Archive for October, 2011

Mwahaha!!! Real Estate Horror Stories!

October 31, 2011

With apologies to the Addams family,

They’re creaky and they’re spooky,
Overgrown and sooty,
They’re altogether pukey,
My REO lis-tings.

They smell and reek of urine,
Seem moldy and all furry,
They really are unnerving,
My REO lis-tings.

So get your rubber gloves on,
Your tetanus injection,
We’re going to go and check on
My REO lis-tings!

Okay, so REO listings aren’t the only scary listings, are they? I used to carry a bath towel draped over my shoulders when showing one listing in Dunwoody. The owner’s cat liked to lurk in the drop ceiling of the basement and every time I went down the basement stairs when showing the place, the cat would leap out of the ceiling and claw my shoulder. A couple of bloody
blouses later and I learned – be the first one down the stairs to spare any prospective buyers from attack and protect myself with the “towel shawl”. (more…)

Rowing Together

October 24, 2011

There’s a great old comic strip about real estate closings. It shows a long narrow boat, like the crew boats you see pictures of rowing up and down the Charles River in front of Harvard and MIT in Boston. In the comic strip, there are at least 8 rowers (sometimes 10 or 12), but they’re dressed in business suits and “business casual” attire. In addition to their oars, they have briefcases and computers with them, along with 6’ levels and several file folders. The “coxswain” (the guy facing backward at the front of the boat with the megaphone) announces, “PREPARE TO CLOSE!” The rowers count off with military precision, (more…)

Kitchens: The Heart of the Home (and the Sale)

October 17, 2011

The kitchen is used more than any other room in the house, which makes it the most important room to stage in your home. Potential home buyers are looking for a kitchen that is as beautiful as it is functional.

Buyers want to view it without any unnecessary countertop appliances and clutter. By showcasing your kitchen in the best possible light, you can potentially sell your home faster and; increase the closing price. Even in a slow real estate market, making your kitchen attractive to a buyer could make the difference. (more…)

Tips to Get HUD Homes Closed with FHA Financing

October 10, 2011

There are so many things that Realtors and their customers need to be aware of when dealing with HUD properties. And if your buyer is purchasing a HUD property and utilizing FHA financing, there’s even more to consider. The following tips will help you get to a successful closing.

Be sure to check out the HUD class we’re offering that discusses all of the changes that went into effect in October. The class is tomorrow (Oct. 11) at 10am inAtlantaor you can take it on Friday (Oct. 12) inWoodstockat 10am. Use the promo code “HUD“ to take the class for free. See details below. (more…)

Facebook’s Gone Wild with Changes

October 3, 2011

Wow! Facebook has made a lot of changes and many people don’t like it. Facebook doesn’t look anything like it did a month ago in terms of design and functionality.

But remember, most people don’t like change (at first). They have to warm up to it.

Many of Facebook’s changes are good. They didn’t take away any features you used to have. Instead, they’ve given you more options, helped organize your friends, allowed you to see what friends are posting in real time and have helped eliminate some of the spam you receive.

Personally, I like most of the changes. However, since so many people are still trying to figure it out, I thought I’d write a blog about all of these modifications. Let me know what you think. (more…)