How Is the Mortgage Process Like and Differ From a Roller Coaster?

Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience (NMLS #216987)
How Is the Mortgage Process Like and Differ From a Roller Coaster? Going through today's Mortgage Process can be much like being on a racing roller coaster. The similarities and parallels between the two are endless. …

FHA Mortgage Option For Homeowners Who Are Disaster Victims.

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
The resent snow storm in Buffalo, NY has resulted in many homeowners suffering major property losses as a result of the several feet of snow they were hit with. The weight of this much snow on roofs, has caused several of them to collapse, and…

Stay Safe - Carbon Monoxide is Know as The Silent Killer

Judy Jennings, Pinehills Specialist
The holiday season is upon us and so are the winter months. Last winter was a bit brutal here in the Northeast with many areas experiencing numerous power outages. While we hope this winter will be a bit more mild we still need to take…

Kimo's Advent Calendar: The Miracle in Door #16.

Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser (HI Pro Realty LLC)
Kimo's Advent Calendar: The Miracle in Door #16. Hau‘oli Hanukaha Celebrating The Festival of Lights Hau'oli Hanukaha is Hawaiian for Happy Chanukah. Kimo's Advent Calendar offers some illumination of the multi…

How To Stay Married While Building a Home

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
How To Stay Married While Building a Home Having sold many new, semi-custom and custom homes, I have seen the stress mount up in buyers and between buyers and tempers start to flare during the building process. I have even heard the "D" word used…

First Impressions Are Emotional, Involuntary & Uncontrollable

Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations)
As a Home Stager in New Hampshire I help sellers prepare their homes for sale. I educate home sellers and listing agents on the power and importance of preparation. Preparing a home for sale is imortant because most buyers can't see potential…

No Fence Around the Pool? Problem?

John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852 (Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
No Fence Around the Pool? Problem? I was recently asked by a Realtor I do a decent amount of work with if it would be a problem for a buyer to purchase a home with a pool that has no enclosure of any kind. A cement hole in the…

Should God Have a Position In Your Business?

Kyle Reyes
When I worked for NBC, I put together a series called "The Faith Project". The idea was to look at the role of faith in our lives. Not organized religion, but FAITH. Let's face it. We live in a world where it feels as if we have to be ultra…

Do You Know Your Open House Miranda Rights?

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Do You Know Your Open House Miranda Rights? That house you've been watching is holding an Open House this weekend. But before you gas up the car and head over to scope out the home, there are a couple of things you need to consider. Who Does…

The color-blind infra-red camera

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Every day it seems that I see unsupportable claims about what Thermal Imaging Cameras can do--or about the things they have discovered. Everyone and their brother has a camera, and they are all “experts. ” I am happy to agree as well that they…

Las Vegas Real Estate Blog, Q & A, Buyer missed the Closing Date

Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies (The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
The Buyer Missed the Closing Date, Now What? A significant proportion of real estate deals do not close on the scheduled date. Ninety percent of the time, the buyer is responsible for the delay. There are a number of reasons for this. Buyers…

The TOP 10 Gifts Real Estate Agents want for Christmas

Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services)
If a Real Estate Agent had 10 wishes, What do you think they would ask for? As we enter the Holiday Season of Hanukkah and Christmas, check out the TOP 10 things they may be asking for this Holiday Season. THE TOP 10 GIFTS Real Estate Agents…

Homesnap

June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time (Century 21 New Millenium)
Homesnap A few weeks ago I received an email invite from our local MLS for this program called Homesnap and thought it looked like a great way to market and network with past clients and customers. Boy was I wrong, I could not have been more…

Fire Fire Safety Reminder Good News for Historic Home Owners

Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS (Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
It can be very educational reading township newsletters posted online. Here is a prime example relating to fire safety in the fall newsletter from Kennett Twp. (PA) in a piece by the Chair of the Board of Supervisors after a resident’s comment…

Real Estate Agents Are Not Tax Advisors - I Can't Answer That

Jeff Pearl (RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Many buyers ask questions about laws, mortgages, and taxes. Whether they are doing a short sale, buying, or selling - tax, mortgage, and legal questions should be directed to persons licensed to provide those services. Even if I knew the answer to…

Boomerang Babies - Bye, Bye Birdie!

Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate (DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Boomerang. Adult children who have left home, either for college or to start a life on their own, only to return to the nest. Both of my boys landed back at home on a few occasions. It took me a while to get the hang of what my role was in…

A Goal Setting Fatal Mistake, & how to Prevent it

Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663 (Woodland Management Service)
A Goal Setting Fatal Mistake, and how to Prevent it. Practitioners of “The Secret”, along with plenty of other smart people know how important it is to keep our focus on the positive. Keeping our focus on the positive rather than the negative,…

6 Responses To Things The Public Hates About Realtors

Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Over the last ten years I've heard the same complaints repeatedly. Over and over again I try and explain to my friends, family, customers and clients why we agents do the things we do. I can't say my opinions are the voice of all 1 million agents…

What is My Brentwood, TN Home Worth? (A Spoof)

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
What is my Brentwood, Tennessee home worth? Well, that depends! When did you purchase the house? If you bought it last week, it is probably worth what you just paid for it. If you bought it at the height of the building boom, you just might be…

What agents want from their real estate broker.

Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always. (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
I opened my own office earlier this year. Still, after ten months I have yet to have any agents join my brokerage. After all, there are lots of systems that need to be in place so it takes time. But I have interviewed several along the way. …
     
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