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By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 41
KITCHEN DATED?  OLD APPLIANCES?  WORN OUT FLOORING?  ALL AN INDICATION OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE. Kitchen first.  Master Bath next.  Then flooring.  Sooner or later, the house will sell.The question is, will it sell for market value or will the sale price be discounted for condition? The Challenge? ...
By Eric Hempler, Minnesota Realtor
(The Minnesota Real Estate Team)
Comments 22
In most cases the decision to sell a home has to do with a life event and sometimes, especially in a market down turn, your home may not have enough equity to allow you to sell. It might make sense to wait for the market to recover, but in some cases waiting may compound the problem. Let's take a...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 63
This is what you and I see. A pretty basement wall, in a flip, with new drywall, new receptacles, new floor molding and new carpeting. This is what my clients saw on line. Along with a couple dozen other photos. All of the photos were just as spectacular! My clients are in another state. We have ...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
Comments 49
I am writing this post in a state of shock. I can overcome many a issue and or circumstance but some things are simply too much. Today's scenario was one of those situations. One of my purchase borrowers called and emailed me before I got in the door (Thanks to the very heavy traffic). I called h...
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 67
Your Money is Well Spent in the Kitchen You are a seller faced with a dilemma. You have limited funds to get your home ready to market and though your house is neat and well maintained, it has dated colors, building products and trends of years ago.    We real estate agents know which rooms warm ...
By Jon Zolsky, Selling Daytona paradise for heavenly good prices
(Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408)
Comments 66
I owe a big “thank you” to all of my friends on AR for your support. A very big Thank you, indeed. Life is full of surprises. No surgery in the plans, but how little all our plans mean... My cardiologist did not like the results of a recent stress test, said they needed to look inside and, probab...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 48
He was the star in my blog "Houston, We have a Problem." Then he was the protagonist in "The Case of a Dying Tree." If we happened to cross each other's paths, it was not my volition.  I saw a truck pulled in front of the house.    As soon as I recognized the face coming out of the truck, my jaw ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 52
Is it a modular home?  Is a manufactured home? Is it a trailer?  What's the difference? In our market we see the term modular getting misused a LOT!  People (including some agents) are of the belief that just because you take the wheels off and put block, non load bearing around the perimeter tha...
By Laura Andersen, A HomeSOLD Name (678)462-1191 Woodstock, Georgia
Comments 42
Homes in Cherokee County You may recognize the photo to the right as the same photo in my signature below.  I get a lot of nice compliments on what a nice Kitchen this is.  The secret to the Kitchen cabinets is that they are PAINTED!  The vast majority of homes built in this area were constructed...
By Nancy Lohman
Comments 43
After selling real estate for 19 years we are packing up and moving to Denver Colorado.  This is going to be a real adventure for my husband Bob and I.  It has already proven to be a real learning experience.  We have a beautiful home and live in a wonderful neighborhood where we raised our 3 chi...
By Laura Foreman, Copywriter, Buffini & Company
(Referral Maker Real Estate CRM)
Comments 42
Planning your daily schedule is important to make sure that you complete your proactive lead generating activities and meet the needs of your clients. But, did you know that it’s also important to build in wiggle room as well? Wiggle room is a block of time where you have nothing planned…at least...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Southern Utah Residential Real Estate Agent
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 435.632.9374)
Comments 33
On my planet, there would be no hearsay or scuttlebut. Just the facts, upfront. Hearsay is hereby banned on my planet due to the potential business risks involved. Of course, this would be quite an undertaking but nothing that is worthwhile comes with little effort.  We all have responsibilities ...
By Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
(www.genemundt.com)
Comments 24
   AFTER Your Mortgage Closing: Keeping the Lines of Communication Flowing          This post, although specifically aimed at my mortgage clients, contains a message that can pertain to other service provider's customers too ...         The topic?  Communication!       Specifically, the lines of ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 21
The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) is Connecticut’s Premier Mortgage Loan Program for “First Time Homebuyers”.  CHFA is a Quasi Government Agency that provides a 30-year fixed rate Mortgage Program, with an interest rate below comparable market rates.  However, CHFA has always just...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 39
... And how you can, too!REALTOR® Shaun Nilsson used only Facebook to close 24 deals in his very first year of business and made over $165,000 in commissions. Impressed?Shaun, the social media wizard behind CityBlast.com, joins ActiveRain Community Evangelist Bob Stewart in this sponsored webinar...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 38
My experience as a real estate investor is paying off as a real estate broker. One of the circumstances many agents find themselves in is the multiple offer scenario. I had one this week. The great young couple I'm working with fell in love with a house and so did a bunch of other people.  That s...
By Melissa Polce, Lake to Land, I've Got It Covered!
(Allen Tate)
Comments 116
MY BUYERS HATE ME Well...I can't make everyone happy! I would like to think I am a friendly person, a good salesman, a pretty decent Realtor...that being said, if this whole Real Estate Agent thing doesn't work out(15 years mind you)...I would probably throw my hand in at being a stand-up comic....
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 69
Yesterday afternoon, we got a referral from one of our on-line sources for a buyer who wanted to look at a specific $600,000 home today. Mary quickly made contact with him and set up a time that would work for him. The home is listed with an independant agent neither of us had heard of previously...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Century 21 Manausa and Associates)
Comments 26
Every homeowner who wants to move has four different ways to go about it, and choosing to rent out your home is one that seems to be the default decision for those that fail in their attempts to first get the home sold. For many it can be a wise decision, allowing them to turn a problem into a lo...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 89
Geeze, take a breath!  Stop reading your script to me, and listen to me! For 90% of my working life, I’ve been selling my services or the services of my company.  I've been on the other end of the phone! The call started out nicely, but after 20 seconds I knew that I wasn't buying what she was se...
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