Thursday, February 16, 2006

Colorful creationsPaint With the Click of a MouseWhen you or your customers are pondering which color of paint would look best, head to one of these free Web sites.REVIEWED BY KELLY QUIGLEYVirtual painting roundup:
Sherman-Williams Paint Visualizer
Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer
Behr ColorSmart

Friday, February 10, 2006

Expedia Founder Launches Property Valuation Site( February 8, 2006) --

Richard Barton, the creator of online travel company Expedia, is introducing a beta version of a real estate information Web site that gives consumers free home valuations and neighborhood data.The Web site,, uses tax records, sales histories, and prices of comparable homes in the neighborhood to calculate a home value estimate — or “Zestimate,” as it’s referred to on the site. More than 60 million homes are currently included in the Web site’s database, but that’s just the beginning, says Barton, who sold in 2003 after revolutionizing the travel business. "Consumers will make better decisions and become smarter," he says. "People want to be empowered with information so they can take control of what is scary and difficult and fraught with frustrations."Seattle-based Zillow doesn’t provide sales listing information on its Web site, at least for now.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Florida County Map - Click to Enlarge.

Columbia County Home Sales increased from 558 in 2004 to 590 in 2005. The average price increased from $132,056 in 2004 to $163,113 in 2005. Including land, mobile homes, residential & commercial, there was $190 million in total sales in 2005, up from $122 million in 2004.

Info from reading the Lake City Reporter,