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Time to Get Your Green Chile! - 07/31/11 11:56 PM
Time to Get Your Green Chile! My favorite story for this week is the report by KOB TV about the HATCH Green Chile. If you are not familiar with the New Mexican tradition, this is the time of the year when you purchase and stack up your freezer with green chile for the rest of the year. Hatch produces some of the best Chile and as we know there is a shortage so go on out and buy yours. I'll see you at Chile Tradition...Montgomery and Wyoming. Click Here for the Chile Report courtesy of KOB TV (8 comments)
Life is good in New Mexico these days. If you recall, the Los Conchas Fire, the State's largest fire, started in the Jemez Mountain on June 26, 2011. It was apparently started when a tree fell on a power line. As of this past Wednesday, here is the latest stats. on the fire. Fire is 95% Contained The fire Burned over 244 square miles Destroyed 63 homes For all intents and purpose, it is fully contained. Crews are mopping up the perimeter. And as luck would have it...the weather is doing just great for the area. Checkout the (3 comments)
9% Electric Rate Hike for New Mexico Residents - 07/31/11 11:05 PM
9% Electric Rate Hike for New Mexico Residents Another Rate Hike for New Mexico Residents courtesy of the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). After 14 months of negotiation PNM agreed to the 9% rate hike, about half of what they had originally asked the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) for. This comes at a time when residents are hurting, with the downturn in the economy. Checkout the Video Report, courtesy of KOB TV: Click this link to view the Video
A Big Homecoming for New Mexico Hero - Medal of Honor Reicpient, Sergeant Leroy Petry - 07/31/11 10:30 PM
A Big Homecoming for New Mexico Hero - Medal of Honor Reicpient, Sergeant Leroy Petry On Friday afternoon hunderds of well wishers packed in the Albuquerque Sunport to welcome Medal of Honor Recipient Sergeant Leroy Petry back home to New Mexico. It was great fanfare and New Mexicans from all walks of life celebrate our National Hero...a native son. Welcome Home Sergeant Petry! Checkout the fanfare, courtesy of KOB TV:
Click this link to watch the Video
On Monday at 11:00 am in Santa Fe, New Mexico, there will be a Parade in Honor of Sergeant Petry. (1 comments)
General Motors...A Success Story and a Good Model - 07/31/11 06:42 PM
General Motors...A Success Story and a Good Model In 2008 everyone all but write-off General Motors (GM). The decibel level hit the roof, with all the voices against it, yet the OBAMA Administration went against the popular opinion and bailed out GM. It was the darkest of times for the Auto-Maker. So let me be clear on my position about the decision to bailout GM and the other American Auto-Makers, it was an AWESOME move. Nearly 3 years to date, GM has come out of bankruptcy, re-organized, re-tooled, and re-positioned as a powerhouse in the auto-manufacturing industry. It is back (3 comments)
AMERICA maintains its AAA RATING - 07/31/11 05:03 PM
AMERICA maintains its AAA RATING It appears that the United Stated will maintain its good standing of a AAA Status in the world afterall. Now that the US Leadership has arrived at an agreement to ease the uncertainty that was sending shockwaves across the business world, it's time to begin the difficult task of legislating. It needs to pay attention to the priorities facing us. Let us not manufacture anymore crisis. It's time to look at all issues. I am interested in hearing what the members of this community think some of our national priorities should be. I hav outlined some to (3 comments)
I wonder what percentage of the american populous have a positive view of our congress? It is difficult to trust what they do because they all seem to be engaged in double-talk. What get's me is how they all seem to speak synchronously sometimes..."the job-creators," or "millionaires and billionaires." The american people are no longer being representated. Sad to say, but let's face it...that's a fact. With the high court being stacked "Citizen United" basically closed the book on the american people. Congress has failed itself so many times over. When it's not gridlock, it's something else. Let's look at a few...we did not (9 comments)
The current debate on whether or not the debt ceiling should be raised shows a lack on understanding on many fronts. Members of Congress Members of the media Some Americans Let's address the members of congress first. This should not be a political issue. The interest of the USA is at stake here. Maybe we should make it a requirement that everyone who runs for political office be required to take a course in Macro Economics. Members of the Media are primarily focused on ratings, so they sometimes say the most outrageous things; (6 comments)
Facebook Fridays - It's Time to Re-group (7/29/2011) Happy Facebook Friday Everyone To all members of our Facebook Fridays, All my best wishes. HERE ARE MY RECOMMENDATIONS for Facebook Friday, July 29, 2011:
Anja Kerstens - Signature Homes and Estates Cecilia Ramos: Las-Cruces-Real-Estate-Deals Michael Therriault: CrawlspaceRepair Andrea Bedard Central Maryland Real Estate and PCS Info Roseville Rentals: Roseville Rental Properties
"Selling" your home will cost you! - 07/29/11 11:30 PM
Dan Edward Phillips, Broker, Humbolt County, CA. provides sound advice to homeowners who are looking to sell their homes. In a buyers' market such as this one, homeowners should go above to ensure that the right buyers can be attracted to their property Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): In the current market, selling your home may involve expenses that you will need to plan ahead for. The expenses include repairs and maintenance to your home before listing, the payment for inspections requested by the buyer as a contingency of the purchase of your home, repairs that are agreed (7 comments)
Leave a Gift and a "Thank You Note" (for your buyers)! - 07/29/11 11:16 PM
Dan Edward Phillips, Broker, Eureka CA reminds us to always remember to show our appreciation to our buyers. Indeed, by providing a closing gift to your buyer, you have essentially put a deposit on future referrals. Please stop by Dan's Blog and leave him a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): In the excitement of finally closing on the sale of your home (packing, moving, making plans for your new home etc.), don't forget the reason for the excitement; your buyers. One way to show your appreciation, is to "Leave them a Gift". And add a note of appreciation (5 comments)
Leave a Gift and a "Thank You Note" (for your buyers)! - 07/29/11 11:16 PM
Dan Edward Phillips, Broker, Eureka CA reminds us to always remember to show our appreciation to our buyers. Indeed, by providing a closing gift to your buyer, you have essentially put a deposit on future referrals. Please stop by Dan's Blog and leave him a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): In the excitement of finally closing on the sale of your home (packing, moving, making plans for your new home etc.), don't forget the reason for the excitement; your buyers. One way to show your appreciation, is to "Leave them a Gift". And add a note of appreciation (4 comments)
If Classical music is your thing...then you can't miss the upcoming 7th Annual Chamber Music Festival In Ruidoso, NM. Featuring the likes of Di Wu and the Linden String Quartet When: Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 2:00 and 8:00 pm Where: The Spencer Thearter for the Performing Arts Tickets are $49 For More Information Call 575-336-4800 (10 comments)
Maceo Parker Rocks the House…Albuquerque SUMMERFEST, 2011 - 07/24/11 11:33 PM
Maceo Parker Rocks the House…Albuquerque SUMMERFEST, 2011 If you missed last night’s SUMMERFEST under the stars, you missed a great one… a little rain and a little wind could not dampen the spirits of at least 20,000 in attendance. Saxophonist, Maceo Parker really rocked the house. Now if you recall, he was a part of the Horn Section for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. He also played with BOOTSIE COLLINS, FUNKADELIC, and PARLIAMENT. We were treated with a little of everything. Judging by the turnout, the local businesses did great last night. I am already looking forward to SUMMERFEST, 2012. Hopefully, organizers will (6 comments)
America’s Default…a consequence of political folly! - 07/24/11 11:30 PM
America’s Default…a consequence of political folly! As I surfed across the internet today, checking numerous News Sources…by far the biggest headline had to do with the political fiasco that’s going on in our nation’s Capital. For the first time in its existence, this country is about to default on its obligations….if our country’s leadership does not come to an agreement. Political affiliation aside, it bewilders me how this can happen. Whether or not you are standing on principle…AMERICA should be your first concern. There is no reason why we should ever default on our debt. As a fiscal conservative, it is time to get our (7 comments)
The Report Cards are in for New Mexico Schools and the outlook is very dire. ABQ Journal Staff Writer, Hailey Heinz in her July 23, 2011 article basically laid it out on the table…”87% of NM’s Schools Get Failing Grade.” Frankly, this is unacceptable. There is no reason at this point to be consulting with the same bureaucracy to come up with solution for the same problem. It’s time for new and bold ideas…like dissolving some of these school boards. It seems to me that these bureaucracies are more self-serving (10 comments)
New Mexico Fire Update - Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 07/24/11 08:44 PM
New Mexico Fire Update - Sunday, July 24, 2011 New Mexico Largest Fire is now 85 percent contained and has consumed a total of over 156,000 acres of land. It's as if it is now yesterday's news. The focus has now shifted to thunderstorms and other issues across the state. But there is still work to be done. Let's keep in mind that there are still first responsers out there who are doing good work. It may not make the headlines anymore, but there is still work to be done. Thanks to KOB TV for their latest report. Click Here for the (4 comments)
Vacant Lot Purchase Input - 07/19/11 12:20 AM
One of the worst things that could happen to the purchaser of residential land, is realizing that his new neighbor are up in arms against him. Dan Edward Phillips provides some greats tips that will preclude such occurences.. Please stop by Dan's post and leave him a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If you are considering purchasing a vacant lot to build on, in an established neighborhood, contact the adjoining neighbors to determine what their response will be to your building plans. Having a clear sketch of your plans to provide them will be very helpful. Will (5 comments)
Don't Change Your Email address! - 07/19/11 12:13 AM
Dan Edward Phillips, Broker/Owner, Eureka, CA provides us a great piece of advice regarding email addresses. It is very important that Realtors pay attention to this advice. Do not change your email address.. Please stop by Dan's blog and leave him a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): Last Friday evening, having dinner out with my wife, I received an email on my Blackberry from a client that had purchased property through me many years ago. After all those years he still had my email address and I had not changed it. He had moved several times (9 comments)
Active Rain Milestone Reached...200,000 points Tonight at approximately 11:23 pm MST, I surpassed the 200,000 points milestone I have not the time to celebrate, this is merely a stop along the journey. My goals are very high and I intend to achieve them. Considering the fact that I joined Active Rainin March of 2008, had I not dropped the ball, I would be miles ahead of where I currently am. But this is not the time to brood over spilled milk. I have committed myself to blogging on Active Rain, and I will continue at the current pace for the (24 comments)
A Promising Opportunity for 60 New Mexico Prisoners This story has probably not received a lot of Press, but it was reported by KOB TV, my source of News and other Information and I think it warrants another look. As I have blogged about the wildfires in New Mexico in the recent past, there was something very creative taking place behind the walls of the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas, New Mexico...it is called the Inmate Work Camp Program.. Essentially, the Inmate Work Camp Program provides a new career opportunity to non-violent prisoners to become firefighters. So in the recent (9 comments)
Five Step Process for Reaching Your Goals - 07/18/11 12:42 AM
Eric Crane, Broker from Phoenix, Arizona has provided us a 5-Steps for process for achieving our goals. Most people would say they have a handle on it, but let me tell you, it takes commitment. Please stop by Eric's post and leave him a comment Via Eric Crane - Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC): Five Step Process for Reaching Your Goals Are you having a hard time reaching the finish line or even getting off the starting line?
Here is a simple Five Step Process for Reaching Your Goals: 1. Have a Dream It's hard to get someplace if you don't know (5 comments)
Looking for something Fun to do in Albuquerque, Checkout the Hinkle Family Fun Center - 07/17/11 11:59 PM
Looking for something Fun to do in Albuquerque, Checkout the Hinkle Family Fun Center The Hinkle Family Fun Center has a litte of everything for the family. As a father of two, it was one of my sons' favorite and we always have fun while we were there. There is Laser Tag, Paint Ball, Bumper Cars just to name a few of their attractions. And the staff is very profeessional. Visiting theHinkle Family Fun Center promises to be a great time. Contact Information provided Below
Hinkle Family Fun Center 12931 Indian School NE (505) 299-3100 HinkleFamilyFunCenter.com CLICK the LINK BELOW (4 comments)
JAPAN Wins IN Penalty Shootout - 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup In the much touted, much anticipated 2011 Women's World Cup Finals the beloved Japanese Women's team squeaked by the dominant USA women's soccer team today in Germany. The big buzz among most of my friends was the game today. We all wanted to see our USA Team as theb VICTORS, buy it wasn't to be. After 120 minutes of playing time, the US failed to capitalize on the penalty kicks. The Japanese took advantage and wrap it up 3-1 during the penalty round. Congratulation to the Japanese. It was (5 comments)
Well You didn't Use me to Buy Your House - 07/17/11 11:06 PM
Ginny Gorman of Wickford, RI taught us a great lesson in Real Estate today. As Realtors we must be patient. When consumers need help, help them even when they may be working with others. In the end...the good you do will follow after you. Via Ginny L Gorman North Kingstown Realtor Expert (401)529.7849 www.RIHouseHunt.com (Phillips Post Road Realty- Waterfront & luxury homes): Well You didn't Use me to Buy Your House. Sounds like an upset agent doesn't it but it's just a lead in to a very positive story of what being helpful to buyers out there brings to you. These buyers had (4 comments)
San Antonio's Gated Communities: Secure But It's Not Fort Knox - 07/17/11 10:54 PM
Wayne Johnson wrote an excellent blog about gated communities that I felt deserved to be shared with others. With the lvarying levels of security provided by these gated communities, homeowners have the tendency to get complacent and let their guard down. Don't get caught doing that. Plesase take a moment to sstop by Wayne's blog and leave him a comment Via Wayne Johnson-Realtor San Antonio Texas Homes For Sale 210-483-6329 (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors®): San Antonio's Gated Communities:Secure But It's Not Fort Knox
In days of old, some lived within the walls of a community to have a degree of safety (0 comments)
Are you sure you really want to sell your house? - 07/17/11 10:45 PM
Susan Neal's Blog provides us with an example of what has become commonplace in our industry. Agents not answering their phones from sign calls or otherwise, and the homes are left in such filthy condition that any serious buyers are just walking away. I have one piece of advice for agents, if you intend to uphold your reputation, just walk away from listings like this one. As a buyers' agent, I often preview homes before I show them. It it is filthy as described in this post, just walk away. Via Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA Real Estate Broker, CA DRE#686562 (Century (2 comments)
What is the true Purpose of doing Open Houses in Albuquerque, New Mexico In a conversation with a Seller yesterday, I conveyed to her that an Open House in Albuquerque New Mexico serves to do but one thing..."it serves as a prospecting tool for real estate agents." She almost lost her mind. I told her that I would be willing to list her house, but I was unwilling to commit to doing an open house once per week until it is under contract. Needless to say I walked away from that listing (subject of another blog), with a renewed sense of purpose. (4 comments)
New Mexico Fire Update! Great news reported on the New Mexico Fire...The Las Conchas Fire, our state's largest ever, has now burned over 150,000 acres, and is 61% contained. It is good to know that it is under control for the most part, and that the Los Alamos National Laboratory in not at risk anymore. The areas which are uncontained are remote and rugged terrains, away from the population centers. I want to express my thanks to all the first responders, our state, local and national leadership, and all those who played a part in getting us to where we are now. (1 comments)
Is there an Easy Way to Keep track of my Blog Subscribers? - 07/17/11 03:05 PM
Is there an Easy Way to Keep track of my Blog Subscribers? It would be nice to have a way to login to Active Rain and just provide comment on my list of subscribers. As it stands right now the process of who to provide comments to and whether or not they are a subscriber is very convoluted in my opinion. I wonder if I am the only one who thinks this. Now Active Rain has done some great things but I think they could do a better job of enhancing our experience when we are logged on. I would like to see a list (2 comments)
New WALMART SUPERCENTER to be built at Coors-Montano, West Side, Albuquerque - 07/13/11 11:29 PM
New WALMART SUPERCENTER to be built at Coors-Montano, West Side, Albuquerque With the planned Expansion of WALMARTon the West Side of Albuquerque, city leaders and the community as a whole should demand that Wal-Mart start paying a Living Wage to its employees. It is obvious that the Chain is definitely doing well in Albuquerque...it is high time that it is held to a higher standard. Admittedly, WALMART does creates jobs, but these are low paying jobs. For a company that is getting prime real estate across the city, is that too much to be asked of them? If you are a (10 comments)
New Mexico Native Son Awarded Medal Of Honor - 07/13/11 10:27 PM
New Mexico Native Son Awarded Medal Of Honor Sgt. First Class Leroy Petry a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico became only the second servicemember to be awarded the Medal Of Honor while he is alive during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Salvatore Giunta was the first. In Ceremonies at the White House yesterday, President Obama awarded Sergeant Petry the Medal of Honor for One Singular Act of Bravery. In 2008 while engaged in hostile action and after sustaining wounds in both legs, "a grenade was thrown at him and two other soldiers. He tried to throw the grenade back to save his comrades." He (4 comments)
Mortgage rates likely to improve - 07/13/11 12:08 AM
Noe if you are waiting on the sidelines to purchase a home...this is great news. The rates are inproving according to David Shamansky of US Mortgage. Please stop by David's blog and leave him a comment Via US Mortgages: Good afternoon AR members and readers. Mortgage rates are likely to remain at current levels to slightly improve this week, provided the data from Retail Sales, PPI and CPI hit or are below there expected levels. Trade deficit is much larger than expected and with that being said it is likely (though no guarantee) we will see some improvement to rates. The FNMA 4.0 coupon (8 comments)
Why should the U.S. consider nationalizing our banks? - 07/12/11 12:48 AM
Bryan Robertson, may be unto something here. Banks are the cause of many of our economic problems. Consider the current foreclosure crisis...think it's the the dishonest homeowners that caused them? Think again. A crisis of the magnitude we saw in 2008 is too sophisticated to have been caused by homeowners. That was the biggest bank heist that happened right before our very eyes...yet nobody gets prosecuted. See what Andrew Jackson had to say about Banks. Via Bryan Robertson, Los Altos REALTOR Los Altos Real Estate - Homes For Sale (Sereno Group - Los Altos): There is widespread displeasure with the banking system. Borrowers (12 comments)
Have you noticed the explosion of Social Media and related Sites we are being asked to be a part of these days? Kristine Ginsberg inspired this blog, based on the comment she made on one of my blogs. It feels like we do not have enough hours in the day to meet the demands of all these Sites...There is FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, My Space, KLOUT, BranchedOUt, Google+, +1, Stik.com, among others. I would like to focus for a moment on +1 and what it does. As long as you have a Google Account, you (9 comments)
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Realtor, Katy Texas shares a great story of Local Auto Repair Shop that went above and beyond to help a deployed Marine Family. Kudos to the folks at Gustin's! Supporting Servicemembers, their Families, and Vets...is a honorable thing to do. Please provide all comment's to Yolanda's original post
Via Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert (David Weekley Homes): I have to tell the story of the honest mechanic in Katy, Texas. When I heard this story from my assistant I asked her if I could blog about and she said yes! In early May, a customer came into Gustin’s Auto Repair (0 comments)
Got Klout? - 07/11/11 09:02 PM
Ben Kinney and Chad Hyams ar miles ahead of the crowd with Internet Marketing Specialist Designation (IMSD). If you are a Student of the INSD Program, it is likely that you have got som KLOUT...Take a moment to checkout whether or not you have KLOUT. And in the meantime leave a comment for Chad and Ben! Via IMSD Designation (Internet Marketing Specialist Designation): Got Klout? Have you heard about this website Klout? Have you checked it out yet? www.Klout.com Here at the Internet Marketing Specialist Designation we are getting questions asking about this tool. Is it a game? Is it for real? Why (4 comments)
Real Estate in China...What are they thinking? - 07/11/11 02:16 AM
Real Estate in China...What are they thinking? After watching this video entitled "China's Ghost Cities and Malls" by SBS Dateline, the Australian News Magazine, I am at a loss for words. The people of China need some relief. I am not sure what their plans are, but I hope what they will do is to implement a mass relocation initiative and provide each family with a home of their own. It would be great to see a government providing homes for it populous on a scale like this. Maybe they could adopt the the types of credit and mortgages used here in (7 comments)
Jerry Newman, does a great service for the Active Rain Community. This blog is just the tip of the iceberg. He deserves to be commended. Newcomers to Active Rain especially get a great deal from the things. Jerry, I think Active Rain should pay close attention to you as I believe you area good candidate become an Ambassador. To anyone who has thepleasure of reading theis re-blog, Ihave disabled the comment. Please stop by Jerry's original post and leave him a comment
Via Jerry Newman,REALTOR®,US Army Retired, San Antonio Real Estate & Military Reloc (Keller Williams Realty): Paying it Forward (0 comments)
What are you top Five most favorite Dishes? This blog is inspired by Jennifer Fivelsdal's Wordless Wednesday Blog "I'm in the mood for lobster." Tonight as I checked out that blog post again, I decided that this woud make a great topic for a blog. I would like to know what are you top Five most favorite Dishes? How Often Do you eat your faborite dishes? Do you prepare your favorite dishes or do you have to go out to eat them? Here are my All-time Favorite 1. Ackee & Codfish...Jamaica's National Dish 2. Curried Goat with Rice & Peas (12 comments)
NEW MEXICO WILDFIRES -UPDATE - 07/10/11 11:42 PM
NEW MEXICO WILDFIRES -UPDATE New Mexico's largest wildfire, The Las Conchas Fire has reached 146,353 acres as of this evening It is now 45% containtained. 63 Homes and 44 out-houses burnt There are about 1900 Firefighters still Battling the Blaze The good news is that the monsoon has arrived or soon to arrive. The second largest fire, the Donaldson Complex Fire (101,000 acres) near Hondo in near total containment Click this link to see Video report
We Pay respect and Honor, another of our Fallen Hero, 1Lt. Dimitri del Castillo. For His bravery, His galantry, His Call to Duty, and His making the Ultimate Sacrifice, we are so indebted to Him. To the family of Lt. Dimitri del Castillo, THANK YOU. Those who read this re-post I have disabled the comments so that you may provide all comments to Cheryl Kitsch's original post. Cheryl is a resident of Katy, Texas
Via Cheryl Kitsch- Katy, Cypress, Spring, ++ Down Payment Assistance Information (Katy,Cypress,Spring,Sugarland,Kingwood, Humble,Houston,TX): Katy pays its respects...1st Lt. Dimitri del Castillo died on June 25, 2011, on (0 comments)
"The Government isn't the Solution to most Problems, it very often is the Problem."
Political affiliation aside, maybe the next elected official who utters this sound-bite, "the government isn't the solution to most problems, it very often is the problem" should step down. Frankly it is an admission thet he is a FAILURE. And there is a lot of that to be passed around in our current government. Maybe it is time for us to fire all of those who espouse such an idea. In basic Macro-Economic we were taught that government assumes Large Capital Intensive Projects that provide public good, partly because (5 comments)
IPAD 3 RUMORS...Are no Damn Rumors! The anticipated launch of the IPAD 3 hangs in the balance because Apple has now up the ante. Now there are rumors that IPAD 3 will be launched six months ahead of schedule to stave off any competition. Why aren't the Public Relation folks at Apple coming out and confirm or deny ths? This is becoming a feeding frenzy. Yes, consumers emotions are so tied up in this. This is borderline insanity...this is great for the shareholders but bad for consumers in general. As soon as you purchase the ipad 2, it has been made (20 comments)
FACEBOOK FRIDAY - Profile on Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate-720-231-6373 (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate) There are few Like Joan Cox... The words that I use to describe her is Selfless, Class-Act, Professional...Kind, and I could go on! SHE is one of US Yes, an Active Rain Member, and a member of FACEBOOK FRIDAY She Goes the Extra Mile to support others. Today she taught me something that I will share with everyone. My last Featured Post, "To Heck With Featured Post...Give Me Some Google Juice" she provided me some positive feedback in Comment # 11, seen below "This is EXACTLY why we (5 comments)
Wordless Wednesday -I am in the mood for lobster - 07/08/11 12:33 AM
I don't know about you but Jennifer Fivelsdal - JFIVE HOMES REALTY LLC has really got my attention here. It is 1032, on Thursday and I would love tohave a hugelobster right now. How about you? Please stop by her postand leave her a message Via Jennifer Fivelsdal - JFIVE Homes Realty (Dutchess, Columbia & Ulster Cty, NY) (JFIVE HOMES REALTY LLC): I love seafood especially lobster, and I am suddenly in the mood for lobster. You know how you will be watching TV and a commerical comes on, maybe showing your favorite chocolate and you just have to have it. Looking at pictures (10 comments)
Congratulation to Carolyn Kolba on being Featured. In a way, this forum is about giving...The more you give,the more you shall receive. I see that in my own experience here in Active Rain. Carolyn is very deserving og this featured post. Members of Active Rain, New and veterans alike can learn from Carolyn's post. Please stop by Carolyn's post and leave her a comment
Via Carolyn Kolba - RE/MAX Traditions - Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio): I haven't been on Active Rain for all that long. And lately, I have been trying to be more (3 comments)
Working with a 'Remodeling Contractor' - 07/07/11 11:44 PM
Another common-sense and practical post by Dan Edward Phillips. If you are planning to do any re-model, you must consider this post before negotiating. Please stop by Dan's post and leave a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If you are currently negotiating with a contractor for a re-model of your home or will be in the near future; one indication that your contractor is reputable and their estimate will be accurate is a visit by their plumber and electrical before the final estimate is presented to you for review. This visit by the plumber and electrician will be (2 comments)
What is the age of your 'Hot Water Heater'? - 07/07/11 11:17 PM
Dan Edward Phillips, Broker/Owner, Eureka, California provides a common-sense look ar Water Heaters. It is imperative that Homeowners pay close attention to this informatiom. Please stop by Dan's Blog and leave him a comment Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If the water heater in your home is near the end of its useful life (do you know how old it is?), replace it now! Before it fails. There are several very good reasons to have your water heater replaced before it 'fails'. 1. You do not want to be without hot water for an evening or worse a long (3 comments)
Albuquerque BioPark Summer Nights Concert Series The Albuquerque BioPark has done it Again! There is something for everyone. Go out an enjoy an evening under the stars! "The Summer Nights Concert Series returns to the ABQ BioPark for its fourteenth season. Each Thursday, June 16 – August 18, enjoy musical performances, food, and fun at the Botanic Garden. Summer Nights is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, Lite 95.1 FM, Best Western Rio Grande Inn and 104.7 Classic Country.Summer Nights musical concerts are performed by local and regional talent in the beautiful setting of the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. (1 comments)
SOME VERY DISTURBING STATISTICS ABOUT NEW MEXICO FIRES 1. Las Conchas, New Mexico Largest Fire has grown to 131, 000 acres and is 30 percent contained. There are 3 Type 1 Teams in New Mexico working on top three crews. There are over 2500 firefighters and emergency workers putting a valiant effort to keep this one under control. For More Information, Checkout the Videos
2. Most of the New Mexico's 895 fires are caused by humans. It is time to get Serious about our actions. (5 comments)
It's in Full Swing... The upcoming Event on Saturday, July 23 from 6:00 to 10:30 pm under stars at Cork & Tap on Central Avenue promises to be a great evening of entertainment when Featured Saxophonist, Maceo Parker will entertain us I will be there...I Hope to see you there too!
then the final event of the Summerfest...
Saturday, August 20, from 6:00 - 10:30 pm at the Cottonwood Mall Featuring RYAN STAR
For More Information Visit www.CABQ.gov/crs or Call 505-768-3555
This video effectively captures what it means to be a member of the Armed Forces. It takes the ups and downs, intertwined with the joys and sorrows and it challenges our sensibliities. "Remember Me? "Are you Proud of Me?" Not asking for much...but indeed, giving so much? I thank Clint McKie for bringing this video toour attention. I urge you to watch it in its entirety
Via Clint McKie (Desert Sun Home Inspections/ Energy Audits): Remember me? This is a video that was created by a fifteen year old girl called LIZZIE PALMER. It has had over 30 million hits. It's (6 comments)
Wherever you are tonight All Across this Great Land we call America I wish you a Happy Independence Day! God Bless our Country's Leadership... God Bless Our Men and and Women of the Military... God Bless the Families of our Military... And God Bless All Americans...wherever you are.
Another Indiana Son falls in combat - 07/04/11 11:10 PM
Happy 4th to everyone! I decided to check AR before going out to check out the FireWorks. There was a blog that caught my attention..."Another Indiana Son falls in Combat." I am saddened, as I always am, but realizing that it was coming from a Mom, Kim Carnes...I recognized the name. It is an Honor to be able to reblog her post and to share it with others...because I want everyone to hear her story. Besides the very riveting title, here is a very powerful quote from her post, "Another white cross will be erected on Union street in Westfield." As (5 comments)
Trivia Questions & Answers- 4th of July - 07/04/11 06:05 PM
Happy July 4th Everyone! This post by Kristin Hamilton just reminds us of the some details that we may have forgotten over the years. On this the 235 Year of American Independence...It's great to be a part of the American Experience Via Kristin Hamilton Realtor Redlands Homes for Sale, CA (Keller Williams Realty): 31 Trivia Questions about the 4th of July
•1. What was the main reason the U.S. declared independence? •2. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence? •3. In what city was the Declaration of Independence signed? •4. What are the first seven words of the Declaration of Independence? (6 comments)
Another Bank of America Short Sale Stalled After Receiving Approval - 07/04/11 01:32 AM
Let me see by a show of hands, how many realtors have been suckered by BOA or another of our infamous US Banks. Frankly, it is a waste of time dealing with these banks. Where do we draw the Line? Via Kay Van Kampen–Springfield, Ozark, Nixa Greene County Missouri Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX Solutions): Another Bank of America Short Sale Stalled After Receiving Approval I have been working a Bank of America short sale for almost a year. Being an FHA loan, we have had the seller approved for the short sale for over 4 months. Unfortunately, the short sale was (8 comments)
History of Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii - 07/03/11 08:36 PM
Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman's Hawaii Real Estate brings back very good memories for me. There is a lot of history here...but I am speaking specifically about the pictures. Aren't they beautiful? I have put Hawaii on my short list of places that I will vacation at. Via Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, RA, CRS, HAWAII Real Estate & Relocations (Century 21 Liberty Homes): Located smack in the middle of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Ford Island connects by the Ford Island Bridge (Named the Admiral Clarey Bridge) and houses many naval facilities and has military housing as well.
The island was called "Moku ‘ume ‘ume" (moe (2 comments)
There are a few AR members that I look to when I am in the mood to look at awesome pictures. Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi is one such individual. I love the beach and she always seems to capture great pictures of the beach. Stop by her post and wish her well, Happy 4th
Via Barbara-Jo's Beach Blog - Clearwater Florida Real Estate (Charles Rutenberg Realty): Crystal Beach Florida, like most Gulf Coast beach communities, is once again having it's own 4th of July fireworks celebration! There is no need to go any further than the shores of our very (1 comments)
Please Stop be Jen Jenkins' Blog and tell her how Awesome this picture is. It captivated my attention and I just had to share it with you. I almost seems like there is rain under was, but checkout the sun...It is Beautiful
Via Jen Jenkins :The Kinsey Group (972.757.9101): From my recent trip to Cozumel, Mexico last week. It was a short trip - we were only there for a few days - but sometimes that’s all you need to rejuvenate and feel like yourself again. Just wish I could have brought that view back to Texas with me! It’s (3 comments)
To all the diligent Dads out there - 07/03/11 08:14 PM
Today is the eve of American Independence and this blog caught my attention. As a single dad of 16 years raising 2 boys it resonated. It is seldom that fathers are on the frontlines when it comes to their children. All too often they have abdicated their role. I pledge, that I would break that cycle in my family. I have two brothers, and they too have lived up to their roles as fathers. It is very hard work to be parents...it takes commitment. In the end...a tribute like Suzanne has so eloquently paid to her father speaks volumes , and (0 comments)
This is a good one...reminds of the Bob Newhart episode about "Stop It." I have a few Bad habits that I am working on stopping. It's easier said than done. My Biggest one is Procrastination.
Via RE/MAX Best: Breaking Bad Habits Aristotle taught, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Good habits are our best friends. Because we perform them unconsciously, they free us to concentrate on other useful endeavors. On the other hand, the opposite is true for bad habits. They encumber us, enslave us, and ensnare us, preventing us from (4 comments)
Writing Ads is an art. Writing Real Estate Ads is a totally different story,. There are so many variations to it. Bruce has presented a How To guide for us. Check it out and let me know what you think
Via RE/MAX Best: How to write a real estate ad. Writing an effective real estate ad can attract people to the home or property you want to sell. Knowing how to properly use real estate language and write descriptions that generate interest is essential when writing real estate ads. Here are some tips.
1 Write positive headlines when writing (2 comments)
LAS CONCHAS FIRE GROWS TO OVER 121,000 ACRES, BUT GREAT NEWS FOR LOS ALAMOS
YESTERDAY'S NEWS, COURTESY OF KOB TV "Crews make some progress on NM's largest FIRE" "The fire grew to 113,734 acres with over 50% of Bandalier National Monument's Land burnt. As of Saturday Morning the fire was 6% contained." CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE VIDEO
TODAY'S NEWS COURTESY OF KOB TV
"Los Alamos Evacuees Allowed to Return Home" "Las Conchas Fire has grown to 121,000 acres, and continues to burn near Los Alamos, the nearly 2000 personnel are battling the (4 comments)
I am appalled at the temerity of this HOA and what it has done to Captain Michael Klower of Frisco, TX, an IRAQI War Veteran. As reported by ABC News, while Captain Klower was deployed to Iraq, his $300,000 Home was foreclosed and sold at auction for a whopping $3500. The below Video, Courtesy of ABC News, gives a reveting account of how it all happened.
Click this Link to View the Video This story highlights a huge problem with HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS in general and other businesses in this country that (6 comments)
A Small Victory for Old Glory A very sweet victory of sorts for Old Glory, as a long time Vet fought his Homeowners' Association. The story is reported by ABC and speaks for itself...the video is very reveting. Click Here to See the Video
"An embattled U.S. Army vet in Macedonia, Ohio, has won the right to fly Old Glory from his home's flagpole. "Fred Quigley, 77, who lives in the Villas at Taramina, served with honor as a U.S. Army chaplain in Korea and in Vietnam. He has had bullets nip his ear, he says, and has (0 comments)
Dan Edward Phillips, Broker/Owner in Eureka, CA has provided us with an example of the great care that Realtors need to approach their business with. Even when withdrawing a listing it is important that the proper documentation is kept. We are essentially held to a higher standard. The proper documentation should always be kept with all transactions and that would include withdrawing a listing.
Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): Our MLS maintains a listing history for each address. It not only has a sales history for the address it also contains a history of any (4 comments)
"Do It Yourself Books", what is the publication date? - 07/02/11 02:18 PM
If you are like most of us and like to do projects ion and around the house, you maay find yourself with an outdated copy of a "Do it Yourself" book. Dan Edward Phillips, Broker, Eureka, California providee some great tips for you to consider before you proceed Via Dan Edward Phillips, Realtor and Broker/Owner (Dan Edward Phillips): If you are holding on to old "Do It Yourself" books left over from projects years ago or purchased at a garage sale, in almost all cases, get rid of them. I recently had a client show me an article in one of these old (6 comments)
New Mexico's Fires are Priority 1 in the United States In a coordinated effort, Federal, State, and County governments are pressing forward to attack the Las Conchas and other fires across New Mexico. Make no mistake, our government is sparing no assets for this one. As we move toward July 4th, we can be proud of the leadership of our government. Politics aside, they are getting this one right. Currently there are 2 Type 1 Teams, and soon to be 3; along with numerous others that are on the frontlines of this firefighting effort. I invite you to tune (8 comments)
WAL-MART, SMITH'S and ALBERTSON'S PULLED FIREWORKS FROM SHELVES - 07/01/11 08:42 PM
WAL-MART, SMITH'S and ALBERTSON'S PULLED FIREWORKS FROM SHELVES There are times when public safety trumps any amount of profit. Now is that time in New Mexico. With fire fighters battling what has been described as the biggest wildfire in New Mexico's history, the Los Conchas Fire, New Mexico's Governor, Suzanna Martinez ask merchants all aross the state to stop selling fireworks. It is refreshing to see that the top retailers in New Mexico have heeded the request of the governor. All three merchants, WALMART, SMITH'S and ALBERTSON'S, pulled all fireworks from their shelves. I applaud the decisions of these companies. It shows an understanding (6 comments)
There is always cause for concern when anything happens at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL), and justifiably so. After all, the things that they do at LANL are of vital importance to our country, and for that matter for our existence. The Las Conchas which started on Sunday afternoon on private property in Jemez Mountain near the Santa Fe National Forest, has grown in to what is now being described as the biggest fire in New Mexico history. Here is how it was covered by one of the major News Network, MSNBC: (4 comments)
New Mexico Governor Suzanne Martinez Calls for short of a Statewide Ban on fireworks
Today, New Mexico's Governor Susana Martinez, appealed to residents and businesses to halt the use and sale of fireworks. WALMART, SMITH, and ALBERTSON's stores have all taken fireworks from off their shelves. This sould have happened a long time . Frankly, there is no excuse for anyone to light anything outside; The situation is too volatile. Temperature is too high, humidity is too low...and there is fuel in abundance. A slight spark can prove to be very devastating. Thus far in 2011, New Mexico (10 comments)
Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, New Mexico are among the most stable real estate markets in the United States. This has caught the attention of the national media. As such, it is incumbent on local Realtors to provide information about our cities for those interested in investing, relocating, or visiting. My goal with this blog is to highlight issues or topics in real estate, and where appropriate apply them to the local markets.
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