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We sell, and have sold, for nearly 14 years, REOs. We work for about 8-10 major banks and servicers and have been told that the REO actictivity will pick up; this has been said for about a year. Our observations are that that has not happened and the "quality" of REO has declined. What ...
The attached is my speech ritten as the remarks after my installation as the President of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors: I would like to throw a few numbers at you: 60 and $700 OR 1200 and $15,000. These numbers represent the hours and dollars necessary to get a license...60 hrs and $...
This past week I had the priviledge to preview the moving documentary film called American Casino. This documentary "personalizes" the mortgage crisis and brings to light how the crisis has affected so many people. The producers began with an overview of what the crisis was/is and then ...
When I first got in the real estate business on 1992, we were still the "gatekeepers" of the information...that is, we controlled the listings through the exclusivity of the MLS. Since then, we no longer control the information ( enter the internet) but rather are now the interpreters o...
We recently had the experience of being interviewed by CNNMoney on the foreclosure situation and the process necessary to place a foreclosed property on the market. Thought you may be interested. http://money.cnn.com/2008/06/11/news/economy/mcilvaine/index.htm?postversion=2008061111
Well...is it getting better out there? To the practicing Realtors(r), like myself, we understand that all real estate is local. We understand that...but in many cases the media does not understand that. I certainly do not want to wave the flag that the media is at fault; I do not think that that...
I have been practicing real estate sales for 15 years and in that time I have spent countless hours learning my craft, either through the numerous hours of classroom learning or the many seminars that I have attended. I have amassed very specific knowledge about foreclosures, FSBOs, marketing, ne...
We happen to be at a neighbor's house over the holiday relaxing on their deck. Another neighbor from our condo unit (in Ocean City, MD) just happened to have sold their home and were moving into a home in need of rehabbing, however the home is at the beach and they were excited about the addi...
About 40% of our total business is the marketing of foreclosure properties. We have done freclosures for about 8-9 years. It is an interesting niche in real estate sales and I have learned about this business almost daily. One observation concerning the current state of the foreclosures: unlike t...
In this most recent session, the Maryland legislature is attempting to tax services in order to increase the state's coffers. This tax would not only tax commissions, but also services such as: towing service, haircuts, escort service, surveys, termite treatment, title searches, etc (If I am ...