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By Kyle Reyes
Comments 8
 Even though I worked in journalism for nearly a decade, I didn't understand the power of a publicist.If anything, I hated them.When studying journalism in college, we were taught that journalists are good and public relations people are bad.  Many professors created this imaginary battle in whic...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 8
How to Sell a HomeVideo Tips Series for Carlsbad Home SellersThe Written Marketing Plan Selling a Carlsbad home is complex, and time consuming, no matter how experienced you might be. This is true even in our busy market where inventory is low. My “How to Sell a Home” tips and advice video series...
By Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you
(Lyon Real Estate)
Comments 56
One of the things I will never do is drag up an instance in which I suggested a client do one thing and a client chose to do some other thing. Because it's always their choice to make these decisions. Do I feel as though I have failed them somehow if they choose badly and it comes back to bite? Y...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 38
If you know me at all, you know how much I enjoy photo editing.  For quite awhile, Kathy Streib has been wanting me to show her how I do what I do.I've made some tutorial videos on photo editing, but it's not the same as actually working with someone in person.It's been our hope that someday we c...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 27
A recent study by ID Analytics titled "Millennials: High Risk or Untapped Opportunity?" gives a mixed review on How Credit Worthy Are Millennials.  This is important because the way millennials are perceived and their credit worthiness is very important to their ability to qualify for a mortgage ...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 11
No Pooled Insurance Without a Master AssociationThis may be one of those cases where FHA makes internal changes to its guidelines for condominium project approval and doesn’t tell anyone, which sometimes happens.  We who submit condominiums for FHA project approval often don’t learn about such in...
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 20
Can I Switch Mortgage Lenders if an Appraisal is already done?       In a word, YES.  You can.  In an explanation, like so many things in the mortgage world, it's a gray area.  Some lenders won't accept them at all.  Others will require a borrower use a certain loan product if they want to use an...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 61
 Congrats to the ActiveRain Community as you were picked up by the Washington Post today!  I love seeing major publications quote your valuable insights.  Tammy Lankford, wrote a post,  Does Your Agent Look at Your Housing Needs or Their Commission First? which currently has over 100 comments.  M...
By Francine Viola, Realtor, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs
(Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA)
Comments 17
How to Win a Real Estate Bidding War without Being the Highest BidderWith the real estate market in the Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater, WA areas shifting to a seller’s market, buyers are finding themselves in a bidding war.  But buyers can win without being the highest bidder and here are the two ke...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(203kOnLine.com, covering California & most other states)
Comments 5
We have your back when it comes to remodelingThat is just what it means to be a 203k consultant or renovation/remodel consultant. Most people don't remodel their home very often and guess who knows it? That is correct, the contractors know it and quite often they capitalize on it. Task was to add...
By Lydia Puller, Realtor, San Rafael Luxury Homes for Sale
(Vanguard Properties)
Comments 3
4 Best Ways to Improve the Entryway of Your San Rafael Luxury Home An entryway is often overlooked but this space gives the first impression of your house to your guests or potential buyers. The entryway signals the beginning to any interior and the way you design it can spell the difference betw...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 56
Our Latest Acquisition - A Backyard Bee and Bee We’ve just ordered a Bee and Bee for our backyard garden. Friends of the Earth is sending us a bamboo bee house specifically designed to attract Mason Bees. Our donation will help the planet and hopefully save the bees. Mason bees are native and non...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 45
We all know "those" people. The co-workers at the office that will draw you in to a 30 minute conversation every time they see you when time is sparse and you have a million things to do. The neighbor who you avoid so that you don't have to listen to their never-ending tales of despair as their l...
By Julie Morales, Your Partner is Real Estate
(RE/MAX Cinco Ranch)
Comments 22
A jubilant optimism has convoluted homeowners. And for good reasons. Fixed low interest rates, appreciating home values, and hopes of refinancing culminate to a rather bright outlook. However, one thing has changed… the Appraisal District has finally decided to wipe the sleep from its eyes and pl...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 35
In the process of doing your job, how many people do you put to work? Let's start with what you do personally – Because you have an income, you provide jobs by purchasing food, gasoline, clothing, shoes, cars, insurance, restaurant meals, travel, toys and entertainment, education, household furni...
By Tabitha Rector-Richardson, Premier Homes Realty (443) 415-4215
(Premier Homes Realty)
Comments 15
  Home Inspection vs. AppraisalWhat's the difference? For many first-time home buyers, the difference between a home inspection and an appraisal is confusing. Are home Buyers required to have a home inspection and an appraisal when purchasing a house?  It is encouraged for Buyers to have a home i...
By Darren Copeland, Darren Copeland
(Leader One Financial)
Comments 15
To know the importance of getting pre-approved means that before you begin the exciting process of looking for a home, you need to connect with a local mortgage lender. A trusted mortgage lender can then begin the process of getting you pre approved. Why should I get pre approved first?There are ...
By Nelson Carrillo, South San Diego, CA Homes For Sale
(McMillin Realty - Phone: (619) 940-6560)
Comments 27
  Five Ways to Increase Home Value on a Budget Summer is coming! It’s time to begin the projects and repairs that you have been putting off all winter. Whether you plan on moving in the near future or are just looking to spruce up your home, these five thrifty ways to increase the value of your h...
By Jon Kolsky, Licensed California Real Estate Broker
(Kolsky Realty & Management)
Comments 27
 In Front of Buying a Home “Have All Your Ducks Lined Up.”  Before you plan on buying a home, you need to know that buying a home is a complex process. Buying a home is a smart wealth-building plan especially for those that end up doing it right purchasing their dream property for their long-term...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 17
I had an inspection last week in a historical section of Albuquerque called Nob Hill. Nob Hill is adjacent to UNM (University of New Mexico). It is a mile long stretch on Central Ave., which is also Route 66. Lots of unique shops (and people), trendy restaurants and chic nightspots. Very cool are...
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