Ask an Ambassador: Are you still in the real estate business?

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Yesterday I read a post here on ActiveRain where a member was looking for an agent to send a referral. My first thought was… well why didn't they just check the area on on the membership? I read further and they had, but the problem was that no…

Fewer Condominium Associations FHA Eligible

Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience (NMLS #216987)
Fewer Condominium Associations FHA Eligible Recently, an agent that is a referral partner of mine contacted me regarding a listing of his that was a Condominium. He had received an offer on the listing and the offer called for…

The Simple Act of Commitment

Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO (Ludwig & Associates)
The Simple Act of Commitment “The moment you commit and quit holding back, all sort of unforeseen incidents, meetings and materials assistance, will rise up to help you. The simple act of commitment is a powerful magnet for help. ”..

Are You A Real Estate Answering Service, Know About The Properties?

Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY)
The phone call this morning from Canada, I am a Maine real estate broker parked on the border. The lady asking if I was a real estate answering service. Or is this a recording. That would relay the request for red rover red rover, send some real…

Mr. Home Inspector – Why have you been in my home for 5 hours!

Joshua Frederick, Home Inspector - Northwest Ohio (Home Inspector for ASPEC Residential Services, LLC)
(▲Reader warning: This is a longer blog post, so don't waste you're time reading it! ) Well Mrs. Homeowner, normally I can get in and out of a 3, 000 square foot house like this in 3 hours. Your house presented me with a few "less-than…

Think & Grow Your Business

Ryan Rutman (RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
As the great Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right. ” This is such an incredibly true statement and so incredibly challenging to execute on a daily basis. I was shopping with my wife the other day…

How to Make Month #12 Your #1

Shannon Shimabukuro (Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
How in the world can we go from making one of the months that historically is the most difficult to drum up business, one of the most lucrative? Well, Seychelle Van Poole* does just that… in fact, her December is second only to July as far as the…

When External Obsolescence is Only in the Eyes of the Appraiser

Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen." (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
External Obsolescence as defined by the Real Estate Appraisal is "An element of accrued depreciation; a defect, usually incurable, caused by negative influences outside a site. External obsolescence causes a loss in value to your property…

Reduce Your Risk of Having a Fair Housing Problem

Bette Gottwald, "Bet"on Central PA Real Estate! (BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES HOMESALE REALTY)
Everyone involved in marketing and sales should be familiar with the Fair Housing Act Buzz words in advertising, often associated with discriminatory actions of the past, especially those based upon race, religion, gender, disabilities, or…

Identity Theft And What We Can Do To Prevent It

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Identity Theft And What We Can Do To Prevent It Identity theft is one of those things that never goes away, and those who steal other peoples identity keep on coming out with more and more creative ways to do it. Therefore, we need to always be…

What the heck is a Swamp Cooler?

Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Having recently moved to Albuquerque, I am noticing a lot of things that you just don't see back in Florida. The first thing I came across was the use of Evaporative Coolers, or "Swamp Coolers" in place of the standard refrigerated type of air…

They're Not Buying Your Masterpiece

Pat McCormick (Long and Foster Gainesville)
They're Not Buying Your Masterpiece You’ve spent years making your home perfect. The room colors are just what you wanted. You found exactly the right artwork and furniture to make the office your own. You spent hours on the decorative…

Blog Post Cap - 10 Per Week

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Months and months ago a decision was made to raise the blog post point cap from 10 to 20 per week. The thought was that this move would increase our content thus making AR's domain authority that much stronger. Unfortunately, that didn't happen…

TITLE INSURANCE REFERRAL KICKBACK SCHEME COSTS $200,000

Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney (THE ZARETSKY LAW GROUP P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty and AUTOMATED LAND TITLE COMPANY)
On September 30th the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - created under the sweeping Dodd Frank Act - showed it is continuing its campaign to penalize violations of kickback schemes in the real estate industry. Citing illegal quid pro quo…

It Is Important To Be Consistent When Installing Vinyl Siding

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Overall, it is important to be consistent when installing vinyl siding. However, the consistency should be in the GOOD department, not the BAD. On a one-year warranty inspection, which I seem to do a lot of, I look top to bottom, inside and out…

These Home Sellers in Palm Beach County Really Get It!!

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
These Home Sellers in Palm Beach County Really Get It! As a Home Stager, my favorite home staging projects are occupied homes. We’re not starting with a blank canvas so we have to work with what the seller has. We also have to be very…

Home Staging is Not Decorating

Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager (Six Twenty Designs)
Home Staging is Not Decorating There's still a lot of confusion about the difference between home staging and decorating. When I introduce myself to people as a home stager, I still get people who respond with "Oh, so you decorate homes ". While…

Safety Tip--Avoiding the Trolls

Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA (Charlemagne International Properties)
A recent article with safety suggestions for real estate agents reminded me of one of the dumbest things I did as a real estate newbie over twenty years ago. I showed a vacant house with no power to a perfect stranger at night by flashlight. …

Learning Great Customer Service From a Winery

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Learning Great Customer Service From a Winery Last week I happened upon this very cool haunting label called "Phantom" on a red wine I was completely unfamiliar with. It drew me in immediately. I picked it up and thought to myself, I have to try…

We Don't Go Above and Beyond

Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC)
In thinking about writing an entry for this contest, I kind of fell down a rabbit hole and got distracted with the whole idea of going "above and beyond". It started simply as an exercise in picking the best instance of Mary and I doing…
     
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