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I couldnt belive my eyes! - 04/30/09 08:44 PM
I dont know how much of this you have ran into, but this house has been destroyed. I went to view this foreclosure home and couldnt belive how the home had been dismantled by the previous homeowner. I dont know the story but the home is a foreclosure and apparently the homeowner decided to take as much of the house with them as possible. All the interior doors were missing, the vanities were gone, entire kitchen gone, plumbing in basement cut loose, light fixtures gone, even closet shelving and the fireplace mantle were gone. I feel like I am in a cartoon called (19 comments)
More Quality Training - 04/30/09 07:19 AM
I am sure everyone remembers their real estate priciples class, when eveyone you talked to stressed to pick a broker and office that would provide training. I took their advice seriously, I figured if everyone in the business was telling me the same thing it had to be important. That advice was one of the reasons I chose to work for Long & Foster. When I had first got started I had tons of in office training that really helped. Then they sent me to a training they have called Star Builders. This training takes rookies from several of their offices (6 comments)
A picture says a thousand words - 04/28/09 02:08 PM
I just got this picture from one of our Local Real Estate attorneys. Having been a builder for a long time I have been to many closings but always being the buyer or seller. This picture was taken by Amanda Steiner one of the closing attorneys, the picture is of myself and the attorney that conducted the closing, Dave Pill. I consider both attorneys very good friends of mine, which would explain why they had me pose for this picture of me recieving my first check from a real estate closing as a real estate agent. I want to say thanks to (14 comments)
Are You Considering Commercial Real Estate - 04/26/09 08:51 PM
I have written a few previous posts about online classes that I have taken through Realtor University. I have always been very intrigued by commercial real estate, coming from a background including a lot of commercial construction. Realtor University has just started offering a class entitled Discovering Commercial Real Estate. I decided it was a class I couldn't pass up. The class is not going to make you an expert in commercial real estate but it does give you all the info you need to make an informed decision about whether commercial real estate is for you. After taking the course (0 comments)
Check out the Local Festivities this Weekend - 04/26/09 08:37 PM
We are approaching my favorite weekend of the year, the annual Apple Blossom Festival weekend. It isn't in my home state of West Virginia but it is only about a fifteen minute drive south on I81 from the West Virginia border. There are lots of activities for everyone. It's a great weekend to check out the area. Its also a great time to do some networking. That's what I plan on doing! Below I have outlined some of the major events going on this weekend but I suggest logging on to www.thebloom.com so you don't miss anything.
Friday, (2 comments)
Please fix your mls pictures - 04/22/09 11:21 AM
When i take on a listing, i belive that the mls system is our most powerful tool. I would also like to say that the picure on the mls is the first thing that customer and agents look at. In most cases if there is not a picture the listing will not even get looked at. Below i have listed a few things about listing pictures that i do. 1. Do not submit a listing without a photo. This is something that i cant personally belive that agents do. 2. Post multiple photos. It doesnt take too long to snap a few (16 comments)
For Sale, Townhome at Stonebridge Gof Community! - 04/19/09 07:40 PM
Three Level Townhome, backs up to Stonebridge Golf Course, great open floor plan. Large Deck with beautiful views and a fenced in back yard. 3br 2.5 ba, huge living room with two bay windows, huge windows with lots of natural light. Ready to move into. This is a must see! Priced at 169,900
As a general rule I would say real estate agents are very positive motivated people. When you have to work twice as hard to make half as much, well that will put your positive attitude to the test. I try to always stay positive, it's not easy but I believe I do a pretty good job at it. Below I made a list of a few things I do to stay Positive!
Network with business professionals: go to a chamber of commerce meeting, spend some time talking to other (8 comments)
Todays the Deadline to File Your Taxes - 04/15/09 07:35 AM
For anyone that put off filing their taxes until the last minute, well this is the last minute. April 15th my personal least favorite day of the year. It used to not bother me, but that was when i worked for someone else and recieved a check. Now that i am an independent contractor, i always have to pay no matter what i do. I just thought i would remind everyone that may have forgotten. FILE YOUR TAXES!! (5 comments)
Charleston, West Virginia Real Estate Trip! - 04/13/09 07:11 PM
After taking our Real Estate Exams in Charleston, West Virginia, Melissa and I took a trip over to the capital Building. I was amazed at how beautiful it was. The inside is mostly made of marble. Below are a few pictures, hopefully they do justice to my state capital. Across the street from the capital is the Kanawha River, i tried to capture a picture of a coal barge sailing down the river but my picture isnt the greatest. If you have a chance to visit the West Virginia State Capital its worth the Trip!
Its Time to Buy - 04/09/09 01:57 PM
If your considering investing in Real Estate, the wait is over. This could be the Best time to Buy. Interest Rates are really low and should remain low through May, while the government is selling bonds for the stimulus plan. There is a huge supply of homes which means prices of real estate is low! The government has also created a eight thousand dollar ($8,000) tax credit for first time home buyers. First time home buyers are defined as those who dont own and havent owned real estate in the last three years. We are also heading into the second quarter of (1 comments)
A few months ago I was finishing up a house for the final inspection. I had a few things to do in the crawl space. I was bent over walking through the crawl space when I tripped over something under the plastic. I pulled up the plastic and was very surprised what I had found. I expected to find some kind of construction debris, a tool left by a subcontractor, or possibly a clump of dirt that somehow didn't get spread out. Instead I found a huge snapping turtle! I was quite freaked out. The crawl space had been sealed (10 comments)
I just finished another wonderful course from Realtor University. I completed the transnational referral certification (TRC). The TRC is offered through the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA). It is a referral system that allows you to send and receive International referrals, using a legal binding set of forms and procedures. The TRC helps ensure professionalism for your clients along with a consistent set of procedures. This is just one more tool that I can use to assist my clients with all of their needs, here at home and now internationally. If you would like (2 comments)
What are houses really worth? - 04/02/09 10:07 PM
I am working for some buyers, and we currently have a home under contract. The home is a bank owned foreclosure. The buyers are getting a great deal. I am a real estate agent but i am also a general contractor that builds and sells new homes. The purchase price of the home is well below the amount it would cost a contractor to build it. That is understandable, it is a foreclosure and the banks want to get it off of their books. The appraisal came in at exactly the purchase price. I had assumed it was going to come (7 comments)
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