piney z: 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)

piney z: 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)

piney z: 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)

piney z: 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)

piney z: 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)

piney z: Tips from a Tallahassee Realtor-Get Out of the Gutter! - 09/28/09 04:58 PM
 That is right!  Get that stuff out of your gutter or gutters as the case may be.
Maintaining gutters is not difficult, but too often ignored. We can face the facts, cleaning gutters is not high on the fun task list.  Not too sexy.  It is, however, important to your home.
One of the first things to do is to remove all debris that can slow the ability of water to drain effectively from the roof. Trapped water can be destructive not only to the gutters themselves but to the adjoining roof as well. Remember, water is a corrosive-think … (1 comments)

piney z: Now is the time to buy as interest rates hold! - 09/24/09 06:28 PM
In an announcement predicted to bolster the housing industry, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday, September 23, 2009 that it intended to keep key lending rates near zero "for an extended period" and continue to buy mortgage-backed securities and debt through March 2010.This is the second time the Fed has decided to stretch out its program to encourage spending and stimulate the economy.  Economists predict that keeping the key lending rate near zero into the first quarter of next year will result in consumer loans, including mortgages, home-equity loans, and credit-card rates, remaining at the lowest point in decades.Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at … (1 comments)

piney z: Piney Z Community Yard Sale October 17th - 08/31/09 04:14 AM

  As said many times in this spot before, Piney Z is a wonderful neighborhood in Tallahassee.  One of the cool things that happens is that twice a year, spring and fall, the neighborhood has a community wide yard sale.
On average about 70 homeowners participate each time.  Piney Z starts hopping at about 6 a.m. as the "professionals" scour the area while people are setting up.  The regular crowd shows up at about 6:45 a.m. and the day begins.
Because Piney Z is such a nice neighborhood, the quality of items sold is quite high.  Nice furniture, collectibles and even … (0 comments)

piney z: Tuesdays at the Tallahassee Board of Realtors (TBR) - 06/22/09 03:12 PM
Every Tuesday, at the Tallahassee Board of Realtor's building there is a marketing meeting.  Different Realtors lead the meeting, there are different featured speakers, but most importantly it is a about Realtors sharing with Realtors about their listings and needs of the buyers they are working with.
Recently, Jay Ralstin, (pictured below) Sales Manager of Wells Fargo Mortgage here in Tally applied his best Kung foo to rates in the Tallahassee area.
Well that isn't really true.  He did, however, speak to those attending the TBR marketing meeting about what trends we are seeing with mortgages.
This is the kind … (0 comments)

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piney z: Piney Z a neighborhood in Tallahassee you should know - 05/23/09 12:43 PM

 If you are interested in relocating to Tallahassee, one of my favorite neighborhoods is Piney Z Plantation.  Located with strategically easy access to downtown via the Apalachee Parkway, Piney Z is a neighborhood not on everyone's radar when the look at Tallahassee, but it should. 
The neighborhood has only 3 entry points, a community pool, lodge, fitness center, city park, lake and eagle habitat.  The housing is mixed with one section of duplex town homes, smaller single family residences to larger homes approaching 3,000 square feet.  Piney Z is a real community with a spring and fall community yard sale, … (1 comments)

piney z: Have A Wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, but Please Remember to Remember - 05/21/09 07:25 AM
Historically more paint is sold this weekend than any other time of the year.  Many Realtors will be quite busy showing homes and writing contracts.  Others take the time to relax.  Most importantly all us should remember what the weekend is really about-and it is not to kick off the summer season.
For some ideas of what to do this weekend you might want to check out Memorial Day. Org where they remind us how to properly observe this day.  Among the thoughts there are some things we all could do:
by visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of … (2 comments)

piney z: Wow! Tax Credit Announcement is Outstanding!! - 05/12/09 10:12 AM
Daily Real Estate News  |  May 12, 2009  |   
Tax Credit Can Be Used for Down Payment Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow home buyers to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.Previously, most buyers wouldn't receive the funds until after they filed their tax return, and that deterred some people from using the credit. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® has been calling for the change. "We all want to enable FHA consumers to access the home buyer tax … (1 comments)

piney z: Wolverine is outstanding! - 05/01/09 10:59 AM
Just finished seeing Hugh Jackman in X-men Origins:  Wolverine at the Tallahassee Governor's Square Theaters and it was outstanding!  I enjoyed it more that any of the X-men movies to date.
While it of course had the requisite action, the story was actually interesting and believable as well.  Jackman does a terrific job of acting, his Wolverine character is so different from the guy who hosted the Oscars or dances on broadway.

No plot points or spoilers here.  Just a recommendation to see a highly entertaining movie.  So, there you have a REALTORS review of the new X-Men movie.  Reduce … (2 comments)

piney z: Tallahassee's Film Festival starts today - 04/15/09 06:38 AM
One of the great things about living in a community like Tallahassee with Florida State University, Florida A & M and Tallahassee Community College is the quality of life provided.
For the second year, Tallahassee is hosting a film festival.  What a fantastic community event.  For more information go to: 

Just another reason why Tallahassee is such a great place to live, work and play!  Check out other Tallahassee events at my website.
Looking for a Tallahassee Realtor?  Are you searching for a seasoned real estate professional that knows homes in Tallahassee and the real estate market and can get … (1 comments)

piney z: Have you been to a Fork & Screen? - 03/23/09 03:27 PM
My wife and I were visiting our 3 children in Atlanta this past weekend.  They came from all over.  Our youngest is a Jr. at Western Illinois University and he flew in with his girlfriend from Macomb, Illinois.  Our older son is doing med school rotations in Atlanta and our daughter, the oldest flew in from med school in NYC with her boyfriend,  We had quite a weekend.
Anyway, one of the things we did was go to AMC's Fork & Screen in Buckhead to see Knowing.  I had heard of this dining/theater experience and was pleased to give it a … (2 comments)

piney z: Open House Sunday, March 29th 2-4 p.m. at 905 Piney Z Plantation Road, Tallahassee - 03/19/09 11:05 AM
 If you are looking for a wonderful home in Tallahassee, this one in Piney Z may be just what you are looking for.
Neighborhood: Piney ZType: Single FamilyFloor Plan: splitBeds: 3Baths: 2Square Feet: 2,315Lot Size: 76x146Floors: 1Garage Size: 2.5Year Built: 2000mls: 186023
Full Description: Immaculately cared for 3/2 on corner lot. Huge master suite with double doors to master bath.  Architectural and artistic upgrades galore.  Extra deep kitchen drawers.  Spacious enclosed porch.Large family/living room.  Dining area next to kitchen plus separate, ornate dining room.  Arches, columns, decorative ledges abound.  2.5 car garage.  Home Warranty available.  One of the best … (1 comments)

piney z: Tallahassee lost a superhero! - 03/18/09 06:19 PM
Nearly every Tuesday morning, the Tallahassee Board of Realtors has a marketing meeting.  This is usually a terrific time to share listings and network with other Realtors.  The attendees includes many Realtors from neighboring counties outside of Leon County.
This week we received bad news.  I can not speak for how others feel, but Tallahassee has lost a unique person and a great professional treasure.  The Old Republic Home Warranty rep for our area is Todd Powell and he has done a superior job.

Todd Powell
Todd has taken extra care of my customers on more than one occasion.  He … (0 comments)

piney z: A Fish Tale - 03/16/09 02:07 AM
Fishing is extremely popular here in the Big Bend of Florida.  Near Tallahassee there is some great fishing to be had and scalloping too!  Even in my neighborhood in Tallahassee, we have a lake you can fish.  Stop by Wal-Mart, Kevin's Sporting Goods or Sportman's Warehouse and you will see the enormity of fishing in our area.
With all that said, there are some things more advisable to do than others.  My friend John Conklin always says, "Don't go out to where the fish are bigger than your boat."  This seems to make sense to me.  Some are so ardent in … (1 comments)

piney z: Smartphone Guru Training Part II - 03/10/09 04:40 PM
In case I forget later...DICK BETTS ROCKS!  This past Thursday in Tallahassee was the second day of training by the famous National Speaker Real Estate, Dick Betts. 
Below you see Dick assisting two famous Tallahassee Realtors, Miriam and Jules (last names not used to protect my business,LOL).  Dick is the bearded one.
The agenda for the day included Text Google, Google Maps and about 15 other items that are now indespensible to my business.  Dick presents himself well and makes two days of training fly by!
If you want to get the most out of your technologically advanced Smartphone, you need to … (4 comments)

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