jim paulson: Example of a bank email scam - 08/25/11 10:17 AM
If you do much online, you probably get your share of online scams.  Some of them do a pretty effective job of spoofing the email addresses of major companies.  Some of them scape logos and images to make them look really official.
 

 
I had to laugh at this one today since it says it is regarding my Chase account, yet they used a Bank of America spoofed email address.  If they didn't make this glaring mistake, you could still typically "mouse over" their lnks to see if they actually to to what they say their are going to. 
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jim paulson: Member Spotlight - Jim Paulson - 05/23/11 01:33 AM
I was shocked this morning (May 23, 2011) as I read my email and read my ActiveRain Newsletter.  At the very bottom in the Member Spotlight is someone I have known for nearly 50 years.

 
I am not sure how and why ActiveRain decided to spotlight me, but I am glad that I read my emailed newsletter.
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jim paulson: The best real estate agent to hire in Eagle, Idaho - 01/07/11 06:13 PM
Eagle, Idaho is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.  Due to the affluent nature of the people living in Eagle, the expectations of the city services and amenities is unparalleled in the Treasure Valley.
You should expect this superior level of service from your Realtor in Eagle, Idaho.  Here is a quick list of things you should consider when selecting an agent.  If you want to hire the best real estate agent in Eagle, Idaho; you should consider the following:
·         Credibility:  Jim Paulson is the owner and designated broker of Progressive Realty Corporation which is an A+ accredited … (2 comments)

jim paulson: List of Boise Idaho Builders and Weekly Boise Builder Blog by Jim Paulson Certified New Home Specialist Boise, Idaho - 01/03/11 12:58 AM

Since I have personally closed homes with over 50 separate builders in Ada County, and am a Certified New Home Specialist, I decided to write a weekly blog that will highlight some of the builders here in the Boise area. As you will see, there are a lot of unique elements to working with a builder, so it is imperative that you work with an experienced
I will provide details on a little background on the builder, where they are currently building and let you know what homes they currently have available. The link I provide will be a dynamic … (3 comments)

jim paulson: November 14 2010 Ada County Real Estate Update - Residential - 11/14/10 02:12 PM
Current snapshot of the local Boise Idaho real estate market.
There are currently 2,730 residential listing offered for sale in Ada County (not counting to be built listings, mobile homes, manufactured homes, condo's, townhouses or acreage properties).
Although that sounds like a lot, we have successfully closed 5,129 so far this year.
That means there is currently about a six month inventory of homes for sale.
Interesting observations include:
Average sold price was $183,736 Average list price of sold properties was $188,656 Average list to sold price ratio was 97.39% Average days on market was 87 When you compare this to the current inventory … (0 comments)

jim paulson: ESPN College Game Day in Boise Idaho for BSU vs. Oregon State Sept 25, 2010! - 09/22/10 11:15 AM
Once again the Boise State Broncos are helping to put Boise Idaho in the national spotlight.  This time it is thanks to ESPN choosing Boise as the host for College Game Day on September 25th.
All of Boise is a buzz about the extra hype and media coverage.  Local sports bars are thinking since this is an all day event that their sales will out perform those of the last weeks win against Virginia Tech and even beyond both Fiesta Bowl Wins.
The gates to the stadium will open up bright (?) and early Saturday morning at 5:30 AM.  Broadcasting for … (2 comments)

jim paulson: REALTOR Technology Spotlight Award Finalists for 2010 - 09/19/10 06:36 AM
The Center for REALTOR® Technology (CRT) has narrowed down it's entries for it's Technology Spotlight Award for 2010.  I am extremely honored to be on the list with such amazing company.
Here are the 21 Finalists for the 2010 REALTOR® Technology Spotlight Award
Joe Ballarino, Amerivest Realty (Naples, FL) Michael Bentson, Keller Williams Realty Professionals   (Slidell, LA) Michael Bustamante, Greater Albuquerque Association of REALTORS® (Albuquerque, NM) Brian Copeland, Village Real Estate Services (Nashville, TN) Mike Cotrill,  Greater Tulsa Association of REALTORS®  (Tulsa, OK) Mark Flavin,  Bay East Association (Pleasanton, CA) Angela Harkins, Angela Harkins & Associates RE (Westford, MA) Joseph Himali, Best Address Real Estate LLC (Washington, DC) Mike  Koval,  Long and Foster (Rockville, MD) Jeffrey Lobb,  Exit Towne & Country … (2 comments)

jim paulson: Ada County Idaho Home Sales Analysis - 08/31/10 04:46 PM
I was in a Surround Sound meeting in Boise, Idaho today when a few questions were raised about the strength of our market compared to the national averages.  Since there was a number of different opinions as far as where the market really was, I pulled some statistics to see for myself.
I searched all of Ada County (Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Star and Kuna) and only looked at Single Family Residential Listings, Townhouses and Condos.  I was pleased to see that through July 15, we had already closed 3,506 properties (I didn't include a few properties that didn't report a sold … (2 comments)

jim paulson: Active Rain Leaderboard - I finally made the top 10 for Idaho Realtors! - 08/20/10 06:53 PM
I really enjoy the time on ActiveRain and it is really starting to pay off for me.  Just this week, I have had two Realtors contact me for referrals including a listing in South East Boise and an investor coming to town tomorrow.
I finally broke the top 10 list for Realtors in Idaho on the AR Leaderboard as well.  I am honored to be a featured agent in both Ada County and for Boise!

I like the Leaderboard format since I can see how I rate among my peers for my blog post to feature ratios.  There is one … (20 comments)

jim paulson: Basic real estate economic principles - don't generalize the market - specialize and define it! - 08/20/10 07:24 AM
As the owner/broker of Progressive Realty Corporation in Boise, Idaho and as the 2010 President of the Ada County Association of Realtors, I am always being asked "Have we hit the bottom?".  My answer is typically "The bottom of what?".
All real estate is local and each home, or property, is unique!  I won't make such broad statements about the market since that tends to commoditize our industry.  Here in the Boise, Idaho area, I have seen some areas begin to appreciate while others decline.  
It really boils down to basic economic principles.  The mass media is always focusing on "macro economics" and … (5 comments)

jim paulson: Beware of the accuracy of real estate website portals! (Part 2) - 07/18/10 08:58 AM
I just posted an article on this and now it is time to dig even deeper into the differences of some of the online consumer portals.
 
 
 
When I went to Cyberhomes, they had a link called "About our data".  When I clicked it, I got this message:
 
I was not able to do a specific valuation on the home but they did use "heat maps" and ranges of data.
 
On Homes.com, their disclaimer says it all:
"The home values presented above are based on public record sources where available, or �calculated estimates� based on available information … (3 comments)

jim paulson: Business Darwinism - If you don't evolve you will die! - 07/11/10 05:44 AM
I have always been intrigued by the creation vs. evolution theories that are out there.  It doesn't matter at this point how we got here, but if we don't want to go the way of the dinosaurs, we better think about how we might want to "evolve" our business models.  
For example, when I attended Boise State University in the early 1980's to get a degree in Marketing, Google didn't even exist.  The God(s) had not yet created it.  Google evolved from a Larry Page and Sergey Brin's "Digital Library Project" when they were Stanford University graduate students.  Back then I … (4 comments)

jim paulson: Flexible 2291 sq. ft. 3-5 bedroom new home near Boise, Idaho only $167,990! 1046 Chalkboard - Kuna, Idaho - 05/30/10 07:29 AM
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jim paulson: Consumer Credit Debt Finally Declining In US! - 09/14/09 08:22 AM
I was initially surprised to hear the Federal Reserve claim that consumer credit debt fell in July of this year by $21.6 billion which is an annual rate of 10.5%!  It was the biggest decline since record keeping began in 1943.
After I thought about it, I realized that the credit tightening and write downs of existing debt probably both had a lot to do with these numbers, not just consumer spending habits and desires.
Just another $2.47 trillion to go before we balance the consumer debt in this country!  
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jim paulson: Employer Assisted Housing Programs - 09/06/09 06:33 AM
I just got certified to teach the "Home From Work" (TM) program for the National Association of Realtors.
This program consists of three major components:
Home Buying Workshops; One on One Counselling; Financial Incentives. The Benefits to the employer are referred to as the "8 R's":
Recruitment Retention Revitalization Return Relationships Reduced commuting Recognition Right thing to do Some of the benefits offered to the employee can consist of:
Education of where to go for down payment/closing cost programs Grants Matched savings plans Forgiveable loans Deferred or repayable loans NAR is adjusting this program and will probably be changing the name … (1 comments)

jim paulson: The ultimate marketing guide and time management tool! - 05/06/09 02:45 AM


Are you brave enough to see if your legacy stands the test of time?  Will you have left your mark on the world.  Yes, my friends, Google will tell your legacy so start planning it today!
 
 
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jim paulson: Proof that Swine Flu started in England in December 1976! - 04/30/09 08:03 PM
As Realtors, we need to be on the bleeding edge to understand new technologies and changes in our environment.  One supposidly new change is the re-emergence of Swine Flu.
I knew I had heard of this years ago, so I went to   and found the history for you.
 
It appears that this was only one of many works which were actually a collaboration created by several cult style members of a group co founded by Roger Waters and Syd Barrett in England in 1965.    According to Wikipedia,  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Waters, "Barrett's deteriorating mental health led to increasingly erratic behaviour, rendering him unable to continue … (5 comments)

jim paulson: Do you know what "HOMES" stands for? - 10/23/08 05:17 AM
I am in a Leaderhip Training Seminar for the Idaho Association of Realtors and they taught me this after 17 years in the industry.  For those of you that are also in leadership positions in our industry, hopefully you will take this to heart as well.
 
HOMES
Helping
Our
Members
Engage
Sincerely

 
 
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jim paulson: The RE0/BPO model is horribly broken (for the bank & the Realtor)! - 10/12/08 05:04 AM
 
 
I have read lots of posts on Active Rain and elsewhere about BPO’s and the REO market in general.  I started wondering what the fiduciary duty these companies have to their clients (the lending institution).  Do they have to disclose that they are charging:
fees to the Realtors to join their sites to have an “opportunity” to learn if there even are BPO’s in our area; Fees to have access to state or local level data; Fees to buy access to territories like cities or zip codes (with who knows how many other agents doing the same thing); Training … (8 comments)

jim paulson: GOOG411 = Jim's tech tip of the month - October 2008 - 10/08/08 02:21 PM
I almost feel guilty offering Google two positions in a row; however they keep coming up with cool stuff.
My technology tip of the month for October is to use Google Mobile (Goog411) on your cell phone.  Why call the operator and pay a surcharge to have them connect the call when you can call 1-800-GOOG411 for free?

 
If that isn't cool enough, why not ask them to send you a text message of their number?
Still not cool enough, then have then send you a map.
I am starting to wonder if the historians will have three major … (5 comments)

 
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Jim Paulson would like to be your Realtor. He is the Past President of the Idaho Chapter of the Council of Residential Specialists (2014) also the Past President of the Ada County Association of Realtors (2010). Jim has nearly 25 years being a licensed Idaho Realtor. Jim Paulson is a member of the Greater Boise Chamber of Commerce and he is the owner and broker of Progressive Realty Corporation which is an A+ accredited business with the Better Business Bureau. Jim is one of the few Realtors in Boise Idaho that has earned the "top producer" designation in excess of ten times in his career so he is a proud to be honored as a Lifetime Member of the Circle of Excellence by the Ada County Association of Realtors. Before you hire a Realtor, be sure to interview Jim Paulson and compare the difference 25 years of experience selling Idaho real estate makes! http://www.IdahoMLStours.com Http://www.Progressive-Realty.info


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