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Angry Birds Almost Laid an Egg - 07/28/11 12:01 PM
I have a great business partner in Belinda. She always keeps the closing table on track and getting their jobs as buyers and sellers done. Sellers normally finish signing all there paper early and the buyers have their loan package to cover and sign. We had a great closing yesterday. The sellers were done with their part of the closing and were sitting idle. Belinda just bought the new iPad2 a couple weeks ago. Our sellers have the older iPad and wanted to see the new one. No problem. She whipped it out of her brief case and handed it over (11 comments)
SOLD! Another Great Home Sold in Seven Lakes Neighborhood - 07/27/11 09:23 AM
We are happy to announce the successful closing of one of our listings in Seven Lakes, Aurora, CO. This great home at 18952 E. Bates Ave., Aurora, CO 80013 is SOLD and the sellers are on their way to their new lives in Virginia. This great tri-level home has 1,648 square feet plus an additional 598 square feet in the finished basement. This home was impeccable inside and out. This home was listed with another real estate firm prior to us taking the listing. They were unable to get the home sold for our clients. We are very happy to show (12 comments)
Don't Allow Your Four Legged Fur Friend Be Turned Into a Hot Dog!! - 07/26/11 10:36 AM
People, Please be aware of what the summer heat can do to your pets. This is a great blog that Judith Parker wrote and it points out what to do for your four legged friends. Via Judith Parker , CRS, GRI... Charlotte, NC Specialist (Keller William): Our Keller Williams office is in a business park, so many other businesses are there as well. Today our office received an emergency e-mail that there was a red truck in the parking lot and there was a dog inside the truck. They were desperately looking for the owner and if not found would contact animal control. (2 comments)
Fruit Pizza, when it is hot outside! - 07/26/11 08:58 AM
Fruit Pizza 1 pkg Sugar cooked dough (18oz Pillsbury) 1 Container Cool Whip 7 stawberries 2 Kiwis 1 Banana Spread Cookie dough on cookie sheet (ungreased). Cook at 350 for approx 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Let cool. Add very thin layer of cool whip on top. Dice fruit and place over cool whip. You may use any fruits of your choice. (11 comments)
Yummy Chicken Casserole - 07/25/11 08:55 AM
My mother use to make this and I have always passed this on to friends when they ask for the recipe. Yummy Chicken Casserole 1 10 0z pkg. frozen chopped broccoli 2 tsp. lemon juice 2 Tbsp. butter 2 cup diced cooked chicken 2 tbsp. flour 1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sauteed 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated 1/4 tsp. pepper 12 canned refrigerated biscuits 1/4 tsp. nutmeg 2 cups milk 1 1/2 grated swiss cheese Cook Broccoli and drain. Melt butter in saucepan and blend in flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Gradually add milk. Cook until slightly thickened. Stir in Swiss (21 comments)
SOLD! Beacon Point Durango by Lennar - 07/22/11 09:16 AM
Another great home sold in Beacon Point, Aurora, CO We took the listing at 26544 E. Caley Drive, Aurora, CO 80016 on May 11, 2011. After just five days on the market, we had it UNDER CONTRACT! The new buyers closed on this popular Durango floorplan by Lennar Homes and our sellers are happy in their new home. This Lennar Durango is a ranch style home with 2,970 square feet on the main level and another 2,940 in the open basement. This home has a 3 car garage and a private courtyard at the entrance.
Lennar builds quality homes and (7 comments)
UNDER CONTRACT! Great Ranch Style Home in Stroh Ranch - 07/21/11 08:32 AM
This great Ranch Style Home in Stroh Ranch is UNDER CONTRACT! This home located at 12681 S Sopris Creek Drive, Parker, CO 80134 is Under Contract and scheduled to close on July 28th. Our seller is very excited to get moved back to Indiana so she can start her new life. This home has 1,646 Square Feet plus an additional 804 square feet in the open basement. We presented two offers to our seller on the same day. She was able to choose the highest and best offer and it has been smooth sailing ever since.
THINKING OF SELLING? (14 comments)
UNDER CONTRACT! Great Tri-Level Home in Seven Lakes - Aurora - 07/20/11 09:13 AM
This Great Tri-Level in Seven Lakes is UNDER CONTRACT and scheduled to close on July 27th. This home is located at 18851 E. Cornell Ave., Aurora, CO 80013 We listed this home for our sellers on June 20th and had three offers in TWELVE days! Our sellers are very excited to get moved to their retirement home in Grand Junction, Colorado. This home has 1,648 square feet plaus and additional 650 square feet in the finished basement. The sellers have put lots of TLC in this home over the years. They are original owners from 1977.
THINKING OF SELLING? Call (9 comments)
Would You Like Fries With That? - 07/19/11 09:13 PM
Fries and Clients, very interesting of what my business partner comes up with sometimes but it makes a excellent point of what we need to do! Of course, I am thrill that she notice what I do do keep our pipeline full! Via Belinda Spillman Colorado Real Estate Professional (Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square): Would You Like Fries With That?
You are probably wondering what French Fries have to do with real estate. Well, let me tell ya!
First, let me admit. I am a fast food junkie at times. When things are hectic, I am the first one to say (5 comments)
Another Great Day on the Golf Course With All Kinds of Friends! - 07/19/11 08:47 PM
It was a picture perfect day in Colorado on Monday and I was lucky enough to take the afternoon off and play in my summer golf league. We played at Arrowhead Golf Course which is close to Red Rocks Park. The course is challenging and beautiful. Last year, we played this course and a fox came up and tried to get some candy off of us. Yesterday, I was about half way through the game, when another fox came up to say hello. His name is Rickie!!
This fox wasn't as friendly as the one from last year. He did (10 comments)
UNDER CONTRACT! Great Home in Parker North - 07/19/11 09:04 AM
UNDER CONTRACT - 11215 Donley Drive, Parker, CO 80138 This great Bi-level is under contract and scheduled to close this week. This home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a huge insulated storage shed out back complete with electrical and insulation. This is the perfect bachelor home and guess what? a bachelor bought it! Our sellers were very happy to start their journey back to Oklahoma where their reitrement home is located on a lake. We were the THIRD Realtors this seller hired. The first two Realtors were not able to get his home sold.
With 2,202 square feet plus an additional 702 square feet in the finished basement, this home has lots of space. The main level has a formal living and dining room, large open family room, eating space and updated kitchen. There is even a wet bar in the family room for those special get-togethers. The main level also has a bathroom and main floor laundry room.
The backyard is incredible. There is a waterfall (6 comments)
A Day Off In Real Estate???? In July???? - 07/18/11 11:57 AM
You have to love trying to take a day off and the phone keeps ringing! So, Belinda, my business partner, said I should take Sunday off and relax. My wife keeps telling me that the to do list around the house is getting larger and if I still wanted to have a wine tasting party on Saturday night this week, I better get the flowers beds and the lawn looking better. Sounded like a great game plan until 10 a.m. The first phone call came in from another agent who submitted a contract on a home, but my client is out (11 comments)
Why is it that a few bad apples make the rest of looks bad? I know I am venting here, but Belinda is my business partner, and she is right on target with her comments. Our client is wondering what kind of business we are in when another agent is not a professional, it does not make any of us look good because of one agent. Via Belinda Spillman Colorado Real Estate Professional (Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square): How difficult is it to be a courteous real estate agent? I have a fairly new listing. This means the sellers aren't quite (14 comments)
Pay it forward – Helping clients - 07/17/11 11:11 AM
Pay it forward - Helping clients Yesterday was just a visiting day to some of our clients. First stop was to clients that we sold a home to that close on May 10. My business partner, Belinda, and I wanted to stop by to see what they have done with the place, so I made a strawberry cheese pie and off we when to drop it off. They were so glad to show us there home and so glad for the dessert. One of our other stops was to one of our sellers who is closing on Thursday of this week. (10 comments)
So many people have fish that when I was reading this blog from Chris and Patty, I said that I needed to have that when I made my last move. I think this is something to past on to clients that need to move a fish tank! Via Chris and Patty Clark Denver Real Estate 720-231-5200 (Serving the Denver Metro Area): Moving into a new house in when you own a large aquarium full of fish can be overwhelming if you don’t know how to do it the right way. There is the whole process of disassembling the tank and then ensuring (3 comments)
Is it almost time to start working on my 2012 BUSINESS PLAN? - 07/16/11 11:43 AM
Is it almost time to start working on my 2012 BUSINESS PLAN? I always say "Plan your work and work your plan". Well, 2011 is working out to be a stellar year for my business partner, Belinda, and I so far. We are controlling our expenses better and still have money in the budget to upgrade for the future in the way of signs, bright lite up flyer boxes, etc. I always work on my business plan on a mini vacation over Thanksgiving up in a cabin at Steamboat Springs, but this year I am thinking of working on it early. (11 comments)
I Leave My Card Everywhere. - 07/16/11 10:56 AM
What ever it takes to get business, that should be everyone goal. My business partner, Belinda, makes fun of me, because I go thru so many business cards in a year. I always tell her, you never know, most people do not stay in contact with there last realtor, so maybe. I think Jack is right on target. Via Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection Services Clayton): I do, litterally everywhere. It is a practice that I began, what seems like, eons ago. I put it under the tip at restaurants, on the counter at stores, at the doctors office, at the barber shop, and (9 comments)
Does the printing press work for producing money for all of us? - 07/15/11 03:02 PM
Does the printing press work for producing money for all of us? I am not sure what is going on with our nation right now. I know that people on Social Security need their checks and they need them on time. I know that people need medicare to take care of their health. I know that our people in Washington D.C. are working hard to figure out what has to be done to get through the mess we are in. So my question is, how is this going to effect the real estate market? What happens if there is no checks (9 comments)
The Colorado Skies Are Never Boring - 07/13/11 04:34 PM
I was driving all over town this morning and I had to go and show one of our listings in Strausburg which is about 40 minutes east of Denver. On my way back to town, I noticed some incredible clouds in the sky. I stopped and took a few pictures. The skies of Colorado are never boring. There is always something going on. This past week we have had severe thunderstorms every afternoon. It has been pouring rain, thundering and lightning like nothing I have seen in a while. These clouds were worth sharing.
When's The Last Time a BUYER Paid Your Commission? - 07/13/11 09:06 AM
How often does this happen? It was a interesting situation with our clients, they only wanted to be in this one small area. As you can see, we try to plase our people and they please us. Via Belinda Spillman Colorado Real Estate Professional (Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square): Yesterday, Will and I had a closing with a buyer that we have been frantically trying to find a house for since the begging of June. We did everything to find a home for them in the specific area they wanted to live in. We even ordered nice postcards which we sent to the (8 comments)
What happens when one partner is not in tune with the other partner? - 07/12/11 10:12 AM
What happens when one partner is not in tune with the other partner? I sure am glad that I do not have this problem with my business partner, Belinda Spillman. I showed one of our properties that we have listed to an investor twice now. The first time I showed it just to John. After 30 minutes, he said boy I love this place. He told me he has a rental down the block and gets a good cash flow from it, and that this home will work for what he had in mind. I tried to close the deal but (11 comments)
Ingredients 1- 8 oz package cream cheese, softened 1- 14 oz Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk 1/3 cup Lemon Juice 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1 9 inch prepared graham cracker or baked pie crust 1 quart fresh strawberries, cleaned 1 16 oz package prepared strawberry glaze, chilled. Instructions Beat cream cheese until fluffy in large bowl. Gradually beat in sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into crust. Chill for 3 hours or until set. Top with strawberries halves and desired amount of glaze. Enjoy!
Anyone Know a Good Realtor in Bourbonnais, Illinois? - 07/10/11 12:08 PM
I was out with friends last night having dinner and watching and dancing to my favorite Denver cover band, Hot Posse. One of the couples we were with have been trying to buy a home in BOURBONNAIS, ILLINOIS. They worked with a Realtor from the area and were very unhappy. The agent did not help them one bit. They asked me if I could find them a good full time Realtor in this area. I told them my friends at Active Rain were sure to know someone who could provide a high level of service to my friends. If anyone knows (6 comments)
Pay it forward – Lockboxes can be tricky - 07/09/11 11:31 AM
Pay it forward - Lockboxes can be tricky While showing properties on Friday of this week, we arrived at a home where the owner met us at the door. She was very nice when we were about to enter but she said the lock box was broke. As Belinda took our clients in for a tour, I looked at the lock box and figured out how to fix it. I figured the homeowner would be happy and I saved the listing agent a trip. I know if I was the listing agent, I would appreciate the extra efforts made by the (15 comments)
New Listing in Grace Place Townhomes - 07/08/11 06:32 PM
Grace Place Townhomes 10810 W. 63rd Ave, Unit DArvada, CO 80004 Offered at $189,900 1,414 square feet plus an unfinished basement 2 bedroom, 3 bathrooms and a one car garage This unit is on the end and backs to Allendale Park. There is a fenced in patio off the back which is perfect for people with pets. This first floor has wood and marble tile floors. Upstairs carpet will be replaced prior to closing and the buyer can pick the color.
For an easy appetizer for parties try this. - 07/08/11 04:28 PM
Old English Crab Muffins 8 oz. Lump Crabmeat, rinsed and drained 5 oz jar Kraft Old English Cheese 1 stick Butter or Margarine ½ Sweet Onion Minced 1 dash Which Worchester Sauce (optional) ½ tsp Garlic Salt 1 package English Muffins (6) Paprika Cream all ingredients except crabmeat, English Muffins and Paprika. Transfer to bowl and add crabmeat and mix well. Cut English Muffins in half and spread crabmeat mixture evenly. Dust with Paprika (May be frozen at this point). Cut into 8ths and bake for 13 minutes at 350. If using frozen halves, thaw and then cut into 8ths and (9 comments)
When you are out of time to cook, try this! - 07/07/11 11:59 AM
Slow Cooker Meatloaf Hands down the moistest meatloaf I have ever made! Time to prepare 15 minutes Time to cook: 6 hours Numbers of servings 5 to 6 Ingredients 2 large eggs ¾ cup milk 1 cup bread crumbs 2 tsp minced onion ½ tsp sage 1 & ½ lb ground beef ¼ cup ketchup 2 tbsp brown sugar 1 tsp ground mustard ¾ tsp Worcestershire sauce Spray crockpot with no stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk crumbs, minced onion, and sage. Crumble beef into bowl and mix well. Place in center of slow cooker and shape (16 comments)
July 4th, let the fireworks begin! - 07/04/11 11:13 AM
The City of Aurora, Co. fireworks will start tonight at 9:30 at Centennial Park. We always go to the Aurora Mall and have a great parking spot and then walk over to TGIFridays and have dinner and drinks and watch sports till 9, then back to the car for the start of the show. We turn on the radio and enjoy the music to the timing of the show. What a great way to spend the 4th .
Pay it forward – Boxes and Tape - 07/03/11 09:34 PM
Pay it forward - Boxes and Tape How do you help out a couple in their late 70's that need to pack and move? I had extra packing tape and a tape gun that I loaded for them, plus I had large sheets of packing paper to give them a start with wrapping their breakables. The husband mentioned to me that he did not have boxes. I told him to go to the grocery store and talk to the produce manager and ask him to save apple boxes and any other kind of boxes with holes cut out for handles. Well (17 comments)
How Can You Market a Home Without Photos? - 07/01/11 10:06 AM
When it comes to know what she is talking about, Belinda, knows her stuff. She reminds me of that all the time. Here is a post from her that I think everyone should read. Via Belinda Spillman Colorado Real Estate Professional (Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square): I am always baffled when I look in MLS to search for homes and some of the listings have NO PHOTO. I have come to expect this with some bank owned properties where the REO agents just don't upload photos. I usually zip by these listings with no intention of showing them to my clients. I was (7 comments)
Way to go! 210,071 members in ActiveRain!!! - 07/01/11 09:35 AM
Where else can I meet and learn from so many other real estate professionals other than right here on Active Rain? AR is growing and growing. I accepted the invitation to join ActiveRain in hopes of receiving referrals from agents in other states who are looking for a Colorado Realtor. I was also excited to have contact with agents in other states that I can refer my clients to when needed. Now that I have been a member for six months, I realize the best part of ActiveRain is the knowledge I gain on a daily basis and the friendships (7 comments)
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