What is seen and what is said

8 Feb

Walker Evans work is stunning!

The New English Landscape

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Derelict barn, Dartford, Kent, 2007

In 1936 the writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans were commissioned by Fortune magazine to produce an article on the lives of poor sharecroppers in the American South. The ethos of Roosevelt’s New Deal produced a whole series of collaborations between writers, photographers, artists, composers, choreographers and ethnologists, encouraged and funded to portray the lives of everyday American life in all its regions and cultures. The article eventually led to a book which was published in 1941, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, now regarded as one of the great books of the 20th century. In his introduction, Agee wrote quite specifically on the relationship between the words and the images: ‘The photographs are not illustrative. They, and the text, are coequal, mutually independent, fully collaborative.’

The subject of how writers and photographers work together is, not surprisingly, something which deeply interests…

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Four Social Media Strategies that Work- According to NAR

8 Feb

Callmarniefirst's Blog

If we know one thing about today’s consumer, it’s that they are communicating online. According to the 2009 NAR Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, more than one-third of home buyers looked online for properties as their first step in the home-buying process last year.

Developing a social media strategy allows agents to start conversations and interact with potential clients online without the pressure that comes with traditional marketing methods. While a balance of various types of traditional and new marketing methods is ideal, agents who spend time developing a solid social media strategy can build top-of-mind awareness for buyers when they start their home search online.

Whether you are new to the social media realm or are already interacting and sharing useful content, take a few moments to review these tips and best practices for maximizing your Web 2.0 plan from a recent REBAC Connection Webinar. It could make…

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Top 10 Deal Breakers for Buyers & Sellers

8 Feb

Written a few years back

Callmarniefirst's Blog

Your buyers have found the home of their dreams, started packing their stuff and have mentally moved in when suddenly a challenge arises that could put a serious wrench in the home buying process. In today’s market, finding the home is only the start of a transaction that can have many stumbling blocks along the way.

Here are the top 10 deal breakers buyers and sellers encounter that can impact the sale of a home:
1. Fixtures and Personal Property Pitfalls

I can’t tell you how many times I have seen deals falter because of disagreements over silly stuff like who gets the fireplace screen, the wall sconces or the appliances. For some buyers and sellers it can be difficult to distinguish between personal property and fixtures that come with the house. I once had someone try to take a beloved bathtub. Like the buyer wouldn’t notice?

How to avoid…

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10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out

8 Feb

Great read!


Mid-way through a recent group exercise class, the teacher lost me.  She didn’t lose me because of some complicated step sequence or insanely long set of burpees; I mentally checked out because of a few words she kept saying over and over.  “Come on!  Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation!  Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties!  PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!

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We Believe

8 Feb

We Believe

22 Mar

Chicago’s North Shore Market….

21 Mar

The North Shore market continues to be hot.  From January 1 to March 15, more homes have gone under contract on the North Shore than in any year since 1998 – and this trend shows no signs of abating.  This market firmly establishes that homes will sell, but the primary question on seller’s minds, understandably, is “But, how much are prices rising?”

We are beginning to see a turn around in pricing, but it is important to keep in mind that Closed prices reflect the market as it was when the contract is written – which could be 60 days or more before closing.  So a home that went under contract in November, before the current market upturn, will most likely have a lower sold price than a home that goes under contract today.  So, please keep in mind that market appreciation could well be greater than any stats we might pull.

That said, the median sale price on the North Shore for the period from Jan. 1 to March 15 is up 4% over the same period last year.  Going back several years, the stats are as follows:

January 1 – March 15, Closed Listings

Year Number Closed Median Sale Price
2007 414 $675,000
2008 299 $615,000
2009 237 $520,000
2010 387 $540,000
2011 345 $490,000
2012 380 $419,000
2013 444 $435,750

One more thing to remember, even though prices will continue to rise, it is apparent from the table above that we still have a long way to go before they are at pre-recession levels.

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