“YouTube is a place for people to share their ideas. If by people you mean 13 year old girls and by ideas you mean how they love the Jonas Brothers.” – Bo Burnham

Las Vegas Women’s Council’s Tech Tip

August

 

 

Video is free and largely, an untapped market. Why not stand out from your competition?

YouTube has 3 billion visitors a day and a large part of those visitors use it as their default search engine for information. Want to know how to knit or change the oil in your car? There’s a step by step video to teach you how. Why not be where you know there’s a largely untapped audience. Be one of the first to record a video on staging your home or walk through your new listing. There are thousands of ways to implement video into your business plan.

What are you waiting for?

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Buy: Demystifying the Loan

Guest Author: Shayna Muniz

Buying your first home can be an exciting time…but it can also be a little stressful since you might not know where start!  Getting pre-qualified is the first step you should take when considering purchasing a home.  When starting the pre-qualification process, remember that we will need to get a full picture of your financial situation.  To know exactly what your income is and how much debt you have, you will need to provide the following documents: 
-1 month paystubs
-2 years tax returns
-2 months asset statements (this could include bank statements, retirement accounts or investment accounts)
-any additional documents for other types of income
One of the first things we will do is a credit check – this will only be done once and will give us an idea as to where your stand with your monthly debt, credit score and credit history.  If you do not qualify immediately, we can always work with you to in our Credit Counseling stage to help repair your credit and get you to where you need to be in order to qualify.
 
After we review your documents and credit history, we will then be able to determine if you qualify and for how much.  A pre-approval letter will be issued to you and then you’re ready to go house shopping!

Shayna Muniz

Home Mortgage Consultant
NMLSR ID 404765

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage | 3104 N. Rainbow Blvd. | Las Vegas, NV 89108
MAC S3735-011
Tel 702-207-1757 | Cell 805-610-2797 | eFax 866-944-8183

shayna.y.muniz@wellsfargo.com | http//www.wfhm.com/shayna-muniz

#13 Read and finish Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich”

I know it seems a bit weird for an avid reader such as myself to have a book on her 30×30 list. I agree it is a bit out of character. However, this is the one book I’ve never been able to get through. Oh I’ve owned it for years, in fact I own several copies of the book. I keep finding them at used bookstores, garage sales, and thrift shops. Everywhere I look , there’s a copy. So I took it as a sign that I should actually read the book.

There are a lot of great nuggets of information in the book that I’m sure to talk about in future posts. However, a few quotes stood out enough to share now.

“The man who can follow a leader most efficiently, is usually the man who develops into leadership most rapidly. An intelligent follower has many advantages, among them the opportunity to acquire knowledge from his leader.”

This one spoke to me because it’s very fitting for a few things going on in my life at the moment both in my position as a leader and a follower. I forget sometimes that in doing everything myself, I am taking away the opportunity of others to learn. Instead, I must constantly be searching for my replacement knowing that someone is always looking for me to be theirs.

“No alibi will save you from accepting the responsibility if you now fail or refuse to demand riches of life, because the acceptance calls for but on thing – incidentally, the only thing you can control – and that is a state of mind. A state of mind is something that one assumes. It cannot be purchased, it must be created.”

“To be successful, you must find peace of mind, acquire the material needs of life, and above all, attain happiness.”

Ironically, when I attended Eagle Quest this idea of a peaceful life wouldn’t leave my head. Since then I have been taking steps to peace – cleaning out my house, returning borrowed items, finding ways to get rid of worry, even making sure my inbox is cleared out before I go to bed at night. I’m not quite there yet, it’s a work in progress, yet I am feeling better in just these few months.

I could go on and on. Pretty much the whole book is highlighted and dog-eared. I do believe I have found tons of material for future blog posts. Goodbye writer’s block.

“We’ll play “pin the name on the barcode” later.” – Dark Angel

 Yup, that’s me – in a bar code. When James Cameron created Dark Angel, I don’t think he ever really thought humans would one day use bar-codes for identification purposes, but well if you build it and all that.

I know, I know, it’s not technically called a bar-code. It’s a QR (Quick Response) code and they aren’t used to track genetically engineered lifeforms. Actually, they are pretty cool. One quick scan an you have the information received and saved in your phone. No more memorization, pen and paper, or transposing. It’s all there in a matter of seconds.

These codes are popping up everywhere; conventions, business cards, even ice cream. Many real estate agents are using them on their listing flyers or even sign riders. Trulia will even create them free when your listing is posted on their site.

How does it work?

To read a QR Code: First, you need a camera phone. If you don’t have one, get with the 21st century. Second, download a QR reader from your app store, they’re free. Third, follow the directions to scan said code and viola! Information at your fingertips. It really is very easy.

To create a QR Code: Go to any free QR Code creator website. I used Qreate & Track. Input the information you wish to encode and then press the create code button. That’s it. You’re done. Now you can use the code anywhere you wish.

So…what are you waiting for?

To commemorate a past event, you kill and eat an animal. It’s a ritual sacrifice. With pie.” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

When I was a kid, Thanksgiving was a big family affair. My mother’s family would all descend on my grandparents house in Ashfork, Arizona and spend fours days eating, watching football, and arguing. (We’re Italian) My memories of those times are so vivid, I can still smell the food.

However, nothing stays the same. My grandfather died and my parents divorced and those big holiday family gatherings became memories. Sure we tried to keep tradition alive here in Vegas, but the reality is, it’s not the same.  For me, it’s almost more painful to keep going back to reclaim what’s been irrevocably lost.

As a result, Thanksgiving went from being one of my favorite times of the year to one of my most rejuvenating. Every year, I push myself further and further away from the familial festivities to create my own traditions. When I was in college, I worked myself into the ground. (Hello! Overtime and bonus commission.)Then I would go home to my precooked Thanksgiving dinner (thank you Safeway) and enjoy a Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon.

Now, I use the time to work on me. When else do I have four relatively uninterrupted days in a row that are just for me? While everyone is taking the four day weekend to shop and cook; I use it to clean and reflect. This is the time I clean out my closet, my desk, my books, even my email. I tweak my business plan and set my goals for the following year. Oh and I put up my Christmas tree. (A girl’s got to have a little fun.)

I then create a list of everything that must be accomplished in the weeks before Christmas and work like a fiend to get it all done. What doesn’t get finished won’t so it gets forever erased. I buy a new notebook and shift everything from the year to my external hard-drive  so when the holidays are over I’m starting with a clean slate. It’s a jump start. So while everyone else is finding the energy to kick it into gear around the middle of January, I’m ready to go January 2.

As I prepare for my cleaning spree, I realize that this year will be slightly different. This is the final year of my twenties, so all those ten year goals now come into play. This means I really get to kick some tail in 2011!

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke

A year ago, my friends gave me the best birthday gift ever, a Flip Video Camera. (What can I say, my friends are awesome.) Since then I have been spoiled. The Flip is so easy to use, the software comes loaded on the camera, and it’s pretty. I take it with me everywhere, annoying people with it they never know when a video of them singing the Star Spangled Banner in the middle of Disneyland is going to end up on Facebook.

Until Recently, I didn’t realize how spoiled I had become. Two weeks ago I had the idea to video a group of my fellow REALTORS(R) singing Happy Birthday to a colleague. Unfortunately, when the time came to record it, I had left my Flip in the hotel room. Never fear, I had my camera. We recorded the video and all was well. That is until I went to upload the video. You see the Flip has everything you need to upload and edit right in the camera itself. With the built in USB port, I can quickly and easily upload a video while waiting for my Starbucks order to be filled. My Kodak doesn’t. I needed the cord (which I had to find) and then I had to download the video onto the computer, edit and save it, and then, finally, post to Facebook.

The Flip has practical uses as well. With my students, I use it to record them so they can study their sound, facial expressions, and body language. I use it for Women’s Council, recording meetings and testimonials. Most importantly, I use it for my business. Many times I have brought my Flip with me as I preview homes, recording them for out of state clients or buyers who want to “see” the property before writing an offer. Bottom line? In the year since getting my Flip, I have found a thousand ways to use it that not only make me more efficient but are also just plain fun.

Now if only I can get over my aversion to being on video, I might have recorded this blog post.