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By James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector
(JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC)
Comments 30
When a contractor decides to forgo the usual steps constructing a garage, a back yard toy comes inside. Growing up no one had a trampoline in my neighborhood. We had to make do jumping on our beds. We enjoyed it, my parents not so much. My kids have a trampoline and so do the neighbors. In fact I...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 83
If you're an ActiveRain newbie, there's something you need to know. If you want to buy ghost written marketing materials for your web site or for print "advertorials", that's one thing.  But here on ActiveRain?  Not such a great idea. Last week, while I was doing Google checks on some of my Last ...
By Fred Griffin, Real Estate Technology
(Get There Social Media, LLC)
Comments 53
     Are YOU making these Social Media and Blogging Blunders?  These mistakes can cost you Followers, Connections, and Friends.  More important, these gaffes can cost you Business!          Read along and look for places where YOUR social media and blogging presence might need improvement.     1....
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 62
Are you still looking for a way to build a niche?   If you aren't, there can only be one of two reasons, you have already successfully built one OR you don't have a great system in place and you gave up! Whether it's geographical, like a farming a neighborhood or a zip code OR property type OR ho...
By Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally
(RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754)
Comments 61
ActiveRain, It’s Just Like that Rabbit that Keeps Giving and Giving Within the past week I have had several calls regarding information I had placed on some of my older blog posts. One of the posts was a least 3 years old, yet it has repeatedly brought calls.  The calls were a result of the long ...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 55
Thanks to Tom White for suggesting today's topic...the proper use of that, which, and who.  To begin at the beginning … according to all my grammar sources, who (and its forms whom and whose) only refers to people. That and which refer to things – EXCEPT when you're referring to a class of people...
By Rob Spinosa, Marin Mortgage Broker
(RPM Mortgage, Marin County, CA)
Comments 15
The Missing Peace   There are a lot of things a mortgage loan officer cannot do.  Trust me on this one.  A team of government stormtroopers now stands ready to remind us via extortion-proportion fines when we’ve tripped over any of the byzantine regulations governing our industry.     There also ...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 123
An Easy (and mostly pain-free)Way to Get Rid of Critters   Recently a critter ate its way into our garage, had a few sleepovers in my husband's open Jeep, then decided it would be warmer INSIDE. Our dogs alerted us to the sounds and smells (they could detect, not us) of it as it found its hiding ...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender -, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 63
   Why Are the Most Recent 2 Years of Your Life Important in Financing?      It's definitely true.  Much has changed in the Mortgage Industry and the financing of homes in a very short time.       But one thing has not changed.  That is the importance placed by Mortgage Lenders and their Underwri...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 44
This week there were a bunch of terrific posts, and I'm finding so many bloggers who have been around for a while and who I haven't met yet - go figure!  So, here are the ones that made today's list: Real Estate Agents are Optometrists Nicole Doty Gilbert:  OK, is house 1 better than house 2?  OK...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 70
Buyers Words ' Nothing in the Home Inspection to Scare Me'   Now these are words every real estate agent and home seller want to hear from the buyers.  In the words of any experienced real estate agent most problems can be fixed by the seller as long as they are cooperative.  Yet it really takes ...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 60
I just created a new card (and a system) to help create additional repeat business for our sanding & refinishing customers.   ----------------------------------   The Best Kept Secret in the flooring industry.... What most flooring stores won't tell you, but we will. ...Did you know?..... IF you ...
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-November 9 to November 15, 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 Craig Daniels, Technology Instructor/Project Consultant
(Tech Training for You!)
Comments 35
Whether you are new on ActiveRain or know somebody just starting out here, perhaps you might want to share these thoughts about how to start to set up their profile information. For this blog post let's look at the basic mechanics of how to do that. Then we will look at various examples of what v...
By David Baker Realtor - Laveen Homes for sale, Your local Expert
Comments 52
A flaw in Seller thinking   We all have flaws, but there is a flaw in seller thinking that I just can’t grasp.   The flaw that I’ve noticed in a seller that is very difficult to understand is really just a distinction in thinking.  The distinction is between value of a home, and added value of a ...
By Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers.
(UTR Texas Realtors)
Comments 52
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day   Yes! Just when you cleaned out the cabinets underneath your bathroom sink; we now get hit with cleaning out the refrigerator!   This means we need to take everything out of the refrigerator, and throw away everything that is expired. It means pulling all...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 39
Personal Responsibility “Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life.   Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life.   I can choose to sit in per...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 29
Dear Franklin TN Home Buyer, I'm so happy to see that you signed up on my website. You won't find a better source for information about the Franklin TN housing market. Oh, you say you're working with an agent and that agent doesn't seem to know as much about the area as I do so that's why you've ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 34
Did you know there is a group on activerain called Ask an Ambassador?  And did you know there is a place where you can accessess all the Ambassdors?  So if you are having a problem or have a question or even need some ideas for blog posts, you are welcome to write a post with your question and in...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 70
What is considered good 'Buyer Behavior'? What are some of the courtesies when viewing homes for sale? This post handles a few of my pet peeves about buyers & some of the many situations that come up when searching for a Schaumburg Area Home.   Not being timely for appointments - Many buyers don...