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By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 56
If you think electricity is always trying to “go to ground”—you may be the victim of urban legend. For a home inspector this has to be one of the ultimate “urban legends.”  It is a widely held belief (that is further promulgated by inspection training schools).  It is “common knowledge” that elec...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 73
This morning, I got an email request from a buyer who is registered on my website. She received an email notification this morning about a new listing. The listing isn't mine, it was sent to her because it met the search criteria. I got the following email from her: I would like to see this house...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 58
When Too Much Automation Depersonalizes The Process Most real estate and real estate related businesses today use a lot of technology that can create a seamless home buying, home selling, and lending process. When any process is automated with technology it also must provide a personal touch and ...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 155
Dear Home Buyer or Seller,   You've been so patient with the real estate industry and for that, those of us who know what we're doing, are eternally grateful. You've been suffering through poor performance for so long that you now trust a website more than the agent you meet at an open house. We ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 90
Is Previewing Overrated? Back in the day when I was first licensed, there was not such thing as a virtual tour.  OK, back then there was no such thing as a personal computer.  And to learn the territory, there was only one thing an agent could do - preview! When we first got an MLS with a compute...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 61
What Can I Do If My Home Doesn't Appraise For Contract Price? When we first list a home, we review the "comps" (comparables, homes similar to yours and in the same area that have RECENTLY sold). Before we put the FOR SALE sign in the yard we have a fairly accurate range for what your home SHOULD ...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 56
A Good Real Estate Agent NEVER Goes on Vacation! Well, not completely... Traveling is sweet! I love to be able to get away in the summer and travel to different places. This year.. Italy!! Oh what a beautiful country this is!! I am lucky this year to take such a beautiful vacation. One more day a...
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 50
How Do You Know What to Blog About? I was talking with a new agent that was signing up for ActiveRain and he asked this question, How do you know what to blog about? I told him when I started I thought I had to know a whole lot about a subject to write about it and because of that misconception I...
By Susanna Haynie, Colorado Springs Realtor - GRI, CNE, MCNE, ePro
(CO-RE Group, LLC -Real estate sales and services)
Comments 48
The development and use of UAS's is still at the beginning. Rules will develop around this new technology, but most likely lawmakers will be too slow to keep up with the development. Real estate was and is one of the first industries to (try) and welcome aerial photography with open arms, though ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 33
Should I let a vacation create a gap in this rather long-running series of my ActiveRain weekly favorites?  Well, I did manage to find a little time to read, especially waiting at Charles de Gaulle for my flight home, so the series continues!  Here they are: Dick Greenberg:  A Mystery Decoded  As...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 67
Would you let a buyer see your home at 7am? Would you show a Buyer a home at 7am? "There better be a pretty darn good reason they want to see it at that time," was the reply of my seller. This Manchester NH area Home Buyer is a business owner. They work 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm. They do not ...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 78
Writing is a passion for me, but as a novelist, my blogging seems to have taken a back seat. A friend and I have been meeting to discuss how we're going to get back to blogging and doing videos regularly. I have lots of old posts with lists for blogging ideas, so I filtered and combined them to c...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 49
“The Greatest Gift You Can Give Someone is a Problem”   So before you start thinking I have lost it, hear me out. I once got these words of wisdom from a pretty smart guy. When he made that statement, I immediately thought, how crazy that was.   He said, stop and think about it in this manner. Do...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 52
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- September 7 to September 13, 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...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 54
My client complained more than once about a leaking front porch roof, and finally heard this - "My guy looked at it, and he says it's okay..." said the builder rep. Interesting.  Of course the roof was looked at when the homeowner was known not to be home, but that is an aside. Just a little late...
By Loreena Yeo, Realtor® | Frisco TX Community Ambassador
(3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.)
Comments 76
Today, I lost another friend. Active Rain lost a friend. The Collin County Association of Realtors lost a friend. You lost a friend too. Tom Branch.  Tom Branch was a cherished friend of this community. Often the collector of "Featured Posts". Today, Tom lost his 9-month battle with cancer.  Tom ...
By Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond
(Thompson Company, REALTORS)
Comments 56
I used to wonder why listing agents thanked me for presenting "such a well-written offer" and making sure "all t's are crossed and i's dotted". I used to wonder, until one day I received an offer on one of my listings that tempted me to take out my red pen, mark everything that was wrong in the o...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 49
True Confessions, Guilty Pleasures & The Biggest Losers I confess that one of my guilty pleasures is watching the reality TV show, The Biggest Loser and Extreme Weight Loss. I find the personal struggles and challenges people face during their transformation process truly fascinating. There are t...
By Kevin Bailey, REALTOR
(Kevin Bailey Team)
Comments 22
For the longest time I have been mailing out those “pretty” note cards, flyers, and home valuation type marketing stuff that everyone does. I spent hours making it perfect in every way, only to not get any responses or very few at all.   Not anymore! I learned the K-I-S-S (Keep It Simple Stupid) ...
By Susan Haughton, Cheerfully Helping You Buy or Sell in Alexandria
(Long & Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 51
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 ...
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