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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 257
  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 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
Comments 211
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 ...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 41
March Madness Contest Round 4 - Final Four Well, here we are folks...down to the final four remaining competitors.  It was a great round with a couple of close match-ups that were decided by 4 or fewer comments.  Make sure to visit the competitors’ blogs over the next couple of days and show your...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 8
The match that everyione is talking about. Rent versus Buy....and the WINNER Is....?In this corner a Tentative Buyer... "Rent"   In this corner in the Red trunks is "Rent". He is battered, been flattened...coming off a previous short sale. He has taken some hard body blows. Has he learned his les...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 42
Video Inspiration in the Rain It inspires me when I check out the recent posts in my YouTube Thursdays group. We have such a variety of talent in Active Rain - quite impressive.  It's easy to get a multitude of good ideas when you take the time to see how others are using video in their marketing...
By Laura Foreman, Copywriter, Buffini & Company
(Referral Maker Real Estate CRM)
Comments 23
  Many people have a scarcity mentality; that is, they feel that there’s not enough to go around for everyone. As a result, they’re stingy with sharing their contacts, grumble when they have to share recognition and let’s not even talk about money. People with a scarcity mentality are so protecti...
By Chuck Ward Local Video Marketing, SMS Marketing, Google Plus Local Pages
(Florida Mobile Fusion Mobile, Marketing, Local SEO)
Comments 34
In my post today, I am going to teach you How to use the new CARDS feature in YouTube.  The new cards feature in YouTube is something I accidentally came across the other while uploading some of my office's Virtual Tours in Tarpon Springs FL. So with one of my Virtual Tours in Tarpon Springs FL a...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 40
Active Rain, in it's designer's infinite wisdom was designed to be interactive. Authors would write posts, and readers would comment.  Sometimes, the writers would comment back, and therein lies the conversation.  And, in my opinion, that's one of the most important things that the writers of pos...