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Archives of real estate blog entries for May 1, 2008 (Page 56)
The Economic Stimulus Package - Tax Rebate Checks - 02:23 PM
Starting April 29, 2008 an estimated 130 million U.S. families and individuals will be getting tax rebate checks from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I'm curious to hear when people actually receive their checks (or direct deposits). I'm also interested as to what people will do with the cash. Pay off credit card debt, add it to savings, or how many will actually go out and spend it as the Bush Administration encourages? Perhaps the most sensible use is to subsidize the outrageous amounts required to fill one's gas tank. http://www.irs.gov/irs/article/0,,id=177937,00.html (3 comments)
New Agents - 08:38 AM
For new agents who are just beginning their careers in Real Estate, it can be very challenging and scary in a market like the present. With all the training, forms, and guidelines to adhere to, without direct guidance from a mentor or manager the road can be very rocky. For all you veterans out there in the real estate industry, please give some feedback on tips that have made you the successful person that you are today. New agents will enjoy hearing your struggle and success stories. It will also help to build momentum and retention in the real estate market. (1 comments)
Lake Norman - 04:36 PM
Lake Norman The Best of Lake Norman "Our Oasis in the Center of North Carolina" Lake Norman is the largest body of fresh water in North Carolina. These numbers help communicate the grand scale of the lake. 32,500 surface acres of water. 34 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest point (twice the size of the Sea of Gallilee). 520 miles of shoreline (more than the coasts of both North and South Carolina). 130 feet deep at its deepest point. Lake Norman is one of the most rapidly growing and popular areas in North Carolina and is easily accessed (4 comments)
Getting Together - 10:22 PM
Our area Realtors get together every week to tour new listings and every so often on that 5th Wednesday that comes around, we have guest speakers or some type of program. Yesterday we met with area loan officers, appraisers, inspectors, title work companies and a representative from the city to discuss changes in the city codes, loan programs and appraisal issues so that we could better serve the Searcy community. I want to thank a fellow Realtor, Larry Degroat for putting the program together. It was very informative. I hope you have a member in your area that works as hard (7 comments)
First Time Buyers' Dos And Don'ts - 09:16 AM
The Dos: Choose price and mortgage payment you are comfortable with.Obtain a lender approval letter.Ask your lender to share with you the programs you qualify for and then choose the most suitable for you.Obtain community information. Sarkisrealestate.comOnce you find the Home you like,if you aren't familiar with the area. Call the police department and obtain a criminal report about the neighborhood you are interested in and then make a decision if that neighborhood is suitable for you and your family.DO pick a dream team of professionals. Realtor,Home inspector,closing attorney and lender to help you through the process. For more info visit Sarkisrealestate.com.The Don't DON'T (0 comments)
8 tips to Selling Your House When Sales are Slow - 09:52 AM
What was once a booming residential real estate market across the country has slowed to a trickle.Rising mortgage rates are lowering the affordability of homes and an increase of sellers looking to cash in on the rapid price appreciation. . It's a different market for home sellers. Tips on how to sell your home when sales are slow. Lower the sales price if you don't any showing.Choosing a good agent is very important.Curb appeal. Paint and replace carpet neutral color Upgrade your appliances and make sure everything is in working order. Offer flexible terms and extra incentives .Offer to pay some or all of (0 comments)
Another Day in Paradise - 09:59 AM
I have a feeling that this will be the ongoing title of my Active Rain blog, and it is a fitting title at that. I have the rare opportunity to live in a town that I love and work in that same town. Long Branch is a beautiful beach community on the Jersey shore. Having not grown up this close to a beach, I feel like everyday down here is like being on summer break. With this in mind working In Long Branch and the surrounding areas is something that I do willingly, almost happily because I know that when the (1 comments)
What do your Model Homes say to buyers? - 02:58 PM
In this extreme market it is vital to put our best foot forward. We all know the saying that "you never get a second chance to make a first impression". I know money is tight and sometimes the look of our model home interior may not seem to be top priority, but my experience says otherwise. It is important for a prospective buyer to know that your construction is of high quality and up to date. If your model decor is old, dated and worn or possibly extremely cheap looking this can be transferred in the buyer's mind that the construction (0 comments)
What do your Model Homes say to buyers? - 03:00 PM
In this extreme market it is vital to put our best foot forward. We all know the saying that "you never get a second chance to make a first impression". I know money is tight and sometimes the look of our model home interior may not seem to be top priority, but my experience says otherwise. It is important for a prospective buyer to know that your construction is of high quality and up to date. If your model decor is old, dated and worn or possibly extremely cheap looking this can be transferred in the buyer's mind that the construction (3 comments)
Real Investors Return to L.A. - 08:48 PM
The real investors are coming back to L.A. What we've had for the last several years are the speculators. The ones with no money down. Little credit discipline. Big dreams of getting rich quick. Not all but some time flippers who slapdash lipstick on a pig and call it a filet mignon. Some succeeded. For those that didn't, it will absolutely take time thinning out supply through short sales or foreclosures. But those days are here. I'm seeing multi unit residential properties dropping off their peaks. And as demand for affordable housing still continues, savvy, long term investors are inquiring. And why not (5 comments)
Renting vs. Home Ownership - 10:28 PM
Most renters don't stop to think just how much they are losing by not turning their rent dollars into a mortgage payment. They believe that, because in many cases their utilities are included in their rent payment, that they are further ahead than a home owner who must pay these as well as property taxes and home maintenance costs. So let's do some quick calculations and take for example a monthly rent payment of $800. After 10 years you will have paid $96,000 with no return on your money. Real estate may appreciate over time but rental payments do not. If you took the (3 comments)
Smile, because it always helps. - 12:05 PM
Unfortuantely we will all have closing that do not reflect the service we wish to give all of our clients. However, it has been my experience if we stay as positive as possible with our clients we will change their mindset, and then they will think the service was amazing. As an industry our reputation is not the best; however, I challenge all of you when dealing with your transactions/ life issues to smile (on the phone, in person, etc.). It does make a difference, and please treat your clients like they matter. Make your transactions memorable, and make it look as easy as (1 comments)
Blessed - 07:07 PM
My life is full of many blessings; family, our friends, my wonderful 10 year old son and my loving husband of 19 years. We have a new member of our family (our kitten) she is 10 weeks old. My son named her "Miley". She is such cutie pie! Now our son wants a golden retriever. Does anyone have any great advice on these dogs? My design dream........ is helping a family in need. To utulize all of my talents that I have been blessed with and help another family create their dream, "their home". "Life is what you make it, and (0 comments)
Loss Mitigation & Shortsale Millions 2 Day Workshop - 02:43 PM
Two Day Workshop "LOSS MITIGATION & SHORTSALE MILLIONS" 2-Day WorkshopTM'THE INSIDER SECRETS' TO PRE-FORECLOSURE FORTUNES! The Loss Mitigation Program: "Loss Mitigation, The Gateway to Shortsales was created and designed to serve as a quick, ready and informative program and reference guide to all persons, entrepreneurs, investors, realtors, homeowners, and anyone wanting the opportunity to own and operate their own thriving loss mitigation/shortsale business. We show you how to identify the client's delinquency situation and how to instruct clients in the art of effective delinquency resolution - over 36 possible ways to stop a foreclosure! ****IMPORTANT NOTICE**** REALTORS - This is the perfect program for (0 comments)
must sell quickly!!!!!!! - 12:34 AM
Must Sell Quick!!! BID NOW!!! PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: 1 Bedroom 1 Bath Single Family 1000 sqft 1 Acre w/ Creek New Appliances New Heat Pump New UV Water Filter Auction ends: May 03, 2008 - 21:00 <!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--> <!--[endif]--> FOR MORE DETAILS: http://www.3daybid.com/auction/item.php?id=447
bid now!!! - 10:32 PM
BID NOW!!!! PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Nice home ready to move in ,three bed room two bathe two car garage 1676sqft. built in1983, HOME ADDRESS: 7611winkelman Rd. Houston
FOR MORE DETAILS CLICK THE LINK BELOW: http://www.3daybid.com/auction/item.php?id=460 (0 comments)
Welcome Real Estate readers! - 02:12 AM
I had a wonderful conversation with Stephanie Rosenbloom a few days ago and was thrilled to help her out with her story about using social networks (and Facebook in particular) for business purposes. In the story, she mentioned my internet marketing seminars for real estate professionals as well as the associated Facebook group for 4RealzEd. And while you're here at Rain City Guide, consider checking out one of the many great articles about the Seattle real estate market that we've written over the 3+ years that this blog has existed. Some of the articles that stick out for me include: 10 Things You Should (4 comments)
Open Houses this weekend in Elk Grove and Sacramento CA areas / Wednesdays Weekly Real Estate Expert Recipes - 02:59 AM
Open House Report MLS Listing #/ Status/ Address/ City/ Listing Price $ 80041058 Active 3571 San Ysidro Way Sacramento, CA 95864-2815 Sacramento 799,000 70108779 Active 1021 La Sierra Dr Sacramento, CA 95864-5247 Sacramento 1,500,000 80016255 Short Sale 7944 Cresentdale Way Sacramento, CA 95823-6527 Sacramento 180,000 70123061 Short Sale 7342 Alcedo Cir Sacramento, CA 95823 Sacramento 190,000 80004073 Short Cont. 8193 Bantry Ct Sacramento, CA 95829-1523 Sacramento 199,000 80004068 Short Cont. 6357 Laguna Mirage Ln Elk Grove, CA 95758-5462 Elk Grove 205,000 80025782 Active 2241 Juliesse Ave Sacramento, CA 95821-4628 Sacramento 219,900 80042176 Active 6904 Springridge Way Elk Grove, CA 95758-6321 Elk Grove 244,900 80041716 Active 7807 Amherst St Sacramento, (6 comments)
Home staging is the process of decorating, organizing, redesigning or reorganizing a home so that it shows and flows well while on the real estate market. You want your home to make its first appearance a grand appearance! Consumers and real estate professionals who bring clients to view homes are more apt to show a home that has been staged over a vacant home or one that has strong odors, looks worn or cluttered. Staging will also make photos taken of your home that will be viewed on the internet and used in (2 comments)
FRUSTRATED BY TODAY'S REAL ESTATE MARKET - 03:32 PM
I've been trying to hang in this tough market since last year. I had a decent year last year, however, no sales yet in 2008. I've been doing alot of marketing to my farming area but have not got any responses yet! Any suggestions? (13 comments)
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