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By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 57
Now that you've dished the secrets, let's switch it up a little bit.  What are the top loves about your profession?  What gets you up in the morning and makes you happy about your career?   Is it the feeling you get when you hand over the keys?  Or that moment you call your clients to let them kn...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 17
Your Loan Commitment Letter Has Conditions You Must Meet   One of the big steps in the transaction for buyers getting a loan is receiving the commitment letter from the lender that you have been approved. This commitment is subject to a series of conditions, extensive in some cases, that must be ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 27
Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next?   Often times I get calls from people who have recently acquired a parcel of Forestland and recognizing that they have a prized asset, seek to find some expert advice on how to maximize this asset.       The first critical step is to have an ap...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 48
Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the  Powerball!!! OK. OK. I didn't really win the Powerball. But,  with this, my 1,400th post, your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent now joins the 118 other ActiveRain millionaires! So, for those of you who've been faithful subs...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 39
Have you Read the Rules & Regulations for the HOA?   When buyers are contemplating a purchase in a multi-family complex, they need to read the Home Owner Association rules and regulations to be sure you can live with the rules put into place.     Most HOAs are fair, and want to keep the community...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 49
Do Borrowers Need A Two Year Work History In Order To Purchase A Home?  I continue to talk to Borrowers who think they cannot qualify to purchase a house because they have not worked for the same employer for two years.  While Borrowers need a two year work history to purchase a home, it does not...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 51
Today, I revved up my computer and looked at a listing that a client is interested in buying.  And the  information on our multiple listing service (Metropolitan Regional Information System, or MRIS) was a little confusing.   On MRIS, one of the first blanks to fill in is the one to let colleague...
By Ken Jones Sells Homes
(Realty ONE Group)
Comments 73
The Open House Myth begins with the Open House sign virtually every local street corner every weekend which reflects the widely held, but factually untrue belief (a/k/a a "myth") that by inviting the general public into one’s home such foolishness will result in the sale of that home. Although a ...
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 38
Want Something?  Ask for it.          The worst you can be told is 'no'.  If you don't ask, that's the answer you're sitting on anyway.  So why not go ahead, put out a request, and see what happens?  In reality, you'll likely be surprised by how often 'yes' is the answer.  Human nature avoids con...
By Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 38
Real Estate-104 How Many Paydays Do You Want?   Years ago, when I was new to the business, I had a mentor who was a great realtor. She taught me a lot of lessons on ethics, customer care and especially about client retention. She had a ton of clients and did a lot of business, and most of her bus...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 61
One of our Orange County, NY real estate listings was burglarized recently, right after a weekend of showings. The thieves got away with jewelery, cash, portable computers, the usual swag. The listing agent called me to report this and that home owners had complained to her that it must have been...
By Trulia Pro Blog, Real Estate Advice From Real Estate Professionals
Comments 14
A stale listing? In this market? We know—in hot markets, inventory is still low, buyers are jumping and many listings are still getting multiple offers. But all of this can make it even more frustrating for agents if you have a listing that isn’t pulling in strong offers or is stalling on a sale....
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 42
Are there any secrets left in real estate? Have we bared our soul and our selling secrets so often the mysterious sauce is available to all? Have we shared every last tidbit of knowledge we've garnered from our years on the front line and in the trenches? Are consumers now privy to so much real ...
By Jenn Hart, Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
(Jefferson Properties)
Comments 26
Recently I overheard an agent complaining about receiving "robo-texts" requesting feedback just seconds after opening the door to a listed property.  It wasn't the inquiry or desired feedback that the agent objected to, it was the impersonal nature of the request.  The agent said he was happy to...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 73
I apologize to Agent and Broker members of ActiveRain. Please accept my apology for the recent post(s) and comments apologizing for many agents representating our profession. I've been selling real estate for many years and have met and dealt with more agents than I can remember.  I can say witho...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 26
  You Will Be Evaluated “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by those four contacts: What we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker     As ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 37
There is no shortage if excitement in Real Estate. While showing a Manchester NH area Home, I was answering questions from Mrs. Buyer. I noticed the Mr. buyer and their agent were gone. Mrs. buyer said, there he is as she points to a tree in the back. I head out back and I was not sure I should a...
By LaNita Cates
(REMAX of Joliet)
Comments 9
Last week I met an appraiser at one of my listings in Plainfield. Super nice guy and we got to talking about the market and homes. The topic of "unique" homes came up which caused us both to laugh a bit.  In our business we hear "our house is unique" or "our house has more than others in the subd...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 54
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  We Do Things Differently 'Round Here Real estate is a funny thing.  The core purpose is the same state to state, town to town:  transfer ownership of a property from one person to another in exchange for what is usually sizable sums of money. And from that core starting point ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 35
Sellers have many concerns but, in the end, there are two overriding concerns when a home seller receives a purchase offer - terms and ability to close. Most think price alone is the greatest consideration but, in my opinion, "terms" is more appropriate.  Terms include price. Although at first gl...
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