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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- September 21 to September 27, 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!  Or i...
By Richard Zaretsky, Florida Real Estate Attorney
(THE ZARETSKY LAW GROUP P.A. - Board Certified Real Estate Atty and AUTOMATED LAND TITLE COMPANY)
Comments 17
In another development in Florida effecting potentially thousands of borrowers hoping to get rid of their mortgage because of a dismissed foreclosure case, an influential appellate court has put another nail in that coffin.  Relying on a long line of recent cases, it reiterated that a mortgage th...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 56
  I find that homeowners often have dangerous things around their homes that they are unaware of. This post is done in the spirit of keeping homeowners vigilant as to serious safety issues--and in particular combustible gas issues. If you have gas or propane at your home, you may have a gas outle...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 81
I was recently honored with a Featured post (Over 300 Blogging Ideas) that was picked up by Inman News (thank you, Laura Monroe!). If you've followed me for any length of time, you know I'm a big believer in responding to comments as much as possible. With that same thought process, I tried to be...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 102
In 3 short days (30 Sept), Google will pull the plug on its very first social network (Orkut). The vast majority of us will not miss it if we have even heard of it (it predates Facebook by a month and was actually bigger than FB in India and Brazil for several years). Sadly, it will soon join th...
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 47
  I Know You Had Pets, They Left Clues   Selling your home? We know whether or not you have had pets. As a contractor working on your home or apartment it is not my job to determine what kind and how many pets that you have had living with you. But the clues are there for those working on the hom...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 22
Today, I sat down with a couple who is looking to purchase a Franklin TN new construction home. We did what so many of these builders do--we sat down and outlined all the things my clients want in their new home. When we were finished, the couple was in sticker shock. As is so often the case, the...
By Sybil Campbell, REALTOR ABR, SFR, SRES - Amelia Island
(Century 21 John T. Ferreira and Son Inc. 500 Centre St. Amelia Island, Fl 32034)
Comments 54
Nothing is more frustrating to me than trying to show a house when the key doesn't work. During my first year as a REALTOR I was showing property near the beach. I had difficulty with several of the locks.  My buyer said he had noticed that keys were not my strong point.  Since then I've learned ...
By Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker/Owner
(Safe Haven Realty | 707-332-2560 | Serving all of Sonoma County, CA)
Comments 54
Trending ... Independent Brokers I just met with potential buyers who found me on Google. When I asked how they came across my brokerage, they said they searched for an independent broker in Sonoma County. They found four in their initial search, and after poking around a bit, they decided to cal...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 64
A Year in the Rain          I just realized it's almost October.  Wow.  I'm not sure where July & August went (did we skip a few months this year?), but I also realized that since it's September, that means I've been "Active" here on ActiveRain for a full year.  Considering I've been signed up fo...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 118
On Monday night, September 29th at 9pm (Pacific Time) we lauched the new ActiveRain Mobile optimized design for the website. What does this mean? It means that ActiveRain will now render much better on a mobile device giving any visitors via mobile a more delightful and beautiful experience where...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 77
All the time I tell myself I'm not going back in that group, I'm not going back in that group, but it's like a train wreck, I have to look.  An agent pops in a bar raising or masterminding group and posts a question with specific details about an on going transaction and my eyes widen like saucer...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 17
Bolstering Wildlife Habitat on Your Roads, Trails, and Landings. In the Lake States of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan one of the critical components often lacking in our dense forests is food rich openings. Dense forests are great for cover, but they are very deficient in the food department, ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 67
I think that this dispute over commission on seller's concession is getting rampant and juvenile. Usually, both agent's can agree to get paid less the seller's concession without going to an arbitration.   How much is the usual seller's concession? It could be from $4000 to $7500. In the State of...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 94
      In the region of Tuscany the farmer plants the grapes to make the wine. In the process of harvesting the grapes, I witnessed the farmer's passion for honoring the grapes with respect and appreciation. Instantaneously, I was filled with a new height of understanding with mutual appreciation...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
Comments 25
DOMINATE your market... How do you do this? Simple what are you passionate about? What are you strong in? What drives you? What sets you apart from your competition? Why would I choose you over another? Why or how would I know you? These and many others are great questions many may not even know ...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 69
This question comes to me with regularity from agents who purchase my prospecting letter sets.  And while I'd love to give them a hard and fast rule, there isn't one.   We all know that some marketers write so often that they become annoying, so...   How often is "just right" depends upon your ta...
By Mike McCann - Nebraska Land Broker, Nebraska Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Based in Kearney & Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 50
We have all seen the commercials...and last night the Pirate (or one of those wacky actors) asked me "What's in YOUR Wallet?" I felt the lump in the back of my pants and realized my Billfold was in my front left pocket...and my phone was in the right front pocket... but that is a story for anothe...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 23
Credit Rescores:  Pay More.  It's the Law.   It goes without saying that the mortgage process is in some ways more complicated and unforgiving than ever.  It also bears mentioning that there remains a handful of home loan professionals who have embraced these modern day challenges and found legal...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 30
Fannie Mae Guideline Change For Properties On A Private Road.  I wrote a blog on Thursday, August 6th titled "Underwriters Do Have A Sense Of Humor" in which I blogged about a question I asked my Underwriter and the response I received.  The question was on the Fannie Mae Guideline For Properties...
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