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New paint makes your home smell clean and neat, and usually can bring sellers top dollar. How can you tell if it's time? It's time for new paint if your home has chipped paint, exposed wood, or surfaces that looks faded. Also, if your carpet is worn, outdated, dirty or an unusual color or style, you may want to replace it. A lot of homes do not sell because of these minor problems which can be cured relatively easily. Don't think that buyers have more money than you to freshen up a home -- they typically don't. Instead, they will just look elsewhere for a home (2 comments)
Gardening Tips - Bulbs - 09:45 PM
Lowes Garden Club - Fall 2007 Issue: "Secrets to Bulb Success - Make the most of your blooms next spring by arming yourself with a little knowledge. FROSTY MORNINGS - Bulbs can withstand light frosts. If temperatures drop below 29° F, foliage and buds will suffer. Cover flowers or, if the cold lingers several nights, cut them for bouquets. STRAIGHT AND TALL - Keep daffodils from drooping by surrounding clumps with hoop supports. Create your own by snipping tomato cages apart with a pair of bolt cutters to form separate hoops. TULIP PROTECTION - Deer love to munch on tulips. Protect buds with an organic animal (0 comments)
Berkeley Heights Real Estate Market Conditions - 10:12 PM
Berkeley Heights Real Estate Market ConditionsI continuously monitor local real estate statistics to keep my clients informed and ahead of real estate trends. Below you will find Berkeley Heights real estate statistics for the month of September 2007 - we do have just a couple more days left in September - I will update again by the end of the weekend. New homes on the market: 23Number of homes under contract: 7Number of homes closed (sold): 5Avg Days on Market: 88Email me to find out the value of your home or if you would like a free list of homes for sale in Berkeley Heights (1 comments)
Let Me Show You Some Statistics.... - 11:04 PM
Even in this market, I've been dealing with sellers who think their house is great the way it is, they don't need to declutter, fix the broken. How do you get through that there are other houses, LOTS of houses in their price range on the market? I've taken to using our association's monthly statistics to show them just how many homes they were competing against, how many sold in the last three to four months and talking to them about the absorption rate. When they hear there are 27 homes in the county in their price range, all but 7 (4 comments)
My First Real Estate Show - 08:15 AM
After having been with Visual Tours for over a year, I have decided to start on Real Estate Show. Not that there was anything wrong with Visual Tours but I liked the more elegant look to the Real Estate Tour. AR's Jeff Turner personally answered some of my questions and customer service answered the phone and spoke clear English (as did Visual Tours) and took care of my validation quickly. I was up and running in no time at all and ready to start my first show. The flow of adding the nine photos and captions for a 60 second show (15 comments)
Cleaning Out Your House: Garage Sales versus Online Auctions - 03:26 PM
My mom happens to be one of the neatest people I know. She prides herself on having at least one empty shelf in every closet just so that she knows she doesn't have too much stuff. She has organized and simplified her life and almost never loses anything. (Dad and I still remind her of the time back in 1983 when she lost her sunglasses in the lake, but it really shouldn't count anymore. And it was probably someone else who lost them anyway.) Besides my mom, I don't know anyone who wouldn't have to clean up and clean out the closets (0 comments)
Live Work & Play - 08:13 AM
Anywhere you can live work and play is home. Osceola County is home to many newcomers. With over 13 million people a year visiting in our back yard, many are attracted to the new low prices and great variety of homes available for sale. Kissimmee over the past twenty years has blossomed from the "boonies" to major artery and tourism hot spot. Attractive hotel room rates make Kissimmee a desireable alternative to International Visitors looking to enjoy the parks, but not the chaos of staying "in town". Just to the east, and twenty miles from the parks is the quiet town (3 comments)
Help! I'm Lost in My Computer and I Can't Get Out! - 09:54 AM
Don't get me wrong.... first I was a Nerd, and now I'm a Geek. I have had a fascination with computers for a very long time, and maybe that's my problem. Since throwing myself into blogging, I am losing large chunks of time, so I started logging my time in 15 minute increments to see where it was going. Having to actually document what I'm doing specifically has been an eye opener. I do get lost. Granted, I'm learning lots and gathering new ideas and feeling really creative, but I'm NOT directly generating business. My sense is that in 60-90-120 days that I might have created (7 comments)
My email to Jim Cramer! - 03:13 PM
Dear Jim, I saw you on the Today show this morning. As a fundamentalist trader, I would hope you would recommend to home buyers they take the same approach when analyzing buying a home. There are a lot of good solid homes in fundamentally solid areas that are great values. If people were wanting a condo in Florida, a second home in Las Vegas, or Phoenix, I would recommend they wait. The areas that have seen high appreciation +20%, those areas carries definitely more risk, then in area where appreciation is relatively low and steady. I listen to you show and each time you talk about a stock, you drive (0 comments)
Sunriver Growing Pains - 12:41 AM
I received a great call from a concerned citizen regarding the mall update at Sunriver - what many of us have known as the Village Mall will most likely undergo some major changes. The Mall sold last year to a group of home owners and Sunriver visitors which formed an LLC called SilverStar, LLC this group of investors either own Sunriver property or are frequent visitors of Sunriver. So, some of you may ask why the concern over the changes - we all know that the mall has seen better days and could use a face lift. The concerns of many seem (9 comments)
Has The Market Changed Since Last Year? - 07:11 PM
Today I was attempting to educate a seller on the market and how many changes we have all seen. She called me on the carpet - she used my own words against me.... this woman had done her home work. She knew that in July of 2006 according to my blog - Click Here to See what she saw>>>>> there were a lot of affordable homes and today although the days on market and the number of homes for sale are different the pricing is HIGHER. Buyers are still out there - she informed me that she was watching me - and that (7 comments)
51440 Jory Rd, La Pine Oregon 97739 | Foreclosed ON - Relisted - 09:26 PM
Beautiful Frame built home built in 2006, Imagine living in this nice sized family style home before the holidays. Slate floors, beautiful trim work and a lot of living space make this beautiful home on an acre the perfect first time home for you. Priced at $232,500 - and seller is willing to contribute to the buyer's closing costs or take a look at all offers. Be certain to add this home to your list of possibilities - apprasier says it is one of the best priced homes in the area, several lenders are ready for 100% financing.
4 Bedrooms • 2 (7 comments)
4 City Lots & 3 Acres of Meadow Land - 11:57 PM
You can have it all - 4 city lots that are connected to an additonal 3 acres of meadow land. View Mt. Bachelor from the meadow and possibly from a second story on homesites. This property is a historic property to La Pine, although there are no rules about historic areas as of yet the family would like to save the home. If the buyer is willing to save the home and restore it the family will leave the home. If the buyer wants the structures removed they will remove them. The possibilities of this property are endless. 4 city lots, with (6 comments)
Has Fall Become "Spring Market?" - 01:17 PM
Our market in Connecticut is really becoming fast paced! Showings, contracts, multiple offers, new listings, OH MY! The weather has been unusually warm, is that it? The fed dropping the rate, is that it? Whatever it is, we are all thrilled to be "on fire" at this time of year! I have a new agent who is starting her training course next week and she is so excited to hear the phones ringing. Three more months to go. Looks like this year is going to go out with a BANG! Hope to go to one more Turning Point before the new year! They (17 comments)
Courses for Your Continuing Education for License Renewal - 06:32 PM
In Connecticut, we renew next spring. I have completed my needed courses already. I hate to do the last minute, panic classes. I like to choose the content. Of course, some are mandatory. I choose by the speaker, as well as, the content. Some of these courses are really full of good information. One class that I attended for the relicensure, was on 1031 Exchange Properties. By the break, I wanted to go buy something with this program. It can be very eye opening. I, also, look forward to meeting and networking with fellow agents. We get a group together when (1 comments)
Bloomfield,Connecticut ~ Commercial, Investors! $500,000 - 07:17 PM
Need land? Industrial, commercial, this property is 30 acres of level land. About 10 acres is wetlands, but, no worries, there are presently radio towers located on that section of the parcel. Someone is paying rent to keep those in place. As for the remaining twenty acres, how about storage units? How about commercial storage, contractors, moving companies, etc? It is an estate, so offers are welcomed! Priced at $500,000, Call Fran Today! 860-646-3455 Here's a quick glance at the plot plan. Oh, By the Way...I am never to busy for your CT referrals! (0 comments)
Is SOI* Right for You? - 05:55 PM
*SOI = Sphere of Influence = People Who Know You I'll bet you're thinking this is going to be a looooong blog, full of sappiness, self-serving propaganda and holier-than-thou pronouncements. Nope. Not in the mood to be sappy, self-serving or even holier than y'all today. So, I'll cut to the chase. SOI might be right for you if: You are willing to put the needs of your clients first. This means that you have the TIME and DESIRE to go above and beyond what's expected, not just provide "good customer service." Your real estate career is your priority career (see above). (28 comments)
Where The Day Takes You.... - 08:29 PM
One thing I never wanted to do was lead a boring life. I've had my share of "Groundhog" days with each day a repeat of the last and I was miserable. It took much courage (or total stupidity, I haven't decided yet) that while raising two children and owning a home ALONE whether to finally quit my reliable, guaranteed income producing job with benefits to pursue a dream. My last day of work I took off my watch as I was no longer be dictated by time. Sink or swim, I was on my own. That is exactly why I don't make (21 comments)
Interest Rates Fell, Where Are All The Buyers? (continued) - 08:56 AM
In my last entry I spoke about how the availably of loans has dramatically impacted the housing market. The explosion of the "sub prime" market fueled the explosion of buyers, dramatically increasing the number of buyers. But now many of those loans are unavailable, decreasing the number of buyers and slowing our housing market. Supply vs. Demand. Another contribution to the decrease in the number of buyers, are the homeowners who lived off the "equity" in their home and borrowed more than their home was worth. They can't move because they owe too much. I cannot count the number of times I (3 comments)
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