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You'll need to do some homework. In order for this post to make much sense, you'll need to read up first. Please read Larry and Sheila Agranoff's post "Should We Even Respond To This One?" (a featured post from 12/21/09) - if you're not a member of ActiveRain, the post will not come up for you as it is marked "Members Only." Be sure to read through the comments as this is what my post is based on. So what would you do? I hope you left a comment while you over there, but let (32 comments)
photo courtesy of Mispahn No one ever said blogging was easy. I haven't posted here tons recently. For a guy who managed to dive right in to blogging, I feel like I've neglected my ActiveRain blog a lot recently. Sure, there's been holiday parties, me tearing an ear drum, me pulling a muscle in my back, and the usual things that get in the way of our blogging activities (we call them "life"); but none of that usually stops me. To be technical, none of that has stopped me either. Lately, I've been concentrating a lot of my writing efforts (29 comments)
photo courtesy of mollypop Finally...a connection. I had a call today from Stacy Jones of The Jones Team in Katy, Texas, we've been trying to connect for awhile now, but today we finally spoke. It was a conversation about real estate and technology (mostly websites) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's always great connecting with other agents and just sort of bouncing ideas and thoughts back and forth. The call went on for about an hour and I think we both took away a few things while chatting. Sometimes in the middle of a conversation about something, a light goes (8 comments)
FHA Loans To Become More Expensive For Home Buyers? - 12/04/09 03:19 PM
FHA Loan Changes - Good Idea? Yesterday, I re-blogged a post about FHA loans, originally written by Ken Cook, one of the lenders I really trust when it comes to FHA information and advice. I had read his article with great interest, as any change in any lender's rules, regulations, or requirements - directly affects me and my clients. I'm not a mortgage wizard, which is why I surround myself with the best lenders I can find - so that when I do have questions or my clients need more explanation of a mortgage issue, I can get them the answers (64 comments)
Thanks Ken! As usual, Ken Cook, does a great job breaking down some of the latest expected changes to FHA loans. I find it shocking that everyone ran around saying we need to help clear the inventory by extending and expanding the First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit and now they're thinking about making it tougher to buy a home. So which is it? I thought it was odd when they raised FHA down payment requirements from 3% to 3.5% while saying they needed to get the housing market moving again. A jump from 3.5% to 5% will most certainly (1 comments)
photo courtesy of BenedictFrancis I'm unhappy with Twitter. Twitter recently introduced a new feature - a one click retweet feature. For those that have been using programs like TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop, this is nothing new. I've long hoped Twitter would create a one-click feature for retweeting, as I do quite a bit of it on my RErockstar Twitter account. I use retweets to pass on interesting information, follow up on someone's comment, and share real estate news with my fellow agents and San Antonio locals. A few days ago, I tried the retweet feature. I clicked the button and (14 comments)
photo courtesy of intangibleArts Welcome to my iPod. My latest article at AgentGenius covers some musical ground for me. As a huge fan of Fugazi growing up, I learned a few things from watching them play live. In a recent situation, I was reminded of how Fugazi reacted to situations in the turbulent late 80s post-hardcore scene. While they were a rather PC band, the late 80s scene was rather messy and violent at clubs and venues up and down the East Coast. Being a witness to much of it, I enjoyed Fugazi's fresh take on dealing with differing opinions (0 comments)
image courtesy of my Twitter account and @LaniAR's tweets ActiveRain helps me get quoted. Late last week I received a call from California. I had no idea what was waiting for me on the other end of the phone. It was Jenna V. Loceff. She explained she was a reporter for the North Bay Business Journal and wanted to speak with me a bit about social media and real estate. In researching her article, Jenna, had a few mentions of Flickr and while googling away, she came across my article, "A stern warning (or lack thereof) - Flickr is watching (12 comments)
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