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Archives of real estate blog entries for February 13, 2008
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Real Estate Begging...It's Not My Bag - 02:26 PM
I saw a very large sign the other day on the corner of a semi-busy intersection which stated "We Pay You the Most to Find Your Home". Whoa, hit the brakes there buddy! Let me get this straight.....you're going to pay someone to let you work for them? Have I overlooked something in the last eighteen years? I mean, I know I don't sell a tangible product such as Target or Nordstrom, so I doubt trying to use an anology such as "Would Nordstrom pay ME to buy a Pair of Uggs from their Store?" would work here. I'm in the service (71 comments)
AR Featured Posts: Are We Missing an Opportunity? - 02:22 PM
This is another one of those "opportunity doesn't pick locks" kind of thoughts, you know, one that's potato-off-the-couch elevating: it's something that doesn't come to us; we have to go out there in action and make it happen. I talked to AR about this, it was a spur of the moment brain belch, some time ago (after Caleb left), and Jeff Belonger's terrific post below about suggested AR changes dusted off the thought again. I started to comment on it with Jeff, but realized it's a post. So hear we are. TWO DIFFERENT AR FEATURED POST SECTIONS:1. Lets have one that's just like (34 comments)
It's Almost Unbelievable - How can they not believe? - 10:11 PM
A friend approached me 10 months ago and mentioned that she was helping her mom put her house on the market. She then asked if I had any thoughts about staging it. I said, "of course you need to stage it." She then explained that her Realtor is a non-believer. My friend was a little worried though as her mom's medical bed was in the middle of the family room. The Realtor assured her that it did not need to be moved and when the house was being shown they would simply throw a blanket over it. - OH MY GOSH! I told her I would be happy to (69 comments)
KW Convention Update - 02:26 PM
This will be short and I'll post more later, as only back in the room for a few minutes. Seth Godin spoke today, in the Key Note Session. It was, without a doubt very inspiring and he spoke on this latest book the The Dip. If you remember this was the book Fran suggested to me I read when I was trying to make my decision on whether to go or stay at RE/MAX.
Yesterday Mariana Wagner spoke on blogging. It was really good, she is an excellent speaker and her personality really comes through. Did I say I felt like I (55 comments)
Plastic on a stick! By Fernando Rosado, CEO & founder Eclectic Home Staging of the Palm Beaches President IAHSP PBC Chapter 561-906-0050 What were you thinking? ...I wasn't about to get kinky on your butts !!! I want to share how wonderful this gadget is. My warehouse really appreciates it ! Now I wrap everything in this plastic, it stores perfect, avoids breakage and it maintains DUST-FREE !, Here are some examples I want to share so you get the picture stacks of 4 plates,wrapped tightly, napkins with nakin ring,silver beaded placemats, everything will keep intact! here is a fancy bowl with glass & metal orbs before wrapping, Now look how easy (66 comments)
What Part Of "Lawsuit" Do You Not Understand?...ROAR! - 12:46 PM
Over the past several weeks I have read a handful of Blog Posts where the Real Estate Bloggers have said just enough to be a danger to themselves and to our Industry as a whole. Defamatory remarks and unsubstantiated accusations come with a price. Should the parties involved on the other end of these remarks and accusations decide to take legal action…The word ‘lawsuit’ could very well come into play. The Bloggers/Salespeople typing those remarks could find themselves in the midst of a lawsuit for Defamation of character, Slander and Libel. Before I type another word…Let’s define these...Defamation of character is (110 comments)
You could be on the best sellers list or in the discount blog bin - 10:11 PM
Recently I read a blog by our fellow Activerainer Jason Sardi titled So why exactly are you here and should it matter to me? This blog had some great points and I just had to add my thoughts and expand on what he had to say.The argument that Activerain is for social or business will never end and each person has their own reason for being here. Like Jason, I guess I just don't care why you are here either, but that doesn't mean I don't care about you as a person. Just like every book in a bookstore, every blog (44 comments)
Selling the Lifestyle Leads to Success.-How Your Client's Testimonials Can Help. - 02:27 PM
I read a very interesting remark today by Tom Peters, "'non-geniuses' sell Rolexes. Geniuses sell the Rolex lifestyle." Tom didn't use the word 'non-geniuses', however he did use a similar word which was a bit more graphic.Above the "'non-geniuses' sell Rolexes" line, he had a picture of a Rolex. Above the "Geniuses sell the Rolex lifestyle" line, he had a picture of a beautiful yacht going across a calm blue lake. In our localism posts, we are hopefully following this credo and selling the lifestyle of our communities, not the houses themselves. How do we sell lifestyle? I would start by (83 comments)
Motor City Driven Under? - 03:48 PM
After reading the paper today I was a bit surprised at the high number of foreclosures coming out of some areas around the country. Detroit appears to be in a real crises. Roughly 4.9 percent of the households in the Detroit metro area were in some stage of foreclosure in 2007, which is 4.8 times the national average; according to the study released by mortgage research company RealtyTrac Inc. Stockton, Calif., ranked second with about 4.8 percent of its households in some stage of foreclosure, while the Las Vegas metro area was third with a 4.2 percent rate. In all, 72,616 filings on (9 comments)
Alameda California Real Estate Relocation and Information - 10:57 PM
The county of Alameda which is located in the state of California may be considered as a great place to live thanks to their 1,448,905 residents. Alameda County has an entire land area of 738 square miles and 83.6 square miles of water. The population density of Alameda county is fairly high with 1,964 residents in every square mile. Inside the limits of Alameda County there are 10 cities that include the cities of Oakland, Fremont, Hayward, Berkeley, San Leandro, Livermore, Alameda, Union City, Pleasanton and Castro Valley There are many notable locations in Alameda County, but if you are looking for wineries, (0 comments)
Luis, I have tried to write this post several times trying to explain our love affair. The truth is there were so many twists and turns that I must have started over 25 times. Valentines Day to me is every day with you...I have learned life gives us little surprises.. Gotta treat each day as if it is your last you just never know! No regrets!...No Guts...No Glory! Although I might complain about the text messages or the way you worry. In all honesty, I love it and appreciate it more than you will ever know. I have this comfort...a real nice (18 comments)
A couple of days ago I received a copy of a letter that was written by a Washington State resident that was responding to my request for support for Katie's Law. She had sent the letter to her legislators asking for support for Washington State's version of Katie's Law. It is the first time that I have received a letter like this, although, I know there must be many of you out there that have personally known or are related to victims of horrific crimes that this DNA bill would help to address. I am enclosing a copy of the letter, because (4 comments)
It is Valentine's Eve and I was so excited because I just received my first Active Rain Kiss! You, too, can experience the thrill of a sloppy kiss by checking out Sloppy Kiss Cards! This truly is a unique e-card site where you add your pet's name to a greeting card. You also can feature your own pet in some of the cards. Your sphere, friends and family will love receiving a sloppy kiss. Sloppy Kiss Cards was founded by Nicole Stocker. Membership costs only $9.95 per year. Nicole states that she donates a portion of the membership fee to the petfinder.com (22 comments)
Valentine's Day is a time for roses, chocolate and sparkly dinners. But according to RISMedia, if you want to ensure your relationship with your partner endures through less-romantic times, be sure to talk about finances. Being on the same page about all of your financial data is a long-lasting way to show each other your commitment. To help you broach the subject of finances and make sure they are in alignment, they say that we should consider these tips from Marvin Feldman, president and CEO of the nonprofit Life and Health Insurance Foundation for Education (LIFE): Have ‘the talk.' If you haven't done (0 comments)
According to a recent article by RISMedia, additional results from a new retirement study conducted by Gray Hair Management, one of leading career coaching, networking and job search resources for professionals with base salaries of $75,000 to $300,000+, reveal that 70% of America's corporate executives plan to pursue hobbies, travel or golf during their retirement years, and half are planning a post-retirement relocation. Gray Hair Management's 2007 Executive Retirement Survey was conducted in December 2007 and included almost 1000 senior level executives age 40 or older. And according to the article, results related to retirement age, financial readiness and top retirement concerns (1 comments)
Alyssa Playing Hookie- Is it OK at 12 weeks? - 09:22 AM
Alyssa started daycare last week. It wasn't a full week because we played hookie on Friday. I then took her again on Monday. Monday night, she was coughing at 2am. I was livid! 5 days at daycare and already sit?! She had no fever, and was happy as ever, so I took her back yesterday. I walked in and asked which kid had been coughing on mine. They felt really bad, but apparently, they were all sniffly so no big deal to leave. She sounded worse last night, but she slept through the night, 9 hours! Got up this morning, still happy (4 comments)
Another one bites the dust - 08:14 AM
Imad Mughniyeh - the Hezbollah terrorist said to be responsible for more than 800 American deaths, has reportedly been killed in a car bomb in Syria. Hezbollah is blaming the Israelis and Israel has denied it, but it really doesn't matter. These terrorists need to understand that there is no place to hide. According to Fox: "Mughniyeh, who had been in hiding for years, was among the fugitives indicted in the United States for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA airliner in which a U.S. Navy diver was killed. He was also suspected of masterminding attacks on the U.S. Embassy and the (9 comments)
203 K loans??? - 04:31 PM
Anyone know about loans to rehab a home? I have a client that is looking at a Hud repo and the property quilifies for a 203K loan. Is that the way to go or is there something else out there better? My client has great credit but is young so he doesn`t have a whole lot to put down. Is there a loan he can get that he can do the rehab? He was prequified when he came to me but he is shopping again for several reasons. Any advice would help. (2 comments)
WordPress: Open On A Static Page/Link To Post Page - 06:50 AM
Here's a question for Wordpress gurus. Someone wants to setup a WordPress blog to function more like a website, so they set a static page as the main page, like this: They click the Options tab, then the Reading tab .... Then under Reading Options -> Front Page -> Front page displays, they select a static page, and then they click Update Options, Okayfine. But suppose they then want to create a navigation link to their blog posts. What does the URL to access blog posts become?? I have tried a number of variations, and haven't come up with the answer. I could probably create another page with (14 comments)
the National Real Estate Cyber Convention and Exposition...Free for Real Estate Professionals - 06:38 PM
the National Real Estate Cyber Convention and Exposition...Free for Real Estate Professionals I thought I would pass this information along to my fellow Real Estate Agents who may not be aware of this free Cyber Convention...hope to see you there!! Pre-Convention Information & Registration Free for Real Estate Professionals Register Today for the 2008 CyberConvention and Expo February 11-17, 2008 ***NOW OPEN*** This exciting convention is presented by The Real Estate CyberSpace Society and Sponsored by a multitude of Real Estate Associations, the Press, Speakers & Authors plus Service Providers. Because of their generous support attendance is FREE to Real Estate Professionals. Register now (3 comments)
Florida Residents; Apply For A Free Wind Inspection On Your Home - 09:06 PM
Go to MySafeFloridaHome.com and apply to see if you qualify for a free wind inspection on your home. The website states the following: To help Floridians identify how they can strengthen their homes against hurricanes and to reduce hurricane damage exposure in our state, the My Safe Florida Home program is offering free wind inspections by qualified hurricane mitigation inspectors to eligible homeowners. This is not an entitlement program. You must apply and obtain approval in order to receive the free inspection. Requesting or obtaining an inspection does not guarantee or automatically qualify you for a grant. Floridians whose homes have undergone wind (9 comments)
Rewarding Commentors - ActiveRain Enhancement Request - 08:18 AM
Valentine's Day is tomorrow. Let's talk about LINK LOVE. I just happened across a great post over at Daude Miracle "The Single, Most Prorfound Way to thank your Commentors" and it is pretty amazing... In fact it is really simple. Allow Google to follow to the commentors BLOG. Daude Miracle explains it best: " It seems that all blogware - WordPress, TypePad, Blogger, Movable Type, etc - inserts a little piece of code in all outgoing links that come from comments. In an attempt to stop comment spam, this little piece of code tells search engines not to follow and record any outgoing (10 comments)
So you think you can't afford to purchase a home in Niagara Falls? Ok, it might be so, but before you completely rule out home ownership perhaps you should check out this list of homes that are currently on the market for under $50,000. In some instances there are grants available to homes that are owner occupied. Teachers, Fire Fighters, Police there are additional grants available to you! This is a great time to explore your options! Here are the currently listed Niagara Falls single family homes under $50,000: 1376 square foot Bungalow featuring:3 Bedrooms and 1 bath(s). This Niagara Falls home is (3 comments)
A History Austin's Oldest Neighborhood Clarksville - 05:12 PM
One of Austin’s oldest areas is the Old West Austin neighborhood of Clarksville. Its central location, between Lady Bird Lake and Enfield, and Lamar and Mopac, makes it highly popular with those looking to live in town, without having to go the downtown condo route. Where Clarksville sits now was once part of the plantation owned by Texas governor Elisha M. Pease. At the end of the Civil war, it is said that Pease sectioned of a part of his land for his emancipated slaves, in hopes they would live nearby and continue working for him. Clarksville was founded (1 comments)
How do YOU Navigate through Active Rain? - 12:03 AM
I guess I consider myself still somewhat of a newbie... I get on the Rain & I tend to be scattered in my navigation. I select the posts of my Associates and read through the most recent ones, then I skip over to the home page and look for the most active posts, then I go back to a group here and there... I'm just curious if you have a system for navigating through the rain & if I'm missing some basics? Any info you can provide will help! (23 comments)
East Riverside Drive Southeast Austin to Go From Rags to Riches in 2009 - 09:24 AM
Let's take a stroll along East Riverside Drive in Southeast Austin, Texas for a mini site-seeing tour of present-day Austin. Picture yourself walking by my side as I describe the sites, sounds, and ambiance of the area. Our tour begins on Riverside Drive, just East of IH35, as we head towards South Lake Shore Boulevard overlooking popular Town Lake. There aren't many homes on the street, because it's mostly a commercial corridor, but that's ok because the fumes from cars whizzing by has us lightheaded. ...the streets are a little grimy, but that's ok. I'll protect you while picking up litter along the (4 comments)
HUD Unveils New Concept Home Vision - 11:12 PM
Charleston home to be a model for sustainability and green buildingORLANDO, FL - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development unveiled its new vision for a sustainable, hurricane-resistant and energy-efficient home at the National Association of Home Builders' International Trade Show in Orlando. HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) revealed the design plans for a Concept Home demonstration project to be built in Charleston, South Carolina.Concept Home Charleston will serve as a model of sustainability, hurricane-resistance, efficient building practices, and floor plan flexibility. The project will incorporate the most advanced products and systems from leading manufacturers to demonstrate (0 comments)
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