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Turning Back Your St. George, Utah Sprinkler Clock

by Jeremy Larkin

It's fall in Dixie!! That means 2 things: 1. Lots of football, and 2. Tons of Southern Utah residents overwatering their lawns. In this quick video, Jeremy Larkin of the Larkin Group gives some time-tested advice about getting your St. George area sprinkler clocks turned back, spoken as a life-time local who know a bit about Southern Utah lawns.

 

St. George Pests! What is Integrated Pest Management?

by Carson Hunt, H&& Pest Control

Pest control, everyone needs it, but what is IPM? Well, here in St. George the temperature is warming and the bugs are starting to move around. Whether you own a business or want protection for you home, the most effective and green friendly method of keeping pests outside is to choose a pest management professional that follows an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan.

IPM is a process involving common sense and sound solutions for treating and controlling pests. These solutions incorporate three basic steps: 1) inspection, 2) identification and 3) treatment.  Treatment options vary from sealing cracks and removing food and water sources to pesticide treatments when necessary.

Most importantly, IPM requires a partnership between you and your licensed pest professional. In working together, you can have the peace of mind that your business and home will be protected against pest-related health and property threats.

IPM Treatment and Inspection Techniques

When it comes to pest management, there are very few “standard operating protocols.” Instead, your pest professional will assess YOUR unique situation to develop a comprehensive cure to your pest problem, which could include any of the following techniques:

  • Applying pesticides
  • Using various trapping devices
  • Emptying trash containers frequently
  • Keeping trash containers clean both inside and out
  • Keeping full trash bags tied securely and placed in outdoor garbage storage areas
  • Cleaning outdoor garbage areas to remove debris
  • Using tight fitting lids and/or closed dumpsters to store garbage outdoors.
  • Emptying sink strainers and running the garbage disposal frequently to prevent food build up in the drain area
  • Washing dishes immediately after meals to prevent pests from consuming food residue on dishes
  • Cleaning food particles and grease from kitchen appliances (toasters, ovens, microwaves, ovens, stoves, and refrigerators)
  • Storing pet food in re-sealable containers
  • Limiting the amount of time that pet food and water dishes are left out
  • Storing food products in plastic snap-lid containers or kept in the refrigerator
  • Vacuuming and sweeping floors and furniture regularly, especially around eating areas such as kitchens and living rooms
  • Cleaning food storage areas and shelves regularly, where pests may be harboring
  • Sealing gaps around plumbing, wall outlets and switch plates to prevent pests from migrating from infested units to others, and much more!

 By doing your part to fulfill the Integrated Pest Management plan you are taking an active approach to keep pests from walking through your doors.  More than just a pest "band-aid" that doesn't address the problem, IPM works as a cure.  We at H&H Pest Management believe in the IPM process and we believe that by working together, your home or business will be properly treated and pest free.

 For more about IPM and to see videos of IPM in action check out whatisIPM.org.  As always feel free to contact us at H&H for any questions regarding your pest control concerns.

 

By: Carson Hunt

Market Stinks but Keller Williams St. George up 19.6%

by Jeremy Larkin

The nice thing about numbers is that they rarely lie.

If you are a Buyer or Seller, or intend on sometime being a Buyer or Seller, or simply enjoy staying up on the Real Estate market, you will find the following information extremely intriguing.

I am going to take a very brief moment to share with you some information that may seem a bit like "bragging", but it.........ok, it is.

-Total WCBR (Washington County Board) Closed units (Single Family Residence & Townhomes/Condos) in 2007 - 5459
-Total WCBR Closed units (Single Family Residence & Townhomes/Condos) 2008 - 3759
Closed units from 2007 to 2008 in Washington County were down 31%
 
-Total Keller Williams closed units 2007-335
-Total Keller Williams closed units 2008-417
Closed units for Keller Williams Realty St. George were up 19.6%
 

Yes, my sentiments exactly (get it? Holy.....Cow...?)

But before I give our local office too much credit, I should point out this headline that  I just saw today:  "Keller Williams Realty Bucks National Business Trends During the Toughest Real Estate Market on Record."   Click on that link and you can read it for yourself!
 
Any of my clients and friends will tell you that I have never been one to encourage a Buyer or Seller to select any one Agent due to their affiliation with a specific brokerage. The reason for that is quite simple: you could hire a really incredible agent at "Uncle Bob's Backwoods Realty" or get a really crappy agent from From ReMax, Coldwell Banker or, of course, Keller Williams Realty.
 
That said, these figure are tremendous and say something about this company considering the overriding economic conditions in our country.
 
If you wonder "why" we have achieved this, I can only attribute it to one thing: EDUCATION. I simplly have not seen another local or national real estate firm that places as much emphasis on education.

No, not this kind of agent....

This means the Buyers and Sellers who work with Keller Williams agents are likely to get someone who has really been educated on the business of real estate and not on the latest "trick close" at a sales seminar.
 
Case closed.

"Amazing Deal!! Buy an Oak tree for $209,900 and we'll throw in the home behind for FREE!"

And yes, this DID come from the Washington County MLS by the way. I shall leave the agent nameless because I think he actually is a decent guy, but seriously! Am I the only one who notices the picture of the kitchen in a million-dollar home using Grandma's vintage polaroid camera with all of the shades drawn and the lights off?

It's amazing that even in a true Buyer's market, where Sellers really need and deserve the best marketing possible, Agents continue to reach new lows with their marketing standards. This is an off-shoot of another incredibly entertaining topic, "Worst Realtor Head-Shots", which can be saved for another day.

If you want some REALLY good laughs though, I can't compete with our Friend Norm Fisher in frigid Saskatoon, Canada who has taken the time to create the following website, "Unbelievable Bad Real Estate Photos of All Time." Go ahead and enjoy that one for a moment.

Another Great "Worst MLS Photos" site: http://therealestatebakery.com/category/worst-mls-photos/.  These make the 2 I've inserted here look great.

National Association of Realtors research shows that 85% of home buyers now begin their home search online, and that 24% end up buying a home that they specifically found online. Yet agents seem content to apparently take in excessive amounts of alchohol prior to memorializing a beautiful home like the one below as it tips over and crashes down the hillside into the St. George Historic District Below.

 This stuff is just another example of exactly why Real Estate Agents get such a bad rap for doing poor or no work.

Million Dollar Views!.................$35 camera.  

 

Anyone else who has seen some classics out there in your home searching? I will continue to update this post as long as we keep finding them.....which we always will. We can really have some fun by posting all of the bad MLS/ Real Estate Photos you send to us. Shoot them over to me at larkin@exitredrockrealty.com. (They will be pictured below)

 

 

4/21 - Phenomenal 2 Bed / 2 Bath Condo.....CAUTION: Extreme Radiation Present!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/13 - I actually had a buyer client of mine email me today and ask "what kind of damage is that, fire damage?" No, it's not. It's a piece of crap photo of an otherwise beautiful home. Whoops.

 

 "No Officer, I have absolutely NOT been drinking.......hey who do you know who needs to buy or sell real estate?.............."

 

 

 

You know I wasn't going to write an offer on this home, but now that I see this picture......"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This home is ACTUALLY listed at $1.7 million.....too bad the photographer snapped this shot right as he/she was knocked to the floor by the mobs of people wanting to buy $1.7 homes right now...(the 35 mm Camera was not damaged however)

 

 

This is peculiar........and a great marketing piece!

But wait, there's more! I'm going to throw in the toothpaste if you write a full-price offer TODAY!

Wal-Mart, Raving Fans & Sinus Infections

by Jeremy Larkin

 You know you do it.  You walk up to the cashier in your friendly neighborhood Wal-mart and initiate conversation in the simplest way possible: "Hi, how are you?"  You then think to yourself, "I hope they're doing good....I mean if they weren't they wouldn't really tell me, would they?....Cause gosh, if they aren't doing good I will (insert your own feelings here) feel really bad, not care at all, not know what to say...."

And of course, they always say "fine" or something similar.  But not this time, no the Wal-mart cashier just had to tell me the truth, so here it goes..(brace yourself). And I quote:

Cashier: I could be better

Me: Wow!, how come?

Cashier: I've had a really bad sinus infection for 2 months

Me: Can you throw in a case of that hand sanitizer right there?

No, I'm not kidding. Then there's the one at the other Wal-mart that always manages to tell my Assistant about her latest woes of being middle-aged and single and how the last guy dumped her, ran off, got a sinus infection, whatever.

My question is this: How in the world do these people make it to the front lines of the local Wal-mart? No, seriously! I've seen MUCH better qualified employees stacking pallets at 3 AM.

The answer is simple: The Wal-marts of the world aren't committed to creating 'Raving Fans.' They are barely committed to creating 'satisfied customers.' A satisfied customer, of course, is someone who isn't happy or sad about the business transaction, they just..."are"....they're neutral I guess.

Ken Blanchard writes about this topic in one of the best books I've EVER read, conveniently titled "Raving Fans." Blanchard discusses the fact that most businesses are just aiming for satisfied customers, but that satisfied customers aren't good enough!  We are trying to implement these concepts into our real estate practice, and it ain't easy. I have started the process of asking myself questions like, "what are we doing for our clients that is memorable?"  Sometimes I have no answer for myself of course.

What do you think? When was the last time you transacted business with someone or some business that made a "Raving Fan" out of you? Where the experience was so good that you would tell all of your friends about it? What about the opposite? Think about how often you have a mediocore restaurant experience and your reply to the Manager who asks how everything was is "fine." Is 'fine' good enough?

What about in your own business? Ask yourself: "Am I looking for 'satisfied customers' or 'loyal fans'?"

I'd love to hear your stories. In the meantime I've gotta go back to Wal-mart and pickup some Mucinex and hand sanitizer....

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