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I made the statement once before that now when we go through old pictures and junk drawers we find perfect blog fodder. What a great old picture this one is!!! Handsome man! Beautiful horse! This picture shows Joe Webb astride Rodgers Perfection, World's Grand Champion Walking Horse in 1959. He was owned by Dr. & Mrs. Porter Rodgers of Searcy, Arkansas. Dr. Rodgers was a beloved Searcy physician who owned a hospital named after himself. He owned lots of land and horses, I believe, and had his horses trained by Joe Webb, who also lived in Searcy Arkansas. Joe Webb also (17 comments)
remax: They're giving away magazine subscriptions. Have you noticed? - 11/26/09 04:54 PM
Magazines are neat to have arrive at your front door. I get some that I don't really like, especially the hubby's golf ones! I used to like the "perfect homemaker" type. You know, they'll tell you how to have a better house and a better garden. Personally, I'm more interested now in financing, history, etc. But one of the older ones that I'd subscribed to for two years because it was SO cheap went out of business and they finished the subscription with another magazine. That one has come up for renewal. I don't want it. I don't like it. I (13 comments)
remax: I can't do it. #$!@$%#$ I have tried and I just can't give them away. Ladies only, please. - 11/21/09 11:35 AM
It's another year of Winter weather. Drag out the old Winter clothes and put up the Summer ones. I have done that. Now eliminate the ones that you no longer wear!! OK, I can handle that..... How about this nice green pant suit. Man, I look good in that! (Well, perhaps I "looked" good in it.) It is tailored. Pleated pants that go to the waist. The jacket is long enough to cover any widened hip flaws. I'll think about giving this away because it is lined and hot and my office is TOO hot. Okay, here's another lovely suit. The jacket (12 comments)
remax: Reminders of long ago when we didn't have electric clothes dryers. Not necessarily a pleasant memory. - 08/23/09 12:07 PM
Diapers? Lots of them and they had to be hung out to dry. Freezing weather? Hot as hades weather? No matter.....the wash goes on. I'm afraid I lived through some of this and saw my mother live through a lot more of it. I found this old basket the other day that is full of memories. At first it looked like a fantastic old basket that was in great shape. Turned upside down, however, condition was truly exposed. It had been used and used so much that a newspaper in the bottom was holding the clothes pins in. Of course I (30 comments)
We've said this over and over and over. You never know what to expect at a foreclosure property. A ghost? A hidden message? When I got back to my office with pictures of this REO I noticed something strange in this picture. I had not noticed it when I was in the bathroom taking pictures. Spooky! But here it shows up like a haunting refrain from some lady who might have lived here. Don't give up. It took me awhile to realize what it was also. Then you'll have to laugh!! Spooky, spooky. (43 comments)
The new goal for the real estate offices is to offer one-stop shopping. Our RE/MAX Advantage Realtors office at 1507 East Race in Searcy Arkansas has a mortgage originator, a closing company and a Post Office! As we scurry back and forth from one office to another we can't help passing by Stacy, who is at the front office of Executive Closing and Escrow. But she changes! We do a double-take every few days as we walk by. She goes from looking like this with hair flying in every direction to looking like this.
So we say, "What happened to (22 comments)
remax: Tornado warning! What do you do to prepare? - 02/06/08 02:11 PM
Awards luncheon for RE/MAX offices was in Rogers AR and a van load of us was driving the 3.5 hours back home during all sorts of tornado warnings, heavy rain, thunder, lightning!! We got calls from home saying that we were traveling in between two big storms and for us not to drive too fast or we'd overtake the one in front! The broker driver had a heavy foot so we had to keep warning him to slow down...... We got up today to the news and heard there were numerous tornados and several deaths in the state of Arkansas. But while we (5 comments)
remax: My husband warned me about the seat over the back tires in a van! - 02/05/08 08:34 PM
My husband, the car dealer, told me that if I'm riding for hours in a van that I'd better grab a seat up front; he said the seat above the rear wheels will give you the roughest ride of your life. Well, he was right again. We had a group gather today for a combined 7 hour drive to Arkansas RE/MAX Awards Luncheon in Rogers AR. I got seated above the tires and each bump was terrible. My head almost hit the top of the van. But the nicest agent gave me his seat up front. He never complained at all. At the (5 comments)
remax: Not pet friendly? Don't let that be known... - 10/16/07 07:07 PM
I grew up with outside animals. They were wonderful. Dog named Spot, cat named Kitty, and the animals were happy outside. They never got sick, never needed a vet. I guess you raise your kids the way you were raised. My kids were always mad at me because I didn't allow the animals in the house. They admit now that when I was gone they invited them in from time to time. Once they even brought in the horse!! (I always wondered why we had to spray for fleas once a season.) Now as a real estate agent it seems everyone and (6 comments)
remax: From Treo to Treo to Treo..... - 10/15/07 09:31 PM
These smart phones are really smart and the folks who made them are possibly the smartest. They make them start having problems just as the warranty runs out. My first one was a Treo 600. I loved that thing. I loved having people admire it as we used it to get into houses through the lockbox. But I didn't love it when people started saying, "What's that awful buzzing sound? I can hardly hear you." Well, a search on Google indicated it was a common problem. I fixed it once....did my own appendectomy from Google's directions....and it worked a little while (3 comments)
remax: This is a beginning... - 10/14/07 06:09 PM
I was reading someone's blog and they were distressed over some agent's low offer. I am afraid that I feel the same way from time to time. But I start remembering one of the smoothest agents that I've ever met and her starting line to a seller. She'd coo, "This is a beginning....". Then she'd present the offer, get a counter, go out and probably work it out. My favorite thing to say to a seller, if they are handy and at my desk, is, "Don't be mad about this low offer. Just be mad at those people who didn't have the (9 comments)
remax: The market becomes slow from here until Christmas. - 10/14/07 05:19 PM
I don't know about your cities but in my area, one can feel a slowing of real estate at this time of the year. And once Thanksgiving gets here, it seems that everyone starts taking off for Christmas. Showing houses at Christmas is not ideal because you can't see the house for the decorations! I do remember once, however, a very prominent person buying a big house on Christmas eve. He'd seen it but didn't really make up his mind until the day before Christmas. He called his agent and she'd gone to visit relatives in another state. He was very "put (4 comments)
remax: Things have become easier in some ways... - 10/11/07 08:50 PM
While calling on two clients today and talking to them about listing, I thought thankfully about how easy it is to go to my computer and pull up the court house information sheet that is available. We pool our funds to pay for the service and it's the best $5 per month that I spend. The info sheets give square footage, taxes, age, history and many other goodies. While leaving one house, I met up with Sue, someone I'd sold a house to about 18 years ago. She said she'd recommended me to her neighbor and than laughed about how I used (5 comments)
remax: What is a slow day in real estate? - 10/06/07 08:45 PM
A slow day in real estate happens when most of the state meets for a football game and you stay home. Most of the spammers must be watching football because even the email is almost devoid of viagra spam. The cell phone does not ring. Your home phone does not ring. Your husband and his buddies are listening to the football game in the deep woods while supposedly squirrel-hunting. So on the slow day, get busy and clean off the back porch, spider bomb the garage, give away some of the hubbie's junk before he gets back, and have a very relaxing day. (12 comments)
remax: Does a faster cable connection really make a difference? - 10/05/07 09:10 PM
Having cable internet connection turned out to be better than my experience with satellite internet. The thing that bugged me the worst was going to see a streaming video and having it stop and start and stop and start so I asked the cable company if it would REALLY make a difference if I paid more money ($20 per month) for a faster connection or was it all the same. They said it REALLY makes a difference so I am trying it. It really is better! I have just watched youtube for an hour and the videos were all steady and continuing. (8 comments)
remax: Who can really represent a buyer well? - 10/04/07 09:16 PM
It is my belief that in order to represent a buyer, you need to know the area well enough to do a good job. I have had experience where a person from a city 50 miles away comes in to a city they don't know in order to show houses that the buyer has found on the internet. The agent has to depend on each listing agent to open the house because they don't have key access, give them stat sheets and direct them to the house. I don't understand why they don't refer the buyer to an agent in the city (3 comments)
remax: Just what in a house is a room???? - 10/03/07 09:51 PM
I've been struggling with doing another bpo and keeping in mind that I am not a fee appraiser and am expected to do a good job for this REO listing. And each time I get to the part that asks how many rooms the house has and I despair again. What, pray tell, is a room? Is a room a large walk-in closet that is as big as some bedrooms? Is a room a big laundry room? Is a room a small space for an office? Is a room the part of a kitchen where you sit down and eat? It must be (9 comments)
remax: What do they teach in driving training these days? - 09/30/07 08:31 PM
I'm freshly home from a trip to South Carolina....well, I'm home but not fresh. The traffic there and in my state of Arkansas makes me wonder what sort of training folks get before getting in control of a vehicle. I was taught to look in the rear view mirror when passing and when I could see the car I'd passed, I could pull back into that lane of traffic. Folks now seem to see how close they can come to your car without hitting it as they pull back in front of you. Needless to say, they must also teach that (4 comments)
I'm not a big fan of rap mainly because I can't understand so many of the words that they are saying. But I'm a big fan of my hometown Searcy AR and my Alma Mater Harding University in Searcy. There's a really fun rap tune on youtube that I saw today. Four talented young people sing in different local spots in Searcy. There is a lot of humor in the words and the actions. See it for yourself. http://youtube.com/watch?v=vMzmpXupUak (1 comments)
remax: How many of you are aware of USDA Rural Development houses.... - 09/24/07 07:23 PM
After responding to a blog about Habitat for Humanity I thought it might be a good idea to mention the USDA Rural Development Direct Loan to everyone. I wrote the following. "Habitat for Humanity is no doubt a great idea and it does provide homes for many people. But I worry about the lack of knowledge among Realtors concerning the old "Farmer's Home" houses. They've been around for years. They have a new name now, Rural Development Direct Loan homes. If a family is low income and the income limit varies, USDA Rural Development will subsidize the payment for a family. (2 comments)
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