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What's your neighborhood's "Walk Score"? - 06/30/08 07:59 AM
Here's a quick, easy way to calculate your neighborhood and your home's "walk score". Your walk score is how "walkable" your location is; that is, how quickly and easily you can walk to everyday services such as drug stores, grocery, library, restaurants, dry cleaners, etc. Visit WalkScore.com to calculate your Knoxville home's walkability index.
Don Anderson, one of my fellow Realtors, crossing a creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a walker/hikers paradise. We moved to a new home last year and I was delighted to find our new home's walkability was a 66 out of a possible 100 (7 comments)
Oakes Daylily Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee - 06/28/08 07:49 PM
40 acres of blooming Daylilies makes quite a spectacular sight. This past weekend was the annual Oakes Daylily Festival in beautiful Corryton, Tennessee, a charming rural community about 15 miles east of Knoxville.
My wife and I went for a visit yesterday, had a great time, bought lots of Daylilies, and made a few photos. See more of them here. Daylilies are the perfect flower for the brown or black thumbed gardener. Easy to grow, hard to kill. Daylilies like any type of soil, withstand dry or drought conditions well, and are resistant to most insects and plant (3 comments)
NEWSPAPER AD REVENUE PLUNGES...........Drudge Report - 06/22/08 05:17 PM
NEWSPAPER AD REVENUE PLUNGES, SPREADING FEAR IN INDUSTRY... DEVELOPING... Tech Crunch, November, 2007 "Newspaper ad sales continue their long, sad decline, down 7.4 percent in the third quarter." New York Times, March, 2008 "Newspaper advertising revenue fell 7.9 percent in 2007, the second-worst year in more than half a century, the Newspaper Association of America said on Friday. Those figures include continued growth in online advertising." Journal Communications, May, 2008 "CHICAGO Journal Communications Inc. reported after markets closed Thursday that its April revenue fell 5.3% to $35.91 million, driven down in part by ad revenue that was off 9.6% at its (4 comments)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee is a small town about 12 miles northwest of my home. It's a small town that has done some very big things, i.e. developed and manufactured the atomic bombs that ended World War II, leaders in nuclear research, have one of the 5 fastest supercomputers in the world, and lots of other things we don't know about because a great deal of their work there is highly classified. Every year they have a festival to celebrate their World War II heritage with the technological advancements that are ongoing within the City of Oak Ridge. For those non (2 comments)
Calling all Knoxville area fencesitters; it's time to get down. - 06/21/08 11:05 AM
Mortage interst rates surged in Knoxville & Farragut Tennessee this past week to a 9 month high of 6.42%. Some see this as a sign that the Federal Reserve has shifted it's focus from preventing a recession to controlling inflation. Lots of financial gurus predict a rise when the Fed meets again in September. What does that mean to you as a Knoxville area homebuyer? It means higher payments if you want much longer. Read all about it here.
The annual Honda Hoot is underway. the Hoot is an annual party for motorcycle enthusiasts from all over. However lest that many bikers in one place conjure up visions of Hell's Angels, wheelies, and reckless driving you need to take another look. The Honda Hoot crowd is more the "born to be mild" set. Their first event of the Hoot last night was an ice cream social instead of a beer bust. This year's Hoot is from June 18 through the 21st (9 comments)
The AFRF (after the fact referral fee) Fairy strikes again - 06/13/08 09:12 AM
After receiving an email from a fellow Rainer about a recent visit she received from the AFRF fairy I thought this might be worth posting again for informational purposes. You can fight these unjust fees and you can win! You know the one; that little fairy that flies down just before you close your deal, waves her magic wand, and says: "Excuse me, those are my clients, you own me a 35% (or more) referral fee for the privilege of working with them...............and oh, by the way, if you don't pay me ‘our' clients won't get to collect their relocation benefits." (11 comments)
5 new rules for today's homebuyers - 06/09/08 09:44 AM
A recent article in Money magazine lists 5 new rules for today’s homebuyers. After reading the article I found that I agree with all 5 of them. New rule 1: DO NOT try to time the bottom of this market. We may be there or close already or not. In any instance it’s very unlikely you’ll hit it at the exact bottom. Case in point; several years ago my wife and I decided to refinance our former home in west Knoxville because mortgage rates were falling. I had 5 different mortgage bankers and myself watching the market trying to figure out (7 comments)
Housing bust & Oil boom...both heading for the same fate??? - 06/07/08 04:30 PM
One can only hope. I just read an article in Fortune Magazine by Shawn Tully, editor at large, who makes a compelling and logical case that oil is headed for the same fall that housing is currently experiening in many parts of the country and for the same reasons; supply and demand. "So when the economy roared back in 2002 and 2003, builders couldn't turn out homes fast enough for buyers armed with those cheap mortgages. As a result, prices spiked. They no longer bore any relation to the actual cost of buying and improving land, or constructing and marketing a (8 comments)
Knoxville preservationist icon honored - 06/07/08 02:24 PM
Kristopher Kendrick, one the best best known of Knoxville's historical building preservationists, was honored last night at a gathering in downtown Knoxville. Knox Heritage sponsored the event attended by over 200 Kendrick fans. Kendrick began buying old buildings in Knoxville and refurbishing them in the early 1970s. Some of his more notable accomplishment have been Patrick Sullivan's Saloon in the Old City, Kendrick Place Condos on Union Avenue, and the Lord Lindsey Restaurant on West Hill Avenue.
The Lord Lindsey Restaurant & Catering Knox Heritage President Dorothy Stair said the ordanization will begin offering an annual award for those (1 comments)
It's "Free Fishing Day" in Knoxville, Tennessee - 06/07/08 01:55 PM
Ah, fishing. Just the word conjures up images of sitting under a shady tree along the river bank watching that float for a nibble and enjoying the outdoors. The only thing that could make that better would be free fishing. That's right, no licenses, no bait to buy, and a free loaner rod & reel if you don't have it. It's Free Fishin Day in Knoxville, Tennessee. This annual even is sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) at multiple locations all across the state on several weekends this month to introduce kids of all ages to the joys of (6 comments)
MeMe Reply - 06/02/08 08:58 AM
1. Who is your favorite musical artist? I have lots of favorites but some 'favorite' favorites are: Elivs (hey, he is the king of Rock n Roll) and The Beatles. I like most every kind of music except rap. 2. Who is your favorite Artist? Augeste Rodin, hands down. I love his "The Thinker" and anyone who would try to cast a piece as big as "The Gates of Hell" has some guts to go along with his incredible talent. 3. Who is your favorite blogger? Besides me? I like Pat Katino and TransparentRE.com. 4. If you could meet anyone (alive (7 comments)
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