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The Top 10 Overseas Real Estate Portals

March 28, 2010

Are you interested in buying real estate in Ireland, England, France, or somewhere else overseas? I’ve compiled a list of the top real estate web sites for buying real estate overseas. These international real estate portals are the highest ranking in the world.

1. Kyero.com
“Kyero.com is the No.1 Spanish property portal, with more than 100000 Spanish properties for sale from over 1500 leading Spanish property estate agents.”

2. ThinkSpain.com
“Real estate for sale in Spain.”

3. RightMove.co.uk
“Search over a Million properties for sale and to rent from the top estate agents and developers in the UK.”

4. TheMoveChannel.com
“The overseas property search portal that has been helping UK & international real estate agents, developers, investors and private owners to buy and sell houses, flats, homes, land, residential, investment, commercial and auction property since 1999.”

5. Property Index
“PropertyIndex.com can help you to find the perfect property to buy, rent or invest in, search from over 300,000 properties from estate agents around the world.”

6. PrimeLocation.com
“Find over 650,000 properties from leading UK and international estate agents and developers, including flats, homes and houses for sale and to rent.”

7. Point2Homes.com
“The Best Place on Earth to Find Homes.”

8. FindaProperty.com
“Property for sale & rent through leading UK & overseas estate agents & letting agents.”

9. PropertyShowrooms.com
“Property Investment Overseas – We are experts in property abroad; Operating the International Property Investment Network.”

10. Property-Abroad.com
“Overseas property portal helping you to find a cheap property overseas for sale direct from local estate agents, developers and private owners abroad.”

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St. Petersburg Real Estate

March 28, 2010

0304-0607-0904-2553_tnAre you looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell real estate in St. Petersburg, Florida?

Consider calling Chris O’Connor with Charles Rutenberg Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs in the Tampa Bay area. With close to 30 years of calling Tampa Bay my home I can comfortably say that I know this market inside and out.

And St. Petersburg, FL is one of my preferred markets!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury waterfront condo or a small 2-bedroom starter home…I’d love to help you find your next home or investment property.

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’re going to need a Realtor with experience, knowledge, ethics, discipline and a track record of successfully listing and selling real estate in both traditional sales and short sales. Please consider calling Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your St. Petersburg real estate needs.

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Largo Realtor

March 26, 2010

0304-0705-1101-5131_tnI’m a Realtor in Largo, Florida and I can help you buy or sell Largo real estate. Call Chris at 727-804-5319 if you need a free market analysis of your Largo property or if you are considering purchasing a Largo home, condo, villa or town home. Whatever your needs…I can help!

With almost 30 years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida I know this market exceptionally well. There is no obligation for calling me and asking questions about current market conditions, home values or anything else related to buying or selling in Pinellas, Pasco or Hillsborough counties.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you purchase or sell your next home!

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Clearwater Beach, FL Notary Public

March 25, 2010

notary_signing_imageI’m a Clearwater Beach, FL Notary Public that will come to your home, business or any location you like to notarize your documents. Call Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your notary needs.

The following are some of the more commonly requested documents people need notarized:

  • Power of Attorney
  • Medical Consent Form
  • Living Will
  • Divorce paperwork
  • Consent for Minor to Travel Aboard
  • Certifications
  • Affidavits

When we meet I’ll need to see identification to prove your identity. The following is a list of approved forms of identifications:

  • Drivers License
  • Military Identification Card
  • State Identification Card
  • Passport
  • Resident Alien Card

Whatever you need notarized I can help. Call Chris at 727-804-5319 if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Consider me your Clearwater Beach, FL Notary Public.

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Palm Harbor Realtor

March 25, 2010

0304-0705-1101-5131_tnI’m a Realtor in Palm Harbor, Florida and I can help you buy or sell Palm Harbor real estate. Call Chris at 727-804-5319 if you need a free market analysis of your Palm Harbor property or if you are considering purchasing a Palm Harbor home, condo, villa or town home. Whatever your needs…I can help!

With almost 30 years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida I know this market exceptionally well. There is no obligation for calling me and asking questions about current market conditions, home values or anything else related to buying or selling in Pinellas, Pasco or Hillsborough counties.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you purchase or sell your next home!

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Can I still get the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit?

March 24, 2010

This is a question I’m being asked regularly these days both through email and in person. The answer is that there is still time to cash in on this tax credit, but your window of opportunity is shrinking daily. If you’re not out looking at homes right now you need to be. In order to qualify for the tax credit you need to have a fully executed sales agreement by April 30, 2010. And then you need to close by June 30, 2010.

If you want to take advantage of this first-time home buyer tax credit I strongly suggest you get started right away. It usually takes at least a few weeks to find the right home and then you might not win in the negotiation process. Another buyer could buy the house out from under you causing you to have to start the search again. It is better to get moving today and get under contract as quickly as possible.

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Bending over backwards for buyers

March 23, 2010

It’s 2010 and the real estate market in the United States is still in turmoil. Nobody knows what the real long-term prognosis is for this troubled sector of the nation’s economy. Recent news shows us that home sales have now fallen for four straight months, hitting a record-low in February.

With all this uncertainty it is very important to figure out which factors in the equation you can control to some degree. As a home seller you need to realize just how precious and valuable each and every showing opportunity is. You can’t control the big picture, such as the economy or demand for real estate, but you can control the small picture, such as how well your home shows and how easy it is for buyers’ agents to show your home.

All too often sellers get asked to allow a showing on short notice or during inopportune times. Yes, this is annoying and frustrating. I get this. But there is an old idiom, “beggars can’t be choosers,” that really applies here. That buyer that calls 30 minutes before they want to see your house could very well be the buyer that steps up to the plate and makes an offer. Turning him or her away simply on principle because you’re upset they didn’t give you advanced warning of their arrival could backfire on you. That might have been the only buyer interested in your home.

Sometimes you have to swallow your pride and stifle your frustration. Allow that showing while you’re making dinner or watching a recording of the latest American Idol episode. Keep the goal in mind. You want to sell and you cannot sell without showings.

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He Who Laughs Last…

March 22, 2010

1. A day without sunshine is like night.

2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.

3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.

6. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

9. Support bacteria. They’re the only culture most people have.

10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of car payments.

13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.

14. OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

15. When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?

18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?

20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?

21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, ‘What the heck happened?’

22. Just remember — if the world didn’t suck, we would all fall off.

23. Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

24. Life isn’t like a box of chocolates. It’s more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

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Belleair Real Estate

March 19, 2010

0304-0607-0904-2553_tnAre you looking for a Realtor to help you buy or sell real estate in Belleair, Florida?

Consider calling Chris O’Connor with Charles Rutenberg Realty for all of your home buying and selling needs in the Tampa Bay area. With close to 30 years of calling Tampa Bay my home I can comfortably say that I know this market inside and out.

Belleair, FL is one of my preferred markets!

Whether you’re looking for a luxury waterfront condo or a small 2-bedroom starter home…I’d love to help you find your next home or investment property.

Are you thinking about selling your home? You’re going to need a Realtor with experience, knowledge, ethics, discipline and a track record of successfully listing and selling real estate in both traditional sales and short sales. Please consider calling Chris today at 727-804-5319 to discuss your Belleair real estate needs.

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Lighten up!

March 18, 2010

Quite often when I’m showing houses I come across a home that literally feels like a cave. All of the blinds are closed and no sunlight at all is penetrating. What are these sellers thinking? While keeping the sun out may be good for your power bill it is bad for showings. If buyers feel depressed the moment they enter your dark and gloomy home the last thing they’re thinking about is paying good money to live in such an environment.

Open your blinds and let the sun shine flood the room. Buyers want to see bright and happy rooms and this can only be achieved if they can actually see the room. Don’t make them search for light switches in the middle of the day just to see your home.

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