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By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 9
This post will be an attempt to clarify the title of the post. While this simple fact may seem obvious, we constantly hear stories about what the inspector should have been able to see, superman style, when the remodeling starts.In the best of scenarios the inspector will note the warning signs t...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 10
One of the most difficult situations for a home seller to be in is to try and sell their home while it is occupied by a tenant. Tenants don't have an incentive to see the home sell. And quite frankly, most of them couldn't care less if it does. Sadly, this entire attitude problem can be dealt wit...
By Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 36
Pet Resumes are the Newest Invention for Renters If you own a dog or a cat and are trying to rent, you have probably found difficulties getting a landlord to approve your application due to the pets you own.Recently websites have become the latest tool to help renters and you can buy them online....
By Chris Weilacker
(The Homefinding Center)
Comments 16
Hello Activerain,       I am just starting this account and figured I can introduce a bit about me for my first post. I am Chris a Tech Geek and SEO Guy just turned real estate agent(license is in the mail).  Before I go into what I will be doing here I wanted to go into a little of my backstory ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 30
Price Grows Like Pinocchio's NoseI spoke with a seller that was interested in selling his home. It seems that the time is right with the tenant moving out. It has been leased for a couple of years. The prices in the neighborhood are stable and interest rates are beckoning buyers to make a move no...
By James Hoff
(Bullock Russell Real Estate Services)
Comments 12
... is less of a driving factor than many agents realize and is not the question you should be answering for a prospective client. Understanding market conditions is key and it’s your job as the agent to find the leverage based on market and apply that to the season/time of year. Admittedly, I li...
By Lynn Afton, REALTOR® Near Big Rapids, MI, Mecosta County
(Greenridge Realty Oakmont)
Comments 14
Does that skunk come with the home? All was ready to close the home sale the next day, but when we did the final walk-through, we discovered a skunk who had recently taken up residence in the 4-foot-deep window well of the egress window in the basement.  (Definitely was not there during inspectio...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 18
Did you know, your Ambassador is here to serve?  The Ambassador's here in Active Rain are not paid, they do not receive any compensation for taking the time to answer your questions or to help you through a difficult and confusing negotiation.  Ambassador's are chosen for their unique abilities t...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 13
USDA Purchase Loans for Condo UnitsProbably the most under-utilized purchase loans for condominium units are those insured by the USDA.  Like the VA and FHA, the USDA Rural Development (RD) program is a home loan insurance that allows the financing of condominium units.One of the most important c...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 30
Right now, some of the nicest condo options in Washington, DC are units in townhouses that are being converted into 2 to 4 unit condos.  Typically, a developer will start with a DC row house with two main living levels, plus attic and basement.  Then the space will be transformed into two 2-level...
By Jeffrey Jones, AZ Home Seekers, azhomeseekers.com
(AZ Home Seekers)
Comments 42
In this business we learn early that we have to get along with other agents. This is one of the few professions where we compete for listings and market share , but need to work cooperatively to get properties shown and offers accepted. But some agents just just don't get it. It's amazing how muc...
By Rosemarie Heindel, Rosemarie Heindel
(Harry Norman Realtors)
Comments 49
Recently, while searching for new listings, I noticed a house that had photos taken above the roof line. From that high vantage point it either had to be from a hot air balloon or a drone!  I thought the FAA was still evaluating the expansion of drone use in the real estate market and had not app...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 58
When you're writing to attract prospects - let your personality show! Whether you’re writing a blog post, a web page, or an email to a prospect, one of the first things you need to do is get rid of the notion that your high school or college composition teacher is going to critique your work.They...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 67
Triple Treat In 'Rain!It was a sunny day in Boston area! And it was my lucky day, too! Because....I enjoyed a "Triple Treat in 'Rain!"First, it was a call from Sharon Paxson. I was about to leave for my small group meeting when I received a call from area code 949. As much as I thought it to be a...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 23
What Does  A Seller Reveal When They  Want A Negotiation Cushion on the Listing? I have been busy this past week with listing presentations.  That's a good thing.  The sellers have been attentive, have understood the comparables and the analysis, and have been reasonably receptive to the value of...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 68
I just read a question on the Q &A section posed by Maureen Harmonay  who asked, “Do you require buyers’ agents to accompany their clients during showings of your listings?” I thought I’d share my thoughts on this topic. We are listing agents, and our main focus is to deliver our sellers to the c...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 34
The results are in, it was a close one but the majority has chosen May 11-16th for our 2015 Spring MeetUp week.  Now comes the fun part, hosting!Hosting a MeetUp doesn't take much, anyone is welcome and able to host.  Each attendee is on their own for food and drink so you're basically picking a ...
By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 56
A client who is looking for a piece of land on which to build a house for his family asked me about a particular parcel in Wilmington that has been on the market for 3 years (great starting news). Under “Disclosures” on the MLS, the listing agent has included maps of the property with large print...
By Margaret Kapranos, Matching Marin/SF/Sonoma Sellers to Buyers!
(Coldwell Banker)
Comments 17
Well, that may be so but there's always another year!  My top 5 real estate  tips to become real estate investor savvy are:1.  Buy real estate if you don't already own it.  Why?  The world of deductions, my friend.  Not to under-play the deduction for the self-employed who already deduct expenses...
By Nestor & Katerina Gasset, Realtors, Wellington Florida Homes For Sale
(International Properties and Investments LLC)
Comments 14
Podcast Channel: Digital Marketing Strategies  Here is a current list of podcast episodes on my iTune channel for you convenience:   How to Choose the Right Website for Your Target Market  So How Do I Get it all Done?  Take Back Your Listings- Real Estate SEO Finding Time Wasters and Savers   You...
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