real estate: Floor Plans Are Changing - 05/14/14 08:45 AM
There once was a time when open spaces ruled homes. People could socialize from one end of the house to the other, but recently that has been changing.
People are beginning to desire separation and designated rooms again - especially for the kitchen and dining room.
In an age where cooking dinner meant you were watching primetime television that was playing all the way across home in the living room, it is nice to see that people are wanting to designate their time and focus on what is before them.
Having a separate kitchen is also a plus if you are one to entertain … (0 comments)

real estate: Cold Fronts & Real Estate. - 11/20/13 05:34 AM
Winter months, in many states, slows down life immensely. It seems much harder to peel yourself out of bed, and even your vehicle takes more time to reach operating temperatures.
What does the cold mean for buyers and sellers though?
Winter sure doesn't seem like the optimal selling time, but it sure seems like a great time to buy.
"The best month to make an offer on a house is January. Fewer buyers are willing to house-hunt during cold, nasty weather, so there’s less competition and few, if any, bidding wars. Sellers also tend to be more motivated than they will be in the … (3 comments)

real estate: Is This the Beginning of the Good Times? - 06/27/12 10:42 PM
IF YOU FEEL a bit better about real estate in America, you have good reason. Judging from recent surveys and reports, conditions are slowly improving.
While everyone seems to agree the improvement will take time, there is a growing feeling that the worst is behind us.
As far as I am concerned, that is a good place for it. I speak with dozens of agents every day and I am hearing more often how they are busy, how business already has turned around.
Recent numbers seem to support that sentiment.  
Here's a few examples from one day this week:
Currently there are more … (5 comments)

real estate: Advertise on a Fire Truck? How About on a Manhole Cover? - 06/25/12 12:34 AM
CASH STRAPPED CITIES are making it easier for you to get your message out - and giving you another venue to spend your advertising dollars on.
Several cities in need of money are selling advertising space on manhole covers, fire hydrants and fire trucks, among other places. While the advertising probably won't raise enough enough money to solve the cities' financial woes, they could become novel ways to get your business name out there.
For example, in Baltimore, city officials are considering selling ads on the city's fire trucks; in Philadelphia public transportation fare cards already feature advertisements for McDonalds and ATT, and in … (4 comments)

real estate: Summer, hot dogs and bathing suits - 06/20/12 01:02 AM
“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it" ~ Russell Baker
IT SEEMS APPROPRIATE to me that the first day of summer comes on the longest day of the year - it gives us more time to enjoy it.
Today, June 20, 2012 will last for 23 hours, 56 minutes and four seconds. Nope, not 24 hours, but close.
Here's some facts you may not already know about summer.
Summer Astrological facts:
The Dog Days of Summer are between July 3 and August 11  and are named after the Dog Star (Sirius in … (8 comments)

real estate: Got Happiness? Here's Some Ways to Find Some - 06/08/12 01:45 AM
No, I didn't think so. Despite the fact we live in the wealthiest country in the world, we seem to have a hard time being happy.
In a recent ranking the United States didn't even make it into the top 10 for happiest countries.
Our neighbor, Canada, is ranked as the second happiest country in the world (behind only Denmark).
 I guess its true - money can't buy happiness.
So how do we become happier?
Well, plenty of people have studied such things and following is a bit of advice from those who claim to know:
Spend less … (0 comments)

real estate: Why Buyer's Agents Matter - 06/02/12 06:09 AM
APPARENTLY, sometimes even offering your services for free isn't enough.
I'm thinking out loud about a report by the National Association of Realtors that states that during November 2011, just 60 percent of the people who purchased a home were represented by an agent. Despite the fact a buyer's agent typically doesn't cost the consumer any money, two out of every five buyers decided to not seek the help of a real estate professional.
Much of the reason for that has to be a buyers ability to now find houses for themselves through the Internet. Let's face it; a buyer can … (1 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: At Real Estate Pipeline, reviews get our attention - 05/23/12 02:00 AM
AT REAL ESTATE Pipeline, reviews and comments on our blogs are watched carefully. After all, the point of blogging is to receive responses, which can be the beginning of an on-line relationship that can serve everyone well.
So I read with interest the comments on a blog I posted about the inequity of wealth seen here in the United States. For the record, arguing for fairness, or pointing our how a few manipulate the markets for great profits, is not the same as arguing for socialism or communism.
Still, thanks for the comments. Much of the fun with blogging comes from the comments and … (0 comments)

real estate: There's Plenty of Money - Too Few Just Have too Much of It - 05/20/12 10:55 PM

DOES ANYONE ELSE hear that sucking sound?
As I listened to pundits debate on the Sunday morning TV talk shows about how to jump start the stumbling economy, I kept hearing the sound of something valuable being sucked out of the system: money.  
Both Republicans and Democrats appear to be ignoring this background sound, instead preferring to argue about where to cut and how best to tighten our belts.
I don't know about you, but my belt already feels tight enough. And it seems like every time I read the news, I am reminded that there appears to be plenty of money to go … (7 comments)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: 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)

real estate: Bike, Walk or Bus - In Missoula It's Time Again to Encourage Healthy Transportation - 04/27/12 02:09 AM
SOMETIMES IT PAYS to leave the car at home. And if you live in Missoula Montana, sometimes it really pays to leave the car at home. That time is now.
Bike Walk Bus Week begins Saturday, April 28 and runs through May 5. For the next seven days in Missoula, those who opt to bike, walk or ride the bus are being rewarded by businesses throughout the community. And area organizations have plenty of fun planned along the way for those who stay out of their car.
Local businesses have been encouraging sustainable transportation through the weeklong event for the past … (0 comments)

real estate: Beware The Boom - 04/24/12 11:44 PM
BEWARE the oil boom. Real estate prices go through the roof, pipelines begin to dot the landscape and scams, residential complaints and crime become commonplace in what were quiet communities.
Examples of the downside to booming growth currently can be seen in eastern Montana and North Dakota, areas in the middle of the biggest boom they have seen in decades.
The on-going development of the Bakken oil fields has created tens of thousands of high-paying jobs and brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the small towns scattered across the area.
Some areas in North Dakota have reportedly seen their population jump … (6 comments)

real estate: Leveraging Emotional Triggers to Make a Sale - 04/20/12 01:57 AM
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.
This is my third posting of information taken from that brochure. My thought in posting it here is that much of that information may be of service to all agents, regardless of how they first make contact with a potential client. Following is … (4 comments)

real estate: Spring Cleaning in Missoula Focuses on Its River - Again - 04/19/12 01:30 AM
A RIVER still runs through the city of Missoula, Montana and folks here are once again preparing to spend a day making sure that while it's running it doesn't do so through litter and debris. 
For the ninth spring in a row, Missoulians will gather along the river to spend a morning picking littler from its banks. In return, the workers will get free coffee, a sense of community pride and clean river banks. Judging from the turnout every year, there are hundreds of city residents who feel they are adequately compensated for their efforts.
The Clark Fork River flows through the heart of Missoula … (0 comments)

real estate: A House With Room to Roam - or to Take a Long Hike In - 04/10/12 11:06 PM
As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big. Donald Trump
THIS IS A CASE of someone thinking a bit too big - or perhaps even a lot too big. It also is a case of even the rich sometimes not having enough money to build their dreams.
So far, David Siegel, the founder of Westgate Resorts, has spent 50 million on his mansion at Windermere, Fla. According to a recent article in Fortune magazine , the sprawling half-finished home has been put up for sale for a whopping $65 million (that is reduced from the $75 million that was being asked). … (2 comments)

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