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I’m Going to be a Guest Bartender

BartenderOn Thursday, June 4th, please come to the Cottage Cafe in Bethany Beach to support the 2015 Long & Foster Community Service Day, whose charity beneficiary this year is Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.  They will be taking donations and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the foundation.

From 5:30 to 8:30 PM, your guest bartenders will be Steve Alexander – ResortQuest Real Estate, Joe Maggio – Maggio Shields Real Estate, Billy Scott – Scott and Shuman and yours truly from the Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team.

What could be better than that?  Yeah, I know – quite a few things 🙂

So, let’s have some fun and join Steve, Joe, Billy and Jeff at the Cottage Cafe next Thursday evening.

See my Facebook Post here:  Guest Bartender Event


20,000 Days and Counting

20000 daysJanuary 29, 2015

This is in my inbox this morning from the CEO of our company – Fairway Independent Mortgage Company – and I had to share. I’m 22,000 days and counting!

Since 2004—–we have had a book of the month.  It fits  with HOW we think——which is to create a culture where continued learning is encouraged.    For the folks that will not  read this current book of the month, wanted to share Robert Smith’s “Desire for YOU—One Final Note”—–once again, if good for one person—-worth sharing with the team:

“Be your best self and do not imitate anyone else.  Find your strengths.  They are your talents.  They will make you smile and cause you to experience real joy on the inside.

Don’t listen to those who ridicule the choices you make or the dreams you share.  Let no one despise your youth.  As Og Mandino explained in –The Greatest Salesman in the World, “Experience is overrated, usually by old men who nod wisely and speak stupidly.”  Create your own experiences.  And know that you are creating memories for a lifetime.

Life is not about finding yourself: it is about creating yourself.  You have to take chances to make your dreams reality.  Face your fear head-on and move rapidly.  Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.  Make lots of them!!  Your odds for success will increase with the number of decisions you make.

Have patience with your dreams and the expectations you have for others.  Be impatient with yourself daily.  Live as if this is your last day.  Say—–I love you—-to all those who matter.  Know that everyone matters.

You must play full-out right now.  Sit up.  Hold your head high.  Breathe deeply.  Lift your chest up.  Stand straight and with confidence.  Dust yourself off.  Stop being a party pooper in your own life.  Smile.  A bigger, noticeable smile.  Start acting happy.  Yes—–you act first.  I promise the feeling of happiness will soon follow.”

Am grateful to have met Robert.  A very special person.  Robert—-for over 35 years—–has been the Business Manager—–for Andy Andrews.  His biography for his life is shared in a sentence:

“I am  the master of Marketing, the magician of management, the emperor of emails, the artist of attachments——and the warrior of WOW!”

Have a great Thursday!


That about says it all!  

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What to do if You’re Feeling Burned Out

BurnoutI recently read that “burnout” can be caused by long-term exhaustion or a diminished interest in work due to boredom. Burnout happens over time, but once it hits, some real estate agents just quit the business because they just don’t know how to overcome it. Others just keep plodding along hoping things will change.

While praying that things will change is always an option, there may be other things that you can do to change your attitude.

If you find yourself doing the “slow burnout” or have experienced it in the past, I’d like to share some suggestions that other agents have successfully used.

Take Some Time Off

      – It could be just a long weekend. Or maybe a week or two.

Don’t Think About It

      – Have someone cover your business while you are away and don’t think about real estate during that time period.

Do What You Enjoy

      – It’s the little things. Visit friends, golf, garden, exercise—whatever you like to do. Consider the motto, you

“Work to Live, Not Live to Work.”

Research a New Real Estate Niche

      – Maybe you’d like to become a new-construction specialist. Or a “green” specialist. Or work with baby boomers. The NAR has special designations for different genres that you may want to look into.

Learn Something New

    – Take a class at your local university. Sign up for an art class. Volunteer at your favorite charity. Find a hobby.

Doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is not the way to get rid of that burned-out feeling. Please consider some of my suggestions because it just may give you a fresh perspective on the work that you do and a new purpose in your life.

What have you done in the past to overcome burnout?


Be a Light Switch

The CEO of our company – Fairway Independent Mortgage – send the following email out to all employees this morning that I wanted to share.  Jake is the heart and soul of this company.

Yesterday, during our Monthly Marketing call, Daniel Harkavy (CEO of Building Champions) shared a perspective about being Thankful—–that wanted to share with our team.

He related how when we meet people—–each day, but specifically when meeting friends and family for Thanksgiving—–that our objective should be to look at each interaction as a “divine opportunity”——and that WE should be like a “light switch”——-with the objective being to meet the person and give them a “little bit more life” because of meeting YOU.  We have a choice with that light switch—–and we want to flip the light switch ON!


He listed 3 objectives: 

1)Listen to them


3)Help THEM to become a little better—–because of spending TIME with YOU.

Personally, thought the call could have ended right there.  What great wisdom and insight was shared; as we never know when our “LAST OPPORTUNITY” will be.

We all have much to be thankful for.  MY HOPE—-would be that Coach Harkavy’s  insight is a “light switch” for all of us over the next few days and beyond!

Happy Thanksgiving—-am grateful for the people and the hearts in this special company!


Thanks Jake and I agree . . . I’m grateful to work for this special company.  Have an awesome Thanksgiving and thanks for all you have given me over this last year.

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Stockings for Soldiers

Stockings for SoldiersThe Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team is supporting the 11th annual Stockings for Soldiers.  Please see the accompanying list for items that are needed.

We will be accepting donations through this Friday, November 22nd at our offices in the Taggart Professional Building – 32895 S. Coastal Highway, Suite 201A, Bethany Beach, DE  19930.  Call me at 302-542-8250 for more information.

Stockings for Soldiers is a Delaware non-profit corporation and we are serving as a drop point only.  Anything dropped off by Friday will be sent to the non-profits headquarters’ were volunteers will gather to put together the packages for our troops in Afghanistan.

Last year, over 1000 great volunteers helped us to mail out 1,500 boxes packed with over 12,000 homemade, personalized Christmas Stockings that were filled with over 48,000 pounds of Goodies. We also made and shipped 1,200 polar fleece blankets and 500 knitted hats for our troops.

For more information on the Stockings for Soldiers go to http://www.stockingsforsoldiers.org.