Thursday, December 18, 2014

The most important moments of the day ???

brokerbeat New Canaan edited & reblogged ENTREPRENEUR


The 20 minutes you commit to PLANNING.

You're thinking “Planning?” with a MAJOR frown, for sure.

For some people it's a dreaded word, but don't worry. I'm not talking about writing a business plan or setting annual goals. I'm simply talking about dedicating 20 minutes to prioritizing and organizing your day.

The 20 minutes you spend today can save hours tomorrow and turn a good day into a great day. 

Everyone knows that the most valuable resource entrepreneurs have is time. So stop giving it away to people and spending it on activities you don't care about. People say if only there were more hours in the day, they could get everything done. But what about those two hours spent watching The Bachelor? Or that hour-long meeting with a vendor trying to sell you something that you know you aren't going to buy? Been there? I know I have.

It's crucial that entrepreneurs protect their time like the Night's Watch guards the wall in the Game of Thrones. This means declining interesting opportunities. This means choosing one person over another to schedule that long meeting with. This means saying no without worrying about hurting someone's feelings. This means realizing that saying no today allows you to say yes tomorrow to something that means more. 

A suggested daily plan - it's a daily routine that will become a programmed habit. The process is simple: 

Write down the eight goals you want to accomplish that day. Figure that if you can’t get eight things done in an eight-hour day, then you're doing the wrong things. Six of those goals should be professional and two personal [personal goals include things like going for a run or having a night out with friends or family]. 

The next morning, check off the goals accomplished, see how you did, reassess and then create a new list for the day.

On Saturdays, flip the ratio and set six personal goals and two professional goals, which may be as simple as paying the bills. This is an effort to encourage weekend fun and discourage weekend work.

On Sundays, there is no list making. One needs time to rest and a day free of lists.

Committing 20 minutes a day (sometimes less) to setting daily goals and organizing priorities will be very beneficial to your work, personal life, and overall health and well-being.

The "8 for the Day" exercise is something that works, but there are other great tactics for planning your day. Some people suggest writing three to five things down and then choosing one task to commit time to completing. Others choose the most important, 'need-to-do' thing and complete that. Choose or create a system that works for you.
The point is not when you plan your day, just that you do it. Many like to start their day with dedicated time to focus on and visualize how the day will unfold, and what they can do to make it successful. I like to spend the last 20 minutes before going to bed thinking about tomorrow and making a game plan.

You choose your most important 20 minutes of your day. The question is, How will you spend them? 
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My digital Listings lookBOOK of 
distinctive New Canaan properties is currently
 under revision, to return later this week.

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We offer each and everyone of our clients
EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Regi van der Heyden, with William Raveis Real Estate, is consistently both a Top Listing and Top Selling Agent.  To access the MLS, receive a free home evaluation, and/or subscribe to daily home listings updates, email regivanderheyden@gmail.com or call/text at 203.644.5025  .  To receive brokerBeat BLOG  posts, enter your email address in the subscription bar to the right of this page, and click 'submit' -  then, automatically  find daily posts in your email as they publish - EASY !!!    My best always    &:>

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SF RES . MARKET STATISTICS | 12.07.14 - 12.13.14, Week-Over-Week



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My digital Listings lookBOOK of 
distinctive New Canaan properties is currently
 under revision, to return later this week.

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We offer each and everyone of our clients
EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Regi van der Heyden, with William Raveis Real Estate, is consistently both a Top Listing and Top Selling Agent.  To access the MLS, receive a free home evaluation, and/or subscribe to daily home listings updates, email regivanderheyden@gmail.com or call/text at 203.644.5025  .  To receive brokerBeat BLOG  posts, enter your email address in the subscription bar to the right of this page, and click 'submit' -  then, automatically  find daily posts in your email as they publish - EASY !!!    My best always    &:>

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BACK TO ...




... with continued commitment to full service residential real estate sales,
representing both buyers and sellers. I provide excellence within all
aspects of the New Canaan real estate marketplace and in the surrounding
areas including Darien, Rowayton, Westport/Weston, Wilton and Greenwich.

Regi van der Heyden | 203.644.5025

EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

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My digital Listings lookBOOK of 
distinctive New Canaan properties is currently
 under revision, to return later this week.

 .   .   .


We offer each and everyone of our clients
EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Regi van der Heyden, with William Raveis Real Estate, is consistently both a Top Listing and Top Selling Agent.  To access the MLS, receive a free home evaluation, and/or subscribe to daily home listings updates, email regivanderheyden@gmail.com or call/text at 203.644.5025  .  To receive brokerBeat BLOG  posts, enter your email address in the subscription bar to the right of this page, and click 'submit' -  then, automatically  find daily posts in your email as they publish - EASY !!!    My best always    &:>

Thursday, December 11, 2014

You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these 9 mobile apps

brokerbeat edited and reblogged INMAN
posted by Regina van der Heyden




Mobile has become indispensable to real estate
(& to many, mnay other industries as well)

We’re not going mobile anymore, we have gone mobile. And that’s a good thing! It means you can (and should) set up your business so you can manage it on the go. Doing so gives most clients exactly what they want: the ability to do business anywhere at any time. Mobility makes life easier for your clients, but it also makes life easier for you. Here’s how:

Transform paper into PDFs

Too much paperwork is a huge problem in any business. Keeping it organized and/or keeping it from getting lost can often be a major feat. Going paperless is the solution, but sometimes we find ourselves receiving important paperwork with a scanner that is miles away.

So what do you do? My answer is to take a picture of each document as soon as I get it and scan it into my mobile device as a PDF. Here are three apps that can help you do that:
     DocScan: With with this app you can crop and straighten your pictures, enhance your documents and group pages together for easy-to-use PDFs. All documents are shareable and exportable to Dropbox, Evernote and GoogleDocs. / Cost: Free, Available for iOS and Android.
     Prizmo: A cool app that lets you identify what kind of document you’re scanning – text, business card or image – and then groups them accordingly. It also has text-to-speech editing in 26 different languages. / Cost: $9.99, Available for iOS.
     Scanner Pro: Very highly rated by The New York Times, this app also allows you to scan documents and easily share them. Using your built-in iOS camera, the app will recognize shadows and other visual defects and correct them. / Cost: $6.99, Available for iOS and Android.

Upgrade your to-do list

We all have our disorganized moments and it’s easy for them to become more frequent when we’re doing our job on the go, but luckily, there’s a solution.

When it comes to keeping ourselves in control of our work, task management is essential. I’m a fan of the good old-fashioned to-do list. Keeping a running tally of everything you have to do within each transaction during the course of your day can help you stay on track. But, a list of tasks is just one more piece of paper to get in the way.

Next up on my to-do list is to make my list digital. These three apps can help:
     Any.do: Use this app on your computer and on your phone to take advantage of seamless cloud sync, speech recognition, and time and location reminders. Stay tuned for the soon-to-come email and memo functions. / Cost: Free, Available for: iOS and Android.
     Todoist: With this app you can share projects, assign tasks and collaborate with anyone else using the app. You can also track your productivity trends and access your tasks even when you’re offline. / Cost: Free, Available for iOS, Android and Windows.
     Wunderlist: This app also lets you collaborate with family, friends or colleagues and makes it easy to share and delegate tasks. You can attach photos, PDFs and projects to any task. / Cost: Free, Available for iOS, Android and Windows.

Ensure clear communication

Do you often feel out of the loop? It can be very frustrating, especially when it comes to business.

So, to eliminate any nail-biting moments, I make sure to stay on top of everything happening in my business. For me, that means ensuring clear communication amongst everyone in the company.

When it comes to transaction management and inter-office communication, these are the apps I turn to:
     dotloop: The leading transaction management software, dotloop, is available through a mobile app with the ability to create loops, assign documents for signatures, and manage transaction progress. You can collaborate with anyone you add to a loop. / Cost: Free, Available for iOS.
     Tibbr: Tibbr is a social network for work. Post questions, updates or integrate with your other apps to collaborate on work. If you have a question for the team – don’t call or text them all. Just post it to Tibbr and start a conversation. / Cost: Free, Available for iOS, Android and Windows.
     Join.me: Start or join an online meeting no matter where you are with Join.me. You can share your screen, talk using VoIP, chat with participants at once or individually and easily store files shared during a meeting. / Cost: Free, Available for iOS, Android and Windows.

We’ve come a long way

We’ve come a long way since mobile phones were actually phones attached to our vehicles. We are a fully mobile nation, and as a result, nearly every business is heading towards being a fully mobile industry. It’s time to embrace the technology available to us and, trust me, once you find the mobile apps that fit your needs, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

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My digital Listings lookBOOK of 
distinctive New Canaan properties is currently
 under revision, to return shortly.

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We offer each and everyone of our clients
EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Regi van der Heyden, with William Pitt | Sotheby's International Realty, is consistently both a Top Listing and Top Selling Agent.  To access the MLS, receive a free home evaluation, and/or subscribe to daily home listings updates, email regivanderheyden@gmail.com or call/text at 203.644.5025  .  To receive brokerBeat BLOG  posts, enter your email address in the subscription bar to the right of this page, and click 'submit' -  then, automatically  find daily posts in your email as they publish - EASY !!!    My best always    &:>

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We've Moved & We're Back & We're Here to Help &:>

Please forgive the 'radio silence' these past several days ... "Moving" to a new firm is not always easy, nor always expedient, but  I am happily and fully entrenched in the Sotheby's New Canaan office - it's a very good thing !!! - and, my blog posts will now continue regularly ...

Following find the numbers for last week's activity ... inventory is low & yet buyer traffic is picking up, despite the season. Perhaps, if you are thinking of selling, now might be the right time to explore the opportunities this market presents ... please know that I would be delighted to help   &:>

Wishing you the best of the season, Regina/203.644.5025

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My digital Listings lookBOOK of 
distinctive New Canaan properties is currently
 under revision, to return shortly.

 .   .   .


We offer each and everyone of our clients
EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Regi van der Heyden, with William Pitt | Sotheby's International Realty, is consistently both a Top Listing and Top Selling Agent.  To access the MLS, receive a free home evaluation, and/or subscribe to daily home listings updates, email regivanderheyden@gmail.com or call/text at 203.644.5025  .  To receive brokerBeat BLOG  posts, enter your email address in the subscription bar to the right of this page, and click 'submit' -  then, automatically  find daily posts in your email as they publish - EASY !!!    My best always    &:>

Friday, December 5, 2014

VIDEO | Sotheby's Marketing Strategy ... WOW !!!





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My digitaListings lookBOOK of 
distinctive New Canaan properties is currently
 under revision, to return shortly.
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We offer each and everyone of our clients
EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Regi van der Heyden, with William Pitt | Sotheby's International Realty, is consistently both a Top Listing and Top Selling Agent.  To access the MLS, receive a free home evaluation, and/or subscribe to daily home listings updates, email regivanderheyden@gmail.com or call/text at 203.644.5025  .  To receive brokerBeat BLOG  posts, enter your email address in the subscription bar to the right of this page, and click 'submit' -  then, automatically  find daily posts in your email as they publish - EASY !!!    My best always    &:>

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Change is GOOD, indeed !!!


I am delighted to share with my clients, friends & readers, 

the exciting 'news' that I have just recently joined the New Canaan office of

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At Sotheby's, extraordinary marketing efforts artfully unite extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives ... 

Extensive Online Promotion | With nine out of ten buyers beginning their real estate search online, the plan to sell your home must utilize extensive Internet exposure. Our approach includes websites far beyond williampitt.com and sothebysrealty.com in an effort to target buyers on the web. Our listing distribution partners represent the leading websites where consumers search for real estate locally, nationally and globally.  

Dynamic Interactive Marketing | William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty offers a broad range of interactive marketing opportunities designed to maximize exposure through a variety of platforms – mobile, email marketing, social media and more. All intended to immediately connect qualified consumers to your home.

Powerful Media Partnerships Engaging, interactive and accessible, our media strategy is designed to deliver over one billion impressions worldwide in order to optimize Sotheby’s International Realty brand awareness and direct qualified leads to our sales associates including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, BBC, The Telegraph, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Country Life, and both Banner & Skybox Advertising.

Targeted Print Advertising | To market a luxury home most successfully, William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty provides an array of unique and individualized print advertising options through impactful media channels that maximize our listing exposure and brand awareness globally.

As you can see 'William Pitt | Sotheby's International Realty' provides me with all of the tools necessary to offer my clients the very best in real estate marketing. Coupled with twenty years of a top-notch level of expertise and the concierge-style assistance that I provide to both home buyers and sellers, we have a winning combination. Agent and firm, who together, are dedicated to making your real estate experience seamless !!!

Please call me to learn more about how I can help you successfully reach your real estate goals ... with my best always, 

Regina ... bringing real estate to Life.




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My digitaListings lookBOOK of 
distinctive New Canaan properties is currently
 under revision, to return shortly.
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We offer each and everyone of our clients
EXCEPTIONAL LISTINGS . EXCLUSIVE SERVICE . EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS

Regi van der Heyden, with William Pitt | Sotheby's International Realty, is consistently both a Top Listing and Top Selling Agent.  To access the MLS, receive a free home evaluation, and/or subscribe to daily home listings updates, email regivanderheyden@gmail.com or call/text at 203.644.5025  .  To receive brokerBeat BLOG  posts, enter your email address in the subscription bar to the right of this page, and click 'submit' -  then, automatically  find daily posts in your email as they publish - EASY !!!    My best always    &:>