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Archives of real estate blog entries for March 13, 2008 (Page 8)
Active Rain can't Spell Blog or Blogging??? - 09:27 PM
I was talking with my wife tonight as I was posting a new BLOG post and just thought it was very funny that the spell checker on Active Rain DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO SPELL BLOG???? This is a BLOG platform, right??? Sorry, I just thought it was funny and wondered if anyone else out there had nothing better to do than point out useless information... Who knows... maybe Active Rain will even read and update their spell checking... (16 comments)
Project Grow in Ann Arbor - 02:06 PM
Well, we sprung forward in Ann Arbor and Saline, but where is Spring? I don’t know about you but I am ready for summer. Time to see the flowers pop out of the ground. Did you know you can buy organic flowers to grow in your garden? According to an Article from Environmental News Network, the flower industry is one of the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals and 60% of the flowers sold in the U.S. are imported from countries whose environmental standards are more lax than ours. Roses for example can contain up to 50 times the amount of pesticides that are (23 comments)
Plucking Blogs off Active Rain - 08:32 AM
On the topic of crooks, I have noticed that certain Web sites, one of which is realestatepick.com, has been swiping blogs from Active Rain and posting them online. They do this because they receive revenue from selling advertising on their site. For some reason, the pictures are not transferring, but some of the alternate titles are, which is how I figured out where they got the blogs. They just copy and paste. Of course, I track links to my About.com site on Technorati, which is how I find some of these. If you don't insert links in your blogs, you won't find (11 comments)
Admittedly, it's taken me awhile to understand certain things. I'm of the generation of real estate agents who straddle the rapidly expanding divide between the "old school" and the "new school." My generation was hooked to the pager. Early in my career, I had a broker who demanded you answer it within 7 minutes or else the lead was gone. Poof! Given to someone else just like that. When I left, it took me 3 months to debrief from the trauma of that aspect of my experience. What I learned from that debacle is this: No one will DIE if I don't (33 comments)
Bike Week 08 ~ The Photos (Part 3) - 11:15 AM
Friday, March 7th arrived bright and beautiful ~ however we were under a tornado watch at 7AM and we had a strong weather front due to move through sometime in the afternoon. Our guests had gone back out the night before, we weren't going to wake them up, we'd let them play on their schedule. Our original plan was to go to a Motorcycle Swamp Meetat the Daytona Flea Market. As the morning wore on and we watched the front approach, we decided to keep it close to home. Our guests needed Iron Horse shirts so we'd run over there and see how things went. (7 comments)
What is a 203k Mortgage - 08:56 AM
Renovation: FHA 203(k) Renovation Loan: An important tool for community and neighborhood revitalization, the FHA 203(k) loan offers flexible qualifying and low down payments: FHA down payment (3%) Flexible credit qualifying Finance up to 6 months of mortgage payments Purchase or Refinance and Improve all in one loan The 203(k) loan program offers borrowers the resources to rehabilitate a home that may be in need of repair, either the home that they currently live in, or a fixer-upper. One single loan is used to pay for the purchase (or refinance) and the cost of renovating the home. . The FHA 203(k) (2 comments)
EVENT: Easter Egg Hunt in Elyria - 02:20 PM
Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008, for children in preschool thru 3rd Grade. Where: East Recreation Center at 1101 Prospect Street in Elyria. The Easter Bunny will be there - making an appearance, so bring a basket to carry your eggs. Admission is FREE! Again, this is for children of preschool age thru 3rd grade. For more information, call Elyria Parks & Recreation, Main Office at: 440-326-1500. (0 comments)
Broker IPTV: Today we are talking with Steve Klein form Comcast, he is the director of the Advanced Media Sales and Steve thank for being with us. Steve Klein: Thanks for having me. Broker IPTV: Appreciate you being here. I want to talk about your video on demand product that you are using for realtors and brokerage firms and consumers alike, but I want to actually talk about video first in itself. I imagine you jumped into it, because you saw that real estate was becoming more of a video world, am I right? Steve Klein: That correct. Yeah. What (0 comments)
Denver Real Estate Tip: Mayfair Could Beat Hilltop, Cherry Creek, Wash Park And Lowery - 05:18 PM
Broker IPTV: Today we are talking with Heather Ehret Faircloth form Fuller Towne and Country Properties. Heather thanks to be with us. Heather Ehret Faircloth: My pleasure. Broker IPTV: What areas of Town are you working, what are your farm areas what neighborhoods do you like? Heather Ehret Faircloth: Well, I have lived in Hilltop for nine years, so I would say that's my area of expertise, I know that area in and out, and Denver Country Club and North Country Club, it is pretty much metro Denver. I was grown up in Downtown area. Broker IPTV: Yeah and what's happen (0 comments)
Broker IPTV: Today we are talking with Jon Crabtree from the Frontgate Developing Group and Jon thanks for being with us. Always like to talk the builders when we can? Jon Crabtree: Sure. Broker IPTV: Where are you building, what houses can we look forward to see? Jon Crabtree: We are building currently one at 2516 South Madison Street, Observatory Park another one in at, 2490 South Milwaukee Street, and then we have one at 1016 S Clayton Way, as well as a couple of coming in the Observatory Park as well. Broker IPTV: Is that your main areas where (0 comments)
Number One Avoidable Home Inspection Problem-Deferred Maintenance - 05:46 PM
Broker IPTV: We are talking today with Aaron Rath from Home Systems Data their specialized inspections. Aaron thanks for being with us, glad you are here. Tell me how did Home Systems Data get started? Aaron Rath: Home System Data started 1985 by Brain Jones we are from home inspections company here in Denver metro area, including the Front Range and Mountains. Broker IPTV: Now there is, obviously, a lot of inspection companies out there, how do you differentiate one form the other? Aaron Rath: Well the way they differentiate us from all the others is we take, lot of pride (0 comments)
Broker IPTV: Today we are talking with Jon Crabtree from Frontgate Development Group and Jon you are medium to small builder, what would you say? Jon Crabtree: I would say pretty smaller actually. We try to only do a few a years to keep the quality. I like to be there everyday and kind of keep my hand on the quality, I think that important to us, as well as changes in just every little detail, I like to be there for. Broker IPTV: I want to talk about consumers in this segment. What do you here from consumers and (0 comments)
Metrolist's Prime Access Mobile is an effective PDA tool - 06:02 PM
Broker IPTV: We are talking today with Steve Olson from Prestige Real Estate Group, LLC and Steve is the past chair of the South Metro Denver Realtor Association and been very involved with Metrolist, thanks for being here, good to see you. Steve Olson: My pleasure. Broker IPTV: I want to talk about Prime Access Mobile, which is essentially now getting the listing information from your computer now on your phone. Tell us a little bit about that? Steve Olson: Well I think it's really an exciting new product and I utilize it all day long and what it allows me (0 comments)
Broker IPTV : We are talking today with Steve Olson from Prestige Real Estate Group LLC and a past chair of the South Metro Denver Realtors Associations. Steve, welcome, good to have you here. Steve Olson: Thank you, it is a pleasure to be here. Steve Olson: I know you have the lot of involvement with Metrolist and so our first topic today is talking about Prime Access. It is roughly a year old, tell me what you think so for. Steve Olson: Well I think Prime Access really is the great platform and something that was brought forward by (1 comments)
Broker IPTV: Today we are talking with Aaron Rath form Home Systems Data. They specialized in inspections. Thanks for being with us. How are you? Aaron Rath: Thank you, Dan, thank you. Broker IPTV: I want to talk about getting your home ready for inspections, because I often as the realtor go out and wonder if any of these sellers ever get their house ready for inspection, your response? Aaron Rath: My response to that is basic things that we look for is maintenance, caulking, getting like the pre-list inspection done before, they even listing it. That's the (0 comments)
Broker IPTV : Today we are talking with Steve Klein, the director of the Advanced Media Sales for Comcast and thanks for being with us. Steve Klein: You are welcome, great to be here. Broker IPTV : Hey, tell us about this new product you have unveiled, what is it been in last year? Steve Klein: It is an on demand publishing for real estate. Specifically it has been around for about a year. We have realty try to pick it back on success video on demand as seen in our Comcast markets. Last month alone we saw over (0 comments)
Broker IPTV: Today we are talking with Heather Ehret Faircloth form Fuller Towne and Country Properties this is the segment, we do called Gen X and Gen Y and we are really trying to talk with younger practitioners in the real estate business, so...Heather Ehret Faircloth: Right, thank you.Broker IPTV: you are classified as younger, but do you feel like being younger in real estate business that has a traditional of older demographic benefits you? Heather Ehret Faircloth: I do, I feel like a lot of the younger buyers, who are very savvy and using different way of approaching real (2 comments)
Denver Is 1 Of 12 Lowest Risk Areas For Price Devaluation In The Nation - 06:49 PM
Denver is 1 of Only 12 of the nations 50 Metropolitan areas have a low risk of price declines, according to the PMI Mortgage Insurance companys Winter 2008 Market Risk index. This index is based on the 3rd quarter Office of Federal Housing Oversight data, and ranks the 50 largest metropolitan areas according to the likelihood in price declines. 12 of these metropolitan areas have a 1% or less risk of price declines. Denver is one of the twelve low risk areas. Areas that had the highest price run-ups in recent years are at highest risk of price deterioration.
The Painted Churches is a series of historic churches located in the Hill Country area of Central Texas (Southeast region of Austin - to be exact). Many of these churches are Czech and German-inspired because the immigrants brought with them their architectural style of that era (19th century) when they first hailed to Texas for economic reasons. They brought with them skillful artwork: stencilling, infill, freehand, marbling, staining and graining. These churches are called, "Painted" churches because they are uniquely design/ painted with elaborate and extravagant faux-finished interiors. In 1984, these churches were listed as a part of the National Register (9 comments)
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