Sometimes the best intentions...

Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Sometimes the best intentions simply go sideways. Last week an agent in Florida contacted me about writing her bio. I sent her my usual reply, explaining how I work, and she wrote back to say "Let's do it. " So far so good - until she decided to…

An Interesting Statistic About New Home Buyers In Northern Virginia

Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
This week our team was out touring another new home development in Northern Virginia. While talking to the sales rep the question came up as to how many buyers came to the new home site with an agent? The answer was shocking. Only 15% of buyers…

What Can San Diego Home Sellers Expect in the 2014 Spring Housing Market

William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates)
What Can San Diego Home Sellers Expect in the 2014 Spring Housing Market In a few words, maybe some disappointment. We have seen prices escalate all the way through 2013 and more increases in the first 3 months of 2014. So what's the problem?..

Five Star Agent...Really ? Who Says....? Nobody Really..!

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS (Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
About a century ago… when either we were Newbies or the concept of getting agents to believe that they were somehow mysteriously rated by their past clients and customers and given 5 stars… woo hooo… WE had been voted by our past clients…

Pictures or no pictures?

Peter den Boer, MBA,GRI,ABR,SRES, Associate Broker, Realtor (Keller Williams Realty Partners)
Often, listing agents will tell a potential seller that they must take down all pictures as part of de-cluttering their home. I disagree. Even though we know that home becomes a commodity as soon as it is listed, it is still the home of the peopler…

You know we actually want to win this home, right?

Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker (Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
My First Experience Buying A Home With An Exclusive Buyer's Agent My husband and I were growing out of our one bedroom apartment. It was a fourth floor walk-up with great parking in a great location. It was probably the wedding presents that…

The New Twitter! How to Maximize Your Presence on the New Twitter

Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861 (Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Wow! Twitter has a completely new look. Talk about photo-centric! Your Profile photo is larger. Your Header is huge. Twitter Profile Pages now boast a 3 Column format that is easy to surf and easy to understand. Here is…

My First Real Estate Purchase...For Love of Community

Tom White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN (Benchmark Realty, LLC)
Before I was a real estate agent, before I was even a homeowner, I was a Parks and Recreation Director in the suburbs of Chicago. I loved my job. One of the best things about it was that I could help shape our community by acquiring land for public…

Remembering My Friend Dan

René Fabre, New Media Marketing (First American Title)
I met Dan back in 1965, I was 15. It was the summer before my sophomore year at Renton High. I don’t remember details except John, a bass player I knew, invited me to a party across town in Sierra Heights. The band I was in just broke up. Well,…

As a newbie - my first test

Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
As a newbie~ My first test All of us who hold our real estate license will remember our first listing and how it felt to take it to the closing table. I will never forget mine because it taught me I could do anything! I was a soon to be single…

Discovery Of Footprints In The Hardwood Flooring Finish Coat

Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Not much more saddening in new construction could be the discovery of footprints in the hardwood flooring finish coat. Silly and disconcerting. Uncaring and disappointing. Unbelievable and dishonorable. DISPLAYING THIS AS THE "REVEAL" TO…

Why Don’t You Inspect Houses & I’ll Sell Real Estate

Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
I have been in the real estate long enough to know that successful transactions = money for all parties involved. I do my damnedest to get both sides of the transaction on the same page. I want what everyone wants: do what is right for the…

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…
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