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Carpenter Bees will eat your house. - 04/28/09 02:15 PM
Carpenter Bees are swarming right now and they could be eating your house. They love any sort of soft, unpainted wood such as deck rails, outside buildings, soffits, and other areas they can bore into and build a new colony. The most telltale sign of their activity are little piles of sawdust. Usually if you look upwards over the sawdust piles you will spot a small, perfectly round hole which is the new hive entrance. Another clue you can often observe, especially on light surfaces is light yellowish brown spotting on vertical surfaces like walls and support posts. This a (4 comments)
Something for everyone; 5 fun things to do in Knoxville, Tennessee this week - 04/28/09 08:03 AM
Tennessee women's softball. The lady Vols won both sides of a double header again Georgia last week. Come to the game and see if they can do the same again Alabama. Friday, May 1st, 6 pm, and Saturday May 2nd at 3:00 pm. Sherri Parker Lee Stadium is a first class softball stadium on campus with outstanding facilities. Rick Recht, a Jewish rock singer (I told you there was something for everyone. ;-)) in concert Saturday at the Arnstein Jewish Community Center. Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00 pm. Sundown in the City continues with this week's featured artists Big Head Todd (0 comments)
Do it yourself loan modication to lower your interest rate and payments - 04/22/09 12:15 PM
The new federal program to help homeowners stay in their homes by lowering their interest rate and payments by either modifying their existing loan or refinancing that loan is now open for business. One of the best parts about this program is that there is no charge to homeowners. I know there are scam artists out there offering to 'help' you refinance or get a loan modification for a fee but there is no need to give them any of your money these programs are very simple. Here's your first step. You need to visit www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov and answer just a few (4 comments)
The new cabin at Camp Chilhowee - 04/20/09 08:59 AM
My wife and I are members of the Beaver Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church (BCCPC) in Powell, Tennessee where I am currently serving a term as a Session Member (basically the Session is the Board of Directors of our church). Our church, like other Cumberland Presbyterian churches, participates in sending the youth to a retreat at the church owned Camp Chilhowee, a 106 acre retreat in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. There are several cabins, an amphitheater, mess hall, swimming pool, and lots of beautiful grounds to hike, play, worship, and enjoy. We feel it’s important to provide this setting (0 comments)
Should I buy a home in Knoxville, Tennessee now? A question lots of potential buyers are asking themselves now. So what’s the answer? The answer depends a lot on you and the reasons you’re thinking of buying. Generally if you plan to live in any home you buy in Knoxville for at least the next 3 years now might be a good time for you to buy for the following three reasons: You may be eligible for a new federal tax credit of up to $8,000 that is only available this year for home purchased and closed before December (0 comments)
Knoxville Tennessee real estate picture for week of April 12th - 04/12/09 10:14 PM
This Easter Sunday is a bright sunshiny day with clear blue skies overhead although it’s still a bit chilly at 52 degrees outside. This week’s property transfers from the Knox County Registrar of Deeds office brings the biggest numbers of the year with a total of 187 pieces of real estate finding a new owner. As has been the trend all this year, most of the activity is in the low to lower middle price ranges, that is from $100,000 to $300,000. 22.8% of last week’s total were in the $100,000 to $150,000 range, 19.57% in the $200-300,000 range, and 14,67% (2 comments)
Great information. There are lots of areas in Knox County and around that qualify for this sort of financing. Here are the family income limits for this program only. One person: $49550 Two people in family: $56600 Three in family: $63700 Four in family: $70750 And on up to $93,400 for a family of 9 Call me for more details. www.KnoxvilleHomeCenter.com
Via Jason Sardi, Mortgage Banker (FHA-VA-USDA-Conventional-Pennsylvania Loans): In case some of you haven't been informed, 100% is alive and well in the financing side of the Mortgage World. Let not the rumors of their demise mislead you. VA (for those (3 comments)
Produce your own printed material for less - 04/10/09 09:36 PM
One of the things I enjoy doing and that helps my listings not only sell but stand out from the others is to produce inexpensive and eye catching printed materials like flyers, just listed & sold post cards, brochures, and other printed items. You don't have to hire a graphic artist or expensive custom printing to produce your own distinctive flyers, post cards, ete., all you need to do is learn how to use a desktop publishing program like Microsoft Publisher. If you don't have Publisher even Word or Power Point can be used to turn out some beautiful and effective (5 comments)
The secret to selling your listing - 04/10/09 08:49 PM
As I was walking into my office today I noticed a yard sign standing beside the front entrance. Nothing unusual there; other agents drop them off all the time from closed listings. But this one was a little different and too rare these days; it had a big SOLD sign sticking on top. I often wonder what makes a house sold, what caused buyers to choose this house over the multitude of choices they have in today's market. Then at the bottom I saw a sign rider that I believed to be the answer to my question. The rider simply said (3 comments)
Tennessee posts net gain in newcomers for 2008 - 04/06/09 01:25 PM
Relocation.com which surprisingly is not a real estate firm or a relocation company, but rather a clearing house for people needing actual moving services, insurance, storage, and related, also keeps track of not only who's moving but where they're going to and from. Here's their research statistics from last year. "Research Statistics Relocation.com analyzed nearly 500,000 moving quote requests in 2008 to determine where people are moving. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that 34 million people moved between 2007 and 2008; assuming 2.6 persons per household, Relocation.com's moving data represents nearly 3.5 percent of people making moves in (0 comments)
Here's what's going on right now and how it will benefit you as a new home buyer. First, the nation’s financial crisis has driven mortgage interest rates to their lowest levels ever; currently you get fixed rates below 5% all over Knoxville. A glut of houses has increased inventories of both new and resale homes providing a huge selection to choose from. Currently just in Knox County (0 comments)
Knoxville's Dogwood Arts Festival, one of the best parts of spring - 04/02/09 03:29 PM
In addition to the Robins in our backyard another sure sign that spring is here is the beginning of Knoxville’s annual Dogwood Arts Festival now beginning it’s 49th year. Best described as a month long celebration of spring, the annual Dogwood Arts Festival offers plenty of excitement and things to do for everyone with dance, film, literary arts, music, theater and visual arts.
This are my two dogwood trees in the front yard with neighbor's redbuds in the background. According to the Festival website the Dogwood Arts Festival is "a celebration of the region’s natural beauty as well as its (3 comments)
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