An idea whose time has not come.

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
I was a design build general contractor for more than 30 years and I have been a home inspector for more than 10 years. I have seen a lot of interesting things in houses over all those years. At a recent inspection, I found a type of window…

I'm buying a Lake Sinclair home, when do I get the keys

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty)
There's no "right answer" for this question, but it is black and white. As in it's in the contract, typed in black on white paper. Time of possession is written into the contract in Georgia and that's when your keys will be delivered. If the…

Ugh, Attacked By Vandals Again!

Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software (Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
OK so attack is a bit dramatic but, my husband ahem, I mean business partner, spent several hours this morning rebuilding a gate at one of the properties we own and manage. The gate that was on the property had recently been kicked in and was in…

Ask An Ambassador: How Do I Add a Hyperlink?

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Ask An Ambassador: How Do I Add a Hyperlink? After hosting a recent contest I realized that many people are not really familiar with how to post a link. It is not difficult but a little mystifying the first time or two. So while I am explaining…

I’m Good For Everything – Except Listing Your House?

Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
This is a bit of a twist on those situations where family members use someone other than a family member or friend who is a real estate agent to represent them in the sale or purchase of a house - and it is discovered on accident. For the past…

Reducing Seller Inspection Stress

Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Re/Max Sunset Realty)
Reducing Seller Inspection Stress Have you ever noticed the panic that crosses the face of some sellers when you tell them the inspector is coming. Some are very confident that there will be nothing found and that’s great for them, for you,…

The *secret* to winning listing presentations

Shannon Shimabukuro (Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
There's a million and one ideas out there on how to win more listing presentations… We are told we need the "must-have" materials to give to our clients. We're told we have to memorize and internalize numerous scripts on how to get the…

Chase Bank and The Widow: A Success Story

Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Chase Bank and The Widow: A Success Story I occasionally go to dinner with a few other widows in my area. I am not a regular attender as for me it's best to move on from these kinds of labels and limitations. I have become good friends with…

The ABC's of DTI's (Debt-to-Income Ratios)

Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages (www.genemundt.com)
The ABC's of DTI's (Debt-to-Income Ratios) Definition of Debt-to-Income Ratio: The figure that represents how much of your income is spent repaying your recurring monthly debts. The HIGHER your Debt-to-Income Ratio is, the more…

Stupid, stupid, stupid; No matter how much help you have!

Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction! (RE/MAX Professionals.)
Never ever, hold a open house on the block party garage sale weekend!!! There I was being the great broker that I try to be;when my client asked me why don't you do an open house this weekend during the block party garage sale? I recall vividly…

Even If The Builder Says They Are Energy Star Windows

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Here is how you can know how good your windows are even if the builder says they are Energy Star windows. First of all - we need some definitions. Lots of buzz words and catch phrases get thrown around. Energy Star - this has been around since…

How to aggravate someone without even really trying...

Gary David Hall, Real Estate CRM Sales, Realtor,GRI, e-PRO,RECS (RE-ACT, LLC)
Why is it that if you ask someone several questions at once in an email that so often you only get an answer to one or two of the questions? Is the recipient not reading the whole email? Are they just too busy and don't pay attention? Or do they…

I Don't Want to Whine, But I Am

Dale Bledsoe, Realtor in Tracy, California (Crown Key Realty)
This is simple, it's my birthday today and my DL says I am 63. Thats' great an I'm still on the grass rather than under it. So not complaining to much. But, why do so many things have to stop working, work incorrectly or hurt. Some of its my…

For Sale by Owner--good or a bad thing?

Mahesh Kashyap
For sale signs seem to be a new fad in yard art. Over the past months, many more signs have been popping up in yards around my Dallas neighborhood. I have noticed more "For Sale by Owner" signs than in years past and so it made me wonder if these…

What Will I Do With My Million

Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life! (Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
What Will I Do With My Million Today I became the newest millionaire in ActiveRain I’ve been giving some thought to what I might do with my new million. First – I would like to buy a Winnebago and head across the country…

Remember Your Firsts?

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon (Vernonia Realty)
Remember your firsts? They are markers in your life. Let me start by saying that this is a bittersweet post. I am losing someone precious to me that is a first. But, to begin, let’s go back to those firsts. The firsts in our lives are true…

Closing an Escrow – Stress Test!

Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate)
Closing an Escrow – Stress Test! Closing an Escrow in my opinion can sometime be more stressful than getting married. At least when you are getting married you know what date it is going to happen (generally). Although there are smooth escrows…

Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop

Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results (BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month and why not? With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all…
     
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