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
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! ..

Is There a Refrigerator in the Kitchen?

Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Is There a Refrigerator in the Kitchen? Some kitchens are small and some are large but not one kitchen looks better or at its best having the refrigerator covered in magnets or covered with fliers. I get it, you are proud of your kids school…

How to Create a Real Estate Farm Area in 50 Days

Mike Linkenauger, Short Sale Realtor - Jacksonville FL (First Coast Realty Associates)
How to Create a Real Estate Farm Area We're not creating Facebook farms on Farmville here, but instead providing a very effective, step-by-step method for creating real estate farm markets in only 50 days. We successfully utilize this same…

Are You Headed to NAR Next Week?

Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker (Crescent City Living LLC)
Are you headed to the annual NAR Convention in New Orleans next week? As a NOLA native, I love when we get visitors to the city, especially those that haven't been here before. What you might not know about New Orleans We are home to one…

Myths & The REALTOR®

Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could (Keller Williams Realty)
The dictionary gives two definitions of the word myth. The one that applies in this content is as follows: "A widely held but false belief or idea. " The word REALTOR® means "used for a real estate agent who is a member of the National…

Buy the House and the Outdoor Gym Set Will Stay!

Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Buy the House and the Outdoor Gym Set Will Stay! We Love The House, But - The home buyers loved everything about the house. They loved the community. They loved price, the room sizes, the kitchen, the master bath, the finished basement, the…

ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Don't Be An Invisible Blogger, Expose Yourself!

Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004
ASK AN AMBASSADOR: Don't Be An Invisible Blogger, Expose Yourself! A polar bear in a blizzard. Wonder Woman's airplane. A black cat on a moonless night. YOU. Which one of these doesn't belong? We'll give you ONE guess! But if…

A Simple Tip to Not Miss a Potential Lead

Tammy Adams, Are You Looking to Sell or Buy in Maricopa? (Maricopa Real Estate Co)
Avoid the Stress and Keep the Lead We all have been there: We are out with a client and our phone rings. We don’t recognize the number but we worry that it might be a potential client and we are all aware that a missed lead can will often…
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