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UF: Rise in Florida’s consumer confidence

September 30, 2011

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Sept. 28, 2011 – Florida’s consumer confidence index rose this month to 64, up three points from a revised mark of 61 in August. However, confidence still remains low, according to the University of Florida (UF) survey.

Of the five components used by UF researchers to measure overall confidence, four edged upward. Expectations that personal finances would rise in the coming year went up five points to 78, and consumer anticipation that the U.S. economy will improve in the coming year rose by one point to 52. There was also a four-point increase to 66 in the overall expectation that the country will see economic gains during the next five years. Confidence that now is a good time to purchase retail big-ticket items, such as laptops and cars, rose six points to 74.

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Blown off course

September 29, 2011

A newbie balloonist is blown off course and is forced to land. He is in a field close to a road, but has no idea where he is. He sees a car coming along the road and hails it. The driver gets out and the balloonist says, “Howdy! Can you tell me where I am?”

“Yes, of course,” says the driver. “You have just landed in your balloon, and with this wind you have obviously been blown off course. You are in the top field on John Dawson’s farm, 12 miles from Albury.

John will be plowing the field next week and sowing wheat. There is a bull in the field. It is behind you and about to attack you.”

At that moment, the bull reaches the balloonist and tosses him over the fence. Luckily, the balloonist is unhurt. He gets up, dusts himself off and says to the motorist, “I see you’re an appraiser.”

“Good grief,” says the other man, “you’re right! How did you know that?”

“I employ appraisers,” says the balloonist. “The information you gave me was detailed, precise, and accurate. Most of it was useless, and it arrived far too late to be of any help.”

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Funny real estate sign

September 28, 2011

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Seven Springs Homes – New Port Richey

September 27, 2011

JUST SOLD!

Sold for $28,300 with the seller receiving $20,000 incentive from Chase out of the $28,300 sales price. Yes, I’m serious.

3726 Mendocino Dr.
New Port Richey, FL 34655
MLS #: U7525486

Seven Springs Homes - New Port Richey
2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, 1,118 square feet: List Price $38,500

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Woodland Villas Condo – Clearwater

September 24, 2011

SOLD with only 10 days on the market.

2465 Northside Dr. #2002
Clearwater, FL 33761
MLS #: U7525705
Woodland Villas
2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1-car carport, 935 square feet: List Price $58,500

55+ community! Super clean FURNISHED 2/2 condo in MOVE-IN condition. Everything is included from beds, dressers, dining room table and chairs, decorations, window treatments, cooking and eating utensils, all appliances and more. Gorgeous condo with AC only a year old! This condo is NOT a short sale so there is not a bank that needs to approve your offer. All appliances are included – washer and dryer too! This condo is a VILLA so nobody is above your condo. You’ll enjoy a large storage unit that comes with your condo out in the covered parking area. The backyard is semi-private and fenced with beautiful landscaping. Woodland Villas is on Nortside (the road connecting Countryside Blvd to US 19) so close to excellent shopping, dining and entertainment. Walk a few hundred feet to the heated community swimming pool and spacious clubhouse. Several shuffleboard courts next to pool. Monthly Maintenance Fee is around $279 and includes the roof, basic cable, reserves, lawn and grounds maintenance, pool and clubhouse, pest control, insurance on the building, trash, water and sewer. Roof was done recently too! Yes, you can lease your unit but not for the first two years of ownership. And then lease must be 1-year long. Cats weighing up to 15lbs are OK, but dogs are not permitted. Non-talking birds are OK too. You’re going to feel right at home in Woodland Villas!

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Extreme Bargain

September 22, 2011

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I need a raise!

September 18, 2011

“I have to have a raise in my commission,” the agent said to his manager. “There are three other companies after me.”

“Is that so?” asked the manager. “What other companies are after you?”

“The electric company, the telephone company, and the gas company.”

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Theodore Roosevelt on investing in real estate

September 15, 2011

“Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.” –Theodore Roosevelt

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Just Sold: La Bella Vita – Treasure Island

September 12, 2011

Just Sold
$709,000

220 108th Ave # 202
Treasure Island, FL 33706

La Bella Vita Condo located on the intracoastal waterway at Treasure Island, Florida

La Bella Vita - Treasure Island Condo

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Old Spice Parody – Funny Real Estate Video

September 7, 2011

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