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Archives of real estate blog entries for April 3, 2011 (Page 7)
Maryland Upper End Homes - 05:38 PM
Maryland is one of the wealthiest States in the Country, and despite this, we're not know for super expensive homes, like some other States. In a search of the MLS, 4 homes turned up that are listed for over $10 million. The most expensive is an 11 bedroom, 11 bath house, nestled on a mere 3,134 acres on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Price tag on this one is $30 million. I would love to have a buyer for that one. Heck, I would love to have a buyer for any of them. I'll throw it out here just for the heck of (1 comments)
Crofton, MD home prices are not out of the reach of most buyers. This is true even if you’re a first time homebuyer. One of the affordable sub-divisions where you can purchase a home is Cedar Grove. Cedar Grove is ideally located right off of Rt. 3 North, near the KMart Shopping Center. All of the condo's in Cedar Grove are what are called piggy back style. The two upper levels are one unit and there is a separate unit below. Right now the prices in Cedar Grove range from $169,900 to $219,900. Extremely affordable for this area. The Cedar (3 comments)
Annapolis, MD Farmers Market opens for the season - 07:56 PM
The Annapolis Farmers Market opened for a 30th season this past Saturday. The market will be open on Saturdays at 7 AM to 12 PM through the rest of the year. During the crop season from June through October the market opens a second day of the week on Tuesdays. If you love fresh, local vegetables, the Annapolis Farmers Market is the place to be on weekends. You can also find plants, fresh eggs and baked goods…if you get there early enough. See you at the Annapolis Farmers Market one weekend. View Annapolis Farmers Market in a larger map (4 comments)
It's Time To Do the Happy... Er, Bacon Dance! - 06:46 PM
It's Time To Do the Happy... Er, Bacon Dance! After a long day showing homes to a first time buyer here in the Raleigh/ Cary/ Apex area, and then taking pictures for a new listing (coming soon!), it's time to relax, and enjoy the rest of my Sunday. My bank owned land property is under contract, I'll be putting up over 1 million dollars worth of listings in the next few days, and I should be doing the Happy Dance right about now! But instead, I'll just do the Bacon Dance! The Bacon Dance!
About The (39 comments)
So, You Work In Real Estate....Whoa, Is That A Broad Statement. - 10:00 AM
When you were a little boy or girl you dreamed about listing, marketing, selling real estate right? Wore out eight monopoly game boards. No? We're not talking about you? So how did you decide to pin on, wear the blue and gold "R"? Family member recruited you, believed in you? Or your dreams of a corner real estate office, being in upper management was more about teaching, motivating, recruiting others out in the property listing, selling trenches? Being good at motivating others to achieve success. Your response of "I work in real estate" when you meet a stranger on a plane (5 comments)
You Only Get A Glimpse Out Of The Corner Of Your Eye Of The Real Estate, But That Is All It Takes. - 11:18 AM
Just one look is how the song goes and the same applies to real estate. It all starts no matter how busy real estate buyers are with one sneak peek. Coming at you out of the corner of your eye. In a glimpse, flash your heart can pick up a lub dub or two. You see a pretty lady on a side walk, a shiny car on a lot at 55 miles per hour and you are stung. Grazed, hit, jarred in to attention. Whoa, look at that.Same phenomenon. So on the lead in photo on your mls, real estate website that (0 comments)
You Have A Few Minutes, Log On To Active Rain's Real Estate Blog Platform And See A Catchy Headline. - 05:50 PM
The Active Rain real estate blog platform headline peaks your interest, you log in thinking that is a topic I would like to read about, learn from. And then it happens, it is a reblog with a two sentence lead in and let down. You've already read that blog post so you back out, look for another blog post that is not a rerun. If you are moved by a blog post, weave it in to your own blog post. Along with other bloggers work, videos, images and helpful links. To make the post worthwhile for others scanning the blog rolls (5 comments)
A short distance between The Village Center (shopping) and Route 7, this home is located in the Fairfax County School system and is served by Langley High School, Cooper Middle School and Colvin Run Elementary.
With a 3 car garage, 4 Bedrooms (Master suite, Jack-and-Jill configuration and a In-law/Nanny Suite), back staircase, 3 fireplaces, marble foyer, elegant library with Cherry Built-ins, large eat-in Kitchen, finished basement and a deck that runs along the back of the house, this home (1 comments)
Having problems leaving comments on AR posts? - 09:12 PM
I'm not sure if this has been addressed but I often see the message below when trying to leave a comment on an AR post. Very frustrating if you type a long comment because it gets deleted! If you are experiencing this problem in Internet Explorer, switch to Firefox and the problem will be resolved.
Can You Find the Silver Lining in the Current Real Estate Market? - 02:02 AM
I have recently been accused of being overly negative regarding the real estate market. I have reflected on that statement and would say that may be true. While there certainly is a lot to be negative about, there is a silver lining and that silver lining has been keeping me very busy and away from blogging for the last few months. First of all, I do not claim to be an expert in any market other than Del Norte County, but in that regard, I definitely will make the claim that I am an expert. To my knowledge, I am the only agent (3 comments)
Four Lakes First Quarter 2011 Market Report - Lisle Illinois Real Estate - 12:39 PM
Four Lakes First Quarter 2011 Market Report - Lisle Illinois Real Estate -many of the condos in Four Lakes, Lisle have nice views... The Four Lakes Subdivision, located in Lisle Illinois, is one of my favorite communities. The neighborhood is set among hills, trees, and lakes, and has plenty to offer... -a nicely upgraded kitchen in Four Lakes, Lisle... -night time skiing is very popular at Four Lakes Ski Hill in Lisle...
Tennis courts, swimming pools, beach volleyball, and the Four Lakes Ski Hill keep residents busy all year long. After the fun, many residents unwind with a drink at The Lodge, located at the bottom of (2 comments)
Carrolwood First Quarter 2011 Market Report - Naperville Illinois Real Estate - 01:35 PM
Carrolwood First Quarter 2011 Market Report - Naperville Illinois Real Estate -a pleasant sunny day in Carrolwood, Naperville... The Carrolwood subdivision, located just a few miles west of downtown Naperville, offers a nice location and modest prices... The homes feature two nicely sized bedrooms and attached garages. Carrolwood is located in Indian Prairie School District 204... -a nice lake is located on one side of Carrolwood, Naperville...
Activity in First Quarter 2011 Homes Sold: 1 Average Sales Price: $165,000 Homes Currently for Sale: 4 Average Asking Price: $162,538
Carrolwood, Naperville on Facebook. Are you interested in Naperville real estate? (0 comments)
Windridge First Quarter 2011 Market Report - Naperville Illinois Real Estate - 02:29 PM
Windridge First Quarter 2011 Market Report - Naperville Illinois Real Estate -Windridge, Naperville on a summer day... The Windridge subdivision in Naperville is a large subdivision on Naperville's western edge... Moderately priced, the homes come in both two and three bedroom models, and all have garages. Windridge is located in Indian Praire School District 204... -more townhomes in Windridge, Naperville on a sunny day...
Activity for First Quarter 2011 Homes Sold: 3 Average Sales Price: $151,667 Homes Currently for Sale: 30 Average Asking Price: $169,463
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Windridge, Naperville on Facebook. Are you interested in Naperville real estate? Call me anytime at 630-697-0536, or send (0 comments)
-a beautiful day in the Historic District, Naperville... The Historic District in Naperville, located just east of Naperville's wonderful downtown, is filled with beautiful homes... The Historic District, Naperville is located in Naperville School District 203... -a large home in the Historic District, Naperville... Activity in First Quarter 2011 Homes Sold: 1 Average Sales Price: $267,500 Homes Currently for Sale: 8 Average Asking Price: $660,637
Historic District Naperville 2010 Market ReportHistoric District Naperville 2009 Market Report
Historic District, Naperville on Facebook Are you interested in Naperville real estate? Call me anytime at 630-697-0536 or send me and email at Ken@KensFeaturedHomes.com. (0 comments)
A Recycling Tip For Home Sellers - 10:52 PM
A recycling tip for home sellers. Recently, while doing a home staging consultation, I noticed a box that the home seller was using to put old electronic gadgets in. She said she got them at Office Depot and you can fill them up with all of your old electronics. The program is provided by Office Depot and is called "Tech Recycling Service". How many of us have broken, used or outdated electronics we are holding on to? This is a great solution for getting rid of them and in return knowing that they'll actually be used for something good like making aluminum, (24 comments)
How to Create a Collage Using Picnik - 09:14 AM
The following provides a step-by-step process of creating a collage using Picnik. Step 1 - go to Picnik Step 2 - On the home page, click on collage.
Step 3 - Choose the collage layout. In the image below, you'll see "basic" and premium:
For the purposes of this tutorial, I've used the 1st layout under basic. Note: You do not have to have a pro account to access any of the "basic" options. Here's what the right hand side of the page looks like (see below). This is where you will drag and drop the photos you want (86 comments)
Suicide in slow motion - 01:13 AM
Looking at the evening blog roll and ran into Michael Thornton's Into ActiveRain, Some Life Must Fall…, then Cindy «in Indy» Marchant-Fishers' OMG...I'm having withdrawal systems AR! It is about another snafu, the «Service Unavailable», and the frustration of members. There is a side which is touching. Many of us do not even understand the level of attachment until we are faced with inability to post, or to comment, or to even log in. Usually optimistic members then say that it is fine now and they hope it will be fine from now as the problem has been fixed. Nope, problems (26 comments)
Catching The Sun - 12:35 PM
Yesterday I had a funny experience, nothing dramatic, but something I did not have before. My clients are not avid Florida vacationers, and don't have a good idea of everything Florida, that so many northerners brag about. They are very interested in this gorgeous 3 bdr/3 baths 9th floor direct oceanfront unit in Bella Vista Condominiums in Daytona Beach Shores. When I say that sunsets for me are more beautiful than sunrises, they are confused as they know since school years that sun does not «sink» into the Atlantic Ocean, so how can it be beautiful. There are many reasons why I (18 comments)
Can You Live In Condo-Hotel? You Better Not - 11:51 PM
3 months ago this couple bought a unit in a condo-hotel in Daytona Beach Shores. Why this one? Because they wanted to live in a condo-hotel and this particular one allows homesteading, which is a huge tax benefit for Florida property owners. I told Jimmy that he should look for residential condos, and avoid condo-hotels, but my words were falling on deaf ears. He only smiled at me. He is smart, well educated, worked as engineer in the automotive industry. I think he got an early retirement and a severance package from them. Now he wanted something inexpensive right on the ocean. (2 comments)
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