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Archives of real estate blog entries for December 14, 2006 (Page 8)
$200,000 or $199,999 ? Which gets more viewers? - 10:12 AM
Most agents advise clients about pricing their home under certain key price points in order to have their home show up on searches that agents or buyers might do. We've all seen the $199,999 pricing which is supposed to make it sound like it's a lot less than $200,000. But by pricing it a dollar less than $200,000 you are taking it off the radar screen for the people searching for homes from $200,000 to $225,000. By pricing it right at $200,000 you are exposing it to people searching below and above that pricing point. Do you think that it matters much? Is (2 comments)
BNI is a Good Networking Organization - 10:26 AM
I would highly recommend all Realtors and loan officers to join a BNI group. They have chapters all over the world. You meet every week for a meeting that has a structured agenda. There is only one person allowed from each business category. Besides the referrals that one gets, I find it invaluable as a testing ground for various marketing ideas. Every week you get to give a quick 60 second infomercial and once in a while you get to give a 10 minute presentation. So along with improving your speaking skills, it forces you to craft your message into a (2 comments)
Real Estate Agents Originating Loans - 01:57 PM
I attended a presentation put on by a new real estate company that has offices in Atlanta and California. The thing that caught my attention was that a real estate agent could remain with their current company and offer mortgage origination services from them. It's an extra stream of revenue for the agent. Also, when home sales slow down an agent can get a piece of the refi business. It sounds like an interesting concept. Another tool in the tool box. They provide training and have processors who do the paperwork. You are actually an employee of their company. I really like to focus (5 comments)
Training Designation Best Worst - 01:05 AM
Training Designation Best Worst Let's See E-Pro, CGRN, CRS, ABR, ABRM, ALC, CCIM, CPM, CRB, CRE to name just a few. So what value other than the knowledge did you receive. Do any of these designations actually increase sales, Seller or Buyer awareness. Which of these are frankly just a waste of time. Come on all let's here you put out your hard earned dollars and a lot of you presious time to earn these. Was it worth it ? Would you do more ? Comment on the Value Received or in your opinion the lack of value. Let the rest of us (14 comments)
East Meets West.....................ActiveRain Get Together - 05:14 PM
Wednesday was spent working from home. Typically this means that I am glued to the desktop plugging away. Mass mailing campaign for pre-foreclosures, expireds and properties at the beginning stages of the foreclosure process. I had just returned the week before from a three day junket at the Realtor Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. You know the feeling of guilt that comes over you like a pall. I felt the Need to get back to tweaking the machine. These days inherently, the machine includes AR. While reading posts and leaving comments, I came upon Toby Barnett's post for gathering in Kirkland, WA (22 comments)
Success Or Failure Can't Be Judged In The Moment - 09:56 PM
I received an email from Craig Schiller on Wednesday morning. What a shining example of what ActiveRain is all about. His email was so honest and moving and well written, that I had a very difficult time responding to it. Each time I tried, I felt like my response was inadequate. He shared so openly his career ups and downs and his desires for the future. It was a breath of fresh air that left me breathless. In the midst of attempting to respond, a few thoughts kept getting in the way. I just could not shake them. I had to (59 comments)
Houses For Sale in Queens NY - 05:03 PM
Grand Centurion Realty 50-58 69th StreetWoodside, NY 11377Office: (718) 205-5572 4 Family in Corona 11Bdrms, 6.5BathsFull Finished BasementBasement has been used as a salon for parties (was rented for occasions)2 Family in Flushing 8Bdrms, 4BathsFull Finished Basement2 Family in Jamaica 6Bdrms, 4BathsFull Finished Basement We have more properties in our office. Please call to get more information on these and other properties. (1 comments)
Creating Safe Perpetual Cash Flow From Investment Real Estate - 12:50 PM
When real estate investors talk they normally discuss the deals that went wrong. This defeatist attitude scares many investors away from a very lucrative market. Using Turn Key Investing, you can significantly improve your investment knowledge and ability to make money in a difficult market. Investing in real estate can be very lucrative if done correctly. By setting your goals and priorities before you begin you can eliminate most if not all of the hazards of investing. Turn Key Investing helps you to eliminate the costly hazards of investing while developing a perpetual cash flow.Pre Purchase Goals: Pre purchase you are (4 comments)
Edgewood Maryland Real Estate Update - 03:31 PM
As of 12/14/06: Active Listings:173 - Average Days on Market, 91.3 Contract with a Kickout:1 - Average Days on Market, 111 Contract with a Contingency3 - Average Days on Market, 73 Under Contract36 - Average Days on Market - 47.61 Sold211 - Average Day son Market - 49.15 If you are considering buying or selling a home in the Edgewood, MD area, please consider giving me a call. Also, check out my website, www.cbmove.com/Kristine.Crowe for more real estate information. (0 comments)
Real Estate Update - Abingdon MD - 03:40 PM
As of 12/13/06: Active:256 - Average Days on Market, 92.14 Under Contract with a Kickout:3 - Average Days on Market, 123.67 Under Contract with a Contingency:15 - Average Days on Market, 100.93 Under Contract58 - Average Days on Market, 84.22 Sold344 - Average Days on Market, 54.55 If you are considering buying or selling a home in the Abingdon, MD area, please consider giving me a call. Also, check out my website, www.cbmove.com/Kristine.Crowe for more real estate information. (0 comments)
My Favorite Client - 04:11 PM
My favorite client became my favorite, because she was my happiest at the settlement table. We had a rough, difficult road getting there. Some of the obstacles we encountered: Limited $$ for the type of home she wanted. She was a sweet, older woman who was buying her first home. She was in her 50's, and had rented her entire life. This would be her one and only opportunity to buy a home, and I wanted to make sure I could find something that would meet her needs.Home Inspection Disaster - anything that could be wrong was wrong. And, then of course, the buyer (6 comments)
What kind of energy are we giving off? - 05:56 PM
I've just got to blog about one of my pet peeves. Several times a week I call real estate professionals and they answer their cell phone in a manner that I would consider to be "unprofessional". I get "hello" in a downbeat voice that sounds like their dog just died, or "yo" or something along those lines. As soon as I introduce myself, they switch on the fake "Hey, how's it going??" happy voice. Here's the deal. If you're going to give out your cell phone number and use it for business, you need to be "on" for every phone call. I (5 comments)
STOP IT NOW! - 02:59 PM
For some of you it's too late. For the rest of the Realtors, Please don't waste your money on calendars. You know when I was listing, I used to love going back to the office and brag about the listing I got with another brokers calendar hanging on the Fridge.. Hey, save some money and pick up the Phone, or just stop by and say Hi. Remeber it's not marketing or business building, It's relationship Managment. Go and make it a day of Passion and Love. (3 comments)
Stress and the Realtor - 05:55 AM
Did you know that being a realtor is in the top 15 occupations for stress ? I was reading a recent article and I was surprised it was actually documented. Of course we all know real estate can be stressful. The other day my daughter and I were talking, she is a buyer agent on my TEAM and is working on a very difficult transaction. Buyers will low credit, less than forthright lender ( no not one of ours........they couldnt' get them qualified ) on top of that a bank foreclosed home and the listing agent that is handling it ONLY deals (29 comments)
Phoenix Median Price for October 2006 - 04:05 PM
The Median Price in the recently-released October ARMLS resale sales reports is $250,000 which is an increase of $100 since the September reports. The Average Price also increased this month, from $324,400 to $331,200. The graph below displays both the monthly Average Price and Median Price of resale homes sold in MLS from January 2002 through October 2006. The average price is calculated by dividing the sum of the sales prices by the number of homes sold. The median price is determined by finding the price where the quantity of homes sold for less than that price is equal to the quantity (2 comments)
Realtor's Bike Blog - 04:33 PM
Sigh, it's snowing....if you're a skier, snowboarder, or snow plow operator, I guess you're happy! At least I hope you are and I begrudge you nothing..... sort of. Nuff said on that part of the topic. I am about to drag myself off to the couch, plop down, grab my coffee and watch "American Thunder". If I can't ride, at least I can dream of riding, watch someone else ride, or see all of the excellent bikes and trikes. Tis the season for withdrawel....lalalalala lala lala. I'm fortunate to live where I do, small town, know most of the folks here, (11 comments)
Six Things a Real Estate Agent or Broker Should Consider During the Winter Holidays - 05:04 PM
Traditionally, the winter holidays are a slow time for the real estate industry. People are less interested in buying and selling property. They are more interested in spending quality time with friends and family. This makes the holidays an opportune time for a realtor to focus on other aspects of thier real estate career. To help, we polled our office of real estate experts and real estate license exam educators to come up with the six things a realtor should do during the winter holidays. To read more go to http://www.licenseprofessor.com/Articles/WhatARealtorShouldDoOverTheHolidays.aspx Happy Holidays everyone. (7 comments)
How to get a Hawaiian Real Estate License - 09:05 PM
If you are looking for how to get your real estate license in Hawaii, you may want to check out the following article. http://www.licenseprofessor.com/States/Hawaii/HawaiiLicenseRequirements.aspx It provides such information as: In the State of Hawaii, exams, licensing, and continuing education for real estate agents are governed by the Hawaiian Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. There are two basic real estate licenses in Hawaii, a broker's license and a salesperson's license. Matt (1 comments)
How to get an Arizona Real Estate License - 10:20 PM
If you are looking for how to get your real estate license in Arizona, you may want to check out the following article. http://www.licenseprofessor.com/States/arizona/ArizonaLicenseRequirements.aspx It provides such information as: In the State of Arizona, exams, licensing, and continuing education for real estate agents are governed by the Arizona Department of Real Estate. There are two basic real estate licenses in Alabama, a broker's license and a salesperson's license. Generally, a salesperson's license allows the holder to sell real estate only under the auspices of a licensed broker. (Salesperson's licenses are generally what people refer to when they say they have a real estate license.) Matt Wilson (0 comments)
The Secret - 09:06 PM
I was at an industry function this morning as the Women's Council of Realtors® East Bay Chapter installed their Officers for 2007-- a nice function and I appreciated the invitation from Kim McGuire-Reid, the incoming President. While visiting with members over breakfast the topic turned to the phenomenon of 'The Secret' and several of us bounced this notion around for awhile. I haven't seen the movie nor read much about this specific incarnation of 'The Secret' but I'm familiar with it's basic premise-- it is essentially a treatise on the Law of Attraction (see http://thesecret.tv/home.html if you care to delve deeper). Very superficially, you can (0 comments)
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