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By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 61
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 71
    6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting stra...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 74
    Why We Need to Flex Our ActiveRain Muscles      Keeping Current Matters is a very popular website and news source for those within the Real Estate industry.  Their daily informative articles touch upon important and timely topics that are aimed at those hoping to buy a home, current homeowner...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 43
Looking back to the inception of social media, we pause to evaluate its meaning today.  In our title, we paraphrased the quote from Alice in Wonderland, “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation? ”   We substituted social media for the book, to illustrate that some of social m...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 84
There Really is an App for That!   It's called RESPECT!     What did people do before smart phones? Call me old school but I happen to feel it is extremely rude and disrespectful when people are with someone and they are buried in their smart phone and ignoring the person they are with. For me, t...
By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageguy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com, FHA, VA, USDA, HomePath, Jumbo)
Comments 29
  Getting married to the one you love is a great experience.  And living together you learn all the great things about them such as: their snoring, not putting down the lid, having to repeat yourself a million times and this beautiful list goes on……  I am kidding with that this comment.  But when...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 22
ActiveRain is performing some necessary maintenance and will be unavailable starting at 8pm Pacific/11pm Eastern tonight, October 16th.  We believe this should take just about an hour.   Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding!   Please enjoy a cupcake you sweet thangs!
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 56
30 Posts in 30 Days? What?   What is a 30 in 30 ActiveRain challenge? It's fairly simple. First ingredient? A month with 30 days. Nobvember will fit that criteria. Bam! Second ingredient? Pretty easy. A blog post for EACH day in the month! That's right. ONE post for each day. Not 3 posts for 1 da...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 62
Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 59
“Credit Report Shows a Vehicle Charge Off”   This is what showed up when I ran a credit report. The prospective borrower told me she has contacted the creditor many times and the answer was the same. We will not discount the debt, pay us the balance we show as due. She always asked can I get an a...
By David Dion
(Solutions Real Estate)
Comments 80
I Will Not Give Up Any Of My Commission   I have been in real estate for over 10 years, starting with a very successful personal real estate business, then forming The Valley Solutions Team that still closes between 100 - 200 deals per year, and founding Solutions Real Estate, with almost 400 age...
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 79
It's Only Business, But We Do Take It Personal Real Estate is serious business. We deal with lifetime decisions and the largest investments many people will ever make. It requires us to delve into the personal lives of our clients so we can understand and assist them better. It is very personal. ...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 78
Oh The Mingled Aromatic Essence of Cat Pee and Mold! This was one of those houses. You know the ones...you open the door and the odor is the first thing to greet you. Then you look around to see if there is something dead, because the smell is that bad.  If you are considering doing BPOs you migh...
By Jennifer Monroe, Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte
(Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 108
I’m not the kind of girl to disparage others. I know how hard those of us practicing Real Estate work! But I can hardly shush my ‘tsk-tsk’s’ when I encounter Real Estate agents who just don’t ‘get’ it. Some are merely 'old school', refusing to adapt. Others are just plain burnt out, and it’s all ...
By Will Johnson, Sell and Stage
Comments 63
Staging is definitely a form of art and it does wonders to improve the image of your house, when it comes to the real estate market.  Your kitchen is one of your biggest selling points; check out our favorite staged kitchens for some inspiration. 1. This kitchen counter is the perfect mixture of...
By Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate
(Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate)
Comments 35
Cockroaches and keys.    First, I'm not a pest person, so perhaps thebig bugs than ran out from under the pot were not cockroaches, perhaps they were some other kind of bug.  However, when it's dusk, and I need to use the flashlight on my iphone to see what I'm doing, it really doesn't matter. I'...
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 18
Buying a multi-unit property          We've recently seen a spike in applications for multi-unit residential properties (2-4 units), and there has been much in the news about the possibility of a "multi-unit bubble".  I don't think a "bubble" is really referencing 2-4 unit properties but is more ...
By Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes
(Fresh Eyes For Your Home)
Comments 69
Is your sofa too fat for your space? Is her footprint creating a tight squeeze in your space.  Let's put your sofa on a diet and slenderize her profile. For this Westchester County interior decorator and designer, most sofas I encounter don't warrant the trouble or the expense.  But for a recent ...
By Christopher Pagli, William Raveis Legends Realty
(William Raveis Legends Realty Group)
Comments 31
  "There Is Only One Rule For Being a Good Talker - -Be A Good Listener"       Listening to customers and clients is one of the most important aspects of our job in real estate.  In order to serve our clients most efficiently we have to truly listen to their needs, wants, and lifestyle.     This...
By Eleanor Thorne, Cary Mortgage Loans 919-649-5057
(Steve Thorne NC Mortgage Experts)
Comments 39
I've been in the Mortgage Business since I was 15 - working with my dad during the summers at a PMI Company putting together MBS Packages for sale. That's more than 40 years of experience watching the Industry "find" fax machines, computers, pagers, and now putting a toe in the water with social ...
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