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Archives of real estate blog entries for December 14, 2006 (Page 2)
Texas Gulf Coast Real Estate Market Exposed - 04:00 PM
Alice Donahue Real Estate announces www.TexasGulfCoastOnline.com, which provides first-of-its-kind property information and on-line brokerage services for the entire Texas Gulf Coast region. (PRWeb) December 14, 2006 -- The marriage of successful software entrepreneur Michael Stuart and Texas real estate mogul Alice Donahue has produced more than romance as they are taking real estate technology and service to new levels. "The Texas Coast is one of the best markets for real estate in the country right now and it's only fitting that we have released to our customers the best technology to showcase that," says Michael Stuart. "Our goal as a brokerage (2 comments)
Your Mission: Make 2007 The Best Year Ever! - 07:01 PM
December is a very exciting month for me. Not just because of the wonderful holiday season or the cozy warm nights by the fireplace. December is exciting for me because it marks "Reflection Month." That's right, Reflection Month. You see, it's during this period that I begin my business planning for the next year. I actually take out a little "special time" daily to reflect, examine my goal accomplishments, research innovative ideas within my profession, develop and explore new practices to implement, eliminate what didn't work etc. You see, the best advice I received from a veteran Realtor® when I first entered (4 comments)
How Many Times Do We Have to Hear It?? - 06:40 PM
I'm at the computer, reading blogs, news on in the background when I hear for the fourteen hundredth time in the last month about how bad the real estate market is. Maybe when you look at the big picture there's a point here. But there's also a point to be made about saying something often enough to make it true. The voices of doom and gloom are driving me crazy. Highs and lows have characterized real estate from the beginning. I'll bet when Fred and Wilma needed a new cave they encountered the same problems my buyers do. Either there were too many to choose from (2 comments)
Long time Listing - 11:04 AM
Been thinking about buyer loyalty--even seller loyalty for that matter. Saw a seller today who has been saying for 3 months now that she is going to list her house with me...it's actually her father's house and he has moved into assited care so I understand that part of her foot dragging is the reluctance to move his things and go through all that the process requires. A neighbor who is aware of the impending sale sent his newly wed child over to ask if they could buy the house. Mind you, she has not listed the house with me yet but (4 comments)
houseseeker4u.com for lead generation? - 07:00 PM
Has anyone had experience with houseseeker4u.com for lead generation? I am researching my options on things other them Housevalues. I have had good luck with them, but want additional sources. What other types of programs have people had good luck with? I am looking for people that know how to work internet leads. I do well with any of the programs I am on, and want input from others that work internet leads the right way! Thanks!
another new home for rent Avon, IN priced at $1,195/month - 07:52 PM
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What should you buy? Single family homes or multi-family? - 08:15 PM
I see a lot of "guru's" out there advertising buying brand new homes, even with negative cash flow of $200-$300/month. yes, these will appreciate in value, principle is being paid down, etc, but why have negative cash flow when you can have positive cash flow, in good areas, with apartments? I have done both, and actually manage quite a lot of single family homes for out of state investors. I guess out of state investors look at things differently then I do. A California investor that sees something with a 10% cap rate and they can't get their tongue off the floor. (1 comments)
Anson development has tenants - 08:25 PM
Lowe’s, CVS, State Bank of Lizton and Fifth Third Bank now all have final development plan approval for the marketplace. I think this was a little bit of bait and switch. I would rather have the original grocery store instead of a Lowes!
Taken from the Lebanon reporter, written By Drew Stone Lebanon — All spaces in the Marketplace at Anson have now received final development plan approval.The two remaining pieces in the marketplace received approval Wednesday night at the Boone County Area Plan Commission meeting. The “anchor,” Lowe’s, and a “B shop,” Fifth Third Bank, now join the other two (1 comments)
KOMMISSION TRANSFER (a new version of KT) - 06:15 PM
I know how to spell commission, but I was trying to make a point. I read in the papers that some executives are forcing employees to train their lower-paid replacement. Sometimes they are assigned to work alongside programmers from India, who will end up taking over tasks formerly done by Americans. This process is called Knowledge Transfer (or KT). In our industry we are observing the same behavior. Some of us are doing the same job for our clients for sometimes less and less commission. I saw an advertisement for 1% listings. I wonder how does that work? Actually I don't care, but it's (3 comments)
Changing companies - is the stress normal? - 06:32 PM
I know that in this industry Realtors move from one company to another all the time. I was involved with my company for over 10 years (the only one I worked with) and when I finally made the decision I was surprised to face all the red tape that is part of the move. Even my former company who has been extremely positive in everything has made things more frustrating than they need to be. I don't know why people feel good about "burning the bridges" in a business where we face each other all the time, no matter which company (2 comments)
Appropriate Christmas Gift. Is there such a thing? - 06:46 PM
I know it's kind of late to discuss plans for this year's Christmas. I'm actually kind of brainstorming for the next year, which promises to be the best ever. Realtors give away calendars, key chains, post it note pads, pens, etc, especially during this time of the year. I have had great marketing ideas from this site before, but never during the Holiday season. Is there anything worth sharing? Hopefully something easy but not the "same ol' same ol' thing". I'm open for suggestions. (2 comments)
Presto Change-O........ - 05:27 PM
I have to admit I was a little indignant at 50 when I was sent an AARP application. I asked myself, "Who do they think they are sending me this, I was just 18 yesterday... wasn't I?" No Fran, you weren't. In this months AARP magazine it features Robin Williams on the front riding a tricycle. (look in your bathroom I'm sure you'll find your issue) Much like Robin I feel like I can still peddle my fanny down the street and shouldn't be a member of AARP. One of the articles entitled Presto Change-O by Samuel Greengard discusses the growing amount of Americans that (4 comments)
Mechanic`s Lien II - 05:18 PM
Here are the formal procedures for placing a mechanics lien on a property in the state of California: •(1) Preliminary Notice: A preliminary notice is a written notice that must be given to the owner within 20 days of first furnishing labor or materials for a job anyone eligible to file a mechanic's lien. This document gives owners the proper notice that their property may be subject to this specific lien if they do not pay for work completed. •(2) Notice of Completion: If the owner records a notice of completion within 10 days after the project is finished, the original contractors (3 comments)
Believing...HOW TO DO IT..... - 01:05 AM
Ever wonder what faith IS? What it is that inspires some agents to achieve MORE than their wildest dreams could entail? Lots of people have wondered over the centuries about what exactly faith really is........ I can tell you -- what it isn't....... It isn't fear...doubt, insecurity, your past business failure, the people who hurt you (past, present or future). It isn't lust, thievery, drunkennesss, or profanity......... It isn't adultery, sleeping around or loving money........... It isn't lewd jokes, putting others down, or flattery........ It isn't loving your new car, your boat or your wardrobe........
BUT...........I THINK I have found a little movie that DOES kind of allude (4 comments)
Home Buying Seminars.....what do you think of them? - 10:57 AM
I have been toying with the idea of a Homebuyers Seminar for a while..... I would need the meeting space (Our class room at the office is perfect) and the seminar outline and maybe a laptop and projector to do a powerpoint presentation while I was speaking. I am getting excited about the possibilities........ a couple of classified ads in the local paper(s) and MAYBE a BIG PLASTIC SIGN for the front of the office on Main Street in Kissimmee would attract potential clients. I could do one of these once every 2 months of so. I was commenting in the (20 comments)
There Is A Way - 02:38 PM
After reading Josh Plummer's blog Do Not Pass Go ... Do Not Collect $200, I felt compelled to coment through a blog about a recent seller's experience with Discount Brokers. The seller came in to my office after having their home on the market all spring and summer with a discount broker. (They listed with that agent because they offered to cut the commission and for no other resason. ) They were sad that their home hadn't sold and now neede a professional that could help them out. They asked me about cutting the commission as the other agent had. I said NO. I (3 comments)
Meet The Boardman Group - 01:35 PM
Real estate teams are very popular here in Minnesota, and Keller Williams realty really encourages and supports teams through training. The people that I have the most contact with in our office are all on teams. I used to feel kind of lonely, that was before I discovered active rain and all of the wonderful people who live inside my computer. I was thinking about all this today when I was headed for a team meeting. I really do have a team, it is just different from the other teams that I come into contact with, which is O.K. because I am (6 comments)
His "other blog" is Phoenix Real Estate Guy - 10:39 AM
If you have not placed your bets... it is almost too late... ? AM MST, 11:00 AM CST, Noon EST... early for those PST folks. Today! It is a blogging event. Jay Thompson has an entry on his other blog about why he is attempting this feat too. It is to? Boost him over Tony Marriot in points? Help me with that? Jay can get points for 10 comments, in a day... I guess depending on the time frame the server is on he could get points for 20 comments? Time on Active Rain is CST? Jay will get a boost on the right side of the dashboard... surely this entry is (5 comments)
The graph above is all of Central Ohio, the whole area covered by the Columbus Board of REALTORS®. The Columbus Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Madison, Morrow and Union counties and parts of Champagne, Clark, Licking, Fairfield, Knox, Logan, Marion and Pickaway counties. The properties represented here are single family homes, townhouses and condominiums. Inventory is up, sales are down slightly. It's a great time to buy.
Graph is from TrendGraphix. Data is from the Columbus Board of REALTORS® MLS.
These are single family, townhouse and condominiums for sale and sold in Franklin County. This includes the City of Columbus, Worthington, Westerville, New Albany, Gahanna, Dublin, Hilliard, Grandview, Upper Arlington, Rivlerlea, Minerva Park among other village, cities and townships. This report and the graph shows market demand by comparing current inventory to number of homes sold in a 15-month period.
Graphics and table are from Trendgraphix. The data is Columbus Board of REALTORS® MLS.
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