HOA Documents - If Buyers do not Read It Could Cost You!

Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
HOA Documents - If Buyers do not Read It Could Cost You! All buyers contracting on a home in a covenant community will receive Association documents including declarations, articles of incorporation, bylaws, articles of organization,…

Is Your Listing Mapped Correctly in the MLS?

Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate)
I once had a client jokingly tell me that she was not interested in living in a house in the middle of an interstate highway. What? Then last week I asked another client what she thought of the listing on a certain street. She responded…

How to Slay the Energy Vampires!

Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington (The Carl Group, LLC)
Slaying the Energy Vampires in your home! It's Halloween 2014. Want to hear a scary story? It's that time of year again when troublesome and invisible things are going on all around you. And, in this case what you can't see, CAN hurt you -…

Welcome to the Haunted Masquerade & Costume Ball in the Rain

Kimo Stowell, Real Estate Merchandiser (HI Pro Realty LLC)
A "Post " Parade and Online "Costume " contest for Everyone! Join in the FUN with Virtual Entertainments, music & Refreshments for the Soul. Press Play above now for the proper effect Please join us HERE! and bookmark…

Ask an Ambassador: Travel plans? Ask the expert on ActiveRain

Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Sometimes during the week an idea pops in my mind early and I think I'm good… some weeks Liz and Bill Spear writes about that idea in my head and I grumble swear words and go back to the white board and think some more. Sometimes I pop over on…

30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge

Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
30 Posts in 30 Days: An AR November Challenge You thought November would never get here so that you could participate in this amazing challenge! Am I right? OK, maybe you're a bit nervous. Maybe you've just been managing to write every so…

ACTIVERAIN Contest! Defining Gratitude and GOALS

Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Century 21 Liberty Homes)
November …. In the Fall Season, leaves change colors, Halloween just passed, a bit of cooler weather after a long heat wave so we put on that sweater in chilly evenings. One may also think of the Thanksgiving Feast and a Day of Gratitude…

Is your water heater too hot or not hot enough?

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Having plenty of hot water is not just a convenience, it is considered a necessity in modern homes. However, there are competing concerns related to having plenty of hot water. On the one hand we want to prevent scalding. On the other hand it…

Have Lenders Just Dodged A Bullet, Or Was It Borrowers?

George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Supporters of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 are crying foul and claiming Lenders have just dodged a bullet, but Have Lenders Just Dodged A Bullet, Or Was It Borrowers? The answer to this question depends on a few things. Your understanding of…

Fail 7 out of 10 times...and be a Hall of Famer???

Ryan Rutman (RE/MAX Professional Realty Group)
" Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer. " - Ted Williams .. and real estate too Mr. Williams! This is a great quote by one of the greatest players to…

Can You Ask "That Question" Here In ActiveRain?

Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate)
Can You Ask "That Question" Here In ActiveRain? Last night I received an email from a friend here in ActiveRain. It was a confidential sort of email, with a request for me to call sometime today when it was convenient. I, of course,…

You Never Know Who Will Ask for Information About a Neighborhood

Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville (Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
For all you Nashville TV series fans, many of the scenes shot in this popular TV show are actually filmed in Franklin. I love it when I see my home town on TV. It makes me feel special in some way. Anyhow, today I got another chance to feel…

Why I Blogged About the Pumpkins

Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC)
In general, I think I'm using ActiveRain appropriately - blogging for business, learning from my peers, and keeping informed about the industry. My blogging is pretty structured, with an average of 20 or so market reports every month that I feed to…

The right way to buy affordable replacement windows for your home

Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real (Keller Williams Realty)
Why is everyone so interested in buying cheap windows for their home? I suspect it’s not because of the price of a single window but is due to the fact that the average home has so many windows to replace. Many homes have 20 or more windows…

Mortgage Disclosures: Old Explanations vs New Definitions

Randy Kirsch, (NMLS# 1012303) (Right Trac Financial Group, Inc., NMLS# 2709)
I was recently directed to an article on Bankrate. com that was said to be a "great" (or similar words) explanation of the difference between "Interest Rate" and "Annual Percentage Rate". The article explained that, "{t}he interest rate is the cost…

"The Eye Buys"...Three Very Important Words To A Marketing Agent

Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty )
It’s common knowledge in the real estate world that “the eye buys. ” I use that phrase often, and I’m always mindful of that fact when I’m preparing my marketing materials. What can I do to catch the eye of the reader is the important…

Has The Process for Mortgage Approval Changed?

Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Appraisal not done early is confusing and questionable I need help from the Community because of a change in my area to the mortgage process. I am acquainted with the process, once a contract has been started of getting to the lender, and…

Furnace Safety Switch

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
There is a key word in this phrase: Furnace Safety Switch. AND THAT WORD IS "SAFETY" It is not a good practice, or a best practice, to fool with the furnace safety switch! So, when I took the cover off this furnace and saw what the…


Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too! (People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
I went to Traders Jo's and bought some cornbread mix. Its good stuff and very easy to use. You go home, get the one egg, 1/2 cup of oil and cup of milk beat it all up and then put it in a greased pan and 40 minutes later, coming out of your oven is…

Our Visit to the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy October 2014

Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360 (Solutions Real Estate )
Our Visit to the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy in October 2014 My wife, Kay, and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Tuscany. So recent that we are still reeling from the effects of jetlag and a 9-hour time difference! ..
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