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Cleaning can be sweet!

There is nothing sweeter than a clean home, wouldn’t you agree? But with today’s hectic lifestyle, who has the time?

Should I hire a housekeeper?

I live in an affluent area, surrounded by Hi-tech millionaires.  They have the disposable income to pay for nannies and housekeepers.  But, after that whole Meg Whitman – Illegal Alien debacle, I’m a bit leery about hiring a housekeeper.  Besides, I don’t know about you, but I’m generally frugal with my money. I have a hard time  paying someone else to do something that I can do just as good. That’s right, I’m a very thorough cleaner. But, I hate to do it! Read the rest of this entry »


Is a picture is worth a few Thousand Dollars?

How about a few months on the market?

Back in 2008, I posted a 3 part series titled “Is it your agent’s fault“. In the articles, I spoke about many things that contribute to the successes and/or failures in the sale of a client’s home. There is no better time to look back and review these posts, especially since we are right in the middle of the worst housing market we will likely ever see. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cool Real Estate app for your Android phone…

I love technology. People who know me know that I love technology. I’m usually on the bleeding edge, and I’ve got the financial scars to prove it. In late 2010, I switched from my Blackberry phone to the new bleeding edge HTC Evo. I love this phone, but it has its own set of problems. I’m not writing today to discuss the phone itself, but rather, the real estate application that I recently downloaded for it.

First let me state that my Evo phone is based on the Google Android operating system. Don’t despair if you happen to have an iPhone or (God help you), a Windows Mobile phone. This app has a version available for those phones as well.

The app is Zillow. This real estate site aggregates data on homes, culled from various MLS cooperatives and public tax records across the nation. What I like about this app is that by using the GPS feature on my phone, I can view data on nearly every home around my current location, not just those homes currently for sale.  For example, let’s say you’re at a dinner party at a friend’s house, and the subject about real estate comes up (doesn’t it always???). Your host mentions that the house next door just sold, but she doesn’t know the final sales price.  You simply pull out your phone, click on the zillow app and Voila!, the information is right there on your screen! How cool is that???

Don’t have any of the smartphones named above? Don’t fret. You can also just visit Zillow’s website and pull up the same data. The screen will be easier and larger to view, but it doesn’t have that same wow factor!

If you have the new QR Code reader on your phone, just snap the image below for an automatic link to the free download. FYI, this app is ad based, so you do have to put up with a small banner ad at the bottom of your phone screen while using the application.