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Agent Feedback Templet - 05/21/08 09:12 AM
If anyone has a agent feedback templet, I would appreciate a copy. Thanks. (0 comments)
Moan & Groan --Roanoke Valley Property - Comparison of 2006, 07 & 08 - 05/07/08 10:24 PM
Roanoke Valley - Virginia -Property Stats May May April 2006 2007 2008 Months of Inventory 6.84 11.5 18.05 New Listings 1.38K 1.46K 1.44K Sold Listings 693 547 375 Active Listings 4.74K 6.29K 6.77K The dollar value of active listings from May 2006 to May 2007 grew 32% and went up slightly in 08. The dollar value of new listings stayed relatively constant from 2006 to 2008. Because the number of sold listings went down about 46%, the months of inventory have nearly tripled. So OK the market has turned -- do we moan and groan or change our marketing strategies. This (0 comments)
When a Client Moves a Doublewide - 05/07/08 08:56 PM
We sold several houses for a client--all properties were well built and high end. The client purchased a lot and it happened to have a doublewide on it and they asked us to sell the property. When we listed it, the address was different -- they said they moved it to another lot. We assumed the lender did not know about the move and were very concerned about the financing aspect. Well, someone was looking over us, an elderly women ran off the road and ran into the middle of the doublewide and to top it off the owner became a REALTOR. So we (2 comments)
2405 Stony Fork Road, Moneta, VA - Bedford Co - 05/06/08 09:36 PM
This is an example of the reasonable prices in the Smith Mountain Lake area. This home is off water and for sale for $238,900. It is situated on 5+ acres and the taxes are approximately $1,330 a year. Travel to a launch site is about 10 minutes. The neighbors have similar acreage. Location is key - about 20 minutes to Lynchburg, 10 minutes to Bedford, 20 minutes to Roanoke, and 10 minutes to Westlake shopping area. You can see more of our lisitings on thevanteam.com (0 comments)
Better to have no presentation than a poor one - 05/06/08 07:55 PM
We attended a lunch and learn session today and I was very disappointed. The presentor provided lunch (which was a nice benefit) and was selling a product that we use for most of our listings. We know the product because we use it so much, but others in the room did not. The presentor should not have wasted her time. The presentor sat is a chair about 5 feet from us and asked what we wanted to know about it. For those that knew little about the product, it would have been beneficial to provide each person a copy of the brochure and present an overview (3 comments)
Need input on Roxio Easy Media Creator suite 10 - 05/06/08 07:41 PM
The subject software is one of the latest media products for capturing video from your digital video camera for creating customized DVDs and uploading to my space. We have a JVC digital video camera model GR-DVL805U. When I connect the recorder to the computer the software will not allow me to take control of the camera to capture the video. It appears to recognize the camera and the screen pops up to capture the recording of the video, but none of the controls can be activitated to play and record off the camera to the computer. I have tried connecting to (0 comments)
If your sellers don't get real with the price - 05/03/08 10:09 PM
I met with two prospective clients this week and both were unrealistic about the price. One had to sell because of government liens and the other just made the wrong move when they retired and want to move on. When I first started in this profession, I just wanted to get the listing and figured I'd get the clients to come down on the price later. I soon learned that advertising a property that won't sell because it is not priced right is just a waste of my time. If I cannot get an obligation to lower the price after 30 days (5 comments)
Kaseys Lakeview Dr, Moneta -Waterfront - 05/03/08 09:04 PM
The price of waterfront homes on Smith Mountain Lake depend largely on the slope of the lot, water depth, and location on the lake--and of course, the home. Bedford County allows for weekly rentals, where Franklin County does not. Rent the two trailers on this waterfront lot and gain income when not using them yourself. This lot has 256' of shoreline w/deep water and is located near the hub of activity at the Hales Ford Bridge in Moneta, VA. $449,000. (0 comments)
Aerial Views for Marketing-Smith Mountain Lake, VA - 05/03/08 08:47 PM
Marketing a high end home with a front entrance that is less than dramatic is difficult. I had a professional photographer take the initial pictures because I knew it would be a difficult to capture the beauty of the home. The results were disappointing. I then hired one of our fellow community REALTORs (also a professional photographer) to take an aerial shot. The result was fantastic, the size of the house, the view of the water and location was really captured by the aerial shot. The cost was under a $100-of course, this is Smith Mountain Lake where life is good and prices (0 comments)
Marketing -- Stand out from the Crowd - 05/03/08 04:38 PM
Wayne and I are boating safety nuts. When we lived in the Washington DC area, we were very active members of the Power Squadron and were part of the committee that put on boating safety courses. A few years ago, there was a very serious accident at Smith Mountain Lake (our new home) and it stimulated a lot of discussion about boating safety. As we discussed the topic with friends, we tried to think of things that we could do to contribute to the safety on the lake. We decided that a boat docking course would be ideal and the "in-water boat"show in (5 comments)
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