agents: Agents Earning More Trust - 05/29/12 11:06 PM
CONGRATULATIONS to all of you - it appears your efforts are paying off. According to the most recent poll taken by Gallop Polls, the perceived ethics of real estate agents is at its highest level in many years. 
While agents' ethics still have relatively low ratings, numbers in the most recent poll show public perception of agents is at its highest level since the mid-1990s. According to the poll, ethics of real estate agents was rated:
Very high or high by 20% of respondents. Average by 57% of respondents. Low or very low by 22% of respondents. Leading the pack for perceived ethics are nurses, pharmacists, … (2 comments)

agents: Is Homeownership the Last Generation's Dream? - 05/09/12 01:29 AM
IS AMERICA OVER IT? Homeownership, I mean.
I'm just thinking out loud here, but perhaps the reason for the lackluster rebound from the market crash is that many Americans no longer have much of a taste for homeownership.
Still just thinking here, but why should they? After a couple of decades of deregulation, balloon payments, adjustable rates, mortgage backed securities and other schemes created by those in and outside the industry, I'm a bit surprised anyone is buying these days.
Yes, sales are inching upward. But they are nowhere near what they should be in many major markets. "Tepid" is the word I have … (0 comments)

agents: The End To Market Crash Still Nowhere In Sight - 05/06/12 11:53 PM
DESPITE OCCASIONAL numbers and wishful thinking that lead us to hope we are on the far side of the worst housing crash since the Great Depression, that appears to not yet be the case.
Apparently, surviving this crash is going to take yet more patience, much patience. And perhaps even a bit more creative thinking.
The bottom line? According to numbers released this past week by Standard and Poors, home prices fell 3.5 percent in February compared to last February.
In another report, sales of new single family homes dropped in March to the lowest level in four months. The reports are … (2 comments)

agents: Al-Qaida eyes Montana's Real Estate - 05/04/12 02:32 AM
AL-QAIDA has its terrorist eye set on Montana's mountains and the real estate that has been built here. 
In a Friday article posted in the Missoulian it was reported that Al-Qaida is suggesting to terrorists that they set wildfires in Montana. The suggestion comes in the Al-Qaida magazine Inspire.
The suggestion apparently was inspired by the bad fire season here in 2000 when wildfires burned nearly 1 million acres and numerous homes. The Inspire article, which includes instructions on how to build a fire bomb that could start the blazes, prompted warnings and promises from Montana law enforcement.
"We are an equal opportunity law enforcement agency," … (4 comments)

agents: Foreclosures are Up! Foreclosures are Down! - 05/02/12 12:54 AM
FORECLOSURES are up! Foreclosures are down! Oh my.
Numbers are fickle critters. First they will tell you one thing, then they say something different.
Take foreclosures for example. This week Reuters reported 69,000 completed foreclosures in March, 2012. Good or bad news?
That depends on what you compare it to. It is bad news because March's numbers are more than the 66,000 in the previous month of February. So, foreclosures are up!
But those March foreclosures in 2012 were less than last March when 85,000 foreclosures were completed. It is good news because year to year, there were fewer foreclosures during … (4 comments)

agents: Winner or Loser? Attitude Defines Where You Find Yourself - 04/30/12 03:06 AM
POSTED ON A WALL in our sales office is this question: Where Do You Fall?
The difference between winners and losers isn't just about how many sales a person makes. Following are 20 differences between winners and losers that we review here at Real Estate Pipeline to remind ourselves how to always act like a winner - regardless of how the last potential sale panned out.
I suspect the following list can serve all professionals well, regardless of the office they work in. So, I ask: Which are you, a winner or a loser?
A WINNER is part of the solution. A LOSER is part … (2 comments)

agents: Landlords: Do You Know What that Property is Being Used For? - 03/25/12 11:02 PM
IF YOU ARE a landlord of rental properties or manage those properties, you might want to take notice of an issue making news right now in Montana.
Nearly a decade ago, Montanans joined a growing number of states and passed a medical marijuana law. But while it may currently be legal in many states, under federal law it remains illegal across the United States.
Despite a well publicized memo from the Obama administration that seemed to indicate the federal government was deferring this issue to the states, actions seem to prove otherwise.
In Montana, for example, the long arm of the federal government … (4 comments)

agents: Cashing In On the Beauty - 03/11/12 11:21 PM
As a resident of Montana, I don't often need to be reminded of the importance of the natural beauty surrounding those of us living here. But a study just released illustrates just how important a pretty view can be for our economy.
Apparently, we can, at least to some extent, quantify in dollars and cents the value of a spectacular view.
According to a Michigan State University researcher, visitors to Glacier National Park in northwest Montana spend more than $100 million a year in the communities surrounding it. That spending supports nearly 1,700 jobs that are sorely needed in struggling communities like … (4 comments)

agents: Avoid at All Cost - 03/08/12 10:00 PM
Some time ago we interviewed agents who have been successful working referrals from our service and compiled their suggestions and insights into a brochure we call the "Learn and Earn." We then send that brochure to new agents who begin working with Real Estate Pipeline in hopes that it helps them find a higher level of success with our service.
Among the included information is that posted below. My thought in posting it here is the following information may be of service to all agents, regardless of how they first make contact with a potential client. Just remember, it is important what … (6 comments)

agents: 13,000 - No Big Deal. Wake Me When the Dow Passes 14,000 - 02/27/12 03:55 AM
"Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events." Albert Einstein.
THERE IS A LOT of chatter today about the Dow Jone Industrial Average climbing back above 13,000 as it briefly did last week. For many, it is a sign the economy is coming back, that good times are returning.
After all, times have been tough. But what we need to remember is that the last time 13,000 was a milestone, the Dow was dropping through it, not climbing above it. The stock market is graphic proof that what goes up can indeed come back down.
So, perhaps again reaching 13,000 is reason to … (2 comments)

agents: Why Aren't More People Buying? - 02/19/12 10:04 PM
Let's see if I have this straight:
Home prices fell in November and hover near recent lows: S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city report, rates for a fixed mortgage remain at an all-time low: Freddie Mac and more people can afford to buy a home now than in decades: NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.
The country's Gross Domestic Product continues to climb: Bureau of Economic Analysis and the stock market is at the highest level since 2008: Wall Street Journal.  
So, why aren't more people buying a home?
Is this yet something else we can blame on our financial institutions? I'm reading a lot of gripes about overly restrictive lending conditions facing potential homeowners as … (5 comments)

agents: Long-Term Relationships, not Instant Gratification, is what Real Estate is About - 02/15/12 06:00 AM
Relationships - you can't succeed without them. I'm thinking that is one hard fact we all have in common.
I work with an on-line lead generation service and developing long-term, productive relationships is the key to a decent paycheck. I just got to have them.
So, when I sign someone up to receive leads from our company, I make sure they have the number to the telephone on my desk and my e-mail address. I tell them if they get a closing out of the first lead we send them, I want to know about it. Or, if we send them a bad lead they … (2 comments)

agents: Agents' websites shouldn't be a challenge for consumers - 02/08/12 12:58 AM
I am not an expert on website design. But I am a person who spends a lot of time on agents' sites and I am similar to many of the consumers who also make their way to those sites. During my travels through hundreds of these websites, I've kept a list of things that make me crazy and probably make others crazy too.
Since many of your potential clients get their first impressions from the home page of your website, I was thinking you might want to know what some of the more common mistakes are that leave the rest of us shaking our … (3 comments)

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