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By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 62
“The Eye Buys” is a favorite phrase of mine to use when referencing the curb appeal of a home for sale.  Could this phrase also have somewhat of an influence on how one selects a real estate agent?  Let’s hope it’s not the sole factor one considers when a choice needs to be made on hiring an age...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 71
Sheldon the Kitty is in serious trouble.   Things were going well for him. He was working hard on mastering the art of being a cat. He had become skilled at dog annoying, and was making real progress on expanding that to include people. He had learned to get on pretty much every counter in his ho...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 38
March Madness Contest - And the Winner Is... ...Roger Mucci? Our final competitors, Michael Jacobs and Praful Thakkar are two outstanding bloggers that you should follow if you don't already. Michael had his hands full as Praful was coming off a 4th Round victory in which he scored 124 comments.....
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 103
“Beer Budget and Champagne Taste”   Brenda wanted to own a nice three bedroom ranch, but her budget was $150,000. In the area she wanted to live $150,000 wouldn’t give her what she wanted for her family.   Her Realtor called me regarding doing an FHA 203 K loan as the bank that did her pre-quali...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 60
Something New to Spice Up Your Blogs! Google is always changing things. If you are like me, then you are constantly reading something about search, SEO, SERPS and more. Hard to stay current with all the different things that we need to be doing. Some agents leave it up to a webmaster and others d...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 65
When the screwdriver isn't just for screws. Not that I haven't seen this before.  It's just fun when you can use tools in different ways! The inspection on this house saw repairs on every single column in front of this house.  There are eight such columns. Very recent "repairs" on each one were m...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 40
Being Transparent ~ Let Them See Who You Really Are! Today as I met with my networking group, we were discussing the character attributes that we value and hope our clients can clearly see.  I wrote that one of my character attributes is transparency.  Allowing others to see who you really are is...
By Julie Morales, Texas Realtor bringing my values to you!
(RE/MAX Cinco Ranch)
Comments 36
Yesterday I became a Rainmaker. For some of you this may not be a big deal, but for me it is. Can any of you think back to the time when you made the transition? People in this community have a presence and seniority that I admire. You have long been in the Real Estate game and are sitting high ...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 72
Well I'll be! I have seen pictures of stuff like this, never thought I'd see it though. A couple days ago I inspected a house right at the base of the Sandia Mountains. When I was on the roof, I got a great view looking either way! Anyway, back on task Mr Inspector... This house was built in the ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 62
I didn't blog yesterday for the very first time since joining Active Rain. I had never missed a single day. I've had days that three blog posts rolled right off of my fingertips so fast you could see the smoke rising off of my keyboard. I've had days that I barely squeezed out a blog post right b...
By Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Homes
(RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago)
Comments 40
Are you Enthusiastic? No really, have you ever thought about it? How do you show enthusiasm when you are on a listing presentation? Obviously you don't do back flips when you go into a particularly nice listing but how do you show the seller your enthusiasm? I recently did not get a listing becau...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
Comments 75
As a photographer of 40+ years there may be some of you wondering why a photographer doesn't attach a photo with his post!   Well let me tell you something ... "I would love too" ;o)   But I am going a record 2 months straight with no Internet ;o(   Sure, I have wifi on my old iPhone, but the Act...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 75
Here a Rush, There a Rush, Everywhere a Rush, Rush          Volume is up.  That means turntimes are up.  Along with stress levels.  Deadlines are approaching everywhere.  The only thing that typically doesn't go up when volume goes up is levels of customer service.  And I don't care if the BBB an...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 104
Puppies, Kittens, Porn, Roger D. Mucci and The Common Denominator Is...   What’s That You Say?   You Know     Playful Puppies, Kute Kittens, Porn, Roger Mucci       What’s The Common Denominator, You Ask?   Well, Each is Popular...Well in Some Circles     Since The Advent Of The Internet, There S...
By Richie Alan Naggar author PEARLS FOR THE SOUL .com books, Life-Love-Intimacy-Purpose + Real Estate too?
(People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca)
Comments 44
If you have ever made boo-boos personal or otherwise, then you have unsold yourself. You have caused others to take a look at you and it is a step backward. THINK:  Your personal stock just took a dip. Depending on how you handle the faux pas (or worse) will determine how far you fall. There are ...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 69
The old joke is if you bring in 10 home inspectors you Will get 10 different reports.  In reality this is not true, you may only get 5. One of the most important jobs in a Home Buyers eyes and one of the dreaded parts of selling by a Home Seller. The most important part of any inspection is ident...
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 37
  Dormant Wasp Hives Are A Reminder     While tearing apart some deck railing yesterday, I came across some dormant wasp hives. In this 5 foot section of railing there must have been 10-12 hives, one was small and active. It was a reminder of a couple of things.   During the hotter month we will ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 47
Are You Having Good or Bad Bananas? A real estate broker early in my career was a great inspiration to me. He wasn't all that educated but he knew real estate and he knew people. He wasn't afraid to ask for the business or to compete to get the listing. His methods worked then are still relevant ...
By Hannah Williams, Expertise in NE Philadelphia & Bucks County
(Re/Max Eastern inc.)
Comments 132
 Instructions say two hours notice I am trying to set up appointments for properties Sometimes companies that have these properties listed have appointment centers . That is good I have had wonderful experiences with them . Many times you can set up your appointment on line . This allows you the ...
By Mark Wagner Jr.
(Zion Realty)
Comments 72
  As I was going about my normal real estate business, my clients that I am currently working asked a very simple question to me last week... do you think it would be ok to close early?! Of course! My immediate response was to leap out of my chair and do my dance of joy! What agent doesnt want to...
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