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A lot of people who don't live in the west or southwest will pass on reading this article as they think it doesn't apply to their market... but they will be wrong. It may not apply in your market now but I'm willing to bet it will in 3-10 years. If you think I'm wrong read some of the stories coming out of New Orleans and surrounding communities about the influx of Latinos who came searching for work in the construction industry after Katrina. As more and more Latinos spread out to other states in search of work you will find your marketplace changing. In (5 comments)
Cost of Repair Contingency Part 2 - 08:51 PM
YEA, yes, YEA. We finally got the money. Yes the Cost of Repair Contingency Repair does work, but the glitch is in the listing side of the contract. Believe this or not. The property was put back on the market 3 weeks before my buyers got their earnest money back. I kept getting excuses like, we are being audited and we do not cut checks at that time. What a bunch of xxxxx. Any way I wanted to post the grand finally. You must stay on top of everything. Why? Why are people not responsible anymore? Common would you like to be (2 comments)
4 Tampa Duplexes and 1 Cape Coral House - 12:49 PM
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100th POST - tribute to tallent - 07:31 PM
So this is my 100th post and I have been tossing and turning trying to come up with something special to share with you. The standards have been set extremely high. "My 100th Blog on ActiveRain" by Rich JacobsonThe Lovely Wife's 100th Post...Flavored With Synchronicity...ROAR! by TLWBTW, this is my 100th post! So please read! By Bryant TutasThe gift of tears by Craig SchillerCelebrating 100th Blog on January 1, 2007 by Gena RiedeMy 100th Post...... trying to pull a Rabbit ouf of the Hat... by Jeff BelongerToday I had one of those AMAZING days where a customer made me feel so (42 comments)
Consumer group calls for major reforms to the Homebuilders Commission - 05:45 AM
Homeowners Against Deficient Dwellings (HADD), a consumer protection organization, released a report titled “Leveling the Texas Residential Construction Commission” detailing the changes needed to the TRCC to provide adequate protection to homebuyers with construction defects. “The Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC pronounced trick) created in 2003 is a complete disaster and provides little if any consumer protection for the largest purchase of a lifetime, a new home.” states John Cobarruvias President of HADD Texas. “It is time for our elected officials to turn to the consumers of the state to understand the problems they are facing when dealing with new (2 comments)
Springfield Missouri Ice Storm - 2007 - Part 2 - 06:28 PM
Mother Nature is in the process of pruning her trees! I am spending several hours a day right now making sure all the unoccupied homes that we currently have on the market are ok. Yesterday, we actually showed a few homes, then worked thru each home, shutting off the water and gas, if the homes are out of electricity. Pulling limbs off the roofs and checking on some of the elderly people we know. Here are a few photos of Springfield Missouri that we took today. I am still without power at my own home, except for a Brand New Generator that came (11 comments)
Canton Real Estate's Developer Boom - 02:11 PM
Canton Ga has seen a transformation over the last two years. Developers such as Macauley Properties look to transform this city in the near future. Some projects are flowing on schedule, some not so due to oppisition. It has been under discussion lately, just how much responsibilty do the developer have in the sense of conservation. The debate is ongoing all across the United States. I came across a great article not to long ago. It is a quality growth kit. Check it out. If this link does not work here, I will also Place it on my website Canton Real Estate Quality (0 comments)
Just Because Someone's Holding A Hose Does That Make Them A Firefighter? - 07:01 PM
The subject of a recent blog post of mine was about the trials and tribulations of "creative" for sale by owner signs. The Tip of The Florida FSBO Iceberg was a featured post with about 30 comments and interjects regarding a series of signs that I photographed and published. Apparently, a non-REALTOR blog reader took exception, which is fine, and felt we (who commented) were unprofessional. The fact of the matter is, the exterior of the home, it's neglected landscape and it's expired Christmas decorations were the primary issues. Adding to the unprofessional look was the fact that the home is overpriced, had been (10 comments)
My Obsession with Stangers--Slice of Life from San Antonio - 07:38 PM
I still laugh when I think how absurd this scenario was. To get the humor I have to supply a little background. We've established from prior blogs that I enjoy people immensely, and I admit to talking to strangers. Hey, I even talk to cats and dogs. If its living, has ears and can respond-- So, I'm visiting my sister in San Antonio. We haven't seen each other for quite awhile and I think she had forgotten some of my eccentricities. We go to a grocery store to shop for a semi-family reunion dinner. She's shopping the whole store, a bit stressed as (6 comments)
With the recent ice storm in several states , many including some of my fellow New Yorkers lost electricity. This was on the minds of many; and while listening this morning to the local radio station WAMC the question posed to the public was: How do you cope with a power outage? Here were some of the responses: 1. One woman said her husband installed a gas fireplace and gas stove to make sure there would be heat and that they could eat. They would then light a lantern and play board games. This made me laugh because I wanted (10 comments)
No it's not a control thing, I think ‘control' focuses on the negative to much. I want to focus on the positive. And this year I'm taking my power back. I'm not going to whine about the last couple of years, they have been tough both personally and professionally and on every level. It's time to look forward toward the positive. Colleen Kulikowski wrote Active Rain Week in Review and in it so pointed out some terrific blogs worth reviewing. One of these blogs was 125,600 Minutes by C.Mark Willix. In his blog he writes about his first year in real estate, well (14 comments)
"I'll Keep It In Mind" - 03:59 PM
So what does this REALLY mean, when an agent says this? Short version: Go to Hell! Not all situations qualify for this translation. This one is reserved for the sellers who call you and want you to sell their house for a crazy low commission or fee-not to list with you, mind you-but just for you to earn if you go find a buyer for them. I'll give you an example:A seller emailed me last week and asked if I would sell his home. Sure! I know the neighborhood and the pricing and the builder, ready to roll. But...he only wants to pay me (10 comments)
Homeowner Insights | About Home Warranties - 01:35 PM
We're going to post a new series offering professional advice for developing insight into todays homeownership experience. Each article we post will be straightforward and informative and we certainly hope you enjoy them. Please feel free to forward these tips to anybody who might benefit from the information. The series is titled "Homeowner Insight" and this one is About Home Warranties. The term "buyer beware" once was a commonly used phrase and there was very little protection to be had once money had changed hands. If a buyer found that he had purchased shoddy material or even if he found that he had been deliberately misled there was (0 comments)
Marketing For Dollars - 04:07 PM
So many Realtors say they get complaints about the level of commissions from sellers, or that because their house costs more they should pay less percentage commission, that I thought I would post a comment on it, along with a question. My comment: I hear some very awkward justifications for the fees charged for a particular property listing made by agents... the most awkward being: I have so many people that "waste my time that I need to make up the difference from the listings and sales that I do get." Hogwash... Do you actually think that your client appreciates that he has to (6 comments)
Dual-Capacity, Multi-State Agents w/Unlimited Territory - 10:35 PM
One of the most exciting opportunities I ran across in a long time was the opportunity to be a real estate and and a loan officer and increase my income by originating the loan and selling the real estate. In a time when us real estate agent are looking to increase our bottom line, the opportunity has come right at the right time. There is some resistance to this movement, however, I feel this will become one of the most powerful things our industry has seen. (0 comments)
Maybe we should pass this along to divorce lawyers, so they can have a flow chart? lol *******The names of the animals have been deleted to protect those shown in these pictures.....to protect the innocent. But you can always find them at the zoo.******* lol (2 comments)
You're first - after me. (This Only Happens in New York City )
And the SURGEON GENERAL says . . ....
Words of Wisdom.
A fortune to remember.
Stay off the course . . . or else!
Not my job.........
Not Now Kid!
Any of these ever happen? Stand up.... don't be shy.... (5 comments)
Words for a New Year. - 08:09 AM
"If you prepare yourself at every point as well as you can...you will be able to grasp opportunity for broader experience when it appears." - Eleanor Roosevelt (0 comments)
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