Rolling with the punches

edkirkland posted this 3 1,001 Views

I've been selling real estate for around 15 years now. Over the length of my career I have seen up and down markets but never such a dramatic lashing as the Gulf Coast has seen over the last two years. Those of us doing business on the Emerald Coast of Florida have been through the ringer as of late. In many ways Katrina was a perfect storm. The local north west Florida market was coming off of an unprecedented sales boom where many property values had doubled in less than three yea...

MORTGAGE RATES DECLINE FOR FIRST TIME IN MANY WEEKS

Weiss Clawson posted this 930 Views

Mortgage interest rates dipped this week for the first time in more than a month.  So if you are interested in buying a home in the next couple of months, this may be the time to visit your mortgage broker and then start seriously looking for that home. There are many very motivated home sellers in Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Juno Beach Jupiter and North Palm Beach. Across the nation the 30-year fixed rate morgage averaged 6.69 percent, down from 6.74 percent just a ...

Prescott Open House

PrescottScott posted this 1 1,058 Views

Buyers are in the catbird seat this Saturday, with dozens of open houses in Yavapai Hills, between Prescott and Prescott Valley on Hwy 69: A couple of years ago, sellers were not able to spell "open house".  I had a listing agent tell me once, "Why bother with buyers, they are too much trouble.  Better to list and wait for the phone to ring."  Well, now things have changed and the market is more balanced in favor of buyers. Prescott real estate is be...

New Florida Mortgage Law Signed

Gulf Coast Associates posted this 4,393 Views

With mortgage fraud continuing to rise throughout the country and the state of Florida ranking number one for its occurrence in 2005, Gov. Charlie Crist signed a new law last week intended to combat the problem. Changes in lending rules will go into effect on October 1st of this year with the goal of making the mortgage lending process more transparent. Any person, including buyers, sellers and real estate licensees will be held accountable if they are caught knowingly lying, misrepresent...

Austin Real Estate Market

jimolenbush posted this 1,676 Views

The Austin real estate market is on a roll!  According to the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight the home prices in Austin appreciated more than 10% in the first quarter alone! On Wednesday the Austin Business Journal reported that home sales in the area increased for the second month in a row.  The city had a record month of May that was up 2% from May of 2006.  The median home price was up 5% and the average days on market dropped by 7%. The job growth in ...

Part 2 - Google Spam Team Targets Real Estate Websites

Marc Rasmussen posted this 8 3,218 Views

A shot across the bow   Advanced Access is an enormous real estate website provider with around 30,000 Realtor websites. I am not up to speed on the details but apparently many or all of the Advanced Access users were penalized by Yahoo. Many of the AA users would trade links with each other and it was possibly viewed by Yahoo as one big incestuous link farm.   Advanced Access hired Greg Boser, a search engine guru, to solve their problems with Yahoo. His recommendation...

Part 1 - Google Spam Team Targets Real Estate Websites

Marc Rasmussen posted this 1,837 Views

I have been debating the last half hour on whether I should even write this article/blog post. I have recently made a few comments over at Matt Cutts’ blog about what Google has recently done and a few of my real estate peers thought it was a bit brave or stupid for being outspoken. I will take my chances and write about what is happening. Hopefully, someone can learn from this in the future. Will Google keep me in the penalty box longer? Hopefully not.   If you have any ...

Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment

ericbadgley posted this 816 Views

Bellingham Waterfront Redevelopment   For years the Bellingham downtown was seen as an industrial area. With heavy industry dominating much of the waterfront there was little room for development. This, however is a situation that has changed. The revitalization of the Bellingham waterfront is underway! In 2005 the Port of Bellingham purchased a significant package of land along the waterfront with the purpose of converting it into a multi-faceted community incorporating light in...

Great Investments starting at $89,900

Michael Peterson posted this 709 Views

Centrally located large one and two bedroom units. The area offers recreation, parks nearby and is conveniently located on the bus route. Excellent investment opportunity or a great way to enter into the market for a first time home buyer. All measurements are approximate and to be verified if important.

Home with suite! $294,900

Michael Peterson posted this 618 Views

A Great bargain in this price range and area! This home has some updates and features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths plus a 1 bedroom suite that has a great tenant. The home has large bright rooms with some newer laminate flooring just to mention some of the updates. The kitchen is big and bright and so is the Family room off of it. The Dinning and Living rooms are also on this level and there is a air tite wood stove that heats the entire home. The yard is fenced and nicely landscaped with mature f...