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Training for Success

By James PalmerWith much of the setting up of our new business underway it was time to further explore training in my new line of work. The IICRC is the cleaning industry’s educational and certification body. They offer training from basics like carpet and upholstery cleaning to specialized cleaning scenarios such as trauma or meth lab clean up. After looking at their upcoming offerings I was excited to see a familiar name. More »

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Abandoned TC beach still waiting – Part 3a

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Three years ago, I wrote 2/3 of a blog “trilogy” about area residents’ efforts to restore some of the beachfront park land along Traverse City’s westernmost shoreline. Strong community support, coupled with near unanimous city government approval for the project, appeared to bode well for reclamation of this beautiful, but abandoned, beach. More »

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I’m going to start a business! Now what?

By James PalmerPerhaps one of the biggest questions about starting a business is, “What does it actually take to start a business?” I had made my decision, but now it was time to figure out what I needed to do legally to make it a reality. You might think that doing this would require months of time, reams of paperwork, and an attorney to navigate governmental red tape. You’d be wrong. More »

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What’s in a Name?

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  Floor Care

By James PalmerSo, I had decided to become an entrepreneur. I had decided the business I would open would be in floor care (carpet, tile, upholstery cleaning). Now comes the fun part … naming your creation. I would have loved to have had more time to think over names but at the same time I was anxious to start the ball rolling and before doing anything else I would need a name. More »

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Decision Day

By James PalmerIn my first blog I discussed the epiphany that perhaps starting a business need not wait for an original idea, but rather to pursue something that you are both passionate and knowledgeable about. After months of brainstorming, critical thinking, and prayer, the idea of starting a carpet cleaning company had risen to the top. I decided that before making any final decisions I should seek out the council of several persons who had themselves operated a business in the floor-care field. More »

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So you want to start a business … What does Traverse City need?

By James PalmerFor about as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to start and run my own business — to be my own boss, to chart my own course, and to sink or swim based on my own efforts. When I was a child, the neighbors, my brothers, and I, would set up “businesses” in the basement. We would then shop and trade with one another using blocks as currency. I also ran my own cookie and lemonade stand (Full disclosure mom, I ate most of the cookies myself). More »

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Don’t be a Dolt – Part 2

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle readers,

Last time I talked about avoiding the biggest mistake with your biggest asset, how to avoid being known as a “dolt,” the nature of Agency in Michigan and how it operates on the seller’s side of a real estate transaction. More »

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Don’t be a Dolt – Realtor Agency in Michigan

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello Record-Eagle readers,

For most of us, our real estate is the most valuable asset we own (by far).  As an Ask the Realtor reader, you obviously care about your assets keenly, and you don’t want to be known as a dolt for working at a major disadvantage. More »

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State of the Traverse City real estate Markets – 2013 Part 2

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHello again Record-Eagle Readers,

Looking back at 2013, much of the market data suggest that the Grand Traverse area real estate markets have grown healthier, more stable, and property values are improving in most neighborhoods. In the broader picture, home foreclosure and unemployment figures are both lower, while fewer U.S. households are “underwater” with their home’s equity. More »

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State of the Traverse City real estate markets – 2013

Team Mike, Ask The RealtorsHappy New Year Record-Eagle readers!

Looking back at 2013, with all of the disorganized bickering going on in Washington, D.C., who would have thought that it would be such a strong year for Traverse City real estate?  In some ways our best year ever, 2013 showed continued growth and improved health in many of our local real estate market segments, and the prospects for 2014 continue to look good. More »

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