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Sept. 30, 2019

Buy now or Later?

What Is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What Is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy? [INFOGRAPHIC] | MyKCM

Some Highlights:

  • The “cost of waiting to buy” is defined as the additional funds necessary to buy a home if prices and interest rates were to increase over a period of time.
  • Freddie Mac forecasts interest rates will rise to 3.8% by Q4 2020.
  • CoreLogic predicts home prices will appreciate by 5.4% over the next 12 months.
  • If you’re ready and willing to buy your dream home, now is a great time to buy.
Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 29, 2019

Recession Facts

Hey Gang,

   Yes I am hitting on the hot topic of recession again! Why you might ask, one of our goals here at the Buskard Group is to be your source for everything Real Estate related. It seems like you can't have a conversation about the economy or housing without some talk of recession. So I just wanted to share some data that we have found insightful. Enjoy and have a great holiday weekend!


Posted in Market Updates
Aug. 20, 2019

Just do it

Hey Hey Gang!

  So growing up in the 80's and 90's I will forever associate Nike with the "Just do it" slogan and mantra. As a team we recently spent a week in Anaheim California and we all walked away feeling energized and focused on doing more videos. One of the common things is "how". Over and over the question was asked what do I post, what do I say etc. The overwhelming answer was, don't overthink it and just do it! 

 As with all things, once you are locked in and focused on something you see it everywhere (Red sports cars for instance). So as I look over my email I come across this gem from author and speaker Jon Acuff about over thinking. Loved it and I will simply share what he said and let you enjoy! 

P.S. Comment below how many red sports cars you notice today :)


Here's Jon:

now three things:

  1. Everybody overthinks.
  2. Nobody thinks they can change that.
  3. Everybody can.

What is overthinking?

When what you think gets in the way of what you want.

Overthinking isn’t a personality trait. It’s the sneakiest, greediest form of fear.

It’s sneaky because overthinking masquerades as being prepared.

It’s greedy because overthinking gobbles up time, creativity and energy.

Overthinking steals books, businesses, diets and hope.

It’s the most expensive thing people and companies invest in without ever knowing.

Have you ever judged an idea as too dumb to even write down? That’s overthinking.

Have you ever told yourself a story about why someone didn’t text back? That’s overthinking.

Has it ever felt like you have a “pocket jury” with you, cross examining each new adventure until you dare not chase it? That’s overthinking.

Overthinking is like Novocain for your dream.

Posted in Leadership
Aug. 8, 2019

Real Estate Pre-licensing Course

Have you thought about a career in Real Estate. The big step is getting the 40-hr class under your belt. We are offering this class through Michigan Property Partners. Details and registration information below!

Posted in Events
July 26, 2019

Personality types and Sales

Hey Hey gang,

  As I talk with people and tell them what I do most follow up with "I could never talk to people all the time." or "I wouldn't know what to say." I'll let you in on a's all about observation. You can learn so much about someone from observing them, then take those basic observations and ask about them. Do they look tan, ask if they have been on a vacation recently. There is one thing everyone likes to talk about, themselves. :) For those that want to go a little deeper down the rabbit hole here is another great read from the Black Swan Group.




July 9, 2019

What does Success really look like

I borrowed this post from an article discussing Shawn Achor’s book “Happiness Advantage”. It is one of my all-time favorite books.  Enjoy the article and leave a comment about your thoughts on the topic.



1) Success Brings Happiness? No. Happiness Brings Success.

We all chase success hoping it will make us happy:

1.     I’ll be happy once I get that promotion.

2.     I’ll be happy once I get that raise.

3.     I’ll be happy once I lose 15 pounds.

But the research shows that isn’t true. You achieve a goal and you’re briefly happier… but then you’re looking toward the next big thing. What Shawn’s research showed was when you flip the formula and focus on increasing happiness, you end up increasing success.

Here’s Shawn:

If we can get somebody to raise their levels of optimism or deepen their social connection or raise happiness, turns out every single business and educational outcome we know how to test for improves dramatically. You can increase your success rates for the rest of your life and your happiness levels will flatline, but if you raise your level of happiness and deepen optimism it turns out every single one of your success rates rises dramatically compared to what it would have been at negative, neutral, or stressed.

MET Life saw such great results among happy salespeople that they tried an experiment: they started hiring people based on optimism. And that was even if those people performed poorly on the standard industry “aptitude test.” What was the result?


It turns out that the optimistic group outsold their more pessimistic counterparts by 19% in year one and 57% in year two.

How can this be? Shawn explained that intelligence and technical skills only predict 25% of success:

If we know the intelligence and technical skills of an employee, we can actually only predict about 25% of their job success. 75% of long term job success is predicted not by intelligence and technical skills, which is normally how we hire, educate and train, but it’s predicted by three other umbrella categories. It’s optimism (which is the belief that your behavior matters in the midst of challenge), your social connection (whether or not you have depth and breadth in your social relationships), and the way that you perceive stress.

And students who want success in their future should worry a little less about grades and more about optimism. Shawn found that rolling a pair of dice was as predictive of your future income as your college GPA is. And millionaires agree.


So your attitude has a huge effect on how successful you are.


Posted in Leadership
June 25, 2019

Doing more by learning to do less, let me explain

Have you ever met someone and wondered, how do they do ALL of that? How do they have a successful career, a fitness routine, a good marriage, a relationship with their teenagers, and still volunteer, serve on committee's, etc.? You shake your head as you wonder how you are going to get to the end of the week with your to-do list let alone adding one more thing to your already packed schedule. 

 I have struggled with how to fit "more" into my life. We all have 24 hours a day, right? Then why does it seem like some people have more? 

Well, I can tell you that they don't, and they do. Let me explain. The people that I have observed and learn from are so protective of their time because they have made a deliberate effort as to what gets on their calendar and what doesn't. They take time to determine what is important to them and what their priorities are. They often have to choose between something "good" and something "better", and they always choose "better".

 So many times in our lives we settle for good. And we should be thankful for every good thing in our lives. But what if God has something better to give us? Will be notice? Will we be proactive enough to let go of the good to get the better? High achieving people do this EVERY DAY!

 They choose to get up in the morning and go to the gym. They choose to go to bed early instead of letting Netflix scroll into the next episode of their favorite show. They let go of a good activity in order to take on someone with more meaning or better impact. 

 Does it mean they never watch there favorite show, no. But the most successful people realize that in the end, it doesn't positively impact their lives or the lives of people around them. So they guard themselves against the pitfall of spending 3 hours watching tv when they planned to just catch 1 episode to unwind. 

 So, if you (and I) want more time to do the important stuff, we may have to let go of some things that in the grand scheme of things don't really add value to our lives. Less Facebook and more books? Less catching up on the latest drama and more time talking with your family about their goals and dreams? What is it that you want to make room for in your life and what do you need to limit?

I hope you will be deliberate with your time this week! Put the important stuff in first and say "No" to a few things. It will be empowering!! 


Posted in Leadership
June 13, 2019

Academia vs Communication

"Academia takes something simple and makes it complicated, a communicator takes something complicated and makes it simple". John C Maxwell


I love John Maxwell. Such a good teacher. Leadership is complicated. Or is it?

As my team has grown I have been thrust into being a leader without really knowing what that meant or how to do it properly.

 What I have learned through experience and through great leaders like John Maxwell is this: Communication is everything!! 

 How you communicate, when you communicate and how clear your message is makes all the difference.

I've learned to vet out my ideas ahead of time before presenting them to the team.

I've learned to give my team time to adjust and process new ideas

To share the idea and then get input. Let them poke holes, you need to know those are there and how to plug them. Let them add to the idea. What you saw in your head may be a small part of an incredible concept that can be more than you alone could have imagines. 

Keep them posted on new developments that affect them. (And don't overwhelm them with details that don't or that muddies the waters of the clear vision that's been shared)

All this points back to communication.

 Learn more from John C Maxwell's Developing the Leader Within You 2.0

June 11, 2019

Negotiating Everyday Bills

         Picture this, a perfect summer night and you are at the neighbors house for a cook out. Everyone is relaxing and having a good time and eventually you get to talking about your cable bill. Well Bill down the street has the same service now and he's saving like $40 a month because he is a "new" customer. I've always felt a little jaded personally that the new customer always get the better the deal. I've been paying for years and the only perk the send is a new remote...and I still pay to have it delivered... Sound familiar? Here is a great blog post from the Black Swan Group which was started by Chris Voss. Chris was the lead hostage negotiator for many years for the FBI. Read it over and let me know if it makes sense, even better if it worked for you! I know it's helped me before!


Posted in Market Updates
May 30, 2019

CE Credit Course

Grand Rapids Reno CE

Posted in Events