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LENDERS that are ACCEPTING LOAN APPS up to NOV 5TH for NOV 30TH Tax Credit Deadline! Here is what Buyers NEED TO KNOW! - 10/26/09 08:31 PM
My mortgage partner at Pan American Bank, Nick Buitink, got in touch with me after my last blog letting buyers know that most lenders were cutting off the pipeline for new loans that had to close Nov 30th. Nick let me know exactly what his team is doing to get buyers safely closed by November 30th's tax credit deadline as long as they are under contract and have the following items (see below) submitted IN ADVANCE: Review, forward, and post to your buyers ASAP! Don't let them give up, we all have a week PLUS left to find great properties and (0 comments)
UPDATING YOUR 'STATUS'--Find out who's checking out your Social Media updates and links! - 10/21/09 06:11 PM
Here's another little trick for everyone...again nothing fancy or complicated and best of all, FREE. Many of us are on twitter, facebook, linkedIN, and seeing lead generation results. I have been using ping.fm, a free service, to syndicate all my status and post to them all at once. You can "ping" from your cell phone (via text) or of course on your computer. As I have been posting links to my ActiveRain blog posts in my status updates, ping.fm will shorten them into a very small web address leaving me more space to type in the 140 character confines of Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIN. (9 comments)
URGENT RE: 8K BUYER TAX CREDIT--Most banks not accepting new apps after this Friday! - 10/19/09 07:58 PM
I just received word today from one of my bank lenders that this bank, along with many others, would be cutting off applications THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23RD, for buyers wanting to take advantage of the 8k Homebuyer Credit being offered until November 30, 2009. Most banks feel that in the current lending environment it takes 30-40 days to fund a loan and they do not want to be responsible for buyers attempting to rush a loan that will not close in time for the desired rebate. Therefore, if you are not under contract by this Friday, many lenders will not work (8 comments)
Tips and Tricks: Forwarding Websites and Texts from your Blackberry - 10/18/09 01:08 PM
How often, like me, have you gotten a (or a series of) text from a client wanting to know more about a property or properties? And how often is that text received while you are on the road or with another client? It's very easy to forget about that vital text if you are busy... And how often are you browsing the web on your Blackberry between tasks and find an amazing article that would be perfect for your blog, facebook, or twitter but know you won't remember the address later? Yet another "trick" I have stumbled across is the "Forward (5 comments)
STAYING ORGANIZED through Google products (tasks, calendar, and sync!) - 10/16/09 02:44 PM
I never cease to be amazed at the array and innovation of products coming out of Google. I am a huge fan of everything from Analytics for my website to Adwords for lead generation. But some of their most interesting products come straight into their immensely popular Gmail program (for those of us with our own domain names, you can easily cloak your vanity email address and have it sent to your gmail inbox, meaning we should have that Gmail page open on our laptops 24/7!) In Gmail, you can add Google Calendar and Google Tasks. These two features now sync (1 comments)
NOW FHA APPROVED, PRICES DROPPED OVER 100K! Hot remaining units at Edgewater's newest Mid Rise, CATALPA GARDENS, 1122 W Catalpa Chicago IL 60640 - 10/15/09 11:27 AM
One of my favorite new construction projects CATALPA GARDENS in Edgewater recently dropped prices by nearly 40% on remaining units, some price drops IN EXCESS OF 100K! And now, as of yesterday, the building is FHA APPROVED, meaning 3.5% down and potential 8k tax refund! WOW! This building and its amenities are first rate and the sales team has been amazing to work with when I come with my clients. I've been recommending this building since the price drop, and now with the FHA approval it is quite the unique moment to move on! ONLY APPROX 10 UNITS REMAIN! Here is (0 comments)
Great Twitter Tool! wefollow.com (ideal for search optimization) - 10/08/09 04:30 PM
Just stumbled across another great tool for social networking. This one is called wefollow.com, and it automatically enhances your profile to be listed in twitter's search directory under 5 main keywords of your choosing, in addition to the area you live. It's quick and easy--took me less then 3 minutes--and then it automatically updates your twitter status (just once) to announce that you have been linked under those terms, using the "#" directory search tool for Twitter. It's a great way for those of us looking to enhance our searchability and relevance on twitter, it's just a matter of picking out (2 comments)
Teal is the New Green: EXIT Realty Announces Alliance with EcoBroker® International - 10/03/09 12:10 AM
I am really excited about this course and alliance, as it's the premier designation for going green--as illustrated HERE. For more information on this program, and some of the other great news going on at Exit Realty, email me! Via The Team at EXIT Realty (EXIT Realty Corp. International): The green real estate movement is today’s mantra for everything from energy-efficient appliances and toxin-free building materials to all-natural cleaning supplies or water-saving products. Everywhere we turn, marketing screams for our lives to “go green!” Whether it’s the bag you pack your groceries in, separating recyclables before putting out the garbage or checking the (0 comments)
THERE'S STILL TIME to get $8,000 from the government and buy a home with NEXT TO NOTHING down! Your questions answered HERE! - 10/01/09 05:03 PM
It's October 1st, and the Homebuyer's Tax Credit expires in 60 days (you must CLOSE on your new property by November 30, 2009). So--did you miss out? Is it too late to research, find, negotiate, and CLOSE on a new home at these rock bottom prices and at record low interest rates? The answer, unequivocally, is NO! And if you are stretched for cash, read part 2 about all the options to get in with VERY LITTLE MONEY DOWN! PART ONE: TIMELINE I'm already hearing from many potential buyers that "it is too late, right?" and "I don't want to be (0 comments)
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