Monthly Archives: February 2010

Homeschool information stations for March

Do you have questions about homeschooling? Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance , the state’s only inclusive homeschool organization, has two information stations scheduled for March.

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Attracting the Single Female – To Your Real Estate Site!

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Classical music spotlight: Ruggero Allifranchini

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra associate concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini takes on the dual role of conductor and performer Friday-Saturday: The lush Romantic melodies of Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.

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Don’t List Homes In Flood Zones or High Smog Areas

Don’t List Homes In Flood Zones or High Smog Areas originally appeared on About.com Real Estate Business on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at 21:36:49.

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Antitrust Chief Says Health Insurer Concentration May Hinder Competition

Christine Varney , the U.S. Justice Departmenta s chief antitrust enforcer, said the dominance of major health insurance companies may be hurting competition.

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City of Minnetonka seeks sponsorships

Minnetonka introduced a new policy Thursday inviting businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor all or part of city hosted events.

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Twitter for Real Estate – 11 Article Tutorial


I love Twitter, but it took some time to fully understand how to use it in my real estate marketing plan. It also took a great deal of research to learn to use the right tools to weed out the noise and get to what I really wanted for information, as well as to post multiple Twitter accounts quickly and easily.

The 11 articles about using Twitter at this link will take the novice through to expert very quickly. And, there’s nothing to buy either!

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Twitter for Real Estate – 11 Article Tutorial originally appeared on About.com Real Estate Business on Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 09:25:50.

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Removing Assets From Homes in Foreclosure

A seldom-discussed issue concerning homes that are in foreclosure is the rising practice of removing assets from foreclosures.



Many home owners do not understand what constitutes a fixture in the home and, as such, a fixture must remain in the home. Some sellers are so desperate for money that they rip out the wiring in the home and sell it for scrap. Owners in foreclosure rarely stop to think they are committing a crime when they remove ceiling fans or sell the built-in dishwasher.

Still, others don’t blink twice when they pick up a can of spay paint and begin decorating the walls and windows with graffiti. I suppose they figure they are “sticking it to the man” when they deface a home, but it makes me wonder what goes through their heads. How can they destroy a home that once held warm memories as a place to raise their family? Moreover, how can they possibly think there will be no ramifications for vandalizing a home that will soon belong to the bank?

The truth is the bank isn’t overly concerned about the condition of a foreclosed home because the next buyer will deal with fixing it up. Banks aren’t in the business of restoring stripped homes, but they, along with an entity that may astonish you, DO hold the power to prosecute

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Removing Assets From Homes in Foreclosure originally appeared on About.com Home Buying / Selling on Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 05:00:02.

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Memometal subsidiary MMI-USA to build new ankle products in Memphis

Memometal Technologies S.A. has acquired a line of ankle restoration products from Advanced Bio-Surfaces Corp.

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FHFA Home Price Index Released

The FHFA, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Home Price Index has been released. All but one of their major areas was down from November to December, and the last quarter of 2009 was down as well.

There’s a lot of data and some helpful charts and graphs in the report below. Comparing to a year ago can give you a bit more perspective on what’s happening. Also, this index tracks a great many smaller areas and towns individually, so you can probably see how your area is doing.

FHFA Home Price Index Released originally appeared on About.com Real Estate Business on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 10:59:17.

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