Saturday, July 10, 2010

Zillow and Yahoo! to Form Partnership
Yahoo! Inc. has cut a deal with to manage its real estate sales listings. Zillow will manage a network to place home listings and other ads from real estate practitioners on both and its own Web site. It also will place targeted ads purchased by practitioners in property search results on both sites.

This might lead to the companies, the second- and third-busiest real estate sites on the Web, to claim a larger combined audience than top-ranked site REALTOR.COM®.

According to Web traffic analyst Experian Hitwise, REALTOR.COM® had a 5.73 percent market share in the real estate category in June, while Yahoo Real Estate had 4.55 percent and Zillow claimed 3.75 percent.

Source: Inman News, Matt Carter (07/08/2010)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Plainfield Indiana has 15 Miles of Hike and Bike Trails

The Plainfield Extensive Greenway System has 15 miles + of Hike and bike trails.  They wind through the town of Plainfield and hook together Splash Island and all of their parks and most every neighborhood.   One future section will be part of the National Road Heritage Trail. 

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Indiana Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource


Contact: Shannon M Thomas REALTOR®
Keller Williams Realty Indy Metro SW
Cell: 317-681-4044
Office: 317-831-1313

Shannon M Thomas Earns NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification
Buyers and Sellers Benefit from REALTOR® Expertise in Distressed Sales

Mooresville, In, 4/1/2010 — SHANNON M THOMAS with Keller Williams Realty Indy Metro SW has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows.

According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new “traditional” transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.

“As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that loses its home to foreclosure is one family too many, but unfortunately, there are situations in which people just cannot afford to keep their homes, and a foreclosure or a short sale results,” said 2009 NAR President Charles McMillan, a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dallas-Fort Worth. “Foreclosures and short sales can offer opportunities for home buyers and benefit the larger community, as well, but it’s extremely important to have the help of a real estate professional like a REALTOR® who has earned the SFR certification for these kinds of purchases.”

The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help REALTORS® stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves. To earn the SFR certification, REALTORS are required to take one core course and three Webinars. For more information about the SFR certification, visit or call 1-877-510-7855.

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