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Posts by Nicole Mangina

Remember That Boss You Didn’t Want?

Let’s be honest, if we wanted to answer to someone on a regular basis and constantly be told what to do, we wouldn’t be in real estate. Regular accountability – someone telling us what to do and consequences for when we don’t. Who wants that? It’s the blessing and the curse of running your own…

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What Happens When You Compete for Clients?

Even with a referral based business, potential clients interview multiple agents about 50% of the time. I recently competed for a listing and then for a buyer. In both cases it was interesting to notice my thoughts and emotions as I went through the process. Usually competing doesn’t phase me, but I found doubt starting…

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Making Decisions a Daily Habit – Know Your Process

In keeping with last week’s – lessons learned from our remodel – today’s topic is decision making. (We are almost there!) More importantly YOUR decision making process, identifying it, owning it and trusting it. Picking paint and carpet before listing a property is easy. Putting together paint, counter tops, a back splash, cabinet pulls, faucets,…

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It’s Okay To Want Something Different

I posted this picture a few weeks ago before embarking on a kitchen remodel, and the comments amazed me. Many asked why we were changing something that already looked pretty good. I have to admit second guessing myself a bit as well. Once the clutter was cleared off the counter, it didn’t look that bad.…

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Whose In Your Corner?

We’ve been in Cooperstown, New York for the last week while Ryan played a baseball tournament. We watched baseball, visited the Hall of Fame and checked out the beautiful countryside and small towns. The week has been filled with so many memories, one of which was Ryan hitting his first over the fence home run…

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Choice Changes Everything

“Choice is the greatest power in the Universe, and it’s all yours.”John Patrick Hickey Can you believe it’s August already? When I wrote about deciding what to press pause on this summer I hadn’t intended it to be the blog. Blame it on Mercury Retrograde, the baseball schedule, or who knows that else, but it’s…

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Let It Be Easy

Today is the first official day of summer, and Ryan’s first day of vacation. Things feel different already. During the school year everything is pretty regimented. The schedule is dictated by external factors such as work, school, homework, sports, etc. Getting anything done is about “fitting it in” or “making it happen”. On the one…

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Summer’s Here – What’s Your Plan?

School vacation starts next week – are you ready? There are so many things to love about summer – the kids are around more, the days are longer and everything seems a little more laid back. It all sounds good right now, but sometimes the ‘vision’ of what summer vacation can be and the ‘reality’…

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What If Your Seller Can’t Afford To Stage?

This question has been coming up lately during the Seller Conversation class. Thanks to HGTV, everyone knows what staging is and the value it provides. But staging can mean anything from decluttering to a full house renovation, all in the name of helping the seller increase their sales price. My pre listing checklist has about…

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