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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 14
It can be very educational reading township newsletters posted online. Here is a prime example relating to fire safety in the fall newsletter from Kennett Twp. (PA) in a piece by the Chair of the Board of Supervisors after a resident’s comment about the futility of calling the fire company. “Two...
By June Piper-Brandon, Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time
(Century 21 New Millenium)
Comments 42
Homesnap A few weeks ago I received an email invite from our local MLS for this program called Homesnap and thought it looked like a great way to market and network with past clients and customers.  Boy was I wrong, I could not have been more wrong. So far it has high jacked my email contacts lis...
By Jeff Pearl
(RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA)
Comments 35
Many buyers ask questions about laws, mortgages, and taxes. Whether they are doing a short sale, buying, or selling - tax,mortgage, and legal questions should be directed to persons licensed to provide those services. Even if I knew the answer to this question I received this morning:  " Let me k...
By Lori Ballen, CVO, Chief Visionary Officer / Ballen Companies
(The Ballen Companies, TBG, TBM, ASAN)
Comments 18
The Buyer Missed the Closing Date, Now What?   A significant proportion of real estate deals do not close on the scheduled date. Ninety percent of the time, the buyer is responsible for the delay. There are a number of reasons for this. Buyers often have contingencies to satisfy prior to closing,...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 31
Every day it seems that I see unsupportable claims about what Thermal Imaging Cameras can do--or about the things they have discovered.  Everyone and their brother has a camera, and they are all “experts.” I am happy to agree as well that they are incredible tools that can help inform us about th...
When I worked for NBC, I put together a series called "The Faith Project".  The idea was to look at the role of faith in our lives. Not organized religion, but FAITH. Let's face it.  We live in a world where it feels as if we have to be ultra politically correct.  If you ask me, it's pretty sad. ...
By Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo
(Dagny's Real Estate)
Comments 110
I Plan On Being A Millionaire Today All I need is a post and some comments, and I am there !   It was so exciting on the way - what will it feel like on the other side?   I have made a lot of friends, some of whom I will see today at Ginny's Meet Up, and had some business transactions result from...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 44
A Goal Setting Fatal Mistake, and how to Prevent it. Practitioners of “The Secret”, along with plenty of other smart people know how important it is to keep our focus on the positive. Keeping our focus on the positive rather than the negative, on what we do have rather than what we do not have is...
By Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker - Let's Talk Atlanta Real Estate
(DRA Homes (Atlanta, GA))
Comments 58
Boomerang.  Adult children who have left home, either for college or to start a life on their own, only to return to the nest.   Both of my boys landed back at home on a few occasions.  It took me a while to get the hang of what my role was in facilitating their final flight from the nest. We ser...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 64
Gravity works, and I can see it especially in older homes when I perform the gravity check - insulation slips inside walls! This house was built in 1951.  And I see this all the time. Doing a thermal sweep around the house each room demonstrated exterior walls that looked something like this. Cav...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 53
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-December 7 to December 13, 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 c...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 39
It seems we have a game played year after year, and this year is no exception, because Once Again The Mortgage Interest Rate Deduction Is Facing Elimination.  So the phones are ringing and e-mail boxes are filling up for Senators, and Representative in Congress.   All the different Real Estate or...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 40
Saturday Subscriber Finds 81 ActiveRain is growing  and with that it means that new members are joining the Rain everyday. Newbies need our encouragement so they will continue to stick with their blogging and be consistent. Do you know any of these Members? The purpose of this series is to introd...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 63
We had a chance to visit the Alamo in San Antonio, TX last year while on our way to see some friends in Austin. These friends of ours are coming into town to visit us this year and as I was reflecting on our trip to Texas I came across the picture that I took of the Alamo. I don't know if you're ...
By Greg Nino, Houston, Texas
(RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP)
Comments 148
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 40
  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...
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