I told Santa that you have been nice!

Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals)
I told Santa that you have been nice! Dolores and I had the opportunity to meet with Santa Claus during a recent visit to Colonial Williamsburg. I was surprised to discover that Santa was familiar with the ActiveRain network. He is a pretty…

Thanks Active Rain, I'm going to jump now!

Jill Moog, Carlsbad, CA Homes for Sale (Coast & Country Homes and Estates, Inc.)
Christmas in San Diego County CA 2014 Thanks ActiveRain, I'm going to jump now! Yes, finally after months of observation, I am ready to take the plunge - into blogging that is. I've spent quite a bit of time reading blogs, watching Active…

Last Week's Favorites on ActiveRain: December 14th-20th

Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Let's face it. There are a lot of amazing bloggers on ActiveRain who could make this list every week. They've been around here forever, they write good stuff, and I've gotten to meet many of them at various meetups and RainCamps over the years. …

A Front Staircase Disaster. Lean To The Left. Lean To The Right.

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
A front staircase disaster. Lean to the left. Lean to the right. Just looking at it from the car pulling up I knew I was in for some interesting work. And looking around the neighborhood I could see this house wasn't alone. Some houses had…

The Holidays Are Not Cheerful for Everyone

Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
As so many of us go about our daily activities trying to work our jobs as well as getting our Holiday preparations completed, we should also try to keep a though for friends and family members that may be going through some personal hardships and…

You say you have no permits? No problem---no listing!

Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
I have discussed flipped houses in the past. Flipping houses has become as much a part of the American lexicon as Apple Pie and the 4th of July. The whole topic has been building up pressure in my head like a napping volcano for quite some time…

What I Learned This Week at ActiveRain-December 13 to December 20, 2014

Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging)
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-December 13 to December 20, 2014 I learn something new every day at ActiveRain! With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment. It could be something techie,…

We Don't Know What We Don't Know | We Trust The Experts To Educate Us

Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent (KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
We Don't Know What We Don't Know | We Trust The Experts To Educate Us There is so much bad information out there. There are far too many "experts" on the planet. In my opinion this is largely due to the fact that most of them are self…

Saturday Subscriber Finds 83 Christmas Edition

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Saturday Subscriber Finds 83 Christmas Edition This week I want to highlight some members that I want to send some special Christmas cheer their way. These Members have had some real challenges with health issues or taking care of family…

Do you have entrepreneur-ism?

Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro (Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
I grew up in a family where you were encouraged to get a job and stay there until you retire. I was told from an early age that you should count yourself lucky if you found that job, and you would be crazy to give it up. When I left my first good…

Be Careful What you Wish For…...

Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated)
As with all things in life, expectations often exceed reality. That said, hoping for something is different than making it happen. Particularly at this time of year expectations run high: the perfect family, the perfect holiday, the perfect get…

Are You a Me, Me, Me Buyer or Seller?

Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126 (The Platinum Group Realtors)
Driving home today I was listening to an interview on NPR with Garth Brooks. He was talking about going home to Oklahoma and realizing that he did not know his 3 young daughters very well and they did not really know their Dad. At that time he…

HR 5771 - Good News for Home Owners

John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852 (Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
HR 5771 - Good News for Home Owners HR 5771 just passed through the Senate and was already approved by the House. With a penstroke by the President it will be official. At this point that's a formality. While there are quite a few…

So What Was In The Box Tom? A Whole Lot Of Love Mostly!

Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
So What Was In The Box Tom? A Whole Lot Of Love Mostly! Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman had sent me a text yesterday saying that my package was “near”, she was concerned about it getting to me and it did arrive. Though it arrived yesterday,…

Dear Mr. FSBO - Why Are You Paying Someone 3% to Negotiate Against You

Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties)
Dear Mr. FSBO I understand that you are selling your home yourself to save money. You won't have to pay 3% or 6 % if you sell your home yourself. You may save a portion of the commissions, but since over 90% of the For Sale By Owner homes are…

2015 Winter MeetUp Locations

Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Winter MeetUps are just around the corner. The community voted for the week of January 19-24th and the gracious Rainers below have volunteered to host a MeetUp in their area. The MeetUp locations and hosts are listed below. If you have…

A Branding Challenge: Don’t Sing Opera to a Rock & Roll Audience!

Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing (ra@napaconsultants.com)
What works in creating a brand in your real estate market place is focusing on your audience. Choosing colors follows the same logic. So when you are thinking of branding yourself, think twice and don’t necessarily default to your tastes. Take…

Why Today's Homeowners Lose Money When They Sell

Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate (Joe Manausa Real Estate)
The way that people use to buy a home has changed, and that means your home selling plan must change if you want to get top dollar when it comes time to sell. This change is not exactly recent, it crept into the Tallahassee housing market as…

Buyer Asks: Are Condos and Townhouses the Same On Long Island?

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
"Is There A Difference Between A Condo and A Townhouse" The following is the easiest way to explain these different terms to consumers buying or selling on The North And South Shore Of Long Island, brought to you as courtesy by Lawrence…

Is Your Photo Prominently Displayed on Your Website?

Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville (Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
The primary function of our website is to bring us business. The easiest way to do that is to provide ways for buyers to easily search for properties. While buyers will also find a multitude of other information on the site, the search feature is…
     
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