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Archives of real estate blog entries for May 27, 2009
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Heidi-Ho Neighborinos!!! - 12:29 PM
Mingalaba, ActiveRainians! My name is Craig Keller and I'm the new kid on the block here at ActiveRain. Today is my first day as the new Visual Designer. I am a designer, which almost guarantees that I have the writing skills of a well-trained chimpanzee... This is especially true in my case. Anyhow, I have been designing websites and user interfaces for 9 years; the last 3 1/2 as a self-employed freelancer. I learned how to use Photoshop when still had a version number on the box (version 6.0 to be exact). I started out designing graphics as a hobby, mostly horrific (70 comments)
Bloggers-Keeping the Art of Story Telling Alive - 08:57 AM
Growing up we were fortunate to have grandparents who enjoyed telling stories about their lives. We learned about the Native Americans who used to camp at my grandparents farm in the Kickapoo Valley in Wisconsin and about losing your business during the depression in a small town in northeast Arkansas. Some of the stories we heard were second and third generation stories about relatives we would never have the chance to meet and of course there were the stories about our parents antics that they wish had been kept buried in the family vaults. But the great part was that not only (74 comments)
RE BAR Camp Philadelphia - A Great Day Today - 11:00 PM
As I mentioned yesterday, I was planning to attend the first-ever RE BAR camp to be held today in Philadelphia. Well, Brian Schulman and I made it through the morning traffic on the Schuykill Expressway and had a GREAT day sitting in with some excellent teachers and more excellent networkers at the offices of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors. Here's some images I snapped of the day:
As a highlight I also got to meet in person some favorite Blog friends Patricia Kennedy, Teresa Boardman, Audrey Forshey, Jeff Turner, Brad Carroll, Margaret Woda and many other (25 comments)
Twitter: What Does the Future Hold? - 10:54 PM
There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday about Twitter, the darling of the social media world, and the future of the site. Here's a link to the full article, "Twitter Trips on Its Rapid Growth" - I recommend you read it. No, the article was not a doomsayer, predicting a failing. But it did raise the question of what lies ahead in Twitter's future in terms of their ability to mange growth and their business model.
Twitter is a business. And like any company it has a business model...well, sort of. Like so many start-ups it (50 comments)
NO! It's NOT You - There's a Hickup in our Giddy-up! - 07:11 PM
Sometimes in an effort to make improvements , the lightning and thunder (which create the rain ) can also cause some small inconveniences. As many of you may have or will discover today, we are experiencing some issues with commenting, posting and even uploading photos to your Blog posts. We have narrowed down some of these unfortunate problems to be issues with the Internet Explorer Web Browser for the most part. Photo uploading is not working with either web browser currently. We are aware of ALL these inconveniences. We're working hard to get it resolved quickly and thank all our members (102 comments)
"Dirty Harry and Local Real Estate Experts" - Trulia Voices Q & A's - 04:27 AM
I've always been a big fan of Clint Eastwood. When I served onboard a submarine in the US Navy, we watched "The Outlaw Josey Wales " a gazillion times while out on patrol. There's just some very basic and wise counsel we can derive from the rich history of 'Clintisms' found in his archive of quality male-bonding films. For instance: From Pink Cadillac: "I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be the one controlling it." From The Rookie: "If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster." From Dirty Harry: "Do you (55 comments)
Where Does "Honesty" Line Up with Marketing? - 09:08 AM
I took some time today to review some blog descriptions. What do you think makes a catchy description, one where someone would take the initial step to call or e-mail you? There were several reoccuring phrases like "Experienced" and "Integrity". The other one that stuck out was "Honest". Many thoughts come to mind when you call yourself honest. There is a verse in the Bible that says, "Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth." (Psa. 27:2) This is one reason that testimonials from clients are great; it is another person praising you and not yourself. Frankly, if you have to tell someone that you are (52 comments)
Will Offer Opinions for Food – Educating Other Agents Sellers! - 12:45 PM
I know most of you old hands have been on the Brokers Tours. They run a little different in every city. Traditionally the listing agent will have goodies at the home and if on an organized tour the agent with the last home will sponsor a lunch. Hold on – I am a big guy and have never met a meal I did not like (well maybe a few), but there are some things I just will not do for food. One of them is agent tours, they are a lot of work and take up a lot of time. I (0 comments)
Switching Browsers Worked!! AR Withdrawal all day!! - 08:25 PM
Man, I've had AR withdrawal all freakin day! I even called Rich earlier this afternoon to see what was going on as I couldn't get anything on the site to work. There were several blogs I read that I wanted to comment on, but couldn't figure out how others were commenting. I wanted to write a blog asking how people were commenting, but I couldn't write a blog either... Then, I just saw Brad's post saying "browsers", so I thought I would download this Firefox browser I've heard people were using when they had problems... and now, here I am! YEAH! (16 comments)
The countdown begins for Niagara Homecoming! - 11:52 AM
A year ago at this time I was in a very different countdown. It was exciting and I never thought I could be prouder than I was at that very moment. I was part of Buffalo Homecoming 2008 and wow what an amazing four days I had. What a great celebration for the City of Buffalo. A year later, I am filled with such pride and admiration for a group of people that words seem to fail me. I sit here in awe of what each of them have accomplished. We thought when we meet late last year that we would (2 comments)
The "Sounds" of a changing market. REDO - 05:28 PM
I can't believe I wrote this 2 1/2 years ago!!! has it really been that long already since the market changed? ************************************************************* Sometimes, market changes are best understood by the sights and sounds around us. On Saturday I posted my "sign post" that gave a true visual of how the market has changed. Today, I'm going to write about an occurrence that has happened to me, three times in the last two weeks. Three deals, three selling agents, three phone calls, one question. "I've changed companies can we change the name of the selling brokerage on the purchase contract to my (15 comments)
Mortgage Rates Hover Near All Time Lows - 10:25 PM
There was not much movement in most of the major mortgage products this week. The 30 year rate dropped from 4.86 to 4.82. This is only slightly above the 4.78 all time low that was reached a few weeks ago. The 15 year rate dropped from 4.52 to 4.50. There was some interesting movement with the 5 and 1 year arm. The 5 year arm dropped from 4.82 to 4.79. At the same time the 1 year arm rose from 4.71 to 4.82. This is the first time the 1 year arm has been above the 5 year arm. Regardless both (2 comments)
A Look At Credit Cards : The Psychology of Plastic - 10:31 PM
"We said that big banks can no longer take advantage of hardworking Americans," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said of the recent legislation that will restrict rate hikes and late fees charged by credit card companies. But some out there argue that credit card holders are just as culpable. It seems there is a fine line between who is really to blame: the companies that provide the easy credit with high penalties or the consumers that take easy credit and ignore the possible penalties.
Just how did credit cards become so ubiquitous in the American financial landscape? A recent (2 comments)
The Price of Clean Air - 10:36 PM
The term "cap-and-trade" is heard a lot these days when discussing global warming and environmental policy. What exactly is cap-and-trade? Well, it's the government giving companies an allowance (the cap) on pollution by setting CO2 emission standards. Companies that stay under the cap can sell (the trade) their leftover allowances to companies that go over the pollution standards. It sounds like a win-win, but cap-and-trade has its opponents.
In recent weeks the Environmental Protection Agency has declared carbon dioxide as dangerous to public health, and in all likelihood will move to regulate CO2 emission under the Clean Air Act. With (1 comments)
The Retirement Community of Sun City Texas - 10:40 PM
Sun City is a retirement community located in Georgetown. It is not the normal retirement home or community. This community offers its residents small town charm, but just minutes from Austin. Sun City was also recently named one of the nations top retirement communities by Retirement Places Rated, a guidebook for seniors wanting to relocate upon retirement.
Its location is excellent, and has extremely affordable cost of living and tax advantages. Currently Sun City has about 5,500 homes and plans to expand to 7,500 homes by 2012-2013.
Most of the homes in Sun City range in price beginning (3 comments)
Open Houses and Agency Law in Colorado - 09:53 AM
Real Estate Open Houses and Who Represents Who in Colorado 100 Real Estate and Relocation Tips in 100 Days (Day 64) Realtors® have been hosting “Open Houses” since, well, since there were Realtors® and houses. The concept of the “Open House” is simple and twofold, first, to showcase the property to anyone with interest, and, second, to acquire prospective buyers. With the application of “agency law” to the real estate business, some clarification is in order. Regarding the “showcasing” aspect of any open house, if is important for the Realtor and consumer to understand the law and the practical application (1 comments)
Buy now with your $8,000 tax credit - 10:52 PM
Lots of potential homebuyers are currently eligible for an $8,000 tax credit if they buy a new or resale home before December 1st of 2009. So why the big deal over a credit; we've always had tax deductions haven't we? Yes but there is a major difference between a credit and a deduction. A tax deduction reduces your amount of income subject to tax based on the tax bracket you're in. A tax credit is a dollar for dollar reduction in your tax liability.
In Tennessee now the Tennessee Housing Development Authority (THDA) has a program in place where a (3 comments)
Being a realtor here in the Tampa area for the past 5 years I have seen and heard a lot. What I am sad to report seeing a lot lately has been the increase of everyday families losing their homes.
These people aren't Wall St wanna be's. They aren't so called savvy investors who tried to wheel and deal their way to the top of the real estate ladder. They are wonderful everyday people with regular jobs with regular families trying to muddle through their everyday world which is turning upside down.
On any (0 comments)
Short Sale Tales...We have our House Listed...BUT.... - 07:39 AM
We got a call from a homeowner who fits the "distressed" description...beyond description...as does the agent who has the property listed currently. The property has been on the market for over 200 days...for less than is owed and is not listed as a short sale ...the homeowner says that the agent has not ever even mentioned, explained, discussed the definition of short sale with him...HUH ? The property description and the comments to the agents in MLS make no mention of the property being a short sale....and oh surprise...it isn't priced like one either ! The agent is a (4 comments)
One of these days I really WILL be more socially acceptable...I WILL get more of my face booked,my twitter tuned...My_____.....and last night....my mini marketing in this area brought an amazing surprise. I had "joined the groups of my high school and college alumni...can't say that I have stayed in touch with a lot of people from either school....life goes on. When I was in kindergarten, I had a mad crush on Brad Weed. In those pre-electronic days, kindergarten was less complex and the little starched pink pinafored girls played house in the cardboard kitchen, cooking delicacies with (8 comments)
Waterford Lakes Real Estate Market Update 05/27/09 - 11:11 AM
This is the most recent market information for Waterford Lakes Real Estate . Waterford Lakes is located in East Orange County and part of unincorporated Orlando Florida. To date there are currently 7 bank owned homes for sale in Waterford Lakes and there are also 47 short sale opportunities in Waterford Lakes. Considering there are 47 out of the total 110 properties for sale in Waterford Lakes, which equates to approximately 43% of the properties for sale in Waterford are foreclosures. This does not mean there are only 47 foreclosures in Waterford Lakes, it just means there are only 47 foreclosures currently for sale in Waterford Lakes (0 comments)
Immortal words from the eligible lips of George Clooney in “From Dusk Till Dawn” but those words are really important to remember in our real estate ‘show business’ too. One of my first real estate transactions was with a very sharp agent from another office, quite a bit younger than I but with a few years in the biz—and many awards—on me. Her buyer-client made a lowball offer on one of my listings. She sent me a note that said, “I know it’s kinda low but please bring (12 comments)
New Luxury Townhomes in South Torrance - 11:06 AM
16 Units, All 3 bdrm 2.5 bath units, 1700 sq ft, granite counter tops, stainless steal appliances, 2 car garages + 2 extra parking, offered at $625,000 (lowest price for new construction in S. Torrance).
The Calendar Moves Quickly on First Time Home Buyers - 10:15 AM
We have hashed and re-hashed what the First Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit (FTHBTC) is and is not. Some are still confused and I am not even about to breech that subject of whether or not it can be used as a down payment. If you look good in orange feel free to try that out yourself. What I do want to tell you is, as of this date, an indisputable fact: If a buyer does not close on their first home before December 1, 2009 they will not be eligible for the Federal First Time Home Buyer's Tax Credit of (4 comments)
Web-O-Meter 2.0 measure your ActiveRain Outside Blog - 06:05 AM
Oh what a tangled web we weave... I am a sucker for every doo hickey that measures your blogs links, traffic, IQ, inseam, dress size, etc. Of course when I saw a tweet about the Web-o-Meter" make that "Web-O-Meter 2.0 ", I had to check out both my WordPress blog and my two ActiveRain Outside blogs.... That was even before I even realized it is a Columbus based company and before I had a clue of what they are measuring. The Web-O-Meter 2.0 from Webbed Marketing is more than just regular link popularity, you've got to have friends, get followed by (14 comments)
Central Ohio School's out for summer - 10:05 AM
"Well we got no choice All the girls and boys Makin all that noise 'Cause they found new toys Well we can't salute ya Can't find a flag If that don't suit ya That's a drag School's out for summer School's out forever" 'scuse me ... I grew up with Alice Cooper... and someone asked me if I knew when "schools out..." Well it kinda depends on which school district you are talking about. A partial list of Central Ohio School District's " last day" :
Big Walnut Local School District Wednesday, June 03, 2009 Buckeye Valley Local School (2 comments)
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