Business and Best Affordable Suburbs

It’s hard to beat.

Forbe’s ranking of the Raleigh/Cary metro area as #1 in the USA for Business and Careers was just the ticket.  It comes on the heels of last May’s BusinessWeek.com mention of Cary as one of the Best Affordable Suburbs in the South. Continue reading “Business and Best Affordable Suburbs”

A year in photos with Flickr.

Crape Myrtle, Lagerstroemia Lake Johnson, Raleigh, NC Stoneybrook Estates, Cary, NC

With over 3,000 photos posted, and over 8,000 views of photos, I have to say I really have enjoyed my first year using Flickr. I have the Flickr Pro account, that offers me unlimited monthly photo posting for only $24.95/year. A bargain, I think.

Flickr has served me many ways: Continue reading “A year in photos with Flickr.”

Real estate isn’t war. I don’t “Capture” folks. Clients are not prisoners.

People are increasingly wary of web sites that require registration, particularly real estate sites that want their personal information as the ticket to searching for homes.

That wariness is warranted.  Agents are taught to “capture” visitors; that it is good business to “capture” them to be able to stalk them for business. Continue reading “Real estate isn’t war. I don’t “Capture” folks. Clients are not prisoners.”

Selling a home? Have it inspected first.

When talking about listing a home for sale, I nearly always suggest to Sellers that they have an inspection performed, and they do all repairs, prior to putting the home on the market.

Most Sellers are surprised at that thought, since “The Buyer pays for the inspection.”  That is almost an irrelevant point.  Continue reading “Selling a home? Have it inspected first.”

Home shopping without mortgage preapproval is hazardous to your wealth!

Mr. and Mrs. Buyer:

That Mortgage Preapproval is good for YOU!  To protect YOU!  To keep YOU from being hurt.

Too many folks hurt themselves by getting under contract on a home purchase when they can’t actually buy a house.  And then the problems start… Continue reading “Home shopping without mortgage preapproval is hazardous to your wealth!”

First time home buyers find the structural “Sweet spot.”

Blog fodder:

Home built in 1979.

In the structural real estate realm, that means:

Copper water lines, not the celcon-fitting class-action polybutylene that came along a couple of years later.

Solid hardboard siding, not evil class-action hardboard.

Copper wiring, not the aluminum branch circuits from the mid-’70’s.

No lead-based paint disclosure or tangible concerns, as in 1978 homes and earlier.

And this home was very affordable!

All in all, pretty cool, we thought!

Yahoo rejects MLS emails as SPAM!

It’s a little bit of a nuisance.  My automatic MLS property search emails that go out every morning are anticipated by several of my motivated Buyers in Cary, NC.

And as of last week, Yahoo! is refusing to deliver them to folks who use Yahoo! email.  Seems too many Yahoo! clients have called agents’ MLS emails SPAM, and Yahoo! has blacklisted the Triangle MLS server.

Our good folks at the TMLS tell me they have contacted Yahoo! looking for help.  And they have received no response.  So now, as well as trying to help nice folks find housing, I’m also promoting Hotmail, Gmail, or other providers.  Not exactly the business niche I seek, selling email services…

Of course, folks can also use my site to search for homes, and set it to alert them to new listings.  That would be:  www.MikeJaquish.com

But I would be just as delighted if the TMLS folks could make peace with Yahoo!  That would give me a great blog to write!