Archives of real estate blog entries for April 9, 2010
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What are the banks doing with BILLIONS of American tax dollars? Why, they’re going on vacation, of course. - 06:52 AM
Is it just me or is this happening to others too? On three of our recent deals, something rather unique has happened that derailed the closing at the last minute.
On all three occasions, sudden conditions miraculously appeared during the final hours before closing. When we asked why these issues suddenly became significant we were given the same explanation:
“The original underwriter went on vacation and when the replacement underwriter looked at the file they discovered the problems.”
What??? One could understand this happening once, but not three separate times over a three week period.
So I’m thinking that there
Why Some Homes Will Never Sell - 06:49 PM
Teresa Boardman over at the St. Paul Real Estate Blog recently posted a very direct article about homes that "eat" Realtors. The concept sounds funny, yet the reality behind it is anything but. The fact is, some homes sit on the market for years without being able to sell and the home ends up going through several different listing agents, each failing to get the home sold.
Here's how it happens: Step 1: A seller lists their property in Southern Maryland with a Realtor. Realtor does a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA), and determines the home is worth $250,000, and the seller
Are you a BAINO? - 06:58 PM
Think we have enough acronyms in this business? Here's a new one for you: BAINO.
Buyer's Agent In Name Only.
What the heck is that? It's someone who throws around the term BUYER'S AGENT loosely, and says they represent the buyer, yet their actions say otherwise.
You might be a BAINO if:
- You ask the buyer what they want to offer on a property, without running a CMA for them first (to support the value).
- You write up that offer, and APOLOGIZE to the listing agent for the fact it's not "high enough."
- You tell the listing agent
SEOO - What's The Point? - 10:48 AM
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) of our online content for the purpose of enhancing our presence and positioning is such an important topic that we often over do it to the point of Search Engine Over Optimization (SEOO).
SEOO begins to occur when the process of perfecting our image to search engines starts detracting from the value of our content to the real people to whom our content is targeted. Here are a few of the many ways we do it:
Over keywordizing our content removes nuance and limits scope as experienced by users of our content. To an extent,
Foursquare - In Moderation Only - 01:17 PM
Do you play Foursquare? And no, I'm not talking about the old recess game on the blacktop. I'm referring instead to the newest application craze on the iPhone, BlackBerry, and Droid.
The premise is simple. Whenever you are out and about in the community, load up the Foursquare app and "check in" wherever you are. For instance, if I'm attending a class at UNT, I could find the name of the building in the list provided and check in there, so that my online network of friends would see how studious I was. After class, if I head on over to
Real Estate WEB Marketing - Can We Really Make A Difference? - 12:39 PM
Real Estate WEB Marketing - Make A Bid on Ebay, and "Make A Difference in The World!"
Today, some great industry service and marketing solution providers have joined forces and created a "Real Estate WEB Marketing Package" that you will now find available on EBAY. We've bundled together a custom package designed for one lucky bidder/winner, and we're doing it all for one great cause. If you happen to be the lucky winner/bidder of this unique, one time, first ever compilation of services, you may also be the largest single contributor to an organization that many of us support and truly
Success in the Rain - 05:38 PM
Its Friday.....baseball season has begun....life is good! Last week many of you noticed we did not have a Success in the Rain post. We were at RainCamp Vegas....have I said how much I love my job??? It was such a cool event which has resulted in even more Success in the Rain! I've found some great ones this week and you'll find them below. Have a great weekend everyone!!!!
If you have yet to write your own success story, I urge you to do so. Simply go to your profile page and click "edit" located next to My Profile (edit). Scroll
California to pass Mortgage Debt forgiveness Act - 11:12 AM
Until this bill passes Californian's with recourse loans had to be fearful of 1099's after a short sale or a Foreclosure. For a background on short sales and taxes.
California Legislature approves tax break for people in foreclosures, short sales - latimes.com
The bill would waive state income taxes on mortgage debt that has been forgiven in a foreclosure or short sale. It is expected to affect about 34,000 taxpayers. (be alert to capital gain exposure.) Example - BofA issues a 1099 (a or c) on a recourse loan for $100,00.00. IRS- If acquisition debt and principle residence = no taxes
TWO ACTIVE RAIN MEMBERS MEET TO HELP ONE ANOTHER - 11:49 PM
TWO ACTIVE RAIN MEMBERS MEET TO HELP ONE ANOTHER
This is an Active Rain Success Story as Two AR members Meet to Help One Another...read on Early this Week I received a call from Fellow AR member Professional Stagging Instructor Dana Smithers who owns PRES Staging Resource Center.
Dana called me to ask if I could Help Her...I love help Damsels in Distress, or should I say I Respond to "I Need Help" . I responded with "How can I help?" Dana went on to say she was doing a Professional Home Stagging Course in Victoria on
Homes in Glade Crossing and Union Schools, Broken Arrow Oklahoma - 09:39 AM
Homes in Glade Crossing and Union Schools, Broken Arrow Oklahoma
What a beautiful entrance to the Homes in Glade Crossing and Union Schools for Broken Arrow, Oklahoma!
Glade Crossing is perfectly located off 71st Street and 129th E Ave (Olive) in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Residents can enter from either street for more convenience. This location is less than 1 miles from Broken Egg Cafe, Quick Trip, Walgreen's, Target, Office Depot many restarants, shopping and entertainment.
What a great
to the park!
And look at this wide open recreational area. Something here for the
Cheyenne Wyoming Dog Friendly Places - 07:05 PM
Cheyenne Wyoming Dog Friendly Places. As we venture into Spring and Summer, we see people out with their dogs..either walking, jogging, playing fetch, or just having a good ole time. I am looking to see where Cheyenne residents think the most Dog Friendly places are.
Holiday Park and Lions Park have great walking paths, and lots of open space to play. Near the Humane Society is a dog park. The walking paths throughout Cheyenne also afford great places to walk your dogs.
Please respond with your favorite places, as Gus wants to know!!
GUS at 9 weeks old. Gus
Dear Seller - Ten Sure Fire Ways to Distract Buyers from Focusing on Your Home. - 10:03 AM
Via Noelle Blazevich (John L. Scott):
This may seem a bit harsh but it is just plain speaking honest commentary regarding my experience as a buyer's agent. The statements below are taken directly from the comments and behaviors of buyers viewing homes for sale. It not meant to be negative but rather is meant to give sellers a bit of a look into the buyer's head. A chance to see things from the buyer's perspective without the candy coating we agents typically put on things.
10) Leave your "friendly" dog roaming free inside the house when you know we are coming to see
OPEN HOUSE on Williams - Fort Myers Beach - 12:17 PM
OPEN HOUSE on Williams DR - Fort Myers Beach this Sat from 1 PM - 3 PM and Sunday from 10 AM - 12 PM. This executive canal home was recently reduced to $ 599k. Newer pool, roof and pool cage ! Home is nicely situated on 2.5 lots on one of the nicest streets on Fort Myers Beach.
Wonderfully landscaped and surrounded by friendly neighbors. Includes a boat dock and lift. Extra lot would accomadate much larger boat/lift.
This 3 bedroom 2 bath with attached 2 car garage would make a terrific
Caper Beach Gulf front condo for sale on Fort Myers Beach - 12:48 PM
Gulf front Caper Beach condo for sale on Fort Myers Beach. Caper Beach is one of the premier addresses on Fort Myers Beach. This 2 bed 2 bath condo has been tatsefully decorated and is move in ready !
Amenities include on-site rental ( optional ), tennis courts, nicely landscaped grounds and one of the largets pools on the island.
Both bedrooms are large and nicely appointed. The master benefits from direct access to the screened lanai. Views out over the large heated pool and
NELAArt Second Saturday Gallery Night, April 10 - 07:12 AM
This Saturday, some of LA's best and up and coming food trucks will be rolling to the EAST SIDE to support the NELA Art, Second Saturday Gallery Night!!!
Saturday, April 10, NELAart presents: SECOND SATURDAY GALLERY NIGHT
WHEN: The Second Saturday of Every Month 7:00-10:00p.m.WHERE: Highland Park and surrounding neighborhoods.
NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night is a free self-guided tour of the galleries, non-profits and artist run project spaces located in Northeast Los Angeles (NELA).
NELA has a tradition in the arts that dates back to the early 1900s.
The tradition continues with new spaces opening regularly. NELA is now one of L.A.'s
Area Event & Fundraiser | A Shot for Breast Cancer | The Claddagh Irish Pub - 07:49 AM
April 18th, 2010 the Claddagh Irish Pub Livonia will be hosting a fundraiser for breast cancer awareness. This fundraiser is also an attempt at breaking the world record for the longest shot slam. All proceeds are going to area breast cancer organizations.
Here's more information, if you would like to learn more about this unique fundraiser in the Livonia, Novi, Northville, Plymouth Michigan area. Or, in his own words, hear the plans that the General Manager, Jason, has for The Claddagh. Last year they raised nearly $15,000 for area charities and it is his aim to continue and expand their involvement:
Vacant Lot For Sale No. Pacetti Beach - St. Augustine, FL PRICE REDUCED!! - 07:00 AM
CALL OR EMAIL ME FOR MORE DETAILS!!
This Incredible North Beach lot can be your piece of paradise. Just steps to the beach or ICW & public boat ramp. No CDD or Homeowners Association fees so you can choose your builder and build your dream home here. Bring your toys and live the beach lifestyle. Hurry, this one will go quick! (lot size approx. 50x100) MLS# 520571
College Hills III in Catonsville, Maryland 21228 – Quiet, Convenient, Comfortable - 09:40 AM
College Hills III in Catonsville, Maryland 21228 - Quiet, Convenient, Comfortable
People who have discovered the College Hills developments in Catonsville, MD, talk about the quiet, convenient, and comfortable neighborhoods they love. There are four sections on 130 acres and just over 250 homes total in College Hills that have been built beginning in the late 1980's. The first two sections were single-family homes, and the third and fourth are townhomes and cluster homes. Neighborhoods have small, winding cul-de-sacs with a lot of privacy and very little traffic from nearby Catonsville's busy streets.
There definitely are hills
OPEN HOUSE, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 10 -11,2010 -- MERRICK WOODS, MERRICK - 08:09 PM
OPEN HOUSE, SATURDAY & SUNDAY, APRIL 10 -11,2010
MERRICK WOODS, MERRICK
"Picnik Show" Create a free slideshow with Picnik! For the Merrick Woods lovers, come join us at 15 CopperBeech Place in the heart of the woods on Saturday or Sunday between the hours of 12 and 2 p.m. You'll be looking at a lovely ranger ranch with a wide open floor plan, great updates and options for customizing.
A sense of serenity greets you from the moment you enter the front door till you say your last goodbyes. With an oversized yard on a pretty, gently curving road in School District
Open House Saturday & Sunday, April 10 an 11, New Construction in Merrick Woods, Merrick - 09:49 PM
Open House Saturday & Sunday, April 10-11, 2010
Merrick Woods, Merrick
Come join us at our Open House in Merrick Woods on Long Island, either Saturday or Sunday, April 10th or 11th between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. to see an elegant 3650 square foot newly built home. One of the area's preeminent builders has created a masterpiece of design and execution in this contemporary colonial with soaring ceilings and gleaming hardwoods throughout. Picture yourself living in this wide open floor plan with it's huge gourmet eat-in-kitchen. If you like to cook or bake, what a fun
Upcoming Pueblo West Events - Pueblo West Neighborhood Watch, Annual Kids Fishing Derby, Lake Pueblo Clean-Up - 02:09 PM
With Spring definitely in the air (trees are tinged with green, daffodils are blooming) there are more outdoor activities scheduled in Pueblo West. Here are some upcoming events:
Neighborhood Watch Group - Tuesday, April 13, 7pm, Pueblo West Library. For more info contact LT. Bill Brown at the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department at 719-671-4036 or group coordinator Ralph Silva at 719-547-3202. Annual Fishing Derby - Saturday, April 24, 8am to noon at Cattail Crossing Park. This is for kids 4-15. Pre-register before April 21 for extra goodies and a lower fee of $3.00. Registering after April 21 will cost $5.00. Registration forms can
1782 Willow Glen in Star Idaho - 10:37 PM
1782 Willow Glen in Star Idaho
This beautiful custom built home sits on .64 acre parcel with a large 3-car garage & a 20x42 RV shop!
The home is arranged mostly on 1-level with the exception of the upstairs bonus room!
Just under 3,000 SF, 3 Bedrooms, DEN, 2.5 Baths, Formal Dining & large great room with hardwood floors and corner gas fireplace.
A PNC Mortgage Idaho Short Sale for only $325,000!
This beautiful Star Idaho home for sale is vacant and ready to move into! With terrific landscaping, corner lot and privacy vinyl fencing, this home has tons
220 PINE ST, ORLANDO FL 32824 - 12:33 PM
MLS# O4974257 220 PINE ST, ORLANDO FL 32824 $$$ 99,900 $$$
Purchase this property for as little as 3 percent down! This property is approved for HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation Mortgage. *If exact square footage or room sizes are a concern, unit should be independently measured. This home has Light Oak cabinets in the kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, eat in kitchen, tile floors, open floor plan.
For the latest status on this property and many more in the Central Florida area, contact Steve Glose with Keller Williams Realty direct at 407-616-7286 or visit www.thefloridalivingteam.com. For a faster reply you can also email
390 LAKE HILL PL, APOPKA FL 32703 - 12:45 PM
MLS# O4974497 390 LAKE HILL PL, APOPKA FL 32703 $$$ 154,900 $$$
Purchase this property for as little as 3 percent down! This property is approved for HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation Mortgage. *If exact square footage or room sizes are a concern, unit should be independently measured. 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, this home has all the bells and whistles, eat-in-kitchen, garden tub in master
For the latest status on this property and many more in the Apopka area, contact Steve Glose with Keller Williams Realty direct at 407-616-7286 or visit www.thefloridalivingteam.com. For a faster reply you can also email me at email@example.com.
715 MAGNOLIA ST, WINDERMERE FL 34786 - 12:50 PM
MLS# O4973692 715 MAGNOLIA ST, WINDERMERE FL 34786 $$$ 300,000 $$$
Purchase this property for as little as 3 percent down! This property is approved for HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation Mortgage. *If exact square footage or room sizes are a concern, unit should be independently measured. This home is awesome, lots of tile, vaulted ceilings, corian counters, built in shelves, plantation shutters, large yard, 3 car garage, large yard.
For the latest status on this property and many more in the Windermere area, contact Steve Glose with Keller Williams Realty direct at 407-616-7286 or visit www.thefloridalivingteam.com. For a faster reply you
4236 CRANMORE CT, BELLE ISLE FL 32812 - 12:57 PM
MLS# O4973568 4236 CRANMORE CT, BELLE ISLE FL 32812 $$$ 309,900 $$$
Purchase this property for as little as 3 percent down! This property is approved for HomePath Mortgage and HomePath Renovation Mortgage. *If exact square footage or room sizes are a concern, unit should be independently measured. This is a great home 2 story, 5 bedrooms, 3 car garage and inground pool. Over 3190 in square feet.
For the latest status on this property and many more in the Belle Isle area, contact Steve Glose with Keller Williams Realty direct at 407-616-7286 or visit www.thefloridalivingteam.com. For a faster reply you can also
Tee Off at the Greater Matty's Open...Charity at Play in New Berlin, WI - 05:42 AM
While we sometimes still see "a chance of snow flurries" in the April forecast....we know it won't be long before golfers dust off their clubs and hit the links on the many beautiful courses throughout Waukesha county. Matt Anderson proudly sponsors the 14th Annual Greater Matty's Open at the Edgewood Golf Course with proceeds going to the kidney foundation.
Just CLICK HERE to register. Enjoy the food...have some fun....win a doorprize...get some exercise...and get that feel good all over sensation knowing that you have contributed to the success of a charitable event for those most in need of your help.
Fear Can Be Paralyzing... - 06:08 AM
Fear of the unknown can be paralyzing. When hardship strikes an individual or a family, no one can be prepared for how they will feel...what they should do...who they should ask.....while the problems compound... as a result of under or unemployment, divorce, illness or death ....there can be a period of mental and physical paralysis. The homeowner can be afraid that when it appears that everything is going wrong...to make one more decision might also be the wrong one.
We hear it echo ...."Why did they wait so long before they...." Part of the reason might be because of
Find us at the Realtor Rally - 08:39 AM
Blue Fire group will be on Booth 32
As you enter the hall- this is on the left side in the TECHNOLOGY AISLE.
Come and talk to us about your needs for Lead Capture and Lead Management, or Blogging.
Our new My BUying Buddy version 2 will be showcased as will our new Real Estate BLOGSITES.
See at Booth 32 at the Realtor Rally!
Single Property Sites grows Listing Syndication Services - 09:08 PM
In the last few months Single Property Sites has been partnering with more third party search services to ensure your real estate listings get seen by as many buyers as possible.
Although the major real estate search sites do dominate (Trulia, Zillow, Oodle, Googlebase, Hotpads) our collection of partners now enable us to cover a much larger market for you, by helping us gain access to some of the more niche market places.
We have also made syndication faster and easier.
All real estate listings are now syndicated automatically as soon as you turn your listing site ON.
And you should
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