michael lee: 3 Reasons Why RPAC Deserves Your Support - 11/04/15 06:55 AM
At the Tallahassee Board of Realtors (TBR), we continue to grow our support of the Florida Realtors Political Action Committee (RPAC), dubbed the “Realtor Party.” Why?
1)      To make the Realtor voice heard both here in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C.  With over 140,000 Realtors in Florida, when Realtors speak, legislators listen. RPAC presents the strongest, most singular voice in Florida. The Realtor Party backs candidates who have home ownership and other Realtor issues at the top of their agendas.  Regardless of political party, RPAC focuses on issues that affect our industry in our state, primarily with the Advocacy Fund.
2)      RPAC helps … (0 comments)

michael lee: Foreclosures are on the decline - this should be good news, right? - 06/18/14 12:10 AM
The market has been, how should we say, weird so far this year?  Sales in Tallahassee were dramatically up over last year in January, February and March.  Things began to change in April, when significantly lower sales than April 2013 occured.  Proving not to be just an anomoly, March sales lagged March 2013 as well.  June feels like it is going to follow the same pattern.  What is going on?
At least in our market it appears a mixed bag of issues.  Overall supply is increasing, but it is spotty in areas.  Homes that are truly prepared for the sale, priced … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Chinese drywall issue still unresolved!" - 04/19/10 09:10 AM
 The Wall Street Journal reported that a Federal District judge in New Orleans earlier this month ruled against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd. in the amount of $2.6 million in a suit filed by 7 Virginia families.  There are several dozen pending cases centered around the so called "Chinese Drywall."
One of the issues in this suit and probably affecting the others is the TGC, Ltd. is owned by the Chinese government and it is not clear if they can be compelled to pay.  No one representing the government has acknowledged this lawsuit or attended the proceedings.
 Will Taishan pay?  Everyone involved … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Get to know Cortona Hills." - 04/12/10 02:40 PM
Tallahassee's only Net Zero Community just celebrated it's this past week with a social event. The event was catered by Piggy's BBQ from here in Tallahassee and was a great event, even though we had to battle the rain!

Cortona Hills has rolling hills and is surrounded by conservation easements.  This quiet neighborhood is completely focused on being Tallahassee's premier environmentally conscience community.
Thirty, .5 acre more/less, lots are available with walk-out basements a possibility with each.  All care is being taken to preserve the environment during construction with efforts to protect trees and the many wildlife that roam the area.

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Phone Guru to write for the TBR!" - 03/04/10 12:23 AM
Smart Phone guru Dick Betts, annouced at training Wednesday, March 4, 2010 that he has accepted an offer from the Tallahassee Board of Realtors (TBR)Executive Director Steven Louchheim to author an article each month on technology tips for the TBR magazine.
Betts is a well known national speaker on real estate issues with particular expertise in Search Engine Optimization, Smart and Super Phones, Website administration and social media.
Betts has spoken at the TBR for several years, has been a featured speaker for the Florida Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtor and international Realtor groups.
The Tallahassee Board of … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Dick Betts training Rocks!" - 03/02/10 11:30 AM
All day Wednesday and Thursday, all star Smart phone, Super Phone, PDA, SEO trainer Dick Betts is going to be in Tallahassee at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors office to share the knowledge!
This will be the Third year in a row I have attended training with Dick and all I can ever say is Dick Betts Rocks!
Today's saavy real estate buyers demand instant information and Dick helps greatly to increase one's accessiblity.  Like many Realtors, working hard to keep up with your website, blog, texts, e-mails, voice mails etc. it is important to keep up with trends and to learn … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Whew!" - 02/25/10 05:00 AM
 The Associated Press's Tim Paradis reported today that Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke told Congress that interest rates are likely to remain low for the near future. Bernanke said, "The economy still requires support for recovery."Many investors see these low rates as a boost to a recovery of employment and business.This news also softened the impact of a report that housing sales hit a new low in January.As you have read here, my greatest fear is of a return to 1970's interest rates and rampant inflation.  So, for at least now, there is a sign of relief.  Hopefully, this will be the … (2 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Get ready for the 1970's, Part Deaux" - 02/23/10 07:33 AM
It was widely reported that last Thursday, the Federal Reserve raised the Discount Rate (the interest rate charged to member banks when they borrow from the Fed) from 0.50% to 0.75%.  All members of the Federal Reserve banking system (12) supported the decision.
In its decision, the Fed cited "continued improvement in financial market conditions," but warned Wall Street that the increase was "not expected to lead to tighter financial conditions for households and businesses and do not signal any change in the outlook for the economy or for monetary policy."
Do you believe them?
As anyone who lived during the 1970's … (1 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Recognize RESPA" - 02/11/10 03:42 PM
 If you haven't heard about RESPA, the Real Estate Settlement Act, and if you are a buyer or seller of real estate, here is what I believe is most important for you to understand: YOU CAN NOT CONTROL THE EFFECTS OF RESPA!
 What do I mean?  For most people the only thing they will learn about RESPA is that because of it, certain things happening will mean that the closing date will become a moving target.  Is this difficult?  Sometimes.  Will it kill transactions?  Not most.  Will it be aggravating to everyone involved?  Absolutely.
There is no real reason for most … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor asks, "How are you doing with Yahoo versus Google?" - 12/15/09 04:38 PM
 Am I the only one having Google issues?  My efforts through Active Rain and my website have yielded me a #1 ranking for my target key words, "Tallahassee Realtor" for months.  My Google ranking, however, jumps all over the place.  Page 1 then drops to page four, then back to two etc. etc.
Any hints or helps my Active Rain colleagues?
Looking for a seasoned Tallahassee Realtor that knows homes in Tallahassee and the real estate market and can get the results you desire? Are you in the market to buy or sell a home in the Tallahassee, Florida area? … (3 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Piney Z residents should attend the CDD meeting.' - 11/05/09 09:57 AM
 The next meeting of Tallahassee's Piney Z Community Development District is this coming Monday at 6 p.m.  All residents are invited to attend.  The Piney Z Community Development District is an actual taxing body with responsibility to payoff the bonds originally issued to start the neighborhood and to maintain the community amenities.
Piney Z has a community pool, fitness center, playground and several common areas.  Taking care of these items and more is the responsibility of the CDD board.
 The Piney Z neighborhood in Tallahassee has over 700 residences with three blocks of duplex townhouses and the balance in single family residences.  Piney … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "September resales make three in a row!" - 11/04/09 08:03 AM
 While we anxiously await October's numbers it is a good time to remember that September was our third consecutive month of increased sales over the same month last year.  Will this continue in October?
 We can clearly see that new construction sales continue to lag previous years' sales.  The Tallahassee real estate market still has a good sized inventory of new construction homes to choose from at prices per square foot half of what was being sold in 2005-6.
It may be second quarter 2010 before we see numbers exceeding the previous year.
As mentioned, resales continue to exceed … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Jim Gaffigan will rock Tallahassee Friday night!" - 10/27/09 01:46 PM
This Friday evening at 8;00 p.m., comedian Jim Gaffigan will be appearing at the Tallahassee Leon County Civic Center.  This Tallahassee Realtor will be in attendance and will be looking to see just how pale he is.  Gaffigan's appearances in movies and Comedy Central have always pleased as he focuses so much of his humor on one of my favorite subjects...food! 
Speaking solely for myself, I am ready for a few laughs.  Hasn't this been a stressful year for nearly everyone?  "Hot Pockets!" here I come...or maybe "bacon" will set the mood for the night. 
So, if you are near Tallahassee … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Don't gamble with your future!" - 10/22/09 03:25 PM
 Time is really running out!  If you have been thinking about utilizing the $8,000 tax credit and have heard it might be extended, don't be fooled.  Hopefully you have heard about the"one in hand?" There may or may not be a renewal, but one thing is certain...YOU NEED A PLACE TO LIVE!
 It will be difficult, but if you ask thisTallahasse Realtor you need to get your new home under contract this weekend.  Closing time frames have only increased and it will not be easy to close before November 30th, but there is still time if you act today.  Remind yourself of these truths...
-I do not … (2 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahassee Realtor says, "Know the new Contract for Sale and Purchase!" - 10/20/09 10:35 AM
The Tallahassee Board of Realtors (TBR) has just made several changes to the standard real estate contracts approved by the board for use in the Tallahassee area.  Many of the changes can best be described as house keeping, but several significant changes have occurred.
First, the old contract allowed 10 day periods for items like finalizing financing, home inspections, wood destroying organism (WDO) inspections etc.  These have all changed to 15 days.  This is terrific for home buyers and a little disconcerting for home sellers. 
At this time, for all practical matters, when a contract moves to a status of contingent it … (0 comments)

michael lee: The Tallahasee Realtor says...this one is Perfect in Piney Z! - 10/19/09 10:23 AM
One of Tallahassee's fantastic neighborhoods is in the north east part of town...Piney Z Plantation.
This home at 813 Eagle view is on one of only two lots that are bordered on two sides by our eagle conservation area.
The home features a 14x13 master bath with his/her sinks,430 sq.ft. paved patio in back, den/study, stainless kitchen appliances,iron wrought look fence, fantastic screened porch, and much more!
There is a community pool, fitness center, lodge, playground and many common areas in Piney Z which backs up to a lake and city park.

The home has stainless steel appliances, … (1 comments)

michael lee: Crawfordville Cutie! Convenient to Tallahassee and the coast - 10/10/09 08:18 AM
This home, 39 Bridlegate in Crawfordville, Florida is a wonderful place, convenient to both Tallahassee and the coast!  It features three bedrooms, two baths, lovely interior all on a very large lot.  There is plenty of room for a pool.
Situated in the desirable Bridle Gate subdivision, this home has what you are looking for.
This home has been loved by it's former family and misses the sounds of children playing inside or enjoying the wonderful playset in the backyard.
Don't leave this home alone for the holidays!  There is still time to take advantage of the $8,000 First Time Home Buyers … (0 comments)

michael lee: Tallahassee Realtor Tips-Don't make lemonade! - 10/10/09 07:33 AM
  One thing this Tallahassee Realtor has learned in showing homes is how to keep that garbage disposal from stinking up the house.  There is nothing worse than coming into, what someone thinks might be their prospective new home, and having it smell badly.  All the great pictures, staging and paint will not help if the home stinks.
Often this problem is residue in the garbage disposal which is an easy item to take of.  Urge your homeowners before every scheduled showing or open house to run some sliced lemons down the disposal.  Lemons are easy for the disposal to shred … (1 comments)

michael lee: Tallahassee Realtor Tips-Rates are improving! - 10/07/09 07:39 AM
Don't you love it when there is good news?  Look at what the Mortgage Banker's Association reported today:
Mortgage applications increased last week as mortgage rates declined for the third straight week. The Mortgage Bankers Association weekly index rose 16.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis compared to the previous week. And was up 38.4 percent compared to the same week last year.The unadjusted purchase index increased 12.9 percent compared to the previous week and was 2.2 percent lower than it was a year ago.The refinance index increased 18.2 percent and was at its highest level since mid-May.Thirty- and 15-year mortgage … (0 comments)

michael lee: Tallahassee Board of Realtors supports Habitat for Humanity - 10/05/09 04:19 PM
 The Tallahassee Board of Realtors, as part of our ongoing mission to not only being the premier professional real estate organization in the state, but to making important contributions to the greater Tallahassee area community is once again building a Habitat for Humanity home.  As part of that effort we are raising funds by sponsoring a concert by local country recording artist Jason Byrd. 
Come on out for a fun evening and help us help Tallahassee!  Information on the concert is as follows:
Looking for a Tallahassee Realtor?  Are you searching for a seasoned real estate professional that knows homes in … (0 comments)

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