Hawaii foreclosure update - 9/07

mikey posted this 1 1,969 Views

Hawaii's real estate statistics for September 2007 were published last week and foreclosures have doubled compared to a year earlier.  Shocking?  It sounds bad but Hawaii still ranks as the state with the 10th lowest rate of foreclosures in the U.S. In September there were 135 foreclosure filings in Hawaii, or one filing per 3,638 homes.  Nevada had the highest foreclosure rate with one filing per 185 households for a total of 5,504.  Total foreclosures in the nat...

DOJ to NAR -In Your Face Sucka

Indy Realtor posted this 1,666 Views

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division launched a new website this week aimed squarely at the real estate industry.  The DOJ and the National Association of Realtors have been embroiled in a legal battle for a few years now because the DOJ believes that NAR supports policies that deter competition and unnaturally keep real estate commissions high.  Although this site bolsters my case and obviously I am in favor of what they are talking about, it does seem a little lop...

When did building green become controversial in Marin County?

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The town of Fairfax in Marin County has recently run up against an interesting problem.  Builder Shane Deal wants to build a home that “will meet the platinum standards for green building” and his neighbors are up in arms.  You’d think that in this very environmentally conscientious neighborhood they’d be ecstatic.  Eco-friendly homes in Marin are all the rage.  So – what, exactly, is the problem? The house Deal proposes will have state-of-...

California Association of Realtors paves way for State Wide MLS

Jonathan posted this 1,234 Views

Recently the California Association of Realtors approved a motion that could lead to a state wide MLS.  I personally think this is real progress in our industry that will foster efficiency and innovation. I have run into problems with my regional boards and regional MLS's here in South Carolina wanting my entire company (brokerage house) to join their MLS before they will allow any single realtor to join. In other words, the realtor and the realtor's entire firm or brokerage house mu...

Why no photos - Jupiter Real Estate Listings

DavidAbernathy posted this 5 1,836 Views

This weekend several things happened to bring the issue of agents utilizing professional quality photos on there Palm Beach County listings. First, I have been busy most of the weekend implementing the new custom IDX that provides the best display of property for prospective buyers that come and visit my website.  I am investing the time to create may of the Jupiter Golf Course, Jupiter Waterfront, and Jupiter Oceanfront communities listings by sub-division and pages that help p...

Fall for Greenville 2007

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Fall For Greenville 07 Has Another Great Turn Out!     For those who do not know, Fall For Greenville is an annual event where downtown Greenville closes off Main Street and Restaurants set up tents and serve food for every taste and preference imaginable.   Live bands play, there are games, rides, contests, and of course plenty of food and beverages. Admission is totally free and tickets for food and beverages are 5.00 dollars per sheet.   Most ...

Google Sent My First Check

Lipply posted this 4 1,455 Views

Wow this week I actually got my first check from google!  It was just over $100.00.  Thank you google!  It's really kind of funny though since over the years we have paid you more money than I want to say out loud.  Regardless, though, also over the years we have learned how to work hard on our website development strategy to rank naturally in your search engine results -- and I am happy to say that we no longer pay you anything. You pay us now ~ what a concept.

Recent Study Reveals Major Confusion Over Home Insurance Loss Coverage

Gulf Coast Associates posted this 2,558 Views

A recent study by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners shows many homeowners are still confused about exactly what types of losses their homeowner insurance policies cover. The results are actually quite surprising and show the need for homeowners to take better care in understanding what they are getting when taking out their coverage. Making assumptions, or not clarifying exactly what types of losses are covered, can cost you dearly when disaster strikes. The survey found...


Things NOT to do or have when Selling your home!

Keith Lutz posted this 2 1,033 Views

The overall Rule is not to be known by the agents who sell your home as, "the bird house", "the barking dog house" or worse "the smelly house"!  So here are some obvious or not so obvious suggestions to not turn off a buyer to your home! 1.) If you are having an Open house, do not hang around.  Go to the movies or shopping or something.  We need to let the buyers feel like they own the home.  As a realtor, I want to hear feedback like...

Making the most of your mortgage payments

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Last week I discussed the rather provocative program that American Express has implemented allowing homeowners to put their monthly payments on their AmEx card.  Other credit card companies are coming up with some pretty clever reward schemes as well.  As a realtor affiliated with Keller Williams in Marin, I see many of my clients take on some pretty substantial mortgages and am always interested in ways to help them maximize their mortgage dollars. One that intrigues me is Citib...