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By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 46
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 45
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Find Your Blogging Carrot! For most of us here, the big carrot is obvious:  an increase in business from our blogging efforts.  Whether from direct consumer calls or agent to agent referrals, we hope our blogging efforts pay off don't we? But the challenge for many bloggers is...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 53
Staging FAQ’s: Does My Home Have to be Perfect to Sell It? Often when I see Home Staging photos, the homes look like a model home. Get real!  No one lives like that! When I’m providing a staging consultation, I sense when the homeowner is concerned that they will have to turn their home into a “s...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 69
How Much Is TOO Much To Pay For A Domain Name? I guess the answer to that question depends on who is asking, who is buying, and who is selling. I spent several hours shopping for a dot com domain name for my new line of business.  More on that later. I'm still actively involved in real estate. I'...
By Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
(Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com)
Comments 69
How could I ever forget my very first real estate transaction? It took money out of my pocket. Yes, that was a learning experience which I will always remember. Back in the spring of 2002, I had left my laboratory technology profession at Lab Corporation of America, and began my new career in rea...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 28
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 mom and the minute I received my license I jumped in...
By Alex Popovic MRP
(Semper Find My Home)
Comments 48
A recent breakthrough in Quantam Dot research is paving the way for windows that will double as solar panels, thanks to research conducted at Los Alamos Research Laboratories.  Researches synthesized, check this out, Quantam Dots in transparent polymers to capture the suns' energy.   What are Qua...
By Utah Hassle Free Group
(Keller Williams Success Realty)
Comments 33
The local Real Estate Market here in Northern Davis County Utah is booming!! I had an experience this weekend I had never had before.  I took some buyers to see 2 houses.  The first is a short sale.  I met them at the house; we walked through, stood outside and talked, and headed out to the next ...
By Kerrie La Guardia, ActiveRain Community Manager
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 54
We broke the MeetUp record!!  The previous record was 48 MeetUps and this last round brought in over 50 with almost 300 Rainers in attendance!  I cannot express how much this means to me.  The official AR MeetUps began in Fall of 2011 and obviously they are still GOING STRONG!! Thank you, thank y...
By René Fabre, New Media Marketing
(First American Title)
Comments 12
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, that’s how they put it, but actually I think I got t...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 39
When I walked into the master bathroom there was the ever so slight odor of mold present.  I did not think too much about it.  Musty odors in bathrooms are not all that uncommon, and perhaps that is why plug-in air fresheners are so common in bathrooms. When I opened the shower door, it became cl...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 48
This is brand new construction - is pre-drilling screw holes on doors really that important? Most of the doors in the house were like this.  They are cracked at the strike plate. On the door of a double door, and on the side wall of the door framing, the wood was cracked at the strike plates. Why...
By Fred Griffin, Your Real Estate Broker for Tallahassee, Florida 850-339-4861, Call Fred 850-339-4861
(Frederick Griffin, Licensed Real Estate Broker)
Comments 79
     Facebook!  Where are those Pages that I liked?  Why is Facebook hiding a lot of the things that I want to see?  How can I decide what I want to see?  Is Facebook going to control my views, or will I control my views?      Good news! You can regain control over what you see on Facebook by usi...
By Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Fl Real Estate
(Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL)
Comments 35
Friday I was asked by an agent if I knew "so-in-so" another agent in the area.  He was surprised that she dare ask to show a property on Easter Sunday, one of his listings.  It was owner occupied so it matters. In this area we have a lot of season residents so many homes are vacant starting in Ap...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 38
First, happy Easter Sunday!   It looks like we're going to have a beautiful day here in Washington! But before I can go out and enjoy it, here are my picks from many great blogs I read last week: Winston Heverly: The 041514 Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News  There were l...
By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
Comments 38
    One of my very early real estate transactions involved a young lady, who was looking for a house close to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. We would put our heads together to figure out what areas made sense, and we knew what her budget was. There waa a house she loved that "looked" ...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 68
What Would You Do If You Lost Your Database?   No.   It didn’t happen to me.   Or anyone I know.   But what if it did?   What would I do?   How about you?   Could you...   Would you...   Simply start over?   Would you wait until “they” contacted you?   Would you return to business and work as if ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 41
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- April 13  to April 19, 2014.   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!   April 13:...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
(HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400)
Comments 45
Time To Say Goodbye To your House   Do you remember saying goodbye to a close friend? Can you imagine how you would feel if you never saw that friend again and did not have a chance to say a last goodbye?           Everyone knows that moving from one home to another takes a lot of time, planning,...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 45
      “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”   - Joseph Campell     I like to write, to express my ideas, send notes and letters to friends, produce photo journals of the exciting places I've been to and to tell the story about the people I came t...
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