Monthly Archives: July 2010

Drive-by texting

If you text while driving, on average you take your eyes off the road for up to 4.6 out of every 6 seconds.

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Good Question: ‘Reply All’ To Your Good Questions

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Look for the Message in Real Estate Market Reports

Depending on your point of view, you can read a real estate market report and draw completely different conclusions than Joe Blow Realty down the street. Consumers find it difficult to understand the market because they don’t whose opinion to trust. You can pretty much read a market report any which way you want.

Few real estate agents want to talk about how bad the market might be. They tend to gravitate toward the positive news in a market report and focus on that. For example, I read a Trendgraphix press release last week that my company puts out. The headline was “Pending Sales Rebound.” The headline might be designed to make a reader conclude that the market is recovering.

Further on in the press release you learn that, in Sacramento, inventory jumped in June by 8% and sales declined by 3%. In fact, the per-square-foot price dropped 2% to $125.

Because I list a lot of homes all over the county, I am constantly preparing a CMA in dozens of areas for sellers. I see a different picture than most agents because my view is not concentrated on one specific neighborhood. I see active and pending sales prices that are lower than the last 3 months of comparable sales. That means prices are falling. So a 42% increase in pending sales doesn’t mean diddly-squat. Pending sales increased in June over May last year, too.

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Look for the Message in Real Estate Market Reports originally appeared on About.com Home Buying / Selling on Friday, July 30th, 2010 at 05:00:18.

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Aquatennial is final event for Queen Brittany Gries

Queen Brittany Gries was joined at the Minnesota Twins “Sparkle Night” by this year’s royal court of Queen Danae McGregor, Princess Meghan Couette, Princess Morgan Wolff and Miss Congeniality Megan Carriveau.

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Fabian, Bobby Vee to perform benefit concert in Minnetonka

By MinnPost staff Published Thu, Jul 29 2010 3:56 pm Fabian and Bobby Vee will perform hits from their a oeAmerican Bandstanda teen-idol days in a benefit concert Friday at Minnetonka High School.

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Additional State Regulations Address Significance of Fluorescent Lighting Recycling

MINNETONKA, MN, July 29, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — While the federal government doesn’t require recycling of all fluorescent lighting, several states have addressed this health issue with their own, more specific regulations regarding fluorescent lamp disposal.

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The Art of Intellectual Property

GOVERNMENTAL AND LEGAL AFFAIRS Intellectual property law firms can serve as valuable partners for medical device manufacturers looking to get the lay of the prior-art landscape.

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Zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka

Zebra mussels have invaded Lake Minnetonka, a breach of the state’s defenses against invasive species that threatens to dramatically change the character of Minnesota’s 10th-largest lake within just a few years.

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Zebra mussels in Lake Minnetonka

Zebra mussels have invaded Lake Minnetonka, a breach of the state’s defenses against invasive species that threatens to dramatically change the character of Minnesota’s 10th-largest lake within just a few years.

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Unclear On The Concept – Or: Hmmmmmmmm / If one Rolex watch is…

A call to the Bulletin Board Hot Line from Walt of Wayzata: “Lately on the radio, a jewelry company’s been running an ad for Rolex watches.

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