real estate: Turning the Corner - 08/21/08 12:24 AM
According to Realty Times, pending sales are way up!  It seems we may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  These new numbers should only improve as first time buyers may start to take advantage of the $7500 tax credit.  I have been sending this information to every renter I can find, as I am sure most are not aware this is available to them. From the Realty Times:
On a national basis, the index jumped by 5.3 percent last month. But more importantly, it rose in every region of the country, suggesting that the turnaround underway is broad-based -- even if … (10 comments)

real estate: What the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 Means to You - 08/19/08 12:14 PM
 First time home buyers! Now is the time to buy!
It means a lot if you are in the market to be a first time homebuyer -- up to a $7,500 tax credit if you purchase before July 1, 2009. And there's more good news. First time homebuyers is defined as, "a buyer who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase."
In order to receive the tax credit you must have purchased your home -- single-family detached, townhouses and condominiums, manufactured homes, and houseboats -- between April 9, 2008 and July 1, 2009. Purchase … (2 comments)

real estate: Imagine the possibilites! - 08/17/08 02:09 PM
 

Talk about alternative energy! This is pretty creative! The Solar Powered Necktie!
Look Sharp and Geeky at the same time!
Now a group of researchers at Iowa State University have created a necktie using newly developed solar fabrics. The neat thing, is that the tiny solar panels are arranged in a grid that looks kind of like what you might see on a tie anyway. There's even a pocket sewn into the back where you can stash the device you're charging.
Wonder what would happen if I wrapped my car in that stuff....Imagine the possiblities...
 
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real estate: Fifty things made from oil - 08/14/08 04:32 AM
 When you think of oil , the first thing you think of is gas for your car. Here is a quick search of things made from oil.  I'm sure there are hundreds more, so feel free to add to the list.  

 
What is the point of this blog? You tell me....

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real estate: New Schools in Simpsonville! - 08/11/08 12:09 PM
Bright, airy hallways and gleaming floors will greet parents and students to Rudolph Gordon Elementary School on Scuffletown Road in Simpsonville. Further southwest, Ralph Chandler Middle School, 4231 Fork Shoals Road, Simpsonville, is set to open a state-of-the-art building that will help ease overcrowded Woodmont, Bryson and Hillcrest middle schools.
Rudolph Gordon will pull students from Bell's Crossing and Bryson elementary schools and though Principal Jackie Parker expected to operate at less than half the school's capacity this year, she said enrollment has already exceeded expectations.
"The projections that came out in late-February and early March were for about 360 (students)," … (1 comments)

real estate: Too great not to share - 08/10/08 12:27 PM
A son asked his father, 'Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?' The father who, despite having a heart condition, says 'Yes'. They went on to complete the marathon together.  Father and son went on to join other marathons, the father  always saying 'Yes' to his son's request of going through the race together. One day, the son asked his father, 'Dad  let's join the Ironman together.' To which, his father said 'Yes."  For those who didn't know, Ironman is the toughest triathlon ever. The race encompasses three  endurance events of a 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim,  followed by a 112 mile (180.2 … (5 comments)

real estate: Picture of the day - Funny but True - 08/08/08 04:49 AM

DILLON, S.C. (AP) - A suspected thief trying to steal $10 worth of copper got himself into a stinky situation when he was trapped under a trash bin at a county landfill for 12 hours, sheriff's deputies said.
Deputies said Gibson Cook, 56, broke into the landfill, then got stuck as he tried to crawl under the large container. Landfill workers found him about 12 hours later with his legs sticking out from under the bin. Emergency workers had to inflate air bags so they could lift the bin to free him.
Cook was charged with trespassing and petty larceny, deputy … (14 comments)

real estate: Building on Listings - 08/07/08 02:06 AM
I love listings!
I landed 2 listings a few weeks ago and launched a pretty aggressive marketing plan for both.  I truly enjoy the marketing side of Real Estate and I believe my clients can sense my enthusiasm and appreciate it, too.  I make it a point to call them at least once a week and give them updates on everything I'm doing - I even tell them how many hits their property has gotten on Realtor.com.  These two listings have also provided me with 2 very good prospects for new buyers.  Both of these buyers found my listings on the … (9 comments)

real estate: Jack is Back!! - 08/03/08 12:57 PM

One of my favorite shows, 24, will be back on the air in January '09.  That seems eons away, but there will be some relief on November 23rd when 24 - Exile, the 2 hour movie will premier.  The movie will be the run up to the new season 7 and will fill us 24 fans on what Jack has been up to for the last year. 
The new season will take place in Washington, DC instead of LA and will usher in the first woman President.  There will be some new faces including Jon Voight. 
See the trailer for … (18 comments)

real estate: 118 Chosen Drive - 08/03/08 10:41 AM
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real estate: What is Grits? - 08/01/08 12:00 PM

I love grits! Never really new what they were until now!
What is Grits? Nobody knows.  Many people feel that grits are made from ground up bits of white corn.  This is obviously a lie.  Nothing as good as a Grits can be made from corn. The most recent research suggests that the mysterious Manna that God rained down upon the Israelites during their time in the Sinai Desert was most likely Grits. Critics disagree, stating that there is no record of butter, salt, or cheese raining down from the sky, and that God would not punish his people by … (17 comments)

real estate: The latest victim of Foreclosure..... - 07/31/08 06:48 AM

Meet Powder, the 44 pound kitty who apparently is the latest victim of a foreclosure.  He was found wandering the streets of Blackwood, NJ and turned into an animal shelter.  His owner later admitted abandoning him due to the foreclosure on her home.  The shelter is getting an average of 15 calls per hour to adopt him.  The world record for a tabby is 46 pounds, however it has been removed from the record in order to keep (lunatics) from overfeeding their cats to break the record.  The shelter claims Powder eats a "normal" diet.    
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real estate: International Buyers - 07/30/08 10:43 AM
According to newly released survey by NAR, International buyers are playing an increasingly important role in market share.  We here in Greenville can attest to that as we are host to several International corporations including BMW and an expanding GE.  Here is some of what  the survey had to say:
The survey found that a typical international buyer purchased a single family home for vacation purposes at $297,400 with mortgage financing, and stayed at his/her U.S. property for 2.6 months. At first glance, this seems rather similar to domestic buyers, but in fact international buyers are quite different from domestic buyers.
The … (3 comments)

real estate: The Farmers Market in Fountain Inn - 07/29/08 12:47 PM
The Fountain Inn Farmers Market opened July 5 at the old train station depot, 102 Depot St., which the city plans to turn into the Fountain Inn History Museum and Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce.
The farmers market runs from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, and the city plans to retrofit an existing structure and add more stalls to make the market a permanent home in the city.
Fountain Inn signed a contract with DP3 Architects last week to design the Fountain Inn Commerce Park and Historical Center. The entire project could be put to bid in 90 days, said Eddie Case, city … (0 comments)

real estate: The Secret Diary of a Cat....a little Friday Humor - 07/25/08 07:02 AM
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real estate: Where's Bambi?? - 07/23/08 12:34 PM
Since moving to Greenville, SC last year, I have noticed that there is a lack of deer here. (at least by Pennslyvania standards where I am originally from)  I have seen zero roaming around and only one that met it's maker on the side of the road.  I kinda miss seeing them eating every plant and flower in my yard! I guess it didn't help that my husband would feed them, so I guess they just assumed my daylillies were theirs for the taking.  Spring was especially neat when the babies would come around. The pictures below are my husband (who … (4 comments)

real estate: A Facebook Accidental Success... - 07/21/08 09:34 AM
I recently joined Facebook after attending one of KW's classes taught by Bill Kennedy(Thanks, Bill!).  I was wondering whether it would be worth the effort, even though it is kinda fun.  Well, since I am a transplant to the area, I decided to look for "friends" I had attended High School with and see if anyone I knew had moved to this area as well.  I found a woman who was a few years behind me (didn't really recognized her name and assumed it was a married name) and invited her to be my "friend". I also mentioned I was in real estate … (9 comments)

real estate: The Forgotten Yard Sign - 07/20/08 11:53 PM
Of course we all know the increasing role the internet is playing in marketing our business.  But did you know that according to a survey by NAR, 63% of homeowners said they used information they obtained from a yard sign to help in their search for a home?
In today's information-saturated marketplace, successful marketers must learn how to stand out from the crowd, or risk losing market share. Your signs give you the opportunity to communicate directly to your target market. Yet most agents ignore this gold mine and even worse, allow their signs to fall down and look crooked, rusty, and … (3 comments)

real estate: Home Loan Applications Jump! - 07/19/08 01:56 PM
With all the stock market jitters about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the U.S. mortgage system, you might have the impression that the real estate market is on the edge of some sort of cliff.
But that's wrong: Would you believe that new home loan applications jumped by a seasonally-adjusted seven and a half percent last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers of America's national survey! Applications to purchase homes using FHA loans surged by nearly 20 percent.
See the article Here

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real estate: Music as Medicine? - 07/19/08 01:44 PM
I found this story in US News just remarkable. We all know know music we enjoy can put us in a good mood, but did you that it could be medicine for your brain?
A woman's 2003 diagnosis of Parkinson's was followed by muscle spasms, balance problems, difficulty in walking, and ultimately a serious fall in the shower. But something remarkable happened when the 60-year-old public speaking coach turned to an oldies station on her shower radio: She could move her leg with ease, her balance improved, and, she couldn't stop dancing. Now, she puts on her iPod and pumps in … (2 comments)

 

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