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Playing It Safe on the Water - 06/27/11 11:52 PM
If you plan to go boating during the holiday weekend...here are some great suggestion by Kwee Huset. Please stop bty her post and leave her a message Via Kwee Huset® Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty):
Playing It Safe on the Water
With the July 4th weekend approaching, many people will think of boating, fishing, jet skiing, swimming or enjoying any water sport for fun to cool down in the hot summer. Playing It Safe on the Water means remembering water safety rules while you have fun.
Many water sports fans enjoy relaxing with a cold (9 comments)
"Fan Tang" is coming to 3523 Central Ave. NE, Nob Hill, Albuquerque, NM 87106. Jason Zeng, owners of Chow’s Asian Bistro, plans open the new restaurant concept "Fan Tang" to be located at 3523 Central Ave, in the heart of Nob Hill, Albuquerque, NM. The restaurant is set to start serving in the first week of July, with scheduled GRAND OPENING in the FALL. For More information Click the following Link (10 comments)
Let's Get Serious New Mexico...a view from the man in the street - 06/26/11 02:49 AM
Let's Get Serious New Mexico...a view from the man in the street The arrest of UNM Political Science Professor Chris Garcia came as a shock to many people in New Mexico...or did it? People say things publicly, but privately they do the opposite. Some seem to think that his decades of contribution to the New mexico should end this way. How do you really feel about Chris Garcia? It raises more questions: As it was reported in the news, there is a list of clientele...Who are they? Will it include people in "High Places?" What if you find out that (9 comments)
Brace Yourself Albuquerque...It's HOT outside! The forecast for the next 6 days in Albuquerque. NM is dire. I Guess it could be it could be worse though. Roswell, NM will be in triple digits temperature. Here area 10 tips to survive or beat the temperature: 1. Keep yourself Hydrated...Drink enough water 2. Use your sunscreen when you go outside 3. Wear sunglasses while you're outside in the sun 4. Limit your exposure to the sun, do not go outside unless it is a necessity. 5. Do not leave your pets outside unattended 6. Do not leave your pets unattended in (9 comments)
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Should New Mexico Ban Fireworks for the upcoming July 4th Holiday? New Mexico have had its share of wildfires for this season. With the blistering temperatures across the state...I think now is the time to put a statewide ban on all fireworks. It is a very tough call for our decision-makers, but a prudent one. This is not intended to dampen the holiday spirits, but let's take a closer look: Triple-digits temperature across the state Low Humidity No Sign of rain anywhere Vegetation all across the state is quite plentiful to start a fire Public Safety should be Priority One (8 comments)
Carolyn Kolba - RE/MAX Traditions - Mentor, Ohio, wrote the following comment to one of my blogs: "Lloyd, I have been telling myself that I need to write more posts... and more hyper-local posts... for months. The hard part is actually DOING it. It's hard sometimes to get off dead-center." Since, I've been down that road before, I felt it would be a good gesture to share some of what works for me. This may not work for you, and if it doesn't, that's okay.
Wake Up New Mexico, Pay Attention to your Pets - 06/24/11 01:52 AM
Wake Up New Mexico, Pay Attention to your Pets As Reported on KOB TV, High heat affecting animals, people in SE New Mexico... According to Dr Linda Glaser, a local Vet, "Animals are more susceptible, especially short faced dogs." "They can't breathe and regulate their body temperature as readily. They can't pant fast enough to dispel a lot of the heat their bodies are accumulating." Pay Close Attention to your Pets Give them Enough Water Do not leve then unattended in your vehicle Use Prudence...It is Scorching Outside (4 comments)
So you are planning to sell your home and you have a delapidated shed on the property, do you get rid of it or do you leave it to detract from the value of your home? Dan Phillip's Blog gets to the point..."SCRAPE IT!" Please stop by Dan's post and leave him a message
Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If you have a garage or shed on your property that is beyond repair and you will be listing your home for sale in the near future "scrape it"! That is; tear it down or (6 comments)
Changes to NM Real Estate Licensing Law - 06/22/11 11:46 PM
Changes to NM Real Estate Licensing Law Effective July 1, 2011 SB 105 - New Mexico Real Estate Broker Licensing Legislation will go into effect. Here is a summary of the Changes: 1. Elimination of existing exemption from continuing education for Brokers 65 years and above with 20 years of continuous licensure. If you current fall in the exempt statue...nothing to worry about, nothing changes. If you turn 65 on August 1, 2011 andyouhave the 20 years of continued licensure...the new law applies. You will need to fulfil the continuing education requirements. 2. Permit brokers licensed by other states to engaged in Real (6 comments)
This is very important for all homeowners. Very good information for Realtors to share with their clients. The combination onesare great, I have one of each and they both works great. Check to see if it is mandatory in your state. Please stop by Pacita Dimacali's post and leave her a comment
Via Pacita Dimacali - ePRO, SRES, CDPE, Alain Pinel in Northern California (Alain Pinel): IT'S THE LAW! According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), of January 2011, twenty-four states have statutes requiring carbon monoxide detectors in certain residential buildings. Alaska | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Florida | Georgia | (5 comments)
Need a cell signal boost? - 06/22/11 03:29 PM
If you've followed by blogs in the past you probably know about my frustrations with LITTLE or NO SIGNAL for my cell phone. I have used VERIZON, AT&T, SPRINT, CRICKET, and all of them had major issue. I had the Iphone, and finally had to cut my losses. It sucks when you are in themiddle of talking to a clientandyoursignal just disappears. Well...Lisa Von Domek is suggesting a signal boost for us. I am excited about it so I'll let you know. Better yet. Checkout Wilson Electronics, Inc. and Stop by Lisa's post andleave her a comment Via Lisa Von Domek (4 comments)
When Real Estate and City Hall Cross Paths - 06/22/11 03:12 PM
Now, there is no excuse for shoddy workmanship. Unfortunately, this happens more often than we realize. I wonder what percentage of homes in my city have that problem. Builders need to be held accountable. The city also needs to play its part in the process. Here it is a 14 months old home, with this kind of problem. This is preposterous. Please stop by Belinda Spillman's post and leave her a comment Via Belinda Spillman Colorado Real Estate Professional (Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square): We get to wear so many hats as Realtors. Each day I learn something new and gain experience about (1 comments)
Buyers are a surprising bunch...this minute they are showing signals that they are ready and the next minute they get cold feet. It takes a lot of patience and calm todeal with the situation at times. When it os all said and done, the key signal is when they askyou to WRITE an OFFER on a property. This is a verbal signal, not a non-verbal one. Please stop by Susan Haughton's post and leave her a comment
Via Susan Haughton OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA VA REALTOR (LONG & FOSTER REALTORS): I thought I would never get this couple under contract...their parameters (3 comments)
Wordless Wednesday - Sailing - 06/22/11 02:23 PM
Now I don't know about you, but this seems like a lot of fun...The last time I was on a boat was last fall, this picture takes me back to that time. There is something to besaid about being surrounded by water. Please stop by Elizabeth Barbour's post and leave her a comment about her awesome picture Via Elizabeth Barbour Realtor® Temecula California Horse Property (Allison James Estates & Homes): Beth Barbour, Realtor® Allison James Estates & Homes PrimeHorseProperty.com PO Box 891568 Temecula, CA 92589 cell: 951-251-5263 fax: 951-215-2041 DRE: 01833600
Buying a HUD Home? Don't over think it - logic will just frustrate you! - 06/22/11 02:02 PM
So your Buyer is pre-approved, you've been searching for awhile, then "viola" you've found one, It's a HUD Property. You've got the right one baby! Actually, not so fast...Checkout Jim Paulsen's account of the New HUD Process. So much for New and Improved. Via Jim Paulson (Owner/Broker) (Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info): The main criteria about dealing with HUD is DO NOT TRY USE LOGIC. If you do, you will need antidepressants! For example: 1) You have to be a HUD approved brokerage to sell a HUD home - although at least here in Idaho nothing on their form to become HUD approved (0 comments)
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Heading Home Project - 06/22/11 12:42 AM
Albuquerque, New Mexico - Heading Home Project If you have not had the chance to do so yet, I encourage you to visit the City of Albuquerque 's website and checkout the Mayor Richard Berry's initiatives. I find this Heading Home Project to be one of great interest. As a veteran mysely, I am always interested in what community leaders are doing that will benefit residents in general and veterans in particular. According to the information provided on the Mayor's website, Albuquerque's Heading Home Project serves to "house people who have been homeless." Below is a list of questions that are answered on the website: "1. Are we just (8 comments)
FIRE HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE IT SEEMS. Live From Tucson AZ - 06/21/11 11:42 PM
It's one thing when wild fires are caused by nature. It is a totally different thing when it is done by a person. Come on people! Use your brain Cells. My thoughts and prayers go out to the folks affected by these fires. Please stop by Jon Quist's and leave him a comment Via Jon Quist, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI 800-557-9798 (Keller Williams Southern Arizona): FIRE HERE, THERE, EVERYWHERE IT SEEMS. Things are usually bigger in Texas, or so they say, and since I lived there for 20 years (Houston) I can safely say that’s usually a pretty true statement. But when it (1 comments)
Homeless Veterans to get Help - 06/21/11 11:24 PM
This is long overdue. Our country needs to pay its debt back to tour Veterans. Let's stop with all the symbolism and rhetoric. Let's take concrete action to help our Veterans. Please stop by Robert Gilbert's Blog and leave him a comment Via Robert Gilbert(Bob) Realtor, CPA, MBA Katy TX Real Estate Expert -281-904-6772 (BETTER HOMES & GARDENS REAL ESTATE): Homeless Veterans to get Help as the HUD and VA announce they will Provide Permanent Housing and Case Management to Homeless Veterans and this is occurring none to soon for my taste. I am personally shocked that someone is actually going to (2 comments)
Albuquerque's Notorious Red Light Cameras Albuquerque's Mayor, Richard Berry and I are on the same page regarding the "Notorious Red Light Cameras." These Red Light Cameras were first sold to us as essential for public safety, until it was discovered that they were causing more harm than good. Admittedly, they bring in some revenues for the city and state, but if that's the best that our elected officials have to offer, we need to start a grassroot movement to either recall them or otherwise remove them from office. As a registered voter myself, I have high expectations of these elected officials. I expect their (2 comments)
Just in case you were wondering if Lloyd has gone mad...I haven't. I am in the process of sharpening up my blogging skills; by so doing I found myself on Brad Anderson's Blog. I had to share this one with the rest of you...
Via Brad Andersohn (Zillow - Outreach Manager): How to Create a Blog Post for Customers and Search Engines. There are three important audiences to be writing for: 1. Other members and friends of your Social Networks. 2. Consumers, Subscribers, and a Target Audience of readers. 3. Search Engines. I'm sure this is preaching to the choir, (9 comments)
Need to write more Hyper Local posts - 06/20/11 10:58 PM
So you've been blogging for awhile and not quite hitting the target...Don't give up quite yet. Lanre Folayan has a recipe here which will take you back on the path of blogging success. Please stop by Lanre's blog and leave him a comment Via Lanre Folayan"The Real Estate Farmer" NE DC & PG County MD homes for sale (EXIT Advance Realty-Upper Marlboro MD Homes for sale): Need to write more Hyper Local posts.
We all know that customers mouth are salivating for great local activities and events in their neighborhood. And since Active Rain is the voice of Local events-(Well I (8 comments)
Is there a grow house in the neighborhood you are considering purchasing in? - 06/20/11 10:39 PM
Dan Edward Phillips has hit another one out of the park with this blog. Indeed, when purchasing home buyers need to be have a commonsense strategy...which includes driving the neighborhood, talking to the neighbors, etc. Stop by Dan's blog and leave him a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If you are considering the purchase of a home and you have a concern that there may be a "grow house" in the area, consider doing the following. Talk to the neighbors of the property you are considering purchasing. They should be as interested in you as you are in (2 comments)
IS ZILLOW A SPOILER OR A POTENTIAL CHALLENGER? In the recent Webinar conducted by Suzanne Janik, NAR's General Counsel, it was categorically stated that Vendors with which NAR Members were affiliated were covered under the current settlement agreement, with the exception of ZILLOW. I found that statement to be very interesting. I asked myself the question, why would they single out ZILLOW? Afterall, it is as much a vendor as MARKET LEADER and the other players on the real estate scene. So I would like us to take a walk down the road of unlimited possibilities. Let's see where (4 comments)
NAR-CIVIX Patent License Agreement - Was it a Shakedown? - 06/18/11 01:18 PM
NAR-CIVIX Patent License Agreement - Was it a Shakedown? June 17, 2011 marked the first milestone in the NAR-CIVIX Licensure Agreement where NAR had to pay a sum of $2.5M, the first of three installments to CIVIX for patent infringment. Was it a shakedown? Did NAR capitulate? Let me break this down...CIVIX, LLC owns the patent on "the systems and methods to remotely locate items of interest," such as a property information that is part of our industry. So the "SEARCH" capability, which is used in the Real Estate Industry falls under this patent. As a sidenote, Move.com, Microsoft, Yahoo, Hotels.com (9 comments)
This is great news for all novice bloggers like myself. Bryan Robertson continues to provide invaluable information for the Active Rain Community. Please visit his post and and leave a comment for him
Via Bryan Robertson, Los Altos REALTOR Los Altos Real Estate - Homes For Sale (Sereno Group - Los Altos): As with most folks on Activerain, the articles I wrote when I first started blogging didn't have all the best SEO tricks already in place. Perhaps the articles were a little too short, I didn't have the right mix of keywords, etc. However, the raw materials are still (7 comments)
Is it time for RAIN CAMP Albuquerque? - 06/18/11 12:38 AM
Is it time for RAIN CAMP Albuquerque? New Mexico currently has 825 members on Active Rain, many of whom are not very Active...I think I know the reason why - The are not educated about the benefits that they can derive from blogging on Active Rain. Granted...I made the same mistake when I started on Active Rain several years ago. It wasn't until I attended RAINCAMP HOUSTON that I got a clear understanding of Active Rain. I now set aside time for Active Rain each night. Whenever I take some time off, like I did today, I allot time for Active (9 comments)
Facebook Friday - A Renewed Effort to Help Each Other - 06/17/11 11:52 PM
Facebook Friday - A Renewed Effort to Help Each Other Greeting from Albuquerque, New Mexico...on a hot Friday afternoon. I took the day off basically doing nothing around the house. The purpose of this post is to serve as a catalyst to get this group growing exponentially. We are currently at 208 members, and I think we could be 10 thousand strong by the end of the year. I anticipate your first question to be, How would we do that? Before you go running off, to the next post, hear me out...It takes a little creativity. Here is my idea: (6 comments)
There was something very special about the umbrella collage that made me pick it as the winner...Actually, I recognized many of the faces in the collage...I felt some association with the group of faces that were included. Congratulation to My Facebook Friday's Friend, Emily Read!
Via ActiveRain Corp.: In May, Niki launched a collage competition so that members could share in pictures what ActiveRain means to them. Then last week, we collected the top ten that really caught our eye and handed them over to the community to pick their favorite. It was a tough race, but when it comes (3 comments)
WHAT IS YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT - 06/17/11 06:08 PM
So What is your Carbon Footprint? It is so important that we pay attention to this information. Some of our everyday conveniences can have a lasting impact on our planet. Go checkout your carbon footprint. Please stop by Evelyn Kennedy's blog and leave her a comment Via Evelyn Kennedy, Residential Real Estate Alameda, CA (Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California): WHAT IS YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
WHAT IS YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT Being green is in. Governmental officials are promoting green buildings, we can be green Realtors, technology is becoming green. Every since Earth Day I have been thinking about my carbon footprint, that is, (1 comments)
It is very important that real estate professionals know a little about the demographics that they serve. Evelyn Kennedy provides us some invaluable information about the Gen X and Y Buyers. It behooves us to take a serious look at this data and tailor our business to serve their need. As the proud parent of two sons (Gen Y), I will say this, I expect them to play a part in changing the world. I am confident that they can. Please stop by Evelyn's blog and leave her a comment
Via Evelyn Kennedy, Residential Real Estate Alameda, CA (7 comments)
Face Book Friday whoo hoo - 06/17/11 05:13 PM
Kim Carnes is pretty new to Active Rain but apparently she knows a great idea when she sees one. She has joined the group, "Facebook Friday" and in on her way to becoming a Champion. With the company of Emily Read and and the Likes of Todd Clark and Doug Bullwinkel, I think she has a bright future here and on Facebook. Please take a moment to visit facebook and like Kim's Fan Page; Go to her blog and leave her a comment. Have a great day! Via Kim Carnes- Indianapolis Inspections - Licensed - Certified Home Inspectors - (Carnes Home Inspections (4 comments)
The fires are nearly out. - 06/17/11 12:38 AM
Great News for the residents of Carlsbad, NM. As Clint McKie informed us, the worst was over. Please stop by Clint's blog and leave him acomment Via Clint McKie (Desert Sun Home Inspections/ Energy Audits): The fires that have plagued Eddy county in the past week are nearly extinguished. This fire had reached up to 50,000 acres and we were lucky. The winds had shifted and blew the fire south west. Bad news was it blew it towards the National Park and Whites city. Both had to be evacuated for at least a day. Even the highway to El Paso Texas was (6 comments)
Nearly Wordless Wednesday - The Beauty of Denver - 06/16/11 12:03 AM
In case you were wondering how beautiful Denver is...please take a moment to fathom the great perspective tha Joan Cox has captured. Denver is one of my favorite cities. Please stop by Joan's blogand leave her a comment Via Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate-720-231-6373 (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate): Denver's weather today is just about perfect! No more flying ash from the fires in Arizona, it is around 80 degrees, and clear blue skies! I was fortunate to have an appointment up North of Denver today, and had to get these shots! This is why we live (4 comments)
Now if you appreciate beauty, this is indeed an example of a Wordless Wednesday that will take your breath away. Karen Hawkins has skillfully captured the beauty of a gorgeous Sappho Rhodo and a Joseph Coat Rose. Please Stop by Karen's blog and leave her a comment
Via Karen Hawkins, MBA - Residential Specialist (Royal LePage): We've had such a wet and wild spring in the Fraser Valley that all the plants seem to be blooming about 4-6 weeks later than usual. The pictures below show two of my favorites, the Sappho rhodo (a gorgeous purple throat on a (1 comments)
5931 Mesa Sombra Place NW, Albuquerque NM 87120 – Albuquerque Homes for Sale - ALLSTAR Home of the Week $275,000 4 BR/2.5 BA/2 CG
Outstanding DR Horton Beauty Walk in the park with your family or stay home and enjoy the backyard fireplace. Incredible features already installed. This home offers it all: Corner Lot located in a a low traffic quiet neighborhood yet close to shopping and easy access to every direction of ABQ! Bring your RV's or toys...there is room. Close to St.Pius and Bosque Prep. Refrigerated air, 2 Fireplaces for cozy entertaining or (6 comments)
Real Estate, like Politics...has gone Negative - 06/14/11 11:49 PM
Real Estate, like Politics...has gone Negative Maura Neill, CRS wrote a very interesting article, entitled "Your Facebook Business Page is Worthless," which was published in INMAN News today. I found the article to be very informative and especially helpful to those of us who are Real Estate Practitioners and novices in this the new world of social media. Here is an excerpt from her article: "It’s not enough to log in to Facebook, create a business page, upload your photo or logo, and wait for the phone to ring. Like any piece of your business plan puzzle, your Facebook Business Page needs to (7 comments)
There's another "FIRE" in the canyon. - 06/14/11 10:38 PM
When will it ever end. Please stop by Clint McKie's blog and leavehim a comment. As you can see it is imminent. This is the time whe we collectively pray for a miracle. After 8 months of no rain...Could there be rain? I sure hope so Via Clint McKie (Desert Sun Home Inspections/ Energy Audits): There's another "Fire" in the canyon. And this one is only about three mile from my house. We have had no rain here for over eight months. Fire can start up just from the heat that has been over 100 for thre weeks in a row. today, about (3 comments)
Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If you are considering the purchase of an REO, in other words a bank owned property, your best source of information on the property could be your potential neighbors! It goes without saying that inspections come first! A (2 comments)
A Jamaican Restaurant in Albuquerque - 06/13/11 10:51 PM
A Jamaican Restaurant in Albuquerque If you have lived in Albuquerque for any length of time, you probably remember The Jamaican Grille. What started as a small carryout restaurant with authentic jamaican cuisine like Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, Curried Goat, Escobish Fish, beef patties, toto, coconut drops, and just a variety of jamaican dishes, soon became an overnight sensation in Albuquerque...But it was short lived. Most restaurants do not survive past 3 years, and the Jamaican Grill was no EXCEPTION. But what went wrong? I am not convinced that a careful market survey was conducted. When I compare the Jamaican (17 comments)
Replacing an electrical outlet - 06/13/11 10:20 PM
When it comes to Electrical Work on your home...Leave it to the professionals. Like Dan has so eloquently said it...Call the Electrician. Please stop by Dan's Post and leave a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): In many cases replacing an outlet in a newer home is a simple procedure. If you will be replacing outlets in an older home in this area, be careful! In some cases the outlet boxes were also used as junction boxes to save money by the builder. If you remove an outlet cover and the outlet box contains a 'mass' of wires, (5 comments)
This is a very interesting topic because as Realtors we are programmed to build our business primarily on referral. The big question is are we on top of our game when we receive a referral. I believe first of all that first impression is a lasting. The person making the referral put their reputation on the line...you need to uphold your end of the bargain,,,that includes periodic update. Please stop by Pacita's blog and leave her a comment
Via Pacita Dimacali - ePRO, SRES, CDPE, Alain Pinel in Northern California (Alain Pinel): I've given to and received referrals from other (1 comments)
740 Emerald Drive, Rio Rancho, NM 87124 - Rio Rancho Homes - Allstar Realty Home of the Week List 3 BR/1.75 BA/2CG/1427 Sq.ft. Price - $145,000 Updated La Luna model w/fabulous views of the Sandias from this above it all lot in Vista Hills. Remodeled kitchen w/stainless appliances,updated baths, ceramic tile floors. RV access possible. Vaulted wood ceiling in living rm,dining area, 3 BR, 1.75 baths. Light fixtures updated. Wood trim doors. Repipe in 2008. Roof 2010. Water Heater 09, repainted exterior of home. Fully L/S & rear covered patio area. Refrig as is. Shows beautifully. LBCF. For Full Detail on (3 comments)
Richard Zaretsky, Esq., provides us insights in the areas of short sales and foreclosures. As an Attorney who is in the trenches of the Florida Legal System, the insights that he provides us is invaluable. Please stop by his post and leave him a comment
Via Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney (Richard P. Zaretsky P.A. - Bd Certified Real Estate Attorney): A mid June decision by an appellate court in Florida, the trial court was upheld in sanctioning defense counsel and borrower in a foreclosure action for filing frivolous and unsupported mortgage foreclosure affirmative defenses that delayed resolution of the case. (1 comments)
Listing Your Home 'For Sale'? Be a 'Good Neighbor'! - 06/12/11 10:56 PM
If you are thinking about listing your home, here is a great idea to contemplate...include the neighbor. Dan has top the chart with this one...Out of the box thinking in my opinion. Please stop by his post and leave him a comment. Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If you are ready to list your home for sale, inform your neighbors before it is placed 'on the market'. Be a good neighbor! Once you have selected the agent and you are ready to list; make up a notice to deliver to your neighbors. If you have the time, a (1 comments)
Albuquerque under Smoke What started off as an Arizona problem, "the Wallow Fire," has now burned over 400,000 acres with only 5% contained, and has now breached the New Mexico border. At a distance of 200 miles away, Albuquerque is experiencing its effect, especially at nights when the smoke descends on the city; there is an intriguing red haze and ash falling to the ground. None of this is good for us especially children, the elderly, and those with respiratory issues. Despite the valiant efforts of Hot Shot Crews, this fire is seemingly out of control. We are at the (6 comments)
Why Should School Districts across the nation be forced to raise the cost of Meals for our Children? Albuquerque Journal reported that the "Rio Rancho School Meal Cost May Rise 15 Cents" According to the Journal," U.S. Department of Agriculture sent a memo to school districts nationwide last month saying districts were relying too heavily on federal subsidies to cover the cost of each meal, and directed the districts to either raise lunch prices or put up local funds to make up the difference. " The Rio Rancho School Board, taking steps to address this issue will convene on Monday at 5:30pm at (4 comments)
AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile is still a bad idea Recently the AT&T/T-Mobile deal came under careful scrutiny. The House Judiciary Committee held hearings about the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile. According to Tech World Article "Lawmakers question AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile," "The $39 billion deal could give customers fewer choices and drive up prices." Rep John Conyers, D-Michigan put it succinctly, "I see absolutely no redeeming reason for this merger to go through," "The merger could cost many jobs at the two companies and could lead to higher prices for mobile plans, Conyers said. "Normally, at antitrust hearings, we get (4 comments)
This is a very creative way for homeowners to take advantage of the current housing crisis. As the number of Foreclosures hit the market, the value of properties continue to drop, at the same time the demand for rental properties continue to rise, so market rent increase. There is a certain percentageof renters who are willing to pay extra to live in Single Family Dwellings instead of Apartments, therefore the number of days on the market is very low. The homeowner can at this stage purchase a bigger house at a discount. Please stop by Markita's post andleave a comment. (3 comments)
FACEBOOK FRIDAY - Make an Effort This group has the potential becoming one of the most influential groups on Activa Rain. We as veteran members need make an effort to help the newer members. Collectively, we need and and should actually shark Ginny Truyens: http://www.facebook.com/feelslikehome2me Melanie Serrato: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rawlings-Realty/135601943158052?sk=wall Lora Leah Stern: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lora-Leah-Stern-Rockland-County-NY-Real-Estate/178716762162036 Norma Toering: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toering-and-Team/137513082981217 Carol Faaland https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carol-Faaland-Kronmaier-Real-Estate-Agent/153660268007444
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Happy Facebook Fridays! Here's the official list - just a couple of links.... - 06/10/11 11:45 PM
Great post by Emily Read of Facebook Fridays. If you are currently a member of this group, remember to give of yourself, the return will be ten fold. What does it mean to "give of yourself" Go to the fan pages of other members and like it. Please stop by Emily's page and leave her a comment Via Emily Read (Virtual Assistant & Realtor with Coldwell Banker City Centre): What is Facebook Fridays? It's a group started by Gary Coles - basically we all agree to support each other on Facebook - each Friday - choose 5 of these lovely members - (2 comments)
'Before' replacing your roof! - 06/10/11 11:38 PM
Are you thinking about replacing your home? This is a must see post before you replace your roof. Please visit Dan's post andleave him a comment...you may want to checkout some of his other posts! Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): Before you consider having your roof replaced, consider doing a "vent" survey to make sure that all vent pipes that protrude through your roof are still in use. Many older homes in this area have 'abandoned' vents that are no longer required. Ask any roofing contractor and they will tell you the biggest source of roof leaks are (3 comments)
If You and Your Family Live in an Area where Hurricanes Strike Its Time to Prepare - 06/10/11 11:17 PM
If you are like me and you like coastal regions and the ocean, you can appreciate a list like this. Preparing for hurricanes is very serious business. The good thing about living in the USA is that you are able to evacuate..In Jamaica, you just stay put. Checkout this list and if you live in the south or southeast regions of the USA, take heed. Please stop by Robert's post and leave him a comment Via Robert Gilbert(Bob) RE Agent & CPA- Katy TX Real Estate Expert -281-904-6772 (BETTER HOMES & GARDENS REAL ESTATE): June 1, 2011 marked the start of another hurricane (1 comments)
US Government Called Out Banks In an article title "Government faults 3 lenders over mortgage-aid effort," Derek Kravitz of the Associated Press pointed out how the government has essentially called out banks that have essentilly broken their agreement.
He writes, "WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is blaming the three largest U.S. mortgage lenders for the failures of its foreclosure-prevention program. It says they’ve done little to help people at risk of losing their homes." "Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have failed to help enough people permanently lower their mortgage payments so they can stay (9 comments)
Localism Post - Help - 06/09/11 12:15 AM
Localism Post - Help Localism is an integral part of our blogging system. Unfortunately, I am experiencing some technical difficulties with my Localism interface. I am therefore seeking the assistance of any AR members with techical knowledge of the Localism platform Here are some of the problems I am having with it : Contact information overruns the allowable space Photograph link seems to be broken So if you have ever experienced this, or you have knowledge of how to get my Localism page on track, please leave a comment below. Thank you Here are my Facebook Fan Page and my website, (12 comments)
On January 22, 2011 I was prompted to write a post "What has changed about Active Rain?" I did not publish it, because I wasn't sure if my timing was right. Here I am approximately 6 months later and I will complete this blog. I was fresh off the RAINCAMP HOUSTON, I was listening to Ben Kinney and Chad on a daily basis; So I was really taking a critical look at Active Rain. That's just my way of life. Anyway, I found that Active Rain still had issues. I wanted to know (7 comments)
To Heck With Featured Post...Give me some Google Juice! - 06/07/11 12:23 AM
To Heck With Featured Post...Give me some Google Juice! Last week I read a post where an individual was inquiring about how to get featured...I have thought it over and here is what I came up with, " To heck with Featured posts...Give me some Google Juice. Most people would probably disagree with me here, but as I see it, it's a numbers game. What do you get for a featured post? Extra points...that's it. I do not want to put any extra pressure on myself, trying to get featured! To be honest, most people don't even know the criteria they (48 comments)
Vote for Your Favorite Collage - 06/07/11 12:07 AM
ACTIVE RAIN...AWESOME IDEA! If you are like me, you have not seen this before. Checkout these collages and vote for your favorite. They are Beautiful aren't they? Via ActiveRain Corp.: Niki's collage competition has come to a close and we had a bunch of creative and thoughtful entries. The theme was familiar with people highlighting members as the true heart and soul of ActiveRain....warms our hearts!!! As with many things in life, there can be only one winner; unless you're at a soccer game...I'll still never understand how the game can be over when the score is even but that's a whole different (3 comments)
Not convinved that you need an Agent to represent you in your real eestate transaction? Read the below post. Alison Nicklim has provided a very good list of ideas. Please stop by her post and leave here a comment
Via Alison Nicklin Shuman (Masis) | Listing Your Home in Austin, Texas (Coldwell Banker United, REALTORS | (512) 585-4758): Buying a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) Home Think you are going to get a better deal if you buy a FSBO? Think again. 5 Reasons Why a FBSO Won't Save You Money When you think For Sale By Owner, you might (1 comments)
My Back to Basics Approach for Blogging on Active Rain - 06/06/11 02:28 AM
My Back to Basics Approach for Blogging on Active Rain A friend of mine commented that I have been busy blogging of late. I explained to him that he has only seen a snapshot of what I am doing. Besides Active Rain, I am currently working on two Designations. He just didn't understand how I find time to do it all. I have decided that share part of my process, which I will call My Back to Basics Approach for Blogging on Active Rain: It consists of three steps 1. Know and utilize the maximum Active Rain Blogging points system (16 comments)
So you are planning to list a home. The seller is set on what they would like for the property...it is off base...Do you take the listing and list it at the Sellers' price. In the post below the scenario is staged. To list or not to List. As a Real Estate Professional, I recognize that there are times when I just have to walk away. This is one of those times for me.
Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): "Why is the price so high"? This is a question I am asked by buyers after (2 comments)
My Relationship with Active Rain...One Year After If you missed my original post, My Relationship with Active Rain is one of Commitment, I have provided the link to it below. Beleive it or not, it was a Big Deal for Active Rain: http://activerain.com/blogsview/1625702/my-relationship-with-active-rain-is-one-of-commitment This post is intended as a follow-up. One year has passed hence, My Relationship with Active Rain...One Year After. And my, how things have changed. There was talk that Zillow wanted to acquire Active Rain, I think I heard that there were others. In the end, Market Leader made its final purchase. So how is my relationship with Active (5 comments)
Just in case your day is not goin as planned...take a look at these beautiful Hydrangeas...can you see the beauty? It is naturally beautiful! Now think beautifu thoughts. HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE DAY! Please stop by Dave Robert's blog and leave him a comment.
Via Dave Roberts (Healdsburg Sotheby's International Realty): Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flower-bearing shrubs. The leaves are beautiful, the buds, are pretty, and the flowers are showy and long-lasting. What I noticed in this photo is the veining and shape of the flowers mimics the leaves...which is what the flowers are...a specialized leaf. Please (5 comments)
As Real Estate Professionals, we need to use our data appropriately...that means we call things in the market as we see it. Don't listen to the pundits who spin the information to further their own cause. Please Stop by Belinda Spillman's post and leave a comment
Via Belinda Spillman Colorado Real Estate Professional (Cornerstone Homes/Metro Brokers Marina Square): Since about April, I have been running crazy with real estate business. May was an extremely busy month. I think I had two days off in may where I actually didn't do real estate or talk to anyone about real estate. That's (3 comments)
Ray Waisler wrote a very good piece about the care of our four-legged friends. As a dog lover myself, I care about animals whether or not it's mine. If you own a pet, care for them like you care for your children. They cannot speak, soyou have to be proactive and use good judgment. Please stop by Ray's Blog and leave him a comment.
Via Ray Waisler NMLS #6621 Specializing in Jumbo FHA & VA (Home Savings of America-Atlanta, GA Lending Nationwide): Dogs in heat First get your mind out of the gutter; this is actually about dogs in the (2 comments)
Having Insurance to cover losses or damages is an integral part of our business. Over the life of a piece property you pay insurance premium religiously. Make a claim, then the true color of the indurance company comes out. This blog captures the reality of what goes on in the insurance industry. Personally, I pay an attorney to read through all contracts that I have to sign. Probably the most important part of the contract is in its fine print.
Via Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners: This seems to be a record breaking year for natural disasters, with (4 comments)
When Justice is Served...An American Family Fights Back - 06/04/11 06:44 PM
When Justice is Served...An American Family Fights Back This is a story that every american needs to see. To continue as a civilized society, we have laws, and nobody should be above the law. Average Citizen should have access to the legal system to get redress against injustices. Bank of America seems to think it is was above the law. It filed an erroneous lawsuit. It foreclosed on the wrong property. The family fought back, and BOA was ordered to pay the attorney's fee. They had the nerve to ignore the ruling of the court! It is time to start arresting (9 comments)
Florida Couple Forecloses on Bank of America, Seizes Assets of Local Branch - 06/04/11 05:32 PM
My fellow Americans, now this is Justice. Don't ever be intimidated by criminals. This is a great example of an American Couple that played their Cards right. They FORECLOSED on BANK OF AMERICA! Yes...See the Story yourself. This is Awesome. Stop by Fred's blog and leave a comment for him Via Fred Griffin Real Estate LLC: Revenge is Sweet! Bank of America ignored the Court Order of a Collier County (Florida) Judge to pay the Legal Fees of a couple that B of A had illegally foreclosed upon. Accompanied by Sheriff's Deputies and Movers, the couple padlocked the Bank. They began removing desks, (8 comments)
The Importance of Title Insurance - 06/03/11 09:35 PM
Just in case you have any doubts about the importance of Title Insurance, Here is a clear and concise explanation Please stop by Gina M Tufano's blog and leave her a comment or two Via Gina Tufano (Keller Williams Realty Loudoun Gateway): The Importance of Title Insurance Buying a new home is a journey and no two paths are the same. Some buyers sail through the process without encountering even the slightest wave, while others sometime have to overcome unexpected obstacles, such as a cloud on a title. While many may panic over the discovery of such, there is no need to if (2 comments)
Wordless Wednesday - A view from Between the Storm Clouds - 06/01/11 10:48 PM
Wordless Wednesday - A view from Between the Storm Clouds You must have heard about the Weather System on the East Coast this evening. At least one tornado touched down in Springfield, Massachusetts. Boston was under Tornado Advisory until 11:00 PM EST. So I had some concerns. After all, most of my family members live on the east coast, I paused for a moment and made contact with all of my relatives. They are all doing fine. It has inspired me to share this awesome picture of somewhere over the east coast.
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