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Month: March 2018

Phoenix Schools Receive Numerous Accolades

So often these days, it seems that schools are only in the news for their failures. Journalists love to write about the sensational news of school violence or poor test scores. Well, out west in Phoenix, Arizona, the Phoenix Schools are doing some things right! The Phoenix area is divided into dozens of individual districts; and all throughout Phoenix Schools, success abounds. One such district, the Deer Valley Unified School District sums up the mission of the entire system of Phoenix Schools: “In partnership with families and the community, [Phoenix Schools] will ensure that all students will graduate with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for success in a globally interdependent world.” If parents are looking for safe, secure and attractive campuses, qualified and caring staff who are passionate about working with children, rigorous curriculum that meets the needs of each student, award-winning faculty and programs, high academic achievement, and involved parents, business and community members who actively support education goals- then they need search no further than the districts of Phoenix Schools. One district within the system of Phoenix Schools recently received an honorable mention award in the American School Board Journal’s (ASBJ) 2007 Magna Awards contest. The Magna Awards recognize school districts, like the Phoenix Schools, which implement outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage communities to get involved in their local schools. This year, winning...

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Market Report – Distressed Sales February 2018 ARMLS

 Permission is granted only to ARMLS® Subscribers for reproduction from 2018 ARMLS® STAT – with attribution to “ARMLS® COPYRIGHT 2018”.  Distressed sales accounted for 2.2% of total sales, down from the previous month of 2.6%.  Short sales dropped 51.5% year-over-year.  Lender owned sales dropped 33.3% year- over-year. Considering selling your Arizona home? Feel free to contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation so we can share with you our proven home selling process. No hype. No gimmicks. No nonsense.   Just Results!          ———————————————————————————————————————————————————— Click the button below to Subscribe to ourArizona Real Estate blog!   All images purchased and  licensed from Shutterstock , shared from YouTube, sourced from Vectortoons, or were taken by the...

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The Vacation Sales Cold Call Script

If you have been hunting around for a cold call script, take a look at this one. The destination vacation is a big money operation. People who make 1,000 calls per week generally find 100 interested prospects that turn into 50 paid customers using scripts like this one. Everyone tweaks a word here and there in scripts and this one is no different. Sit with your sales manager for approval on the wording and then try this script out on your next 100 calls and see if it makes a difference. “Hello, is __________ there? Hello, my name is _________, calling from _______________ How are you today? (Customer’s first name) I see that you filled out a survey form and expressed interest in a Hawaii vacation. Our company has just released our VIP Invitations for vacations to Hawaii and your name is on that list! I am calling to make sure you want to take advantage of this discounted Hawaii vacation offer. Mr/Ms_______________________what do you think? If you have pen and paper,I’ll give you all my information so you can start planning. Again, my name is ________ and this is through _____________________________. This Hawaii vacation package is for 4 days and 3 nights on Maui. Your airline will be _____________________________. You will be staying at the Hotel __________________ for 4 days and 3 nights. If you need other airline...

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Agoraphobia Is Not the Opposite of Claustrophobia

Agoraphobia isn’t the opposite of claustrophobia – but a lot of people think it is. In fact I used to think exactly that. I used to think exactly that even when I was suffering from agoraphobia. I was even offered the opportunity to join an agoraphobics group, but I said no because I wasn’t afraid of open spaces. I quite liked open spaces as long as no one else was anywhere near me. In fact if there was no other human being in sight, then that was OK as far as I was concerned. But that was all a very long time ago. The translation of agoraphobia is ‘fear of the market place’, not, as many people think, fear of open spaces. The essence of the market place is people and human interaction. This is what is fearful. Places that agoraphobes typically avoid, or have problems with, are supermarkets, theatres, cinemas, crowds, parties. Places where a rapid exit might be difficult. The fear is usually of showing oneself up in some way in the eyes of others. Typically agoraphobes worry about things like: vomiting (usually as a result of severe anxiety); fainting; having a panic attack; or suffering from a genuine health emergency like a heart attack. The concern is usually one of embarrassment – perhaps fainting and finding oneself on a supermarket floor gazing up into a circle...

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Why Do Some Cats Bite When You Pet Them?

Many of us who are parents to cats notice that when we pet them, they sometimes turn around a bite our hands. Why do cats do that? Dog parents smugly state that their dogs wag their tails, pant and lick their hand. They claim that dogs don’t bite the hand that pets them. While this is not a competition between cats and dogs, I’ll give the dogs this one. I had a beautiful dog for many years (she passed away at 12) and she never bit me when I petted her. However, each and every cat (except one) has nipped at my hand. So, why do cats bite the hand that pets them? As usual, I decided to do a little research to see if I can find the answer. From what I can tell, it looks like experts do not agree on the reasons for this pet-then-bite behavior, therefore many theories abound regarding what is called petting-induced aggression. One theory is that unlike dogs, which are more social, petting may be something outside of a cat’s normal instinctive behavior. A suggested remedy is that cats need to be socialized to people as very young kittens. Even 5 minutes of human contact each day of a cat’s life up to 7 weeks of age will produce a much more trusting cat than those cats that did not have human...

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