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By Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions
(Environmental Visions)
As I started my morning walk this morning the Tallahassee air was a little cooler and dryer, just a hint of fall.  Quite nice.  Fall is a beautiful time of year in this part of the world and a great time for people to shop for new homes.   It was also trash collection day and as I walked by my neighbor's house, I noticed some extra beverage cans that I'm quite sure weren't their's lying next to the edge of the road.  So, good neighbor that I am, I picked them up, dropped them in the convenient recycle bin and continued my climb up the hill.     Another four cans, three bottles several candy wrappers & snack food containers later and I started to sense a trend.  Lucky for me the trash and recycle containers were on the street!  At first glance, you don't notice the trash that was lying a...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Golden Eagle Subdivision - A Pricing Trend Analysis I was doing some research for a client and found an interesting trend (interesting if you're a numbers type anyway) on the pricing in Golden Eagle Subdivision in Tallahassee, Florida . I was wondering if there existed any relationship between the properties that sold in Golden Eagle (how they were priced) and the properties that failed to sell in Golden Eagle (how they were priced). I created a trailing-12-month trend analysis for each, and the following graphic ensued. The green line represents a 12 month average Price Per Square Foot (PPSFT) of all the homes that successfully sold in Golden Eagle (in that time period), while the red line represents the corresponding 12 month average PPSFT of all the homes that failed to sell in Golde...
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By Eva Armstrong, Environmental Visions
(Environmental Visions)
Up for a CHALLENGE?!?!?!!!   The challenge is this:  Post a blog on activerain for each of 30 consecutive days!     I'm a new real estate agent (5 months since receiving my license) although I worked in the real estate field for the State of Florida for almost 8 years.  My broker, Joe Manausa, a regular contributor to activerain, challenged me with this assignment.  Joe sees it is as a way to raise my visibility in the real estate community, ("oh my god, at what cost?" is what I'm asking myself right now???), raising my awareness of the importance the internet plays in the real estate world (it has NOT invaded the State of Florida's real estate business to THIS degree yet!!!) and to start making connections beyond those I already have around the state, (I can always use more!).     It s...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Often times, we work with Buyers who are tight on cash and are looking to save every nickel in the process of Buying a Home in Tallahassee. They ask for advice on things that they should do to save money. Invariably, the question arises as to whether they "really need to pay for a home inspection."Before I give you my answer to this, let me begin with the benefits of the professional home inspection. The Home Inspector will check every system in the home and give his or her professional opinion of its condition. As you are well aware, there are no "perfect" homes. He will provide you with a report that your Realtor will help break-down into three important lists: The first will contain all the items that the contract requires the Seller to repair; we refer to these as "Warranted Items."...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Now that I am blogging for the Tallahassee Democrat (our local newspaper), I have been very fortunate to run into some incredibly opinionated, not-so-educated people. I'm certain that YOU have met the one person that I am really going to talk about, after all, this is titled The Smartest Person I Ever Met!Of course, the All-Knowing, Expert At Everything-Person that I am referring to signs his/her name with great pride ...... AnonymousI thought I'd use this post to show you Anonymous's comments from the other day. Sorry about the typo's, but I am going to cut and paste so that you can get a feel for the hidden genious that resides within "Anonymous."I wrote a post Time to Buy Real Estate in Tallahassee, and these are the pearls of wisdom that were deposited in my message section:The Intr...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Time to Buy Real Estate? So many of our Buyers are asking us if now is the time to Buy Real Estate in Tallahassee, Florida. As someone who has been in the Tallahassee Real Estate Brokerage Business for 17 years, I can tell you it is, but that might seem biased.... Rather, I think with the help of a little common-sense analysis, I can show you it is definitely time to Buy Real Estate in Tallahassee, Florida! When buying any commodity, it always seems to be prudent to buy low and sell high (not exactly rocket science, huh?). So, looking to the future, we need to analyze the forces behind both supply-side drivers and demand-side factors:{Remainder of article with Great Information for Buyers in Any Market!}You can also post some (POSTIVE) comments at that link location. I'm getting hammere...
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By Kenneth Fach
(Amerisave Mortgage Co)
Many real estate agents, utility service workers, engineers, and government professionals use a Treo smart phone in their business. Here are some tips to keep it doing what you want it to do and fast. The tips here relate to a Treo700wx, which uses a windows operating system, unlike earlier Treos.TIP 1 After accessing internet sites on your Treo, click on Menu at the bottom right of your browser screen. Then, click on Tools. Click on Option. Click on Memory, and now, you can delete or clear out your files and history. If you don't do this, the sites build up on your device, and eats into you memory. When you delete files your free up memory so your browser can work faster. It is a good idea to save your favorite sites by clicking the Add to Favorites link. Tip 2 Now, click on your devic...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Well, somebody noticed!Here in Tallahassee, Florida, we only have 1 newspaper. The Tallahassee Democrat noticed my blog and has invited me to write a Tallahassee Real Estate Blog for the Newspaper.I am certain that without all the activity that Active Rain creates, this blog would not have been found by the Publisher of the newspaper. So, thanks for helping to create this great opportunity. My blog is featured at I now write the real estate blog for the Tallahassee Democrat. You can find me at http://www.tallahassee.com/special/blogs/manausa/. I hope to see you there!
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
  This next week brings us the Anniversary of the Terror Attacks of September 11th, 2001. It's hard to imagine that it has been six years.  I'm sure everyone remembers where they were on the day of the attacks.  However, it is easy to forget the months after the attacks when the public was encouraged to spend money to keep the economy strong. The American consuming public never flinched and the economy kept on rolling along. Fast forward six years and the economy continues to roll along. The graph below displays the last 6.5 years of the S&P 500 index, which is an index fund of the top 500 American stocks. It is considered to be the closest indicator of how the US Economy is truly performing.  The S&P 500 Index was beginning to decline a full year and half before September 11th, 2001. I...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Don't you just hate it when you are trying to create a chart in Microsoft Excel and some of your data totally obscures the rest of it? The purpose of this post is to show you how I created a chart, showing how My Company Web Site has had more visitors than our competition.So, How do you do it? First, you graph the information as you want it. Then, by doing a series of copy and pastes, you will be able to make all data sets semi-transparent, allowing the viewer to see all (as in the image above). So, here are the steps. Create your chart as you normally would. Creat a rectangular Autoshape in any other part of your workbook. Select the new autoshape that you created, and then choose Format Autoshape. You will see several things to choose, so do the following: Change it to the color of th...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
The Numbers(continuation from My Previous Post ) So after years of measuring different lead sources, what have we found? First of all, I want to acknowledge that this is a small sample of agents that were measured for roughly a year. Differing talent and skill levels, as well as differing market conditions will yield different results for everyone. That being said, I think it is a fair analysis for one lead source versus another.Since I first went to Joe Stumpf and Mike Ferry back in the 90's, it appears that Joe Stumpf has not changed a whole lot of what he is teaching. On the other hand, it appears that Mike Ferry has embraced working one's Sphere of Influence (while he did not recommend against it when I went to his programs, he pushed hard for telephone prospecting outside of one's ...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
The Business Funnel (continuation from My Previous Post ) After measuring Attempts, Contacts, Leads, Appointments, Sales and Closings for over a year (with about 20 agents) I discovered a fascinating thing.... We could use an agent's measured numbers to focus their specific training needs to them. Let me demontrate by means of an example. Let us look at "the numbers" on five ficticious agents: These numbers quickly show that Susan is the top producer with 34 closings, while Alice is producing the least. Normally as the broker, I would only know closed statistics, but with the measuring systems in place, check out all the information that we ascertain! This is a graphic of what I call the Business Funnel. It can greatly help us guide each individual agent who is prospecting for business:...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
The Language(continued from my previous post) I must say that I was extremely excited to try out everything that I learned. I was determined to measure our actions and our results so that I could quantitatively prove what was the best method(s) for acquiring new business.In order to measure, I had to come up with a common language for all of our participating agents. As the great Bill Clinton once reminded us "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is." This common language would ensure that our measurements and systems were consistent across the board. So, here is a list of defined terms that we chose to measure: Attempt - This is where you initiate an action to make contact with someone for the purpose of having a "real estate, fact-finding conversation." A great example of a...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
As our market has toughened up, I have had many agents come to me and ask what they could do to generate more business. As I have been in the Tallahassee Real Estate Market for 17 years now, I certainly have a lot of ideas and experience. But more importantly, I have (on my computer) records of what we were doing the last time the market was like this. I had to dig deep. As a Real Estate Broker with a computer science degree, I have a pretty well-organized computer structure that allows me to pull most files or records that I used since about 1992. I have always "carried forward" my file structure to a new computer when replacing an old one. So, to the point.... Our market in Tallahassee, FL turned from Seller-side to Buyer-side in the middle of 1996. I did not have great experience at ...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
I read an interesting blog this morning by Brad Carroll titled Free Tools That Allow You To Spy On Your Competition. I followed all of the links and learned a great deal about how my site can be analyzed, as well as how to use the same tools to analyze my competition. One tool in particular made me really excited. I used Compete.Com to compare my old, rusty, not up-to-date web site with the top local web sites for my highest value key words. What I found amazed me. My site doesn't show up in the first two pages of a google search, yet we get much more traffic than the top 2! Wow. Apparently, SEO is not the only game in town... So I guess some of our other marketing methods are driving more traffic to our site than the SEO methods of our competition. You can tell by the graphic that sinc...
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By Carol Palacios
(Century 21 Manausa & Associates)
 Are you searching for foreclosed property and those in the process of foreclosure in Tallahassee and its surrounding area? Like what you see so far?The link below will give you just a peak! Call me, Carol Palacios, your Tallahassee Real Estate Proffessional for more information on these properties and many more! You can reach me at 850.321.1854Tallahassee Real Estate Foreclosures
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By Carol Palacios
(Century 21 Manausa & Associates)
  ARE YOU IN TROUBLE?When you purchased your home chances are you took out a home loan and your lender issued a lien on the property or took a security interest in the property in case you were ever to default on the payments. In the event that you cannot make your mortgage payment, this security interest gives your lender the right to take the house away from you- aka- foreclose! This means they can auction off your house and keep the proceeds in order to cover its investment. Worst case scenario, if the property cannot be sold for what you owe, a deficiency judgment can be filed against you.What is a deficiency judgment?  It's simply a judgment against the borrower in favor of the lender in an amount equal to the difference between the funds received from a court sale of the property ...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
HEY, MOVE ME OUT!Seems easy right? I always thought so. I mean how hard can property management be? You Find a Tenant in Tallahassee who stays for an extended period of time in your Tallahassee Real Estate Investment, pays you rent, and then moves out or renews when the lease is up.Ah, to the contrary. The real work begins when the tenant moves out..... In Florida, liability begins when the tenant moves out. Yes, cleaning up the mess. But today we are going to approach this from a different perspective. Let's look at what happens to that Security Deposit? Did you know that you have 30 days to file a claim against it? Most people think that the security deposit is the owner's money. Well, it's not until a claim has been made against it. And even when that is done, there is still a waitin...
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Ah, Relief is Here!Would you buy some Snake Oil to cure all your ills? I think I might have found the product!This is the First Piece of Spam that I have received with a Mortgage Lender promising "yesterday's garbage." A main ingredient to our current problem Mortgage Market is Loan Products that were designed to default. Here is a Mortage Company saying it still has that product!  Now, let me see, what could this possibly lead to.....Just let me look into my Crystal Ball ....  The Great Visionary predicts .....I'm going to go out on a limb and predict this is just a leading ad to get Realtors to talk to them. However, if they really do have them, than I predict this Mortgage Company has a short future....Is anyone else getting hit with stuff like this, or am I just lucky?
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By Joe Manausa - Tallahassee, FL, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Building CredibilityIf you read my previous post about "losing customers," you know that I have this issue burned into my mind. When I ask my agents what happened, usually the response is what the customer told them, or what they thought the customer told them. I find that when I lose a customer, the problem is ME! Customers do not leave if they feel that I am critical to their success! Credibility creates a bond with the customer that holds them to you now (for this transaction), and more importantly, in the future for referrals.Here are the Top Five Signs that your customers may not think You are Credible: They asked you to step outside while they "talked it over" They won't call you back They just won't listen You find yourself saying "Buyer's  are Liars" They listed with someone els...
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