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Archives of real estate blog entries for September 4, 2007 (Page 6)
23 Ton Bradley - One of the focal points of the Fort Benning Infantry Museum - 08:48 AM
Recently a crain set into place a restored 23 ton Bradley Fighting Vehicle at the Fort Benning Infantry Museum. The Bradley will be one of the focal points of the 170,000 sq. ft. Museum adjacent to Fort Benning GA. This particular Bradley was used by the 4th Infantry Division in Iraqi Freedom. The new museum is set in a 200 acre park and will include an 3-D IMAX theatre, interactive displays, set in several sections designed to highlight variouse periods of our history and the contributions that the infantry has made in keeping our country free. (0 comments)
Buying a Second Home In Colorado - 10:56 PM
Toward the end of last year, even while many of us were concerned about the dip in the real estate market, an article about the popularity of second homes ran on the Rocky Mountain News's popular website, YourHub.com. After explaining why it is easier now to finance a second home than it used to be, the article discusses the large incidence of American homeowners who own second homes: According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors® (NAR)*, one in four Baby Boomers owns more than one property. In fact, Baby Boomers are proportionately more active in the second home (0 comments)
Will He or Won't He ? - 04:34 PM
Will he or won't he?That seems to be the question that everyone is speculating on. Will Bernanke and the Fed Reserve Governors lower the Fed Rate on September 18th. There are positives and negatives either way. The perceived benefits if he does lower the rates. Will give the economy a shot in the arm. Will make borrowing money less expensive and boost spending. Cushions housing market, if mortgage rates also decline. Sends a message to home buyers to seize the opportunity of lower rates and stabilization of home prices. Perceived benefits if he doesn't. Calms inflation fears. Projects that growth is on a stable (12 comments)
Restricted Access to PGA National - Finally! - 09:21 AM
When comparing the great Golf / Country Clubs of Palm Beach - PGA National, Ibis, BallenIsles and Mirasol, just to name a few - PGA National is the only one that does NOT have it's main roads gated. Sure, there are Security booths at all of the entrances, but non-Residents are allowed free access because the main roads belong to Palm Beach County. This has been an annoyance for quite some time - and most, if not all, Property Owners (myself included) have wanted to correct this problem. Well, it looks like it's finally going to happen! Read More >>
How to Lift Photos off Slide Shows - 01:26 AM
I have heard people say that if you place your photos in a slide show, people can't lift them off the web. That's actually not true. In this post, I am going to show you how someone can do it and why it is important to watermark your work. In case you missed it, here is my Tutorial on How to Watermark your Listing Photos. I am going to use my AR blog for an example by lifting the photos on the slide show on my menu bar. Say I want to lift this photo. I press "pause" on the slide show (23 comments)
Dear Cindy: Can I Stage My Own Home? - 11:46 PM
Dear Cindy: I am thinking about putting my home for sale. I feel that I have a pretty good sense of design and my house looks pretty good. I also have read a lot about staging. I know to declutter, clean the house and de-personalize. What do I really need a stager for? A in SF * * *
Dear A: I always say that staging is a bit like getting a haircut. Sure, I can cut my hair myself, or have my mom do it. But I run a risk that (8 comments)
Full Service Realtor vs. Less than Full Service - 08:46 PM
If I am a buyer’s agent for a brokerage company that provides less than what would be considered a full array of services, what concerns might I have if I am practicing in the State of Illinois under its License Law? That is a good question. Your main concerns will deal with the statutory agency duties that you will owe to your buyer clients. To start with it is important to know that all real estate licensees doing business in Illinois are governed by the provisions contained in the Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000 (the Act). Specifically, the Act (0 comments)
The table below lists all of the currently active single family detached and single family attached homes in Bloomingdale, IL. The information is broken into price ranges with average time on market for that range. Included are the high, low, median and average prices. For detailed information on a property type within a price range, including virtual tour when available, contact me with physical characteristic requirements.
Clean Slate? Fresh Start? - 09:02 AM
I delightfully put my kids on the bus this morning expecting that wonderful rush of freedom that comes every year with the first day of school! I felt it - the air felt cleaner, the sun a little brighter - I smiled and greeted every passer-by with delight! I gathered up my folders, computer, notebooks, tablets, etc... from home and headed into the office. TRAFFIC JAMS EVERYWHERE! Now I sit in front of my computer with mush-brain! It's like I've forgotten how to think - now that I have this wonderful freedom, I can't put ideas down on paper - it's like I'm (0 comments)
This Saturday & Sunday (September 8 and 9) is the annual Founders' Days celebration in Sedro Woolley. Saturday- Pancake Breakfast- Bank Robbery- Shoot Out- Museum Open House Sunday- Picnic at Riverfront Park- Car Show- Children's ActivitiesFor More Info, call Carolyn Freeman at the Sedro Woolley Museum (360) 855-2390. You can also visit the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce web-site at http://www.sedro-woolley.com/. Have fun, learn about a Great Washington Community, and have more fun. (0 comments)
Preparing to Sell Your Home - 04:01 PM
Selling your home can be very stressful, but there are several things you can do to improve your chances of getting an edge over the competition and closing a deal that is beneficial to all involved. Setting your home apart does take some elbow grease and perhaps a little cash, but it certainly isn't impossible for most. Consider the following tips: Perform routine maintenanceExceed a buyer's expectations from the beginning. Change your furnace filter. Replace burnt out light bulbs. Make sure hand and guardrails are securely mounted to prevent falls. Trim bushes and rake up leaves. Cut out dead foliage. All of (4 comments)
Toys Made in China for Pets, Too! - 11:33 AM
Yesterday, on my errand list, was a note to purchase a few rubber balls for Jack, our black lab. He has other toys, but, really loves those tennis balls. He has become a master at taking them apart, within minutes. So, I was determined to find him a solid rubber one. He has a Kong, which is fun for him to play with, but, still not a ball. To my amazement, we, my Daughter and I, looked closely at the tags to see where they were made, you guessed it ~ China. That didn't give me a good feeling. We continued (10 comments)
The Science Of Getting Rich - 03:01 PM
I have been having great success ever since reading, "The Science of Getting Rich" Go to www.scienceofgettingrich.net and check it out. The book is free and has many great points that will help anyone in business out. Being Rich isn't just about having lots of money, its about being balanced in mind, body and soul. (3 comments)
Military Life in Hawaii as Seen From a Real Estate Agents Eyes - 12:42 AM
By: David Kucic RA, GRI, ABR, AHWD, e-PROFirst Sergeant, USA (Retired)Tropic Lightning Real Estate, Oahu, Hawaii And so the cycle of deployments continues for our military troops stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii just outside the towns of Mililani and Wahiawa on the island of Oahu. The brave men and women of the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks are about to return home to their families back in Hawaii, mainland USA or wherever else they may be. They were originally deployed to Iraq and were due to return home after 12 months which would have put them back in Hawaii around Jun (6 comments)
Hawaii Military Real Estate Firm in the News - 02:08 AM
By: David Kucic RA, GRI, ABR, AHWD, e-PROFirst Sergeant, USA (Retired)Tropic Lightning Real Estate, Oahu, Hawaii For the second time in just a few short months, Tropic Lightning Real Estate based out of Aiea, Hawaii has been featured on the Sunday edition of the largest newspaper in Hawaii, "The Star Bulletin". Our firm serves military bases on Oahu such as Schofield Barracks just outside the town of Mililani and specializes in representing Veterans that have VA Loan eligibility. The original article featured David and Tonya Kucic of Tropic Lightning Real Estate as they perfected a way to work with Soldiers deployed to Iraq (5 comments)
Technology Tuesdays at Keller Williams Ann Arbor - 11:56 AM
Wow, something great is happening at Keller Williams Ann Arbor! Every Tuesday our agents are learning and sharing their knowledge about technology as it relates to the real estate business. All agents are welcome to attend (even if you are not yet with Keller Williams)! Today we talked about permission based marketing and viewed this video Talking about Web 2.0 with Gerhard on Seth Godin's blog. To be competitive in the Ann Arbor real estate market you have to be a tech savvy agent! (11 comments)
Yesterday my LIFE flashed in front of my Eyes---Don't let This Happen to YOU! - 10:02 AM
This is a very difficult story to tell. But by doing so, I am hoping it helps ONE person who might catch this blog and find it useful. In retrospect, ALL of what I'm going through could have been avoided. My home is my sanctuary, it's MY oasis. Whether you are a Feng Shui consultant or not, this is what your home should be. While it's certainly had it's challenges of owning a home on Long Island on a single paycheck, I've managed for a very long time. I had a few thousand in my savings account (just in case of an emergency) and (22 comments)
Open house in Aurora - 12:33 PM
This Wednesday we will be holding an open house for brokers and agents. It will be open and on Supra. 10-5 on Wednesday the 5th of September. The directions are Wolf's Crossing east of Route 30 to Hoffman (1st light east of rte 30) north to Shenandoah east to Lahinch south to home. The price is $252,000. View many interior photos at http://2755lahinchdrive.randylyon.com (2 comments)
Plano Illinois real estate market conditions - 01:00 PM
The Plano Illinois real estate market condition report for August 2007. The market is seeing improvement with 10 homes under contract in August that should close this month. The total inventroy for single family homes stands at 159 homes. The mix of of homes includes 8 homes that the listing has expired and not been renewed and 12 listings where the seller's have cancelled the listing and not relisted with another real estate company. The bad news is that only 1 home actually closed in August it sold for $153,000. The market is definitely a buyer's market but we are seeing an (1 comments)
New disclosure form for January 1, 2008 RADON - 03:09 PM
The required disclosure list continues to grow in Illinois. We have the lead based paint disclosure and pamphlet, the seller's property disclosure, and now we will be required to include the Radon Awareness disclosure form. The seller of any homes listed after January 1, 2008 will now be required by Illinois law to provide a pamphlet "Radon Testing Guidelines for Real Estate Transactions" and a form informing the buyers of any tests or knowledge of tests performed on the property in question. There will be exemptions from the form just like the property disclosure form we use today. Foreclosures, transfer among co-owners (0 comments)
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