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By Ricki Eichler, Broker,GRI,ABR, - Your Coastal Bend Home Source
(CastNet Realty)
Comments 16
For most, tax season is over and you can breathe a sigh of relief.  For others, an extension had to be filed.  Too many things to do, not enough time, other people's schedules got in the way and a myriad of excuses or reasons why the taxes could not get filed on time.If you are like me, filing ta...
By Alan Kirkpatrick, Alan in Austin
(Austin Texas Homes)
Comments 5
 I am not one who believes Opportunity knocks only once. True enough, we can miss great opportunities and they will pass us by, but more often than not the next great opportunity is just around the corner. They real key to taking advantage of great opportunities is the ability to see them. Better...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 32
If you're thinking of selling your Northern Colorado home, now is a great time. Inventory is low, demand is high and prices are rising. If your home is properly prepared and effectively marketed, it is likely to sell quickly and for top dollar.   But what are you going to do once your home is sol...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 30
Why New Home Builders Use "Preferred Lenders".  An Agent's View. This post inspired by John Meussner in CFPB targeting MSAs? About Time!             The matters of preferred lender, closing help, etc., are very complicated and often above the pay grade of most home buying consumers and many inexp...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 54
Don’t Be Scared Away By What You See on Reality TV.  I love the home and garden shows that can be seen on television. It is a good way to bring the topics of home improvement and updating as well as home staging to the public. However, as with most reality shows, there has to be a certain amount ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 43
When Google says, “Jump”, do you say how high?  Or, do you question their authority?  We are referring to the new edict Google has put forth that websites should be “mobile friendly” before April 21st, 2015, or else!  Or else, what? If you are concerned that your luxury real estate website will n...
By Stacye Beaver
(PrimeLending, A Plains Capital Company)
Comments 18
Just a few tidbits on selecting a mortgage loan officer for your purchase or refinance:1.  Don't call your bank JUST because your bank account is there.  They are not allowed to give you a better rate or closing costs over an applicant who doesn't bank with them.2.  Don't select a lender JUST bec...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 68
Some may say I'm a fanatic when it comes to keeping my house clean. Every Saturday we break out the cleaning materials, the rags, the swiffer dusters, and the vacuum and get to work tidying up from the previous week's worth of living. Arizona is famous for it's dust. Your home can get dusty somet...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 28
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Blogging Success Isn't OvernightPatience isn't always my strong suit.  Fact is it may not be your strong suit either.  Agents are go, go, go and want the bright and shiny that makes their business explode, and QUICKLY.  Blogging is NOT typically that thing.  Blogging takes tim...
By Mike McCann - Nebraska Land Broker, Nebraska Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Based in Kearney Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 17
I used to be gung ho on providing client references right off the bat to new clients.  Now, if a potential client wants references to actually speak to...they and I need to have personally met in my office or at a farm before I fork over any phone numbers or email addresses.Over the past year or ...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 81
Yes, there was a time that everyone did not have a cell phone, tablet or computer available to them at any given moment. It might interest some of the younger readers to know that there was a time that none of these things existed.  Life was much different than it is today. There was no Google se...
By Laura Foreman, Copywriter, Buffini & Company
(Referral Maker Real Estate CRM)
Comments 12
Get social with your clients this spring! The warmer temperatures and longer days make it the perfect time to host a client appreciation party for your best clients. Face-to-face contact is one of the best ways to touch base with your clients, express your appreciation for their business and refe...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 15
Cats. Your Humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate Agent Likes them. But...Let's get this right out there in the open. I like cats. I prefer dogs. But I like cats. My only cat, Scratch, was a great pet. He loved to be right by your side, he played fetch just like a dog, and he was a great com...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 57
Q & A - Layers of Roofing Buyer - The Sellers have two layers of roofing (one shake shingles and the other asphalt composite), and have never heard of this.     Is this legal?    How will this affect my homeowner's insurance?   Will this be an issue to us down the road?    The Seller says she had...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 67
Today I'm sharing a video tutorial on how to add a person to a photo using the photo editing site Ribbet. This type of editing is great to use if you have a group shot or family photo where someone was left out and you want to add them, or you have two photos and want to combine them.The pictures...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 27
"Try to be a Rainbow in someone's cloud" .... Maya AngelouWhat a beautiful sentiment to see in the elevator at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. It doesn't take much to be a rainbow... perhaps a simple smile to a stranger...... or offering a bottle of water and a snack to someone sittin...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 51
I'm happy to finally kick off our Get to Know series.  This series will allow us to dig a little deeper into our Rainer's worlds.  You'll see these pop up on our social channels and beyond.  First up, the lovely Anita Clark:  For your chance at being highlighted, fill out the form here.
By JOBE Group
Comments 37
They say seeing is believing, and on today's Real Estate Buzz, we're going to talk about how not to take the photos for your listing. Seeing reflections of the photographer or other people in the photos. Too much clutter. Clean the house. Get the living room picked up, get the clutter out of ther...
By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 42
During a real estate career that goes back to 1998, I have more than occasionally been asked (confronted, challenged)) with the notion that we agents make too much money.  It's easy for buyers and sellers to think that when they get the HUD at closing and see those commission numbers. Particularl...
By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
(Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
Comments 25
There's a myth that pervades the discussion of real estate amongst professionals in the real estate industry that goes something like this:  Just about everything for sale/on the market is on the Multiple Listing Service.  And...most FSBO's (For Sale by Owner) will eventually land there too. Whil...