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By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 53
Today when I left me house for an appointment, something fluttered to the ground as I opened the front door and stepped onto the front porch. What have we here?  Why lo and behold!  It's a real estate agent's business card.  It looked new and shiny and unwrinkled.  My guess that some swee...
By Gwen Banta
(Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 47
  Hey friends, it's Blooper Day! I just returned from a brief vacation loaded with hilarious MLS gaffes. Of course, it's Friday - when I usually get loaded anyway - but that's not for publication. Thanks to Jane Peters of Los Angeles for remaining my ever-faithful blooper scout. Chec...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 34
You've cancelled your home inspection???  That's false economy!   My buyers, the Joneses, located their perfect country home in Haworth, OK.  They are local residents that have been living in town and have always dreamed of living in the country.  They decided to do it!  Life is rushing b...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 27
I was sitting at a closing last week and the attorney warned the buyers of a new "scam" going around. It seems someone is going through the public records and mailing a letter to new purchasers telling them for $85.00 they can get a "certified" copy of their deed.   Here's...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 38
The best way to rise in the Google rankings is to use your website in conjunction with your ActiveRain blog. The majority of my blogging is done on ActiveRain. I am happy to see my ActiveRain blog posts ranking highly in the SERPS (search engine results pages). However, ActiveRain doesn't giv...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Comments 22
Certain potential buyers often go in all directions from one day to the next as to what they want to do while they are looking for houses. At some point in time, they will make a decision and have their agent make an offer. MAKING AN OFFER THAT THE CLIENT CAN LIVE WITH. It is up to the client'...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 16
CHANGE IS INEVITABLE ~ LEARN TO EMBRACE IT It seems that many of us have a first reaction to change that is negative.  In some reflection concerning change, it is important to note that without change there is no LIFE!  As a former high school Biology teacher one of the first lessons that I taugh...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 91
  We Don’t Want “Those” Kinds of Buyers Here   One of the facets of my career is helping to educate the homeowners associations why it is so important to get their condominium project approved with HUD.  At times, it is interesting to me at how difficult this undertaking can be. I can understand ...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 11
Where Do I Send My FHA Condominium Approval Submission? I get many emails that are generated by my ActiveRain blog.  This morning I received one that asked “where do I send my FHA condominium approval submission?” Several years ago, HUD had local offices located in each state and they consolidate...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 33
  VA Loans Denied Because Condo Project Not On HUD’s List   I met today with a friend who is a Vice President for a national lender.  We were talking about reasons why condominium projects should get approved with HUD.  He threw me a curveball that I hadn’t previously heard. He said that within t...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 32
My Condo’s FHA Approval Expired – Can I Still Close? Yesterday, FHA held a webinar on the Condominium Project Approval Process.  There were nearly 250 people on the call and judging by the questions asked many of the participants were from lenders. As a Project Consultant, I do not typically get ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 75
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! Ya'll are a fascinating bunch! I often get sent emails about this or that concerning FB but 2 of the things that have stuck out recently are: a) Those that ask me not to showcase their Facebook Fan Page yet because it "is not ready". With the except...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
( | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 16
Communication | Brevity vs. Brilliant Explication Success in this business truly boils down to mastering two key components of our jobs - beyond principles (honesty, integrity, etc.) -  1.  Impeccable 'Project Management' skills 2.  Excellent communication skills. Project (transaction) ma...
By Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land at LA
(Dockside Realty)
Comments 54
Hey agents, haven't you ever heard of a referral? Sometimes I have a feeling that there are some agents who will say they are looking out for the interest of their clients when in fact they are thinking of their own bank account instead. Why do I make this statement? It is because I have seem...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 107
You want to write a crap post?  Huh?   It's been awhile since I've taken any ARU classes. And I thought it was time to sharpen my writing skills. I reached out, again. to a fellow ActiveRain blogger and asked for his advice. He suggested I do what he does, write crap.  HUH?  Crap?  Now wh...
By Sondra Meyer, Colorado Horse Property Specialist
(Star View Real Estate)
Comments 21
This month Donna Foerster has challenged us to think about how we give back to our communities via her contest, "What Have You Done to Make a Difference in Your Community."   In addition to staying informed about what is going on my community/city and voting, I regularly engage in vario...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN®
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 81
Buyer Agents, Please Be Considerate of Sellers -  Our first showing today on a new clients home didn't go so well.  This couple and their 2 year old and 2 dogs left when told to leave. They stayed away and the husband circled back a few times.  It DID NOT look as if anyone had been there, so ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 42
Blatant self-promotion? You know it! To stay in business, owners must actively and consistently market themselves, to speak of their abilities and strong suits in order to direct traffic to their company. It is not enough to show up and just stand in the corner at local functions or be a weak onl...
By Jenn Tervo
Comments 33
Facebook Ads:  Friend or Foe? Ever since Craigslist tightened their reigns, it made it close to impossible for us to generate a steady stream of leads from the infamous classifieds website, we’ve had to start thinking outside the box for new and innovative ways to get in front of consumers.  I’ve...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 27
Most time before a closing the buyer and seller are binding. Unelss there's a material breach the buyer is contractually and legally obligaged to perform. Performing means getting your butt to closing and signing paperwork. But what is an Act of God? An Act of God is a legal term that defines...