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New U.S. Home Sales Rose by 11 Percent in June - 07/28/09 05:42 AM
Finally some good news on a national level. If people start selling their homes in other parts of the country it will definitely help Texas real estate. The job market is so much better in Texas and should bring in a lot of relocations, but the first step is getting people out of their homes elsewhere. New U.S. Home Sales Rose by 11 Percent in June The government says new U.S. home sales rose by the largest amount in nearly nine years last month, in another sign the housing market is finally bouncing back from the worst downturn in decades. (2 comments)
Recent Federal Legislation Can Impact Your Closing Date! - 07/27/09 10:58 AM
When completing your Purchase Agreement, even if you are prepared to move forward and close quickly, a more conservative timeframe of at least 30-45 days from the time of the contract acceptance would be a more realistic expectation at this time. Listed below is information on two pieces of legislation that stand to impact your closing date, and a few bullet points that explain the reasoning behind and effects of each measure. HVCC: Home Valuation Code of Conduct HVCC was designed to ensure that appraisals are conducted objectively and without pressure from parties with an interest in the transaction. Under HVCC: (2 comments)
The Report Card of Life - 07/16/09 06:24 AM
Our Life Report Card - It can seem harsh to think that every aspect of our life is reporting back to us like grades on a report card as to how well we are doing in living and applying the universal rules governing all that we are creating in our life.In my early years of elementary, middle, and high school I was not a particularly good student. My report cards definitely reflected this fact. “Robert, you can do anything you put your mind to, if you would just put your mind to something…anything!” was the common plea of my parents at (2 comments)
Making More Money with Your Own Content - 07/15/09 03:32 PM
Can social marketing be profitable ? For affiliate marketers, webmasters, bloggers, and others, writing unique and useful content is the primary way of promoting themselves, their products, and services online. Writing good content that gets readers, develops a following, or prompts a desired action takes time. This investment pays off primarily in the long term, with little immediate reward. For anyone striving to find success online, it's a quick lesson to learn, that efficiency and getting the most out of the work you perform is paramount. Many writers turn to sites that will pay them for the content that they write, (2 comments)
The Buyer’s Journey - 07/15/09 05:07 AM
The Sales Cycle is dead. It has out lived its usefulness. Why? Because the sales cycle is all about us and our interests and not about the customer or his/her interests. The sales cycle is something that we do to the customer and not for the customer. We have all seen sales cycles that were driven by internal factors such as making the end of the quarter number or additional discounts designed to stimulate demand to offset a short fall in sales. This is about us and not them. Consider the various steps of the sales cycle: Prospecting, Qualifying, Needs Identification, (13 comments)
Poison Ivy Cures - 07/13/09 09:05 AM
The following are weird but true and tested ways to cure a case of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Witch hazel is economical. It happens to be a great way to dry out the skin and prevent the rash from itching. Simply dab some on a cotton ball and apply to affected areas a couple of times a day. Tape. Most any kind will do, though the stronger the tape you use, the better. Be careful of areas that have hair, as this can hurt. For the face this is terrifically effective. Take the tape, duct tape is best (2 comments)
The Clock Is Ticking... - 07/11/09 09:01 AM
Important Dates Home Buyers Need to Know About "There's no place like home," so the famous saying from The Wizard of Oz goes. And this year, that saying applies to many new home owners, as first-time home buyers (FTHBs) have accounted for 53% of total residential real estate purchases during parts of 2009. For those of you who have already bought a home, congratulations. For those of you still waiting, this is a call to action: It's time to get moving. While it's true that the best environment home buyers have ever seen may have been from January to late May (0 comments)
Tips for Finding Affordable Health Insurance - 07/08/09 06:19 AM
Affordable Health Insurance - The Tips It can be a daunting task to find affordable health insurance especially if you are self employed or have a family that's not covered on your health plan at work. In addition to this, if you have a pre-existing condition, you are in real trouble because in most cases it will not be covered at all. One of the best ways to get affordable health insurance is with a group plan and this is normally done through an employer. That employer generally pays some or even all of the insurance cost for the employee but (7 comments)
Is Mortgage Forgiveness the Answer ? - 07/07/09 06:01 AM
Some housing experts say the next logical step for helping home owners with negative equity is loan forgiveness. Home owners with no equity stake and no likelihood of having one anytime soon are increasingly likely to walk away. Some theorize that curbing that trend is the only thing that will stabilize the market. The nonprofit Milken Institute has devised a plan that would use Fannie Mae to refinance underwater loans with government money. Under the plan, a private lender would provide the money for the value of the home and the U.S. Treasury would issue a second, interest-only loan for the (1 comments)
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