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Real Estate is a Lifestyle, Not a Career - 07/31/12 05:40 AM
Real Estate is Lifestyle, Not a Career. This is so true. I have never had a more seamless life...work and play fit together beautifully and without upsetting the apple cart, I can flex with both when I need more time for one or the other. I am selfish with my family time and can make that work as my own boss. I get up quite early and can knock out 3 hours of followup and paperwork before most people stir in our house. When the things to do on the real estate side got to be more than I could muster, (7 comments)
Thanks to Anna Banana and her Olympic Challenge, I have revisited my web systems, picked the best that I have done over the past year and have systematized it. My SEO is relativelly good so I will leave it alone right now. I do all of the items below but am sporadic about it.
To this I commit and will start today
Lead Generation (things I am not doing or doing sporadically)
1. I will post 3 craiglists ads twice a day = 6 posts. I will (2 comments)
Reflections on a dog day afternoon in Salida Colorado....waiting for rain. The August monsoons are reportedly on their way to bring moisture to the hay fields and mountains. As they build, the humidity builds which is unusual for us. Despite the warmth, our town is bustling this weekend... the 8th Annual 3 day Salida Classic Bicycle races are in town, adding great energy as the athletes race and then relax around town.
The Chaffee County fair and rodeo are here and lots of friends where I keep my horses are participating. Rodeo is (6 comments)
And for the finale... two dogs dealing with the heat in Salida Colorado.. river town with a storm brewing. I need to learn to do what they do!
Gone in Sixty Seconds...or should I say Sold in 6 hours? - 07/26/12 12:56 PM
Gone in Sixty Seconds...or should I say Sold in 6 hours? We are not in a crackerjack market like some places in the world but we are warming up. Land sales and older manufactured home sales, especially rural, are still very slow. Regardless, we just helped our buyer get his offer accepted on a rural manufactured home he saw 6 hours ago. A couple we having been working with for about 3 months have been pre-approved and were watching the listings we send them diligently. When we heard that a new listing was coming up in our office, we were mildly (8 comments)
Salida Colorado Buyers: How does your Agent help? Part Two of Two - 07/25/12 07:42 AM
Salida Colorado Buyers: How does your Agent Help? Part Two of Two In the first post, you learned about beginning your search, having your agent show you homes and deciding on the top 2-3. If you missed this post, you can find it at Salida Colorado Buyers: How does your Agent help? Part One of Two. Making an Offer You can only make an offer on one property at a time so our best suggestion is to choose one and have a backup. We will look at the comparative sale prices which will help you decide where to start on (0 comments)
Salida Colorado Home Buying Process: How Does Your Agent Help?
Pre-Showing to Making the Offer Before we Meet. First, we will assist you in determining how much home you can buy and what your options are for buying it.. cash, bank loan, owner finance, etc. Second, we will set up a broad search for you in areas that may work so that you can get a feel for how much home/land your dollar can buy here and what the differences are in the various places to live (See the series: Salida Colorado Area Places to Live). Third, (2 comments)
There is no greater miracle in nature than the miracle of birth. The tender moment when a horse licks its new foal clean, when a woman hears the first cry of her newborn, or when a giraffe stands protectively as her baby learns to use his wobbly legs is unforgettable... the energy of creation and nurturing all wrapped up together. At the instant the baby is born, another miracle happens... a mother is created... a double miracle.
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She (3 comments)
Sunday morning in Salida Colorado. Birds singing, blue skies with a hint of sunrise left, and a wet tongue from our dog Jack, inviting us to get up and enjoy the day.
This is a good day for a cup of coffee on the deck, a bicycle ride on Tenderfoot mountain trail, and a visit to the barn to play with Rio and Tucker, my two horses. I hope something special happens for your day as well. As a dear friend/coach said to me once and I (6 comments)
This area of the Rocky Mountains seems to be geologically perfect for hot springs formations. We have 5 public hot springs and more for those who like to soak after arduous hikes in the mountains. This post is about the 5 hot springs nearby or in town. At the end, we have created a video highlighting the 5 hot springs. Enjoy!
The closest, right in town, is Salida Hot Springs and Pool. They have a pool for laps, a soaking (2 comments)
Salida Colorado is is the quintessential Colorado town..it has the big river and the big mountains. This is the first post of 5 in the "After All" series introducing you to the big river a) whitewater, b) other riiver activities (including fishing), the big mountains c)downhill skiing and other mountain activities (hikiing, biking and climbing) and then e) the arts - a major attraction here. The Arkansas river is what is called a freestone river...naturally fed by snow melt. Other rivers are fed by reservoirs. The Arkansas gets some water from (2 comments)
Annual E-Cleaning: Reorganizing my Email and Calendars - 07/14/12 07:46 AM
Annual E-Cleaning: Reorganizing my Email and Calendars In response to the HomeFinder.com Makeover Challenge through Active Rain, I sat back to look at my real estate business very closely. What needs to be redone? Thanks to Active rain members, I have gained tremendous knowledge about my online presence and put many of them in place. What I have learned, however, is that being a geek in training can be dangerous. I had too many systems and not enough command central.
To illustrate, I have an IPad, IPhone and 2 computers..IBM. I bought the Ipad and IPhone (11 comments)
Top 10 Tips to Getting An Accepted Offer in A Hot Market - 07/11/12 07:06 AM
My buyers are getting a bit demoralized at offering full price on a home 4 days after it hit the market and then not getting it. Others who insist on still doing low offers are even sadder. The agent does not have the time or energy to call/email me with the news that the sellers did not even consider my buyers' offer because several more were on the table that were better. This post is completely tongue in cheek but gets at a valid point. Buyers, listen to your realtor. They will know when it is a home that is hot. (4 comments)
Realtors® Alphabet Soup - 07/11/12 06:55 AM
Coming off of a busy week with my buyers and sellers, I sat back this morning and saw John's like of our many hats.. some serious and some tongue in cheek... love it! Enjoy Via John McCormack- AlbuquerqueHomes.com (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com): Realtors® Alphabet SoupWe as REALTORS® walk in some interesting shoes, wear many hats and fill many roles in our ongoing efforts at conducting day to day business. We continually guide our clients and work to be the glue of an often difficult puzzle (a prior post). I have determined that throughout my real estate career I have likely filled the (5 comments)
Land for Sale in Texas Creek Near Salida Colorado - Views to Forever - 07/10/12 05:45 AM
Land for Sale in Texas Creek Near Salida Colorado - Views to Forever Now these are views. The photo on the left is the mountain range...Sangre de Cristos, with sever "14ers" or peaks rising to 14,000 feet or more. The Texas Creek is known for quiet, larger parcels (5 acres and up), great views and public land in every direction (Natioinal Forest and BLM land). For more information about Texas Creek, click Places to live Near Salida Colorado: Texas Creek.
This lot is 5.24 acres and slopes toward the west for great sun in the afternoon/evenings and sunsets over the (5 comments)
Howard Colorado Area Market Report (near Salida CO): 2nd Qtr 2012 This Howard Colorado Market Activity Report for the second quarter, 2012 indicates a steady recovery for this tiny area SE of Salida Colorado. On average, there have been between 45 and 47 active listings in this area over the past 3 months. Just under 10% are selling per month. Historically, the prices in these areas are always lower than the Salida Colorado or Buena Vista Colorado area (for those market reports, click on Salida Colorado Market report or Buena Vista Colorado Market report) the prices are down still (0 comments)
Buena Vista Colorado Market Report (25 miles North of Salida CO) Buena Vista, 25 miles North of Salida Colorado, is starting to see the real estate market stabilize. The following report is based on homes but land is beginning to move again.. 10 lots have sold out of the 354 that are active... tiny progress but progress!
The sale prices so far this year are significantly lower than Salida (see the Salida Colorado Market Report, 2nd Quarter, 2012) and continue to decrease. We are seeing some buyers choose Buena Vista over Salida because of the price point alone. (1 comments)
Salida Colorado Market Activity: Second Quarter 2012 - 07/07/12 09:05 AM
Salida Colorado Market Activity: Second Quarter 2012 As in many places in the United States, our market place seems to have reached the bottom and is waffling between rising and levelling off. We have a very positive November - March. For the 2nd quarter, about 10% of our home inventory is selling each month. Our market is steady right now. It generally plateaus in the summer ...vacations, time with family, etc so we will see what the July numbers turn out to be. Since we have many communities surrounding us, I have done separate reports: Buena Vista Colorado Market Report (just (4 comments)
Salida Colorado and the Area: Six Unique Neighborhoods/Areas to live - 07/05/12 04:49 PM
Salida Colorado Real Estate: A Dab of History and Six Distinct Areas to Live. I want to introduce you a good friend... small, unpretentious, beautiful and fun. My town, Salida Colorado, is all that. The following blog post will introduce you to Salida and then talk more about the Historic Downtown area. In this post and over the next several days, I will introduce you to the places to live around here, one area at a time. Areas: 1. Historic Downtown Salida Colorado 2. Greater Salida and Poncha Springs 3. Rural Chaffee County Surrounding Salida 4. Howard Colorado and (4 comments)
Areas to the North of Salida Colorado: Buena Vista CO and Nathrop CO - 07/05/12 04:27 PM
Areas to the North of Salida Colorado: Buena Vista Colorado and Nathrop Colorado. Buena Vista Colorado: Buena Vista's population is 2134.. a small town with a big heart. Buena Vista has been called a hardworking quiet community. With an elevation of 7965, it is higher than Salida and lower than Leadville, further to the north. Geographically, it is 1/2 way between Salida and Leadville. To the west of Buena Vista, the Collegiate Peaks rise up, many of which are considered fourteeners... over 14,000 feet. Lakes, creeks, water falls and miles and miles of trails await you, whether you are a hiker, bicyclist or horse rider. (2 comments)
Neighborhoods near Salida Colorado: Cotopaxi CO and Texas Creek CO - 07/02/12 09:33 PM
Neighborhoods near Salida Colorado: Cotopaxi CO and Texas Creek CO Cotopaxi COTwenty five minutes south of Salida Colorado, Cotopaxis has a population of about 2047 (counting Texas Creek). Almost all of the inhabitants live in the outlying areas. Similar to Salida CO and Howard CO, the early settlers, besides the Utes, were coming to work in the gold mines and for the railroads. In 1882 there was a large Colony of immigrant Russian Jews in Cotopaxi, Colorado, fleeing oppresive conditions in Poland. Others, on their way to the gold fields of California, could not cross the Mountain passes to the West (4 comments)
Howard Colorado : A Great Place to Live (Near Salida CO) - 07/01/12 02:46 PM
Howard Colorado : A Great Place to Live (Near Salida CO) A significant number of folks who work in Salida Colorado live in Howard (and Coaldale, just 5 miles east of Howard). In many ways, it works like a bedroom community for Salida. Folks come to Salida for groceries, festivals, services, and then skidaddle home to even more peace and quiet than Salida has to offer. Howard and Coaldale make up part of the Pleasant Valley area, stretching along the Arkansas River for about 10 miles.
As you can see, the forest and mountains are just to the west and (4 comments)
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