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gary l white flexit realty: Selling Your Home for More Money Faster! How Long will it take to Sell? - 04/14/12 07:22 AM
"Selling Your Home for More Money and Faster". Everybody want to know about the faster part of selling. We went over the first three phases of selling your home. This part 4 of the 7 part series. If you missed any of the steps you can review them quickly by selecting the link to the blog post below. Part 1 of a 7 part series. "Finding the Right Real Estate Agent" "Pricing Your Home to Sell", understanding the competition." "Stage Your Home to Sell Faster", box, pack, stack and store." "How long?" "Making Your Home Squeaky Clean" "Nose Check", no scary smells (15 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Sell your home for More Money Faster! Part 3 Stage Your Home to Sell. - 04/14/12 07:09 AM
Sell My Home For More Money Faster! Part 1 of a 7 part series. "Finding the Right Real Estate Agent" "Pricing Your Home to Sell", understanding the competition." "Stage Your Home to Sell Faster", box, pack, stack and store. "How long?" "Making Your Home Squeaky Clean" "Nose Check", no scary smells "Price Adjustments that Work", dropping your sell price. Getting your home ready to sell. Once you know how much your home is worth sometimes it is an incentive to get your home listed with a real estate agent quickly and get your home in front of buyers. This may be (3 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Sell My Home For More Money Faster! Part 2 Pricing to Sell - 04/14/12 07:01 AM
Sell My Home For More Money Faster! Sounds like every seller's dream, but how many times does it really happen? This is part 2 of the 7 part series on "Selling Your Home for More Money and Faster". Part 1 of a 7 part series. "Finding the Right Real Estate Agent" "Pricing Your Home to Sell", understanding the competition. "Stage Your Home to Sell Faster", box, pack, stack and store. "How long?" What to do if my home doesn't sell in the First 60 Days? "Making Your Home Squeaky Clean" "Nose Check", no scary smells "Price Adjustments that Work", dropping your (1 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Beware of the FAKER! - 04/10/12 07:40 AM
We hear about all the scams. The ones that the media reports and those that have bilked people out of their life savings. Recently a report was issued about the hackers that were about to get thousands of credit card numbers, names and addresses. Those ingenious crooks use fear and monetary angles to create a response to emails. This week I have had 4 very good looking emails that use the logos, account numbers (fake) and dollar balances to induce me to click on the email. Most are asking to verify my email address, credit card number and account information. Of (5 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Budgets Kill! - 04/07/12 05:40 AM
We all know that following a budget is a must. In this economy it is a survival tool for most families. Yesterday afternoon we had some tragic results for a local family trying to save some money on their budget. I live a couple miles from a road that has seen traffic increase 100% in the last year. It is because of the increased traffic on main stream surface roads. This road allows for a bit of a short cut without the congestion. The views remind you of a country road only off the side streets are subdivisions and a blend (2 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Show & Don't Tell - 04/06/12 08:52 AM
When buyer's are anxious they don't always wait for their "Buyer's Agent". One of my agent's called this morning with a concern over a seller's agent. The buyer's went to an open house, already under exclusive contract with my buyer agent. The Seller's agent hosting the open house never asked if the buyer was under contract, however the buyer's shared they had an agent and would bring their agent if this was a home they were interested in submitting an offer. Good for them, they did what they should have done. The buyer's agent proceeded to ask the buyer's questions: Are (0 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: OK or Professional Agent? - 04/05/12 07:55 AM
Being professional, hiring professionals or hoping for a professional agent? What does your presentation imply? Are you an OK agent with average skills and get your share of sales. Do you list and sell or do you specialize as a seller or buyer's agent? What do you think clients want from you? Do they expect more than you can give them? Does your presentation give them the impression you can do more than you can deliver? Think of your clients and their interpretation of your presentation. Real Estate Knowledge, does your demeanor and example within your presentation reinforce your knowledge or are (6 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Everybody likes a Good Hoot! - 04/04/12 07:10 AM
Well it seems that not everybody likes a "Good Hooter"! The local "Hooter's" is closing. The same owners already closed the "Hooter's" in Muskegon Michigan now the Grand Rapids Michigan "Hooter's" is closing. This may not be an important topic if it did not show social change. The basis for the chain was young women in scanty clothing serving chicken wings with sports channels blaring all over the restaurant. I have never personally been in the restaurant myself, so I have only the franchise prospectus, I reviewed many years ago as my knowledge base. The point being anytime you have beautiful young (10 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Guinea Pig for Fair Housing - 04/04/12 06:33 AM
"Fair Housing Act" was created to do a simple task that the government deemed wasn't being done to protect it's citizens. A lot has happened over the years, all in the name of the "Fair Housing Act". Today is a new low for the "Fair Housing Act", it shows how any well intended law or act can be manipulated for the benefit of "one", and for the publicity of another. A young woman, in a graduate program with a heart condition, working on a masters program at a local college moved into a college dormitory housing. Since this university accepts public (3 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Cable Wars Uses Text Messaging! - 04/01/12 08:13 AM
Fox and Dish Networks are having a feud over how much one is going to pay the other. I don't have Dish and don't care. I do get news updates on my phone from a couple news providers. To keep it "Fair and Balanced" I receive blips from the right and the left! It is wild how far a story can be spun. The word manipulated comes to mind. Real estate has a word for overstating facts and adding fiction, Lie's! We also have another word puffing. If any of the normal rules applied on news reporting we would not have (1 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Seasonal Changes, What Month is It? - 04/01/12 06:54 AM
It used to be I know approximately what month and time of the year we were in by our Michigan weather. Lucky I am not in the weather forecasting business. This year everyone would be thinking summer one week, fall the next or the beginning of spring. We have had so little snow that it is a concern for water levels in lakes and streams. Yet them seem to be where they are supposed to be. Plants, trees and flowers are surely confused by the early mild temperatures. We have a local community that uses Tulips as a basis for an (3 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: My Neighbor Digs My Home! - 03/31/12 07:41 AM
NO...really they dug a hole in the my son's backyard! I get a call from my son, "hey dad, a local builder just crossed into my yard and dug a hole for back-fill dirt to put around their house to stop water from draining into the basement. What should I do?" I asked a few questions like are you sure he isn't on the lot line? He tells me no he ran over the bushes I planted this summer. His yard is low and mine is higher so he came over for the dirt and told me it was in a (70 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Will Power - 03/31/12 06:23 AM
You may not think that little document called a will is a big deal. Let me tell you, it is a big deal when someone close to you passes and has possessions like a home, land, cars and furniture. The law regarding death without a will is well tested and very clear.
I have had to deal with four deaths in my family in the last five years. All have had wills. Mostly because of my insistence. One of my current clients sister passed away accidental without a will. She was very wealthy and had multiple properties. It is going (1 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Selling My Aunt's Home - 03/31/12 05:52 AM
You never know who or what the question may be when you answer a phone call. I have turned my efforts toward internet marketing, with great results. This also has increased area from where phone calls are received. Yesterday I am calling back a young man located hundreds of miles away from my office. I am thinking to myself another referral. I was wrong. It turns out he is selling his Aunt's home. She had passed away accidentally in a boating accident. As I probe with my questions it becomes clear he isn't in a position to sell his Aunt's (2 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Special Needs Children Grand Rapids - 03/26/12 11:05 AM
I recently became involved as a volunteer for a Woman's Life Chapter #876 that is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Smith Regional Respite Center in Allendale Michigan. One of my agents, Therese VanderMeer is a member of the group. We were discussing a listing. Therese then shared her involvement in the Woman's Life group. She told me about a fundraiser and I volunteered to do some advertising using the videos I produce. These children need a Rock Star in their life. Their parents are all Rock Stars as far as I am concerned! I have just produced the first of three (3 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Advertising and Security - 03/25/12 06:34 PM
Many people are selling off possessions to raise cash. Some use traditional advertising while others are turning to the internet as their advertising option. The statistics are stacking over internet advertising and selling items from homes. It is very easy for criminals to target homeowners who advertise items for sale.
I was on my way to a showing appointment listening to a news broadcast on satellite radio. It was surprising the number of robberies that have happened to people selling furniture, jewelry, cars, motorcycles and other personal belongings. Most real estate agents know about personal security but few homeowners (3 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Lost Home Equity Wealth - 03/25/12 05:44 AM
If you listen to the major news channels or your local real estate board you do not always get the real facts. You might get the daily dose of whatever is being served today as fact. The underlying foreclosure ghost market is still there. I recently had a discussion with a local real estate broker that quoted all the local numbers and tried to sell me on the fact that the market is improving. Yes, I have closings (sales) no I am not below last year levels so what's the point? The point is the numbers need to be looked at (17 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Take My House - 03/24/12 05:28 AM
The new proposed effort to help people in mortgage trouble may not be the silver bullet that all the news services are pointing out. Bank of America is hand picking some of their clients that currently have mortgages. We don't know if the criteria they are using now will be the future method used to select ricipents of the "Stop Foreclose" give us your keys program! This proposal of turning over your rights to your home didn't sound like a great idea when I first heard of the Bank of America proposal. The bank used to pay a "Cash for (3 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Texting Splash! - 03/20/12 02:55 PM
Ok, I text, but usually not driving. Michigan passed a law against no texting and driving. It certainly hasn't stopped some drivers. Yesterday a car zipped by me like I was backing up. I wasn't in the passing lane of the expressway, doing the speed limit of 70 and they surely were doing 80. A few miles up the road they were still in the passing lane doing 60-65 holding up cars. I went by in the normal right lane for us few that think going the speed limit is OK and my gas mileage is a bit better. I peeked (41 comments)
gary l white flexit realty: Hi-I want a House! - 03/18/12 05:58 AM
That is exactly what the voice on the phone said this past week. "Hi, I want a House, I found your name on a website and kept seeing your name on different articles and listings. I need help I want to buy a home, can you help me get one? He saw my name on Activerain articles, websites and linked to multiple cities as he searched. The key is he was doing what 84% of all buyers do, searching on the Internet before calling a real estate agent or a homeowner with a home for sale. My answer to the voice (9 comments)
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