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RE/MAX National Housing Report for October

by Nate Martinez

RE/MAX National Housing Report for October

According to RE/MAX’s National Housing Report for October, home sales reached a higher level than this time one year ago. Following an expected seasonal trend, September home sales were 10.4 percent lower than sales in August. However, sales pushed past the mark set in September 2013 by 0.9 percent.

“It’s significant that September was the first month this year to see higher sales than last year. This demonstrates that there are interested buyers and the market is strong enough to rival last year’s brisk sales. While the change of seasons usually sees reduced sales, it’s good to see that home prices continue to rise at a more sustainable rate.” Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX, LLC CEO.

Sales throughout 2014 remained just below those in 2013, but finally in September sales inched above those one year ago. The Median Sales Price of all homes sold in the 52 metropolitan areas surveyed in September was $195,000, which was 5.4 percent higher than the median price last September. To read the full National Housing Report for October, click here. To find out property values on your Arizona home, visit me at: http://www.valuemyarizonahome.com.

Nate Martinez
RE/MAX Professionals
602-430-5226
nate@nateshomes.com
www.NatesHomes.com or www.NatesLuxuryHomes.com

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate's Monday Morning Message

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope each and every one of you had a fantastic weekend filled with laughs, relaxation, and fun. 

Are we really making the best use of our time each and every day? Are there times when if we planned a little better we could get more done? Do we wish we had more time to spend on the things we truly love? There is a solution, and you all can accomplish this. 

Let us make a personal pledge to find just another 30 minutes a day. Let us figure out where we can change our schedules to find 30 minutes. We choose what we do so we can choose what we will not do. 

Set a goal, create a plan, and then accomplish it. This will be our challenge for this week. If you found 30 minutes a day, what would you do with it? Think long and hard about this answer as this will be what you think about while figuring out what you can change around, do differently, or eliminate from your schedule. Time is the one thing that is equal among all of us. How we use it is what makes all the difference in the world. Use it wisely for once it is gone it can never be replaced.

Happy Halloween!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER…

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However, bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time, and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

Working together for the first time, the father and son developed concepts of how it could be accomplished and how the obstacles could be overcome. With great excitement and inspiration, and the headiness of a wild challenge before them, they hired their crew and began to build their dream bridge.

The project started well, but when it was only a few months underway a tragic accident on the site took the life of John Roebling. Washington was injured and left with a certain amount of brain damage, which resulted in him not being able to walk or talk or even move.

Everyone had a negative comment to make and felt that the project should be scrapped since the Roeblings were the only ones who knew how the bridge could be built. In spite of his handicap Washington was never discouraged and still had a burning desire to complete the bridge and his mind was still as sharp as ever.

He tried to inspire and pass on his enthusiasm to some of his friends, but they were too daunted by the task. As he lay on his bed in his hospital room, with the sunlight streaming through the windows, a gentle breeze blew the flimsy white curtains apart and he was able to see the sky and the tops of the trees outside for just a moment.

It seemed that there was a message for him not to give up. Suddenly an idea hit him. All he could do was move one finger and he decided to make the best use of it. By moving this, he slowly developed a code of communication with his wife. He touched his wife's arm with that finger, indicating to her that he wanted her to call the engineers again. Then he used the same method of tapping her arm to tell the engineers what to do. It seemed foolish but the project was under way again. For 13 years Washington tapped out his instructions with his finger on his wife's arm, until the bridge was finally completed.

Today, the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory as a tribute to the triumph of one man's indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances. It is also a tribute to the engineers and their teamwork, and to their faith in a man who was considered mad by half the world. It stands too as a tangible monument to the love and devotion of his wife who for 13 long years patiently decoded the messages of her husband and told the engineers what to do.

Perhaps this is one of the best examples of a never-say-die attitude that overcomes a terrible physical handicap and achieves an impossible goal. Often when we face obstacles in our day-to-day life, our hurdles seem very small in comparison to what many others have to face. The Brooklyn Bridge shows us that dreams that seem impossible can be realized with determination and persistence, no matter what the odds are.

WORDS TO LIVE BY…

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” - T.S. Elliot

“Well done is better than well said.” - Benjamin Franklin

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”- Buddha

“Don't go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Begin with the ending in mind.” - Stephen Covey

“Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with what happens to him.” - Aldous Leonard Huxley

“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.”- Zig Ziglar

Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate

Nate Martinez
RE/MAX Professionals
www.NatesHomes.com
602-942-7000

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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate's Monday Morning Message

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and you are ready to make this week the best of the whole year. Are you aware of the tremendous amount of influence you have? 

You have the ability to make someone’s day. You can make someone smile or laugh - today. You can help someone with a problem or difficult situation - today. You can be the person that is always helpful, always encouraging, always thought of as someone people want to be around. 

Let's take some time today and this week to really focus on truly helping others on a regular basis. You will feel great about it and that help will come back to you when needed. Let's take the time to slow down and pay attention to what it is that we can do rather than focusing on what we don't have control over. You have control over what you do, right now, and how you do it. Remember we must always give before we get. 

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER…

Just One - Unknown

One song can spark a moment, One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest, One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship, One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea, One word can frame the goal
One vote can change a nation, one sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness, One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey. One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits, One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom, One heart can know what's true,
One life can make a difference, You see, it's up to you!

WORDS TO LIVE BY…

“Only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change.” - Milton Freidman

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” - Winnie the Pooh

“He's turned his life around. He used to be depressed and miserable. Now he's miserable and depressed.” - David Frost

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.” - Albert Einstein

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” - Chinese Proverb

“Never overlook the good in a bad situation.” - Zig Ziglar

“To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.” - Chief Justice John Marshall

“Nothing much happens without a dream. For something really great to happen, it takes a really great dream.” - Robert Greenleaf

Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate

Nate Martinez
RE/MAX Professionals
www.NatesHomes.com
602-942-7000

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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate's Monday Morning Message

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a nice and relaxing weekend. I know I sure did! This week would be a great week to work on relationships. Do you treat all the people in your life in that special way they deserve? If not, start. 

We all go through life and with the hustle and bustle of living we forget to make sure we do not take for granted those special people that are around us. It could be a spouse or significant other. It could be your children or your parents. It could be your best friend or a co-worker. It could be a total stranger. 

Let's take 5 minutes and realize that we are never too busy to look into the eyes of the person we love for just a few more seconds each day. Let's take 5 minutes and realize that we are never too busy to spend just a few more minutes playing with a child or talking to a parent. Let's take 5 minutes and realize that we are never too busy to help a friend with a problem they are having and actually pay attention. Let's not be so busy in life that we miss it!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER…

Echo or Life

"A son and his father were walking on the mountains. Suddenly, his son falls, hurts himself and screams, “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!” To his surprise, he hears a voice repeating, somewhere in the mountain, “AAAhhhhhhhhhhh!" Curious, he yells, "Who are you?” He receives the answer, "Who are you?” Angered at the response, he screams, “Coward!" He receives the answer, "Coward!"

He looks to his father and asks, "What's going on?” The father smiles and says, "My son, pay attention.” And then he screams to the mountain, “I admire you!” The voice answers, “I admire you!” Again the father screams, "You are a champion!” The voice answers, "You are a champion!” 

The boy is surprised, but does not understand. Then the father explains, "People call this echo, but really this is life. It gives you back everything you say or do. Our life is simply a reflection of our actions. If you want more love in the world, create more love in your heart. If you want more competence in your team, improve your competence. This relationship applies to everything, in all aspects of life; Life will give you back everything you have given to it.”

“Your life is not a coincidence. It’s a reflection of you!"  - Unknown Author

WORDS TO LIVE BY…

"Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft." -Theodore Roosevelt 

"I don't dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living." -Steven Spielberg

"Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” -Buddha

"The time is always right to do what is right." -Martin Luther King Jr.

"The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus." -Bruce Lee

"Ability is nothing without opportunity.”-Napoleon Bonaparte

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle." -Plato

"Put all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket.”-Andrew Carnegie 

Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate

Nate Martinez
RE/MAX Professionals
www.NatesHomes.com
602-942-7000

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Arizona Foothills Magazine 8th Annual “Best of our Valley” Contest 

Voting for the 8th Annual “Best of Our Valley” contest has begun – and I am proud to be among those top agents nominated for the 2015 “Best of Our Valley” in the real estate category.

Each year the Arizona Foothills Magazine listens to you the consumer and puts together a list of the “best of the best” in a variety of service related categories, ranging from real estate to photography.

Help me get some votes! By clicking here, you can cast one vote, per registered email address, per day. Voting started October 1st and will run through November 30th, 2014.

Over the years I have been nominated for the “Best of our Valley” real estate professional and each time, I am honored and humbled by the support I receive. I thank you in advance for your continued trust in me as your preferred REALTOR and for your support in the 2015 contest for the “Best of Our Valley.”  - Nate

Nate Martinez
RE/MAX Professionals
www.NatesHomes.com or www.NatesLuxuryHomes.com
602-430-5226

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate's Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message. I hope you all had a fantastic weekend filled with fun and relaxation. I'm sure there was also some work done by many of you as well! I know that we mostly talk about and plan for the future. We schedule our weeks and months in advance. We do quarterly and yearly business plans. We dream and imagine the great futures that are available to us.

I would like each of us to spend a few minutes this week looking at all the great things that have already happened to us. Let's think about all the great people that have come into our lives over the years. Let's think about all the great moments we have shared with others. Let's think about all the things we have today because of our hard work over the years.

We should always focus on the future, but never forget the past. The past is our training ground for future success or failure. If you are not happy with your past then you must change the actions that you did to achieve that unhappiness. Learn from your mistakes and don't make them again! If you are happy with the successes of the past then that should only boost your confidence that you can do more. We all can do more; with our individual lives, with our families, with our communities, with our industry, and with our businesses. Let's do just a little more!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER…

Building Your House - Author Unknown

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family. He would miss the paycheck each week, but he wanted to retire. They could get by. 

The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career. 

When the carpenter finished his work, his employer came to inspect the house. Then he handed the front-door key to the carpenter and said, “This is your house... my gift to you."

The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. 

Success Principle:

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then, with a shock, we realize we have to live in the house we have built. If we could do it over, we'd do it much differently.

But, you cannot go back. You are the carpenter, and every day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Someone once said, "Life is a do-it-yourself project." Your attitude, and the choices you make today, help build the "house" you will live in tomorrow. Build wisely!

WORDS TO LIVE BY…

"If anything is worth trying at all, it's worth trying at least 10 times." - Art Linkletter 

"I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen." - Frank Lloyd Wright

"The price of greatness is responsibility."- Winston Churchill

"Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes." - Chinese Proverb

"Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds." - SEAL Team saying

"Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong." - Calvin Coolidge 

"He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how." - Friedrich Nietzsche

Let’s make this the best week of the year! Nate

Nate Martinez
RE/MAX Professionals
www.NatesHomes.com
602-942-7000

RE/MAX National Housing Report for September

by Nate Martinez

The National Housing Report from RE/MAX for September tells us that while inventory is on the rise, the recovery continues and there is more and more stability in the housing economy.

While 2014 sales have not been on the rise as rapidly as the sales in 2013, this remains well above the sales of the same period in 2013.

“After a slow start to the year, 2014 home sales have been improving. Sales are following the expected seasonal pattern and are approaching the levels we saw last year. As inventory continues to build the recovery continues at a more stable and sustainable rate.” Margaret Kelly, RE/MAX CEO.

Of the last few months, we have seen a month-over-month increase in inventory. Based on the rate of home sales in July, and the increase of homes for sale, there was an increase of 4.3 month’s of inventory – where a supply of 6 month’s indicates a market balanced equally between buyers and sellers. To learn more about property values in our area, click here

Nate Martinez
RE/MAX Professionals
www.NatesHomes.com
www.NatesLuxuryHomes.com
602-430-5226

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