Great resource for localsHere's a quick look at the parade schedule this year for those hoping to attend the festivities in New Orleans, or for those hoping to circumvent the traffic and crowds. For route maps and for parades in the suburbs and surrounding areas, check out the complete list here....
This is what I wanted when I got into the business and because I couldn't get it, and didn't have the resources to create it, I left the business of selling homes. It wasn't the only reason I left but it was big part of it. I think the brokers talking at the RE Bar Camp were onto something huge a...
For those of you who missed the memo IRL means "in real life". My own personal social media efforts began to really turn into business opportunities when I connected with many of those people in real face-to-face meetings. Now for many this process starts in reverse. Social media is a way to conn...
If you are a Firefox or IE user and have the Google toolbar installed you can now use Sidewiki.  It will eventually be built into to Google Chrome (the browser not the OS) but for now you are limited to IE and FF. This is a tool by Google that allows comments to made about any page on the interne...
This is just what I've been telling everyone. I didn't go to Inman so I'll let you read the review of someone who was there.If you are a regular reader of Mortgage Advisor, you know I actually WON my ticket to Inman Connect from the Real Estate Tomato. To Jim Cronin, and the Tomato Crew, thank yo...
This is the kind of thing I have been hoping for for years. The real test of its usefulness is the databases that the listings are pulled from. I'm not sure where Google is getting this data, but I would love to know. They certainly could afford to pay for API access to virtually all MLS systems ...
This is why we need an open MLS. A site that allows you to post your listing and do what you want with the feed. NO NAR involved. It would be just like Trulia or Zillow but without valuation or questions just listings. You could pay $10-15/month and list what you want, branded virtual tours. pics...
I think that this is the next thing on my checklist. The market isn't very big in New Orleans or the Mandeville/Covington area but I see it growing when the economy turns around.  Recently, NAR rolled out its' Green Designation. I have not had the pleasure to attend either of these designations t...
After reading this I will never again complain about the cost of a home inspection!      Since most people already consider crawl spaces to be “BIG BLACK HOLES,” it will probably surprise most of my readers (considering my reputation for loving the “adventure” of crawl spaces) that the thing that...
I think that this recession has presented a golden opportunity for real estate investors. There were many millionaires created during the recession in the early 80's and I believe there will be many more created in this one. Now, I'm not saying it is right for everyone or that this is something Y...

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