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Every October Newwest.net holds a real estate conference regarding real estate and development in the Rockies.  Each year they've had an economist, Chris Thornberg, come and speak.  Chris has been on-target all three years, predicting the burst of the housing bubble, the effects of the stock mark...
10/16/2009
I can guess, it's because someone will say something bad about you, God forbid.  I'm like most of you, I don't want people bad-mouthing me online either!  However, that's part of the new-world out there, web 2.0 and we'd better get on board with this before someone else does in a much more organi...
09/01/2009
Zero Down!!!  Buy! Buy! Buy! Amongst the firestorm of the market collapse and lending rules buying houses with zero-down money seemed to be one of the main punching bags for many people.  Heck, it was for me.  How many Realtors have said this line, "Conventional and FHA loans haven't changed much...
09/01/2009
Thought I'd put a post out there mainly for feedback from fellow Realtors across the nation. Here in Missoula we've been long time FNIS Paragon clients, to the north of us the Northwest Montana board has recently switched to FBS Flex, as has the board to the south of us.  We tend to have a lot of...
06/10/2009
Yesterday there was a 12 home Realtor lunch tour on the south side of Missoula.  All of the houses were larger/newer homes in newer subdivisions, priced between $350,000 - $600,000.  For those of you unfamiliar with our market, that's probably what you'd consider the "top end" right now, there's ...
06/05/2009
Yesterday I took some notes from an economics professor at the UM. He had some info on how this stimulus affects Montana. Here's what I wrote down: - $626 million for the State of Montana, in his opinion a little low per capita. - 1/3 of that is for highway funding, he reminded us that many city ...
03/03/2009
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/map.economy/index.html Some interesting stuff here:  - Regarding unemployment, Montana appears to be pretty good, almost 2% below the national average - Jobs by industry, Montana is one of the many Rocky Mountian states that is showing healthy growth  - The lowest...
03/03/2009
Social networking is not just the future, it's right now.  And there's a ton of agents who are jumping on sites like ActiveRain here or Facebook and countless others.  However I'll warn a lot of you, if you take a straight-laced and professional approach to it, you'll be making a big mistake, her...
01/16/2009
I've seen the light, and it's Google Calendars. No, I'm not a Google rep, I'm just really happy with my experience that I've had with Google Calendars, because of my sales team and my association, and I thought I'd share it quickly with you guys.  It's a great tool to use if you're looking to imp...
01/16/2009
Gang, I've been here for a few days, I feel like we're all friends here, so I've got some simple advice.  Stop complaining to the consumer about your expenses, please. On the front page of activerain today: http://activerain.com/blogsview/873117/Expenses-of-a-Real-Estate-Agent A very well written...
01/09/2009
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