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By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 7
In a short devotional at church today, I told the congregation that I am a lucky woman, having hit the TRIFECTA of fathers, for I have been blessed by three wonderful Dads in my life--my Dad, my father-in-law, and my husband. We were never allowed to call my Dad "Father," because he said that the...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 22
If most Americans were not buried under revolving credit, I believe they would be able to afford their house payments. Credit card companies charge rates that, in any other time in recorded history, would have been considered usury rates. And in any other time in history, that would have been a c...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 25
While we were taking photos, I even joked about the supposed ghost, referring to the resident Haint or Haints. My associate, a highly-educated, intelligent woman, cast a scornful look at me, "You summons them when you talk about them!" "Oh, OKAY!"  I said, somewhat sarcastically. "You mean that y...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 8
My words, my photo, my listing; but I did not place the ad on Craig's list, and the house is definitely NOT for rent.  Craig's List promptly removed the ad, when we reported it as a scam, and the local police called it an attempt at "theft by deceit." The police, however, say they do not have th...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 9
Harold Camping didn't say the world is ending on May 21. He said the end is going to start on May 21, 2011, at 6 pm locally all over the world. If there's an earthquake anywhere today, he will take the credit. Of course, I'm not sure how he will explain his lack of being raptured when he is still...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 9
I am a REALTOR®, working mostly with foreclosure properties. I am on the front lines of both selling and listing affordable homes. While there have certainly been mortgage issues in the past, I know that today's homebuyer with 5 to 10% down is a better risk than the foreclosed homeowners I meet w...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 10
Scattered over the last two plus years are pieces I have written on how to swim with the sharks in the foreclosure market. Agents and buyers, alike, often struggle with parts of the process, so I am including links below to some of my "how to" entries. Facts about purchasing a HUD property that y...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 5
If your seller fears that having an electronic real estate box on their home may expose them to unscheduled showings, you can insure against that by programming a CBS code. CBS means Call Before Showing, and using a CBS code insures that an unwitting real estate agent will not invade an occupant'...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 6
Rand McNally is looking for the Best Small Towns in America through their Best of the Road Contest. You can help Cape Girardeau (or your town) be one of those lucky communities selected as "the best of the road." All you have to do is follow these easy steps.   Go to the BEST OF THE ROAD site, by...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 4
Homes priced under $175,000 will be featured today on the Wells Fargo Affordable Homes Tour. Get your home tour flyer in today's SE Missourian or stop at Beef O Brady's at 1pm. Register at each house you tour for a chance to win a 32 inch flat screen TV. Drawing participants must start and end at...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 6
In a perfect world of real estate, Saturdays in May would be temperate and dry. Motivated buyers want to fill the day merrily going from house to house. Any agent who has made a full day of appointments will probably groan out loud when Saturday dawns wet and rainy. "What a perfect day to be sure...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 8
Providing comps with an offer IS TAKING THE OTHER AGENT TO TASK. An agent who comes armed with comps is delivering an insult and taking the risk of hurting the negotiations. She is saying that her judgment is better than the other agent's, that the other agent obviously did not already provide th...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 4
I'm not sure why, exactly, you have decided to attempt to purchase a house online, as if it were an eBay item, but I'd like for you to consider the following: You WILL pay EXACTLY the same commission as you would if you used a local agent. That "5% buyer's premium" will not be decreased one penny...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 8
I saw an ice cream truck this weekend; the temperatures are going to be in the 80s for three days in a row; local university students are taking finals this week; area 2011 proms are history; air conditioners are going on all over town, and the water park is getting ready to open... all signs tha...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 0
The Birds Point - New Madrid Floodway has been protecting 133,000 acres of prime farmland for decades, but that will end tonight starting at 9 pm. Maj. General Michael Walsh, President of the Mississippi River Commission, says he has authorized the Corps to "operate the floodway project." In laym...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 6
Even state highways succumb to the Mighty Mississippi River during the flood of 2011. When the water first goes over the road, markers show the water's depth and allow drivers to travel over the low spots. Eventually, the water is too deep to be traversed and the road is barricaded as the markers...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 2
  First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau    If you are looking for an Easter Sunday service, please join us at 10:45 am  Location: Corner of Cape Rock Dr and Lexington Notes from Pastor Mike Shupert, First Baptist Church, Cape Girardeau, MO (applicable copyright privileges are his)   Good Friday...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 16
The poster thinks she knows how to get all the information she needs online: How long has this property been listed? How long has the property been vacant? Who is selling the property person or bank? Was this any form of a short sale or foreclosure? What is the last 3 sales in the subdivision $ a...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 16
You missed a really good deal today, did ya? You were watching all the websites, and you have been driving by the house just waiting for it to become available. When you called a week ago, it was under contract, but then one of your websites said it was back on market. So you called the listing a...

By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 21
Is it wishful thinking if I say that I believe the market is turning? Am I being a PollyAnna? At least one market analyst has hard facts that he believes signal a market turn: One analyst says trucking tonnage is up dramatically, and that is a sign of recovery: Donald Broughton, Avondale Partners...

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