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"Due to the economy, we've lowered prices" - 05/22/08 08:30 PM
Yep, that's what I just saw on a billboard at an oil-change place... "Due to the economy, we've lowered prices" THAT'S TOTALLY THE WRONG THING TO DO! I know that this post is going to get some comments, both agreeing and disagreeing, and that's what makes America, America. We can disagree and we're still OK! Lowering prices is NOT what we need to do to stir the economy, in fact, every time a seller lowers their list price on their house, they are MAKING THE REAL ESTATE MARKET WORSE! I would rather see a billboard that says "To make your car (8 comments)
It's Raining (Deals) in Florida! - 05/20/08 12:08 PM
IT'S RAINING! Yayyy! Here in Sanford we've been pretty dry, and my lawn and my plants are REALLY suffering (by the way...I drove by some of your listings, they look pretty bad too!). Florida NEEDS this rain for many reasons, get our water table back up, put out the fires (and prevent future ones), save our azaleas from certain death... And then I realized that this rain is a symbol of our real estate market! Yep, we've been waiting around for months for the deals to start "sprinkling" in again, and just when you were about to give up and pour (0 comments)
FHA Changes You May Want to Know About for Buyers - 05/13/08 09:59 PM
FHA Purchase Updates I'm going to bullet out the hight points that I believe you will be most interested in right now. 2006 saw a lot of changes to FHA guidelines, so if you haven't done one in a while...here's a refresher: 3% downpayment. Can come from savings, gift from a parent, employer or union, grant from non-profit "Seller Gift Charities" are still OK for now. This is where the seller "gifts" 4% to a charity which in turn "grants" 3% to your buyer No more seller-paid non-allowable junk fees. All closing costs are negotiable between buyer and seller except the (11 comments)
Lessons from the 134th Kentucky Derby - 05/03/08 08:55 PM
Lessons from the 134th Derby. There were a couple of lessons in the bitter-sweet 134th running of the Kentucky Derby. I don't know if you watched it or not...but Tim and I did. You may not know it, but I actually come from a "horsey" family, in fact one of my horses as a kid was a direct descendant of the 1956 Derby winner "Needles" (Her name was Needle Fly Adams, but we called her "Cupcake") Anyways, back to this years race...there were many beautiful stories this year, the trainer in his 70's that this was his first time in over 40 years (1 comments)
You Get What You Ask For... - 05/03/08 07:19 PM
The #1 secret rule of negotiating...ASK! "You miss 100% of the shots you never take" You may have heard this quote before, it's been attributed to hockey great Wayne Gretzky, and also to his father saying it to Wayne. But what does it mean? I'm not a hockey follower, but I can figure out that it means that if you never even attempt the shot...you will definitely never make it. Kind of like negotiating! If you never even ask for what you want, there is no way they will ever say yes. So I want you to practice a new habit...asking! (8 comments)
Flood Zone Tips on Your Deals - 05/02/08 11:52 AM
Have you ever worked on a deal and then in the middle found out it's in a flood zone and requires insurance? Or maybe the maps have been changed in your area by FEMA and now you need it. Here's some tips: First, make sure it really is. Flood determination shows up in 3 different places on a transaction. The Appraisal, The Survey, and the lender-ordered flood certificate ("flood cert"). The one that counts is the flood cert. You can sometimes appeal through either the flood cert company or FEMA with a survey and elevation certificate and sometimes get your determination changed... Tim and (0 comments)
Article on LowBall Offers - 05/02/08 11:35 AM
I just read an article about low ball offers and how to deal with them. I've often said, don't get upset by lowball offers, it's not a personal attack on you or the seller, it's just what the buyer feels they can pay. Read the article and see what YOU think! Click on this link: http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/32825 (0 comments)
How's Your Self-Talk - 05/01/08 10:15 PM
Today I'm going to discuss how your attitude determines your success, this takes shape in many different ways, but today we're going to cover one of the more critical ones: Self Talk: If a five year old child heard every day "you're stupid, you're worthless, you're never going to amount to anything" do you think that would hurt their chances of being a successful adult? Of Course! So why do we do it to ourselves every single day? When someone makes a mistake they say "I'm so stupid" or when their business is not going well "I'm never going to be (8 comments)
Orlando Training: How to Magnetically Attract a Swarm of Buyers Like... - 05/01/08 10:02 PM
As I travel across Florida meeting real estate professionals, the biggest thing that I hear right now is that many of you are facing the same challenges: Attracting buyersGetting them to commitGetting them approved for financingHelping your seller "get real" on the marketand many other issuesI've taken my 13 years in the mortgage business, and 10 years each as a Realtor and an investor and I'll be pulling back the curtain and revealing the secrets to moving properties in TODAY'S market. The training is May 24th in Orlando, Click Here to read more info. (0 comments)
Don't Make Their Problem...Your Problem! - 05/01/08 10:00 PM
Today I'm going to talk about something very key, whether you are listing properties, refinancing people, or buying houses... Don't make their problem your problem! Did you get that? What I mean is don't buy into their "story" and end up taking on a "project" client. When I owned my mortgage company, one of my loan officers was always getting caught up in the clients' story...unfortunately, when someone hits hard times, sometimes it takes a while to come back, and lenders aren't willing to loan to them until they know they are back on their feet...I know it's sad, and you (3 comments)
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