Georgetown, KY Real Estate News

By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
What a day it was early last week.  I had two inspections within 20 miles (or so) of Cave Run Lake.  One of my favorite places in Kentucky.But, at about 11:45, as I'm finishing up my first inspection, the client for the second inspection calls.  He lost his financing.  Inspection cancelled.What does a Kentucky Home Inspector do when a client loses his financing & cancels the inspection.Why, go fishing!  After all, it was only 20 miles (or so) away from where I was for the morning inspection.  (I guess that's why I carry fishing gear in the van.)I left my morning inspection, which was back down this cute little road.Soon I was zipping along here. Wondering who was going to get this listing?  (You up for it, Lizette?)Sometimes the walls fall down.I pulled in here.To see this.Before long (...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
Has a referral source ever found you years later and said, "I kept trying to find you to give you a lead but I couldn't find you!"What kind of e-mail address do you have?  Who OWNS your cell phone number?How many leads will you lose because someone you trust is wily.(or something changes in the business like the broker changing domain names.  Thanks Margaret)Is it really YOUR e-mail address or does it belong to someone else?Is it really YOUR cell phone number or does it belong to someone else?Someone like your broker, employer, ISP (Internet Service Provider) or one of those FREE accounts that may change when YOU don't want to.Here's a scenario for you that has happened to others in the past, costing them THOUSANDS of dollars.I'm going to use real estate agents as the example, but it ap...
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By Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY
(B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com))
 Is your home as Fire Safe as you can make it?The answers to these questions will help determine if your home is as safe as you can make it.Do you have the right kind of Fire & Smoke Detectors?If your house has natural gas, propane or oil service, or a fireplace/wood stove, do you have Carbon Monoxide Detectors?Are the detectors in the right places?Did you replace the detectors when you moved into your home and at least every 10 years thereafter?Do you test the detectors on a monthly basis?Have you replaced the detector batteries recently?Do you have the right kind of Fire Extinguishers in the right places?Do you have a fire escape plan and practice it with your children?Do you have a fireproof container for all your really important documents?(Birth Certificates, Stocks, Wills, that pr...
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By Steve Campbell
(Century 21 Commonwealth Real Estate)
With several responses to my blog Too Many Passwords!!! yesterday, and if you didn't check it out you should.  I would also like to write about another program that helps me in my daily real estate/computer needs.  It is Picasa     ( picasaweb.google.com ).  Picasa is a very good digital picture program that can be downloaded free from the above site.  I can take my real estae pictures and put them into picasa and then touch them up as needed for lightning and such and then publish them to the web.  I have tried many photo programs and, with my wife being a photographer, that would include Adobe Photoshop (incredible program but expensive and hard to use).  Try picasa out, it is free and very easy to use not only for real estate pictures but also family pictures or snapshots.  Thanks  S...
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By Steve Campbell
(Century 21 Commonwealth Real Estate)
After reading the earlier post about hotkeys I thought I would share some software I found about two or three years ago that has really helped me.  When I started with the Internet back in HS in 92, I had one password for my ISP which I think was called Prodigy (I can't even remember for sure).  Then through college and later I found that many sites on the net require passwords and some wanted at least four letters, or six letters, or six letters and one number and so on.  Before I knew it I had probably twenty passwords and remembering which one went with which ID became very tricky.  And after you didn't log on for so long some became impossible to remember.  Then I found anypassword which is a free download from www.anypassword.com and is very helpful.  You can put in your screenname...
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