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By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 55
30 Posts in 30 Days? What?   What is a 30 in 30 ActiveRain challenge? It's fairly simple. First ingredient? A month with 30 days. Nobvember will fit that criteria. Bam! Second ingredient? Pretty easy. A blog post for EACH day in the month! That's right. ONE post for each day. Not 3 posts for 1 da...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 62
Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 59
“Credit Report Shows a Vehicle Charge Off”   This is what showed up when I ran a credit report. The prospective borrower told me she has contacted the creditor many times and the answer was the same. We will not discount the debt, pay us the balance we show as due. She always asked can I get an a...
By David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 80
I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
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 79
It's Only Business, But We Do Take It Personal Real Estate is serious business. We deal with lifetime decisions and the largest investments many people will ever make. It requires us to delve into the personal lives of our clients so we can understand and assist them better. It is very personal. ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 77
Oh The Mingled Aromatic Essence of Cat Pee and Mold! This was one of those houses. You know the open the door and the odor is the first thing to greet you. Then you look around to see if there is something dead, because the smell is that bad.  If you are considering doing BPOs you migh...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 107
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
Comments 63
Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate)
Comments 35
Cockroaches and keys.    First, I'm not a pest person, so perhaps thebig bugs than ran out from under the pot were not cockroaches, perhaps they were some other kind of bug.  However, when it's dusk, and I need to use the flashlight on my iphone to see what I'm doing, it really doesn't matter. I'...
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 18
Buying a multi-unit property          We've recently seen a spike in applications for multi-unit residential properties (2-4 units), and there has been much in the news about the possibility of a "multi-unit bubble".  I don't think a "bubble" is really referencing 2-4 unit properties but is more ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 52
Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space.  Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't warrant the trouble or the expense.  But for a recent ...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
Comments 31
  "There Is Only One Rule For Being a Good Talker - -Be A Good Listener"       Listening to customers and clients is one of the most important aspects of our job in real estate.  In order to serve our clients most efficiently we have to truly listen to their needs, wants, and lifestyle.     This...
By Eleanor Thorne, Cary Mortgage Loans 919-649-5057
(Steve Thorne NC Mortgage Experts)
Comments 39
I've been in the Mortgage Business since I was 15 - working with my dad during the summers at a PMI Company putting together MBS Packages for sale. That's more than 40 years of experience watching the Industry "find" fax machines, computers, pagers, and now putting a toe in the water with social ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 27
On Sunday I posted a blog titled "What Is Mattress Money".  In that blog I used a couple of terms I feel I need to further clarify a little more.  Those terms are "Compensating Factors" and "Seasoned Money".   Compensating Factors are probably the more complicated of the two so I will start with ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 57
This is my 2nd week of Tech Tips from my reading on  On this site, I come across a LOT of useful articles on SEO, content writing and social media, so I thought it might be helpful to share some of these with you.   5 little known landing page mistakes.  Landing pages can ma...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
( HomeRome Realty )
Comments 58
  This Is How I Work... By Training Others       In order to understand what inspired this post and  how I work please take a minute and read these two posts. One is by Jon Kolsky and the other by Dick Greenberg please call us back.   There was a missed call that went into voice mail and not retr...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 60
  This post is dedicated to hard-working REALTORS®, the ones the general public doesn't know about but other REALTOR® or people in the Real Estate Industry encounters in their daily life while conducting business.    This story begins with me uncovering the truth, the tales that often go unnotice...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender -, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 35
  School is in Session! The Benefits of Conventional Lending vs FHA         Mortgage Insurance is required on loans where a 20% down payment is not available from the Buyer/Borrower.        Since most all Conventional Loans in the traditional marketplace require a minimum of 5% down, (Note: I sai...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
Comments 41
The Key to Success - Does it Open the Right Door?   Of all the real estate agent stereotypes that run rampant, (the money is all we care about!) and other such unflattering generalizations, the one that has always agitated me the most is an image of the agent who comes "running with the key" and ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 57
 Choosing Someone to Cover You While on Vacation   So often when I have taken vacation I have simply continued to tackle issues back home via email, phone and text, and my absence appears seamless. I have a transaction coordinator who manages much of the paperwork flow and process, and count on h...