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ActiveRain/Kodak Contest: What Makes A Good Sign? - 04/29/11 11:42 PM
Active Rain/Kodak Contest: What Makes A Good Sign? They say that the color orange is the most visible color in advertising, so following that logic, every real estate sign should be orange, right?I think there is more to it than that. The shape of the sign, how it is hung, graphic design, colors and the information on a sign all play into a good sign.
Information Matters But the BEST sign is one that has MY number on it! We still get a few deals every year from sign calls, and we want the numbers and web information to (8 comments)
Active Rain Kodak Contest ~ What Makes A Good Flyer? - 04/29/11 11:20 PM
Active Rain Kodak Contest ~ What Makes A Good Flyer? This is a topic near and dear to my heart. To say I obsess about Flyers is true. Just ask my husband. Just ask the Marketing Department at our company. Why do I do this? Because I am always on a quest to develop a better and more effective Flyer to market our properties. So - What Makes A Good Flyer? I think a flyer has to have good content, including photos and copy to be effective. In today's high tech market, I think a good flyer should have a (4 comments)
News Bulletin: Flip Cameras are defunct. The darling of the 2007-2008 tech industry shuttered its doors last week.News Bulletin: GPS sales were down 37% on Black Friday. Hammered, you might say. Who really needs a wrist watch or alarm clock anymore? Even way back in 2006, iPods and cell phones were taking market share from these time honored (pun intended) devices. Who needs a point and shoot camera? Olympus cameras posted a double digit slide in sales in 2010. New smartphones shoot HD pictures with the convenience of a text or email to send them around the world or post (18 comments)
A Short Sale is a Fire Sale ... without the Fire - 04/20/11 09:15 PM
Anyone contemplating or facing a short sale needs to read Judy Chapman's post. A short sale may not literally be a fire, but it may feel like a fire when going through it. Here are practical tips to help homeowners facing some tough decisions when they find their home is underwater and they need to sell. Via Judy Chapman (Koenig & Strey Real Living):
When it looks like you’ll lose your house to foreclosure, would you stand idly by and watch the bank take your home out from under you? Or would you try to fix the problem? Apply for a (4 comments)
Coldwell Banker's iPad App - 04/12/11 08:45 PM
Coldwell Banker was the first company to work with Apple to develop its own iPad App - just in time for the arrival of my iPad2! Here is a tutorial showing you some of the benefits of this cool new tool. Coldwell Banker offers the best of both in real estate - a respected, long term name brand, combined with cutting edge technology and a desire to stay one step ahead of the competition. They've done it again with this App straight from the developers of Apple and CB. (5 comments)
Paint Color and Lighting: Tips and Information - 04/07/11 11:58 PM
In the post below, Donna Dazzo has provided us with some tips I have never heard before about how to choose a paint color. Who knew about LRV? Read on to find out. Via Donna Dazzo Home Stager in the Hamptons & New York (Designed to Appeal, LLC): Recently I attended a Color and Lighting seminar for the trade at the Benjamin Moore showroom here in New York City, one of only three of their showrooms across the nation. As a home stager and interior redesigner, I often recommend paint colors to homeowners looking to "stage to sell" or "design to dwell", so (6 comments)
Don't we have to put 20% down? - 04/05/11 08:20 PM
Don't we have to put 20% down? This post is inspired both by Gene Mundt's post NO MORE RUMORS! Just the facts about downpayment requirements and this very question asked by the buyers I worked with today. Here is what I know about various downpayment options: 1. Conventional Financing - 5-10% downpayment; even 0% downpayment if you are a doctor, lawyer, CEO or CFO. This is a portfolio loan from a local lender. Conventional financing for condos or investment properties is 20-30% if the property qualifies for conventional financing. 2. USDA Financing - 0% downpayment; that's right, 100% financing is (8 comments)
Move a Wall without Construction Costs - 04/03/11 05:40 PM
Want to make your room look larger? Read on for Judy Klem's great post and visual examples. Homeowners and Sellers alike can benefit from reading Judy's blog. Via Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC): Move a Wall without Construction Costs No, it's not an April Fool's joke. You can make a small room appear a bit bigger while also adding a bit more dimension for the eye with this simple effect. Very low cost, very high impact - even when the change is fairly subtle.In a small room, push back one wall by painting it a (6 comments)
Not exactly the Lion from Surviving Your Serengeti but a regal species of fish native to the South Pacific and living as close to our shores as the Florida Keys, where it is becoming somewhat of a pest because of lack of natural predators. This Lion Fish resides in an aquarium in the Wolfson Children's Hospital in downtown Jacksonville. He is a welcome distraction to children waiting for medical procedures or doctors or nurses or their siblings. (13 comments)
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