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By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 29
Our Visit to the Chianti Region of Tuscany, Italy in October 2014   My wife, Kay, and I recently returned from a fabulous trip to Tuscany. So recent that we are still reeling from the effects of jetlag and a 9-hour time difference!     Tuscany was wonderful in so many ways. For those who have bee...
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 65
I went to Traders Jo's and bought some cornbread mix. Its good stuff and very easy to use. You go home, get the one egg, 1/2 cup of oil and cup of milk beat it all up and then put it in a greased pan and 40 minutes later, coming out of your oven is a golden brown, sweet smelling hot delicious cor...
By Lisa Heindel, New Orleans Real Estate Broker
(Crescent City Living LLC)
Comments 27
Are you headed to the annual NAR Convention in New Orleans next week?  As a NOLA native, I love when we get visitors to the city, especially those that haven't been here before.  What you might not know about New Orleans We are home to one of the largest ports in the U.S. We have recently been na...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 49
  The dictionary gives two definitions of the word myth. The one that applies in this content is as follows: "A widely held but false belief or idea."   The word REALTOR® means "used for a real estate agent who is a member of the National Association of Realtors." The letters "T-O-R," rhymes with...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 55
Buy the House and the Outdoor Gym Set Will Stay!   We Love The House, But - The home buyers loved everything about the house.  They loved the community.  They loved price, the room sizes, the kitchen, the master bath, the finished basement, the fireplace.  You'd think they'd be ready to buy.  WAI...
By Ray Wilson, NYS Licensed Home and Building Inspector
(Meticulous Home Inspection Corporation)
Comments 14
I performed an inspection on City Island in Bronx NY last Sunday, and the client showed up 15 minutes after I arrived. Within 15 minutes I found enough to make most buyers run the other way, but this buyer was so in love with this house he did not hear me initially. The seller showed up before th...
By Shannon Milligan, Richmond VA Real Estate Agent, RVA Home Team - Winning with Integrity.
(RVA Home Team)
Comments 47
Real Estate Horror Picture Show: Would You Like Asbestos with Your Popcorn? You have decided to sell your property and the process starts out innocently enough. You research and select a Richmond VA Realtor, sign the listing agreement, and declutter to the point that your house looks like a model...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 16
Lender Won’t Close the FHA Condo Loan We have discussed in a previous article that an FHA condo loan can still close even if the condominium’s FHA approval has expired.  That is provided, however, that the FHA case number was assigned to the loan prior to the expiration of the approval.  The lend...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 33
Building Relationships & A Better Business with a Lending Partner   Blogging has been a huge part of my business for many years.  Blogging in ActiveRain is not only great for general business, it is great for networking and for referral business as well. Business is never slow for me. I create ti...
By Courtney Cooper, 206-850-8841
(All Seattle Homes for Sale: CooperJacobs.com)
Comments 51
Real Estate Press Releases To Increase Your Business: It's been almost two years since I wrote the last tutorial on writing a real estate press release, so it is time to update it with some more current ideas.  Writing press releases is part of Cooper Jacobs Real Estate's marketing plan and we re...
By Barbara Todaro, "New Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 69
                                When listings are scarce, we will search for fresh inventory wherever and whenever we can.  I passed a For Sale by Owner Sign while driving and thought I’d ask one of the agents in the office if he had seen it.  His response was that it was not his favorite method ...
By Scott Webster
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 41
Can You Guess Who This Is? Traditions promote a sense of pride and help citizens grow tighter as a community. In the lovely hamlet of Wilton, Connecticut where I'm proud to call home, many traditions abound.  For four years, the Wilton Chamber of Commerce has hosted a contest to showcase local b...
By Nathan Froelich, Sharer of Ideas
(breakthroughBroker.com)
Comments 25
In this video I'll show you how to use Facebook Lists to transform your personal Facebook page into a powerful marketing machine. Best of all you can do this for free. Creating lists is the process of putting all of your contacts (friends) into groups just like you would do in your contact manage...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 62
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Don't Be An Invisible Blogger, Expose Yourself! A polar bear in a blizzard. Wonder Woman's airplane. A black cat on a moonless night. YOU.   Which one of these doesn't belong?  We'll give you ONE guess!   But if you're choosing to blog on ActiveRain without a Rainmaker account...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 53
I am working with a buyer who will be re-locating to Florida in the near future.  In preparation for a second trip to Florida I received an email that read, in part, "it would be beneficial to know the local customs and practices.  What is the common practice and process should we see something ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 30
On January 10th of this year the new Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) Qualifying Mortgage (QM) Rules went into effect.  Since these rules have gone into effect the CFPB QM "Ability To Pay" Rule Has Been Creating New Issues. The first signs of trouble came early on with the "Ability to Pa...
By Debe Maxwell, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods
(www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | Savvy + Company Real Estate)
Comments 69
What’s Wrong with This Picture?   Sometimes as agents, we have to step out of the ‘data’ box and view a listing from a buyer’s perspective.  We tend to fall into the '4-beds-4-baths-1/2-acre-fenced-yard-with-pool' mentality and truly need to take a fresh look at our listings.     How do our listi...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 54
There are a few things you should never do. One, never shop online when drinking. A old friend of mine had a lot of shoes she bought while drinking too much wine. With her inhibitions down, she bought and bought and bought. Two, never blog, email, text or leave messages on voice-mail while mad or...
By Bobbie Smith, Real Estate in the Poconos of PA 570-242-1891,
(RE/MAX OF THE POCONOS)
Comments 45
Acceptance of your Low Ball Offer? Not With My Seller!   We are seeing it time and time again in offers that my Pocono Real Estate Clients are receiving.   Your submitted offer is well below the Asking Price, even well below the Average Sale to List Price Ratio in our Market.   Granted, we are in...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668)
Comments 70
This past Janaury we had a fire.  A fire that was emotional and heartbreaking.  Of course the important thing was that my family, our furry kids and my house were saved.  50 years of Christmas, however, was lost.  I have shed many tears over the ornaments and meaning behind each one. I'm thankful...
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