Divorce & Real Estate News from Ilumni Institute

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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The Finish Line

Jun 26, 2020 3:59:00 PM / by Nikki Mason posted in on tap this friday

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On this TGIF, create your next finish line. By the time this pandemic is over, what will you have to show for it? And then raise a glass, and get after it!

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Intercept Showings...

Jun 26, 2020 3:54:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in divorce listing pro tip

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This may seem obvious. And yet, the most obvious things sometimes evade us. This piece of advice that can change everything.

It should come as no surprise that some divorcing homeowners do not want to sell their house. And when that person is the person living in the home, they are in a powerful position to sabotage the sale.

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"I Should Sell A Kitchen, Not Cook In One"

Jun 26, 2020 3:50:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in CDRE™ Spotlight

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Denise Schroeder, CDRE, has sold over 500 homes in her 7-year real estate career, ranks in the top 1% of all Realtors in the state of Oklahoma, and has appeared on 10 reality shows, her latest one being "Worst Cooks in America.

"Out of 11,000 submissions, only 14 were chosen - so I'm pretty bad," she says. Denise has appeared on Oprah twice, the Steve Harvey show, Rachel Ray, The Talk, HGTV's House Hunters, and now on Food Network's hilarious series.

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Where's The Finish Line?

Jun 26, 2020 3:44:00 PM / by Laurel Starks posted in Ilumni Friday

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I was talking with a friend yesterday whose husband told her he'd like to have a birthday party next month, at their house, with about 25-30 people over.

"I am not at all comfortable having that many people over at the house, even if they're all outside," she responded.

I then asked the question, "When will you feel comfortable having a backyard party?" What, exactly, are we waiting for? Is it a vaccine? The election? A 6-month, 9-month, 12-month flattened curve? The eradication of Coronavirus from the North American continent?

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The June Cocktail

Jun 19, 2020 3:26:32 PM / by Nikki Mason posted in on tap this friday

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Today's tap is about the end of painful pasts, and the start of new beginnings. Join me in raising a glass to the start a new era - one of freedom, dignity, and hope.

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