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Archives of real estate blog entries for January 24, 2007 (Page 2)
Squantum - 01:17 PM
The Squantum section of Quincy is a peninsular at the northern end of Quincy Bay. Squantum got its name from an Indian guide to Myles Standish, named Squanto. Facing north the views are of the Boston skyline and the Boston Harbor Islands. Marina Bay is a section within Squantum. Squantum used to be a popular summer destination and was a resort community before the road was built making access easier. Squantum is now a year round community. The Marina Bay section was the site of one of the worlds first regional airports, and Amelia Earhart helped to develop it and was on the first flight (0 comments)
Wollaston - 01:23 PM
Wollaston is between North Quincy and Merrymount and also borders Quincy Center. Wollaston contains the largest beach in the city, aptly named Wollaston Beach, which is actually partly in Wollaston and partly in North Quincy. Wollaston Beach is 2.5 miles in length. There are 2 yacht clubs along the beach making it a very scenic area in the warmer months with all the boats in the water. Wollaston Beach is also well known for it's clam shops. The Clam Box and Tony's Clam Shop have been there for many years and are very popular for their fresh fried clams and fish. There (0 comments)
Living in Noblesville Indiana - 08:17 PM
North of Indianapolis 20 miles you will find a community called Noblesville. Walking through the streets of the downtown area will remind you of days past. Recently added to the National Register of Historic Places Noblesville has a rich past dating back 1818. Located in Hamilton County the property was originally purchased by William Conner. There is a 30 acre park which houses Hamilton County's only remaining covered bridge. The bridge stretches over the White River and is a very fascinating walk through. Restoration of the bridge was completed in 1998. The park features trails, a picnic area, restrooms and canoe launch on (1 comments)
What's keeping you from trying out Google Adwords? - 09:21 PM
Have you wondered how to attract new business to your website? I'm sure it has crossed every ones mind at one time or another. Last week I decided to take a chance and set up a Google AdWords Account. It was fairly simple to do and I was surprised that I could set the account up in a matter of minutes. Next I had to figure out which key words I wanted to use. Selecting the keys words you use is important for several reasons. Bidding on the most commonly used words will bring a better chance of traffic but will also cost more per click when using (1 comments)
Mark. there's a newspaper reporter on line 1 - 06:39 PM
This was the surprising message from my receptionist yesterday. With obvious excitement in her voice, she reiterated that a local newspaper reporter was asking for me by name. After a moment of panic (could he have somehow found those old pictures?) I picked up the phone with curiousity... I found out that he was indeed an employee of our local newpaper. He is writing an article on the new, elevated FHA Loan Limits in Kitsap County. He wanted to get my opinion of how this might affect the real estate market in the surrounding towns. He wanted to clarify some of the details concerning the (14 comments)
Early 2007 Housing Market Indicators - 05:26 PM
Florida existing home sales: -30%Florida existing condo sales: -36%Florida existing home median price: $242,500Florida existing condo median price: $206,000Florida consumer confidence: 89National existing home sales: -0.6%National existing home median price $218,000 (1 comments)
These 2 houses are now where a "typical" house used to be.
This colonial was a brick rancher just a few years ago. This is what is happening in a desirable neighborhood called Cheswolde in Baltimore City. You find an area that you want to live and you make the house fit the needs of your family. Any property that can be subdivided is being sold for the extra lot. Additions and new houses are "popping" up. On my (2 comments)
A Date is NOT a DATE! - 09:29 PM
This past week I was following up on some past invitations via email and phone calls. One real estate agent was embarrassed to tell me she was having trouble signing up. She stated that she kept putting in January's date and she was getting an error message so she just gave up. It took a while to figure out what she meant. I did not remember having to fill in the date. Well, guys, it was asking to type in DATE. So I ask you when is a Date not a Date? This is a date! This is a date! Sure hope I can get her to join! (12 comments)
There is alot of short term rental in the Orlando area and what you need to know when hiring a property manager in our State is very important. First of all did you know that a property manager of a short term property does not have to be licensed and does not have to follow the State rules a Realtor does. Did you know that Short Term Property managers don't have to keep your deposits in an escrow account? Did you know that with 3 types of gauranteed rental programs any one of them can fold up shop with market changes and leave you (1 comments)
Everett's New Marina - 11:20 AM
Did you know that Everett, Washington boasts the second largest marina on the West Coast? Well, we do and now we are growing. The project called the "12th Street Yacht Basin" will indeed be a marina for yachts with slips designed for vessels from 80-143 feet. This is not your "grandmother's marina". This marina will feature beefed-up electrical service, high-speed internet access, cable television, dock boxes and a pump-out service. The Port is sharing the 155 slips in the marina with the residents of the Port Gardner Warf condominiums under construction. Yes, Everett is "finally growing up." (0 comments)
Active Rain Dummies Guide for Boosting Your Points ~ OLD INFO DON"T bother to do this. - 09:23 AM
Active Rain Dummies Guide for Boosting Your Points. You too can be #1! Once a time this article was true. It no longer works so please don't bother to read or do it! Sorry, I don't run the place I'm just another lunatic in the asylum. ;)If you are looking to advance your positioning in your area and on Active Rain, you should read this. As you know the Guys of Active Rain have launched a new site called Localism. They have been rewarding Active Rain Members for posting "communities" and/or "photos" on the site. Communities currently have a value of 50 (95 comments)
Active Rain Hill Climb In July of '06 I discovered Active Rain via the invite of Bonnie Cox. Almost from the moment I signed on, it's been a thrill. The first weekend in The Rain was a weird rainy one in Colorado, it must have been a sign of some sort. The rain in my state kept me inside discovering a new Rain of sorts. The Rain I discovered was soon to become an addiction. It was a blast to do something and be rewarded with points. Soon I was in a race with the few persons in my state...most of whom (65 comments)
Mobile Search and Web Page Design Considerations - Part 3 - 12:51 PM
Whether you are using a device running Windows Mobile or a smartphone running a dedicated phone service such as Verizon's Web 2.0 service, accessing a web site on the Internet and viewing web pages yield similar viewing experiences.While it's amazing what they are cramming into pocket sized gadgets, there still are limitations that will not be going away soon. I believe that as more PDA phones and smartphones come on the market, they may have an increasing impact on how online data is accessed, organized and displayed.This is especially the case with web page content. As stated in my previous blog article, because of the (5 comments)
So you want to be a Real Estate Investor? - 03:27 PM
First and foremost - congratulations. I believe the statistics dictate that somewhere on the order of 90% of America's millionaires made their money through real estate. The benefits of owning investment property are obvious. Pay down principal while someone else ‘pays your mortgage'. Reduce your tax burden through depreciation of your properties and maintenance writeoffs. Potentially large equity gains via appreciation. Eventually, either trade up (via tax deferred 1031 exchanges) to larger properties or just live off the rent once your properties are paid off. However, realize that along the way, and before you get started, you may have to make lots (28 comments)
Some questions and comments on linking from other sites - 09:07 AM
First, I wanted to share with you a few great forums on real estate SEO The first is at realestatewebmasters.com. Go to the forum. This has some fabulous information here. Next site is http://forums.digitalpoint.com This has a ton of information on SEO, link building, etc. Here is something I just ran into on the digitalpoint forum. http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=224828 link building resources...This is a great resource. http://www.xanersoft.com/blog/?p=126 And here is some more information on link building. I decided I would start submitting to these free directories...they are all one way links, I don't have to link back to them. I am done with doing reciprocal linking, the (2 comments)
Why am I doing this? - 01:30 PM
Well, at the begining I thought: Another waste of time. Writing for writings sake. Who cares about what I write. I should be selling homes. I should be generating leads. I should be prospecting and doing all those things that make you real money. But guess what? Allen and the group are right. If you read the posts about Web 2.0 and the long tail of the web, you will deffinitely realize that we are all fighting for the 3% of the short tail, when 97% of the business is in the long tail. How do we get that business? By posting my friends, (1 comments)
December Market Report - 06:05 AM
Here in the Cincinnati area the number of people wanting to sell their homes has climbed over last year. In December we had 14,053 homes available for sale. Last year the same month we had 12,245 for an increase of 14.77% in the number of homes available. Sales of homes on the market are starting to look up! this December we sold 1,500 homes! Last December we sold 1,542 for a decrease of -2.72%, this is our best month since June as we are down -4.74 for the year to date. Exprired listings as you can imagine are way up. (0 comments)
What Is An Anonoblog ? How About Blegging? - 07:50 AM
If you don't know what these terms mean or what many other blogging terms mean or maybe you just want to really be in the know about blogging try this; http://www.blogossary.com/ I have found this to be an entire Blog devoted to defining blogging terms. The site or as it is called is a blogosphere’s dictionary. See what other new terms you can find @ http://www.blogossary.com/. I learned about this site from Sandy Teller Another great way to learn a whole lot about blogging is follow the CYBERSTAR® blog. (3 comments)
The old gray box just ain't what it used to be... - 08:39 AM
We are in the midst of a keybox exchange in the Columbus area. The old gray Supra keyboxes many of us in the Columbus Board of REALTORS® have used are being swapped out for new blue keyboxes. Many newer agents had only blue keyboxes... some REALTORS® have had a mixture of boxes. I had only old gray keyboxes. My personal favorite was my old gray keybox that was damaged when my sellers tried to saw into it to get into their house. They lost their house keys.. they actually thought their house keys were stolen. Long story... the keybox was impenetrable!! It still worked...usually. The sellers said they had the police try (17 comments)
Making the Old Hometown Feel New - 10:46 AM
With an unexpected snow day today, I'm watching the snow fall and thinking back to warmer days. Last summer my family and I had a great experience -- we took in an exchange student from Japan. She is the daughter of a penpal I've known (through letters) for years and count among my closest friends, so it was comfortable having her join our family for a couple months. She fit right into our family and we absolutely loved her wicked sense of humor! But one of the most important lessons we learned from her time with us was to look at our (4 comments)
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