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By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 34
Are You Working With An Agent? If you call us to see a home you found on our website, you can expect us to ask you one of the following questions:  "Are you working with an agent?" or "If you fall in love with this home, do you have an agent who would be writing the contract?". If you prefer ema...
By Susan Haughton, Helping you buy or sell your Alexandria home
(Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545)
Comments 30
Recently I was perusing listings for a buyer client and cursing (silently to myself) the quality of the photos. There are literally rooms I could not identify.  So many of the photos were dark and out of focus, I could not figure out what I was even seeing. I shook my head at the quality and wond...
By Jan Green, RE/MAX Excalibur Scottsdale REALTOR®, GREEN
(Scottsdale, Phoenix, Cave Creek, Carefree, Fountain Hills)
Comments 30
We are ActiveRain! While rummaging around on YouTube today, I found a video I didn't know existed, "The Making of We Are The World."  The video describes how 45 enormously talented singers checked their egos at the door to perform together for one common cause, starving children in Africa.  Micha...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 14
I have blogged in the past about compromised Utility Transformer ground wires.These wires “go missing” or “pilfered” for the scrap value of the copper wire.At a recent inspection I found where the wire had been cut at the utility pole that served the building I was inspecting as well as the groun...
By Kate McQueen, REALTOR®, SRS, Houston Bay Area, League City-Bay Area Homes
(KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY CLEAR LAKE NASA)
Comments 43
I first joined Active Rain in March of 2010 and recently surpassed 200,000 points.  I had been a REALTOR for six months when I joined Active Rain and did so in order to "get my name out there."  Since writing is at the top of my list of favorite hobbies, blogging seemed like a natural choice.   A...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 45
Wells and Septic Systems in Clark County, WA - What You Need to Know as Buyers and Sellers There are number of homes in Clark County, WA that are still serviced by wells and septic systems. If you’re looking for larger parcels in some of the rural areas around Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Ridgefi...
By Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133
(Referral Group Incorporated)
Comments 50
In my years in the industry I have seen any number of folks who are paying significantly higher property taxes than their neighbors with comparable homes. Most people complain about their taxes but have no clue whether or not they are paying the right amount or not. Many years ago I had a listing...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA)
Comments 57
....And Then the Soap Dish Fell Off the WallThe details involved in a Bristow, VA home sale are too numerous to rattle off.  Start with the many deadlines, contingencies and so forth in the contract.  That's a lot to start.  Then there is peripheral stuff that has to happen for a buyer and seller...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 44
Over the past several months I have posted several articles about how easy content curation is, why it is important for online networking, and how it can be used to generate more brand exposure, and drive more consumers to our main sites where they go from prospects to clients. Below is a recent ...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 30
I slipped away from town for the weekend and escaped to my mountain retreat. It's quiet and peaceful, and I love to get out here when I can. Unfortunately, that has only been a couple times in the past 18 months. One thing I love about this area is that it is constant. Change out here equates to ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 105
This is one of those topics that is waters I tread lightly in. I am NOT having a discussion about commissions in this post or the comments that might follow. What other brokerages charge their sellers is their business, what other brokerages choose offer to pay in the MLS to the selling agent, th...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 18
  Buying your first home is usually an exciting time for most people.  You can’t wait to own your own place and fix it up just the way you want it.  Friends and relatives share lots of advice to first time home buyers about negotiating and what to look for in a new home.  Most buyers enter the pr...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL.com Books on, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 27
The word control conjures up someone who dominates when it is first used. That's why an explanation should accompany a request to control. I am speaking about when it comes to purchasing large item products, someone should be on point for many a good reason. Lets start with mitigating confusionAS...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
Comments 33
Sex, lifestyle, marriage, children, family...Real estate marketing is venturing off into new and some would say "creative, exciting and edgy" arenas.This morning Roger D. Mucci posted "Does Sex Sell?" and it created a ripple effect in my little brain.Marketing excites many real estate agents, it ...
By Lisa Friedman, 26 Years of Real Estate Experience!
(Great American Dream Realty)
Comments 47
Yesterday was my Two Year Active Rain Anniversary. How nice it was to get to share it in person with Bob and Nick Crane while camping at Lake Ozonia in New York. Bob and Nick drove from Wisconsin and I drove from Vermont. These last two years have built many friendships for me – friendships that ...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 109
Does sex sell? We all know that sex sells and you can sell sex, but does it sell houses? Take a look at this virtual tour of a home in Prismo Beach Paradise and let me know your thoughts. Evidently  Patrick Raymond, Raymond and Associates thinks he's onto something here.   Selling a house and lif...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 61
Be an Ambassador for Your Community - ActiveRain ChallengeIt's getting closer to summer and thoughts turn to taking trips, going to new places and exploring unknown parts. There is nobody better than those in the real estate industry to tout the features of a city or town. So with this challenge ...
By Gerhard Ade, Real Estate with Confidence
(RSVP Real Estate)
Comments 28
Sold? It all depends on how you look at it.Yesterday, one of my listings sold. Sold as in changed owners. Sold as in the sale having been recorded with the county. According to this sign, it sold about three weeks ago. What’s going on here? Has this home sold or is the sale pending?To know which ...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Comments 14
Everyone’s heard of spam as it pertains to emails. Spam isn’t necessarily a malicious message designed to trick you into revealing your credit card number or PayPal login information.But spam is an unsolicited message, sometimes referred to as junk mail. Spam can be very annoying and relentless i...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 36
 It's time for Round IV of the Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge! The Sensei/Grasshopper challenge focuses on two of the things the ActiveRain community does best - sharing skills and making connections with other members.  ActiveRain is an information-rich environment. The skill sets of the membershi...
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