Veteran REALTORS®, the street in literature, ice cream banking, and talk like Inspector Gadget
With the flurry of articles harping on the financial, career, and general life failures of the Millennials, the Fiscal Times’ slide show 7 Recession Status Symbols gives this generation a much needed ego-boost. The sluggish economy gives rise to a socially and eco conscious, non-materialistic, and open-minded generation.
Koenig & Strey is helping veterans become REALTORS®. This program will provide assistance to qualified veterans, including real estate school and licensing fees, NAR dues, insurance and other fees and costs. Veterans are highly disciplined and used to overcoming obstacles—a perfect fit for real estate.
Sometimes you want to have a bit of background music but you’re not sure what you want to hear. Songza, one of Time‘s 50 best websites of 2012, will help you pick based on your mood.
The New Yorker recently noted how several recent novels, as well as some from the past, use real estate or a home as almost a character itself, representing the rise and fall of a family or neighborhood.
Tired of low returns on your savings account? How about interest in ice cream or coffee coupons? One entrepreneur in Pittsburgh has opened a community bank alternative as part of his ice cream parlor after being hit by multiple overdraft fees from his own bank. Customers who deposit $100 can earn $5.50 a year in coupons for ice cream, coffee or waffles. The bank also makes loans and cashes checks. However, there’s no FDIC insurance or other guarantees…
Flowers are not only beautiful to look at, but will boost your productivity. Having flowers at your desk and in your office can ease depression and negativity and promote creativity.
‘Handsfree’ is certainly a popular term in mobile phone technology, but a new invention goes to the other extreme. Hi-Call Gloves have a built in mic and speaker so you can look just like Inspector Gadget as you listen through your thumb and talk through your pinkie. Of course you’ll also look crazy, but at least your hands will be warm as you talk. Still in the development stage, the gloves use bluetooth technology so are compatible with most smart phones. And capacitive touch build in so you can text and surf Facebook without taking the gloves off.
Real Estate Groupon, the Recession, and open houses
Online coupons are all the rage. Though I wonder if they’re sustainable, Groupon, LivingSocial, etc. are the hot marketing tip of the moment. Have you thought about using them in your real estate business in some way? Before jumping in, make sure they don’t violate any state laws. The RealTrends blog urges caution when using online coupons.
The Obama administration is ramping up talks on how to revive the housing market, which is weighing on the economic recovery—and possibly the president’s re-election in 2012.
And while the administration and congress are looking for solutions, economists are still looking for the causes of the Great Recession. University of Chicago economist Amir Sufi argues the main factor responsible for both the severity of the recession and the subsequent weakness of the economic recovery is the deplorable condition of the U.S. household balance sheet. The bad news: a quick fix has yet to materialize.
Having a bad turnout at an open house can be disappointing. It can feel like wasted time and money. A down market changes the game when it comes to open houses. It’s time to get creative!
Banish the clutter! Trim the bushes! Hide your Star Wars collection! Take down the family pictures! When selling your house (or representing those who are) it pays to take a look at the message the home is sending to prospective purchasers. What things can you do to prepare a house for sale? Check out our newly updated Field Guide for tips, hints, thoughts and ideas on sprucing up, cleaning out, decorating, staging, creating a great first impression and making a house appealing to buyers.
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SEPTEMBER 2009 — “The requirement of a house of charm is that it shall be completely satisfying to live in.” So wrote American etiquette expert Emily Post in September, 1943, for the National Real Estate Journal. “Comfort …means perfect adjustment to whatever it may please you to have or to do…it means the adaptability of the surroundings that are yours, to your family and to you.”
“Beautiful objects contribute to a beautiful house,” Post wrote, “and yet, cost as a standard of beauty could not be a less accurate test. Many simple little houses that have scarcely an object of value are utterly friendly, convenient and delightful. Many great houses are so austerely unwelcoming and so obviously uncomfortable, it is a wonder that their owners can bear to live in them.”
Post also favored a house with a lived-in look. “Evidences of a family’s pursuits contribute a quality which many people fail to appreciate. The sewing basket…the book on the table, with the pair of glasses beside it…a doll in a chair…a collection of pipes. It is the ‘lived in’ and ‘taken-comfort-in’ evidences that breathe life into what is otherwise only a house, and transform it into that loveliest place in the world- the place that is really HOME.”
Read the full article here. For more up-to-date staging advice, be sure to visit the Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a Home for Sale on REALTOR.org.