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2010 

This informative blog by Ilyce Glink prompted me to think about the subject of mortgage pre-approvals.  When I have had first time home buyers(and even move-up buyers) obtain a mortgage pre-approval, the lender will call or send me the loan amount or purchase price along with written verificatio...
11/30/2010
Oh, please admit it --- you hate to admit but PLEASE admit it . . . Yes, I have messed up(substitute the screw-up word of choice)..... As much as it may pain you to say it ... it happens .... yes, to all of us.  So as Realtor Judi Barrett from Oklahoma writes . . . fess up, face the consequences...
11/29/2010
So how do you determine if the neighborhood you are considering for your home purchase is safe?   Landscaping, curb appeal and front lawn maintenance.  Realtor Bob Hashbarger from Springfield, Missouri shares this report with some interesting statistics . . . what do you think? I'm not completel...
11/29/2010
Ok, it's cyber Monday and a few days into the official shopping days of the holiday season.  Haven't we all heard of the comparison for customer service or quality with Nordstrom versus Wal-Mart as the models for retail.  Well, here's a new comparison for the real estate business via Todd Clark ...
11/29/2010
  Do you remember the movie and play The Graduate? Recent college graduate Ben is approached by a obnoxious businessman in the film "The Graduate" and told just one thing: PlasticsHow was that for advice in 1967? Plastics is a big field. Would Ben become a plastics magnate  (if he hadn't slept wi...
11/28/2010
Hey, if Oprah can have favorite things so can we in the Realtor community!  Okay, so no cars, no out-of-the-world cupcakes or fabulous trips but . . . this is still a great thing! One of My Favorite Things to Tell Buyers:  Pay Off Your Home Sooner! I was prompted to write this blog when I read th...
11/28/2010
They say it's beginning to look like Christmas ..... ok, I guess this line would have been a bit more appropriate way back in September In between appointments today, I heard a radio talk show about home improvement.  One of the segments dealt with the holiday season and all things related to art...
11/27/2010
With all due respect to Faye Dunnaway's over-the-top performance as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest --"no more cloudy dishes!"   I guess I have come late to the phenomenon known as the dishwasher gelpac (various brands).  These concentrated pre-measured tablets require no unwrapping, dissolve com...
11/27/2010
Spilled wine(red or white), the baby's juice cup, Fido's little accident - - - it can happen any day of course but why does it seem to happen every Thanksgiving.   I have found the greatest spot carpet cleaning cure all for all things accidental ... Folex Carpet Cleaner.  I use it often - it's qu...
11/25/2010
Brian Summerfield, Online Editor, REALTOR® Magazine writes that there are some that say the recession is over or in his words ovuh.   In his latest article(see link) he notes this is not a new trend but quotes one of most bearish commentators and coins a new(to me) term - zombie bears - who stake...
11/25/2010
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