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There is no Black Friday for your landlord Black Friday is the day that retailers are supposed to begin turning a profit for the year.  Millions of shoppers voluntarily turn over their money, or their credit in exchange for stuff they recently decided that they cannot live without.  The retailers...
11/25/2011
Thanksgiving is a time when most of us take a little time to reflect on the blessings that have been part of our lives.  Although they are certainly reasons to be thankful, most of them are reruns.  Most of us have been blessed over the last year with great friends and family, reasonable levels o...
11/24/2011
There are certain conformities in any business, and real estate is no exception -- almost.  When a seller wants to sell a home and enlists the employment of a real estate broker or agent, there are business formalities that are always followed.  There is a written representation agreement between...
11/21/2011
Both must wait until the other has passed There has been a report floating around the internet for years that says there is a law, usually reputed to be in Washington, that two trains coming to a crossing must both wait until the other has passed.  I've seen variations of this absurdity.  Once I ...
11/17/2011
Judy Chapman, an Illinois real estate professional, has presented some insight into the reasons the housing market crashed, taking along with it one financial institution, and crippling a few others.  I think there could have been a drop in home prices without the legislative help that Judy cites...
11/16/2011
Rosemount MN 2011 home sales exceed 2010 totals Sold home totals in Rosemount have passed the total units sold in 2010.  According to Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota data, total homes sold in Rosemount in 2010 were 337, and the year to date total is 341.  With another 56 accepted o...
11/15/2011
Time the Market?  Why not Time Your Life Instead? There are lots of real estate professionals trying to convince potential home buyers that now is the time to buy.  They typically cite home price trends and mortgage loan interest rates, along with a suggestion that timing the market is difficult ...
11/12/2011
Tonight's Republican debate will focus on the economy with emphasis on housing Tonight's Republican candidate debate may be worth a look.  One of the moderators, CNBC's Steve Liesman said this morning on Squawk Box that he and the other moderators will be asking some specific questions about the ...
11/09/2011
Apple Valley MN exceeds 2010 total home sales Last month, I wrote of the likelihood that Apple Valley would exceed 2010 in total homes sold.  According to the Regional Multiple Listing Service of Minnesota, Apple Valley has passed 2010 in total sales as of today.  The total number of homes sold i...
11/08/2011
There's a lot of talk about closing loopholes to reduce the federal deficit.  It seems that just about everyone wants to close just about all loopholes, sort of.  President Obama wants to make millionaires and billionaires stop deducting certain expenses on corporate jets, including accelerated d...
11/07/2011
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