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If longevity has anything to do with it, then the Catfish House in Clarksville TN will get the winning votes for the best catfish dinners in the area. This local establishment has had people coming from near and far for over forty years to chow down on their great hush puppies, fried or grilled catfish, white beans, fried corn on the cob, okra, slaw and much more.
The Catfish house has recently relocated to a much larger building that seats many more hungry patrons than the previous restaurant (8 comments)
Blogging versus Writing for School - 07/31/12 07:05 PM
Bare your soul, talk about a situation you are having, share a learning experience, tell a funny story, whatever it is, your friends on ActiveRain want to hear from you and encourage you. Read Debbie Laity's post about how blogging is free spirited and does not limit you to the rules you had in school. Via Debbie Laity, Cedaredge Land Company, CO (Cedaredge Land Company): Blogging versus Writing for School. Writing for school made me feel so restrained. With writing for school, I never felt like it was good enough and you had to follow all the rules. If I got too creative, some teachers (0 comments)
Who Are You and What Did You Do to My Blog? - 07/31/12 06:42 PM
Kathy Streib identifies a problem that many of us may have on our blogs. This is so interesting that I thought a reblog was important and to get the word out how to correct it. Via Kathy Streib-Home Stager-Palm Bch County South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): Who Are You and What Did You Do to My Blog?I was wandering around the Rain today and noticed some words underlined in posts I was reading. I’m so used to seeing words underlined, either for emphasis or as a link to another website that at first I just dismissed them.
But (0 comments)
Do You Ever Get the Feeling the Lender is Lying to You? - 07/31/12 01:38 PM
Do You Ever Get the Feeling the Lender is Lying to You? My buyer contracted with terms in the sales contract to get a conventional loan. The buyer has great credit scores, assets, ample retirement income and is putting 10% down. I get a call from the loan processor saying that she needs the FHA Loan Addendum. Now wait a minute. This buyer is getting a conventional loan so you don't need that. She looks a little deeper into the file and tells me that the loan officer switched it to FHA and she had the FHA appraisal back in her hand. Now of (65 comments)
The Lone Flower in My Garden - 07/30/12 01:19 PM
The Lone Flower in My Garden. The hot summer and lack of rain has played havoc with my yard and flower garden. I have a variety of bulbs, perennials, roses and daylilies planted that are designed to give me color from late winter all the way through to the first frost in the fall. Mother Nature had a different plan this year and made things in my garden bloom early and out of sequence. The result is now that we are in mid-summer, there are not the blooms for me to enjoy. The hot 100 degree days have burnt the plants and (9 comments)
Lookey-Lou's - 07/30/12 05:02 AM
Lookey-Lou’s. Do you know what a Lookey-Lou is? When I got into selling real estate in 1980, I worked a good many open houses on the weekends. People would come through declare themselves to be “just looking”. We noticed a trend back then that some of these same people would come through our open houses week after week. They would keep saying they were “just looking” but ask questions about the houses and actually show signs of interest in the homes. My fellow associates told me not to get my hopes up, that these types of people were just Lookey- Lou’s. (103 comments)
Cluck, Cluck, Chickens in the Backyard - 07/28/12 04:35 PM
Cluck, Cluck, Chickens in the Backyard- The Clarksville City Council members are debating the issue of whether it will be acceptable for homeowners to have up to 6 chickens in their backyards in the city limits. While selling houses in Clarksville TN, I do not want to have to say, “Guess what, you can have your own set of chickens in your backyard, Isn’t that wonderful?” When I heard that this was a heated topic at the last City Council meeting, I almost could not believe it. I really thought that local government had more important decisions to make and topics (15 comments)
3 Great Reasons I Choose to Sell Real Estate - 07/27/12 04:00 PM
3 Great Reasons I Choose to Sell Real Estate. There are many reasons I love my job and have chosen for the last 32 years to help people buy and sell homes in the Clarksville TN area. Today I have 3 Great Reasons I Choose to Sell Real Estate.
The 3 Reasons are: 1. The smiles I get from satisfied clients.
2. The gratitude my clients show me when we find the right home.
3. The personal satisfaction of knowing that I did a good job for my clients and they were represented well.
The 3 Reasons also have (18 comments)
Firefly in a Jar. Have We Lost Our Minds? - 07/26/12 07:45 PM
Firefly in a Jar. Have We Lost Our Minds? Do you remember as a young child going out in the backyard to catch fireflies in a jar? We called them lightning bugs in Tennessee because they flashed like lightning. It was great fun to wait for dusk to set in and either get a canning jar, an old mayonnaise or peanut butter jar and see how many of these little flying insects you could catch. It was a competition of sorts to see who could get the most Fireflies in a Jar. Then some nights we would take a wiffle bat (10 comments)
If you are looking for a bit of acreage with a short 15 minute drive to Clarksville TN, then this custom built Cape is the answer. 2600 Little Bartons Creek Road offers a 6 acre tract and no neighbors encroaching from any side.
The rooms are large and the living area is open for great family entertaining in this country estate on the edge of Montgomery County.
There are 4 bedrooms with the master being large enough to make any king feel right at home.
2600 Little (3 comments)
Ombudsman Program-Pay It Forward - 07/26/12 08:52 AM
Ombudsman Program-Pay It Forward. The Clarksville Association of Realtors has taken a big step and organized an Ombudsman Program to help facilitate questions and disputes in the Realtor community. I am honored to be one of the Realtors asked to be a part of this new program. If you are not familiar with the term Ombudsman, then check here to see what Wikipedia has to say about a person serving in this capacity.
From our Association’s perspective, the Ombudsman Program is to bridge the gap and help guide the complainant or the person with an issue that needs resolving. In no (10 comments)
Goodbye, Firefox - 07/25/12 08:03 PM
Steve Hoffacker testifies that he is done with Mozilla Firefox because it has disappointed him so. I have noticed it is not performing like it has in the past and I may turn my back on it too for a try at Google Chrome. Via Steve Hoffacker - Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author, Photographer (Hoffacker Associates LLC): Firefox and I have been good freinds since Firefox was 1.0 and now it's 14.0 or 15.0 (depending on the version). Over the years I have deleted it many times because of its freezes, uncooperativeness, and footprint. I'ge always come back - in part because AR (0 comments)
Screwing It Up - 07/25/12 07:45 PM
If you need a funny post to end or start your day, try this one by Jay Markanich talking about screw ups and how things depend on it and function better when they are screwed up. Via Jay Markanich - Northern VA Home Inspector (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC): There is many a thing I like to see installed by screwing it up. Drywall is one.Decking boards would be another.Kitchen cabinets, with the proper screws.Guardrails, support joists, long beams - all screwed, or lagged, or bolted to screws - all good when screwed up. How about when a kitchen cabinet drawer pops (0 comments)
The Most Phenomenal 2 Letter Word! - 07/25/12 07:40 PM
Are you up to the challenge of reading Margaret Rome's post about the most amazing word "Up"? I found this to be so entertaining and a real pick me upper. Via HomeRome Realty Author:Real Estate the Rome Way 410-530-2400:
The Most Phenomenal 2 LETTER WORD Who knew that one word could be a noun, a verb, an adjective, an adverb and a preposition? Did You? Check out this email received today. The tiny two letter word is UP!
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken (2 comments)
Aviary, an intuitive feature rich photo editor. - 07/25/12 06:08 PM
Okay, you got me on this photo app and all it can do. I will downloading it and seeing all it can do for my iPhone photos. Check Rene Fabre's post on how he made ordinary photos look sharp while on the go. Via René Fabre (First American Title): Aviary, an intuitive feature rich photo editor. When July showed up this year those gray skies and showers continued. But I know, as a son of the Pacific Northwest, that real summer doesn’t actually begin until July 7th. It’s one of those secret insider things, but I was fooled. They're still oscillating over the (0 comments)
WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR? - 07/25/12 05:41 PM
A written plan tends to get us to our goals faster. I really like this exercise that Joe Petrowsky and his wife do about writing things down and sharing them and discussing them with one another. It makes them accountable to one another. Good job Joe. Via Joe Petrowsky - Right Trac Financial Group, Inc: “What are You Thankful For?”
My wife and I took a few days off last week to celebrate my birthday. We have been married for 42 years, I am truly blessed.
Early on in our marriage we wanted figure out a way to (0 comments)
My Social Media HomeFinder.com Makeover - 07/25/12 05:31 PM
Do you want to be successful like some of the other agents? The way to do it is model yourself after them and do as they do. They didn't become successful by sitting on the sidelines. Read Dick Greenberg's post about his plans for his future successes. Via Dick Greenberg (Coldwell Banker - Fort Collins, CO): OK, I admit it. The social media component of my business is a complete shambles. There are other parts that could certainly use a bit of touch-up or polish, but social media is the one I'm embarrassed about. And I certainly have no one to blame but (0 comments)
Spam Prevention Puzzles - 07/25/12 09:26 AM
Spam Prevention Puzzles- Frequent users of the internet have seen the conglomeration of letters that certain websites ask you to type in for access to their sites. I call these Spam Prevention Puzzles. ActiveRain uses these in their email side of things and I must say, theirs are some of the best at keeping computer spamming out. They are also some of the best at challenging my mind because of their complexity. I have to be very patient and allow a little more time to “decipher the code”.
Some are one series of letters and some are 2 series with punctuation (9 comments)
Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday - 07/24/12 07:49 PM
Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday – The Tennessee tax collector is going on vacation for this year’s Tax-Free Weekend, August 3-5. The Tennessee State Legislature has given those of us in Tennessee this monetary gift. The gift is no sales tax will be collected on items deemed to be needed for back to school. This Tax-free Weekend happens only once a year and is anticipated by all Tennessee residents and the people of Clarksville and Montgomery County TN. If you have children going back to school, if you are going back to school or if you know of anyone in Tennessee that needs (15 comments)
Take a Close Look at Your Entry - 07/24/12 06:38 PM
How many times do we have to say it, sellers need to make sure they make a great first impression with the buyers. That means the front entry, front door or porch is what the buyer see first and can set the stage for the rest of the showing. Belinda Spillman gives great advice in her post below. Via Belinda Spillman Colorado Real Estate Professional (Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square): Take a Close Look at Your Entry
Summertime is a busy time in real estate in Colorado. The flowers are blooming and the lawns are green and lush. With all that (0 comments)
Is it better to have the seller pay closing costs? - 07/24/12 06:32 PM
In some areas, sellers are willing to pay closing costs for their buyers because they think this increases the chances of a sale. Since who pays closing costs is totally negotiable it pays to look at the bottom line and see what it really means if the seller pays all the costs. Read Tammy Lankford's post on her viewpoint on this situation. Via Tammy Lankford/Broker Lane Realty Lake Sinclair-Central GA: "I want the seller to pay the closing costs, don't I?" That is a question I get from both first time and experienced buyers. And my advise to them may not be the (0 comments)
ActiveRain and Homefinder.com Agent Makeover Challenge - 07/24/12 07:58 AM
The 27th of July at 11:59PM PDT is quickly approaching. For those that intend to enter the ActiveRain and Homefinder.com Makeover Challenge time is running out. So put your thinking caps on and get those submissions in. Via ActiveRain Corp.: Active Rain Agent Makeover Contest I would be willing to bet there are parts of your business that run like a well-oiled machine! Maybe your people skills are so stellar that you’ve found the way to make each of your buyers feel like they are your number one client. I'd also be willing to bet there are areas that could use improvement; (3 comments)
What Should Have Been My First Choice, Was My Last Choice - 07/23/12 07:38 PM
It is interesting how agents make their decisions about the company in which they think they should work. Sometimes we don't get it right the first time, but it is reassuring when you hear from an agent that is happy, happy, happy with her choice. Via Debbie Laity, Cedaredge Land Company, CO (Cedaredge Land Company): What Should Have Been My First Choice, Was My Last Choice. This is NOT an advertisement for my company, but a bit about me. Cedaredge Land Company isn't my company...I don't own it, but I've called it my home away from home for two and half years. This is where (8 comments)
Would You Join a Leads Group? - 07/23/12 07:23 PM
Networking and building relationships serve to help build our client base. Donna Foerster wrote about her challenge of starting a lead group and the steps it will take to make it successful. Via Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors): Would You Join a Leads Group? I've been part of 2 leads groups in my 8+ years in Real Estate. One was with a local chamber. You had to pay to be a member. It was very structured. The only bad thing? I never passed or received a lead! Why, you might ask? Good question. I believe it's because (2 comments)
More Debbie’s (Murphy’s) Law - 07/23/12 07:43 AM
More Debbie’s (Murphy’s) Law – In a previous post Debbie's (Murphy's) Law, I talked about Murphy’s Law and how I had developed some of my own. Because life is so complex at times, my list continues to grow. To add to the other list here are some More of Debbie’s (Murphy’s) Law. *A weather alert interrupts your favorite TV show at the most crucial moment. *You remember in the morning that you ran out of coffee or milk yesterday morning. *You are wearing a white shirt when you want to order spaghetti. *Your class reunion is coming up and all you can think (21 comments)
Michael’s Pizza, The Original Hometown Taste - 07/23/12 07:37 AM
Michael’s Pizza, The Original Hometown Taste. Michaels’s Pizza Sango location has recently relocated to a wonderful new home at Suite 100, 2690 Madison Street, Clarksville TN. The new location gives patrons plenty of parking and easy access from Madison Street and Excell Road.
This is the newest of all the Michael’s Pizza Restaurants in Clarksville TN. The taste of Michael’s Pizza is known by Clarksvillians as some of the best pizza in town. That is due to the secret recipes created by the founder Michael Jackson back in 1985. The Original Hometown Taste stands out above the rest of the (9 comments)
A Quick Pick Me Up-Pay It Forward. - 07/22/12 01:57 PM
A Quick Pick Me Up-Pay It Forward. Our cars are our mobile offices and since we are on the go a good part of the day, we need to make sure we are equipped to handle whatever we encounter.
One of the things I am on the lookout for when driving the streets of Clarksville TN selling real estate is real estate signs. I want to know the current inventory and availability in the neighborhoods but I also want to make sure I maintain a good appearance for my real estate signs. Keeping signs upright and in good condition (21 comments)
Debbie’s (Murphy’s) Law- - 07/21/12 08:46 PM
Debbie’s (Murphy’s) Law- If you have any age on you at all, then you have heard some of Murphy’s Laws that have been around forever. My parents used to quote them and I thought Murphy was a wise old man, kind of like Webster of the dictionary era or Robert from Robert’s Rules of Order. Some of Murphy’s Laws that you probably have heard are: If anything can go wrong, it will. Smile...tomorrow will be worse. Things get worse under pressure. Nothing is as easy as it looks. Now life tends to make you think in terms of Murphy’s Law so (27 comments)
Bluegrass at the Ryman - 07/21/12 03:24 PM
Bluegrass at the Ryman- For those that love the sounds of traditional bluegrass music, the Ryman Auditorium in Downtown Nashville TN, has its season finale of its Bluegrass at the Ryman Summer Concert Series. This popular event has brought hundreds of thousands of music patrons over the last few decades to the Ryman to hear top-notch bluegrass music played by some of the best artists in the business. The Ryman, also known as the Mother Church of Country Music, housed the Grand Ole Opry for over forty years. This historic building serves as a museum of sorts to the birthplace of (3 comments)
You're a typical jerk....oh really? Phoenix Home Buyers Heating Up - 07/20/12 10:28 AM
As the competition increases and there are fewer and fewer homes to choose from, some people's patience will not be up to the task. Read Anna Banana's post about a real situation and how it was handled. Via Anna 'Banana' Kruchten - Phoenix Real Estate Broker,CRS 602-380-4886 (Phoenix Property Shoppe): You're a typical jerk....oh really? Phoenix Home Buyers Heating Up
The Phoenix real estate market it hot hot HOT, as is the weather. As a result we've been seeing tempers flare and people acting out in ways their Momma wouldn't be proud of - one tiny bit. And let's not forget to (0 comments)
Toss Away the "Could Haves & "Should Haves" Day! Celebrate the Day! - 07/20/12 09:27 AM
Good advice is hard to take and follow sometimes. Read the post below from Kathy Streib and go over to her original post and comment on what your thoughts are on the subject. Via Kathy Streib-Home Stager-Palm Bch County South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): Celebrate the day! Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day! It’s a shame that many of us don’t fully realize until we’re older and the road ahead of us is getting shorter and shorter that life is not a dress rehearsal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the PTB would come to earth and give each (0 comments)
Thank You For Your Time - 07/20/12 08:44 AM
Thank You For Your Time. Have you ever heard these words before from a client? I know I have multiple times but when I hear them they make me cringe. My husband even calls the words the kiss of death to the deal. He has been in sales for 40 years and has noticed the same underlying meaning when those words are spoken. Over my years in real estate I have noticed that these words most generally mean that they are not interested in the product, service or me and they mean don't call me back. They may even finish the sentence with I'll be calling you, (14 comments)
If You Are Sitting on the Fence - You May Get A Splinter - 07/20/12 08:14 AM
We Realtors cannot say it enough, that if you think you might want to own a home, now is the time to see if it is right for you. These interest rates are at an all time low. They will not stay that way forever. That is guaranteed. Via Debbie Baldes, ABR, SFR, CDPE, e-PRO, CHS (Executive Properties): If You Are Sitting on the Fence - You May Get A Splinter
If you are one of those people waiting for that great time to buy a home, you may be running out of time! House prices are starting to climb in the (3 comments)
Finally - An App for the Rain - 07/20/12 08:10 AM
For those that have not been experiencing any rain in their areas, they may have forgotten the sound of a rain storm and how soothing it can be. We had a hard rain last night and it made me appreciate how I like to hear the sounds. Now you can hear it anytime. Via Dick Greenberg (Coldwell Banker - Fort Collins, CO): Oh! You thought I meant ActiveRain? How clever of me to mislead you like that - but now that I have your attention, I do have something useful and cool for you. I found this recently on BoingBoing (the source for (3 comments)
I want it right now and I want everything on my list. Get it for me. - 07/20/12 08:06 AM
The buyer of today is a bit more demanding and wants to have all the bells and whistles in their new home right from the beginning. There is no perfect home so something will have to give in this situation. Buy something close to what you want and make it exactly what you want over time by doing alterations and improvements. Via Valerie Zinger (House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada): Very late one evening this week, I was watching one of those TV shows on buyers heading out with an agent to get a new home. As we know, these are shows so they have (4 comments)
Terraces of Hearthstone, Country Living in Clarksville TN- - 07/19/12 09:53 PM
Terraces of Hearthstone, Country Living in Clarksville TN- Do you want to live outside the city limits and pay no city property taxes? Do you want a quality built new home with amenities you find in much higher price ranges? Do you want lots of finished square footage to showcase your furniture and give you plenty of breathing room? Do you want a convenient location that is only minutes to shopping and schools in the St. Bethlehem area? If you answered yes to any of these questions then Terraces of Hearthstone, Country Living in Clarksville TN may be for you. There (5 comments)
A Piece of Toilet Paper on My Shoe - 07/19/12 11:17 AM
A Piece of Toilet Paper on My Shoe. A year ago my husband and I were on a flight traveling. As we were nearing the airport I decided to take a quick pit stop while still on the plane and beat the rush that hurries to the restrooms in the terminal. Little did I realize that I had picked up a little extra traveler while in the restroom. A piece of toilet paper was trying to hitch a ride. The flight landed and we all deplaned. It was not until I was halfway down the terminal hallway that I felt a (19 comments)
Will and Wileys last adventure. - 07/18/12 06:32 PM
Everyone has heard of Will Rogers but have you heard of Wiley Post and what became of him? I love history and for all the history buffs out there, read Rene Fabre post and click over to his original post to leave him a comment. Via René Fabre (First American Title): Will Rodgers and Wiley Post were self made men. Both went after a life they were creating through passion, daring, raw talent, persistence, and wit. Both became the stuff that books are written about, stories are told, and movies are made. Born November 4, 1879 on the Dog Horn Ranch in the (6 comments)
Listen for the Silence-Information on Drowning You Need to Remember! - 07/18/12 06:20 PM
I have always had a fear of drowning even though I can swim and love the water. I had never heard of dry drowning but it is real and seems like it could be just as dangerous. The more you know about something, the less you fear it. Via Kathy Streib-Home Stager-Palm Bch County South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): Listen for the Silence....Information on Drowning You Need to Remember! The weather has been brutally hot up north and of course, it's summer here in Florida so water, the beach, swimming pools and water parks are tops on everyone's list. But, (2 comments)
Let Go and Join the Younger Generation, HomeFinder.com Makeover - 07/18/12 03:00 PM
Let Go and Join the Younger Generation, HomeFinder.com Makeover -Many know that I have been in the real estate business for almost 32 years. When I started mostly as a part-time agent, I really never had a true goal of where I wanted my real estate career to take me.
Because of my personality as a high achiever, I threw myself into the business and it quickly became a way of life. I changed, reluctantly at times, when new systems and technology came on the scene and forced me into it. Some things I adapted to well and others (15 comments)
We Don't Care What The Buyers Offered, We're Countering! - 07/17/12 09:39 PM
It is so true that when a buyer makes a ridiculously low offer, the listing agent has to work really hard to keep the seller from either rejecting it or exploding. The secret to good negotiating tactics are keeping the communications open and going back and forth. Via Liz and Bill Spear RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio: Cincinnati to Dayton (513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com): We Don't Care What The Buyers Offered, We're Countering! Okay, we can't exactly say those words in that order, because the decision during negotiations ISN'T ours to make, it's up to the homeowners. We advise (sometimes strongly), but Mr. and Mrs. (10 comments)
Flushing it Down the Drain in Clark County, WA - 07/17/12 08:59 PM
If you are concerned with our water supply then read Debb Jane's post to get some great suggestions on how to keep our water supply and environment healthier and cleaner. Via Debb Janes~EcoBroker Camas, Washington EcoBroker (The Carl Group, LLC): Down the Drain in Clark County, WA It sure can be confusing for many of us wondering what’s okay to flush down the drain in our communities, including Clark County, WA. As an EcoBroker, it makes sense to me to stop, and think, before we flush anything into our waste water systems. Finding out what’s permissible to pour down the drains can be (0 comments)
Aren’t Low Interest Rates For The Filthy Rich Too? - 07/17/12 06:24 AM
Aren’t Low Interest Rates For The Filthy Rich Too? Have you heard all the hub-bub about Mark Zuckerberg and the low 1% interest rate he got on his mortgage? The public seems to be indignant that this low interest rate be wasted on someone so rich. Is he not a good risk? Those pennies mount up as the filthy rich say.
The rates have been quite low for a while and many people have been smart and taken advantage of them to purchase a new home or refinance the one they have at a lower rate. I have been pleased (8 comments)
Can't You Hear Me Crying? - 07/17/12 05:13 AM
Can’t You Hear Me Crying? The several days of blessed rain we have gotten in Clarksville TN have been wonderful. The grass is turning green and is shooting up. The shrubbery and flowers are growing again and showing signs of new life.
Can’t You Hear Me Crying? My Weeping Mulberry Tree has been weeping continuously and it’s because it has gotten rather shaggy and is in need of a trim. Frankly she is unattractive and has become an eyesore in the front of my house. If My Mulberry Tree could speak she might cry out, “You have forgotten me. I look atrocious and neglected. I feel (28 comments)
Terraces of Hearthstone, Clarksville TN - 07/16/12 06:25 PM
Terraces of Hearthstone, Clarksville TN. For a country atmosphere with city amenities in new homes the Terrace of Hearthstone, Clarksville TN is the best choice for you or your family. These quality-built homes have designs and details that will leave you lacking nothing in the way of modern conveniences. There are several homes available in Terraces of Hearthstone and one is right for you. Located in the Rossview Elementary, Northeast Middle and Northeast High school districts, you will have good schools that offer great educational opportunities in the Clarksville Montgomery County School System. For the commuters to Ft. Campbell KY, your drive (5 comments)
Do you sell homes, or communities? - 07/16/12 06:10 PM
This is a great companion post to Marte's post about selling communities. These tips will get you thinking how you can make your posts even better. Via Marte Cliff (Marte Cliff Copywriting): Are you selling your community or the homes and land within the community? My feeling is that for the most part, people make up their minds where they want to live, then choose a home or land in that area. When I was an agent I did show homes to two or three couples who were traveling and scoping out towns across Montana, Idaho, and Washington before deciding where (4 comments)
I Crossed Over - 07/16/12 02:37 PM
I Crossed Over- With this post I crossed over the 100,000 point hurdle in ActiveRain. Now this is not a huge number like some of the other members have achieved, but it is huge to me. It represents a diligent effort to be involved in the community. This means participating in contests, being faithful to my blogging, reading others blogs, adding comments to others posts, reading the comments given on mine and responding back. I have spent hours in the University learning how to be better at this blogging thing and attended Rain Camp so I could hear how the experts (14 comments)
Helping a Colleague-Pay It Forward. - 07/15/12 07:55 PM
Helping a Colleague-Pay It Forward. The last 9 days have been really busier than usual for me because I have been Helping a Colleague-Pay It Forward. A fellow agent who is a friend of mine had the opportunity to go to Italy and take a Riverboat cruise of the Mediterranean. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I wanted her to go. I offered to look after her business for her while she was away. She had an offer in the counteroffer process when she left and a few buyers that were in the middle of looking for homes. Sharon left (16 comments)
I am Embarassed and Ashamed - 07/15/12 01:40 PM
I am Embarrassed and Ashamed. Yes, it is time to confess. I cleaned out my pantry and I am Embarrassed and Ashamed. This job hasn’t been done in many months, maybe even a couple of years. That could be a little embarrassing by itself but that is not the true reason for my shame. I was given some plastic shelving and bins and decided to use them in the pantry to get better organized. I had some extra time in my day and chose to get that little chore done. These shelves and bins were going to allow me to organize (77 comments)
If You Don’t Trust Me Vendor, I Don’t Trust You. - 07/14/12 06:54 PM
If You Don’t Trust Me Vendor, I Don’t Trust You. Over the last several years I have had to call on an HVAC serviceman to service some of my listings and get them in good working order before the closing. There has been one company in particular that I frequently called because they did good work and responded to my calls promptly. A couple of weeks ago I had an occasion to call them for service on a listing of mine. The seller was overseas and asked that I handle the service and put the charge on his side of the (15 comments)
ReBlogging Gives You Extra Points - 07/13/12 07:03 PM
Reblogging Gives You Extra Points. Did you know that you can earn 25 points for every Reblog you post per week up to a maximum of 10 Reblogs? If my math is right, that is an extra 250 points you can add to your weekly points total. All you have to do is be willing to put a short introduction to someone else’s blog (a minimum of 25 words) and hit the Reblog button. Now the purpose of this Reblog opportunity is to recirculate those posts that went under the radar the first time or those that have particularly good value or (25 comments)
Do you trust your colleagues? Do they trust you? - 07/13/12 06:24 PM
This is worth repeating because it doesn't happen that often and when it does, it is special. A trust like this between agents is indeed hard to find and needs to be respected and cherished. Via Tammy Lankford/Broker Lane Realty Lake Sinclair-Central GA: Do you trust your colleagues? Do they trust you? Today was a totally unique experience for me. I've certainly over the past 20 years had some great relationships with other agents where a bond of trust was built and from time to time I've traded favors. I've opened a house, had them stop by my office and update their key, (0 comments)
I found something exciting - did YOU know this? - 07/13/12 06:19 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you Marte. I had forgotten about that little keystroke and since your post about it, I have used it a dozen times. I hope I never forget it again. Via Marte Cliff (Marte Cliff Copywriting): The Problem: A couple of weeks ago I wrote about getting a new wireless keyboard - and how frustrated I was. My "lazy fingers" keep touching the wrong things and I get ugly noises and pop-ups that stop me in my tracks. Some of them offer to turn something into a link. Others ask what I want to insert. There's a variety. (10 comments)
Realtors® Alphabet Soup - 07/13/12 11:25 AM
John McCormack wrote this post and made many of us laugh and reflect on the true role of a real estate agent. In case you missed it, check it out because you will have to agree, we wear many hats. Via John McCormack- AlbuquerqueHomes.com (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com): Realtors® Alphabet SoupWe as REALTORS® walk in some interesting shoes, wear many hats and fill many roles in our ongoing efforts at conducting day to day business. We continually guide our clients and work to be the glue of an often difficult puzzle (a prior post). I have determined that throughout my real estate (1 comments)
Price It To Sell And MLS Is The Only Marketing Needed... - 07/13/12 11:22 AM
Pricing is by far the essential key element in getting a property sold. The longer is stays on the market at too high a price, the lower the buyer's offer is likely to be. Via Barbara Todaro "New Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ): Listing real estate is all about the price, but I’m not telling you something you didn’t already know!! The greatest challenge listing agents have is to convince an emotionally filled seller that the home he cherishes is worth “x” amount of dollars. We know that buyers dictate what the market is; buyers are the controlling factor; buyers (1 comments)
Getting Started on ActiveRain - 07/13/12 11:19 AM
I have recently had two associates join ActiveRAin. This post spells out some essential first steps in getting familiar with the network and community that is so vital in getting started. It is all a little overwhelming, so any helpful tips that a newbie can use are very welcomed. Via ActiveRain Corp.: How To Get Started on ActiveRain - A quick route to a successful Journey on ActiveRain. The ActiveRain Staff, along with our members and ambassadors, wish to welcome you to the ActiveRain community. We know you have a choice, and we're glad you've chosen our network as a place to connect (2 comments)
What Was Real Estate Like in 1980? - 07/12/12 08:57 PM
What Was Real Estate Like in 1980? If you weren’t in the business in the early 80’s then you have no idea how much it has changed, gotten more complicated and even better with time. By looking at the past and the way business was conducted way back in 1980, you will appreciate what you have now and all the tools and technology that dominate our real estate world. What Was Real Estate Like in 1980? Office- Agents were all put in one big room called a bullpen; private offices were not an option. Desk- It was a small salesman (85 comments)
2014-Where Did the Low Interest Rates Go? - 07/12/12 01:26 PM
2014-Where Did the Low Interest Rates Go? People have gotten a little bit complacent expecting low interest rates to stay around for a while longer. They will not stay this low indefinitely. They are going to go up, we just don’t know exactly when. Take a look into the future and see what the consequences of waiting too long will be on your pocketbook. You may be asking in 2014-Where did the Low Interest Rates Go?
Where Can I Get a FREE Copy of my Credit Report? - 07/11/12 03:58 PM
In case you missed this and need to pass it on to some clients or friends, this post by Eric explains how that a free credit report is ours for the asking. So go on now and ask but make sure you read his entire post and get the one that really is free.. Via Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI): Here's a question I get a lot. "Where Can I Get a FREE Copy of my Credit Report?" If you do an online search, there are a lot of websites out there that say they'll (8 comments)
Type-A Realtors On Vacation: Why Bother? - 07/11/12 03:55 PM
Patricia Kennedy writes a great post about preparing the right way for a vacation. I guess that is where my mind is right now, I want a vacation but have too much going on. Via Patricia Kennedy (Evers & Company Realtors): Note: This is an entry for the Positive Attitude for the Weary Soul Group Contest: Fun in the Sun While the Business Still Runs! Join in on the Challenge! A few years ago on a two-week vacation to Cape Cod, I ratified two contracts on DC properties from the beach. The agents on the other side? One was visiting her first grandchild (0 comments)
What Color is your front door? - 07/11/12 03:51 PM
It is so interesting how color affects the way we feel and our personalities. I never knew people had so many different front door colors. I've seen a lot of red, black, green, white and brown. But those way out colors I just haven't noticed. Via Kathy Schowe~ La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (SchoweProperties@msn.com):
What color is your front door? Your front door is the first thing people see when they come to your home. It is also the first thing prospective buyers see when it is time to sell. The color you choose for your front door says something about (3 comments)
Taking a Positive Step Toward Re-Establishing Your Credit Score - 07/11/12 03:48 PM
Juanita Simpkins gives some great tips to get those buyers with credit issues into shape for buying a home. Many prospects are not even aware of their credit rating so take the time now to pull a credit report and get to work if some credit repair needs to be done. Via Juanita Simkins (ITZ Sold Team at Nextage Pikes Peak Properties): We all know that a good credit score is a necessity to buy a home, especially with today’s lenders and their strict conditions to qualify for a mortgage. Perhaps you previously owned a home and faced foreclosure or short sale and are now (2 comments)
Looking To Cure Someone Of Chronic Tardiness? Try Leaving! - 07/11/12 03:38 PM
I'm Guilty a lot of the time but only by about five minutes. Does that get me a bye? No, I need to plan a little better and be there five minutes early. Is anyone else just pushing the window a little? Via Carie Shapiro (Broker-TX;Managing Broker-IL;Pre-Licensing/CE Instructor-IL): Admit it. You know you’ve been tempted to leave before. There you are – once again waiting on your habitually late friend for the umpteenth time. Trust me, I know how you feel. Many years ago, I used to be that friend. And, no matter how hard I tried – I just couldn't kick the (2 comments)
No Baby Carseat, No Ride - 07/10/12 06:45 PM
No Baby Carseat, No Ride. Sadly I had to turn down helping my new friend today. She needed a ride to work and I had that all worked out in my schedule. But then I learned that the baby had to be dropped off at nursery school and she asked me if I minded, Sure, that is no problem, I can do that too. "Do you have a carseat?" The answer was "Yes Ma'am." No child rides in my car without proper restraints and in Clarksville TN that means a carseat that is secure. So regardless if you are a customer, (19 comments)
Time for Some Voicemail Protocol - 07/10/12 01:32 PM
Time for Some Voicemail Protocol. After listening to several messages on my voicemail this morning and having to play one message back 6 times to get the entire call back number, I thought it was time for some friendly reminders about leaving voicemail messages. I really do want to make my return phone calls especially if it about buying or selling a home in Clarksville TN.
My ears are Southern and I have trouble hearing fast speech patterns and other accents that are not Southern. I’m sure others have trouble understanding me as well so bear with me as I (12 comments)
Camera Wars, Tammy Made Me Do It - 07/09/12 06:10 AM
Camera Wars, Tammy Made Me Do It. Tammy Lankford wrote a post the other day titled Renee Burrows inspired me to spend money. Tammy was having issues with her Kodak camera and either needed to upgrade lenses or upgrade cameras. So after reading Renee’s post she upgraded her camera. She selected a new Nikon camera with a wide angle lens and the comparison to what she had been using was off the chart. She will be posting such nice photos online from now on and her competition had better get ready to be shown up. I have also been battling with what to (23 comments)
Helping a New Rainer, Pay It Forward was more fun than I expected. I had a fellow Realtor/Friend accept my invitation to join ActiveRain. Part of my coercion was that I had promised her a startup session and we had it this week. Getting started immediately is so important because if you don’t, it really is hard to get back to it.
We started from the very beginning at setting up her Profile section and Bio section. I learned so much when I did mine a few months ago but most of it was (66 comments)
A Tale of Customer Service Calls - 07/06/12 08:22 PM
This post really hit home for me today because as the day progressed, I felt less and less like playing nice on the phone. Maybe that is when one needs to let all calls go to voicemail so when returns the calls, one can be sweet and nice and give good customer service. Hmmm, now this is a Good Idea. Via Mike Cooper (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc): There have been a number of blogs about customer service lately. I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but I had one of the most dramatic examples of great customer service (14 comments)
Video Instructions For Getting Your Face In Google Results - 07/06/12 08:13 PM
Want to get your face on Google results? Michael George gives us a step by step video to get it done. How much easier could that be? Just click, watch, absorb then implement. Via Phoenix SEO Guru: Michael George: Hello everyone. A few days ago, I wrote a post here: http://activerain.com/blogsview/3334885/every-single-ar-post-in-google-with-your-face-in-the-results- Some people were having trouble, so I made a screencast to help everyone understand. Here it is. If you need any more help, please let me know! And if you're successful-- please leave a comment. P.S.-- This is a widescreen video; I would suggest going "full screen" to best see the details. (And (2 comments)
A Real Estate License Isn't Needed To Pull A Rabbit Out Of A Hat!!! - 07/06/12 08:09 PM
This is such good advice for sellers to "get real" and their house will sell. Also it is a lesson for agents to treat each other well and not take advantage of one another. Via Barbara Todaro "New Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ): We had a walk-in today and it was a homeowner who has his house on the market with another agent in our town. This man wanted to have one of our agents visit his property and tell him why his house wasn’t selling. For starters, if you’re listed with another agent, we’re not going to give you (2 comments)
Home Staging Tricks & Tips From a Morris County Stager - 07/06/12 08:05 PM
Getting a house ready to hit the market takes a little time for some and a lot of time for others. These tips by Kris are an excellent way to make sure things are looking their best to create those all important great first impressions. Via Kristine Ginsberg Morris County, NJ Stager (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): Home Staging Tricks, Tips and Suggestions From a Morris County Stager Don’t wait until your home has already sat on the market to prepare it for sale. Moreover, in doing so you’ll have less stress and work when it comes to moving day (4 comments)
On July 9th Millions May Lose Access To Internet - 07/06/12 07:24 PM
I missed this information in March and again when Robert Siciliano wrote this post. The thought of having to deal with these kinds of vicious software viruses makes me feel ill. I don't like having any issues with my technology tools. Read below so you will be aware of what could happen. Via Robert Siciliano (IDTheftSecurity.com Inc): As reported in March, the FBI has uncovered a network of rogue DNS serversand has taken steps to disable them. DNS (Domain Name System) is an Internet service that converts user-friendly domain names into the numerical Internet protocol (IP) addresses that computers use to talk (4 comments)
Referrals From Blogging Are Great! - 07/06/12 06:57 PM
If you need encouragement to keep pressing on with your blogging plan than this is it. Jerry tells us how it really works and helps build his business. Just like with so many other things, you have to stick with, be consistent and regular and contribute. Via Jerry Newman,REALTOR®,Texas Agent San Antonio Real Estate & Military Reloc (Keller Williams Realty, 210-789-4216): Referrals From Blogging Are Great!If you are still undecided if blogging actually works, I can honestly tell you that my blogging has lead to some nice referrals, and I have recently closed three transactions, which were all referrals from other Active Rain (3 comments)
Get Your Pretty Face To Appear In Google Search Results - 07/05/12 09:30 PM
Okay Michael, I'm really going to do it. I will go step by step and get this done and others will do it too. Pretty soon all us ActiveRainers will be beautifying the pages of Google. Via Phoenix SEO Guru: Michael George: Well, the mortgage market being what it is in Phoenix, I have found that I am more valuable to the world putting my SEO stuff to work. My thing has always been mortgages and real estate SEO. But with the real estate market being what it is in Arizona, I have put originating Arizona VA loans on the back burner. I now (13 comments)
Villas at Meriwether, Clarksville TN - 07/05/12 08:51 PM
Villas at Meriwether Clarksville TN The homeowners in Villas at Meriwether, Clarksville TN have no worries when it comes to their in lawn care. The HOA takes care of all lawn care needs and furnishes trash pickup. In Phases I & II even the exterior maintenance and building insurance are covered in the monthly HOA fee. HOA monthly fees vary depending on which section you live in. The subdivision consists of 22 single family attached homes built in duplex style. The remaining 46 lots are for individual cottage style homes. The duplex style homes and 18 Cottages have been completed. But construction is continuing (3 comments)
Meriwether Farms in Clarksville TN - 07/05/12 07:16 PM
Meriwether Farms, Clarksville TN If you like the idea of living within walking distance to schools and a short 2 minute drive to access the interstate, then this moderately priced neighborhood, Meriwether Farms is the answer. Named after the Meriwether family that owned the farm and land for several decades, it just seemed appropriate to pay tribute to them and the farm's history and name it after its heritage. With almost 300 homes in the neighborhood, there is a home to please every homebuyer’s needs. Check out the homes available in Meriwether Farms, Clarksville TN.
Meriwether Farms has appeal for those that (4 comments)
Farmington Subdivision, Clarksville TN - 07/05/12 06:18 PM
Farmington Subdivision, Clarksville TN Farmington in Clarksville TN is the premier neighborhood for new homes in the Rossview area. Farmington is situated about 2 miles east of Interstate 24 at Exit 8. The location makes it easy to commute to work and split the distance between Nashville and Ft. Campbell. If you are looking for a new home, Farmington Subdivision, Clarksville TN probably has what you are looking for. There are many different styles of new homes and several different builders but one thing is for sure, the quality can be found here. Ranch styles, contemporaries and two-story designs are sprinkled (1 comments)
Independence Day Celebration in Clarksville A Big Success - 07/04/12 07:17 PM
Independence Day Celebration in Clarksville A Big Success. Thousands of people gathered down by the river on July 3 at 6PM to enjoy music, food, fellowship and a fantastic Fireworks Show. The weather was in total cooperation with temperatures dipping slightly to allow pleasant breezes to blow.
Crowds spread blankets and set up chairs over several acres in McGregor Park and on the river banks of the Cumberland. Many of our soldiers from Ft. Campbell and their families participated in the festivities. Enthusiastic boaters arrived by water and filled the river from bank to bank. A beautiful sunset graced those that arrived early enough (5 comments)
Meadows of Hearhstone in Clarksville TN - 07/04/12 06:25 PM
Meadows of Hearthstone in Clarksville TN The Meadows of Hearthstone started construction in 2001. It is a well-planned community comprised of 175 homes. Located just 1 mile from Exit 4 off I-24, the convenient location is also near Governors Square Mall, shopping and restaurants.
Homes in the Meadows of Hearthstone in Clarksville TN range in price from $165,000 to over $300,000. Surrounded by woods and pastures, it gives the feel of living in the country but with all the city amenities like city water and sewer and natural gas. Streetlamps light the neighborhood at night and help keep the neighborhood (0 comments)
Governors Crossing Condominiums in Clarksville TN - 07/04/12 07:10 AM
Governors Crossing Condominiums in Clarksville TN are some of the nicest townhomes you will find in the Clarksville area. Located in the St. Bethlehem area across from Gateway Regional Medical Center, these condos have wonderful amenities that will make you feel right at home. There are several Governors Crossing Condominiums in Clarksvile TN that are for sale and more new units are being built. When construction is finished, there will be about 250 condos in the entire condominium complex.
Several different floor plans have been constructed with the favorites being the Meridian and Crossings floor plans. All of the townhomes have (11 comments)
Do I Have To Disclose That? - 07/02/12 08:23 AM
Should the seller tell the whole story about conditions of their house? If they don't it may come back to haunt them. Not giving full disclosure most likely will come out sometime not to mention that nosey neighbor that has been watching, will surely tell their version of the truth about the house. Via Candy Miles-Crocker Realtor Real-Life Real Estate Training (Online Real Estate Training): We have all heard the questions... "We've lived here for 10 years and never had water in the basement until that really bad storm last year. Do we have to disclose that?" "The fireplace can't be used because it needs a new liner, (10 comments)
Staging Your Tropic Isle Waterfront Home in Delray Beach! - 07/02/12 08:19 AM
The sea salt air is wonderful to breathe but plays havoc on the wear of systems and the outside of homes. Kathy tells about areas to have looking top notch if you want to beat the competition when selling in beach communities. Via Kathy Streib-Home Stager-Palm Bch County South Florida - 561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging): Staging your Tropic Isle waterfront home in Delray Beach. Waterfront homes in Florida are always a desired piece of property, but it is still important to make sure your home can compete with the rest of the market. If you’re selling your home in Tropic Isle or anywhere (1 comments)
Why Am I Always Missing A Sock When Taking My Clothes From The Dryer? - 07/02/12 08:16 AM
Life has little mysteries that we are always trying to figure out. Carie Shapiro gave evidence to this fact and how we have to deal with them on a daily basis. This will make you smile. Via Carie Shapiro (Broker-TX;Managing Broker-IL;Pre-Licensing/CE Instructor-IL): Jerry Seinfeld once said that out of your entire wardrobe, socks suffer the most boring existence. Worn on our feet and living in the worst of all possible dresser drawers, socks attempt to cheat fate by planning their own escape on the night before laundry day. And, while I can neither confirm nor deny the validity of this theory, it's (1 comments)
Why do so many Real Estate Agents Fail? - 07/02/12 08:14 AM
Having owned my own company for severaL years, I saw lots of agents come and go. Regina has summed it up quite nicely as to the main reasons agents don't make it in the real estate business. Via California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.: I am always surprised at how few real estate agents attend their weekly MLS marketing meetings. I guesstimate that only about 2% of the MLS members show up to the sales meetings each week. Why? Some real estate agents have “real” jobs and can’t attend the weekday meetings. Some don’t understand the value. Others are too lazy, or apathetic. (0 comments)
Ellington Gaite A New Home Community - 07/01/12 07:33 PM
Ellington Gaite, A New Home Community is located on Rossview Road in Clarksvile TN. If you like the smell of new homes, then this neighborhood is going to please. Ellington Gaite is located in the St. Bethlehem area just a mile from Rossview Schools and Interstate 24. New homes are going up in the $200,000 to $300,000 price range. It is a hub of activity with many Clarksville residents just now discovering this little gem of a neighborhood. While there are many neighborhoods and homes for sale in Clarksville TN, I can help you find the one right for you. You (3 comments)
500 Points Appeared Like Magic - 07/01/12 05:11 PM
500 Points Appeared By Magic. I thought I should share this for those of you that are point conscious and have point goals you are trying to reach. While on ActiveRain this week updating my profile, I discovered that I got 500 points that appeared like magic. The funny thing was that I was making several changes and additions to my profile and wasn't sure what I did. So what was it that triggered those magic points? I wrote an ActiveRain Success Story. It was just a couple of paragraphs so I don't know it was triggered by the number of (7 comments)
Independence Day Celebration in Clarksville TN is On Schedule! - 07/01/12 09:56 AM
The Independence Day Celebration in Clarksville TN is On Schedule! Even with the drought conditions, water shortages, fireworks ban and extreme heat conditions, the City Mayor, Kim McMillan has announced the Independence Day Celebration will take place on Tuesday, July 3. The happening place will be MacGregor Park by the Riverwalk. The event times will be 6-10 PM with lots of food, music and of course a fantastic fireworks show. Bring your blankets, chairs, coolers and friends to gather on the banks of the Cumberland for some great fun and an old–fashion Fourth of July Celebration. Many residents are concerned with (3 comments)
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