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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. This week and every week we have the opportunity to work on ourselves and improve who we are. One of the most important things you can do is improve your skills or knowledge. Take time this week and every week to work on making yourself better. What areas of your life need improvement?

Find information or people that can help you with those areas. Carve out time to work on them and learn how you can become better. The only things that make you different from one day to the next is the people you meet and the things you learn. Make learning and therefore growing a part of your daily life. Let's Make This Week The Best Week Of The Year!!!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER... 

Time - We all have 24 hours!

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 tips on how to be a better time manager:

Create a daily plan.
Peg a time limit to each task.
Use a calendar.
Use an organizer.
Know your deadlines.
Learn to say “No”.
Target to be early.
Time box your activities.
Have a clock visibly placed before you.
Set reminders 15 minutes before.
Focus.
Block out distractions.
Track your time spent.
Don’t fuss about unimportant details
Prioritize.
Delegate.
Batch similar tasks together.
Eliminate your time wasters.
Cut off when you need to.
Leave buffer time in-between.

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

“Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” – John F. Kennedy

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

“Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” – John Maxwell

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ronald Reagan

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate

Month of Miracles

by Nate Martinez

Month of Miracles

The month of August has become the “Month of Miracles” for RE/MAX agents across the U.S. As we celebrate our decades-long partnership with Children’s Miracle Network, we invite you to participate.

If you are buying or selling a home, look for the “Miracle Home” sign. Together RE/MAX agents have raised $130 million for the Children’s Miracle Network and in our market, the money we raise goes directly to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

My team and I are proud to be a part of this effort and for every home we sell, a donation is made in your name. If you would like to participate in the “Month of Miracles” with a home sale or purchase, please give me a call today. Nate

www.NatesHomes.com
602-942-7000

For Sale in Fletcher Heights - Peoria, Arizona

by Nate Martinez

For Sale in Fletcher Heights - Peoria, Arizona 

This adorable Morrison Home located in Fletcher Heights has everything you need! With nearly 1,700 square feet, this floor plan is open and spacious with a great room concept and a split master bedroom design. 

Lots of room in the kitchen, which has a sunny breakfast nook and tons of white, raised panel cabinets, neutral tile counters accented with a backsplash.

 

Fireplace, wood flooring, reverse osmosis, soft water loop and security system. Easy maintenance desert landscaping with mature trees and extended patio area.

 

Priced to sell. If you would like to schedule an appointment to view this home, please call 602-942-7000 or email Nate@NatesHomes.com

www.NatesHomes.com

College Payment Plan that Pays for Itself

by Nate Martinez

College Payment Plan that Pays for Itself 

It's a college payment plan you may not have considered, but more and more people are finding real estate investing to be the perfect solution.

The idea is to purchase a house as an investment property when a child is born or very young. Ideally, a 15-year fixed rate mortgage is used for a property that cash flows in the first year. By the time the child has reached college age the property is paid for and the parents can sell the asset and use the gain to fund college. Not only has the equity in the property grown over 18 years, but they've benefitted from the yearly cash flow as well.

Here's how the scenario might play out:

Let's say our fictional parents purchase a $100,000 house with $20,000 as a down payment. They take out a 15-year mortgage for the balance at 6.75 percent interest. Their mortgage payments are roughly $8,945 for the year (or $708 per month).

If they rent the house out for $1,200 a month and have around $325 per month in expenses (taxes, insurance, repairs), they should see about $2,005 in cash per year from rental income for the first 15 years. From years 16-18, the expense of the mortgage is eliminated, yielding them $10,500 in cash flow annually. Over 18 years the total cash flow equates to $61,575. Note that this conservative estimate does not include potential rent increases that will increase cash flow and will help offset additional property taxes. Nor does it include interest earned if the parents decide to reinvest cash flow.

In 18 years the property will have appreciated, too. If we use a 3 percent rate of appreciation, which is less than the 5 percent appreciation real estate has averaged over the past 40 years, the $100,000 property they bought would be worth $170,243 at the time of sale.

The initial $20,000 investment would have earned $150,243 over 18 years - a return of over 13%. Including cash flow, the return is 15%!

While it is difficult to determine what future tuition will be-increases in tuition have spiked dramatically in recent years-a $230,000 ($170,000 sales price + $60,000 in cash flow) cushion should be enough to soften the tuition blow.

Investors aren't limited to purchasing real estate to fund college; many choose to purchase property during the college years to provide their children with a home and save on room and board. Purchasing a home with multiple bedrooms, gives you the option to lease the additional bedrooms to help pay for the mortgage. When your child no longer needs the house, you can plan to sell. 

In the long run, these savvy parents are saving money and helping to provide their children with a stable place to live during their college careers. If you are interested in learning more about investing in our market today, please give me a call. Nate

www.NatesHomes.com
602-942-7000

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate's Monday Morning Message

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message. This week and every week we have the opportunity to continue to craft the life of our dreams. To do so though we must wake up and live. Stop dreaming about the future and start creating the future. You have what you need to get to where you want to go. You just have to use what you currently have to get what you need and keep doing it. Decide this week to check something off the list and Do it!

Stop putting off to tomorrow or whenever the things that truly would move you forward and DO Them today. Make sure that you are doing things on purpose and not just because. Ask yourself the most important question: Does this move me closer to my goals, happiness, and success? Stop doing all the things that do not move you closer. You are the one driving your life so be in control over where you go. Let's Make This The Best Week Of The Year! 

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

The Famous Story of Shoesz
You will perhaps have heard this very old story illustrating the difference between positive thinking and negative thinking:

Many years ago two salesmen were sent by a British shoe manufacturer to Africa to investigate and report back on market potential. The first salesman reported back, "There is no potential here - nobody wears shoes." The second salesman reported back, "There is massive potential here - nobody wears shoes."

This simple short story provides one of the best examples of how a single situation may be viewed in two quite different ways - negatively or positively. We could explain this also in terms of seeing a situation's problems and disadvantages, instead of its opportunities and benefits.

WORDS TO LIVE BY... 

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”- Dr. Seuss

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”- Albert Einstein

“If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”- Lewis Carroll

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”- George Bernard Shaw

“Where there is love there is life.”- Mahatma Gandhi

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate

Homeownership: Still the American Dream?

by Nate Martinez

Homeownership: Still the American Dream?

According to recent studies, 9 in 10 American's think homeownership is an important part of the American Dream. In this video, learn other important facts and relevant information about our recovering real estate market. 

If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home, give me a call today. Let's make your American Dream a reality! Nate

www.NatesHomes.com
602-942-7000

Nate's Monday Message

by Nate Martinez

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Message. This week and every week we have the opportunity to totally put our actions into high gear. In order to do that, we need to have our plan and the energy required to get the job done. Are you motivated daily? Do you have the energy level that you need?

If you want to accomplish many things or big things you will need to have the 'fire in the belly' each and every day. Your attitude towards the things you need to do directly relates to the energy level you have to accomplish them. Work this week to increase your energy levels. Work and live with passion and conviction and energy. Put that fire back in your life and you will have more fun and accomplish much more. Let's Make This Week The Best Week Of The Year! 

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It

1. They didn’t use excuses.
We all have two voices. There’s the voice that tells us to work hard, to focus on the task at hand and to finish it before we move on to the next. And to finish it well. We also have the voice that tells us to take a break, to think about what’s on TV, or to visit a site that we like to visit that entertains us – whether it’s ESPN.com or Facebook.

In life we’re the victim of injustice from time to time. It could be a promotion that we deserve but don’t get. No matter who we are, we’re going to be treated unfairly at some point. We can either feel sorry for ourselves, or push forward and put it behind us – even use it as motivation.

2. It wasn’t just about them.
‘Things’ can be a motivator, they can even be a reward, but they can’t be the motivator. The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.

If something drives you that is greater than just the ‘ends’, we’re going to work harder, longer, and we’re going to give more of ourselves to our project.

3. Early mornings and late nights.
People who have achieved true success in their lives have worked for it. This might come at the detriment of other areas of their lives, such as family or social life. But their mission is first and foremost. Until it’s complete, everything else comes second. If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to out hustle everyone else.

4. The greatest commodity.
Energy is a huge commodity that is often not talked about. Yes, energy in the sense of fuel and electricity is talked about everywhere, but I’m talking about our own energy levels.

The fact is that the more energy we have, the easier it is to focus, and the higher the quality of our work is. Keeping physically fit gives us greater blood-flow to our brain, enhanced alertness and improved focus. Make training a routine part of your life and increase your chances at success – in every meaning of the word.

5. Principles.
History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it. Winston Churchill had principles. The difference between him and the rest of us, is that he stuck to his principles at all costs. He didn’t waver when they weren’t popular – an extreme rarity in politics.

What are your principles? All of us should have them, know what they are, and live our lives by them. Identify what principles you have that guide your life through tough times, and when things couldn’t be any better. They shouldn’t change, and at your core, neither should you.

6. Wavering, yet unbreakable faith.
We all have moments of doubt. Even the best of us question if our dream is going to come true. The one thing that separates the truly successful from those who never reach their true potential is an unbreakable faith in the fact that what they’re doing is right. Have your moments of doubt. You’re human. Just don’t let that doubt eat you up. Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.

7. A reason.
Many of the greatest accomplishments in the world were accomplished by insecure men and women, people who had something to prove to others. A desire to elevate their status and create change that was so strong, that failure is simply never an option.

Understand why. You have that reason to work when others sleep, to sacrifice a safe life for a risky one with no ceiling. Find it by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.

8. They persevered when others didn’t.
How does the guy who quit on his dream know how long it would’ve taken him to become a success? He doesn’t. None of us do. It could be tomorrow, or ten years from now.

What separates a lot of the great people we read about in our history books from those we’ve never heard of is the fact that they never quit. Quitting was never an option. They only stopped when they reached their dream. And even then, they created a new mission.

9. Great people relentlessly studied their craft.
Tony Gwynn and Mike Tyson studied their craft as much as anyone. Gwynn spent hours upon hours studying opposing pitchers. He studied their patterns. He wasn’t the most athletic guy around, but he put his work in to be the best at what he did: hit baseballs.

When people think of Tyson, they think of an animal, but what we fail to see is the student. No one studied boxing like Tyson did. Watched more film than anyone in the history of the sport. He was a student first, a fighter second.

10. Risk.
No risk, no reward. Yes it’s an over-used, cliché of a phrase. But it’s true. Those who have achieved real success have often risked the most to get there.

There have been billions of people throughout history who have had the ability to achieve greatness, whether it was the talent or smarts, they had it. What they didn’t have was the guts to risk the life that they were living. They also didn’t have the work ethic to see their talent realized. Whatever your dream is, give it enough of a chance to be realized. Risk if you truly want to see the reward. Find your dream. Then risk everything to get it.

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” - Roy Goodman

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.” - Albert Einstein

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” - George Eliot

“That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” - Friedrich Nietzsche 

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” - Jimmy Dean

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate

A Fireman's Prayer

by Nate Martinez

A Fireman’s Prayer 

This week has been particularly challenging for all of us in Arizona. Across the world, the Yarnell fire that took the lives of 19 elite members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots crew has made headline news. As we prepare to celebrate our great independence on the 4th of July, this tragic event weighs heavy on all our hearts.

It’s hard to understand how something like this could happen. It’s even more difficult to understand why. For some, the act of bravery comes natural, while others stay on the sidelines rooting for the best outcome. Among the busy social media feeds this week, was the Fireman’s Prayer, which helps me understand the why. 

Fireman’s Prayer

When I am called to duty, God
whenever flames may rage
Give me strength to save some life,
whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
before it is too late
Or save an older person
from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
and hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently
to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
and to give the best in me
To guard my every neighbor
and protect his property.
And if, according to my fate,
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

Tomorrow I will be spending the 4th of July holiday with my children and my fiancée Tonya. We will take a moment to remember and thank the 19 men who died this week, and those who are continuing to fight the fire. It’s because of brave, dedicated men and women, who do not question the why or the how and instead, go running into danger, so that the rest of us can continue to declare our independence and freedom.

This year, the 4th of July gives us even more opportunity to celebrate those who have died then and now. Thank you to the 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew who gave their lives. Thank you to their families and their friends. Thank you to those who continue to work tirelessly to contain the fire. Thank you to those who are volunteering to help. Thank you to all the individuals, companies and organizations that are donating time, money and effort to support those impacted by this tragic event. From my family and team to yours, we wish you a very happy, healthy and safe holiday! Nate

www.NatesHomes.com 

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Morning Message. This week and every week we have the opportunity to make the second half of 2013 even better than the first. Yes, believe it or not, half of the year is behind us. I hope that you are off to a great start and I hope you have a plan and vision for the future. Regardless of where you are in life, the best part about a Monday is the chance to make something great happen this week. Decide today!

Your life is a gift if you would only look at it in that way. You are surrounded by people that will help you and resources that you can use if you only look at it that way. You can create your own happiness and do all the things that you choose if you only look at it in that way. This week start to look at things in the way that is most helpful. You will see what your brain tells your eyes to find. Look for the good. Look for the opportunity. Look for the positive. Let's Make This The Best Week Of The Year!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...

Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.
When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.
When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.
When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.
When times are tough, dare to be tougher.
When love hurts you, dare to love again.
When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.
When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.
When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.
When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.
When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.
When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.
Dare to be the best you can –
At all times, Dare to be!”

-Steve Maraboli

WORDS TO LIVE BY...

“If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all.” -  Thumper 

“What's meant to be will always find a way” - Trisha Yearwood

“If you argue with a fool, you become a fool.” - L.A. Hilden

“Life is a mystery to be lived not a problem to be solved” - Clive Ollies

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” - Mahatma Gandhi

“It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.” - Lou Holtz

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate

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