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Rich Jacobson-Referrals in the Rain - 12/19/10 01:36 PM
Well written blog post by Rick Jacobson titled Referrals in the Rain. I wrote a response, sent it off yesterday. Then I re-read it today. It was so long I should have made it a blog. So I am...... Being part of a national franchise rather than a local or regional brokerage doesn't provide anymore referrals necessarily. Our business both as a franchise broker and now back in the field as real estate professionals, is 80% to 83% referrals. Those are mainly because of satisfied buyers and sellers, broker/agents professionals we have met through the years being very involved in NAR, and being a CRS (only a couple (3 comments)
A year in Market Review - 12/17/10 04:11 PM
We are getting together with friends, family, neighbors to take pause, visit and give thanks for our past year. While together, whether it be at a family feast, a cocktail party a club or society holiday dinner, a community event, the conversation is inevitably going to be about real estate. We can count on it. With so many contradicting predictions in the media these days we though we would share some of the conversation, some of the perspectives we have shared on real estate in our market. This week we've read nationally that real estate will recover in 2014...2013...2011. Nobody knows, and national trends like (0 comments)
Interest Rates on the move up?? - 12/15/10 04:04 PM
So it appears....... at the moment interest rates are entering an upward trend. I am not sure this is entirely bad. Fixed-income investors have received so little return for such a long time, I think they bought gold or something. Maybe even a little real estate. The very recent huge purchases of municipal bonds by PIMCO's Bill Gross suggest that--in his view, at least--rates aren't likely to rise too far too fast. So I will be listening for anything Mr. Gross has to say in the near future. And on we go.... These tax discussions are already causing credit markets to worry about looming (3 comments)
The Way It Was...Then and Now - 12/07/10 05:16 PM
The stunning indigo blue inland sea known as Lake Tahoe was not always full of large expensive homes and a real estate market that is as flat as the lake itself. Lake Tahoe might have remained undiscovered had it not been for Indians and a few intrepid settlers. Settlers with enough stamina to climb the slopes. But an historical development put the lake right in the path of destiny. Those narrow Indian trails that wound over the Sierra's found their way to the greatest deposit of Silver ever known, discovered just miles from Lake Tahoe. Now that is not the reason (0 comments)
How can people be thinking of setting goals? - 12/06/10 06:07 PM
Setting goals, making a business plan, reviewing a business plan... These are things that are hard to do. It's only the first week of December, and I keep reading how now is the time to start planning and setting goals. I would like to not wait until 2011 like everyone else but I may just end up doing that. To get myself thinking about what I intend to accomplish next year takes time, right? I mean this is Christmas time. Give me a break.. Why don't I just wait until January to put together my plan and set my goals. The first quarter of next year will be the build-up to (0 comments)
Economist forecast declining home prices - 12/04/10 03:55 PM
The news about real estate although it is poor is not a surprise to most of us in the business but to the consumer too. It is sobering, though, to recognize how negative the foreclosure problems have proven to be for real estate sales. If real estate economists are predicting a slow 2011 with declining home prices--and they are--the primary reason is the foreclosure fiasco, not a sudden lack of interest in housing among consumers. In my market, the consumer has been pretty active this year. It is a marked improvement over 2009 to say the least. Yet it could be a (1 comments)
The Greatest Bank Robbery Of All Time - 12/01/10 01:57 PM
This is well written. I did not even notice the length. All who read this will appreciate the words John put into this. It is right on point. Via John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com): (With apologies for length) Willie Sutton, the famed bank robber of the 1930’s and 40’s once made the statement, "Go where the money is...and go there often," and though his lifetime take was said to be as much as $2 million, Sutton was a mere amateur. His crimes are dwarfed by those of today’s gangsters who, during the past decade, were committing the greatest bank robbery of all time; (0 comments)
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