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Trying something new - I have never blogged before!

Real Estate Agent with Vangie Berry Signature Realty

A little about the market here in Lake County - we are an area of small towns about an hour from each coast and an hour from Orlando and the attractions. A lot of our residents commute to Orlando for work as Lake County is primarily a service community. In 2008 we sold 2,486 houses in the county down over 200 from the previous year. The majority of homes sold were between $100,000 and $250,000. Condominiums sold in 2008 were 73 down from 101 in 2007. On top of the reduction in amount of homes sold we also had a reduction in price. It isn't all gloom - the people who sold and the Realtors who assisted them were happy.

How do we compare with your market?

The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

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If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

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Troy Trumm, Trumm Team, Omaha NE

Jan 20, 2009 08:47 AM
Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Real Estate TeamMates - Miami, FL

Ronni.....Welcome to ActiveRain.  This is a great community to network with others as well a great place to learn from other's experiences and knowledge.  I've enjoyed it; I hope you enjoy it as well.

Sergio Rebollo Jr.
Exit Prime Realty
Coral Gables, FL  33134

Miami Short Sale Specialist - Profile

Jan 20, 2009 12:12 PM
Jason Ellis
Coastal REO Solutions - Myrtle Beach Short Sales & REO's - Myrtle Beach, SC

great start to AR and the NEw Year -- Best of luck in 2009 -- JE

Jan 20, 2009 12:13 PM
Maria Tascon
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg - Spartanburg, SC
Spartanburg SC Short Sale Specialist

Hi Ronni,

Welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first post.  This is a great community where you can learn a lot as well as share your thoughts.  Enjoy it!

Jan 20, 2009 02:12 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Ronni,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!


Jan 20, 2009 03:35 PM
Everard Korthals
---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors--- - Lancaster, PA
Mountain Realty

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We hope you have a great day, All The Best- 

Sincerely, ( Castellum Realty llc - Lancaster PA Real Estate )

Jan 20, 2009 03:55 PM
Sandy Childs
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC
Realtor - Spartanburg, SC

Congratulations on joining Active Rain. This is a great professional networking and referral site. Our Team is working here in the Spartanburg / Greenville areas of South Carolina. We would be thrilled for any referrals you might send our way - or any referrals that we could send to you. Hope you enjoy this site as much as I do.

Jan 20, 2009 10:38 PM
Yvette Gardner
Keller Williams Realty, Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to the Active Rain community. This is a great site with lots of information.  Have fun with it and hope to see more of your blogs soon!  We have a team of three outstanding full time agents to assist your buyers and sellers in Spartanburg/Greenville, SC.  Let us know if we can ever help. Again, welcome to AR!!

Jan 21, 2009 12:51 AM
Jean Terry
Keller Williams Realty Spartanburg, S.C. - Spartanburg, SC

Hi and welcome to Active Rain, a great site to network, share, learn, and have fun. Good Luck.

Jan 21, 2009 01:19 AM
Morris Childs
PEP source - Spartanburg, SC

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Jan 21, 2009 12:15 PM
Anna Ryan
Keller Williams Realty - Simpsonville, SC

Hello and a warm welcome to AR.  Jump in and get your feet wet!

Jan 21, 2009 01:14 PM
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

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Jan 22, 2009 01:57 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I am also guessing the buyers were also happy to have found a home they could afford. Our market is very similar, but I see it as OK for sellers, but great for buyers. Doom and Gloom only depends on what side of the table you are on.

I am glad you were willing to give blogging a shot, I think in time you will find it as addicting as many others have before you that have never blogged before. The blogging bug will really hit you when you get that first call from your blog.

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Jan 23, 2009 09:05 AM