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By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 137
Over the last ten years I've heard the same complaints repeatedly. Over and over again I try and explain to my friends, family, customers and clients why we agents do the things we do. I can't say my opinions are the voice of all 1 million agents across the industry, but I suspect many of them ha...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 57
If a Real Estate Agent had 10 wishes, What do you think they would ask for? As we enter the Holiday Season of Hanukkah and Christmas, check out the TOP 10 things they may be asking for this Holiday Season.   THE TOP 10 GIFTS Real Estate Agents SEEK 1. Buyers to get pre-qualified prior to looking ...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 40
 If you are considering building a home or remodeling your present home....we encourage you to before you sign on the dotted line of the contract....to read the WHOLE contract...and have it reviewed by a Realtor experienced in these areas...or perhaps an attorney. You cannot base your comittment...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 26
  How Is the Mortgage Process Like and Differ From a Roller Coaster?      Going through today's Mortgage Process can be much like being on a racing roller coaster.  The similarities and parallels between the two are endless.           Examples:  Both have highs.  Both have lows.       At times, e...
By Erin Bates, Your Colorado Home Source
(Aspen Lane Real Estate)
Comments 35
For Me, The Best Gifts to Give Are Home Made So many times, we get caught up in the ongoing search for the perfect Christmas gift to present to our loved ones on Christmas morning.  We scour the stores finding that special thing that we think will make the recipient beam with joy. It can be a dau...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 78
“How to Handle Someone that Plans on Writing Negative Reviews”   A couple of weeks ago I received a call from someone letting me know they were planning on writing a negative review.   Have you ever heard beware of a dog that doesn’t bark. To me it is the same type of thing. She needed to bark a...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 28
If a Home Buyer had 10 wishes, What do you think they would ask for? As we enter the Holiday Season of Hanukkah and Christmas, check out the TOP 10 things Home Sellers may be asking for this Holiday Season.   THE TOP 10 GIFTS HOME BUYERS SEEK 1. A "Good" Buyer Broker who will guide them through t...
By Robert Siciliano, Realty Security and Identity Theft Expert Speaker
(IDTheftSecurity.com Inc)
Comments 20
One of my favorite commercials is a guy working out with his personal trainer. The trainer asks him if he’s been eating his vegetables every day. When he replies, “When I can,” the trainer bops him on the head. He could have had a V8! Just like the man thought that eating his daily vegetables wou...
By Courtney Parham
(Trulia)
Comments 18
  As 2014 is coming to a close, we will be flooded with recaps of everything from the previous 350+ days. These recaps will be anything from the best TV shows or movies, most over played pop song of the year, a countdown of the best pranks from your favorite morning show. No matter how big or sm...
By Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results
(BuyersAgentPortland.com | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time)
Comments 68
This is Why You Do Localism Posts! If you're new to ActiveRain, or a lifer and need a boost, kick in the pants, a "get moving" inspiration . . . I hope this post rejuvenates you into doing LOCALISM posts. Here's what happened today: I have a tracker on my site and from time-to-time I'll check it ...
By Laura Cerrano, Authentic Feng Shui Expert
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Comments 50
Try Including This Habit into Your Daily Lifestyle - Pay it Forward   I would like to present a positive habit for all to try and include into their lifestyle.  Over the weekend some friends of mine and I had the great opportunity to help one another and all we asked in return was to Pay it Forwa...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 26
Well, it's that time a year again when house fires are more common, and people wait until last minute to order firewood and have their chimneys cleaned. People also grab whatever supplemental heat devices they have handy, and most likely havn't been used since last winter. Those include electric ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 99
It is true, I have been. For the past 4+ years here in the Rain I have been watching you, many of you. Not in a stalker kind of way, OK maybe perhaps a little like that, but I am harmless. Honest! You see, when I arrived here in the Rain I had no idea how to blog, what to blog about, how to get m...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 25
This Leasing Restriction Will Prevent FHA Condo Approval I recently fielded a referral from a reverse mortgage broker.  His client lives in a condominium and cannot obtain a reverse mortgage due to the condominium not being on the FHA Approved Condominiums list.  He contacted me to see if we coul...
By Claude Labbe, Realty for Your Busy Life
(Real Living | At Home)
Comments 50
I've been doing a word of the day campaign, but that will be on hold for today. Today, I set ou to show a dozen homes (which is much much more than I ever agree to).  We ended up seeing 6 homes. 6 doors. Client is ready. They are getting close to desperate, job relocation; first home fell apart a...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 43
Keeping Your Eye On That Target Tree in the DistanceI first started driving tractor when I was seven as many farm kids do and by the the time I left for college a decade later I had clocked an untold number of hours perfecting the art of working farm fields.One of the techniques that my father an...
By Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO
(Cedaredge Land Company)
Comments 76
NO...Your Smoke Detector is NOT a Carbon Monoxide Detector In some cases they can be together, but in this case they weren't. This is a discussion I had to have recently with some sellers. These folks were completely confused about the difference and thought their device served a dual purpose. In...
By Alan May, Evanston & Northshore of Chicago real estate
(Coldwell Banker Residential)
Comments 98
A recent listing in a local MLS, and a hypothetical dilemma. The transaction is smooth, and closes like clockwork. the MLS says the co-operative commission is 3.0% minus a $250.00 mls fee (lots of the agencies in our area have begun charging similar fees). At the closing, the listing agency does ...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 57
Realtors who participate in our MRIS, the multiple listing service, have a new tool - the "Coming Soon" feature.  And so far, it's being completely under-utilized.  Basically, if you want to do some effective pre-marketing on a listing, you may put it into MRIS ahead of time as the status as Comi...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 32
Hosting a Contest Has Introduced Me to So Many Great People   As many of you may know, I am hosting the December Pay it Forward challenge with Roger Mucci, Bob Ratliff and Michael Jacobs.  Not only has it been my pleasure to work with this amazing trio, but I have also met some new people in Acti...
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