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Archives of real estate blog entries for September 2, 2007 (Page 4)
2006 Climate Changes - 06:50 PM
Concerned about climate change? The newest version of Plant Hardiness Zones is now available from the National Arbor Day Foundation. (see photo at right)
Take a few moments to see how your area has changed from the last map in 1990. To find your new hardiness zone simply enter your zip code on this page. White Lake Michigan, zip code 48383 was unchanged (yeah)
While you're on the National Arbor Day Foundation website you'll notice that you can get Ten trees for 10 dollars!
Not happy where you live? How can we help? Simply choose from the services available below. We provide choices, convenience, and confidentiality to our (7 comments)
Weston Town Center has all the attributes you are looking for. With it's chic art deco look and the different variety of stores gives it that exciting atmosphere all the residents of Weston are looking for.
From the fashionable shoppes of the Ana Bella Boutique to the elegant Weston Jewelers. Or you can just take a walk around and look at the awesome view of this lake-front complex.
Weston Town Center offers a variety of executive suites available for immediate occupancy. For the business that needs a comfortable atmosphere along with the convenience of travel to and from work or just saving time doing all of your grocery (5 comments)
Albert Einstein was a smart cookie who was ahead of his time. In popular culture the name "Einstein" has become synonymous with genius. Mortgages aren't physics, but it can certainly seem like it if you don't have a loan officer that is not only good at explaining things to you, but one who is knowledgeable and can show you the many differences in loan programs. As stated, mortgages can be confusing at times. It doesn't help when some loan officers don't take the time to walk you through the process. One piece of advice, no matter if you are purchasing or refinancing, (37 comments)
With the mortgage meltdown back in the beginning of the year for 2007 which has carried throughout the summer, FHA has become popular again. Kris Wales wrote in a comment that she received an e-mail from a loan officer stating that FHA is back. She wrote back stating that it never left and this is coming from a realtor. Folks, FHA has never left. If your lender or loan officer can't offer you a FHA mortgage and your credit is less than perfect, then please seek out a mortgage professional that can offer FHA financing. Otherwise you might be going backwards. But (36 comments)
Marine Rescue 911 - Candlewood Lake - 09:19 PM
This Labor Day weekend, I was able to take a few hours away from work and take my boys over to my aunt's lake house on Candlewood Lake here in New Fairfield, Connecticut.
My aunt always wanted people in her family her enjoy the water as much as she does. I think she finally got her wish with my three boys. They love her pool. They love her lake house. They love her beach. They love the water. And, they love, love, love her boat. Yes, the boat rides are one of my kids' favorite things to do in the (4 comments)
Phoenix Association BOD Election - 07:16 PM
If you are a member of the Phoenix Association of REALTORS® you should have received an email this weekend from Diane Scherer with voting instructions for the current election. As a candidate nominated to run in this election I encourage you to vote - and of course to vote for me! My bio that appeared in the September issue of the "Phoenix REALTOR® Forum" is included below for easy reference. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I welcome the nomination to be a Director of the Phoenix Association of REALTORS®. As a successful candidate, my focus will be on contributing to the growth (9 comments)
Desert Ridge Market Report - August 2007 - 01:39 PM
There were 21 homes sold in Desert Ridge in August 2007, with an average listing price of $653,880 and an average sale price of $623,380. Sale prices were 95% of list prices. Sold Price per Square Foot was $217.58. The range of sold homes was $348,500 to $975,000. As of Spetember 1, there are 14 pending or contingent homes under contract. As of September 1, there are 139 active listings with an average list price of $751,719 and average list $/sq.ft. of $243.99 Closed sales volume was up over 50% over the month before reflecting contracts taken in June and July. August pendings are down by approx (0 comments)
Over eager "agents to be" lying for a dime... - 06:01 PM
My newest listing had a request for a showing recently. It was to be the next afternoon (Sunday). At seven PM Saturday my doorbell rang. It was a lady who just bought a house six doors down. She told me that the appointment on my listing for the next day is a friend of hers and that her agent could not attend the showing, so would I accompany them. Since it is my listing and especially since it was only a twenty second walk up the street, I agreed. We continued to talk and this neighbor of mine who I just (5 comments)
You must see these! Mesa Verde Townhomes In North Las Vegas - 07:18 PM
Starting at only $162,990, these new townhomes are the best buy in Vegas right now in my opinion. 10 days ago they started out at 159,990 and Centex has started to increase the homes. (20 Homes were written up in the last week) It is so refreshing to see buyers waiting in line just to do a contract!! I hope this is a sign of things to come. here is a picture of the living room. (0 comments)
Connecticut Home Mortgage Specialist Leo Namiot - 10 Tips for Cutting Energy Costs - 10:31 AM
With summer fading fast and old man winter on the way here are 10 Tips for Cutting Energy Costs With natural gas/electric prices rising and the temperature dropping, there is no time like the present to try and cut down on your energy consumption. The following are 10 simple strategies that you can implement around the house to help you save a bundle on your utility expenses this winter.1. Turn Down Your Thermostat 68 degrees is plenty warm enough. For every degree you lower your heat in the 60-degree to 70-degree range, you'll save up to 5 percent on heating costs. Wear (1 comments)
I don't want to use a Title company....I just want to buy the property! (TX agents?) - 12:56 PM
So I guess this applies to Texas only as things are different according to the state you live in, but I have a buyer that stated he doesn't want to waste money on closing at a title company and paying for title insurance, etc, etc. Can you do that? How would you do that? We all know the potential problems it could cause, but since i've only been an agent for 2 years I've never had anyone ask me this question and I don't even know how to answer it. Has anyone done this? Do they just use a real estate (13 comments)
The stripper and the dentist - 04:47 PM
I know you read that title and it sounded like a joke or something right? Well, It's not. What it is, is the sad tale of someone who is supposed to be a professional who is putting information out on the web that makes him look bad. It tells me he is NOT someone I would want to take my kids to see as a dentist. I guess he posted the info thinking it made him look "cool" to all of his old high school pals. What it did was make me go YUCK! My high school, like many, has an (28 comments)
What Do You Do with Listings' Web Domains after SOLD! - 01:39 AM
I get a domain name for my listings. Once they are SOLD what do you do with the domain name? Some have just let the domain name expire. Some have offered them to the new home owner if they want them. I have chosen to have the websites for listings that have SOLD get changed to this page which apologizes that the home is already SOLD. It also links to my website where buyers can look for other homes' information. On this page there are links to other listings of mine. Of course there is also a link to AR! What are some of the rest of you (8 comments)
It's Time To Give Your Listings Away! - 02:12 AM
I've heard pretty heated discussion from some Realtors regarding protecting their listings but I just don't see why there is the need. No, I'm not talking about letting other Realtors take away your listings. I'm talking about making consumers enter their pedigree in order for them to see their listings. I let consumers have all the IDX listings that they want without even giving me their name on www.MLSPlease.com and other websites like www.MoveToLawrence.com. With websites like Realtor.com, Google, AOL, Yahoo, Point2Agent, etc. giving them away; why shouldn't we? I had one Realtor tell me he wanted to control which websites have access to his listings (0 comments)
Old Cars,& Community Get Involved! - 10:34 AM
Are You getting involved in your community? Are you giving a little of your time to do a lot for a Charity or organization? Are you willing to donate your special skills to help people in need? So many of us get so involved in our daily grind, that we sometimes may forget that giving a little of yourself, is uplifting, and refreshing. It does not always take a lot of your time to have a huge impact within your community. For years I have integrated my Old Car Hobby with Community Service. Participating in parades, shows, charity events, racing, and (3 comments)
Phoenix Arizona Real Estate Development 1905-2007 - 08:58 AM
I found this interesting slide show demo of subdivision growth in the metropolitan area, that covers the year 1905 through 2007. Whether you grew up in the "Valley of the Sun", just moved here, or are thinking about it, it's educational to see the real estate growth spurts and where they've occurred, especially in the past 35 years. (5 comments)
WANT GOOD REFERRALS? ASK FOR THEM! - 08:52 AM
Does this sound too easy? I believe this is one step that is easier for new agents. Sometimes they just listen to good advice, and don't question it as much as a seasoned agent would. Many of the newer agents, say within the last five years, didn't have to look for business. You could just answer the phone or put up a sign, and bingo, you had a sale. Now, skills and experience are neccessary, like they were in the pre-hot market. Surprise! It still can be easy. Don't panic and become negative. Along with taking courses to improve your skills, there are (15 comments)
Sell-A-Bration is in Hawaii!! - 10:17 AM
Well, how is that for a business write off? Calling all CRS Realtors to Hawaii for a conference? Yippee! In the middle of winter? Oh, yes, the answer to these questions has to be YES. Did I mention, Waikiki Beach? It is just like Christmas in September. September because the invite just came yesterday. Top agents and educators will be speaking and sharing their tips, wisdom and experiences of our changing market. The breakout sessions sound power packed, too. Beaches, warm weather, tropical paradise, good speakers, approved - credit worthy courses, and Howard Brinton will be the host and keynote speaker. (2 comments)
A follow-up on a post from early August on house in Wethersfield, CT that my company, Glastonbury Home Staging, staged. It went under contract in 3 weeks! And they had a back-up buyer as well!
Of course the homeowners couldn't be happier, and I am thrilled. This was such a nice family, I really enjoyed getting to know them and plan to keep in touch with them. Staging an occupied home allows us to get to know people in such a unique way. Families place such trust in us, allowing us into their personal space, into their lives, during a time (3 comments)
Another resource for Home Stagers - 04:17 PM
I recently staged a vacant house, Woodbridge CT for a couple that live out of state. Another customer that found me online thanks to Active Rain!!! This property had been leased and the tenants had just moved out the owners only want the bare minimum, just a few accessories added. When I went back to the house I realized I had to do more or it would be a waste of time. This house had some issues and was dark and dated looking. I knew they would not be open to spending anything more. I really wanted to put a table in (28 comments)
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