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Wall Street Journal says: BUY NOW!!




Here are the major points of a post on Market Watch (part of the Wall Street Journal digital network)

Tips for buyers
Interested in buying a home and claiming the home-buyer tax credit? Below are five tips:

1. Don’t procrastinate

Get searching now. Getting an early start will give you a better chance of finding the right house before the credit deadline.

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Today’s Talking Point 11/20/09




Move.com survey results:

Just more than 12% of potential home buyers surveyed plan to purchase a home as an investment property compared with less than 6% who said the same seven months ago.

Of those interested in buying a foreclosure, 42% were investors. About 13% of those investors would turn their foreclosures into rentals, 11% would fix them up for resale and 17% said the houses would be used by a family member until the home could be sold for a profit.

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Today’s Talking Point 11/18/09




This blog is dedicated to getting important information into real estate professionals’ hands in a timely matter.

However, today, I want to take a step back and reflect on our mission. We are responsible for rejuvenating a housing industry that has been decimated by a litany of bad decisions over the last few years. The task in front of us is daunting and the road to recovery is steep.

Yet, as I travel the country, I continue to meet professionals who refuse to give up, people who will not fall victim to circumstance, agents and leaders who are committed to bringing their region’s housing market back. They are people who realize they must help their neighbors and save their neighborhoods. They realize that their success as a Realtor should not be measured by the number of dollars they make but, instead, by the number of people they help.

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Today’s Talking Point 11/17/09




**UPDATE**

The slideshow for Steve’s NAR presentation can be found by clicking this link:

http://steveharneyblog.com/2009/11/30/steve-harney-nar-presentation/

-The KCM Crew

[Now back to your regularly scheduled post…]

More observations from the NAR Conference:

Quotes:

“You are creating your digital legacy.”
Eric Bryn speaking about creating your online brand.

“The true measure of success in the speaking industry is longevity.”
Steve Murray giving me great counsel.

“Home sales will increase 15 percent and REALTOR® income will be up 20 percent in 2010.”
NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun

Strangest Things to Happen:

Seeing Eric Bryn wearing his KCM pin as an earring….

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Today’s Talking Point 11/16/09




**UPDATE**

The slideshow for Steve’s NAR presentation can be found by clicking this link:

http://steveharneyblog.com/2009/11/30/steve-harney-nar-presentation/

-The KCM Crew

[Now back to your regularly scheduled post…]

The NAR conference was packed with some great opportunities. Between classes I attended, classes where I was the speaker and business breakfasts, lunches and dinners, I was running ALL DAY!!

Here are my biggest takeaways:

Quotes:

“Pushing past your darkest moments leads to your greatest successes.”
Liz Murray who went from being homeless to attending Harvard University on a full scholarship.

“Things that once seemed impossible later on seemed inevitable.”
Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State

“Worrying about deficits right now is like worrying about water conservation when your house is on fire.”
FHA Commissioner David Stevens

“Agents don’t need bigger plaques from their brokers this year. They need bigger missions.”
Steve Harney (sorry, couldn’t resist)

Observations:

Pam O’Connor of LeadingRE is truly one of the great leaders in Real Estate today….Short Sales will surge in 2010

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