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My honest opinion on things that I find interesting about the real estate industry. I'm here to help you save money and avoid making mistakes.

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2006 

About a month ago I read a post by Jeff Turner about a wide angle digital camera by Kodak.  My wife wanted a digital camera for Christmas so I thought it might be a good opportunity to test it out.It is very, very nice.  My daughter also got a camera  but it had the normal 35mm equivalent lens in...
12/29/2006
Don't waste time getting traffic to your website until you know whether your website actually is able to convert lookers into prospects.I have to say that many sites are just cookie cutter template sites that are pretty worthless.  Don't spend money getting people to your site if your site doesn'...
12/29/2006
I wanted to share a success story I had with a recent buyer.Many people use my home search tool (IDX) to keep track of homes coming on to the market.  Then they call me when they want to go look at homes in person.  It's my main method for finding new buyer clients and has been working very well....
12/29/2006
I guess I'm getting old. Sometimes it takes me quite a bit of time to figure out what some of the short hand abbreviations mean.  I end up having to stop and do a Google search.  I finally Googled ROTFL and found out that it means "Rolling on the floor laughing" .  I'm sorry, but that just never ...
12/28/2006
We've all seen the shaky video tours produced by an agent who is trying to use the latest technology to showcase his new listing.   To do it right, you need  the right tools.  To do a walk through glide tour you need a camera stabilizer.  These things are truly amazing.  You can actually run whil...
12/28/2006
Imagine this.  You save a client from foreclosure by negotiating a short sale with the bank.  This means that the bank is willing to take less than the full amount of the mortgage due instead of going through with the costly foreclosure process.  Maybe the bank will settle for $270,000 on a $300,...
12/28/2006
Many are afraid of taking a stand and having people disagree with them.  It's always much easier to just compromise and have everyone be your friend. I came across a poem in my reading this morning that I thought was right on.  I wanted to share it with you.You have no enemies, you say?Alas, my f...
12/27/2006
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We are all renters.  You only get the use of a piece of property if you continue to send in your rent payments, a.k.a. property taxes, every year.Think about it.  You can win the lottery and for $100,000,0000 dollars and buy your dream property. But you won't be able to hold on to it too long unl...
12/24/2006
We decided to drive from Atlanta to Pennsylvania this year instead of flying.  We thought we might make a stop in DC or Baltimore or maybe Philadelphia.  We headed out on Thursday and were planning to stop in Washington and visit a few museums on Friday.We were 30 miles south of Washington at 11a...
12/23/2006
I've been studying up on short sales thinking that it might be a nice market niche without much competition.  Up until a year ago I had never heard much about them.  But they seem to be coming up more and more as banks are willing to make a deal instead of taking a home back in foreclosure.For th...
12/18/2006
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