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Archives of real estate blog entries for October 15, 2006 (Page 8)
Halloween Ideas - 11:29 PM
Hey folks! At this time of year, I always sponsor a local hayride and halloween parade in my subdivision as a kind of thank you for all the businees I get from the community. I am wondering what some of you do? How do you return your gratitude? (0 comments)
new blog just devoted to staging tips - 02:21 PM
so for awhile i have been comtemplating about WHY i blog? what is the purpose of ME blogging? while the iheartstaging blog has turned into a brain dump, a fellow ar stager points out, it is borderline professional. at the same time, when i was reviewing the blog, i found that there is not a central theme to this blog. it is too random and all over the place. so i have decided to get a new blog. starts a new and just devotes on writing about staging tips and staging education. i will keep the old one as my brain (2 comments)
A business man in a business woman's world - 02:46 PM
Ok... yes, I went there. But not the way you would think. In the beginning... I began my carreer as a mortgage broker in Palm Beach County, Florida. I worked for a company where it was run by men. The president, the vice president, and 99% of the managers were men. I was trained how to be a business man and how to get the business. Almost all of these business men where New Yorkers. And, their way of business was in your face business, no time for small chat. This is how it is and this is how it is going to (4 comments)
What will $18.9 Million Get you in Palm Beach County? - 03:26 PM
I saw that Maureen and Dmitry posted a couple entries talking about the luxury homes in their market, and gave some details on the highest priced one. I figured that I would share one in the South Florida market. Just in case some one wants to retire with a view of the ocean. It is amazing what a little bit of money will buy you. (5 comments)
To Blog or Not To Blog? That is the question... - 09:43 PM
So, here I am, a member to AR for about one week. I have seen it all in this short amount of time. People talking about their vacations. People posting listings. People giving advice. People communicating... I have seen people write negative and positive things about other people. Some say that the non-informative blogs are just a way to get points. Some say that the non-informative are mostly a way for others to get to know that person. Some people never read (or at least comment) on the informative: others have plenty to say about them. It was not until I posted one (6 comments)
Cards - 07:49 PM
I lave to read the backs of people's business cards. a lot of them have the common saying such as I LOVE REFFERals, or I'm here for your needs and such. The other day I was at the car dealership getting my car fixxed. I love to talk with people and I had met this one gentalman with card that had this on the back. SUCCESS That person is a success when he has laughed often,loved much, and lived the abundant life.Who has gained the respect of intelligent people, the love of children and the favor of God. Who has filled his nitch (1 comments)
Fico Score - 07:54 PM
When you apply for a mortgage loan, you expect your lender to pull a credit report and look at whether you've made your payments on time. What you may not expect is that they seem to be more interested in your "FICO" score. "What's a FICO score?" is a common reaction. Each time your credit report is pulled, it is run through a computer program with a built-in scorecard. Points are awarded or deducted based on certain items such as how long you have had credit cards, whether you make your payments on time, if your credit balances are near maximum, (0 comments)
Inspection,what's my role? - 02:22 AM
My training taught me quite a lot about contracts, and customer service. My training also taught me about liability. Here's a little annecdotal information. An agent and client were present together with the home inspector during an inspection. The new agent, eager to be helpful and diligent, went everywhere with the client and the inspector around the house. Taking care to note any deficiencies that the inspector points out. It's a newer home, so no laundry list of problems. Except, they couldn't get the gas range and oven to work. After a few attempts they moved on. End of story......right? Later (3 comments)
Incomes up, debt up too - 12:44 PM
High housing costs makes it hard to attract workers First, the good news: We're all making more money. The bad news, according to the Chartered Accountants of B.C., is that skyrocketing housing costs are pushing up personal debt levels. However, further gains in disposable income are on the way, the bean counters say. "The province's recent increase in personal disposable income, combined with robust job growth, suggests that further gains in disposable income are on the horizon," said Richard Rees, chief executive officer of the chartered accountants. "If there is a concern, it is about the high cost of housing in the province and its impact (0 comments)
Ouch! The Media Bite..I want to read,"Okay, Everyone It's Okay to Buy Again" - 01:24 PM
So, here we are... real estate professionals, buyers and sellers and all the people maybe thinking about becoming a potential realtor, buyer or seller, and some of us, at least in my region, are sitting on our hands waiting for something to "happen" in the real estate market. Now, I know most people are not ready or don't want to sell, buy and move. I am one of them now. But you just know there are people out there that are just waiting for "something" to happen... but what are people waiting for? Well, current sellers are waiting for someone to buy (24 comments)
Golfers' Dilema - 10:58 AM
"John, why don't play golf with George anymore?" a friend asked. "Would you play golf with someone who kicked the ball with his foot when you weren't looking?" John asked. "I guess not," admitted the friend. "Would you want to play with someone who lied about their score?" John continued. "No, I sure wouldn't," the friend responded. "Neither did George," replied John. (0 comments)
Why Market Your Home with Rob? Reason 1 - 04:44 PM
There are close to 500 Realtors® in Douglas County Kansas to choose from so why should I market my home with you, Rob? I believe one of the reasons sellers select me to market their home is because I use visual tours. With 8 out of 10 buyers going online to start their home buying process, I want to have as much information as I can online. Having a listing online is great but some listings only have a few features, no address, no photos, and no visual tour.One thing I have heard over and over is how grateful buyers are that (0 comments)
Why Market Your Home with Rob? Reason 2 - 08:34 PM
As I asked in Reason 1, there are close to 500 Realtors® in Douglas County Kansas to choose from so why should I market my home with you, Rob? I believe one of the reasons sellers select me to market their home is because I create a website for each home with its own domain name. Because it has its own domain name, the website can promote the home shown so features and descriptions that are searched on search engines will find my listing's website. If someone is searching for yankeetank lawrence ks, they will find my http://activerain.com/langrob website where they will (0 comments)
Why Market Your Home with Rob? Reason 3 - 10:27 PM
As I asked in Reason 1 & 2, there are close to 500 Realtors® in Douglas County Kansas to choose from so why should I market my home with you, Rob? I believe one of the reasons sellers select me to market their home is because I make many Realtors® aware that the home is on the market though Realtor® Tours. Realtor® Tours in my broker's office are held on Tuesday morning and we drive around together to our office's new listings. On Thursday, all agents in the county are invited to Realtor® Tours. With two opportunities to see the home at the same (0 comments)
Make your money buying not selling.... - 04:08 PM
As a former active real estate agent and now a full time investor I have figured out you always make your money on the buy side, not the sell side. I get told all day long of how properties will go up in value and you will make your money down the road, that is just not true. unless you are adding value to a property by fixing something that is distressed, upside over time is a huge gamble. Let me give you one example... I really want you to think about. Interest rates. Most investors buy when interest rates are (4 comments)
Finding a great agent... - 05:30 PM
From a former practicing agent one thing I noticed about my field was the lack of great agents. A great question to ask a agent is, if you had to use another agent in a 'blind transaction' where you could do nothing except pick the home, who would you use? Probably less than 1 in every 250 agents will make this cut. Ask the hard questions when picking an agent. If you are a investor, you really need an agent who knows their stuff. I can not tell you how many times I have sat at a closing and bought a (0 comments)
I offer Talking House®, the newest and best way to get the most exposure for your home. With a simple twist of a car's radio dial, potential buyers can hear detailed imformation about a home's interior, price and other pertinent facts and features. Call me today at (360) 708-2929 or visit http://www.Sauneuf.com and I'll tell you all about Talking House®, and how we can use it to set your home apart from all the others that are on the market. Talking House® Sells Homes! Its so simple you won't believe it. It is a mini radio transmitter that broadcasts a pre-recorded (1 comments)
Client Testimonial from Julie S. - 12:19 PM
"Bill was very thorough, detailed and his follow-up was exemplary. He coordinated and communicated with all parties to ensure a smooth transaction. Thank you Bill for a wonderful real estate experience." -- Julie S. Happy Rental Home Buyer At the conclusion of every transaction, I send out a client satisfaction survey to see how I did from the customer's perspective. It is a great tool for me to learn how I can improve the service I provide to my customers. I must also say that it feels really good to receive the compliments I've received. All of this is just part of my Customers For Life program. (0 comments)
Mount Vernon - Anacortes Ranked #3 In the Nation! - 12:30 PM
Mount Vernon-Anacortes Ranked #3 In the Nation in CNNMoney.com's 2006 Real Estate Guide! Mount Vernon and Anacortes home prices are going up rapidly. We’re in the 3rd best home market in the Country! Only Panama City, Florida and Wenatchee, Washington are forecast to do better than the Mount Vernon market over the next 12 months according to CNN-Money. WOW!! The Mount Vernon-Anacortes housing market is predicted to grow at 14.5% in the coming 12 months. For the rest of the United States overall, the same forecast expects just 5% growth. All of these gains are built on sound economic fundamentals. Job growth in the area (1 comments)
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