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The big day is finally here! I got to my polling place at 5:50am and was third in line. Glad I am an early riser because the line was growing fast. It was so cool to see all the people in my neighborhood out walking to the polls, out doing something together.



 1st Ward,

 Chicago, IL






I heard something funny yesterday on the news, a commenter said "the only reason we have elections is to see if the polls were right".

So in that spirit, here are some interesting tidbits a recent Zillow poll found about the candiates and their relation to real estate.  Homeowners were asked who they were going to vote for in the presidential election, based on that, here’s what we found:

- Half (50%) of McCain voters believe their own home’s value has decreased over the past year, 18% think the value has remained steady, and 32% think their home’s value has increased.

- More than half (56%) of Obama voters believe their own home’s value has decreased over the past year. 16% think the value has remained steady, and 28% think their home’s value has increased.

- 22% of McCain voters believe their home’s value will increase in the coming 6 months, while 42% believe it will stay the same, and 36% believe their home’s value will decrease.

- Among planned Obama voters, 19% think their home’s value will increase, 37% think it will stay the same, and 44% think it will decrease.

Happy Voting!

Don't forgot to pick up your freebies these places are offering today to voters- Starbucks is offering a free cup of coffee, Krispy Kreme is giving away star-shaped doughnuts and Ben and Jerry's is offering a free scoop of ice cream.  Coffee, doughnuts and ice cream- that's my kind of meal!




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Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Sara: you are an early riser! I voted about 8:30 this morning at our small rural outpost. It's always fun!



P.S. when are you in Seattle next?

Nov 04, 2008 09:14 AM #18
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Very glad I did an absentee ballot! Should be an interesting evening.

Nov 04, 2008 09:27 AM #19
Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals

Hi Sara-I did it!  I voted today..and I walked in...no line...and walked out...with hubby.  It was a special voting for us..its the first time we voted as a couple!  I know what a sap..but I love firsts!  I didn't cash in on the freebies...but I read your comment on my post this morning and then went to Cindy's posts..and the good part was we had our sales meeting in the am...so a few of our associates found out about all the freebies! 

Nov 04, 2008 09:36 AM #20
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hey Sara~ I voted this am at about 7:00 and was in and out like a charm and even made a great contact for real estate!  I didn't get any of the "free" stuff..... but it is great that they were all offered!

Nov 04, 2008 10:24 AM #21
Pete Jalbert
The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. - Paia, HI

Aloha Sara-Early bird gets the worm. I made it the polls ten minutes early and there were about 20 people in line. Lots of early voting on Maui.

Nov 04, 2008 10:33 AM #22
Jenn Neumann Deer
RE/MAX Southern Shores - Surfside Beach, SC
Surfside Beach Real Estate

Wow, you deserved to be first in line being up and out that early in the morning!  I hope Starbucks beat you there.  Thanks for sharing, those statistics are interesting and I hadn't heard them before.

Nov 04, 2008 11:34 AM #23
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at RE/MAX Access - Philadelphia, PA
Real People. Real Dreams. Real Estate.

Happy voting to you as well !  Great statistics : )  It feels great to vote in the historic election.  We got our votes in a little after 7:00 pm today (just in time ! )

Nov 04, 2008 11:40 AM #24
Patty Luther
RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty - Lewiston, ID
Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington

My son just went looking for a place to VOTE and could not find one...it is only 6:21 pm in the state of Washington...he was told by them at the High School that all ballots are mailed to the registered...I told him to keep searching!

Nov 04, 2008 12:28 PM #25
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Interesting how supporters of both candidates have such similar views of the real estate market. It must be getting really exciting around Chicago right now. MSN projections have Obama with 200 electoral votes, and that doesn't even include a likely 77 from the west coast and Hawaii.

Nov 04, 2008 12:37 PM #26
John Teel
RE/MAX LakeSide Dreams - Corsicana, TX
Realtor - Richland Chambers Lake homes-property

Interesting stats, to go a little deeper I wonder what part of the country these opinions came from? Hmmmm, just a thought. By the way, no freebies for voting in our parts, no lines at lunchtime either.

Nov 04, 2008 12:47 PM #27
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

WoW ... What dedication to get there at 5:30 AM.. I didn't get in line until 10:10 AM.. took me 1 1/2 hours to get to vote.

Nov 04, 2008 02:10 PM #28
Sandra McCarty
Keller Williams - Southlake, TX
Sandy McCarty your Relocation agent for Iowa

We have a new prsident in the house!  What a interesting last 6 month it has been. 

Sandy Schweiger
Keller Williams, Auburn, Ca

Nov 04, 2008 02:38 PM #29
Ronnie Margolis
KW Kauai - Kapaa, HI
Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh

History was made tonight. I traveled today so I voted 10 days ago. It was a good feeling to get it out of the way early. Aloha from Kauai

Nov 04, 2008 02:51 PM #30
Karen Cooper
Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas - Leander, TX
Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States

Sara - Here in Oregon, our Voting Pamphlets and Ballots arrive in the mail a couple of weeks before election day. Sure makes it convenient but kind of takes some of the excitement out of going to the polling places.

Nov 04, 2008 04:27 PM #31
Dean Moss
Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL - Chicago, IL
Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team

Sara -

What a day - yes?

I voted early (not often), and got to miss some of the big crowds today.

And, now, we have a new President Elect!

How inspirational - how intimidating!  His work, and our work, has yet to really begin.

Sara, thanks for connecting me with Dana today - its always good to connect with a fellow Chicagoan!


Nov 04, 2008 04:45 PM #32
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Like the stats - people do vote thier pocketbooks.

Nov 04, 2008 05:38 PM #33
Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton
Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC - Hilton Head Island, SC

Wow, you were up early--I wouldn't even be able to see the screen if I had gone that early.

Nov 04, 2008 10:43 PM #34
Alexsandra Stewart
Remax equity group - Portland, OR
Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate

Those were some interesting statistics.  We vote by mail here (get our ballots about 3 weeks ahead of Election Day) -- you'd think there wouldn't be any lines would you?  If you wait too long though, you can't mail and have to drop your ballot off at one of the drop off locations. Yesterday at about 6 pm there were cars lined up at one of the drop off places and people were handing off their envelopes to colunteers to drop in for them.  It looked like April 15th, at the postoffice as people beat the 12 mindnight deadline!  The important thing though is that they were voting! 

Nov 05, 2008 06:19 PM #35

hi im new to this im looking for any help i can get thanks



Nov 07, 2008 03:53 PM #36
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495


Okay.  It's three weeks later.  Time to start blogging again in the Rain.  Come on over; I've got some photos in my latest post that will make you smile.

Mike in Tucson

Nov 20, 2008 07:57 PM #38
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