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KISS me I'm going green - 01/30/08 01:41 PM
KISS me I'm Going Green for the January Challenge This post is in direct response to janeAnnes Eco challenge for January. What am I going to do to my house to green it up? Well, for starters I have LOTS of ideas, but little money right now. So simplicity or KISS (keep it simple silly) is key for me. TO DO's around the house: 1) Clean out the storage shed for all the pollutants in the correct manner. Yep, I've got old cans of paint, stain, and general trash that needs to go and would give me more space. Contact http://www.fremontco.com/ for (11 comments)
When is it crossing the line? - 01/28/08 01:09 PM
A very well known lawyer in Colorado taught the first Fair Housing Class I ever took. He said "All you need to know about Fair Housing is - it about the house not the people in it - now sit down you have to be here for four hours." And the Ethics class's really aren't that different. After all, most of us have the common sense to know right from wrong. But the longer the Ethics code gets the more gray areas seem to appear. But every time I take one of these class's the instructor manages to get me thinking. (12 comments)
Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt - party - 01/26/08 01:54 PM
OK, I admit it. I really don't like going to all of those gourmet food, fancy kitchen tools, candle or any-other-excuse-to-sell-something parties. There is only so much of that stuff I need or can really use. And for the most part it's my friends hosting the party for more of my friends whom I probably just saw at the last candle party. And I admit it, I carefully recycle gifts on occasion. But if I buy more of this stuff to whom am I going to give it too? All of my friends have been there, done that and bought the (12 comments)
Mutual admiration society - 01/25/08 06:09 PM
For all who are new here to Active Rain, a little encouragement. While some of us have as many points as we will ever need, there are others who simply want the phone to ring, contact with the outside world. I'm very fortunate to have experienced both. But one of the best and biggest benefits of hanging around A.R. is the help and support you get from others. When A.R. first started we had no idea how much we would learn from each other. Sure we shared and encouraged each other, swapped web site advice, exchanged farming ideas and tried to (8 comments)
Don't give up the directions to H*** - 01/25/08 03:22 PM
Just yesterday morning I had a buyer tell me where to go and how to get there, if you know what I mean. He is a young, hot headed person who really would rather work with a man who would tell him yes all of the time. I admit it didn't make me happy, but at the same time I didn't loose any sleep over it. I'm just disappointed that I couldn't help him. But then again if I could make everyone happy I'd probably be in a different occupation .....say delivering flowers. Which I have done before, enjoyed and everyone (7 comments)
Colorado Western Real Estate Anniversary - 01/24/08 07:12 PM
In some ways it's hard to believe it's been a year since I joined Donna Phillips at Colorado Western Real Estate. Like everything else you enjoy, time just flies. I've learned soooooo much this year it's been a great experience in many ways. And the learning part is important, but so is the fun part. After all, if work weren't any fun you'd probably move on. Which is what I did just a year ago. Just this month Donna and I have been in sort of a race to see who could get the most listings. Now in the 3rd week (2 comments)
Jim Barley Allstate 719 544-4393 - 01/22/08 05:52 PM
Jim and Geri Barley Allstate Financial Services, llc 1515 Fortino Blvd Suite 120 Pueblo, CO 81008 719 544-4393 I'm happy to announce that Jim Barley from Allstate and I have teamed up on the Home Buyers Network. Jim and Geri are bi-lingual and are happy to help anybody who needs their assistance. We hope as a team we can help renters buy homes of their own and make sure homeowners have the financial assistance they need. Together we plan on helping our clients get the help they deserve. (3 comments)
Misery loves company - 01/21/08 02:30 PM
If you haven't had a chance to read Donna Phillips post about Jim Cramer please take a minute to do so here. Most intelligent well informed real estate professionals already know attitude is 90% of our business. That isn't a secret is it? And the N.A.R. recognizes this and is addressing it. The information below is as useful to real estate agents as it is to our clients. Maybe we should all go out and get the book The Power of Thinking Big - couldn't hurt! Improve your performance. From the N.A.R. Resolve to accept that the way things were for (8 comments)
Don't talk to the neighbors? - 01/20/08 02:23 PM
Don't talk to the neighbors? When prospective buyers are thinking about buying into a neighborhood it is reasonable, even suggested, that they check the neighborhood out. How is the parking? Parks? Schools? Shopping? Is the neighborhood loud? Crime? Is it in a flood plain? Are there any other issues? I once walked around a neighborhood for buyers asking people about their septic systems. (True story) But when the property is vacant, in a sparsely occupied area should buyers do the same things as an occupied area? Should they talk to the neighbors? After all most people who live on acreage want their privacy. (3 comments)
Playing by the rules - 01/11/08 02:48 PM
The Division of Real Estate Enforcement Unit, now those are attention getting words! Today I did something I hope I never, ever have to do again. Recently, a friend of mine told me a story: if you don't tell people there is a snake in the grass you are no better than the snake. But I'm still not happy about having to write a letter of complaint about another agent. On December 27, 2007 one of my sellers received a letter and contract to buy from an agent here in Pueblo. This listing has a sign on it and has been on (11 comments)
Two days ago my office phone rang and the following conversation took place. Person on the Phone Hello - Ms Stevens? Me -Yes Person on the Phone - Did you know you are number 1 in Pueblo on some site called Active Rain? Me - Yes, I did know that Person on the Phone - Did you know you are near the top in Colorado? Me -Yes Person on the Phone - Boy you sure have a bunch of points... Me - Uh huh.......... Person on the Phone - Well I work for www.Whogivesadarn and I can get you a higher ranking on Google Me - really? Where (10 comments)
In and Out of the Rain - 01/10/08 02:14 PM
The fourth quarter of the year is notoriously slow in the real estate field. And January doesn't always start off with a bang. It's the time of the year most agents usually try to catch their breath, spend time with the family and start planning ahead. Some people may have noticed on my blogs that I haven't been updating as frequently as I once had been. Nor am I commenting as often Well, there is a good reason for that. I've been busy. The phone has been ringing, contacts via the Rain, IDX and yard signs are at an all time high (2 comments)
Just one of those days..... - 01/06/08 02:02 PM
We've all had 'em. One of those days where nothing goes really wrong but not exactly right either. This morning I got up early to get ready to meet some buyers. I had all the houses arranged, showing times, maps, MLS sheets. When I checked my messages the buyer had left a message cancelling for today - oh well. My new white top isn't a white as it was a few minutes ago. But what are you going to do? My glasses broke this morning. Ever try to fix them when you can't see? And to all of you who may (18 comments)
Pueblo Colorado: Single Family Housing Starts 2007 - 01/05/08 06:00 PM
Like most of the rest of the country Pueblo is struggling with the real estate market. New contruction on Single Family homes was down -44.6% from last year. New construction permits issued by area for 2007: Pueblo West 51%Colo City and Rye 5%Mesa 4%. Permits by Builder for 2007: Premier Homes pulled 74 permitsOwner builders 69 permitsFamily Home 41 permitsCowan Concept 23 permitsPioneer West 22 permitsMid-West 21 permitsOakwood 17 permitsGem 13 permitsDomega 11 permitsLegacy homes 11 permitsRE-IS 10 permits (8 comments)
Pueblo West Market report for 2007 A total of 636 site built houses in P.W. were sold in 2007 Median price $124,900Average price $121,200Average Days on the market 96Average price per square foot $94A total of 289 vacant lots were sold in P.W. in 2007 Median price $22,000Average price $27,600Average days on the market 170There are 351 houses on the market as of January 5, 2008 Median price $199,900Average price $246,000Average days on the market 131Average price per square foot $126There are 721 vacant lots for sale as of January 5, 2008 Median price $25,500Average price $ $47,019Average days on the market 272 (1 comments)
A total of 5 homes were sold on Hatchet Ranch in 2007. Median price $320,000 Average price $301,800 Average days on the market 210 Average price per square foot $137A total of 14 land parcels were sold on Hatchet Ranch in 2007 Median price $60,450Average price $70,057Average days on the market 235There are currently 6 homes on the market as of January 2008 (40+/- acres) Median price $245,000Average price $318,000Average days of the market 101Average price per square foot $151There are currently 48 land parcels on the market as of January 2008 (40+/- acres) Median price $67,900Average price $76,600Average days on the market (2 comments)
A Green Submarine? - 01/02/08 04:24 PM
On my recent trip to Arkansas to visit family I got to visit the U.S. Navy Submarine the Razorback. And as far as submarines go, I suppose this was a nice one. Jim Franks aka my step father is the only veteran of the Razarback who lives in the area. Jim gave the whole family a tour of the submarine, now museum. On the whole there were no surprises, I've heard the stories for years and yes seen enough movies on late night TV to think I had somewhat of a handle on it. But SURPRISE! The Razorback is going green! (9 comments)
Southern Living Idea House - 01/02/08 03:59 PM
On my recent visit to Arkansas I got the opportunity to visit the Southern Living Magazine Idea House. The house is located in Red Oak Ridge, near Hot Springs Arkansas. This house was everything I expected a large new construction Southern house to be. The 5,500 square foot house has 4 bedrooms and an office, 5 ½ bathrooms, game room, theater room, wine closet, sewing room, computer loft and a 3 car garage. And little, if any environmental elements. List price approx $1.65 million. What struck me most about this house is how differently people live around the country. Sure Southern Colorado has (1 comments)
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