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Dueling Spouses, when you have a listing and neither spouse can see the goal. - 10:11 AM
It seems to be happening more and more these days. When the economy tanks so does marriages and there is more than enough blame to go around. I have just listed a couple different properties were the spouses are tangled in an emotional battle. They could care less if the home actually sells and for how much as long as their former spouse gets nothing! What's wrong with this picture? It is simple...emotions can make for a very good opportunity to start over turn ugly. In the two cases I am representing they just can not see the value of co-operation. (24 comments)
Just thought I would take a minute to share a great new website that all activerain members who focus on the condo sector of the market may wish to take advantage of. Welcome www.condobenefits.com. The webmaster, Will Nesbitt, is just in the process of launching it and would welcome some meaty content from the AR crowd! Good Luck Will! And thanks for listing www.LasVegasCondoExperts.com on your new site! For the latest Las Vegas and Henderson news and happenings up & down & on & off the Vegas strip - Please CONTACT THE STARK TEAM 702 376-5220 (2 comments)
A Tale of Two Pigs I am spending some time in beautiful northwest Montana and decided to take my grandson to my first ever state fair. Right before we left - as the sun was going down - and all the animals were just about asleep, we decided to take a last walk into the barn. The barn was full of prize winning livestock- adorable sheep and lambs and then there was the pig area. Most of the pigs, sheep, and lambs were fast asleep but there was a total ruckus going on in the two pens above.
The pig on (5 comments)
Utah Home improvements to avoid making - 03:48 PM
I was recently reading up on the HGTV site when something caught my eye; with the recent downturn in the market, those who were seeking to sell their Utah homes were looking for ways to make their home stand out, ways to separate them from the pack and maybe get them sold faster, possibly with more value. This isn't a bad idea, let's face it, sometimes you have to spend some money to make some money. But HGTV took it a step further, detailing some of the better ideas and what they might be worth, but also the flipside, ideas (1 comments)
Access for Brokers to Show Your Home - 05:54 AM
If you are thinking of selling your home you will have a discussion with your Agent about how to provide access for showings. The easier you make it for buyer's to see your home the more showings you will get. In Westchester County our Multiple Listing Service uses the Sentrilock System. Each member of the MLS has a card that is about the size of a credit card. We have to "renew" this card every three days through a card reader. The showings are recorded on this card which is encoded and when we renew it on the interenet it records (5 comments)
The I Love New York Short Film Contest - 05:35 PM
During the first two weeks of July hundreds of short films were submitted for considersation in a contest sponsored by local corporations. Out of these hundreds are 15 finalists that you can view and vote for your favorites, here. To see all of the videos, here. I Don't Like New York - video powered by Metacafe (2 comments)
Conflict Resolution Tool Step 6 - Patiently Sitting In Silence - 09:15 AM
(This post is excerpted from The Consultative Real Estate Agent by Kelle Sparta) Chapter 2 Problem-Solving Emotional Issues Death, divorce, and moving are the most stressful times in a person's life. In real estate, we are always dealing with at least one of these issues, if not two. We never know what will be waiting for us on the other end of the line when we pick up the phone, so we need to know how to deal with anything that arises. When we know how to handle a situation, then our stress levels go down significantly. There are several steps (2 comments)
Saline Schools and Calendar - 08:20 PM
It is that time of the year again, and as the commercial says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year." This time next week, all the kids will be ready for opening day on Tuesday, September 2nd. The calendar for Saline School Year 2008 and 2009. Several years ago the Michigan State Legislature mandated that ALL schools would start the day after Labor Day, in order to gain one more weekend for tourism. Tourism is huge in Michigan with all the lakes. My family and I live in Saline, Mi. Saline is located just 2 miles south of Ann Arbor, (19 comments)
Being Organized and Detail Oriented Can Keep You Focused, Even at Burning Man - 09:43 AM
I am a stickler for details -- some people might say it's anal to be obsessed with keeping paperwork organized and compartmentalized, but it's actually the way I keep myself sane. It's the decades-old former escrow officer in me, I suppose. All my real estate papers for each client are hole punched and secured to its respective section in a file folder. I can tell at a glance if I'm missing an important piece of paper. But it's not just real estate files that I keep in this manner. I have a file for my short sale book that has sections (13 comments)
Are Sellers Really Saving Any Money By Hiring a Discount Broker? - 03:38 PM
This poor seller from another state just called me to ask if she could hire me to handle her contract negotiations. Seems she has received an offer directly from an out-of-area selling agent on a home she owns in Midtown Sacramento. To save on the commission, a friend who "understands real estate" advised her to hire a discount broker to list her home. Now, this friend is out of town, and the seller has nobody to advise her. It's bad enough that she's not here locally and doubly bad that the offer came from a buyer's agent who doesn't work in (18 comments)
Do you participate in your local board of Realtors? - 12:42 PM
Are you an active participant in your local board? Why not? In my opinion, it is important to be an active participant in your board. Active participation gives you a voice and it also gives you a chance to network and build relationships with agents from outside companies. I have served on the education committee and I have recently been elected to the Board of Directors. Many agents are concerned about the time investment and the impact on their business. Many committees meet only one day a month for about an hour. It is worth the time to get involved and (2 comments)
Working With Expireds - 08:57 AM
I have been amazed at the one photo listings that have been expiring lately. It isn't the fact that they have expired, but the fact that there is only one photo for the property and the stats show from NAR, my questioning the consumers, what the system is telling me and yet, these agents/Realtors continually put in one photo. One would think that they want to sell. Possibly make some money to cover their costs for their license for the year? I'm just baffled. Then I reviewed their description of the property. Red Flag: They describe everything including Starbuck's around the (14 comments)
The Ameridream and Nehemiah seller-funded downpayment assistance programs are in jeapordy. They may be eliminated this fall unless Congress approves the FHA Seller-Financed Downpayment Reform and Risk-Based Pricing Authorization Act of 2008 (H.R. 6694). For more on this story, check out the post over at LoCo Real Estate Musings. Here's an excerpt: The Department of Housing and Urban Development apparently would rather eliminate these programs entirely than regulate them. ...the bottom line is that thousands of potential homebuyers will not be able to purchase homes if the programs are discontinued. If you're a future home buyer that may be interested in utilizing (7 comments)
Rates dipped down for the second straight week despite the not-so-good news about inflation. Wholesale prices jumped 1.2 percent in July, much more than expected (and at the fastest pace since 1981). Normally, you would expect interest rates to rise on such news, but they didn't. Despite the lower rates, mortgage applications fell to their lowest level in almost eight years. The Mortgage Bankers Association's index of loan applications was down 1.5 percent compared with the previous week, and was down 34.2 percent compared with the same week last year. One thing to keep a close eye on is the Fannie/Freddie (0 comments)
New On Ontario Real Estate - 12:47 PM
A Home For You In Hamilton Life In Honey Harbour Oshawa Ranks High For Many Reasons Oakville Condos Are An Affordable Option Waterfront Condos In Toronto (0 comments)
Looking for property in the Myrtle Beach area? Whether you want to buy land and build, purchase a beach house along the beautiful Grand Strand coast of South Carolina or purchase a condo, The Hoffman Group at Myrtle Beach Website can help you find your perfect property. You can't go wrongwith their superior design and advanced programming.Their attractive and easy to navigate website features a handy search tool to help you find exactly what you need. You simply enter your property type, low and high price, (0 comments)
Four Ways to Increase Your Ineffectiveness - 04:13 PM
Yeah. You read the title right. I wanted to approach the subject of what we do and why we do it from a different angle. There's never a better time to evaluate one's approach to doing business than during troubling times. And every one of us is vulnerable to adopting and/or coddling bad habits. And many times we don't even realize some of the things we do are actually working against us. But that's not the direction of this post. I'm wanting to add/reinforce counter-productive habits to your life and mine (since we really need them!). And when we do the (0 comments)
PALM BEACH GARDENS HOME SALES ARE UP WHILE PRICES CONTINUE TO DECLINE - 07:20 PM
Sales of single family homes in Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and throughout Palm Beach County increased slightly in July 2008 over sales a year ago, while prices continue to decline. We had thought prices may have bottomed in May and June of 2008 as we saw a slight bump upwards in median home prices -- from $314,000 in April climbing to $330,000 in May and $334,300 in June. But the median home price for July in Palm Beach County was just $291,300, a decline of about 13 percent from June. It is still a wonderful time to buy a home (0 comments)
Permanent eMail Address - 02:29 PM
Tired of buying new cards because someone changed your email address again? Would you like a permanent email address you can print on everything and never have to change it? Would you like an email address you can take with you when you change companies? Want a domain name that will be easy for your clients to remember? Would you like to advertise your domain name on each email you send? Would you like your domain name to point to your your own site or a page on the company site? I can help. It is absolutely painless and not very expensive. Go to (0 comments)
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