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2011 

  Alan May, Evanston, IL REALTOR® has illustrated the plight of a fair number of folks who have had their homes listed but not sold.  Although his mythical home non-seller may be a little extreme, even almost best doesn't count when you want to sell your home.  You have to be positioned as the be...
05/31/2011
The numbers are in and have been analyzed and verified.  We are about to enter a triple dip for 2011.  After starting the year with a strong January, we dropped 9.68% upon entering the dreaded February. Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Washington's Birthday, and lots of snow were not enough to alte...
05/31/2011
The housing market doesn't seem any better today than it was a couple years ago.  As a matter of fact, I think things are getting worse.  There have always been, and there will continue to be families who have unexpected hardships.  Whether medical, business, or domestic, things tend to happen. I...
05/30/2011
In an excellent post yesterday, Bryan Robertson made a convincing argument in favor of higher downpayments as the way to improve lending standards.  His conclusion was that Americans have to decide between putting their money into homes or other things.  I agree with Bryan's conclusions, but I fe...
05/29/2011
There is a good chance that Minnesota will be snow-free before July. It doesn't look like we'll make it before June though. Like many other parts of the country, we have had an especially snowy winter followed by an especially wet spring. If you're waiting for the snow to melt before starting to ...
05/27/2011
Many corporations find themselves questioning whether their current location is beneficial to the sustenance of their business.  Moving the company to a state with a healthier business climate is not unlike a family moving to a new home.  Considerations like cost, location, educational opportunit...
05/26/2011
Said to be one of Minnesota's largest and most respected, the Apple Valley July 4 parade begins at 1PM.  It will follow the traditinal route along Pennock Avenue to 145th Street, and west to Apple Valley High School.  This is just one of the many community activities that contribute to making App...
05/26/2011
If I have any sales genes, they came from my father who was in the life insurance business from 1950 until just a few years ago.  Edward Carlier Senior celebrates his 90th birthday today.  He lives in Venice, FL, and it wasn't possible to be there today to help him celebrate.  I called to wish hi...
05/25/2011
Yesterday marked the official entry of another obscure ingredient in the race for the right to lose the 2012 election for president.  Regardless of affiliation, many agree that the Republican candidate in 2012 will be a symbolic honor.  It will be little more than a notch in someones resume when ...
05/24/2011
There are a few fortunate folks who are able to buy a home today, but they're not convinced that this is the best time.  Many of them are ready to declare independence from the dictator who is affectionately known to them as Mr. Landlord.  They want a yard and another bedroom and a dog.  They wis...
05/23/2011
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