Thursday, April 4, 2013

Georgetown Homeowners' Association has new website

Georgetown, a community of 204 townhomes located just west of Macomb, has a new website:

http://georgetownmacomb.org

The site has a lot of great information, including a copy of the covenants and by-laws you can download. There's also a special section for new residents with all the important nuts-and-bolts stuff you have to learn whenever you move to a new neighborhood: what company to call for cable TV, where to vote, when garbage gets collected, etc.

As far as I know, there aren't many websites like this for the different homeowners' associations in our area. If you live in one of those neighborhoods and your association has a website I've overlooked, drop me a line and I'll be happy to help get the word out. Thanks.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Video tour of 818 S. Johnson St., Macomb, IL

Just released -- my newest video tour:



This house, located at 818 S. Johnson St. in Macomb, has two bedrooms, one bathroom, a full basement, and two garages -- with enough space for three vehicles.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Video tour of 60 Richmond Road, Macomb, IL

I recently learned how to shoot and edit videos tours of listings. Here's my latest effort:



Though still very much a novice, I'm hoping this is one more tool I can use to help sellers.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Full-time real estate agents

In my last post, I mentioned some pretty funny real estate videos I saw at a recent RE/MAX conference.

I may need to track down the director of those videos and buy him a drink. Because here’s another one of his savvy creations that I just discovered:



Did I mention that we have four agents in our office – and that all of us practice real estate full time? No? Hmm. Maybe next post.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

RE/MAX at the movies

I spent the first couple days of this week out in Denver, attending the 2010 RE/MAX Broker Owner Conference. (My dad is the owner of our office, but because he was tied up doing deals, he allowed me to fill in for him and make the trip.)

As you might expect, a lot of the conference focused on rah-rah stuff: why RE/MAX is a powerful brand name, how its agents tend to sell quite a few more houses than agents affiliated with other franchises, etc. It was good to hear that, but I consider myself a pretty tough audience. Though no Debbie Downer, I have little stomach for saccharine-flavored messages that consist only of hype.

So I was encouraged when the RE/MAX corporate staff showed us a couple videos that had some wit, humor, and -- best of all -- a point. The first one was about how some non-RE/MAX franchises set up their agents in a pyramid structure:



Not bad, eh? Not quite up there with the legendary Alec Baldwin scene in Glengarry Glen Ross (the grand champion of movies about real estate, in the opinion of this modest Realtor talking in the third person), but definitely better than I was expecting.

The other video they showed us was about how consumers see the RE/MAX name everywhere these days:



After this second video ended, they brought the director up on stage. Turns out he's a real estate agent who's always loved filmmaking, so he just shot what he knows. I think that's why these videos work.

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Little Swan Lake page on our website

If you're interested in Little Swan Lake -- a 250-acre lake located five miles west of Avon, Illinois -- you'll definitely want to check out this brand-new page of our office website, macombland.com:

http://www.remax-unified-macomb-il.com/display.php?cat=12

The page, which we launched yesterday, includes

* All of our current Little Swan Lake listings.

* A basic description of the lake and what it offers.

* A Little Swan Lake map, linked up to Google Maps.

* A downloadable PDF with current Little Swan Lake rules and regulations.

* A link to littleswanlake.net, which features news, community activities, photos, and the history of Little Swan Lake.

We're pretty excited about the page and hope visitors find the information useful. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any feedback (positive or negative).

Friday, November 27, 2009

Homebuyer tax credit gets extended, expanded

As you might have heard, the federal government recently extended and expanded the homebuyer tax credit it's been offering.

A first-time buyer can get a tax credit worth $8,000 or 10% of the home's purchase price -- whichever is less. The government defines a "first-time buyer" as anyone who hasn't owned a home in the last three years.

A repeat buyer can get a tax credit worth $6,500 or 10% of the home's purchase price -- whichever is less. The buyer must have owned a home for at least five consecutive years out of the last eight years. And the purchased home must be a new primary residence, not a vacation home or rental property.

Here's a great, concise overview of all this, straight from the IRS itself:




If you'd like something animated and a bit more entertaining, you'll want to check out this:



Created by Washington state's association of Realtors (that's why you see their website listed at the end), it features characters who sound like they could be relatives of Ned Flanders. But gosh-a-rooney -- the whole thing's pretty darn clever.