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Archives of real estate blog entries for April 18, 2007 (Page 27)
We're Waiting For Spring To Arrive in Hubert, N C - 08:27 PM
Has Spring made it to your area yet? This weather has been crazy. It was 20 degrees warmer on Christmas day than Easter Sunday here in Hubert, N C. Now it's the middle of April, the temps should be in the 70s and it is struggling to make it out of the 50s. Is that global warming? Warm days usually bring out more house hunters so I am anxious for the warm days. Here in Hubert, N C, we are located near the beach and home buyers enjoy the benefits of beach activities. We have many military families relocating and buying homes (2 comments)
Hello Everyone, Just joined last week and Active Rain is already paying off!!! "For Free " I am on the first page and the first listing in my area of Home Stagers!!!!!!! I just typed in home staging Duluth mn and wala, there I was #1. If you are a Home Stager type in Home staging and then your city and state and hopefully you will find yourself #1 also. My website doesn't even come up until page #3. (9 comments)
8 Steps to Getting Your Finances in Order Before Purchasing a Home - 03:44 PM
1. Develop a family budget. Instead of budgeting what you'd like to spend, use receipts to create a budget for what you actually spent over the last six months. One advantage of this approach is that it factors in unexpected expenses, such as car repairs, illnesses, etc., as well as predictable costs such as rent. 2. Reduce your debt. Generally speaking, lenders look for a total debt load of no more than 36 percent of income. Since this figure includes your mortgage, which typically ranges between 25 percent and 28 percent of income, you need to get the rest of installment debt-car loans, (4 comments)
Tips for Finding the Perfect Neighborhood - 04:26 PM
The neighborhood you choose can have a big impact on your lifestyle-safety, available amenities, and convenience all play their part. 1. Make a list of the activities-movies, health club, church-you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you're considering to engaging in your most common activities. 2. Check out the school district. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, also consider paying a visit to schools in (0 comments)
Active Rain Day 6 - 04:45 PM
I have been a member of Active Rain for 6 days now and I think I am addicted! But I am having way too much fun to stop! As far as I am concerned this is a great resourse for new ideas and a great way to vent to the only other people who understand what we go through in this crazy industry! (4 comments)
Franchises vs. Small Shop - 09:35 PM
In this information age that we have found ourselves submerged, has the necessity of a national franchise diminished? Is it just the real estate professional that "needs" that national name recognition to make them feel more secure in their ability to generate leads? What do you think the general public has to say about it? With the days of buyers needing to go to a real estate professional to obtain the "list" of available properties gone, where do we go from here? With the IDX and real estate search engines such as Realtor.com buyers have the marketplace at their disposal. Not only (0 comments)
Contracts - 09:57 PM
Has real estate contract software made agents contractually illiterate? Do you go through your contracts with your clients prior to filling them out or while you are filling them out? Do you read or have them read the contract with you to ensure that your client understands each word that they are contractually agreeing to abide by. What do you do when the client wants to have everything paraphrased? Are you confident enough in your knowledge of the contract that you can paraphrase and cover everything that needs to be covered to CYA and CY your clients A. In Colorado there has (0 comments)
Open Houses. What do you think about them? - 10:15 PM
The open house is an effective tool for building the buyer lead database. Is it an effective tool for selling a home? Are they done more often than not to pacify a seller that believes that they are the way to sell the house? What are your personal statistics on selling your listing off of an open house? I'd sure love to hear your comments and do the analysis so we can all have the statistical ammunition to combat the demad that an open house be done. I have recently been doing open houses to make the effort to drive traffic (6 comments)
Anyone posting on Zillow.com? - 02:10 PM
Hello fellow ActiveRainers!! Just a couple days ago I created a profile and posted a listing on Zillow.com. It was all free!! You can add tons of pictures for your listings and even add captions to them. It seems like a great free source of advertising and the site is quickly growing. Is anyone else out there utilizing this and if so, has anyone had success from it. (0 comments)
Buy A Home in the South Bay - 09:24 PM
Buy A Home in the South Bay Los Angeles' South Bay area is a perfect combination of good weather, great neighborhoods, beautiful beaches, and more. If you're wondering where to move in the Los Angeles area, the South Bay is where you want to be. South Bay cities include: Torrance Redondo Beach Hermosa Beach Manhattan Beach El Segundo Palos Verdes San Pedro And more.... Some of the highlights of living in the South Bay are great schools, good jobs, nice area hospitals, and phenomenal shopping and surfing. Places of Interest: Riviera Village is a quaint seaside area of Torrance (with a (1 comments)
Syracuse at its Best: Great Northern Mall - 08:35 PM
Hello everyone! If you are reading this, then I assume that you either live in central New York or are considering it, and I'm glad you're here. I am a lifelong resident of the Syracuse suburbs, and I truly do feel that it is a great place to live. We have a lot going on here, especially for the size of the area. I am going to begin a series here called "Syracuse at its Best," where I will be featuring things to do in and around the greater Syracuse area. I am going to do my best to feature a mix (0 comments)
Why am I not happy? - 08:59 PM
All right, I have an issue. I'm sure I'm not the only one, so I wanted to make it a blog topic. I started doing this whole blog thing because I think it's cool, and I like connecting with people I wouldn't ordinarily have the chance to meet. They seem like fairly innocuous reasons, right? Yeah, I thought so too. But then I start reading other people's and suddenly mine aren't good enough. So I'm not happy with the entry I just did for localism because I feel like it doesn't sound like me. Actually, it sounds like the me I used (8 comments)
New Blogger Question?!?! - 10:06 PM
Hello from Asheville! I'm new to this. I found some interesting posts and "subscribed" What does this actually mean - to "subscribe to a blog? (4 comments)
Positive Spin on Negative Thinking - 04:56 PM
I have read many posts lately on the negative points of being in Real Estate. Not so cooperative co-ops, mortgage lenders, lack of respect and customer service and so on. It all gets pretty depressing after a while so I thought I would focus on the positive aspects. When I chose to start a career in Real Estate I was excited! As a person I have this need to go home at the end of the day knowing that I accomplished something and better yet that it was beneficial to someone. Having worked in a corporate atmosphere I was tired of political games (21 comments)
Stop Arizona from over governmenting ........ - 01:33 AM
Did you read where the Appraisal Board of Arizona is ordering Zillow to cease and desist from offering home value evaluations in their state. Quite an order. No to free AVM's. Bad, I think. Zillow offers some good free information simply for the hopes of getting some business from some users at some time. Sounds usual to me. Everybody and his brother does AVM's, they use models. Appraisers maybe, somewhere in the mix of this group of AVM'ers. Many operate Nationally. Arizona has gone too far in robbing from masses and giving to whom...... Wonder who Arizona really is. Maybe a person. (2 comments)
Mansfield's Claims to Fame - 01:41 PM
Mansfield was established because someone saw opportunities with the railroad with made this town the mail & freight distribution for several miles north and clear to the Arkansas line to the south.. Founder, F.M. Mansfield was an attorney from Hartville, MO. Hartville was a part of the puzzle of the Civil War with a Class C battle carried on right in the town proper. The area soils and climate of the time was inviting to the production of apples and there were thousands of acres of orchards in the vicinity in the late 1800's. Laura Ingalls Wilder saw an advertisement encouraging (1 comments)
Mansfield Missouri: A Place of Page Turners - 06:30 PM
A couple years ago, some enterprising newcomers to Mansfield bought a building in great need of some TLC. They applied the care to meet that need in ample supply inside and out, creating a pleasant building for their customers. They opened their doors as A New Chapter Bookstore Then, Sarah and Shirley stocked the shelves with excellent condition used books. They sell and buy some product online, but offer a cultural opportunity to us in Mansfield that is truly welcome. If we have some extra books that qualify, we can sell them and get the money or leave the credit there (3 comments)
Agents - 07:53 PM
Looking to partner with any agents in my area. (0 comments)
With various training tapes and things I have been told a good rule of thumb is to call existing folks in your database at least once per week and email them twice a week. Thanks to my new software I bought last year I am able to send email automatically and prewritten from Outlook..I purchased an add in software and I know I get busy with current customers but the trick is to keep calling the other guys while your closing deals with existing folks...I know I struggle on that sometimes which causes a delay on the next sale...this year (4 comments)
Low Price Buyers And Looky Lou's - 05:06 AM
Hey Guys, Just was thinking about the low price buyers...so you get the pre-qualification letter from the bank and let's say basically their is nothing on the market they can afford at this time...it is sad to say that to the customer but i tell them I will keep looking and hopefully something may come up and basically i will put them in a email campaign with the mls. What do you say for those folks that are on the real real low end of buying? Also I have had some situations where I feel like Ms. Customer is just looking (4 comments)
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