ActiveRain Grab Bag - 10 Tips For You

Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant (Tech Training for You!)
Here are a whole bunch of little tips for you to consider as you spend your time blogging and reading in ActiveRain. Here are 10 tips for you! 1. Insert a Hyperlink Shortcut Every post we write usually has one or more hyperlinks to…

I don't like how the seller countered our offer

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
I don’t like how the seller countered our offer A newer agent in our office came to me the other day asking why an offer they made for their buyers on a property that received multiple offers wouldn’t counter their offer with the price they…

Inspections on a House for Sale are not about Pass & Fail

Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin (Donna Homes, PLR)
There is no such thing as a "Failed" inspection on a house. Nor is there an inspection that is considered a "Pass". Inspections are done for buyers who want to know more information about the house they are thinking about purchasing. These are…

Maybe The Seller Is Fooling Himself About Wanting To Sell His Home.

Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY)
It happens, the seller of a home, any type of property can eagerly want to get the real estate on the market. Quick like a bunny Mr Broker Man to get it, the property, the real estate deal of the day listed. But when it actually comes right down…

Have you Read the Rules & Regulations for the HOA?

Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Have you Read the Rules & Regulations for the HOA? When buyers are contemplating a purchase in a multi-family complex, they need to read the Home Owner Association rules and regulations to be sure you can live with the rules put into…

Want Something? Ask for it.

John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852 (Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Want Something? Ask for it. The worst you can be told is 'no'. If you don't ask, that's the answer you're sitting on anyway. So why not go ahead, put out a request, and see what happens? In reality, you'll likely be surprised by…

Decision Points in the Listing Contract for Carlsbad Sellers

Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate )
Decision Points in the Listing Contract for Carlsbad Sellers As a homeowner in Carlsbad there are many important decisions to make once you decide to sell your home. A critical one, of course, is choosing who to hire for the job. ..

Not Only Is The Caulking Ugly, It's No Longer Working

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 Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Not Only Is The Caulking Ugly, It's No Longer Working There are many purposes for caulking in and around your home. On the exterior, it can help keep water from coming into the windows and doors. It can seal cracks and seams to make…

What do Realtors really do all day?

Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley. (Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
My neighbor asked me this the other day. It was 3:00 and I was checking the mail. He came over and said "Busy day today, I see. Are we lounging this afternoon again? It must be nice to sell a few houses and make the big bucks and then…

Stairs - Built Today The Code Requires A Newer Standard

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Stairs - built today the code requires a newer standard. It used to be that stairs were higher and narrower. They were supposed to be no higher than 8 1/4" and the tread 9" wide. And the height of each step could not vary by more than 3/8"..

What do you mean my car won't fit in the garage at my new home?

Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor (EPIC Real Estate Group )
In all of my years in real estate, this is the first time I've heard of this scenario. One of my newer agents contacted me, upset about a home she sold last week. We have a unique area in town called Manitou Springs ~ governed by the regulations of…

Everyone is connected

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
We are all connected, and before you think I am going to write some brotherly love post, move on. Not today. I believe in it, yes indeed, but for today I am talking about our digital connections. I got digital coming out my… fingertips. HA!…

Reasons You Love Being a Real Estate Pro

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Now that you've dished the secrets let's switch it up a little bit. What are the top loves about your profession? What gets you up in the morning and makes you happy about your career? Is it the feeling you get when you hand over the keys?..

Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next?

Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663 (Woodland Management Service)
Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next? Often times I get calls from people who have recently acquired a parcel of Forestland and recognizing that they have a prized asset, seek to find some expert advice on how to maximize this…

Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the Powerball!!!

Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition)
Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the Powerball!!! OK. OK. I didn't really win the Powerball. But, with this, my 1, 400th post, your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent now joins the 118 other ActiveRain…

Your MLS: Do you really understand it's basic ground rules?

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Today, I revved up my computer and looked at a listing that a client is interested in buying. And the information on our multiple listing service (Metropolitan Regional Information System, or MRIS) was a little confusing. On MRIS, one of the…

Do Borrowers Need A Two Year Work History In Order To Purchase A Home?

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Do Borrowers Need A Two Year Work History In Order To Purchase A Home? I continue to talk to Borrowers who think they cannot qualify to purchase a house because they have not worked for the same employer for two years. While Borrowers need a two…

Real Estate Industry Bashing OR Consumer Awareness?

Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Real Estate Industry Bashing OR Consumer Awareness? A friend and fellow Realtor wrote a post earlier today that was featured. The post apologized to consumers for the real estate industry. If you missed it you can read it here We all…
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