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AWAKE THE SLEEPING GIANT! INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

by Rob Zwemmer

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"Life is not always what the brochure promises."
~ Amb Alon Pinkas

AWAKE THE SLEEPING GIANT!

So . . . which brochure have you been reading? Maybe it's the one that promises "clear sailing" or "romantic sunsets" or "excitement guaranteed!" Maybe you're into the financial brochures that read "no money down" or "financial freedom in 30 days" or "sell a million dollars a month without leaving home."

For many years now, the brochures of our lives have promised and delivered success, satisfaction, and wealth. It's been a good run. There's another brochure many of us have signed onto - "for better or for worse." Notice that the "for better" comes first, and so it has been for a long time.

Nevertheless, our country experiences cycles, as do our lives. Few of us living today have ever experienced a serious "for worse" part of the national cycle. Yet, it has been those periods in the history of our country that have brought out the best in us. The Great Depression of the thirties was the catalyst for the strong work ethic of the baby boomers. Two world wars taught us to value our freedom.

So, maybe life isn't always "what the brochure promises." If we're entering one of those periods when we are to be tested, so be it. We are a resilient people. While we may have been dozing at the internal security wheel, lulled by the smooth purring of our national economic engine, we are also able to awaken in an instant. Our purpose and principles can quickly be brought to full throttle.

No matter the threat, we are a people united by the brochure's great promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness - ready, willing, and able to serve. Be alert and be of service!

Keller Williams Realty Climbs to Third-Largest Real Estate Company in the U.S.

More than 6,800 Real Estate agents from throughout North America recently
attended Keller Williams Realty’s annual convention,
Family Reunion, in Orlando, Florida Feb. 21-25.

Starting 2008 as the fourth-largest Real Estate company in the United States,
Keller Williams Realty is powering through the shift and now claims the No. 3 spot,
said Mark Willis, CEO, during the State of the Company and Culture address.

“This is solid evidence that the model works!” he told a cheering audience. 
“When you faithfully commit to our economic model, our operating model and our
organizational model, and take advantage of the education and the resources that we’ve developed,   you create an edge over your competition and disrupt your local market.”

“While we cannot escape the trends of the industry, we have definitely outperformed the industry,” Willis said, noting that compared to the National Association of REALTORS®, which lost 140,000 of its members, a decline of 10.5 percent between December of 2007 and December of 2008, Keller Williams Realty’s total active agent count declined by only 7 percent. “Comparatively, Keller Williams did more than 30 percent better than NAR.”

Citing the 2008 REAL Trends 500 report, Willis added, “Keller Williams was the only
Real Estate franchise that experienced a positive growth in the total number of sides,
the total number of offices and the agent count per office. Between 2003 and 2007 Keller Williams Realty increased its U.S. market share by more than 161 percent, while only one other network gained, and their increase was less than 20 percent.”

Comparing Keller Williams Realty to the 10 largest independents in the country over the
last five years,Willis enthusiastically noted that “Keller Williams grew by 65 percent more in associates per office, 61 percent more in transactions per associate, and 32 percent more in sales per office.  The model works!  This is your money, your production and it thrills us.


” From the very outset, the shift in the Real Estate market has been viewed within
Keller Williams Realty as an opportunity, and never has that been more apparent than right now. “The promise of the shift for our market centers who nail the model, and grow in this market, is greater than in any other market, because this is when the best agents and brokers gain market share,” Willis added.  “We have to gather ourselves, get focused, get a plan of action and CHARGE!”

Keller Williams Realty was founded nearly 6 years ago in the Coachella Valley
andcurrently has 3 offices with over 320 Associates.  Over 20 Keller Williams Associates
from the Coachella Valley recently attended the Keller Williams Family Reunion in Orlando, Florida.

Foreclosures / Bank Owned properties have come to a stop !

by Rob Zwemmer

Palm Springs Real Estate Market Update  02/23/2009

Good Monday Morning!

From Orlando,  Florida where I am attending The annual Keller Williams Realty convention.
This is 5 day training and networking session. About 9,000 agents from all over the US and Canada are here to grow to a higher level.
Currently Foreclosures/Bank Owned Homes for Sale ! properties have come to a stop.  Most of the Banks and lenders have stopped foreclosing on properties until March 5th. This is when the new stimulus package roles out for Home owners with hybrid  / Pay Option loans.  I will go more in detail on that in my monthly Real Estate Newsletter.  We will see more higher end homes foreclosing here in the Desert in the next 180 Days.

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Palm Springs Mortgage Market Update:Tax Credit for Homebuyers


First-time homebuyers who purchase homes from the start of the year until the end of November 2009 may be eligible for the lower of an $8,000 or 10% of the value of the home tax credit.  Remember a tax credit is very different than a tax deduction – a tax credit is equivalent to money in your hand, as opposed to a tax deduction which only reduces your taxable income.

The tax credit starts phasing out for couples with incomes above $150,000 and single filers with incomes above $75,000.  buyers will have to repay the credit if they sell their homes within three years.

Remember, as a general rule, negative economic news is good for interest rates, while positive news causes rates to rise.

 

Have An Awesome Week!

Rob Zwemmer


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PRESS RELEASE

 

Contact:  Rob Zwemmer
                            Keller-Williams Realty
                La Quinta, CA

                760-601-3000

 

 

                www.desertonline.com

 

 

 by Rob Zwemmer & NAR

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

HOMEBUYER SALES CONTINUE TO ESCALATE IN Palm Springs, CA AREA

 

Palm Springs, CA—January 18, 2009—Positive news on the desert Real Estate market front with
the stimulus bill featuring:  1) loan limits raised to $727,000 in high cost areas; 2) the tax credit raised to $8,000 with NO payback [a true credit]; 3) interest rates have come down 125-150 basis points;
4) the bill has over $50 billion in it for foreclosure mitigation, with Geitners Treasury plan signaling that the second half of TARP and TALF will be used to mitigate foreclosures through a government guarantee--driving down interest rates by buying another $200-$300 billion of mortgage paper from the GSES's
thereby freeing them up to do the same with new mortgages, and Fannie has just agreed to lift the cap of 4 investment properties eligible for loans and raise it to 10.

In addition, we preserved what we have - which some tend to forget is always on the table when these negotiations start up again - mortgage interest deductibility,
Real Estate
tax deductibility, and the $250,000/$500,000 cap gains exclusion (an overall package worth more than $100 billion and for some a very attractive funding source for pet projects).

 

 

It is a perfect time for homebuyers to move forward with that Palm Springs valley purchase they have been considering,” stated Realtor Rob Zwemmer of Keller-Williams Real Estate in La Quinta. Up-to-the-minute reports indicate January home sales up 16.5 percent in the Palm Springs area compared
to 2008.
Year-to-date reports show median home prices fell 53.5 percent and sales rose by 70.1 percent from a year ago.  

 

“The home inventory continues to drop with the increasing sales indicating that the market the desert continues to absorb the homes for sale that home sellers and banks must sell.  Lower home prices widen the opportunity for first-time buyers, investors and seasonal desert residents,” added Mr. Zwemmer.

 

“The number of calls and showings by home buyers on properties we have listed for sale have certainly increased,” he added. “The bank-owned and short sale properties are expected to sell steadily for the next four to six months. Distressed properties are making headlines in our local Palm Springs area market and buyers are really taking notice. Steady sales of these properties are a certainty. Prices for these properties range from $200,000 to $500,000 under value.”

 

For up-to-the-minute Palm Springs area property listings and timely Real Estate information, visit: www.desertonline.com

 

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The Keller Williams Story: Our History

by Rob Zwemmer

I am leaving today for Orlando, Floriday to attend Keller Williams Realty "Family Reunion"

This is a convention held once a year where about 10.000 of the Top agents come together to study and network.  This year I will be part of the IALC ( International Agent Leadership Council) and will represent California in a special session.   An IALC member is selected by his fellow agents to represent them in having a voice in making International decisions for the Company.

I am proud and very excited to be part of a company that believes in YOU!

 

The Presidents - Presidents Day 02/16/2009

by Rob Zwemmer

The Presidents  -  Presidents Day  02/16/2009

The Stimulis Bill..... What it means for the Coachella Valley Housing Market !

 

 

Monday, February 16 2009

 

By Rob Zwemmer

www.desertonline.com

 

 

Good Monday morning                                                                                        

59°F | 42°F

Rain and Sun is the talk of the day! A new weather storm last week covered our local mountains here in the desert with a new blanket of snow.

Today is Presidents Day - February 18th                                                                      Washington's Birthday is the official name designated to what many of us know as President's Day. During the month of February the birthday of two of our greatest President's takes place. Both George Washington who was born on Feb. 22nd and Abraham Lincoln born on Feb. 12th.  more….

The Stimulis Bill

So here's what we have achieved: 1) the loan limits will be raised to $727,000 in high cost areas, 2) the tax credit will be raised to $8,000 with NO payback [a true credit], 3) interest rates have come down 125-150 basis points, and 4) the bill has over $50 billion in it for foreclosure mitigation, with Geitners Treasury plan signaling that the second half of TARP and TALF will be used to mitigate foreclosures through a government guarantee, drive down interest rates by buying another $200-300 billion of mortgage paper from the GSES's thereby freeing them up to do the same with new mortgages, and Fannie has just agreed to lift the cap of 4 investment properties eligible for loans and raise it to 10.

In addition, we preserved what we have - which some tend to forget is always on the table when these negotiations start up again - mortgage interest deductibility, Real Estate tax deductibility, and the $250,000/$500,000 cap gains exclusion (an overall package worth more than $100 billion and for some a very attractive funding source for their pet projects).

 

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If you are looking to sell your home and need a comparative market analysis      (click here).

 

Palm Springs Area Mortgage Market update!

Stock markets plunged on Thursday, but rallied back by the end of the day after the media reported that the new administration is trying to work out a new program to subsidize mortgages and fight the credit crisis.

Stocks remain under pressure, as investors feel the new $789 Billion stimulus bill will take some time to have positive impact on the economy.

The mortgage rates rallied on Wednesday and will continue to drop this week.

I will keep you posted as more information comes out; until then, have a happy and safe Presidents’ Day.

 

A top Kuwaiti oil official says crude oil prices are unlikely to rise above $40 per barrel, even if OPEC decides to enact a production cut ...again

 

1 Canadian dollar = 0.809192 U.S. dollars



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Have An Awesome Week!

Rob Zwemmer

 


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WHERE THERE'S SMOKE . . . !  Monday Morning Coffee for Mind and Spirit

INSPIRATION FOR TODAY:

"Never think that God's delays are God's denials."
~ Author unknown

WHERE THERE'S SMOKE . . . !

A lone shipwreck survivor on an uninhabited island managed to build a crude hut in which he placed all that he had saved from the sinking ship. He prayed to God for deliverance, and anxiously scanned the horizon each day to hail any passing ship.

One day he was horrified to find his hut in flames. All that he had was gone. To the man's limited vision, it was the worst that could happen and he cursed God. Yet, the very next day a ship arrived. "We saw your smoke signal," the captain said.

Hmmm! Ever have a big sale fall through? Been disappointed when a friend or loved one failed to come through for you when you needed them? Have you wondered why a goal or objective wasn't achieved as expected?

If you're over the age of 18, you've probably noticed that we don't get everything we would like, exactly when we think we should. Yet, it's amazing how certain things just show up in our lives when we least expect to see them - like the rescue ship.

It is often said that we "shouldn't get too attached to outcomes." We can set objectives, believe they can be achieved, and work to make them happen, but it's best not to get too attached to the outcome. What appears to be a worthy goal may go down in flames, only to be replaced with a magnificent result we had not anticipated.

When you find your hut in flames and fear the worst, think back to this oft quoted reminder: "Fear knocked at the door - faith answered - no one was there!"

Now you can find Rob Zwemmer on Twitter

by Rob Zwemmer

Now you can find Rob Zwemmer on Twitter

 

 

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