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This is a great marketing letter to mail soon. - 12/31/08 03:20 PM
If you haven't been doing this during the year you can still probably get it done in at most, a couple of hours. Get a copy of the HUD 1 (closing statement) from each and every closing you had in 2008. Send each buyer and seller a copy of their closing statement in an evelope with the following letter: "Dear Client, Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2009. It will soon be tax time so I thought you might could use an extra copy of your closing statements from the real estate transation we had together in 2008. (15 comments)
Low cost bath & kitchen remodeling - 12/31/08 08:57 AM
In the current market you need every advantage you can bring to bear to get your home sold for a good price; you need to create some "WOWS! from buyers. If you have old and outdated bathrooms and kitchen you're staring off the sale process with 1 or more strikes against you. We sold our personal home in 2007. It was about 35 years old and each of our 3 bathrooms had different colored tile and fixtures from that era. One bath was avocado green, one harvest gold, and the third was a funky brown & gold color which I hope (1 comments)
What do you want in 2009? - 12/29/08 08:01 AM
What do you want to happen in 2009? Weight loss is a common goal.This goal often goes hand in hand with "exercise more". More business and more money is another. One of the best ways I've found to achieve desirable goals is to make them as specific and definite as possible. For example, instead of saying, "I would like to lose some weight and exercise more in 2009." say, "By June 30th of 2009 I will have lost 15 pounds by making heathier eating choices, exercising portion control, and committed myself to 30 minutes a day of an exercise program consisting (4 comments)
Knox County Registrar of Deeds property transfer report - 12/28/08 03:20 PM
for the week of December28th This past week the Knoxville County Registrar of Deeds reported 139 closed real estate transactions. Like most previous weeks most of the action was in the $50,000 to $150,000 prices ranges with closed transactions dropping off dramatically as the scale moved towards the higher prices.
There were 4 closed transactions over $1,000,000 and 2 in the $500,000 to $1,000,000 range. The average sales price in Knoxville for November 2008 was $85,900 for a 2 bedroom, $155,800 for a typical 3 bedroom home and $244,500 for 4 bedrooms and more.
This west Knoxville home closed (1 comments)
Recycle your used Christmas tree - 12/27/08 02:55 PM
Now that Christmas is past it will soon be time to take down the tree and decorations. If you're one of the estimated 31.3 million US households that bought a real Christmas tree you may be wondering what to do with it. Most cities and municipalities have some sort of recycling program for Christmas trees that have done their duty. In the greater Knoxville area there are several options to not only recycle your used Christmas tree but get the ground up mulch back to put in your planting beds. The best deal is to take it to Ijams Park (2 comments)
I'm' lookin' for love............... - 12/23/08 10:05 AM
No, no, not that kind of love. I'm lookin for link love, that special, magical kind of love that makes Google love you. Google will start loving you more when more inbound links to your blog or website start appearing. Google likes inbound links best because it says to Google that others like you so that makes Google want to like you too. Second best is a reciprocal link where someone links to you and then you link back to them. Not a bad thing but Google is often suspicious that this might not be an armlengths deal and you're trying (5 comments)
FHA loans vs Conventional loans - A true numbers comparision with 5% down - 12/21/08 12:45 AM
Jeff is "The MAN" when it comes to mortgages. His ability to explain things clearly and simply make the complex mortgage process easily understood and less confusing. Via Jeff Belonger -- The FHA Expert.com -- FHA Loans -- FHA mortgages - USDA loans (Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc):
FHA loans have been the main source of financing in the last 6 months. What I hate hearing is that they have taken the spot of the subprime loans. This is not true by any part of the imagination. This statement is from those that are inexperienced in both the mortgage and the (1 comments)
Knoxville's Amazing Christmas Light Show - 12/20/08 05:01 PM
One of the most amazing Christmas light shows you've ever seen is playing nightly at Shadrack Water Sports & RV just off Watt Road in West Knoxville. Over 250,000 colors lights dance to music starting with a peppy song titled "Christmas With A Capital "C" by Go Fish to the more traditional "Silent Night" by Mannheim Steamroller Great Christmas entertainment for the whole family. The Christmas light show is open 6-10 p.m. weekdays, 6-11 p.m. weekends past New Year’s. Admission is $10,00 per carload during the week and $12.00 on weekends. They said over 2,000 cars have toured the grounds and (1 comments)
Sub 5% fixed interest mortgage rates are here! - 12/20/08 07:33 AM
They're here........fixed mortgage interest rates below 5%! If you're in the market for a new house or condo NOW would be a great time to get in the market and buy one. Here's why that's such a big deal. In November the average sale price of a 3 bedroom home in Knoxville was $155,600.
This beautiful 2 story home is located in north Knoxville and priced at only $154,900. The data relating to real estate for sale on this Web Site comes from the IDX Program of the Knoxville Area Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service. All homes subject to (1 comments)
"Licenses". "We ain't got no stinkin licenses." - 12/17/08 02:40 PM
A famous line in an old Humphrey Bogart movie, "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" has a Mexican bandit trying to convince Bogharts character that they are Federales. When Bogart asks to see their badges the bandit responds: "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges!" That line has became a cult classic, sort of like "More cowbell" from that now famous Saturday Night Live skit with Christopher Walken and Blue Oyster Cult. Like badges, some seem to have the mistaken impression that the National Association of Realtors issues (4 comments)
This past week had a total of 137 property transfers in all prices ranges from over one million dollars to some under $50,000 There's a great selection of homes for sale in the greater Knoxville, Tennessee area and terrific mortgage rates in the 5% range are available too. This stately 2 story home is listed for $299,000
Brokered by ERA, Top Producers, 691-5348 Visit my real estate blog to see more Knoxville, Knox County, and Farragut homes for sale. www.KnoxvilleHomeCenter.com has all Knoxville area Realtor listings currently for sale; no registration required. (0 comments)
We're getting 'green'...........10 ways you can too - 12/09/08 03:32 PM
"Going green" is not only very fashionable these days; it's also a great way to save money and impact our environment less. Here's 10 things we've done that most anyone else can do one or more of. Added extra insulation overhead to R-38. This nifty calculator from Oak Ridge National Laboratories can calculate how much insulation you could benefit from. Installed new thermopane windows; the west facing ones have low e glass. Low e glass which keeps heat in during the winter and out during the summer. Have a heat pump for heating and cooling efficiency and economy. Purchase units of (2 comments)
December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor and Thank a Veteran day. - 12/07/08 12:24 PM
"President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." Hear President Roosevelt's words Imagine you're a 19 year old sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor and it's December 7, 1941. That was a Sunday morning, normally a lazy day around military installations all over the world. You were sleeping in after a day of duty the previous Saturday, it's about 7:45 am or so. Suddenly you hear lots of aircraft that sound really close, then you start to (5 comments)
Photoblogging Knoxville's annual Christmas Parade - 12/06/08 03:22 PM
Last night (Friday, Dec. 5) was Knoxville' annual Christmas Parade. Even though it was around 30 degrees the Saturday news said they estimated the crowds at 35,000. I think that was a great turnout for such a cold night but.....Santa Claus was there and it is Christmas.
There were lots of kids of all ages. We got there about 45 minutes early and were able to get a good spot right on the curb. That turned out to be a good move because by the time the parade started people were lined up 5 to 6 deep all along Gay (4 comments)
How to hide in plain sight - 12/04/08 04:20 PM
This is different. Click here to see how you can hide multiple lines of text, passwords, etc. in plain sight. "Wow, that is pretty cool." you probably say but, why in the world would I want to do something like that? Here's a reason the creator gives: "A simple scenario: you're the network administrator or run your own company and need to ask some questions on a forum, but on the other hand, you don't want the whole world to know what your problems are. They may sound stupid, they might contain some sensitive information: actually, you just don't want to (6 comments)
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