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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 51
Not much more saddening in new construction could be the discovery of footprints in the hardwood flooring finish coat. Silly and disconcerting.  Uncaring and disappointing.  Unbelievable and dishonorable. DISPLAYING THIS AS THE "REVEAL" TO BUYERS SHOULD EMBARRASS ANY BUILDER.  BUT IT APPARENTLY D...
By Michael Thornton, Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297
(Complete Home Inspections, Inc.)
Comments 32
     I have been in the real estate long enough to know that successful transactions = money for all parties involved. I do my damnedest to get both sides of the transaction on the same page. I want what everyone wants: do what is right for the clients. Be fair and equitable in the transaction - ...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 32
Your Water Heater Is About To Cause Serious Damage       So you have a home in Sacramento and are wondering how long your water heater will last, the answer is not always easy but the warning signs may help. Indoor water heaters in Sacramento can last 10, 15 or 20 years or more, but when they do ...
By R. Bruce Lynn, Broker Associate and Your Realtor
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 7
It's getting brutal right now in the DFW market.   Lots of cash offers and lots of homes getting multiple offers. Here are my bull whacking tips for winning what is quickly becoming all out war for home buyers or in Texas terms a Steer Wrestling Contest. Bidding Tips Bid quickly.  1st day on the ...
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 55
ActiveRain Taught Me to Really Share and Like It I grew up in a family of five children. Sharing was forced on us because we were not rich and in fact we were financially challenged. Though I respected the family unit and was forced to share, I didn't particularly like it. You see if I lost somet...
By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 45
Buyers often want sellers to respond quickly to their offers. Many want to allow as little time as possible for a seller to accept their offer. But in Georgia and in many other jurisdictions there is NO obligation for a seller to respond within the given time frame. As a matter of fact, there is ...
By Tessa Skeens, Marketing + Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders
(Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign )
Comments 77
The other week, a colleague and I were talking about how challenging it can be to find a way to repurpose and recycle household items. Once you've outgrown an appliance or a dated electronic, it's time to consider where to put them besides out by the curb.   As a home stager, I run into this ques...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 64
I've had several buyers, lately, who want me to make the decision.  Do you think this is the right place to buy?  Should I buy it? I'm not quite willing to make that decision.  I am not the decisionator.  It's your money, your home, and your decision. You will get my opinion (I ain't shy), but I ...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 30
  What Does Life and Riding a Bicycle Have in Common? “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955, German – Born theoretical physicist developed the general theory of relativity    As I see it . . . . . . .   What does life and riding a ...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Century 21 Manausa and Associates)
Comments 29
I came across an article about the use of pocket listings by real estate agents that could very well shed some light on why closed home sales continue to increase, all the while new contracts continually post lower numbers. In case you missed our first article in this series, please see the start...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 50
Well that's not a simple yes or no answer.  There are a lot of factors that would go into my determination of how I would respond if an agent asked me to show a Lake Sinclair home FOR them. First:  Do I have a relationship with this agent? Second: Is it a Lane Realty listing they want to see? Thi...
By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 10
Are You or Your Clients Ready for a Natural Disaster?  There’s been a lot of natural disasters going on in the news lately such as the mudslide in Washington state, tornadoes in the Midwest and tragic snowstorms in the Northeast.  Are there ways to plan, prevent or avoid these disasters or at lea...
By Brad Rachielles, REALTOR, CDPE, Upland, CA
(CENTURY 21 Prestige Properties, Ca BRE# 01489453)
Comments 37
It Should Not Be A Surprise..... IF We Have Prepped Our Buyer Well. By Brad Rachielles You may know by now that I watch the LOCAL real estate numbers closely. One of the very interesting statistics is the ratio between the asking price and the selling price. Taken as an average, this number speak...
By Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
(www.genemundt.com)
Comments 41
  What are the Requirements to Qualify for a Home Loan Today?          Frequently I hear the question ...       "What are the requirements to qualify for a home loan today"?       To answer that, I'm first going to list what are considered as foundation requirements for current mortgage loans.  W...
By Kristin Hamilton, (909) 557-6966, CDPE, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Linda
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 38
Make Our World a Better Place on Earth Day 2014 Today is Earth Day 2014 so make sure you are recycling, planting, donating to an environmental cause, picking up trash in the community or thinking of ways to go “Green”. Just do something to help make our world a better place.  Green Suggestions: T...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 57
You may not resell it readily without offering the buyer a "fantastic deal".  I took this photo sitting on the shoulder of a busy 4 lane highway.    OK, it's noisy and that doesn't bother you. That may be the least of the considerations a buyer will have when it's time for you to resell the home....
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 47
Just hanging around the home. Not good. Home inspection electrical. It is amazing what we find when inspecting homes. In many cases the home owner was not the best person to be handling the "Electrical work" within the home. My guess is that the owners wanted to save money and "Not pay" for an el...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 45
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Find Your Blogging Carrot! For most of us here, the big carrot is obvious:  an increase in business from our blogging efforts.  Whether from direct consumer calls or agent to agent referrals, we hope our blogging efforts pay off don't we? But the challenge for many bloggers is...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 53
Staging FAQ’s: Does My Home Have to be Perfect to Sell It? Often when I see Home Staging photos, the homes look like a model home. Get real!  No one lives like that! When I’m providing a staging consultation, I sense when the homeowner is concerned that they will have to turn their home into a “s...
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 180
Sorry Buyer, Not Your Way but Mine It happened again today that a buyer called and wanted to look at some houses without going through the proper steps. She had seen my sign in front of a property (having signs up really works, that is another story) but the price on the listing was much higher t...
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