July 2011

There are 8 blog entries for July 2011.

First Team is pleased to welcome industry veteran Gayle Glew as its new director of corporate relocation services.  He will be primarily responsible for business development and continuing to enhance First Team’s reach into the corporate relocation market. Glew comes to First Team with more than 20 years experience in the real estate and relocation industries, having most recently served as network manager for Employee Transfer Corporation where he trained the company's national network of brokers in REO and relocation transactions.  Previously, he was president of Windemere Relocation, Inc. in Seattle,Wash., and was integral to the growth and business development of its global mobility solutions.   He holds professional designations with the Council of…

  Nobe and Yuki Yasaki of West Garden Grove were the winners of First Team® Real Estate’s quarterly drawing for a $1,000 American Express gift certificate.  The Yasakis have been working with agents Ruth and Adolph Palma of First Team’s Seal Beach-Rossmoor office for the past 10 years.  They were thrilled to have been selected and plan to put the certificate to good use when they visit their son who is stationed in North Carolina. Pictured left to right are Ruth Palma, Yuki and Nobe Yasaki, Adolph Palma and Seal Beach-Rossmoor office manager Fred Nassab. What would you do with a $1000 gift certificate?  Contact your First Team agent today to find out how you can enter next quarter's AmEx drawing!

     First Team is delighted to welcome top real estate trainer Tina King, who has been named manager of the company’s San Clemente office.       King was a top producing real estate agent in her native Arizona and Southern California before turning to coaching, where her passion for partnering with agents to develop strategies to increase their productivity has had a profound effect at several major real estate companies.  Among her many professional accomplishments, Tina trained, coached and managed new and seasoned agents in six market centers of the Southern California regional office of Keller Williams Realty.  She also created a successful agent training program - later incorporated into the company’s national model - that boosted agent production…

First Team Estates®, the luxury arm of California’s number one ranked independent real estate firm, First Team® Real Estate, welcomes Patty Cochran to its team of residential luxury property specialists.  Focusing on the communities of Newport Beach and Corona del Mar, Patty has more than 25 years experience as a trusted real estate advisor to a long list of satisfied clients.  First Team Estate’s unparalleled international luxury marketing presence in print and online media and sophisticated lead generation system were key factors prompting her move. Contact Patty at 949-322-3390 or patty@pattycochran.com

Sage advice from John Ulzheimer at Smart Credit on keeping your credit score high. He says he’s a broken record on the subject, but I would contend that it is counsel that we need to revisit often…

You know who you are – you want to get the maximum FICO score of 850. You can’t be satisfied with an 849 or even 800. I hate to burst your bubble, but don’t waste your time on trying to reach the maximum score. You can get the lowest interest rates with a score of 760 and above. You don’t have to have the perfect score. In your attempt to increase your score, you may actually decrease it instead so BE CAREFUL.

Some actions you think may work can actually lower your scores, such as closing open accounts with no balance, paying off old charged off accounts,