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Why You Should Get A Preapproval Letter BEFORE You Start Looking For Homes! (Reblog) - 07/31/11 11:57 PM
You never know what could be lurking in your credit report that you may not know about. The loan programs and requirements are also chainging almost daily in this amazing enviornment we are working in 2011. It is a waste of your time and emotion to go shopping without any money, this is a great article on Prequalification. Via Liz and Bill Spear RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio: Cincinnati to Dayton (513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com): Why We Want You to Get A Preapproval Letter BEFORE You Start Looking For Homes! You might be of the mindset that you want to find that dream home (2 comments)
Hickory Furniture Mart - four levels of furniture heaven! - 07/30/11 11:33 PM
Hickory Furniture Mart is truly an amazing Place just north of Atlanta by around 4 hours it is a dream for people wanting to decorate a house, home stagers, Realtor and anyone interested in improving the ambiance of their home and private space. This is a great video presentation of the facility Via Suzanne Williams (Coldwell Banker Boyd & Hassell Realtors): I went to the Hickory Furniture Mart today because they were having a big sale and were showcasing artists and craftsmen from our area. I thought it was a great opportunity to show you this amazing complex - Hickory Furniture Mart is (0 comments)
5 Best Low Tax Retirement States - 07/30/11 11:25 PM
Income and Taxes is on of the biggest considerations in considering where you will live wnhen you retire... Thanks to my friend for posting the most important considerations in retiring in a tax friendly state such as Georgia . . . . Via Bill Ness, 55Places.com Active Adult Community Guide (55Places.com): When it comes to saving money, most retirees understand the benefits of moving to a low tax retirement location. However, some of the most tax-friendly retirement states may not be the best fit when you consider other factors such as climate, culture and proximity to family and friends. Tax-friendly states like Alaska (1 comments)
At the End of the Day there is Nothing Else. . . . - 07/30/11 11:19 PM
I work hard to start my day being grateful, and sometimes by the end of the day, the gratitute has vanished. But really, at the end of the day, what else is there but to be grateful for another day where. . . You are Two feet are above the ground. . . . The alternative is to be many feet below the ground???? You had the love of family, pets, friends, strangers . . . . You can look into everyones eyes and see the love of not only who they are, but who the generations that gave them live (6 comments)
If You Can't Sell Your House, You Could Lose Some Money by Renting Your House - 07/28/11 11:58 PM
This is a good conversation about deciding to rent vs selling your home in this market, making sure you are prepared and ready to rent is a big decision, but sometimes the best option in today's market. Via Judy Chapman (Koenig & Strey Real Living): These days, when it’s tougher than ever to sell a house, homeowners are turning to renting as a way out. Renting may be a good option when you can’t sell, but not everybody is cut out to be a landlord or landlady. And while renting may seem like an easy short-term fix, it may not be a (2 comments)
Tips to Help Kids have a Smooth Move - 07/24/11 07:20 PM
This is a great list to start with when you move with children. You have to really see it through their eyes and work to understand their concerns. Many times, it is just about asking them questions and soliciting their feelings to help them through the process. This is a good list of checkpoints. Via Jenny Hogue-McCarty (Coldwell Banker J. Wesley Dowling): Moving with children can be a stressful and traumatic experience, especially for small children. However, it doesn’t have to be. Read through these easy tips on making relocating with children easy and exciting for them, and less stressful for (2 comments)
I'm not selling you a home -- I'm helping you buy a home - 7/24/2011 - 07/24/11 04:57 PM
This is a great way to look at our business. I too have always believed that I am just someone helping in a very important decision, an avocate and a best friend, not a sales person, although there is nothing wrong with that, my role has always been one of wanting the best for everyone I assisted in a home buying or selling process. Thanks Tish for posting this information Via Tish Lloyd Real Estate Agent Wrightsville Beach, NC (Prudential Laney Real Estate 910.547.1446): I'm not selling you a home -- I'm helping you buy one That's right -- I'm NOT selling (0 comments)
Be Effective in Business and in Life July 2011 - 07/24/11 04:52 PM
Great Thoughts and beautiful pictures for a hot Sunday Afternoon. Success is a mindset!!! You Chose, Kristine's blog has some awesome thoughts and amazing pictures to focus on that!!! Via Kristine Ginsberg (Morris County, NJ: Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC): Be Effective in Business and in Life One benefit of age is the wisdom it brings. That said, the following are some valuable lessons I’ve learned over the years: Not making a decision is making one by default – make a decision and stand behind it. You have a choice – to be a survivor or play the victim. Only you (1 comments)
How Can I Use Military Benefits To Buy A Home - 07/21/11 10:58 PM
It is hard for regular people to get great financing these days. If you are military or a vet, there are still some great low down payment programs to buy a home. Here is a great checklist for military for home buying. Via Rhonda Fee, Pleasanton Realtor, Short Sales, Home Selling Realtor (Home Sellers, Home Buyers, Short Sale Agent): How Can I Use Military Benefits To Buy A Home? Pleasanton CA Realtor Rhonda Fee & Pleasanton Mortgage Consultant Neil Clifton are on a path to educate military men and woman, both past and present about VA loans to buy a home. VA benefits (0 comments)
Home Buying 101 - Cleaning and Maintaining Whirlpool Tubs - 07/19/11 10:58 PM
A study done by researchers found that 9 out of 10 water samples from whirlpool tubs contained bacteria. The researchers found fungi and bacteria in samples from both private homes and public hotels and resorts. The pipes in the whirlpool tub get water trapped in them and these pipes are not filtered or treated. This produces bacteria and allows fungi and mold to breed. The worse thing in the world is to decide to take a nice long bath in a whirlpool tub and turn on the jets and have chunky krud come out into the nice fresh water. If you (1 comments)
Are You Being "Tested"? - 07/19/11 10:17 PM
This is a great article by my firend Patricia about handling objections in a sales situation tactfully. We never know who is on the other end of a phone call or a sales inquiry and we should always represent our party with extreme professionalism. Via Patricia Kennedy (Evers & Company Realtors): At a broker's open today, a group of agents were talking about a colleague who got into big, big trouble with his seller. This agent was visited by what we call a "shopper". Now, we usually think of shoppers as investigators from HUD who are making sure we're on the straight and (8 comments)
What is GREAT!!! About Today!!! or What is not in the News!!!! - 07/18/11 05:09 PM
Sometimes we are constantly barraged with negative news that we forget that there are amazing things happening in the world and in our society. Yes, there are people doing wonderful things and there is good news even in the midst of this economic downturn!!! Here are some great things that I read today that I thought may add some light to your day!!! Boomers are the largest segment of our population and according to a survey of 340,000 Americans, once people reach 50 year milestone, stress, anxiety and worry all decline and feelings of joy and happiness increase!! Also people who (10 comments)
Do you verify the credentials of other Realtors and service providers? - 07/18/11 01:09 PM
Add this to your Contract Checklist, we did years ago when we discovered that the agent listing the house we were making an offer on was not licensed. In Georgia, you must make certain you are working with licensed agents and no one at the MLS here checks this, so the burden is on you as a broker/agent. Via Jerry Bronstrup (Bristol Builders, Inc. Your FHA Expert 866-775-8169): How many times have you checked the license of a Realtor who just submitted an offer on one of your listings? What about the buyer's agent showing your property to clients? You receive a call (2 comments)
Do you verify the credentials of other Realtors and service providers? - 07/18/11 01:03 PM
Add this to your Contract Checklist, we did years ago when we discovered that the agent listing the house we were making an offer on was not licensed. In Georgia, you must make certain you are working with licensed agents and no one at the MLS here checks this, so the burden is on you as a broker/agent. Via Jerry Bronstrup (Bristol Builders, Inc. Your FHA Expert 866-775-8169): How many times have you checked the license of a Realtor who just submitted an offer on one of your listings? What about the buyer's agent showing your property to clients? You receive a call (3 comments)
Knock, Knock... Hello, I’m a Realtor. My Client Would Like to Buy Your Home. - 07/18/11 12:42 PM
No question that our lives are guided by things that we may not fully understand. Intiution means into the spirit as this story portrays, what a great story and a lesson in following your intuition. Via Joseph E. Robinson III Melbourne Realtor Rockledge Suntree Brevard MLS Search (Coldwell Banker Paradise Real Estate): I had an amazing client. She had the perfect home in her mind. The home had to be in Viera or Suntree, Florida. It had to have a pool and be on the water. Concrete block construction was a must with an open kitchen and a three car garage. Did (0 comments)
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