When to become your own broker

edkirkland posted this 1 895 Views

When is a good time to go out on your own? I have been selling real estate for about 15 years now. For the last ten years I owned and operated my own brokerage. Below are a few of my experiences, some good and some bad. Please remember these are only my experiences and opinions. Ten years ago a partner and I decided we should open our own office. We chose a large franchise to affiliate with. We ponied up the money for the franchise fees, office equipment, insurance and...

AFLAC Expansion in Columbus GA

Wayne Long posted this 2,231 Views

Columbus Ga based AFLAC has completed the first phase of its planned 2000 employee expansion.   This first phase will employ 55O as the insurance phenom continues growing.   The last 15 years has been an explosion of growth for AFLAC in the U.S. and Japan.  Now expanding into other parts of the world and taking over market share in the United States - Columbus is lucky to have a company like AFLAC based here.   

Bloomingdale Golf Course Valrico

brandonre posted this 1,642 Views

I had the opportunity to play a little golf this past weekend. We played at Bloomingdale Golfers Club in Valrico. I am relatively new to golf I have been only playing for about a year and don't play as much as I would like to. Although every course is a challenge to me I found Bloomingdale to be even more challenging. Not to mention we played in the middle of the day in the Florida heat which really got to me towards the end. Bloomingdale is a beautiful course surrounding by the Florida wildl...

Young Realtors Guide To Survive.

doogers posted this 985 Views

Real estate can be a very lucrative career, but it takes hard work, perseverance, and a little luck along the way. Many people join the real estate field because of the potential for great wealth and because of the relative ease of getting a license. Little do people know how expensive, frustrating, and stressful this job can be. When getting into this exciting career of real estate, I was warned that 70% of agents are out of the business within a year. I do not know how reali...

Rolling with the punches

edkirkland posted this 3 1,058 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...


Carol Clawson posted this 1,017 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 1,179 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 4,573 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 1,811 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 3,718 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...