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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 $104,900, this one's smokin' hot! Ready to move in!  Fen...
Is your web site generating at least $25,000 in new business each year?  If not, read this!Many Realtors have a web site because everyone else does.  They have no clear idea what they want their web site to do for them or how to make their web site put real money in their pockets.In 2007, I gener...
HERE ARE SOME HANDY MOVING TIPSEasing the Transition to Your New Home Use the right boxes, and pack them carefully Professional moving companies use only sturdy, reinforced cartons. The boxes you can get at your neighborhood supermarket or liquor store might be free, but they are not nearly as st...
In Alice's first encounter with the Cheshire Cat, the cat points out the fundamental flaw in Alice's business plan.Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?The Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.Alice: I don't much care where.The Cat: Then it does...
Real Estate and Texas Hold 'em -- Are you "All-In?"A career in real estate is a lot like playing Texas Hold 'em.  One of the basic rules of the popular card game is "raise or fold."  That is, if you believe you hold a winning hand, raise the bet.  If you believe you have a losing hand, fold.  Thr...
Wow!  What an understatement, right?  Market time is longer than ever right now and as hard as we might try to get price reductions, sometimes it's just not possible.  So we sit with an unsaleable listing and try to forget about it.  No advertising.  No open houses.  Pretty soon, we don't even wa...
"When Logic Fails, Go to Emotion."We've all heard this advice ... (haven't we?): When logic fails, go to emotion.  The premise is good; if what you're doing isn't working, try something else.  Simple enough.But why begin with logic in the first place?  To quote a good friend, "Real estate is a dr...
If you want to get more listings, build your marketing plan and listing presentation to answer these questions.  If you don't, know this:  Your competition is. 21 Questions to Ask an Agent Before You Hire One.©Don PhelanCopyright 2003Finding a real estate professional that´s right for you require...
I wrote this several years back, but it applies today as well as it did then.Do you want to make more money in less time?  Better living through chemistry, that's the answer.  More to the point, that chemistry class you slept through  in high school or college could help you manage your time more...
In case you missed it last evening, CBS News 60 Minutes broadcast an excellent review of the economic impact sub-prime mortgages have had on today's U.S and worldwide economy. If you'd like to watch the video, click on: click on "House o...

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