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By Susan Haughton, Cheerfully Helping You Buy or Sell in Alexandria
(Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 45
Four weeks ago, we ordered Adirondack chairs from a local company whose primary business is building custom sheds.  They are well known for providing a quality product, hand built by Amish craftsmen.   Maybe they are too overwhelmed with more expensive shed orders to get my chairs together, even ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 16
On Tuesday I wrote a blog titled "Top 3 Reasons Why Clients Stop Doing Business With Us?" which was based on a Rockefeller Institute Survey I read about last week.  The same Rockefeller Institute Survey  also identified Top 3 Reasons Why Clients Do Business With Us. . Unlike the "Top 3 Reasons Wh...
By Hella M. Rothwell, Real Estate Broker/Owner in Carmel-by-the-Sea CA
Comments 71
Just received a text message from a friend who used to be a broker, now retired, lamenting that: "In my day, Realtors so wanted to be educated and really knowledgeable", and to do that, they went to a lot of conferences and meetings set up by their real estate boards.  The implication was that be...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 39
Over the years I have bookmarked many, many great blog posts!  As I was browsing through the other day it reminded me that I was looking through my very own real estate related library!  There is so much great content written each day!   Being able to bookmark a great post and refer to it later ...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 52
This morning, a buyer contacted me about a Franklin new construction neighborhood. She had a few questions about the neighborhood, recent sales and what she should expect during negotiations. We talked for awhile about the neighborhood and the importance of working with a buyer's agent. After I g...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 32
Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future “Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not a sum of what we have been but what we yearn to be.” Jose Ortega Y Gassett 1883 - 1955, Spanish Liberal Philosopher      As I see it. . . . . . . . Your past does not equal your future   Your past has ...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 47
When I hear the phrase “great motivational speaker” I usually cringe. I’m not really the kind of audience a motivational speaker wants within earshot of their pitch. Why? First of all, I am NOT motivated by money. I find the pursuit of money to be vulgar and coarse. I also truly believe that in m...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 73
  Where in the world did these real estate terms originate?   Real:  The word "real" traces back to the Latin word "res" meaning thing.  The term dates back to the Middle Ages and was used to refer to things, especially land and the structures upon.   Estate:  Originated in the Middle Ages (1175...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 36
The Basics of a Self Contained Disposal System For many people who have spent their lives living in a city, the concept of not having sewers for waste disposal can be a concern. For better than 60% of our country’s population a self contained subsurface disposal system is a way of life and once t...
By AZ SEO Expert: Phoenix SEO Consultant
Comments 47
So today I noticed that Trulia changed it's link structure and Realtors who are interested in SEO should most definitely take note of the change. If you go to you will find yourself redirected to,CO This change is s...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 33
This blog is inspired by Joan Cox. Is there a rule of thumb or a  threshold that buyers should follow as the end point to their house searching or hunting?   As a matter of fact, my buyer asked me this question two weeks ago as to how many houses they should look at before they can make a decisio...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 43
“Your Perfect Partner” have outdone yourself on this “scratch the itch contest!” Love your illustration and convincing us our time has come if we haven’t participated in an exercise to brand ourselves and make sure our name becomes a household word in our business!   Years ago when ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 56
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! Success is defined however we interpret it! That makes me a very successful person. Why? Because each week I surf the Web and am fortunate to find excellent FB tips, that I in-turn share with you, in the hope you will use them to improve your Facebook presence. S...
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 Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 28
  Those Shrubs May Be Hiding Some Serious Water Damage   Where are the most common areas were water damage occurs? I hear that question asked plenty of times as a general contractor in Sacramento. Being a contractor who repairs water damage, there are area of your home that you need to check from...
By Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
(RE/MAX Leading Edge
Comments 40
The Realtor Circle of Life? This one will make you sit down a spell. Maybe smile. Maybe ponder a thing or two. But you will definitely mull over this story. Let's start in the middle. I made a conscious decision a few months ago to help a few past clients and long term friends navigate a profound...
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 52
Young (wo)man, You Need a Credit Card          I struggle with the title of this post.  Debt is a major problem in America.  Debt has caused people to lose their homes, otherwise happy couples to divorce, and retirement to be delayed for so many people as they slave away to pay off debt accumulat...
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 70
Should We Be Saying We Are Putting the Fun Back into Real Estate? I read many agents bios and even some tag lines that talk about how stressful buying or selling a home can be. We know from the agent side of things that it can be incredibly stressful (that's why we get paid the big bucks, right?)...
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 49
My Big Problem with the Trulia/Zillow/AR Merger            I know, taking issue with the Trulia/Zillow/ActiveRain relationship mergers is SO last month.  I'm not late to the party, I've just been giving it a whole lot of thought, and took a 'wait & see' approach.  I don't think one mega real esta...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 45
Some Things You Don't Miss Until You've Lived Without Them In talking with one of my cousins the other day, I realized that in a few more years, I will officially cross the line where I have lived more years without my father, than with him.  He died in January 1995.  Time has eased the loss.  Yo...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 78
Several months ago I got a call from an out-of-State Seller. She'd found me online, done a lot of research, and I was the one she wanted. We spent hours on the phone, her house had been way over-priced for many months with another agent, and she was adamant that I was the person she wanted to lis...