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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 53
Don’t Be Scared Away By What You See on Reality TV.  I love the home and garden shows that can be seen on television. It is a good way to bring the topics of home improvement and updating as well as home staging to the public. However, as with most reality shows, there has to be a certain amount ...
By Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
Comments 43
When Google says, “Jump”, do you say how high?  Or, do you question their authority?  We are referring to the new edict Google has put forth that websites should be “mobile friendly” before April 21st, 2015, or else!  Or else, what? If you are concerned that your luxury real estate website will n...
By Stacye Beaver
(PrimeLending, A Plains Capital Company)
Comments 17
Just a few tidbits on selecting a mortgage loan officer for your purchase or refinance:1.  Don't call your bank JUST because your bank account is there.  They are not allowed to give you a better rate or closing costs over an applicant who doesn't bank with them.2.  Don't select a lender JUST bec...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty
(Zion Realty)
Comments 66
Some may say I'm a fanatic when it comes to keeping my house clean. Every Saturday we break out the cleaning materials, the rags, the swiffer dusters, and the vacuum and get to work tidying up from the previous week's worth of living. Arizona is famous for it's dust. Your home can get dusty somet...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 28
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Blogging Success Isn't OvernightPatience isn't always my strong suit.  Fact is it may not be your strong suit either.  Agents are go, go, go and want the bright and shiny that makes their business explode, and QUICKLY.  Blogging is NOT typically that thing.  Blogging takes tim...
By Mike McCann - Nebraska Land Broker, Nebraska Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Based in Kearney Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 17
I used to be gung ho on providing client references right off the bat to new clients.  Now, if a potential client wants references to actually speak to...they and I need to have personally met in my office or at a farm before I fork over any phone numbers or email addresses.Over the past year or ...
By Valorie L. Ford, Valorie Ford & Co, Charlottesville/Albemarle Real
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 76
Yes, there was a time that everyone did not have a cell phone, tablet or computer available to them at any given moment. It might interest some of the younger readers to know that there was a time that none of these things existed.  Life was much different than it is today. There was no Google se...
By Laura Foreman, Copywriter, Buffini & Company
(Referral Maker Real Estate CRM)
Comments 12
Get social with your clients this spring! The warmer temperatures and longer days make it the perfect time to host a client appreciation party for your best clients. Face-to-face contact is one of the best ways to touch base with your clients, express your appreciation for their business and refe...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 15
Cats. Your Humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate Agent Likes them. But...Let's get this right out there in the open. I like cats. I prefer dogs. But I like cats. My only cat, Scratch, was a great pet. He loved to be right by your side, he played fetch just like a dog, and he was a great com...
By Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
(Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)
Comments 56
Q & A - Layers of Roofing Buyer - The Sellers have two layers of roofing (one shake shingles and the other asphalt composite), and have never heard of this.     Is this legal?    How will this affect my homeowner's insurance?   Will this be an issue to us down the road?    The Seller says she had...
By Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager
(Sharon Tara Transformations)
Comments 63
Today I'm sharing a video tutorial on how to add a person to a photo using the photo editing site Ribbet. This type of editing is great to use if you have a group shot or family photo where someone was left out and you want to add them, or you have two photos and want to combine them.The pictures...
By Lottie Kendall, Serving San Mateo County and San Francisco
(Today | Sotheby's International Realty)
Comments 27
"Try to be a Rainbow in someone's cloud" .... Maya AngelouWhat a beautiful sentiment to see in the elevator at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. It doesn't take much to be a rainbow... perhaps a simple smile to a stranger...... or offering a bottle of water and a snack to someone sittin...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 51
I'm happy to finally kick off our Get to Know series.  This series will allow us to dig a little deeper into our Rainer's worlds.  You'll see these pop up on our social channels and beyond.  First up, the lovely Anita Clark:  For your chance at being highlighted, fill out the form here.
By JOBE Group
Comments 37
They say seeing is believing, and on today's Real Estate Buzz, we're going to talk about how not to take the photos for your listing. Seeing reflections of the photographer or other people in the photos. Too much clutter. Clean the house. Get the living room picked up, get the clutter out of ther...
By Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate
(Baird & Warner Real Estate)
Comments 41
During a real estate career that goes back to 1998, I have more than occasionally been asked (confronted, challenged)) with the notion that we agents make too much money.  It's easy for buyers and sellers to think that when they get the HUD at closing and see those commission numbers. Particularl...
By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
(Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
Comments 25
There's a myth that pervades the discussion of real estate amongst professionals in the real estate industry that goes something like this:  Just about everything for sale/on the market is on the Multiple Listing Service.  And...most FSBO's (For Sale by Owner) will eventually land there too. Whil...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 48
My plan of delighting you today with a lovely market report has come asunder. It's not that I don't have a market report available - I've got 15 in draft, ready to go. But I woke this morning with the realization that today is my 4 year anniversary on Active Rain, and I want to spend my daily pos...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 23
A little over a week ago I done an inspection in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. This particular house was built in 1990. The house was vacant (I love that) and everything was accessible! There was a closet on the backside of the hallway bathroom that had an access door to the bathroom plumbing. I opened...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 42
The Education Not the Letters Impress Me. The letters from REALTOR® Designations and Certifications don't mean a thing to most people and even other agents and professionals in the real estate industry don't know what they mean or represent. These letters, the Designation and Certification letter...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 27
Different wording, maybe, than the original song, but this roof's got Eaves of Destruction.Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to sayCan't you feel the fears I'm feelin' today?But I'll tell you, over and over and over again, my friend,Ah, you don't believe that roof's got eaves of destruction?Ac...