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Archives of real estate blog entries for September 16, 2008 (Page 7)
What Happened to Our Customized Headers? - 05:21 AM
Something has happened to our customzied blogs. The command buttoms which used be below our custom header pictures are now across the middle. Did the Active Rain logo change and throw everything off? Anybody know? (7 comments)
Inspired By Heros: Our Teachers - 08:55 PM
Ezard Elementary, Conway MO. Teachers as heros. During my first 40 years, I've been blessed to have many hero's in my life. My Mom, my Dad, my husband, just to name a few. I consider Richard Nixon, FDR, George Halas and a few others hero's as well. They all have made a mark on the world, not always in the most obvious of ways.But, the true hero's in life, I do believe, are the teacher's; those in our schools, entrusted with our children each day. Growing up, I went to a Catholic grade school, high school and college. Many of the (7 comments)
New Sweet Spot in Founain Hills Arizona- La Scala Creamery - 01:41 AM
Fountain Hills Arizona has a new sweet spot -- a new shop for gelatos and sorbetti. La Scala Creamery located at 12645 N Saguaro Blvd in Fountain Hills is home of more than 80 flavors of all natural, preservative-free gelatos and sorbetti. The owner has developed her recipes around promoting natural ingredients and making her own kerfir. In addition to their amazing flavors they are also planning to host some events such as classes in practical nutrition, and friendship nights. Call them at 480-836-4444 for more information. Or you can check out their website. (0 comments)
Interested in Helping Foreclosure Pets? - 01:55 AM
A few weeks ago we posted about pets being left behind in foreclosures. Many of you commented on this about how sad it is. It is very sad and apparently the problem is happening more and more. Here is an upcoming event that might be of interest to those in the Phoenix area who love animals and have the time and space to offer any assistance for abandoned animals. The Arizona Chapter National Safety Council is planning to hold a course to prepare volunteers who are interested in serving as emergency shelters for displaced animals. The event is September 17-18 from (1 comments)
Bed Breakfast and Birding in Globe Arizona - 02:07 AM
If you are going to be in Arizona September 20-21 and enjoy watching desert birds you may want to check out an interesting event called "Feathers and Fluff". This unique event includes overnight at the charming bed and breakfast, plus late afternoon "birding" at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park followed by a 60 minute class about the birds. There is also a Sunday morning field trip to riparian areas of Roosevelt Lake and the Upper Salt River. The Noftsger Hill Bed and Breakfast is located at 425 North Street in Globe Arizona. Check our their website or call 877-780-2479 for details about this (0 comments)
The Cactus Doctor - Phoenix Arizona - 02:53 PM
If you live in the desert at some point likely you will find the need for a "cactus doctor". Who do you turn to when your beloved Saguarobegins to show signs of disease, or another of your beloved species begins to look ill? Rilee LeBlanc is called "the cactus doctor". With a Degree in Horticulture from the University of Dubai, Rilee loves cactus. He specializes in cactus strengthening, surgery, disease eradication and whatever else your cactus needs. He and a 4 person crew work 7 days a week. If you have a cactus problem call 602-465-0566 or check his website. (2 comments)
Mojito Facials - Cooling Body Treats in Phoenix Arizona - 03:07 PM
Visiting Phoenix or live here in the Valley of the Sun and searching for a new delightful spa experience? Check out the Red Mountain Med Spa and their Mojito Cocktail Facial. The crisp mint is muddled with lime and sugar and is sure to cool you off from head to toe. There are other cooling body treats offered by the facility such as a mint foot wrap combined with reflexology. For more information about these delightful treats call either their Mesa facility 480-854-4872 or their facility in Scottsdale 480-991-4159. Also you can check out their website for more details. (0 comments)
Phoenix Permaculture Guild - 10:21 PM
There is a saying that goes something like "give a man a homegrown garden and he'll eat for a day; teach a man how to harvest his crop using composting and rainwater and he'll be 'green' for life". That saying is the mission of the Phoenix PermacultureGuild. This is an organization with a main goal of educating citizens of Phoenixabout green living through lectures, workshops, classes and events. Classes are typically about $10 per class and there is no membership fee. The events and programs are usually held in the Downtown Phoenix Public Market. For more infomation about their timely programs (1 comments)
Here are the housing market stats for August, 2008, in ZIP 95826, which encompasses College Greens and Rosemont. You can see that inventory has fallen 65% from a high of 190 in September of 2007. Yet pending sales and closed sales have risen over the past 15 months. If inventory continues to drop, that could push prices higher. Much of the activity in the market in 95826 has been due to REOs and short sales. A flood of bank-owned homes could drive prices down, but if inventory doesn't increase, we could see home prices rise in College Greens and Rosemont. (6 comments)
Holy Crap, What the Hell Happened with the Membership? - 09:18 PM
I remember the old days, coming online to Active Rain and finding 50,000 members and a thousand online. Then, the membership jumped to 90,000, but still, on any given day, there were maybe 2,000 or 3,000 online. Yowza. Tonight, I see members of 109,401 and 31,535 online. What the hell happened? How did 30% of the members suddenly decide it was a good idea to participate? What is Active Rain doing differently? Whatever it is, I hope it continues. Well, as long as I don't have to wait forever for the darn spinning ball to stop spinning before my post publishes. (23 comments)
Mortgage creativity reached too far - 10:36 PM
As the world today watches major, with a capital M, American financial institutions come apart at the seams because they were too carelessly and deeply involved in recently-issued mortgage securities, many experts are already starting to look for reasons to the obvious meltdown. There are many of them but it's hard to put the right weight on each. One of them, for sure, has to be the innovative programs the home loan industry produced over the last decade or so. Bringing new, creative products to the mortgage marketplace is often invigorating and is normally accepted with open arms by all participants. (10 comments)
Iskape Audiobooks...Talking Book Haven in West Michigan! - 02:01 AM
It was a small sign that caught my eye on my way to the Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids, MI. I wondered what it meant...Talking Books? Eventually, my curiosity got the better of me, and I pulled my car into the parking lot of the small strip mall. Although I was an avid lover of books, I had never seen anything like this. Row upon row of audio books on every subject imaginable filled the racks of the store. Iskape Audiobooks was initially a part of another franchise called Talking Book World. The first store opened in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1999. (11 comments)
FHA down payment will change January 1, 2009 - 04:17 PM
Hilary Wilkinson is an indispensable part of my loan team. She posted her first blog article on Active Rain. This is quality information from someone who is a valuable part of the local real estate community. Enjoy! Via Hilary Wilkinson: I thought this would be an excellent topic for my first blog post... We got word today that a new mortgagee letter was issued by FHA. FHA will be ringing in the new year with a new down payment requirement. The current minimum down payment is 3% and that will increase to 3.5% as of January 1st. I know this may not seem like much, but to some (1 comments)
Updated: Need a Night Out? Sure you do! - 04:40 PM
Need a Night Out? Sure you do! And that night should be Tuesday, October 7th. National Night Out brings neighorhoods together to fight crime and increase communiity awareness through police-community partnerships. It is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In conjunction with National Night Out, the Midway Meadows subdivision in Addison Texas is having a neighborhood get-together at Dome Park (corner of Dome and Sherlock) from 6:30-7:30 pm. Come meet your neighbors, visit with the police and fire fighters, and eat some ice cream. Light appetizers will be provided by Jane and Franceso Secchi (owners of Ferarri's restaurant). They live in the subdivision. (2 comments)
A Comprehensive Guide to Active Rain Blogging - 11:06 PM
So, you have signed up for an Active Rain account and you are ready to blog. But really, where do you start? 1. Set up your Active Rain profile It is very important that you do that. After all the great blogs that you will write, you will ardent readers and better yet, potential leads that want to know more about you. Your Active Rain profile should describe what you do and where you work. Write your profile in a "first-person" voice and share with your readers what is important to you. You could also link some of your favorite blogs (10 comments)
Shift - A Timely Read - Tactic 1 - 11:43 AM
I am reading Shift. The worst than can happen to you can be the best thing for you if you don't let it get the best of you. These are the opening words of the introductory chapter of Shift,the latest Kelller Williams Realty book written by Gary Kelller, Dave Jenks, and Jay Papasan with input from Mastermind associates groups. The focus of the 2008 Mega Camp in Austin Texas. Shift is a timely book for all real estate professionals, and in light of last night's surprise disclosures in the ongoing collapse of our financial institutions, a must-read for everyone interested in powering through (15 comments)
Bond Money Now Available in Louisiana! - 03:26 PM
The last issue of the year is now available. This is a State Bond Issue which means it can be used in any of the 64 parishes. The bond will allow you to buy a home at a reduced interest rate and will give you 4% of the sales price to use towards your closing cost/down payment. Most of my bond buyers chose the FHA (3% down payment) or the Rural Developement (no down payment) and the 4% assistance covers most of the closing cost and prepaid items. Typically my buyers do not bring any money to the closing table! Below is a (3 comments)
Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, FL – Market Sales Statistics for August ‘08 - 03:24 PM
(click image to enlarge) The following are the market sales statistics for Altamonte Springs, Seminole County, Florida for August 2008. Altamonte Springs is made up of the zip codes of 32701 & 32714. For purposes of this analysis we are only splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas.
There needs to be a disclaimer here. These stats are only as good as telling us what it being purchased and happening at a certain period in time. Additionally, it needs to be fully understood that not only is real estate local, but it is hyper-local. (0 comments)
The following are the market sales statistics for Apopka, Seminole and Orange Counties, Florida for August 2008. Apopka is made up of the zip codes of 32703 & 32712. For purposes of this analysis we are only splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas. There needs to be a disclaimer here. These stats are only as good as telling us what it being purchased and happening at a certain period in time. Additionally, it needs to be fully understood that not only is real estate local, but it is hyper-local. What this means is that (0 comments)
Casselberry, Seminole County, FL – Market Sales Statistics for August ‘08 - 04:09 PM
(click to enlarge) The following are the market sales statistics for Casselberry, Seminole County, Florida for August 2008. Casselberry is made up of the zip codes 32707 and 32730. For purposes of this analysis we will be splitting the data according to single-family homes vs, condominiums, townhomes and villas.
There needs to be a disclaimer here. These stats are only as good as telling us what it being purchased and happening at a certain period in time. Additionally, it needs to be fully understood that not only is real estate local, but it is hyper-local. What this means is that (0 comments)
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