Thursday, September 17, 2009

REALTOR® Safety Week!

This week marks the 6th annual REALTOR® Safety Week (September 13-19, 2009) and the National Association of REALTORS® has given us wonderful articles to read to educate, make us aware and to empower us with the safety tools that we need in this profession. Well, along with those articles for the REALTORS® came a wonderful piece that will be beneficial for our clients as well! I hope to take the time to read and to perhaps, pass along to your clients!

Thanks for reading!

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Clients Need Safety Tips, Too!

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and this organization have worked hard to keep REALTOR® Safety foremost in everyone’s minds. But what about your clients? They, too, face some dangers in allowing strangers into their homes or visiting other people’s properties.

Share this valuable advice with everyone, and you’ll help them learn to protect themselves against crime:

• Remind sellers that strangers will be walking through their home during showings or open houses. Tell them to hide any valuables in a safe place, including prescription medications and alcohol, as well as personal information such as bank statements that could be used for identity theft.

• Warn your clients that not all agents, buyers and sellers are who they say they are. Strangers who stop by a listing unannounced should be asked to make an appointment with the listing agent. Stress that your clients should never to show a home without an agent present.

• Inform your clients that they are responsible for their pets. If possible, animals should be removed during showings. Make clients aware that buyers and agents are sometimes attacked, and the owner will be held liable.

• At an open house, be alert to the pattern of visitors’ arrivals, especially near the end of showing hours. In some areas, a group of thieves will show up together near the end of the open house and, while a string of supposed buyers distracts the agent, the rest of the group walks through the house, stealing valuables.

• When you leave a property, whether after an open house or a showing, make sure that all doors and windows are locked. Thieves commonly use open houses to scout for valuables and possible points of entry, then return after the agent leaves.

• Let your clients know that you will take all of the above safety precautions, but that when they return home, they should immediately verify that all doors are locked and all valuables accounted for.

(Sources: Nevada County Association of REALTORS® (CA); Realty Times)
Visit NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Web site at

This article is part of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®’ 2009-2010 REALTOR® Safety Resources Kit.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

In the spirit of Labor Day...

Hey There!

Being that Labor Day marks the end of the Cookout/Bar-B-Que/Grilling season...I thought I would share my latest local BBQ Restaurant adventure!

Thomas Pit Bar-B-Que
7929 Highway 72 W
Madison, AL 35758-9562
(256) 837-4900

I really love this place! It's good and smoky bar-b-que from an actual pit that is in a separate building out back! You can dine in, but the preference is to pull up in line which can sometimes go back about 15 cars! So, you wait as the hickory smell fills your vehicle and you almost go crazy because the ribs are literally calling for you! *smile*

Thomas Pit has a basic Alabama BBQ menu. Smoked Chicken (which is especially good with the white BBQ sauce! "White BBQ Sauce" is an original North Alabama thing!), Pulled Pork, Smoked Beef, Ribs, Potato Salad, Cole Slaw, Bread, Chips, Sauce as well as icebox pies for dessert. Well, on this adventure, I opted for something easy...the Rib Sandwich and Potato Salad.

"Rib Sandwich?" you say? Well, of course we know you cannot eat a sandwich of ribs because the bones could pose a challenge, but the rib sandwich is a great way to get a nice amount of ribs on two slices of toasted texas toast! And the potato salad is absolutely the best "restaurant" potato salad that I have ever tasted. It is not pre-packaged! It is made on site and I really want to believe that it has some of their vinegar based slaw stirred into it...but either way, it is amazing! Thomas Pit is definitely one of my favorite local restaurants and I, for one, am so happy that it still stands after so many years!

So, whenever you are in Madison, should definitely try it!

Thanks for reading!

Here are some pixxies of this adventure!

Friday, September 4, 2009

This Weekend in Huntsville! (Labor Day 2009)

This weekend marks the beginning of one of my FAVORITE sports…COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!! I hope all of you College Football fans get to indulge in watching your favorite team play on to victory! But after the final down, perhaps you can take in some of what Huntsville, Alabama has to offer this weekend! The weather has been beautiful! I hope you can get out and enjoy it!!!

The Northeast Alabama State Fair!

September 3 - 7, 2009. The Northeast Alabama State Fair will be in Huntsville at John Hunt Park at the grounds of the Old Airport (off of Airport Road). The times are Thursday-Friday 6-11pm (midnight madness from 11pm-1am) Saturday and Sunday 2-11pm and Monday 2-9pm. For more information call (256)883-5252.


Caribbean Day!

Sunday, September 6, 2009. Caribbean Day will be at Braham Springs Park today. There will be cuisines, dynamic games and fantastic entertainment. An array of Caribbean style dishes will be served, from jerk chicken to stewed salt fish, from coco bread to dark rum cakes. For more information about the event visit or call (256)457-8858 or (256)429-8145.

$8,000 Tax Credit!!!

There has been alot of talk about the $8,000 First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit. To give you a bit more insight, I have provided some information that will give you an idea on how it works. You should also ask your lender about additional programs in the area you are moving to. There may be additional funds that will help you on your purchase depending on where the home is located (urban or rural)! So, don’t hesitate to contact me for additional information, or speak to your lender to see what your options may be!

$8,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance

The information on this page pertains to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

•The tax credit is for first-time home buyers only. For the tax credit program, the IRS defines a first-time home buyer as someone who has not owned a principal residence during the three-year period prior to the purchase.
•The tax credit does not have to be repaid.
•The tax credit is equal to 10 percent of the home’s purchase price up to a maximum of $8,000.
•The credit is available for homes purchased on or after January 1, 2009 and before December 1, 2009.
•Single taxpayers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 qualify for the full tax credit.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Changes, Changes, Changes!!!

Hey there!

If you are looking for my wonderful food blog, it has moved to:

This blog has been modified to become my Realty blog!

I do apologize for any trouble this may cause!


You are more than welcome to stay here and follow my other blog as well :)

Thanks so much!