simon conway: Are agents responsible for the state of their own markets? - 12/07/07 06:25 AM
I have been thinking a lot recently about why some agents buy and sell houses successfully and while others in exactly the same market do not.
I will be blogging later today on another reason this might be true, but you see I came across something today In Realtor magazine that quite frankly blew me away.
Right now I'm enjoying a few days away at the beach - Treasure Island to be exact. It's beautiful here right now. Around 84 degrees, hardly a white whispy cloud in the sky. The Gulf of Mexico is like glass - if a little cool. The hotel … (4 comments)

simon conway: And YET another reason NOT to hold an Open House - 12/04/07 07:48 AM
With just a measly one per cent of homes selling due to Open House activity, it is almost unbelievable to me that Realtors still hold them and indeed still bow to pressure from sellers to hold them - as one person on this forum has said "to keep the peace".
I have been contributing to my friend Dan Forbes' blog post - 100 Open Houses Held on One Day: The Results Are In; Freakin' Unbelievable! - while I was preparing my radio show and I came across this story which I featured on the air last Sunday.
You see apart from the fact … (43 comments)

simon conway: This week's Home Team Radio Show - 12/01/07 03:51 PM

This week on The Home Team Radio Show we will once again be revisiting property tax. With House Speaker Marco Rubio now actively campaigning for something other than the amendment he voted for AND a commission which meets every 20 years suggesting yet somethig else, this issue has never looked more complicated.
We will be visiting insurance and learning nhow rates will be going up yet again - and a quiet hurricane season is partly to blame!
As if all of that wasn't enough, we have stories on Americans still feeling buying a home is a great financial decision; an influx of foreign … (8 comments)

simon conway: Amazing piece of Ormond Beach Real Estate - 12/01/07 03:37 PM

It's time to take a few steps outside the back of your house, across the paver walkway surrounded by lush grass and you will find yourself on your own private boat dock.
This Home Offers Everything You Could Ever Want Or Need! New Hurricane Safe SmartHome features structured wiring throughout, home audio, home theatre and expandable electronics ready.
The is probably the best piece of Ormond Beach real estate out there right now and represents a tremendous bargain when you consider that it is priced at virtually the same rate as som lots in the same area. In fact, no details have been … (6 comments)

simon conway: Hurricane season is over - storms were named incorrectly - 12/01/07 02:57 PM
Now this seems innocent enough on face value right? A few of the seasons storms getting names when they really didn't actually deserve names? What could be wrong with that?
Well simplistically, this is going to hit you in the pocket while at the same time making the forecasters not look quite as stupid as they actually are.
You see for two years now we've been promised more active seasons with more bad storms and they simply haven't materialised.
This year we were having storms get names even though they were referring to them as "sub-tropical" - I don't remember that happening before either.
According … (7 comments)

simon conway: Just seen Glenn Beck - 12/01/07 02:29 PM

It's almost 11.30pm here in Orlando and I have just returned from having seen the first night of the Glenn Beck Christmas Tour. In fact, I was the Orlando sponsor of the event and I even had the opportunity to meet Glenn and to shake his hand - truly a great American.
For your convenience, I have posted the rest of the tour dates and if one is coming near you then I urge you to get tickets. It was an amazing night filled with laughter but also filled with emotion as Glenn took us on a journey through his family - … (10 comments)

simon conway: Florida's property tax back in chaos - 12/01/07 02:43 AM
It is hard to believe after a promise from the Governor; a regular session of the legislature and TWO special sessions (as a cost to the Florida tax payer of $40,000 a day), but the property tax issue simply will not go away.
The legislature finally agreed to put something incredibly weak on the ballot for January 29 which, if passed by the voters, will give the average Floridian a saving of $240.
Since then we have the Speaker of the House (who voted for it) urging Citizens not to approve that, but to put pressure on to get something else.
And now a … (12 comments)

simon conway: Why newspaper ads will eat your budget for little return - 11/30/07 05:44 AM
It pains me to say it (more on that in a moment), but newspapers are dying and from a real estate point of view, are already dead.
Realtors know that more than 80% of buyers now look on line for homes. They want to search neighborhoods; they want good mapping; they want great virtual tours and they want lots and lots of pictures.
So I am really amazed to discover that despite this 80% figure, more than 75% of Realtors' marketing budgets go into print advertising. From both the realtors and the sellers point of view, this is a waste of time and … (100 comments)

simon conway: Buy the best home for sale in Windermere, FL (and get a free Merc!) - 11/24/07 02:46 PM

Not only are we able to offer you a $15,000 contribution to closing with our preferred lender (Jumbo Loans available in the 6s), but we will also be delighted to place a brand new 2008 C300 Sport Sedan in one of the garage bays for you!
Completion is just 45 days away now and when it is done, the price will go up so why not call Simon Conway today to arrange your private tour of this magnificent home? Call 407 876 8200.
Custom built executive level home in incredible Windermere, Florida.
Six beautiful bedrooms and six stunning bathrooms all contained in more than 5,000 … (8 comments)

simon conway: The best piece of Butler Chain land for sale - 11/24/07 01:11 PM

Yes you can have Shaq as a neighbor if you are lucky enough to buy, one, two or all three of these side by side one acre plus direct lakefront plots on beautiful Lake Sheen! Your chance to own in South West Orlando on the best chain of lakes in Florida.
Watch the sunset every night from your own backyard on this stunning Butler Chain lake.
It is hard enough to find one lot on this chain, but to find three all next to each other is not something I have seen since I have been selling real estate.
This is a genuine rare … (1 comments)

simon conway: Dan Forbes and Glenn Beck on my radio show! - 11/24/07 04:09 AM
Owing to a scheduling issue (it's a Holiday weekend AND the Bucs are at home and I'm a season ticket holder!), last week's Home Team Radio Show which airs each week on 540 WFLA in Central Florida and available worldwide at - will air again tomorrow at 12 Noon Eastern.
So again this week we have TWO special guests - both of whom you should know very well. First up will be my fellow Florida Realtor, Dan Forbes (pictured right). Dan will be sharing his expertise on Mortgage fraud with me following his excellent series on the subject which you can find … (2 comments)

simon conway: Proving that price testing doesn't work - 11/24/07 03:08 AM
A few weeks ago I posted about why price testing doesn't work. Price testing is where you know the value of a property but you list it higher just to test the market. Sellers request it and Realtors who comply are not doing their clients any favors.
You see there has been research done which not only proves that price tested houses spend more time on the market, but that they actually sell for LESS money in the end than similar homes that were priced correctly to start with.
I have a prime example of this as this morning I placed one of … (10 comments)

simon conway: New home starts up last month - 11/22/07 02:04 AM
In surprise figures released this week by the Commerce Department, new housing starts rose by 3% - the biggest jump in eight months - as more signs start to reveal themselves that in some markets at least, the bottom has been reached and the slow process of turning has begun.
Analysts believe that housing is likely to remain weak through much of 2008 as builders struggle with historically high levels of unsold homes and rising mortgage defaults, which are dumping even more homes back on glutted markets.
Meanwhile Builder Confidence in the single family home market remained unchanged in November from an upwardly … (7 comments)

simon conway: Insurance industry have rate hikes rejected - 11/19/07 03:09 PM
In a move designed to let the insurance industry know exactly who is in control of State insurance rates, no less than four Allstate companies has rate hikes rejected by Florida State Regulators because they didn't comply with a new state law that provided cheaper backup coverage for insurers and required them to pass on savings.
Increases ranging from just under 30% to more than 43% were turned down by the State as regulators followed Governor Charlie Crist's lead in getting tough on insurance companies.
It's almost like a game of chicken right now. Insurers know there is plenty of money to be … (10 comments)

simon conway: This week's Home Team Radio Show includes Glenn Beck! - 11/17/07 02:55 PM
WOW what an exciting show we have planned for tomorrow!! Regular readers of my blog will know that I host The Home Team Radio Show every Sunday at Noon Eastern on 540WFLA in Central Florida and worldwide at
Well this week we have TWO special guests - both of whom you should know very well. First up will be my fellow Florida Realtor, Dan Forbes (pictured right). Dan will be sharing his expertise on Mortgage fraud with me following his excellent series on the subject which you can find on his blog. So you see - impress me (doesn't take much) … (6 comments)

simon conway: Has Central Florida reached the bottom? - 11/17/07 02:38 PM
I've been spending some time looking at the data and while obviously things can change I am fast coming to the conclusion that Central Florida may well have bottomed out.
Let's examine the facts. For almost a year, inventory kept on rising. Now for three months it has been stable. This is the first sign of a market on the bottom.
Secondly our median price has been unchanged in two months. One of the first signs of a market about to turn is a firming up of prices. That doesn't mean there aren't still deals to be had out there for buyers, because … (6 comments)

simon conway: Best of the homes for sale in Arrowtree Reserve - 11/17/07 01:20 PM

If you really want to own some of the best real estate in Arrowtree then YOU MUST ACT NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!! CALL SIMON CONWAY TODAY! This is THE best value in the community - and the best price as well. 2700 square feet of luxury including a beautifully landscaped acre of land, wood floors and corian in the kitchen.
Pre-wired for surroundsound and all for A LOT less money than the builder wants! It is hard to describe the perfect house, but take one step inside this and you will know for sure that you've come home. 
Very bright and homely with … (4 comments)

simon conway: Best of the homes for sale in Celebration - 11/17/07 10:54 AM
AMAZING VALUE ON THIS JUST REDUCED HOME FOR SALE IN CELEBRATION! YOU WILL LOVE LIVING HERE or as most Celebration Real Estate is, A GREAT INVESTMENT! And if that isn't enough, then the new owner of this home will be going on a free Bahamian cruise paid for by the seller!
This is THE BEST PRICE in Georgetown! CALL SIMON CONWAY TODAY ON 407 876 8200! This luxurious and very affordable condominium with spectacular amenities makes the quality of life second to none. This is an incredible opportunity to own in Celebration.
And not just Celebration, but Georgetown in Celebration. Wonderful community … (2 comments)

simon conway: Declining Dollar draws in foreign homebuyers - 11/16/07 09:01 AM
The declining Dollar certainly is making us all think at least twice before deciding to go on a foreign vacation. In fact a smoker friend of mine just came back from the UK where he told me that gas was equal to $10 a gallon and a packet of cigarettes was $15 - not a carton, a pack!
But it is not all bad news for us because the whole thing works in reverse for foreigners! $3 gas for us = 1.50 POUNDS for someone from England. And housing is just the same which is what is dragging these foreigners here to … (6 comments)

simon conway: Listen to my interview with Glenn Beck! - 11/13/07 02:34 PM

As the Orlando sponsor of the Glenn Beck Christmas Tour, I am proud to announce that Glenn will be my guest on this coming Sunday's Home Team Radio Show which will air at 12 Noon Eastern. If you are not in Central Florida, then you can tune in at
Glenn has a nationally syndicated radio talk show - the third most listened to show in the country. He is also on CNN Headline Prime every night at 7pm with repeats later in the evening.
Glenn's Christmas Show is something very special. It is very funny, but it also contains very powerful messages … (10 comments)

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