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The Best Shakes and Butts in Tallahassee

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, Local Businesses, Restaurants, Tallahassee, Things to Do with tags , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2009 by realtordebbie
Ali's Strawberry Shakes

The Best Shakes and Butts in Tallahassee!

Oh my! Can you smell it now? It’s autumn here in Tallahassee, despite the 85 degree day that we had today, there is still a twinge of fall in the air. Driving back roads in Tallahassee you often smell the smoke from leaves burning, freshly mown fields, even boiled peanuts on the corners of the remote intersections just outside the city limits.

But today was extra special! Today I wound up off Highway 90 east at the intersection of Crump Road, just west of Maxwell’s grocery and BP station, and it was lunch time! I had to stop and get gas.. and that’s when I was reminded of what fall really smells like! Butts! Smokin’ Hot Butts!  Boston pork butts that is!

Locally owned and operated, Ali’s Strawberry shakes is a virtual food and produce delight! It’s a fun stop just about any time of day!  If you don’t quite know what to fix for dinner…don’t worry! Between the fresh produce at the Farmer’s market, the homemade jellies and jams that would make any biscuit proud, and the Butts.. the perfectly smoked boston butts just waiting for knife and fork.  Buy the whole thing! you won’t be able to resist and  your family will thank you, believe me!  If you want to eat it right there, the friendly staff. locals and family, will give you a knife and fork and set you up!

Ali's Strawberry Shakes and Farmer's Market

We love Ali's Shakes!

On the weekends, the kids line up for the thickest, yummiest shakes in town! made with creamy ice-cream and whole milk and fresh strawberries,…you will not find a better treat! If it wasn’t for the butts, I’d almost skip dinner to have one!

So if you are looking for a way to spend a beautiful day outdoors, or if the butts have made you begin to drool, head out to east Tallahassee, and follow the smoke! You’ll be glad you did!

 

Alis Strawberry Shakes and Farmer’s Market – Directions

Tallahassee Homes – Marketing Plans That Work

Posted in For Buyers, For Sellers, Real Estate Advice with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by realtordebbie
Tallahassee Homes - A marketing plan that works for sellers and buyers.

Whetehr you are a seller or a buyer, interview your Realtor. Ask the right questions and make sure you can commmunicate with your Realtor. Call Debbie Kirkland, Realtor and referral agent, for a referral to a professional Realtor in your area. 850-212-0440

Interviewing Realtors?  Can we all agree the ulitmate goal of selling a home is ….to get it SOLD!  Statistics show that the majority of buyers will see a home in the first three weeks, after that, “The thrill is gone,” so to speak. 

So, let’s look at a Realtor’s role in a transaction and what it takes to get a home exposed and to make a wise investment  in today’s market.

Multiple Listing Service

  • In our  MLS system, a listing is posted and remains “NEW” for four days! Wow,.. 4 days to show up on the “hotsheet.”  That’s the area most savvy agents look to when they wake up in the AM and before they head out the door. (but face it, busy agents hit the groud running..so let’s hope they don’t miss your “creampuff!”) The hotsheet posts new listings, price reductions and status changes of listings. It’s important to review this, especially if you are looking for properties that are “buyer specific.” By that I mean, you buyer is very specific (picky). It’s ok… it’s a big purchase, buyers should be specific! You want to make sure that your listing is ready to go with as many photos as allowable and a video is shortly following!
  • After those 4 days are up..then what? Again, it’s there, searchable, so make sure it can be found by use of pictures and video and that the description will entice buyers!

Websites

  • Most Realtors have websites, but content is king, so a website that reaches into the community, showcases area information, neighborhood information and features listings with visual and video appeal is what will reach today’s buyers. 87% of buyers begin their serach on the Internet, and most of those buy homes they have found on the Internet. Websites with photos and videos really bring in the visitors!
  • If you’re searching online or in a magazine and find a home with just one picture.. a fuzzy one at that, what conclusion will you draw? If you need to see details and can’t get to the listing, will your Realtor to preview for you? (sellers,..are you listening?)

Local Exposure

  • Is your Realtor a wallflower?  The real estate industry is about networking. I seriously don’t think I’ve met a successful Realtor yet who is bashful, reclusive or introverted. I’m not saying your Realtor should be the class clown, but certainly you want them to talk about your home, share your listings with those who may just have the perfect buyer for that property!
  • There are many ways for your Realtor to showcase your home to other Realtors. Local Board of Realtor marketing meetings. We have them once a month..what a great time to talk about your new listings! Realtor socials and community events, broker open houses, office and top-producer caravans. Yes, they work! People remember homes they see, and they fit the home to those “specific” buyers we mentioned earlier!
  • Don’t forget Social Media tools and networking. In today’s world, if you want to grow a business, any business, people must be able to find you, to see your product and get information with the click of a mouse. If a Realtor is leveraging social networks, people are getting their message, they are exposing products regularly to today’s buyers.
  • I think most would agree.. Realtors are the most social creatures on earth! Most balance home, work, family, community… and they all seem to compliment each other. Realtors are working most all the time, even when it looks like it’s completely unrelated events! (just ask the customer I met last night in line at the movies!) Pick one who likes to have fun and is involved! Remember, Realtors are people too, respect their time just as you would your family or co-workers!

Media

  • Choosing which media is effective today is a challenge. Measuring the effectiveness versus the cost of advertising is very important. A wise agent carefully times advertising  between print media, radio and tv, web exposure and niche database marketing. It’s a combination of all these mediums that are the most effective.
  • Realtors with specialty niche markets may be the best choice for a specfic type property, or in smaller areas it may be the realtor with the biggest tool box, the agent with the tools to attact every type buyer that would be a great fit for your home.

Communication

  • This probably should have been first on the list! What is your preferred method of contact. If you are one-on-one, then let your Realtor know this. If you are a busy student or business person, perhaps e-mail  is best for your updates. If you are on the go, mobile technology, texting and e-mail from the road may work best for you.
  • No matter what method you choose, regular communication, market updates, showing feedback and product information is critical to your success, both for buyers and sellers. Ask your Realtor for a communication plan!

There are many great Realtors from which to choose today. Take time to interview. If you are a buyer, avoid the luck of the draw by simply calling on signs. Do your homework, buying and selling a home deserves sound, educated and professional information and resources. Find a Realtor who will give you the best service as you enter your next real estate transaction.

Debbie Kirkland, Realtor  .  Armor Realty of  Tallahassee .  www.HomeSalesofTallahassee.com

Florida Experiencing Negative Growth?

Posted in History, Local Businesses, recreation, Tallahassee with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by realtordebbie
Welcome To Florida,.... We Have What You Want!

Welcome To Florida,.... We Have What You Want!

Now this is scary news!  For the first time since 1920, Florida has experienced a decrease in new residents!  This is a great read:

“A must-read from this weekend’s New York Times: Ever since the 1920s Florida has been cast as the place people go to escape contemplation, not to indulge in it. But in the past year, from Pensacola to Miami Beach, Floridians have been soul searching. And for good reason.” Read More,…

Let’s hope Governor Crist is listening!  Have budget cuts to tourism, recreation and parks, etc. made a difference.. I think more than we realize. Meanwhile, let’s put Florida back on the Map ourselves! We must create our own destiny as Floridians always have. What makes Florida a great place to live,…. go tell someone today!

Tallahassee has something for everyone! History and Recreation!

Posted in Debbie Kirkland, History, Realtor, recreation, Tallahassee, Things to Do with tags , , , on November 25, 2008 by realtordebbie

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Tallahassee has something for everyone! Debbie Kirkland, Realtor®, Sharing a little history of her home town… a little fun and few facts. Some great things to do in Tallahassee!

 

Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science

http://www.thebrogan.org/

 

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory   

 http://www.magnet.fsu.edu/about/tallahassee.html

 

Florida State University Planetarium

http://astro.uncfsu.edu/planetarium/

 

 

Tallahassee Museum

http://www.tallahasseemuseum.org/index.php

 

Gulf Marine Life Specimen Lab

http://www.wakullacounty.org/wakulla-27.htm

 

Florida Museum of Natural History

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/

 

Mission San Luis

http://www.missionsanluis.org/

 

St. Marks Wildlife Refuge

http://www.wakullacounty.org/wakulla-9.htm

 

Greenways, Trails, River Excursions in the Panhandle Region

http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/guide/regions/panhandleeast/panhandle_east.htm

 

Alfred B. Maclay State Park

http://www.floridastateparks.org/maclaygardens/

 

Tallahassee Skate Park

http://www.talgov.com/parks/skatepark.cfm

 

Recreation and Leisure, Community Parks, Sports, Special Events, Senior Activities

http://www.talgov.com/residents/recleis.cfm

 

Tallahassee is a great place to live and work. As much as I travel, it is always good to come home to the canopy roads, the green pastures and rolling hills of the city. Short jaunts to the coast, to the rivers or across the border into Georgia are great day trips. Downtown Tallahassee offers excellent dining and  cultural activities as well.  It truly is one of America’s best places to live!

 

 

Again.. welcome to Tallahassee,…

 you will never run out of things to do here!

For more information click below to visit Debbie Kirkland’s Wesbsite at:

Home Sales of Tallahassee

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Debbie Kirkland