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Do you have a Realtor Sixth Sense? - 10:12 AM
I was reading a post yesterday and it made me think about a situation when one of my seller clients was sued by the buyer for allegedly failing to disclose a "material fact" aka "latent defect"! When I was at their home for the initial listing appointment, while on the "tour" of their home, I asked them if they were aware of any latent defects in the home. After explaining to them exactly what a latent defect is, I specifically asked about water penetration in the basement and they said that they did have a slight water penetration in the basement area (56 comments)
Let Them Have Cake - 01:18 PM
When I first decided to go into business for myself, I had big plans in mind. My vision was to create something Donald Trump, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey big. For me, at the time, that's what business was all about. It was million dollar deals and paychecks bigger than you could imagine. It was about power and influence and creating a legacy. It's not to say that I won't eventually accomplish that. Who knows? My priorities have changed, but it was definitely a gradual shift in thinking. Sure, ramen noodles and peanut butter sandwiches have a way of grounding you, but (99 comments)
A Feature Beyond The Rain! - 12:15 PM
Do you ever wonder who is reading your blog outside of Active Rain? Are you one of those that isn't sure whether or not you will ever generate business by being here? For those of you that are still having doubts, this post should give you encouragement to keep on blogging.
Every time that I answer the phone or receive an e-mail and the dialog starts with "I found you on Active Rain," it gives me great satisfaction to know that my efforts are paying off.
Last week, I received a call from an agent in New Jersey that found me through (112 comments)
================ You heard it here folks. Damion Foxworthy is now the proud new owner of my ActiveRain profile. The story behind the sale follows... I'm sure many of you have heard the controversy about the sale of MMORPG characters and goods. It is quite an industry actually, complete with overseas sweatshops where workers will spend hours mining for gold in World of Warcraft, or building up (244 comments)
When it comes together...all you can do is smile! - 11:58 AM
I received a call today....from a former client all excited. She has a referral for me. She begins by telling me her beautician wants to sell her home. I told her how great you are too....she says. She then gives me the name and phone number of the prospect. All seems normal...and I was very happy for the introduction. I call and a Vietnamese lady answers the phone. How do I know...I can tell by the dialect and accent. I spent 13 months in Vietnam. I still remember some of the language. We make an appointment for later in the day. I arrive at (70 comments)
Lysa and I will be at the Board of Realtors today holding an Internet Marketing training this after noon at 2 pm. Realtor style....that's right ez tips....on Social Networking. Now normally I set a good example in commenting but I have running an experiment and I will share the results over the weekend. I am making a promise to all my friends on Activerain.... This weekend I will be around to comment....as I have been slacking. So, if you have any last minute tips, advice or well wishes...be a part of my training....and leave a comment...would love to share the power of the rain (14 comments)
Social Networks...The Best Explanation I have ever seen.... - 10:47 PM
Let me share with you a segment I presented to our Century 21 Sundance Realty associates. I'm good but not as good as this gentleman.. I saw this a long time ago and thought any good trainer would use tools such as these. I don't have to be an expert but I need to be thorough and captivating....
Thank You Lee Lefever of "The Common Craft Show"...I could have never said it any better! Enjoyed this one?....watch the Social Bookmarking Video here. (15 comments)
While on Vacation in Virginia this summer, I was introduced to the Nintendo WII game. These are video games that you actually play using either a classic controller or a "Nunchuk," which is something you hold in your hand and wave around like you are actually doing the sport. The family I was staying with had a 13 year old boy that was playing their games by himself (so he had lots of practice). They have this huge TV in the basement and it looked pretty fun. So I asked if I could try it. We tried tennis-which was not my game. We (4 comments)
Callaway Florida - Panama City Fl Real Estate - 09:18 AM
Hello everyone, I thought I'd post a little information about Callaway Florida. Callaway Florida is located near Tyndall Air Force Base. It is an up and coming area referred to by many as the 'East bay' area of Panama City Florida. Callaway is experience a well deserved commercial growth spurt at the moment. There is a new Galleria undergoing construction across from the Walmart superstore on Business 98 (aka Tyndall parkway). Due it's location near Tyndall Air force base and shopping, it is a highly desireable area for military families relocating to the Bay County area. If you are in the military and due for relocation (0 comments)
Home buyers typically have relatively easy access to a wealth of information on house prices in an area-even by text message, as with HouseFront, which we featured recently in Property Info On The Go-but for renters, such comparative data can be harder to come by. Now, the folks over at Springwise point us to map-based tool Rentometer which offers to shine a light on rent prices by neighborhood. Rentometer was launched by Massachusetts-based Investment Instruments' iiProperties site about a year ago to give property managers a way to calibrate the rents they charge, but it may be even more useful for consumers. Users simply (3 comments)
One-time Russian gangster Nikolai Sutyagin's home is certainly unusual. The eccentric former convict's seemingly accidental 15-year project begun in 1992 stands 13 floors, 144 feet high. He claims he was only intending to build a two-story house - larger than those of his neighbours to reflect his position as the city's richest man. Read the story here. (0 comments)
Another VA Directory Success Story!! - 01:07 AM
I would just like to say thank you to the VA Directory. I just partnered with a great client that was sent to me through an RFP through the VirtualCAS website. It has been a positive experience and I am hopeful that clients will continue to see the value of a virtual assistant. Kristin MinughAll Shasta Join VA Directory (1 comments)
ATTN: Arizona Brokers--Book A 'Business Building Workshop' For Your Office!! - 01:14 PM
We have the luxury of going 'onsite' within our local Phoenix-metro real estate community. That's right! A virtual assistant actually wants to go to your office and be a bit more hands on!! Currently we speak at renewal hour classes for SEVRAR. Now we want to come to your office and play a hands on role in helping agents learn about the Virtual Assistant industry as a whole and our specific specialties: Listing Marketing & Transaction Management as well as Social Media Marketing. If you would like to book a mini-workshop for your office or team please send an email to (1 comments)
Three Secrets to a Successful Student Condo Purchase - 10:05 PM
Buying a student condo can be a great investment in College Station. Among the benefits are the increase in equity during the time your student lives there and the learning experience for your student. Watching you complete the purchase can teach them valuable information about real estate transactions. How do you ensure a successful purchase, one in which the student is happy, you are happy and you are enroute to a gain during the years you own the property? The first secret is to find an agent VERY familiar with all the condo and townhome projects around town and will familiarize you. All (10 comments)
Declining Dollar draws in foreign homebuyers - 05:01 PM
The declining Dollar certainly is making us all think at least twice before deciding to go on a foreign vacation. In fact a smoker friend of mine just came back from the UK where he told me that gas was equal to $10 a gallon and a packet of cigarettes was $15 - not a carton, a pack! But it is not all bad news for us because the whole thing works in reverse for foreigners! $3 gas for us = 1.50 POUNDS for someone from England. And housing is just the same which is what is dragging these foreigners here to (6 comments)
This is truly the best home for sale in this exceptional community - it could be the best piece of Dr Phillips Real Estate out there! Custom built, professionally decorated, incredible condition perfectly priced and all in the best gated community in the Dr Phillips area. Gas fireplace in living room, central vacuum, large laundry room with built in ironing board. 18x17 Bonus room is being used as an office. Truly AMAZING master bathroom leads to huge walk-in California closet. This is a Wonderful Dr Phillips area home! Fantastic schools and a fantastic house for your kids to come home to! Six (4 comments)
Real Estate Bubble? I think NOT! - 09:18 AM
Everyone's talking about the way the market has taken a slide. Is it a real estate bubble? I don't think so. The market seems to have the same trend. About 3 years up and 3 years down. I believe we are closing in on our down cycle and will start to see things balancing out again within the next 12 months. 2008 will bring balance to the force. Once homes start going under contract at a steady pace and less homes come on the market than those that are selling, we will once again see a favorable seller's market. It's a (3 comments)
Fort Myers Festival of Trees - 09:19 AM
The 2007 Festival of Trees will be held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center beginning with a Showcase of Trees Nov 16th - 18th and Nov 23rd - 25th. Beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, family entertainment, silent auction and plenty of sweet treats for the whole family ! Also, brteakfast with Santa on Dec 1st. Yhe group is also looking for " Tree Sponsors " , volunteers and silent auction items. For further details contact: Carolyn Johnson : 239 995-2106 ext 247 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St, Fort Myers (0 comments)
2007 Holiday House - A Trip to the Past - 09:30 AM
The 2007 Holiday House theme is " A Trip to the Past " and will be held Nov 30th - Dec 30th with a member preview Nov 29 @ 7 PM. Regular hours will be 5:30 pm - 9 pm. This is the 32nd annual Holiday House with millions of lights, nightly musical performances, art exhibit, artists and authors,holiday shopping, " Children's Tree Trail" and museum and lab also open. Adults; $15, Children ( 6-12 ) $1. Located at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, 2350 McGregor Blvd. 239 334-7410 or www.efwefla.org Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. (3 comments)
Fort Myers Beach " OPEN HOUSE" Sat Nov 17, 9 AM - 12 Free Gas Giveaway - 03:05 PM
Fort Myers Beach " OPEN HOUSE " Saturday Nov 17, 2007 9 AM - noon Gorgeous 3/2 direct Gulf front home. Totally decorator furnished home. I will be hosting this Saturday morning starting at 9 AM until noon. If you have been looking for a move-in ready beach front this is it. If you are on Fort Myers Beach Saturday morning stop in and and say " HI". This beautiful home is a real charmer with light.bright beachy colors and decorator upgrades. Furnished and ready for you to move in ! Offered at $1,795,000 . Call me direct for additional details on ownership opportunities ! (0 comments)
Fort Myers Beach "OPEN HOUSE " Sat Nov 17 12 - 3PM Free Gas Giveaway - 03:37 PM
Fort Myers Beach " OPEN HOUSE " Register for our Free Gas for 1 year Giveaway ! I will have this " OPEN HOUSE " Sat Nov 17 from 12 - 3PM. Great property with 50 feet of Gulf frontage. Oversized lot for this beach getaway. Two bedroom up and a Two bedroom " Mother in Law " down. Excellent price for a south island location. I will be here Sat and registering people for the Century 21 Tripower " Free Gas for one year Giveaway ". If you are on Fort Myers Beach Saturday stop in and say " HI".
Florida Real Estate News - Nov. 13 - 02:06 PM
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT - If you are a residential property owner and looking to rent your residential property here is something that might help you or assist you with covering the carrying costs of your second or seasonal property. This could be an idea for real estate investors in vacational areas. The Internet is doing for [...]Read More About Bonita Springs real estate (0 comments)
Florida Real Estate News - Nov. 14 - 02:45 PM
REAL ESTATE TAXES - Now it’s the voters’ turn: Gov. Charlie Crist on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would implement real estate tax cuts, providing voters approve the proposed constitutional amendment in January. PENDING HOME SALES - A modest recovery for existing-home sales is expected in 2008 as the impact of the credit crunch subsides, according to [...]Read More About Bonita Springs Florida real estate. (0 comments)
Florida Real Estate News - Nov. 15 - 03:05 PM
HOMEBUYERS - If homebuyers want a new home, it’s worth checking out the builder’s financial status early on. If a builder declares bankruptcy before closing, the deal probably won’t go through on time; and owners who recently closed could get hit with liens and face other problems. But financial troubles may be easy to spot. [...]Find detail information about Naples real estate market. (0 comments)
Florida Real Estate News - Nov. 16 - 03:20 PM
ANOTHER HOME BUILDER IN TROUBLE - Homebuilder TOUSA Inc. of Hollywood, Florida says it may not survive the housing slump. The company’s announcement comes less than a week after Fort Lauderdale-based Levitt and Sons filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from its creditors. (see Florida Real Estate News - 11/12/07.) MORTGAGE RATES - Rates on 30-year mortgages were [...] Find More About Naples Homes For Sale. (1 comments)
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