Tom's Blog

Real Estate Agent - United Country Dowd & Forbes Realty, Edenton, NC
Anything and everything about real estate from selling to buying to negotiating.
 Living in northeastern, NC, a.ka. the "half-back" state as it is located half way between Florida and New York, I feel like I am truly living in the south.  The accents, the barbecue - pork of course!, close proximity to the outer banks and the mild weather are all stereotypical"southern" peculi...
                                     If you were to catch me at the Edenton Coffee shop one morning ordering my customary cup of Joe and were to ask what the real estate market was like in 2009 I would ask if you were buying my coffee?  After you said, "Yes," I'd sit down with you and share the n...
I'm not a big fan of self promotion or tooting my own horn but there is a time and place fo everything. So if you will allow me to self promote for the next few minutes I will introduce myself a little and share why you should contact me if you want to buy or sell in northeastern, NC.   First, ab...
As I sit in my office compiling stats for my end of the year market report it is interesting to note which subdivision has been the hot spotof activity this past year.  Here in the town of Historic Edenton, a town of 5000 residents with a land area of 5 miles, 3 golf courses within 25 minutes and...
Okay here's my dilemma, I read an article telling me I need to increase my sales tactics in this "down" market.  The reason I am not closing more deals is that I don't know how to sell and if I do X, Y, and Z to hone my sales skills, my business will get better and I'll be able to convert those c...
On Monday the U.S. Treasury Department's long awaited guidelines to streamline Short Sales hit the press.  The new guidelines as enumerated below are from RE/MAX's Co-Founder Dave Liniger. *Lenders must respond to Short Sale requests within 10 business days of receipt of the offer package. *The s...
There are not many places in Edenton, NC that give you the feel and comfort of a caring stable community along with the warm feeling of home, yet Pembroke Circle is one of those places.  Established in the early 1940's this one and a half block long street is flanked on one side by Filbert's Cree...
Not sure how long I've been actively participating in AR but the benefit I've received has been tremendous.  No, no sales or referrals at this point but plenty of education that has helped me in my business. Below are three items I picked up.  My hope is that they will help you as well. 1. Pricin...
Okay, so you're a first time home-buyer.  You're tired of paying rent and decide its time to take the plunge and buy your first home.  You realize the market is down so home prices are the lowest they've been for some time, you see homes for sale on every corner of your town so you know selection...
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!!  Good news for the housing market!! The first time homebuyer tax credit has been extended and broadened.  Signed into law on November 6, 2009 the bill contains the following provisions:  If you are a first time home buyer - meaning you have not had interest (owne...


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