What the heck is a Swamp Cooler?

Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Having recently moved to Albuquerque, I am noticing a lot of things that you just don't see back in Florida. The first thing I came across was the use of Evaporative Coolers, or "Swamp Coolers" in place of the standard refrigerated type of air…

They're Not Buying Your Masterpiece

Pat McCormick (Long and Foster Gainesville)
They're Not Buying Your Masterpiece You’ve spent years making your home perfect. The room colors are just what you wanted. You found exactly the right artwork and furniture to make the office your own. You spent hours on the decorative…

Blog Post Cap - 10 Per Week

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Months and months ago a decision was made to raise the blog post point cap from 10 to 20 per week. The thought was that this move would increase our content thus making AR's domain authority that much stronger. Unfortunately, that didn't happen…

TITLE INSURANCE REFERRAL KICKBACK SCHEME COSTS $200,000

Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney (THE ZARETSKY LAW GROUP P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty and AUTOMATED LAND TITLE COMPANY)
On September 30th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - created under the sweeping Dodd Frank Act - showed it is continuing its campaign to penalize violations of kickback schemes in the real estate industry. Citing illegal quid pro quo…

It Is Important To Be Consistent When Installing Vinyl Siding

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Overall, it is important to be consistent when installing vinyl siding. However, the consistency should be in the GOOD department, not the BAD. On a one-year warranty inspection, which I seem to do a lot of, I look top to bottom, inside and out…

These Home Sellers in Palm Beach County Really Get It!!

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
These Home Sellers in Palm Beach County Really Get It! As a Home Stager, my favorite home staging projects are occupied homes. We’re not starting with a blank canvas so we have to work with what the seller has. We also have to be very…

Home Staging is Not Decorating

Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs)
Home Staging is Not Decorating There's still a lot of confusion about the difference between home staging and decorating. When I introduce myself to people as a home stager, I still get people who respond with "Oh, so you decorate homes ". While…

Safety Tip--Avoiding the Trolls

Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA (Charlemagne International Properties)
A recent article with safety suggestions for real estate agents reminded me of one of the dumbest things I did as a real estate newbie over twenty years ago. I showed a vacant house with no power to a perfect stranger at night by flashlight. …

Learning Great Customer Service From a Winery

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Learning Great Customer Service From a Winery Last week I happened upon this very cool haunting label called "Phantom" on a red wine I was completely unfamiliar with. It drew me in immediately. I picked it up and thought to myself, I have to try…

We Don't Go Above and Beyond

Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC)
In thinking about writing an entry for this contest, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole and got distracted with the whole idea of going "above and beyond". It started simply as an exercise in picking the best instance of Mary and I doing…

The REAL Reason First Time Buyers Disappeared

John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852 (Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
The REAL Reason First Time Buyers Disappeared Despite the title, I know… really, I KNOW, first time buyers haven't disappeared. They're everywhere. In the thousands. But that doesn't mean their numbers aren't down nationwide. …

TO PULL OR NOT PULL A PERMIT

Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too! (People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Everyone who does some sort of work on their home has this question come up and it must be answered too. It cannot be ignored. You either decide YES or NO. I have done both in my lifetime. Many things cross into the mind of someone who approaches…

How I went Above & Beyond..or so they said

Marco Giancola, Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida (Douglas Elliman Real Estate)
I was on a roll. Nearly two years into my new real estate career and I had already sold a house to a bonifide movie star and several other high profile clients. I had graduated out of my comfort zone and started marketing for waterfront home buyers…

You Can Lead a Borrower into Loan App, But You Can't Make Him Comply

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
You Can Lead a Borrower into Loan App, But You Can't Make Him Comply What can happen when you disregard the advice of your agent and the loan officer? That's right, you will get your loan denied. That is exactly what happened to the buyer on my…

ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Don't Blog Angry!

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Don't Blog Angry! One of my favorite movies is Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. SPOILER ALERT: There's a scene where Bill's character groundhognaps Puxatawney Phil and includes one of my favorite quotes from the movie: Don't…

How To Ensure Your Real Estate Agent Won't Get You Sued

Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Whether you are buying or selling a home, a real estate contract is going to be involved and will hopefully serve its purpose while keeping you out of trouble. We use a contract to spell out the specific terms of a home sale and purchase, and that…

Is newspaper advertising dead?

Steven Schafer, CDPE, SFR, ABR, SRES (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Is The Newspaper Dead? Here are some facts that will set up the blog post. Since 1990 newspaper readership has declined by 24, 000, 000 while the population has grown by 69, 000, 000. There are 69 million more potential readers but here are the…

The Adventures of Whaa Cow at The Cody Hotel in Cody Wyoming- Customer Service Above and Beyond!!

Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale (International Properties and Investments LLC)
The Adventures of Whaa Cow at The Cody Hotel in Cody Wyoming- Customer Service Above and Beyond!!! After spending the night in Custer South Dakota we made our way on our road trip to Cody Wyoming which is about 45 minutes outside of the east…

Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career

John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties (John Marshall )
Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career - (New content added, see the last paragraph) I know that it is ideal to be a full time agent when you are selling real estate, however I also know that we do not live in an ideal world and…

Helping Children Cope With a Move

Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279 (Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Moving is never an easy thing to do. Children's fears about moving can sometimes be overlook with all of the chaos of closing, packing and planning. Talk to your children and take a minute to evaluate how your children are doing. Below are some…
     
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