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Mobile Aps I Love - 06/30/12 07:29 AM
Karen Crowson of Livermore provided us a nugget in her post 'Mobile Apps I Love.' She indicated that her Zipform Apps which is part of the package provided by CAR, is one of her favorite. Many of us in other states are waiting to see what our local Board of Realtors are up to. I hope that the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors (GAAR)is receptive to this idea. II will be calling them on Monday. Please stop by Karen'sPost and leave her a comment Via Karen Crowson, ABR, SRES, Livermore, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors, Livermore, CA): There are a slew of them out (3 comments)
A strategy for video blogging - structure makes it count! - 06/25/12 09:49 PM
Terkel Sorensen has definitely hit this one out of the park. Video Blogging candefinitely enhance and magnify your blogging and business. Checkout Terkel's Blog and leave him a message. Via Terkel Sørensen, Realtor, 951.805.0773 Bank owned and Short Sales (Burke Real Estate Consultants): Got a video camera? Ready to be on Air Talent? Got a PLAN??? Let's get the plan part figured out. Planning is great, you should have a plan for what is in the video, and what you are doing with the video - that said: Don't go overboard with the planning, sometimes execution is the key to getting (10 comments)
Short Sale BAIL AND BUY is ALIVE and well! FINALLY HELP for UNDERWATER HOMEOWNERS! 34987 - 06/25/12 09:34 PM
It takes a very experieced realtor to navigate through the many roadblocks that the banks have placed for those wanting to do shortsale. Keviin has rmastered this process Please leave a note of congratulation Via Kevin B Tolbert, PA GRI, CDPE Keller Williams Realty (Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie): Our office this month had a client couple who's current mortgage was over $4000 per month in Tradition area of Port St Lucie. They were NEVER LATE and had credit scores over 740 when they contacted us for help as they said default was inevitable. We asked for a traditional or (2 comments)
H.O.P.E. for CHRISTMAS, Super Play at St Lucie West, FL June 24th, 2012 sponsored by Keller Williams Realty of Port St Lucie FOLLOWUP! - 06/25/12 08:53 PM
Kevin Tolbert and the Realtor Community teamed up with the local media of Port St. Lucie to Raise Money to feed 150 needy families. In this day and age helping the needy seems to be out of fashion...but just imagine if all of us could take a stand to help the needy...Please stop by Kevin's blog and leave him acomment Via Kevin B Tolbert, PA GRI, CDPE Keller Williams Realty (Keller Williams Realty of Port Saint Lucie): This is a HUGE THANK YOU to our beautiful realtors community and their families, to our many generous sponsors, our local media, and all the Agent (1 comments)
Kirtland Air Force Base will be hosting its Annual Summer Bash on August 3, 2012. Location of Event: Hardin Field Time: 12:00 – 5:00 PM If you are a local business with products or services you may rent a booth or table for a nominal cost and this will guarantee exposure to the entire base community. To reserve a booth or table call 505-846-3351, Spaces are still available on a fist come first serve basis. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, call Mary Kane-Hooker at (2 comments)
Special Assessment District (SAD) to bring In an Estimated $27 Million Dollars in Construction Jobs and Development to Albuquerque Westside.
Albuquerque City Council had final hearing on Special Assessment District (SAD) 228, in which property owners (about 310 of them) of 500 lots of land in the inaccessible Area of Volcano Cliff will be developed at no cost to taxpayer. As it currently stands, the 310 owners lead by a local Real Estate Broker, Barbara Mueller, own these lots but are unable to do anything with them, no current benefits. There are no utilities, no roads, just land. (0 comments)
Albuquerque Metro to get a 50 Mile Multi-Use Trail. Recently the Albuquerque City Council approved $150,000 to study the feasibility of a world class 50 mile trail system which would not only upgrade the current trails, but add additional trails. It is part of Albuquerque Mayor Berry’s Quality of Life initiative to make Albuquerque fit. Wilson & Co. is the firm that will be conducting the study. They will be seeking the help of the entire community especially the end users like bicyclists, runners, skateboarders, and all who use the current trail system. During the hearing, I was particularly impressed (0 comments)
Albuquerque Academy Star Curtis Beach…exemplifies good sportsmanship. Former Academy Chargers Track & Field decathlete Curtis Beach is a Super Star in my book. The entire Albuquerque Academy Charger Community was cheering him on hoping that he makes the 2012 US Olympic Team. That, in and of itself would have been pretty special; the last time an underclassman made it to the Olympics was in 1992. It was a tough meet. With 60 degrees temperature and rain, I think things just did not come together for him. He finished 11th overall in the Decathlon. Now his act of selflessness in the (0 comments)
Kirtland Air Force Base and Sandia National Lab to Host PTSD Forum on National PTSD Awareness Day
On Wednesday June 27, 2012 National PTSD Awareness Day, Kirtland AFB in collaboration with the Sandia National Lab will host a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Forum. The event will include a panel discussion with representatives from: Airman and Family Readiness Center, Kirtland Air Force Base Sandia National Laboratory New Mexico Dept of Veterans Affair University of New Mexico Veterans Resource Center Featured PTSD Video will be shown. For those unable to attend, the video is available online at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6fJwhOBB5g&feature=BFa&list=PL4A64FCD150228522. Time: 1100 (0 comments)
The SECRETS to getting a SHORT SALE Approved. What to do and what to avoid... - 06/23/12 08:08 PM
So you are having issues geetting the bank to approve a short sale? Please Thank Scott Godzyk is the Owner/Broker of The Godzyk Real Estate Services located in Manchester NH, he has provided us aome very good tips Via Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Brokers (Godzyk Real Estate Services): A short sale does not need to be frustrating, It seems to go as well as the agent handling it is experienced in listing, negotiating and selling them. I list and sell short sales, foreclosures, bank owned homes and reo properties in and around the Manchester NH area so i see it (5 comments)
Property Investment Strategy - Student Housing - 06/22/12 01:18 PM
Mike Cathell, Realtor serving Lee County, Florida wrte an intresting post on Student Housing as an investment strategy that I felt warranted a re-blog. The title Property Ivestment Strategy-Student Housing speak for itself. This in my opinion can be a very lucrative endeavor...so if you are in a college town, this may be a strategy to consider. Please stop by Mike's blog and leave him a comment. Via Mike Cathell (New Horizon Real Estate Group, LLC): I will be posting different Investment Property strategies over the next few weeks. Is the reason I am starting with the category of Student Housing because I (3 comments)
Blogging Made Easy - 06/22/12 01:07 PM
I am always looking for a more simplified and efficient way of doing my processes. Wayne Goss of Keller Williams Punta Gorda,Fl provided an excellet post on "Blogging Made Easy...I am going to check it out. I hope you will also...... Via Wayne Goss (Keller Williams): Blogging Made Easy!
Do you need to take the plunge and get a Blog going? Has all this technical jargon and unknowns prevented you from creating one and publishing a post? There is an easy way to do it and you need to know very little. Here's how!
Step One: You must have an (2 comments)
In DC, Be Sure Your Real Estate Taxes Are Paid - Or Else! - 06/22/12 01:01 PM
The term "Realtor for Life" comes to mind when I read this post by Patricia Kennedy. Always reember to remind your clients to pay their taxes. Once it gets to the point of no return, it gets very costly. Please visit Patricia's blog and leave her a comment Via Patricia Kennedy (Evers & Company Realtors): Yesterday, I got a phone call from a neighbor. It was the day that The Washington Post publised a list of all of the houses in the District that are about to go up for tax sales. And there were two homes on my block that are on (0 comments)
Should a Website be a Superstore or a Boutique? - 06/22/12 12:52 PM
Richard Weisser of Coweta Fayette Real Estate Beter Homes and Gardens wrote a very interesting post that really got my attention. He is on point...I could not believe that I got so worked up reading his post. At any rate, you be the judge. Excellent post Richard...Please stop by Richard's blog and leave him a message Via Richard Weisser Coweta Fayette Real Estate: Many, many years ago when the Internet was still in its infancy and few had even heard of the World Wide Web I was given, what was then, some very sound advice: “If you want to be at the top (0 comments)
Is it OK to Ask Your Real Estate Agent for a Discount? - 06/22/12 12:10 PM
A very timely and perceptive post written by Karen RittenHouse, addressing the issue of to discount or not to discount. I just wonder what my frieds feel about this subject. Please stop by Aren's post and leave a comment Via Karen Rittenhouse (All Property Solutions.com): Is it OK to Ask Your Real Estate Agent for a Discount? I was talking with Kathy Haines of All Property Solutions this week about the all-too-common request for agents to take commission discounts.
Kathy told me, "When a client asked me recently to reduce my commission, I told her honestly that the only reduction I (1 comments)
FHA Underwriting Changes - 06/22/12 11:56 AM
Thanks to Chris Thomas of Denver, CO for keeping us pu to date on the Changes in the FHA Underwriting Guidelines. This is very important info for all of us. Via The Mortgage Experts at America's Mortgage: FHA has changed their underwriting guidelines regarding collection accounts. They instituted a new requirement earlier this year that made borrowers pay off collection accounts if the total of all collection accounts showing on a credit report was $1,000 or greater. However, effective immediately, they have rescinded that requirement, meaning that collection accounts no longer have to be paid, regardless of how much they total. It is important to (0 comments)
The Faces of Huntsville, TX: Meet Wilson 6 (Now 7) - 06/22/12 11:43 AM
Thanks to Joni Staples for sharing this story of personal calling and commitment by the Wilson. I was moved by the story, so I have decided to share it with you. Most of us resist that calling, but we cannot run from the inevitable. Please sop by Joni's post and leave her a comment. Via Joni Staples ♥ (936) 650-9017 (Your Huntsville and Lake Livingston REALTOR®): The Faces of Huntsville, TX: Meet Wilson 6 (Now 7)
Let me introduce you to the Wilson family. They are your average Walker County residents.
Via Bob Stewart - Community Evangelist - ActiveRain (ActiveRain): Hyper Local Blogging (I am not above bribery. I would never bribe a police officer or a politician (as if they need more of that). But I'll bribe my son from time to time and I'll certainly bribe all of you. I shouldn't have to bribe you of course. You should be doing what I'm about to bribe you to do at least once a (12 comments)
The sweeping exhibition, RECONSIDERING THE PHOTOGRAPHIC MASTERPIECE, curated by Michele Penhall, will present approximately 100 works chosen from the museum’s permanent collection—some on view for the first time—that encompasses the history of photography from 1843 to 2011. When: Friday, 22 June, 2012 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM Where : UNM Art Museum Center of Art Building #62 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131 Event Contact Info Angelina Skonieczka Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 505-277-6773
Artists of New Mexico & Beyond Galleria @ 501 Main St NW Albuquerque, NM When: Monday, 18 June, 2012 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM Where: 501 Main St NW Albuquerque, NM Featuring 150+ local artists and hosting 40+ rotating arts and crafts exhibitors. Artist like Valerie Eisenhower of V. Isenhower Photography who has a permanent gallery showcasing her amazing photography This event is Free of Charge for the public. with new Hours of Operation: Tue –Sun, 10am – 6.AM - Now open 6 days a week Tues - Sunday 10am-6pm. Bring the entire family, there is (2 comments)
Happy Father’s Day and last minute Gift ideas in Katy TX - 06/17/12 04:18 PM
Just in Case you are a procrastinator, Bob Gilbert, Realtor,, Katy, TX has provided a excellent list of last minute Father's Day Gift Ideas. There is still some time in the day if you had to work all day. Stop by WALGREEN'S for example and they have an abundance of the Gift Cards. Please stop by and leave a comment for Bob. Via Robert Gilbert(Bob) Realtor, CPA, MBA, Katy TX Real Estate Expert -281-904-6772 (PRUDENTIAL ANDERSON PROPERTIES): Happy Father’s Day and last minute Gift ideas in Katy TX
All Father's, Grand Dads and Great Grand Dads, and servicemen serving this (4 comments)
Father's Day weekend benefit for Alameda schools - 06/17/12 03:12 PM
In the event that you are living in a community where the schools are almost to the point of insolvenc, here is a bodel where the community gets involved. The City of Alameda definitely is to be commended for its effort in helping the schools. Thanks to Evelyn Kennedy for sharing this wonderful success story with uo. Please stop by Evelyn's post and leave her a message Via Evelyn Kennedy, Residential Real Estate Alameda, CA (Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California): Father’s Day weekend benefit for Alameda schools
“All Together Now”, is a benefit concert for Alameda public schools and is being (2 comments)
Return of the Terns to Alameda Point - 06/17/12 03:00 PM
Ever so often I come across a post that really lighten up my spirits and this is one such post. Evelyn Kennedy, Realtor, ALAMEDA, CA wrote about the "Return of the Terns to Alameda Point. As an endangered specie, these birds need special protection from our government. The great news is that this colony at Alameda Point is a successful one. If you are a bird watcher, this is Awesome news. Please stop by Evelyn's post and leave her a comment.
Via Evelyn Kennedy, Residential Real Estate Alameda, CA (Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California): Return of the Terns to Alameda Point (0 comments)
Happy Father's Day to all Dad's in the Rain - 06/17/12 02:27 PM
Yolanda Gilbert: What a Great Father's Day Tribute to her father, her husband, and the father of her children. This post speaks volume of the many great dads out there in the world. Thank you Yolanda. Please stop by Yolanda's post and leave her a comment Via Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch (David Weekley Homes):
I wish a Happy Fathers weekend to all the fathers in the “Rain!” Take time this weekend to do something you enjoy this is your weekend. For most of you it is not too often that you will say this is my time (0 comments)
Speechless Sunday as Spring turns into Summer - 06/17/12 02:16 PM
Yolanda Gilbert of Katy Texas continues to brighten up our lives. Thanks for sharing these very beautiul photos with. Please stop by Yolanda's post and leave her a comment Via Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert David Weekley Homes in Cinco Ranch (David Weekley Homes):
This week on June 21, 2012 we will bid adieu to Spring and say hello to the summer. I thought I would add some photos I took this Spring and we get ready for the long hot summer days here on this almost Speechless Sunday. I hope everyone is having a great Father’s Day Weekend and doing something special for (2 comments)
The Impact of FACEBOOK on Surrounding Communities: Alison Paoli of Zillow wrote an interesting blog, "Millionaire's Row: How Did Facebook IPO Affect Silicon Valley Real Estate?" that I believe is worthy of a second look. Regardless of FACEBOOK’S current performance in the markets, it has definitely had a positive impact in the Silicon Valley Real Estate Market. According to Ms. Paoli, "the rise in the percent of million dollar listings during the 3+ month time period between the IPO filing and IPO (it nearly doubled in FB’s hometown!)." Often times many on Main Street are oblivious to the fact that (1 comments)
FAQ # 4 - What is my Monthly Payment? - 06/10/12 02:49 PM
An Excllent Post by Jerry Newman. This should be of primary concern to all first tie buyers. Please stop by Jerry's post and leavehim a comment Via Jerry Newman,REALTOR®,Texas Agent San Antonio Real Estate & Military Reloc (Keller Williams Realty, 210-789-4216): FAQ # 4 - What is my monthly payment?Welcome, First Time Home Buyer! I will be very glad to assist you with this question, and any other questions that you may have on this lovely home. Yes, I have heard this question very often from many first timers, who are just out there shopping around for a home. Real Estate agents will (3 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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