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By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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  A few years back I listed a glorious old home in the Soulard area of St. Louis.  This home had originally been a doctors residence when it was built back in the 1880's??.  To say that it was a solid house was an understatement .  Legend had it that a tornado had hit it and bounced off.  The fou...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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Dennis and I went to a seminar on 1031 Tax Exchanges this evening.  It was sponsored by the Des Peres Keller Williams office.  The material was presented by Coleen Howell, a Vice President with LandAmerica-Commonwealth Title Company.  As we are considering moving up from our two-families to large...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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I wanted to share an exerpt from a speech given by Nelson Mandela at his inaguration in 1994.  It was originally attributed to Marianne Williamson.  This is so profound, and it is another clipping I keep posted on the board above my desk:Our Deeped FearOur deepest fear is not that we are inadequa...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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I'm about to pull my hair out!  As I sit here at my desk working on my web page, answering emails and doing my blogging (all things that I try to get done before my day gets started in earnest) my phone rings and it's my daughter.  It's cold in Columbus and she doesn't feel like going to class.  ...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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Beautiful day today compared with the past two days.  It was so dreary and rainy yesterday I did not want to leave the house... Today is partly sunny with temperatures in the fifties - still chilly compared with what it was, but at least it's not raining...Following are the market statistics for ...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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SRRRRRRRCCCCCCHHHHH!!  That's the sound of screaming breaks as I slam on them in regards to my SEO.  My last post (http://activerain.com/blogsview/72206/Realtor-St-Louis-optimizes)on this topic talked about what I was doing to get my web site to show up on the search engines.  On it I complained ...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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Yesterday on NPR I heard a story about a housing advocacy group in Ohio who was dedicating a large amount of money to help bailout people facing foreclosure.  In that report a lady cried that her "Mortgage Broker" lied to her and that was why she was in trouble.Well, I wasn't there and I can't te...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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I have a clipping of an article tacked to the bulletin board above my desk.  I believe it's from the Missouri Realtor Magazine that came out right before the MAR Convention &  Expo.  It told about the feature presentation that would be presented by Mike Schlappi.  Mr Schlappi, who was paralyzed f...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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  You probably have read on line or seen on television the stories about how the internet is doing away with the need for real estate agents.  I know that I have.  I'm seriously thinking about finding out who it is that does FSBO.com's pr work and hiring them!  They seem to be the Johnny Cash of ...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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Yesterday, I shared some outside shots I took with my new Kodak EasyShare V705 Camera.  Today, I wanted to share some interior shots I took to demonstrate how well I feel the camera performs on interior shoots.  I used my own home as the example.  Just so you know, I am not a decorator, so my hom...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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I earned my GRI Designation in August 2000.  This is another designation I recommend other Realtors work toward earning.  Following is information on the GRI Designation (compiled from the NAR website). The GRI symbol is the mark of a real estate professional who has made the commitment to provid...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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It was high time to get a new digital camera, but I didn't know where to begin.  I was using an old Sony digital camera that used a floppy disk.  For outside, the pics were alright, but for inside and low light situations, it was not cutting the mustard.  I checked out the Photography Group on Ac...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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  Too Risque For Activerain? I posted a blog yesterday   http://activerain.com/blogsview/72632/St-Louis-Realtor-Confused on how to get comments on my posts.  The post featured a somewhat disturbing photo of an extremely large woman laying on top of an apparently skinny man (you can only see the b...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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    Recently I started working on getting my website geared up to be more than just an electronic brochure.  In that process I started reading a lot about website optimization.  That is, getting your website to turn up higher in the results when people search for it on the web using a search engi...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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  Mortgage Broker Vs Mortgage Banker Vs Bank.  Which should you use for your real estate financing?  Is one better than another?The answer to the first question above, "Which should you use for your real estate financing" is, "It depends!"  The answer to the second question, Is one better than th...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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I updated my CRS website this morning, and I added the link from my CRS page to the links at the right on this page.I feel the general public does not understand what these designations mean.  Following is a description of the CRS designation, from the CRS website:What's a CRS?The Certified Resid...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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I admit, I'm still pretty much a newbie here.  That said, I've been working pretty hard to participate on a daily basis if possible.  I try to read at least 5 or 6 blogs per day and to comment on most that I read.  When I write a post, I attempt to put some work into it and research what I have t...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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Dennis, Kim & I went to a seminar this evening.  It was a seminar on the foreclosure market.  Following are some notes from the discussion.  We have signed up to take the three-day class - $199 for two people did not sound bad at all.  We shall see... If we just learn a couple of things, it will ...

By Tim Tanz, St Louis Real Estate
(Platinum Realty)
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Stormy day today, and the temps are dropping.  Supposed to have near freezing temps for the next several nights.  What a change...I wanted to share some information about a situation that occured on the Tholozan property last week.  It's a two-family, with one side rented.  The listing agent seve...

By R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham, Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)
(Bank of England (NMLS#418481))
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   Lately I've been working on my website to try and get it search engine optimized and on that note, a special thanks to Karen George, the Arizona Mortgage Lady.  She's gone out of her way to provide some very valuable insight into how the search engines work and the importance of content and ha...

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