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Happy Monday! A big week this week with mid term elections tomorrow. Please take time to vote and let your voice be heard! One of the biggest news items up for debate is the Fed's expected announcement of another round of Quantitative Easing (QE2) when it releases its statement this week. Remember, QE is the concept of the Fed becoming a heavy buyer of Treasuries and Bonds. This is done to artificially cause those security prices to move higher under the increased demand, which in turn will cause interest rates to move lower in the hopes of stimulating the economy (0 comments)
by. Melanie Cameron Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to enjoy the great weather. I attended my 20th High School Reunion and was reminded how quickly time flys by! I attended another 2 day Short Sale education class last week and continue to be amazed how confusing the mortgage industry makes it for consumers to get good information about their options if they are in financial distress. The majority of homeowners that go into foreclosure never seek other alternatives and end up facing the consequences of a foreclosure on their credit for years to (0 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – October 25, 2010 - 10/25/10 09:04 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.” - Goethe BE ALL THAT THEY CAN BE? On an A&E Biography segment, Oprah Winfrey was being interviewed. She was asked whether she considered all the competing talk shows to be a threat to her own daytime show. She answered with a personal story about running in a marathon. It seems Oprah had always had a dream of running in a marathon. She trained for two years to get ready, and she ran her marathon. Oprah explained that, (2 comments)
michelle roberts: Wilmington Weekly Update – October 20, 2010 - 10/20/10 11:22 AM
Quote of the Week: “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living the other helps you make a life.” – Sandra Carey Local Market Statistics There are currently 4831 single-family homes for sale in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties. In the last 6 months (4/23/10-10/20/10), 2129 homes have sold. These numbers indicate that if NO other homes are listed for sale that there is approximately 14 months worth of inventory. During the last week (10/13/10-10/20/10): 120 Homes were listed FOR SALE 57 Homes went UNDER CONTRACT 39 Homes SOLD 135 Homes FAILED to SELL (Withdrawn or Expired) (0 comments)
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. The weather was beautiful here and Fall is definitely in the air! I came across a great check list that I wanted to pass on to anyone considering making a home purchase. The 10 Deadly Mistakes Buyers Make When Purchasing a Home: 1. Making an offer on a home without being prequalified 2. Not having a home inspection 3. Limiting your search to open houses, ads or the internet 4. Choosing a real estate agent who is not committed to forming a strong business relationship with you. 5. Thinking there is (0 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – October 18, 2010 - 10/18/10 01:37 PM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “Pursue the good ardently. But if your efforts fall short, accept the result and move on.” - Epictetus WHO ARE YOU? Who do you want to be? Which are the principles by which you want to live? Do honesty, perseverance, and wisdom define you? Are sincerity, generosity, and a caring attitude your trademark? Having a vague idea of the benchmark traits you wish to exhibit is not enough. To be extraordinary, it is necessary to define yourself in specific terms. If you haven’t adopted a precise set of principles, consider choosing from the list that follows: humility, diligence, (0 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – October 11, 2010 - 10/11/10 09:36 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “In the midst of our daily lives, we must find the juice to nourish our creative souls.” - Sark TRAVELLING AT WARP SPEED? Familiar with the speed of light? According to science books, light travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second. That’s been common knowledge for years. Now, however, scientists have discovered in experiments that light may travel many times faster. In fact, tests seem to show that light may travel so fast that it arrives BEFORE it even leaves its source. Business now travels at the speed of the Internet. “Fast Company” magazine reports (4 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – October 4, 2010 - 10/04/10 10:01 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough, you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking.” - William James YOU’RE THE PHOTOGRAPHER! Most people, when they have their camera in hand, take snapshots of other people or things. The focus is on anything and everything outside themselves. What many don’t realize is that they also have a super high-resolution camera in their minds. The words of William James are not (1 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – September 27, 2010 - 09/27/10 09:46 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it!” ~ Anonymous WHICH ONE ARE YOU? Some of the best minds suggest that when you have a dream, you should keep it to yourself. You should set about quietly achieving your dream, but without sharing it with others. Their reasoning is that when you share your lofty goal, you open yourself up to the ridicule and criticism of those who say, “It cannot be done.” This is distracting, and can negate your efforts. Avoid the crowd who says, “It cannot be (2 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – September 20, 2010 - 09/20/10 08:37 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “If ever I go looking for my heart’s desire, I won’t look any further than my own backyard!” - Dorothy (from the The Wizard of Oz) HAVE NO REGRETS! Have you ever made big plans to strike out in a new direction? Maybe you’ve dreamed of a better education, a new career, or the magic of some far away wonderland where life seems to come alive. You checked out your idea, researched all the possibilities, made plans, told your friends and family, and took the risk. Soon after beginning your quest, however, maybe you realized it (4 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – September 13, 2010 - 09/13/10 09:32 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: THE SIX MISTAKES OF MAN 1. The illusion that personal gain is made up of crushing others 2. The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected 3. Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it 4. Refusing to set aside trivial preferences 5. Neglecting development and refinement of the mind, and not acquiring the habit of reading and study 6. Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do ~ Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 B.C. – 43 B.C.) COULD YOU IMAGINE? Imagine that you lived 50 years before (3 comments)
michelle roberts: Wilmington Weekly Update – September 9, 2010 - 09/09/10 09:33 AM
Quote of the Week: If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies. ~Author Unknown Local Market Statistics There are currently 5034 single-family homes for sale in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties. In the last 6 months (03/13/10-9/01/10), 2194 homes have sold. These numbers indicate that if NO other homes are listed for sale that there is approximately 14 months worth of inventory. During the last week (9/02/10-9/09/10): 107 Homes were listed FOR SALE 41 Homes went UNDER CONTRACT 34 Homes SOLD 76 Homes FAILED to SELL (Withdrawn or Expired) Please note all of these statistics are based on single-family (1 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – September 6, 2010 - 09/08/10 09:02 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “Begin to be now . . . what you will be hereafter.” ~ St. Jerome TAKE THIS QUIZ! Here’s a short list of questions. Take time to answer them and today’s message will be crystal clear. It needs no further explanation, so enjoy! Name the five wealthiest people in the world. Name the last five Heisman Trophy winners. Name the last five winners of the Miss America pageant. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress. Name the last decade’s (4 comments)
michelle roberts: The Prime 7 Must-Do’s of Home Staging - 09/03/10 02:12 PM
Staging your home should be a fun, cheap experience that can significantly affect the quantity of leverage you have when negotiating the sale of your home. But first you need to understand where to start. Haphazardly staging your home without a plan or guide to what you are doing will result in missed opportunities and a staged home that lacks a cohesive flow. When your staging your home, heed the Prime 7 Must-Do’s of Home Staging. Replace burned out bulbs. This is huge. Because you live in your home, you have likely become less alert to stuff you see every day, (1 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – August 30, 2010 - 08/30/10 12:08 PM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “Lose this day loitering – ’twill be the same story To-morrow – and the next more dilatory; Each indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days. Are you in earnest? seize this very minute - Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated - Begin it, and then the work will be completed!” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ENGAGE IT! Ever driven a car? Of course you have, but what makes it move? You enter a car with a standard transmission, place it (2 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – August 23, 2010 - 08/23/10 10:48 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “Leaders are like eagles. They don’t flock – you find them one at a time.” - Unattributed BE FREE! In Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits,” he talks about focusing on the important to the exclusion of the unimportant. In his own words, “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” See if you recognize which motivational trainer espoused this similar philosophy: “There are things within your power, and there are things beyond your power. Within your power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion; in a word, whatever affairs are your own. Beyond your (0 comments)
michelle roberts: Wilmington Weekly Update – August 18, 2010 - 08/18/10 01:54 PM
Quote of the Week: “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” -William Shedd Local Market Statistics There are currently 5133 single-family homes for sale in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties. In the last 6 months (02/19/10-8/18/10), 2207 homes have sold. These numbers indicate that if NO other homes are listed for sale that there is approximately 14 months worth of inventory. During the last week (8/12/10-8/18/10): 128 Homes were listed FOR SALE 68 Homes went UNDER CONTRACT 62 Homes SOLD 101 Homes FAILED to SELL (Withdrawn or Expired) Please note all of these statistics (0 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – August 16, 2010 - 08/16/10 09:25 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “If you’re gonna go, go like hell. If your mind’s not made up, don’t use your spurs.” From “Don’t Squat With Your Spurs On!” (“A Cowboy’s Guide to Life” by Texas Bix Bender) LIVE WITH PASSION! When you’re ready to ride, don’t wear your Nikes. Put on your boots and spurs, and let your horse know you mean to ride hard. Then – ride with passion. How many times have you thought of achieving a dream – only to spend more time in the dreaming and planning than in the doing? No problem – we all (1 comments)
michelle roberts: Wilmington Weekly Update – August 11, 2010 - 08/11/10 10:45 AM
Quote of the Week: “We may run, walk, stumble, drive, or fly, but let us never lost sight of the reason for the journey, or miss a chance to see a rainbow on the way.” – Unknown Local Market Statistics There are currently 5120 single-family homes for sale in New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties. In the last 6 months (02/12/10-8/11/10), 2166 homes have sold. These numbers indicate that if NO other homes are listed for sale that there is approximately 13 months worth of inventory. During the last week (8/05/10-8/11/10): 111 Homes were listed FOR SALE 65 Homes went (0 comments)
michelle roberts: Monday Morning Coffee – August 9, 2010 - 08/09/10 09:17 AM
INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~ Unattributed ELIMINATE THE BOX! It was refreshing to read the article entitled “Thirty Under Thirty” in the REALTOR(r) magazine. Thirty agents under the age of thirty talked about their approach to real estate, and most seemed to “think outside the box.” They didn’t appear to be bound by conventional rules of marketing conduct. Think back to when you were a young child. You were totally uninhibited by rules, so you weren’t afraid to try new things. Back then, there (2 comments)
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