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By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 68
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! Talk about great timing! Bill Gassett asked me recently to do a guest post on his MassRealEstateNews WP site and I jumped at the opportunity. As is my norm, I then shared the content on several social media sites, including my FB Fan Page. A few days later I prom...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 35
This is the case of siding and a wall overwhelmed by water.  When a client calls with a problem to investigate, even someone I know, like Margaret Woda, I am always excited by the prospect. She sent me a photograph of a spot outside a house that not only showed moisture but damage.  Pretty sure I...
By Karen Feltman, Relocation Specialist
(Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA Skogman Realty)
Comments 24
Today's Lesson has NOTHING to do with Real Estate   There are those of us that tell others around us, whether it be professionally or personally, that we need to get "thicker" skin.  Meaning that we need to not let things bother us.     Forgive me, but I thought that the point of raising children...
By Gene Mundt, Chicagoland Mortgage Lender - 37 yrs experience
(www.genemundt.com - 708.921.6331)
Comments 32
  I Received a New Property Assessment.   What Do I Do?        As a Chicago-area Mortgage Lender, I've always been asked a lot of questions regarding Taxes and Property Assessments.  Property Taxes, and subsequently monthly tax escrow contributions, play a very important role in loan approvals/de...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 42
I don’t like how the seller countered our offer   A newer agent in our office came to me the other day asking why an offer they made for their buyers on a property that received multiple offers wouldn’t counter their offer with the price they desired. The property in question is in a desirable ar...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 38
Decision Points in the Listing Contract for Carlsbad Sellers   As a homeowner in Carlsbad there are many important decisions to make once you decide to sell your home. A critical one, of course, is choosing who to hire for the job.   Regardless of who you hire, there are some key decisions you h...
By Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin
(Donna Homes, PLR)
Comments 26
There is no such thing as a "Failed" inspection on a house. Nor is there an inspection that is considered a "Pass".  Inspections are done for buyers who want to know more information about the house they are thinking about purchasing. These are deemed "informational purposes only." In most states...
By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 99
My neighbor asked me this the other day.   It was 3:00 and I was checking the mail.   He came over and said "Busy day today, I see.  Are we lounging this afternoon again?  It must be nice to sell a few houses and make the big bucks and then lounge from home all day."     I smiled and changed the ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 44
Stairs - built today the code requires a newer standard. It used to be that stairs were higher and narrower.  They were supposed to be no higher than 8 1/4" and the tread 9" wide.  And the height of each step could not vary by more than 3/8" Things have changed.  Built today  the height requireme...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 26
  Not Only Is The Caulking Ugly, It's No Longer Working   There are many purposes for caulking in and around your home. On the exterior, it can help keep water from coming into the windows and doors. It can seal cracks and seams to make surfaces look better before painting too. On the interior, w...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270)
Comments 52
Where'd ya go?   There seems to be a trend emerging (or maybe it's been there forever) that I don't quite understand.   It's the trend whereby a client, a real client, one who has signed every kind of agreement possible, just disappears.....   For example, The renter for a great rental listing I ...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 123
In all of my years in real estate, this is the first time I've heard of this scenario. One of my newer agents contacted me, upset about a home she sold last week. We have a unique area in town called Manitou Springs ~ governed by the regulations of Colorado Springs Regional Building but with thei...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 88
We are all connected, and before you think I am going to write some brotherly love post, move on. Not today. I believe in it, yes indeed, but for today I am talking about our digital connections.  I got digital coming out my ..... fingertips. HA! Bet you thought I was going to say something else,...
By Steve Adams, Steve Adams REALTOR ®, ABR
(RE/MAX 1)
Comments 8
5 DIY Tailgate Games for Football Season – Football season is finally here! Whether you’re rooting for your alma mater or cheering on your favorite NFL team, it’s time to get in the spirit of the season. Everyone loves a good tailgate, and besides the food the best part is the games! It doesn’t ...
By Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers
(Buyers Broker of Florida )
Comments 26
Central Florida real estate is bouncing back faster than any other area in Florida.  Many times, comparables are lagging behind, which is causing some properties to not appraise for contract price.                                                              Not long ago, one of my contracts rec...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 57
Now that you've dished the secrets, let's switch it up a little bit.  What are the top loves about your profession?  What gets you up in the morning and makes you happy about your career?   Is it the feeling you get when you hand over the keys?  Or that moment you call your clients to let them kn...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 27
Your Loan Commitment Letter Has Conditions You Must Meet   One of the big steps in the transaction for buyers getting a loan is receiving the commitment letter from the lender that you have been approved. This commitment is subject to a series of conditions, extensive in some cases, that must be ...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 27
Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next?   Often times I get calls from people who have recently acquired a parcel of Forestland and recognizing that they have a prized asset, seek to find some expert advice on how to maximize this asset.       The first critical step is to have an ap...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 48
Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the  Powerball!!! OK. OK. I didn't really win the Powerball. But,  with this, my 1,400th post, your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent now joins the 118 other ActiveRain millionaires! So, for those of you who've been faithful subs...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC R.E Salesperson - Homes for Sale Newburgh NY
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 35
Putting together a GOOD Newsletter requires some thought! Both email and snailmail newsletters could be of great value when done properly.   Newsletters are one aspect of marketing that I have not been involved with up until now. I know that creating a drip campaign can help keep an agent keep in...
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