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Continuing Ed - 10/30/06 11:05 AM
Friday, I was at a CE class, taught by my favorite "teacher", Lynn Madison. The class was an elective and really interesting. It focused on the four different types or styles of people's behavior. There are analytics--scientist, engineers and accountants. There are drivers--CEO's, goal focused, type A people, leaders. There are expressives-Talkers, story tellers, use lots of gestures. There are amenables-People who want to do something for others, empathetic, followers. Which group fits you? And, guess which group most real estate agents fall into? (6 comments)
Internet Leads - 10/26/06 07:59 PM
I was on the phone yesterday with a long-time REALTOR friend of mine. Lois and I were in the same training class at Rich Port back in the '70's. In those days we attended training classes in the basement of their headquarters in La Grange. And, I can remember Gene Dabe, one of their office managers teaching us, while he smoked a cigar and jiggled change in his pockets. Can you imagine that happening today? But Lois and I were trained to be listing agents. That was our focus then. And, it's still her focus today. Moi? I'm now a buyer's agent. Why? 'Cause of (12 comments)
Woodridge Condo & Town Home Statistics - 10/26/06 10:26 AM
Woodridge Stats as of October 26, 2006 Condo & Town homes Currently there are 109 2(or less) bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $241,562 and a market time of 93 days.
Currently there are 22 3 bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $317,357 and a market time of 126 days.
Currently there are 2 4 bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $231,950 and a market time of 106 days. Highest Priced Listing: $499,900 Lowest Priced Listing: $86,000 Statistics compiled from MLSNI
Naperville Condo & Town home Statistics - 10/26/06 10:14 AM
Naperville Stats as of October 26, 2006 Condo & Town homes Currently there are 295 2(or less) bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $248,024 and a market time of 105 days. Currently there are 122 3 bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $388,811 and a market time of 115 days.
Currently there are 2 4 bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $714,850 and a market time of 79 days. Highest Priced Listing: $1,800,000 Lowest Priced Listing: $107,000 Statistics compiled from MLSNI (0 comments)
Chicago Sellers are Stubborn! - 10/26/06 09:18 AM
This morning's Chicago Tribune big story on their business page: Big drop for Area Home Sales ( http://tinyurl.com/yhgdls ) And, yes, the precipitious drop in DuPage County is 34%. Now that's a lot less homes being sold! But, the National Association of REALTOR's Chief Economist, David Lereah, calls our local sellers stubborn. Now, that's not fair. I think that our local sellers just haven't been educated to the 2006 market. After five years of homes selling higher and higher; faster and faster, we've hit the wall. And, we need to tell our sellers the truth. Homes are taking much longer to sell; months instead of days. (2 comments)
Naperville Single Family Statistics, October 23, 2006 - 10/23/06 06:07 PM
Naperville Stats as of October 23, 2006 Single Family detached homes Currently there are 178 3 bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $426,881 and a market time of 118 days. Currently there are 765 4 bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $699,566 and a market time of 156 days. Currently there are 139 5 bedroom homes on the market with an average list price of $1,142,634 and a market time of 199 days.
Are you a Computer Addict? - 10/22/06 01:13 PM
I saw this interesting statistic yesterday in an article based upon a random survey of 2,500 adults – the first-ever attempt to quantify “Internet addiction” in the general population – found that between 6% and 14% of computer users said they spent too many bleary-eyed hours checking e-mail, making blog entries or visiting Web sites or chat rooms, sometimes neglecting work, school, families, food and sleep. The Stanford team, led by psychiatrist Elias Aboujaoude concluded that: UP TO14% OF COMPUTER USERS ARE ADDICTED! Wow! What this means is if you're not meeting your clients, not doing your CMA's, not setting up showing (6 comments)
Do You Know What color is Hot this Year? - 10/20/06 07:03 PM
Have you noticed that home interiors now have 'Tuscany Gold', 'moss', 'eggplant' and 'chocolate' instead of the good old 'relocation beige.' Now, some of these colors are lovely. But having seen homes where every dining room is a claret, a burgandy, a merlot, I'm wondering if we aren't over-doing it and in the process dating our property. I showed a home that had 'Tuscany Gold' on all the walls...and the ceiling. I felt like a hot dog covered in mustard. Too, too much. And, I've noticed that a home I showed in February which had a living room in moss colored walls with a dark green (17 comments)
Long, Long closings - 10/19/06 05:37 PM
I've been going to closings for years. In Illinois we have a CLOSING. No escrow for us. When I first started, a closing would last 30 minutes, at the most 45. The sellers had a few papers to sign as did the buyers. Money and keys were exchanged. And, they'd schedule closings every hour. Today? Most closings take closer to 2 hours. And, if for some reason you're caught closing at 4pm on a Friday afternoon, expect your closing to take forever. Why? Well, now that we have 2 inches of documents to sign, which by itself takes a good hour to go (4 comments)
Vacant Homes for Sale - 10/16/06 05:20 PM
I had a newbie agent call me the other day for feedback. Unusual, no, not really. Until he asked me the following: "Did I notice anything unusual in the bedrooms?" So, I asked him what he meant. And he told me this: "I think that someone is living inside the house. The drapes are jumbled up on the floor and there's cigarettes and ashes around the place." So, I asked if he was aware that he could look up the names of the agents showing the property and the date that they showed. "No," he said. Yup, good old GE has a secure website and (8 comments)
I have a secret: I'm a list maker. - 10/04/06 10:16 AM
Ok...now the world knows! Out-of-box (is that similar to out-of-body?) chatting revealed my secret yesterday. So, I thought that I'd share with you my observations. I started making listings back in school, to remind me of my homework assignments. Then, when I went into the adult world, I continued making listings. Only now, they changed to: Things to Do; Calls to Make; Letters to Write; Shopping and mundane items. I used to use a small notebook and just date each page. Oh what fun to cross off those accomplished tasks! Now, that so many charities send little notepads, I have paper by the phone...and (7 comments)
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