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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 61
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 21
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 40
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 32
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 62
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...
By Gene Mundt, Chicago-area Mortgage Lender - www.genemundt.com, 708.921.6331 - 37 yrs experience
(NMLS #216987)
Comments 75
    Why We Need to Flex Our ActiveRain Muscles      Keeping Current Matters is a very popular website and news source for those within the Real Estate industry.  Their daily informative articles touch upon important and timely topics that are aimed at those hoping to buy a home, current homeowner...
By Ron & Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Marketing
(ra@napaconsultants.com)
Comments 43
Looking back to the inception of social media, we pause to evaluate its meaning today.  In our title, we paraphrased the quote from Alice in Wonderland, “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation? ”   We substituted social media for the book, to illustrate that some of social m...
By Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale - San Jose Probate Agent
(KD Realty - 408.972.1822)
Comments 85
There Really is an App for That!   It's called RESPECT!     What did people do before smart phones? Call me old school but I happen to feel it is extremely rude and disrespectful when people are with someone and they are buried in their smart phone and ignoring the person they are with. For me, t...
By David Krichmar, DaveYourMortgageguy.com
(www.DaveYourMortgageGuy.com, FHA, VA, USDA, HomePath, Jumbo)
Comments 29
  Getting married to the one you love is a great experience.  And living together you learn all the great things about them such as: their snoring, not putting down the lid, having to repeat yourself a million times and this beautiful list goes on……  I am kidding with that this comment.  But when...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 23
ActiveRain is performing some necessary maintenance and will be unavailable starting at 8pm Pacific/11pm Eastern tonight, October 16th.  We believe this should take just about an hour.   Thanks everyone for your patience and understanding!   Please enjoy a cupcake you sweet thangs!
By Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent
(Cherry Creek Properties, LLC)
Comments 57
30 Posts in 30 Days? What?   What is a 30 in 30 ActiveRain challenge? It's fairly simple. First ingredient? A month with 30 days. Nobvember will fit that criteria. Bam! Second ingredient? Pretty easy. A blog post for EACH day in the month! That's right. ONE post for each day. Not 3 posts for 1 da...
By Bob Ratliff, RE/MAX-CC, Cedar Park & Leander, REALTOR® 512-587-5689, Your Cedar Park Real Estate Consultant, REALTOR®
(RE/MAX Capital City ~ Call Bob ~512-587-5689 Austin TX - REALTOR®)
Comments 62
Advertising new listings and not putting them on the MLS. What is the risk?   When real estate markets become "HOT" and multiple offers are common practice as here in Austin many REALTOR'S® will advertise new listings as "coming soon" prior to listing on the MLS. Many of these homes are escrowed ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 59
“Credit Report Shows a Vehicle Charge Off”   This is what showed up when I ran a credit report. The prospective borrower told me she has contacted the creditor many times and the answer was the same. We will not discount the debt, pay us the balance we show as due. She always asked can I get an a...
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