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Where did today go?? - 02/29/08 05:08 PM
I had planned to work real estate this morning with an appointment with my buyer and the building inspector at 9 AM then a quick stop at the office to submit an offer and take care of a few details. I was going to spend the afternoon at home filing and getting ready for the accountant for my taxes and my mother's estate taxes (as if I did not have enough stress with my own tax preparation.) Well I got to the office around 11 because of course the meeting took longer than I anticipated. I picked up my voice-mails and (0 comments)
You've Found The House Now To Get Your Offer Accepted- Part 2 of a Home Buyer Series - 02/29/08 05:51 AM
I know it is a "buyer's market" and the media keeps telling you that you will be able to negotiate prices down. This is true in many cases but how much below asking price should you offer? The best way to know where to start is to ask your buyer's agent to give you a buyer's market analysis. This will allow you to see what other similar houses have recently sold for. After you have seen this you will want to determine if the house was originally priced as a house in perfect move in condition or if the sellers have already reduced (0 comments)
Respecting the Clients Tastes - 02/28/08 08:49 PM
I worked with someone today who made me think about how we respond to what the people we work want. This buyer had been out looking at houses with another agent but his friend gave him my card after seeing me at a house he was interested in. I met this buyer this morning to show him the house and he said "That other agent just did not like my kind of house." I think we need to be careful about projecting too much of our own tastes and opinions about property. I have sold many houses I would not want to live in (11 comments)
Finding The Right House- Part 1 of a Home-Buyer Series - 02/28/08 11:23 AM
You are looking for a new house. You have spoken with a mortgage representative who has given you the amount you are qualified for and you are surprised that the amount is so high. Make sure that you have asked how much your monthly payment will be for principle and interest. Remember that you will need to add 1/12 of the taxes plus insurance to each payment. OK.... now you have an idea of how much house you can actually afford and still pay for the other things you need to buy like food and clothing. Most home-buyers start their search (0 comments)
Buying Your Home in this New York "Buyer's Market" - 02/26/08 06:39 AM
Hey New York buyer's have you heard it is a Buyer's Market? Well it is sort of. What you won't find so much of here in Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties are house going for pennies on the dollar and don't expect that once you find the perfect house that no one else will be bidding on it. There is a lot of inventory in most price ranges but the good ones in each price range are the ones that everyone else wants. If you are working with a buyer's agent please listen to them when they urge you to make a reasonable offer. I (5 comments)
From Last Year's Home-Buyer Fair A Great Phone Call That Will Bring In $$$ - 02/26/08 06:08 AM
As I stated in the blog yesterday, I am currently involved in assisting in planning a county wide first time home-buyer Fair, Catch The Dream Orange County. I want to thank those of you who gave me ideas and links to other articles that will help. Anyway, I was at my office yesterday afternoon and got a call from someone I met at last year's fair. We had spoken at my booth and had a few contacts immediately following the event but they were not ready to buy yet. They promised that they would call me when they were ready. I know, who (4 comments)
Finally a Response to an Offer - 02/25/08 12:44 PM
Well I finally heard from the listing agent this morning on an offer I faxed to his office last Thursday. I confirmed that the offer was received at the office although the agent himself was not in at the time. I followed up with a call to his cell phone on Friday and a call to his office voice-mail on Saturday with no response. I finally sent an email to the agent on Sunday which got a response this morning. In the email I outlined all of the efforts I had made to get a response. I asked that he at least (4 comments)
Any Ideas for First Time Homebuyer Fair??? - 02/25/08 05:43 AM
Good Morning, This week I will be attending a planning session for Catch the Dream Orange County a home-buyer information fair and vendor bazaar. I am excited about being involved in this effort. I was a vendor at the fair last year along with two other agents from my office and it was great for a first year effort. There were over 500 in attendance at the free for consumer event. Our County Executive, the head of the Office of Community Development, and a group of others including builders, real estate agents, mortgage representatives, and community activists are joined together in this effort. I am hoping that (2 comments)
LONGABERGER BASKET BINGO- PINE BUSH NY - 02/25/08 05:20 AM
LONGABERGER BASKET BINGO - FUND RAISER IN SUPPORT OF THE PINE BUSH HIGH SCHOOL ALL NIGHT GRADUATION PARTY Friday March 8th, 2008 7:00 PM at the fellowship hall of the Methodist church in Pine Bush (snow date March 14th) Come to this fund-raising event to raise $$ to keep our graduates safe on graduation night. The All Night Graduation Party provides a fun safe environment to keep the kids off the roads. Tickets for the bingo to win theme filled Longaberger baskets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Please contact Paddy Pizappi 845-744-2095 x 326 for advance tickets. (0 comments)
I bought the book "The Positive No" - 02/24/08 07:19 PM
I went to Borders today and bought the book "The Positive No" that I mentioned in my last post. I will be reading it and I'll let you all know what I think. I hope that it will help me to continue to help people without burning myself out by doing too much for those who will continue to use you until there is nothing left. I am happy that I received so many comments that agreed with my position on helping others regardless of financial reward. I hear your cautions on allowing people to take advantage but I still will try to (0 comments)
Right in the Corner- Pine Bush School District - 02/24/08 11:40 AM
If you live in the New York City metro area and are looking for a good place to buy, you owe it to yourself to check out the Pine Bush area. About an hour drive to the city with bus and trains available for commuters you will find quaint villages or more open spaces. There are nearby shopping and cultural opportunities. The Pine Bush School District touches three counties, Orange, Ulster, and Sullivan. We have four elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. There are many special programs for the children who go to school here. The high school currently has (0 comments)
Doing The Right Thing Today Will Bring Rewards Tomorrow - 02/24/08 06:36 AM
How many times do you help out a customer or client without hope of financial reward? I do it all the time. I believe that doing the right thing will result in something positive in the future. It could be that the next person I take out buys the very first house they look at or the person you helped out refers you to others who do buy or sell through you. I am not saying you should become a slave to a hopeless situation but you should at least acknowledge the situation and provide the person with resources and references of someone (8 comments)
So you want to buy a house....Take your time to do it right - 02/23/08 02:55 PM
What happens to someone who desperately wants to own their own home but does not know how to go about it? Where can you turn if you have credit issues, no down payment, or want to live in a specific area but can't seem to find a house you can afford there? A buyer's agent may be the the answer to your problem. Sometimes I have worked with buyer's who needed information and resources in order to get ready to buy. It is hard to hold back the enthusiasm and desire to jump right in to looking at houses but until (0 comments)
Why Wouldn't You Work With A Buyer's Agent? - 02/23/08 07:59 AM
Many people who look for real estate believe they will get a better deal if they work directly with the listing agent of a property they are interested in. I wonder why this is. I want someone who works with my best interests in mind when I am spending so much money. I will never forget the first time I dealt with an agent during the sale of the house my husband owned before we were married and the purchase of a new home. It was in the early 1990's and the change to disclosure of who works for who was just (0 comments)
Dreaming of Warmer Places/Question about Generating Buyer Leads - 02/23/08 06:56 AM
Good Morning, Dreaming of warmer places that don't have a deep coating of white stuff on the ground. I should say that while I live and work in New York state I also have a home in South Carolina. I wonder how it is down on Lake Marion today? When we were down at Christmas the lake was really low. I hope that the recent rains and snows in the mountains will bring in the water for all of you all down south who have been suffering with the draught. I won't be able to get down there until summer this year because (5 comments)
What will you find at Paddy's Blog - 02/22/08 10:42 AM
My blog will deal with working with buyers, my life as a mother of 3 teenagers and how to fit real estate into the other aspects of my world. I will also speak on volunteer efforts to assist my community (1 comments)
I'm here - 02/22/08 08:21 AM
Good snowy morning to all! As those who know me can tell you I am, first and foremost, about enjoying my 3 children. They are the joy of my life and I spend a lot of time running around taking them to lessons and school events. They all enjoy creative arts. My son will graduate in June and plans to pursue a degree in Music. My daughters both dance and sing. They do all do well in school. They are the reason I got into real estate in the first place. I mistakenly thought you could work real estate part time. Boy was (13 comments)
My blog will deal with working with buyers, my life as a mother of 3 teenagers and how to fit real estate into the other aspects of my world. I will also speak on volunteer efforts to assist my community
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