ann cordes: Daily inspiration for January 17, 2013 - 01/17/13 05:17 AM
A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. Denis Waitley
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ann cordes: Daily inspiration for January 16th, 2013 - 01/16/13 05:24 AM
Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Teddy Roosevelt  
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ann cordes: Daily inspiration for 1/15/2013 - 01/15/13 05:27 AM
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein
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ann cordes: Waco real estate market report for February 2012 - 03/07/12 10:35 AM
Residential home sales in Waco and McLennan County remained almost flat in February 2012, with a slight increase in sales price but a big increase in days on the market.
In February 2011 there were 112 homes sold, with an average list price of $132,943 , an average sold price of $127,737, and an average days on the market of 136 days.
In February 2012, there were 122 homes sold, an increase of 10 homes. But this year February had 29 days as opposed to 28 last year, and 9 of those homes were sold on February 29th. The average list … (0 comments)

ann cordes: Waco real estate market report for January 2012. - 02/06/12 02:49 PM
According to the federal government the economy is getting better, but do home sales in Waco really reflect that? To find out I went back as far as the Waco Multiple Listing System (MLS) would let me, which was 2008.
In January 2008 there were 150 homes sold with an average list price of $129,095 and an average sold price of $123,795 and 146 days on the market. We were just starting to feel the recession in Waco.
In January 2009 there were 100 homes sold with an average list price of $118,653 and an average sales price of $111,385 and … (0 comments)

ann cordes: Wordless Wednesday: Have a Daffy Day! - 02/01/12 08:38 AM

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ann cordes: December 2011 real estate market report for Waco and Mclennan County Texas. - 01/05/12 11:35 AM

December 2011 was a good news/bad news month for residential real estate in Waco and Mclennan County. The bad news is that almost the same number of houses sold in December 2011 (152) as were sold in December 2010 (153).

 

The good news is that those homes sold for more than last year. In December 2010, the average list price was $140,441 and the average sales price was $133,419 with an average of 125 days on the market.

 

This year the average list price was $145,157 with an average sales price of $138,644 and … (0 comments)

ann cordes: Wordless Wednesday: Possessed Repo, a Realtors Halloween. - 10/26/11 09:35 AM

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ann cordes: Mclennan county Tax Values change for 2009. What city actually went down? - 06/11/09 11:10 AM
Headline in the Waco Tribune Herald newspaper Wednesday June 10th "Home value rise surprises owners'. While it was not a surprise that taxes went up, it was a surprise how much. The man featured in the picture accompanying the story said his valuation went up $25,000! Which makes me feel lucky. Mine only went up a couple thousand.
The average homeowner saw a rise of 3.3 %, up from $111,808 in 2008 to $115,547 for 2009. The county's total tax base went up by 6.9%. But some suburbs of Waco saw a rise of 7 to 9 %.  
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ann cordes: If I get rid of the snakes, would your buyers look at the home again? - 05/25/09 08:36 AM
     I was in my office at Keller Williams Realty in Waco talking to some of my co-workers when one of our top agents Jeff Bird walked by on his way out. He said " Dad and I are going to de-snake-ify a house." Dad is Ed Bird, also a top agent in the office. It seems they had gotten a call from an agent who had attempted to show their $500,00 listing in a very nice subdivision of Waco. The house was vacant. When the agent and her buyers walked in, they found 2 snakes curled up! Not sure what kind they … (3 comments)

ann cordes: Quarterly Report on the Waco, Texas economy. - 05/20/09 04:33 PM
     Today I went to a luncheon where the Waco Chamber of Commerce www.GreaterWacoChamberofCommerce.com  gave their quarterly report on the state of the Waco economy. The news was GREAT!
Unemployment rate:             March 2008                          March 2009
                     United States        5.2%                                 9.0%
                        Texas                4.3%                                 6.7%  
                        Waco                4.1 %                                6.0      
Industry Job Growth, non agriculture:
                                                                                 2008     to 2009
                                                 Mining & Construction    5,900     -100
                                                            Manufacturing   14,800     -700
                                   Trade, Transportation & Utilities    18,500      0    
                                                               Information    1,600       -100
                                                       Financial Services    6,600         0
                                   Professional & Business Services    8,400       -300
                                      Education and Health Services     19,600      +600
                                                    Leisure & Hospitality     9,500       +100
                                                            Other Services    3,800        -100
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ann cordes: Will the recession end soon? Depends on who you ask. - 04/22/09 04:25 PM
     Consumer confidence has begun to rebound as recent stock market gains and better than expected economic data fual hopes that the 17 month recession might be coming to an end.
     The IBD/TIPP economic index rose to 49.1 from 45.3 in March, its highest level since November, when Barack Obama's election victory sparked a brief spike. That's still below the 50 mark that indicates optimism, but it's 5.3 points above the 12-month average and only 2.2 points below the long-run average of 51.3
     Stronger than expected durable goods orders and home sales have helped drive a month long stock market rally, … (2 comments)

ann cordes: 2410 Briarwood, Waco Texas Home for sale, PRICE REDUCED! - 04/19/09 04:13 PM

 
     Large home for a large family! This home is a a multi level with 3000 square feet and a huge backyard. On the main floor it has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 living areas and a breakfast area.
     The basement has an office with built in desk, a large store room, a workshop and another bathroom with a shower and 2 car garage. New paint.
     It has easy access to I-35 and is close to everything in Bellmead, including La Vega Elementary, L3, Sams, Walmart , TSTC and HEB. Priced at $115,000
SELLERS NOW OFFERING A … (1 comments)

ann cordes: Agents, BE CAREFUL. This could have been any one of us! An update - 01/12/09 05:45 PM
     For those of you who didn't read my blog posted June 27th of last year, let me give you a quick background. Last June a Realtor in Whitney, a small town about 30 minutes outside of Waco Texas, got a call from a man. He said his parents had both passed away and he wanted her to come list their house. When she got there he attacked her ( there were conflicting reports on whether she was raped or not). He tied her up, took her to his house a few miles down the road and called her family with a ransom demand.
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ann cordes: How I got a dog ( and sold a house) - 11/18/08 01:41 PM

     Almost three weeks ago I sold a house ( I was the buyers agent). I donate 10 % of my commissions to Fuzzy Friends Animal Rescue, a no kill animal shelter here in Waco Texas you might have read about before in my blog.  
     The next afternoon I was at Fuzzy Friends dutifully making my donation when a couple came in with a 3 month old puppy, a black Lab mix. Someone had dumped her in front of their house, but they had 2 Pit Bulls who would hurt her so they couldn't keep her. Fuzzy Friends was full and … (16 comments)

ann cordes: 3628 Redbird, Bellmead Texas - 10/17/08 01:43 PM
This home was great at one time and could be again! Over 1700 swuare feet. It is 3 bedroom 2 bath, with THREE living areas. One has a built in bar, a stage and a woodburning fireplace.
     Conveniently located near everything in Bellmead. Just minutes away fom Sams, Walmart, TSTC , L3 and the Pilgrims Pride plant.
  House needs leveling, new flooring, probably a new roof and updating in kitchen and bath. But the price reflects that. Only $ 34,900. Call Ann 254-227-0522

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ann cordes: Home for sale in Hewitt Texas. 1204 Darbyton Drive - 10/15/08 10:26 PM
     Nice home only 6 years old. 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bath, 2195 square feet,large back yard. Hardwood floors in living room. All this for just $199,900. For more information call Ann Cordes at Keller Williams of Waco, 254-227-0522
 
 
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ann cordes: 1920 Herring in Waco Texas - 08/21/08 01:59 PM
 

 This is a large two story home for a large family! Totally remodeled inside. 4 bedroom 3 bath with living room, formal dining room, and second loft/living area upstairs. Large fenced backyard, and 1 car detached garage.
 Close to MCC. Offered at a very affordable $79,000 by Ann Cordes and Esther Trejo of Century 21 Towne Adams. Call Esther at 254-716-6469 or Century 21 Towne Adams at 254-755-0021 
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ann cordes: Hey! Can you speak Spanish? - 04/16/08 01:28 PM
In November of 2006, when I was close to completing the course work for my real estate license, I began interviewing at different agencies.
When I came in to the office where I currently work , Century 21 Towne Adams in Waco Texas, the first question he asked me is " Can you speak Spanish?". Regretfully, I do not. My high school did not offer any foreign languages. When I started college I tried Spanish, but dropped it after two weeks because it was obvious I was not going to pass it. Next I tried German, with the same result. On the advice of a very … (1 comments)

 

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