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Real Estate Agent - Re/Max Professional Associates - 74203



My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by staying at the Mansion Sunday for two days and one night.  The meal Sunday night was wonderful.  Breakfast was a treat with homemade pumpkin bread, eggs and a parfait of yogurt, fruit and different nuts. Let me give you some historical back roun...
The new UAD appraisal is written in hieroglyphics.  You can't read the new UAD appraisal without an explanation of the abbreviations.  Even with the score card I am still scratching my head.  I will give you a few examples.  You will see that these "ratings" are subjective rather than being objec...
Worcester, Mass has a local ordinance to deal with vacant properties.  This ordinance ensures that local properties are maintained and secured.  Apparently the Bank of America is not maintaining and securing their properties.  According to the Bank of America they work with service providers to m...
Happy Thanksgiving to all.  248 MILLION turkeys expected to be raised in the United States during 2011.  2% increase from 2010. 46.5 MILLION turkeys raised in Minnesota.  Six states account for 2/3rds of all US turkeys raised. 430 MILLION pounds of cranberry's produced by Wisconsin, 210 million p...
Freddie Mac is looking to sell their REO's this winter.  They are offering buyers 3% of the sales price towards closing and prepaids costs.  Homes under deposit from November 15 and closing before March 15, 2012 qualify.  A $ 1,000 bonus to the selling agent.  There is also a two year home warran...
I was reading another excellent blog by Lenn Harley.  It triggered this thought and blog.  People who are walking away from their homes because of being underwater are sacrificing their principles for the sake of principal.  Ostensibly they are saving money by renting.  That maybe the case in the...
Welcome news to the real estate community.  The Michigan Supreme Court ruled that MERS, as record holder of the mortgage, can legally foreclose on a non performing loan.  Can you hear the collective sigh from the title companies and their insurance companies? The Michigan Supreme Court validated ...
An elephant was drinking at a riverbank one day, when he spotted a turtle asleep on a log. The elephant ambled over and kicked the turtle across the river. "Why did you do that?" asked a passing giraffe. "Because I recognized it as the same turtle that took a nip out of my trunk 53 years ago." "W...
Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors, gave positive comments at the NAR annual convention in Anaheim, California.  He expects existing home sales to increase 4 to 5%.  He believes new home sales will increase even more. Yun cites the pent up demand based on popul...
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Discipline is not an easy habit to maintain.  We "plan" to lose that extra ten pounds.  We plan to quit smoking.  We plan to sell 20 houses in 2012.  Tomorrow I am going to join the gym and lose a couple of inches off my waist. How do we go about p...

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