Busting myths about real estate

September 29, 2016

Today's episode is a very short conversation about myth busting Real estate perception. There so many people that earn a real estate license or dream to get a real estate license and think that business is just going to come by osmosis. Trust me when I say it's going to take a minimum of 3 to 5 years for things to just flow your way. Work the hours or spend the money is the best advice I can give you. I was lucky enough to start on a strong team with an amazing mentor. My suggestion is take every class you can, treat this as a career not a job, and be willing to commit to the hours.

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Don’t burn bridges

January 25, 2016

When life toss you a curve. Decided how to deal with it. 

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Do you manage with L.O.V.E

February 14, 2011

Can you manage your workload with LOVE?

I came across this article in the COSTCO Connection and thought it was a timely post for February 14, 2011

Lifestyle Strategies- we are all to busy to take care of ourselves right? It seems the more pressure with work; family and even personal needs the more we turn away from what we need most. EXERCISE! I’m just as guilty as the rest. You need to make Lifestyle changes such as eating healthy and getting 30 min of exercise daily.

Organize your day – Yes this is the simplest task yet many fail. If you keep everything in one place you will not overlap appointments or miss them. One good tip never say yes to anything till you check your calendar.

Values- many of us say we cherish our loved ones. We live and work because we want to provide them with the best in life, however our actions don’t always show the same story. I love spending time with the kids – but never do. I value excellence but I turn in sloppy work. Is it time to revisit your values?

Enjoy- how do you wake up? Are you positive do you think good thoughts about how great the day will be? Do you see success for the day? What is your outlook? So many times we subject our self to a negative out look and guess what it happens. Try waking up and telling your self it’s going to be a great day. That anything that goes wrong will get better and you will be okay.

That is how you manage with LOVE

Original article was in the Costco connection from Feb 2-11 author Gabriela Cora

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Price is all perspective

July 31, 2010

I was reading the Homefront article from the Virginia Pilot this weekend. Victoria Hecht had a great story about the cost of living in NYC compared to Hampton Roads. As I read the article it was apparent to me everything is perspective. Hampton Roads can be pricey if you're coming in from say Oklahoma. If you're a New Yorker then WOW you hit the jack pot when you moved here. Again its all perspective, our city sleeps, NYC does not. I hope you enjoy my take on the story and please share with me your thoughts on location and cost as you see it. Alison Creamer Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Hilltop 757-652-8880 www.bzibee.com

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April 14th update, Im on my own

April 14, 2010

The best thing I can say is "listen"

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Will FHA fail, Will Truxton get money, Do you hate laundry on a line

October 13, 2009

10-13-2009 Podcast 1.Saving money 1.Do you mind laundry on a line? 2. Mc Mansions might be a thing of the past 3. Consumer debt is dropping 4. Debit card is the new Credit card 2. Will another mortgage giant fall? 3. Will the neighborhood of Truxton see a revival 4. What is absorption rate when talking about Real Estate? 5. 8k House tax credit will it be extended 6. October Halloween funs

So it seems the American family is reducing debt and shrinking thier homes footprint. Recent studies are showing everything from everyday spending to gas guzzling is down. Some recent studies are saying we might be saying god bye to the Mc Mansion’s that were being built in the last few years. Buyers seem to be looking for homes that meet thier needs these days not their ego. Still interesting enough our homes are about twice the size of European homes. In 2007 the average American home was about 2521 Sq feet compared to Germany and France’s 1200 Sq feet and an ever smaller English house of 900 Sq feet. (Sources Parade.com) 10-11-2009 Va. Pilot Edition

Saving money is on the mind of many Americans. Does that sight of laundry drying on the line bother you or take you back to a simpler time in life? My family recently erected the umbrella style clothes line this past summer. Its not an eye sore and can be easily removed when company comes. We decided to try and save on some of the utility cost. It’s worked out pretty well I have to say and the smell of air-dried clothes has become a treasured scent. However the debate is on for some who just don’t like the looks of it. Some states are supporting the residents even if the neighbors don't like it. Colorado, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont support hanging the clothes out to dry since clothes dryers use up to 6% of the your electricity consumption. Other states that are looking to reveres clothesline blight laws are our wonderful state of Virginia as well as North Carolina Oregon and Maryland. Some pros and cons to think about

1. Sheets blowing in the wind as compared to someone underpants? 2. 2. You can save money and help the globe by hanging your laundry out

Whatever suits your fancy is fine with me but if you come to my neck of the woods you just might see my wardrobe basking in the sun.

Are you using your debt card more than then credit card!!! Well congratulations if you said yes. It seem that FINIALLY Americans are getting wise and not going deeper and deeper in debt these days. Americans are saving money as well. Personal savings accounts went up to 4.2 percent, which is a 1% increase from early lat year. The Federal Reserve reported revolving credit dropped 6.1 % in July or 8.1% annualized. Dave Ramsey you would be proud.

Are we on the verge of another Economic Failure for the mortgage industry? Americans and politicians are watching the FHA. It seems after sustaining the mortgage crisis from the start of the year they are starting to falter now. 20% of the FHA loans insured last year and up to 24% from 2007 are facing serious problems.

Portsmouth neighborhood Truxton might get some local help. This historic town of Portsmouth Va from 1919 is crying of for a revival. These homes were initially built to house African American shipyard works in the early 1900. City Council will vote today on a revitalization plan for the community. 600 families in the area would hopefully be able to see equity streaming in to the value of their homes if it passes.

Follow up on the Macarthur mall Curfew story: It seems this ruling is creating a HUGE stir among patrons of the mall. It seems 8 in 10 people actually opposed the rule. Some people think it will boost Lynnhaven Malls sales as teen migrate here to do their late night shopping and socializing.

What is absorption rate? Defined it’s the amount of homes on the market compared to what has sold. If you look at the amount of time to have every home sold by months that is your absorption rate. Many feel that a 6-month absorption rate is a balanced market. Hampton roads absorption rate still indicates a buyers market. Homes that are over 1 million in price are likely to take years to sell. As you move to the lower price ranges when we get to the 215-price range that market time drops to about 7.8 months. As a local Realtor here its pretty interesting that the numbers show this because as I turn buyers in this price range the market choice is much more limited and the competition is a bit more. I can feel the market demand on these homes a lot more than the 300 = range. Essential if your home is over 300+ in sales price expect to be holding it on the market for about 8-9 months.

Now some October fun! Ghost trails and Prate tales 6 and 8 pm in down town Norfolk call 664-1000 Haunted Halloween fest Hunt Club forest Virginia Beach 7-11 pm Call 4779520 March of Dome spooky Acres Haunted House. Portsmouth 7-10 pm call 535-4828 Great Pumpkin Fall Fling Hampton 12-6 pm Sat. Call 727-0900 Monster Fest 6 Chesp central library call 410-7120

Don’t forget to check out pembroketowncenter facebook fanpage to see about the Halloween events happening at the plaza. While your there become fan of the page. Submit Photos and reviews.

Alison Creamer Realtor, ABR REMAX FIRST 5511 Princess Ann Rd Virginia Beach, Va 23642 Licensed Agent in Virginia

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Week in Review by Alison Creamer

October 10, 2009

1. Va Pilot Story by Josh Brown. Condo assessment 2. Virginia Beach Real Estate Taxes might go up 2 cents 3. Pending sales are up nationwide 4. Blogger content review needs to disclose 5. Norfolk light-rail 6. AT&T allows wifi calls 7. Texting is it Rude ? 8. MacArthur Mall under 18 Curfew 9. I want that diamond 10. Tattoo make-up and Military Women

March is Womens History Month

March 3, 2009

Hello, I had no idea Women had a month dedicated to them !!! I was amazed at someone the facts the Virginia Pilot Published. WOMEN are on the rise ! No offense men but hold your hats. While women still don't make as much as a man we are dominating the workforce and voting booths Its only going to be a matter of time before the tables tip. Listen to these important facts. To be fair to my wonderful Husband. I still will take his decisions with in our home as I feel the good Lord is first then my husband is next. I do so because he respects me and we discuss issues before a decision is made. Have a Great day and Visit www.bzibee.com

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Interview with a buyer and Seller

February 23, 2009

Thanks to John, Mary , Paul and Michelle. May you have many years in your new homes !!! Also see http://bzibee.wordpress.com/ CLIENT VIDEO

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Hampton Roads deflates a bit more in the housing market

February 16, 2009

This Podcast was brought to you by Alison Creamer: This podcast is a summary of Real Estate information for the Hampton Roads area. REIN stats show the Median Home Sale price for South-side Hampton Roads dropped again. The median sale price in Jan 2008 was 224.9 this Jan 2009 it is at 194k This is about where the levels were in 2005. My podcast is a reminder in 2005 the prices might have been lower but the rates were not. If you are a VA buyer , Military person or someone who plan on being in the area for sometime now is a great time to buy. Seller are flexible, rates are low and prices have dropped. It will be interesting to see what February numbers bring. It appears that in 08 prices dropped in February but peaked in July. I think that means if the trend happens again this is the lowest point for prices and we might expect to see a small rise in median sale prices as we go in to the summer months. Are you currently looking to buy a home in Hampton Roads ? I would like very much to talk with you about the options and trends. If you are a seller in this market you need someone who will give you the hard facts about what to expect. Its not always an easy job to deliver bad news or news we know the client does not want but this is not a time to ignore the facts. I spend a lot of time communicating what is going on. I will ensure you are aware of the market and allow you to make changes with your listing that will keep you ahead of the curve.

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