Some Just For Fun Items

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I spend about an hour every morning scouring the internet for interesting and informative media on Real Estate as research for writing my Blog.  Today instead of writing an article I would like to share a few paragraphs and links to some interesting sites with articles I have come across.


Home staging professionals find new business in changing market

In a recent study conducted by the trade association, 89 vacant occupied and un-staged homes were listed. These homes spent an average of 166 days on the market. However, when these exact same homes were professionally staged and relisted, they only spent an average of 32 days on the market — a 73% decrease in time spent on the market.



Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Selling Soon?

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi may be parting ways with their Thousand Oaks ranch in the very near future. The Los Angeles Times reports that the celebrity couple’s Hidden Valley retreat is currently showing a status of “looking for backup,” which (for those of you who are not Realtors) generally means a bid has been accepted but the seller is still fielding other offers.



From The New York Times:

Looking For Homes In The French Alps

This four-bedroom three-bathroom chalet was built in 2003. It is on the sunnier and more-desirable east side of Lake Annecy. The continuing popularity of lakefront property, especially for overseas buyers fleeing unstable economies, has helped the town of Annecy weather the financial crisis better than most areas. This 2003 chalet, built of concrete and siding construction, is on the desirable east side of Lake Annecy in the community of Veyrier du Lac. See more photos here.

In Case You Want to Buy

Here is a description of the property and FYI there are no restrictions on foreigners in France. Agents charge a fee of about 5 percent, paid by the seller. All transactions must go through a notary public, who oversees the contract and closing, handles negotiations, and collects all transaction taxes and fees owed to the government.



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Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Hi Don, I was aware the Ellen Degeneres & Portis de Rossi were selling their Hidden Ranch estate, but was not aware that they bought in Montecito.

Sep 05, 2013 02:29 AM #1
Kevin A. Guttman-Author, ReverseMortgageSpecialist
NMLS #384936 - Colorado Springs, CO

Thanks Don!

These are fun!


Sep 05, 2013 02:37 AM #2
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Thanks Don, What a good idea to highlight interesting happenings of the day. Good job.

Sep 05, 2013 02:48 AM #3
Mary Kent
Five Star Real Estate - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids to the Lake Shore

Don - I too like to peruse the internet in the morning to see what is happening in real estate. Fun stuff!

Sep 05, 2013 04:28 AM #4
Don Callahan
Keller Williams Realty - Savannah, GA
One of The 10 Most Dependable Agents in Eastern US

Thanks. A cup of coffee and internet surfing - that's my morning. How about you?

Sep 12, 2013 01:40 AM #5
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