You DON’T mess with family!

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
When your client has a home inspector at their beckon call, it is best to dot I’s and cross T’s. This is even truer if that home inspector happens to be your father or father-in-law. When my eldest son sent me pictures of the completed exhaust…

And Another Thing ... Buying A Home Should Be Fun!

Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate)
When you decide you want to buy a home, you should prepare to enjoy a fun and exciting home buying process. Of course, this won't just happen automatically, you must select the right real estate buyer's agent who can guide you through the seen…

Open House Etiquette for Buyers

Suzie Townley, Relaxed Professionalism
Open House Etiquette for Buyers. You didn't know you had rules when you went to open houses? Well, there are some! First, be polite. The agent there is not there for you to practice your rude behavior. If you are working with a Buyer's…

Secret Tips to Sell Your Home.

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always. (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
My guess is some people just don't want to to do the necessary work when it is time to to sell their home. The reason homes are not "at their best" when they go on the market vary by seller. Still, if a home is listed for sale by a competent real…

Someone Still Has to Sell Something ...

Ron Barnes, "Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1! (Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties)
I saw a post several days ago about do's and don'ts in real estate. Generally I agreed with the content until it was mentioned that when choosing an agent, the public would be best served to avoid anyone using an actual paper contract. Carrying a…

Put Your Sofa on a Diet - Reupholstery Can Slenderize!

Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space. Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't…

Things I've Learned From My Boy Scout

June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Century 21 New Millenium)
Things I’ve Learned from My Boy Scout I have a 16 year old who has been involved in Boy Scouts since he was 6 years old. He has learned a lot of very useful life skills that will carry him through life and has prepared him as a leader amongst his…

Banking and Account Fees: Why They Must Be Important to Millennials

Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience (NMLS #216987)
Banking and Account Fees: Why They Must Be Important to Millennials Banks, many of which are trying to re-coup profits lost from low interest rates, mortgage lending, and the cost of doing business, have been raising…

Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain: October 12th-18th

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
There were a lot of terrific posts that I read last week on ActiveRain, and I'm sure that I missed a bunch of other posts that would have taught me something important or made me smile. But these are the favorites of the ones that I did find:..

Your "SEO Guy" Is Laughing The Whole Way To The Bank

Kyle Reyes
Chances are, most of the people who read these blogs do so because they want knowledge. They're hungry to learn and they're hungry to grow. So when you hear the "experts" talk about all of the bells and whistles of SEO (search engine…

"Can I forbid a Specific agent from Showing my home ?" Asked the Seller

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS (Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
"Can I forbid a Specific Agent from showing my home? " asked the Seller. There may be reasons why a Seller distrusts or dislikes specific Realtors… a family member with whom there has been a falling out… a bad experience… whatever the reason…

White Noise Generator!

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Much ado about nothing! OK, what exactly are we trying to do now? This installation accomplishes a few things, but I am pretty sure that none of these things are the real reason for the installation. First of all, it took some…

What I Learned This Week at ActiveRain- October 12 - October 18, 2014!

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- October 12 to October 18, 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,…

What Is Seasoned Money?

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Last Sunday I posted a blog titled "What Is Mattress Money" In that blog I used a couple of terms I feel I need to further clarify a little more. Those terms are "Compensating Factors" and "Seasoned Money". This past Wednesday I provide a…

HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS IN THE RAIN?

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)
No one is going at it with anyone else. No feuds? No tete to tete? No comment to post combat? I know we don't all agree, but have we reached the point where we can share and not take prisoners during the exchange? I haven't seen or heard of anyone…

What's the Value of a Lead to a Real Estate Agent?

Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Generating leads is the key to surviving in real estate. Without leads, what's the point? Some agents are better than others and many pay someone to generate leads for them. This is why many of us pour money into syndicators and other services. …

Don’t Apologize Again, I Don’t Believe You. Change your ways!

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)
Don’t Apologize Again, I Don’t Believe You. Change your ways! We all make mistakes, we are human and we are not perfect. I am more than understanding of this and work at accepting this and help to make things right and move on. Think…

"Broom Clean" is more complicated than it appears.

Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who…

6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new…

What’s The Use of Social Media Without Pictures or Conversation?

Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing (ra@napaconsultants.com)
Looking back to the inception of social media, we pause to evaluate its meaning today. In our title, we paraphrased the quote from Alice in Wonderland, “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation? ” We substituted social media…
     
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