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Many real estate sites hire paid content writers to talk about their areas.  Often consumers and those looking at an area distrust the glossy tourist bureau type information that the produced by people with little real local knowledge. Have a look at our 2013 Emerald Isle Travel Guide.   We had a...
05/01/2013
Much has written about the value of social media in real estate.  I have written several articles myself and even taught a few classes.  I actually feel lucky to have grown children between the ages of 30 and 36. Having family members in their thirties is a good lesson in humility.  Working on te...
07/12/2012
I have always found something very satisfying about helping people find an area which meets their needs.  Perhaps some of that pleasure is related to having had careers which allowed me to choose where I wanted to live. Going to a new place and finding what we needed to have a good life there see...
03/27/2012
My view of the real estate world comes both from having been an active agent until December 2011 and from being the current seller of a home.  My wife and I also bought a new vacation home in the summer of 2006. A little over a year and a half ago we decided to put the home where we raised our ch...
03/03/2012
It is easy for people living in an area to sit back and relax while others promote their area. However, unless you are someone who is excited about being the last person in paradise, eventually how well where you live is promoted will be important to you. This was recently brought home to me by B...
01/31/2012
Back in 1971, I bought my first piece of real estate.  It involving writing letters, waiting for a response, and getting on the now retired Bluenose Ferry from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  The property was an old farm of 140 acres, and I ended up getting it for around $7,000.  So...
12/18/2011
Like most consumers today, I depend on websites to give me information.  What I find on a website has a lot to do with whether or not I will do business with a particular person or company for that matter. In a society that often doesn't have local roots to help make decisions in a particular are...
09/13/2011
I have a client whose listing has gotten very few showings. I am reaching out to other REALTORS® and interested consumers to get some different perspectives on the marketing of this really special home. It is a very attractive waterfront property on North Carolina's Crystal Coast which is approxi...
06/25/2011
Even living at the beach along North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks, I am never surprised to hear someone say that they haven't been to the beach in years.  It is like living in the mountains and knowing that most people enjoy looking at the mountains but not acutally getting out and walking the...
06/17/2011
I am not sure when I learned the value of finding experts and listening to them, but I have a feeling I was pretty young.  Expertise is a simple proposition to me, and it is probably best illustrated by telling the story of one of my first fishing trips in Beaufort, NC.   I have been fishing on t...
03/30/2011
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