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By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 56
Just Because You Get Quick or Multiple Offers... Every day in the Bristow-Gainesville real estate market brings something different.  As usual, I am working with a combination of buyer and seller clients.   One of my sellers is ready to wave a white flag.  He's in a multiple offer situation becau...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 47
Drastic times require some hard core writing in today's blog. When a new Bank Owned listing hits the market, it is a given my marketing will attract a HUGE response filled with showings and multiple first day offers. Buyers and their Buyer Agents will jockey for the best offer. Some will opt to p...
By AZ SEO Expert: Phoenix SEO Consultant
Comments 33
As marketers (and consumers), we know that testimonials are one of the most effective ways to turn prospective clients into actual buyers. Yet, as valuable as this marketing tool is, most websites do it ineffectively and some actually harm their own rankings with on-site testimonials. Mistake #1:...
By Holly Weatherwax, Moving Your Dreams Forward...
(Momentum Realty)
Comments 20
  This week I got an email from a customer who said that over the weekend they had purchased a new construction home. We had plans to meet and review my services, but before we got a chance, they bought a new home and gave up their right to Buyer Representation.   This brought up a point that I t...
By NW Real Estate |Colleen Fischesser & CO Serving Seattle-Tacoma area Since 1990!, Serving Seattle-Tacoma Home Sellers & Buyers since
(RE/MAX Select R.E | Designated Broker/Owner)
Comments 16
What is earnest money and why do I need to pay it? One of the most common questions I'm asked by first time home buyers is "What is earnest money and why do I have to pay it?"  The answer usually leads to more questions but let's start with the basics. Earnest money is an up-front amount of money...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 125
Hi - I'm looking for a Pop Tart Agent to Help Me   I got an interesting call this morning from a lady moving into Arizona. She wanted to know if a home she had seen a couple of weeks ago was still on the market. She wasn't quite sure what the address was but she knew 'kind of' where it was.  Thin...
By Amanda S. Davidson, Your Northern Virginia Realtor
(Living A Dream Real Estate)
Comments 57
Thankful Thursday – Good People In The World With all the bad we constantly hear about it’s both refreshing and humbling when you experience someone who’s honest and genuine. In June 2012 I went tubing on the Shenandoah River and had my Otter box tied to my tube. The water was very rough and in o...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 15
What Does Undivided Ownership Interest Mean? Probably one of the most distinct features of condominium ownership lies in the concept of “undivided ownership interest” of the common elements.  All unit owners as members of the condominium’s association share ownership of the common elements. First...
By Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!
(Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ)
Comments 103
Get the "Monkey" off Your Back I attended a lecture by Terry Watson recently where we were encouraged to quit carrying around our clients, friends, and family's monkeys.  For instance, if the fascia wood on the exterior of a home was driving away potential clients for one of your listings, all be...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(PK Real Estate Utah, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 60
Unicorn farts and false promises.   I just finished reading a post that said blogging is useless and does not bring income. That writing about local neighborhoods, local events and businesses is a waste of time.   I never expected to be visited by mythical unicorns who fart real estate leads but ...
By Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor
(Re/Max Professional Associates)
Comments 76
Fannie Mae's Collateral Underwriter previous 21 messages now become hard stops.  What's a hard stop?  The under writing process stops until the appraisal stop is addressed.  This will take time.  There is going to be a learning curve.  This is going to become a vexing issue. They are going to add...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 39
This scenario seems to happen too often in this business, but it's most likely a very small % of agents that steal from people's houses. But everytime it does happen, both agents and homeowners can learn from these crimes. In this case, I thought it was strange that a buyers agent showed up ahead...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 65
“Blogging Your Story, So Others Get to Know You”     Referrals are the lifeblood of my mortgage practice. I never take them for granted. This week I have gotten two referrals from Realtors I have never met or heard of before.   In each case I got a call directly from the clients.  I always ask w...
By Ron Chastain, What ever it takes
(Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners)
Comments 10
The term “short sale” has been misleading people for decades. Despite the name, it’s a term applied to transactions that often involve a lengthier-than-usual sale process. A Henry County “short sale” is named for the financial aspect of a sale rather than the length of time it requires. It’s anyt...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 60
The ActiveRain Referral Network is a Mighty Powerful Thing If you are not a regular blogger or just lingering back and occasionally reading ActiveRain then I want to tell you why you need to jump on into the Rain and be involved. The referral network in ActiveRain is a mighty powerful thing and i...
By KAREN SANCHEZ, ...Marketing your home like no one else will.
(Real Living Hamilton Landon )
Comments 24
  Quite a lot has been made lately of keeping REALTORS safe.  Huge issue.   We all need as agents to be vigilant.     We also need to keep in mind the safety of our clients.   Here is my advice to clients.   If you are a stay at home/work at home person.   *No electronic lock box. If you have kid...
By Victoria & Marshall Henderson, Representing People Not Property
(Buyer's Edge Bethesda Maryland)
Comments 37
What Do Buyer Agents Know About Selling Homes   Turns out-quite a lot!  As Exclusive Buyer Agents with Buyer's Edge, we tour lots and lots of houses. We walk to Metro with our clients to understand their daily commute. We visit farmers markets and local restaurants to get the feel of the communit...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 33
Fishhawk Lake Real Estate-"Home" Schooling Our Buyers! While walking my dogs late this afternoon, I got to thinking about's really very similar to schooling them... (Photo by: Trish "School of Hard Knocks") These are some of the "home classes"  that we teach our buyers during the home b...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 46
When my daughter who lives in New York visited for the Holidays, I was surprised to learn that she already took the real estate class and was just finding time to review for the NYC Real Estate State Exams.   Then my son also affirmed his intention to pursue a career in real estate.   My brows fu...
By Andrew Mooers, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker
Comments 35
Early real estate blogging, fewer numbers doing it, less hunt and peck production. Like much in marketing property listings and the local communities they populate, many take a wait and see approach. Too many still do with video for real estate, the most misunderstood child in the marketing famil...