Archives of real estate blog entries for July 29, 2007
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Overpriced Listings and Sellers that Won't "Believe"! - 11:09 PM
I was inspired today when I read Marc Blasi'sblog Do you WANT to Sell your Home? Another Pricing Problem. Which was inspired by Molly Brown Would Have Been a Listing Agent by Chris Griffith, I too was inspired to vent!
I could completely empathise with Marc's plight and felt so passionately about it that I wanted to write this blog.
The beginning of this month I had a similar situation to the one Marc describes. An acquaintance called me up after her house had been on the market with another Broker since January with only ONE showing!
I explained to them that there are four
Subprime Lenders Got What They Deserve - - 10:49 AM
With now a reported 105 Major SubPrime Lenders Lenders Shutting Shop (http://ml-implode.com/) We all see that the subprime market got what they deserve. I can't figure out why anyone should be held responsible for their bail out? They well knew what they were heading for.
We all want to help people buy their own home but how do you lend 100% financing to a person with 500 FICO scores and not think you were going to foreclose on that property shortly down the road? Let's be realistic, you have a person with a 500 FICO score they have collections from just about
Aunt Fannie and Uncle Freddie are coming to the Rescue ..... Yee Haa ! - 08:47 AM
Aunt Fannie Mae and Uncle Freddie Mac are coming to the rescue of the sub-prime lending fiasco. The sub-prime lending market saw a huge escalation in its business and market share that coincided with the housing boom of the last 5 or 6 years.
With So many Adjustable Rate loans generated, the proverbial "stuff" hit the fan" when borrowers were faced with adjustments in their adjustable interest rate loans.
With a slowing Buyer's market and many of the housing markets facing at least some decrease in home values, it left little or no room for converting many of these adjustable rate loan to fixed
Today I Got FREE Radio Commercial Plugs For My Blog!! - 01:20 AM
For those of you who have read one of my last posts: How to Incorporate Blogging and Your Farm ..., you know that I have a couple blogs dedicated to my farm, Greenhaven. My first opportunity to promote them was today, during the First Annual Greenhaven Community Garage Sale and Open House Tour that I put together with another agent and a couple neighbors.
Well, today was the big day for the Greenhaven Community Garage Sale and Open House Tour. To say it was a success would be a grave disservice to how wonderful it was!
We had a turnout of OVER 200
Nashua New Hampshire - All Aboard!!! Last Call!!! - 03:59 PM
Good News for New Hampshire Buyers, Sellers, Developers and those relocating to New Hampshire
All Aboard - Last Call ~~~ After 40 years without with a daily commuter rail service, it looks like passenger rail from Lowell Massachusetts to the Granite State is closer to becoming a reality.
Last Friday, Governor Lynch signed Senate Bill 75 which created an independent authority charged with restoring commuter rail service from Massachusetts to Nashua.
The New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority will consist of 27 members and is charged with bring mass transit to Nashua and other parts of the State. This is an important step in reducing the
Growing "Green" Builds - 12:15 PM
The Boulder area is well know for it's proximity to nature and concern for the environment, so it is no surprise that two of the newest housing developments are being built with a "green" foundation.The Peloton and Northfield Commons have both generated interest before even breaking ground, for their commitment to a new, urban influenced, eco-friendly way of life. Located off of Arapahoe, The Peloton is not for the weak-of-wallet, as condo units range from the low 300's up to the million mark. One of the eco-friendly benefits of this community is the central location allows for a walkable commute to
Horse lovers this home is for you ... - 03:33 PM
This 4 bedroom and 2 bath home located in Iron Station Area is reasonably priced for the starting out cowboy. Looking for a place for your horses and close to Hwy 73 then this is for you! Fenced horse area has a two stall metal barn w/ hay bin. This home is ready to move in. A few amenities: Appliances stay; separate den w/FP; Den & DR has padded cloth walls; new parquet floors in Den; MBA has separate garden tub & shower; and much, much more. Property in excellent condition and offered at $79,000. Make an appointment today to see
Local Area Report - 06:27 PM
Much has been in the news lately about how the market in various parts of the country has seen some drastic changes. In the Lincoln County area the market has been slow but steady with it being neither a seller's market nor a buyer's market. The average price of homes have ranged from $255,400 to $270,100 and I project that prices will increase over time. During January and February approximately 95 jobs have been created with an increase in the number of job seekers, particularly from families moving from other parts of the country. With the unemployment rate holding at 5% coupled with historically
CLOSE TO IT ALL! Centerra, 2534 & I-25. - 04:10 PM
New Listing in High Plains Village. - 04:12 PM
Bonefish Grill- Coming Soon to 2534 Development - 04:52 PM
Finally! A good fish restaurant is coming to Northern Colorado. Bonefish Grill will be opening soon and is located on the southeast corner of Centerra Parkway. The actual location is in the 2534 development. I have never been to a Bonefish Grill but can't wait. The menu online looks fantastic and they even serve steak and chicken. My wife and I are big seafood people, so maybe we can add another restaurant to our date night list.
We will keep you posted as to the official grand opening date..... stay tuned.
Real Estate Blogging And Search Engines - The News Source Theory - 02:17 PM
I have a theory about the effectiveness of our blogging that is supported as I look for its effect in the search engines (read: Google).Regular Blogging + Core Focus + Ping = News Source Recognition in Google.I have to maintain that this is a theory, because I am not in anyway claiming to have inside knowledge on Google's handling of blog content. However, I can say that from personal experience, and from that of my clients, this theory consistently proves to be a convenient phenomenon. So much so, that I know it can happen for you as well.
There is a dichotomy in
TypePad: Using The "Pages" Feature - 05:43 PM
Let's say you have a TypePad blog, but you want it to act more like a website. No problem. Here's how.
Go in http://www.typepad.com/, Click "Members Sign In", and log in
Click the "weblogs" tab
Choose the blog you will be working on, and click "Configure"
Select "Display a Page on the front page", and choose a page that you have previously created from the drop down list.
Click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the screen.
Oh wait! You haven't created a any pages yet? Stand by!
TypePad: Lazy Blogger's Trick For Creating Pages - 06:16 PM
Let's say you have a TypePad blog, but you want it to act more like a website. It my previous post, I convered the steps to tell TypePad to display a "Page" as the front page of a website, rather than a list of blog posts.
Here's a Lazy Blogger Trick for creating the content for the page.
Sign up for a free Vflyer account. Create a General Services "marketing" VFlyer for yourself, In Vflyer, click the "Post Flyer" tab, place your curser inside the text box showing the HTML, and click "Copy to Clipboard".
Now, log into Typepad.
Click the "Weblogs" tab, choose the blog you want to
Fresh Meadows Palmetto Florida - 08:41 PM
Fresh Meadows is located on the North West side of Palmetto, right across the street from the Virgil Mills Elementary School. Fresh Meadows is considered a move up community with homes ranging in size from 1400 - 2000 square feet. These homes were built around 1990 and many have been updated with new kitchens and bathrooms.
Commuters to Tampa, St Petersburg, Brandon, Riverview, Bradenton and Sarasota will find Fresh Meadows a great choice as it is convienent to all these cities. Fresh Meadows amenities include a community pool, playground, basketball court and tennis courts.
If you have any further quesitons about Fresh Meadows in
Contractors, Liens, Out of the Area Agents... & a Brother's Wife's 3rd Cousin - 01:14 AM
I was talking with an old friend of mine today. More of an associate, really, since we've never actually done anything socially. Why that is I'm not quite sure. But, since I've known him for over 20 years, I consider him more of a friend than anything else. Happily, a few years ago the transaction he hired me to represent went well. That said, the experience confirmed what I knew, and usually follow as a rule: mixing business with personal or family can be a volatile combination. Had something gone wrong, the loss of my friend would have been a great
3137 Old Post Drive, Pikesville, Maryland 21208 - 08:53 PM
Changing our profession.....one REALTOR(R) at a time! - 04:17 PM
Hi folks. John Ochi wrote a post yesterday titled "Pet Peeve: Don't Show Showings". Give it a quick read if you haven't already. Anyway, in his post, John is expressing his frustration at REALTORS® that make appointments to show his listings and then don't show and don't call to cancel. I guess he had this happen to one of his Sellers twice in one day and the Sellers were taking it out on him. We've all been there. And I agree with John it's very frustrating. But what do we do? How do we stop this from happening?
Not only how do
Buy Ski Property in the Summer - 01:40 PM
Summer is the best time of the year to find ski property for sale.
During the winter ski season there are more buyers in town in the popular ski communities so it is harder to negotiate for a good price when you are competing with more buyers. Also many of the ski properties are in a rental pool during the ski season so they are harder to preview with guests occupying the properties.
So why not go shopping in the summer or fall for ski property? It is so much easier to preview properties and there is very little competition with other
Referrals... What are they and what should buyers and sellers know about them. - 10:06 PM
Referrals are very common in the real estate business. Whether you are talking about a national franchises "Relocation Network", "Referral Network" or an agent referring you to another agent, your talking about a referral.
What does it mean to you and what should you be doing to protect yourself when being referred to an agent? In this weeks podcast, we will give you a good overview of the practice and what you should know before you allow yourself to be referred.
Listen To Podcast Here
"love-in-the-mist"... Huh? Is ActiveRain coming on to me? - 10:28 PM
Should I feel flattered? Maybe a little hesitant but strangely intrigued?
I think ActiveRain is coming on to me. Really.
The last few comments I have made on other blogs have had some very strange "re-enter this text to prove your a real person" entries.
The one mentioned in the title of this post was just one of them. There was another one about cuddling. Still another that mentioned something about kissing.
There was a time when all AR wanted of me was to re-type lots of different types of fruit. But now, she has gone to a whole new level.
I feel like I should
Gilroy - Garlic Capital of THE WORLD! Now with less garlic - 10:40 PM
That's right, Gilroy, the garlic capital of the world now has less garlic. A shame really. The biggest grower used to have 40 acres of the stuff. I live in the next town to the north and even way up here we can often smell the stuff. I did notice that there was less of a smell this year.
That fella with the 40 acres? Well, urban sprawl has made it more profitable for him to sell that land off to developers who will build homes that (in todays market) are not too likely to sell for a really long time. Right
Remodeling My Business - 09:10 PM
We all feel overwhelmed or discouraged at some time in our lives. If we try to live in awareness, we can see these moments approaching and do something creative before we are driven to change simply because it is too painful to remain stuck where we are.
I recently attended a business development seminar and came back prepared to make some changes as a result. I felt one of those moments approaching and this seminar came along at the right time. I had applied one of their suggestions and seen an immediate result so I was encouraged. It doesn't matter which Rel Estate
When an Active Rain referral comes in........JUMP on it FAST! - 04:03 PM
Yesterday I got a call from Jose Vega, an agent in West Palm Beach AND a member of Active Rain.....
He has a client that owns a condo in the Disney area and wanted to see about someone managing the rental of it either long term to local residents or short term to tourists.
It seems I was a LITTLE slow getting back to him because he made several inquiries of other agents and one of them jumped on the opportunity fast!
It just goes to show you...when a call comes in for real estate, JUMP on it. because more than likely 5-10 other agents have been called along
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