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2008 

Congrats to AR and Brio Realty fearless leader, Jonathan Washburn, for making the REALTOR Magazine "30 Under 30" List. I guess some  of the youngins' have a little bit of vision, drive and energy that's channeled into something other that an XBox or Wii (not that there's anything wrong with that!...
05/31/2008
This post falls into the category of "I wonder how people do that?" It's pretty much a natural law -- sort of like gravity -- that Sellers want the very most they can get for their home with the least amount of expense to sell it. Also true is that Buyers want to pay the very least amount of mone...
05/31/2008
I've been around a few years - longer than some, not as long as a lot of others - and I usually do good CMAs with a fairly good take on the value of the home I want to list. I research the neighborhoods and compare amenities and square footage.  Sometimes, I'll even offer to have a real live appr...
05/28/2008
Well.  I finally went to settlement on a transaction that was both quick and smooth.  I was the rep for some motivated Sellers looking to sell the home of the wife's deceiased parents.  They had tried to sell it through an auction but that didn't work and I was lucky enough to be referred by one ...
05/24/2008
Is it me or is there a whole boatload of Rainers that belong to the Boomer gerneration? I just happen to be floating around AR and just happend to notice that quite a lot of the folks with the gazillion points, # 1 in the geographic area and lots of "Featured" posts have photos that indicate, er,...
05/21/2008
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In this May 9th posting on Active Rain by Realtor Par Excellence, Pat Kennedy, she bemoans the real lack of motivation about "Showing in the Rain" (with apologies to Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds). Well, here I sit on a gorgeous Tueday morning looking, once more, out into a steady down pour. I g...
05/20/2008
If you've been listening to the radio, watching television or reading the newspaper you may have heard there is a little downturn in the housing market. In fact, you may have heard it again and again and again. There's a little bit of an unexpected consequence to all this bad news. It seems that ...
05/19/2008
If you've been listening to the radio, watching television or reading the newspaper you may have heard there is a little downturn in the housing market. In fact, you may have heard it again and again and again. There's a little bit of an unexpected consequence to all this bad news. It seems that ...
05/19/2008
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If it's one thing I miss about the old Seller's market is the readiness of the Sellers to sell and move! It seems like the last couple of listings I've picked up the Sellers are good with wanting to sell, sort of, but not really quite ready to actually move!  One Seller is on board with the fact ...
05/17/2008
A few months ago the large Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) -- quasi governmental entities that make up the "secondary" mortgage market - imposed declining market guidelines that forced lenders to require larger down payments in areas that were considered "declining markets". These were en...
05/16/2008
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