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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! We all face similar challenges in our lives, and we all handle those challenges differently. There a few things that we all could do better to make the challenges that will come a little easier to handle. First, keep in mind that there will always be challenges and disruptions that throw us off course; that is life and we all go through it. Second, your reaction to what happens to you is 100 percent within your control. You may not control what happens, but you control what you do about it. Third, pointing fingers or placing blame on others never solves the problem at hand. The goal is to understand what happened why and what you learned from it. Then move on. Fourth, love more and argue less. Spend your time loving rather than arguing with many. Fifth, realize your time here is limited and the clock is ticking. Don't waste time because once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

It's the Journey That's Important by John McLeod

Life, sometimes so wearying
Is worth its weight in gold
The experience of traveling
Lends a wisdom that is old

Beyond our 'living memory'
A softly spoken prayer:
"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"

Ins and outs and ups and downs
Life's road meanders aimlessly?
Or so it seems, but somehow
Leads us where we need to be,

And being simply human
We oft question and compare...
"Is the journey so important
Or the getting there?"

And thus it's always been
That question pondered down the ages
By simple people with simple ways
To wise and ancient sages...

How sweet then, quietly knowing
Reaching destination fair:

"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!" 

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” - Og Mandino

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” - Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! I hope that each of you reading this are enjoying the summer so far and prepared for the monsoon season that is quickly approaching! This time of year, in the Valley of the Sun provides much needed water for the desert and the monsoons give us some pretty amazing sunsets. I hope that you will take some time during the evenings this summer to enjoy the awe-inspiring clouds and vivid colors that fill our sky; it truly is magnificent and a perfect reminder of the simple blessings that surround us every day. We often stare at a door that has closed for too long and in the process miss the one that has opened. Don’t take for granted the simple beauties in life, as they pave the way to finding a deeper meaning to happiness. Take time to appreciate all the good in your life and make each moment count! Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

A Fish Stranded in a Drying Puddle

Once there was a fellow walking along a road. Suddenly he heard a faint cry. He looked around but saw nothing. Thinking he heard nothing, he continued to walk. Again he heard the faint cry. This time the call was nearby. He searched high and low, and found the sound was coming out of a little fish lying in a drying pond. His mouth gurgling. That person looked at the fish strangely and asked,

"Was that you who was just calling me? Was it you needing my help?"

The small fish looking pleading at the man gasping and breathless said, "Please save me quickly, I am dying, I need water. I am not a normal fish, rather I am the eastern sea dragon's official. Please give me a little water." That person hearing this hurriedly nodded his head and said, "I understand, I will immediately go to the south and let the southern king redirect a river to here so that you can swim and return to the eastern sea." The fish angrily cried out, "Can a fish live out of water? I am only in need of a little water. Your idea is pointless. I think that the next time you see me will be in a shop that sells dried fish. "

The story tells us to reconsider solutions that we usually propose to solve real life problems. Sometimes we take our time too much to find the most ideal solution, while what the problem really needs is time critical solution.

We must always aware that many times in our lives we don't need the best solution but some quick fixes for the current situation to prevent it of becoming worse. Only until then, we have much more time to think and find the ideal solution.

Source: http://chinese-tales.blogspot.com/

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” - Melody Beattie

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” - Reba McEntire

“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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

Nate's Monday Morning Message - Happy 4th of July!

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message - Happy 4th of July! 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you to the countless men and women who have dedicated their lives so we can celebrate the freedoms we enjoy and celebrate this week. I hope you will take a moment to express your gratitude for what it means to be an American. From all of us on my team, we want to wish each of you a very happy, healthy and safe Fourth of July holiday! Let’s make it a great week!

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore!” - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." – Harry S. Truman

“We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true, we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue.” - Unknown

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to another edition of Nate’s Monday Morning Message! As we are constantly working on improving ourselves and our situations, we try to make things better each day, in big and small ways. The challenge becomes the consistency of doing it.

Like many things in life they get harder to do over time and we need to dig deeper and deeper to find the strength and determination to succeed. What it comes down to is passion. Do you have the passion to achieve the goal that you are working towards? Do you have the passion to put up with the bad with the hope that the good will be so very worth it? You must find your passion in everything you do. It is a mindset and it can be created over and over and over if you desire the end result bad enough. Passion is the gas that runs your engine. Find yours and put it to work! Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

L- Love: your passion is something you love to do.
I- Interest: your passion is something that interests you.
F- Fulfilling: your passion gives you a sense of fulfillment.
E- Empowering: your passion usually empowers and energizes you.

P- Personal: your passion has personal significance to you and you alone.
A- Abilities: your passion capitalizes on your assets, attributes and abilities.
S- Service: your passion will usually provide a service or fulfill a need.
S- Spiritual: your passion and its pursuit represent an area of spiritual growth.
I- Inspiring: your passion is inspiring to you and therefore will inspire others too.
O- Obvious: your passion, once found, is usually something obvious to you.
N- Natural: your passion is often unstudied and comes naturally to you.

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

“Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams.” - Donovan Bailey

“There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”- Nelson Mandela

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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602-430-5226
Nate@NatesHomes.com

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! This morning, I wanted to remind all of you of the 5 P's of Life: Prior - Planning - Prevents - Poor - Performance. To be truly successful in all we do both personally and professionally, planning is a must! We must plan for what we need to do and also plan for the different roadblocks that may and most likely will get in our way.

When these roadblocks pop-up we will be prepared and able to act quickly. Once we have our plans, we can go after our goals with the passion, determination, and focus to be successful. Spending a small amount of time in the beginning can save you a bunch of time in the end. Remember that you must also take action! Taking action is honestly the single biggest differentiator to success. Follow the 5 P's and take action EVERYDAY! Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

Principles of Life:

Winning isn't everything but wanting to win is.

You would achieve more, if you don't mind who gets the credit.

When everything else is lost, the future still remains.

Don't fight too much or the enemy will know your art of war.

The only job you start at the top is when you dig a grave.

If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for everything.

If you do little things well, you'll do big ones better.

Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age.

You won't get a second chance to make a first impression.

Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.

If you are not failing, you're not taking enough risks.

Don't try to get rid of your bad temper by losing it.

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

Those who don't make mistakes usually don't make anything.

There are two kinds of failures: Those who think and never do, and those who do and never think.

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.

All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions.

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning.

There are two kinds of fools in this world.: Those who give advice and those who don't take it.

Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.

Friendship founded on business is always better than business founded on friendship.

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius

“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.” - Jack Canfield

“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world.” - Joel A. Barker

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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602-430-5226
Nate@NatesHomes.com

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to Nate’s Monday Morning Message! Over time we accumulate things that are a result of our hard work and determination. However, let us keep in mind that the tangible possessions around us are not the reason for living, but rather the result of a life lived properly. The people and the experiences we have are so much more valuable than any item we may acquire.

Let this week’s message be a reminder to be present in all that you do. Slow down and concentrate on the conversations you are having with your children, spouse, or other loved ones. Slow down and enjoy the thoughts that you may have about experiences of the past. Slow down and think about all the great people and opportunities that are surrounding you each day. Commit to living a life you truly enjoy…and let’s make it a great week!

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The Coffee

A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old university professor. Conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the coffee.

When all the students had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said: "If you noticed, all the nice looking expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee in most cases, it’s just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.

What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup, but you consciously went for the best cups... and then began eyeing each other’s cups.

Now consider this: Life is the coffee, and the jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of Life we live. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee."

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” - Maya Angelou

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” - Carol Burnett

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” - Earl Nightingale

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

Nate's Monday Morning Message

by Nate Martinez

Nate’s Monday Morning Message 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Nate's Monday Message…its hard to believe it is already June, which means that school is out, vacations are on the horizon and of course, the temperatures will soar into the triple digits! Amid the summertime fun, we must not lose sight of our goals and ambitions in life. So this week, I’d like to talk about persistence. We need to focus on a plan and putting action steps in place so we can remain on track over the next few months.

The challenge of doing anything worthwhile is being able to do what is necessary over and over and not giving up – which is persistence. Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

Growing Good Corn, Author Unknown 

There once was a farmer who grew award-winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon.  

One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew it. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his seed corn with his neighbors.

"How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?" the reporter asked.

"Why sir," said the farmer, "didn't you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn."

He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor's corn also improves.

So it is with our lives. Those who choose to live in peace must help their neighbors to live in peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.

The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn. It is possible to give away and become richer! It is also possible to hold on too tightly and lose everything. Yes, the liberal man shall be rich! By watering others, he waters himself.

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill

“Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” - William Eardley IV

“Persistence is a secret weapon for everyone.” - Liu Wen

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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602-430-5226
Nate@NatesHomes.com

Happy National Homeownership Month

by Nate Martinez

Happy National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month! Homeownership changes lives and enhances futures, and many Americans see it as one of their greatest hopes. These individuals are counting on the nation’s 1.3 million REALTORS® to champion and protect homeownership and help make it more affordable, attainable and sustainable. More than just a place to live, the American home is a symbol of community, families, and supporting local businesses. For so many of us, it’s an important milestone on the road to the American Dream.

For National Homeownership Month, let’s look at the current state of homeownership in America: The U.S. homeownership rate is hovering around sixty-four percent, with a majority of first-time homebuyers under the age of 37 years old. Also, an estimated 40 percent of borrowers will use an FHA loan to purchase their first home. According to the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, the American housing sector is responsible for approximately fourteen percent of total economic activity.

According to the HUD, the median wealth or net worth of a homeowner is nearly $200,000, or 36 times greater that of the median renter who had just over $5,000.” Additionally, the children of homeowners are more likely to graduate from high school and earn more in adulthood.

Are you dreaming of becoming a new homeowner? Or are you in the market to sell your current home and upgrade your living space? Contact the Nate Martinez Team today! We will help you with the entire home selling and buying process and be sure to make your experience a positive memorable one every step of the way.

With Appreciation,

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

602-430-5226
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Nate's Monday Morning Message - Happy Memorial Day!

by Nate Martinez

Nate's Monday Morning Message - Happy Memorial Day! 

Welcome to this week’s edition of Nate's Monday Message! Today, in honor of Memorial Day and remembrance of what is important to us, please take a few minutes to think about the country we all love and care about. Think about how we have gotten to this point as a nation. Think about all the struggle and sacrifice that has come before us. Think about all the brave and selfless men and women that have given their lives for us to have the freedoms we enjoy today. Think about the families that have struggled while their sons and daughters are away from home. Think about what it means to you to have the limitless possibilities for yourself and your families because we live in this great country. Think about the responsibilities you have to maintain this greatness and the character of this country we all love. We can all do something - what will you do?

I love my country - THANK YOU to all the men and women who have and do serve to protect and defend the liberties, the freedom, the opportunities, and the future of this wonderful land. Happy Memorial Day! Let’s make it a great week!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER

Freedom Is Not Free
By LCDR Kelly Strong, USCG - Copyright 1981

I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Service man saluted it,
And then he stood at ease.

I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.

I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?

How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

 I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.

I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.

I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.

I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.  

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” - Nathan Hale

“As America celebrates Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have given their lives in our nation's wars.” - John M. McHugh

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals
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602-430-5226
Nate@NatesHomes.com

Spring Home Sales Back on Pace as Price Increases Moderate

by Nate Martinez

Spring Home Sales Back on Pace as Price Increases Moderate

April home sales finished just one percent below a year ago as selling times shortened and tight inventory held steady, according to the RE/MAX National Housing Report. Meanwhile, April's median home price of $255,000 in the report's 54 markets was up a mere 3.6 percent - the smallest year-over-year April increase in eight years.

April's year-over-year sales decline of one percent marked the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year decreases, but April's sales dip was the smallest during that time. At the same time, inventory increased 0.8 percent and marked the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year growth in number of homes for sale. Compared to March, home sales in April sped up by a full week, taking an average of 52 days instead of 59. The average in April 2018 was 51 days. The Months Supply of Inventory in April dropped year-over-year from 3.0 to 2.6.

While the March-over-February increase in home sales of 28.8 percent was the smallest in five years, the April-over-March increase of 10.5 percent was the largest in five years.

"April's home sales blossomed, suggesting the typical seasonal jump in spring sales arrived later than usual this year," said RE/MAX CEO Adam Contos. "Solid buyer interest and sellers with realistic price expectations advanced the market's march toward equilibrium last month. That said, inventory remains constricted, and prices continue to climb, albeit at a slower rate. All in all, April's results were encouraging, and we continue to be cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a healthy spring selling season."

Of the 54 metro areas surveyed in April 2019, the overall average number of home sales is up 10.5 percent compared to March 2019, and down 1.0 percent compared to April 2018. In April 2019, the median of all 54 metro Median Sales Prices was $255,000, up 2.0 percent March 2019, and up 3.6 percent from April 2018.

The average Days on Market for homes sold in April 2019 was 52, down seven days from the average in March 2019, and up one day from the April 2018 average. The metro areas with the lowest Days on Market were Omaha, NE, at 27, and Denver, CO, and San Francisco, CA, both at 30. The highest Days on Market averages were in Augusta, ME, at 116, Hartford, CT, at 89, and Miami, FL, at 86. Days on Market is the number of days between when a home is first listed in an MLS and a sales contract is signed.

Looking to sell your Phoenix home? Searching for the perfect Phoenix home to buy? Contact the Nate Martinez Team today! Our commitment is to provide you the quality of service and communication you desire and deserve. Our goal is to leverage our knowledge and experience to help you get the best price the market will support while still selling your home in a reasonable period of time.

With Appreciation,

Nate Martinez, RE/MAX Professionals

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