My First Time Buyer Said, "No Homes With An HOA"

Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
I drove by the home at the right (there is one farther back) in early Spring and it jogged my memory about a situation I encountered last year. I was showing homes to a first time buyer couple. They had told me they preferred homes where…

Listing Agents - You Need a Preferred Lender, Too

John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852 (Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Listing Agents - You Need a Preferred Lender, Too For real estate agents that work with buyers, it makes sense to have one or more preferred lenders to refer buyers to; lenders they know can get a deal closed (on time), know aren't…

Points for Likes on Blog Posts and Comments

ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop! (ActiveRain Corp.)
A few weeks ago, we introduced the concept on ActiveRain where you can 'like' another member's blog post or comment. When we introduced this new feature, we included points for every time you liked another members post or comment. In a follow up…

What Does HomeOwnership Mean To You?

Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
What Does Home Ownership Mean To You? Click on the photo to start your home search. There is a different relationship you have with the home you live in depending on whether you own it or are renting. For one, it's less personal if you're…

The House Is Packed- How Can I Sell This House With All It's Clutter

Cathy Roesch, St. Louis MO Auctioneer and Estate Appraiser (Auctioneer and Appraiser)
Working with Realtors I get this question a lot. "How can I sell the house when the house is loaded with personal property and clutter everywhere? " or "How can the homeowner make the house presentable? " The solution is simple. The stuff must be…

Do You Read & Understand Contracts

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could (Keller Williams Realty)
Reading and preparing contracts is something Realtors® do all the time. Whenever a client is presented with a contract, they need to read it and know what they are signing. While getting bids on home repairs for my property, I was given a…

But That Means We Priced Too Low Right??

Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
I am starting the thought process of selling my home and moving to a simpler lifestyle. 5 country acres with gardens is getting to be a bit much and a more simpler lifestyle is starting to seem like a good idea. There is a lot to go through and…

FHA Eliminates So-Called "Pre-payment Penalties" for Loan Payoffs

Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
FHA Eliminates So-Called "Pre-payment Penalties" for Loan Payoffs Yesterday, August 26, 2014, HUD modified its procedure for interest charges when an FHA loan is paid off. As of January 21, 2015, lenders will only be allowed to collect interest…

Best Way to Destroy a Computer Virus

Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker (IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Computer viruses are here to stay, which means users need to know the best way to eradicate them the moment they attack. Like disease viruses, computer viruses evolve and get “smarter. ” The many different kinds of computer viruses (such as worms,…

We Just Moved In, This Spot Wasn't Here on Thursday!

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
We Just Moved In, This Spot Wasn't Here on Thursday! In all the years of working in apartment communities throughout Sacramento, this is something a bit out of the ordinary. It's not that water damage in the ceiling of an apartment…

Attic Access Ladder Installation - Dangers Abound

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
When it comes to attic access ladder installation - dangers abound. Sometimes I pull the ladder down and look at it and don't want to use it! I go out to the car and get my ladder. My ladder is trustworthy! This, however, is the one year…

HOAs Hurting Residents Property Values

Jeff Fritzson: Frisco Real Estate Pro, Your Success is My Focus! (Jeff Fritzson Real Estate, Ebby Halliday Realtors)
Believe it or not some Texas HOAs are hurting their own residents' property values. It is not intentional or at least I don't think it is. In certain areas of Frisco and McKinney there are HOAs that have decided that real estate open house signs…

In honor of National Dog Day - Hardwood flooring that's best for dogs

Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Yes, today is National Dog Day (August 26th). I love dogs (as well as cats) and many of my customers have the most wonderful dogs. One of the most frequently asked questions I get is " What types of hardwood flooring are best for dogs " Of…

Keller Williams Mega Camp Survival Guide 2014

Chad Hyams (Ember Seminars and Keller Williams Southeast Region)
Are you heading to Keller Williams Mega Camp 2014? This can be a scary few days with so much going on. If you don't know me, my name is Chad Hyams and I have had the opportunity to attend Keller Williams Mega Camp for many years in many…

Three Changes To The New Blog Editor Explained

ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop! (ActiveRain Corp.)
In a recent update, we made some changes to the blog editor. If you've written a blog post today you will know about this. I'd like to take a minute to explain a few of the new changes. As we mentioned in the blog post explaining the upcoming…

How Do I Get My Followers and Regulars Back?

Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin (Donna Homes, PLR)
I started blogging back in the Summer of 2006, when ActiveRain was just a couple of weeks old. It was fun to write and that was back when you could write several posts a day, and see your posts on the blog scroll for hours throughout the day. Now,…

Before Your Fire That Client, Stop and Ask Yourself a Few Questions!

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Before Your Fire That Client, Stop and Ask Yourself a Few Questions! Over a 30 plus year career, I have fired very few buyers or sellers, but I have done it. First, however, I have to ask myself: "What am I doing to make the relationship with…

Fire A Client? Why Would An Agent Fire A Home Buyer??

Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Fire A Client? Why Would An Agent Fire A Home Buyer?? It's rare, thank Goodness!! However, if an agent finds themselves experiencing discomfort with a prospective home buyer, a few questions have to be asked. I've divorced a few home buyers…
     
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