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Farming?????? - 08/28/08 07:58 PM
I would love some feedback and input about your success (and failures) with farming. I feel like I need to do some additional advertising but I'm not 100% convinced that direct mail postcards is going to get the job done? Part of this has to do with my past career where we knew direct mail wasn't the answer. I'll never forget my advertising director telling me once that "direct mail is for people selling left shoes to people that need to buy left shoes." So, if I think about it, the area I want to farm does have fairly good turnover, (5 comments)
Did I mention that they have a great Football team too???????? - 08/28/08 11:53 AM
Those of you who are not from the southwest part of the country, may not think much of the University of Oklahoma. You probably just think of great football? Well, here are some fast facts taken from their Web site (www.ou.edu). Signed, A Boomer-Sooner in NY....................
OU ranks number one in the nation among all public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled per capita. The Princeton Reviewranks OU among the best in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. OU ranks first in the Big 12 and at the top in the nation (2 comments)
Let's get green Capital District!!! - 08/27/08 01:19 PM
As part of the NYSERDA programs (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) in the Capital District of New York State is a residential program that offers a home energy assessment. Basically this program identifies all the leaky areas of your home and measures the insulation values, see www.getenergysmart.org for all the details. This is a great resource for homeowners and provides a network of licensed, registered, contractors to perform any of the needed improvements. Additionally they offer several financing options to make it easy for the consumer. This is a great way to make sure your home is operating in the (0 comments)
Capital District Real Estate.................. - 08/25/08 02:10 PM
I recently read a post about how the Real Estate market is a lot like the weather. It can be different across the country, across the state, across the county, or across town. So, with that in mind I reviewed some data on recent closed sales in the Capital District and I found that although the differences were minor, they were obvious. So, spend some time reviewing your market and really understand what is going on. Buyers or sellers will appreciate your first hand knowledge of what is going on. Good luck and happy selling........Lew (2 comments)
Capital District Real Estate First Time Home Buyers - 08/21/08 09:34 AM
By now we are all aware of all the provisions in the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. When I first read about this, I sent out emails and letters to everyone in my DB talking about the $7,500 First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit. In my opinion, this is a great program that should help get a lot of people into their first home here in the Capital District. The thing I don't understand is that I have not received one call or email from anyone interested in looking at homes or even just learning more about the details of (2 comments)
Woowhooooooo Capital District - 08/19/08 07:36 PM
I was very please to read the recent press release from the NAR regarding the second quarter median home prices. Fortunately for the Capital District, we were one of only 35 markets to show an increase. The Capital District in Albany was up 3.5% I'll take any increase we can get as I know all of you would take the same. Let's hope we have reached the bottom and things are gong to start moving in the right direction. My fear is that things will continue to decline until after the elections. Let's hope I'm wrong!!! (0 comments)
Please vote today!!!!!!!!!!! - 08/19/08 08:31 AM
I had a listing appointment here in the Capital District on Sunday night and as I reflect on the meeting I thought I would ask your opinion about his situation. This home (in Clifton park, NY) is a little dated, but not bad at all. Built in 1981, the owner of this custom colonial has a nice list of projects that are underway in order to get her house sold as quickly as possible. Here is the short list; remove wallpaper from kitchen, laundry/mud room, and two bathrooms, then paint all. Paint all exterior doors. Replace several light fixtures inside and out. Replace (3 comments)
Craigslist.....................Love it!!!!!!!!!!! - 08/18/08 08:54 PM
I have had a lot of people click on my Web site during the last three months, but no one has registered. I allow them to review 5 properties before requiring registration. This weekend I worked a couple open houses in the Capital District and I asked for permission to post them on Craigslist. One of the agents said I could post all her listings (6) whenever I wanted. So, today I posted them all and I just had two people register. Now, I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch, but two in one day from craigslist vs three months (11 comments)
Open House Tips........ - 08/18/08 09:55 AM
I ran two open houses in the Capital District this weekend for a couple of my colleagues so I spent a lot of time thinking about how to attract buyers to these. I would appreciate any comments or tips on your success stories. Thanks. 1) Provide "packets" of material (instead of seperate individual sheets) stapled together with your business card attached. 2) Signs, signs, signs.................and more signs. Some have said they are more affective than newspaper ads??? 3) Provide bottled water on a hot afternoon along with a nice sweet treat. 4) Make sure all the paddle fans are on (low (9 comments)
Got a minute to help a friend??? - 08/15/08 06:00 AM
If you have a minute and can help our friend, please go to the link below and click on the video. With every click they get support for Jenna's early intervention program. http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/videos/view/id/1055266 I would like tho thank you in advance for your support. Lew (4 comments)
Customer Service anyone??? - 08/14/08 05:08 PM
I have learned a lot about customer service throughout my career and I thought I would quickly share with you some of the things I have learned. I'm sure there are no original ideas in here but I also know a quick refresher couldn't hurt any of you (I mean me!!!). Enjoy!!! 1) Never promise something that you can't deliver. 2) Always do what you say you are going to do. 3) Always follow up with your client, even if the answer is "I can't do what I said I would." 4) Never burn any bridges, you never know when you will (0 comments)
Want to make money??? - 08/07/08 01:39 PM
Most people you meet in any type of sales position are usually pretty confident and sure of themselves. Although you can't be afraid of yourself in this business you also have to be very careful. Clients are often times turned-off by agents who carry on about themselves, the market-place, and what they do. More often than not, clients want you to listen to them. They need someone to talk to , they are going through a very emotional time and they need you to listen. So, remember this: Your mouth costs you money, your ears make you money. If you need someone (3 comments)
Charity idea....... - 08/06/08 06:59 PM
John from LA posted a blog earlier today about donating blood and it got me thinking about some fund-raising my wife and I did a few years ago that I thought I would share with you. For my wife's 40th birthday party I threw a big celebration. Now, she isn't the kind of person who needs to be the center of attention but she does enjoy being around all our family and friends. When we were talking about the BIG day (oh by the way, she is older than me and I never let her forget it for the two months every (3 comments)
H-E-L-P!!! - 08/06/08 05:59 PM
I have a couple of first time home buyers that got out of the market recently. Now, with the new $7500 first time home buyers tax credit I am going to try to get them back into the market. I would also like to share with them some hard numbers on how their interest payment deduction can benefit them. Your advice on how to show this to them would be greatly appreciated....THANKS!!! (1 comments)
Need an 8x8 item of value idea??? - 08/05/08 01:20 PM
If you are looking for an idea regarding an 8x8 item of value you may want to consider sending out stickers with the national poison control hotline. I was able to get some (200) for free from our local office. Check out www.aapcc.org for more information. Make it a great day!!! (4 comments)
Consumer Reports Magazine...... - 08/04/08 01:45 PM
My September edition of Consumer Reports was delivered to the house this weekend. There is a section titled "Buying, selling, remodeling. How to protect yourself in today's rocky real-estate market." If you haven't seen it yet, it is worth the read. Also, when my subscription renewal came in last month it included a complimentary gift-subscription, great for a client. There is also a section on lead based paint and radon test kits. Enjoy!!! (0 comments)
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