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Sold by the Bradbury Team www.BradburyTeam.com - 02/28/09 12:13 PM
SOLD! in 2008 by www.BradburyTeam.com Now is a great time to buy. Interest rates are down, Prices are certainly lower! Inventory is high. Deals are there to be had! Call us! We can negotiate a great buy for you as well www.BradburyTeam.com 215-536-6777 x 329 (0 comments)
1156 Spring Meadow Drive Quakertown PA USA Open House Sunday March 1st - 02/28/09 11:58 AM
2 Story Colonial Now just $299,990 1156 Spring Meadow Drive, Quakertown, PA 18951 View Map This well maintained three bedroom two-story Colonial built by Judd Builders is the Dover Grand Model, and is conveniently located to area businesses, shopping and schools. Beautiful hardwood floor in the two story foyer entryway, 2 story great room with large windows, large oak kitchen with pantry, and garbage disposal, as well as three nice sized bedrooms make the perfect home. Second floor laundry. Nice EP Henry paver patio off of the kitchen sliding glass door. Basement is partially finished with a nice rec room. Two (1 comments)
Via Stacey Alcorn (RE/MAX Prestige): With a market more challenging today then five years ago, I've noticed that many real estate agents have a tendancy to make (sometimes frivolous) purchases of new technology, tools, educational programs, and other gadgets or gizmos to enhance their careers. I can appreciate anyone trying to stay ahead of the competiton by implementing new tools into their business but when income is down, all good business owners, including real estate agents must get expenses under control. So, how do you get the best of both worlds... new tools with no money? 1. Evaluate What Your Office or Franchise Offers - (2 comments)
Via Manhattan Beach CA/ e-PRO..... Kaye Thomas... (Real Estate West):
If you are thinking of buying a property or refinancing your South Bay-Beach Cities home there are 6 things you should know about the current financial market. While almost everyone knows that lenders have tightened their rules about making loans; most people really don't quite understand what that means when they are shopping a loan for a purchase or a refinance. If the only real estate loans you have obtained have been within the last 7 years... you may be in for a shock. The rules have changed drastically (0 comments)
Via Antonio & Alexia Cardenas "The Realtors In Motion" Remax In Motion (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.): I believe that it is time for all of us to begin fighting back! Yes, we must fight for our jobs, our careers, our industry. We can no longer just sit and wait for better days. I would like to challenge everyone who reads this post to give us ONE idea that we all can use to spread the word to the general public that is really not as bad as it looks, help us get our economy back on track. Can you think of (1 comments)
Via Patricia Kennedy (Evers & Company): The crux of the Realtor® - client relationship is confidentiality. In representing our clients, we are like the priest. They can tell us anything. We must zip our lip. We can disclose to the other side only what the client specifically authorizes us to disclose. One area that tests this basic ground rule of our business is dealing with listings that are still available, but that have offers in counter. You want to encourage other offers, but how much do you tell the other agents? "The other offer is totally crappy." That might encourage an (0 comments)
Via John MacArthur Branch Manager (Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.):
It doesn't take much more than a monkey to do the functions of pushing papers around and cavorting in front of a captive audience. It is safe to say that having those skill sets don't make you, the agent, any money. Administrative support is nice, but it is also available anywhere. You need a little more to turn your personal ship around.
You can always find an office that uses this style of management(?). Let me know when you get tired of the old see no evil, hear (0 comments)
Via Janet Guilbault, California Mortgage Expert (RPM Mortgage): Remember the old TV commercial that went like this: This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. For those of you too young to remember this anti-drug TV spot, your brain on drugs is supposed to look like a fried egg on the sidewalk (not so subtle message of "you can fry your brains out if you take drugs"). But here's a newer version for you: This is YOU: Good person. Good credit. Hard worker. Pays the bills. Pays taxes. Contributing member of society. Needs a mortgage. This is YOU ON PAPER: Loser. Application declined. Next (0 comments)
Via Donna Bigda Realtor® CDPE ABR SRES e-PRO Branford Connecticut Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance): It looks like a lot of us are having the same thoughts this week about encouraging our new members.
Seeing the arrival of so many new members to Active Rain I would like to extend a helping hand and take the opportunity to reflect on my journey in Active Rain since joining just over a year ago and the lessons I learned along the way to help you see the huge opportunity and benefits that awaits you through this wonderful network.
Via Matt Case (Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors): A long long time ago (like October,) the National Association of REALTORS announced their plans to hire a Social Media Manager. The job posting was quickly noticed by a broad range of REALTORS who were actively engaged in SM already, and Twitter and Blogs were abuzz. Lots of talk on the blogs was skeptical, some cynical, some hopeful. There was some chatter about it at the NAR Convention in Orlando (including some late night pontification between Aaron Wheeler of Oakville Properties and myself.) To be quite honest, I gave consideration to applying for the position myself. What stopped (0 comments)
Patience is the key with Growth Leader - 02/25/09 10:35 PM
I am not a paying member of Growth Leader. I am in the test program. So I can be patient. Will from Market Leader tells me that this is a long term process and Patience is the key. It is like your farming area. You need to cultivate the soil before the crops reap the rewards. Alot the same here on Growth Leader. I am getting leads every day. Today, I got four. Jane Doe with no phone number searched for homes in my web site. I feel honored that she came to MY web site! She should step up and (3 comments)
Showing Agent complained too many fire trucks blocking the house & road, she could not show the property - 02/25/09 09:15 PM
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> Showing Agent complained she could not get to the house because the fire trucks were in the way Here is an interesting story..... Life is never dull here in the Real Estate World! Last week I was at Taco Bell for Dinner when my phone rang. The caller said, IS THIS THE SHORT SALE EXPERT? I have blogged here on Active Rain about short sales many times. This caller needed help. I listed his house for sale the following morning. This was Friday, less than a week ago. By Monday, we had three showings (8 comments)
Via Sandy Ogburn Sandlin - Fine Baton Rouge area homes (RE/MAX Excellent Properties): The $787 billion recovery package has been signed in a massive attempt to revive our nation's distressed economy. But what does this package really mean and what will it really do, especially for housing? First and foremost, the package will cut taxes so potential home buyers will have more money to work with. Paychecks will increase about $13 a week until singles see a $400 tax credit and couples receive $800 throughout the rest of the year. Low income families can expect a $1000 child tax credit if they do not make enough (0 comments)
A memo from a Buyer that is waiting for his Countrywide Short Sale to be approved! - 02/24/09 10:03 PM
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> This is a short memo from a Buyer I am working with in the area. He asked I post this to my Blog on Active Rain, because he is frustrated, waiting and waiting for Countrywide Home Loans to make a decision on the Short Sale he is trying to buy. His home is already sold, and there is no date in site on when his new home will be approved by this lender...... Here is his note......... My name is Kevin and my story is lengthy but I will keep it short because I am (5 comments)
Via Shane O'Gorman Eau Claire Wisconsin Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell (Eau Claire Realty, Inc.): There is no middle ground with technology. There is no waiting around. The earlier you adapt and adopt the quicker the transition is. Do you know what people said about the internet in the early 90’s when it was gaining momentum? How about in the 80’s? Do you know what people still say today about the internet? Do you realize how few agents can actually use the internet as a skill? Yes it is a skill today and if you don’t have it (0 comments)
Via Danny Thornton (Taylor, Bean, & Whitaker): I was contacted the other day about building a Realtor a new blog site that she had full control over. The statement that she left me with is what inspired this post. It was "I need to see if blogging will work for me. I need to know if I need to build an internet presence." Frankly, if you are not cultivating an internet presence, then you are missing out on something that the rest of us have embraced and ran with. Over the last few months, I have been gathering information on internet presence (0 comments)
Via Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty):
The handling of multiple offers can be a tricky subject in Real Estate. Let's just say they are every buyer's agents nightmare and something that most listing agents look forward to. I say most because some Realtors try to avoid controversy at all costs and a multiple offer situation can sometimes get contentious. Before getting into the art of handling multiple offers lets 1st discuss some basic parameters of an offer in general. In Massachusetts all offers whether verbal or written MUST be presented to the seller. It is not (4 comments)
Via Wendy Cutrufelli, Contra Costa Realtor (Alain Pinel Realtors): I recently received an advertisement in my email that said "Learn how to Create a Loan Modification business and earn 'lazy money'". I was horrified. Is this the new way to prey on homeowners in distress? Does paying for Note Modification assistance increase your liklihood of getting your Note Modified? No. Lenders have specific requirements that must be met to obtain a Note Modification and specific documents that must be provided to support your request. I have coached several homeowners through the Note Modification process at no charge and can state unequivocably that no (0 comments)
Via David W. Langford (PrimeLinx.com): We sometimes have only a moment to make a positive impression. Often it's not what we say that creates that impression, but what we don't say. Be interested in what others have to say and think twice before replying. When you do reply make what you say is positive and relevant. Enough said on that subject. Using the simple words "please" and "Thank you" is a good start. How many times have you been in a check-out line or fast food restaurant where the counter clerk says..... "That will be $5.75" (sans "Please") and then (2 comments)
Via Nicole Lahti, Austin Texas Mortgage (Real Mortgage Partners): Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours....is not just Stevie Wonder's 1970 Motown classic, but our $787 Billion (yes, with a B) stimulus plan with various tax cuts and spending programs aimed at reviving our economy. This is our country's largest anti-recession effort since WW2. Part of the stimulus included a revision to last year's repayable tax credit to an $8,000 tax credit that does NOT need to be repaid. Be advised, not all tax preparers are aware of all of the provisions of the new tax credit. I had a client call me (0 comments)
Via Sandy Shores Realtor, Melbourne FL Brevard County Real Estate & Investing (M & M Real Estate Inc. / Florida Space Coast):
According to the Florida Association of Realtors Fannie Mae has changed their guidelines and now real estate investors can own five to ten properties, instead of only one to four. The change goes into effect on March 1, for qualified homebuyers. Investors must have good credit for at least the past 12 months. Here is a link to the new Fannie Mae guidelines. I think it will be instrumental in allowing additional investor opportunities in buying real estate (0 comments)
Bucks County PA Farmhouse Short Sale! Great Bargain! - 02/21/09 05:18 PM
Bucks County Farmhouse Short Sale! A Great Bargain! 194 E Dark Hollow Road, Pipersville, PA 18947 View Map This Antique frame farmhouse with 1970's addition is the home of a local renowned Artist, who got his inspiration from the wonderful location of this country setting. Hardwood floors, natural trim, newer carpeting. Refaced cabinets in kitchen with Pergo floor, newer tile backsplash, built in GE electric range, newer refrigerator. Family room features attractive natural wood columns separating the kitchen, the wood stove is offset by windows accenting each side; Living room has newer Berber carpeting and built in bookcase, a picture window (1 comments)
Via Linda Tremblay, Bucks County Real Estate (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc, PA License #AB065488): Below is a page from our monthly e-newsletter that is automatically sent to our clients. If you or someone that you know would like to receive this newsletter filled with information on the real estate market, please call or email me or Marcie Purcell. FHA Mortgage Rescue ProgramPart of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, passed in July 2008, includes provisions to help struggling homeowners replace their mortgages with 30-year fixed-rate loans backed by the Federal Housing Authority (FHA). Available from October 1, 2008 through (0 comments)
Via Brian Block -- Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance): Okay... hate is a strong word and one that my mother told me never to use. Let's say you dislike them or just don't enjoy working with them anymore. So, you're working with a real estate agent and things have gone sour. Maybe your agent is not available according to your schedule. Perhaps they don't return your phone calls. Do they show you homes that they like but not ones that you like? Whatever the reason, you've decided that you no longer wish to work with that particular REALTOR. (0 comments)
The Growth Leader program from Market Leader is very exciting. Almost every day, I get an email notice on my Blackberry, telling me I have a new lead. When there is a phone number, I call them immediately. I am finding this is when they are still on my web site searching for homes. I have actually made concact with some that are very impressed that I knew so quickly and responded to their needs and requests for information. I am finding though, that maybe around 1% of the leads have a phone number. Half of those are not real (3 comments)
Via Kevin Heinrich (First American Title): The past year will be remembered as one of the most eventful years in economic history our country has seen in many decades. Scandals and financial crises dominated the headlines. Not a month passed without news about something "crashing", corporate or government "back-room deals", and emergency bailouts to fix problems that many consumers had been unaware of. Did this affect real estate? You bet it did. Did it create challenges for real estate agents? Yes. Did it confuse buyers and sellers? Absolutely! Let's take a closer look at what happened in 2008: JANUARY - Stock market (0 comments)
Via Troy Corp (Remax Platinum): If you're a first time homebuyer and you've been waiting for "just the right time" to jump in and buy that home you've been dreaming of - NOW IS THE TIME. Here's why: 1. Obama's stimulus plan has been adopted into law and there are goodies in there for real estate and ESPECIALLY YOU, the first-time homebuyer. Specific to note is the $8000 tax credit for first time homebuyers. For an informative explanation of the new law, see this article by the illustrious Luke Mullins in his "The Home Front" column at US News and World Report: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/the-home-front/2009/02/17/first-time-home-buyer-tax-credit-6-things-to-know.html (1 comments)
Via Renae Bolton ~ Marketing 4 Realtors (Marketing 4 Realtors): When I initially started working as a Virtual Assistant for the real estate industry, things were awesome! I had clients galore - so many that I could be extremely selective in who I chose to work with. Agents were coming from all over the world, wanting to partner with a VA. It was absolutely awesome, I tell ya! Of course, between 2001 and 2006, things were going very well for folks in real estate. Then, the market turned. Properties stopped selling as quickly, agents had to start doing a good deal of (0 comments)
Via Spencer Rascoff (Zillow): Prepping for my CNBC appearance tonight forced me to dig into the housing bailout plan in a way that I might not otherwise have found time to do. I find this stuff really fascinating because it's at this beautiful intersection of several of my favorite disciplines: politics, economics and real estate. I majored in Government as an undergrad at Harvard, and studied Economics there as well, so I enjoy playing armchair economist and political theorist every now and then.
Here are my thoughts on today's announcement. And let me preface this by saying these are MY thoughts (0 comments)
Via Norma Toering Rolling Hills & Palos Verdes Property (REMAX Palos Verdes Realty Lic# 01147470): Everyone wants a deal, or better yet a steal, when it comes to buying real estate in a s l o w market. It is human nature and my clients are human (at least most of them).
Today, I will show one client two short sales. One has languished for months on the market and smells like the owners either left their cat behind, or an agent locked a feral cat and several feline friends in the house for a week or so. Before entering, (0 comments)
Via Eric Lowery (Real Estate Training): Ok, so Active Rain has changed my life completely, and I have to share. I've been coaching agents at ERA The Good Broker in Atlanta, GA for about 2 years. And in that time, I've really honed my teaching skills as a coach. The only problem has been that I've been coaching company agents and not really looking outside our company for agents to help. That changed this past January. A few months ago, I started a blog for our company agents on a popular blogging site. It stunk. I couldn't get the layout right, I (0 comments)
Via Dennis Volz~State Farm / Spring Valley/ La Mesa/San Diego/El Cajon/Santee/ (State Farm Insurance): Doesn't seem to matter if it's Real Estate or Insurance -- Customer service is an interesting phenomenon. We never know exactly what form it might take when it's opportunity comes our way. We struggle to gain new clients, leads and Spheres of Influence, but to we have the same passion when it comes to serving our existing clients? Somtimes I'll see these opportunities as chores or 'necessary evils' of my business. Sometimes I see them for just what they are: A golden opportunity to bless the life of (0 comments)
Via Dan Hartman (Province Mortgage Associates): As I write this, the president is poised to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the $787 billion Economic Stimulus Plan. There has been much speculation about what this plan might do for housing, real estate, homebuyers, and mortgages, ranging from 2.99% to 4.5% mortgage rates, $15,000 tax credits, and more, but when the dust settles and the plan is signed into law, the final effect will be quite different. The most important thing the finaliztion of this plan will accomplish is it will end that speculation. Over the past (0 comments)
Via Matt Heaton (Timu Corp - CEO, ActiveRain - Co-founder): So I haven't written a blog post in what pretty much seems forever, after my massive barrage this fall on the bank bailouts and economic issues. Many people are surprised I haven't chimed in on the massive "stimulus" bill that every-bodies been talking about. Part of the reason is I've been way getting things ready to launch with Timu and haven't followed all the details as closely as I have in the past but also because I just got burned out, frustrated and cynical with everything, particularly anything that involves Congress. But, (2 comments)
Via Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!!! Or are you? Growing up that's what kids said to each other. Got it??? You ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!! I have a different take on this phrase....how about you CRAVE WHAT YOU EAT!!! This goes to 1) FOOD 2) LIFE 3) DISCIPLINE 4) BUSINESS and even 5) LOVE!!!!! So what gives????? Let me share a story with you, then we'll talk about how it translates to life... http://www.infobarrel.com/media/image/440.jpg Here's the deal....one of my best friends in life works for a competitor. We fizzle in and out of contact due (0 comments)
Via Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc: OK so today I went through some of my older posts to see if I could find something that may help you in your business. I came up with this one that I wrote back in October of 2006. Hopefully it will get you thinking about how you handle yiour listing agreements. Here goes: Let's talk about Seller interviews. Yep, that's right Seller interviews. when I go on a listing appointment, I know in advance that the listing is mine. why? Because I'm great! Well, maybe in my own mind. But seriously, I have the mind (0 comments)
Via Steve Loynd, Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., Loon Mt, NH.: Jeff and Carol, popped in yesterday no warning, no phone call, but skiing is great and they decided to drive 2 hours and stop in unannounced. We exchange pleasantries and other commitments required me to bid a short farewell. Before they left we agree to see each other again in two hours I asked what have you seen on line that peaked your interest enough to drive up. Well there is a listing that another agency has (oh no here it comes..they have an appointment with someone else), we saw (0 comments)
Via Kristal Kraft ~Denver Real Estate~303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors): President Obama will be traveling to Denver to sign his newly passed "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009". While there has been much said about the bill, the end result is yet to be seen. Changes to the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit are not significant. We already had a $7500 tax credit available from an earlier bill, but this one offers a non-payback plan. That is non-payback as long as the borrower owns the home for over 3 years. In order to understand the benefits more clearly, I'm posting a chart, (0 comments)
Via George Souto (McCue Mortgage Co.): Earlier today I received an update from the President of McCue Mortgage, Bill McCue, on the Stimulus package that the House and Senate have come to agreement on, and expected to be signed by President Oboma some time today. This update was mainly on the Tax Credit which has been in place for almost a year and has now been altered by new legislation. The legislation that was finally agreed upon has be significantly altered from what I posted ten days ago. As in my previous blog I am going to just concentrate on the Tax (0 comments)
Via Jeannette Neerpat, e-Pro Coral Springs/Parkland Real Estate (London Realty Corp): When I started blogging here on the rain I really didn't expect to build the relationships I have. I don't think many of us had those intentions. But after reading and commenting and then finally taking the steps from just being on the computer to meeting in person. Some of us have met for dinner, have met at the BarCamps, or have went on a weekend get away. But whatever out intentions were we have built lasting friendships, sisterhoods, and brotherhoods. A couple of months ago I came here on the (0 comments)
Via Lenn Harley Homefinders.com MD & VA Real Estate: BUYERS WILL NOT GET OFF THE FENCE! BUYERS WILL NOT PULL THE TRIGGER! BUYERS ARE SO SKITTISH! BUYERS ARE NOT MAKING REALISTIC OFFERS! How often do we read or hear all of the above day after day? The only folks who will really predict the end of the real estate industry recession or depression, depending on your location, is the NAR or some agents who believe that if they think good thoughts reality will follow.
YES, we, REAL ESTATE AGENTS, can force a reversal of the buyers market in many communities across the (0 comments)
Via Janet Guilbault, California Mortgage Expert (RPM Mortgage): It isn't a done deal yet, but here comes the newly improved first time home buyer tax credit, courtesy of President O's 2009 Stimulus Bill. Will it be a magic bullet? Or just a stray bullet that missed the target by miles? It is supposed to: Get people off the fence, kind of like when the car salesman tells you "Buy today because the rebate goes away next Tuesday!" Reduce the excess inventory of homes on the market Give new homeowners money to spend in an economy at a time when everyone (even those (0 comments)
Via Lisa Udy (Logan Utah Real Estate Youngblood Real Estate LLC): Seriously Addicted.....Please help!!! I am sitting at home on Saturday morning, and I just had a serious realization. I am addicted to Active Rain. Seriously addicted. I have passed the recreational user stage. I start going into withdrawal if I am away for too long. I have officially reached addict status. Please help.... How It Happened As with any addiction it starts out slowly. When I first discovered Active Rain I thought blogging, and everything that goes along with it was kind of silly. I have not been into the whole social (0 comments)
Via Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Relocations & Real Estate (Century 21 Liberty Homes): It is so important to have my game plan ready for marketing a property and giving it the best exposure possible as a new listing. Provided that the home is in "showing condition ready" those first 24 hours are crucial to get all marketing material ready and out for the public to consume. I take dozens of pictures before the listing is even ready to put on the MLS to ensure that I have MANY pictures for different sites that I post the listing on. I never rely on one shot of one room. I take MANY with (0 comments)
Via Bryant Tutas-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc: Hi folks. Last week I was invited by Jennifer Allen to participate on a teleconference on "How To Price Your Listings Right......With a Persuasive CMA". The teleconference was awesome and I believe we had close to 1,000 people listen in. Since then I have had numerous emails asking me questions about my CMA. Instead of typing the same email response over and over again I thought I'd just post that particular part of my presentation here. So here you go. I hope it helps. ************************************************************ "I'M NOT HERE TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH YOUR HOME IS WORTH....I'M (1 comments)
Via Brigita McKelvie - Lehigh Valley, PA, Residential, Rural & Horse Properties (Vision Realty Group): I received an e-mail from my local Asssociation of REALTORS in reference to the updated Economic Stimulus Bill. The update is as follows:
"The Economic Stimulus Bill has been reconciled by the House and Senate. The details of the legislation are now being reviewed by House and Senate offices, as well as NAR (National Association of REALTORS) staff experts. Congress will likely pass the package in the next 24 hours. The legislation will include a number of important housing provisions, including the remedies for the housing (0 comments)
Via Mesa, Arizona Real Estate *** Teri Ellis, Broker, ABR,CRS,GRI,ePRO,MRE (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC): I think I'm the queen of trivia....really, I like some of the fun stuff that either we don't know or forgot. Traditions I have carried on through the years include: When my children were little, on Valentine's Day, by their dinner plate would be a heart (probably See's Candy) with chocolate. I would also make sure they each - as well as hubby - would have a red "something." Usually for the guys it was a shirt, and for my daughter, a dress. My daughter continues this (0 comments)
408 Lincoln Avenue Souderton PA USA JUST LISTED! - 02/13/09 03:47 PM
The Bradbury Team was formed to provide exceptional customer service. No team will work harder from beginning to end. Customer Service is our number one priority! We will return each call on the same day. Our mission is to always provide professionalism, honesty, integrity and full service at such a high level, that our clients are happy to refer our services to friends and family. We have successfully marketed residential and commercial property throughout Bucks, and Montgomery Counties, and throughout the Lehigh Valley for a number of years, and were multi-million dollar producers for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007. Combined, we exceed (0 comments)
Scrap metal from the World Trade Center was made into a ship! - 02/12/09 08:49 PM
USS New YorkIt was built with 24 tons of scrap steel from the World Trade Center .It is the fifth in a new class of warship - designed for missions th at include special operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360 sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by helicopters and assault craft. Steel from the World Trade Center was melted down in a foundry in Amite , LA to cast the ship's bow section. When it was poured into the molds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy Capt. Kevin Wensing, (1 comments)
Via Brandon Farmer (Allen Tate): As you have probably heard, the Senate and House conferees have reached an agreement on the Stimulus bill totaling $789 billion. While the details are still subject to minor changes, here is the latest. •1. Tax Credit •a. The tax credit does not have to be repaid. •b. The size of the credit is $7,500. •c. There will be income limits ($75,000 for an individual; $150,000 for a couple). •d. First-time homebuyers only. •e. Tax credit expires in September 2009 ( probably the 1st) Basically the House bill prevailed. We understand the lack of Senate support for (0 comments)
Growth Leader Week 3 update The clients keep coming back again and again! - 02/11/09 07:15 PM
My web site is www.servingbucksandlehighcounties.com and has been live now for a full three weeks. During week two I was getting leads every day. Some days I received three. This week there were four days with no leads at all. Three days with one lead each.I also spend a considerable amount of time promoting my web site in my blogs on Active Rain, on Trulia Voices, and in Facebook and all the social networks I am in now, including friendfind, linkedin, youtube, myspace, and about 7 others.All in all, I have received 37 leads now. 2 are retrys18 are active13 leads (11 comments)
Via Prestige Real Estate Services (Prestige Real Estate Services): For those of you doing "Short Sales" in your marketplace...Here is a Checklist of documents to send in to the lenders! I"m sure everybody knows this by now....a quick refresher should do!
□ Authorization to Release Information for all loans signed by borrowers □ All letters you have received from the lenders pertaining to foreclosure □ A copy of the Notice of Default □ The Hardship letter detailing your situation on why you are unable to pay the loan (please see sample attached in package) □ Financial Statement (attached) - completed and (1 comments)
Via Kristin Moran ~ San Antonio,TX~Real Estate 210-313-7397 (RE/MAX Access ): Have you noticed that the people you comment on and subscribe to or know of on AR, you have found on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites? I don't mean to point out the obvious here but find it interesting. I find folks on ActiveRain and look for them on Facebook and I have friends on Facebook that I find on ActiveRain and other sites. It all reverts back to ActiveRain but this is how it has gone: I read someones post on AR, then I go find them on Facebook or, I am (0 comments)
Via Marc Rasmussen - Sarasota FL Real Estate (Michael Saunders and Company): Here Is What Happened Monday January 26th - 9:43 - Tom, a Realtor in Sarasota, Florida, arrives at his office and is anxious to get to work. Afterall, he hasn't sold a home in over 2 months. Monday - 11:24 - 11:39 - Becky lives in Wisconsin and is thinking about buying a beach front condo on Siesta Key. Her family has been vacationing on Siesta Key for the last 10 years and with the depressed real estate market Becky and her husband Joe feel that this is a perfect time to (0 comments)
Via Team Newington, Sacramento Mortgage Planner (First Priority Financial): Has Fannie Mae pulled their head out of their... sand box? What if I told you Fannie Mae is offering special financing if you buy one of their bank owned homes? Would you believe me? Well you should because it is true! Why does this benefit you? Well frankly... the terms of their offered financing is pretty darn sweet! The benefits of their HomePath program include: Low down payment and flexible mortgage terms (fixed-rate, adjustable-rate, or interest-only) You may qualify even if your credit is less than perfect Available to both owner occupiers (0 comments)
Via Karen Dembsky, Atlanta Home Staging (Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA): I recently staged an occupied home that belongs to a great Realtor, Rachel Hayes with Prudential Georgia Realty. She has a Realtor partner, Leigh Steele. Together, Rachel and Leigh formed a TEAM prior to listing that they thought would give them the most powerful sales presentation possible for the home. They had the home pre-inspected by Gary Sloan of Advantage Inspection They contacted Dave Loeffler of Met Life for mortgage lending information They had the home appraised by a local appraiser, Sam Burch And I had the privilege (0 comments)
Via Roger Johnson, Realtor - Hickory NC Real Estate (CENTURY 21 American Homes): It sounds simple enough, but many truly overlook this simple statement: Invest in yourself first. Most will hear this when they ask "how do I start in real estate?" and taking the time to educate yourself on some basic investing techniques is definitely a must do before jumping into buying properties. However, this article's title is the answer to the question most asked after reading a few books/courses on REI which is usually, "what type of property should I buy first?" And my answer to that is invest in (0 comments)
"When I arrived in Texas in 2001, I felt an enormous amount of pressure. I felt like I had all the weight of the world on top of me and I needed to perform, and perform at a high level every day," the New York Yankees star said in an interview with ESPN that was broadcast shortly after it was recorded.
Rodriguez, who for (4 comments)
Coldwell Banker Previews International - 02/09/09 08:57 PM
The Bradbury Team was formed to provide exceptional customer service. No team will work harder from beginning to end. Customer Service is our number one priority! We will return each call on the same day. Our mission is to always provide professionalism, honesty, integrity and full service at such a high level, that our clients are happy to refer our services to friends and family. (1 comments)
Via Sheldon Neal -- ThatBritishAgent -- (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited): If you are planning to put your home up for sale this upcoming Spring, don't be surprised if it creeps up on you, and that you find Spring is here before you know it !! It is already more than a week into February and the Groundhog has already seen his shadow - but these next six weeks will probably fly by, and you may find yourself faced with the less desirable scenario of being forced to RUSH your home onto the market, so that you don't miss the Spring Buying Season - the season (0 comments)
Via John Cannata - Mortgage Loan Consultant - Frisco Texas - Reliant Mortgage Ltd (Mortgages For North Texas): BEWARE: There could be dangerous twins in your area. They are called Fear and Greed! Although these twins do not always hang out together, you will often hear about how they destroy one thing or another. It's not their fault. They were left on their own as children and had to learn about the tough world. Unfortunately, they keep listening to the wrong people. Their idols are different than yours and mine. Most recently, they have had a lot of focus on Real Estate. (0 comments)
Via Jeff Baxter (Prosperity Mortgage): Confused about mortgage rates today? Do you understand what really goes into a mortgage rate quote? What is the effect of property type, credit score, income documentation, loan size, down payment percentage, etc. Quoting a RATE before getting answers to these questions would be like a doctor prescribing medication without diagnosing the problem from the symptoms. You should demand better answers than just sales pitches. Expect a consultation and a total program analysis, not just an internet rate or a newspaper ad. I thought you might like to know more about "4.5% 30 Year Fixed Rate......True or (0 comments)
Via Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Connection: The much awaited $15,000 Home Buyer Tax credit may be in jeopardy. Due to the maneuverings in the Senate over the weekend, there are rumors that the Senate may want to scale back the tax credit. The $15,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit (click here for details) should infuse new life into our Real Estate Market. This could be the most important phone call of your career. Please take 5 minutes and make your voice heard. PLEASE CALL NOW!!! 1-866-924-6242 The system will ask you for your zip code, then it (0 comments)
Via Elizabeth Bolton - Cambridge MA Real Estate Agent (Coldwell Banker Cambridge, Massachusetts): Given the unrelenting doom and gloom in the media, it's no wonder you feel like you've got the upper hand when you're looking for a new home. Visions of lowball offers, grateful sellers, and bargain basement prices dance in your head. But real estate is local and even today you may find yourself in a competive market where houses sell quickly and still get multiple offers. There have been a number of multiple offers in my market recently and it can take newcomers by surprise. Some houses, clearly well priced, get (0 comments)
Via Elizabeth Weintraub, Sacramento Real Estate Broker, 916.233.6759 (Lyon Real Estate): Selling real estate requires full concentration, especially in Sacramento's red-hot buyers' market right now -- which is always a challenge because the economic climate changes from day-to-day. But it also requires full use of all an agent's capabilities. Having systems in place to handle the workload is a necessity, but so is listening to intuition, that little nagging voice in the back of one's head that says something is different or doesn't add up. I reviewed a real estate book for my About.com homebuying site yesterday, which I try to do (1 comments)
Via Christopher and Stephanie Somers - Realtors - Philadelphia Real Estate (RE/MAX Affiliates): I was recently confronted with a good question regarding closing costs. Basically the question was... "How can I avoid paying them?" Pretty straight forward. Just the way I like it. If you do not have a lot of money to spend on closing costs or you do not want to put all of your money into your closing costs then there are options for you. No one can completely avoid closing costs but many sellers are saying YES when buyers asked if they will pay for some of the buyer's closing costs. That is, if your (0 comments)
Postlets new upgrade includes ability to post for free to social networks! - 02/09/09 07:09 AM
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> Facebook, Myspace, Linkedin, Twitter and Friendfeed too! Postlets recently added the ability to share your postlets on Facebook with just a couple of clicks. They then decided to keep going and added similar functionality for four more of the top social media sites: MySpace, LinkedIn, Twitter and FriendFeed. Just click on one of the links below your postlet URL in the Links and Code section, log in to the service (you’ll have to sign up if you don’t already have an account), and the rest should be straightforward. They are continuing to evaluate other social networks, microblogging (19 comments)
Via Ron Wysocarski Real Estate and Mortgage Consultant (Keller Williams Florida Partners): Many of my fellow loan officers are actually not loan officers anymore. Initially we were advised that as people left the business, there would be more opportunities for those of us that stuck with it. The percentages were in our favor that deals would simply find their way to us. Therein lies the funny thing about advice. I guess if you are old school, you were questioned for sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. If you recently found the Internet, it is not enough to simply hit the refresh (0 comments)
Via Bill Kennedy - Greenville SC Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Greenville Central): Many agents fail to lead generate because they feel daunted by the task. Lead generation instructors tell them that they need two or three hours per day MINIMUM if they want to succeed. While this number is preferable, I think it's more important to establish the habit of actually DOING lead generation first. When I coach a new agent, I try a slightly different approach. My recommendation is to set aside six to eight hours per week for lead generation and follow-ups. Why six to eight? This number is a (1 comments)
Via Donna Harris, ASP (RE/MAX Austin Skyline): This morning, I sat through a 2 hour Time Management class. Many things were discussed except something that I find to be very important, Bathroom Breaks. When do you take them? If you schedule your appointments and prospecting time and try to return phone calls and emails in between, when do you get 2 extra minutes to use the bathroom? Some times, I run around for three or four hours having to go to the restroom, but don't find the time to stop and go. I think that I "have to" send one last email, (0 comments)
Via Bill Gassett Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty): If you are like me then you probably spend quite a bit of time online. Whether it is working on your website, spending time blogging, or possibly doing some social networking at Twitter, Facebook, or Linkedin. I don't know about you but I am not a patient person. When my computer starts to get bogged down I want to SCREAM!!! I am sure there are other out there like me so I am going to offer you a few tips on how to keep your machine running smoothly. There are many (1 comments)
Via Jeff Dowler ~ Carlsbad Real Estate ~ 760-840-1360 (RE/MAX Associates): Market reports for the communities you service may not be the most interesting or fun things to write. But there is some real value in doing so. Here are 5 reasons why YOU should write market reports for your service areas. Credibility - conveying market information adds to your credibility as a real estate professional in the area. Being able to converse about what YOUR market is doing AND back it up with facts demonstrates your expertise Consumers want this information - both buyer and seller prospects have a keen interest (0 comments)
Via Randy Hooker / Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area: In a MarketWatch article yesterday by Lew Stichelman, he addressed a Real Estate Question that really surprised me. He described a couple that is falling on hard times, financially, and that are in need of a real estate agent. They said, and I quote, "We are having a problem getting a real estate agent to work with us because we want to downsize." In a heartbeat, I got nauseous. How in the world could any real estate agent in their right mind refuse to work with a client who wants to downsize?! (1 comments)
Via Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc: So Short Sales are starting to close in the DC area. For example in Arlington, last year only 3 had closed in a year (out of hundreds of attempts). Now not only have 3 or 4 closed in my building alone, but many more in Arlington. If the agent knows what they are doing (ala, have closed a short before) the closure rate is betwen 70-80% now (no hard numbers, just my 2 cents). Also these short sales are selling for FAR less than bank owned properties. The bank tends to accept a (0 comments)
Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (RE/MAX Allegiance #1 RE/MAX Company in the World): Is a new day dawning in real estate? I'm currently in various stages of four transactions and am finding a new level of professionalism that had slipped by the wayside a few years ago.Three of the properties are my listings and each of the buyer agents are on top of the documents and time schedules even when we have had a few technology issues no one is losing their cool. My listing in Westridge is under contract with another local Active Rain blogger Peggy (0 comments)
Via Janet Guilbault, California Mortgage Expert (RPM Mortgage): WILL THE LAST MORTGAGE BROKER ON EARTH PLEASE TURN OUT THE LIGHTS? Will there soon be a day when the last mortgage broker on earth quietly turns out the lights, sadly looks back, then joins the other victims on the growing list of economic extinction? Are mortgage brokers being squeezed out of the business as, one by one, the nation's largest lenders move to block them from offering their loans? You bet they are. But here's the problem: Anytime you remove competition in the marketplace, anytime consumers lose choices? That's when service goes down (0 comments)
Macungie Townhouse for Sale in Lehigh County PA - 02/06/09 10:17 PM
Spectacular Views from this Spacious Townhouse! 5150 Spring Ridge Drive East, Macuntie, PA 18062 View Map The views are spectacular from the loft of this home! Welcome to this spacious end unit townhouse in Lower Macungie Township, and the highly sought-after East Penn School District, featuring 2,446 square feet of living space on three floors plus a full basement and two car attached garage with inside access and garage door openers; providing ample room in this three bedroom + 2 ½ bath Colonial in Lehigh County. Enter the Two story foyer and notice numerous upgrades, including the kitchen cabinets, countertops and (1 comments)
I like the idea of a 10% tax credit up to $15K for the purchase of property, but I believe it should be extended to all buyers, including investors and non-first-timers. I also think it should 15% to $22,500 for cash buyers. That will create more of an incentive for all and encourage buyers that won't strain the lending system.
I like the idea of 4% interest rates, but again I believe discounts should be available to all buyers as there are many potential buyers that are not first-timers and we need them too. (0 comments)
Sold by the Bradbury Team www.BradburyTeam.com - 02/04/09 10:37 PM
Bradbury Team @ Coldwell Banker Heritage www.bradburyteam.com The Bradbury Team was formed to provide exceptional customer service. No team will work harder from beginning to end. Customer Service is our number one priority! We will return each call on the same day. Our mission is to always provide professionalism, honesty, integrity and full service at such a high level, that our clients are happy to refer our services to friends and family. We have successfully marketed residential and commercial property throughout Bucks, and Montgomery Counties, and throughout the Lehigh Valley for a number of years, and were multi-million dollar producers for (5 comments)
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> Growth Leader week 2 update from Southeastern Pennsylvania The end of the second week is here on Growth Leader. Please remember I was on the system 41 days before the advertising really kicked in and the authorization from the MLS came through. So officially, at the end of the second full week, I have learned a great deal. Buyers are searching for ranch homes, and there are no results. It seems that in the west, a ranch is a place with many acres and lots of cattle. In Philadephia, a ranch home is one (5 comments)
Via Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Connection: Chuck Willman posted some interesting observations about the Banks' Modus Operandi with regards to their REO's. This is an interesting blog to read and one we should all add our own observations to: "The First Ten Days" and other Bank Owned Property Rules of Thumb Just how do you handle confrontation? Rebecca Cole posted an intriguing article about it: How Do You Handle Confrontation? Lara O'Keefe penned an endearing tribute to her mom, who is currently helping raise a beautiful grandchild: Growing Like a Weed! Jim Valentine discusses a type loan well (1 comments)
Via David Phelps (The Roofing Company, Inc.): I visited a home owner recently to complete a free estimate for a new roof. She was surprised when I asked if I needed a ladder to get into the attic. She seemed a bit peeved that I even asked. The perplexed homeowner stated that the other two roofers had no desire to enter the attic and I should not need to either. All she wanted was a new roof!
Well after explaining how a doctor doesn't just start operating on the patient without at least doing a few X-Rays she agreed it may (0 comments)
Via Rich Jacobson ~ ActiveRain Community Builder (ActiveRain Corporation): E-mail Ping-Pong and Inappropriate Content For the last couple of days, I've been playing 'email ping-pong' with one of our valued members over the issue of what constitutes 'acceptable' or 'inappropriate' content being published on Localism.
Trust me when I say that if you asked 10 ActiveRain members their opinion on this issue, you'd probably get close to 10 different views or responses. The definition of good, relevant local 'consumer-oriented' content can be different for many of us. But surely there must be obvious instances where certain types of content are clearly (0 comments)
Any experience with your buyer Purchasing a Countrywide Foreclosure? - 02/02/09 10:40 PM
I have a buyer that has decided to purchase a Short Sale. The Seller's lender is Countrywide Home Loans. It has been weeks already, and there is no information. Other agents in the area tell horror stories on how they have already been waiting 5 and 6 months with no progress report. So my buyers found another home. This one is bank owned, and the owner is Countrywide Home Loans. Does anyone have any recent experience with your buyer, purchasing a home that is owned by Countrywide Home Loans? I have the 18 page corporate addendum as an attachment to the Agreement (15 comments)
Via Marc Rasmussen - Sarasota FL Real Estate (Michael Saunders and Company): Kelly has a been a Realtor since 2001 so she has sold real estate during a balanced market, a raging boom market and a real estate bust. 2001-2003 Realtor When Kelly started in real estate she was humble, eager to learn and hungry for success. Tired of the corporate world that she came from she wanted to work for herself while at the same time make a comfortable living. She loved the idea of not having to clock into a 9 to 5 job. Since she had no experience as a (0 comments)
Via Craig W. Barrett - Hughesville MD Real Estate (RE/MAX 100): photo credit - craig42k (that's me)
The Photography Lesson Jon Washburn helped me with some photography last week at Pat Kennedy's house. Pat Kennedy hosted the DC area Active Rain gathering while Jon was in town for his presentation to NAR. In a conversation about Social Media, I explained I'm following Teresa Boardman, Kristal Kraft and Chris Griffith on Flickr, whose photography I enjoy, admire and try to emulate. We took two photos where the Sake was the subject. In both pictures, we turned the flash off, positioned the (0 comments)
Via Pacita C Dimacali, Alameda & Contra Costa CA real estate (Gallagher & Lindsey, Inc. 510 748 1148): I had a prospective client I'll simply call "Client" whom I met in December 2007 and to whom I've shown properties. Until one day, he walked into an open house on a waterfront property that he liked. OPEN HOUSE AGENT MADE OUTRAGEOUS CLAIM The agent --- whom I'll refer to as Agent X --- holding the open house told him only HE can write the offer for my client, and that the chances of getting the offer approved would be greater if HE wrote the (2 comments)
Via Brian French Evolutionary Real Estate (French Real Estate): There is one agent in my area who insist on being at her listings during another agent's showing - I'll call her Mary (since that's her real name). I always try to be cordial and invite Mary to give us a tour - since she's there to make sure we don't miss a thing anyway. Mary "leads" us around the house talking nonstop about all the great things this house has to offer. No matter how great the house, it never fails that when we are leaving the house, the buyers always say "If only that (0 comments)
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