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2007 

My family and I were in Tampa Florida this past weekend looking at colleges for my daughter.  we did quite a bit of driving around the area.  I noticed plenty of for sale signs in the area.  I also noticed these houses were very pricey.  I don't believe i could afford a house similar to what i li...
10/22/2007

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How does one rid themselves of PMI with falling home values.1 You have to be in the home two years.2 You will need an appraiser to appraise your home.3 You will need 20% equity.  If you know you don't have this don't get an appraisal yet.4 Point out any thing you added since you purchased your pr...
10/17/2007
My broker has quite a few listings in St. Bernard parish in Louisiana.  This area was devastated by Katrina.  You would never know it by the houses that have been redone.  I believe the only original pieces are the slab and the frame.  All new wall, granite countertops, refridgerators, you name i...
10/17/2007
Here is a nice house in the Eden Isles that is gorgeous.  This home has a great view of the 6th green of the Oak Harbor Golf Course.  This home was completely redone after Katrina.  Features an oversize master bedroom located upstairs for complete privacy.  Backyard is bulkheaded and overlooks th...
10/16/2007
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I have this listing in Eden Islesin Slidell Louisiana.  I have this house priced very well for the area.  I have had several potential buyers go through the house.  Problem is I keep hearing the same thing.  The clients all prefer the higher ceilings instead of the lower ceilings in this house.  ...
10/15/2007
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I have noticed an increase in activity at one of my listings in Eden Isles in Slidell.  This is a nice waterfront community that suffered heavy damage from hurricane Katrina.  Most of the homes have been repaired and are now inhabited.  This community is about 30 miles north of the city of New Or...
10/14/2007
I see many homes in my area for sale.  I recognize some of the names as big area producers and others I have never heard of before today.  This brought me to wonder.  What really sells a house, price or the agent.  I truly believe it is the price more than anything.  I know some of you disagree. ...
10/10/2007
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Yep thats right, jury duty.  I love how they tell you it's your civic duty to serve jury duty.  Yea right.  First thing I did was fill out an index card why I shouldn't be there.  I guess the judge read it, no dice.  Darn what can I do now?  What the heck, time to talk real estate and pass out my...
10/08/2007
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I am one for some time have really thought you are hurting yourself in the long run by cutting your commissions.  Do you see the owners cutting their prices.  I bet not much.  How are you going to pay for advertising if you don't have a cushion to absorb the costs.  You are never ever going to be...
10/07/2007
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We are hosting an open house this Sunday in Chalmette and Arabi.  Come and see these beautifully redone homes.  They are better than new.  The prices are unbeatable.  The owners are motivated and many unique financing arrangements are possible.  Some of these homes have pool and granite counter t...
10/05/2007
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