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By Susan Jacobsen, WOW Service locating your lowcountry dream home
(Carolina Realty Group)
Comments 10
What Type of Buyer are you - a Caterpillar or Butterfly Pardon the analogy but I've been engrossed all summer with my newest hobby - providing nectar plants in order to attract butterflies - well, technically to attract the caterpillars which will in turn produce the butterflies. Because I've bee...
By Patty Blackwelder, Local REALTOR Serving Woodbridge, Virginia
(Twins Selling Real Estate)
Comments 20
 Opportunity is Knocking if you are listening....   In Woodbridge Virginia we have had a very robust market this year most price points have seen home sales outpace the last several years. Inventory has been very low which causes prices to increase.  If you have been a buyer sitting on the side l...
By Bob Stewart, Community Evangelist
Comments 78
Tonight, at 9pm Pacific time, ActiveRain will go offline for approximately one hour in order to bring online some improvements to the blog editor (that fun little place that you write blog posts). The improvements launching tonight all fall into three buckets. They either make things a little eas...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 43
The Art of Client Selection . . . Fine Tuning Over The Years There was a call left on my voice mail last week.   The introduction was nice enough, then got a little rambling.  A caller who is going to retire in about 3-years wants to find a place here in town, rent it out, then move upon retireme...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 34
Would you ask your auto mechanic about brain surgery? No? Why not? I hope the answer is because he is not qualified to give advice about brain surgery or is not trained to perform it. I've never asked my physician about auto mechanics either. It's not his area of expertise.  So, why do so many ho...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 53
The best use of technology is that which empowers us to deliver the highest service to our clients.  That can be either direct or indirect.  My brokerage has a roadmap of technologies, available now and in the future, that are behind what we call The Extraordinary Experience (I'm leaving some bra...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 54
Trulia Pro just launched the Hidden Gems Photo Sweepstakes.  You're a real estate pro and you're out there in the field every day.  You know about the less-obvious highlights of your city so share it with us all.   Everyone knows about the Space Needle in Seattle but what about the Gum Wall or th...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 33
OK, so it's not Sunday morning.  I'ts quite late Sunday night.  But I had to make a choice between blogging and real estate, and I'm afraid that real estate won.  Well, perhaps this will make it tie.  Here are some favorites that I read this week: Kat Palmiotti: Overweight young adults: more exer...
By William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
(RE/MAX Associates)
Comments 28
Old US Naval Bi-Plane One of the joys of photography for me is capturing images that are unique and different but also part of Living the San Diego experience. This photo was taken a couple years ago at the Naval Centennial Flyover. Naval Aviation had a very strong beginning in part due to the im...
By Anna Banana Kruchten, Phoenix Real Estate Agent, CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
(Phoenix Property Shoppe)
Comments 84
Agent Friendly  Agents - Good Business Practice   Today while searching for homes for a new buyer I noticed an interesting trend in the agent remarks section. There were a number of agents stating  I RETURN PHONE CALLS!  Many of us would find it odd that an agent wouldn't return phone calls, righ...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 65
And then she says, "I don't call MY REALTOR on Sundays." The phone rang and I picked it up.The woman on the other end says, "I see you have a property for sale in ___________." I replied, "No, I have do not have any listings there but I see there are 11 homes for sale in that area." She went on t...
By Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
(Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY)
Comments 37
Prosepctive buyers always talk about looking for a house, but could they be talking about your listing, literally? Problems with actually finding a listed property happens a lot more often than you might think, in both rural and urban settings. Many communities and HOAs do not allow broker signs,...
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 Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 15
  I See the Staining but What Is The Source of the Water Damage.   We have all seen water stains on the ceilings, walls and floors and know that there is a problem. But where? What exactly is causing the staining problem. This photo was taken of the floor right in front of the tub, we all see tha...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - Probate Specialist
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 56
When A Buyer Feels Remorse And Wants To Renegotiate An As-Is  Contract   Buyers in the San Jose real estate market don't have it easy these days. We've been in a seller's market for quite some time now.  As a listing agent, one way Kathleen Daniels levels the playing field on San Jose homes for s...
By Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty, Monroe NY Real Estate, 914-419-0270)
Comments 43
I've been a real estate agent for about three years now, and one of the things I've had trouble with is freely communicating what I do to people I meet.  What I mean by that is that I am not an in-your-face kind of person. I prefer a softer approach. For example, I prefer sending letters to expir...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 51
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- August 17 to August 23, 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! August 17:...
By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, -)
Comments 20
My Activerain Success Story Where do I start?  Well I guess back in January 2008 when I joined Activerain.  Little did I know back then what a great website I found.  I had been making a few friends around the Country and learned a great deal from them.  It was not only educational but I must adm...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 35
Yesterday I read Debbie Reynolds blog "Tale of Two Houses, Same Everything but One Big Difference" and re-blogged by Lenn Harley.  This blog caught my attention because of a Borrower I am presently working with who wants to purchase the house he is living in.  What I am experiencing with this Bor...
By Tammie White, Franklin TN, South of Nashville
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or
Comments 40
Today, I received a call from a buyer. She had registered on my website a couple of months ago and was receiving new property updates daily. She has been contemplating a move here for several months. While reading my website, she read about the benefits of buyer's agency. She had an appointment t...
By Agent Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR® Listing Specialist, The $500 Million Marketing Advantage
(Capitol Home Team | Austin TX)
Comments 7
Kensington Trails Kyle, TX | DR Horton | Agent Aaron, New Home Expert | Former Builder Now A REALTOR® Kensington Trails NeighborhoodKyle, TXBuilder: DR HortonHomes from the $150sAgent Aaron @ 512-845-4204 Hello. My name is Agent Aaron Vaughn, and I am a real estate agent and REALTOR® here in the ...