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terrylynn fisher: Landlords Why don't you ask me about your tenants? - 01/09/10 01:24 AM
Landlords why don't you ask me about your tenants? I am always curious why landlords don't check references. I always call the previous landlord and the one before that, when screening tenants for a rental property. I am curious as to the reason the tenant's are moving, what rent they are paying, how long they've been there and if there have been any issues with pets (they apply saying no pets often and then Fido pops up when they've moved in) or neighborhood complaints. Why do I ask, well mainly most people are honest and tell the truth but there are (4 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Choosing a tenant - Do you view your credit with contempt or respect? - 01/04/10 04:58 PM
Do you view your credit with contempt or respect? This economy has taken it's toll... It's an interesting time. Years ago, a poor credit score, a bankruptcy or foreclosure made it virtually impossible to find a place to rent. These days a short sale, foreclosure and/or bankruptcy are common place as are low credit scores. People in those positions do need quality rental housing. As a Realtor who manages rental properties for clients we analyze the credit scores, bankruptcy, short sale and foreclosure issues with an open mind. After all, bad things happen to good people. It's what they do with (6 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Composting 101 - What NOT to put into a compost bin. - 01/01/10 03:28 AM
Composting 101 - What NOT to put into a compost bin. A double sided brochure sponsored by the University of Minnesota teaches in a nutshell about why to compost - because 30% of organic waste is cluttering our landfills. Because landfills are cluttered with other non compostable products, the organic waste gets trapped and does not compost but often turns into methane gases. The same organics in a compost system can turn into fresh, rich amendment to garden and soil in your yard, save landfill space, eliminate some of the methane gas pollution in the landfill. It is easier than you (8 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Loan modifications rise 69 percent in third quarter! Is the end of the tunnel in sight? - 12/31/09 01:51 AM
The HAMP loan is finally taking off...(Home Affordable Modification Plan) US Department of Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) www.occ.gov reported that Loan modifications rise 69 percent in third quarter. Apparently there were more than 680,000 home loan modifications and payment plans in the third quarter of 2009, a 69 percent increase over with the second quarter. This is really good news. In addition the report states in part that servicers provided close to 274,000 trial modification plans under the "Home Affordable Modification Program" (HAMP) during the third quarter. I remember recently seeing reports that some lenders had only done (0 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Are you a Realtor that your clients have to endure? - 11/30/09 12:47 PM
Are you a Realtor that your clients have to endure? Helping my senior citizen mom purchase a car this weekend was quite a reminder about people in sales. The experience at the different dealerships seemed to have a theme. OLD SCHOOL - The slick haired, fast talking, patronizing, cigarette smoking HIGH pressure sales person (sorry guys, usually men). He greeted us at the car, started bonding (he thought) immediately by asking us personal questions which were very off putting. He told us his story about needing to buy a car himself and if he just won the contest and sold enough cars, (12 comments)
terrylynn fisher: More IRS Help for distressed homeowners...how's it working for your clients? - 11/15/09 01:11 AM
Help for the distressed homeowners started with the 2009 tax filing season. These three options take away the previously inflexibility of the IRS as far as negotiation with homeowners. IF you qualify for one or more of these you could obtain serious tax relief from the IRS. See what I mean? Hopefully as diligent Realtors we are advising our clients to seek the services of a CPA, tax attorney, etc, before making decisions that could affect their property and liability, as this sounds hopeful for many. "Internal Revenue Service News Release (January 6, 2009) The Internal Revenue Service today kicked off the (7 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Tax Credits, the IRS says it's so. - 11/15/09 12:47 AM
The Cost of going Green (Sustainable) just keeps getting more affordable. Did you know that per the IRS news release on 10/28/09 "Energy-Saving Steps This Year May Result in Tax Savings Next Year". The notice goes on to say: "Home Energy Credits Updated 10/28/09 The Internal Revenue Service today reminded individual and business taxpayers that many energy-saving steps taken this year may result in bigger tax savings next year. The recently enacted American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 contained a number of either new or expanded tax benefits on expenditures to reduce energy use or create new energy sources. Tax (5 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Free coupons from local (Concord, California) businesses available online! - 11/07/09 04:10 PM
www.BuyConcord.netBuy Concord was created to encourage residents to purchase their products and services in Concord. In this economy, it is good to support your local businesses. The categories include: Apparel, Automotive, Electronics, Entertainment, Food, Floral, Furniture, Gifts, Health & Beauty, Home Improvement, Hotels, Jewelry, Pets, Professional Services, Restaurants and Sports. - Terrylynn has been a Realtor in Contra Costa County for over 32 years. She works with Diablo Realty in Walnut Creek and is consistently a top producer. Terrylynn is a local expert, please contact her for any Real Estate needs, or with a question about the area. (1 comments)
This is a short sale listing I took this past month. I know the lender will not give credit for repairs or clean up. This one needs both, and more. The a/c and dishwasher don't work, the disposal leaks. The walls are dinged, corners chipped and the paint is dingy, carpet stained, pet odor and stains (eek clothes pins provided at the door) and it's dirty, debri, cobwebs, etc. BUT I espouse (13 comments)
Go ahead, pull the plug!!! We are not so unlike many families. It's easy to judge, but consciousness comes one thing at a time. We've done some things like dual paned windows, solar, CFL's in the lights, but we ashamed to admit we just couldn't face getting rid of that dinosaur in the basement. We did it!!! And whew withdrawal was tougher before we pulled the plug than it has been after. Yes, we've been hearing that the old refrigerator in the garage is inefficient and uses too much energy... but it wasn't until the electric portion of our bill (6 comments)
Month, # of Units SoldSept. 09, 103Aug. 09, 96July 09, 123June 09, 89May 09, 88April 09, 81Mar. 09, 66Feb. 09, 51Jan. 09, 51Dec. 08, 86Nov. 08, 61Oct. 08, 104Sept. 08, 85 - Terrylynn has been a Realtor in Contra Costa County for over 32 years. She works with Diablo Realty in Walnut Creek and is consistently a top producer. Terrylynn (2 comments)
terrylynn fisher: The Best PR for the money? Please take our short questionnaire... - 09/05/09 04:22 PM
SO if you are having an event and need some PR, locally, regionally, nationally, internationally...who do you use? I know social media is great, but does it fill the bill for everything you do? Don't you need some press out there that is not related to your blog post? Can you count on social media to be your Press Release vehicle? I'm not sure, as I know after a while when I get ads and press releases about certain things that I've read, heard about before, I become less likely to click on them again and again, just because it's another class (2 comments)
You've rarely seen a short sale like this one! Wells Fargo 1st and 2nd... Upgraded 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with sparkling pool Kirkwood, on the Clayton border of Concord, near walking trail, shopping, library, Oakhurst Country Club and more. One level rancher with pool 1,926 square feet 4 bedrooms, 2 baths Updated kitchen, new countertops, breakfast bar, appliances and flooring Breakfast room with bay window alcove Formal dining room off large living room Family room with fireplace (stove not included) Skylight, high ceilings, laundry room Master wtih two closets and (2 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Save water AND money when washing your car in Contra Costa County - 09/04/09 01:48 PM
The Contra Costa Water District has teamed up with a group of "Smart Wash Car Wash" companies who recycle their water, care about the environment and are doing something about it. In addition, the water district has coupons on their website offering discounts. Sounds good to me! Locations of the Smart Wash Car Washes: Pinky's Klassy Kar Wash, 300 E. 18th Street in Antioch Trinity Car Wash, 3629 E. 18th Street in Antioch Brentwood Hand Car Wash, 4950 Balfour Road in Brentwood Dallas Shanks Chevron, 190 Griffith Lane in Brentwood Autopia Car Wash, 4548 Clayton Road in Concord Clayton Hand Car (0 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Recylcle your Unused Medication in Contra Costa County - 08/24/09 06:50 PM
The Central Costa County Solid Waste Authority (CCCSWA) has a drop off program for unused medication. If flushed or placed in the garbage, medication can pollute our waste water, the receiving waters of the San Francisco Bay, the leacheate from landfulls and groundwater, etc. If expired or unused medications are left in the home, there is concern about the wrong person getting into them. The CCCSWA's drop off points are: Walnut Creek City Hall (next to the police kiosk in the lobby), 1666 Main Street in Walnut Creek. Contra Costa County Sherrif's Field Operations Building, 1980 Muir Road in Martinez. Contra (14 comments)
Dan of Energized Seller interviewed me last week on my thoughts about using a Realtor. Having been one for 32 years, putting that experience into a 90 second clip was challenging. I realized there were three key points... let me know what you think. Terrylynn Fisher, Realtor 925.876.0966 cell 925.887.6614 fax Email Terrylynn Terrylynn-n-Team.com StagersLIST Expo DRE # 615420 (6 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Why should I use a Realtor to sell my house? - 07/31/09 07:25 PM
The answer might surprise most people. Most will say, "Just sell my house", but how we do that is the question. Marketing of course is a big piece of the equation. It is a given that we must be competent. Realtors with alphabet soup (those initials after their name) believe that their specialties serve their clients well because they have added specific knowledge and education that helps their clients achieve their goals. Some of the designations and specialties are SRES Senior Real Estate Specialist, CRS Certified Residential Specialist, E-Pro, Luxury Homes, LGLS CP Live Green, Live Smart Certified Professional, EcoBroker and many (15 comments)
terrylynn fisher: 3021 Cleveland Place in Antioch, CA, Offered at $179,950 - 07/02/09 04:03 PM
This home is a short sale and subject to lender approval. One loan through Washington Mutual. Lender says bring offer and submit. This is not your average short sale... dual paned windows, tile flooring, tile countertops, 6 panel doors, ceiling fans, removed acoustic ceilings. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths 1421 square feet Family room with fireplace Spacious living room Yard with decking Central heat and air conditioning Double attached garage Cul-de-sac location Assisgned schools are (buyer to verify availability):Mission ElementaryPark IntermediateAntioch High Visit www.ClevelandPl.com 8-30-09 UPDATE, three offers, lender has stalled foreclosure and it's been 6 weeks with three offers in and (3 comments)
terrylynn fisher: eco-fi indoor/outdoor rugs from Costco - 05/22/09 04:42 PM
While shopping at Costco last night, I came across these indoor/outdoor area rugs (6' x 9' for about $22). Last year the rug I used was less than clean after the wet feet from the pool and sprinklers. I decided to purchase 2 that seem better for the outdoors (mold resistant). These rugs were made by ozite using eco-fi(TM), which is high-quality polyester fiber from 100% post-consumer recycled bottles. According to the packaging, each rug saves 50+ bottles from landfills. These are not the fanciest looking rugs, however they are perfect for under my sitting areas in the back yard. They (18 comments)
terrylynn fisher: Aren't you tired of hearing... - 05/05/09 02:38 AM
I just finished reading the blog post by Ed Rybczynski "Words you shouldn't use"http://activerain.com/blogsview/1061636/Words-that-you-shouldnt-use As well as And/or Value added Net-net Out of pocket were just some of the words and phrases that are overused and when overused loose their impact. I totally agree. The interesting thing about overusing a phrase is that it becomes cliche' to the point of losing it's effectiveness with the client. The death of the presentation is when they glaze over and have heard the phrase so many times that they just don't believe any of you can perform on what it says. For example, the (59 comments)
Real Estate and Staging and how it can enhance a seller's ROI (Return on Investment). I can advise on what makes a difference to your bottom line. Buyers like my analysis of seller's strategies to assist them in buying smart. www.terrylynn-n-team.com
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