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This week I'll be holding a social media training event for the Water Wonderland Board of REALTORS.  In preparation for my trip to Gaylord on Thursday, I asked some questions of the board AE Jeannie Rizzardi regarding what was going on in their market.  I did this in part so I had a feel for the ...
05/19/2010
Tomorrow I go to Lansing to be oriented as the new District 2 Director for the Michigan Association of REALTORS®, then attend my first Board of Directors Meeting (technically I still won’t be a Director) and in the evening will be a reception where I’ll actually be installed.  This is new ground...
12/02/2009
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Dear Reality, I know we haven’t seen each other in a while, what with me being gone for almost a week to REBC San Diego and the National Association of REALTORS conference.   I want to thank you for keep on keepin’ on .  You know, with my family and all.  Looks like everything is pretty much as ...
11/20/2009
First, this is a tax credit, not a cash payment. It's unlike a bailout to a bank, or even Cash for Clunkers where we as citizens wrote checks to take serviceable vehicles off the road. By taking part, buyers are keeping tax dollars out of Treasury hands, and I like that. A small distinction, I kn...
10/30/2009
September proved to show a long anticipated increase in real estate activity in Northwest Michigan. Buyer activity has been trending upward after a lackluster summer season, and we're driving into the fall with a lot of offers being written and properties being put under contract. The number of ...
10/14/2009
I somewhat regularly post the best deals I come across in my Unreal Deals Blog.  My latest find looked great on paper and I was excited to feature it: “My newest UnReal Deal is all about the acreage. 2 Bedrooms, 1 bath, 1232 square feet, plus a 58x 60 horse barn and 66.9 acres. That’s right SIXT...
08/15/2009
I handle REO (foreclosure) listings for several banks, including Bank of America and local banks, and the number of new listings incoming have dropped off dramatically recently. In conversation with others who handle these properties, and with local banks, this dip was often echoed. It’s likely t...
06/26/2009
The passing of the $4500 "Cash for Clunkers" tax credit out of the House got me thinking. First, let's not fool ourselves into thinking that this is serious efficiency legislation- yes, it puts an incentive on deciding upon a fuel efficient vehicle, and that's certainly more palatable than forcin...
06/12/2009
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It's been a darn good week here in Benzie County.  The sun finally found its way back to our little corner of the world and warmed things up some.  Most of the golf courses are now open (I even got out to play once!) and most of the snow is gone.  I've also heard that the steelhead fishing is gr...
04/16/2009
This UnReal Deal isn't about a particular property.  Rather, it's about what you can get for your money.  I was playing around with some numbers the other day, and in doing so found that I'd illustrated to myself some of the reasons it makes sense to consider buying now. What got me thinking was ...
04/13/2009
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