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What Part of “Thou Shalt Not” Don’t You Understand?

February 9, 2014 Leave a comment

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS When applying for a Real Estate Loan


•·       Thou shalt not change jobs, become self-employed or quit your job.

•·       Thou shalt not buy a car, truck or van (or you may be living in it)!

•·       Thou shalt not use charge cards excessively or let your accounts fall behind.

•·       Thou shalt not spend money you have set aside for closing.

•·       Thou shalt not omit debts or liabilities from you loan application.

•·       Thou shalt not buy furniture.

•·       Thou shalt not originate any inquiries into your credit.

•·       Thou shalt not make large deposits without first checking with your loan officer.

•·       Thou shalt not change bank accounts

•·       Thou shalt not co-sign a loan for anyone.




Sold in 18 days! Stucco Home w/ diving pool in North Richland Hills, Texas

July 8, 2010 1 comment

8433 Ruthette Drive  

North Richland Hills, TX 76182  



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Unique stucco home with sparkling diving pool has 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, formal dining room,  two living areas and is 2,600 SqFt. Ceramic tile in kitchen & bathrooms. Laundry room is conveniently located upstairs with all of 4 bedrooms. Laminate floor and corner wood burning fireplace in downstairs living area. Game room or family room upstairs. Kitchen has walk-in pantry, plenty of cabinet and counter space and the breakfast area overlooks the pool. Master bedroom has private bath with garden tub, two sinks, separate shower, and walk-in closet. Call Kelly today at 817-714-2898 for a private tour.  

Rare Modern-Contemporary Waterfront Home on Eagle Mountain Lake FTW, TX 76179

7812 Skylake Drive Fort Worth, TX 76179   

$ 499,900


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Modern-Contemporary home on Eagle Mountain Lake has 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3,342 SqFt and appx 30′ water frontage.    

Take a Virtual Tour Live the waterfront lifestyle in this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired home. The Architect built this home to commercial specs and is energy efficient. In the master you’ll find a Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, his & her sinks, walk-in closet, plus a 7×4 sitting area. There is also a jetted tub the Jack-n-Jill bath between bedrooms 2 & 3. A small courtyard off the main hallway would make the perfect Zen garden! The huge loft with a full bath upstairs overlooks the living room and kitchen below allowing for a multitude of uses. Living room has fireplace imported from Belgium and a wall of windows overlooking the water. 3rd garage is for a small car or golf cart. Little yard maintenance. Superbly insulated & climate efficient with 4 AC/Heater units keeping your utility costs down even on hot summer days! The utility room has a sink, folding table, room for a freezer & extra cabinets. Other features include a sprinkler system which pumps from lake, dock, hot water pump system, built-in wine chiller in kitchen, skylights, fabulous views, new flooring, fresh paint, and much more!

Call Kelly for a private tour at 817-714-2898   

Single Story Eagle Mountain Lake Waterfront Home w/ Pool, Sauna, Dock & More!

Eagle Mountain  Waterfront home has all the bells & whistles!


520 Topside Drive Azle, TX 76020

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Great Azle Waterfront home on Eagle Mountain Lake has all the bells & whistles! Located in th family friendly Oak Harbor Estates . Impressive backyard features a salt water heated pool & spa (w/ chiller too). Dock has boat lift, dual jet ski lift & composite decking. Sprinkler system from lake or city water. Sauna, gazebo, game room w/ wet bar. Split master suite with his/her closets, jetted tub, & separate shower. Gorgeous brick accents in kitchen and living room! 3 bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, 2 car garage & SO MUCH MORE! 2,455 sqft. Call me at 817-714-2898 to schedule a private tour!

Creating Checklists so NOT TO Overpromise and Under-Deliver! (Includes free ideas & examples)

February 25, 2010 1 comment

Operate with integrity and the money will come by way of referral business.

As you’ve seen on the back of many business cards (that just makes me roll my eyes) is:  “The greatest compliment I could ever receive is a referral… blah, blah, blah but it’s TRUE! Whether by accident or not- It only takes getting busted once for not doing something you promised at the listing presentation for you to jeopardize your reputation! If you don’t do what you say you’ll do you risk losing referrals.  When you lose referrals, you’re starting your business over from scratch. There is nothing sweeter than receiving a call out of the blue that says “so-n-so” told me to call!

I consider myself a seasoned agent on auto-pilot but I am not too proud to keep a checklist in the front of every file.  Just like pilots who KNOW how to taxi down the runway (no matter how many times they’ve done it before) they check all systems before giving the “CLEAR” for take-off to make sure a safe flight. We should all run our business with the same mentality.

Here are examples of some of the items found on my listing checklist:

• Measure rooms, place sign & lockbox

• Verify schools w/ school district

• Create action plan in Wise Agent*

• Order Virtual Tour

• Enter into MLS

• Listing paperwork turned in to office

• Showing instructions to Appointment Service

• Upload disclosures/ CC&R’s

• Create & deliver color graphics for “take one” box

• Post on Craigslist, twitter, Facebook, blogs & my website

• Verify virtual tour on

• Mail Just Listed Cards

• Send Lowes coupon **

• Order Residential Service Contract

• Copies & links to Seller

• Etc, etc…

I keep copies OF EVERYTHING and stay organized by using the 2 partition, 6 fastener classification folders (blue for listings, green for buyers, red for short sales, brown for land. Yes, I’m a freak…about my files) I even have a checklist for what goes in each section! (there’s my next blog idea)

Staying consistent by having my systems in place is not only for me, but for an Administrative Partner, or for another agent handling my business while I’m on vacation. 

You must have systems in place to run a smooth operation.

* Tip- Always lead with revenue.  Keep your lists all on paper or a dry erase board until you can afford a database program such as Wise Agent or Top Producer; buying into it only when you are convinced having such a system will be worth more to you in return. 

 **Free personalized Lowes coupon delivered on your behalf. Check it out by visiting: .

As always, I welcome any questions & Subscribers!

Mr & Mrs. Seller, if we can’t get them out of their cars, I can’t get into their checkbooks!

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

  I’m not shy now when it comes to telling my clients to “edit this”, “put that in storage”, “sell that in a garage sale”, or why don’t you “go ahead and box that up”. (When I say it though, it doesn’t sound quite like such a demand. I can be a little more subtle… a little.)

I find it helpful to ease the pain of telling a Seller everything they just didn’t want to hear about having to put their prized Teddy Bear collection and Elvis memorabilia in storage by simply following up by saying, “I bet we can appeal to today’s picky buyers with just some editing and creative arranging with minimal out-of-pocket cost”.

I respect money. I enjoy saving it just as much as I do spending it and I’m always on the lookout for the deal with “more bang for a buck”. The feeling of getting a good deal, always makes me happy and I tend to brag about it! I see the service a Client is paying me for from their perspective. I want them to be happy with me… and brag about it! I’ve spent a few Saturday mornings in my career helping a client move furniture and box things away; it’s always been well worth the time, energy and effort. I bond with my clients while earning their respect. What’s not to like when I show up with a baseball cap on, and a gift of Magic Eraser’s in my hand? At the end of the day, chances are the most money spent will be on some colored mulch and a few fresh flowers.

I’ve been out showing before and have experienced many times when Mrs. Buyer eliminates a house from the curb! It’s hard to overcome an objection of a bad first impression! My #1 goal as a listing agent is to get buyers emotionally moved-in before the key ever drops out of the lockbox. Then, continue that emotion from the front door to the back patio. Typically, preparing the house to sell takes mainly elbow grease and a different perspective from their agent- aka ME!

My listings get positive feedback, and typically an offer in the first few showings. Happy client, Happy agent; It’s a win-win!

OH, and don’t forget to make sure they buy some new do-not-touch towels for the bathrooms! For those of you who had a mom like mine, you TOTALLY know what I’m talking about, right?

Got Milk? Now all you need is vanilla, sugar & SNOW!

February 11, 2010 2 comments

Fort Worth woke up today to a rare beautiful mess of snow and It’s still coming down in big, fat, fluffy flakes!

 My mind tells me to go play, my body says I’d better not; I’d probably break something! So what else is there for a 40-year-old, stuck at home with no sweets to do! 


How to make Snow Ice Cream



  • 1 gallon snow
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk


  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency. Serve at once. Serves 8.

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 132 | Total Fat: 1.2g | Cholesterol: 5mg

Recipe by Lil’madSavy, photo- unknown