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By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 80
  Can a Buyer Make Repairs on a Home Prior to Closing?Regardless of the age of the home that is being purchased, buyers should always get the home inspected by a licensed home inspector. Whether the contract is “As Is with No Repairs” or not, it is in the best interest of the buyers to know if th...
I've written a number of articles about how innovative Starbucks is. But even the most innovative companies can sometimes get burned by their own moves. Case in point: #RaceTogether. Less than a week after launching what they described as a "U.S. race relations campaign"...Starbucks pulled the pl...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 45
Readjustment of Work Time and Goals The March Challenge issued by Grant Schneider gave me cause to stop and think just what I did I last year that I am not be doing this year. I don't consider myself a quitter so when I leave a practice or activity behind it is because it no longer works with my ...
By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 11
Finding good ideas gone wrong is nearly a daily experience for the home inspector I often kid that I know enough about something to be dangerous. There are times while looking through a house that it seems that those who should know don't know what they should know with potentially dangerous resu...
By Nikesh Parekh, VP of New Ventures, Trulia
(Trulia)
Comments 18
Surprisingly, yes!  Online dating and selling your house have many similarities. On my run this morning, I listened to my favorite podcast Freakonomics.  This week's episode is called "What You Don't Know About Online Dating," a replay of a 2014 episode.   Stephen Dubner interviews a Stanford Pro...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 47
                                 “I Hate Being Surprised by Unshared Information” I don’t usually ask if the home being purchased is a FLIP and no one mentioned it, Neither Realtor or the buyer (my client). We didn’t find out until the title work came back from the attorney. The property was purc...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 47
If you want heating or air conditioning HVAC air filters MUST let air flow through them! There are two philosophies on HVAC air filtration - 1.  Use the real cheap ones, let air flow more easily, and the system operates more efficiently.2.  Use the expensive, high filtration ones, which restrict ...
By Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 260
  Where Did I Go Wrong? Where did I go wrong? As I was driving back home after the showing of a beautiful home to my buyers, this is the question I was mulling it over in my mind! "Where did I go wrong?" Few minutes after I completed my showing, I received a call from listing agent. I was and I w...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 43
When a listing expires, after being on the market for a few months, chances are it’s overpriced.  Does it make sense for another agent to take that listing at the same price?  We see this happening frequently. The second agent justifies the lack of activity by stating that the marketing was not ...
By Frank Rubi, MBA, 504-229-7423
(Frank Rubi Real Estate, LLC.)
Comments 8
Thanks Active Rain Another Closing from a post on Active Rain     Last Tuesday we closed on a new construction residential home in West Baton Rouge. The buyer found a post last October. We placed his previous home on the market in January. Four days later we were under contract. We should close t...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 57
What do you think about when you know you will be listing a home?  There’s more than a commission at the end of that road.  With every listing, there will be, first and foremost, a piece of real estate to market, and with marketing, there follows more business. Marketing is what will make the ph...
By Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -
(Madeline Island Realty)
Comments 46
Not All My Clients Are Tech Savvy   I don't expect all my clients to be technology wizards.  Some of them are far from it.   From time to time, we encounter a client who doesn't own a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet computer, who lacks the ability to send text messages or email. These clients ma...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 15
  Insurance Claim in the Apartment May Have Opened an Upgraded Market in Roseville     There is an apartment community in Sacramento Region, in the city of Roseville, that had a moisture condition that destroyed the common wall between two kitchens of two units. The water damage included the dryw...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Lower Fairfield CT)
Comments 89
What's the difference between solid hardwood and engineered hardwood flooring? Which is better? Many of my customers ask whether solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring is better, and which is less expensive. Of course the answer is "it depends." It depends on many factors including your s...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 109
Are We Sharing Too Much Information?   Or Not Enough?       Do we really need to know if your bum is clean enough to go commando?   I dare say - this may be too much information…   "Butt" this is a blog post about real estate and that brings me to this question:   How much should we share about o...
By Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Real Estate Broker, Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 53
Today in National Happiness Day - My kind of day!   Apparently there is just one day a year that happiness is celebrated- officially!  Let's imagine a National YEAR OF HAPPINESS!  That makes more sense to this happy gal!  Being happy is a choice and we can all be as happy as we want to be - all d...
By Paula Prince, Top 10% Grossing Realtor in NWA
(Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney and Faucette)
Comments 37
It happened again! I was at the closing table yesterday when a client shared with me that part of the secret to  the quick sale ( aside from my marketing savvy!, he said) was  St. Joseph. He had buried a St. Joseph stature upside down  and it  had brought the buyer to his home. This certainly was...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 215
How To Get More Comments On Your Posts Whether we'll admit it or not, if you blog, you want attention.  Whether it's from the consumers or other Rainers, you want someone to acknowledge the work you've put into constructing your blogging Mona Lisa.  It stings when all you see is just a comment or...
By Spirit Messingham, Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900
(Tierra Antigua Realty)
Comments 26
Historically this is the busiest time of the year for Residential Real Estate in Tucson, AZ.  As an experienced buyer's agent, I convey this to buyers.  I have learned, most have to learn it themselves first hand before they truly believe and understand.   This time of year, I expect to write on...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 26
Competition is a funny thing. For some people, it’s the fire that drives them to do more and accomplish more. It’s the motivation for even greater achievement than they thought possible. It can even be the thing that gives them a sense of purpose they never had before. But for other people, the ...
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