December 2009 Blog Posts (29)

Boosting Holiday Sales – 5 Mistakes to Avoid

The holiday season has arrived, and you still don’t have a marketing plan to reach out to new or existing customers. Wondering why the same holidays seem to sneak up on us every single year? As we try to prepare ourselves for own family, shopping, gift giving and travel, it’s no wonder we often forget about our businesses marketing during all the holiday chaos.

It’s quite common for business owners to freeze their marketing efforts over the holiday season with the notion that they’re… Continue

Added by Bert Martinez on December 31, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

The Houston Office Market 2009 "A Look Back"

As 2009 comes to a close, in what was a challenging year for everyone in the commercial real estate industry. Those of us involved in the Houston office market; Landlords, Leasing Professionals and Investment Brokers had very little to gloat about, but looking around the country it could have been much worse. 2009 was a year of new perspective, a year where as a broker you were grateful to have a few deals to work on. Here is a look back at the top stories and trends that developed in the… Continue

Added by Coy Davidson on December 28, 2009 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Music Recommends: Need to be Next To You by Leigh Nash

There will be a time, especially in girl’s life, that when it comes to entering a relationship self denial is definitely present. For the 2000 film Bounce, Leigh Nash of Sixpense none the richer sang the theme song Need to be next to you.

Perfect for the mending hearts and those that wishes to love again (and also for those who can’t seem to get over past loves that hinders their bloom for another—geez!!!) Leigh Nash’s song, plus the movie, is a good treat.

It may be last… Continue

Added by Jolene A. Sidwell on December 27, 2009 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Top 10 Houston Blogs - As I See it

Off the Kuff

A Progressive political blog.

Latest Posts:

* Judicial Q&A: Cheryl Harris Diggs

* Precinct Analysis, District Council

* Here Come the Gay Tourists

* Bellaire Bans Texting While Driving

* RIP, Laff Stop

Hair Balls

Houston Press Spin-Off.… Continue

Added by Robert S. "Bob" Lowery on December 24, 2009 at 1:37pm — No Comments

If You're Truly and Animal Lover . . .

Please join our group. We need all the support and brain power we can muster.

'Houston Area Animal Lovers Rescue'

Added by Eric S. Griesel on December 22, 2009 at 4:26pm — 4 Comments

Leaders Are Developed; Not Hired

In my practice, I encourage organizations to always have the successors identified for each senior position within the company. Although most agree with the need for succession planning, it is too often given too low of a priority to make it happen.


Added by Gregg Stocker on December 19, 2009 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Tips For Buying a Home!

Buying a Home

Buying a home is probably the biggest investment you will make, with long-term financial ramifications. It calls for many informed decisions and for good advice from a real estate professional. When buying a home, you can learn from the knowledge and skill of a Real Estate Agent.

What can Real Estate Agents do to help you buy the right home for you?

They will help you determine how much home you can actually afford. Often, they can suggest additional… Continue

Added by Rod Watson on December 17, 2009 at 11:51pm — 1 Comment

Expanded Tax Credit is Good News!

Expanded Tax Credit is Good News for First Time and Repeat Home Buyers Alike!

Home sellers and potential buyers nationwide welcomed the recent news that Congress had decided to extend and greatly expand the Home Buyer's tax credit in an attempt to further stimulate the economy. Not only does the new legislation extend the existing first time buyer's credit until mid-next year, but it also creates a tax credit for qualified repeat buyers. The change in legislation will relieve home… Continue

Added by Rod Watson on December 17, 2009 at 11:49pm — No Comments

IRS Sets New Rules for Tax Credit!

IRS Sets New Rules for Tax Credit

The IRS has spelled out guidelines for eligibility for the home buyer credit when co-borrowers purchase a property.

When a home-owning parent of an adult child co-signs for a mortgage and both names appear on the note, the IRS says that under some circumstances, the first-time home buyer can qualify for the whole amount.

The IRS says the parent doesn’t qualify for any portion of the credit, but if the child hasn’t… Continue

Added by Rod Watson on December 17, 2009 at 11:48pm — No Comments

What is an REO?

Houston, TX real estate bank owned or REO is a property owned by a lender, which is usually a bank, after an unsuccessful sale at a foreclosure auction.

Most often a lender will ...

Set the opening bid at a foreclosure auction for at least the outstanding loan amount. (If there are no bidders that are interested, then the bank will legally ...

repossess the property.) As soon as the bank repossesses the property, it is listed on their books as REO - Real Estate Owned - and… Continue

Added by Rod Watson on December 17, 2009 at 11:47pm — No Comments

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Find Out What Your Home Is Worth!

What's My Home Worth?

­FREE Comparative Market Analysis for Houston AreaSellers


The correct selling price of a home is the highest price that the market will bear. To assist you in determining the correct asking price we provide you with a comprehensive market analysis of comparable properties sold and offered… Continue

Added by Rod Watson on December 17, 2009 at 11:45pm — No Comments

4 Reasons Why Online Home Buyers should consider using a Realtor!

4 Reasons Why Online Home Buyers should consider using a Realtor!

Home shopping online has become a mainstream way for the public. But going shopping alone - without the help of a professional - can become a huge handicap for home buyers.

Here are four reasons why home-shoppers need the help of a real estate professional.

Searching only online means shoppers can miss some of the best alternatives. Shoppers who limit themselves to only looking at real estate Web… Continue

Added by Rod Watson on December 17, 2009 at 11:42pm — No Comments

Need to sell, Behind on Your Mortgage Payments, Facing Foreclosure? You Have Options!

A Short Sale Is One!

The Short Sale

Did you know that there are actually options available to you should you find yourself in the situation where you owe more than your home is worth, and you can't afford your mortgage payments?

Foreclosure is something that many people think can never happen to them. The reality is it can happen to anyone. There are many reasons that may leave us facing foreclosure:

Rising Interest… Continue

Added by Rod Watson on December 17, 2009 at 11:41pm — No Comments


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Join today!

Added by Veronica Bush on December 17, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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2010 Vision

Your Visions Should Be So Real You Can Touch Them!

Many of us are visual in nature. That simply means we learn more from the visual than from the listening. Here are some tips to help each of us to Focus Our Vision* ...


Your visions should be so real you can touch them, and write them down. Live as if what will be already is! Have you tried using a "Dream Board" for a tremendous visual… Continue

Added by Joe Stiles on December 17, 2009 at 1:57pm — No Comments

5 Negotiable Items in your Office Lease - Part 2 of 2

In my previous article, 5 Negotiable Items in your Office Lease, I explored items of negotiation in your office lease. While the typical office lease that our tenant representation group comes across is approximately 40 pages, with 5-10 exhibits, there are hundreds of negotiable items in a lease. At the very least you have some basics here - when you plan an office move. Believe me when I tell you that office leases are evolving to heavily favor landlords, especially those that are in the red.… Continue

Added by Robert S. "Bob" Lowery on December 16, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tiger Woods has tipped the Corporate $$$ Boat

Tiger Woods has gone from the sixth most valuable endorser to 24th since his November 29th car crash which, coincidentally, was the last time he appeared in any corporate advertisements. Accenture is the first corporate sponsor to officially part company with the golfer. Gillette announced that it is pulling its Tiger advertisements for now, and other sponsors – Nike, AT&T, and PepsiCo – report they are taking a wait and see attitude for the time being. Should Tiger’s… Continue

Added by Henry A. de La Garza on December 14, 2009 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Nice Quickie Centerpiece

Going to a dinner party can be stressful not knowing what to present the host/hostess with. Here is a quick item you can make from your home but looks like a special ordered item.

First, the container and wetfoam can be purchased at Wal mart or any Craft store. Be sure to allow the foam to soak plenty of water. Put in container and tape across the foam to outer edges of container for foam to stay put. Insert 15" tapers in foam 2" deep for sturdiness. Go to the Christmas tree, cut some nice… Continue

Added by Cyndi Gutowski on December 14, 2009 at 2:23pm — No Comments

Time Off to Vote: Should it be with pay?

Lodis’ Notes ©

Copyright © Wykoff Consulting, LLC 2009-2010


As an employer, are you required to give employees time off to vote on Election Day?


On Election Day, unless the polls are open for voting two consecutive hours outside the employee’s working hours, an employer must give the employee up to two (2) hours paid leave to vote without… Continue

Added by Lodis Walker Wykoff on December 11, 2009 at 3:47am — No Comments

New Day Church looking for ways to get Noticed in Pasadena!

Just need some help on getting the Word out on New Day Church Need suggestions. Thanks

Added by Larry Hinson on December 9, 2009 at 3:49pm — 2 Comments

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