January 30, 2009

Groundhog Breakfast: Leaders see bright future after recession

Click on link below to get a play by play of this mornings Licking County Chamber of Commerce Annual Groundhog Breakfast! Great job Groundhog committee!

January 20, 2009

Why would Lebron want to play for the Browns?

Oden breaks out as Blazers smash Bucks...

Top pick in 2007 draft has career-high 24 points, adds 15 rebounds...

PORTLAND, Ore. - Greg Oden had just one word to describe how he felt after arguably his best game of the season.
“Hungry,” he said, showing off his goofy side Monday night after he scored a career-high 24 points and added 15 rebounds in the Portland Trail Blazers’ 102-85 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
It was Oden’s team-high 12th double-double of the season. The 7-foot center, the top pick in the 2007 draft, is playing as a rookie after missing all of last season because of microfracture surgery on his knee.


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Coldwell Banker on Jeopardy...

January 19, 2009

CBKT & CBJ: Stinger's House!

Coldwell Banker King Thompson is a proud partner with the Columbus Blue Jackets NHL hockey team.

Realtors Continue Push for Comprehensive Housing Strategy


Realtors® Continue Push for Comprehensive Housing Strategy WASHINGTON (January 16, 2009) – While the National Association of Realtors® is pleased that Congress and the incoming Obama administration are working to ensure that any additional Troubled Asset Relief Program initiatives or economic stimulus package include provisions to stimulate home sales, prevent foreclosures and restore confidence in the housing market, NAR will continue its push for a comprehensive housing strategy. “The housing sector is at the core of the current economic crisis,” NAR President Charles McMillan said. “A renewed, revitalized and robust housing market is essential to generating commerce and helping families build wealth and stability. We are eager to see this happen and look forward to working with the Obama administration and Congress to quickly implement housing stimulus efforts.” NAR expressed support for Chairman Barney Frank’s, D-Mass., proposal, H.R. 384, the TARP Reform and Accountability Act, introduced last week. This bill contains key components of NAR’s Housing Stimulus Plan, including enacting a mortgage buy-down program to reduce interest rates below prevailing rates, increasing foreclosure prevention and mitigation efforts, and providing needed liquidity to the residential and commercial mortgage markets to ensure that financing is available. “We also applaud the chairman’s efforts to strengthen accountability and increase transparency in the use of TARP funds,” McMillan said. NAR has pushed to refocus the TARP to end the credit crisis and jumpstart mortgage lending. “It is imperative to get TARP back on track by targeting funds for mortgage relief, which will help lower mortgage rates and reduce foreclosures for hundreds of thousands of people,” said McMillan. Even if H.R. 384 is not enacted, it will provide the Obama administration with a clear statement of congressional intent as Congress moves forward to implement the second half of the TARP. NAR has and will continue to advocate NAR’s positions to the new administration and regulatory agencies. Realtors® pledged to work with Congress and the administration to pass an economic stimulus plan that is expected to include many components championed by NAR to improve housing. “We are pleased that eliminating the repayment feature of the first-time home buyer $7,500 tax credit will be addressed in this proposal. However, we still are working to have the credit expanded to all home buyers, and to extend the program through December 31, 2009. NAR is also working to ensure that any stimulus legislation reinstates the higher 2008 mortgage loan limits for FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. These actions will have a meaningful impact on the housing market and will help protect home values,” McMillan said. NAR’s Housing Stimulus Plan includes both legislative and regulatory fixes. Its focus includes keeping mortgage interest rates low, boosting home buyer confidence, and reducing the current foreclosure rate. It also asks that regulators be encouraged to help financial institutions resolve problems in the short-sale process, make it easier for servicers to modify existing loans, remove unreasonable underwriting guidelines and insist that credit reporting agencies correct errors promptly. “We must all work together to stimulate and unclog the housing and financial system. Low interest rates, tax credits and higher loan limits will be effective only if people can get a loan. We hear every day from our members that even home buyers with good credit are having trouble getting mortgage loans. This must be corrected,” said McMillan. NAR expressed hope that the new administration will keeps its focus on a housing recovery as it moves forward with a larger stimulus package. The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

January 17, 2009

Mortgage Rates...down, down, down.

Rates on 30-year mortgages set a record for a fifth straight week by dropping to below 5 percent, the lowest mark since Freddie Mac started tracking the data in 1971.

Mortgage rates have been dropping since late November, when the Federal Reserve said it was going to pump money into the banking system by buying $500 billion in mortgage-backed securities to get banks to lend more money and perhaps aid the ailing U.S. housing market.

January 16, 2009


There is only one place I know that combines tiny balls, plastic cups and vats of beer. Besides Jose Canseco's house, that is.

It's a beer pong tournament. This is a sport that requires a steady hand, faulty hearing and a titanium liver. It's believed that 73% of all tuition money goes toward it.

Beer pong is played on a table slightly smaller than Ping-Pong's, by teams of two. Ten cups, filled about one-third with beer, are set like bowling pins at the ends. As you try to toss or bounce a Ping-Pong ball into the cups on the side opposite yours, opponents jump and yell unspeakables about your mother. If you make it, they must drink it. First team to sink all 10 cups wins. It's very sophisticated....

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Making of new Coldwell Banker King Thompson Commercial

January 7, 2009

NANA TURNS 37!!!! (plus 55...)

The other day a man asked me what I thought was the best time of life. "Why," I answered without a thought, "now." ~David Grayson



Although I am not a fan of leaving town just to get something to eat... I would drive to German Village for anything on the Thurman Cafe menu. Jill and I both love the atmosphere, the cold beer(s), and most of all the burgers.

January 5, 2009

Selling Your Home in a Declining Market

Selling a home in a declining market starts with a proper attitude and finding the right Realtor® who is optimistic and knows the right sales techniques in this tough market. Even though most people and economists are down on the housing market (feel it is depressed, that the economic recovery isn't going to happen in the next few months, and consumer confidence is down), it doesn't mean that you can't sell your home. http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20090102_selldecline.htm