Judge Rejects Florida's Tax-Cutting Amendment

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In a stunning ruling for Gov. Crist and the Florida Legislature, Circuit Judge Charles A. Francis has ruled their new Tax Relief amendment (see below) is unconstitutionally misleading and removed it from the ballot for January 2008. In his written ruling, Judge Francis referenced the ballot summary stating "the amendment would preserve existing property tax breaks", when in actuality, it phases them out. In particular, the Judge said voters are given little and inaccurate information with re...

Sevierville, TN : This Quiet Giant has Emerged from the Shadows! Part 1

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I can remember as a small child vacationing to East Tennessee in the small towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.  They were small quaint towns with an americana feel that was like no other place I had ever been.  The City of Sevierville was just a small town that you drove through to reach your destination.  There was very little business or tourism in Sevierville, but it turns out that it would be a economic and commercial giant that had been hibernating for decades.&nbsp...

Build Green to Save More Energy

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Built Green BC is a program offered to builders by the BC division of the Canadian Home Builders Association which has been in existence for nearly 2 years. In order to build a ‘built green home’, you have to be a registered and trained contractor. On Vancouver Island there is only but a handful. The fundamentally sound program will cost the home owner a bit more initially but will result in savings for them down the road. To register a home under the program an independent energ...

Greatest Real Estate Agent In The World | Colleen Lane | Tri Cities Washington Best REALTOR® ...

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My wife's birthday is today! Colleen turns the big 4-0 today. Proverbs 31:31 writes: "Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate." In times past, business and communication of important information was done at the gate to the city. Today, I'm here to stand at the gate and tell folks what a great REALTOR® and all around great person my wife is. A birthday tribute, if I may. What I've done is created a Squidoo lens about Colleen titled: ...

Majestic Meadows Homes

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Majestic Meadows Subdivision Majestic Meadows is a newer subdivision that is located in the Boyd's Creek area of Sevier County, East Tennessee.  This prestigious community offers luxury homes with some of the highest standards of craftsmanship.  Most homes have large spacious bedrooms, over-sized his/her bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs, multiple fireplaces, and crown molding throughout.  If gourmet kitchens are your weakness then you may as well stop your home search now.&nbs...

Avoiding Sour Negotiation

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Negotiating can be tough.  It is more an art of applying techniques to each unique transaction rather than cut and dry responses.  With home sales, each home has a person behind it with emotions that can be triggered either positively or negatively.  Whether I am the agent for the buying or selling end, I try to advise my clients with facts rather than emotions.  I have run into other agents who get quite emotional and defensive about a transaction, and I can understand t...

The Bay Area Needs it's FHA Guidelines Raised

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FHA financing helps to make home ownership a reality for many people. However in the Bay Atea, because of our high home prices the FHA guidlines do not represent our market. Currently the limit for FHA financing is $417,000. However the Median price in the Bay Area is over $600,000. Fortunately, the House of Representatives passed HR 1852 which proposes to raise the FHA limit to better accommodate high cost areas like our market. Realtors in my market are pressuring our elected officials to ...

23rd Annual Sausalito Floating Homes Tour

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I’ve always found home and garden tours to be fascinating.  I suppose that getting a little glimpse into how other people decorate their homes, tend their gardens, and live their lives gives me some sort of vicarious pleasure.  On September 29 Sausalito will host its 23rd Annual Floating Home Tour, which will provide a fascinating look into a unique lifestyle – and I, for one, am looking forward to it with great anticipation. Sausalito has long been a thriving artist...

Using Digital Signatures

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I think signatures are a great tool for real estate agents. I train my agents to use them as a method of response to an otherwise daunting task of replying to large volumes of website leads (thanks to REW). Our email system (Outlook on an in-house Exchange server) has the capability of creating several signatures per email account. With this feature we have our agents create several signatures with canned response content based on the most common requests for information we recieve via th...