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By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 26
When you decide you want to buy a home, you should prepare to enjoy a fun and exciting home buying process. Of course, this won't just happen automatically, you must select the right real estate buyer's agent who can guide you through the seen and unseen aspects of the move that often times ruin ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 46
When your client has a home inspector at their beckon call, it is best to dot I’s and cross T’s.  This is even truer if that home inspector happens to be your father or father-in-law. When my eldest son sent me pictures of the completed exhaust fan installation, that was done in conjunction with ...
By Ron Barnes, "Most agents claim they're #1 - I THINK YOU'RE #1!
(Associate Broker at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Georgia Properties)
Comments 36
I saw a post several days ago about do's and don'ts in real estate. Generally I agreed with the content until it was mentioned that when choosing an agent, the public would be best served to avoid anyone using an actual paper contract. Carrying a file folder is tantamount to showing clients aroun...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 33
There were a lot of terrific posts that I read last week on ActiveRain, and I'm sure that I missed a bunch of other posts that would have taught me something important or made me smile.  But these are the favorites of the ones that I did find: Anita Clark:  Hidden Home Buying Costs  Anita does a ...
By John Marshall - FORE!, Specializing in Golf Course Properties
(John Marshall )
Comments 73
Part time jobs that can enhance your real estate career - (New content added, see the last paragraph) I know that it is ideal to be a full time agent when you are selling real estate, however I also know that we do not live in an ideal world and some of the best agents had to continue working a f...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 45
My guess is some people just don't want to to do the necessary work when it is time to to sell their home.  The reason homes are not "at their best" when they go on the market vary by seller. Still, if a home is listed for sale by a competent real estate agent, the reason will likely not be becau...
Chances are, most of the people who read these blogs do so because they want knowledge.  They're hungry to learn and they're hungry to grow. So when you hear the "experts" talk about all of the bells and whistles of SEO (search engine optimization), you get excited.  You pull out your wallets.  B...
By Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 85
"Can I forbid a Specific Agent from showing my home?" asked the Seller.    There may be reasons why a Seller distrusts or dislikes specific Realtors ....a family member with whom there has been a falling out...a bad experience...whatever the reason.  Indeed, it is the Seller's home and they may ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 64
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- October 12 to October 18, 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!  Or it co...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 32
Last Sunday I posted a blog titled "What Is Mattress Money".  In that blog I used a couple of terms I feel I need to further clarify a little more.  Those terms are "Compensating Factors" and "Seasoned Money".   This past Wednesday I provide a further explanation of Compensating Factors, so this...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 35
  Much ado about nothing!   OK, what exactly are we trying to do now?   This installation accomplishes a few things, but I am pretty sure that none of these things are the real reason for the installation.   First of all, it took some money out of a bank account or wallet.   Secondly, it uses ele...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 51
A recent article with safety suggestions for real estate agents reminded me of one of the dumbest things I did as a real estate newbie over twenty years ago.  I showed a vacant house with no power to a perfect stranger at night by flashlight.  His wife was to accompany him but he showed up alone...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 58
    Banking and Account Fees:  Why They Must Be Important to Millennials            Banks, many of which are trying to re-coup profits lost from low interest rates, mortgage lending, and the cost of doing business, have been raising the fees on many of their services ...          Those service fe...
By Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker
(Catarra Real Estate, Inc)
Comments 42
Generating leads is the key to surviving in real estate.  Without leads, what's the point? Some agents are better than others and many pay someone to generate leads for them.  This is why many of us pour money into syndicators and other services.  Hey, whatever gets the job done.  Here's what I w...
By Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905, "Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
(Vernonia Realty)
Comments 47
Learning Great Customer Service From a Winery Last week I happened upon this very cool haunting label called "Phantom" on a red wine I was completely unfamiliar with. It drew me in immediately. I picked it up and thought to myself, I have to try this. Based on the label alone.  The wine steward a...
By Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books, on LIFE and LOVE plus Real Estate too!
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 72
No one is going at it with anyone else. No feuds? No tete to tete? No comment to post combat? I know we don't all agree, but have we reached the point where we can share and not take prisoners during the exchange? I haven't seen or heard of anyone declaring war on another here in ActiveRain-land ...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 25
Things I’ve Learned from My Boy Scout I have a 16 year old who has been involved in Boy Scouts since he was 6 years old.  He has learned a lot of very useful life skills that will carry him through life and has prepared him as a leader amongst his peers and in the workplace.  Over the years I’ve ...
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 62
    Don’t Apologize Again, I Don’t Believe You. Change your ways!   We all make mistakes, we are human and we are not perfect. I am more than understanding of this and work at accepting this and help to make things right and move on. Think about your own experiences, how many times have you helpe...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 63
BROOM CLEAN isn't quite as simple as it may appear to the average consumer buyer or seller. Inspired by "Broom Clean" by Jay Markanich. For clarity, many contracts provide for "Broom clean and free of debris". Just what does it mean and who manages compliance with that clause in the Contract of S...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 72
    6 Most Dangerous Everyday Situations in Real Estate The Real Estate Industry is reeling from the recent murder of Beverly Carter, a real estate agent in Arkansas, and the string of attacks on real estate professionals. Meeting new clients, showing properties, holding open houses, letting stra...
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