Document, document, document!

Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Document, document, document! Yesterday, I mentioned in my post that a customer went into the store on my day off and lied to the owner about the price I had quoted them. Since I had documented what I quoted them, my boss was able to check my…

OK You've Done It Now, The Alarm is Going Off

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
OK You've Done It Now, The Alarm is Going Off. It has happened more than once and it is one of the most dreaded outcomes of a showing. You the agent listened very carefully and even wrote down on paper the instructions for showing but for some…

Is Your Target too Large?

Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting)
If you're out there marketing for new listings but not having much luck, the problem could be that your target is too large. In an effort to market to an entire city, your message must necessarily be generic. Probably TOO generic to appeal to any…

Are you an Orange or a Tangerine ?

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS (Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Some peoples say you have to have a thick skin… let it roll off your back… it's ONLY business… don't take it personally… yadda yadda. While I think that the word "passionate" is over used… a lot like awesome and a collection of others…

Prepare Your Buyer for the Appraisal

Candy Miles-Crocker, Realtor - Real-Life Real Estate Training (Online Real Estate Agent Training)
As the Spring market heats up, it is easy for real estate agents to forget to educate their buyers on what happens when the Appraiser visits the property and how their valuation of the property can have a huge impact on how the transaction moves…

Baptism by Fire - My First Real Estate Deal

Ginny Lacey Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Baptism by Fire - My First Real Estate Deal Green as the summer grass I was standing by the administrators desk in my newly joined real estate office when a lawyer came flying in the office saying I need a Realtor! I'm a Realtor I said. So we…

My First Home Purchase

Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663 (Woodland Management Service)
My First Home Purchase 1989, after several years of traveling the country working for the US Forest Service, we had just had our third child, I had started my forestry consulting firm a few months earlier, and now it was time to really settle…

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…
     
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