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INSIDE FEATURES: Erik Jenner Kinecta Federal Credit Union Mike LaSalla loanDepot® Magnolia & Tirsa Realty ONE Group Jay Rodriguez New American Funding Karen Scott Realty ONE Group


FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE New American Funding is diversified in a variety of markets and is consistently ahead of the trends. Today, with a servicing portfolio of $22 billion, and funding approximately $1 billion per month, we are at the height of our game.

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Mon - Fri 7:00 am to 9:00 pm CT Sat 10:00 am to 2:00 pm CT Telephone: 1-800-893-5304 TTY/TDD: 1-844-249-9633 Fax: 800-880-0639 Correspondence PO Box 170581 Austin, TX 78717-0031

Property Address: 123 ANY STREET ANYTOWN, CA 12345

Loan Number: Next Payment Due Date:

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Total Amount Due:

$3,825.78 $1439.69

$49.86 late fee will be charged if payment is not received in our office by 09/16/2017.

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Account Information Loan Due Date Outstanding Principal Escrow Balance Interest Rate Prepayment Penalty

09/01/2017 $272,897.11 -$474.85 3.625% No

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$419.16 $423.37 $820.53 $823.10 $200.00 $656.42 $1,439.69 $1,902.89 $0 $20.00 $1,902.89 $0 $3,825.78 $1,439.69

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Past Payments Breakdown Paid Last Month Principal Interest Escrow (Taxes and Insurance) Replacement Reserve Additional Monthly Amounts Fees and Charges Partial Payment (Unapplied)* Total Payment

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$419.16 $0.00 $820.53 $0.00 $200.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1,439.69 $0.00

Paid Year to Date $2,514.96 $1,184.85 $4,923.18 $2,877.52 $1,200.00 $3,552.85

$0.00 $0.00 $120.00 $0.00 $8,638.14 $7,735.22

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We enjoyed working with you when you purchased your home and look forward to helping you, your friends and family with all of their real estate needs. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Total Amount Due

Loan Number 000000001 Borrower JOE E. CUSTOMER Co-Borrower $1,439.69 Total Amount Due $3,825.78 Due By 09/01/2017 $49.86 late fee will be charged if the payment is not received in our office by 09/16/2017

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ay Rodriguez grew up in Orange County with a passion to serve. Always active in his church, he participated in local service projects and foreign mission trips. With his gregarious nature and desire to help others, it is no wonder that Jay found his professional calling in mortgage lending.

He was working as an IT consultant and attending school, when a family friend and mortgage broker hired him as her personal assistant. Jay quickly learned the business and discovered he had a gift for building relationships and helping people through the arduous process of securing a home loan.

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Jay joined New American Funding in 2013, where he has since distinguished himself as a top-producing Loan Consultant, ranked 44 among the nation’s Top 250 Latino Mortgage Originators in 2017 by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). “I worked for four, independent mortgage bankers early in my career, and each lender was good in some areas, but fell short in others, whether it was because of restrictions on guidelines, slow processing or outdated technology. I was able to see what was lacking and what should be done. I heard about New American Funding’s reputation for strong products and quick loan closings, and since I’ve come here, I’ve found it all to be true. We keep and service all our conforming agency and government loans, so we don’t have funding and servicing problems that other lenders experience. I have amazing back office support that allows me to do a high volume of loans while keeping all of the stakeholders in a transaction abreast of what is going on and consistently close on time. We can actually do a 14-day close, something that’s almost unheard of in the industry.” With a personal production record of more than 600 loans funded totaling over $160 million, Jay has a large number of repeat and referral clients who won’t go anyplace else for a home loan. His gift for fostering relationships and delivering outstanding personal service keeps clients coming back, and the tools provided by New American Funding enhance his ability to communicate effectively during and after the loan process. “From pre-approval through funding, we keep borrowers informed about the status and progress of their transaction. We’re getting big into video updates, too. After closing, we’re also able to keep my face and the face of my real estate partners in front of clients for years through our mortgage statement campaign. We want to be mortgage consultants for life, and we strive for that in every single connection.” Jay has earned five-star reviews from more than 100 clients through SocialSurvey, an independent reputation management company. One client stated: “As repeated clients of Jay Rodriguez , we are very pleased and thankful to have him taking care of our mortgage’s refinance again. He is very sharp, professional and caring, and his expertise of the trade will get you your desired results.”

Another reported: “Jay was an extreme pleasure to work with. From day one, he communicated with my Realtor® and I to ensure that the loan process would be completed in an efficient manner. We ended up closing earlier than we had expected, with the loan processing time taking less than 30 days! As a first-time homebuyer, Jay and his team worked fantastically for me and what my needs were. They were patient, worked with me every step of the way, and answered any and all questions I had, even during late hours.” With his IT background and self-proclaimed inclination to “nerd out,” Jay is a beta tester for New American Funding’s new technologies. “The company is huge about embracing and spearheading technology. I put direct feedback into apps and tools, and it’s exciting to me to have a voice in the trenches. It also empowers me to help clients. I love that even though we are a large company, suggestions and changes are implemented quickly.” When he is not at work, Jay and his wife, Lauren, enjoy spending time outdoors at the beach or in the mountains, and riding horses. Jay also recently took up mountain biking. “I absolutely love it!,” Jay says. “Going down ridiculous rock faces is exhilarating. I guess I’m kind of an adrenaline junky.” As a lending professional, Jay has proven time and again that he not only delivers results, he also cares about doing the right thing for his clients. From the very first contact, he is there to educate and inform, so they can choose the best options for their goals and circumstances. He says, “I truly enjoy being a positive influence in the lives of my clients while forging connections that last a lifetime.” Jay Rodriguez New American Funding 14511 Myford Rd., Ste. 100 Tustin, CA 92780 Tel: 949.606.2410 Email: Web: NMLS ID 902610

Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, NMLS #6606. Corporate Office 14511 Myford Road, Suite 100, Tustin CA 92780. Phone (800) 450-2010. 2/2018.

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Do You Have A Plan For Your Life?


hen you are a person of character, you know who you are and where you want to go. You’ve already spent a great deal of time thinking about it. You’ve been working on the parts of your personality that will make you better—your attitude, your health, your time-management skills. You’ve been putting it all down on paper. And you’ve developed positive self-direction. As you talk with yourself every day, how often do you ask, Is what I am doing today getting me closer to where I want to be tomorrow? Because here’s what you don’t want to ever do: kid yourself. Kid your neighbor and kid me and kid the marketplace if you want to, but don’t kid yourself. You can’t wait around with your fingers crossed hoping you’ll arrive at a good destination when you’re not even headed in the right direction. You say, Well maybe the wind will take me. There’s a chance, of course, but it’s about as likely as winning the lottery. You’ve got to take charge. Ancient scripture says that hope, if it’s delayed long enough, can make the heart sick. You’ve got to ask yourself often, Am I performing the disciplines that are taking me in the direction that I want to go? I don’t want to delude myself and think I’m on the way to financial success when there’s not a prayer. I don’t want to delude myself into thinking there’s someone else who will take care of it. Nobody else is going to take care of it. Nobody else is going to take care of me. What if all of your negative-thinking relatives turned positive? What would that do for your fortune and your future? Not much. If prices came down a little, what would that do for your sophistication and your culture? Not much. If the economy gets a little better, what would that do for you? Not much.

they have: not much. Not much hope. Not much promise. Not much progress. They’re driving what they don’t want to drive, living where they don’t want to live, doing what they don’t want to do. Forget the thief waiting in the alley to snatch your purse. What about the thief in your mind? He is tempting you to become lazy, not stimulated by thoughts and questions. Don’t become a victim of yourself. Ask yourself these questions: • Is this the direction that I want for my life? • Is this someone else’s direction? • Is it a goal that has been ingrained in me since my childhood? • Is it my parents’, my spouse’s, my boss’s or my children’s? • Is it mine? Ask yourself these questions. Get into the debate of your inner mind. • What am I doing that works? • What am I doing that doesn’t work? Debate it all. Work with your mind to figure out the best possible direction for you. This is your self-direction. Jim Rohn knows the secrets of success - in business and in life. He has devoted his life to a study of the fundamentals of human behavior and personal motivation that affect professional performance. He can awaken the unlimited power of achievement within you! Reproduced with permission from the Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine. Copyright© 2006, Jim Rohn. All right reserved. For information about Jim’s keynote presentations and seminars, contact the FrogPond at 800.704.FROG(3764) or email susie@

If you don’t make plans of your own, you’ll fit into someone else’s plans. And what do you think they have planned for you? Not much. Most people wake up every morning counting on this “not-much” list. And that’s all


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ike LaSalla grew up in New York, where he spent many hours with his grandfather learning the game of golf. Mike’s early passion for the game influenced his career trajectory, as he earned his degree in sports management from St. John’s University and went on to work for the United States Golf Association, and later, the Southern California Golf Association.

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In time, however, Mike saw an opportunity to channel his extraordinary people skills and penchant for organization and numbers into a career with greater purpose. He joined loanDepot, where due to the company’s progressive business stance and strong training, Mike was teed up for lasting professional success.

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“Creating Customers for Life” “loanDepot’s program allows people who are new to the industry a starting point from which to learn and grow in the mortgage environment. I decided to give it a try, and I soon realized I really liked it. I have always enjoyed working with people, and I saw an opportunity to connect with people my age who are beginning to buy homes. Personally, I hate to be sold something, so I try to take a different approach. I like to advise and educate, so people can make the best decision for themselves and feel comfortable with the biggest purchase of their life.” This client-focused approach has yielded positive results as Mike has become a skilled Loan Consultant who forms lasting connections with clients from first-time buyers to experienced investors. “I think I’m a little bit old school myself in a young body,” he says. “I like to develop relationships with people, and it helps me connect with clients wherever they are in life. It takes time to build actual relationships with people and show them your dedication. My biggest goal is giving unparalleled customer service. I’m willing to put in the work. I’m not just here for the next deal.” Active listening and proactive communication are fundamental to Mike’s service. He is consistent and reliable in keeping all parties up-to-date throughout the loan process. “I think a lot of Loan Consultants miss out on the fact that there is usually more than one agent in the deal who deserves the same level of service. I’m keen on making sure everyone gets the same weekly status update, including the listing agent. I also think a lot of Loan Consultants are afraid to give bad news. But it gets worse the longer you wait. I want everyone to know the challenges up front, so we can work together to find solutions and create a smoother process for the borrower.” Teamwork is another key factor in Mike’s efficiency and follow-through. “It’s great to be able to focus on my client and Realtor® relationships without having to worry about whether my files are getting through. Brenda is a phenomenal manager, and I know I can trust the process I have behind me. My production assistant, Lexie, is my right hand. She has great customer service skills, and she is

pivotal in terms of being able to do what I do.” A recent client expressed her appreciation for the attentive service provided by Mike and his team: “Mike had amazing communication skills; he called me as often as was needed. Once we worked out our terms and had a plan moving forward, he introduced me to Lexie, who was just as awesome. Together they both continued to communicate every step of the way, and Mike was an important part of the process all the way through. If I had any questions, they were immediately answered, but that was rarely needed since they were so proactive. Mike is not your typical sales person -- he’s very honest and direct, and I never once worried if he was telling me the truth. Anyone can secure a deal and sell you a great loan, but it’s the follow-through that you can never predict. Mike and his team offer fullservice support every step of the way. I can’t recommend him enough.” These days, Mike uses his time on the golf course to create deeper relationships with his clients and business partners. “It’s an easy way to break down barriers and have people see you as just a person.” Mike has had the privilege of playing some of the nation’s top courses, and his favorite is Cypress Point in Monterey. “It’s right on the ocean, and the scenic golf shots are phenomenal.” With integrity and a genuine desire to create relationships that last, Mike enjoys working with this visionary lending company that is changing the way home loans are delivered to the public. “What we strive to do here is create a customer for life. We don’t treat them like a number, we treat them like people.” Mike LaSalla loanDepot® 2855 Michelle Drive, Suite 190 Irvine, CA 92606 Tel: 949.346.3465 Email: Web: NMLS ID 1456923

Rates, terms, and availability of programs are subject to change without notice., LLC NMLS ID 174457. Licensed by the Department of Business Oversight under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act CRMLA 4131040.

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“I Endorse My Agent Because . . .”


s you know, third party endorsements really can be a valuable tool to help you build credibility and value in a competitive real estate market place. Remember, you have to have lead-generation tools in place, implement them, prepare a CMA, make a presentation and, with all that, if you don’t get the listing you can lose thousands of dollars. Testimonials are someone else saying you are good at what you do. This becomes the truth. Having endorsements in writing makes this tool even more valuable and, when presented in the pre-listing confirmation package, it provides the necessary impetus to push you over the top. If you serve your customers well, a few will send you letters every now and then, but you can be pro-active in your sales efforts by learning to ask for letters by saying, “Would you be willing to find a couple of minutes to put what you just said to me in writing and send it to me on your letterhead?” Seldom, will anyone refuse to write such a letter. However, getting them to follow through on that agreement is another issue. If you just leave it at that simple request you get a small percent of the letters promised. People don’t mean to break their word, they are just busy. So to keep the process going, send them a note thanking them for their kind words and thanking them “in advance” for the letter they will be sending. This is a subtle reminder to keep their word. If you haven’t received the letter within a month or so, and the person is an important influence, call him or her on the phone. The client often brings up the letter first and apologizes for not getting it out to you yet. Say, “That’s OK. I know you are really busy. Here’s an idea. Would it be helpful if I put a few thoughts on paper for you? You can edit or rewrite all you like and then send it to me on your letterhead, OK? People usually agree to this. I have collected dozens of letters this way. You may feel this is a very gutsy question to ask, and perhaps it is, but seldom does anyone refuse. The letters customers write themselves are usually better than yours, so resort to helping them only when it’s 12

a letter you really want and they are dragging their feet. Remember, always work off a closing checklist. Mine requires that I receive a testimonial letter before I can put the file away. Let me say that again: You cannot take the file off your desk until you receive a testimonial letter! There are a few things I like to include in a testimonial letter and these are some of the most important points. You might want to even give your seller a primer on how to write a testimonial letter. This really may be going the extra mile. It always worked for me. Here is mine: Dear Mr./Mrs. Johnson, Thank you once again for putting your thoughts in writing about our business relationship. In the past, some of the best testimonial letters I have received include some of the following points. One of the greatest favors you could do for me would include some of these points. Please remember, the most difficult task I have in this business is replacing clients such as yourself. #1. Please outline the nature of the challenge or problem you had prior to your meeting me. #2. How professional and effective were my presentations of options? #3. Could you discuss your satisfaction with me and my team? #4. How easy and pleasant is it for you to work with me and my team members? #5. Do you have any present plans for further or ongoing use of my realty services? #6. Could you please explain either the high value, appropriateness or importance of any insights I might have brought to light at our first meeting? Thank you so much for your help. I can’t tell you what your endorsement will do for my business? Walter Sanford is a top producing real estate agent and speaker who travels the country delivering systems and strategies to top producers for higher productivity and client satisfaction. Copyright© 2000, Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. For information about Walter’s keynote presentations and training seminars, please contact the Frog Pond Group at 800-704-FROG (3764) or email;

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We’re making a big

Jumbo impression in Orange County.

When it comes to buying a home in the OC, size matters! Kinecta’s local Mortgage Loan Consultants are ready to help you deliver BIG to your clients: WE’RE LOCAL!

• Decades of local real estate experience • Available for on-site open houses


• 95% LTV on purchases of almost $895,000 • Credit union discounts on MI

• Well-connected in the community • Not-for-profit, direct lender

• Loans up to $3 mil. • Asset utilization available


Erik Jenner, NMLS# 38025 Manager Mortgage Loan Sales direct: 949.253.5337 | cell: 949.293.1237

Membership requirements apply. NMLS (Nationwide Mortgage Lending Service) ID: 407870. Information in this advertisement is intended for Real Estate and Mortgage Professionals only and not intended for consumer use as defined by Section 1026.2 of Regulation Z, which implements the Truth-In-Lending Act. Any expressed underwriting guidelines are subject to change without notice and are subject to Kinecta Federal Credit Union guidelines and all applicable federal and state rules and regulations. 18263-12/17




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or many years, Erik Jenner was a top-producing loan consultant at a large mortgage bank where he earned numerous awards for production and customer service. Then a respected colleague moved to Kinecta Federal Credit Union and invited Erik to be part of his team. Erik says he had never thought of working for a credit union, but since he made the move six-anda-half years ago, his only regret is that he didn’t do it sooner. Today, Erik is the Orange County Territory lending manager for Kinecta located in Newport Beach, where he leads a team of seasoned loan consultants. A team that has consistently been the leader in purchase origination for the organization. Why? Because they are committed to making Kinecta your financial institution of choice. Erik explains, “We’re a not for profit with a full-service financial package, and we go above and beyond to deliver a more personal experience for our membership. We’re not just looking at it as a transaction, but as a relationship. Our members matter.” Erik dispels two common misconceptions that many

people have about obtaining their home loan through a credit union. The first is that you already have to be a member to apply for a loan. “Our membership base is not as restricted as some credit unions. You will automatically become a new member through the home loan process which then opens up a number of other financial benefits you receive by belonging to a credit union.” The next is that credit unions are conservative in their product selection and lending practices. “People think of credit unions as being sleepy - especially in the lending space. But nothing could be further from the truth. We do some great things because we are a large portfolio lender with extensive assets. We not only offer traditional lending products with competitive rates and low fees, we’re also fantastic at working with clients who may have had challenges at other lending institutions. Of course, we can’t win them all, but I can say we have more wins than losses. We portfolio our jumbo loans and can make the judgment call about qualifying borrowers with more complex scenarios. We also benefit from some niche products and a very flat management structure where key decision makers are only a phone call away.”

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A Place Where People Matter Erik and his team understand that Realtors® are depending upon them to provide their clients with the best service and loan programs available. “Our goal is to make them look good,” Erik says. “The number one thing I hear most often from our real estate partners is that they are looking for communication, whether it’s good news or bad news. We make sure our clients are taken care of throughout the process. For instance, if an appraisal comes in or when we receive loan approval, we like to share that right away with the real estate agent so they can share the news with their client. We want to make sure we’re promoting them and reinforcing their credibility as a professional.” After every closed purchase transaction, Kinecta provides complimentary enrollment in a program called Househappy. “A representative goes out and does a 250-point interior and exterior inspection of the home to create a digital blueprint that includes everything from

the home’s measurements to air filter part numbers and paint colors. All of this information is put into a program, so when the homeowner has a household need, they can easily go to the portal and find all the information at their fingertips. They can have an air filter drop shipped to their home or reserved for them at Home Depot. They can even arrange for someone who is licensed to come out and install it.” For real estate partners, it is another way for them to remain relevant with the clients. Homeowners receive 24 email touch points per year all co-branded with their Realtor®, offering useful reminder information about caring for their home and discount offers from reputable local vendors. “The emails have an impressive 54 percent open rate, because people are getting information that is important to them. This is a great way for agents to stay top of mind and keep the relationship going with their clients while Househappy does the heavy lifting.”

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A full-service financial institution with more than $4.1 billion in assets and serving over 287,000 memberowners, Kinecta offers more than mortgage loans. It also provides consumer loans, auto loans, credit cards, and financial and insurance services, making Kinecta the one-stop financial institution of choice for its members. But this mighty institution maintains a grass roots feel, keeping the prosperity of its members and their communities as its primary focus. Kinecta’s member-centric culture begins with a peoplecentric workplace. “As a mortgage team, we spend a lot of time talking about culture. Our organizational goals are based on metrics that include our member service rankings and how we treat each other internally. We’re not just measured by how we perform monetarily, but how we’re treating people. Our accountability for doing the right thing speaks volumes about who we are as a company. Even with our leadership team, they are very involved on the ground level. The CEO and executive team visit and conduct quarterly town hall meetings at

each individual branch location where they sit down and give us the scoop on what is going on in the organization. You just don’t see that level of engagement and approachability in a big banking institution.” Erik is a producing manager who maintains his existing book of business, allowing him to remain sharp and in touch with his loan consultants and the real-world challenges they are facing. However, his main focus is the growth and coaching of his team. He leads in the spirit of Zig Ziglar, who said, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” “I think you have to serve in order to lead,” Erik says. “It’s all about the relationships you generate and nurture with people. I don’t just look at someone as an employee. I want to get to know them on a personal level and what’s important to them, what motivates them. It’s not always just a paycheck, and I want to help them achieve their highest potential both personally and professionally.”

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KINECTA FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Erik Jenner, NMLS # 38025 Manager Mortgage Loan Sales 4041 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Newport Beach, CA 92660 Tel: 949.293.1237 - 949.253.5337 -

Erik is continuing to expand his team. “I am looking for candidates who want a place to hang their hat as a longterm career as opposed to just a job. We have stability as a financially solvent company with multiple revenue streams and solid relationships with our members and select employee groups. Because of our relationships with these well established companies, we are able to go on their campuses and conduct home buying seminars and enroll new members. It’s a great way for our selfgenerating loan consultants to create new business and generate referrals.” Kinecta also strives to make a difference in the communities where its members and employees live and work. “We do a ton of community outreach, and another

one of our metrics is the number of community hours we provide. We always exceed the annual goal as an organization. It’s a great way for us to connect with our neighbors while creating unity inside our organization.” In this place where people matter above all else, Erik is able to serve with greater impact than ever before in his career. “Whether you’re a borrower or a Realtor®, having a credit union in your corner can make a real difference. We are a reputable, trusted lending source that goes above and beyond to serve the needs of our members. If you haven’t been working with us, you’re missing out! Give my team the opportunity to be your credit union of choice.”

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Executive Agents of the Month

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hen Dave Chamberlain decided to pursue a career in real estate more than 30 years ago, he did so with purpose. After completing his undergraduate degree in business and economics at UCLA, he went on to Loyola University, where he earned his law degree with an emphasis in real estate and tax law. “My dad had a real estate investment consulting business for years, so I always had that intent,” Dave says. “After business school, I knew I wanted to go into business and real estate rather than work for a big company.”

Dave set out at 22 years old extraordinarily wellprepared to bring measurable value to buyers and sellers of California’s most exclusive real estate. By age 24, he established his own office and was soon ranked number 7 in the country for the nation’s largest real estate franchise. While the top sales team, he and Linda recruited and trained hundreds of Realtors® over the next decade. Dave introduced Team Chamberlain Realty Executives in 2000, a brand that has since become synonymous with real estate excellence in premier communities from Newport Beach to Long Beach.

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Team Chamberlain brings an array of unique assets to buyers, sellers and investors in Southern California’s most sought-after markets. This family team is composed of Dave’s wife, Linda, and their children, Clint, Kylee and Christina. They are joined by Buyers Agent/Specialist Brice Barker and Staging Specialist/Coordinator Chrissy Manchester. Their credentials include degrees and graduate studies in interior design, marketing, finance, appraisal, tax and real estate law. They bring a breadth of professional understanding that can only come with having owned and/ or operated related businesses such as escrow, title and mortgage, as well as real estate investment. With these combined resources, Team Chamberlain has sold a staggering one billion dollars in California real estate. Dave and Linda are lifetime residents and stakeholders in the community, who recently celebrated 35 years of marriage. With a goal of providing seamless real estate representation, they have created a comprehensive system of service that yields unparalleled results.

Linda is a licensed Realtor® who also holds a degree in interior design. She combines her seasoned knowledge of market trends with her creative skills to artfully stage virtually every property listed and sold by Team Chamberlain. The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) reports that staged homes sell 80 percent faster and for up to 11 percent more than homes that are not staged. The emotional connection buyers form upon seeing a property often determines their offering price. The Team Chamberlain Design Team has pioneered the practice of staging modest as well as multi-million dollar homes to get their clients up to $300,000 more. In 15-plus years, the team has acquired a 3,000-foot warehouse filled with furniture and stylish accessories. Together with daughters Kylee and Christina, Linda strategically highlights each home’s most attractive features while minimizing others, resulting in multiple offers and consistently quick sales for record prices.

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CREATING REAL VALUE While most real estate agents or staging companies charge thousands of dollars for home staging, Team Chamberlain has always offered its professional design services as a courtesy to clients. It’s all part of a winning strategy of adding more value than the competition and creating real value for clients. People are eager to share their success stories after working with Team Chamberlain. Here are comments from two who experienced outstanding results: “Team Chamberlain did an absolutely fabulous job in selling our house. From the first meeting, they identified how they would market our house, the anticipated sale price and the number of months to sell. They were head and shoulders above any other proposals we had received.”

“Dave and Linda with Team Chamberlain helped us with a complete pre-sale makeover including a remodeled kitchen (at below wholesale prices). We feel they got us $50,000 more than anyone else could have!” Dave and his team go another step in preparing homes for sale, offering rehab services to maximize financial return. Team Chamberlain provides up to two hours of complimentary repair work. When major repairs are needed, the team can refer one of its fully vetted and qualified specialists to complete the work at competitive rates. “We are a one-stop shop and take all the burden off our clients’ shoulders,” Dave says. “If something is broken, we fix it. If someone has moving issues, we step in to help. One of the ways we add value is by taking the stress out of buying, selling and moving.”

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After Team Chamberlain helped a client sell his parent’s home in Long Beach, he said: “We ended up getting quite a bit more than expected after using their maintenance team to remodel the bathrooms. A good investment indeed! They were knowledgeable, quick, and efficient. Highly recommend.”

online media, as well as exposure through its vast network of top real estate professionals who can refer qualified buyers for on-and-off-market listings. Team Chamberlain further generates buyer excitement with stunning aerial photography, 3D home imaging and self-guided virtual tours.

Another seller stated: “Working with Team Chamberlain is a dedicated contractor who did excellent work fixing up the house, kitchen and bathrooms and preparing them for sale. Throughout the process, Dave or Linda would give us calls about when the next open house would be and the level of interest. Never was there a time when I did not receive a call or text back after I had asked a question. Even when they were in Hawaii for a family event, they still kept in communication about the house. You will not find a more qualified group to assist you with purchasing or listing a home. I am completely satisfied with the whole transaction.”

While Dave and his team employ the industry’s newest methods of marketing and communication, he emphasizes that personal client care remains the hallmark of their service. “Moving is recognized as the third most traumatic thing people do in their lives, and we do everything we can to make it as easy as possible. With many in the industry focusing less on relationships and more on technology, we think client relationships and service are more important than ever.”

With marketing and advertising that is second to none, Team Chamberlain goes beyond the ordinary to ensure that every home is comprehensively marketed until the day it sells. The team’s strategy includes print, direct mail and

Dave has a proven record of creating value and delivering world-class service by leveraging his and his team’s unprecedented education and experience. Clients have long trusted the Chamberlain family to optimize their real estate investments and protect their legacies for future generations.

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DAVE & LINDA CHAMBERLAIN Team Chamberlain - Realty Executives 11292 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720 - Tel: 800.750.0021 - - CalBRE # 00762670 / 00865985 Brice Barker: 562.546.3018 - - CalBRE # 02040572 Clint Chamberlain: 714.875.0683 - - CalBRE # 01921069

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Magnolia & Tirsa


agnolia Pinson and Tirsa Samiadji know first hand what it means to achieve the American Dream. Both savvy professional women with many years in real estate, they draw upon their collective knowledge and wisdom as wives, mothers and Realtors® to help guide families to the homes of their dreams. As a child, Magnolia moved with her family from the Philippines to the U.S., and she remembers well what it was like to “start all over. I saw the value of hard work

that my parents brought to the family, and what it means to have honesty and integrity.” Magnolia began her real estate career by helping her husband with the management of his real estate investment firm. As their youngest child started school, he encouraged Magnolia to get her license and pursue real estate full time. “He’s been my inspiration and motivator, in so many ways. Working alongside of him in the industry the past seven years has really ignited in me a passion and love for real estate. I’m excited to share with what I’ve been taught,” she says.

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Over 19 years, Magnolia and her husband have moved 13 times. “There are so many challenges and stresses that go along with moving,” she continues. “Especially when you have children to consider, finding a great community and a great school is so important. And equally as important is being able to negotiate a great deal for that property that’s the icing on the cake. When I help my clients make these decisions, I think about what advice I would give my family or friends. It inspires me to go above and beyond in the quality of service I provide.” Tirsa was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, where she earned her degree in industrial engineering before moving to the U.S. to continue her education. After completing a professional certificate program in international trade from a UC Berkeley extension, Tirsa began her career in international shipping. She and her family eventually relocated to Chicago, and later returned to California. As a mother with a growing family, Tirsa decided real estate was the perfect next career choice. She comments, “I’ve moved a lot, and I know how it feels to move to a new area. I know what people are looking for and what they need to think about when they relocate. I enjoy helping people make choices about where they want to live. There are so many areas to choose from in Southern California, and it can be confusing. I can help sort out their priorities in choosing a location.” Each of these ladies has developed a successful career as an independent agent, and when they met a few years ago, they formed an instant bond. Along with their similar backgrounds and experiences as wives and mothers, they recognized in each other the same faith-base values and dedication to compassionate, professional service. While they each still maintain their own individual clientele, they also work collaboratively in representing clients in the greater Irvine area. In this multicultural community, Magnolia and Tirsa are well-placed to help families from their home countries and elsewhere to relocate or buy investment properties. Tirsa explains, “I still have many friends and family in Indonesia, and I have helped a lot of foreign investors there to buy houses here. I take pictures and video of every detail of the houses they are interested in and use technology to close a transaction long distance. I can also help explain the dif-

ferences in the process of buying real estate in this country and help put them at ease. Being responsive and reliable is always important, but especially when a buyer is not here or there is a language barrier.” In like manner, Magnolia speaks fluent Tagalog and is adept at negotiating complex transactions from afar. Recently, she assisted four Filipino brothers who were purchasing a home together in the U.S. When their mother flew in from the Philippines to oversee the transaction, Magnolia was able to explain the process in their common language and establish rapport. Magnolia explains, “She went back home after we closed with a feeling of trust. In general, Tirsa and I both love people, and we enjoy working together with people of all different ethnicities.” The care Magnolia and Tirsa express for people also extends to good works in the community. They regularly lend their support to public schools in the Irvine neighborhoods they work in, as well as to community service projects sponsored by their churches. Magnolia and Tirsa are dedicated moms who understand the many challenges that go with finding a safe neighborhood, the best schools and the right community for a family to live in. They are also accomplished real estate professionals who are committed to serving people with care and turning their dreams into reality. Magnolia Pinson & Tirsa Samiadji Realty ONE Group 4010 Barranca Pkwy., #120 Irvine, CA 92604 Tel: Magnolia 760.835.7792 – Tirsa 949.202.7024 Email: Email:

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The Talent You Already Possess... By Zig Ziglar


any people do not realize that Nat “King” Cole started his musical career as a piano player. It was while he was on a trip to California, performing in a night club, that his singing career got a jump start. The singer who was to have performed that evening was taken ill. When Cole showed up the club owner asked about the singer. When he learned the singer was sick, the club owner responded, “No singer, no check.” That’s the night Nat “King” Cole launched his career. Actually, he had always been a singer but had never recognized and used that talent. Those of us who remember him as a person and as a talent consider him one of the true greats in all of entertainment. His music was spell-binding, soft, melodious and heart-warming. Unforgettable titles are “Unforgettable,” “Ramblin’ Rose,” “The Very Thought of

You,” “L.O.V.E.,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “Mona Lisa,” “When I Fall In Love,” “Too Young,” “Sweet Lorraine,” “Nature Boy,” “Love Letters,” “For All We Know,” “The Very Thought of You.” I tell this story because you might be like me, unable to carry a tune. I certainly can’t, but I’m convinced that you have a song to sing, and here’s hoping you will take a different view of what you can do with the talent you already possess. Zig Ziglar is a beloved author and America’s motivator. He is the author of 25 books and offers training and consulting to organizations all across the globe. To learn more about Zig and his business visit his website at www.

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“Serving With Integrity”


Karen Scott

n the process of helping families through one of the most important journeys of a lifetime, Realtor® Karen Scott has got your back. Karen will make sure the transaction goes in your favor. She looks out for her clients as family making sure it is a win -win transaction but making sure nothing is left on the table.

A hard-working single mother of three daughters, Karen enjoyed a successful first career in sales for Sara Lee Coffee & Tea Food Service. Along the way, people often commented that she would make an excellent Realtor®. Karen finally took the leap, beginning her real estate career working in new home sales before moving to the resale market.

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With her tireless work ethic and genuine care for people, it is not surprising that Karen excelled in real estate, quickly earning the title of Salesperson of the Year in her office, even surpassing a team of three. “It was just the result of hard work and a lot of prayer,” Karen says. “I know my help and all good things come from God. I try to treat people the way I would want my family to be treated. I know I answer to a higher power, so I work with integrity and try to make every deal a win-win.”

in our desired area within our budget, we found ourselves with a newfound, genuine friend. Karen is absolutely wonderful!”

At Realty ONE Group, the company’s progressive industry tools and flexible business model allow Karen to be more responsive to her clients’ needs. With the individual authority to make decisions and cover fees, Karen can move a transaction to closing swiftly and seamlessly. While many of her clients are centered in the Inland Empire from Temecula to Riverside, Karen frequently also represents clients in Orange and LA Counties.

“Karen Scott is a very hard working, honest, energetic agent. She is fair to both client and to the other party. Very professional, responsive and to the point. I highly recommend her for your next real estate deal. She has become my real estate agent for life.”

With her goals of helping buyers find the perfect home, and helping sellers close quickly and for maximum value, Karen is meticulous about knowing her markets and understanding her clients’ needs. Her positive peer relationships contribute to her ability to negotiate favorable selling terms and get offers accepted. Karen diligently prepares her listings for sale and invests in high-profile internet exposure. “I post a lot of photos of my listings. I’ve learned that the more photos you have, the more often the home will come up in a search.” When Karen hosts an open house, she is careful to protect the homeowner’s privacy, advising them to remove personal items from within easy reach and take down all personal photos. “Taking down photos also makes the home more appealing to a buyer. It makes it easier for them to visualize their family living there and how the home will look with their things in it.” Karen works entirely by referral, and time and again, her clients comment on her integrity, warmth and tireless service:

“Karen is by far one of the greatest people we have ever met, let alone worked with. We were in a bit of a bind to get into a home, and from the day we met Karen, she bent over backwards to accommodate us. She is compassionate, patient, and incredibly honest.”

Karen’s family has grown over the years to include seven grandchildren and a husband with four daughters and three grandchildren of his own. With her big heart, she is the center of the family and always taking care of others. She is also an animal lover, and she frequently takes in rescues and either finds them a home or gives them one herself. Everything Karen does is motivated by her authentic desire to be of service. “I love people,” Karen says. “I want my life to make a difference while I’m here on earth. Real estate is a way I can make a difference.” One client summed up: “Karen did an amazing job through the purchase process - she represented us wonderfully and helped find our family the perfect home! She puts her heart into what she does and truly cares. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy.” Karen Scott Realty ONE Group 1260 Corona Pointe Corona, CA 92879 Tel: 951.609.6908 Email: Web: CalBRE # 01383402

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How To Be Street Smart On And Off The Street


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thief looks at two houses on a street -- both are large and well kept, so he is assuming there are great steals in both houses. Both are dark and empty -- all the neighbors are at a block party down at the end of the street. Both houses are exactly the same -- except that the house on the right has an alarm system, and the house on the left does not. Which house do you think this thief is going to go for? Same thing for muggers. Do you think a mugger is going to go after someone walking confidently, paying attention to her surroundings, aware of where she is going? Maybe, but he’d more likely go for the person shuffling along; wearing heels so high they’re hard to walk in, let alone run in; distracted on a cell phone; scanning a map worriedly. Call it awareness; call it survival skills; call it Street Smarts. Whatever you call it -- have it! Street Smarts is not just for keeping you safe --it is an essential business tool. Street Smarts-borne skepticism will allow you to negotiate will ease and skill. For example, once I was in negotiations for a project with a publishing company about my royalties. From conversations with colleagues, I knew that 3% was an accepted target, so that is what I went in expecting. I could tell right away that these guys were people I could joke around with, so my first offer was 50% -which made the publishing guys look at each other, speechless, before they started laughing. So, they countered me at 10%! I guess they thought I was serious. So, I paused, moved my head back, and squinted, really considering their offer. “Hmmmm, is that fair?” I asked. After much deliberation and some hesitation, which made them feel better that they were playing hardball, I accepted their offer. I walked out of that office ecstatic. I got 10% royalties just because I was able to use my Street Smarts to analyze the situation and interpret the best way to approach it. “In any pursuit in life there is a formal knowledge base and an informal knowledge base. The formal knowledge is what you are told. It is what you get in the manual when you start a job. It is what you get in the course work in college. Informal knowledge is everything they do not bother to tell you. Moreover, usually that is the stuff that makes the most difference. It is the stuff they cannot say and would not say

if they could. That is why we call it tacit knowledge.. It is what you learn from your environment. You might say it’s the unwritten rules of life.” According to Dr. Robert Sternberg of Yale, this informal knowledge, or Street Smarts, is a far better predictor of managerial success than academic performance. He even said a very high I.Q. could be a detriment to managerial success. “I don’t think Street Smarts has anything to do with big cities or small cities,” Sternberg said. “It’s no longer a negative term that conjures up images of street gangs or con artists. There is no denying that street smarts has its roots in the impoverished areas of inner cities, places in which people had to develop certain abilities just to survive physically; but just as blues singers are no longer slaves, street smart people are no longer just city-dwellers. They are born, raised, live, and work in all types of environments. “So how do you learn to be street smart? One of the critical things is just your attitude. You must have an attitude that this is something that matters -- something you can use to your advantage. So a big part of learning is motivational. It is almost a prerequisite for developing it. Then you have to seek out the information from other people, from your environment, and from within yourself. The first is done by observing Street-Smart people and asking questions of mentors. The second is done by paying attention, both inwardly and outwardly. You have to let the knowledge you already have come out-and we all have more than we might give ourselves credit for.” Above all, it takes experience, constantly adjusting your attitude to make the most of every situation. Dr. Tony Alessandra, CSP, CPAE has authored 13 books, recorded over 50 audio and video programs, and delivered over 2,000 keynote speeches since 1976. Dr. Tony Alessandra is recognized by Meetings and Conventions Magazine as... “one of America’s most electrifying speakers.” Copyright© 2006, Tony Alessandra. All right reserved. For information about Tony’s keynote presentations, contact the FrogPond at 800.704.FROG(3764) or email ;

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The Five Minute Rule


ixteen years ago, I was flying home from a speaking engagement reading the results to a survey about how much time the average father spends each week with his children. There were two criterias: It had to be one-on-one conversations and those conversations had to be done in a normal tone of voice. The national average? Seven minutes a week. That’s not seven minutes a day; that’s seven minutes a week! This same survey also tracked the amount of time a husband spends talking to his wife-again, one-on-one and in a normal tone of voice. Twenty-seven minutes- for the week! Sixteen years ago I only had two children. So, I decided to keep track of how much time I was spending with my children and my wife, one on one, quality time. When I tallied up the minutes, I was blown away. I was very close to the national average. I decided in that moment to do something about it. I created The Five-Minute Rule. The Five-Minute Rule in a nutshell is this: Take five minutes every single day to be alone with a loved one and tell them why you are grateful to have them in your life. Five minutes. Very, very simple. Very, very easy. And very, very important. More important than eating supper, picking up email messages, talking on the phone or watching the news. The first time I practiced The Five-Minute Rule with my son Brandon he was 10 years old. He was skateboarding with his friends across the street and I called him over. “Son, have I ever told you it was my generation who invented skateboards?” He said, “What do you mean, dad?” “Well, they didn’t cost $197 like yours. We took our old steel roller skates apart and nailed them on the bottom of a two-by-four board.” “Dad, how come you’ve never told me this before?” “Oh, I’m sure I have son, you probably weren’t listening.” “No, dad. I would’ve remembered. I love skateboards.” So, I told my son about the games we played with our skateboards. How we pretended we were in the Olympics. How we created a course and timed each other with a stopwatch. Whom ever had the best time out of two runs got to keep the trophy in their bedroom window for a whole weekuntil the next Saturday. “What a great idea, Dad. Do you have anymore stories?” Brandon and I sat on the curb and talked for another 20 minutes. Then I told him to go

back and play with his friends. But before he left, I told him about The Five-Minute Rule and how it was going to become part of our lives. I watched my son pick up his skateboard and cross the street. A lump formed in my throat. I was standing in the middle of my driveway, tears streaming down my face and my boy turned around, saw me wiping tears away, ran back across the street and gave me a hug. That’s when the power of The Five-Minute Rule hit me full force. I knew I had to repeat it right then and there with my daughter Natalie. So, I knocked on the door to her room and said, “Natalie, lets go for a walk.” I knew I had to get her away from the telephone and her homework. “I want to talk to you. “ “What’s the matter, dad?” “Nothing’s the matter. I’m just very happy about what’s going to happen.” We started out around the block. It took us about fifteen minutes and when we got back to the front door she said to me, “Dad, did mom talk to you?” “No, princess.” “Then Dad, I need to talk to you about something.” Natalie and I walked around the block three more times. I learned more about my daughter in those 45 minutes than I had in the last 45 days. It’s called The Five-Minute Rule. Take five minutes each day with each of the people that are important in your life. At home. At work. On the telephone. Fives minutes to tell someone you love how much you appreciate them and how important they are to your life. Rory Aplanalp has impacted the lives of more than one million people across the globe. He then founded his own company, Human Resource Development, a leader in the sales training field. For more than fourteen years, Rory was affiliated with Franklin Quest/Franklin Covey and was distinguished as their top seminar and keynote speaker. Copyright© 2001, Rory Aplanalp. All rights reserved. For information about Rory’s speaking and training programs, please contact the Frog Pond Group at 800-704-FROG (3764) or;

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