"Top Ten Rides!" - The Carnival of Real Estate #89

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Most of us remember our first ride at the county fair or at the carny that would pull through town every year. Mine was at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California. One of the classic rides back in the day was the "Tilt-A-Whirl!" I recall making the unfortunate mistake of porking out on every conceivable fairground junk food before climbing aboard, mustard-plastered corndog included. What resulted wasn't pretty.

What is is about the people running those rides? No matter how loud you scream "STOP THE RIDE!" at the top of your lungs, they're totally oblivious.

Needless to say, no one on that ride, including my Mother, was very pleased about my generosity in sharing my lunch with them.

So what bearing does this have? None really. I just thought it would be an amusing segue!

Well, without any further adieu....

Welcome to the 89th Edition of the "Carnival of Real Estate!" 

The following 'rides' you're about to read are much more thrilling and enjoyable. And certainly not quite as messy!

There were some really excellent submissions for this week's Carnival, making the selection process all that more challenging. But I think you'll agree, we've got some more great examples of quality content real estate articles!

So hop onboard, strap in tight, and let the "Rides" begin!.... 


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"Is There Ever A Sure Thing in Real Estate Investing?" by Scott Roemermann of Investing-Secrets.com

Scott offers up some very practical insights on the fears and risks we all face as 'first-time' investors, and explains the benefits of 'bird-dogging.'


"A Look at the Real Estate Market: Time to Buy?" by the Silicon Valley Blogger of The Digerati Life 

Though not a real estate professional by trade, this California-based software engineer has some pretty astute observations on the current housing market from a clearly savvy consumer's viewpoint. She even recommends consulting with a local real estate professional!


"What Every Remodeler Should Ask Themselves" by Spencer Rascoff, CFO & VP of Marketing at Zillow.com

I've been a big fan of Spencer's writing and enjoy his genuine, 'down-to-earth' style. "I am being ripped off." Classic!


"The 'No-Brainer' Investment" by Joe Manausa of Talahasee Real Estate Blog

Joe touches on a very timely subject near and dear to heart of many of us, "How am I ever going to afford my kid's college expenses?


"Core Values to Help You Survive This Market" by Margaret Woda of RE/MAX Vision, Crofton MD

Margaret serves up some of the best advice for agents on how to navigate today's challenging market, and come out a success!


"Not All Staging Bananas are all Ripe & Ready!" by Craig Schiller of Real Estaging

Leave it to Craig to combine laughter with learning. There's a lot of questionable fruit out there, and Craig helps us to shop wisely!


"Want to Buy a Foreclosure? Read This First".... by Kacey Sides & Andy Hodes of Scenic City Scoop

Besides having a really 'delicious' looking blog, their advice on buying foreclosed properties is extremely helpful. Two scoops or three?


"Another Day, Another Dollar, Another Loonie Listing!" by Lauren Mitchell of LivingintheNeighborhood.com

This Toronto Canada Agent cautions area Sellers on the dangers of sporting the "Dork" Flag! Is that a Canadian thing?


"Ambulance Chasers Attack Realtors" by Gretchen Faber of LifeStyleDenver.com

This friendly rant by Kentwood Companies Broker, Gretchen Faber, is like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. Nice job for a budding blogger!


"How would 'House' Solve the Current Housing Crisis?" by Kevin Blasi of Universal Funding Partners

Kevin touts the importance of stressing Borrower Education as a primary cure for our housing woes. Can I get a big 'Amen?' 


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So there ya have it! A great cross-section of both seasoned and budding authors from this past week in the Real Estate Blogosphere. Each of our 'Top Ten W-Riders' will receive their own personalized 'Carnival of Real Estate' badge to proudly display on their blog/websites, courtesy of Mark Flanders of SoundBiteBlog.

Visit the 'Carnival of Real Estate' Blog, sponsored by Zillow.com to review all the past carnival winners. 

Rich Jacobson, ActiveRain Community Builder/Social Media Guy 

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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info
Is it just me... I'm having a hard time reading this post... I have to scroll sideways and it's kind of ... oh nevermind, I'll just click the links.  : (
May 05, 2008 07:31 PM #26
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Thank you for the opportunity to read great posts I never saw.

May 05, 2008 08:07 PM #28
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Missy - I'm with you, I missed this one.  Impressive group - I only saw 1 of these, will have to catch up.  Missy and I must have been selling some real estate last week. LOL.

May 05, 2008 09:18 PM #30
Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
It's hard to hold yourself back from eating all those delicious treats like fried dough, cotton candy, etc. before hopping on the rides.  Luckily no restraint is needed at the Carnival of Real Estate!
May 05, 2008 10:53 PM #31
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Thanks for providing all this terrific reading. I will look forward to catching up on some of these great posts.
May 06, 2008 12:19 AM #32
Rich Schiffer
Swarthmore, PA
Referral Agent, e-PRO
Excellent Reading!  My RSS reader just got a shot of new authors to keep it happy!
May 06, 2008 12:48 AM #33
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN
Interesting stories, it does seem to be an interesting topic today on which way is the market going now. One thing is certain, most people are late to the party.
May 06, 2008 01:14 AM #34
Jon Cooper

Just an FYI, there is a Carnival of Real Estate every week. (Hence the "#89" thing). It just happened to be hosted here this week.

There is a WHOLE LOT that goes on outside AR.  Maybe yall should get out of the Rain sometime!  :)

May 06, 2008 02:27 AM #35
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
I feel like I am on the Tilt - a -whirl!  Things in the market are a bit crazy.  Nice selection of posts, I missed a few of them and I will have to check them out.
May 06, 2008 06:10 AM #36
Jack Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater Beach, FL
Clearwater Beach Condos - Real Estate Homes for Sale
What a great list and yep that Tilt-a-whirl is still deadly - I am looking forward to some good reads and fun to see the carnival on Active Rain.
May 06, 2008 07:08 AM #37
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Gracious Rich...

Geesh...And all we got were stupid pictures of trophies that we're probably going to have to pay for one day :)

It seems the trophies were swiped from Google Images :)

On a more serious note...Congrats to all those who entered and decided to try out that tilt a whirl :)

I'm sorry. It appears I am completely incapable of being serious right now. I did try though :)

Hackberry? Very funny Code Monkeys :) 


May 06, 2008 09:45 AM #38
Joe Hayden Real Estate Team
RE/MAX Properties East - Louisville, KY
Your Louisville Real Estate Experts!
Love the compilations.  Always helps me find a few good posts that slipped by, and those lead to others, which lead to others...etc.  ;)
May 06, 2008 10:06 AM #39
Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate
Thanks Rich. This will take days to read through.
May 06, 2008 11:58 AM #40
Christy Powers
Keller Williams Coastal Area Partners - Pooler, GA
Pooler, Savannah Real Estate Agent
Well, I loved the post. However, it's not as good as the Tilt A Whirl. I can't remember the name of my favorite. But it held you to the backboard by spinning and then it went vertical. I love that ride. 
May 06, 2008 01:37 PM #41
Laura Monroe
Inman News - San Francisco, CA
Dir. of Industry Engagement & Social Media
Ohhh this is cool...I gotta check this out. P.S. I do remember the Pleasanton/Alameda County Fair!!!!
May 07, 2008 04:23 AM #42
Scott Roemermann
Web Ventures Group - Miami, FL


Thanks so much for including my post in this great list.

Much appreciated.


May 07, 2008 04:51 AM #43
Jeffrey deJESUS
Better Homes & Garden - DeJESUS Real Estate Group - Daly City, CA
Great post. Nice and fun to read. Keep these kinds of posts coming!
May 07, 2008 08:26 AM #44
Craig Schiller
Trempealeau, WI


I just got back from a vacation in Carni-land to find this post.

First, thanks for the mention.

Second... MORE AR bloggers should take advantage of the Carnival of Real Estate. ESPECIALLY now that they can brand a unique image to their blog.

Thanks for hosting the Carnival too.


PS: I bet it must feel like your WHOLE life is a blog sometimes.



May 09, 2008 06:22 AM #45
The Digerati Life

Thank you for hosting this carnival and including my post in this list!   GREAT JOB!

May 11, 2008 07:58 AM #46
Jonathan Benya
The Benya Group - Waldorf, MD
The Benya Group

Wow, some great stuff in here, I've got a lot of reading to do!

May 19, 2008 10:43 AM #47
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