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5 'Secrets' you must know to get a great deal on a new home - 10/28/08 08:01 AM
Here's 5 secrets that will help you find the best price and terms on your new home or condo purchase. Shop for real estate listings with "Reduced" or "Price Reduced" sign riders or ads. In my long experience as a real estate broker I've observed if someone will come down on price once they will usually come down again. Reduced signs are like the old K-Mart "blue light special" lights flashing for you. Look for a fixer upper. Watch for ad words like: “fixer-upper,” “potential,” “value in land,” “investment property,” “tender loving care,” “contractor’s special” and “as-is.”. These code words are (3 comments)
Paint: The Cheap Fix for 'Ugly' - Before & After Pics - 10/25/08 12:29 PM
If more sellers wold spend a few dollars on paint they would be doing themselves the biggest favor ever. Fresh paint is the absolute best and cheapest fix up item you can do when selling. And nothing turns a buyer off quicker than a house needing a new paint job. Via Patty Carroll, ASP®, SRES® & Scott Carroll - RE/MAX, Vancouver WA: We have always told friends, family & clients that painting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve the appearance of a home. After years of renovating our own homes, you would think we would stop being amazed by the transformations. But (4 comments)
Beautiful fall colors on Norris Lake, Tennessee - 10/25/08 09:49 AM
Most every fall we take one of the annual color cruises on nearby Norris Lake. Operated and narrated by a ranger from Norris Dam State Park, these cruises take you places you can only access by boat.
Friends of Norris Dam State Park donated this pontoon boat for park use. This past Friday wasn't the best weather conditions for a trip on the lake. It was rainy, cold, and blustery; in other words a fairly typical fall day in east Tennessee. However the leaves were almost ready for viewing so off we went.
The showy maple trees were (3 comments)
"Outside the box" ideas to make your Knoxville, Tennessee home sell - 10/21/08 09:40 AM
So you have your Knoxville house on the market and you’re not getting any offers or you’re thinking of selling and you have concerns about the perceived state of the so called “national real estate market. First of all relax, there is no “national real estate” market but rather a large number of local markets more dependant on local conditions, (i.e. jobs, local economy, employers, jobs creation, etc.) than the national economy. The greater Knoxville, Tennessee area is one of those fortunate areas that is blessed with a diverse economy and all of those diverse sections are humming along pretty well (0 comments)
One of the best ways to calculate a trend in Knoxville housing sales is the absorption rate for that area. The absorption rates for a huge area such as Knoxville or Knox County is a pretty meaningless number. To forecast current trends more accurately you need to target into a smaller area such as a specific area, subdivision, or zip code.
And, since most sellers and buyers are interested in the price point their particular Knoxville house fits into, limiting it to that price point makes this tool even more useful. As an example let’s take the price point (1 comments)
Layoffs at Zillow - 10/17/08 03:47 PM
Inman news and several other sources are reporting that Zillow.com has laid off 25% of it's work force or about 40 people. Rich Barton, Zillow CEO said in their company blog: "This week we are reducing our workforce by 25%. This was an incredibly painful decision for me and the leadership team, but, in the end, we concluded that we had no choice but to securely batten down the hatches as we sail into a major economic storm." Zillow has been widely critized in the real estate industry for publishing online estimates of house values called "Zestimates" that were wildly inaccurate. (2 comments)
The Knox Country Registrar of Deeds office recorded the following real estate transactions in Knox County this past week. More than $1,000,000 2 $1,000,000 to $500,000 6 $300,000 to $500,000 21 $200,000 to $300,000 39 $150,000 to $200,000 51 $100,000 to $150,000 73 $50,000 to $100,000 46 Under $50,000 (1 comments)
BudURL, a new and fast way to keep up with your click traffic. - 10/06/08 03:29 PM
www.BudURL.com is a new and way cool way to not only shorten a long URL but, keep up with click through traffic kinda like a no frill, mini version of Google Analytics. From BudURL you can either copy and paste a long URL into the "Shrink it" box to create a shorter, more manageable version or drag the BudURL to your toolbar and create a short/BUD URL by just clicking on it. Here's one I created this morning and BUD now tells me I've had 40 click throughs since then with visitors from FaceBook, Twitter, ActiveRain, http://1rstlink.com/, and other IP addresses. (12 comments)
October is a great month for Smoky Mountain backpacking - 10/06/08 01:55 PM
Fall is great in east Tennessee with all the trees showing their spectacular yellows, reds, and orange colors. The air is cooler and more crisp, the smell of wood smoke and burning leaves is in the air. It’s also a perfect time for a little backpacking in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
So this past weekend some of my fellow Realtors and a couple of other friends hiked into the backcountry along the Meig’s Mountain trail to campsite # 20. It’s about a 3 1/2 mile hike in from Elkmont, a popular front country campground. Weather was perfect (0 comments)
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