Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Utah Kids Club

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Have you ever wonder what to do with the kids this is a great resource.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Funny Real Estate: A Bear in the House!

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Sometime in this market we need to get creative to sale homes in this market....This is one the the most creative way I have seen so far

Look everyone teh "UP" car.....to bad the driver is holding it down....be free spread you winds little fello!!!

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Thanks to the Tech committee for a great Tech Show!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

If you are interested in getting an iPad, These are legit, not off the back of a truck;

    they are from a canceled Hospital contract due to the Government cutbacks. 

The numbers are limited - he has twenty iPads going for less than half price so it's first come first served. 

 

He has already sold one (pic is below so you can see what you are getting).   Get back to me as quick as you can if you want one.   Full spec is below...........

 

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

How Much Sleep Do I Need? | Life's Little Mysteries

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I know I need it now so off to bed I go!!!!

The Massage Advantage | Massage and Sleep and Depression

Massage and Sleep and Depression

In a study recent massage study, the massage therapy group had lower depression and anxiety scores and lower cortisol levels than the control group. Long-term effects suggested that the massage therapy group had lower depression, emotional distress and somatic symptom scores, more hours of sleep and lower epinephrine and cortisol levels. (Field, T, Sunshine, W., Hernandez- Reif, M., Quintino, O., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C., & Burman, I. (1997). Chronic fatigue syndrome: massage therapy effects on depression and somatic symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 3, 43-51.)

Back massage is a clinically effective nursing intervention for the promotion of sleep. (Culpepper-Richards, K., Effect of a Back Massage and Relaxation Intervention on Sleep in Critically Ill Patients. Am. J. Crit. Care. 7(4): 288-299; Jul 1998.)

Thirty-two depressed adolescent mothers received ten 30-minute sessions of massage therapy or relaxation therapy over a five-week period. Subjects were randomly assigned to each group. Although both groups reported lower anxiety following their first and final sessions, although only the massage therapy group showed behavioral and stress hormone changes, including a decrease in anxious behavior, heartrate and cortisol levels. (Field, T., Grizzle, N., Scafidi, F., & Schanberg, S. (1996). Massage and relaxation therapies' effects on depressed adolescent mothers. Adolescence, 31, 903-911. )

Adult fibromyalgia syndrome subjects were randomly assigned to a massage therapy, a transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), or a transcutaneous electrical stimulation no-current group for 30-minute treatment sessions two times per week for 5 weeks. The massage therapy subjects reported lower anxiety and depression, and their cortisol levels were lower immediately after the therapy sessions on the first and last days of the study. The TENS group showed similar changes, but only after therapy on the last day of the study. (Sunshine, W., Field, T.M., Quintino, O., Fierro, K., Kuhn, C., Burman, I. & Schanberg, S. (1996). Fibromyalgia benefits from massage therapy and transcutaneous electrical stimulation. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 2, 18-22. )

Twenty-eight women were recruited from prenatal classes and randomly assigned to receive massage in addition to coaching in breathing from their partners during labor, or to receive coaching in breathing alone. The massaged mothers reported a decrease in depressed mood, anxiety and pain, and showed less agitated activity and anxiety and more positive affect following the first massage during labor. In addition the massaged mothers had shorter labors, a shorter hospital stay and less postpartum depression. (Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Taylor , S., Quintino, O., & Burman, I. (1997). Labor pain is reduced by massage therapy. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 18, 286-291. )

The immediate effects of brief massage therapy, music relaxation with visual imagery, muscle relaxation, and social support group sessions were assessed in 100 hospital employees at a major public hospital. The effects of the therapies were assessed using a within-subjects pre-post test design and by comparisons across groups. The groups reported decreased anxiety, depression, fatigue, and confusion, as well as increased vigor following the session. (Field, T., Quintino, O., Henteleff, T., Wells-Keife, L. & Delvecchio-Feinberg, G. (1997). Job stress reduction therapies. Alternative Therapies, 3, 54-56. )

Twenty subjects with chronic fatigue immunodeficiency syndrome were randomly assigned either to a massage therapy or an attention control group. Although depression and anxiety scores were initially as high as clinically depressed patients, analyses of the before versus after therapy session measures on the first and last day of treatment revealed that immediately following massage therapy depression scores, pain, and cortisol levels decreased more in the massage versus control group. (Field, T.M., Sunshine, W., Hernandez-Reif, M., Quintino, O., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C., & Burman, I. (1997). Massage therapy effects on depression and somatic symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome. Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 3, 43-51.)

The Massage Advantage | Massage and Sleep and Depression

Saturday, August 27, 2011

What to look for when buying a foreclosed home | Deseret News

As the housing market continues to struggle and employment rates fall, more and more banks are foreclosing on their loans and acquiring many different properties. As the number of foreclosed homes increases, it creates an opportunity for people to buy a home at a significantly lower price than they could have just a couple years ago.

Utah in particular has a large number of foreclosed homes that the banks need to sell as soon as possible to recoup their costs.

When considering the purchase of a foreclosed home, be sure to do adequate homework beforehand.

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When considering the purchase of a foreclosed home, be sure to do adequate homework beforehand.

According to RealtyTrac, a company that collects data on auction and bank-owned listings all over the country, there were 19,453 foreclosure homes in Utah in July 2011. That works out to nearly 1 in every 373 homes.

Salt Lake County has a lot of possibilities for potential home buyers who are looking for a great deal (whether they intend to flip the house or make it their primary residence). RealtyTrac reported 7,527 foreclosures in the county — 4,139 of which are within Salt Lake City limits. Utah County has 3,484 (454 in Provo), and Washington County weighed in at 2,111 (nearly half of them in Saint George).

Purchasing foreclosed properties has the potential to create good investment returns, as well as improving the possibility of buying a home that would normally be outside of a buyer's budget. However, buyers still need to be extremely careful about their purchases, and the price alone should not be the deciding factor. There are still many things to consider.

When investing in a foreclosure, there are important things that must be examined closely. Purchasing property sight unseen is something that only those with sizable amounts of disposable income should consider. Take your time and look closely at some of these things and make sure that any repairs or other maintenance issues won’t end up draining all the potential profits.

Look at the neighborhood. If there are a lot of foreclosures in the area, or the neighborhood has a high crime rate, it will very difficult to turn around and sell the house again. Even the condition of the neighbors’ yards can impact the perceived value of the house.

Look at the landscape. If the property has been on the market for any length of time without proper maintenance, uncontrolled trees or bushes could contribute to the deterioration of the home. Vines may creep over the house and roots may crawl down toward the foundation. Make sure that someone has been watching the property between owners.

Look at the underlying structure. Don’t turn on the utilities until an inspection has been performed on the structural components of the house. Check for cracks in the plumbing, any signs of growing mold and even questionable wiring.

Purchasing foreclosed properties has the potential to create good investment returns, Just be very careful and make sure to check with a professional that is what we are here for.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Accord near to halt Bank of America foreclosures in Utah

There are over 40,000 forclosure scheduled for Utah.... that is 4.2% of Utah home owners, I am hear to help answer any questions you may have or help you find the right people to answer them for you

call me today 801-940-9560  or go to for market updates www.race2utah.com subcribe for monthly sales and values in your area.

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BY TOM HARVEY
The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Aug 24 2011 06:24PM
Updated Aug 24, 2011 10:50PM
The Utah Attorney General’s Office is close to an agreement to halt what it considers illegal foreclosures by Bank of America, which has conducted a majority of foreclosures against homeowners since the subprime-fueled collapse of the housing bubble.

The Attorney General’s Office had intervened in a home-owner lawsuit to argue that BofA was illegally foreclosing on properties in Utah. But recently it has been negotiating a settlement over foreclosures conducted by ReconTrust, a unit of the giant banking corporation.

A.G. spokesman Paul Murphy said Wednesday an accord is near. Although he declined to provide details, Murphy said in an email that “any settlement would require that all illegal activity [by ReconTrust] stop.”

Representatives for BofA declined comment.

Marco Fields, a homeowner advocate, said she wanted to see any agreement require at least a $10 million payment from BofA that could go to homeowners who had been foreclosed on and to pay for counseling and services to help those facing loss of their homes.

“The harm is unmeasurable, unrepairable,” she said. “When you take someone’s home illegally and you displace them, you take away the foundation of their life.”

Fields said she expects to see 40,000 foreclosures in Utah this year. If that’s correct, that would cover 4.2 percent of the 953,000 homes that the Census Bureau says existed in Utah in 2009, the latest figures available. From 60 percent to 80 percent of those foreclosures are conducted by ReconTrust, depending on the county, according to Fields.

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A settlement could force ReconTrust to restart thousands of pending foreclosures. A new state law also makes the company vulnerable to legal action if it admits to acting illegally.

In February, the A.G.’s Office intervened in the appeal of a foreclosure lawsuit, arguing that under Utah statutes trustees who sell foreclosed property must be either attorneys who are members of the State Bar or Utah-based title insurance companies. ReconTrust is neither but argued it was governed by federal laws, not state.

But the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals last week granted a motion to dismiss the appeal, pointing out the lawsuit on which the appeal was based had been dropped in U.S. District Court for Utah.

John Christian Barlow, the attorney for St. George resident Peni Cox, said the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed because U.S. District Court Judge Clark Waddoups had ruled against Cox several times, and her attorneys did not want another unfavorable decision.

“We didn’t want Clark Waddoups to make another ruling on the case,” said Barlow, adding that the judge “can’t get it right. His ruling basically confuses the issues.”

In January, Barlow asked Waddoups to disqualify himself from the Cox case, saying the judge had previously worked at Parr, Brown, Gee & Loveless, a law firm that represents BofA. Waddoups declined, saying he had not represented the bank, and that attorneys had not presented any evidence that a conflict existed.

The negotiations between the A.G.’s office and BofA come as some Utah homeowners plan to rally Thursday in advance of a federal court hearing over whether another legal action, a proposed class-action lawsuit against BofA and others, will be dismissed or allowed to continue.

Organizer Melanie Thomas said she was expecting more than 70 home­owners to show up for the 1 p.m. event in advance of the 2:30 p.m. hearing before U.S. District Judge Dee Benson.

Lawsuits by homeowners against BofA and ReconTrust over alleged illegal foreclosures would continue even if the A.G.’s Office reaches an agreement.

Attorneys for homeowners hope Benson will be more favorable toward their arguments about illegal foreclosures than have other judges in Utah. Including Waddoups, judges at the federal level have almost overwhelmingly ruled against homeowners, but Benson recently allowed a lawsuit to halt a foreclosure going forward.

tharvey@sltrib.comtwitter: @tomharveysltrib  Salt Lake Tribune

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Station Park development in Farmington --- Alot is Happening in the Neighborhood

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STATION PARK will be the preeminent open-air shopping center in the Salt Lake City region. The project will consist of approximately eight hundred thousand square feet of retail, entertainment, restaurant, office and hotel space.

Located at the intersection of Interstate 15, Highway 89, the new Legacy Parkway and the new Utah Transit Authority Commuter Rail. Station Park will offer the finest merchant mix and shopping experience to be found along the Wasatch Front, offering the residents and visitors an experience unparalled in the region.

FARMINGTON — The Station Park development in Farmington came to a halt in 2007 when the economy tanked.

 

“None of the retailers wanted to expand, so the project got put on hold for a couple of years,” Farmington Mayor Scott Harbertson said.

 

But now it's full speed ahead. By the summer of 2012, the Station Park project will have as many as 200 tenants, which will include a mixture of entertainment, retail, restaurant, office and hotel space. That’s 900,000 square feet on 67 acres of land.

 

Stores opening in Station Park
  • Chase Bank -- September 2011
  • Cinemark Theater -- July 2011
  • Famous Footwear -- September 2011
  • Harmon's -- Open
  • Home Goods -- August 2011
  • Marshall' -- October 2011
  • Park, foundation, children's play area and food kiosk's -- September 2011
  • Ross -- July 2011
  • Sally Beauty -- Opening September 2011
  • Sports Authority -- August 2011
  • Ulta -- October 2011

“As the retailers have come out of the recession and started to open new stores again, there have not been a lot of new projects for them to look at,” explained Craig Trottier, vice president of development for Centercal Properties. “So it's put us in a very good situation.”

 

In fact, just about all the retail space is leased or soon will be. For Farmington, a project like this really jolts the economy.

 

“What magnifies that is this area has been underserved for better quality retail and restaurant environment, Trottier said. “So there’s been a pent-up demand in the community for a better shopping, dining experience, which is what we’re providing here.”

 

And if location is everything when it comes to real estate, then Station Park has it.

 

“The geography of this is perfect for Farmington,” Harbertson said. “There tucked in on I-15 and 89, Legacy and the commuter rail. It’s quick in and out for anyone who wants to shop."

 

“This spot in Davis County has one of the highest traffic counts in the whole state,” Alexander  explained. “And to have that influx from both Weber and Salt Lake counties to come right here into Davis, this is such a great location for Station Park."

 

Last month, a new Harmon's store opened up. “We’ve seen so many more people coming into Harmons than we ever expected,” Christy Alexander, associate city planner for Farmington, said.

 

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The under-construction Cinemark XD at Station Park

A new 14-screen Cinemark Theatres complex will have a grand opening Friday.

 

“Between now and fall of next year, they’re going to build out the rest of the project and hopefully we’ll have probably 100 to 125 retail outlets in this project,” Harbertson said.

 

Ross clothing store is expected to open July 18, followed shortly after by Sports Authority and HomeGoods. But the area is still a work in progress, so you will see construction crews in the area.

 

Some other planned developments in Utah have had a hard time pushing through the recession. The heart of Salt Lake's Sugar House shopping district is still a vacant corner. Construction of new shops, office buildings and condos have been on hold for four years due to a lack of funding. But approval of a new scaled-back plan should restart the project this fall.

 

The Holladay and Salt Lake County councils have also voted to allow more time for a development on the site of the former Cottonwood Mall. The $500 million proposal includes apartments, retail and office space.

 

The project stalled when the former developer filed for bankruptcy protection. A 20-year tax subsidy to the new developer lets it delay the project through 2017.

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Company that will be making the Station Park their home

HARMON’S 
NOW OPEN
CINEMARK THEATER XD
NOW OPEN
ROSS
NOW OPEN
SPORTS AUTHORITY
NOW OPEN
HOME GOODS
NOW OPEN

ULTA
NOW OPEN
 
MARSHALL’S
NOW OPEN

SALLY BEAUTY
Opening October 2011
FAMOUS FOOTWEAR
Opening March 2012
CHASE BANK
Opening September 2012
CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA
Opening September 2011
TILLY'S
Opening Soon
GORDMAN'S
Opening March 2012
DOLLAR CUTS
Opening 2012
DIAMOND WIRELESS
Opening 2012
PANDA EXPRESS
Opening 2012
SUBWAY
Opening 2012
ROXBERRY
Opening 2012

Sunday, August 21, 2011

For Sale by Owner vs. Using a Realtor

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Its not always the Right Choice

 

NAR (National Association of Realtor's) statistics show FSBOs (For Sale By Owner’s) accounted for 9% of home sales in 2010.  Of course it sounds easy – just stick the ‘For Sale’ sign in the lawn and wait for the offers to come in.  What sellers don’t realize is: the art of pricing, the proper marketing strategy, the ability to qualify buyers, the time to field calls, inquiries, viewers (and no shows) and to set up and host open houses.  They also aren’t aware of legal issues, negotiation skills/tactics, ability to write protective clauses, nor the safety concerns of opening their home to strangers…..just to name some items.

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Well the ‘For Sale By Owner’ founder realized how hard it was to sell his own condo and hired a Broker, paying the 6% commission.  Not only did the agent INCREASE his asking price by $150,000, he was able to attract a buyer that the founder’s ‘do it yourself’ methods could not succeed in doing.  And, the property is not some itty-bitty condo.  We’re talking about what sold for $2.15 million (a pricy condo purchased, no doubt, with the money made by many For Sale by Owner casualties). 

That being said, there are success stories of people who have successfully sold their own home (note – NAR statistics show that the typical FSBO home sold for $140,000 compared to $199,300 for agent-assisted home sales).  Just like there are those who have completed their own home renovations….some things are best left to the professionals.

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For the full article: http://goo.gl/qsdeF

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Campaign for Susan Powell turns to shouting match between Cox, Powell families

Campaign for Susan Powell turns to shouting match between Cox, Powell families

BOY IN CHIMNEY: Homeowners find boy stuck in their chimney - KSTU

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A couple originally thought the yelling was children playing in the backyard, but discovered that the noise was coming from an 8-year-old boy stuck in their chimney. A wall had to be ripped out of the home to let the boy out.


         "Through a noble effort of about and hour of cutting our house up...they were able to retrieve the child and overall everything was successful," said Draper. "He was black, just covered in soot but actually looked pretty well."

         West Valley City police say the boy had been reported missing by his mother earlier in the day after he left his home and didn't return.

          The boy was reportedly looking for food and water when he climbed up the Drapers' apricot tree, went down the chimney and got stuck. He'd managed to slide down to the basement of the home, near the flue.


          "They asked him why he had gone down the chimney and he said he was looking for food and water so evidently he was wandering the neighborhood," said Draper.

          The boy only suffered minor injuries. There is no estimate on how much damage was done to the home.

"http://www.fox13now.com/news/kstu-homeowners-find-boy-stuck-in-their-chimney-20110820,0,6658235.story"

Everyone says buying your first home makes you feel like an adult. What no one mentions is that selling it turns you right back into a child.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top Sunset, Utah Real Estate Agent Lori Fleming

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Top Sunset, Utah Real Estate Agent Lori Fleming

by Brandon Barker on Apr 29, 2011

According to census figures, more Americans are moving to places with affordable housing and “low-density urban cores.” Family-friendly Northern Utah is such a place. According to a recent article in the Deseret News, the Salt Lake City area has recently witnessed a population boom. During the last decade the Provo-Orem area increased its population by 39.8 percent, the Salt Lake City area grew by 16 percent, and the Ogden-Clearfield area grew by 23.6 percent — a surge that has as much to do with the beauty of the surrounding as it does with the area’s business-friendly nature.

However, during the recent recession, Northern Utah has seen its share of unemployment and troubling housing vacancy rates. It’s still a wonderful place for a real estate agent to thrive, but the competition to acquire listings and represent buyers means that area real estate agents have to self-market and self-promote.

Several weeks ago, we launched a new series spotlighting real estate agents who are compiling bona fide customer reviews in their ReachFactor profile pages. This week, we highlight Lori Fleming, a Century 21 agent in Sunset, Utah. One of the most remarkable things about Ms. Fleming, aside from the excellent feedback she’s received from her clients, is the way she uses technology and social media tools to market her business and provide the best service to her customers.

For example, Lori Fleming’s Facebook page features her credentials, listings, her Reachfactor reviews and the blog posts she contributes to other web sites. Her clients believe this makes her one of the more reachable, knowledgeable and personable agents in the area. Here are a few quotes from her more than a dozen client reviews:

“She was always on top of it! Weekly phone calls, emails, texts, everything! She always kept us informed and reassured us that she WOULD sell our home!!”

“She was honest and I knew she was going to work for us. She communicated promptly over phone and email. She didn’t want to just sell us a house, but she wanted to find a home that would match our family needs, lifestyle and price point. She knew the best areas in the local market and gave us valuable advice.”

“Lori helped us sell our home. It sold in 3 Days!!! We did some staging and followed some advice from Lori on prep work and selling price. Her on-line 3D virtual home was a big plus.”

If you’re looking for a real estate agent in Salt Lake and surrounding communities, we recommend contacting Lori Fleming.

Agents confront a world that is (at times) skeptical or confused about what value an agent brings to the table in a real estate transaction. ReachFactor is a 3rd party service that thousands of real estate agents use to conduct client surveys, collect feedback, and improve service levels.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Funny Instruction Labels

Funny Instruction Labels
These are actual instruction labels on consumer goods: Are we all needing this kind of information could we not use common sence. With that being said....... Maybe not

 

On Sears hairdryer:
Do not use while sleeping.
(Gee, that's the only time I have to work on my hair!)

On a bag of Fritos:
You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.
(The shoplifter special!)

On a bar of Dial soap:
Directions: Use like regular soap.
(and that would be how?)

On some Swann frozen dinners:
Serving suggestion: Defrost.
(But it's 'just' a suggestion!)

On Tesco's Tiramisu dessert:
(printed on bottom of the box)

Do not turn upside down.
(Too late! you lose!)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding:
Product will be hot after heating.
(Are you sure? Let's experiment.)

On packaging for a Rowenta iron:
Do not iron clothes on body.
(But wouldn't that save more time?)
(Whose body?)

On Boot's Children's cough medicine:

Do not drive car or operate machinery.
(We could do a lot to reduce the construction accidents if we just kept those 5 year olds off fork lifts.)

On Nytol sleep aid:
Warning: may cause drowsiness.
(One would hope!)

On a Korean kitchen knife:
Warning: keep out of children.
(hmm...something must have gotten lost in the translation...)

On a string of Christmas lights:
For indoor or outdoor use only.
(As opposed to...?)

On a food processor:
Not to be used for the other use.
(Now I'm curious.)

On Sainsbury's peanuts:
Warning: contains nuts.
(but no peas?)

On an American Airlines packet of nuts:
Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.
(somebody got paid big bucks to write this one.)

On a Swedish chainsaw:

Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.
(Raise your hand if you've tried this.)

On a child's Superman costume:
Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.
(Oh go ahead! That's right, destroy a universal childhood belief.)

Why are kids afraid to go to school

As your child, grandchild, friend or even neighbor returns to school let are heart be softened by those who may need a friend or even a smile.

I growing up watch a little boy die because he was alone and bullied. This little boy came from a family who had very little, who brought his lunch every day to school and was teased because he did. His bus stop was the 3rd stop and by the time the bus stopped to pick him up the seats were full and he was left to stand in the back on the way to school.
The boys from the back of the bus would take his lunch and eat it in front of him, I tried to retrieve the lunch multiple time. Only thing I could think of doing was to save a seat for him up front. Finally this little boy just gave up and died, never had a health problem just gave up. To this day I worry when I get to the other side and face this boy did I do all I could to help him or will he say WHY....


I have been here and know just how scary it is to have a child hurt so bad that he or she is willing to take their own lifes. If I was not in tune I would have lost one of my children to the crule world of BULLYING. All because he was quiet, scared and felt he was alone.

As your kids great ready for school be in tune with them dont miss that opportututy to make a difference
Special request to all you kids returning to school in the next few days: If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn't have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most "in" clothes -- PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone's life

FSBO a No Go!

FSBO a No Go!

by The KCM Crew on August 9, 2011 · 28 comments

in For Sellers,Pricing

This blog prides itself on the quality of real estate information we deliver each and every day. We try to gather empirical evidence to validate the positions we take. We do not use just an anecdotal story to make a point. We also do not get caught up in the sensationalism of the moment. However, today will be different.

We can’t resist commenting on the story which recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal regarding Colby Sambrotto, the founder and former CEO of forsalebyowner.com. It seems the founding father and lifelong evangelist of the concept of selling your home without a real estate agent was forced to hire a broker to sell his home after failing at what he preaches others should do.

After failing to sell his NYC apartment on his own as a For Sale By Owner (FSBO), Sambrotto hired a broker and paid a 6% commission in order to get the job done. His personal experience helps refute some of the myths Sambrotto has been espousing for over a decade. Let’s look at two of those myths:

Myth #1 – You Will Pocket More Money Selling on Your Own

Most FSBO sites say you can save the commission by selling on your own. What happened in Sambrotto’s sale?

From the WSJ article:

“The broker, Jesse Buckler, said he told Mr. Sambrotto the apartment in the Lion’s Head building on West 19th Street near Sixth Avenue was priced too low and wasn’t drawing the right buyers.

By May, it went into contract, he said, after attracting multiple offers. It closed in the last few days for $150,000 more than the original asking price.”

Myth #2 – The Internet Alone Can Sell Your Home

Many have said that, with the introduction of home search on the internet, hiring an agent is no longer a necessity. What happened to the FSBO guru when he attempted to only depend on the internet?

From the WSJ article:

“Looking to move his family to the suburbs, [Mr. Sambrotto] said he carefully staged his apartment for sale himself, and put it on the market. But after using a mix of websites to publicize his apartment, he said he had only ‘middling success’ and switched to a broker because many buyers were so reliant on brokers.”

Bottom Line

There is a reason the real estate industry has been around for centuries: it performs a valuable service.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Why are Kids afraid to go to School....

As your child, grandchild, friend or even neighbor returns to school let are heart be softened by those who may need a friend or even a smile.


I growing up watch a little boy die because he was alone and bullied. This little boy came from a family who had very little, who brought his lunch every day to school and was teased because he did. His bus stop was the 3rd stop and by the time the bus stopped to pick him up the seats were full and he was left to stand in the back on the way to school.
The boys from the back of the bus would take his lunch and eat it in front of him, I tried to retrieve the lunch multiple time. Only thing I could think of doing was to save a seat for him up front. Finally this little boy just gave up and died, never had a health problem just gave up. To this day I worry when I get to the other side and face this boy did I do all I could to help him or will he say WHY....

I have been here and know just how scary it is to have a child hurt so bad that he or she is willing to take their own lifes. If I was not in tune I would have lost one of my children to the crule world of BULLYING. All because he was quiet, scared and felt he was alone.


As your kids great ready for school be in tune with them dont miss that opportututy to make a difference
Special request to all you kids returning to school in the next few days: If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn't have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most "in" clothes -- PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone's life


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Home and Garden | Apartment Decorating Tips - Apartment - Decorating

Short on Space, Tall on Function

10 tips to make your tiny space feel bigger
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Feel squeezed by your space? A lot of us do. But there are ways to feel as if you're living larger than you actually are with a few tips that won't make the walls seem as if they're closing in on you.
According to the American Furniture Manufacturers Association, 87 percent of Americans who describe their home as small to medium in size try to use every square inch to maximum efficiency. Rather than making their space look bigger, people want a cozy, intimate feel and prefer to use their space wisely and get the most out of it.
"One of the great things about small rooms is that they help us think creatively about the way we live," said Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the High Point, N.C.-based trade association. "Furniture is a true complement to a small abode—it helps you maximize your space by providing function, comfort and style."
AFMA suggests the following tips for ways to increase square footage without building on an addition:

Go Vertical: Consider tall furniture rather than wide to preserve precious floor space.
Use Your Walls: Add a shelf or rack to display a favorite collection or for hanging hats, ties and scarves.
Tall Furniture
Stash it in style: Today's occasional tables offer plenty of storage with drawers, shelves and cubbies plus glass-topped display space for collectibles.
Stack 'em: Stackable and folding chairs are excellent ways to keep a supply of seating for a dinner party, holiday gatherings or drop-in guests.
Sweet dreams: Sleep better knowing that you've taken advantage of the valuable space under the bed—in style. Use decorative boxes and storage bins to stow out-of-season clothing, wrapping paper, sporting goods or anything else.
Retractable doors: When shopping for an armoire or entertainment center, look for ones with retractable doors to provide more space when the doors are open.
Try the kids' department: Youth furniture is designed to fit into smaller rooms but also accommodates adults just fine. Have a small guest bedroom or a little alcove office? A child's dresser or desk might be the perfect fit.
Rollin', rollin', rollin': Many pieces of furniture have wheels—whether it is a sofa, a coffee table, a storage shelf, kitchen table or an ottoman. Enjoy extra mobility and function with a wheeled piece of furniture that is fashionable and practical.
Don't leaf it out: If a full-size dining room table is just too big for the dining area, ask your retailer about one with removable leaves.
Accent it: A mirror is always a nice accent to any room, but especially a small one. Mirrors add light and depth when space is limited. And the right accessories will highlight one's personal style and enhance the intimacy of a small space.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Off to Bed to Cover my Head!!!

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Monday, August 8, 2011

America's ugliest homes - (1) - CNNMoney

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One way to make money in residential real estate: Buy the worst house in the best neighborhood you can afford -- and then fix it up.

HomeVestors, which buys beat-up homes and resells them, is trying to find the ugliest of them all in its annual contest, which ends later this month.

Many of this year's Ugliest Home candidates don't look too unsightly from the outside, but a quick peek behind closed doors reveals some truly horrible conditions.

Buyers shouldn't be too deterred by the chewed-up kitchen cabinets or flood-damaged floors, however. Buying a beat-up property can be a lot cheaper than buying one in A-one condition -- as long as the damage isn't too extensive.

Of course, it's prudent to get an accurate estimate of what repair and renovations will cost before taking the plunge. The cost of fixing a cracked foundation or bad plumbing can wipe out any benefit of buying the fixer-upper on the block.

Here are six candidates in the running for HomeVestors' Ugliest Home in America contest. Almost all of these homes have been bought by HomeVestors franchisees or clients and renovated. Where possible we've included before and after shots to illustrate that there truly is life after ugliness.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

What a great marketing Idea - Nothing is big or to small

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Can good deeds go over in conjunction with marketing?

With the recent heat wave in New York and exceptionally higher than average temperatures in the area, two real estate agents new to the Brooklyn area came up with a clever way of branding their new office in nearby Fort Green.

Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Misha Chiporukha and Louis Esposito rented a hand­pushed ices cart, added signage and a branded umbrella and put on retro aprons and in the hot afternoons, began serving free ices to residents of Fort Green and Clinton Hill, two Brooklyn boroughs that are up and coming.

Word of the team’s visits to the neighborhood spread quickly and the two claim to have given out over 500 business cards to locals on their first day.

The team says the good deeds have already garnered numerous leads from renters looking for new apartments in the area to homeowners looking to sell. The two added a postcard mailer to the campaign with a vintage styled photo of the two at their cart with “get the scoop” printed on the card, inviting locals to ask about the market.

Most “good deed” campaigns come across as smarmy, but when a true need is met (like a good chill on a hot day), people remember the gesture, and we are told the team is already highly recognizable in the streets, after just a few days of generosity.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Huge Price improvement!! $450,000 to $385,000

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Best Views of Willard bay and the fantastic sunsets.

Private backyard 6000 gallon waterfall, hot tub with gazebo, built in BBQ, outside lights front & back.

Speakers outside for spring and summer entertaining.

5 spacious bedrooms

4 full baths

master suite with separate tub and shower ,

private master deck with fire pit

Bright open kitchen with bar area.

Custom arches and built in throughout the house. This home has it all

 

Call today for your private showing

Lori Fleming 801-940-9560

Century 21 Golden Spike Realty

2609 N Main Sunset Utah

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Here is the plat and layout of the property 2+ acres

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Huge Price improvement!! $450,000 to $385,000

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

'For Sale By Owner' Founder Needs Broker to Sell His Apartment

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Needing some direction Football vs Nascar ?!?!?

Okay Friends I have made my daughter a promise to get her to a Greenbay Packers game...As all of you know I know nothing about football only NASCAR ps go Dale jr!!!

Packers are playing in San Diego Nov 6 2011 so that is the target. Anyone know the best way to start this process..I know I need to purchase the tickets but where.... and do they have packages like NASCAR...

If you would have ask me know to purchase Nascar ticket and what to expect I would have that one covered.... HELP HELP

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