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May 2014 Blog Posts (31)

Most Consumers Don't Understand How Their Credit Scores Are Calculated

It's true, when you think about getting a mortgage for that condo or getting an offer put together for that speed boat on credit, we are upset when the credit company or the mortgage lender turns us down. This is all despite the fact that we have a good salary, a steady job and always pay off our credit card bills on…


Added by Pam Maglione on May 30, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

Wisconsin April 2014 Housing Statistics

Welcome-to-Wisconsin The Wisconsin housing statistics are in for April of 2014. Here is an excerpt from what the Wisconsin Realtors® Association (WRA) had to say:

Wisconsin existing home sales fell in April even as median prices continued to rise according to the most recent analysis of the state housing market…


Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on May 30, 2014 at 9:15am — No Comments

What to do when your home is burglarized or robbed?


Call 911

It’s really important that you report crimes to the police to help you to solve the problem, and you should help prevent it from happening to your neighbors.


Don’t Go In and Don’t Touch Anything

There’s a chance that the burglars are still inside in your home. Keep away from your home or ask help from your neighbors. If they’re gone, don’t do cleaning,…


Added by James Loftis on May 30, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

Importance of Landscaping


Importance of Landscaping


Many benefits may gain by using landscaping either front yard or backyard. Landscaping can make dull and solid areas pleasing to the eyes. Landscaping can make an ordinary home into spectacular ones.


When you add a beautiful landscaping in your yard it can increase the property value of the home. This investment in your property's appearance…


Added by James Loftis on May 29, 2014 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

When is the Best Time to Move?


When is the Best Time to Move?


Ideal Time

Most suggested time for moving is spring or late fall. It is easier to find and hire movers and when rental companies are not charging the highest rates. The times to avoid are weekends when moving are at its peak. But most of us will have to consider in moving weekends such as kids is in school, due to jobs.



Added by James Loftis on May 28, 2014 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Stairs and Steps Safety at Home

Falls or accidents are often due to hazards from the stairs and steps that overlook. Making changes in your home style to prevent falls is beneficial both for you and your family members, especially for your children and for elderly people, as well as for guests and visitors to your home.



Here some list to avoid fall from stairs or steps:




Added by James Loftis on May 27, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

The Shelf Life of Probate Filings

In the last post, we explained that even in densely populated areas, there is not a profusion of probate filings on a weekly basis. The only way to generate a meaningful amount of probate leads is to extract the most recent filings, and go back in time to find the probate filings that were entered within the past 30, 60, or 90+ days, whatever it takes to reach…


Added by Donna Roberts on May 26, 2014 at 3:24pm — 2 Comments

Tree Trimming and Pruning Services


Tree Trimming and Pruning Services


Trees are what make your property beautiful. But, trimming your trees is an important step to protect your home as well.


Tree pruning services performed by a certified arborist enhance the natural beauty of your trees and shrubs and help you preserve the strength, stature and seasonal character they add to your property.…


Added by James Loftis on May 26, 2014 at 10:02am — No Comments

How to Get Rid of Weeds?


Mostly weeds ruin your garden or yard, so get rid those weeds but don’t use harmful chemicals that can harm you, to the lawn or to the other plants. Look for a safe way to keep away weeds.



Try pouring a bit of undiluted bleach over them. After two days, you can simply pull them out, but be careful avoid not to get bleach on the plants.



Added by James Loftis on May 23, 2014 at 7:09am — 3 Comments

Plants to Keep Away From Pets

Mostly plants and pets aren't always a perfect combination. This isn't to say that these plants and your pets can't coexist. Many pets like dogs and cats won’t give these plants a second look and the most problem is maybe poisonous part of the plant your pets can be eaten.


Keep an eye on your pet away to your plants. Try to spray to your plants especially inner plants some bitter apple or bitter orange spray to discourage leaf chomping and…


Added by James Loftis on May 22, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

Feel Drafty in your Rooms?

You feel drafty in your rooms, you're uncomfortable, and your energy bills are higher than necessary. The problem is cold air leaking into your house. Reasons are come from through cracks and gaps around windows and doors, or even in corners of the walls and ceiling and electrical outlets. But biggest leaks for escaping air are often found in the attic, and recessed lights are a common location.



  • Air sealing (Home…

Added by James Loftis on May 21, 2014 at 8:01am — No Comments

Using Probate Filings to Find Motivated Sellers Of An Estate

Have you ever worked probate leads? 

Reaching out to the Personal Representative/executor of a property that has recently entered into probate has paid dividends for many investors and agents because more often than not, the executor is motivated to sell, for a host of reasons: 

  • The executor has to pay for taxes, ongoing mortgage payments,…

Added by Donna Roberts on May 21, 2014 at 7:49am — 1 Comment

Simple Mistakes that can Be Fixed by Home Sellers

Although sellers seem to have the advantage in the current market, this does not mean that sellers can simply put their home up for sale and wait for offers.  There is still some work to be done in order to get a buyer to pay the right asking price.  In fact, a lot of sellers are not aware of costly mistakes that are made that turn…


Added by Michael Collins, CDPE, SFR on May 20, 2014 at 12:31pm — No Comments

How to Approach Your Landlord about Late Rent Payments


How to Approach Your Landlord about Late Rent Payments



Every household has a monthly obligation for many expenses or bills and one most important monthly expense in your budget is the rent fee. If the tenant doesn’t plan well for the monthly obligation, you will find out that you don't have enough money to pay the bills like rent.


Remember paying…


Added by James Loftis on May 20, 2014 at 9:58am — No Comments

It's the economy ...........

     It's been a while since I've updated this beautiful lake area, mostly because the market has been so uneven & spotty that there has been no really clear picture of what direction is prevalent right now. The area overall is such a mix of property types and market segments that what is pushing one segment may have absolutely no influence in another. The gated golf communities on Lake Oconee do drive the area but…


Added by CJ Oliver on May 19, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

How to Maintain the Value of Your Home


How to Maintain the Value of Your Home


Homeowners should be sure to do as much as possible to maintain or even increase the value of their home.


1. Curb Appeal

Always keep in mind that the first thing most people see is the front door and front yard. Make sure that area is well maintained, although the interior of your home is very important also…


Added by James Loftis on May 19, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

What is a HUD home and the "Good Neighbor Next Door Program"?

You may have heard the term "HUD home" from time to time and wondered what these properties actually were. HUD homes are properties that have been repossessed following the original owners failing to keep up with mortgage payments. A series of foreclosure proceedings takes place and the home once possessed,…


Added by Pam Maglione on May 16, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Importance of an Annual Pest Inspection


Importance of an Annual Pest Inspection


As an individual homeowner it's highly recommended and a very important act that you have a pest control company that can perform an annual pest inspection. Although there are a variety of home-products designed for pest control; but these products can be not only ineffective, but also dangerous if used incorrectly. Although there are instructions on the said…


Added by James Loftis on May 16, 2014 at 10:03am — No Comments

Responsibilities of Tenants to their Pets


Responsibilities of Tenants to their Pets


Pets can be a great source of companionship; mostly pet owners treat them as a friend or a family, p particularly for older people who live alone and can reduce the feelings of loneliness and for children, pet ownership can encourage responsibility.


However pets always require considerable attention and owners need to be…


Added by James Loftis on May 15, 2014 at 10:16am — 1 Comment

Service releases continue...

Chase service released "select loans" to SPS last month, now PennyMac is service releasing loans to Nationstar this month. This is first hand information on the assets/portfolios I'm working on and may not affect YOUR inventory obviously. But heads up people, you knew it (service release) was happening and going to happen even more (if you were paying attention).

Make sure your profile is polished to a shine and up to date in WHATEVER management platforms you are on, and…


Added by Jenny Erhardt on May 14, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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