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4607 Virginia Dr Bethlehem PA Open House this Sunday June 28th - 06/28/09 06:14 AM
Pointe North Colonial Bethlehem PA 4607 Virginia Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017 View Map WOW! This Immaculate Home in Popular Pointe North is a MUST SEE! Beautiful Ultra Modern Kitchen and Breakfast Area, with a large open floor plan leading to the spacious family room and a large rear custom deck; 1st Fl. Laundry; Dining Room, Large office; two car garage with inside access; central vac, security system; The upper level features four ample sized bedrooms, with a large Master Suite, which includes a large Owner’s Bath with Jacuzzi tub, and an unusually large walk in closet! Spacious basement with painted walls (4 comments)
Via Nestor & Katerina Gasset Realtors® Wellington Florida Luxury Homes (International Properties and Investments, Inc.): Goodbye to Michael Jackson. He died this afternoon at UCLA Medical Center of Heart Failure. When the ambulance arrived at his LA home; he was not breathing. He was only 50 years old. WOW, that is young, he is one year younger than I am. What a tragedy. Such talent, a life ending so soon and he will be missed and remembered. I remember all the times I played the Jackson 5 albums over and over again! We all loved the Jackson 5. What talent that (0 comments)
Via Jeremy Blanton (ActiveRain Corp.): Have you seen the newest theme released today for your Outside Blog? It is called A Day at the Beach. This exciting new theme features a pictures of a beach & waves along the side. It also allows for a Header image for your blog. Below is a screenshot of what it looks like, or you can always visit my outside blog to view it in real time.
Remember, changing your theme is a simple deal. All you have to do is head over to your outside blog after clicking on the link from the left (0 comments)
Via Loreena Yeo - Broker|Realtor(R) of www.Frisco-TX-Homes.com (214) 783-2210 (3:16 team REALTY): This past week, I have been having a blast selling some personal items on Craigslist. I learnt an invaluable experience about safety's do's and dont's on Craigslist. The selling became almost a dog fight at one point. Buyers scrambling to my home to be the first one there (first come, first serve basis). Then, I realized I have another opportunity to share about selling and pricing - especially for our real estate business.
Pricing for Sellers: Whenever you sell (real estate or other stuff), pricing is key in obtaining (1 comments)
Via Nathan Miller (Rentec Direct): Many of us have been eagerly anticipating Google Voice to open their doors for months. According to the Official Google Blog, invites are on their way this morning. Invitations are being sent out on a first come first serve platter similar to how gmail was handled years back. Get in line here. How is Google going to help us manage our phone contacts, and should we use it? Voicemail Transcription - I'll start with my favorite anticipated feature. Google's answer to Apple's visual voicemail. They up the ante and transcribe your voicemails into text for you (0 comments)
Via Gabrielle (Kamahele) Rhind (Tierra Antigua Realty, Tucson AZ Real Estate Agent): I was out yesterday showing a cheaply priced bank-owned home to an engineer-type Buyer and, thankfully, he brought along his best-friend. Here are the basics of Engineer-type Buyer: Painfully over-analyzes every aspect of the property - including wondering why the previous owners had shag carpet. Crunches numbers and tries to predict the future of the real estate market till you can't see straight anymore. Can out "WHAT IF..." any child, anytime, any day! Generally loses out on every deal because he waits to long. During yesterday's showing, he begins the usual analytical process. (0 comments)
7 Hickory Drive Country Club Living in Bucks County PA USA - 06/26/09 07:05 PM
Enjoy the relaxing setting of this customized ranch featuring 2100 square feet of living space. The loving care the present owners have put into the home is evident by the many upgrades throughout the home. An open floor plan offers great entertaining possiblities. New Corian counter in kitchen. Den with fireplace, plus Family room and a large Great Room. You will say WOW when you enter this home! Heated and AC Work Shop is located just off the multi tiered back deck with Coy Pond. There is a woods behind this home! This is the Melody Lakes Country Club Community, and (2 comments)
238 E Branch Road Sellersville PA Back on the Market! - 06/26/09 06:56 PM
What a great location for this home. It looks like a ranch, but also includes a large unfinished upstairs that runs the length of the home. Two bedrooms on the first floor and one full bath, and the upstairs offers tons of extra space, with room to create three bedrooms, or perhaps the creation of a master suite. Lots of potential and awaiting your ideas for updating. Located on a great lot of .89 acres, with apple, pear, peach, & cherry trees, blueberries, grape vines, a detached garage with two large sheds, and a private back yard. There is a sunroom (1 comments)
Via Nestor & Katerina Gasset Realtors® Wellington Florida Luxury Homes (International Properties and Investments, Inc.): How To Jazz Up Your Blogging- Free and Easy! Do you want to add color to your text in your posts? Do you want to change the font size? Do you want to add some highlights to grab more attention to your blog? Here is a list of online editors that you can type in WYSIWYG- and then with one click have it all turned into html for you without you having to know any html code. I have used all of these editors. This is (1 comments)
Via Cindy Jones-Northern Virginia Real Estate & Military Relocation Services (RE/MAX Allegiance #1 RE/MAX Company in the World): Does it ever amaze you when you read a blog post or a real estate ad and the agent claims to be an expert on everything related to our business? They know every neighborhood in the area or know how to handle every type of transaction. Knowing when to say you don't know something can win you a lot more points with a prospective client than getting in over your head.A few weeks ago a gentleman called me inquiring about a piece of commercial (0 comments)
Via Alex & Cadey Charfen (Distressed Property Institute, LLC): When I am deciding to buy a product that has a considerable expense to me (other in the cost of the product or the time I will invest) I read testimonials. I will usually even call the individuals who have given testimonials and ask them questions, get their reactions and see how they feel about the product they purchased. I did this recently for both the security system in my office and for the video broadcast solution we will be using at the Distressed Property Institute to communicate with agents. This process was (0 comments)
Via The Likeability Guy |Bob Sommers (Sommers Communication): I tend to follow marketing people on Facebook as well as ActiveRain, and for the most part they do a great job promoting themselves as experts in their field. Every once in a while however, someone uploads a post that does more harm to their reputation than good. Let me give you an example. Talk Trash Recently, one of the marketing people I follow uploaded a post trashing a competitor. She didn’t name the competitor, but she made a big deal as to how unqualified this individual was with respect to teaching a certain (0 comments)
Via Paula Burt (Prudential Bob Yost HomeSale Services): Here's a new wrinkle, at least for me. My most recent buyer customer found a nice piece of land he would like to purchase so he can eventually build a home on it. His dad owns a restaurant and has turned it over to him, mentoring and advising him as he learns. About 3 months before contacting me, dad took his son "off the books", and now the book-keeper (cousin) would have to create a paper trail that a bank would find acceptable in order to finance a mortgage for him. He has about (0 comments)
Via Bielenberg & Associates: Have you heard about NVU? They claim to be the #1 FREE Web Authoring System with WYSIWYG and HTML modes, and this a a great thing for a "non-computer" type person like myself. I stumbled upon this this site and downloaded the program and have been using it(?) for all my blog drafting. However, my frustration has been figuring it all out and putting it all together, adding the artwork, colored text etc., and then getting it pasted into my AR blog site. As I toggled back and forth I always lost the enhancements, but by George, I think I've got it and I wanted (0 comments)
Via Jeff Belonger -- The FHA Expert.com -- FHA Loans -- FHA mortgages - USDA loans (Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc):
Tax Credit Alert - $8,000 to $15,000?? Will the flood gates open for home sales? Through some news reports such as Bloomberg and other media outlets, those lawmakers in Congress are looking to change up the current $8,000 first time homebuyers tax credit that ends on November 31st, 2009. The new bill was introduced on June 10th, 2009, but pending. This could be some good news for more than just first time homebuyers. But I have a different opinion on just the (0 comments)
Via Jeff Dowler ~ Carlsbad Real Estate ~ 760-840-1360 (RE/MAX Associates): We have all had experiences, or seen things that have left a lasting impression - beautiful scenery, an amazing natural wonder, a memorable event. Sometimes lasting impressions comes from things which are not so pleasant - a natural disaster for example.
Some people leave a lasting impression with us, either good or bad, as a result from an encounter with them...a conversation, a customer service experience, an argument. It may not be easy to forget the bad experience, but we relish the positive one, and perhaps share it with others (0 comments)
Via Lake Livingston Real Estate by Deb Brooks: It was a beautiful day. As she was turning into her new subdivision to check on her new home construction her life changed in the blink of an eye. As she did every morning she turned onto the street that took her to her future. The horror began. Out of the corner of her eye, in the flash of a nano second, she saw him... A man on a motorcycle slammed into her car. She hit her brakes but there was nothing she could do. She felt and heard the impact and saw him land (0 comments)
Via Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman HAWAII Relocations & Real Estate (Century 21 Liberty Homes): I kept hearing about Microsoft launching a new search engine called BING. Google has always been the search engine of my choice and I often check other search engines to see how well my placement is. Well, my husband and I were talking about it last night when I accidentally typed in the top search bar for something and up came "BING". I was actually searching keywords for my website as I had made a big goof and had to go back to the backup from a week ago (0 comments)
Via cindy ulsrud (First Weber): Here is a warning to all those real estate agents that have limited experience in short sales and foreclosures. PLEASE consider giving them as a referral to someone who knows what they are doing!! Time and time again I see managers doing most of the work for the agent that has no clue what they are doing. I have done over the last 4-5 years numerous short sales and foreclosures. They take time, are a big hassle and you most of the time, need to give some commission HOWEVER, that being said, I love helping a homeowner (3 comments)
Via Inside San Antonio Real Estate (Inside San Antonio Real Estate): In a plan that promises to keep seven to nine million borrowers from losing their homes, the Obama administration announced its "Making Home Affordable" initiative. The Treasury Department released detailed guidelines about how it plans to help Americans refinance mortgages that would offer lower monthly payments.
A statement released by the Treasury Department said, "The present crisis is real, but temporary. As home prices fall, demand for housing will increase, and conditions will ultimately find a new balance. Yet in the absence of decisive action, we risk an intensifying spiral (0 comments)
Via Janet Guilbault California Mortgage Banker/Broker: Test question: What do the following 3 situations have in common? Your answer can only be one word. An increasing number of frustrated Realtors posting on ActiveRain about late closings and bashing complaining about mortgage people Frustrated customers at dealerships who cannot get the cars/trucks they want. I have been waiting for 2 weeks for Home Depot to deliver wood to rebuild a deck (when they told us it would take 2 days) Mortgage people suck (too many words) Car dealers suck (still too many words) The service at Home Depot sucks (Nope) The answer is CAPACITY, as in "so many (0 comments)
Via Wanda Kubat-Nerdin (Windermere Real Estate So., St. George, UT 435.632.9374): I went outside this morning to feed the animals and saw a little furry creature on the lawn. As I got closer, I realized it was a baby bird. He is unable to fly but is a great communicator! Even though he is lost, he possesses the ability to ask for help when needed. This must be instinct. So many times we resist the urge to call out for help when needed due to pride, self-sufficiency and to avoid looking vulnerable to our peers. I am so guilty of that because I have always been self-reliant (0 comments)
Via Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate: Inspired by Carol Culkins spirited defense of agents who, in this difficult time for real estate practitioners, take jobs at Starbucks or waiting tables that some would consider demeaning. There is dignity in all work. Let's make one thing perfectly clear, there is no job that is demeaning. Further, I don't recall any criticism of agents who take jobs part or full time for necessary income. What I do recall are comments questioning the easy licensing as a real estate agent and the fierce recruiting for these agents by brokers who benefit financially (0 comments)
Via Jenny Kotulak Real Estate Broker Oakville Ontario Real Estate (RE/MAX Aboutowne Realty Corp. Brokerage Oakville, Ontario): Or have you already started to crawl? I'm in the baby steps stage. Many of you are running full out with it. Twitter means many things to many people. A few days ago I penned a blog post and I mentioned that I would do a folow up post on how to play nice in the Twitter sand box. Getting in the sandbox is a personal, individual choice. The following points are Twitter facts with my personal observations. 1. Twitter is a tool. A micro-blogging tool where you can put out (1 comments)
Via Brian Block -- Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate (RE/MAX Allegiance): As most health conscious people do these days, I found myself comparing the nutritional labels on various cereal boxes, juice containers, frozen meals, and other assorted products in the grocery store during my most recent trip to the supermarket. This got me thinking...
What if businesses, specifically, real estate agents were required to have accurate labels describing how they practice their business? How would that read? Would it be a service to the public to advertise the truth about each agent?
Via Broker/Owner EXiT Realty Chesapeake Bay: I see it time and again. The day of closing or 24 hours prior to there is a glitch. Why wait until a day or less before closing to do your work??? People with truck loads of furniture, children in tow and even the family pet with no where to go. It is disgraceful how the system treats people as numbers or objects, not human beings with needs and feelings. "I'm sorry for the delay" is not good enough. If we as Realtors have to take fair housing and ethics training every several years how about the (2 comments)
Via Richard Weisser Coweta Fayette Real Estate ERA United Realty: I wrote a post last night about cutbacks and the potential closing of state parks in Georgia that got me to thinking: Where does all of the money collected by the states go? In Georgia, we pay both a 6% state income tax and at least a 6% sales tax including local options. (In some areas as high as an 8% sales tax.) That's a pretty high combination of tax levies compared to aggregate levels in other states. I mean really, when you speak specifically about the state and the amount of revenue that is collected, (0 comments)
Via Diane Guercio (TQI Consulting): 'It makes me think of a prehistoric fish in a receding inland sea saying to an amphibian "so, what's the business case for legs?"' - Christopher Kenton This quote refers to people who are reluctant to be involved with creating an online presence. I don't blame them- we all want to get out there and find the best ROI- whether the "I" part of the equation is money or time, neither of which there is enough of. And the Internet landscape is a hard one to use tracers on. It's easy enough to track a buyer lead (and (1 comments)
Via Jeff Dowler ~ Carlsbad Real Estate ~ 760-840-1360 (RE/MAX Associates): Much has been written about what to look for in your real estate agent to help sell your home. Agents spend many hours developing their listing presentations, creating marketing strategies, and learning about the housing market, all in preparation to demonstrate why they are the best choice for the seller. Forget about all that. Just use your dog. Seems one of the most expensive houses on the market in the US, for a reported $150 million, is represented by someone who passed muster with the family dog, according to homeowner Candy Spelling (widow of media (0 comments)
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