July 2007 New Tampa Real Estate Report

Calum posted this 1,399 Views

There continue to be some positive signs in the New Tampa real estate market. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal showed Tampa, Florida as one of only four metro areas with declining home inventory.   In New Tampa, despite a close to 12% drop in sales from July 2007, compared to July 2006, home inventory is down from 943 homes in June to 913 homes in July. There was a 6 % drop in the average home price, compared to 3% gain in July. Although I have to admit, I was ...

A funny thing happened on the way to a closing...

Eric Blackwell posted this 3 1,563 Views

One of our agents came into my office the other day with a quite a tale to tell. Seems she had just gotten out of a closing on an investment property for one of her clients that ended about as wierd as she had seen, so she decided to tell me about it. The home was rather dilapidated but the investor client of hers wanted it anyway. So the price was agreed to and the bank he bought it from sold it "as-is". There was a small lien on the property as reported by the title search, but...

CK Chung nominated as SEO judge for REW Blogging contest

Morgan Carey posted this 2,488 Views

And we are lucky to have him! CK has graciously volunteered to sit on the judging panel with me to judge the SEO component of the REW Blogs contest. For those of you who don't know him: CK Chung, aka Kid Disco of SEOdisco.com, started optimizing websites before he even knew what SEO was. Utilizing his schooling, knowledge, logic, and instincts, he implemented what he later found out to be along the lines of the best practices for SEO. Beginning his professional career by perf...

Benton County Fair | Benton Franklin County Fair and Rodeo

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The 2010 Benton Franklin County Fair and Rodeo begins August 23 with the Demolition Derby and ends on August 28. In the Tri-Cities Washington area, there are about a half dozen cornerstone events and the fair is one of them. Our community is one centered around the nucleus of the family, and the fair is all about family fun. Our yearly routine involves buying our kids the arm band that allows unlimited rides. The family fair routine for us involves two visits to the fair on the day of the fa...

Exact Day of the Year to List an Atlanta Home

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What if I could tell you that I know the exact day to list your home that will give you the best chance to sell your home? Would you believe me? It's true. I can, and, I'm going to tell you how! By utilizing some readily available information, you can do this for any home anywhere. But, before we get too far along here, I feel that it is important to have a caveat to my final answer as this is really a very broad generalization, and for your particular home, you will need specific da...

Relevant Reading - No link spam please

Morgan Carey posted this 6 3,035 Views

This is the first installment in a series of posts I have promised in order to help REW Bloggers create the best blogs possible and hopefully win some really great prizes in the REW Blogs Contest. The topic of this blog post is how to properly use the "Relevant Reading" (Formerly named "links" ) section of your REW Blog. I renamed this section in an attempt to further educate members in terms of the purpose of this section and to help them understand that it is not j...

My Safe Florida Home Wind Inspections

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With Hurricane Dean heading into the southern Gulf of Mexico, we thought it might be a good time to remind Florida residents of the state sponsored My Safe Florida Homes free wind inspection program. Floridians can learn how safe their homes are now, what they can do to strengthen their homes, and find out if they are eligible for savings on their hurricane insurance premiums. In addition, homeowners who receive an inspection through the program may be eligible for matching grants up to $...

Tulips, Tech Stocks and Townhomes

Branden Schroeder posted this 2,656 Views

What do these three “T” items have in common? In their respective markets, they have all been the source of severe overvaluations and bubble bursts because people failed to pay proper attention to the foundations and fundamentals of value in the hope to get-rich-quick.   The so-called ‘tulip bulb craze’ that occurred in 16th Century Holland is one of the most vivid demonstrations of wild speculation run amok. When the “bulb bubble” bu...

Buy your Park City Utah Ski Passes Now and Save

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Here is a Park City ski video to get you in the mood to buy your Park City locals ski passes to save $$$.   Fall is approaching so is that time to buy discount locals ski passes at the Park City ski resorts. Maybe you are not a full time resident but if you have a Utah property tax bill or utility bill you just may qualify as a local to obtain discount ski passes.  Ski passes can be as low as $42/ day v...

Mortgage Shopping and Credit Scores

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Many times we're asked about whether or not several mortgage lenders pulling a credit report will affect a borrowers' credit rating. When you are shopping for a mortgage loan, it is not uncommon to have more than one "lender" looking at your credit.  For that reason your FICO score will not be affected if the inquiries are made within a short period of time, usually 30 days. For instance, a mortgage inquiry by three lenders on three different days in the past 30 days will not be counted agai...