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Archives of real estate blog entries for October 21, 2009 (Page 12)
What’s that giant red flag? 5 reasons why you should NEVER buy a condo hotel - 03:58 PM
Four years ago it sounded like a good idea… I ran all the numbers available at the time. Today it’s worth far less than I paid, but I can live with that because I bought for the long term. But the onsite Property Management chokehold is a financial killer. I paid $335K for my studio condo-hotel at the Signature at the MGM Grande, plopped down $90K for down payment upfront, waited almost a year for completion, was totally jazzed because the prices were now up into the low $500Ks and they were already starting on two more towers. In fact, I (2 comments)
On the verge of a real estate breakdown? Check out “BREAKDOWNS TO BREAKTHROUGHS”—here’s my ultra condensed version of Tom Ferry’s handy helpful guide. .. 35 favorite tips that helped shoot me out of the cannon again. It’s a crazy circus out there…. when I went to my first Tom Ferry Summit this past summer, I felt more worn down, chewed up and spit out than I ever have in my entire RE existence . It’s not just about the money, it’s about fulfilling my purpose, of helping sellers get out of distress, and helping buyers get into houses… it’s (2 comments)
2914 sq ft, plus 800 sq ft wraparound deck with views to Mexico, Coronado and downtown San Diego, eclectic design in Mt Helix neighborhood of unique custom homes… NOT for sale! Not yet anyway, but frankly, I yearn for less. I am totally blessed to have found this home in 1990. Now it’s filled with 2 creative kids with lots of hobbies and interests , 3 rescue dogs, 6 adopted cats, and, yes, me too, with 24 years of business-at-home, and all the office paraphernalia. In other words, my house is stuffed to the brim. No matter how much I (6 comments)
Eating and Showing, Showing & Eating. - 11:08 AM
Oct, 19, 2009 Once again very busy showing property in the most wonderful Mountainburg region...what spectacular colors in the Ozark National Forest..and yes...time to eat yahoo...we ate at the Silverbridge Truck stop...take the Mountainburg exit off of I-540 and you will see it...I had Beans and Cornbread and Frank, My husband, had a good ole' hamburger and fries...great food..Fries were just right.nice menu of downhome food..the atmosphere is basic truckstop with sprinklings of downhome atmosphere..nice stop..then off to show our United Country Buyers from Los Angeles, California. Good Eats... (0 comments)
The Grapevine Restaurant a Tastebud Delight !! - 11:23 AM
Oct, 20, 2009...At Paris, AR Logan County...noon time to get nourishment...and what better place than the Grapevine Restauranton the corner of Hwy 22 or Walnut street and 1st Street in Paris, Arkansas. How quaint..there is inside or outside dining...we chose the outdoor patio dining experience. The menu is a nice variety we had Reuben sandwiches...I had the Turkey Reuben which has Cole slaw in the sandwich with a lovely dark lite bread swirl..and Frank had a regular reuben... both were excellent...had ice tea for drinks. The service was super...and atmosphere very relaxing with a wooded fence around the patio and plants just my sort of (2 comments)
The city of Livonia, through the federal Community Development Block Grant Program, has implemented a program designed to provide financial assistance to low and moderate income homeowners; to assist in bringing their place of residence up to code and correct items affecting the health and safety of the residents. Depending on the type of repair, loans can range from $1,500 to $15,000. The Process Anywhere from 3-5 licensed and insured Inspectors from the City of Livonia's Electrical, Plumbing and Heating Departments will be out to certify homes in need of these repairs. Once the walk (1 comments)
The Eastside Real Estate (agent) Bubble - 06:47 PM
By Greg Perry, Kirkland Realtor Just as Eastside median prices experienced a bubble, the Eastside real estate agent count experienced one, as well. The following chart represents September numbers in the year indicated:Eastside Real Estate Agents In 1998, the NWMLS had 2,276 real estate agents in the Eastside areas 500-600. Agent counts modestly rose until 2002 where they started expanding in excess of 10% per year until the peak in 2007 with 5,485. Agent counts immediately started withdrawing at the rate of approximately 10% per year for 2008 and 2009. 2009 started the year with 4,605 Eastside agents in January. At September's end there (1 comments)
Flu Shot-Two Flu Vaccines, Twice the Number of Questions - 09:21 AM
Two Flu Vaccines, Twice the Number of Questions RISMEDIA, October 21, 2009—By Kristen Gerencher(MCT)—The annual ritual of fending off the flu is more complicated than usual this fall as Americans weigh the opportunity to receive two vaccines to protect against different types of influenza. The vaccine to fight seasonal flu is already widely available to people of all ages and health conditions, although some areas have reported supply delays or shortages. But a new vaccine to protect against the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, is just starting to make its way to schools, public health departments and doctors’ offices. (0 comments)
Southwest Airlines announced today that the they will be providing service to the Northwest Florida-Panama City! This is HUGE for our area. Our market is stable and growing and homes and condos are at an all time low!! Check us out!! Now you will be able to get here quicker!! We are very excited about our new Air Port and what it will do for our area!! http://www.blogsouthwest.com/blog/news-flash-new-service-coming-next-may
Photo Credit and Source: NYDailyNews.com (33 comments)
How to get testimonials from your clients - 07:50 PM
Loreena Yeo, posted a must-read blog today on the value of testimonials that demonstrated her inner struggle with tooting her own horn. To that I would add this for you rookies: An easy way to get testimonials from your clients -- and permission to publish them. I use a simple survey that's given inside a nice closing folder to my client at closing. When I hand them the folder I tell them what's inside and ask that they complete it. This is not original to me, but I've been using it so long I don't know who to credit. So here goes. A couple of (1 comments)
The Old Story: First Time Home Buyers Lately we have seen a pick-up in activity in lower priced homes with some homes getting 5 or more offers and selling for significantly over their asking price...remember 2004? The theory is that first-time home buyers are jumping in with both feet because of the first time home buyer credit and because they don't have homes to sell and thus they don't have to deal with the pain of taking a loss on the sale their existing homes (0 comments)
The month-over-month sales increase, from April to May, was .5 percent (the index lags by 2 months). It was the 1st increase in the index since July 2006. While 0.5 percent may not sound like much, consider that this would equate to a 6 percent increase on an annual basis if these numbers were to hold up for the next 12 months. That would be a huge turnaround. This is great news for Ridgewood Real Estate and for the overall housing market. (1 comments)
This Week's Ridgewood Home Sales Triple Last Week's Numbers...
...and are more than double from the week before that. This week 15 Ridgewood Homes closed versus 5 last week and 7 the week before that. These numbers bounce around from week to week but we are definitley seeing an upward trend. Ridgewood Real Estate Transactions for the Week Summary - Click Here for Full Details on All Homes Below5 new listings.5 homes marked as being in "attorney review".6 homes went under contract.15 homes were sold. * For Ridgewood homes marked New, Attorney Review and Under Contract "Price" refers to the list (0 comments)
This latest news is on top of positive news on building permits, housing starts and national home prices. Now is a great time to consider entering the market: Interest rates are still near all-time lows. Affordability is high. Prices are starting to climb. Consider what Jeffrey Otteau, New Jersey's real estate valuation guru, had to say this week about the local NJ real estate market. "With evidence mounting that the national housing market is beginning to show signs of life, New Jersey is experiencing a stronger recovery pace than the rest (0 comments)
Is the Old Graydon Pool Safe? Will the New Pool Project Lead Ridgewood Down a Path to Financial Ruin? Fox News Says "We Report - You Decide". My tag-line on this subject would be more like... "I Vacillate - You Decide". I Love Graydon Pool the Way it Is! Whether the Pool Project is a Blessing or Boondoggle depends largely on who you ask. We have a town divided. I am a Ridgewood Resident with two young children and our family goes to Graydon. I always liked the idea of the sand bottom and the natural look and feel of Graydon. It (0 comments)
Graydon Pool Ridgewood NJ The supporters of the Preserve Graydon Coalition (PGC) showed up in force this week at a Village Meeting sporting "Preserve Graydon" stickers. By most accounts, the meeting featured lively discussion with supporters of both factions (PGC and Ridgewood Pool Project) making strong points. Below are a couple excerpts from Michael Sedon's coverage in the Ridgewood News. "The people here tonight are only a small sample of the hundreds and hundreds of supporters we have gathered in just two weeks," said Susanne Kelly, co-chair of the PGC. (0 comments)
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner Bought his Home at the Peak of the Market in 2004 and Doesn't Understand Why He Can't Sell It for More Today...Uh Oh. According to this very funny video, from The Daily Show, Tim Geithner purchased his home at the 2004 market peak for $1.6 Million and has now listed it for $1.635 million. Even folks without his financial background know that the real estate market has come down considerably in that time. Anyway, check out the video. Pretty funny.
Click here to view original post: Video - If Geithner Can't Sell His Own Home, Do You Really (2 comments)
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