What to expect when refinishing hardwood floors

Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring (Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Refinishing hardwood floors - What to expect Sanding and refinishing your flooring is like getting a facelift for your floors. It's amazing the impact that refurbishing your floors can have. The floors look clean, fresh and smooth, and you even…


Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty)
In April of 2010 I began my 365 Things to do in the Palm Springs, CA Area PAGE on FACEBOOK. It is a community page where I curate events and favorite things to do and see in the Palm Springs area. I gather a good portion of my info from local…

ASK AN AMBASSADOR: We Do Things Differently 'Round Here

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: We Do Things Differently 'Round Here Real estate is a funny thing. The core purpose is the same state to state, town to town: transfer ownership of a property from one person to another in exchange for what is usually…

Siding And A Wall Overwhelmed By Water

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
This is the case of siding and a wall overwhelmed by water. When a client calls with a problem to investigate, even someone I know, like Margaret Woda I am always excited by the prospect. She sent me a photograph of a spot outside a house that…

“Cash Out Refinance to Invest the Money in the Stock Market”

Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
“Cash Out Refinance to Invest the Money in the Stock Market” When I hear stories like this, it really gets my attention, especially if it affects a senior citizen. I met with this gal in her 70’s who came with her daughter. She was a…

WHY is the Buyer climbing that tree?

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
There is no shortage if excitement in Real Estate. While showing a Manchester NH area Home, I was answering questions from Mrs. Buyer. I noticed the Mr. buyer and their agent were gone. Mrs. buyer said, there he is as she points to a tree in the…

5 Ways to Market a Stale Listing

Trulia Pro Blog, Real Estate Advice From Real Estate Professionals
A stale listing? In this market? We know—in hot markets, inventory is still low, buyers are jumping and many listings are still getting multiple offers. But all of this can make it even more frustrating for agents if you have a listing that isn’t…

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 www.tromlerconstruction.com 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…
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