Thursday, August 12, 2010

How to go 200 MPH on a Motorcycle (and how that relates to real estate)

By REALTOR Dave Sleeper: This is a lesson in goal setting. Going 200 MPH on a motorcycle as a goal is no different than any other goal you might set in life, assuming it is physically possible to achieve the goal.

You start by setting the goal. The goal is set at a level that is beyond anything you have done before that is even close. For example, if you are making $20,000 a year and set a goal to make $100,000 a year, that is extreme.

Also, don't set goals that are totally impossible. For example don't set a goal to swim 100 yards through a shark infested tank. You might get eaten! Set goals that are within reach, and that will either enhance life for you and your family or be a great addition to your resume.

This is how I set my motorcycle goal. First, I had an idea, in February 2010. We all have ideas every day about a myriad of things. Most of these ideas come and go just as fast. Some are worthy of writing down and following up. For example, a real estate salesperson could come up with an idea for increasing sales through some new activity ... i.e., calling customers and clients on a regular basis, using a new form of advertising, or hiring an assistant.

I had an idea: I am going to try to go 200MPH on a motorcycle. Simple, but how? First, I had to convince myself that it was possible. I did this with research on the Internet and the media. I discovered that speed runs were done at venues throughout the country as organized events. Therefore, one part of the plan was to find an event, as opposed to going 200 MPH on I95. I found that venue - I decided to enter the
Loring Timing Association speed run on August 1, 2010.

The next feat was to figure out what kind of motorcycle would go as fast as I wanted to go. That was relatively easy. There is plenty of information on the web that helped me.

Now it was time to determine the cost/benefit ratio. A new motorcycle was about $12,000, plus the cost of add-ons and equipment to allow me to go that fast. I decided it seemed like a reasonable return. Add to that the cost of getting to the event and staying for a weekend; it seemed ok.

Then, I enlisted the help of experts. I found people on Facebook who had done this. I found other racers and mechanics who knew the details of how to set up the motorcycle to do what I wanted. The goal was started in February and would come to a conclusion in August. So, I set a timeline to get everything accomplished along the way. Each day was a learning experience as new things were learned, which led to altering course slightly to get to the final setup.

I also had to concern myself with clothing to wear. There are rules for clothing and the bike setup that had to be strictly observed. So, I got protective clothing that met the requirements. I rode the motorcycle almost 2000 miles in a couple of months to break it in and to get familiar with the bike. What really was super about this was that the bike that I chose fit perfectly!

Confidence had to be achieved before I did the run! To gain confidence, I went on the web and found videos of people doing this sport. Watching those over and over again allowed me to get the feel of what I was about to do. Conversations with other high speed racers allowed me to further learn tips on the proper methods to help gain knowledge and confidence.

Came the weekend of the event, and away we went! Bike in the trailer, wife by my side and bike mechanic along too. All this proved to be valuable. The mechanic allowed us to make some critical last minute changes. Having a team cheering was valuable to me to continue to build my confidence.

As in all goals, you get to build up to it, and so it was at the rally. First I had to prove I could go 125 MPH; then 150 MPH; and the 175 MPH. I did these with some minor problems. I found that over 150 MPH the visibility becomes limited. This then, caused me to change my glasses so that they would not fly off my head, even under a full face helmet. The 6th and final run that I did with everything I had learned over the 5 month period
was 180.187 MPH.

I discovered that even with all my planning and expense, I was not going to go 200 MPH. I had reached my limit at just over 180. However, the venture was a complete success! Had I not set the goal, I would never have gone 180 MPH. I never considered missing a goal is a bad thing. You set the goal, do all the things to achieve the goal, then go for the goal.

Can I achieve 200 MPH on a motorcycle? Of course! Reset the goal, plan and organize and go for it again! Anything can be done by anyone who has the real desire to achieve a goal that is worthwhile.

Dave Sleeper is the Owner/Designated Broker of Realty of Maine in Bangor, Maine

Monday, June 7, 2010

Please Vote on June 8: Yes on Question 1

A message from MAR Counsel Linda Gifford. Here is our rationale. Please vote.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vote YES on Question 1: Our Rebuttal to Sun Journal Editors

Our Rebuttal sent to Sun Journal editors and additional thoughts on what they also failed to note:

The Editorial Board of the Sun Journal apparently didn't do their homework when crafting biased commentary about our television ads. The Maine Association of REALTORS was not contacted for comment, and if, as journalists [the Sun Journal editors] were interested to know the purpose for any statement in our ads, it should occur to them to ask. There is significant misinformation and missing information in their analysis.

The Maine Revenue Services confirmed to the Yes on One/Yes to Reject Coalition, "In 2013, the net tax cut is estimated to be $32.3 million. The top 1% of Maine households get a $23.2 million net tax cut. The remaining net reduction of $9 million is spread across the rest of the tax families."

While we recognize the proponents keep claiming this distribution is "proportional,” it is accurate to include the main benefit of the total net tax cut is to the wealthy (top 1%). Had the Sun Journal provided the total amount of the total net tax cuts to the top 1% and then the other 99%, it might give a true picture to their readers.

The analysis also fails to include our concern about limiting (for some) and removing (for others) the value of the itemized mortgage interest deduction, which is a key reason we are involved. While our full talking points are at, here’s one purpose:

MAR opposes the Legislature’s tax reform package because it modifies the common definition of “residency” to deny the household credit for one year to people who have moved or returned to Maine. This directly affects the mortgage interest deduction because those who relocate to Maine for a job, or who return to Maine after moving away, cannot have any state tax deductions or the new limited credits upon relocation. Often relocating workers will purchase a home during their first year in Maine and the Legislature has insured that they will not receive any itemized deductions or credits during the very time in which they will pay the largest amount of interest on many types of mortgages. This “Welcome Back Tax” is very bad for Maine jobs and real estate and will likely face a constitutional challenge should the repeal effort fail.

Separately, our opponents are running ads that are distortions of the truth - there is no proposal to raise income tax (or rates) by 30% for all Maine families from what they're presently paying. A Yes Vote to Repeal keeps it the same and tells our legislators to think again.

Our message remains: VOTE YES ON QUESTION 1

New notes to Sun Journal Editors:

1. You FAIL to note that the YES on ONE position is supported by NUMEROUS organizations in Maine that also denounce this so-called tax reform measure. Those INCLUDE the Maine Tourism Association, Maine Restaurant Association, Maine Merchants Association, National Federation of Independent Business, Maine Snowmobile Association; and several Chambers of Commerce supporting YES on One – including the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce, Caribou Chamber of Commerce, Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce. Any reason you are trying to portray this as a single industry issue (real estate) and not that MOST Maine industries are telling the public to REJECT this bad proposal?

2. You FAIL to note that the main source of funding for all of the TV commercials in support of the No position are hedge fudge managers, venture capitalists, tycoons and other wealthy individuals. Any reason you're not questioning why Maine small businesses want REPEAL (YES position), but Wall Street and the wealthy want “tax reform”? This tax reform is absolutely NOT about the little guy in Maine. Maine’s small business population is urging REPEAL of this bad proposal - and URGING the public to VOTE Yes on Question One.

Our message remains: VOTE YES ON QUESTION 1 - To Reject Over 100 New Taxes

See some of our Save the Mortgage Interest Deduction videos and commercials on YouTube.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Maine Open House Day - Sunday, May 16, 2010

Join us for our first Maine Open House Day, scheduled for Sunday, May 16, 2010. There is a prize drawing of a trip for an open house attendee, and a smaller prize for the listing agent for the property!
A few things to help:

1. How to add Open House to listing in MREIS
2. Free ways to promote Maine Open House Day
3. Logos you can use with property promotion

Maybe you've been thinking about moving or a second home in Maine too? Start your search now.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Changes to Maine's Smoke/CO Detectors Laws - March 2010

The laws for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in Maine changed in March 2010. Here are a few resources to assist you:

State Fire Marshal Certification Form (for closings)

Information about Language in the Statute change by MAR Legal Counsel

A video update explaining the changes to the law and buyer compliance: [Note: this video replaces the first one posted]

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Downpayment and Closing Cost Assistance - Live Where You Work

Joe Wright reports: The new Live Where You Work Loan Program administered by the MAR Foundation offers a 0% loan, up to $5,000, to provide down payment & closing cost assistance to homebuyers relocating closer to their employment and reducing/eliminating their daily commute. Money saved due to decreased commuting expenses can be used to re-pay the short-term, no-interest Live Where You Work Program loan.

Aside from the human costs of commuting, estimates that the cost of commuting 60 miles per day adds up to $421 per month, or more than $5,000 annually, and 78% of commuters ride alone to their destination. The commuting money saved more than pays for the 0% Live Where You Work loan.

Participating lenders in this program are:
Androscoggin Bank – Donna Miller 729-1661; Gorham Savings Bank – Katherine Damon 595-1457; Kennebec Savings Bank - Bill Hill 662-5801; Machias Savings Bank – Scott Whitney 800-339-3347; The First – Stephen Sprague 800-564-3195 x3178.

The initial $50,000 for this new program was granted to the Maine Association of REALTORS Foundation by the National Association of REALTORS’
Ira Gribin Workforce Housing Grants program. Maine is one of the first states in the U.S. to implement a workforce housing program using these funds. Thank you NAR!

Get all the details on the Live Where You Work Loan Program at
MAR Foundation website or contact the MAR Foundation’s Executive Director Suzanne Guild

Joe Wright is the 2010 Chairman of the MAR Foundation; and owner of L.S.Robinson Co Real Estate, Southwest Harbor