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 One-owner home never offered before! Oak kitchen & bath in this well-maintained ranch. Lower level rec room and bath, range, refrigerator, washer, dryer, and air conditioner included. Vinyl siding, Garage, fenced yard, cul de-sac street. At $98,900, this one's smokin' hot! Ready to move in!  Fen...
03/20/2008
 Great Schools! Great Neighborhood! Now at $129,900! 3-Bedroom, 1 1/2 bath, 2-Stall Garage, Family Room with Fireplace, Central Air. Roof is eight years new. Sharp, sharp!  Low-traffic area with lots of mature trees, close to schools, shopping, easy commute to downtown (10 minutes). For more info...
03/11/2008
Today's news that every major worldwide stock exchange index is UP as a result of the news that the Federal Reserve, in conjunction with the European Central Bank, the Bank of Canada and the Swiss National Bank, has agreed to loan banks money in exchange for debt that includes slumping mortgage-b...
03/11/2008
One of the benefits of 20 years' experience in real estate is that very often, the market that you see today is one you've seen before.  2008 is not the first time interest rates have fluctuated rapidly -- up ,down, seemingly sidweays sometimes.I remember back in the early 1990's, we were seeing ...
03/09/2008
Recently, I mentioned my analogy that today's real estate market is like chasing a ball downhill.  If you catch up to it and try to pick it up, by the time you bend over, it's farther down the hill.  The only way to get the ball is to run out ahead of it and let it bump in to you.  Pricing proper...
03/09/2008
Internet marketing is not for everyone.  Let's talk sense about the internet and whether you should have a web site or not.1.  If you don't like using a computer, you're probably not going to enjoy prospecting via the internet.  Save your money.  Use it to buy calendars, post cards and engraved b...
03/04/2008
If you want to create an effective internet marketing strategy, hire someone with marketing knowledge first and internet knowledge second.  Think about the internet as a medium, like TV or radio. If you want to make a great TV commercial, you don't hire someone who knows how to build a TV, do you...
03/04/2008
Ever heard of the 3 Refrigerator Close?  I thought everyone knew that one but when I mentioned it in our morning sales meeting, I got several blank looks.  I learned it from one of those "old pros" who presented it with such mastery it left you spellbound.  While I can't claim his flair, it's sti...
03/04/2008
Yeah, what an awful market it is.  But -- lucky me -- I get to work with some really smart sellers who know that pricing to "leave a little wiggle room," doesn't bring offers, only lookers.  No, these sellers knew that if they priced their home at their no-dicker sticker, there would be several b...
02/21/2008
Don't miss it!  The First Annual Classic Homes Tour of Ottawa Hills & Iroquois area's most elegant classic homes. From the all-brick, columned architecture of a Southern Colonial (1572 Alexander SE) to the all-brick Tudor just down the street, or the tastefully-remodeled two-story on Fisk, to the...
02/21/2008
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