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I am down 12 lbs in ... - 07/31/07 10:31 AM
I am just so excited that I had to share this. My wife and I started a lifestyle change 12 days ago. It is the KimKins plan. It is a very low carb, high protein eating plan. We thought it would be very hard, but it really hasn't. My wife has lost 13 lbs in the last 12 days and I have lost 12. I was 245 and now am 233, as of yesterday morning at the gym. I noticed that I had trouble keeping my shorts up today. We haven't cheated, but did a few times eat meals off the (14 comments)
Seller's Required Disclosures - 07/29/07 01:09 AM
This is for California. The following is required disclosures that the seller's must provide to the buyers and the timelines. 7 days after the Contract is FULLY executed, Seller MUST give the BUYER the following disclosures. 1. Transfer Disclosure Statement (TDS) 2. Smoke Detector Statement 3. Water Heater Statement 4. Homeowners Guide to Earthquake Safety & Environmental Hazards 5. Natural Hazards Zone Disclosure w/Mello-Roos Disclosure 6. Supplemental Statutory and Contractual Disclosures 7. Seller Property Questionaire 8. Statewide Disclosure 9. Antelope Valley Disclosure 10. Notice of your "Supplemental" Property Tax Bill 11. Termite Report 12. Preliminary Title Report 13. Any other reports agreed to in the contract __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ House built before 1960 Residential Earthquake Hazards Report. Disclosure on the inside (0 comments)
Cal-Vet Loans - 07/24/07 12:50 AM
Cal-Vet loans are loans that most veterans who are buying a home in California are eligible for. These loans are administered by the California Department of Veterans Affairs. The Cal-Vet funds and services its own loans. These funds come from the sale of State General Obligation Bonds. The way the program works: A person applies for the Cal Vet loan. Once approved (approval of borrower and property), the Department of Veterans Affairs buys the property, puts title in their name and sells to the veteran, via a contract of sale. The VA holds legal title, while the veteran has equitable title. Once (0 comments)
Rates fall third week in a row - 07/22/07 10:46 AM
Mortgage rates fell. 30 yrs fixed is still at 6.74 %. The rates over last week fell .25%. Last year the morgage index was 6.91% while 4 weeks ago, we were at 6.61% The 15 yrs fixed rose to 6.41%. The Federal Reserve kept short-term rates unchanged, last week. They also, reported that inflation "improved modestly in recent months." What has caused this is that the PCE index for May droped to 1.9%. They want to keep this rate between 1 to 2 %. It had been above 2 % since March 2004. This news made bond yields come down thus (3 comments)
Nuisances and how they affect real estate - 07/21/07 12:47 AM
There are two types of nuisances that cause problems with real estate: Private and Public. What is the difference? Private ones affect one or a few people, while Public affect allot of people. Examples of Private ones are: a neighbors messy yard, junk cars, noisy dog, drug house, etc... Examples of Public ones are: A local factory or manufacturing plant, sewer, liquor store, traffic, airport, etc... What can be done about these? They are handled differently. Private- You first try to talk with the offender and come to a solution. If this doesn't work, then you can bring a lawsuit against the (2 comments)
How do you relax? - 07/20/07 12:18 AM
We all are very busy people in our everyday life. We have so my people and things demanding our time, pulling us in many different directions. Our day to day life can be so very hetic. How do you relax? What do you do with your free time? How do you show your family your love and what do you do with them? How do you enjoy special time with your spouce? How many days a week do you work? Do you take vacations? Where do you go? I love Tahoe. I, also, love Hawaii. I am looking for great ideas (6 comments)
Kim Kims lifestyle change - 07/19/07 02:28 PM
My wife and I just started a new program that I was a little apprehensive about. As you know, I need to get myself back into shape. I have been working on it for the last 2.5 weeks, by going to the gym and semi watching what I have been eating,(my problems is bread and deserts). I have gotten myself going to the gym for an hour on Mon, Wed, and Fri. I have been using the treadmill, stationary bike, and several different upper body exercises. I have seen a little difference, since I have been back. But my eating still (0 comments)
Do you have your list? - 07/19/07 02:06 PM
Today, homes are taking allot longer to sell, then they did last year. This is mostly due to the influx of home inventory from the last few years. This gives buyers a larger selection to choose from. They can hold out longer to get more of what they want, and not really worry about prices going up on them as was the cause in 04 and 05. However, if buyers are looking for the perfect house, will they ever find it without building it themselves? Probably not. You will find things you like in one and then things you like in another. Each (0 comments)
Southland home sales - 07/19/07 01:33 PM
This is for Southern California (June 07) Los Angeles county sold 7580 homes as opposed to 11234 sold in June of 06. This is a 32.5 % drop. However, the median price was 545000, a raise of 4.8% from last year. These numbers are followed by: Orange County- 2641 this year down 30.6% from last year; Riverside- 3359 down 47.2%; San Bernardino- 2190 down 50.1%; San Diego-3510 down 22.6%; and Ventura-886 down 27.8%. Overall So. California sold 20166 down 36.2 %, but the median price was up 2.4% Let Earl "The Pearl" Sorrells help you find you jewel. Earl Sorrells 661-400-9485 firstname.lastname@example.org (0 comments)
AV's newest addition - 07/19/07 01:20 PM
Yes, we have a new addition in the AV. It is our forth Super Walmart. This is is on Valley Central Way and Lancaster Blvd. It is just shouth of the original California Walmart. The old is was the first Walmart in California, built in 1990, and was the 1440th in the US. At 7:30 Wednesday morning, July 18th, the 216,595 sq ft supercenter opened. This is the 27th Supercenter in California. (wondering why out of 27 do we (the AV) have 4- we must be special). They are planning on another at 60th W and Ave L, but there is (0 comments)
I saw something on Saturday that you don't see everyday. - 07/19/07 12:55 PM
My wife called me Saturday afternoon, while I was at the JOB and she said that a plane landed on a house in Rosamond. I decided to go by there after I got off. (this was at 6:30) Sure enough, I rounded the corner and the road was blocked. I went to a different enterance and saw a small plane standing on one wing, leaning on the corner of a house. It is a site I hope to never see again. The plane was mostly in tact, except for the missing wheel, cockpit glass, and portion of wing. This was a (3 comments)
Crackdown on Sect 8 in the AV - 07/19/07 12:00 PM
From Jan to May, nearly 100 residents have lost their Sect 8, due to major local enforcement targeted at finding those who are defrauding, or breaking the rules of, the government aid program. (I am one who feels about this like I do about Welfare. I feel that these are great programs for those who are truly in need. Sometimes this is the only way for families to get ahead. Sometimes families hit unavoidable hurdles that they cannot overcome alone. That is what these programs are, a helping hand out, not to be a way of life. People still need to learn (6 comments)
Multiple Business Cards - 07/18/07 02:08 AM
I came across a great idea today. It was emailed to me from a group I really have come to respect their advice. When I read this, it made great since. It is to order multiple business cards when you order some. I was thinking, "What, this could cost me more money and why?" Talk about short sighted. Order cards with different "slogans/ Headlines." It does cost more, but if you think about it, it will be very much worth it. Instead of ordering cards with one slogan like," Your Antelope Valleys buyers Agent!" , which really only speaks to buyers, order ones (16 comments)
What is your market share? - 07/15/07 10:33 AM
How important is market share to you? What can it mean for you? How do you build your market share? What are you currently doing to increase your share of the market? What is market share? It is the percentage of sales that have done in the market. It can be for many different things: listing, buyers, sales, etc... Your position is the reflection of the market activity that you and your company have done. If you have done none, use your companies market share and build you own upon that. You can always sell yourself by selling your company. The (3 comments)
If you were preapproved a few months ago, what about now? - 07/14/07 12:53 AM
Many are under the assumption that since they were preapproved a few months back that they are still preapproved. Is this true? There are allot more aspects in the mix then even a few months ago. Some lender have recently gone out of business. What do you do if you were approved by these companies? Do you have to start all over? Maybe, but first you need to try to get ahold of the lender and see if they are going to be able to still do the loan. If they tell you no, you need to find out if they can (6 comments)
Using Flyers - 07/13/07 01:25 AM
Fliers are widely used as promotional tools for marketing. You can use fliers to promote listings and to promote your personal brands. You can use logos, picturs, your own special slogan, contact information, etc.. And if you have a web site, it is a great way to drive prospective clients to it and better promote yourself and your services. You can also, lead them to other sites for important info they can use. This way they will look at your as their one source for all their real estate needs. You can create two different home fliers: in home and outside (11 comments)
Pictures for advertising - 07/10/07 11:49 PM
When you first get a listing, how many pics do you take to put on the MLS? What do you focus on? What mega picle do you find works the best, without taking forever to load? You don't want the clients getting board waiting on pics to load. How many outside shots do you take? Do you use the lighting and shadows to enhance the pics or do you just shot and load them onto the MLS? How many pics do you put on your flyer? What pics do you like to put on your flyers? I would like feedback on (11 comments)
Getting the house ready for the showing - 07/10/07 11:26 PM
Your objective is to blow the prospective buyers and make a great first impression. You need to make sure the house shows the lightest, brightest and largest interior possible. You have to put yourself in the buyers shoes and think like they would and what they would want to see. You will need to get rid of things in the house that are personal (pictures, decorations, clutter, furniture). You have to make the buyer feel like they could move right in. By removing as much as possible, the home will look and feel much larger. There are a couple of things you (0 comments)
House valuation - 07/08/07 11:53 PM
Your property has several different values, depending on what the purpose of the appriasal and who is doing it. THe tax assessor, mortgage lender, insurance company, seller and buyer require different things. There is also what is called "market value", this is what your buyer is willing to pay you for your home. The way to determine the best price obtainable is by testing the market and the competition. The market will determine the value based on CURRENT market conditions, number of buyers, condition of the home, ect... The sale price you set will be based on the results of you testing the (5 comments)
Pricing Your Property - 07/08/07 10:45 AM
Have the right price on your home is key from the start. The higher the price tag (especially if it is above realistic market value) the longer it will take to sell (if at all) and the less interest it will attract. With the right price tag on it good things happen: more buyers will be attracted to your home when it first hits the market, causing more traffic through the home. Loans are based on fair market value. Mortgage companies loan upto a certain amount, based on the value of the home, not the sales price. This means that if you (9 comments)
What are sellers wanting from their Realtor? - 07/08/07 01:53 AM
The following is a list of some things that sellers are looking to their Realtor for: 25% Want help to establish a price for their property 25% Help to seel their home within a set time frame. 25% Want help to find a buyer. 12% want home enhancement advise 6% Want help with paperwork, inspections, and settlement. 4% Help sellers see homes to buy. 4% help with negotiations and dealings with buyers 2% want many other things. I hope this helps. If you have any questions, please call, Earl "The Pearl" Sorrells 661-400-9485 email@example.com (6 comments)
What affects the value of your property? - 07/08/07 01:24 AM
There are several things that will affect the value of your home. Some of them are the following: Physical qualities of your property: Location; age; size of house and lot; and floor plan and architectural style. Market Conditions: Interest rates and financing products available; buyer demand; recently sold properties; ecomony. Competition: Similar properties on the market; other homes price, terms, location, and condition. There are also some things that have NO barring on the current value of the property. These are: Original price your paid; How much money the seller needs to make; and opinions. I hope this helps. If you would like a free (0 comments)
070707 - 07/08/07 01:10 AM
Allot of people think today was a very lucky day, people getting married, going to Vegas, etc... How did you spend today? Did you do anything that would have involved any luck? If so, what was the outcome? Do you believe in luck? I bought a lottery ticket. Not that I have great hope in it, but it would be nice and allow me to become a full time Realtor and now have to worry about funds until I get money in the back to maintain until I obtain. I will know tomorrow. Pray for me. lol I would for you, (3 comments)
Rosamond Real Estate Market 03-01-07 to 07-07-07 - 07/08/07 01:03 AM
In the last three months this is what has happened in the market. This is based on houses from 200-300k, 3 plus bedroom and 1.5 plus bath. We have, Rosamond, 87 active listings( this doesn't include new homes that are for sale), 8 pending sales, and 48 sold homes, from 03-01-07 to 07-07-07. Side line, I should be in Vegas right now. For any information you may require about the Antelope Valley, please contact me: Earl "The Pearl" Sorrells 661-400-9485 firstname.lastname@example.org (0 comments)
EAGLE- W. W. Molsberry- A Man Above All Others Part 2 - 07/05/07 02:47 PM
Let's continue E- stands for ENTHUSIASM. By enthrusiasm I do not mean the rah! rah! --pom-pom cheering enthusiasm, an essential part of the football game. Sure it's fun. Gone when the game is over. Rather an enthusiasm that is not wild, possibly not rvident in the demeanor of one who is finding satisfaction and goodness in living. A recent morning, as I walked and jogged, it felt exhilarting to stride purposefully a long, appetite increasing and able to greet those that I met with a good-morning that I intended to be cheery. And the return, " Hi! W.W." may be from one (2 comments)
This is Your Independence Day-Enjoy - 07/04/07 09:53 AM
Today is a very special day for most Americans. It is a day of remembence. A day of our freedom. We live in the greatest country in the world.We have choices to do what we want, when we want, and with whom we want. You don't have this freedom of choice in other countries, in general. That is why our country is growing with diversity in people. I love America. That all being said, how are you going to spend your day today? What are your plans? Who are you going to spend it with? I have to work today, (not by choice-lol). (6 comments)
July 1, 07 (6 months left) - 07/01/07 10:50 AM
Okay, June is now gone. We have had 6 months to do something great. In my case, not so great. I am not where I want to, or need to be. We have 6 months left this year to make this a great 07. What are your goals for the rest of the year? What short term dreams are you going to hit by the end of the year? Take your goals for the rest of the year, divide in 6ths, divide that into 4, and divide into 5. You now know what you need to accomplish your 6 month goal. By having (1 comments)
EAGLE- W. W. Molsberry- A Man Above All Others Part 1 - 07/01/07 10:35 AM
W.W. was my great grandfather. He lived from 1895-1997. He did a great many things. He belonged to many organizations. I have mentioned him before, but this is going to be a post about living and how to do it well. W. W. had a philosophy of living, that in itself seems so basic, but most cannot live it. Most of us let pride, greed, self absorbence, stupidity and/or life get in the way. His standard of living was summed up in one word. E.A.G.L.E. (my grandfather, W.W.'s son, is sending me his speech on the eagle this after noon, so I (0 comments)
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