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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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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The Hearts of Champions Burn Bright at Magnolia West

The Magnolia West High School football team in their 3rd year as a Varsity program showed District 18-4A they will be a team to be dealt with…every year.  They stampeded into the playoffs for the first time.  What a first playoff appearance they had.  The flashy west coast offense of Willis thought they had their players healed and adjustments made only to find that the FIRE of the Mustangs would not go quietly.  When the dust had settled the Mustangs were on the short end of a 46-45 final score.  The blazing determination of the mustangs will surely carry over to 2011-2012 campaign.  Light ‘em up Mustangs next years gonna be even more fun.  District 18-4A the Mustangs of Magnolia West are for real…just wait till next year.