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Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 by realtordebbie

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The $8000 Tax Credit Explained

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 22, 2009 by realtordebbie

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For First timehome-buyers, this tax credit may mean the difference in afffording a home or not. It is an incentive to stimulate the economy by encouraging those who have not owned a home in the last three years, to make a home purchase before November 30th, 2009. It has indeeed worked in many areas and has stimulated sales of homes under $250,000 especially. Inventories are lower and many areas attribute increase in home sales to the first-time home buyer sales.
This credit will expire on November 30th, so if you are thinking of purchasing a home, you have a narrow window in which to get this done. Dont forget, there is a holiday near the end of November, which will shorten your days to close even more!
Call a Realtor today, and enjoy your home search! If you need a Realtor referral, call me at 850.212.0440, Debbie Kirkland, Realtor, National Referral Agent.

In Honor and In Remembrance

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, Holidays, Memorial Day, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 25, 2009 by realtordebbie

So much to be grateful for on this Memorial Day 2009.

Please take a few moments to reflect on the liberties we share and how lucky we are to live in the United States of America, a nation of FREEDOM.

free·dom
Pronunciation:
\ˈfrē-dəm\
Function:
noun
Date:
before 12th century
1: the quality or state of being free: as a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : Independence
Join me in thanking those who serve in our Military today, those who wear the scars of sacrifice, those who have fallen in the line of duty, whose families are missing their loved ones today.

God Bless America!

Thoughts Born In Sleep

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2009 by realtordebbie

I’m sure everyone has them, dreams that keep you up at night, thoughts that are born as you sleep. Did you know that babies dream about 8 hours a day?  That thought brings back many memories of watching my little ones.. smile, coo in their sleep, sometimes even cry. Wondering what, where and how an infant brain with little to no life experiences would possibly have entertaining their young minds.

My dreams are usually ideas, strategies, marketing themes, and random screens. Sometimes,. its’ chapters. A book in my head, a theme I hear over and over. Sometimes full lyrics. funny thing is, I can’t remember actors names, movie scenes, etc. Couldn’t tell you what I said someone yesterday sometimes, much less last week or month!

I’m in a period of my life.. the second wind. I look back on my teen life.. and wonder what I did with all that time, what I wasted it all on. they say a mind is not fully developed until your early twenties, I believe it. I’m a thinker now.. in my teens I was an action figure,.. my twenties a manufacturer of children, my 30’s were a mix of emotions and obsessions. the next decade seems to be a microchip.. on fire. I can’t fuel the fire of the desire for knowledge fast enough, nor sufficiently add to the bank of knowledge, nor quench the desire to experience, to see it all, to do it all.

I’m reflecting as I met with a potential business partner tonight who is near my age.  Amazingly, we share some of the same thoughts and have pumped each other up over the possibilities for our new venture. I’ve noticed it, have you? The connections people have at different times in their lives. Over the  past few months, I’ve met a litany of women who share the same interests, wisdom and humor on, of all places, Twitter. (#Twitterqueens). Who would have thought, me , on the Internet more than my kids. Funny thing is, my kids don’t get it.  My 19 y/o thinks I’m losing it as I literally laugh out loud when talking to the Twitterqueens at midnight. My kids are in their twenties.. the action/emotion stage.  They are not in the micro-processor stage yet I suppose. They just don’t get it.

Social networking has opened up chapter after chapter of experiences, of outlets for sharing thoughts, dreams and general BS that no one else close to you really wants to hear, (aka children). So, with journal by the bed, the lights are off for tonight,.. but the flashlight is handy, just in case a thought has to be recorded.

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“Channels are blocked in the mind, from the day.  Lie down in blackness of night, forgotten remnants rush to the mind, or creeping slowly appear in the dreams. ” ~Nathaniel LeTonnerre, translated

Do you LOVE your Realtor?

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, For Buyers, For Realtors, For Sellers, Market Trends, Real Estate Advice, Uncategorized on April 4, 2009 by realtordebbie

According to someone on Twitter.. today is “I Love You Day” or something! I have no idea.. but my mailbox is full of LOVE today. Who cares.. I feel loved for sure!

sf-heartEverybody loves their Realtor! Why?  I have a  pretty good idea! 

This morning I got up at 7 am to have breakfast with my two last customers.. my first time home buyers, who took me out to breakfast with a part of their $8000 first time home-buyer credit money!  (Wow.. now that’s a treat!) But, while eating, an idea came to me.. so what better to do than write about it while sitting at open house.

Your Realtor.. are they smart, funny, intelligent,.. do you connect or is there silence (hello… anyone home???)  People forget we are people too. Most agents have NOT been in the business their entire lives.. although there are few locally raised in it.. and that’s all I hear… booorrring. Good people.. just no connection. Anyway… It is my belief that the BEST in the business have a great deal more knowledge than all that pertains to the very important real estate knowledge. They have,.. well.. life experience. They connect to people, they laugh, they have fun.. they shop at the same grocery as you.. and yes.. some have even cleaned your teeth before! (did I say I was a dental hygienist in my previous life?) 

When I started in the business.. some.. well.. 8 years ago now, the first thing I did was interview all the local “Big Boys and Girls in Real Estate” business, ( a great book!!).  How’d they do it.. Why do they still do it, and What can they tell me about how to make it happen?  those were me three questions.  Well, they’re still doing it.. and I am there with them.

Three things they, now we, have in common.

1. They love life… if real estate ended tomorrow.. these people will be having fun.. somewhere. I’m amazed.. artists, former PR people, Moms, geeks, teachers, probasketball player,.. you name it.. people in real estate are used to change and variety. They thrive on it! 

2. They work about 90 – 100 hours a week.  Hmm..how many of you think Realtors drive around and play golf all day? Think again.. my customers get my finest email compositions at 2AM.

3. They are social, connected, passionate and involved.  Whether at Board meetings (where they market your property), Chamber events, Commission meetings (where they help protect your property rights), showing properties (Where they bring qualified buyers to your property) or at a school function, they are working.. 24/7.. the wheels turn, the connections are made to set up the perfect match between buyer and seller.

So, I set up camp using those three cornerstones. It wasn’t hard! Those who know me, know I love to talk, love to explore people and places. I’ve always had a good real estate website for marketing, I belive in technolgy and that the internet and  the digital world (My Hello World)will be as much a part of out lives as a grocery store! It is a necessity! So I began with Facebook, then some blogging.. some broadcasting and video e-mails, all good for work. But the social highlight,  My good friends on Twitter.. the Twitterqueens…. now there’s a group. Keeping each other motivated, entertained, laughing and in tune to what’s new wtih technology,.. music and well.. just about anything. Connections. Social. @FloridaSunSales… all about the people and 72 characters. Conversations and mutual admiration, challenges and fun with @HeyAmaretto, @MayaREGuru, @LeslieLambert, @DeeGeeBee, @kvBuckley @KimWood @elainehanson ,.. uhh don’t worry, if I forgot someone I am SURE they will remind me! #Twitterqueens Rule.

So… find you a REALTOR.. a good one.. these are lifelong connections.. I want to see your babies grow up, (Thanks Lynn and Bob – my 4 .5 year customers.. we’ll make it happen soon…*fingers crossed*), and we really do care about you! 

So,…lighten up, enjoy the adventure,… and,… if you are coming to FLA… I’m your real estate girl. Email me… @FloridaSunSales.

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Frustrated Home Seller?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 2, 2008 by realtordebbie

How To Sell in A Buyer’s Market

This is one of the most useful links I can give to any of you who are thinking of selling your home in today’s market.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/07/24/eveningnews/main4291776.shtml

This video that explains a few things seller’s must consider when preparing a home to sell. Most of these tips are included in my pre-listing package.

The market, the average sale prices, and days on market are factors that change daily. Yes, daily! Gone are the days of comparing your home to a home down the street that sold two years ago, last year, even last month! Supply and demand, (Presently an oversupply and low demand), has set sellers up for challenges to making their home more appealing.

Shopping for a home in this market is much like window shopping..the internet offers a vast supply of resources for buyers, and 80+ percent of buyers begin their home search on the internet. However, time and time again, it is PRICING, that makes the difference in a proeprty that sells or does not sell. The theory of “substitution” seems to be the driving force of sales today. What this means is,.. if you have multiple items to consider when making your choice, two, three or twenty items that are similar in quality, age, size, amenities,.. the most likely factor that will seal the deal for you will be the bargain PRICE.

I am an Realtor that utilizes many technical, and diverse marketing techniques. Putting my seller’s properties in as many places as possible to bring buyers to the listing, is my goal. this is what brings buyers to the market.

However, cooperation from every seller is the most important factor in the success of bringing a transaction to close. Understanding market conditions, market value, (the most probable price a proeprty will bring), and detaching from all of the emotions of a property are all critical factors in preparing to sell. The value of your home doesn’t necessarily depend on how much you have invested in it. Real estate sales revolve around fair market value, not your “sweat equity” or even monetary equity most of the time.

Working with offers, negotiating details that will bring a deal to close is a tedious process. It consumes hours of time and involves many concessions from sellers than buyers these days. It is advisble to consider ALL offers, and work with counter-offers and through details until there is a meeting of the minds. This takes more than words..it is truly a skill, and I provide that to my customers. Bringing in reason, facts, explanation of isses that both parties may not be aware of, is my job. More times than not.. agreements can be reached.

If you are thinking of selling.. please consult me as your Real Estate Professional. Many buyers are not even considering FSBO properties because there is so much else to see. Many assume that FSBO’s are not as negotiable or educated as sellers who are working with professionals. Many buyer’s are also making multiple offers.. but on different properties…seller’s beware!

Again, consult a professional,… let me bring my experience to you, especially in this challenging market. We can succeed in a short amount of time!

Email me at debbiekirkland@homesalesoftallahassee.com for more information, or to request a pre-listing package for preparing your home for sale!