What does an ENERGY STAR Partner Builder Mean for Your Clients?

Elizabeth Sims (Beazer Homes )
Energy efficiency is something that new home buyers have come to expect; however, not all energy efficiency features are created equally. 100% of the homes that Beazer builds are ENERGY STAR certified, meaning they meet or exceed state and…
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Let’s not talk about bathroom odors!

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
When I walked into the master bathroom there was the ever so slight odor of mold present. I did not think too much about it. Musty odors in bathrooms are not all that uncommon, and perhaps that is why plug-in air fresheners are so common in…

Is Pre-drilling Screw Holes On Doors Really That Important?

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
This is brand new construction - is pre-drilling screw holes on doors really that important? Most of the doors in the house were like this. They are cracked at the strike plate. On the door of a double door, and on the side wall of the door…

Saturday Subscribers Finds 47

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Saturday Subscribers Finds 47 This week we head out west and then travel back across the country to visit with some of our Equestrian agents. ActiveRain has many agents that love horses but these ladies talk about it and make it part of their…

Robots Come as Standard Equipment in a Home - Welcome to My Planet!

Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Robots Come as Standard Equipment in a Home - Welcome to My Planet! Programmable Robots are standard equipment in homes. Home Depot and Lowes stock them right next to the Refrigerators, Ranges, and Vacuum Cleaners. Programmable Robots…

Ah....The Early Days of My Real Estate Career

Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
One of my very early real estate transactions involved a young lady, who was looking for a house close to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. We would put our heads together to figure out what areas made sense, and we knew what…

Time To Say Goodbye To Your House

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome (HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400)
Time To Say Goodbye To your House Do you remember saying goodbye to a close friend? Can you imagine how you would feel if you never saw that friend again and did not have a chance to say a last goodbye? Everyone knows…

Follow Your Bliss - Keep Your Dreams Alive!

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could (Keller Williams Realty)
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” - Joseph Campell I like to write, to express my ideas, send notes and letters to friends, produce photo journals of the exciting…

What Would You Do If You Lost Your Database?

Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
What Would You Do If You Lost Your Database? No. It didn’t happen to me. Or anyone I know. But what if it did? What would I do? How about you? Could you… Would you… Simply start over? ..

Last Week's Favorites on Active Rain: April 13th-19th

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
First, happy Easter Sunday! It looks like we're going to have a beautiful day here in Washington! But before I can go out and enjoy it, here are my picks from many great blogs I read last week: Winston Heverly: The 041514 Daily Hot Sheet of…

Buying/Selling a Home ~Will Your Neighbors Know More Than They Should?

Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
Imagine for a moment, a perfect world - one in which you had access to absolutely everything you need to know about the purchase of a potential new home. And by everything, I mean exactly that. Access to listing information, county data, mortgage…

The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House In a perfect world, every home for sale would be staged and presented like a builder's model. But no one lives in a builder's model, just visitors that never sleep in the bed, the kitchen is only used for…

What I Learned This Week at ActiveRain-April 13 to April 19, 2014.

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- April 13 to April 19, 2014. I learn something new every day at ActiveRain! With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment. It could be something techie,…

Do You Want Quantity or Quality?

Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN (Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
On Wednesday, I received a call from a woman moving to our area. I was with a client writing an offer and, of course, I let the call go to voice mail. After completing the offer and sending my client on his way, I returned the call. This time my…

"Is Price Just One Factor?"

Steve Hoffacker, New Home Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author (Hoffacker Associates LLC)
Many consumers are price shoppers. In fact, many people are sleeve shoppers when picking out the latest fashion to wear. They see something they like. Then they look at the price tag hanging from the sleeve. Then they decide how much they "really"…

Document, document, document!

Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Document, document, document! Yesterday, I mentioned in my post that a customer went into the store on my day off and lied to the owner about the price I had quoted them. Since I had documented what I quoted them, my boss was able to check my…

OK You've Done It Now, The Alarm is Going Off

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
OK You've Done It Now, The Alarm is Going Off. It has happened more than once and it is one of the most dreaded outcomes of a showing. You the agent listened very carefully and even wrote down on paper the instructions for showing but for some…

Is Your Target too Large?

Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting)
If you're out there marketing for new listings but not having much luck, the problem could be that your target is too large. In an effort to market to an entire city, your message must necessarily be generic. Probably TOO generic to appeal to any…

Are you an Orange or a Tangerine ?

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS (Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Some peoples say you have to have a thick skin… let it roll off your back… it's ONLY business… don't take it personally… yadda yadda. While I think that the word "passionate" is over used… a lot like awesome and a collection of others…
     
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