How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?

John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy (Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For? This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated. On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for…

Why not Be Unique, Authentic and MEMORABLE!

Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding (The Lones Group, Inc.)
Why not Be Unique, Authentic and MEMORABLE! Ask any real estate agent that has truly embraced their authentic self in their brand and they will tell you that while it was scary at first, it was probably one of the best business…

I’m Not Ready to Buy a House

Pamela Seley, REALTOR®, Menifee Lakes California Real Estate (REALTY EXECUTIVES OTF)
I’m Not Ready to Buy a House When buyers are ready, they’ll say they want to buy a home but not say “I’m not ready to buy a house ” I was in the Walmart Super Center parking lot and a young millennial was talking on his cell phone as I got out…

VA Condo Approval Process

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Last week I received a call from a Realtor here in Connecticut looking for more information on the VA Condo Approval Process Unlike the FHA Condo Approval Process which is fairly well known, the VA Condo Approval Process is not well known. Not…

My highest viewed ActiveRain blog post...I was warned not to do it

Amy Jones, Voted Chandler AZ Best Realtor® for 3 years (RE/Max Infinity - www.AmySellsAZ.com)
Flashback December 10, 2009, after another buyer question about scorpions in Arizona, I decide to write a post about it. Many of my colleagues thought this was a bad idea. They asked why I would want to write about one of the "negatives" of living…

Not All Remodeling Has to be for Selling a Home

Ed Silva, CDPE, GRI, ABR, Real Estate Agent (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
A Kitchen Upgrade That adds Value and Happiness So often we hear of clients doing upgrades to kitchens and baths to their homes to make them more sale-able. I have said it often and given my opinion to clients when asked if it would be a good idea…

When it doesnt seem right its likely NOT right!

David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs (US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
I am writing this post in a state of shock. I can overcome many a issue and or circumstance but some things are simply too much. Today's scenario was one of those situations. One of my purchase borrowers called and emailed me before I got in the…

“New Idea, Purchase Market to Focus on Customer Service?”

Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“New Idea, Purchase Market to Focus on Customer Service? ” I was reading this article about real estate volume being down this year and that the focus is going to be on service. Are you kidding me, as this was a revelation? Since when has…

Difference Between Tax Assessed Value,Market Value and Appraised Value

Ritu Desai, Northern Virginia Realtor - Fairfax/Loudoun/PW - 7 (Samson Properties)
Buyers across th e country have more than needed information about a particular home. Buyers are far more savvy than few years ago about their house hunting. As a Realtor we do want purchaser to be as educated about their purchase as possible…

Facebook Fridays - The Sky is Not Falling

Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Many FB users have been up in arms this year because Facebook has been tweaking its algorithms. Users are especially upset about what gets seen (or not) on the news feed and the direct impact it has on our/their organic reach. That's OK I say,…

Home Inspectors Are Not That Naïve

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
For some reason, it seems as if contractors like to take the shortcut when installing new appliances. Maybe they think that the homeowner is too naïve and they will never find out that the work performed is sub par. While inspecting an upper…

Boot Camp Bonus Class: How to Build Credibility with Google

ActiveRain University (ActiveRain University)
Blogging Boot Camp 2014 Series - Bonus Class Recap This year we hosted our first *BONUS* Blogging Boot Camp class (because why have just four classes when we can have five? ) and were excited to dive into the topic of Google Author Authority. If you…

Hoarders are now a protected class in Virginia Fair Housing Laws

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Virginia Realtors, there is a new group being added to your Fair Housing list of discrimination candidates. No one should be discriminated against when it comes to housing. The list has grown since the Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibited racial…

Sensei/Grasshopper - Time Is Running Out!

Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC)
There are only two weeks left in the Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge There are 2, 000 points available for participating. If you want to participate, you need to get going very soon. There are 2, 000 points available for…

My Attorneys Said I Have Too Much Faith In Humanity!

Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
My Attorneys Said I Have Too Much Faith In Humanity! I did not know it was even possible to have too much faith in humanity however that is exactly what my risk management attorney said to me the other day. I called to see if I maybe missed…

Are You Able To Retire? by Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts, "Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner (Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate)
Are You Able To Retire? by Bill Roberts The Baby Boomer Retirement Planner If you are like most of us, the answer is NO. Fidelity (you know who they are - The Green Line on the ground (their TV commercial)) reports that most (around 90%) of the…

Do You Want To Sell At Top Dollar? Or Discount For Condition?

Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
KITCHEN DATED? OLD APPLIANCES? WORN OUT FLOORING? ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first. Master Bath next. Then flooring. Sooner or later, the house will sell. The question is, will it sell for market value or will the…

Should I do a Meth Test on My New Home?

Micah Olson, THE Effective Agent (Realty Path)
Meth use in Utah is becoming more common these days and with the increased usage more and more homes are becoming contaminated. This makes me ask a REALLY big question… Why are Utah home buyers not having Meth tests done? Probably the…
     
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