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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 73
    "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 52
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 75
  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 47
        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 51
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 27
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...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 24
A front staircase disaster.  Lean to the left.  Lean to the right. Just looking at it from the car pulling up I knew I was in for some interesting work. And looking around the neighborhood I could see this house wasn't alone.  Some houses had similar schlock work (apparently builder done) and oth...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 75
We Don't Know What We Don't Know | We Trust The Experts To Educate Us     There is so much bad information out there. There are far too many "experts" on the planet. In my opinion this is largely due to the fact that most of them are self-professed experts that truly don't know squat.  Alternativ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 53
Whether it's your annual Christmas season travel plans or that Summer time get-away, millions of Americans travel all over the Country and the Globe to enjoy their hard earned vacations. But what about your house? How do you make sure your home is the same as when you left it when you return? He...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 55
I grew up in a family where you were encouraged to get a job and stay there until you retire. I was told from an early age that you should count yourself lucky if you found that job, and you would be crazy to give it up. When I left my first good job after 5 years, my family thought I had lost my...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 55
Saturday Subscriber Finds 83 Christmas Edition   This week I want to highlight some members that I want to send some special Christmas cheer their way. These Members have had some real challenges with health issues or taking care of family members that were sick. In spite of that they popped in a...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 90
As with all things in life, expectations often exceed reality. That said, hoping for something is different than making it happen. Particularly at this time of year expectations run high: the perfect family, the perfect holiday, the perfect get together. I have found both personally and professio...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 44
      What is there not to like about being liked? When ActiveRain started imitating Facebook with the "Like" feature I thought it was goofy. I thought to myself, "Self, whose brain fart was this? It will never catch on." I will admit, it took me quite some time to warm up to this feature. Not th...
By Kelly Young, Colorado Springs Real Estate ~ 719-226-0126
(The Platinum Group Realtors)
Comments 61
Driving home today I was listening to an interview on NPR with Garth Brooks.  He was talking about going home to Oklahoma and realizing that he did not know his 3 young daughters very well and they did not really know their Dad.  At that time he decided to step aside from his music career and be ...
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