jim lee: Do you know where home buyers come from? - 03/12/18 06:00 PM
Do you know where home buyers come from? When we list a house for sale we know who the most likely buyer for that house are based on their demographic data and also where they likely live now.
The National Association of Realtors publishes annually a “Profile of Buyers and Sellers”. The statistics to compile this report come from annual surveys taken of people who actually participated in a real estate transaction in the preceding year. We buy a copy annually and study it to increase our knowledge and expertise and to better serve our clients. The 2017 edition is 144 pages … (1 comments)

jim lee: Market Report Monday on the NH & Southern Maine Seacoast - 02/13/18 08:59 AM
Greetings statistics lovers; it’s “Market Report Monday” for the New Hampshire Seacoast and southern Maine areas.
One question we’re often asked is “How’s the market?”, meaning the real estate market. The answer would usually depend on whether you’re interested in buying a home or selling one. Some markets are great for sellers but not for buyers and vice versa; it’s a constantly changing and evolving market depending on many forces such as interest rates, housing supply, the local economy, the national economy, and many other factors. We keep abreast of all factors so we can give you the best advice depending on … (0 comments)

jim lee: Knoxville, Tennessee real estate sales for the week of May 24th, 2009 - 05/25/09 05:38 AM
Reading the weekly real estate transfers from the Knox County Register of Deeds office I see about the usual for the year number of property transfers recorded. This past week we had a total of 148

 
And as has been the case for 2009, mid to lower priced homes dominated the sales figures with the $100,000 to $150,000 the largest category once again.
Since the $100,000 to $150,000 price range is such a hot place in an otherwise lackluster real estate market let's take a look at some of the homes that buyers found enticing enough to buy recently.
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jim lee: Calling all Knoxville area buyers; here's a deal you shouldn't pass up. - 05/10/09 05:52 AM
First the federal government came up with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 which provides for a tax credit of up to $8,000 or a maximum of 10% of the sale price of a home for buyer who have not owned a home in the past three years. Sounds like a good deal but a lot of otherwise qualified buyers were still being left out because even though they were able to qualify creditwise they were cash poor and just didn't have enough available funds to take advantage of the tax credit. Enter a new program from the … (4 comments)

jim lee: 3 Things to consider before buying a new home - 04/15/09 03:06 PM
 
 
Should I buy a home in Knoxville, Tennessee now? A question lots of potential buyers are asking themselves now.
So what’s the answer? The answer depends a lot on you and the reasons you’re thinking of buying.
Generally if you plan to live in any home you buy in Knoxville for at least the next 3 years now might be a good time for you to buy for the following three reasons:
You may be eligible for a new federal tax credit of up to $8,000 that is only available this year for home purchased and closed before December … (0 comments)

jim lee: Knoxville Tennessee real estate picture for week of April 12th - 04/12/09 03:14 PM
This Easter Sunday is a bright sunshiny day with clear blue skies overhead although it’s still a bit chilly at 52 degrees outside.
This week’s property transfers from the Knox County Registrar of Deeds office brings the biggest numbers of the year with a total of 187 pieces of real estate finding a new owner.
As has been the trend all this year, most of the activity is in the low to lower middle price ranges, that is from $100,000 to $300,000. 22.8% of last week’s total were in the $100,000 to $150,000 range, 19.57% in the $200-300,000 range, and 14,67% … (2 comments)

jim lee: The secret to selling your listing - 04/10/09 01:49 PM
As I was walking into my office today I noticed a yard sign standing beside the front entrance. Nothing unusual there; other agents drop them off all the time from closed listings.
But this one was a little different and too rare these days; it had a big SOLD sign sticking on top.
I often wonder what makes a house sold, what caused buyers to choose this house over the multitude of choices they have in today's market.
Then at the bottom I saw a sign rider that I believed to be the answer to my question. The rider simply said … (3 comments)

jim lee: Calling all Knoxville Tennessee area homebuyers; it's time! - 04/04/09 04:28 AM
If you have ever had any aspirations to own your own home, NOW is the time. Economic factors have all came together to create the proverbial “perfect storm” in the home buying market.

Here's what's going on right now and how it will benefit you as a new home buyer.
First, the nation’s financial crisis has driven mortgage interest rates to their lowest levels ever; currently you get fixed rates below 5% all over Knoxville. A glut of houses has increased inventories of both new and resale homes providing a huge selection to choose from. Currently just in Knox County … (0 comments)

jim lee: Knoxville's Amazing Christmas Light Show - 12/20/08 09:01 AM
One of the most amazing Christmas light shows you've ever seen is playing nightly at Shadrack Water Sports & RV just off Watt Road in West Knoxville.
Over 250,000 colors lights dance to music starting with a peppy song titled "Christmas With A Capital "C" by Go Fish to the more traditional "Silent Night" by Mannheim Steamroller
Great Christmas entertainment for the whole family. The Christmas light show is open 6-10 p.m. weekdays, 6-11 p.m. weekends past New Year’s. Admission is $10,00 per carload during the week and $12.00 on weekends. They said over 2,000 cars have toured the grounds and … (1 comments)

jim lee: Photoblogging Knoxville's annual Christmas Parade - 12/06/08 07:22 AM
Last night (Friday, Dec. 5) was Knoxville' annual Christmas Parade. Even though it was around 30 degrees the Saturday news said they estimated the crowds at 35,000. 
I think that was a great turnout for such a cold night but.....Santa Claus was there and it is Christmas.

There were lots of kids of all ages. We got there about 45 minutes early and were able to get a good spot right on the curb. That turned out to be a good move because by the time the parade started people were lined up 5 to 6 deep all along Gay … (4 comments)

jim lee: FHA Loans & Energy Efficient Mortgages -- A Huge Savings For Knoxville, TN home buyers !!!!! - 08/19/08 08:32 AM
 
Here are some great tips to make your home "greener" and save you some green dollars at the same time.
 


FHA loans can help you not only make your home 'Green', but save you money. Saving money is a great thing in any economy, right?  Don't you like to know about the little secrets of cutting corners? How would you like to save over $200 a month just because you improved your home with energy-efficient ideas. 
Are you part of the GREEN family now, because not only did you save money, improve your home, but because you are helping … (1 comments)

jim lee: Good news from Knoxville, Tennessee - 07/06/08 04:47 AM
Here's some good news about Knoxville, Tennessee to think about next time you pick up a newspaper or turn on your television and hear the "doom & gloom" about the so called national real estate market:
2008 - Knoxville ranked 4th on the "Best Cities for Relocating Families" list for Mid-Size Markets. Source: Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation May 2008 2008 - Metropolitan Knoxville named No. 10 on the list of Forbes Magazine "Best Places for Business and Careers." Source: Forbes Magazine March 2008 2007 - Expansion Management magazine named the Knoxville Metropolitan area 3rd among all mid-sized cities in the … (2 comments)

jim lee: Oakes Daylily Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee - 06/28/08 12:49 PM
40 acres of blooming Daylilies makes quite a spectacular sight. This past weekend was the annual Oakes Daylily Festival in beautiful Corryton, Tennessee, a charming rural community about 15 miles east of Knoxville.



My wife and I went for a visit yesterday, had a great time, bought lots of Daylilies, and made a few photos.
See more of them here.
Daylilies are the perfect flower for the brown or black thumbed gardener. Easy to grow, hard to kill.
Daylilies like any type of soil, withstand dry or drought conditions well, and are resistant to most insects and plant … (3 comments)

jim lee: Don't "Fall back" yet................. - 10/28/07 03:29 AM
Because Daylight Savings Time doesn't officially start in those states that observe it until NEXT Sunday morning at 2:00 AM.
Those 'helpfull' folks in Congress (the ones with the 11% public approval rating ;-)) enacted an energy bill in 2005 that included extending Daylight Saving Time by about a month.
As of 2007, DST starts the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November.
Here's the DST schedule for the next few years in case you want to get a head start:
Understand that the sun, moon, and stars still keep to their regular schedule but timewise, starting next Sunday morning, it … (7 comments)

jim lee: Knoxville Tennessee is the Nation's 5th best location for business & careers - 04/06/07 03:47 AM
According to a survey Forbes Magazine conducts annually, Knoxville ranked 5th for the second consecutive year out of 179 major cities surveyed.
The 179 cities were ranked for job and income growth, business and living costs, education of the work force, migration trends and quality of life issues such as crime rates and cultural opportunities.
No surprise there for the local folks; we've known for years that the greater Knoxville area is a great place to live. We have a very business friendly climate, low cost of living, talented work force, access to great research facilities at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory and … (1 comments)

jim lee: Ready or not Daylight Savings Time starts tomorrow - 03/09/07 11:44 PM
If you live near the equator, which most of us do not, your days and night are about the same length each; roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.
For those of us that live in other latitudes our days and nights become shorter and longer as the seasons change. The closer you live to the North or South poles the more daylight you have in the summer (and the less you have in the winter)
Daylight Savings Time is a simple concept that simply adjusts the way we keep our time. By moving the clocks ahead one … (2 comments)

jim lee: How much is your blog worth? - 03/04/07 10:52 AM
"We here at Technorati think that all your blogs are priceless. But when Weblogs Inc. was bought by AOL a few weeks ago, Tristan Louis did the math. He figured out how much each blog in the Weblogs Inc. stable was worth, based on their Technorati rank.
Inspired, Dane Carlson whipped up a handy little calculator with the Technorati API. Just enter your blog URL to see how much it's "worth" using the Weblogs/AOL math. Give it a try!"
Here's a fun little test from Technorati to determine how much your blog would be worth based on the Weblogs, Inc. acquisition by … (2 comments)

jim lee: 704 Andover Boulevard, Knoxville, Tennessee 37934 - 03/04/07 03:49 AM
Located in the Town of Farragut just west of Knoxville, Tennessee is Andover Place, a friendly community of upscale homes conveniently located to Oak Ridge, Knoxville, or even Maryville.
 
This popular Stephen Fuller plan offers over 4,000 square feet of living space with 4 bedrooms, including a main level master suite, office space, family room with soaring window wall, glowing hardwood floors, chef's delight kitchen, keeping room, and lots, lots more. A great home value for only $459,900.
Visit KnoxvilleMLS.com and click "Featured Homes" to see a virtual tour of this beautiful home and search all of the greater Knoxville area's Realtor listings.
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jim lee: Elementary staging tips for your Knoxville, Tennessee house - 02/22/07 01:49 AM
Staging is catching on in the real estate marketing world as a viable concept to get your house sold faster and for more money; two subjects near & dear to most seller's hearts and wallets.
Here's a link to a recent blog I wrote about how to stage your house so it rises above the competition, appeals to more buyers, and most importantly, makes them want to buy it for more money in a shorter time frame.
This is an example of a fairly inexpensive kitchen remodel I was involved in. Notice in the "before" photo how cluttered the countertops are with 'stuff' … (0 comments)

jim lee: "The (Knoxville) truth is out there"...........................finally. - 02/18/07 01:12 AM
After running AP and other wire service stories for months now trumpeting gloom and doom for real estate nationwide, our local newspaper, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, finally got the LOCAL real estate news and forecast right.
This article, "What Housing Bubble?" took up 1/2 of the front page and was sprinkled with pithy gems like this one: "......real estate is an intensely local business......."  and "Although home prices in the Knoxville region have grown much slower than the national appreciation rate during the heart of the just-ended housing boom, the local housing market has avoided the pitfalls of a housing bubble."
A quick look at our … (0 comments)

 
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