Diana Lewis's (dianalewis) Blog

Real Estate Agent - ADL Sunshine Realty
Yesterday I finally got rid of my Treo cell phone.  The final straw was that I was at a listing trying to put a lock box on the property and once again my phone would not work. I had my MLS key on it, a report for viewing of my listings, a loan calculator, Google map, and many other applications....
I talk to myself most of the day since I work at home and am alone in my office.  I have gotten in the habit of self talk and even find myself doing it in public.  I get these wierd looks from people walking by at times.  Some of my self talk is helpful and some not so much.  I yell at myself whe...
Are you like me and get hundreds of emails everyday from some internet guru who knows how you can millions in the next year?  I have to say I am a sucker for some of these things but I have decided that the only ones making millions are the ones I give my money to.  I have tried getting referrals...
Last year's tax stimulus package contained a joke of a tax credit for first-time home buyers.  Why a joke? Because the 2008 credit was not really a tax credit but a loan that the first-time home buyer had to repay. A real tax credit is one you get to keep.  Of course, to qualify and keep the cred...
I am a do it myself type of gal.  I have a hard time asking for help but I am beginning to believe I need to get help.  Plus I really hate paperwork.  Isn't that an odd statement from an accountant of 20+ years.  I like the big picture not the little stuff.  I think my business might really take ...
I am working really hard on my attitude.  When I wake up in the morning I am saying affirmations to myself.  Some days are harder than others.  This is a tough real estate market and everything takes a lot of focus and belief that it can be done.  I have to remind myself often of the many blessin...
Another bad sign of the times is the rise of bankruptcy's in New Mexico.  According to the Albuquerque Journal today, first quarter filings were up 41 percent from a year earlier.  The vast majority, 91 percent, were Chapter 7 liquidation.  According to the Journal, a common thread among people f...
In case you are an investor or realtor specializing in short sales here are some useful hints to preparing the BPO (Broker Price Opinion).  All Sold Comps should be less than 6 months old, of similar size and in similar condition and located within 1-mile radius of subject.  According to the inst...
I am one of those nerdy types who tries to stay educated with what is happening in our economy.  I try to follow the market to keep my business growing.  Although there are times I probably should stay away from the news because it doesn't always keep me in the best frame of mind.  This morning I...
Rates on 30-year mortgages fell to the lowest level on record for the second consecutive week after the Federal Reserve launched a new effort to assist the staggering U.S. housing market. Mortgage giant Freddie Mac said Thursday that average rates on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages dropped to 4.78 p...


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