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By Ashley Cox, Dallas City Center Realtors
(972.978.3109)
Comments 1
It's interesting to watch some of my clients go through the move-in process, and begin to personalize and accessorize, putting their touch on their new house. But what is it that makes a house a home? The home itself? The neighborhood? How do you really settle into your new digs to create a place...
By Laura Coffey, ReMax of Santa Clarita
(REMAX Santa Clarita Real Estate and Homes)
Comments 20
I just finally hit the big 200K in points on Activerain! I started blogging back in 2009 and was pretty diligent about blogging on a regular basis. Personal life and being crazy busy with business put blogging on the back burner the end of 2011. The amazing thing was that the blogging I had previ...
By Scott Gleason, Westfield NJ New Homes Specialist
(RE/MAX Properties Unlimited)
Comments 1
The magic of Preparation, Pricing and Promotion.Every house has strengths and weaknesses, and these have to be emphasized and downplayed, to get the best possible result for the seller.Recently I listed a house that had gone unsold for 500+ days with another broker.  The other broker, who is a re...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 9
I had an inspection the other day in the beautiful town of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. It's almost a suberb of Albuquerque, but it's a separate little area that has grown to be almost as large as Albuquerque... it may be larger!Anyway, this was an older home, built in 1981. The first thing I noticed ...
By Rich Gaasenbeek, Real Estate CRM & Marketing Made Easy!
(IXACT Contact Real Estate CRM)
Comments 12
How often have you turned to the web to read reviews of a trendy restaurant or a hotel you’re considering visiting?  If you’re anything like the majority of consumers out there, you read reviews and testimonials pretty regularly, and guess what? Your real estate prospects do too.Social proof is a...
By Wanda Fears, ABR CRS GRI SFR WCR
(Long and Foster Real Estate, Richmond Virginia)
Comments 7
      Family is important.  One of the reasons we work so hard is to be able to provide for them.  Not only providing for your children, if you have them, but the opportunity to take care of your parents because they took such good care of you.  Living in a struggling economy where retirement isn...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 20
An angry Home Seller wants to know what the use of the being pre-approved is if the letter they received with the offer didn't mean they were actually approved for a loan? The CONFUSION starts that they actually got a "PRE-QUALIFICATION" Letter and not a pre-approval. Many buyers and sellers are ...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 26
Don't you just love calling Customer Service ?  I'm sure you've been there. On the phone with Customer Service.... looking for resolution and satisfaction while attempting to remain calm and retain the little sanity you still have after years of similar phone calls. Two weeks ago my husband, Rick...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 45
How Do You Tag?  Are You Tag Crazy?Let me preface this by saying I love the idea of our “tags” at ActiveRain.  I’ve always wanted a way to signal someone that you had mentioned them or replied to a question or statement they’d made in the comment section.BT (before tags) you had to check back in ...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 7
 'A Good Real Estate Agent And A Good Loan Officer Make A Great Team' This ActiveRain platform is more than just a real estate site. It is made up of connections and friendships. One example was evident at my open house today. We had a lovely turn out with a mix of potential buyers... with and wi...
By Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA
(Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001)
Comments 33
The Choices You Won’t Regret Years From Now. . ."I will never regret the things I’ve done.But, I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance." At the end of our journey, when your vehicle finally goes off the cliff. . we will not regret the things that we have done, as a matter fact, in t...
By Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 93
     Do you have obnoxious, inconsiderate, annoying neighbors?  These people can be more than a nuisance - they can ruin your chances of selling your house.  Bad neighbors can wreck the value of nearby houses, they can lower comparable prices, they can deter potential Buyers from wanting to live...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 66
 Is It Too Late?   How many times have you said and or heard “it’s too late.” I am sure most of us have used and or heard this excuse before. “It’s too late,” is often used as a pretext for inaction. “It’s too late,” justifies giving up, not changing, or not doing something. Usually, “it’s too la...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 28
 Important Reasons to Pay Attention to Credit and Credit Management               My experience has taught me:  Way too many people don't spend enough time ... or pay proper attention to ... their finances.  That simple tasks regarding credit maintenance are often overlooked, forgotten, or dismis...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 12
The Elephant in the Room Have you ever been sitting with a client and your gut told you to ask something, but you just couldn't quite get the words out? This often the case when you are afraid a question will make someone uncomfortable. However, those uncomfortable questions are critical to get ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 50
Everybody has a friend who does . . . . You name it. You know, he's a carpet-layer, a plumber, a carpenter, a mechanic, a handyman, an electrician, etc. When a problem arises, or a need comes up, call the friend, or the friend's friend who does XYZ on the side. You'll get your job done, and you'l...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 56
Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 23
Home delivery milkman's son's story about real estate. Growing up in Doylestown, Pa back in the days when people didn't lock their doors, left their car keys in the ignition and knew their neighbors I had the privilege to join my father in his job.  He was a home delivery milkman.  Beginning with...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 26
When I moved a box that looked quite out of place, to see what was behind, I saw the leak, before the leak, before the future leak.  Was the box there to provide artistic concealment?  Sometimes it is!  I moved the box because it was empty.Future leak?I'll get to that.This house was built in 1993...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 44
Rainer Facebook Fan PagesConsistency and engagment are the answers. What is the question? How do you generate new clients from Facebook (or any social media site for that matter)?!?! It sounds easy but it does actually take some effort as anyone who actively works on their social media presence w...
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