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Oh, C'mon Houston! - 02/24/09 10:30 PM
I was watching the news tonight when I heard about a failed bill that was attempting to be passed right here in my home town, Houston. Apparently our lawmakers were attempting to provide a $3,000 credit to first time buyers on their home purchase. The money would be used to help pay down your debt so your credit score would be "high enough" to qualify for a loan. WHAT?
Where was this money supossed to come from? You guessed it, our all mighty tax dollars. Actually it was supposed to come from the City Housing Department, same thing. The deal is (4 comments)
Alyssa Has A Baby Shower... - 02/22/09 11:11 PM
Today we had a baby shower for our daughter to be, Alyssa Nino. Cara is 8 months pregnant with our first daughter. We spent a lot of time & effort this past week preparing four the gatherng. Fellow Rainier's, Ron Tarvin, his wife Bridgette & their daughter Alyssa were able to make the special occasion. Another Rainter, Tommy Xintaris was also in attendance. He brought his fiance Eve. In all, we had about 40 show up. It truly was great time. We got tons of clothes, socks, diapers, bibs and so on. It really was exciting. Having a daughter truly has been the (21 comments)
* As of right now I have received 9,957 comments from YOU - the fellow Active Rainer. That's pretty cool. I wanted to say thanks. Who wants to be number 10,000? * A few months ago I whined here about not finding a good loan officer. I found one, right here in the Rain! He's done a great job for both me and my clients. Guess what? He's already given me a referral that I'll be closing in a couple of weeks! Tommy works hard creating buyer traffic, cultivating prospects and staying on top of industry topics. He is also an FHA expert and (37 comments)
Active Rain Isn't Just For YOU! - 02/12/09 06:11 PM
Cruising through Active Rain I find Agents, loan officers, title companies, home stagers and other closely related Industry professionals. Everyone here enjoys the juice. It's free & it helps get your name "out there." So why aren't other small business owners like Handy Men, Electricians, Landscaping Companies, Plumbers, Cabinet Makers, Travel Agencies, Moving Companies and OTHER arena type professionals jumping in?
Are they just confused about this place? I think AR would benefit and so would all of us if the web we're spinning were to reach other branches so to speak... But what do I know? What do you (18 comments)
Uncle Johnny The Home Inspector.. Not Really.. - 02/06/09 03:23 PM
When you go to the doctor you hope the expert whose about to cut you open & save your life is both qualified and licensed to do so. You also are assuming he’s using the best tools possible for the task at hand, and no less. When you buy a home it only makes sense to get the BEST possible home inspector that you can find. Using a buddy, relative or friend to “eye-ball” the home is an awful and potentially dangerous idea.
Too often buyers tend to nickel & dime the process in hopes of getting a “great deal.” (12 comments)
The Depersonalizing Your Home Debate... - 02/04/09 11:48 AM
I disagree with it. Folks of different cultures have asked me when listing their home if I thought it would be "best" to remove all the personal pictures. The same people say they "heard" on TV or read on line that you should ALWAYS remove the family portraits. And it's not just people of culture, it's more than half my sellers who ask if this is a good practice or idea. I think it's an awful concept. A home is your castle. It's supposed to be filled with happiness & love. If your photo's are excessive, then yes consider removing some, but not all. (25 comments)
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