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What's Your Online Marketing Strategy? Here Are Five I've Seen - 08/28/09 01:04 PM
There are several online Marketing Strategies, some work really well, some don't. Here are ones I often see: !. The "Choose Me To Be Your Agent" strategy is not one of the ones that I see working real well for anyone, although apparently 7,690,000 folks (or more) are using this.
2. One of my favorite strategies is to feed consumers with information about a fairly tight niche, that's not location specific. For instance, Green Building, Veteran Relocation, and Short Sales. 3. Some folks focus giving their readers a true sense of the geographic area they are in. I'm not speaking (6 comments)
This house can definately use USDA Home Loan financing! If you are looking for a home in an area that "has some land" - then this might be the one for you! If you are a first time homebuyer, and you are wondering what the payments on this home would be... about $1200. Considering the extra tax benefits of owning a home (you know, buy a house, get a raise!) it compares to less than $1000 in rent. SWEET! AND... remember, the tax credit for First Time Homebuyers will run out soon, and USDA offices are backed up, so make (3 comments)
Wake County NC School Board Has Options Find Out More 8/29/09 - 08/25/09 08:16 AM
It's interesting that one of my very first posts on AR was about the Wake County Board of Education, in 2007... This fall there are FOUR seats up for re-Election. I know that many families are HAPPY with year round schools, and I think there should be a CHOICE... but I'm not sure I agree with spending all of the gas our system does (which is not good for the ecology, the economy OR THE KIDS). I received the following this morning in my email - and I urge you to consider going to one of these events so that you (1 comments)
This is a great tip from Stanton Homes! We love them, nicest features and very very well built homes! There are tons of lots around, in more established neighborhoods, for you to build a new custom home in the Triangle!
Via Stanton Homes - Penny Hull Raleigh NC Custom Home Builders (Stanton Homes - Triangle NC New Homes): Custom Homes Raleigh NC Built In Bars Growing in Popularity Wet Bars Accent Home Theaters, Bonus Rooms, and Media Rooms Ever wonder if a built in bar is right for you? Here's the top three places you're likely to find built in (5 comments)
If you are considering a purchase in North Raleigh - there's really no better place than Wake Forest. I've fallen IN LOVE with the downtown section, and they have the Factory, and a great Oyster Bar... It's just the coolest place ever! Here's a wonderful breakdown of the inventory in that area! Oh... and if you need a mortgage, call us. Steve and Eleanor Thorne.
Via Leesa L. Finley, REALTOR® Wake Forest NC Residential & Commercial (CIRCA PROPERTIES - Your Wake Forest/North Raleigh Specialist): The following graph breaks down the number of ACTIVE listings on the market in Wake Forest NC (1 comments)
If You Are Thinkin' $8000 and USDA Home Loans... 1 Word - "HURRY!" - 08/24/09 06:42 PM
We are seeing many customers purchasing in our area using the USDA Home Loan - Rural Development Program. It does not require that you purchase a farm, although it does restrict the purchase to more rural areas. In the Triangle, meaning Wake, Franklin, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Harnett Counties - we have several USDA Offices. Why would you care where the USDA Offices are? Because, unlike ANY OTHER LOAN PROGRAM, USDA Home Loans must be "re-underwritten" by the folks at the office assigned for your county. No switching to an office that might not be as busy... you go to the (3 comments)
Via Janet Guilbault California Mortgage Banker/Broker: Why do Realtors like to recommend DIRECT LENDERS? Could it be that somehow the lenders who are dumping foreclosures have brainwashed Realtors by insisting that anyone making an offer must be approved with a DIRECT LENDER? Or is it because you believe that an approval from one of those BIG (2 comments)
The Momentum & Spirit of REBarcamps - 08/17/09 11:17 AM
We are hoping some of these folks will be attending our BarCamp in Raleigh on November 6th. I was surprised that there's not a GROUP on AR for RE BarCamp (might need to create one). If you are considering holding a RE BARCAMP in your area - please let us know. We are doing our best to "journal" what we are doing, and what obsticals we are running into. It's fun! FOLLOW US ON TWITTER @REBCRDU
Via Scott Sambucci (Altos Research): I've been fortunate enough to attend a number of the REBarcamps over the past year - (San Francisco, New York (7 comments)
4 Reasons Why You Should Refinance Anyway... - 08/17/09 10:56 AM
Why you might need to refinance: #1: If you have an equityline - you should probably get rid of it if you can. Equity Lines allow you to pay interest only. I've been a mortgage lender for years, and people "want" to pay the equityline down, but normally they don't. In our area, the maximum FHA loan is $295,000. If you have a 1st mortgage at 5.625%, you might think it doesn't make sense to refinance with rates in the low 5s (today) - but if you look at the EQUITYLINE (or second mortgage) you have - then we might be saving (2 comments)
Do We Really Need a Local News Paper? - 08/14/09 09:39 AM
I live in Cary, North Carolina... a small town that somehow MORPHED itself into the 7th largest CITY in the state. Our "local" Newspaper was the Cary News... for YEARS we received our Weds and Saturday edition - this is where you really looked for the neighborhood kids playing sports, or engagements, or weddings. It's where we had updates about the Rotary Clubs, and Lazy Daze pictures with features on Cary residents who did something interesting. I LOVED it! Then it was sold to the News and Observer in Raleigh... Then it was incorporated, and delivered as PART of the News (9 comments)
REBarCamp San Francisco - Happy Birthday! - 08/04/09 11:13 AM
We are bringing one of these events to Raleigh on November 6th. It's going to be LOADS of fun - and I'm hoping by then I can figure out how to have the little phone thingie in the middle of MY Blog post about it! LOL! We are having a PLANNING meeting for #REBCRDU today at 2pm at the Raleigh Bd of Realtors Office - room 112. Everyone is invited to help us - it's a HUGE job! Meanwhile... watch this progression, and learn more about BarCamps!
Via Brad Andersohn ~ Community Builder (ActiveRain): It's the return of REBarCamp in San (3 comments)
Why Won't Rates Get BELOW 5% and STAY there? - 08/04/09 11:07 AM
So many people are waiting for mortgage interest rates to get below 5% - and then they will Refinance - Or THEN they will purchase... Well, with rates in the LOW 5's... NOW might be the time to act! The thing that keeps rates ABOVE the 5% rate is simple... there are indications that the economy is recovering! (Good News in the Economy is Bad News for Mortgage Interest Rates) "The ISM Manufacturing Index improved to 48.9 in July, jumping more than 4 points from the June score and marking the fourth straight improvement. This indicates that overall conditions remain in contraction for (2 comments)
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