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Friday Funny, What a Week. All I can say is TGIF!!! - 09/30/11 05:46 PM
Friday Funny, What a Week it's been. All I can say is TGIF!!! It's not that it was a terrible week but I can truly say I'm glad it's over! It's been a week of crazy scheduling, canceled appointments, moved appointments and a few disappointments! But I've had worse! :) So I thought I'd end the week with something from Maxine. She takes something that irritates us all and makes it funny.
If only it was true! LOL Have a great weekend everyone! (15 comments)
Does your Listing Presentation need Sharpening? - 09/29/11 04:39 PM
Does your Listing Presentation need Sharpening? There was a time when you could show up at a Seller's home without a "toolbox". You talked a little about yourself, your company, your marketing and then reviewed the CMA together. Sellers expect much more from you now. If you don't have a GOOD Listing Presentation, you could be missing out on many good listings. What are the things you need?
1. Your presentation should always have an Agenda. It doesn't have to be written down, but it needs to be a specific order so that you don't miss important (60 comments)
Metro Nashville Arts Commission and NowPlayingNashville.com are hosting Artober to celebrate October as the National Arts and Humanities month Their desire is that every Nashvillian will experience the Arts in the month of October. There are many events throughout the area including visual and performing arts, music, crafts and film. Below is a list and a link to their site for many more events! Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival Saturday October 1 at Centennial Park. This is a free event and will feature over 60 music and dance performances at 5 different stages. (3 comments)
Preparing your Home for Winter - 09/27/11 06:25 PM
Preparing your Home for Winter Have you noticed the crispness in the air lately? Friday was the first day of Fall and the days are getting shorter! It's time to start working on getting your home ready for Winter. Here are a few easy things that you need to look at and consider before Old Man Winter arrives!
Caulk is like weatherstripping in a tube. Check the caulk around all the windows and doors. You don't want there to be any gaps. You should also look at the other transition places like where the masonry joins the siding (13 comments)
Hyper-Local Posts generate leads and Income! - 09/26/11 06:04 PM
My friend Karen Kruschka wrote this post last week. She is one of many AR members who I love reading. She reminds us about our Localism posts and why there's money in them there blog posts!! (as one of our other AR members would say) Karen, tell your husband I said "You're the Bomb" because you really are!
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Karen Kruschka's Web Site (6 comments)
Holt Woods Semi-Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale Saturday October 1st! - 09/26/11 02:36 PM
Holt Woods Semi-Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale Saturday October 1st! That's THIS Saturday! If you're a homeowner in Holt Woods, you still have time to get yourself organized! Start by going through the Garage and see what you need to get rid of! Next, into the attic and attack those boxes that you have forgotten about. It's time to purge! If you're participating in the Neighborhood Yard Sale, you might want to have some bags and newspaper so people can carry their new treasures to their cars. Make sure you get plenty of change before hand. (3 comments)
A Quiet Day at Home! - 09/25/11 03:18 PM
A Quiet Day at Home! Many of you know that I bought a home last summer and spent the fall fixing it up. I blogged about Christmas here and about finally moving in February. I don't talk a lot about by house, but I love it. It's still a work in progress. Friday I got the email I've been waiting for. My new Ottoman was in. I had lots to do on Friday, but I raced over to the decorator's anyway. I wanted to have it to enjoy this weekend. Kind of a Birthday present to ME. :) (9 comments)
Saturday September 24, 2011 There are many opportunities to support your favorite Charities this weekend! Whether you run or walk, everyone can participate!
Walk to Cure Diabetes, 8:30am Bicentennial Capitol Mall - Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served. There will be live music and a kids zone. All proceeds will go to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Nashville Cares AIDS Walk, 10am to 3pm This is the first year the event has added a 5k for those fitness participants. the Festivities will take place at Riverfront Park with American Idol (8 comments)
Russel Ray know exactly How much are ActiveRain points worth? - 09/21/11 05:29 PM
Russel reminds us here why we started blogging to begin with! Sure, we like the points, but aren't we here to generate business? Russel can actually put a number on what each of his actions brings. Way to go Russel! Via Russel Ray, Southern California home inspector based in San Diego (Real estate, photography, marketing, music, history & more!):
How much are ActiveRain points worth?I have the answer! Ah, yes. The age-old question. Or at least the question since May 2006 with the commencement of ActiveRain. According to membership numbers being used at that time, Jonathan Washburn, founder, (5 comments)
When your house is being Shown - part 2 Yesterday I wrote When Your House is Being Shown. It got a lot of comments and, as often happens, many had additional suggestions that they added in their comments. That's what ActiveRain is all about, us sharing information, ideas and opinions with each other. I responded to those suggestions with an explanation about why I didn't add them to my original list. The suggestions were wonderful but... What if the Sellers misunderstand what you meant by these ideas? Would you like some examples? Get some fresh flowers, (2 comments)
ActiveRain Member MIKE COOPER MAKES GREAT THINGS HAPPEN! - 09/21/11 04:57 PM
I almost forgot to reBlog this! I only reBlog things that I think are really important to either my clients or to other ActiveRain Members. ActiveRain members are so incredible when it comes to helping each other and reaching out. I was so moved by Andrea's post that I wanted to make sure that many others were able to hear about Mike Cooper's generosity. He's helping not just an AR member, but the family of one of our dedicated soldiers. How incredible is that!
Via Andrea Bedard, M.A.: Central Maryland Realtor (Thompson Company Realtors): Just in case you did not know (2 comments)
Best Practices Posts - 09/21/11 04:18 PM
There's still a week to get in on the GOLD! Larry's contest is designed to let the AR members help each other with ideas on generating business in these lean times! Go for the GOLD!! Via Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage: This isn't perfect, but there's a lot of money in these posts. Best practices for sure! Needless to say, It has taken me forever to assimilate all this info. Some don't have links, but some do. The original post is here, so if you get a bad link....just click on the contest link below and you'll fill your pockets with (2 comments)
You see the Adjusted numbers because when we looked at the statistics, 2011 had a wider range of numbers.
In 2010, the minimum sales price was $12,000 and the Maximum sales price was $935,000. In 2011 the minimum sales price was $3,150 but the Maximum was $3,750,000. In fact there were 16 homes that sold over $935,000 in 2011. This by (1 comments)
When your House is being Shown - 09/20/11 05:41 PM
When your House is being Shown There are several things to check before you leave for a showing. Things that give your house a little extra Umph when it's being shown. When you leave for work check the following things: Are all the rooms well lit? Open the Draperies and shades to let the most amount of light into the room. A well lit room will look larger. If you won't be home before dark, leave the porch lighting on. Make sure you've picked up the paper, mail, and other things that naturally get dropped around the (51 comments)
The 33rd Annual Fall Craft Fair presented by the Tennessee Association of Craft Artists (TACA) begins Friday September 23 at 10am!
Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm and 10am to 5pm on Sunday Centennial Park will be the home of over 200 fine arts craftsmen from across the United States! Celebrated Artist, Olen Bryant will do a special Guest Demonstration on Saturday from 1 to 3:30pm for a rare behind the scene look at how he creates his art! Bryant, a founder of the organization has (5 comments)
All the numbers are up in Franklin this August! This is a great sign for the Franklin Real Estate market!
2010 2011 Percent increase # of homes sold 124 129 +3% Avg List Price $392,134 $410,794 +3.5% Avg Sales Price $381,122 $391,737 +3%
GNAR (the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors) reported that home sales in the Middle Tennessee area were up 28% over the same period in 2010.
The first half of the year had distorted numbers (4 comments)
4th Annual Great Nashville Duck Race - 09/18/11 09:24 AM
The 4th Annual Great Nashville Duck Race The Great Nashville Duck Race is Monday September 19, raising money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee. There will be 10,000 cute yellow ducks with numbers on their bottoms, dropped from the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge at 1pm. They will then race down the Cumberland River. Everyone who adopts a duck will be entered into E-Quack. This is a program that can store all the information.Right before the race, the Duck Mix occurs, shuffling all the numbers and the entries, assigning tag numbers to each entry. All (10 comments)
Nashville TN Things to Do September 16-18, 2011 - 09/16/11 12:53 PM
Nashville TN Things to Do September 16-18, 2011 Nashville is bursting with things to do this weekend and with this fine Fall Weather we're having, it would be a shame not to pick at least one of them! Not all of these events are in Nashville, but those that are not, are easily done as a fun day trip!
Buchanan Log House Fall Folk Festival- Step back in time and see how they did the chores in the early 19th Century! Enjoy music, dancing and period characters! 10am - 5pm Saturday Henry Horton State Park hosts Step Back in Time (7 comments)
Last year over 7500 dog owners and their four-legged children descended on Centennial Park for a variety of activities all involving pampering their pets! The Dog Day Festival again will offer a HUGE shopping pavilion that will have the Nashville Humane Association Store, Pet Portraits, Teddy's Wagon, Doggie Arts and Crafts, Great Food and Music! Throughout the day there will be clinics and contests including: Best Bark Cutest Puppy Prettiest Dog under 40 Pounds Prettiest Dog over 40 Pounds (0 comments)
The Fall Convention, September 22, 2011 will celebrate 100 years of the GNAR for the Middle Tennessee Realtors! In addition to the Membership Luncheon, there will be over 300 vendors at the afternoon Trade Show! Marketing Guru, Pat Zaby, will be teaching Run the Numbers in the morning CE class. Principal Residence Tax Issues will be taught in the afternoon. Dr. Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's Chief Economist will speak at the Membership Lunch. He will share about the future of Freddie Mac and its impact on the Housing Industry. As (4 comments)
Best Practices Contest!!!! Earn Some Points and Make Some Money Too! - 09/13/11 06:09 PM
You come here everyday and read the home page and you STILL miss something like this! Many of you are already doing the 30 days in September, so add this to your topics and you might just get double points! More importantly we can share tips that will help us continue to make a living in this difficult market. That's what ActiveRain is all about. Sharing and Helping one another! Via Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage: Why Do A Contest in This Environment? First, the environment that we are in is tough. Really tough. Some people are prospering. Some people aren’t. (5 comments)
Why do I Need a Buyer's Agent? - 09/13/11 04:42 PM
Why do I Need a Buyer's Agent? When an Agent is working directly for the Buyer, they have a Fiduciary Duty of Loyalty to the Buyer. What that means is the Buyer's Agent puts the Buyer's best interests above all others. That could mean helping the Buyer get the most favorable sales price or terms of the contract. The Terms in the Contract can be the Closing Date, the Possession Date, Repairs, Personal Property left with the Home or even help with Financing. An Agent writing an offer for a Buyer on a particular property, does not make (10 comments)
I just finished this incredible book. I'll admit I cried a good bit but, it was well worth it. I could barely put it down. I've had many friends ask me where God is when bad things happen. Why he lets them happen, and what good can come from it. I'm not going to say that The Shack answers those questions, but it will leave you very thoughtful. Here's a little explanation: Missy, the youngest daughter of Mackenzie Allen Philips, goes missing on a family vacation. It (7 comments)
Turn off your Phone and Be Still! - 09/12/11 11:31 AM
Turn off your Phone and Be Still! When was the last time you went to the Beach without your cellphone? Do you ever miss that time where you sit still and just listen to the waves crash onto the beach and the seagulls playing in the waves? How many of you can really sit still and DO NOTHING for 2 minutes? I challenge you to try it now. Click on the picture a give it a try. Let me know how you do. How many times did it take you? (15 comments)
With a Heavy Heart, I remember the day 10 years ago as if it were yesterday. - 09/11/11 12:02 PM
With a Heavy Heart, I remember the day 10 years ago as if it were yesterday. There has been so much News this week leading up to today, I didn't know exactly how I would feel. Truthfully, I am one of the lucky people, I didn't lose anyone on 9/11. Well not exactly. I lost a part of Connie that day. It was like my innocence finally left me. I wanted to hide somewhere, but there was no longer a safe place to go. I sat on the couch, glued to the television with an endless flow of tears. (12 comments)
That's right Sales are up 300% in Bradford Hills for the month of July. Last year had only 2 closings in July. Last month there were 6 closings! September of 2010 had one sale. There is already One Pending sale and 2 homes with contingencies. Sales will be up again in September at this rate! All of the homes that have closed, have closed under $200,000. That's certainly down from the highs several years ago. The average days on the market are down from 161 (6 comments)
September is Hunger Action Month! - 09/09/11 09:48 AM
September is Hunger Action Month! One in SIX Tennesseans struggles with hunger! The Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee is asking YOU to help raise awareness of the hunger needs in our community. Hunger Action Month is to inspire you to help! AND There are many ways that you, too, can help.
The Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee needs donations of food, money and your time. Have you considered hosting your own food drive? If that's too much, take food donations to Kroger, WalMart, Dollar General Store and Whole Foods. One great way to help is to have lunch (8 comments)
Many times you already have your Wish List prepared, but is that really enough?
Buying a home is a huge investment. This is where you're going to call Home for several years probably. Your home often plays a major role in the life of your family so you want to make sure you're making a good investment. This home needs to fit your lifestyle and that of your family members.
When you're looking at homes, here are a few (7 comments)
It's time to Set Up Your ActiveRain Outside Blog - 09/07/11 05:53 PM
Newbies! This is for You! It's time to take the plunge and set up your outside blog. You will be so happy that you did! You get to personalize it even more than your AR blog. It's easy. If you're serious about blogging you really need the outside blog. Via ActiveRain University (ActiveRain University): Setting up ActiveRain Outside Blog from Bob Stewart on Vimeo. (6 comments)
There was a lot of question about whether the State Fair would be at the Fairgrounds again this year. With a new Council, the debate will surely continue. The Tennessee State Fair has been held every year, except for 4 years during WWII, since 1906. Many think of the State Fair as the place with the fun rides, cotton candy, and corn dogs. But the Association Partnership describes it as "the promotion and education of agriculture, horticulture, creative arts, performing arts, industry, commerce, recreation, economic (5 comments)
Popular Villages of Brentwood in South Nashville has a new listing for sale!
This home was the former Model when the Villages of Brentwood was built in the mid 1980s. Near the front of the subdivision it sits on a lot that backs to the creek!
The home has 3 bedroom and 2 1/2 baths, a formal living room and formal dining room. The Den has a fireplace and is open to the spacious kitchen.The kitchen has been updated with granite. There (4 comments)
RainCamp Online combined with Local MeetUps Rock! - 09/06/11 04:06 PM
The First RainCamp Online is Thursday September 8th. MeetUps are happening all across the country. Nashville Bloggers what's up? We need to get our own MeetUp scheduled and FAST! Any ideas for locations would be greatly appreciated. I will work with any of you to make this happen. Just call or email me. Or just leave a comment with your ideas! Via ActiveRain Corp.: Ladies, have you been waiting for a special occasion to bust out those new shoes? Gentlemen, still dying to show off your new ascot? Well the time has come! In honor of our inaugural virtual RainCamp (6 comments)
Michael King, of Monells, has put together the perfect Nashville Festival. Combining the most loved Italian Street Fair and Summer Lights there is now something for everyone: Music, Art, Wine, Food and lots of Fun! At the Italian Lights Festival, You don't have to be Italian to enjoy stomping grapes or playing Bocce Ball, but it doesn't hurt. Three Fun days to enjoy Italian wines, food, games and contests! You can register to compete in the Rosina and Biogio Belcastro Bocce Ball Tournament with a team of up to 5 members. (4 comments)
Labor Day a Day to Rest and Recover! - 09/05/11 08:49 AM
Labor Day a Day to Rest and Recover! Week 10 of our 12 week training for the Women's Half Marathon and my body is getting tired. We did the 6 mile loop in the hills Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. Weight lifting in-between. Then 10+ miles Saturday on the course. My body's asking if it's worth it. Today the US Open is calling my name. Time to watch someone else sweat and groan! With Hurricane/tropical storm Lee arriving early this morning it's too wet to do anything outside. Yep, I'm thinking that making a nice pot of (7 comments)
The Statistics don't Lie! - 09/04/11 04:08 PM
Richard has got it going in this post! People complain about getting comments but don't write good posts. One thing he doesn't explain totally is the clicks. Many consumers read your posts and never comment. Especially the localism posts. But they remember you. They come back and read you again and again. Then, when you least expect it, they need you and they contact you. Via Richard Yates, REALTOR Orange County, CA Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker Real Estate): The facts are in the Stats... Statistics don't lie, either your post worked or it didn't work. Here are (17 comments)
As I headed to meet a friend for lunch, I noticed these PINK Firetrucks parked at the YMCA. I did a quick u-turn to see what was up!
To my delight, I discovered this incredible movement started by Dave Graybill in Phoenix, AZ to celebrate women by wearing pink and to help them locally with their battle against cancer.
This isn't just Breast Cancer, it's ALL forms of cancer.The money they raise goes to local charities. Not any one in particular. They provide an (5 comments)
Franklin Jazz Fest - 2011 - 09/03/11 10:44 AM
Franklin Jazz Fest - 2011 22nd Annual Franklin Jazz Fest Saturday September 3rd and Sunday September 4th. C.J. Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana Band will headline the Saturday music. You'll be treated to The Nashville Jazz Orchestra on Sunday. The music will be starting at 5pm with each headliner beginning at 8:30pm. Tickets are just $8, if purchased in advance at Shuff's Music at 118 3rd Avenue North in downtown Franklin TN. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted free. There will be (3 comments)
Are YOU Using Facebook to Grow Your Sphere? - 09/02/11 03:25 PM
Rich Jacobson presents some powerful points on how to "Grow your Sphere" by using Facebook. We all are there, but are we using facebook as a tool to increase our business, or are we just playing around with it? Take a look at what he has to say.... Via Rich Jacobson Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (WindermereRE/West Sound, Inc.): A lot is being said nowadays about the use of Facebook to grow and promote your business. Many people enter the social media fray with little or no experience/understanding on what constitutes acceptable or effective behavior/practices as it relates to (9 comments)
Refinance your Mortgage EVEN if Your HOUSE has LOST VALUE - 09/02/11 10:26 AM
I just read Ridhi Raheja post about being able to refinancing your mortgage EVEN if your house has lost value. Who would know these things but a Lender. Homeowners, If you want to lower your monthly payments, look at these options.
Via RIDHI RAHEJA , 630-660-6376 ,MLO #303815 FHA, VA CONVENTIONAL HOME LOANS,ILLINOIS (Ridhi.email@example.com:Preapprovals,1st time buyers): YES YOU CAN REFINANCE EVEN IF YOUR HOUSE HAS LOST VALUE! It is estimated that over 20 million American homeowners owe more on their mortgage than the value of their homes. You don't need to sit on sidelines and feel bad because you can't (1 comments)
National Folk Festival Comes to Nashville TN Labor Day Weekend 2011! - 09/02/11 09:10 AM
National Folk Festival Comes to Nashville TN Labor Day Weekend 2011! The 73rd National Folk Festival will be in Nashville TN this weekend September 2-4, 2011 at the Bicentennial Mall by the Farmers Market! You can enjoy 3 days of performances on 7 different stages.
The National Folk Festival was created by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in 1934. This large 3 Day event is free to the public and offers a variety of music and dance performances, along with workshops, parades, craft exhibits, regional and ethnic foods and a children's activity area. The (2 comments)
Franklin Classic, the 33rd Annual Event, September 5, 2011 - 09/01/11 02:02 PM
Franklin Classic, the 33rd Annual Event, September 5, 2011 This is Mercy Children's Clinic's largest fundraiser for the year! Thousands of runners, walkers and just happy bystanders will head to downtown Historic Franklin for this 5K and 10K event. The Franklin Classic is one of the most popular Labor Day events in Franklin TN. Online Registration is available until 6pm on September 1, 2011. Day of event registration opens at 5:45am.The 10K Run starts at 7am, the 5K run/walk begins at 8:30am and the Kid's 1k Fun Run begins at 9:30am. This will be the second year for the (2 comments)
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