So, you found a house and you're under contract. You get final loan approval and you're cleared to close. You are required to wire the money that you need to close with from your bank account to the bank account of the closing title company or attorney facilitating the closing. Your money is safe...
MARKET STATUS STATISTICS - Sept. ‘09    Sept. '09         Listings             6,358             Single Family              11.2% Sept. '09         Sales                    715             Single Family    Aug. '09          Listings             6,446             Single Family              10% Aug...
Happy September Everyone!  Summer is coming to a close, schools are opening (parents are happy!), and August stats are here for real estate here in Pinellas County.  Those of us in Florida are still waiting for the humidity to fall and allow us to open some windows and doors.  But, all in due tim...
I have posted several referrals for agents on Active Rain. One of them has closed. The status says: in transaction. How do I change the status of my referral? I hope someone out there can help me, since I can't seem to figure it out on my own. Thanks for your help and have a great week!
Well, I guess I'm the odd man/woman out. I love short sales! Yes, I said I love short sales. Will take them all day long. I start out by pricing the home at fair market value, based on comps and current sales. Then I drop the price $5000 every 2 weeks until I get an offer. Once I get an offer, I ...
Lord have mercy on the people of Texas and the Gulf Coast. Keep them all safe.
Went to a closing today. I was on the sellers side, who had already moved out of state. The buyer arrived. He was alone, which is a little unusual. Most of the time, the buyer and their agent arrive at the same time, since they usually do a walk through, just before coming to the closing. I intro...
Well, not to much to talk about this month. Not a lot of change over the past month. Absoption rates for both single family and condo's remain the same compared to this time last year. Sales of singel family down just slightly as are condo sales. But with the dramatic drop in interest rates, stat...
I attended a short sale certification class today that was great. Learned so much. Wanted to share something I would not have thought of to do. In the class, I learned that 2 reasons short sales fall apart is an incorrect HUD and a bad BPO. I'm sure many of you could tell me stories of BPOs that ...
I usually start my work day on the phone, calling and checking on my past, present and hopefully, future clients and friends. Inevitably, most people will ask me about the market or how business is going. And I always answer, Great! I'm busy, but I'm never too busy for any of your referrals. The ...

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