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By Mary Weiss
(ActiveRain)
Comments 27
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of you wonderful peeps!   We are closing the office early today (noon PST) and will return to the office on Monday, December 29th.   During this time, we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a relaxing break from all your hard work. If you need any...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 36
  Words of Wisdom From Gandhi and Buddha      These are wise words of enlightenment for all to listen to and consider. Always ask yourself, are the people, thoughts, and events that surround me add value to my life or take away value.  If they are taking away, you may want to rethink the amount o...
By Dave Halpern, Louisville Short Sale Expert
(Keller Williams Realty Louisville East (502) 664-7827)
Comments 10
Louisville KY has many historic neighborhoods such as Highlands, Original Highlands, Germantown, Butchertown, Clifton, Crescent Hill and more. Within and underneath beautiful historic homes are plumbing materials that simply do not stand the test of time.             Brass, galvanized steel, copp...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 70
Using the wrong word makes whole sentences make no sense, so it really does pay to learn which is proper.   Three problem pairs that I've been seeing a lot lately are: Compliment /complement Loose / lose Devices / devises Let's start at the top: A compliment is something you pay when you say some...
By ActiveRain Real Estate Network
(ActiveRain)
Comments 0
  ActiveRain awards points to our members as a way to motivate them to engage with others and share their expertise.  You can earn points through community events like entering a contest, taking a survey, attending a meet-up, but most of the points you accumulate will come from the daily interact...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 59
Today’s affluent consumers are experiencing digital fatigue and are more likely to be drawn to a company because of personal attention and personalized experiences than their presence online.  These are values that cannot be expressed online, because online means mass appeal, something everyone ...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 99
As we gather together this holiday season, I would like to propose participation in the following behavioral experiment: When there are ten or more people in a room, count how many of them at any given time are disconnected from the people around them and are otherwise engaged in the virtual real...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 92
 In our market, we don't see offers written with the Buyer asking for closing cost credit very often.  The inventory is lower and the competition is keener for the house that the buyer wants to call home.     Agent Suzy got an offer with closing costs credit of more than twice the number that co...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 61
We are pleased to announce that on Monday, December 22nd, at 11PM Eastern, ActiveRain successfully launched our latest round of updates and bug fixes for the community. The primary focus for this round of work was on our Points System.  We award points as a way to encourage people to contribute g...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Dallas Premier Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 75
    "I WILL HONOR CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART AND TRY TO KEEP IT ALL YEAR LONG"   By Charles Dickens       My community is home to a very special tree that has grown over time in a remote area around a place called Bartonville. If you’re not a local, you would have a difficult time finding this tree a...
By Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
(Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!)
Comments 58
Holiday Traditions from Around the World! Presents, carolling, holiday decorations, special cookies and foods... some  holiday traditions are almost universal.  But then there are some that are specific to a country, regions, or even just your family!  I was reading about holiday traditions from ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 63
In the process of clearing emails, checking out Active Rain and glancing over Facebook I came across a very disturbing Facebook post. It was written by a man who said, "2 down. 49000 to go. Not 'an execution' just a minor insurrection and a bit of humble revenge." The post included a copy of the ...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 34
Hello Rainers, We are going to have some downtime on the site tonight for our some planned upgrades on ActiveRain.  The website will be down on Monday, December 22nd, starting at 8PM Pacific (11PM Eastern) for approximately 3 hours. This will be our final release for 2014 and will include include...
By Rebecca Gaujot, the GO TO REALTOR, Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
(Coldwell Banker Stuart & Watts Real Estate)
Comments 76
  9 Volt Batteries can burn down your house if stored improperly!  This video may save your life and/or your home!!  Please watch this video and forward to friends and family.     I just found two 9 volt batteries and covered their ends with electrical tape! How do you get rid of your old batters...
By Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
(BHG The Masiello Group)
Comments 51
        The Holidays are a wonderful time of the year.  A couple of years ago, I was visiting my family in Oklahoma.          For over twenty years, on Christmas evening, we gather at my cousin Sue's home.  After a delicious dinner, it is an established tradition that one person is designated by ...
By Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
(Realty Group Referrals)
Comments 45
I told Santa that you have been nice!   Dolores and I had the opportunity to meet with Santa Claus during a recent visit to Colonial Williamsburg. I was surprised to discover that Santa was familiar with the ActiveRain network. He is a pretty smart guy and I suspect that he knows that real estate...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 42
Let's face it.  There are a lot of amazing bloggers on ActiveRain who could make this list every week.  They've been around here forever, they write good stuff, and I've gotten to meet many of them at various meetups and RainCamps over the years.  But today, I tried a little variation on my weekl...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 46
I have discussed flipped houses in the past. Flipping houses has become as much a part of the American lexicon as Apple Pie and the 4th of July. The whole topic has been building up pressure in my head like a napping volcano for quite some time. It has finally melted through and flowed onto my ke...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 52
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-December 13 to December 20, 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 it c...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 28
A question I am asked by Borrowers who have gotten themselves in trouble financially in the past, and are now working to get their finances back in order is, Does Consumer Credit Counseling Disqualify A Borrower For A Mortgage?  The quick answer is NO, just participating in Consumer Credit Counse...
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