Titusville, FL Real Estate News

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In one of my recent posts Photo 101: Metadata & Your Photo Copyright someone suggested using Copyscape to help monitor the use of our photos.  I went ahead and added Copyscape to my photos and then ran a test.  The results were somewhat confusing so I sent an email to their support.  This is what I got back. Unfortunately, Copyscape does not work with images, only text. Would have been nice but better to know the reality.  In the process I learned that Copyscape is part of Google Alert ~ how about that! They are also having issues with with API errors on Google's back end web index and are working to fix it ASAP. So now you know the rest of the story - sorry guys!!! For those not familiar with Copyscape, it is a bit of html code that you can add to your web page or content that produces...
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Photo taken by Gail MacMillan, all rights reserved and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Gail MacMillan, Home Sweet Home Florida Realty Inc., Titusville FL.  Permission usually granted with a link back to my website and/or blog, providing site is appropriate for all ages.  Thank you for respecting my creative expression and not plagiarizing.  www.HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com   http://activerain.com/blogs/homesweethomeflorida
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      I'm looking for a new long-range lens and have narrowed it down to the Canon EF100-400MM f4.5-5.6L.  It's imaged-stabilized and sells for $1440 on Amazon. My other choice is the Sigma APO150-500MM f5-6.3 also imaged-stabilized and $875 on Amazon. The reviews have been favorable on both lenses, with some saying only Canon optics will do while others saying the difference in optics is not worth the difference in $$$'s. Canon's lens uses a push/pull which has been criticized for possible dust intrusion.  Also it is not tropicalized, which proved to be a problem for the 75-300 I'm currently using. The slight clouding on the inside has no major effect until a 2x is added, then the lens is rendered useless.  Is the "f" factor the main thing I should be weighing the decision on.  I'm no...
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Look at these STUNNING photos - my apologies to the original artist who received no recognition for these brilliant photographs.  No doubt the photo expedition was also quite expensive!!! I received an email today which contained these, among other, incredibly exquisite photos.  I did a little digging on Google to see who might have taken them.  Sadly, here is what I found: Mr. Stanley,Thank you. The pictures are indeed beautiful. But, I am not the rightful owner of those. I found them somewhere in the internet. Sorry, this just doesn't work for me and it shouldn't work for you either.  I'm looking for solutions and will share what I learn.  If you have protective ways, please share them for all of us.  Thank you.  
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 What you are looking at to the left is about half the information which is stored on my saved RAW images. It is a permanent record and is part of every picture I take with my Canon Rebel XSi, using the Digital Photo Professional software (DPP).  Near the bottom you see Gail MacMillan Copyright 2009.  It doesn't just show up, you have to take the steps to program your camera with this information.  I will explain how it is done using the DPP software which came with the camera.  Most DSLR's will have something similar. First thing is connect your camera to a USB port and turn it on ;-) which will open the EOS Utility.  Click on Camera Settings/Remote Shooting.  The window which opens allows you to work with your camera settings similar to using the menu on the camera.  The second icon h...
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My goal here is to save you some valuable time...And make your digital experience more efficient. I'm using a Canon Rebel XSi with Canon Digital Photo Professional Software (DPP).  I imagine most camera software works much the same, but this tutorial is based on CANON.  I prefer to shoot in RAW format as it allows the most flexibility when it comes to the digital darkroom.  When you shoot in RAW format you cannot view your photos in say...Windows Picture and Fax Viewer. Once you've downloaded your photos to the desired destination, open the DPP.  At this point all your images will be displayed as "IMG_"#".CR2.  In the upper right corner is an icon "Batch Process"  Here you get to choose between Jpeg and Tiff (or both, huge memory hog).  Most will select Exif-JPEG.  (You also have the op...
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For those who visit my website regularly you will be familiar with the stats I update every few days.  Today I want to draw attention to a trend which is developing and I feel is important if you have been putting off your next home purchase.  To the left is a snapshot of the listing inventory as of 2/14 as listed with The Space Coast Association of Realtors for all of Brevard County.  Titusville itself, in MLS areas 102, 103 and 104, has 712 active residential listings with 91 currently under contract.  The market is very active right now and the best properties are not staying on the market long.  Average days to close is 98 compared with 132 same period last year.  Don't let the high number of listings lull you into a false sense of market inactivity.  Undesirable homes and/or unattr...
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By Gail MacMillan
It finally happened and I want to say a great big THANK YOU to the many friends who helped all along the way :-)  I've tried other forums, good ones too, but never have I participated in anything like Active|Rain.The best  Real Estate Network site on the Internet I've often picked up the phone to share a thought, ask for some help, or just say hello to someone I like.  The response on the other end is always happy surprise accompanied with their full attention.  I believe in trickle-down management so this platform's enormous success has everything to do with the folks who run the show.  Thank You all for everything you do....everyday!  
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 Photo taken by Gail MacMillan, all rights reserved and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Gail MacMillan, Home Sweet Home Florida Realty Inc., Titusville FL.  Permission usually granted with a link back to my website and/or blog, providing site is appropriate for all ages.  Thank you for respecting my creative expression and not plagiarizing.  www.HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com   http://activerain.com/blogs/homesweethomeflorida
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Photo taken by Gail MacMillan, all rights reserved and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Gail MacMillan, Home Sweet Home Florida Realty Inc., Titusville FL.  Permission usually granted with a link back to my website and/or blog, providing site is appropriate for all ages.  Thank you for respecting my creative expression and not plagiarizing.  www.HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com   http://activerain.com/blogs/homesweethomeflorida
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MLS Area 104 - State Road 50 (Cheney Hwy) to Kings Hwy - Feb 6, 2009 122 active listings *20  short sales   10 REO's (bank owned)15 properties are under contract *2 short sales are under contract  2 REO's 6 properties have closed in 2009*0 short sales   1 REO closed86 properties closed in 2008*7 were short sales 15 were REO's From this study you can see that many of the short sales are going into foreclosure.  At that point the bank-owned properties are making it to closing.If you're thinking of listing and want Absorption Rate information, please call or e-mail and I will be happy to provide the most current numbers. Links to previous reports:Real Estate Market Report/Absorption Rates - Titusville FL (MLS Area 104) - Nov 4, 2008 Real Estate Market Report/Absorption Rates - Titusville F...
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MLS Area 103 - Garden St. to S.R. 50 (Cheney Highway) - Titusville FL  Feb 6, 2009 In MLS Area 103 Currently there are: 418 active listings priced from $8,900 - $1,100,00066 are short sales30 are REO's (bank owned)There are 38 properties currently under contract 17 short sales  9 REO's 258 properties closed in 200820 short sales51 REO's23 properties have closed in 20093 short sales10 REO's From this study you can see that many of the short sales are going into foreclosure.  At that point the bank-owned properties are making it to closing.If you're thinking of listing and want Absorption Rate information, please call or e-mail and I will be happy to provide the most current numbers.Links to previous reports:Real Estate Market Report/Absorption Rates - Titusville FL (MLS Area 103) - Nov 4...
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MLS Area 102 - State Road 46 to Garden St. - Titusville FL - Feb. 6, 2009 184 active listings priced from $22,500 to $695,000 *32  short sales   25 REO's30 properties are under contract ranging in price from $29,900 to $250,000.  *4 short sales are under contract  16 REO's are under contract 4 closings so far in 2009*0 short sale closings  4 REO's closed 140 residences closed in 2008*4 short sales closed in 2008  37 REO's closed in 2008   From this study you can see that most of the short sales are going into foreclosure. At that point the bank-owned properties are making it to closing.If you're thinking of listing and want Absorption Rate information, please call or e-mail and I will be happy to provide the most current numbers.  Links to previous reports:Real Estate Market Report & Ab...
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DON'T READ ANYTHING BELOW THE PICTURE UNTIL YOU DETERMINE WHICH WAY THE GIRL IS TURNING:  CLOCKWISE - COUNTER CLOCKWISE - BOTHWISE!!!  No time limits. I've had trouble with the animation, so here's hoping it continues to work...so far so good :-)                     I think it's working now I played around with variations and think I have it solved, and will disclose later :-)  Meantime, let us know what you SEE.  When my sister was here after Christmas and looked at this, she could not see the change in direction.  However, she knew when the change occurred by looking at the feet...hmmm And now, if you're done looking and have detemined which way she turns, post your result and when curiosity peaks, I'll tell you what I know about the phenom!  This is purely speculatively, but fun none...
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                     Mark Your Calendars for the 10th Annual Orlando Wetlands Park Festival - Feb 7, 2009This year everyone meets at Fort Christmas Historical Park...yes Virginia, there really is a place called Christmas FL!  I'll attach the day's schedule with directions and eveything else you need to know.  The Festival runs from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, with the first Guided Photo Shoot starting at 6:00 am, perfect for those early birds...LOL The best part is that this habitat has been created from Reclaimed Water....this is simply amazing...the stuff we flush every day can become a thing of beauty...Thanks Orlando.   Here's a blog I did recently about this park:  Reclaimed Water Creates WILD-LIFE Habitat - Orlando Wetlands Below are the links to help plan your outing to the 10th Annual Or...
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Oh yes...you do need this tool, I promise you will not be disappointed.  And no...the inventor Joshua F. Madison is no-one I know - he's just a brilliant programmer whose incredibly smart tool is one I've been using for years.  I don't know why he gives it away for FREE, but when you click the Help tab you see this:  Convert is free to use and distribute - how about that! NO ads, NO request for donations, NO Spam, NO scam, NO scraping, NO kidding!  Hey Josh, if you're out there monitoring your work, I hope this post makes your day a little brighter :-) And it's on a platform that gives you exposure to more than 130,000 real estate industry related bloggers....smiling! Here's a ScreenShot of all the stuff you can convert....ummm, Amt of Substance...OK...and,   oh yes we all know about To...
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OK - in the old days....about a month ago, when you first brought up your A|R screen you would see all the featured posts to your left.  Then you would login and see your MY HOME page where you get to see your points and read all those wonderful messages from people who commented on your posts, etc. BUT...(and those dots are for you Susan M) there was this featured post you really wanted to comment on...but how to find your way back??? Well....I was wondering the same thing so I went on the hunt....and I FOUND IT...it's hiding under the MY PROFILE and the SETTINGS tabs....HUH!!!  Oh well, that's OK as long as I find my way back to read and comment on the words of wisdom that make it into that informative left-hand column. Just thought you would like to know....in case you were wondering...
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As suspected because this is a jpg you must add the necessary verbiage to meet A|R's word count requirement.  Also, using "save other - export as HTML" did produce the image file but the image was not there.  I can't explain this as it worked before.  What I did was captured the screen shot and pasted it into my photo program then saved it as a jpg.  This is a very useful feature for saving screenshots as images.  It has a small learning curve, nothing compared to Word.  Have fun, hope this is a useful tool in your ToolKit. www.HomeSweetHomeFlorida.com   http://activerain.com/blogs/homesweethomeflorida
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Photo taken by Gail MacMillan, all rights reserved and may not be reproduced without the express written permission of Gail MacMillan, Home Sweet Home Florida Realty Inc., Titusville FL.  Permission usually granted with a link back tomy website and/or blog, providing site is appropriate for all ages.  Thank you for respecting my creative expression and not plagiarizing. 
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