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Friday, February 28, 2014   /   by Phil Slezak

What You Accept, You Get


Here"s a secret I’ve discovered about millionaire and multi-millionaire entrepreneurs: they want what they do and their companies do to be right. Not 80% right. Not 90% right. Right, period. They are, therefore, very much disliked by a lot of people, and if they are “big” enough, by the media. Jobs. Bezos. Trump. Working for them, many ex-employees say, was hell. But maybe it was being incompetent in their employ that was hell.
Winning isn’t just a statistic on a spreadsheet or a bank account balance. It is the customer, Mrs. Matilda Smith, in Rockford, Illinois, getting what she asked for on her pizza or the right product in the delivered package or a human answering her call in fewer than four rings. Customer appreciation is not a once a year sale or an automated thank you e-mail. It is an authentic attitude, top-down, permeated throughout an organization, actually occurring – and measured, policed and enforced – ...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013   /   by Phil Slezak

Our Culture

At Amera Realty Expert Advisors, our Culture is at the heart of everything we do as an Amera Realty NAEA Expert Advisor—how we live, how we work and how we serve the real estate community. It isn’t about perks, and it doesn’t exist solely to make our employees happy (although it does that, too). NAEA culture is about providing a foundation to achieve our purpose: to revolutionize the real estate industry.
Here, in nine core values, is NAEA culture in action:
We never give up.
Revolutionizing the real estate industry is not a simple feat, however we are determined to never give up. We may have set back and discover there is a different way to do something, but to reach our end goal, we will never give up.
We continuously seek knowledge to improve.
There is no limit to what you can learn and every step should be one of growth. At NAEA, we believe  in modeling those who have come before us and not reinventing the wheel. It’s important for every me ...

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Sunday, August 04, 2013   /   by Phil Slezak

Bank Of America Gave Bonuses to Foreclose on Clients, Lawsuit Claims

Bank of America Corp. (BAC), the second-biggest U.S. lender, rewarded staff with cash bonuses and gift cards for meeting quotas tied to sending distressed homeowners into foreclosure, former employees said in court documents.
Mortgage workers falsified records and were told to delay U.S. loan-assistance applications by requesting paperwork that the Charlotte, North Carolina-based bank had already received, according to statements from ex-employees filed last week in federal court in Boston. The lender improperly disqualified applicants to the Home Affordable Modification Program, or HAMP, according to a May 23 statement from Simone Gordon, a loss-mitigation specialist who left the company in 2012.
We were regularly drilled that it was our job to maximize fees for the bank by fostering and extending delay of the HAMP modification process by any means we could,” Gordon said. Managers instructed staff to “delay modifications by telling homeowners who called in that their do ...

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Sunday, August 04, 2013   /   by Phil Slezak

Monday Morning Mojo-5 Major Reasons to Consider Selling in August

1. Like you, many buyers who are relocating would like to have their families settled prior to the school year. Whether it’s a company relocation or a personal one, time is of the essence in August for those finalizing their relocation plans.


2. Inventory is shrinking in many parts of the country and is historically low in August. Consequently, the lack of inventory drives up the demand on your home, giving you a legitimate shot at getting more money when you sell. It’s a smaller window of time, but a very real opportunity   nonetheless.


3. After Labor Day, many people will hop in the market to try to sell their home during the stretch run before the holiday season. Once that happens, you’re now facing more competition and could lose out on the chance to haul in more equity from the sale of your home.


4. Yes, many folks are on vacation or trying to relax for the rest of the summer. But ...

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