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DALLAS MEDICAL CITY HOSPITAL - IN NEED OF A FACE LIFT IN COMPASSION? - 03/26/10 07:54 AM
"Medical City Dallas Hospital offers an unparalleled breadth and depth of medical care in North Texas. If you have concerns for your health, that of a family member or even a friend, look here for the most relevant and thorough information possible right at your fingertips. Click on the links above in red for more information on a specific area of expertise."We hope that from the moment you walk through our doors, you notice the Medical City difference. Our staff is passionate about their work and your care. This has allowed Medical City to become a place where healing, compassion, humanity (3 comments)
BUILDING A HOUSE THAT YOU DESIGN - 03/23/10 07:20 PM
Back when I was thirty and was still sure I knew everything anyone needed to know about how to build fame and fortune, my investment partners and I bought a remaining un-built-out section of a famous north Houston subdivision. Our plan was to keep about one-fifth of the lots to build for-sale spec homes on, and divide the others up among four well-known builders who had proven track records. We thought that associating with the Big Dogs would bring us like-credibility, and prospective home buyers would quickly discover our homes and love them more than those of the Big Dogs. No (4 comments)
If you've been reading and posting on Active Rain for any length of time, there are those whose names have gained household recognition among the rest of us. Let me give you a handful. How about Jo-Ann Smith, Jim Crawford, Steve Shatsky, Joanie Mirantz, and Brian Block to name a few? Now other than through their photos, the only one I've ever laid eyes on is Steve Shatsky. We had lunch during a Realtor seminar once, and he was just as knowledgeable and articulate as I had known he would be. But the irony is that while I would like (4 comments)
I've been thinking about Home Inspectors. This past year, several of my clients lost the sale of their homes, and in each case it was caused by the report and verbal rhetoric of the home inspector the buyer had retained. And the bad stuff that hurt the sales turned out to be the home inspectors aberration, not a reality. Of course, as you can imagine, each of the inspectors picked by the buyers were not chosen because the buyer knew them, had used them before, or a friend had recommended. It was by a pseudo-lottery. In one case, the market in (9 comments)
For the entire time I've been a home and business owner, I've had monitored burglarand fire alarms to secure the properties, and they have been professionally installed and maintained. Servers have included Brink's and ADT along with hometown owned and state licensed firms like Alert, Vanskike and Smith. Interestingly, the monthly monitoring fees haven't changed much over the years, but in many cases the service and security provided has been tinkered with. Patty's and my current contract is with Brink's Home Security who recently changed its name to Broadview so that it could sell that entire facet of its business (36 comments)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Stick with me for a minute. This story is amusing and interesting. It's about the Queen of England and the U.S. Postal Service. Just before the Bi-Centennial I begun buying and renovating 19th Century homes in Galveston. My whole motivation was that it would supplement my small wage as a savings and loan vice president. Interestingly, very few investors throughout America were doing that back then, so I was judged the expert by news organizations looking for the story. Since I had spent years in radio and TV, and was a better than average public speaker, (10 comments)
RADIO ADVERTISING FOR INDIVIDUAL REALTORS -- A GREAT MARKETING TOOL - 03/15/10 12:46 PM
This photo was taken when I had just begun what turned out to be a 55-year avocation in radio and television. You're right if you think Marconi had just invented the medium and I had just invented the programming idea of broadcasting records. (Notice, a 45 rpm on the left turntable and a 78 rpm on the right one.) I've written about my radio days in my blogs a number of times. It included a stint as the host of the New Orleans WWL broadcast of the iconic "American Airlines Music 'til Dawn" program while I was a student at Tulane University. And it (3 comments)
The Motrgage Loan Mess Around - 03/13/10 10:55 PM
Here's the scoop. I have a client who has put in a contract to buy a $350,000 home. He's putting down $150,000 plus the closing costs, thus borrowing $200,000. The home he and his wife currently live in is in a nearby city, it's paid for and they don't want to sell it. They're buying the new home to live in...in Texas talk, to be their new "homestead." The underwriting of this loan has been continuing for just shy of a month. And I know from experience that this kind of foolishness is standard these days when it comes to home (4 comments)
INFLATION? WHOLE FOODS' BIG STORE, CONTRACT WITH AMERICA, & FORECLOSURE AUCTION SURPRISES - 03/13/10 07:41 AM
The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University provides interesting state-wide real estate news to those who subscribe to their e-mailed newsletter. I found three of their articles in the latest newsletter of special interest. DOTZOUR'S HEADLINES FROM THE FRONT LINES COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) - Chief Economist Dr. Mark Dotzour is crisscrossing the nation delivering his economic message and collecting valuable data for the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. Among the comments he heard this week at meetings of the National Association of Business Economics in Washington, D.C., were: "Clearly there is virtually no threat of inflation (2 comments)
DALLAS ICONIC REALTOR TURNED 99 YEARS OLD MARCH 9TH - 03/10/10 01:29 PM
I suppose everyone who's been in the real estate business for any length of time -- especially those of us in Texas -- have directly benefited from the real estate marketing innovation of EBBY HALLIDAY. <== Ebby Halliday at 99. Her company is a mainstay in the parts, having been formed over sixty years ago by a woman whose prior sales experience had been selling women's hats in a local department store. Today there are offices all over the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and there are some 1,400 agents manning the phones in them, all told. Annual sales are market in billions. (8 comments)
THE WHITE LIE -- EXACTLY WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE FROM A REGULAR LIE? - 03/09/10 11:15 PM
A fellow emailed me about two weeks ago, and told me that he would like to visit with me about listing his house for sale. He had picked me from an Internet ad. I sent him some information, even visited with him by telephone. We set up the appointment for the morning time a few days later. So I prepared the Comparative Market Analysis, Listing Agreement, and other supporting materials, and the next morning I drove about twenty miles toward his home. Just as I was turning onto his street, my assistant called and told me that my prospective client had (67 comments)
Dr. Stanley Hauerwas -- A Total Bore - 03/07/10 11:32 PM
I recently wrote a piece for Active Rain for the purpose of letting those living in Dallas know that a famous American theologian and Duke University professor named Stanley Hauerwas would be giving several lectures at my church, The Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. (Click here to read it: Stanley Hauerwas.) Last evening Patty and I invited our friends, John and Cindi Burnside, to join us for an early dinner and then a quick trip to Incarnation for the service and the performance of Dr. Hauerwas. Dr. Hauerwas was ill-prepared, he rambled, he wouldn't look at his audience, he used vulgar (7 comments)
Shocking Things In The Works Facing Realtors and Home Seller-Buyers - 03/04/10 10:43 PM
One of my friends, an old dude like me who's been involved in real esate for eons, called the other day. Here's what he told me: Bank lobbyist are pushing for legislation which will prohibit a person who owns a home from selling it and taking back the mortgage. The buyer will have to get his financing through a commercial, licensed lender. Soon it will be impossible for mortgage brokers to remain in business; all or the majority of the loans will be required to be made through a borrower's commercial banking relationship. The new rules requiring appraisers to be retained (7 comments)
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