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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 57
  What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- August 23 to August 30, 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 co...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 34
Your Character Will Become Your Calling Card “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” J. C. Watts   As I see it. . . . . . . . Your character wil...
By David Shamansky, Creative, Aggresive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtgs
(US Mortgages - David Shamansky)
Comments 31
We all have heard "NOTHING in life is easy" or maybe the variation of "who said life is easy", right? Well I think about this and especially in this industry we have our fair share of trials and tribulations. That got me thinking if it were easy would we appreciate it? If it were easy wouldn't ev...
By Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 65
From the home page of ActiveRain, there is a link that you can click "Membership Roster" that is a neat tangent to explore when you are surfing the site. As you click on each of the years of ActiveRain's existence, you realize it looks a lot like a school yearbook. Which class are you in? Are you...
By Brian Brady, VA Home Loans/San Diego
(San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751)
Comments 38
Assume you have a home listed for $500,000 and you're getting offers under $475,000. You're countering these offers at $485,000 because you're trying to preserve some profit on the sale. You might be focused on the wrong thing.    Buyers pay mortgage payments, not price. In this case, the buyer m...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 59
Best Comments On Your Blogposts-What They Say About Your Writing Style Sometimes when writers write, they are baring their souls to the readers. Other times, it's "strictly the facts, ma'am."  Whatever it is, the comments that you get from your followers can make you belt out a laugh, create an "...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker, NW Metro Atlanta
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 39
Buckle your seat belts because I am about to hold forth and reveal the secret information that has been eluding you all for years. The secret key to nearly every thing you ever wanted to know is this... ARE YOU READY??? YOU REALLY NEED TO LEAN IN... ARE YOU AS CLOSE TO YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN AS YOU...
By Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 44
Most real estate agents I know are very cautions about giving out any information about their clients, past or present. Of course, there is the occassional social media, or blog post blunder, but that doesn't happen too often. As a group, we tend to be especially cautious when it comes to giving ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 38
Saturday Subscriber Finds 66 Welcome to the 66th edition of Saturday Subscriber Finds. For new readers...this is a series where you will learn about three different Active Rain members each week. Sometimes there's a theme, but often times it a random selection of members I've discovered over the ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 31
Why I Like To Be On the Job Site       I would like nothing more than to sit at my office and market my business, enjoy the air conditioning, and schedule my crew to do all the physical labor. That is what I have seen others do and I have envied them for being able to do this. But there seems to...
By Tom White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN--South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 870-8169 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 61
Why are we so attracted to Sunrises and Sunsets? I was reading a post by Kathy Streib this morning and I realized that I'm a sucker for any post that includes pictures of sunrises or sunsets. I started wondering what the heck is it that so attracts me to the photos and maybe even more so to the a...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 40
If you you think Listing and Selling Foreclosed and REO Homes is easy, you may want to read this. One particular bank asks agents to attend the Foreclosure auction usually held in front of the property. If the bank buys the home back, the listing is assigned. On this special day arriving early to...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 100
Too often, I have read posts that touch upon the weaknesses in our profession.  Frequently, these weaknesses are attributed to the lack of formal education by many real estate agents, and it’s often suggested that an additional requirement of the candidate having an undergraduate degree be added...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 41
The The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB)  finally got to the point of interferring with the real estate transaction to a point where buyers, sellers and agents will be so confused they will simply ignore many requirements. Why would a loan officer take on the task of pre-qualifying a pro...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 70
I closed a deal last week where the other agent was in his mid 20's, and at closing he showed up to closing in a suit and tie.   He looked sharp.   I joked that I felt underdressed (I didn't really) and asked him how often we wore a suit and tie.     "Every day!  You have to look the part!  You h...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 37
Back on February of this year I wrote a blog on the New Good Faith Estimate (GFE) which the The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) will be implementing on August 15, 2015.  As I stated in my previous blog, I have never liked the present GFE, it is three page long, but is less transparent t...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 50
If I had a dollar for every time I heard this phrase - "It's going to rain.  Should we cancel the inspection?" well, you know the rest.  End the if-I-had-a-dollar phrase any way you want. Dontchaknow, I hear that question all the time! What's my answer?  NO!  WE CAN SEE THINGS DURING RAINS THAT W...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 65
10 Reasons Your Home May Not Have Sold (Yet) It SEEMS like everyone else for sale is posting SOLD.  Yet your house sits on the market and the clock ticks.  Frustrating isn't it?  You just want to get on to the next chapter in your life, but you can't! So what's holding you back?   It can be any o...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 67
I'll be taking a listing in a couple of weeks on a home that's been on the Hudson Valley, NY real estate market for three years. I'm pretty confident it will sell. Why this hubris on my part? Because I saw why it wasn't selling. The home has been lived in by the same family for thirty years. It s...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 54
Will my pinning bear fruit? That moment when you're not quite sure whether you're working or playing can deliver an epiphany--it's okay, perhaps better, if the activity fulfills both.   When my Pinterest subscribers passed the 10,000 mark earlier this week, I decided to ramp up the business side ...
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