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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 60
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 74
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 76
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 15
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 65
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 24
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...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 37
First Words Spoken -  It's been said that people will tell you the most important things about their lives first, if we'll just listen.  Whether it's for personal reasons or professional reasons, listening is key as the First Words Spoken oftentimes reveal the most imprortant facts about the othe...
By Debbie Stolle
(Integrity FIRST REALTORS)
Comments 35
On any given Housing Hunt day, lone buyers or buyers working with agents are going to go into many homes. At the end of the day or especially a long weekend search, a lot of the homes are going to merge together in the buyer's mind. I have experienced it with buyer's myself. We may go to a new su...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 63
I'm Breaking Bad, Tired of the Rules Every now and then I get tired of being told what to do. My nature is generally compliant and I play by the rules but sometimes something inside of me snaps and says, "You don't have to do that or why should I have to be nice?" Today I'm Breaking Bad, Tired o...
By Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
(GreatWest Realty)
Comments 50
Imagine for a moment that you are thinking life is pretty good in your little 3 bedroom 2 bath home, sitting on a 60 x 110 foot city lot.  Before given an opportunity, you wonder if it will shake up your perfect world to be provided a chance to visit Biltmore House, with its meager 178,926 square...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 52
Does the lure of big commission checks have you considering a career in real estate?  Of course! All you have to do is sell a single house and you'll make lots of money.  Here's your inside guide to the secrets on how you can make lots of money as a REALTOR. BTW, that's pronounced "REAL-TOR" not ...
By ActiveRain Contests
(ActiveRain)
Comments 51
Crowdsourcing:  How do you prepare your business for the fall and winter? A good friend of mine was contemplating putting her house on the market, but decided to wait because, as she put it, “houses don’t sell in the winter.”  While I know this isn’t the case, many agents – and consumers for that...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 77
As many of you have experienced (some of you even though you probably haven't noticed) there is an issue with the ActiveRain scoring algorithm that is causing some members to lose points from time to time (or in some drastic cases almost every day). In some cases the losses are as little as 5-10 ...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 51
 Financing a home purchase is not as scary as some make it out to be as long as the buyer and their agent do their due diligence!  The buyer must submit their documents to secure their loan and respond quickly to any lender requests for further documentation.  I know it seems like they want proof...
By Bob Ratliff, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 35
Should homeowner’s selling their home offer a “Home Warranty”? Many real estate agents will agree it is good practice for homeowners to offer their buyer a home warranty at closing. Buyers need to know a home warranty is not the same thing as homeowners insurance. Home Warranty is a contract betw...
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