Monthly Archives: November 2009

Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. to Present at the Canaccord Adams 2009 Global Energy Conference

Northern Oil and Gas, Inc. today announced that it has been selected to present at the Canaccord Adams 2009 Global Energy Conference.

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The Complete Short Sale Process from A to Z

Because many buyers don’t understand the short sale process, they tend to become very impatient while waiting for short sale approval.



In fact, buyers who cancel the transaction prior to short sale approval are the biggest problem facing shorts sale specialists across the country. If buyer’s agents would simply explain the short sale process to their buyers and obtain a commitment upfront, the number of frustrated sellers left standing at the gate of approval with no buyer would drop.

Moreover, listing agents wouldn’t have to sell those homes 3 or 4 times before a buyer decides to stick with it and hang around . . . read more about the Short Sale Process.

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The Complete Short Sale Process from A to Z originally appeared on About.com Home Buying / Selling on Monday, November 30th, 2009 at 05:00:29.

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Taiwan mandates recycling of PLA containers

“It is forward-thinking,” said Steve Davies, director of communications and public affairs for the Minnetonka, Minn., which makes nearly all the PLA sold globally at its plant in Blair, Neb., which has a nameplate capacity of 300 million pounds.

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Holy Trinity ups pay to ELCA

While some Lutheran churches are suspending payments to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in protest of its vote to roster actively gay preachers, a Minneapolis church is going the other way.

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Need on the rise at Minnesota food shelves, shelters

Minnesota food pantries, homeless shelters and other assistance programs report an increase in need for services even as the nation’s economy shows signs of improving.

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Free Fast & Easy Code to Display Statistics on Your Real Estate Site




I just finished some ready-to-use forms and displays in Zoho Creator for lead capture, current inventory statistics display, and absorption rates display. I set them up as a free application you can use once you set up a free Zoho Creator account.

Here’s a short three segment tutorial, and you’ll find that it will be really easy to follow and to get the embed code for your site. I even tell you what you need to get for numbers from your MLS to fill in the forms about once a week for a perpetual display record of what’s happening in your market.

If you’ve been wanting to differentiate your website or blog in your market, this is a way to do that and position yourself as a market expert. Once the embed code is on the site, you just go to your form and slam in a few numbers, and the site updates. Click on the image for an example display.

I have local appraisers and even an international vacation area real estate consulting firm who watch these stats on my site. You’ll only invest a couple of hours in getting this set up, then maybe 20 minutes a week to display stats that will set you apart in your market.

Free Fast & Easy Code to Display Statistics on Your Real Estate Site originally appeared on About.com Real Estate Business on Friday, November 27th, 2009 at 12:21:08.

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Lease Options Are an Alternative to Bank Financing

When mortgage credit tightens, buyers and sellers consider alternative financing options such as lease purchases and lease options.



The two are not identical, but are synonymous with rent-to-own. Both involve owner financing, so the buyer is not obligated to obtain financing from a conventional lender, at least for the term of the agreement. Another under-utilized financing term is option. But options are separate from a lease option and a lease purchase. Sound confusing?

Options, lease options and lease purchases are nothing new. They are financing instruments that have been used for decades. In fact, I had a lease option to buy in 1980 an oceanfront home in Ventura, CA. But the devastating winter storm of 1981 crumbled its sea wall and sent that home sliding into the ocean . . . read more about lease options and lease purchases.

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Lease Options Are an Alternative to Bank Financing originally appeared on About.com Home Buying / Selling on Friday, November 27th, 2009 at 05:00:00.

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Weekend’s classical choices include ‘Future Classics’ and Minnesota Chorale’s ‘Bridges’

The classical music season is in full swing, and that means you’ll have to make choices again this weekend.

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Drivers, City Angered by Delayed Hwy 100 Repairs

For more than a decade the Minnesota Department of Transportation has marked Highway 100 in St.

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Dealing with Full-Price Counter Offers From Sellers

If you think that full-price counter offers happen only in a seller’s market, think again.



In any type of real estate market, there are dozens of reasons why a seller might counter at full price, and let’s not discount stubbornness as a likely reason. When you receive a counter offer from the seller, the message that counter is conveying is one of negotiation. It doesn’t mean “go away, you knucklehead.” It means the seller is open to discussing particular aspects of the purchase offer, including price.

Realize that sellers are not required to respond to a purchase offer for less than full price. There’s no reason to issue a counter offer at list price, unless a seller was willing to negotiate, because a seller can simply ignore your offer for less. Sellers don’t even have to formally reject it. Ignoring, rejecting or countering at full price all accomplish the same thing with one small difference. Where there’s a counter, there is life in the negotiations. So if sellers go through the trouble to issue counter offers, even full-price counters, smart buyers will keep the conversation going

. . . read more about full-price counter offers.

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Dealing with Full-Price Counter Offers From Sellers originally appeared on About.com Home Buying / Selling on Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 at 05:00:12.

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