3 PILLARS OF BUSINESS GREATNESS
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What are your 2019 goals? Get more referrals? Grow your team? Increase your sales?
Achieving and maintaining a competitive edge is vital to the long-term success and relevancy of any business. While every organization is unique, yours has the ability to achieve greater results by focusing on the right combination of key factors – what we call The 3 Pillars of BUSINESS GREATNESS.
These pillars provide business leaders with the Shared Languages required for predictable and profitable growth. Position yourself and your team for success by mastering the higher art of leadership, the aviation skills of strategic planning, and the combustible power of selling.
You’re not alone if you are unhappy with your credit score. While increasing your credit score can seem difficult, it is easier than you think.
Why increasing your credit score matters?
Before learning how to improve your credit score it is important to understand why you should. Your credit score is one of the most important factors when it comes to your personal finances. A high credit score will help you qualify for lower rates on loans, credit cards that offer more favorable terms, better insurance rates, and a long list of other financial benefits.
A person’s credit score or FICO score is based on their payment history record and credit utilization ratio. FICO scores can range from 300 – 850, with 300 being extremely poor and 850 being nearly impossible to. The average credit score for Americans in 2017 was 704, which is considered good, but a score of 740 can significantly improve the home or car loan rates and credit card terms you can potentially qualify for.
How is a credit score calculated?
In a FICO scoring model, 35% of the credit score weight comes from payment history, 30% from credit utilization, and the other 35% from credit age, different types of credit, and number of inquiries. Carrying high balances on credit cards or simply having multiple credit cards in your name, along with many other factors – both positive and negative – can increase or decrease your credit score.
It’s a term we hear and see frequently – we see reference to it in the Sunday real estate section, in advertisements and in conversations with real estate brokers. If you’ve purchased a home before, you’re probably familiar with the benefits and procedures of title insurance. But if this is your first home, you may wonder, “Why do I need another insurance policy? It’s just one more bill to pay.”
The answer is simple: The purchase of a home is most likely one of the most expensive and important purchases you will ever make. You, and your mortgage lender, want to make sure that the property is indeed yours – lock, stock and barrel – and that no individual or government entity has any right, lien, claim to your property.
YOU have the RIGHT to choose your own Title Company!
Because GCS Title is independently owned and locally operated, we have no ties to realtors or lenders, and no vested interest in transactions. We are not owned by lenders or realtors, and we serve our customers. (more…)
2017 was a very strong year for home remodeling, and it looks like 2018 will be even bigger. In fact, according a report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, 2018 could be a record year for home renovations.
If you’re planning to sell your home this year, or just want to make some needed upgrades, 2018 is the year to do so. While kitchen and bathroom remodeling will always top the list of projects homeowners want to do first, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on what else is trending. These projects can really make your home stand out from the rest. Here are a few (and more) hot home remodeling trends in 2018:
- Accessibility Remodeling
- Master Bedroom Suites
- Mudroom Additions
- Eco-friendly Remodeling Materials
- Luxury Finished Basements
Your Listings on Zillow: How to Triple Your Views & Capture More Leads
While a great profile can be a powerful (and free) lead magnet, there is another even more powerful way to generate leads on Zillow: your listings. After all, the entire reason Zillow exists is to allow homebuyers to browse homes for sale. (more…)
Home is where the heart is, but do you know the definition of family? Apparently, it’s whatever we think it is – and the government, businesses and marketers are officially recognizing six different family types. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies families as: Traditional, multi-generational, single-parent, same sex, blended, older parent with young children and boomerang (families where adult children have returned home). When it comes to real estate, we need to think about how to help, serve and talk to these groups. At GCS Title, we partner with our Realtor and Loan Officer colleagues to help promote homeownership. These new officially-recognized family units all have different needs – that’s why I reach out to the public, even though title is really more of a like a “wholesale” aspect of a real estate transaction compared to Realtors and lenders being the “retail” parts. At GCS, we’ll answer any questions you have about buying or selling and help connect you with Realtors and Loan Officers who can address your specific needs.
~Charlie Lawson, GCS Title