Holy November!

Who said the market was down and out???  According to this article, November was a great month of getting homes under contract.  In fact, it was the highest it has been in over a year. 

Here's to putting a lot of homes under contract in 2012!


Twenty Eleven - The Year of Pricey Home Sales!

While browsing on Yahoo, I came across this article about the priciest home sales in 2011.

Which one is your favorite???  Mine is most definitely, #9.  It just looks so enchanting and luxurious!

Here's to one day living there!  (A girl can dream) :)

Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!

Besides my birthday, Christmas is my favorite day of the year.  I get to spend it with all of the people I love.  I love seeing their faces when they tear open those presents.  Most of the time, presents they already knew they were getting! For the first time in years, I had my Christmas shopping complete 
except for the good ol' bossman of mine. 

What to buy the man that has everything a.k.a. Zachary???  Who knew buying a Christmas gift could be so hard.  I asked several people in the office what they thought I should buy him.  Some said bake him a cake.  Some said buy him something nice.  I wanted to do both!  But, the only thing I heard him talk about is an iPad case from J Crew.  So when it came down to it, I decided I would bake him a homemade red velvet cake and get him the iPad case.  Easy enough right?!? WRONG! 

After that, there were two major problems: (1) The iPad case he wanted was not available in any NC stores and, (2) The cake layers stuck to the pans.  Could it get any worse.  With no time to make another cake and no time to wait on a shipment, I had to be clever!  I made the cake look as decent as possible.  And I got him a giftcard to J.Crew so he could get the case himself.  Funny Side note, on the Friday before I was planning to give it to him, he was talking about someone else and mentioned that he HATES giftcards. (OH SH*T) I know my face was priceless.

In the end he loved them both, or so it seemed!  I think anything from the heart will always be appreciated and loved.  Below is a picture of the finished product! (A hott mess I know)

Here's to a Merry Christmas to all!!!!


Top Producing

Last week we had a huge Top Producer Training in the office.  It was amazing to see the turn out of agents.  That's one thing I can say about my co-workers, they are very driven individuals.  They all want "to cap"!  I would say that the training was very successful.  I think everyone learned a lot and are eager to get started.  I would be willing to bet that each agent's business will increase dramatically from using Top Producer consistently. 

If you are a new agent or an experienced agent, I would strongly suggest using Top Producer has your contact management company.  It is great.  It keeps you on top of all of your activities and it also gives you the freedom to create your own listing and closing plans. 

Here's to Zach hitting 10 million next year with the help of Top Producer!


Twenty Twelve

With the year of 2011 coming to an end, I have started pondering on what my personal and work goals will be for the year to come.  I have written them down and I am putting them on here so that this time next year we can see how well I did!

The List from Kevin looked like this...

What is a Key Outcome for each area in 2012:

(1) Significant Other: N/A [Nam feels it should be "Find One" - I slightly agree with him]

(2) Family:  Build better, stronger realtionships with family members.

(3) Physical:  Start working out at least 3 times a week.

(4) Social Life:  Continue my "Girls Night/Supper Club" twice a month.

(5) Education:  Devote more time to Grad School.  And use my time wisely and productively. 

(6) Recreation: BLANK

(7) Financial:  Continue on my strict budget and save as much as possible.

(8) Spiritual:  Start attending Hope Community Church.  Afterall it is a 10 minute walk from my house.

I think it is very important to have goals...what else keeps you in line?  I also think it is important to surround yourself with people who are going to support you and your goals. 

Here's to being better in 2012!


Taking a Bite Out of the Apple!

So as you already know, Zach was kind enough to buy me the new iPhone 4S.  It came in the mail yesterday and I really don't even know what to do with myself.  I am so excited and overwhelmed at the same time.  I am so used to my crackberry but I am so anxious to learn all about my new iPhone. 

The phone itself is like a work of art.  Truly BEAUTIFUL!  I can't even describe it.  Just look at the difference.  The blackberry has nothing on it!  My first bite of the apple has me wanting more! :)

I am really just so lucky!

Here's to my next bite...the iPad!


Rushing to the Summit!

By now, I think we all can agree that I work at one of the coolest places on earth.  Between the people, the technology, etc.  It really just doesn't feel like work.  Well, Friday it got even cooler!

Go Realty prides itself on technology advancement and Friday we shared our enthusiasm and knowledge with others.  The Great Minds of Jim Garman and Kevin Woody got a brillant idea of holding an iPad Summit for anyone and everyone.  Even those like me that don't own an iPad. 

We had a few Sherpas come and share their knowledge and tricks.  It was an amazing event and I learned so much.  We had around 60 people come from Go and other real estate companies. 

Things like this are why I love Go Realty.  We love learning from each other.  Once I get my iPad, I will be one high tech nerd!  You won't be able to tell me anything!  :)

And if you were unable to make it, subscribe to the iPad Summit blog.  It will be updated with information from the Summit as well as other tips and tricks. 

Here's to sharing knowledge and having fun!


Angel Appreciation

Zach has decided to do his own version of Go90X in the month of December.  What is Go90X you ask?!!?  It is Go real estate version of P90X.  Unknown to me, the first day of Go90X is "Angel Appreciation."  So how did Zach show his appreciation for me???  Let me tell you the cute funny story!

Last Tuesday night he texted me saying that he wanted to get Special Agent Lisa a gift for her hard work.  I got excited because I LOVE giving gifts.  He asked me what I thought we could get her.  He followed that with "I know she has a sick addiction to handbags, but I can't do that!"  I said well, she has been talking about getting a new iPhone case.  His response was simply a smiley face. 

The next day he asked me if I wanted to go with him to get the gift.  I said "Yeah."  What girl doesn't love to shop! We head to Southpoint for lunch and a little gift shopping.  We grub a little and head to the Apple Store.  For some reason, Zach was persistent on talking to someone in the Business Department.  I wasn't really that sure why he wanted to talk to someone for an iPhone Case but I said to myself "Hey if you can save 5 or 10%, why not!"  THEN...I heard those FABULOUS words "Today we are getting Candace an iPhone."  WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It has been FOUR days and I am still cheesing!  I can't wait to use Siri!

While everyone always jokes about everything that I do for Zach and how lucky he is to have me, I think I am the lucky one.  I couldn't ask for a better person to work for.  He truly is the best!

Here's to topping that for Boss Appreciation!  At least I will try!


Happy December!

I have slacked a little and haven't written a new post in a couple of weeks.  Since it is the 1st of December, I thought I would relate this post to the holiday season.

25 Reason Why I Love Go Realty 

1. The furniture and design are so cool.

2. Everyone is free to be themselves.

3. There is NO dress code.

4. Uncle Jimmy is so anal.  I Love It!

5. Knowtorious D.A.D. is so nice.

6. Christine is quite possibly the best stripper I have ever seen!

7. The office is located right next to Starbucks!!

8. We believe in each other.

9. We believe in our clients.

10. Go Gives Back.

11. The look on people's faces when they walk-in thinking its Starbucks.

12.  I get to people watch through the large windows.

13.  I get to yell "Happy Birthday" everytime someone walks in the door.

14. We have a 70 inch iPad a.k.a TV.

15. Zach Schabot, period.

16. We share an office with the cool Garman Homes folks.

17. We believe in being better.

18. We all are positive and happy.

19. No one has their own office.  We sit together, we learn together, we grow together.

20. We listen to Pandora all day.

21.  I get to sing all day - I still can't believe they put up with it!

22. We have Zumba classes. :)

23. We had a "Go Reality Show."

24. Happy Hour is always a blast!

25. We have the best angels around, Lisa, Kristi, and Jenn [bad angel].

Here's to a great working environment and the best coworkers around!