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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)
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Why I Like To Be On the Job Site       I would like nothing more than to sit at my office and market my business, enjoy the air conditioning, and schedule my crew to do all the physical labor. That is what I have seen others do and I have envied them for being able to do this. But there seems to...
By Tom White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN--South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 870-8169 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 51
Why are we so attracted to Sunrises and Sunsets? I was reading a post by Kathy Streib this morning and I realized that I'm a sucker for any post that includes pictures of sunrises or sunsets. I started wondering what the heck is it that so attracts me to the photos and maybe even more so to the a...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 40
If you you think Listing and Selling Foreclosed and REO Homes is easy, you may want to read this. One particular bank asks agents to attend the Foreclosure auction usually held in front of the property. If the bank buys the home back, the listing is assigned. On this special day arriving early to...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 99
Too often, I have read posts that touch upon the weaknesses in our profession.  Frequently, these weaknesses are attributed to the lack of formal education by many real estate agents, and it’s often suggested that an additional requirement of the candidate having an undergraduate degree be added...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 41
The The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)  finally got to the point of interferring with the real estate transaction to a point where buyers, sellers and agents will be so confused they will simply ignore many requirements. Why would a loan officer take on the task of pre-qualifying a pro...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 70
I closed a deal last week where the other agent was in his mid 20's, and at closing he showed up to closing in a suit and tie.   He looked sharp.   I joked that I felt underdressed (I didn't really) and asked him how often we wore a suit and tie.     "Every day!  You have to look the part!  You h...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 37
Back on February of this year I wrote a blog on the New Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which the The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be implementing on August 15, 2015.  As I stated in my previous blog, I have never liked the present GFE, it is three page long, but is less transparent t...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 46
If I had a dollar for every time I heard this phrase - "It's going to rain.  Should we cancel the inspection?" well, you know the rest.  End the if-I-had-a-dollar phrase any way you want. Dontchaknow, I hear that question all the time! What's my answer?  NO!  WE CAN SEE THINGS DURING RAINS THAT W...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 63
10 Reasons Your Home May Not Have Sold (Yet) It SEEMS like everyone else for sale is posting SOLD.  Yet your house sits on the market and the clock ticks.  Frustrating isn't it?  You just want to get on to the next chapter in your life, but you can't! So what's holding you back?   It can be any o...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 52
I'll be taking a listing in a couple of weeks on a home that's been on the Hudson Valley, NY real estate market for three years. I'm pretty confident it will sell. Why this hubris on my part? Because I saw why it wasn't selling. The home has been lived in by the same family for thirty years. It s...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 46
Will my pinning bear fruit? That moment when you're not quite sure whether you're working or playing can deliver an epiphany--it's okay, perhaps better, if the activity fulfills both.   When my Pinterest subscribers passed the 10,000 mark earlier this week, I decided to ramp up the business side ...
By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 22
"Who would you rather have; a seller that's been referred to you or an internet seller inquiry?" Ummm... this is a no-brainer.  I'd choose a referral every day of the week and twice on Sunday.   Unfortunately, referrals aren't always enough to keep our business humming.  There's the ever present...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270)
Comments 53
I had a lot on my mind as I jogged this morning, and I noticed a thread running through all my thoughts -- they all had to do with time.   Specifically I was thinking about:   My upcoming birthday.  I'm going to be 54 in about a week, so I can officially say I'm in my mid-50s. My 54 years have go...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 58
If You Really Like A Blog, Hit The Follow Button With the latest tweaking of the ActiveRain system to remove bugs and to create enhancements, there is one more really positive one that has appeared that wasn't there before. When someone subscribes to your blog/starts following your blog you get a...
By Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949
(Samson Properties)
Comments 36
Zillion of times as a Northern Virginia Realtor, I have shown homes where the appliances are stuck in time. It may be as old as 70's to early 2000. When buyers walk in the home they immediate think about expenses that, they may have to incur to update the kitchen, which is heart and soul of the h...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
Home Staging Tips-Want to Find Your Room’s Focal Point? Home staging is about allowing the possibilities of your property to be seen by potential buyers. This often involves editing items in your home and improving the condition of your property. However, there’s something else we try to do and t...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 23
If you are getting ready to buy a house, then statistics tell me that you are not likely in the market for a real estate buyer's agent. That's right, 74% of homebuyers work with the first agent they speak to, so they typically don't understand that it is in their best interest to hire a buyer's a...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 50
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! Free exposure is what first attracted me to FB as a legitimate social media option for my business. I was on a strict budget and did not have a lot of extra money to spend on marketing. The purse is a bit fuller now and I have recently been testing ways to best u...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 26
What Are You Marketing...Yourself or My Franklin TN Home? I recently received correspondence from a potential seller. He had already met with one listing agent and said he got the sense from meeting with her that she was more interested in marketing herself than his property. His question to me, ...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 15
I don't mean that there is a physical danger...The danger is in the numbers. Just because a home seller's electric bill is $300, doesn' mean yours will if you buy the home. Usage and habits in the home are the real indicator. One person leaves all the lights on and the next shuts most of them off...
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