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Happy Election Day!

The big day is finally here! I got to my polling place at 5:50am and was third in line. Glad I am an early riser because the line was growing fast. It was so cool to see all the people in my neighborhood out walking to the polls, out doing something together.



 1st Ward,

 Chicago, IL






I heard something funny yesterday on the news, a commenter said "the only reason we have elections is to see if the polls were right".

So in that spirit, here are some interesting tidbits a recent Zillow poll found about the candiates and their relation to real estate.  Homeowners were asked who they were going to vote for in the presidential election, based on that, here’s what we found:

- Half (50%) of McCain voters believe their own home’s value has decreased over the past year, 18% think the value has remained steady, and 32% think their home’s value has increased.

- More than half (56%) of Obama voters believe their own home’s value has decreased over the past year. 16% think the value has remained steady, and 28% think their home’s value has increased.

- 22% of McCain voters believe their home’s value will increase in the coming 6 months, while 42% believe it will stay the same, and 36% believe their home’s value will decrease.

- Among planned Obama voters, 19% think their home’s value will increase, 37% think it will stay the same, and 44% think it will decrease.

Happy Voting!

Don't forgot to pick up your freebies these places are offering today to voters- Starbucks is offering a free cup of coffee, Krispy Kreme is giving away star-shaped doughnuts and Ben and Jerry's is offering a free scoop of ice cream.  Coffee, doughnuts and ice cream- that's my kind of meal!







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Comment balloon 37 commentsSara Bonert • November 04 2008 03:33PM


Sara, that is interesting stuff!  I think the polls are going to be like the lines for huge concert tickets!  I already voted, thank heavens!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) over 11 years ago

Sara, looks like you beat the crowds this morning. I'm waiting until around 10:00 a.m. Hopefully, all the workers have already voted and I will beat the lunch crowd. It will be interesting to see what the next six months bring in the real estate industry.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 11 years ago


I am not sure about the polls but i look at it as renewing my right to complain about the politicans for another 4 years

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) over 11 years ago

Sara ccongrats on voting and I also liked the polling questions and answers, what an eye opener.

Posted by Christopher Bonta, Realtor, Integrity and Honesty (The Bean Group) over 11 years ago

Good Post. I got there around the same time in Charlotte NC was 75th in line.

With all the free stuff I almost forgot why i voted..LOL

Enjoy the day


Charlotte NC

Posted by Rich Ferretti, ABR QSC Realtor/Broker, Charlotte NC Real Estate a (Rich Ferretti Real Estate) over 11 years ago

The news showed people in line at 4 AM today! I am very happy the election will be over soon.  May the best man win!

Posted by Kathy Fey (Fey & Associates) over 11 years ago

Interesting poll.  Good thing you got to the polls so early!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) over 11 years ago

Coffee, Donuts and Ice Cream just to get people to vote, WOW! We do not have any of those shops so, I guess I'll just have to vote because it is my patriotic duty.:)

Posted by Jane Page Thompson (Aiken Properties) over 11 years ago

I was also up early this morning with coffee in hand. Thanks for the interesting info...I am glad this election is almost over...


Posted by Mike Carsten (Tucson Mortgage,LLC) over 11 years ago

Congratulations - I'm jealous - next time around I hope to be a citizen but I REALLY wish I could have  participated in this election.

Posted by David Gibbons (Zillow.com) over 11 years ago

If voting changed anything, it would be outlawed.

Posted by nemo over 11 years ago

Wow, that's one of the benefits of living in a small town, I didn't have to wait more than 2 minutes to vote.  Thanks for the heads up on the freebies.

Posted by Fran Gatti, Managing Principal Broker - RE/MAX Integrity (RE/MAX Integrity) over 11 years ago

Interesting stats. I didn't have any line this afternoon, but was surprised to find that this state uses shared tables and felt tip markers for voting...quite different from the private booths and buttons in the western states I've voted in.

Posted by Mara Hawks, Inactive-2012 REALTOR - Homes for Sale Auburn Real Estate, AL (First Realty Auburn ) over 11 years ago

Interesting observations!!!  What gave me pause when I voted last week (in and out in less than 20 minutes!) is the very profound recollection that it hasn't been all that long ago since voting in our country was a privilege reserved for a very select few, not available to the MAJORITY of Americans who happened to be female or who happened to be black!

Regardless of who emerges victorious, they cannot change anything alone.  We ALL need to work together for the changes we need, both as a nation and as a member of the world community.  My sincerest hope is that the divisive soundbites that proliferated the campaign will soon melt away and we can work together as one country for the benefit of all Americans.


Posted by Judi Bryan, Your Chicagoland Connection (Executive Realty Group) over 11 years ago

I voted early and did not get free coffee, donuts, or ice cream.  I wonder if those freebies are being given out here in San Antonio.  I don't think so.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 11 years ago

Sara, These polls are incredible!  I'm not sure how anyone can actually believe the values of their homes are going up. Very interesting.

I went to vote at 11:1m and walked right in with no wait at all. 

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

Historic turnout here in Clarksville - good you got there early

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) over 11 years ago

Sara: you are an early riser! I voted about 8:30 this morning at our small rural outpost. It's always fun!



P.S. when are you in Seattle next?

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) over 11 years ago

Very glad I did an absentee ballot! Should be an interesting evening.

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago

Hi Sara-I did it!  I voted today..and I walked in...no line...and walked out...with hubby.  It was a special voting for us..its the first time we voted as a couple!  I know what a sap..but I love firsts!  I didn't cash in on the freebies...but I read your comment on my post this morning and then went to Cindy's posts..and the good part was we had our sales meeting in the am...so a few of our associates found out about all the freebies! 

Posted by Midori Miller, Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals (Talk 2 Midori, LLC) over 11 years ago

Hey Sara~ I voted this am at about 7:00 and was in and out like a charm and even made a great contact for real estate!  I didn't get any of the "free" stuff..... but it is great that they were all offered!

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 11 years ago

Aloha Sara-Early bird gets the worm. I made it the polls ten minutes early and there were about 20 people in line. Lots of early voting on Maui.

Posted by Pete Jalbert, R(S) (The Maui Real Estate Team, Inc. ) over 11 years ago

Wow, you deserved to be first in line being up and out that early in the morning!  I hope Starbucks beat you there.  Thanks for sharing, those statistics are interesting and I hadn't heard them before.

Posted by Jenn Neumann Deer, Surfside Beach Real Estate (RE/MAX Southern Shores) over 11 years ago

Happy voting to you as well !  Great statistics : )  It feels great to vote in the historic election.  We got our votes in a little after 7:00 pm today (just in time ! )

Posted by The Somers Team, Delivering Real Estate Happiness (The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia) over 11 years ago

My son just went looking for a place to VOTE and could not find one...it is only 6:21 pm in the state of Washington...he was told by them at the High School that all ballots are mailed to the registered...I told him to keep searching!

Posted by Patty Luther, Lewiston ID Real Estate, Idaho-Washington (RE/MAX Rock-n-Roll Realty) over 11 years ago

Interesting how supporters of both candidates have such similar views of the real estate market. It must be getting really exciting around Chicago right now. MSN projections have Obama with 200 electoral votes, and that doesn't even include a likely 77 from the west coast and Hawaii.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 11 years ago

Interesting stats, to go a little deeper I wonder what part of the country these opinions came from? Hmmmm, just a thought. By the way, no freebies for voting in our parts, no lines at lunchtime either.

Posted by John Teel, Realtor - Richland Chambers Lake homes-property (RE/MAX LakeSide Dreams ) over 11 years ago

WoW ... What dedication to get there at 5:30 AM.. I didn't get in line until 10:10 AM.. took me 1 1/2 hours to get to vote.

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 11 years ago

We have a new prsident in the house!  What a interesting last 6 month it has been. 

Sandy Schweiger
Keller Williams, Auburn, Ca

Posted by Sandra McCarty, Sandy McCarty your Relocation agent for Iowa (Keller Williams ) over 11 years ago

History was made tonight. I traveled today so I voted 10 days ago. It was a good feeling to get it out of the way early. Aloha from Kauai

Posted by Ronnie Margolis, Kauai Realtor - CDPE, ABR, RA - On Top of the Aloh (KW Kauai) over 11 years ago

Sara - Here in Oregon, our Voting Pamphlets and Ballots arrive in the mail a couple of weeks before election day. Sure makes it convenient but kind of takes some of the excitement out of going to the polling places.

Posted by Karen Cooper, Helping Homeowners w/Home Loans in 27 US States (Karen Cooper | Sr Retail Loan Originator ! NMLS # 223305 | 360 Mortgage Group LLC Austin Texas) over 11 years ago

Sara -

What a day - yes?

I voted early (not often), and got to miss some of the big crowds today.

And, now, we have a new President Elect!

How inspirational - how intimidating!  His work, and our work, has yet to really begin.

Sara, thanks for connecting me with Dana today - its always good to connect with a fellow Chicagoan!


Posted by Dean Moss, Dean's Team Chicago IL Real Estate Team (Dean's Team - Keller Williams Realty Partners Chicago IL) over 11 years ago

Like the stats - people do vote thier pocketbooks.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 11 years ago

Wow, you were up early--I wouldn't even be able to see the screen if I had gone that early.

Posted by Diane Bell, Hilton Head Real Estate, Bluffton (Charter 1 Real Estate, Hilton Head, Bluffton, SC) over 11 years ago

Those were some interesting statistics.  We vote by mail here (get our ballots about 3 weeks ahead of Election Day) -- you'd think there wouldn't be any lines would you?  If you wait too long though, you can't mail and have to drop your ballot off at one of the drop off locations. Yesterday at about 6 pm there were cars lined up at one of the drop off places and people were handing off their envelopes to colunteers to drop in for them.  It looked like April 15th, at the postoffice as people beat the 12 mindnight deadline!  The important thing though is that they were voting! 

Posted by Alexsandra Stewart, Broker - Portland Oregon Real Estate (Remax equity group) over 11 years ago

hi im new to this im looking for any help i can get thanks



Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago


Okay.  It's three weeks later.  Time to start blogging again in the Rain.  Come on over; I've got some photos in my latest post that will make you smile.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago