20 Tips to Minimize the Stress of Moving

Charles McDonald (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions)
Minimize the stress of moving day with these plan-ahead ideas. You’ve decided on a house and everything is moving smoothly towards settlement, so the next logical step is to break all of the moving parts into easy to follow steps to make it a…

Are You or Your Clients Ready for a Natural Disaster?

Donald Payne (Vision Realty)
Are You or Your Clients Ready for a Natural Disaster? There’s been a lot of natural disasters going on in the news lately such as the mudslide in Washington state, tornadoes in the Midwest and tragic snowstorms in the Northeast. Are there ways…

How much water should insulation be able to hold?

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
The short answer is NONE. The long answer is NONE. Wet insulation will obviously become less efficient as an insulator the wetter it becomes. At some point it ceases to be insulation at all. Part of the “building science” of insulation is…

San Diego County in Level 1 Drought

Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate )
San Diego County in Level 1 Drought It’s no secret California is in a serious drought, perhaps one of the worst in years. Governor Brown officially declared a statewide drought on January 17 of this year. San Diego County has now been…

Would I show a Lake Sinclair listing for another agent?

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty)
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer. There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First: Do I have a relationship with this agent?..

What happens if a seller doesn’t respond to our offer by our deadline?

Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within…

Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366 (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage So you have a home in Sacramento and are wondering how long your water heater will last, the answer is not always easy but the warning signs may help. Indoor water heaters in…

ActiveRain Taught Me to Really Share and Like It

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
ActiveRain Taught Me to Really Share and Like It I grew up in a family of five children. Sharing was forced on us because we were not rich and in fact we were financially challenged. Though I respected the family unit and was forced to share, I…

Are Home Sellers Hurt When The Listing Agent Double Sides The Sale?

Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Century 21 Manausa and Associates)
I came across an article about the use of pocket listings by real estate agents that could very well shed some light on why closed home sales continue to increase, all the while new contracts continually post lower numbers. In case you missed our…

What are the Requirements to Qualify for a Home Loan Today?

Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages (www.genemundt.com)
What are the Requirements to Qualify for a Home Loan Today? Frequently I hear the question.. "What are the requirements to qualify for a home loan today"? To answer that, I'm first going to list what are…

15 Ways to Responsibly Get Rid of Your Stuff

Tessa Skeens, Marketing + Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders (Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign )
The other week, a colleague and I were talking about how challenging it can be to find a way to repurpose and recycle household items. Once you've outgrown an appliance or a dated electronic, it's time to consider where to put them besides out by…

What Does Life and Riding a Bicycle Have in Common?

Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates)
What Does Life and Riding a Bicycle Have in Common? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. ” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German – Born theoretical physicist developed the general theory of relativity ..

I am not the decisionator.

Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate (Coldwell Banker Residential)
I've had several buyers, lately, who want me to make the decision. Do you think this is the right place to buy? Should I buy it? I'm not quite willing to make that decision. I am not the decisionator. It's your money, your home, and your…

You Walked In And The Builder Gave You A Fantastic Deal, But

Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal". I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway. OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a…

Windows that are also Solar Panels, amazing new technology

Alex Popovic MRP (Semper Find My Home)
A recent breakthrough in Quantam Dot research is paving the way for windows that will double as solar panels, thanks to research conducted at Los Alamos Research Laboratories Researches synthesized, check this out, Quantam Dots in transparent…

ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Find Your Blogging Carrot!

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Find Your Blogging Carrot! For most of us here, the big carrot is obvious: an increase in business from our blogging efforts. Whether from direct consumer calls or agent to agent referrals, we hope our blogging efforts pay…

When Buyers Line Up

Utah Hassle Free Group (Keller Williams Success Realty)
The local Real Estate Market here in Northern Davis County Utah is booming!! I had an experience this weekend I had never had before. I took some buyers to see 2 houses. The first is a short sale. I met them at the house; we walked through,…

It Should Not Be A Surprise..... IF We Have Prepped Our Buyer Well.

Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA (CENTURY 21 Prestige Properties, Ca BRE# 01489453)
It Should Not Be A Surprise… IF We Have Prepped Our Buyer Well. By Brad Rachielles You may know by now that I watch the LOCAL real estate numbers closely. One of the very interesting statistics is the ratio between the asking price and the…
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