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Well, now that we've had a couple of days to calm down after the near-flood here in Mount Vernon, Washington, I want to pass along a tip.My wife Kellie and I made the decision late Monday afternoon to "pack and leave" - based on the best info from the weather service.  It was a frantic couple of ...
11/09/2006
For those who haven't followed the news, our hometown of Mount Vernon, Washington has been under 'flood watch' and 'flood warning' for about the past 36 hours.  Sheesh.Not something that we'd planned for, but at the same time, we were fairly ready to deal with it.  We spent a frantic afternoon mo...
11/07/2006
Wow.  Turns out that there's a 24-yr-old "Real Estate Expert" in the Sacramento, CA area who has bought no less than 8 properties in the past calendar year.  He was a subscriber to the Carlton Sheets program, among others.  And he's in a world of ship right now.If you don't know about the story o...
10/31/2006
Well, the ongoing saga of the house spruce-up and Appraisal.  Power tools are just that: they have power!So I was working on our patio, cutting the odd bits of wood we needed to complete the project.I'd clamped these bits of wood to our patio table, so I could get a square, clean cut.Realize that...
10/31/2006
This really isn't a 'Blog post, as such... more of a side note about how I passed out a biz card today:Dropped by the local market this afternoon on the way home from the office.  Bought a few things, and stepped up to the register."Trick or Treat!" said the cheerful clerk."Treat!" I said, as I h...
10/31/2006
The wife and I just did a re-fi on our own house, which of course means a fresh Appraisal.  Which also meant it was time for a quick spruce-up of the property.  And getting around to those interior painting projects we'd been putting off.As long as we were painting some walls and a few doors, we ...
10/31/2006
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Okay, great. So you're a Realtor, and you have a listing up on the MLS.Fact is: there a few simple tools that you should have on hand to help you make that listing look ... well, great!Even better: have these tools available for any current or future listing.  It will make a big difference in the...
10/21/2006
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It’s easy to understand the popularity of the Reality TV shows.  Ordinary people doing extraordinary things, oft times for life-changing windfalls of cash and prizes.  And the current hit show “Property Ladder” is no exception.  However, unlike other mostly unreal Reality shows, the Property Ladd...
10/19/2006
When I started in Real Estate years ago, I made certain assumptions about the business.  Among those was that I had to get a “Real Estate Car.”  You know, a conservative-looking 4-door sedan.  I very consciously chose a Saturn – American-made (which I still feel is important), and a make devoid o...
10/19/2006
NOTE: I originally posted this about 2 weeks ago.  My friend (mentioned below) begged me to take the post off of ActiveRain because... believe it or not... the crud-person who stole his laptop computer contacted him via e-mail!  And there was a chance he could get his computer back!  So... the fo...
09/28/2006
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