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By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 87
I Plan On Being A Millionaire Today All I need is a post and some comments, and I am there !   It was so exciting on the way - what will it feel like on the other side?   I have made a lot of friends, some of whom I will see today at Ginny's Meet Up, and had some business transactions result from...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 44
A Goal Setting Fatal Mistake, and how to Prevent it. Practitioners of “The Secret”, along with plenty of other smart people know how important it is to keep our focus on the positive. Keeping our focus on the positive rather than the negative, on what we do have rather than what we do not have is...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 58
Boomerang.  Adult children who have left home, either for college or to start a life on their own, only to return to the nest.   Both of my boys landed back at home on a few occasions.  It took me a while to get the hang of what my role was in facilitating their final flight from the nest. We ser...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 59
Gravity works, and I can see it especially in older homes when I perform the gravity check - insulation slips inside walls! This house was built in 1951.  And I see this all the time. Doing a thermal sweep around the house each room demonstrated exterior walls that looked something like this. Cav...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 53
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-December 7 to December 13, 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 39
It seems we have a game played year after year, and this year is no exception, because Once Again The Mortgage Interest Rate Deduction Is Facing Elimination.  So the phones are ringing and e-mail boxes are filling up for Senators, and Representative in Congress.   All the different Real Estate or...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 40
Saturday Subscriber Finds 81 ActiveRain is growing  and with that it means that new members are joining the Rain everyday. Newbies need our encouragement so they will continue to stick with their blogging and be consistent. Do you know any of these Members? The purpose of this series is to introd...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 62
We had a chance to visit the Alamo in San Antonio, TX last year while on our way to see some friends in Austin. These friends of ours are coming into town to visit us this year and as I was reflecting on our trip to Texas I came across the picture that I took of the Alamo. I don't know if you're ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 140
Over the last ten years I've heard the same complaints repeatedly. Over and over again I try and explain to my friends, family, customers and clients why we agents do the things we do. I can't say my opinions are the voice of all 1 million agents across the industry, but I suspect many of them ha...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 57
If a Real Estate Agent had 10 wishes, What do you think they would ask for? As we enter the Holiday Season of Hanukkah and Christmas, check out the TOP 10 things they may be asking for this Holiday Season.   THE TOP 10 GIFTS Real Estate Agents SEEK 1. Buyers to get pre-qualified prior to looking ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 40
 If you are considering building a home or remodeling your present home....we encourage you to before you sign on the dotted line of the read the WHOLE contract...and have it reviewed by a Realtor experienced in these areas...or perhaps an attorney. You cannot base your comittment...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender -, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 36
  How Is the Mortgage Process Like and Differ From a Roller Coaster?      Going through today's Mortgage Process can be much like being on a racing roller coaster.  The similarities and parallels between the two are endless.           Examples:  Both have highs.  Both have lows.       At times, e...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Comments 35
For Me, The Best Gifts to Give Are Home Made So many times, we get caught up in the ongoing search for the perfect Christmas gift to present to our loved ones on Christmas morning.  We scour the stores finding that special thing that we think will make the recipient beam with joy. It can be a dau...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 78
“How to Handle Someone that Plans on Writing Negative Reviews”   A couple of weeks ago I received a call from someone letting me know they were planning on writing a negative review.   Have you ever heard beware of a dog that doesn’t bark. To me it is the same type of thing. She needed to bark a...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 28
If a Home Buyer had 10 wishes, What do you think they would ask for? As we enter the Holiday Season of Hanukkah and Christmas, check out the TOP 10 things Home Sellers may be asking for this Holiday Season.   THE TOP 10 GIFTS HOME BUYERS SEEK 1. A "Good" Buyer Broker who will guide them through t...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
( Inc)
Comments 20
One of my favorite commercials is a guy working out with his personal trainer. The trainer asks him if he’s been eating his vegetables every day. When he replies, “When I can,” the trainer bops him on the head. He could have had a V8! Just like the man thought that eating his daily vegetables wou...
By Courtney Parham
Comments 18
  As 2014 is coming to a close, we will be flooded with recaps of everything from the previous 350+ days. These recaps will be anything from the best TV shows or movies, most over played pop song of the year, a countdown of the best pranks from your favorite morning show. No matter how big or sm...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 69
This is Why You Do Localism Posts! If you're new to ActiveRain, or a lifer and need a boost, kick in the pants, a "get moving" inspiration . . . I hope this post rejuvenates you into doing LOCALISM posts. Here's what happened today: I have a tracker on my site and from time-to-time I'll check it ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 50
Try Including This Habit into Your Daily Lifestyle - Pay it Forward   I would like to present a positive habit for all to try and include into their lifestyle.  Over the weekend some friends of mine and I had the great opportunity to help one another and all we asked in return was to Pay it Forwa...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 26
Well, it's that time a year again when house fires are more common, and people wait until last minute to order firewood and have their chimneys cleaned. People also grab whatever supplemental heat devices they have handy, and most likely havn't been used since last winter. Those include electric ...