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The $8000 Tax Credit Is A Cherry, Not A Carrot - 09/30/09 08:40 AM
I've worked with more than a dozen "first timers' this year and not one of them brought up the $8000 Tax Credit as a reason that they are in the market! Not a single one! This is not really surprising if you think about it. Just because we, as real estate professionals, see this as an opportunity, doesn't mean it is making the TOP THREE or even TOP TEN reasons these folks are buying. (Just because MY RSS feeds stream real estate related info 24/7 doesn't mean anyone else's do...)
The top reasons my first time buyers are buying: They (50 comments)
My Neighbor Is A Poet And I Didn't Even Know It...Carrboro's Grey Brown - 09/29/09 09:25 AM
My Carrboro neighborhood has always been friendlier than many. Most everyone knows who lives in each house and we usually wave to each other as we drive in and out every day. Our newest HOA president has taken us into the 21st century, well, at least the 20th century, by setting up an email contact list. Amazing how much easier it is to schedule neighborhood get-togethers. Just because technology is part of my daily life at work has nothing to do with how I think about communicating with my neighbors. After all, this is the south. We knock on the door, (7 comments)
Wouldn't You Like To Know How Healthy The Banks Are In Your Neighborhood? - 09/27/09 09:36 AM
We keep hearing there are more foreclosures coming and it's just common sense that those bad loans will affect our marketplaces. If you could see what percentage of these troubled assets your local banks or credit unions own relative to their capital and loan loss reserves and relative to the county as a whole, would you want to know?
The BANKTRACKER UPDATE was launched 16 September 2009 by The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a part of The American University School of Communication in cooperation with MSNBC. The search tool these talented investigative journalists have built is intended to allow (3 comments)
We use the information available in the tax records and GIS maps to determine all kinds of things...like who actually owns the property we are looking at (yes, folks have tried to list for sale a home they are only renting) and if any improvements have been made to the structures. We can find out if the taxes are current and how much the (4 comments)
Plasma TV Wars Have A "Bigger Picture" - 09/19/09 09:53 AM
The recent debate over on Norma Toering’s post about whether or not a plasma tv attached to the wall is a fixture or not reminds me of a sale I had earlier this year. It all ended well and never degenerated into a “war” but it did bring up some issues that will very likely need clarification in our contracts sooner rather than later! My seller and I had discussed at time of listing that his audio/video system, which was controlled from a special closet in the Family Room, would likely be a point of discussion or negotiation when the right (15 comments)
I'd like to share the thoughts of Matt Stigliano, a fellow professional in Texas regarding how we, as agents, are finding the need to manage our time even more efficiently now that the internet has become such a huge resource for us as well as our clients. I am enjoying yet another "new way" of doing my business after 30 years, and all it has to offer. I am also quite happy to note that my "old way" still works ...because it was always based on doing what is best for my clients while respecting my need to run my business in (2 comments)
Dear Audio Video One of Chapel Hill, I Heart You And So Will My Clients - 09/10/09 09:48 AM
At the end of last year, when the change over to digital TV was imminent, I decided to come into the 21 st century and dump my cobbled together stereo system and 400 pound television (well, it FELT that way) and call in a professional. I mean, who isn’t wooed by the idea of a flat panel TV with sound streaming through quality audio speakers and the ability to play my ipod in sync with cool pictures streaming on the TV screen during a party?
So I did what any self respecting Realtor does…I asked a Realtor for a recommendation! (0 comments)
The Perfect Website Is NOT a Website...And It's Not About The Content Either - 09/07/09 12:19 PM
That, my friends, is the message from one of my favorite bloggers, Thomas Baekdal. I've posted his stuff before and not gotten much response but if you don't read this latest post you will miss one of the biggest heads up you will ever get! He describes how we are very quickly moving from a "find economy" to a "use economy". In a "use economy" your observations about the things you know and the conversations it starts are part of people's very existance. What matters is your CMS...Content Management System...your internal work flow...and he provides a checklist for us. What self (16 comments)
"I have over 100,000 hours of real life NC real estate experience and I am not afraid to use it to help my buyers and sellers successfully achieve their goals!"
Malcolm Gladwell’s book OUTLIERS, says "10,000 hours of practice is required to achieve the level of mastery associated with being a world-class expert – in anything." SarahGray Lamm exceeds that 10 times over!
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