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Archives of real estate blog entries for January 30, 2007 (Page 2)
I shop at Nordstroms, It's cheaper than Walmart - 08:21 AM
There are times to pinch pennies and times to spend like you have Bill Gates' bank account. Finding a great Realtor is not something to do with the Walmart mentality. Trying to save a few thousand dollars on agent fees is like shopping for a cut-rate heart surgeon. It just doesn't make sense to me. Realtors make thousands of dollars on each transaction. Clients often cringe when they see the amount. And the fee is one of the first things they challenge. What do you think? Is an agent worth all that money? Check on SoundBite and I'll be glad to tell you what (9 comments)
"Sounds" of a changing market. - 09:56 AM
Sometimes, market changes are best understood by the sights and sounds around us. On Saturday I posted my "sign post" that gave a true visual of how the market has changed. Today, I'm going to write about an occurrence that has happened to me, three times in the last two weeks. Three deals, three selling agents, three phone calls, one question. "I've changed companies can we change the name of the selling brokerage on the purchase contract to my new company?" Now folks, in Florida all business is conducted through the Broker. Brokers own the listings and Brokers own the deals. Agents (51 comments)
Thanks for your help! *I hope it is okay that I included this blog on this mortgage group.
Your Active Rain Friend, Nima (6 comments)
A weekend of Pictures - 09:09 AM
This weekend my plan is to get out and take pictures of Marysville for our website. It has been awhile since I made a neighborhood or park page and with all the recent Google updates time is primed to get back to work on the basics, content is king. The page I am focusing my efforts on is the Marysville real estate page that has been in the works for about a year and a half but I am happy that it is finally taking shape. So far there are only a portion of the neighborhoods listed and some are wondering (5 comments)
YouTube for Real Estate - 10:07 PM
Today was a very productive day in the office and pretty proudn of what all got accomplished. A few months back I setup a YouTube account for Marysville real estate videos with the purpose of captolizing on more forms of social media. As it so happens, Mickie and I, went on a listing appointment last Friday and we presented an in depth marketing plan that included making videos as a virtual tour. Since YouTube was purchased by Google it is another way to gain tons of exposure for real estate agent that wish to gain more ground on the internet. So far (14 comments)
More website visitors = more sales........... - 06:49 AM
...............and in January I believe it will equal a lot more sales. Since the first of this year I've been noticing a pretty big change in the days my website, KnoxvilleMLS.com gets most of its traffic. In 2006 the bulk of my visitors were coming during the week with my most heavily trafficked days being midweek mostly between the hours of 11 AM until about 3 PM or so. This year Friday is the busiest day followed by Sunday and Monday. Wednesdays are the least visited day. 2:00 PM until about 4:00 are the peak times which has changed but there still that little (3 comments)
Got copper........................make sure you keep it. - 12:00 PM
This past weekend I showed a very rural property in an adjoining county. It was in a remote location with 9 acres, a fairly new house, barn, pond, fenced and cross-fenced. The proverbial little piece of country paradise. My buyers loved it......so much we wrote an offer. Since it was a foreclosure and the owner is a faceless bank in another state who has never even seen the property much less lived there, there was no property condition disclosure to review. Monday morning I get a call from the listing agent: "Jim, there's a problem with my listing you wrote the offer (45 comments)
"Success or Failure?"...............your choice - 09:38 PM
The following was written sometime in the early 1980s by my broker, Vance Burkey, a visionary, a real estate pioneer, and a great leader. It's sort of long but well worth reading; true then, true now. "You are the product of your own environment. Of the many licensed real estate sales people in Tennessee, less than 80% remain in the business for more than 2 years. Of the 20% remaining, less than 5% ever become really successful. For example; let's take an average group of 100 Realtors - 80% are out of the business within 2 years, 16 remain at a mediocre level, (1 comments)
Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007 - 12:36 AM
With the huge promotion being undertaken by Microsoft for the launching of their new Windows Vista and Office 2007, here are links to a few of my previous blog articles in which I outlined some of the new versions and features.These new releases are a critical sales effort by Microsoft, involving it's two biggest money makers, and they are hoping it will carry them through the next couple or more years.I've been using pre-releases of both products and believe their have some good technology enhancements and benefits from improved interfaces. However, they are not incorporating any new application, just newly redesigned 'models'. Here are the links to my previous (1 comments)
I've Been Margaret-Memed! - 10:55 PM
She got me...Margaret Rome commented on Maureen McCabe's post and memed me, so here goes. 1. Where do I live? The Land of Pleasant Living, America in Miniature, and (officially) The Old Line State. That's my home for the past mumbledy-leven years - Maryland. The city of Columbia, where I've lived for 8 years, is about half way between Baltimore and Washington, D.C, just west of I-95. Celebrating it's 40th birthday this year, Columbia began as a gleam in Jim Rouse's eye and is now a city of over 100,000 people on land that covers more square acreage than Manhattan. Envisioned as (4 comments)
Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County Third Annual Auction - 07:04 PM
Most people that know my mother and I know that we are huge supporters of the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County. In fact, I adopted one of my dogs from the shelter. The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County is having its Third Annual Auction Saturday, February 24th, 2007. It will be held at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association Center, 2001 Shreve St, Punta Gorda, FL. Silent Auction and Preview 2-4 p.m.Live Auction 4-6 p.m. A buffet will be provided by Skyview Café.Quality items now being acceptedGift certificates, antiques, new and collectible items, Services, etc.Admission, $12.50 in advance or $15.00 at the doorFor (7 comments)
Our 4th baby is on the way! - 03:26 AM
I think it's finally time! Our 4th baby in 5 years is on it's way! Here is some photos of my 3 other children. This is crazy, they have wireless internet for everyone at the Women's Hospital. If the last three are any indication, we are going to be here waiting for at least 25 hours of labor :(
Benjamin(4 1/2), Julianna(2 1/2), Nicholas(9 months) Benjamin and Juliana
Julianna who likes like a twin of my wife at this age, curly hair and everything!
Nicholas! (8 comments)
What is wrong with banks?? - 03:35 AM
Okay. I remember 10 years ago that cashier's checks were good as cash, and wire transfers were done immediately. I think the bank system needs an overhaul. Every bank seems to make up their own rules, and even then they are never consistent, even within the same bank; it seems to just depend on who you get. Here is the most recent example: We have a cash closing on a home priced at $115k. We were supposed to close on the 31st of this month. Buyer have funds transferred via wire into his bank account. His plan was to then have the (3 comments)
Some other great real estate directories - 09:38 AM
I have been researching a lot recently on ways to add backlinks to my sites. I've posted a few links in the past, here is my most recent findings. A great real estate forum that discussions SEO, website development for realtors, etc. I don't know how I missed this site in the past. A great directory of places to buy one way links. There is also many free links here A good directory with a page rank of 7 in google Another good directory to add your link to I have purchased a few links here, but I want to do the whole enchilada (3 comments)
Short Sale Help by Marabeth Gildersleeve - 12:44 PM
What is a short sale? It happens when you need to sell your property and don't have enough money coming out of the proceeds of the sale to pay off your mortgage. In that case you would have to come to the closing table with cash to pay off the mortgage. What if you don't have the cash? I am going to share my experiences with short sales and I may be able to help you. I have had some experience with short sales both in representing the seller and in representing the buyer of a short sale home. When I represented (4 comments)
How do You Create a Blog Roll on My Point 2 Blog - 12:57 PM
Hi Evreyone, Just wondering how you create links to other blogs or have a blog roll? Also is there something else I have to do with my blog in order to have it picked up by search engines? Thanks for any help. Marabeth (4 comments)
Competition in the workplace can be a good thing.........or not - 11:08 AM
Let me start out by saying that I love my job - and I have had A LOT of jobs to compare it to. If I fail as a Realtor I have no one to blame but myself and there is where my motivation lies. I do not look, expect or ask for handouts in any aspect of my life. I work hard knowing that in time it will pay off. Hard work builds character.... you can see where I am going with this. When I first started practicing I would attend weekly company meetings that were meant to build the "team" mentality. What is (5 comments)
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