Archive for September, 2010

How to Hold a Successful Garage Sale

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Garage sales can be a great way to get rid of clutter — and earn a little extra cash — before you sell your home. But make sure the timing is right. Garage sales can take on a life of their own, and it might not be the best use of your energy right before putting your home on the market. Follow these tips for a successful sale. (more…)

Real Estate Continuing Education Class

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Friday, November 12th, Mayfield township Hall, 1900 North Saginaw, Lapeer.  Registrations begins at 8:00 a.m., Class begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Instructor: Peter Banwell, Cost $40.00 for LUTAR Members, $45.00 for non-members and $50.00 for walk-ins.  Includes a Continental Breakfast & Lunch.  This course meets the 2 hour law requirement,  Call LUTAR  810-664-02721 for details or go to and fill out the form. 

This will complete your 6 hour requirement for 2010.

30-Year Mortgage Rates Rise

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Average interest on 30-year fixed mortgages rose for the first time since June, lifting to 4.35 percent this week from 4.32 percent last week and 5.07 percent a year ago, reports Freddie Mac. Rates for 15-year fixed loans held at 3.83 percent, the record low set last week.  (more…)

Congratulations to LUTAR’s 2010 REALTOR of Year

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

His name is Frank Choate, Coldwell Banker Professionals; he is a team player always volunteering for the Committee or Task force that needs help.  Attends all of the LUTAR classes and events the Association provides. He truly, believes in the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.  (more…)

5 Reasons Homeownership Trumps Renting

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

The seemingly endless run of bad housing news is discouraging some potential home buyers from considering a purchase. But the truth is that the advantages of homeownership have very little to do with investment gains. The best things about owning a home have a lot more to do with personal comfort and satisfaction.

Here are five of them: (more…)

Safety Starts at Home: Simple Tips for Safeguarding Your Home

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

If you’ve been following my advice on real estate safety and changing your work habits, then good for you! But don’t forget that your own home may also be vulnerable to crime. When it comes to home safety, taking simple precautions can make the difference in having your home broken into, or having the criminals move on to a different home or neighborhood. (more…)

LUTAR Will Be Closed Labor Day

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Labor Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the first Monday in September (September 6 in 2010).

The first Labor Day in the United States was celebrated on September 5, 1882 in New York City.[1] In the aftermath of the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the 1894 Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland put reconciliation with Labor as a top political priority. Fearing further conflict, legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.[2] Cleveland was also concerned that aligning an American labor holiday with existing international May Day celebrations would stir up negative emotions linked to the Haymarket Affair.[3] By the 20th century, all 50 U.S. states have made Labor Day a state holiday.

The form for the celebration of Labor Day was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday: A street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations,” followed by a festival for the workers and their families. This became the pattern for Labor Day celebrations. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civil significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. The holiday is often regarded as a day of rest and parades. Speeches or political demonstrations are more low-key than May 1 Labor Day celebrations in most countries, although events held by labor organizations often feature political themes and appearances by candidates for office, especially in election years. Forms of celebration include picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays, water sports, and public art events. Families with school-age children take it as the last chance to travel before the end of summer recess. Similarly, some teenagers and young adults view it as the last weekend for parties before returning to school, although school starting times now vary.

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 2004.