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Changes in Real Estate technology in 25 years..looking back on the 80's - 11/30/08 11:05 AM
For those that were not practicing real estate 20 or more years ago let me take you on a little trip of a typical day and the issues we faced working with primitive equipment. Picture no modern day computers, the architects drew the homes the accounts used paper ledgers, and we mailed black and white listing to interested prospects. the typewriter one on each desk, we were encouraged to type in the blanks on our listing sheets and type in the blanks on a purchase document but neither was mandatory. Photographs of listings were taken and brought to the local drug (17 comments)
MAN Camp for the refinded, and you ladies will love it too - 11/30/08 09:58 AM
Do you have your Christmas wish list of features you would include in your perfect home. How many times have you heard I want: Privacy..View..water access, ..and low maintenance in my next home. Now is that too much to ask?..oh and a place to tinker with tools! Cedar siding, metal roof
The view from the Deck..you can't see any other homes from here, Gore Brook across the street on Town land. A tinkerer dream shop with an overhead garage door to bring in snowmobiles or equipment to work on. AND..a Full bath with a shower off the work shop, who (11 comments)
Can you tell from that look he burned his feet (paws) on the wood stove.
All of his Pads were burned..and red with pain for a few days after this incident. Our Vet, Suggested Neosporin for the burns he wasn't thrilled about the application of the ointment but it does seam to work. Mr. Boo was playing again in a couple of days but stays away from the wood-stove these days. But (19 comments)
My cell phone rings while having a Holiday sit down and here is how it goes: "Yeah hi Steve it's Mike, the guy that bought that house last week". Yes, Mike I'm having Thanksgiving dinner with my family what can I do for you. Well the Alarm has been going off since I opened the door, and I'm wondering if "YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT". Sure Mike did you give the Alarm Company a call, that I gave you a couple of weeks ago? No, I have never spoken to them. Ok, (12 comments)
Looking for a sure thing, reach for advice in the rain. - 11/24/08 03:01 PM
Lately I have been ranting about our slow market, the bailouts, and the economy. But my Friends here in active rain have, been reigning me in. Buyers looking for a sure thing (is what is holding back sales),we have all been bitten in the financial markets, my self employment pension is a joke. But people are judging everything as an investment. Primary home Real Estate is not a pure investment it's a place to raise your family. Everyday you live in that home it will provide you with a return. If you are very luck and can choose when to sell it and (12 comments)
have we hit the bottom..again that question..maybe? maybe not? but thats not as important as choice. - 11/23/08 10:46 AM
Everyone wants to know if the real estate prices have hit bottom? Will they go further?, When will they improve? It only matters to investors and first time home buyers. Let me give you that answer again, there are only two groups that timing the bottom should matters too!!, 1) Investors & 2) first time home buyers. Current home owner: If you already own a home, and are looking to purchase a different home, buying at the bottom doesn't matter to you. You are #1 trading equity -buying and selling in the same economic cycle. If you are selling low, you (16 comments)
Turning seller's lowered expectations into sales. - 11/22/08 12:28 PM
How many agent feel they are off the hook to produce a buyer because the market lacks buyers? How many agents have extended existing listings (as is) because the market is just in bad shape? How many agents have accepted it when their sellers say we aren't expecting much in this market? If you are alright with the status-quo and let your listings simply re-list without an attempt to educated your sellers what it's going to take to make their property sell..get out you lazy SOB, you are making us look bad. The local statistics are easy to find, go to (12 comments)
But we don't manufacturer anything: Realtor provide a service to sell other peoples products, we don't actually produce this product we are the middle man and are paid a commission for competing the transaction.
The Big Three Produce a product: My friend went on to say, if two of the three American car companies go out of business the third would (12 comments)
My biggest sale of the year just closed...yeah-Hoo! *a 1031 poster child* - 11/21/08 03:20 PM
I took out all the tools to get this one done. We had an out of state sale (relinquished property), we had a radon system,association documents and issues to tackle, there were battles over fixtures and decorations. We worked through addendum's ,extensions, lost garage door openers, inspection repairs, signatures from several different locations and multiple wire transfers. But today it's done, the drama is over (at least on one deal), and I have to tell you; having a good qualified intermediary made this all work. If you have not taken the time to learn about like kind exchanges, there is no excuse. (15 comments)
November 2008, the guns are on it's 21 degrees out and opening day is planned for 11/22/08 at Loon, they can lay down the white stuff pretty fast if the cold temperatures stay where they're at. Gondola lift / left side.
Kancamagus Detachable Quad Getting the full court press by the snow guns, should be able to ski in a bout 3 days.
The Governors pavilion, next to the Governors base lodge, take one last look at the grass, it will be (24 comments)
Easy to build on site, with town water & sewer to the lot, and 2nd photo is the ski trail across the street.
South Peak Base Lodge and lifts being installed, 2nd photo is the completed house on the same street. Great home site offer easy access to the new slopes, homes on either side are valued far in excess of a million dollars. Building restrictions and covenants will ensure all custom mountain side homes will meet (3 comments)
Great location and comes with a garage River views from the balcony
Stainless steal & Granite Kitchen Lots of terrain and Family Fun. Three bedrooms gas fireplace, vaulted ceiling, shuttle to the slopes and ski home at the end of the day. Available after Christmas for the rest of the season.. or longer. Offering Gas heat and central air conditioning, out-door hot tub recreation area, along the river. Cross country trails directly adjacent to the condominium. A great family gathering place for the winter or (6 comments)
Whine about the economy, Bitch about the Market.. go home to loved ones - 11/16/08 09:52 AM
We active rain junkies read, comment and commiserate with one another. Occasionally we share an uplifting story, a heart warming tale or an inspirational thought. It's hard in the real estate business right now but thank goodness we are independent and our time is truly our own. Sure we are at others beck and call but I can slip out to take a few runs on the hill, work in my garage, or play the back nine with a cell phone on vibrate and enjoy life between crisis's (what other 9-5ers can do that). Let me share a few photos of (26 comments)
Deer Park Resort, Known as the best recreation facility in the Loon valley. But that's not all, this location offers easy access to the quint village on North Woodstock. The near by attractions include family favorites such as the Clark's Trained Bear Shows, and the Wales Tale Water Park. The Condo itself is set up with 2 bedrooms and 2& 1/2 baths and is being offered as a fully furnished turn key townhouse. Nice Mountain Views, Fireplace and comfortable floor plan for family and friends. Shuttle service is provided to the Loon Mountain Ski Resort (just 2 miles away). (3 comments)
real estate and Yogi Berra - 11/08/08 10:01 AM
What I think he meant to say if he meant to say what I think he said, if he was talking about real estate. "This is like deja vu all over again" I have been through a few economic cycles in my 25 year career, and even though we are down we are not out. "I want to thank you for making this day necessary" I'm thinking a forced property sale due to a divorce - but in fact Yogi was talking about "appreciation day in St. Louis" "If you can't imitate him, don't copy him" If you aren't Donald Trump, (18 comments)
I'm So Hungry I could-ride a horse. Season property sales! - 11/08/08 08:31 AM
After Columbus Day and before the Christmas week vacation, things get very quiet in the recreational and Ski property market. If you are a buyer that wants to see as many properties in your price range as you can now is the time to look. Condos are generally not rented, and sellers are busy at their primary homes getting ready for the up coming holiday season. Look when no one else is looking, You will get better service and less activity can be a motivational factor for sellers when an offer is tendered. Buying your plow truck in July, and your convertible (6 comments)
Developer sales Vs. General Brokerage...they just don't get it! - 11/07/08 11:52 AM
I would like to share two short stories to illustrate my point. I have done both in my career so I feel I can make these statement about my observations. Developers Sales Are not living in the Real World. I met a young man at a sales convention a few years ago. He was a top salesmen and won an award at this national conference. During a break out group he told us about the resort he worked at and the phenomenal amount of gross sales the development was doing. Two years later at the sale seminar the top sales award went (7 comments)
Do you think you are entitled to a past clients listings?, Just because you're still in business doesn't mean you deserve loyalty and faithfulness from a client.
Did you earn their business the first time around?, I have heard other agents-clients' thank them at the closing then had them call me soon after for help and advice, because they knew when the deal (29 comments)
This new construction 3 bedroom colonial style home features a 4th bedroom and 4th bath room in the unfinished lower level. The custom hand scraped floors, and spacious master suite offer great adult space the 2+ acres Directly abutting the Pemigewasset river offers fun for the whole family. Garden tub and two walk in closets makes the master suit a must see. The art studio, den , fireplace and mudroom are all beautiful bonus features. The home was completed two years ago and needs some finishing touches but it offers access to several area ski resorts, , (7 comments)
I'm testing some new phases..and produced a 10 worst list (Humor) - 11/04/08 02:16 PM
If you build it they will come, this statement is true of ones reputation and perceived level of success. I have been trying to brand myself , but Cher, Oprah and Madonna took the really cool one word names that shout star quality. The Corporate moniker takes too long to be nationally recognized. We know what is being sold when we hear "plop plop fizz fizz" we can picture a slinky when we hear that distinctive sound. So I would like to try out a few catch phrases and I would seriously like your feed back: Steve Loynd / Real Estate Guru Steve (26 comments)
Loon's New England pass for 08-09..skiing from Maine to Washington - 11/04/08 08:40 AM
Many of my friends have grumbled about the loss of the "FREEDOM PASS", offered in the past. This was a three mountain pass for Loon, Waterville, & Cranmore Mountains. This years New England Pass offers interchangeable skiing at Sugarloaf & Sunday River in Maine.. Plus Loon Mt. in New Hampshire. Sure the three are not that close to each other but they are superior Mountains when combined, I my opinion they make up some of the best terrain on the EAST COAST. Here is the Kicker!!, when you get a seasons pass at Loon, Sugarloaf & Sunday River you also get (2 comments)
Chalet with Granite Counter tops, two fire places, Oak flooring, Cedar siding, metal roof, three full baths. The location features western sunsets, Mountain Views, sits on 5.7 acres and you can't see another house in any direction. The Home is set up with a back up generator (if you ever loose power), Three bedrooms Plus a loft, A garage-work shop , a lower level den , an over sized shed for the snow mobiles, and a huge hot tub on the deck to look at (1 comments)
Ski Resort... Giants are playing in my back yard, and I'm excited. - 11/03/08 11:55 AM
The big players are from the national stage, CNL Financial, Boyne Resorts, & Macfarlan Capital Partners have come to town, and their research shows this to be a great move. Loon Mountain Resort, Lincoln New Hampshire: Few if any of you reading this have heard of the place. It is my home town ski resort, a terrific place to bring the family and happens to be located in New Hampshire. Our State can boast the lowest tax burden in the nation, the lowest crime rate and offers the back drop of 900,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest Lands. So why do (4 comments)
Don't let first impressions sway you the wrong way. - 11/01/08 02:42 PM
I want to share some personal experiences with you, that could have lead me in the opposite direction if I hadn't let patience be part of my decision. A few years ago I had a gentleman show up at my office unshaven and driving a mid-70's pickup truck. I further noticed he had a bunch of trash and beer cans scattered in the back of the truck. My first impression was don't spend a lot of time talking to this guy he is not a buyer, and could be a wanted man. After a few minutes It became clear he was (6 comments)
Three weeks until ski time. - 11/01/08 01:45 PM
The leaves are down the clocks are being turned back, and my six months employees and family rentals started today. This year Loon Mountain Resort, in Lincoln New Hampshire, will offer a seasons pass that is also good at Sunday River & Sugar Loaf Mountain Resorts. These are Maine ski areas, but are managed by the same company (Boyne Ski Resorts) who have 10 ski resorts under their management across the U.S. and Canada. For seasons passes snow conditions and other valuable offers (including lodging) check out www.Loonmtn.com Let me share some of last years photos to get you ready for the (6 comments)
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