A great commercial for Indy, taking care of the mother ship and a National MLS....

A bit of positive in all of the negative news we've had lately about our economy. Local recording artist Jon McLaughlin has a release out titled Indiana which he's graciously allowed the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce to use in their marketing via the web. You can view the video by going to the Chamber of Commerce web site.

We would also encourage you to support Jon's work at his home page as well. I've heard the song 'For You From Me' about four times and it's already stuck in my head. Thanks Jon for such a great piece of work and the opportunity for our state to be presented in such a good way!

While I'm making a rare foray into music, here's another one for you. My friend Jim Swinson's alter ego is
Pamilco Joe, an environmentally friendly musician from North Carolina that has worked tirelessly educating kids about taking care of the world we live in. His CD's play every night in our house (I can sing them in my sleep) and are a great investment if you spend any time around children. Jim and his better half, Clearwater Flow have played multiple times at the White House and the Smithsonian Zoo. He and his multi talented band are on their 2008 World Tour right now performing at schools, festivals and gatherings spreading the word.

National MLS?
Real Estate site Zillow has begun the inevitable process of forming a national MLS by signing on their first client in Connecticut yesterday. All homes for sale in the state of Connecticut will be on Zillow which is an incredibly user friendly site. Should Realtors be concerned? Uh, yes. Not because it will make us obsolete but because like every service industry, the cream of the crop will survive and the rest will not. It's no coincidence that one of Zillow's founding members was a part of Expedia.com who, along with Priceline and Travelocity and countless other sites have basically put travel agents out of business. 10 months ago I wrote a piece about how the parallel of the travel and real estate industry would mean massive changes for all involved in the process of selling property. I believe in that parallel now more than ever. In a nutshell, here is is:

As Realtors, our value in the future will come not from proprietary information but in the analysis and guidance we give people based on that information.

Mull this over. If you're a consumer, I'd appreciate your thoughts by email or phone contact points listed at the bottom of the post.

Nightly real estate rates mixed
30-year fixed rate at 5.66%; 10-year Treasury yield at 3.34%
Long-term mortgage interest rates ended Wednesday mixed, and the benchmark 10-year Treasury bond yield dropped to 3.34 percent. The 30-year fixed-rate average held steady at 5.66 percent, while the 15-year fixed rate gained to 5.09 percent. The 1-year adjustable rate rose to 5.42 percent. The 30-year Treasury bond yield slipped to 4.21 percent.Rates and bonds are current as of 7:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Mortgage rate figures are according to Bankrate.com, which publishes nightly averages based on its survey of 4,000 banks in 50 states. Points on these mortgages range from zero to 3.5.

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