Sunday, January 11, 2009

Whole lot of new Hybrid Cars about to be Announced

In the next few days we'll see a lot of information on new HYBRID and ELECTRIC cars that will be on the dealer lots by late 2009. I am espeically excited about the new features of the TOYOTA PRIUS and HONDA INSIGHT (to be priced under $20,000).

When reading these reports be sure to notice the EXPECTED NUMBER TO BE PRODUCED. Ford and General Motors love to talk about hybrids, electrics and fuel cell cars but they produce such a limited number of them that it creates no impact on the market.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bob's January 2009 newsletter... Optimists vs Pessimists - Homestead - Time to Vote!

Dear Friends…

My father-in-law was a long-time member of the Optimists Club in his small Ohio town. And I always wondered if there was another club across town for the Pessimists and if they ever rumbled. Two opposite powers marking turf and keeping each other in check. Very West Side Story. That’s how the news feels these days. There are a lot of things to be down about and a few signs of light at the start of the tunnel.

Interest rates are trending in the 5’s and 6’s and there’s a stir of people looking to sell and buy property. The phone has started ringing and the email box has interested folks trickling in. So there’s the optimism. Good interest rates for those who qualify and some people venturing out into the market. Let’s hope they don’t see their shadow. If you have patience and a good product priced right, people will come.

As for the pessimism, we only have to look at the jobless numbers, the industry bailouts, and the rest of the news reports on CNN or FOX. What’s next? I wish I could tell you. But what does seem clear is that it will take at least 12 to 18 months to start to see changes, which means we have to be smarter and work harder to sell homes.

To reach out to more buyers and to put my listing out in front of people, I’ve launched several websites and pages aimed at different cities in the metroplex and different price ranges in each. See

Plus, I’ve created a MOBILE website for cell phone users who want to search the MLS while out driving the neighborhood. Its From here you can use your web-enabled mobile phone to check properties as you drive by. It’s just starting out but we’re adding flyers for listings and email & text messaging options to instantly request showings or contact lenders.

I also started sites aimed at golf communities as well., and I’m working on Carrollton, Plano, and 8 other cities of the metroplex.

As always, houses that sell fastest and for the most money are neat, updated and priced right. Buyers can qualify if credit is good and income is stable and provable. There’s still a glut of bank owned and short-sale homes on the market that are driving prices down and we all feel for the families trying to outlast those situations.

REMEMBER to HOMESTEAD!! If you purchased a home in 2008 NOW is the time to file Homestead on the property. Contact me and I’ll show you how! You usually have until April but don’t wait! And DON’T PAY A SERVICE TO DO IT. IT’S FREE!!

TIME TO VOTE: It’s time to vote again in the annual Best of Dallas survey for the Dallas Voice. I’d be thrilled to have your vote for Best Real Estate Agent if you would do me the honor. The link is and you can also vote for other businesses and providers that you feel deserve the honor.

Let me hear from you. If there’s anything I can do for you, your family or friends I’d be more than happy to help.

Bob McCranie
Broker Associate, GRI, CRS
William Davis Realty