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Via Ed Macias (CDPE): A very successful real estate broker had a meeting with his new son-in-law. "I love my daughter, and now I welcome you into the family," said the man. "To show you how much we care for you, I'm making you a 50-50 partner in my real estate office. All you have to do is go to the office every day and learn the business." The son-in-law interrupted, "I hate the office. I can't stand agents." "I see," replied the father-in-law. "Well, then you'll work in the office and take charge of (0 comments)
Judge Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat, Jr. (b. October 2, 1922; d. February 23, 1996, Alcorn County, Mississippi ) was a judge, law professor, and state representative notable for his 1952 speech on the floor of the Mississippi state legislature concerning whiskey, which is considered a classic example of political doublespeak. The "Whiskey Speech" was delivered when lawmakers were debating legalizing liquor. Liquor was illegal in Mississippi but the state collected what was called a "black market" tax on it totaling millions of dollars.
Sweat, who was elected to the House in 1947 served one term (4 comments)
Recent Activity in Ridgeland Park, Decatur, Georgia - 02:40 PM
Recent Activity in Ridgeland Park, Decatur, Georgia Currently there are 6 listings in Ridgeland Park Subdivision in Decatur, Georgia. The prices range from a low of $199,500, to a high of $639,900.
There have been 5 recent sales in the subdivision ranging from a low of $150,000 to a high of $530,000. Most of these were on the market for less than 120 days, with one selling after just one day on the market.
Ridgeland Park Subdivision is a very popular, close in Subdivision that has seen a lot of renovations as well as (0 comments)
Home Security | Bergen County New Jersey - 05:53 PM
Home Security | Bergen County New JerseySome great information relayed to us from by an Inspection Company that we have used on some of our inspections dealing with Home Security Systems.We all love going home at the end of the day to a place we feel safe. Yet, residential homes are often the target of burglary, theft and other crimes. Statistically there are over 8000 reported home invasions each and every day across North America. Luckily, there are a number of measures you can take to help keep your home and valuables secure when you are at home or away. (2 comments)
Foreclosure du Jour/Fort Myers Beach, Florida - 09:15 AM
The home has a nice 1/1 apartment on the first with private entrance, large kitchen looking out over a private backyard and patio through glass sliding doors, breakfast bar,tile floors, washer and dryer hook up, separate electric,and its own parking. The second floor unit has 3 bedrooms 2 baths, a beautiful fireplace, modern kitchen with breakfast bar,nice wood floors, a screened lanai, a nice balcony off the master bedroom , a spacious attic for storage, double parking.There is a large separate room/den with a full bathroom and a kitchenette on the ground floor,also a large garage. Home has lots of charm. Could (0 comments)
CLOSE TO THE THUNDERBIRD PARK AND THE 101 A COZY STARTER HOME THAT IS READY FOR A NEW OWNER. THIS CHARMING HOUSE IS SITUATED ON A LARGE CUL-DE-SAC LOT WITH SPRINKLER SYSTEM IN FRONT AND BACK RV GATE/PARKING. THE INSIDE HAS TILE IN KITCHEN & BATHS, NEW HARDWOOD FLOOR W/NATURAL FIREPLACE IN FRONT ROOM-VAULTED CEILING W/FAN IN DINING, NEW BEDROOM CARPETS, FRESH CUSTOM PAINT, UPDATED LOWER KITCHEN CABINETS & FRIDGE, LAUNDRY OFF KIT, FRENCH DOORS TO COVERED PATIO AND HUGE BACKYARD. THIS IS NOT A SHORT SALE OR REO Property info
Ciji's Natural Pet Supplies in Park Hill - Denver, CO - 01:44 PM
Ciji's Natural Pet Supplies in Park Hill - Denver, CO I was in Ciji's today buying some dog food and picked up a flyer about a doggie ice-cream social that they are hosting on Saturday, June 26th. The event will be held at their store: 2260 Kearney St, Denver, CO, 80207, noon to 4pm. I began going to Ciji's a few years ago after melamine began showing up in various brands of dog food (mine included). The employees there were very helpful in offering options and advise on switching to a natural brand. Which brings me to another topic. Apparently I (0 comments)
USDA Loan, Rural Development, Missouri Rural Development, 100% financing to purchase your home - - 11:33 AM
The rates today for USDA loans are approaching the lowest that I have ever seen, this program is one of the 2 programs that are still around that require no down payment and seller can pay closing costs. We have area and income limitations but this is a great opportunity for you and your clients! 100% financing available with no down payment and no MI -and right now there are record low interest rates on this program. Please feel free to contact me if you want any more information on how to utilize the USDA program to help clients get into homes (2 comments)
The Final Music on the Plaza in Altoona Iowa is this Friday June 25th 5-8pm - 08:04 PM
Look who's playing this week in the Music on the Plaza 5-8pm. Just west of Hy-vee on 8th St. Lot's of fun for kids and adults. Stop by and have a drink, watch the kids run through the water and enjoy the music of " "Hot Tamale and the Red Hots". Hope to see you there. Need directions how to get there call or email me. Here is the link to Events in Altoona Iowa. http://bit.ly/cpmNFh
Will Your Pre-Approved Buyer Be able to Close? - 06:59 PM
A few weeks ago I posted the blog below about Important new rules that could severely affect buyers and sellers. Today one of our associate brokers reported that a client's credit was re-pulled a couple days before closing with the new rules that went into affect June 1st.... Just 1 little slip up caused a chain reaction that affects a heck of a lot more than just the buyers credit score! The wife missed a $10 payment to Ann Taylor which caused her score to drop by 100 points. Since the credit score was now lower, the buyers no longer qualified for the same interest rate. Now the buyers interest (5 comments)
With all of my short sale listings, my primary goal is to price the short sale listing correctly so that the seller receives an offer from a qualified buyer which will result in a successful closing. I tend to start on the conservative side with my pricing but will make price adjustments as needed.
I often times see a problem in my marketplace where either short sale listings are priced too high or they are priced too low. Let me explain why I feel that it is a (2 comments)
Upon doing two BPOs recently that involved some land I must say I am SHOCKED, I mean absolutely SHOCKED on how low prices on homes with land have gone down to! I don't have many buyers asking for homes on large lots but I will sure be sharing this info with them as I am sure many will be ecstatic to get more bang for your buck on these seemingly IGNORED LISTINGS! I wonder if people are automatically assuming they can only afford the tract home on the postage stamp lot (not knocking it, I live in and on one!) (7 comments)
When I go into a house I look around initially, ask questions on lifestyle and what their schedules are. Do they have young children, teenagers or pets, etc. And then I start making suggestions. Yes, I want the house to look as best as possible but and this is a big one the homeowners still have to live there. Selling your house is a difficult and stressful time in any ones life. My job as a stager is not to make it worse but to help make it easier. I (7 comments)
Holland Massachusetts: Beautiful Waterfront Properties Abound
JUNE 22, 2010: Since the tax credits ended April 30, 2010, what has happened in Holland real estate? Here is a snapshot of the real estate activity in the town of Holland, MA: Active property listings: Currently 28 single family homes are on the market. Three of those single family homes currently have accepted offers but are accepting back-up offers. Properties under contract: There are 7 single family properties under agreement. Two of those were under contract before the April 30 tax credit deadline. No condos are under agreement (3 comments)
We Tried In Shell Knob - 12:35 PM
Many properties are languishing on the market today. Trying to explain the reasons why a home isn't selling can be excerise in futility.
No response to advertising on the internet or traditional newspaper/magazine ads. Price adjustments open houses, etc etc etc. The home owner's frustration can be felt even as we touch base and give feed-back from appointments and showings. They love their homes, and not finding some one else to love it is almost a personal insult. I wonder if a response I received when unsuccessfully Googling the White Pages this week (0 comments)
Chinese Drywall - Problem Manufacturers Identified - 06:53 AM
Chinese Drywall is quite a large problem down here in New Orleans. This list is very helpful is determining if drywall has a problem or not. Via Jay Markanich (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): An official list has been developed as regards the continuing investigation of problematic Chinese Drywall. The list is important. It identifies manufacturers whose drywall produces drywalls with emission rates of hydrogen sulfide 100 times greater than non-Chinese drywall samples. Such levels are dangerous medically and corrosive chemically. This list finally gives contractors and home inspectors, consumers and homeowners, who are experiencing problems with these various drywalls, names that (1 comments)
Prairie Village KS 4th of July Village Fest - 08:36 PM
Prairie Village KS 4th of July Village Fest Just a reminder that if you are looking for some great activities to do on the 4th of July, you should consider coming to the Prairie Village KS Fourth of July Village Fest.
Just one more great reason to come out an enjoy the events and activities that Prairie Village KS has to offer. See you at VillageFest.
(Image Courtesy of the City of Prairie Village, Kansas) Learn about all great Prairie Village Kansas Homes for Sale. Having assisted Prairie Village KS home buyers and sellers for more than 15 years. (0 comments)
Another "Green" idea article. - 06:19 PM
I know that many homeowners are considering installing artificial turf or xeroscaping to cut down on yard maintenance as well as water usage. I came across this article while reading the Deseret News, I am not sure what the original source of the news feed was, but it does have a great alternative to doing completely away with your grass. This is something that I like, I really like having a lawn. Anyway here is the link to the article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700040233/Fine-fescue-lawns-can-be-a-low-maintenance-option.html Here is another link to low maintenance lawns: www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h325lawn-lowmaint.html I hope that you find this interesting as well.
A Short Sale is a Two-Way Street But This Listing Agent Represents the Seller - 10:27 AM
If you want to see something really gross, pick up your keyboard, turn it upside down and vigorously shake it. What you see on the tray, apart from the usual crumbs of pizza crust and bits of chocolate chip cookies, is stuff that falls off of you every day. You are shedding like crazy. Eyelashes, eyebrows, particles of skin. Ick. In my case, there is a lot of cat hair in my keyboard, too. I'm astonished the keys still go down when depressed with all of that crap in there. There are times, though, as a Sacramento short sale agent, that (14 comments)
Darn it! I told myself that I would not get addicted AR again! - 01:28 AM
As a recovering AR addict, I knew the risks, and I told myself to be careful. My blog had became a MLS dump of listings and I told myself I needed a post or two with some legit content if I was going to link it to my new website. I even told myself, "I'll make my posts shorter." Next thing I know it is 3 AM and my wife wakes up and says, "Let me guess, your blogging addicted again!" For recovering AR addicts, probably the worst item is a "featured post." Sure enough, on Sunday morning - Featured Post! It is nice to be (8 comments)
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