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By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 63
Remember your firsts? They are markers in your life.   Let me start by saying that this is a bittersweet post. I am losing someone precious to me that is a first. But, to begin, let’s go back to those firsts. The firsts in our lives are true MOMENTS. Remember your first car? Your first kiss? Your...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 63
Sampling All 31 Flavors And Not Buying A Cone: How NOT to Home Shop The month of July is National Ice Cream Month . . . and why not?  With Summer in full swing: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! How annoying would it be if all a customer does is sample the flavors, all 31 of them...
By Mahesh Kashyap
Comments 50
For sale signs seem to be a new fad in yard art.  Over the past months, many more signs have been popping up in yards around my Dallas neighborhood.  I have noticed more "For Sale by Owner" signs than in years past and so it made me wonder if these people were cheating the system or if ...
By Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor, Laguna Beach & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395
(HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395)
Comments 61
Chase Bank and The Widow: A Success Story   I occasionally go to dinner with a few other widows in my area. I am not a regular attender as for me it's best to move on from these kinds of labels and limitations. I have become good friends with one of the ladies in the group. We share a simila...
By Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes
(Home Point Real Estate)
Comments 45
Closing an Escrow – Stress Test! Closing an Escrow in my opinion can sometime be more stressful than getting married. At least when you are getting married you know what date it is going to happen (generally). Although there are smooth escrows and a good agent and good lender can ease many of the...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC)
Comments 90
  What Will I Do With My Million   Today I became the newest millionaire in ActiveRain.  I’ve been giving some thought to what I might do with my new million.    First – I would like to buy a Winnebago and head across the country visiting all my AR friends.  Wouldn’t that be too much fun! Since I...
By Liz Lockhart, GRI, Cape Girardeau Real Estate
(Riverbend Realty, Cape Girardeau, MO)
Comments 66
Dear Listing Agent:  Put the details in the MLS sheet If you want feedback, don't get defensive when I give it If I tell you that my client isn't interested, don't continue to bug me Last week, I showed houses all day for three days (25 to 30 houses), and I have been showing houses th...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 63
IT'S A HOT MARKET ~ I THINK I WILL GET IN TO REAL ESTATE!   Our south Texas market is HOT, HOT, HOT right now!  With this real estate boom, I hear from more and more people that they are getting into real estate because they believe that they will make some quick and easy money?  WHAAAATTTT??...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 104
If Everything goes according to the plan, ActiveRain will release our next round of enhancements to the community on July 28th (along with a squashing a huge pile of bugs.....your 'following' button will definitely be back). On Monday the 28th, we will let you know for sure if the updates...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 59
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  But I Was Going To Write About That!! It happens regularly!  I'm mulling an idea for a blog post and cruising around in the Rain and ...uh oh....someone beat me to it!  The topic is almost identical to what I'd planned, now what?  There are a few choices: Throw the top...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team with Jefferson Properties)
Comments 45
Buying a Home While Self Employed This year my husband and I decided to purchase another investment property. If you have been reading my blog, you know we have purchased 8 properties over the last 14 years. In most of those cases the mortgage has gone into my husband's name simply because I ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 51
When showing a home Monday an agent was gushing over "how I could find so much time to Blog every day". Is it even worth it they asked? They saw that I recently climbed to the #1 spot on Active Rain for the State of NH. They then asked "What is next? You can not climb higher."...
By Suzanne Otto, Your Montgomery County PA home stager
(Six Twenty Designs)
Comments 34
Easy Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal You know what they say, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. When you're selling your Montgomery County PA home, curb appeal counts. It's the first thing a buyer sees when they find your home on the internet. And as Montgomery Co...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 71
You Don’t Have to Comment! We spend a lot of time suggesting that we engage in ActiveRain by not only reading posts here, but also making comments.  And, that is absolutely true.    Commenting: 1. Lets people know that someone read their post 2. It can let them know who we are- tell them a little...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 108
Putting the Cart Before the Horse It Won't Help You Find Your Castle When it comes time to move up from a starter home to a bigger house many homeowners want answers. Figuring out what a new home is going to cost is of concern. The questions arise as to the value of the current home and what ...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 57
Who's ready to rock and roll?!?!?  I'm so very happy to announce the 2014 Summertime ActiveRain Meetup Locations!!  Thank you to the hosts for organizing this round, without you there would be no MeetUp love.   If you have any questions regarding the MeetUp, please feel free to contact th...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
(ActiveRain)
Comments 65
Inman's Real Estate Connect conference was last week in San Francisco. For those of you not familiar, twice a year the technology crowd in the real estate industry descend on either San Francisco or New York to hash out where the industry is headed technologically.  Just about every great new...
By Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
(www.genemundt.com)
Comments 19
The ABC's of DTI's  (Debt-to-Income Ratios)          Definition of Debt-to-Income Ratio:   The figure that represents how much of your income is spent repaying your recurring monthly debts.  The HIGHER your Debt-to-Income Ratio is, the more of your monthly income is being devoted to payi...
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
Should You Share Scuttlebutt About the Neighborhood with Your Seller? In the last few weeks I have had cases where I  have heard things said about the neighborhoods in which I have listings. These are not factual statements and are more an opinion or conjecture. However as you can imagine these r...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 28
Putting the REAL In Real Estate I've lived in Fairfield County for most of my life, and in Wilton for over 40 years, and am able to bring real local knowledge to those looking to move into or out of the area. One of the things I love about being a realtor is helping families meet their needs:...
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