Michael's Blog-March 6, 2009

Real Estate Broker/Owner with eXp Realty

Social Networking

 About a month ago it was suggested to me that I  join a social networking group, Facebook.  Reluctantly, I logged on, uploaded my photo, photos of my wife, Tonia and my two sons, Nicholas and Christopher, and my Websites, Within an hour  I was delighted to hear from people I had not been in contact with for 30-40 years.  Fantastic people I had known and loved and neglected by way of....what's my excuse?  Now, each time I log on, my friends, many of them my former colleagues in The New Christy Minstrels, let me know what their up to and who they've found that I should connect with.  If I manage my time correctly, it provides a way of attending ‘multiple cocktail parties' from the comfort of my chair.  While not everyone embraces this way of connecting, the fact is that for everyone who does not want to get involved, there is one who does. To all of you who are now on my "Friends" link, "Thank you!"  I can't wait to log-on to see which long-lost friend I've found and who has found me.


Michael's Bit of Real Estate

 If you feel a draft every time you walk by your windows, it's probably time to replace them. Likewise, windows that stick, glass that is cold to the touch, and costly energy bills despite new insulation and other home repairs are all signs that you've put off replacing them for too long.

Whether you intend to buy and install the windows yourself or have a pro do it for you, do the research first. Know your window type: double-hung windows that slide up and down, casement windows that swing out, awning windows, etc. Then pick your preferred framing material, such as wood, vinyl or fiberglass. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, from style to price to longevity.

You must also consider where you live; energy needs in the Northwest differ from those in the Deep South. Ratings for energy efficiency, light visibility, air leakage and other factors are available from government programs such as Energy Star, publications such as Consumer Reports and industry sources such as the National Fenestration Rating Council.

Armed with the right information, you can shop smarter. Have a target price in mind, get estimates and have the patience to wait for the best possible price. 

Sources: www.energystar.gov, www.nfrc.org



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Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Michael,

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


Mar 06, 2009 01:49 PM #1
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!!

Mar 07, 2009 12:43 AM #2
Jason Rose
123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education - Farmington Hills, MI

Good morning, Nichael, and welcome to Active Rain! This is a great place to network and where you can learn a lot. I'm relatively new here myself, and I find myself checking in every day because so many AR members post so much incredible information. Enjoy!

Mar 07, 2009 01:24 AM #3
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. And if you ever need an agent in the upstate of South Carolina, please call me.

Mar 07, 2009 01:31 AM #4
Morris Childs
PEP source - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain. It just gets easier after your first blog. Just write about what interests you.

Mar 07, 2009 03:37 AM #5
David Painter
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Good to have you on Active Rain.  This is a good site for gathering information and interesting to see what others are blogging about. Contact us if we can be of service to you here in the Spartanburg / Greenville areas of South Carolina. We would be happy to send you a referral or to take good care of any referral you would send to us.

Mar 07, 2009 03:50 AM #6
Michael Umphrey
eXp Realty - Santa Fe, NM
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Thank you all for reading my blog and for your warm welcome to Active Rain!  Business is good here in Santa Fe but I'm never too busy for any of your referrals.

Continued success,

Michael Umphrey


Mar 07, 2009 04:39 AM #7
Vicente A. Martinez
Prudential Douglas Elliman Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - Woodhaven, NY
Realtor, Brooklyn - Long Island - Queens Homes

Hi and welcome to active|rain.

There are thousands of tips, tools, and tricks of the trade here. Be sure to check them out. Best of luck and see you around.

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