tina bann: Why do my neighbors have a for sale sign in their yard? - 06/28/10 04:12 AM
I'm sure that we've all had it happen.  You wake up one morning, have coffee, go get the paper, and then BLAM!, you see the "For Sale" sign in your neighbors yard...and it's not yours.  Your first thought is probably one that I could not post in this blog!  Then after you get over the initial shock, the head starts to spin about what could have gone wrong.
I am not a very outgoing person when it comes to people that I don't already know.  I put up a pretty good front when meeting new clients and it doesn't take me … (3 comments)

tina bann: Special thanks to a "real estate" Dad - 06/19/10 07:29 AM
The average realtor in my area is 55 and male. 
I do not fit that demographic.  I am 39 years old and have two small children; ages 18 months and 5 years.  I am a full-time realtor that currently serves on our PR committee and board of directors.  The position on the board of directors was a fill-in position that happened when a member left.  I have been asked to officially run for one of the two open spots coming up this July and if elected, will serve for a 3 year term.  This involves many early morning meetings, after hours … (17 comments)

tina bann: Epilogue to "Would you hire a pregnant realtor?" - 01/25/09 11:52 PM
A few months ago I posted this question to everyone and got many responses, most of which were that it shouldn't matter if the realtor was pregnant.  If the realtor was good at her job, she should get the listings she was pitching to get.  Well, of course that pregnant realtor was me and here's a diary of what happened.  Keep in mind that my baby due date was December 6th, 2008.
November 25th - showed properties all morning and then in the afternoon, went on listing presentation
November 26th - showed properties an hour away to a buyer of mine.

tina bann: New Listing on Eau Claire southside - 11/14/08 02:49 AM

3 bedroom/2 bath ranch home on Eau Claire's southside.  Home features large private backyard with patio and garden shed.  Updates include newer furnace and water heater.  New in 2008 are main level flooring, interior doors/trim, patio door, interior/exterior paint.  Home also features finished lower level family room and bonus room that could be bedroom or office
Call Today!  Tina Bann, Prudential Benrud Realty  715-833-1900 or visit my website at www.tinabann.com

tina bann: Would You Hire a Pregnant Realtor? - 11/10/08 01:18 AM
Politically Correct Question of the Day!!  Let's get some honest answers.
If you ask, how pregnant?  What about 8 months pregnant.  Would you sign a listing contract with a realtor who could be popping out a baby anytime within the next 4 weeks?  Should this agent disclose to customers how close the due date is or should she downplay it and not offer unless they ask.  With technology playing such a big part in real estate now, just about everything can be done via laptop or cell phone so is it really a big … (15 comments)

tina bann: If I had a Dollar... - 11/10/08 12:03 AM
I'm sure agents out there have said the same thing as me; "If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how the market is".
This past weekend my husband and I went out to dinner with some friends.  These friends own a small local car company and I have sold one of their houses for them in the past couple years.  Of course discussion eventually got around to the current housing market.  The housing market here in the Eau Claire/Chippewa Falls area is slow but has not come to a grinding halt like in other parts of the … (12 comments)

tina bann: Another Reason to Use a Buyers Agent! - 11/07/08 04:48 AM
I have clients who are in the planning stages for building their new house.  I have helped them meet builders and look at various residential lots and wrote up an offer for them on a vacant lot.  On our offer, we made sure to include that we wanted the property lines verified by the survey company.  And it's a good thing we did!!
The buyers were at the lot today to observe where the builder had staked out for the house and driveway and the neighbor who has a house on the lot next door came out to tell them that … (5 comments)

tina bann: Things that I'm Thankful For Today - 10/29/08 01:14 AM
Wrong Holiday maybe for this but I think all of us need inspiration every day.  Here's the things that inspire me!
The beautiful sunrise coming up over the top of the trees by my house.  Yes, it's 20 degrees outside but if I squint from my window I can block out the frost on my lawn.
My 4-year old daughter who will stop in the middle of her playing to run over, hug me, and say "I love you Mommy".
Our office receptionist, Casey, who is truely more than just a receptionist and always has chocolate for me and stops to … (2 comments)

tina bann: Fall in Wisconsin - 10/13/08 02:25 AM
Over the years, my husband and I have often thought about moving to a different part of the United States.  We both live within 45 minutes of our hometowns where we grew up and neither of us have traveled much throughout the United States or abroad.  I think it's weekends like the one we just had that keep us here.  It was an unusual weather weekend with 75 degrees and sunny skies in the middle of October.  But the real beauty is in the trees around us...the leaves have turned such beautiful colors that I am often tempted to stop my … (1 comments)

tina bann: Eau Claire Wisconsin Home for Sale on 1.9 acre lot - 08/12/08 07:29 AM
Check out this new listing on the southside of Eau Claire.  Home is situated on almost 2 acre lot just outside of town.  3 bedrooms/1.5 baths/2 car attached garage plus additional shed.  Home has new windows, roof, water heater, paint.
The yard features large deck off back of house and fenced in play area. 
Call Tina Bann at 715-379-7785 for additional information or to schedule a showing.


tina bann: Are your listings outdated? - 08/12/08 12:22 AM
It never fails that when I am browsing our MLS, I find outdated information that has been posted by the listing realtor and no longer applies.  Here's a few outdated quotes and other information that I recently found;
1.  Some of the pictures have snow in them!  OK, I live in Wisconsin where we have winter for several months but it's now August and last time I looked, all the snow is gone!  There is no excuse to have a picture of your listing with snow.  This also applies to pictures that were taken this spring when the trees were bare … (10 comments)

tina bann: Why have a Buyers Agent - 07/24/08 06:43 AM
What is a buyers agent and what do they do?
A Buyers Agent is a realtor who is working for the buyer.  The agent is trying to get the buyer the best price for the house with the best terms.  The Buyers Agent does research that helps get the buyer these things.  Here's an outline of the advantages of working with a Buyers Agent:
1.  Loyalty - That agent is working for YOU.  If the house is overpriced, the agent will show you comparables that support the correct price.   The listig agent of the house is working for the SELLER and … (2 comments)

tina bann: I love my job as a realtor! - 07/15/08 12:03 AM
I just wanted to share some happy thoughts this Tuesday morning.  It is almost 7:00 am here in central Wisconsin and maybe it's the beautiful sun coming up, but I find myself in a wonderful mood.
This is my 3rd year in real estate and have been told that I am doing very well in this slow market.  I just try to make my customers happy and put food on the table!  But anyway, the reason I love my job is that it works so well with my family life.  My husband has a Monday - Friday day job that enables … (7 comments)

tina bann: making videos of houses - 07/07/08 01:43 AM
I would like to know if anyone out there makes their own videos of their listings and how they do it.  I know some agents are but I don't want to spend a ton of money on equipment.  Basically, I would like to be able to make a video of my listings with voice describing the benefits of the property.  I would then like to be able to post it on my own website and on other internet sites such as youtube.  All past experience or advice is welcome and helpful!

tina bann: my first referral from Active Rain - 07/07/08 12:37 AM
I have been a member of Active Rain for only about a month and must admit that I often forget to log on each day.  But over this 4th of July weekend, I received my first referral for a seller in my area!  I am so thrilled about this and look forward to blogging more.  I have always believed that referrals are the way to be the successful realtor that I want to be and you don't have to spend a ton of money advertising!  I am still trying to make contact with the seller, but THANK YOU SALLY!

tina bann: advice needed for failing septic system in Wisconsin - 06/05/08 05:14 AM
Help!  I could use some advice on how to best handle this situation.  I have a seller who lives out in the country here around Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Their septic system is older but they have never had any problems with it.  We made all potential buyers aware of this.  some buyers just had a septic inspection done and the inspector said that the system is bad and in his opinion, is not going to last much longer.  My sellers are saying that they refuse to foot any costs for a new system because every buyer was informed that the system … (4 comments)


Tina Bann

Eau Claire, WI

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Prudential Benrud Realty

Office: (715) 833-1900

Mobile: (715) 379-7785



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