karen monsour: POSTIVE POSTING AND POSITIVE IDEAS ARE REALLY THE KEY TO SUCCESS! READ Activerain successes! - 09/11/11 05:30 PM
POSTIVE POSTING AND POSITIVE IDEAS ARE REALLY THE KEY TO SUCCESS! READ Activerain successes!
I cannot tell you how many people are tired of hearing how "DEPRESSED" the market is...REALITY CHECK. Yes there are some area's of the country that are not recovering and are still losing values, but not every state and not every county can be considered "all-inclusive"...we're not on a vacation.
Here in South East Florida, we have enjoyed quite a nice increase in values of differing communities. Values have changed very little on the beach from Hillsboro to south Broward county east of Federal Highway.
Ooopppssss...now that … (6 comments)

karen monsour: No depressing results for SE, Florida, we're doing just fine and property values are up! - 09/11/11 05:10 PM
No depressing results for SE, Florida, we're doing just fine and property values are up!
Totally AMAZING!  SE, Florida is down to close to 13,500 properties for sale in Broward County.  The property values are up from 5-15%...amazing 15% increase in value in Tamarac...which is 12 miles west of the beach.
Yes, I agree, the banks are holding back some of their inventory as some of my investors continue to beat me up with...if they are correct.
However, if the investors are wrong and the economy here is what is protests to be..,we are doing very well.
It's within about 10% … (4 comments)

karen monsour: NEW LISTING: La Foret, Woodmont Golf/Tennis Country Club, Tamarac, FL - 5/3/2 pool home. - 09/11/11 03:52 PM
NEW LISTING:  La Foret, Woodmont Golf/Tennis Country Club, Tamarac, FL - 5/3/2 pool home.
HUGE 5bedroom/3bath, POOL HOME w/2 CAR GARAGE, in the Tamarac, Millenium, Taravella School Districts.  La Foret is a beautiful community of 45 homes in the Woodmont Country Club! Memberships (golf/tennis) are available at a nominal fee.  This house has been tastefully redecorated with TLC by the current owner. There is a working fireplace in the "conversation pit" which is the center piece of this vaulted living area. New A/C's(2), New Appliances, Self-cleaning Pool. AGENTS PLS SEE BROKERS REMARKS (Bonus)!
 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2208748231292.121218.1625051191&l=72db67dd68&type=1
The listing number is F1152595 and is … (4 comments)

karen monsour: CONGRATULATIONS AR! YOU'VE BEEN MENTIONED IN the FLORIDA REALTOR MAGAZINE...AS.... - 09/02/11 06:03 PM
CONGRATULATIONS AR!  YOU'VE BEEN MENTIONED IN the FLORIDA REALTOR MAGAZINE...AS....
One of the most visited sites on the Web...as reported by Richard Westlund!  The article is called "Ka-ching Best Marketing for the Money", and it was an article in our most recent Florida new's magazine.


 
 
 
 
 
 
The article was talking about marketing dollars and where to put them. It also talked about marketing strategies and where to put your dollars or where you don't have to - that is to benefit by proxy...
What Richard Westlund says are the most visited sites in the … (47 comments)

karen monsour: Prayers again to our friends in Louisiana and Alabama. - 09/02/11 04:07 PM
Prayers again to our friends in Louisiana and Alabama.
Katia that horrific hurricane is about to hit them again...New Orleans just cannot get a break!
That being said the south just cannot get a break.  Their levies that have been put into place just cannot handle the rains and flash floods.  Even though they have put some new levies in place, they are still being breached.
Let's all say a prayer for our friends in Louisiana and even to the Florida panhandle.
Imagine 20 inches of rain or more...
Haven't they've had enough from Katrina?
Prayers again to our friends in … (4 comments)

karen monsour: BROWARD COUNTY MARKET REPORT - June 21, 2011 by Karen Monsour, REALTOR(r), SSRS - 06/21/11 03:21 PM
BROWARD COUNTY MARKET REPORT - June 21, 2011 by Karen Monsour, REALTOR(r), SSRS
Broward County:
   Direct Ocean properties:
      Homes:  15
      Condo's:  402
   Direct Ocean properties by location:
      Fort Lauderdale:
         Homes:  7
         Condo's:  155
      Pompano Beach:
         Homes:  5
         Condo's:  50
  Ocean View:
      Homes:  160
      Condo's:  1122
    Fort Lauderdale:
         Homes:  10
         Condo's:  406
      Pompano Beach:
         Homes:  7
         Condo's:  160
  
All the following statistics are in Broward County.
Homes - under $100,000.00                                 934
Condo's - under $100,000.00                             3505
Homes - between $100 - 200,000.00               1718
Condo's - same … (2 comments)

karen monsour: Isn't it great that a father gave his son a kidney for Father's Day? - 06/19/11 03:53 PM
Isn't it great that a father gave his son a kidney for Father's Day? Isn't it great that a father in Orlando gave his son a kidney on Father's Day?
My ex-husband received a kidney from his nephew several years ago and is doing well.
KIDNEY AWARENESS! It is so important.  There are over 50,000. people if not more in the US who would have a better chance of survival if someone would take the time to get test to see if they were compatable to give someone the chance of life.  After all, everyone has 2 kidneys and you only … (4 comments)

karen monsour: So, how does Fort Lauderdale rank according to Trulia? - 06/19/11 03:31 PM
So, how does Fort Lauderdale rank according to Trulia?  Fort Lauderdale , Florida is on of the most wanted area for International buyers.  Why, because of the beaches, the close location to Miami and Palm Beach.
Fort Lauderdale has a lot to offer.  The Swimming Hall of Fame, Butterfly world, lots of wonderful restaurants, Las Olas (restaurants, boat rides, boutique shops and more).  The location is 3 hours to Disney World in Orlando and 4.5 hours to Key West.
Most of the most recent purchasers are from Canada, Brazil, and many areas of Europe.  Some are also from the New England … (2 comments)

karen monsour: How many properties can your customer digest in one afternoon? - 06/16/11 12:11 PM
How many properties can your customer digest in one afternoon?
I often hear agents in the office say they are going out to show a customer 10-12 properties in one afternoon. Really? WOW!  That's a lot for one person to digest in one afternoon, don't you think?
Only one time did I show more than 5 properties at one time.  The time I did that was because the customer was only going to be with me for one day. She was not sure if she wanted ocean front or Intracoastal front, so we saw 5 of each.
In preparing for these … (10 comments)

karen monsour: But this offer is contingent on the sale of our home? Really? - 06/13/11 03:53 PM
But this offer is contingent on the sale of our home? Really? NOTE: This is a buyer from another state, so I have no idea if it is or not.
So my next question is:  "Would you mind if I talk to your agent?"  Answer, "Why?"
Why? So then I went on to explain that if his/her current home was not priced to sell or if it was an unrealistic price that it would be difficult for me to convince the listing agent here, that their current home would sell quickly.  If it was priced right and in selling condition then I … (7 comments)

karen monsour: Amazing, I was so confident that my buyers would love the property I chose for them...When you listen. - 05/01/11 03:13 PM
Amazing, I was so confident that my buyers would love the property I chose for them...When you listen.
When you listen to your customer, and you make mental notes...and they have trust in you...IT IS POWERFUL!
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with some people from a different state.  The buyers wife came in for a day and looked at properties with me. We looked at 10 in a matter of 5 hours.
We made offers on 3 properties, some close to full price and one was at full price. There were others better than my offers and one was … (2 comments)

karen monsour: Has the market turned? Apparently in Broward County, Florida - 05/01/11 02:51 PM
Has the market turned? Apparently in Broward County, Florida
Amazingly enough, we are back to a "multiple offer" situation and "full price offers" needed in Broward County Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale By The Sea, and Pompano Beach - ocean front properties.
While it was not the case last year, it is now.
We have the following properties available:
Condominiums:
Water front: 4123 listings
Ocean front: 1337 listings
Direct ocean: 464 listings
Homes:
Water front: 2011 listings
Ocean front: 30 listings
Direct ocean: 19 listings.
Not much left here.  We have a total of 9050 condo's for sale in Broward County and 7316 … (0 comments)

karen monsour: HA! Amazing, a short sale approval in just 3 dayzzzz!!! - 04/01/11 01:05 PM
HA! Amazing, a short sale approval in just 3 dayzzzz!!!
YES, IT CAN BE DONE!!! It was with CitiBank. The negotiator was wonderful.  Because I don't know her and don't know if she want's to be named or not, I will leave her name out.  However, I will write a nice note to her boss and tell him/her what a great job she did.
Isn't it amazing that some banks have one person who reviews the file, sends it to the investor and can give you an almost immediate answer and Bank of America has about 15 levels that a deal … (5 comments)

karen monsour: Could this closed condo sale result in a Law Suit? - 04/01/11 11:51 AM
Could this closed condo sale result in a Law Suit?
A little over a year ago, my new very good friends bought a direct ocean condo from another Realtor(r) who they had been referred to by someone else.  (Yes, I know that's a mouthfull, but hear me out).  Along the way, my new friends and I had become friends. Yes, so I'm a Realtor(r) as well, but you can meet new friends without involving a deal, right?  Of course, and we did.
Here is the situation. My new friends bought a beautiful condo on the beach.  It's spacious and would be … (8 comments)

karen monsour: Referral needed for an agent in Bradford, RI. - 03/21/11 12:58 PM
Referral needed for an agent in Bradford, RI.
I have a friend who want's to sell a property that would possibly be a great bed and breakfast location in Bradford, RI.
If you are interested, please email me your resume.
This is a possible $3 Million dollar listing.  If you have not sold anything over $2 Million dollar, please don't submit a resume.
Please send your resumes's with "ActiveRain referral in RI" to:
Karenluvs2listnsellre@yahoo.com.
Karen Monsour, 954-464-4194
Please send them to me within the next 7 days.
Thank you.
(6 comments)

karen monsour: CLIENT VS. CUSTOMER - REALTORS(R) BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PROTEST! - 03/17/11 06:06 PM
CLIENT VS. CUSTOMER - REALTORS(R) BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU PROTEST!
I have blogged about this many times in the past. I don't know for sure if each state has a different definition of Client vs. Customer, HOWEVER.
I love the word "Client" as well, it sounds so much more professional than calling someone a "Customer".
HOWEVER!   In FLORIDA, we have customers, we are for the most part "Transaction Brokers"...therefore we have a "Customer".
Clients mean that you have a "FIDUCIARY" RELATIONSHIP with your buyer or seller.
You should be very careful about the word you choose.
If you call someone a … (10 comments)

karen monsour: Japan is in a crises. Why is Sheppard Smith, from FOX news still there? - 03/17/11 04:59 PM
Japan is in a crises.  Why is Sheppard Smith, from FOX news still there?
Most news agencies have pulled their reporters.  This situation in Japan is not safe. I, as a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist with 25 experience wrote on Facebook 4 days ago that it was not safe for anyone to be near the power plant.  I don't think it's even safe to be 50 miles away.
The other TV stations have pulled their reporters.  When the US (finally Obama got off the golf course) says that the United States Americans that are in Japan need to come home, and … (21 comments)

karen monsour: The "Spring Breakers" have hit Fort Lauderdale, FL! - 03/17/11 04:32 PM
The "Spring Breakers" have hit Fort Lauderdale, FL!
Yes, they are here!  However, they have been very nice.  I had one person call me to ask me what the rules of the road were here in Fort Lauderdale.
I was shocked.  I mean it wasn't like they were looking for a rental, to buy, or anything of the sort.  They were looking for someone to tell them the rules they needed to stick by so as not to get into trouble.
Why call a REALTOR(r), I guess they trust our knowledge of the area.  I didn't mind.  They were very polite … (8 comments)

karen monsour: WOW, I lost 3 friends last year... - 03/15/11 06:26 PM
WOW, I lost 3 friends last year...These were friends from Gettysburg, PA where my son David Monsour is a REALTOR.
It's amazing...life is so short.
It seems like it was just last year when I helped "Bear" can his tomatoes.
It seems like a few years ago, I was eating wings at "Herricanes" with Mike Abraham and his family...
It seems like just a few years ago, I was sitting and talking to Tom Henninger.
My three friends passed away this year.  Bear had a great life, Mike was hurt in a snow ski accident about 8 years ago,...has children. AND … (8 comments)

karen monsour: The situation in Japan is grave. - 03/15/11 04:22 PM
The situation in Japan is grave.  The Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant are now totally compromised.  They have pulled the 60 or so workers from the power plant.  Why?  Because the radiation levels at the power plant are at a level where no one is safe.  I believe those that were working there are already at health risk levels.
As a Nuclear Medicine Technologist for 25 years and a previous Director, I can assure you that this is going to be worse than Chernoble.
Dr. Ira Helfand just concurred on FOX news.
I do not believe … (8 comments)

 
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