BACK TO SCHOOL, BACK TO BASICS

School is back in session; tax free weekend is over so now we will see a retail dash for missed school supplies or forgotten articles of clothing.  If there is a new school gadget that the kids are needing I haven’t heard of it.  Schools now have their own wi-fi, and maybe even a library full of tablets for the students to check out.  Education has come a long way from the days of a hand-held chalk board.  Many teachers will have students turn in projects over the internet or have their students access the internet during class.  Computers, smart phones, tablets, we are living in an interesting time, a time where information is at our finger tips but is this preparing future generations for a dramatic fall?

Information overload, the need to get the one right answer, the ability to seek information without interacting with another person.  Let’s be clear, not everything on the internet is true.  We cannot allow our youth to take what they find on the internet at face value.  Students need to continue to consult experts in the field of knowledge…real people not a blog or Facebook articles.   They need to continue to have discussions with their peers, their teachers and their parents.

Lastly and in my opinion most importantly, the students need their parents support.  I am NOT talking about crazy soccer parent support.  I am talking about going back to the basics of human decency, manners, courtesy, respecting everyone’s opinion, everyone’s bubble, etc.  Above all I think that children need to be taught how to be gracious WINNERS again.

When my son was starting high school football my dad told my son, “If you ever get the chance to score a touchdown, act like you have been their before.”  Yes, that pretty much came out of nowhere.  I could see the wheels going in my son’s head, he was thinking past the obvious meaning and starting to understand the deeper meaning.  Winners win because they prepare to win.  Winners don’t win because they berate the other team.  Winners don’t when by cheating.  Winners don’t win because they have the best touchdown celebration.  Winners win because they practice winning.

“I hate to lose more than I love winning. —Jimmy Connors

So, school is back in session.  Be mindful of the school zone and the big yellow school buses picking up and dropping off children.  Be on the lookout for unexpected little bikers that haven’t quite go the hang of riding their bike but are so excited to have the independence to ride to and from school.  It’s going to be a GREAT school year; the weather is slowly getting cooler and football will be here soon.

            If you would like more information about buying, selling or renting real estate Email me at: SCOTT@SCOTTCULBERSON.com.   I look forward to helping you to… LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST Scott Culberson, Broker Associate, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene

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THERE IS ALWAYS TIME TO BE THANKFUL

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In the Gulf Coast Region of Texas it has been a bit of a challenging couple of months.  The destruction from Hurricane Harvey will be felt for years to come.  But there is always time to be Thankful.  Some would say this is the icing on an already challenging year.  Retail is continuing to take a hit due to e-commerce or due to their continued insistence that they understand what their customers want, yet continue to do business as they always have in the past.  Real Estate has not had a bang up year, Harvey aside, due to the slow in the regional economy.  Yep it has slowed and in some cases their have been layoffs and 2018 may bring more.  The talking heads talk about stocks being up here and there but the trickle down to our region hasn’t happened yet, not enough to create a BOOM.  But there is always time to be THANKFUL.

SOOOOO LET’S BE THANKFUL

Thankful that the HOUSTON ASTROS won their First World Series Championship, be thankful that despite their star rookie quarterback getting hurt the Houston Texans have a future to look forward to.  Thankful that Tilman Fertitta kept the ownership of the Houston Rockets local and so far the season is looking good.  Rumor has it he is looking at bringing hockey back to Houston and that would be AWESOME!!!!   Ok, enough about sports, let’s be thankful that we live in a GOD WE TRUST country.  Let’s be thankful that we can worship GOD in our own way.  Let’s be thankful that we have each other and help one another…..

through thick and thin

So I did some research on where this phrase came from and it IS and oldie.  My research found this phrase goes back to the English country side around the late 1300.   This refers to the thick growth of the English countryside that hunters encounter and their strong desire to overcome those obstacles in order to win the prize of the hunt.   The original expression was through thicket and thin wood.   We all know that a thicket is a tightly grown group of trees or brush and thin wood…well that is a forest that has not grown together.  History class dismissed.

Be thankful for your health, the ones you love and the ones that love YOU and make sure you take time to……………….

 

Live Life to the Fullest,

S.C.

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WHAT DOES FOOTBALL SEASON HAVE TO DO WITH REAL ESTATE?

Sport_Football_Ball_Fire_Water_001(0).jpgIt’s not an age old question, but hopefully your interest is peaked.

Once LABOR Day weekend has come in gone you can count on three things:

1) All the schools have started back

2) Football games will be on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at least through Thanksgiving

3) People BELEIVE that real estate comes to a screeching halt.

The first two are true, but the last, well it….that is up to you.

 

One of great things about football is that no matter if you are the spectator or the participant, you understand the goal of the game.  Down to it’s most basic points (pun intended) SCORE MORE POINTS THAN THE OTHER GUYS.  To reach this  goal in football you have to reset the goal every time you take possession of the ball.  “We have the ball now, WE need to score a goal and we have four chances to do it in.”   Each time the team takes possession of the football they have a fresh set of four chances…..four chances to move the ball into the end zone….to score a goal……to earn more points than the other guys.  It is fun to see this come together on the football field.  Their are many different things that could get in your way, the biggest of which is that pesky other team.  The real work of the football game comes way before the pads are strapped on or the field is painted or the scoreboard turned on.  The real work comes from the commitment to work for the better of the team.  This is where the team sets it’s long term and short term goals

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This is where we break for a moment into real estate.  You goals in real estate are not to score more points, but are to have a home in a community that you feel safe in….to have a home that meets your needs, but how do you get to this point?  Just like in football it starts with a COMMITMENT to work for the better of the team, which in Real Estate we also call your family.  Following your Real Estate Dreams start with a dream and understanding how to get to that dream.  The football players, may be talented and very skilled, but it is the coach that harnesses their ability and streamlines it into a working machine.  The same true with your REALTOR….he is part of your team, but he’s more like a player coach, remember those….back in the day.  These player coaches brought the experience of the game to life by being an active participant IN the game.  This my friend is what you want in your REALTOR, someone that will help you with your game plan, your drills (home searches), your game day preparation (contract writing).  Your REALTOR is the person that we help keep you grounded when you try to stray from your long term goals.

Now on the Real Estate Listing side it’s the same, but more aspects are added.  You have a home that you want to sell for the most amount of money.  Your home is “ON DISPLAY” for the world to see.  Water the yard, stage the home…..you home needs to be show ready, period end of sentence.   That is what it takes to sell your home for top dollar.  So the coach lays out the game plan, the REALTOR lays out the marketing plan.  The team runs a plan the home gets a showing.  The more plays the team runs the more likely they are to score a goal.  The more times your home is shown the more likely it is to receive a contract.  

“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. 

Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.” —John Ruskin

So does football season have anything to do with Real Estate?  Well I personally think the FALL is a great time to buy or sell Real Estate.  What a great feeling to have a house warming party during the HOLIDAYS.  I’ve experienced this first hand with my clients and WOW!!!…it really makes the Holidays come alive.  So what are your REAL ESTATE GOALS?  Long term—Super Bowl Champions, retirement, home on acreage?  Short term—win the game this week, buy a home in a solid neighborhood that has the potential to keep or increase it’s value.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!

Oh contact me with your mailing address and I’ll mail you a 2011 Houston Texans Calendar, supplies are limited.  And let me know how I can help YOU to……….

Live Life to the Fullest,

S.C.

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