Divorce & Real Estate News from Ilumni Institute

Blended Lens

Aug 15, 2020 5:00:00 PM / by Nikki Mason posted in on tap this friday

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Keep your bias in check...

Aug 15, 2020 4:52:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in divorce listing pro tip

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We all have biases. In divorce listings, and in daily life. When we are hired to be a neutral professional, we must be purposeful about acknowledging our biases and recognize when we are triggered by them. We represent flawed individuals from all walks of life, yet we must set aside our personal feelings in order to perform the task we've been hired to do.

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Lessons from the road...

Aug 14, 2020 4:48:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in Ilumni Friday

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My husband, Sean, and I were driving to Las Vegas a few weeks ago. From SoCal, it's a 3-4 hour drive on the 15 freeway through the desolate Mohave Desert, which is basically the only direct way to get there.

It's a great feeling to be out on the open road - a feeling of freedom and fresh air, and drivers get caught up in this euphoria, with the top down, and open up their V12s, flying at speeds in excess of 100mph.

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Divorce Files: Catching Up With Attorney Shelly Jean John

Aug 6, 2020 12:54:58 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in Divorce Files

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In the divorce niche, who you know - and who is on your side - is everything. At the Ilumni Institute, we are powered by our Faculty - practicing Family Law Attorneys who ensure our students are on the cutting edge of divorce real estate.

We caught up with Shelly Jean John Esq., who teaches in both our Master Course and Divorce Bootcamp programs. She shared about how she got into Family Law, what caused her to join Ilumni, and more!

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The Mudslide

Jul 31, 2020 1:59:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in on tap this friday

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Heatwaves are blanketing the United States, so it's a perfect time to have an ice cream drink - but not just any ice cream drink: A Mudslide. Speaking of "firsts," a good ole' Mudslide takes me back to the Summer of '84 and my first (legal) drink. Cheers!  

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The Narcissist

Jul 31, 2020 1:53:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in divorce listing pro tip

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In an effort to provide stellar customer service, and be that dutiful agent who ensures our clients' expectations are met and exceeded, we sometimes get into what feels like no-win situations.

Have you ever had that client who questions everything you're doing, makes you second guess yourself, and no matter what you do, they're never happy? Sometimes you can't sleep, you play back every conversation in your head, and can't seem to figure out what your next step should be - should you call, should you drop it, should you dig your heels in, should you give in?

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First Job

Jul 31, 2020 1:45:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in Ilumni Friday

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Upon the eve of his "Class of 2020" high school graduation, my 18-year old son was well aware that he was expected to start financially contributing to "the life of Andrew" and all of the things that go along with supporting it.

He's admittedly had a nice life, more than his father and I ever had growing up. And yet, we found ourselves in that delicate balance of parenthood: How do we teach our children they are loved beyond measure, while also teaching them they are not entitled? At what age does the financial support stop, and independence begins?

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Star Spangled Mule

Jul 3, 2020 4:13:00 PM / by Nikki Mason posted in on tap this friday

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Whether it's your love for America, the acknowledgement of work still to do, the privilege of your passport, or a moment of forgiveness, raise a glass to who we are, how far we've come, and the journey that awaits!

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What It's All About...

Jul 3, 2020 4:10:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in CDRE™ Spotlight

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Senior Airman Carlene "CJ" Johnson, obtained her CDRE™ in 2018. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran, having served from 1989-1993, and in the Texas National Guard from 1996-1999.

A native of Mandeville, Jamaica, CJ came to America when she was six years old. When she was 17, while waiting for her mom to pick her up from Houston's Memorial City Mall, she happened to walked into a recruiter's office and decided then that she wanted to serve in the U.S. Air Force.

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Perspective

Jul 3, 2020 4:06:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in Ilumni Friday

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One year ago today, I was on the trip of a lifetime - Dubai and South Africa. While Sean stayed back at the hotel (recovering from jet lag), the boys and I went on a "desert safari" where we went sand surfing and camel riding, and hung out at an outdoor hookah lounge in the 118 degree Arabian Desert - that was how we spent the Fourth of July 2019.

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