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September 2008

New FHA Appraisal Guidelines - Debbie Huber of Huber Appraisal in Las Vegas

Debbie Huber of Huber Appraisal and Home Pride Insections in Las Vegas is today's featured guest blogger. Debbie has been appraising residential homes in Las Vegas for over 20 years and holds the SRA designation (Senior Residential Appraiser). She is also a Past President of the Appraisal Commission for the State of Nevada. Her topic is recent changes to FHA appraisal guidelines. To reach her at Huber Appraisal, please call (702) 243-3256 or email her at debbie@huberappraisal.com To reach Home Pride Inspections, please call (702) 363-1681 m.harrison@homeprideinspections.com FHA Required repairs for residential appraisals will be limited to necessary requirements. They... Read more →


Las Vegas Nevada Foreclosure Statistics and Market Update August 2008

NEVADA: # 1 Foreclosure For Filings/Per household in the U.S. According to RealtyTrac, Clark County, Nevada had 10,099 properties with foreclosure filings in August 2008 (1 in every 74 housing units). Realty Trac released this recent comprehensive foreclosure report on September 12, 2008: FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY INCREASES 12 PERCENT IN AUGUST The report states ... foreclosure filings — default notices, auction sale notices and bank repossessions — were reported on 303,879 U.S. properties during the month, a 12 percent increase from the previous month and a 27 percent increase from August 2007. The report also shows one in every 416 U.S.... Read more →


Answers to Common Questions Regarding Writing an Offer on a Bank Owned (REO) Property

NEVADA: # 1 Foreclosure For Filings/Per household in the U.S. According to RealtyTrac, Clark County, Nevada had 10,099 properties with foreclosure filings in August 2008 (1 in every 91 housing units). REO Experts, John & Leslie Carver, have been successfully listing and selling bank-owned/foreclosure homes in Las Vegas for more than 13 years. Team Carver has already closed over $40 million in sales volume through August of 2008. The following Q & A is provided by John & Leslie as a service to agents and buyers alike to assist in a smooth REO purchase. Why are there so many foreclosures... Read more →


REBlogworld 2008 - Highlights & Best Tips Part 1

REBlogworld was a well-organized and successful event. I enjoyed participating, networking and the learning and sharing of ideas. Kudos to Todd Carpenter and Jason Berman for all their hard work and to all the speakers and attendees for being on the leading edge of the RE.net. Here's a recap of some of the sessions I attended/participated in at REBlogworld on Friday, September 19, 2008. Mariana Wagner - From Click to Close. Mariana covered 10 major points of conversion using and expanding on a traditional sales cycle adjusted for Find - Potential clients will find you online due to your SEO;... Read more →


Technorati's State of the Blogosphere Report September 2008

Technorati has posted the State of the Blogosphere 2008 in a 5 part series packed with trends, stats and details about the who, what, why and how of blogging. This year, as discussed by CEO Richard Jalichandra at the recent Blogworld & New Media Expo, Technorati conducted a random survey of the 1.2 million Technorati members (approx 1300 participants from 60 countries). Introduction Day 1: Who Are the Bloggers? Day 2: The What And Why of Blogging Day 3: The How of Blogging Day 4: Blogging For Profit Day 5: Brands Enter The Blogosphere Previous reports: 2007, Index Some of... Read more →


Blogworld 2008 - Dave Taylor on Search Engines and Findability

Dave Taylor - Ten Things Your Need to Know about Search Engines and Findability It all starts with good content - interesting, compelling and relevant. Search Engines use semantic (what are you saying) and contextual analysis (who links to you and how they link) to figure themes and topics. Here are Dave's 10 Things (plus a Bonus Tip) to Know About Search Engine Optimization: Importance of titles- is title good enough to draw attention? Does is contain a keyword or concept about the post? Keyword Density - think keywords when writing - use the keyword several times in the post... Read more →


Blogworld 2008 Kicksoff with Keynotes on the State of the Blogosphere

The opening keynote address at Blogworld & New Media Expo 2008 featured Technorati CEO,Richard Jalichandra unveiling part of the latest State of the Blogosphere report. Look for the 5 part series on Technorati this Monday. Six Apart's Chris Alden and Anil Dash spoke about The Past, Present and Future of Blogging. I am posting this from my iPhone using the new Typepad app I just downloaded. Read more →


Benefits and Business Uses of Twitter

Back in May I wrote a post entitled To Twitter or Not Twittter? And that is still a question I am pondering. I find myself re-intrigued with this platform whenever I am at a conference. I'm attending REBlogworld and Blogworld Expo this weekend and am following all the Blogworld tweets and joining the conversation. Follow REBlogworld on Twitter. Chris Brogran wrote 50 Ideas on Using Twitter for Business and his first idea of simply getting a Twitter account and listening to the conversation is the perfect advice to experience Twitter. I also like his #11 idea: Instead of answering the... Read more →


Just Stand Up 2 Cancer - Download this song!

On October 4, 2008, I will be joining my sisters in St, Petersburg, FL to run in the Susan G Komen 10k Race for the Cure. My sister, Mom and Aunt are all breast cancer survivors. An estimated 182,460 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in American women in 2008 alone. In case you missed it or haven't heard about Stand Up 2 Cancer (SU2C), there is a truly inspirational song by Antonio L.A. Reid and Kenny Babyface Edmonds entitled "Just Stand Up". The song features Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus,... Read more →


Recent Articles from Realtor Magazine - Green Marketing, Technology and more

I finally caught up on some reading this weekend - you know those magazines that pile up with the intention of getting around to them in a free moment! I read the August issue of NAR's REALTOR magazine and wanted to share some highlights with links to the online articles. NAR's Newest Designation Is Green - the first certification courses will be held at the NAR Convention in Orlando, November 5-6. For more information about the designation, or to register for the course, visit www.greenresourcecouncil.org or e-mail greendesignation@realtors.org. Green Your Marketing With Eco Features - This article offers some advice... Read more →


Nevada Foreclosure Process - Steps, Timeframes and Resources

The Foreclosure Process in the state of Nevada typically takes about 6 months from the time the Notice of Default is filed to the Eviction of the homeowner. We've been getting alot of inquiries about the timelines and steps in the foreclosure process. The following information is excerpted from a foreclosure course taught by Arthur Marvin of Business Seminars for Success. I highly recommend taking one of his continuing education classes. Visit his website for more information and his ebook entitled: "21 Ways to Stop Foreclosure" Notice of Default starts the foreclosure process - it is prepared, recorded, mailed, posted,... Read more →