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By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 52
Everybody has a friend who does . . . . You name it. You know, he's a carpet-layer, a plumber, a carpenter, a mechanic, a handyman, an electrician, etc. When a problem arises, or a need comes up, call the friend, or the friend's friend who does XYZ on the side. You'll get your job done, and you'l...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 56
Are You a Niche Master or Jack of All Trades, Master of None?For most of my young adult life, I bounced from job to job, never really finding where I was really supposed to be. I came to realize that what I was good at was sales and marketing...a skill, but not a NICHE. I often felt like a Jill-o...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 23
Home delivery milkman's son's story about real estate. Growing up in Doylestown, Pa back in the days when people didn't lock their doors, left their car keys in the ignition and knew their neighbors I had the privilege to join my father in his job.  He was a home delivery milkman.  Beginning with...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 26
When I moved a box that looked quite out of place, to see what was behind, I saw the leak, before the leak, before the future leak.  Was the box there to provide artistic concealment?  Sometimes it is!  I moved the box because it was empty.Future leak?I'll get to that.This house was built in 1993...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 44
Rainer Facebook Fan PagesConsistency and engagment are the answers. What is the question? How do you generate new clients from Facebook (or any social media site for that matter)?!?! It sounds easy but it does actually take some effort as anyone who actively works on their social media presence w...
By Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers
(Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...)
Comments 23
Closing Week RELO Calls &Wants 35% of Commission-What Do You Do?So you have a Buyer's Agreement with a super wonderful couple. You find the house for them. RELO Calls Week of Closing & Wants 35% of Commission -What Do You Do?Sabrina and Darrin were looking for a new home in Atlanta for their move...
By Regina P. Brown, e-Pro Realtor
(California Coast & Country Homes, Inc.)
Comments 29
Many aspiring real estate agents are excited for the opportunity to earn their license, and may be tempted to "jump the gun" before their license is issued.  Don't make the mistake of performing licensed real estate activities before you are licensed.  Instead, focus on the things you CAN do to p...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 23
Appraisals play a huge role in obtaining financing for a property.  Therefore, everyone in the Real Estate and Lending Industries needs to be informed and have a basic understanding of Appraisal Requirements & Responsibilities For Conventional Loans.  The last opportunity I had to attended a semi...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 17
The best thing one can do when it's raining is let it rain. - Henry Wadsworth LongfellowYesterday we were showing houses to a client and at the first house the buyer commented how the neighborhood felt dreary.  Mind you, there were grey and and black storm clouds approaching and the wind was blow...
By Bernice Dubon, Calgary Alberta Realtor
(Royal LePage Solutions 403-607-9117)
Comments 10
 As a Realtor, I am often asked to help clients with the sale of property when a member of their family has passed on.  Dealing with the death of a loved one is hard enough… but dealing with all of the legal, financial, and property matters on behalf of that person adds a level of stress that can...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 35
Get ready Rainers, MeetUps are happening!!  Come one, come all.  A MeetUp is an informal gathering between ActiveRain members and anyone else in the real estate world that would like to attend.  No agenda but usually stories about ActiveRain, Rainers, business and more come up.I'd like to thank t...
By Lori Ballen, Digital Marketing Strategist
(The Ballen Group Real Estate Network, The Ballen Method)
Comments 9
In this blog post, you won’t find all of the answers. What you will find is a first-hand experience of someone who has built more than one team in life and who currently has a real estate team. You’ll hear tips and mistakes. You’ll find links to additional resources, videos on certain topics, and...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 22
Realtors Help Keep Emotions Out of the Transaction Selling or buying a home can be a stressful time for all parties involved.  Many times, the seller has sentimental attachments to their home and find it hard to see the home for what it is.  They think their home is worth so much more than it is ...
By Debra Landy, PA and NY Home Stager
(StageTwoSell LLC)
Comments 27
Have you every wondered about a good kitchen paint color?   Yesterday Stage Two Sell did a Real Estate Consultation for a seller in Horseheads NY who had done a great deal of preparing her home for sale.  Great!  There were just a few issues that we addressed.  We arranged furniture to better sel...
By Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
(Boardman Realty)
Comments 32
 In a hot real estate market, what initial offer can insulting to a home seller? 10% less than asking? 5% less? A full priced offer with 3% of buyer's closing costs paid by the seller? When housing inventory is as tight as it is currently in many north and east Minneapolis/St. Paul metro communit...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Comments 12
Buying a Home in Colorado … The “New” Market   In today’s market, buying a home in Colorado can certainly be a process of great frustration for many buyers. With most houses in the $350,000 or less range selling in a matter of HOURS, with MULTIPLE offers, for WELL over asking price, buyers are fi...
By Brenda J. Andrew, Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX
(ULTIMA REAL ESTATE)
Comments 28
Well, it isn't exactly a new tax..................or is it?????  You decide. After checking my mailbox yesterday, I received a letter from my insurance agent.  This letter was to inform me of a Primary Residence Surcharge from the Nation Flood Insurance Program.  Basically what the letter states ...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 22
Who would have thought? This is just another reason agents need to know something about the home inspectors and everyone else who is involved in a real estate transaction. Maybe a buyer hires a friend, or a friend or co-workers boyfriend or husband to do their home inspection. They can't get off ...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 12
Active Rain Meetup-Opportunity for Growth.  I have been an active blogger for many years. I have had the privlige to serve this Active Rain community as one of it's Ambassador's for many years as well.  I am often asked by non members about blogging and Active Rain. What are the benefits, how muc...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 90
Congratulations!  You’re A Homeowner - Do This Now! While it may happen in different ways in different cities. You receive the phone call.The transaction has recorded.We’re confirmed.The house is yours.Here are the keys to your new home.But wait….When you learn you have closed on your home purcha...
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