I know it's an expense...but

Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Showing vacant homes this time of year can be a challenge in many areas. Here in Maryland, the temperatures outside have been in the mid to high 90's the last couple of days. I've shown two houses where the air conditioning was turned off… not just…

So Glad I Made The Move And Jumped In.

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome (Broker/ Owner HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400)
So glad I made the move and jumped in. Being a Type E personality (click to take the quiz) real estate was not my first career. After successful careers as a Head Nurse and a ceramic artist, my real estate started by accident.. an…

We All Seem to Be Waiting - and Sometimes That is a Good Thing

Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
I was reading Martha Brown's thoughtful post this morning, "Interesting - We All Seem to be Waiting for Something" and had the thought that those "waiting times" for me, at least, are some of my most productive moments. If by productivity…

Making a Difference in my Community ~ An Active Rain Contest

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
The question was asked “Are you involved in your community? ” The challenge is to share what you do to make a difference in your community, neighborhood or town. First, you must have the desire to be an integral contributing member of where you…

The Secret of Success - At Least Mine!

Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael))
I get emails from other AR members who ask me how I consistently move up in the ranks. Well, blogging helps. And, it is certainly the lifeblood of our business these days. However, commenting ranks right up there as well. Why? You only get 25…

Beware of SCAMS after Closing on your Home

Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7 (Samson Properties)
The thrill of the closing day can be truly felt by the glow on the home buyers face in that conference room. However once you buy a home beware of the following scam that has been ongoing and targets newly home owners in the Northern Virginia area…

Master Negotiator! Not.

Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Partners)
I have met many people in my career who believed they were master negotiators. More often than not, they weren't. In my mind, what a master negotiator is NOT is someone who carries a big stick and is not afraid to use it. I also know that in certain…

THE PHOENIX rising from the ashes

Rain Silverhawk, Realtor, Sandpoint North Idaho Real Estate by Rain (Keller Williams Sandpoint)
When asked to tell someone who we are, most of us will start off with what they do for a living a marital status, and how many children if any. We are so much more than we could ever sum up in a few passing statistics. Recently Endre…

In a savvy Real Estate whirlwind, Are you holding yourself accountable

David Calvello
Today I took a glance at a training packet in an Ignite series, and it got me thinking.. Am I really holding myself accountable for all of my hours at work? Am I making my time actually count? So I decided to make a few examinations into…

How to Get Your Offer Accepted on a House - TIPS!

Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source (Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Are you in the process of buying a home? You may have discovered that we are in a very competitive market right now. Many houses will sell in one day with multiple offers. This can be a frustrating time for many home buyers, but, with the right..

How can I hear you when you aren’t talking?

Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction! (RE/MAX Professionals.)
How can I hear you when you aren’t talking? In this day in age when texting is king; people are confusing conversation with texting. Case in point; an agent who was texting with her client while meeting with me. We were talking terms and she…

Dear Seller, We Can't Ignore The Home Inspection

Doug Rogers, Your Pineville Louisiana Agent (Bayou Properties Realty)
Dear Seller, We Can't Ignore The Home Inspection For most sellers, the home inspection is a stressful time. After negotiating an offer, next comes a top to bottom physical checkup of the property. What happens when defects are found? Do we…

Price Gains On Flipped Properties Are On The Rise

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Redfin published a report last month titled "What's Up with the Flipping Market?! " which shows Price Gains On Flipped Properties Are On The Rise the last couple of years. The report shows "House flippers grossed more than ever in 2013, an…

ActiveRain Traffic Skyrockets Over 65% In The Last Three Weeks

Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist (ActiveRain)
ActiveRain Traffic Skyrockets Over 65% In The Last Three Weeks I've been looking at the traffic numbers on ActiveRain for 8 years. Not since our very first year, in 2007, have I seen the type of traffic growth in such a short period of time that…

All You Need to Know About FHA Site Condos

Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy (ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
All You Need to Know About FHA “Site Condos” Site Condos in Suffield, CT One of the most common inquiries I receive about FHA condo approvals is about “site condos”. The primary reason for this is that FHA treats detached…

Capturing New Audiences “Plus” Create a Competitive Sphere

Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA (Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Capturing New Audiences “Plus” Create a Competitive Sphere If you’re like me, you haven’t created a real estate video yet. I have wanted to do short real estate based videos for the longest time, but for whatever reason..

Custom-Fit Patio

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Walking around back I saw a custom-fit patio. There's nothing wrong with that, if it is professional and takes common sense into account. In this case there is not a lot that takes common sense into account. For example, a small pocket was…

I Have a Farm

Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California (Crown Key Realty)
Like many RE agents my career and most years seem like a roller coaster ride. After receiving my license in the spring of 2006 I was in a serious accident. By the time I was ready to resume work it was the summer of 2007 and the market was in…
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