Coughlin has been known to rise to the challenge - when Hayley McGregory broke her world record in the prelims at the U.S. trials, Coughlin came back in the very next heat to take it back. Now, Coventry has it, and Coughlin can't be too happy about that. "It's going to be a tight final," Coventry said. "Natalie's just so good at racing and planning out her races, so I just expect nothing but fast, fast swimming tomorrow morning." Coughlin will be side-by-side with Coventry in the final.
"It went very well," she said. "It's exactly where I wanted to be going into the finals. I'm happy with that. I just need to recover and focus on my final." Libby Trickett of Australia just missed another world record in the women's 100 butterfly, winning gold with a time of 56.73. American Christine Magnuson claimed the silver (57.10) and another Aussie, Jess Schipper, took the bronze (57.25).
Information from the Associated Press and Reuters was used in this report.
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Friday, August 1, 2008

No Time for Vacation


Khem Persaud Awarded Agent of the Month for July 2008

Khem Persaud has no time for rest in the summer heat. The top agent in a company on the way up, Khem has posted a wonderful month helping buyers and sellers. Khem was busy this month selling 3 homes and listing 3 more for sale. Khem has been the most consistent agent at CENTURY 21 JRS Realty in 2008, and has no problem going the extra mile for his company and clients. Making c/o repairs or climbing in attics, it does not matter, Khem is going to get the job done for his clients. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty could not be more proud of Khem and is honored to have him as a member of their company. Khem helps make the company and everyone around him better with his work ethic and knowledge of the business. "I hope Khem understands how important he is to our company, agents like him make all the long hours owners and leaders put in worth it." -JR Sangiuliano "I could not be more appreciative to Khem for all his hard work, he deserves all of his success, this is not accident, he earns it everyday."-JR Sangiuliano

Saturday, July 26, 2008

www.WelcomeBackCredit.com


Credit Restoration

Everyday in the Real Estate industry I hear how bad the market is. The media, poor agents, and clients that do not understand how the market works are making this career feel like the sky is falling....well it's not. Yes, we are experiencing a period of cooling off because of many unethical practices by many unethical mortgage company's. But the sky is not falling and if you have good credit and have done the right thing, like saving your money over the past few years there are some wonderful buying opportunities out there now. The market had to cool a bit because the prices of homes were ridiculous. Now we have thousands of buyers and sellers that have credit scores too low for today's mortgage standards. That is were http://www.welcomebackcredit.com/ come in. This web site can help buyers raise their credit scores 50 to 100 points in 30 to 60 days or they will refund part or all of the your money. VRTECH Marketing will help consumers with the process of removing negatives from their credit reports and lead them to qualifying for a loan on a home. VRTECH Marketing offers a money back guarantee and will refund the cost of the repair if they are not able to help the customer. This is a great opportunity for Realtors to help their customers fix their credit and qualify for a home, that sounds like a win win to me. Zig Ziglar said"You can have anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." Visit http://www.welcomebackcredit.com/ for more information.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Boat Ride

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty steps out for a Boat Ride
The agents of CENTURY 21 JRS Realty took some time away from the office as a family to reflect on the year and have some fun together. This past weekend CENTURY 21 JRS Realty spent some time cruising around the Statue of Liberty and enjoying themselves as a team outside the office. The annual boat ride takes CENTURY 21 JRS Realty agents out for the afternoon and rides the NY & NJ waters to the Statue of Liberty. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty prides itself on being a family. As a family the agents spend time together outside the office as well. This was a great day with food, drinks, and peace of mind time away from the hustle and bustle of the Real Estate Industry.





Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Congrats to Joe Piizzi Agent of the Month



Congratulations to Joe Piizzi Agent of the Month for June 2008

If you look up Hard Working Realtor in a Real Estate dictionary you will no doubt see a picture of Joe Piizzi. For 2 years now Joe has been making 4 hours of prospecting phone calls and home visit daily. That is the effort Joe puts in everyday to make sure his name is on the tip of every tong in his market. In June the efforts Joe puts in came together in the form of 6 listings, two of those six were also sold with in 2 weeks. This is an unbelievable accomplishment in the 2008 Real Estate market. 2008 has been full of Realtors, Sellers, and Buyers talking about how bad the market is. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty and Joe Piizzi are proving that this market is just fine. Joe is proving everyday that if you keep your home in good condition and price it according to your market place, you can sell you home. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is honored to have an agent like Joe Piizzi representing the family company and we wish Joe continued success, because he deserves it.

Friday, June 20, 2008

6 Steps to Mastering the Creative Process

6 Steps to Mastering the Creative Process
by Howard Voyles
Have you ever marveled at the incredible creative and productivity of successful people? Those individuals that I have most admired were exceptional achievers, all of them successful by any standard. There was one characteristic in common, they all mastered the creative process.
This series of articles explores the 6 milestones that I have identified make up the creative process. These steps are repeatable and can be applied to any situation, goal or dream you want to achieve. Go ahead; follow these steps to your wildest dreams. Your success is only limited to what you can imagine. Step 1 The Creative Mindset - Positioning yourself for the creative processStep 2 Conceptualize - Creating, processing and prioritizing your ideas Step 3 Visualize - Turning your ideas into virtual realityStep 4 Strategize - Laying out your road map from here to thereStep 5 Exercise - Organizing, executing and practicing self-disciplineStep 6 Materialize - Accepting the reality of success
Step 1 THE CREATIVE MINDSET
Left side vs. right sideScience has long established that the human brain has a right and left sphere; logic is processed in the left and emotions and the creative in the right. Science may be correct but for years, society has sadly catalogued us as right or left brained, adding to perceived limitations. The truth is both sides of the brain are engaged when we employ the creative process.
So, to fully master the creative process we must first condition both sides of the brain. This means we must recondition emotional issues, reprogram preconceptions and prejudices, not accept our logic as absolute; in other words erase the bad tapes. Unless we have a concrete point of reference, it is human nature to posture events in a negative context.
Take our perception of failure. Generally, failure is taken as one’s inability to succeed at a given activity, so most folks simply stop trying when they meet the first failure. That is the right side of the brain talking. From that point on, logic (left side) will defer to the emotional (right side) and shut down that creative process in step 5 (Exercise). Too often, this is because earlier steps in the process were ignored or jumped.
You want your ideas and concepts to be fresh and untainted as you ready for the process.
At this point move your mental gears to neutral.
Conditioning both sidesIt is important to recognize that the creative process incorporates both sides of the brain at different steps and to different degrees during the process.
When you follow these steps to the creative process, you are training the full brain to work in harmony, maximizing the strengths of each side at the most opportune time, for the most critical tasks. This will create accord not discord. By engaging both sides in a coordinated effort you will have clearer vision, greater momentum and stay on your course.
Clear the ComputerThere are many ways to practice the process of clearing the mind, some use mediation others physical exercise. Use whatever suites your constitution and makeup.
When you clear you mind and logically layout the steps prior to launching your project, you give both your logical and emotional process a reference point to measure progress, control reactions and exercise sound judgment.
Best of all, this step makes room to develop and maintain a healthy prospective.
At this point move your mental gears from neutral to forward.
Congratulations, you are now ready to fully engage the creative process.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Homes Sales UP!!!!!!!!

N.J. bucks national trend: Q1 home sales up 4 percent
by Sam Ali
The price of a single-family home in the U.S. dropped 7.7 percent in the first quarter _ the largest year-over-year decline since the National Association of Realtors began reporting prices in 1982.
In the first quarter, the median existing single-family home in the U.S. stood at $196,300, down from the $212,600 median for the first quarter of 2007, the group reported today.
But while other states saw their home values plunge, a number of areas in New Jersey saw a slight rise in home sales prices during the first quarter.
NAR's report of metropolitan statistical areas showed that first quarter median sales price of existing single-family homes in the Atlantic City area increased by 4.8 percent. The median sales price grew from $264,600 in the first quarter of 2007 to $277,400 in 2008. The Trenton-Ewing market also experienced an increase in median sales price. The median sales price rose from $283,800 in the first quarter of 2007 to $288,200 in 2008, an increase of 1.6 percent.
The quarterly survey of metro region prices showed that median prices in 100 of 149 metro areas fell in the first quarter of 2008.
Meanwhile, the NAR reported today that total sales for single family homes, condominiums and co-ops in the U.S. dropped by 22 percent from the previous year. However, New Jersey was one of only three states to show an increase in home sales for the first quarter.Sales volume of existing single-family homes, condominiums and co-ops in the first quarter of 2008 increased 4 percent from the same period last year. New Jersey's seasonally adjusted annual rate of home sales equaled 169,600. The other two states that also experience an increase in sales volume in the first quarter were Alaska and Illinois. Visit www.C21JRs.com for more information on homes in New Jersey.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Who is Responsible



It’s time to meet the person who has been responsible for the life you live right now.
This person has created your income, your debt, your relationships, your health, your fitness level, your weight, your attitudes and your behaviors. Who is it? To introduce yourself, just walk to the closest mirror and say hello! This person is you!
Although one of the popular myths out there is that “external factors” determine how you live, the truth of the matter is that you are in complete control of the quality of your life.
It’s time to look at the life you’ve created and determine what is working and what is not. Certainly, there are wonderful things happening in your life, whether it’s your job, your spouse, your grades, your children, your friends, or your income level.
Congratulate yourself on these successes; you are creating them for yourself! And then take a look at what isn’t working out so well. What are you doing or not doing to create those experiences?
It’s time to stop blaming outside factors for your unhappiness.
When you realize that you create your experiences, you’ll realize that you can un-create them and create new experiences whenever you want. But you must take responsibility for your happiness and your unhappiness, your successes and your failures, your good times and your bad times. When you stop blaming, you can take that energy and redirect to focus on creating a better situation for yourself. Blaming only ties up your energy.
It’s also time to stop complaining.
Look at what you are complaining about. Really examine it. More than likely it is something that you can do something about.
Are you unhappy about something that is happening? Make requests that will make it more desirable to you, or take the steps to change it yourself. Making a change might be uncomfortable to you. It might mean you have to put in more time, money, and effort. It might mean that someone gets upset about it. It might be difficult to change or leave a situation, but staying put is your choice so why continue to complain? Face the facts that you can either do something about it or not. It is your choice and you have responsibility for your choices.
Successful people take 100% responsibility for the thoughts they think, the images that visualize and the actions they take.
They don’t waste their time and energy blaming and complaining. They evaluate their experiences and decide if they need to change them or not. They face the uncomfortable and take risks in order to create the life they want to live.
Taking responsibility requires you to first decide to believe that you create all your experiences. Second, to pay attention to yourself, your behavior, and your life experiences. And last, to face the truth and deal with what is not working in your life. You have to be willing to change your behavior if you want a different outcome. You have to be willing to take the risks necessary to get what you want.
Isn’t it a great relief to know that you can make your life what you want it to be? Isn’t it wonderful that your successes do not depend on someone else?
Commit to taking 100% responsibility for your every aspect of your life. Decide to make changes, one step at a time. Once you start the process, you’ll discover it is much easier to get what you want by taking control of your thoughts, your visualizations, and your actions!
JR Sangiuliano: Broker/Owner CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Clark & Rahway New Jersey800-831-0681 http://www.c21jrs.com/ E-mail C21JRS72@aol.com

Monday, June 2, 2008

6 Steps to Success: Mastering the Creative Process

6 Steps to Success: Mastering the Creative Process
Have you ever marveled at the incredible creative and productivity of successful people? Those individuals that I have most admired were exceptional achievers, all of them successful by any standard. There was one characteristic in common, they all mastered the creative process.
This series of articles explores the 6 milestones that I have identified make up the creative process. These steps are repeatable and can be applied to any situation, goal or dream you want to achieve. Go ahead; follow these steps to your wildest dreams. Your success is only limited to what you can imagine.
Step 1 The Creative Mindset - Positioning yourself for the creative process Step 2 Conceptualize - Creating, processing and prioritizing your ideas
Step 3 Visualize - Turning your ideas into virtual reality
Step 4 Strategize - Laying out your road map from here to there
Step 5 Exercise - Organizing, executing and practicing self-discipline
Step 6 Materialize - Accepting the reality of success

Step 1 THE CREATIVE MINDSET Left side vs. right side
Science has long established that the human brain has a right and left sphere; logic is processed in the left and emotions and the creative in the right. Science may be correct but for years, society has sadly catalogued us as right or left brained, adding to perceived limitations. The truth is both sides of the brain are engaged when we employ the creative process.
So, to fully master the creative process we must first condition both sides of the brain. This means we must recondition emotional issues, reprogram preconceptions and prejudices, not accept our logic as absolute; in other words erase the bad tapes. Unless we have a concrete point of reference, it is human nature to posture events in a negative context.
Take our perception of failure. Generally, failure is taken as one’s inability to succeed at a given activity, so most folks simply stop trying when they meet the first failure. That is the right side of the brain talking. From that point on, logic (left side) will defer to the emotional (right side) and shut down that creative process in step 5 (Exercise). Too often, this is because earlier steps in the process were ignored or jumped.
You want your ideas and concepts to be fresh and untainted as you ready for the process.
At this point move your mental gears to neutral.
Conditioning both sides
It is important to recognize that the creative process incorporates both sides of the brain at different steps and to different degrees during the process.
When you follow these steps to the creative process, you are training the full brain to work in harmony, maximizing the strengths of each side at the most opportune time, for the most critical tasks. This will create accord not discord. By engaging both sides in a coordinated effort you will have clearer vision, greater momentum and stay on your course.
Clear the Computer
There are many ways to practice the process of clearing the mind, some use mediation others physical exercise. Use whatever suites your constitution and makeup.
When you clear you mind and logically layout the steps prior to launching your project, you give both your logical and emotional process a reference point to measure progress, control reactions and exercise sound judgment.
Best of all, this step makes room to develop and maintain a healthy prospective.
At this point move your mental gears from neutral to forward.
Congratulations, you are now ready to fully engage the creative process

Congrats to Punit Shah Agent of the Month


Punit Shah Agent of the Month of MAy

Congratulations the Punit Shah as he is the Agent of the month of May for 2008 in CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. Punit has been working very hard in 2008 and the pieces of the puzzles finally all came together. Punit registered 3 listings and 3 sales in the Month of May to earn the honor of agent of the month. With more than 3 years experience in this industry Punit has the knowledge and work ethic to rise about the present market trends, and help sellers and buyer achieve their dreams. We are very proud of Punit for his accomplishments and CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is honored to have him as a member of their family. For more information on Punit or any other CENTURY 21 JRS Realty agent please visit http://www.c21jrs.com/ or for information on owning a home or selling your existing home in the Union, Middlesex, Essex, or Bergen County areas please feel free to Call 1-800-831-0681 or E-mail the Broker at C21JRS72@aol.com.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

5 new rules for home sellers

5 new rules for home sellers

Rule 1: Get real about price
Too many sellers set their price based on yesterday's market. Big mistake. "The first buyers in tend to pay the best price, so you need to price it right at the start," says Pamela Liebman, CEO of the Corcoran Group brokerage.
Have three area brokers prepare what's called a comparable market analysis. It will list asking and selling prices of similar homes, as well as amenities and sizes. If there's little inventory in your price range, list for what others are asking. If a lot of homes like yours are on the market, then look to generate buzz, says Liebman.
Set an asking price 10% below what homes like yours have been selling for. That raises the odds of your getting multiple offers. If your market is really frozen and you need to drop the price, make one large cut. No baby steps.
Rule 2: Vet your agent - especially if it's you
Selling on your own in an unprecedented slowdown means you'll have to work awfully hard marketing your home. If you aren't prepared for that, hire a broker. Avoid newbies. You want an agent who has been through good times and bad and who has a track record that you can verify with clients.
Rule 3: Pimp your house - hire a home stager
To sell today, you've got to glam up your home. A stager will help get rid of clutter (especially clutter you don't see); rearrange furniture to create attractive focal points; redo underused rooms, turning, say, that makeshift bedroom in the basement into a rec room; and pick paint and curtains that make rooms appear spacious. A consultation may run $200. Completing the plan could cost $1,000 or more. It's worth it.
Rule 4: Cash will make your home look even better
Given the number of listings out there, you want to throw in a little something extra to make your house catch the eye of buyers and their agents. Rather than hand out a cruise or a car - skeptics might wonder why you're so desperate -offer something that will make your home more affordable, such as paying part of the buyer's closing costs.
In the multiple-listing service description of your house that agents can see, let them know you're offering a $1,000 bounty or a 4% commission to the one who brings in the purchaser. It will mean more knocks on your door.
Rule 5: Underwater? Learn to swim
If you're a recent buyer, your mortgage may well top what your home would go for today. About a third of those who bought last year or in 2006 now have negative equity, according to Zillow.com. If a job or family issue compels you to move, your options aren't great, but you have a few. First, you may be able to persuade your new employer to make you whole on the loan. Second, if the rental market in your area is strong (as is the case in many spots that were healthy but not overly bubbly during the boom), you can become a landlord and wait out the slump. Third, of course, is to sell for as much as you can (see Rule No. 1) and raid your savings for the difference. Short sales, in which the bank agrees to take less than it's owed and release you from your debt, get a lot of media attention. That doesn't mean they're easy to come by. A bank usually will consider one only if you're at risk for foreclosure. Even then it may say, "No, thanks."

Thursday, May 22, 2008

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Helps the Special Olympics

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Sponcers the Special Olympics
Carene Sangiuliano, Marci Hodges, and Audra Loccisano volouteered to help the Rahway Special Olympics. Pictured hear are the agents of CENTURY 21 JRS Realty with the attendees of the Rahway Special Olympics.




Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Sam Sauveur Does it Again


Sam Sauveur is agent of the month for April.
Congratulations goes out to Sam Sauveur for being awarded agent of the month for the third time in his 4 months with CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. Sam is a top sales agent and has a terrific work ethic. Everyday Sam works his book of business and pounds the pavement for listings and clients to assist. Sam is also a huge help to new agents in the office with inspirational advice and guidance only an agent with years of experience can dish out. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is happy to have Sam as a member of their Family.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Persistence

PERSISTENCE
It's a rare person who doesn't get discouraged. Whether it happens to you, or to an associate you're trying to cheer up, the answer centers around one word: persistence.
The value of courage, persistence, and perseverance has rarely been illustrated more convincingly than in the life story of this man -- see if you can guess who it is..
Failed in business
Ran for Legislature -- defeated
Again failed in business
Elected to Legislature
His sweetheart died
Had a nervous breakdown
Defeated for Speaker
Defeated for Elector
Defeated for Congress
Elected to Congress
Defeated for Congress
Defeated for Senate
Defeated for Vice President
Defeated for Senate
Elected President of the United States
The question is not whether we will be knocked down, pushed aside, or treated unfairly -- that happens to all of us, it's life. The question is whether or not we will have the courage to get up and fight on. The old saying is still true "the race is not always to the swift . . . but to those who keep on trying."
During the darkest days of WWII, Winston Churchhill refused to let the disappointment of temporary defeats destroy the will of the Allied forces. His now-famous speech that unified the coalition against the Nazi Regime consisted of only nine words: "Never give up. Never, never, never. Never give up."
JR Sangiuliano Broker/Owner CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Clark & Rahway New Jersey800-831-0681

Monday, April 14, 2008

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Gives Back



CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Attends Craft Fair And Gives Back
On Sunday April 13Th, 2008 CENTURY 21 JRS Realty agents were not home resting, instead they were serving the community. Sunday Audra Loccisano and Marci Hodges were hard at work giving gift bags away at a craft fair for Project Graduation in Rahway with sponsorship from Mike Oliveira of Velocity Lending. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty does things like this every month of the year. "We feel if you are going to be a part of the community, then you also have to give back to your community". Said Marci and Audra. Congratulations to Audra and Marci on their efforts to give back to our community. To send Audra or Marci a thank you, visit them on the web at http://www.c21jrs.com/.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Agents Honored


Congratulations to Khem Persaud , a member of the CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Family. Khem received an award at the CENTURY 21 Gold Ball for his achievements in 2007. Khem is a great agent that has his priorities in order, with clients at the top of the list. Congratulations to Khem for his great accomplishments.

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Agents Honored



Team Excel, finished number #3 in region #125 for New Jersey in 2007 and was honored with a plaque at the CENTURY 21 Gold Ball. Punit Shah, Simi D'souza, and Joe Piizzi are three of the top agents in the Real Estate industry, and deserve the award they earned from CENTURY 21. We are so proud to have these three agents as members of CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. Congratulations to Punit, Simi, and Joe for their accomplishments.



CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Agents Honored

NUMBER 1 TEAM in Region 125. Here we see Audra Loccisano, Jessica Hoff, and Carene Sangiuliano, members of the #1 Team in Region#125 for New Jersey. These three laddies make up Team Success and finished 2007 as the #1 Team in Region #125 for New Jersey. Congratulations to Audra, Jessie, and Carene on all their hard work helping our community buy and sell homes.


CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Receives Awards







CENTURY 21 JRS Realty celebrated the accomplishments of 2007 at the annual CENTURY 21 Gold Ball.


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

May is Seminar Month at CENTURY 21 JRS Realty



MAY is SEMINAR MONTH at CENTURY 21 JRS Realty
This MAY CENTURY 21 JRS Realty and INDYMAC Bank will host a set of 4 FREE HOME BUYER SEMINARS at the CROWN Plaza in CLARK NJ. These 4 seminars will be geared toward helping home buyers understand the importance of home ownership as well as the tax benefits of owning verse renting. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty will team with INDYMAC Bank for these seminars and educate the pubic on mortgages and the process of finding and owning a home with the assistance of a Realtor. CENTURY 21 JRS and INDYMAC Bank will provide all the information needed to realize the American Dream of Home Ownership. Please join us for one of the 4 free seminars.
FREE AT THE SEMINARS:
*On-site Mortgage Pre-Approval
*Benefits of Home Ownership Report
*CENTURY 21 Home Buyers Guide
Location: Crown Plaza, 36 Valley Rd. Clark, NJ 07066
Time: 7PM
DATES: Thursday May 1ST
Thursday May 8Th
Thursday May 15Th
Thursday May 22ND

Seating will be limited, Please register online at http://www.c21jrs.com/ or Toll Free at 800-831-0681

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Agent of the Month


Sam Sauveur February Agent of the Month


In his first month with CENTURY 21 JRS Realty Sam Sauveur has been awarded Agent of the Month. With 6 Listings and 1 Sale in the Month of February Sam is proving to be a great addition to the CENTURY 21 JRS Realty family. Sam is out going and willing to help the agents around him in any way he can. Sam has shown the desire to be a team player and make the entire office grow by assisting agents and management at every turn. We appreciate all of Sam's efforts and look forward to much success in the future. Congratulations to Sam for this great achievement. To find out more about Sam and our entire Team at CENTURY 21 JRS Realty please visit http://www.c21jrs.com/ for more information.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

MAY is SEMINAR MONTH



MAY is SEMINAR MONTH at CENTURY 21 JRS Realty
This MAY CENTURY 21 JRS Realty and INDYMAC Bank will host a set of 4 FREE HOME BUYER SEMINARS at the CROWN Plaza in CLARK NJ. These 4 seminars will be geared toward helping home buyers understand the importance of home ownership as well as the tax benefits of owning verse renting. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty will team with INDYMAC Bank for these seminars and educate the pubic on mortgages and the process of finding and owning a home with the assistance of a Realtor. CENTURY 21 JRS and INDYMAC Bank will provide all the information needed to realize the American Dream of Home Ownership. Please join us for one of the 4 free seminars.


FREE AT THE SEMINARS:

*On-site Mortgage Pre-Approval

*Benefits of Home Ownership Report

*CENTURY 21 Home Buyers Guide

Location: Crown Plaza, 36 Valley Rd. Clark, NJ 07066


Time: 7PM


DATES: Thursday May 1ST

Thursday May 8Th

Thursday May 15Th

Thursday May 22ND


Seating will be limited, Please register online at http://www.c21jrs.com/ or Toll Free at 800-831-0681

Friday, February 15, 2008

Eddie Kefalas


CENTURY 21 JRS Realty proudly announces the addition of Eddie Kefalas to its’ Clark office

CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is happy to welcome Eddie Kefalas to its' Clark office. Eddie Kefalas brings a wealth of knowledge and experience back to CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. CENTURY 21 JRS Realty is a company built on hard work and dedicated quality service and Eddie Kefalas definitely embodies both of those qualities. "We are extremely excited to have Eddie on our roster and in our family, assisting our company with its growth and helping as many people as possible realize the American Dream of home ownership" said company Leader, JR Sangiuliano. Eddie Kefalas is now able to work in his home town and will be able to serve our local community even more efficiently and effectively. Eddie Kefalas has a proven track record of success that includes the CENTURION award from CENTURY 21 LLC 7 times, and the NJAR Circle of Excellence 11 years in a row. The experience, work ethic, and dedication that Eddie Kefalas brings to our company will surely benefit our clients and customers as well as all of our agents at CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. For more information on Eddie Kefalas or any CENTURY 21 JRS Realty agent please visit http://www.c21jrs.com/.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Thank you for your support Mr. Vendetti



PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE, PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPECIAL, SPECIAL THANKS TO MARCY, KHEM & TARA THESE PEOPLE ARE DOING EVERYTHING TO SELL MY HOUSE WE KNOW IT WILL SELL, IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME....
THANKS TO ALL!
Edward L. Vendetti
Sales Support Specialist
HESS CORPORATION
Energy Marketing NYC Metro Region
One Hess Plaza Woodbridge, NJ 07095
EVendetti@hess.com

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Homes in Rahway


Congratulations to Khem Persaud January Agent of the month
CENTURY 21 JRS Realty has hit the ground running in 2008, and Khem Persaud has led the way. Khem received four and a half listing for the month of January, playing a huge part in the success of the company. January started off this year right were we left off 07, with 20 listings and 2 sales. Khem is leading a very talented and hard working group of agents through this trying time in Real Estate. We will all get through this together and a company is the feeling throughout CENTURY 21 JRS Realty. Congratulations to Khem on his achievements this month and continued success in the future

Monday, January 28, 2008

Homes in New Jersey

Stocks Rise on Rate Cut Hopes
AP
Posted: 2008-01-28 17:48:21
xhl(Wall Street Advances After Big nts after a two-day advance of more than 400 points. Broader stock indicators also advanced Monday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 23.36 or 1.76 percent, to 1,353.97, while the Nasdaq composite index rose 23.71, or 1.02 percent, to 2,349.91. Government bond prices slipped as stocks rose. The 10-year Treasury note's yield, which moves opposite its price, was unchanged at 3.58 percent - and did not move in after-hours trading. Alexander Paris, economist and market analyst for Chicago-based Barrington Research, said most investors were waiting for the Fed to announce its decision on Wednesday before making any big bets. That was one of the reason for a quiet trading day where the Dow stayed mostly in positive territory. "It was calmer than I expected it would be, especially when you have lots of news for investors to look at," he said. "But, it's the Fed offsetting the news - and people don't want to make a big move when you don't know what they're going to do about interest rates." However, trading for the week is expected to be volatile as Wall Street digests President Bush's final State of the Union address Monday evening and the Fed's rate announcement Wednesday. Last Tuesday, in an emergency move, the Fed lowered rates by 0.75 of a percentage point. Hopes for another large cut on Wednesday had been tempered late last week by news that French bank Societe Generale sold European index futures to close positions taken by an alleged rogue trader. It is thought those trades may have aggravated the massive losses in Europe and Asian trading last Monday, when the U.S. markets were closed. Profit reports Monday were ostensibly upbeat, but revealed some troubling signals about the economy. Fast food seller McDonald's , a Dow component, said its quarterly profit rose 3 percent due to tax benefits and strong sales, but December U.S. sales were flat with a year ago as cash-strapped consumers pared back spending. McDonald's shares fell $3.03, or 5.6 percent, to $51.07. Merger and acquisition news added to the market's uncertainty. Blackstone Group LP on Monday said it is still interested in buying Alliance Data Systems Corp., but that the $6.4 billion deal is in jeopardy because regulators want to place onerous terms on the takeover. ADS dropped $23.12, or 35 percent, to $42.48. Blackstone slipped 21 cents to $19.15. The dollar fell against most major currencies except the yen, and gold prices rose. Crude oil rose 28 cents to settle at $90.99 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by nearly 3 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 3.96 billion shares, compared to 4.78 billion on Friday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies rose 13.79, or 2.00 percent, to 702.39. Asian trading saw steep losses as investors reacted to Friday's U.S. trading. In Tokyo, the Nikkei stock average dropped 4 percent and a key index in Shanghai plunged 7.2 percent. In late trading in Europe, London's FTSE 100 fell 1.36 percent, Frankfurt's DAX rose 0.03 percent and Paris's CAC 40 lost 0.61 percent. On the Net: New York Stock Exchange: http://www.nyse.com Nasdaq Stock Market: http://www.nasdaq.com