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How to Build and Engage a Loyal Blog Community - 04/30/12 06:40 PM
Outstanding advise in this recent post. All the points need to be reviewed and put into action. You can't get a loyal blog community by posting every once in a while! Being active in your community also helps build a loyal blog community! Via Rebekah Radice Social Media Marketing, Management & Strategies (Manager of Industry Engagement, Better Homes & Gardens RE): Building a loyal blog community takes time, energy and focus. Establishing relationships that transition casual readers into loyal blog fans will not happen overnight. While maintaining a consistent flow of engaging content is vital, there are other key aspects that build credibility, trust and loyalty between you (3 comments)
When Is a Short Sale Not Very Short? - 04/30/12 06:34 PM
There is nothing short about a short sale! Just had one 40 days ducks in a row, but foreclosure auction set for 4/27. Called Bank of American, begged on equator, begged with REDC call B of A Foreclosure attorney... no luck. Had it under contract for $60,000 which would had paid about 95% of the lien. I bet it sells as an REO for $45,000.
How dumb is that???? Via Van Wig & Associates Long Beach & Lakewood Real Estate Team (Van Wig & Associates - Keller Williams): As a Long Beach Realtor® I have been dealing with short sales for both (0 comments)
THIS is why you have a home inspection! - 04/30/12 06:30 PM
Dale brings up a great point in his most recent blog post. I could not even think of buying a home with out an inspection. this week we are clsong on a new home for our personal resident and I had it inspected. Via Dale Samples • REALTOR • Homes for Sale Charleston, West Virginia (304.741.4705 • www.dalesamples.com ): THIS is why you have a home inspection!
It is tempting to save money when buying a house by skipping inspections. This is a perfect example of why you should have a home inspection. I had a showing today at a cute little home that (2 comments)
Hi! I Grew Up In This House ... Do You Mind If I Come In? - 04/27/12 06:08 AM
Carie thanks for sharing this post! Actually my parents still live in the house I grew up in so I get to visit whenever I want. I would love to go into my grandparents home, it would be so neat! Via Carie Shapiro (Broker-TX;Managing Broker-IL;Pre-Licensing/CE Instructor-IL): Have you ever gone back to see the house you grew up in? A couple of times, while visiting some friends near my old neighborhood, I’ve taken a little detour and driven down my old street – the street where my childhood home is located. The first time I did this, I just kept on driving – (0 comments)
The House is Vacant, Why Can't You Just Give Me The Lockbox Code? - 04/26/12 09:54 AM
Doug thanks for sharing this post on your blog. I get this asked a alot about homes' The other agent gave me the code for their listing" Sorry I just won't cut that corner Via Doug Rogers- Your Pineville Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties Realty): With a foreclosure specialist on staff, my company gets daily calls from would-be buyers. Thanks to our internet advertising, many of these prospects will call from the front yard wanting to get inside. Let's examine why I can't give you the lock box code over the phone... 1) You may not really be a buyer-- Like a front porch (5 comments)
Buffett: ‘I’d buy up a couple hundred thousand’ homes - 04/23/12 06:20 AM
Jennifer, thanks for sharing this information with us. I have investors who are buying up a couple dozen homes. Not as well off as Buffet, but still buying US real estate! Via Jennifer Cook: Recently Warren Buffett, the multi-billionaire investor and CEO stated that because purchasing a home with extremely low mortgage rates has become such a better investment that playing the normal stock market game, he’d “buy up a couple hundred thousand” homes if it was the practical thing to do.
During the housing crisis, Buffett explained that many households were transformed and sacrifices were made to get by, such as (0 comments)
National Open House weekend 4/48 and 4/29! - 04/23/12 05:54 AM
Many homes in Central Ohio and Clintonville will be open this weekend as part of NAR National Home weekend! We will have 263 Dixon ct Columbus Ohio 43214 Open for inspection on Sunday! This is a great 3 bedroom 2 bath home with nice hardwood floors and newer appliances!
ActiveRain and Your 'Find-A-Bility' Factor - 04/22/12 05:52 AM
Rich makes a good point in hi recent blog post. People will find you online IF you are active in social media like Facebook and active rain! Via Rich Jacobson Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker (Keller Williams West Sound Realty): Yesterday was yet another example of why my time spent participating on ActiveRain is a worthwhile investment.... I received a phone call from a woman currently residing out in the Chicago Illinois area. Her husband was active-duty military. They had been stationed here in Kitsap County a few years back where they had purchased a home, and converted it to a rental (0 comments)
PROPERTY CONDITION DISCLOSURE OR CAVEAT EMPTOR?? If that is the question, I vote for caveat emptor. It's better for home buyers!! #2 in a series - 04/21/12 05:40 AM
A great post! In Ohio, the seller must disclose, but the disclosures states this is NOT a substitute for a property inspection. All parties involved are better served when a buyer hires a professional inspector for the home they buy! Via Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker, Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate): PROPERTY CONDITION DISCLOSURE OR CAVEAT EMPTOR?? If that is the question, I vote for caveat emptor. It's better for home buyers!! #2 in a series. This post is a follow-up to MARYLAND PROPERTY CONDITION DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS - A RANT!!! #1 in a series. (2 comments)
Daily Inspiration: April 19, 2012 - 04/19/12 10:07 AM
Two of my favorite quotes! Churchhill's was a five word speech he gave at a gradation! I love the "Silent " Cal quote! What are some of your favorite "quotes!" Via Jeffrey Richman - The Unclaimed Money Expert (U.S. Financial Funding, LLC): Good Thursday Morning to you! Persistence is pressing on even when you don’t want to. Persistence is the ability to maintain action regardless of your feelings. You must maintain action and press on even when you feel like quitting (which in some cases can feel like all the time!)
Don’t give up. Believe in yourself and in what you can (0 comments)
I'm sorry! I'm in BUSINESS as Property Manager - 04/18/12 01:00 AM
Wallace I could not agree more. It's amazing to my how many people think they can do what we do as Real Estate professionals, only to fumble the ball and then call on us to help them out! I don't cut my own hair and I don't pull my own teeth, I hire a professional to do so! Via Wallace S. Gibson CPM * LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.): I suspect because he got a recent one of my DIY landlord mailings, a military homeowner e-mailed me that he has self-managed his local townhouse for 8 YEARS * from his station in EUROPE.......and (4 comments)
5 Things You May Want To Improve - 04/18/12 12:51 AM
Candy makes some good points in her most recent blog post. Planning being the number one item to reveiw as planning or lasck of planning is critical to your level of success. Thanks Candy! Via Candy Miles-Crocker Realtor Real-Life Real Estate Training (Online Real Estate Training): If we let our success be determined by market conditions our real estate career will be like a crazy roller coaster ride. Perhaps if we did a little "self-check" we could achieve success regardless of the market. Here are my Top 5 things real estate agents or just about anyone may want to improve on. Planning Achieving success takes (1 comments)
Don’t Talk Stink About Real Estate Professionals - 04/15/12 04:38 AM
Randy is right on with this comment. Too many times most of us have "Talked Stink" about a real estate professional who did not cut the mustard. Saying noting is a better way to go Via Randy L. Prothero - Hawaii REALTOR® (808) 384-5645 (Century 21 Liberty Homes ): Our Code of Ethics had a few changes for 2012. In the past it was a violation of the Code of Ethics for a Realtor to make false or misleading statements against a competitor. The word competitor was changed to real estate professional in the Code of Ethics. Here are a couple of questions (1 comments)
Don't waste your time looking at homes online that aren't for sale! - 04/15/12 03:15 AM
This is a great point I had a client pull up 5 homes on Zillow " for sale" and only 2 were on the market. 2 had sold and one never was on the market in the past 20 years! Via Lee & Pamela St. Peter Raleigh Realtors® Raleigh North Carolina Homes for sale (Prudential YSU Realty - (919) 645-2522 ): Are you getting the best information online?
There are so many new ways for prospective buyers (and sellers) to harvest information today about real estate online.
But there’s a problem that I find I’m continuously facing... WRONG (5 comments)
Does a seller have to tell a buyer of defects in the house? Or Is It Buyer Beware? - 04/15/12 03:14 AM
This is an important point to observe on correct disclosures. Sometimes a home has problems that a seller is not aware of and are disclosed by a professional inspector. Via Sheila Newton Team~Anderson & Greenville SC Real Estate/ Foreclosures/Short Sales (RE/MAX Realty Professionals): Many have heard the old saying “buyer beware” (translation of the latin caveat emptor), meaning that it is the responsibility of a home buyer to inspect and discover defects in the purchase of a home. This was the law in South Carolina until after World War II and has been in a constant state of change ever since. Today, a seller (2 comments)
Central Presbyterian Church 132 S. Third St. Originally known as the Second Presbyterian Church, the building was constructed 1857-1860. It was built of sandstone, which arrived in Columbus via canal boat. The Romanesque Revival church was designed by Sidney M. Stone, a prolific and revered Connecticut architect who specialized in church architecture. The congregation and church became known as Central Presbyterian in 1901, when the Second and Westminster congregations merged. One of Columbus’ oldest religious buildings, the Central Presbyterian Church is listed in the (2 comments)
Survey: Buyers' decision based on 'feelings' Can You Feel Me! - 04/12/12 04:42 AM
Feelings do play a role in the home buyer decisionas many times a buyer makes up their mind before they walk into the front door based on feelings of the neighborhood Via Charles Stallions Real Estate Services: Survey: Buyers' decision based on 'feelings' Can You Feel Me! Buyers may create a list of want-to-see homes based on size and price, but they submit offers based on a home's "feel." Read more. The survey found 28 percent of women and 25 percent of men put more emphasis on their feelings about a home than they do on the layout, square footage or price. The (0 comments)
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Breaking Housing News | "Under-Water" Sellers At Epic Levels | Realtor REO and Short Sale Coaching - 04/09/12 05:10 AM
This post is from October 2008 but look how much of it is still true. I do believe the short sale and REO properties will continue to be a HUGE part of the market in 2012 and beyond Via Tim and Julie Harris (Harris Real Estate University): Yesterday on this blog we posted about the fact that many homeowners are in denial about their homes value. It seems that a majority of U.S. homeowners think their properties value is immune to the national real estate meltdown. At this point there should be no question that knowing how to do short sales is (1 comments)
2012 Easter Egg Hunts And Brunch In Orange County CA - 04/08/12 09:16 AM
Easter egg hunts abound Thai Easter Weekend. I have fond memories of finding a chocolate Easter egg in October and promptly unwrapping it and eating it! Via Gina Lemos-Orange County CA Real Estate Agent & Multi State Mortgage Bankers (North Orange County CA Real Estate Specialists): EASTER EVENTS IN ORANGE COUNTY CA Easter is just around the corner, and whether you're looking for a great place to take the kids for some fun and an Easter egg hunt or a delicious Easter brunch in a beautiful setting, you'll want to check out this list of Easter events taking place throughout Orange County, California in (2 comments)
Stop Poaching My Buyers - A Series on the NAR Code of Ethics (Part Eight) - 04/08/12 04:26 AM
Cal makes a good point in his recent blog post. I have many clients who use me as a listing agent but may use another " exclusive buyer representative" to help them purchase. Via The Living in Lancaster Group - Cal Yoder 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams Realty Lancaster): In the last post we discovered it is ethically wrong to take action inconsistent with exclusive agency relationships. In Pennsylvania, to establish an exclusive agency relationship, it must be in writing.Now we are going to probe article 16 of the National Association of Realtors Code of Ethics a bit more. In the second situation:Agent Jim and Agent (0 comments)
The Worm Has Turned - 04/06/12 12:44 PM
The Worm has turned also in Central Ohio also. I have had 3 offers on a home and it went in contract at list price. Right now I have 8 showings on a newly listed home and an offer in less than 3 days! This is fantastic news for Central Ohio and Clintonville home sellers!
Via Howard and Susan Meyers (The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore): The Worm Has Turned It’s been a long wait. There have been many “fits and starts”. We thought it might have happened several times over the past several years, only to be disappointed. This time it seems (1 comments)
Brooklyn Ain't Austin Ain't Jersey Ain't Vegas Baby - 04/06/12 01:23 AM
Philip hits it on the head in his recent blog post. Tip O'Neil said" All politics is local." I have said many times " All Real Estate is local" In the Central Ohio market ( approx 1.7 million population) customs vary from town to town even thought we are in the same MLS system Via J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY: All real estate is local. In Australia, they produce videos with strippers to advertise a house. In Manhattan, they don't use Lockboxes. Ever. In my market of Westchester County, New York, agents don't touch contracts- when an offer (1 comments)
“What will this house be worth five years from now?” - 04/05/12 07:53 AM
This is a great question that we all our asked over and over again. "I have no real answer however I will be glad to provide you yearly updates on values in the neighborhood should you chose to move forward on this home" is my reply! Via Richard Weisser Coweta Fayette Real Estate: It’s one of the questions that I am asked most often and it’s still the one of the few that I WON’T answer: “What will this house be worth five years from now?” There are variants, but only in the number of years. “Two years?” “Ten years?” You get the (2 comments)
Central Ohio and Clintonville market report February 2012 - 04/04/12 09:39 AM
Moderate to strong housing market The Columbus Board of Realtors says sales prices for central Ohio homes in February increased over the previous year, with the average sale price of $151,072. That was 7.3% higher than February 2011 -- and 5.7% higher than the previous month. This marks the second time in a row that Central Ohio housing sales increased. The 1,215 sales were an 8% increase over the previous month, and a 5% increase over February 2011. The Ohio Housing Market Confidence Survey indicates that 88% of central Ohio Realtors expect the Columbus market to remain moderate to strong in (0 comments)
A great time in Cleveland for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction! - 04/03/12 11:23 AM
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame InductionApril 7 – 14, 2012; Clevelandhttp://rockhall.com/ and http://www.positivelycleveland.com/guides/rockweek/Contact: (216) 781-ROCK The annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony returns to Cleveland for the first time since 2009 to honor those who have made significant strides in rock and roll history. The weeklong celebration will feature public concerts, special exhibits and events, and culminates with the induction of the latest members of the Rock and Roll hall of Fame. This year’s nominees include Guns ‘N Roses, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Eligible nominees must (3 comments)
Seller's BEWARE of the latest SCAM - Mortgage Audit - 04/03/12 05:31 AM
Suzanne makes a great point in her recent post. Beware of scams and let all your friends and clients know to be on the look out! Via Suzanne Gantner, GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR (Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate ): Many of you may have already heard of this but apparently I had not. My friend called me and said she had just received a letter from XYZ Mortgage Co. saying that she may be owed some money by her original Mortgage company and that she needed to call them immediately so they could do a Mortgage Audit. It then went on to (0 comments)
Our Sellers Are Electing NOT to Respond to Your Offer..... - 04/03/12 05:11 AM
Sally and David bring up a great point in their most recent blog post. The market is strong in many areas and low offers on well priced homes may not get a response from the seller. Via Sally & David Hanson WI Realtors Luxury\Short Sale\CDPE\ABR\e-Pro\REDS (Keller Williams 414-525-0563): Bring on the Sellabrations...the Buyers are Out ...the Buyers are Out ! It was an exciting weekend with multiple offers on several well priced properties.....and as you browse through MLS you see the "Active with Offer" indicators everywhere...HURRAY !!! Homes all dressed up and ready to sell...priced at appraisable prices...ARE selling....a wonderful (3 comments)
Bank Owned Homes in Knox County Ohio Delivered By Email - 04/02/12 05:04 AM
SAM makes good use of his Real Pro web site with this Bank Owned homes message. Distressed sales still represent over 30% of home sales in most markets and having a web site that features that is good marketing. Via Sam Miller - Knox County Ohio (RE/MAX Stars Realty): We recognize there can be some amazing opportunities available when a buying bank owned home. Our team has been working closely with banks, mortgage companies and other vendors who work with bank owned homes and this why we created Knox County Bank Owned. Our Knox County Bank Owned real estate website is designed as a (0 comments)
Fixer Upper Home in Mount Vernon Ohio JUST SOLD in Record Time - 04/01/12 04:46 AM
The sale of fixer upper homes to investors for rental purposes is a huge part of the market that a lot of Realtors over look. I usually sell around 12 of these type of homes every year. Via Sam Miller - Knox County Ohio (RE/MAX Stars Realty): Fixer upper homes and foreclosure homes remain a very hot segment of the Mount Vernon Ohio housing market. Many home buyers who are handy can take advantge of added value in these types of homes and they don't mind doing a little fixing up and redecorating in order to save thousands of dollars on the purchase. (1 comments)
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