Thursday, June 20, 2013

Guest Blogger: Tim Richmond: Tiny Homes, the Financial Shortcut of Real Estate


Tiny Homes, the Financial Shortcut of Real Estate


Many people spend their entire existence with the goal of paying off and owning a home. While this is traditional, it doesn’t mean that alternative real estate goals are in the wrong. An emerging form of financially viable real estate can be seen within the tiny home movement. People are starting to reassess their aspirations when it comes to homeownership, and it’s beginning to change real estate landscape across the nation.

Tiny homes have disadvantages and advantages when compared with traditional real estate, but one clear benefit is that they are much more financially attainable. Below I list the ways that moving in the tiny home direction can save you money if you are interested in becoming a homeowner.



lL   Lack of debt.

                               

When people purpchase property in the traditional real estate world, they are forming what is usually a 30 year commitment when mortgage is concerned. The ballpark of 30 years is a long time to commit to anything, let alone monthly monetary payments. A major advantage of tiny home real estate is that they don’t lead to much debt. They cost roughly $20,000 to build yourself and $50,000 to have one built. These prices are much, much lower than traditional housing. Most people who are legitimately considering a real estate purchase have at least $20,000 saved up for a down payment and start-up costs. Using this money toward a tiny home would cover much more of the total cost, while still providing a place to live.



Noticeable: Debt is a commitment that accrues interest and doesn’t fluctuate if your job or situation changes. Tiny home real estate offers an option to acquire and own property quickly, or even immediately.



2.  Energy costs.

               

The square footage of a house is directly related to monthly energy costs. Because of this, tiny homes are much more financially viable when energy consumption is considered. Every type of energy bill that people receive each month would be decreased substantially. This makes a noticeable difference in your bank account. It’s always a bonus in 2013 when something can be environmentally friendly while also saving money.



Noticeable: Being able to spend money on other interests rather than sky high energy bills is a major factor for those who support the tiny home movement. Reduced energy costs equate to more personalized spending.



3.  Amount of possessions.

               

When less space is available, there is inherently less room for possessions. While some view this as a positive and some view it as a negative, financially it is most definitely a benefit of tiny homes. If you were the owner of a tiny home, the decreased square footage would require far less furniture. The size would also limit excessive purchasing, thus keeping money in your pocket.



Noticeable: Many houses around America are littered with useless and dated possessions. Tiny homes are unique in that they eliminate potential for excess material objects. This can save you money, especially in the long run.



 The way that America has operated over the last several decades is that bigger is always better, particularly in real estate. The success of people is too often judged on the size of their garage and the number of bathrooms in their house. The American Dream is being achieved in alternative ways in 2013, and tiny home real estate is one of those ways. Bigger is not always better, particularly when finances are concerned.



Tiny homes may be small, but they’re making a large splash in the pool of American real estate.





Tim Richmond writes about the mortgage industry, real estate, green building, personal finance and home ownership. He currently writes for the Native American mortgage specialists 1st Tribal Lending.

Friday, January 11, 2013

JobTrak PA is about a new start!

#TGIF! Give us some #FF luv! We're working with #PA's 14 #comm_colleges to fill in-demand #jobs! http://t.co/7fSWuJ55 #career #adulted
 
 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

We are...

 
 
..all
 
parents, stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters-
 
family, first.
 
26 days of silence.
 
 
 


Friday, September 28, 2012

Keep it Simple...

Content is King, Quality is Queen and Disruption, the Jester.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy Dog Days-Real Estate is heating up a bit!!


Wisconsin real estate:Dane Co. Community Blog Network by Whirligig Marketing!:http://tinyurl.com/3t3t4uo

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freedom. For everyone, anywhere: http://ping.fm/1bbbk

Thursday, June 21, 2012

See you all Saturday in Ft Atkinson-It's an Open House, all day-everyone is invited! http://ping.fm/rRqqM

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Obamacare:Romney not making sense:http://ping.fm/UmoON

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Remembering the Ft. Atkinson, WI July 2008 Flood: http://ping.fm/JXbV4

A home that is 100 years old has parts that are much older than that, and can make you feel much, much older...#renovation

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The voice of reason needs to be heard in WI: http://ping.fm/SlqX7

Monday, May 28, 2012

Ft. Atkinson WI 2012 Memorial Day Parade:#MemorialDay @USArmy @USNavy @usairforce @USCG #Marines We salute you. http://ping.fm/8AVC6

Content is King-Disruption, the Jester. Edina Realty pulls the plug on http://ping.fm/Aq1OB | Inman News http://ping.fm/jm8zt

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

There is never enough time to spend with good friends is there?Thanks to all my friends now&then:http://ping.fm/VR5Og

Monday, March 5, 2012

A great home in a great Madison, WI neighborhood-for sale! : http://tinyurl.com/8ab2cda

Monday, February 27, 2012

Totally Unplugged!:no email phone or text until 3-7 just Friends, Ice and Fish! : http://ping.fm/i4R7W

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

There are 14 St. Valentines? : http://ping.fm/XVUwX

Thursday, February 2, 2012

...we recently became grandparents-Thanks to Dana, Ben and Little William. More Later!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

1 Million signatures down-Candidates, please sign in!:
http://tinyurl.com/7k5tsz9

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Resolved for 2012: Pay no attention to the Mayan calendar: http://ping.fm/zg3dA

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays and presents to all!: 448 Free Ideas for Blogs, Photos and Updates!: http://tinyurl.com/nwg8wz See you all Jan 3rd 2012.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Get you head around this: Half of us live in poverty.
http://tinyurl.com/7nfxwjg

Monday, December 12, 2011

"...Tell Santa Nana needs a new kidney..." overheard at the mall as she waited in line with her children to get pictures with Santa...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Zero calories!!!-and curvalicious: http://ping.fm/zI8vg

Monday, October 24, 2011

Thank you is always great to hear: http://ping.fm/ltwH5

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Ask yourself this: Why are police in Boston attacking US veterans surrounding peaceful protestors? Video: http://bit.ly/pnqIQK

Friday, September 16, 2011

BBC Mobile: Blood Vessels Created on 3D Printer http://tinyurl.com/3ma24yh

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

On a get-a-life-hiatus until Sept. 5th: email me shsworks@sbcglobal.net or call 920-691-6030!

Friday, July 15, 2011

It's curvalicious, and zero calories: http://ping.fm/zI8vg

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

On staycation thru June 28th-if you need me: temp email: steven2hire@gmail.com or call 920-691-6030.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

AT&T, Yahoo, Microsoft are in for a minor smackdown...after an email glitch and fix, back to sq 1! Temp email: steven2hire@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Say "social mobile webspace" three times as fast as you can...and check your updates!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Thank you, Veterans. For your service and our future.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Computer in for the annual Windows cleaning this week - call instead if you like and chat!: 920-691-6030

Monday, May 16, 2011

On and about in real life for the next three days-back Friday!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Dane County Community Blog Network


This guy built it-with a smile!

My friend in real life Pat Laemmrich

loves what he does.

Pat has been working for the better part of a decade

helping Realtors and small businesses

get noticed more.

So, he decided to build the

Dane County Community Blog Network .

(okay, I helped a little...)

It's a 14-blog, multi-website,

plugged-into-social-media-network.

Each blog is jam-packed full of HD video real estate listings,

like this one:



(YouTube - WhirligigMarketing)


...and there are also links to community, school, local government

and even some news and goings-on!

Pat says the idea is simple -

everyone, everywhere has a story to tell,

and he helps them tell it better.

You can get ahold of of Pat here.

Or on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, -

Basically everywhere.


(But if you tell him I sent you,
don't be surprised if he chuckles a bit...)

Gotta run, the sun is out!

Steve
shsworks@sbcglobal.net
920-691-6030

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

UW School of Business conference: New Partnerships: Government and Real Estate on 6/9/11: http://bit.ly/keVQaq

Monday, May 9, 2011

Housing crisis long way from over: http://bit.ly/lBkae0 via http://bit.ly/k5jk5J

Happy Monday!...at least until Tuesday.... ;)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers day to all Moms at all stages of life and all the people that love and know them!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Wisconsin For Sale: http://bit.ly/k08Tjy

Wisconsin Realtors Association: Wisconsin Foreclosure Assistance Resource Center: http://ping.fm/jrUKj

Friday, April 29, 2011

Send a text message “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation for Birmingham/Tuscaloosa tornado relief areas/donate items RT

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Let's all work from the top down...

With all the news lately from:

Fukushima
,
Wisconsin,
D.C.,
and Trump-ville,

...it's hard to imagine there is any sane real estate left

anywhere in this world.

So why don't we all just soar with the eagles for a while?



Video clips at Ustream
( The Decorah Eagles - via ustream.tv)

...what a world we make for ourselves

-but it always looks better

...from the top!

Steve
shsworks@sbcglobal.net
920-691-6030

Friday, April 8, 2011

Please call 262-548-7010: ask Republican Waukesha Co. Clerk Kathy Nickolaus HOW DO 14K VOTES GET LOST? http://tinyurl.com/4xuw8pv via PATCH

Saturday, April 2, 2011

NOT MY AMERICA: Grandmother, 11 grandchildren evicted from her home: http://ping.fm/DQgyD Plz RT!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Minuscule radiation spikes in Wisconsin air pose no risk to human health, state says http://ping.fm/x14wg
via WiStateJournal

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

RADIATION LEVELS RISE IN WISCONSIN: http://ping.fm/VObGm

Monday, March 28, 2011

Why do you live where you live? : http://bit.ly/gsM6qd

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Live Report: Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Crisis: http://ping.fm/nVxMn

Folo @metaltoad Edgy, engaging and everywhere! : http://ping.fm/o0CbD

One of the best places to live in America!: http://tinyurl.com/kq55e5

Saturday, March 19, 2011

A riot of spring color along the Milwaukee River: http://ping.fm/ixz21 - via http://tinyurl.com/66c5wxf

What a wonderful world when we all come together no matter what, where or who! :http://ping.fm/zCGyu

Beautiful Milwaukee River scene via Stoughton,WI artist Derek Hambly!: http://ping.fm/NM19r
http://tinyurl.com/499ywlx

AP:Japan officials: radioactive iodine in Tokyo water
http://tinyurl.com/4kefzra

Friday, March 11, 2011

I will not unfriend you,bark at your tweets,flog your blog,crowd your space or break your links.Come and talk. Everyone. Everywhere. Now. RT

I will not unfriend you,bark at your tweets,flog your blog,crowd your space or break your links.Come and talk. Everyone. Everywhere. Now. RT

Thursday, March 10, 2011

WISCONSIN PROTEST: We came in through the bathroom window! http://ping.fm/ICqrq
shs vid shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Just got back from the Capitol rotunda-Power to the people of Wisconsin-shame to the republicans-How dare 17 people act like this! (ok,18)

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Just got back from the Capitol rotunda-Power to the people of Wisconsin and shame to the republicans How dare 17 people act like this!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

YUMMIEST seats in the house! Here: http://bit.ly/fhv9jK and here! - http://tinyurl.com/4p3bxzn

Monday, February 28, 2011

WISCONSIN PROTESTS: Stand tall, stand together, stand for your friends,neighbors,family & the future! http://tinyurl.com/4pshyfq via HuffPo

Friday, February 25, 2011

RECALL WISCONSIN GOV. SCOTT WALKER-START HERE:http://ping.fm/M6Ys7

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

FROM CNN: Indiana state prosecutor fired over online remarks about Wisconsin protests http://ping.fm/l6Nun

Wisconsin Protests: Speak loudly and carry it to Gov. Walker!: http://ping.fm/0Vy4J

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wisconsin Solidarity: this network silent 4 24 hours: remembering sacrifices made by union members then & now. http://tinyurl.com/4am97sk

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Our Gov. Scott Walker doesn't want to listen to us.He only follows Hootsuite on Twitter http://ping.fm/0REsN

The Truth: The consumer is the highest form of life on the planet: http://bit.ly/gpOcob

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wisconsin RE: GOOD Crazy! Veridian Homes: No mortgage payments for 4 months-with a new home contract by 2/28- http://tinyurl.com/4rxrsjv

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Wisconsin real estate: Neenah looks to past, working to preserve historic Island neighborhood: http://tinyurl.com/4glnc7l - postcrescent.com

Sunday, February 6, 2011

GO PACK GO! For the balance of this Super Bowl Sunday, I am outta here! :http://ping.fm/uvH9J

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Fannie Mae holding your mortgage? Check here! : http://bit.ly/eVV3WC

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wisconsin Blizzard: Ft. Atkinson: DIG OUT!: More snow than a shovel can handle downtown. http://ping.fm/FxS1O (SHS photo)

Wisconsin Blizzard:Ft. Atkinson: START DIGGING! http://ping.fm/hY6Xw

Wisconsin Blizzard: Milwaukee: Over 300 plows and other vehicles currently moving snow-est. 18-24 hours to dig out-in Ft. Atkinson, haven't seen the plow yet...

Wisconsin Blizzard: State of Civil Emergency Declared: http://tinyurl.com/4cqg4ll

Wisconsin Blizzard: State of Civil Emergency Declared:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Yummy Inspiration!: http://bit.ly/fKW3h5

Sunday, January 30, 2011

RESIGN!-Egyptian reform leader to Mubarak: http://ping.fm/uz6dY

Wisconsin Blizzard Coming-Sharpen Your Shovels!
http://ping.fm/iWNum

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Wisconsin Winter: Frozen Beauty http://ping.fm/zTD59

Friday, January 21, 2011

Wisconsin: Dane County Community Blog Network-16 hyperlocal blogs w/RE listings, video tours, community & local biz info: http://bit.ly/eDlweO

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don't Schmidt me!: Google Shake Up - Larry Page new Chief Exec: http://ping.fm/MUTKr -via NYT

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wisconsin housing outlook "...fragile..." : http://bit.ly/h5Pj8B via WSJ

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Truth: The consumer is the highest form of life on the planet. http://bit.ly/gpOcob

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Realtors-and everyone who works-should check their
Google "sucks" index: http://bit.ly/hLk0b0

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year to everyone! : http://bit.ly/9qFe8G

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 Tech Trends For The Decade http://bit.ly/eUQeAx from Sramana Mitra

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ft. Atkinson WI wishes everyone the best holidays! Steven and Theresa Haffner-Stearns and Bear the Wunder-Dog! http://ping.fm/TAuxu

Saturday, November 13, 2010

We could all use a laugh: http://tinyurl.com/28bg7hg

Thursday, November 4, 2010

SHUT UP-face your market and listen-you will learn a thing or two: http://tinyurl.com/cq99lt

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

400+ Reasons to love Social Media!: http://bit.ly/9qFe8G

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Weird. Wisconsin. w0w: http://ping.fm/OFtFj

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Photo published, then hidden for over 15 years rides a long tail to a long tale!:#1 in Google: http://tinyurl.com/286muec

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dane Co. WI Community Blog Network: real estate listings, community info more!:http://ping.fm/2piHm

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"F*** Tom Barrett!!"someone driving by yelled as I put the sign in my yard. We should use free speech to help each other-especially now.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Unplugging tonight & tomorrow to catch up around the house and yard!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Remembering All on 9-11: Facebook, Twitter blogs-all social networks-silent tomorrow from 8:42 am to 10:28 am EST. Let's all join together.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Goldman Sachs Shutting Principal Strategies Unit - http://tinyurl.com/26r2d5v via Bloomberg.com

Saturday, August 28, 2010

DSL is out at the home-Digital refugee until Monday!-Call me at 920-691-6030-I have limited access to email.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Marketing 101: Unless you are a magician or a wizard or have a magic wand or secret potion, the only thing you have to offer is price.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Twitter is crazy, but you're not!: http://tinyurl.com/22lofk6

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Real estate is crazy:The next 50 years....


(Art from clker.com)


What can you say about
27,000 temporarily abandoned oil wells and
radioactive rabbit poop?

Out of all the noise in the echo chamber: the twits tweeting on twitter,
the anime avatars on facebook
and the veritable slew of bloated blogs and bloggers,
these two items got my attention.


Made me shut up.


And pay attention.

The fact that the next 50 years of my life are ahead of me

kind of underlined things.

So, for the next two weeks that is how I am celebrating my 50th birthday, beginning at 12:00:01 tonight. ...it's not like I had much to say, anyway.

But I am grateful for what I have seen and heard in real life, and here.

TTyL,
Steve
shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Yikes! Most of my networking lately has been with mosquitoes and rabbits in the back yard-it must be summer, finally!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Now what?- 1 year later: http://tinyurl.com/nnr7e8

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wisconsin real estate: Recovery? 2,000 foreclosed homes in Madison area, squatters evicted: http://tinyurl.com/29tlrzu- I am on hiatus.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers Day to My Mom, Gretchen (aka the m0mSteR!) I love you! x0 stevenson

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Yikes! Computer has to go into the shop-just for a day or two.Won't be totally unplugged-will still have email access, or call: 920-691-6030

Friday, April 30, 2010

Everyone have a great weekend-unplugging-see you Monday!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Brunch!: 31 Twitter Ideas: http://ping.fm/gunJn

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hey, LinkedIn profile browsers-give me a call! 920-691-6030

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fort Atkinson Farmers Market Sneak Peek: May 8, 15 & 22

Here is a sneak peek at

The Fort Atkinson Farmers Market

Come and get it!:

Fresh local produce, honey, baked bread, live music,

petting zoo, face painting and more fun for the kids!


(YouTube:FtAtkinsonChamber)


...a great way to spend any sunny Saturday morning-even for a gardener.

(...like my BFF Tess!)

...and click here for

the Fort Atkinson Farmers Market web page.

See you there,

Steve
shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Wisconsin supports its troops!: The Camo Quilt Project : http://ping.fm/PNss3

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Consumer behavior should shape brands-brands can't shape consumer behavior anymore: http://ping.fm/lKdFg

Ning wants your ching: http://ping.fm/LugFF

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

You can learn a lot about marketing from a dog: http://ping.fm/DykEk

Friday, April 9, 2010

Consumer behavior should shape brands-brands can't shape consumer behavior anymore.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

400+ Ideas to get you over Hump Day!: http://ping.fm/gl4CF

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

...and here are 25 reasons to love Tuesday!:http://ping.fm/EZ5rq

Since this is Tuesday, this is only a test...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thanks, Dan Gacke: "Steve is a genius when it comes to social media. He is also a great friend." http://tinyurl.com/nwg8wz

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The Kids Are Alright-Fort Atkinson, WI High School Students ROCK!


Youth is NOT wasted on the young!

The kids at Fort Atkinson High School are in it to win it-


seventeen's Ultimate Prom contest!

And here are their Top Ten reasons

why they should WIN!


(YouTube-stilealy)

...The prize? A major prom featuring
the band Boys Like Girls!

...and of course, memories to last a lifetime.

The prom is slated for May 8, 2010.

The theme-Treasure Island.

Head over here to check out the contest!

(...as far as real estate goes here-
glad to see tax dollars being used for FUN! ;) )

Steve
shsworks@sbcglobal.net
920-691-6030

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Everyday is amazing and amusing. Pass it on!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wisconsin real estate. Just plain weird: http://bit.ly/bowiUI

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Weird, Crazy, Wisconsin Real Estate-get your laugh on!

There are those that say you can't beat weird for Wisconsin.
(and you can always say that real estate is crazy-everywhere.)


After living here ten years,-well, real estate
is craziest in the Cheezehedd State.

You betcha.

Why ask why when it is so obvious?





(YouTube-WeirdUSTV)

And just when you think...
On second thought-No.
Don't think about this guy who missed his ex-wife so much he was going to open houses and, um,
snooping in dresser drawers.

(...and even calling Realtors for private showings!)

Just remember while real estate and people are crazy-

You're (probably) not.

And don't forget to laugh!

Steve

shsworks@sbcglobal.net

920-691-6030

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Steve has helped turn my business around and face my market & keeps me focused on what is important! A great guy to boot! - Pat Laemmrich

Monday, March 1, 2010

I am a First Amendment absolutist. An open networker. I welcome new ideas and broad perspectives. shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Thursday, February 25, 2010

US Real Estate: New home sales at 50-year low: http://tinyurl.com/ycyda9v

Friday, February 19, 2010

Some days, we need to laugh more than we need to work ... :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Consumer, defined: The highest form of life on the planet.: http://tinyurl.com/yjcnz83

Saturday, February 13, 2010

WHEDA is "Back in Business" - What's next for Wisconsin real estate?



...and it is a bright spot in the Wisconsin real estate market!

WHEDA exec director Antonio Riley was all over everywhere on Feb. 12, back in action with new 30-year mortgage plans after suspending mortgages to low and middle-income buyers in October of 2008.

Who helped set it up? The U.S. Treasury of course-they picked up 325 million bucks of WHEDAs' long-term bond obligations. (Frees up a little cash for WHEDA, of course.)

Add in the extension of the popular $8,000 tax credits for first time buyers, a credit score of 660, and a down payment possibly as low as 1,000 and you're off to the races.

But-get to the finish line before or by April 30th, when the tax credits are likely to stop.

WHEDA is working on other loan products, too. Maybe they can cook something up with the Treasury to help out the 104,000 people in Wisconsin set to lose their unemployment by the the end of April .

Unless those unemployment benefits are extended, another wave of distressed properties will start to overload an already saturated housing market, with foreclosures and jingle mail to follow if nothing is done to help the long-term unemployed homeowner.

The news from WHEDA is great for first timers, but no one seems to be paying much attention to the start-over crowd.

And that crowd might get a lot bigger. It would definitely be too big to fail.


Steve
shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Friday, February 12, 2010

WhirligigHD: Trouble viewing home tours in IE 7? Update to IE 8. Fixing it as you read this. It's Bill Gates' world, we all just work here!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Don't throw up on your client: http://tinyurl.com/cq99lt

Monday, February 1, 2010

Kenosha, WI: Bank faces FDIC sanctions: http://tinyurl.com/yg932hy via Kenosha News

Sunday, January 24, 2010

WI Real Estate:Builders: 2010 will be hard http://ping.fm/75QSk

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A tough start...


...a very tough start to the new year.

Haiti crumbles.

A 20 year old Marine from my town

dies.

Foreclosures mounting at a record pace.

and then there's

Unemployment.


It's all beyond words.

...isn't it?

Steve

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

FINALLY: Cell phone back up - VERY interesting to be without it for a day or two :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Crappasaurus! My cell died - if you need me - email me : shsworks@sbcglobal.net Thanks!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wisconsin M&I Bank extends foreclosure moratorium thru Q1 2010: http://ping.fm/IF7cj

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A long December...

To everyone-
Merry Christmas.
Happy Holidays.
To everyone, and all your friends and family.

May you all be together-in love, spirit
and sharing life.

See you next year!

A long December,and there's reason to believe..

maybe this year will be better than the last.

-Counting Crows

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

We ALL wanna drive the Zamboni: http://tinyurl.com/yfn5xux

Friday, December 4, 2009

HO freekin' HO!: 12 Days of Christmas for Realtors: http://tinyurl.com/yczpv29

Sunday, November 22, 2009

We could all use a laugh.....

Back for a bit-been busy and loving it!

Details later-in the meantime:

We could all use a laugh!



(YouTube - smaclenn)

Steven Stearns
Social Network Builder
shsworks@sbcglobal.net
920-691-6030

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Busy and loving it! Some time off today and tomorrow and BTW on Monday-in the meantime: http://tinyurl.com/yz59jwo

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wisconsin: Racine bank fails along with others: total 106 for the year nationally: http://tinyurl.com/yllt9sb via CNNMoney

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thanks for stopping by,everyone-been busy & will be back SOON! Here's over 400 ideas to keep you smiling &busy!: http://tinyurl.com/nwg8wz

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wisconsin Real Estate: M&I Bank Largest WI bank adds to reserves, prepares for loss: http://tinyurl.com/yjjhuuk via Bloomberg

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wisconsin homebuilders are going GREEN!: http://tinyurl.com/yaytefa

Saturday, September 26, 2009

THREE more reasons why real estate is crazy now: 1.) http://ping.fm/ce60J 2.) ARMS still to adjust 3.) Commercial RE is in the....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

One more reason why real estate will remain crazy for a while...

Oooooookie dokie...
so, then-the FDIC wants to borrow money from banks:

(YouTube - Bloomberg )

I am not an economist, just another blogger-

but hey, I know the banks in my neck of the woods aren't doing so good.

More later.

Not borrowing, I mean-just blogging.

Steve

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dane County, WI: NEW blog network-14 blogs - community info, listings, news - http://ping.fm/kVKoN

Friday, September 18, 2009

Wisconsin Real Estate: 3 Million for 24,000 sq ft? In downtown Madison? Location,location,Location!
http://tinyurl.com/lexywb

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Busy week, great ideas, changes everywhere and one more day to go!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

...Connecting in Mlps-St. Paul-having some fun of course and talking about about blog networks: http://ping.fm/BGqZz

Monday, September 14, 2009

Out of Town Today!


Connecting with my Minneapois-St. Paul network today.
Call or email if you need me: 920-691-6030 / shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, September 12, 2009

400 To Reasons Smile On Monday: Busy this last week-thanks for calling and the emails - http://tinyurl.com/nwg8wz - see you all then!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Madison WI, Smart City, USA!




Just a little video on Madison, WI.


Done very smartly by





I spent almost five years living in Madison, WI.

It is a great town and we still have friends there.

...and I am so glad it's close to Ft. Atkinson, WI

and all the gardens BFF Tess has now in our back yard

(...more on those later-anyone need tomatoes?)

Steve

shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Social Media Is Not A Pet Rock

Social Media is Not A Pet Rock



(from www.socialnomics.net)


...but it does rock!

Get over it.

Get into it.

Get on with it.

Steve
shsworks@sbcglobal.net
920-691-6030

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wisconsin sets new foreclosure record: July 09 single highest month:up 10.9% over June 09: http://tinyurl.com/mod4g4 - via jsonline.com

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Monday, Tweeps-Jump Start Your Week with 400 + Ideas: http://ping.fm/hY4aF

Friday, August 21, 2009

FREE Friday-10 links for free: mobile marketing, websites, photo editing, 200+blog ideas, internet ad trends: http://ping.fm/JrmM7

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Madison, Wisconsin Women's Council of Realtors event today was the BEST!: http://ping.fm/AJrvV

Hello, WCRA! Welcome to the Blog!


...and welcome to the blog!

It was great to see you all today-

And of course, Rebecca Levinson, my friend and Ace Blogger-(see link below.)
(..and thanks for putting up with a slightly cranky computer... :) )


The power of relationship brought this all together

so we could get together today and share ideas.

As promised, the links below will give you plenty of help, ideas and opportunities


to work on your social media and building your social network.


(...remember you can learn a lot about marketing from a dog:

...Bear doesn't let technology or paperwork get him down!)
Links: Click and GROW:
and
Call me, wire me or connect-happy to help you out anytime!
Steve
920-691-6030

..Off to Madison for a presentation with @rebeccalev!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Unplugging for the weekend-Here are 300+ reasons to look forward to Monday: http://ping.fm/hY4aF
See you then!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wisconsin:M&I Bank sells 800 non-performing residential mortgages, 2/3rds in AZ: http://ping.fm/HfHmI - PR Newswire

Saturday, August 8, 2009

RT @DansMobile: Recommended @stevenstearns to @MrTweet 'he's a genius when it comes to social media. He is al...' http://ping.fm/lbDpi

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

CULTURE WAR?:The Scobleizer Speaks: Friendship key scarcity in digital age: http://ping.fm/bATUi - Via telegraph.co.uk

Monday, August 3, 2009

Mobile Marketing-FREE 30 DAY TRIAL: http://qittle.com/

Monday, July 27, 2009

NOW what? Opportunity called-it's hiding in the chaos: http://ping.fm/QZDZw

NOW What?

NOW what?.....


(SHS photo)

or maybe better still,

Now, what NOW?:

Housing seems to be getting better,

we can enjoy a few more Doritos for the same price,

...and depending on how you look at them...

the major stock markets

are either up-to no good or double-down for the money.

Then there's that whole health insurance thing,

-along with the increase in minimum wage,

coupled with several hundred thousand people

still going out of work each month.

There has to be opportunity in all the chaos;

I have found some for myself, and will be working on it this week.

So now what now may point at where to, sooner or later.

Just so it's forward.

See you out here!

Steve

shsworks@sbcglobal.net

920-691-6030

Friday, July 24, 2009

80-yr-old Realtor in LaCrosse, WI NOT Retiring!: http://ping.fm/ElLKU - River Valley Biz Report

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wisconsin Realtors Assoc., others oppose new Do Not Call Bill:1k fine: http://ping.fm/o8IUF - MJS Blog

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Off to Madison for a meeting and then this afternoon, gotta get to Inbox Zero....

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Social Media is NOT for AUTOPILOTS: Twitter fail:
http://ping.fm/trbTi

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday Madness!: 300+ FREE ideas for social media updates, blogs, photos: http://ping.fm/D0LB3

Thursday, July 9, 2009

448 Free Ideas for Blogs, Photos and Social Media Updates

Here you go!




448 Free Ideas for Blogs, Photos and Updates.


Just for you.

So take them, use them, pass them around, share them!


And thanks for sharing yours with me every now and then.


We all need a little tickling of our muse

every now and then,

and of course,


...collaboration is the cornerstone of social media.




scroll down a bit, and smile.


Thanks!

Steve
920-691-6030

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Antiques Roadshow, here we come!

Antiques Roadshow, here we come!

(SHS Photo)

Maybe furniture is just as crazy as real estate.

BFF Theresa -(seen smiling in this photo)-

stands in our living room behind

an 1820s-30s Philadelphia Empire chair.

A few weeks ago, she sent in some pics and a description to

Antiques Roadshow on PBS

and well, they are coming to get the piece right now for the show

in Madison, WI this weekend.

How did we get this chair?

From my Mom, who found it in a second-hand store in Grand Marais, MN

(years ago)

for like, between 30-50 bucks.

It had been retired from being the throne

for the Queen of the annual Fisherman's Picnic,

as she rode around in the back of a pick-up truck.

The very comfy chair has been around since I was a kid

and it has visited all my siblings.

Since then, Theresa found out as she researched it for a paper at UW-Madison

it has, well, an interesting-

and possible rarefied history.

This is going to be a highlight of Theresa's professional life as

a master upholsterer, antique/restoration shop owner,

furniture design and operations manager

and manager of a a high-end retail furnishings store.

Me?

I hope the Keno Brothers don't catch me napping in it

while we wait for the appraisal.

More later as we head to the show,

Steve

shsworks@sbcglobal.net

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Freedom. Shared. Gratitude.


Freedom.
Shared.
Gratitude.


(Flag from www.freefoto.com/)

Happy Freedom!

To all of us living everywhere.

U.S. citizens may be living on the most liberated

piece of real estate in the world.

We might not have always had the timing or words right;

we have always tried to share the idea and principles

of freedom

with whoever would listen.

So, today we go to a parade, a festival, a ball game, cook on the grill,

have a few friends over.

Look up into a dark sky and watch the rocket's glare,

grateful for the light, the noise and the joy.

Remembering all our loved ones who gave so much

so we could have more.

To share.

Steve