Pending Home Sales

Read this post from the Realtor Magazine about the trending sales.

January Pending Home Sales Rise, Market on Uptrend http://zite.to/w0a95A via @zite

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Dual Agency, Round 2

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DUAL AGENCY

Well, since my last post about this topic, my blog has made national headlines on AOL Real Estate News….ok thats not true, but they have the same concerns I did.

Buyers and Sellers really need to take a step back and ask themselves why they should be ok with this type of agency. What could possibly benefit them by having an agent be a middle man instead of their advocate?

Agents, it is time to ask yourself who benefits from dual agency. Don’t answer out loud, but at least be honest with yourself. Tough to see a double pay check go away in this economy, but having a career for the next 10, 15, 25 years is worth it in the long run.

To have full disclosure I can only remember 2 cases of dual agency that I was involved in. Things did go fine and the deal went through, but I can’t help but wonder if I could have got a couple more bucks for the seller or negotiated a couple bucks less for the buyer. See this is why i can’t do dual agency, it messes with my head and I can’t sleep lol.

Well that is my rant round 2, but take a few minutes to read this article I found this morning on AOL News. Thanks for your time guys!

Dual Agency: How Your Real Estate Agent May be Two-Timing You — AOL Real Estate http://zite.to/wC8B98

3 To Choose From! Forks, Palmer, & Washington Twp NoCo


We have three open houses this weekend to choose from. 

533 Oakwood Street Easton, PA (Palmer Twp)

Very cute and affordable single in Palmer Twp. Home offers 3 brs, HW floors, Detached Garage, Central Air, and so much more. Large kitchen is in search of a new cook to call this Cape home. Very convenient to shopping, schools and highways.

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65 Johnson Rd Bangor, PA (Washington Twp)

Welcome all to this great find located in Washington Twp. So much to look forward to in this 4 bedroom colonial situated on over an acre and a half! Owner has done a multitude of very recent improvements to the home including but not limited to; refinishing the hardwood floors on both levels, all new kitchen from counter tops to cabinets, and fresh paint throughout the home. This wonderful property offers so much to its new home owner. If scenery is what you desire, this is location is pure tranquility. Out of your back yard you can see straight through to New Jersey, and from your front yard you can see the mountain range set as back drop to a very visible Pen Argyl. Incredible is the only way to describe this setting.

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15 Monmouth Court Easton, PA (Forks Twp)

Well kept end unit town home in Independence. First floor master with split bath, convenient for all ages. Home offers a modern kitchen, first floor laundry, large walk in closet up stairs could also be used as an office, large finished basement, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and a 2 car garage. Condo fee of $154 includes outside maintenance, pool, tennis courts, club house, garbage, lawn care and snow removal.

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We hope to see you at the open houses. They’re being hosted from 1-4pm Sunday, February 26th.  If you are unable to make it, but would like to schedule a time to see any or all of these properties, please contact me.

Real Estate Career Seminar

How many years have gone by that you said to yourself, “Self, I would love to be a Realtor”? You juggled with this thought year after year and have done nothing with it. Why do you think you are still sitting here reading this and you are not an Agent? I will tell you why, because you are scared to death of the unknown. Well, its time things got a bit easier for you.

Myself, Frank Renaldi Sr., and Carol Snyder Hare will be hosting the first Century 21 Pinnacle Career Seminar of 2012. At this seminar you will be able to ask as many questions as your little heart desires. We will be there as a resource for you to find out if this is a career move that makes sense for you.

There are so many benefits to this career, but the transition has always been a bit difficult for some. These tough economic times have forced us to examine what situations fit this opportunity. Honestly, some of our most successful agents have been able to transition from active military to civilian life, because they understand the need for structure, drive, and self reliance/generation. Also, there is a huge opportunity here in the Lehigh Valley for those on unemployment to take the real estate courses and start the training and still have the ability to collect right up to your first commission check!

What are you waiting for?  The time is now to start a life where YOU are the boss of your business and nobody can limit you on your yearly earnings.  Please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot, seating is limited.  It is not required to bring any documents, but a Resume/Bio would be appreciated.  Thank you for your time and I hope to see you on Thursday!

Respectfully,

Frank J. Renaldi
Realtor
License # RS278600

Century 21 Pinnacle
3001 Emrick Blvd., Suite 300
Bethlehem, Pa 18020
Website: www.FrankRenaldi.com

Email: FJR731@gmail.com

Office #: 610-691-0535

Cell #: 484-788-8682 (Best Number)

Lehigh Valley Real Estate Update for January

Hello to my loyal blogger friends.  Here is the full Association market report for the Lehigh Valley.  Please take a look and ask any questions you have.  I am a resource to you, so if you need anything, please message me.  Hope all is well and enjoy your Valentines Day!

January2012MarketUpdate

Do I / Don’t I??? Crap, I don’t know…

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OK Ok, the question is to iPhone or not to iPhone? For anyone who is phone-a-holic, or has a job where you are on your cell non stop, all we do is look at the next best thing. I had a war in my head a few years ago when the iPhone came out. That war had a few different battles in it, including the age old battle of the sole carrier of the iPhone which I resented for sure. The other battle was that I don’t like the concept of having to do everything via iTunes. In 2010 I bought the iPad, which at the time was the only mobile 3G tablet worth having. Now that I have the iPad and Apple has a very impressive iCloud. I feel it is worth looking at a phone platform switch.

Here is my problem…I have spent the last 4 years defending my non iPhone choice of phones, and as of the last few years the Android software. I did such a good job of defending those decisions, I feel now, I would be a total tech sell out if I change. Anyone else have these sick battles in their heads? Its killing me, and all for what, a phone lol. Oh boy oh boy oh boy!

4s to 5 –
Looking at everything on all the review sites and reading everything out of the rumor mill, it looks like the iPhone 5 could be making a showcase this summer of 2012. I refuse to switch phones to a 4s if I will get burnt 5 months later. I also had a little birdie tell me that the screen will be around 4in, which helps me justify my move from the 4.3in screen on my HTC EVO.

I found a cool little site that I am going to share with you guys, but keep in mind, there is always a lot of talk and very little truth. I’m just sitting in my “man chair” typing this, and hoping that this is all going to pan out like it seams.

Site – http://iphone5latest.com/

Looking forward to reading all of your thoughts on my rant, and please follow me on twitter and facebook…

@topvalleyagent
FB – http://www.facebook.com/RealtorFrankRenaldi

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