January 22, 2010
"Howard Blum is the most knowledgable person I know."
(Said at the annual installation banquet for new officers of the San Francisco Assn. of Realtors at the Four Seasons Hotel, SF, CA)
Chad Nichols, Regional Sales Manager
North American Title Company
San Francisco Bay Area
May 23, 2008
I love this newsletter and I am getting a great response from the investors (that I work with). Thank you."
"I do have one question: Why didn’t you kick me in the bottom and make me do this a long time ago?"
Pam Blanco, Realtor, Visions Realty, Inc.
Vice President, Residential Operations for Frontline Property Management, Fort Worth, TX
May 1, 2008
" I enjoyed reading the analysis. Nicely done."
Associate Dean & Director of MBA Program
College of Business Administration
University of Nevada, Reno
(Note sent to one of our Realtor subscribers to the weekly newsletter "localized" to the San Francisco, CA market.)
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Chicago Title Company
"My clients and I think your newsletters provide so much value. I will be a subscriber of yours for as long as I remain in this industry."
Financial Title Company
San Mateo, CA
"This month’s newsletter is again filled with good news for those of us working the North Texas real estate market."
Business Development Manager
Alamo Title Company
Arlington, TX (Dallas metroplex)
"Personally I am a subscriber to the daily newsletter because in a short two to three minute read I can find out all the relevant information of the day that relates to the hosuing and interest rate sector. It makes me look smarter when I talk with clients about what is happening on a day-to-day basis."
VP & Sales Manager
FNF1031 Exchange Company
San Francisco, CA
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Tamara Nadarajah, Real Estate Consultant
The Perotti Group - Corte Madera, CA
"First time I've seen editorial that attributes a good percentage of our current situation the result of investor pull-back. Very insightful and it's a shame that this is not more known."
Bud Barnes, Realtor Consultant
Coldwell Banker - Folsom, CA
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Fred Allardyce, Realtor
Sotheby's International Realty- San Francisco, CA
"You have saved my bacon many times with your market calls."
(daily & weekly subscriber)
Diana Crockett, Mortgage Broker
Lawyers Mortgage Company, Santa Barbara, CA
"I just wanted to say thank you for sending me your newsletter this past year. It has been very informative."
Pete Davis, San Francisco, CA sent the above note in an e-mail to Lucia Cheng, a Chicago Title Marketing Representive in the City of San Francisco.
"When I heard your forecast in March of this year for where home loan rates would be at this time I did not believe it. To my surprise you were right in your outlook and forecast. How did you do it? "
Vincent Yip, Realtor, GRI, CRS
ReMax San Francisco
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Chicago Title Company, Irvine, CA
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Sanibel Island, FL
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San Mateo, CA
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Real Estate Executive Magazine
San Francisco Bay Area
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Rosie Allen, Newscaster, KGO Radio News, San Francisco, CA
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Jefferson Mortgage Group, Ltd.
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Net Branch Owner
American Pacific Mortgage
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Baron Mortgage Corp.
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Eagle Title Co.
St. Petersburg, FL
I haven't been keeping track, but I haven't had to say "I'm sorry!" when I've told people to float vs. lock. Keep it up!
Michal Ann Joyner
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
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