17 June 2010

"The unRealtor" VS. "unReal Agent" in Descriptive Term Smackdown

Can a "Prefix" be a "Descriptive Term"?
The word for today is "compliance." After receiving a friendly reminder letter from the board of REALTORS®, it seems it may be time for a little adjustment to the nomenclature used around these parts. Someone higher up seems to think that using the name "unRealtor" may be against the REALTORS® terms of service as it states that there are acceptable and unacceptable uses of the word REALTOR® which should never be preceded by a "descriptive term."  With this in mind, we continued to use the name unRealtor, rather than Jimborealtor, Chucktownrealtor or any of the names indicated below as unacceptable because we didn't want to break the rules.  Semantically, un- doesn't appear to violate these terms because un- doesn't describe anything.  Moreover, un- is defined as a prefix or a preformative which is not a descriptive term at all.  In fact, one may argue that un- is a lack of a description, being an affix (otherwise known as a morpheme) which is attached to the stem of a word and does nothing to describe the word itself..  So before we go changing anyone's name around here, we would like to ask what you think.
So I ask you readers, is un- a descriptive term?
For the record, the unRealtor indicator really had little to do with the trademarked REALTOR® name and more to do with having (what many have said to be) an unReal approach to real estate, having such a deep understanding of construction and property in general. The question remains a matter of both logical validity and semantic precision.

What should become of "The unRealtor?"
unReal Agent just doesn't fully capture the idea in the same way, does it?  It would take a great deal of work to go back and change every instance of The unRealtor across the web, however if this is what we must do to comply, so be it.  Nevertheless, before we go and do this, we would like to know what you think.  I encourage anyone (even other real estate agents) to add their two cents to this debate.

 Is this what the board of REALTORS® want?
We want to know what you think below about this UNREAL debate....
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House Hunting Tools That Sherlock "Homes" Would Appreciate

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15 June 2010

Buried Treasure in Charleston Real Estate Market...For REAL!

If I told you that there was buried treasure in Charleston, SC would you be interested? I'm not talking about Blackbeard's treasure, but something more along the lines of "One Man's Trash is another man's treasure" treasure. In either scenario the key to finding treasure is timing. That is to say that you can't rightfully find a buried treasure until after it's buried, right? We'll here in Charleston, timing is the key to finding this buried treasure. For example, have you seen what $150k can get you? I feel like a pirate just talking about it. The housing market in Charleston at the moment can be described in one word-opportunity.

Its a fact that the critical element of any opportunity is timing. Right now is the absolute perfect time to enter the SC real estate market. The reasons are super simple.

1.) Mortgage rates are at the lowest point since the 1960's
2.) Housing prices are very low, and in many cases, undervalued
3.) There is currently a Federal Tax Incentive for first-time homebuyers
4.) Property Taxes in SC are 1/3 of the national average

When you think about it, these factors add up to created a buried treasure. Every single one of these elements have a time factor associated with them, but RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT all of these factors and leaning in your favor. Inflationary pressure will eventually push interest rates up and the 2009 Housing Credit will eventually expire, but savvy consumers who have been looking for a super real estate buy will be able to cash in on this opportunity.

Who buried the Treasure?
Not the pirates that's for sure. We all buried it while under the strain of financial pressures over the past couple of years. Now it is time to DIG IT UP! If you are looking for buried treasure in South Carolina, call Jimbo Thompson-he has a shovel with your name on it.
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13 June 2010

Charleston Real Estate Services for Sellers

Selling your property is rarely a walk in the park. There are many pitfalls that can cost you time and money that make it difficult to do on your own. I'm sure, if you're reading this, that you already know the headaches that I'm talking about. This post is not to pitch a sale to you or scare you into working with an agent. I merely want to let you know that if you are planning to sell your home in the Charleston area and you would like to begin working with an experienced agent, the SC Property Pros offer a wide range of services for sellers. We believe that in order to sell your property in today's market, you need more exposure for your listing and an an agent who has your best interest in mind.  We are here if you need assistance in selling your home in the Charleston area and we are committed to making this happen in a timely fashion.
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