Archives of real estate blog entries for August 1, 2007 (Page 6)
A Legacy of Love, That's My Desire - 10:08 PM
By Ginger Sala
One day I'll walk the road to a better place and time,
And the Legacy of how lived is what I will leave behind
My photos, songs, and poems will remain back here on earth,
But earthly things soon perish and have no lasting worth.
I pray not what I had,
But what I was, and strived to be
Will resonate a Legacy of Love
In hearts that remember me.
And may they say of me...
Lived and loved with faith and trust that all things work for good,
Encouraged others when they were down and showed them that "they could"
Gave cheerfully to those less fortunate than she,
Summer Under the Stars - Country Club Hills, IL - 10:16 AM
Mayor Dwight Welch & The Country Club Hills City Council presents:
SUMMER UNDER THE STARS 2007 - JULY 27 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7, 2007
Country Club Hills Pavillion
Friday, July 27 - SMOKEY ROBINSON Saturday, July 28 - KENNY GSunday July 29, 2007 - HILLCREST BAPTIST CHURCH SERVICEFriday, August 3 - LOS LOBOSSaturday, August 4 - TITO PUENTEFriday, August 10 - LONE STARSaturday, August 11 - THE TEMPTATIONS & PHIL PERRYFriday, August 17 - GUITARS & SAXES, GERALD ALBRIGHT, KIRK WHALUM, TIM BOWMAN, JEFF GOLUBSaturday, August 18 - JEFFREY OSBOURNESunday, August 19 - GOSPEL (PASTOR CRIDER)Saturday, August 25 - J.T. TAYLORFriday, August 31
Could state wide MLS System get implemented in New York? - 08:23 AM
I just received an MLS survey from the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR) asking whether we would like business as usual or would we welcome a regional MLS system or even a statewide system.
It did not take me long to fill out my survey and send it back, you see I don't like business as usual. I live within 15 minutes of three counties and everytime I get a listing I need to fill out listing paperwork for each MLS system then take time to key in the information, which is a real waste of my time. The worst is the cost
Scenes from Athens, New York - 06:30 PM
If you are familiar with Steven Spielberg's production "The War Of The Worlds" you are already acquainted with scenes from Athens. This small village is localed along the banks of the Hudson River across from the city of Hudson. If you are looking for a vintage Victorian home with access to the waterfront, this may be the town for you.
So sit back and enjoy the show.
The Husdon River and Hudson Athens Lighthouse
A GREAT PLACE TO PICNIC, FISH OR JUST WATCH THE BOATS GO BY.
ALL SUMMER YOU CAN ENJOY CONCERTS RIGHT HERE. WHAT A VIEW!
Throwdown in Lewis Center - Bobby Flay Challenges Sugardaddy's - 09:28 AM
There was a throwdown in Lewis Center, Ohio yesterday. Chef Bobby Flay of the Food Network arrived at the Sugardaddy's Factory store in Lewis Center, to challenge the creators of the Sumptuous Sweeties gourmet brownies and blondies to a Blondie cook-off.
The Sugardaddy's team, lead by Co-Founders Tom Finney and Mark Ballard and assisted by Executive Chef Mark Harkins, and Beth Rose, Director, TLC, kicked off the challenge by making their Sumptuous Tahitian Blondie - a wonderful concoction of toasted cashews, white and dark chocolate, pineapple and topped with toasted coconut.
Bobby Flay presented his own version of a Tahitian Blondie, incorporating
Florida Hurricane Victims Get an Additional Year to Sell Vacant Land - 11:51 AM
The Internal Revenue Service is adding an additional year to the time limit within which victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma have to sell vacant land that they had owned and used as part of their principal residence that was destroyed as a result of the hurricanes.
Federal tax rules state that individuals have two years within which to sell the vacant land to be able to take advantage of the exclusion on gain from the sale of a principal residence.
Given that the two-year anniversary is approaching for victims of the 2005 hurricanes, the IRS has decided to provide additional time
Area Market Report: Recent Home Sales Commerce Township, Michigan - 10:13 AM
Some links temporarily disabled 9/16/2007
According to Realcomp II Ltd records, there were 152 homes sold in Commerce Township, 48390 from January 1, 2007 through July 15, 2007. This compares to 158 homes sold during the same period in 2006. Note: Information from Realcomp II was for all homes listed and sold by all real estate companies for the period described above.
Commerce Township does not include Walled Lake or Wolverine Lake Village areas.
The average sale price for home sold in 2007 decreased significantly to $264,883 as compared to $310,551 in 2006. There was also a 38 percent increase in the average time
Area Market Report: Walled Lake, Michigan Through July 15, 2007 - 10:42 AM
Some links temporarily disabled 9/16/2007
According to Realcomp II Ltd records, there were 19 homes sold in Walled Lake, Michigan 48390 from January 1, 2007 through July 15, 2007. Note: Information from Realcomp II was for all homes listed and sold by all real estate companies for the period described above.
Walled Lake does not include Commerce Township or Wolverine Lake Village areas.
The average sale price for homes in Walled Lake, Michigan was $156,412 during the time period above. Homes were on the market an average of 100.42 days. There were no recorded waterfront home sales in Walled Lake during 2006 or 2007
Purchasing Waterfront Property: Pontiac Lake; Information From MiSWIMS Database - 07:05 PM
In June, the State of Michigan launched its combined Surface Water Information Management System (MiSWIMS). This all inclusive database combined all State Departments information about surface waters in Michigan. See information from Part One.
I've been waiting for Oakland Lakefront Magazine to write about the system. Their choice of lakes, Pontiac Lake, was a good one with lots of data. Read the entire article by Josh Jackett Here. Look in the August 2007 issue "New database provides one-stop shopping for water information"
People living on Pontiac Lake, located about 10 miles west of Pontiac off M-59 (Highland Rd) would choose to live nowhere else.
82 Markham Deerfield Beach Florida 33442-OTM - 07:44 AM
How can property management companies get away with charging bogus fees? - 05:53 PM
I was inspired by another Realtor® to write this about property management companies.
Even though many states have different rules and different ways they conduct business I felt a need to write this post based on another issue we face when working with property management companies here in South Florida. Some neighborhoods do not have an association so it is open game as to how they maintain the neighborhood. That can be a good thing or a bad thing.
The good thing is if there is no association then there is no management and no dues to be paid. The bad part is
Cold feet turns into hot property - 09:26 PM
I have this buyer who I know well and have been working with for a few weeks. He called me and mentioned that he needs to do a 1031 exchange.
A 1031 exchange is when you sell a like kind property and put the profit right back into another property without having to pay the taxes on the gain. Eventually when you cash out then you have to pay the tax. The buyer made an offer at $265K. It was an estate sale and the property was vacant for a while. It needed work but it was in move in condition.
His offer was accepted
Mortgage Gems -- Blogs to better understand mortgages - 10:36 AM
And who said you can't put the fun back into mortgages. Hit the fun button to the right and you might find out. ...... okay, so the button doesn't work. But isn't something that is confusing at first, can be fun, once you understand most of it? Well, that's what I would like to help you with by sharing some of these blogs.
If you are shopping for a mortgage, what do you look for online? If you come across an article or a blog on a certain topic, do you read the whole thing? After half way down, do you go
My Family's Favorite Hang Out is Ocean City, New Jersey...... July 2007 - 07:21 PM
Ocean City, NJ July 1st - 7th
For the last 6 years, our family goes down to Ocean City, New Jersey for a week. I go down with my parents, my sister, her husband, and their 4 kids. Ocean City is a true family resort if you have never been.
Location is so key when looking for a rental or a home to buy for your summer getaway. This year we were on 6th and Central which meant that we were inline with the beginning of the boardwalk which starts off with Gillian's Wonderland Pier. Even though 5 blocks away, it's
Buyers..... get ahead of the buying game of your new home!!!!! - 11:51 PM
Are you seriously shopping for a house? It doesn't matter if you have done this before or even if you are a first time homebuyer.
If you have bought before, don't think it's the same way as once before. The market changes every day. Mortgage programs can change at the blink of an eye. First time home buyers, just because your friend or family member had an easy time when they bought their house doesn't mean that it could be as easy and or simple as their purchase.
The number one rule of advice, try and get a referral of a
Upgrade your home to help it sell - 07:08 AM
How to improve your kitchen.
When prospective buyers view your home, theyll pay particular attention to your kitchen and bathrooms. Before you list your home, make sure youre one step ahead by giving the kitchen and baths a detailed grooming. You???ll want to contact a professional to arrange for any necessary major repairs, but there???s a lot you can do yourself to brighten up the most used places in the house.
Chipped ceramic, stained porcelain, and/or corroded faucets are sure to catch the buyers eye. Replace the faucets and fixtures if necessary.Repaint the walls and ceilings, and replace wallpaper for a bright, fresh
Fall Safety Tips For Your Family - 07:10 AM
As the kids go back to school and the weather changes, we offer these important reminders for a safer fall season for back-to-school. If your child comes home from school before you get home from work, instruct him or her to never open the door to a stranger or let a phone caller know he or she is home alone. Also, make sure your child knows the code for your security system, so that his or her departure or arrival won't set off the alarm.
Leave a light on at the front door, and sweep your walkway clear of dead leaves
How Title Insurance Protects You - 07:14 AM
An Atlanta Real Estate, Cumming Georgia Real Estate or Lake Lanier Real Estate or Alpharetta real estate, or any of the surrounding metro Atlanta homes is usually the largest single investment any of us will ever make. When you purchase a home, you will purchase several types of insurance coverage to protect your home and personal property. Homeowners or hazard insurance protects against loss from fire, theft, or wind damage. Flood insurance protects against rising water. And a unique coverage known as title insurance protects against hidden title hazards that may threaten your financial investment in your home.Title Insurance is not
List of Stores coming to The Shops at Wiregrass includes Barnes and Nobles! - 10:25 PM
Chuin-Wei Yap, a staff writer for the St. Pete Times reports that site plans filed in the county records reflect the following stores slotted for The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. It should be noted that this list has not been confirmed by representatives of the Mall developer at this time. Yes, BARNES and NOBLES is on the site plan! This is the question I get asked most when people inquire about the new malls coming to Wesley Chapel.Aeropostale, Aerosoles, Aldo, American Eagle, Apple, Aveda, Banana Republic, Bandolino, Barnes and Noble (two-story) Bath & Body Works, Bebe, The Body Shop,
Pier 1 Online-Only Sale - 50% off almost everything - 01:56 PM
Pier 1's online store is having a really big sale until August 31st. Looks like they are moving all their items into the stores, and getting out of online sales.
Might be some great bargains for your inventory!
Pier 1 Website Link
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