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7 Steps Toward an Effective Marketing Strategy

Real estate agents face huge competition, and a well-thought-out, properly executed marketing plan could mean the difference between success and struggle.

by Adrian Fisher

In an industry as crowded as real estate, how does one stand out? Up-and-coming real estate agents will benefit greatly by launching a thorough marketing strategy. And established professionals can use this same tactic to maximize the time, energy, and money they invest in the promotion of their business. Here’s how…link to article.



Cracking Under Pressure Can Work for You Too

It’s used by sports stars and Zen masters, but it can help business leaders handle high-pressure situations too.

Watch Serena Williams play at Wimbledon today and you’ll no doubt be left in open-mouthed awe at the speed, strength, and precision of her play. But perhaps the most impressive thing about one of the best tennis players ever isn’t her incredible physical prowess, it’s her unshakeable concentration. The woman never cracks under pressure.

How does she shake off the incredible stress of a center-court match point? As David Robson recently reported for the BBC (hat tip Quartz), the answer is a powerful but little known technique called “the quiet eye.”  Continue to article…




With its roots in wartime, National Doughnut Day is now just a caloric fun ride.

War is hell. Doughnuts are not.

When a reluctant America entered World War I in 1917, the Salvation Army was not far behind. Literally. Several women from the evangelical Christian organization volunteered to make a “home away from home” for the soldiers of the 1st Ammunition Train, 1st Division in France, according to food writer and historian John T. Edge’s book, “Donuts: An American Passion.” This makeshift “home” was not far from the trenches where front-line troops were battling for every inch in the world’s first modern war.  Read the article…

Did your doughnut stick…Heimlich!

Lakefront compound on former Renton sawmill site listed for $16M

Eagle Cove comes with three modern houses and one vintage cottage

Neighboring the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, a long stretch of waterfront property is listed for sale—and it comes with four whole homes, or five if you include a house for a yacht.

The property was originally home to Barbee Mill, the namesake of a luxury housing community on the northern end of former sawmill. The Cugini family, who had operated the mill since the 1940s, didn’t give up the southern part, though, and set out building homes on the land.

One was originally the home of the sawmill watchman, and has a more classic cottage design.  Read the article…