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…

In San Francisco

Mark Frederick (ActiveRain)
I'm wrapping up my stay here in San Francisco at the Trulia offices and it has been great. All of the people at Trulia have just been fantastic and their commitment to and excitement about ActiveRain and our story is very apparent. I had a chance…

Don't Let Your House Stop You From Selling

Eric Hempler, Minnesota Realtor (The Minnesota Real Estate Team)
In most cases the decision to sell a home has to do with a life event and sometimes, especially in a market down turn, your home may not have enough equity to allow you to sell. It might make sense to wait for the market to recover, but in some…

10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
10 Real Estate Mistakes To Avoid Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. But calling us to be your real estate janitors AFTER spilling red wine on the white real estate carpet, well there's only so much we can do! So how about avoiding these…

YouTube Thursdays - How to write a video script.

Debb Janes, Realtor, Camas, Washington EcoBroker (The Carl Group, LLC)
YouTube Thursdays - Writing a Script for Your Video Video is a powerful tool that enables you to connect with your potential clients. However, you literally have seconds to engage your audience. How are you going to get them to stick around long…

I'm not using a Buyer Broker-Can I use their commission as my deposit?

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Where do these ideas come from? Buying a home one of the largest purchases in one's life. It is not time for short cuts or crazy plans. This Buyer was opting not to use a Buyer Agent and had come to see one of my Listings. They wanted me to pay the…

Thank You!

Jon Zolsky, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
I owe a big “thank you” to all of my friends on AR for your support. A very big Thank you, indeed. Life is full of surprises. No surgery in the plans, but how little all our plans mean… My cardiologist did not like the results of a recent…

This Is What You And I See. And This Is What A Thermal Camera Sees!

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw on line. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just…

Geeze, take a breath!

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
Geeze, take a breath! Stop reading your script to me, and listen to me! For 90% of my working life, I’ve been selling my services or the services of my company. I've been on the other end of the phone! The call started out nicely, but after 20…

Your Money is Well Spent in the Kitchen

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Your Money is Well Spent in the Kitchen You are a seller faced with a dilemma. You have limited funds to get your home ready to market and though your house is neat and well maintained, it has dated colors, building products and trends of years…

AFTER Your Mortgage Closing: Keeping the Lines of Communication Flowing

Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages (www.genemundt.com)
AFTER Your Mortgage Closing: Keeping the Lines of Communication Flowing This post, although specifically aimed at my mortgage clients, contains a message that can pertain to other service provider's customers too.. The…

Why on Earth I Won't Use this Home Inspector?

Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen." (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
He was the star in my blog " Houston, We have a Problem " Then he was the protagonist in " The Case of a Dying Tree " If we happened to cross each other's paths, it was not my volition. I saw a truck pulled in front of the house. As…

Is it a modular or a manufactured home?

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty)
Is it a modular home? Is a manufactured home? Is it a trailer? What's the difference? In our market we see the term modular getting misused a LOT! People (including some agents) are of the belief that just because you take the wheels off and…
     
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