Hey, I have to earn a living too.

After ten years of marketing homes myself, closely watching others do it and thirty plus years of marketing all kinds of things, I think I kinda know what I’m doing. Want to sell your home? Read a few of these posts and judge whether you think I’m just bragging.

Patterson Glen Townhouses

December 1, 2010
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Craftsman style townhomes At least a half dozen times a week for the last several years a regular commute takes me from Chapel Hill Road north on Southwest Durham Blvd to the Patterson Place commercial development near 15-501. Some nice apartment buildings and an orthopedic practice have gone up along this route to the shopping […]

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New Mangum 506 Video

October 21, 2010

Mangum 506 Condominiums in Durham Durham videographer Wil Weldon of Growler Productions and Jesse Turner a Landscape Architect and Photographer combined their talents to produce this video for our favorite condos in Downtown Durham. Share the video with anyone who still hasn’t figured out what a really great place Downtown Durham is to live these […]

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Riding the Bull in Downtown Durham

September 2, 2010
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Prime Downtown Durham My friend and client Jesse Turner, a landscape architect and talented photographer, took the picture above that he calls Rodeo Sarah.  The Bull, of course, is the iconic bronze on the plaza in Downtown Durham that lets you know unequivocally that you are in the Bull City. Jesse also took the photograph […]

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Mangum506 Condos in Durham

August 5, 2010
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I taught high school English for several years after college and always emphasized writing.  The best and worst from student writing assignments I would dissect and discuss in class.  Once I got a poem I was particularly impressed with. I remember who the author was, Vic Dorr, who is now a sports reporter for the […]

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Top Ten Durham Websites

June 10, 2010
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My Picks for the Ten Best Websites to Learn about Durham If you believe that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location, it probably seems a little bit of a paradox that the descriptions most real estate agents write about their listings barely mention it. Part of this is just […]

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Year End Report

December 30, 2009
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Some good news for real estate in Durham Well, maybe Christmas and New Year celebrations have been a little more subdued than in recent history but there was a glimmer of hope in the statistics that I pulled from multiple listing service data for my end of the year report on real estate market conditions. […]

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December 13, 2009
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The Worst Christmas Gift I Ever Received and the Best A recent study tried to explain how our tradition of Christmas giving is only marginally good for the economy at best… and may actually harm it. The premise is that people buy stuff for themselves that they perceive will provide some value.  However, gifts  far […]

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Football is Over and the Boo birds Come Out

December 7, 2009
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College athletics will never be reformed because the would be reformers have it all wrong. I graduated from Notre Dame in the sixties with a degree in English Lit and some swag to remind me that I was a small part of a National Championship football team. Now that I live in Durham I follow […]

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Why You Can Sell Your Home During the Winter

November 23, 2009
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Thanksgiving is often looked at in the industry as the end of the fall season for selling homes and the beginning of the “dead season” during the winter months. It’s not true. I’ve often wondered whether this myth was purposely advanced by successful agents so that they could either 1) Take a little break themselves […]

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Marketing Series Summary

November 16, 2009

With more sellers than buyers in the real estate market across the country, listing agents will need to employ more sophisticated approaches to marketing homes. The six part series addressed the topics described below.  I’ve assigned all these to a category I’ve created for the occasion called “Marketing Series.” This means that all six  plus […]

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