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By Chris Mamone, Loan Officer
(Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services)
Comments 21
Yesterday I experienced miscommunication between the listing agent and the buyer's agent. I got put in the middle and then blamed for information I didn't have access to. No one called me to say the buyer is putting an offer on a house with a federal grant that limits household income. Miscommun...
By Jeffrey Masich, Arizona Homes and Land to Sell or Purchase
(HomeSmart )
Comments 11
Are you selling your home? What gets buyers to say "Honey...Stop the Car!"?  Honey, Stop the Car! Many homes look exactly the same from the outside. The buyer may not even stop to look at all of your improvements. The picture of the home on the internet or the appearance when diriving by needs to...
By Susan Nealey, No Pressure! Ever!
(Trident Homes Realty)
Comments 42
You slept?? No, you didn't!  You stewed! You rocked and rolled all night! And you don't want me to know it. I met with you last night and presented an offer from a buyer who saw your house yesterday on the very first day it was on the active market.  He loved it enough to make you an offer immedi...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 57
In an attempt to make the homepage the best it can be, we continue to tweak the algorithm of what gets displayed.  Last night we implemented a new requirement; minimum word count.  In order to be eligible for a popular or high traffic blog, you post must have x amount of words.  If not, it doesn'...
By Edward Peterson, eDrake; CT
Comments 21
The first rule in real estate is don't lie - sounds easy but it is the lazy persons fall-back position not only in real estate but many occupations. If you don't know say so and that you will find the answer and then: Do the work - the research, ask the questions, visit the web sites and maybe ev...
By Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL
(Cam Realty and Property Management)
Comments 86
  Verbal Offers?? I’m Not Holding My Breath!As long as I have been in real estate, I have never, that’s right, never presented a verbal offer on behalf of my buyer clients. I have however received more verbal offers than I care to count. When I receive a verbal offer, I politely ask the agent to ...
By Maria Gilda Racelis, "Your Goal, My Goal. We Can Make it Happen."
(Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington)
Comments 41
Yesterday was my son's first day in Real Estate Class. I waited for him to come home as a curious Realtor mother.   At around 9:15 P.M. the noise from his car muffler went louder as he got closer to the driveway. Then it died down. As soon as he entered the house in conjunction with the voice fro...
By Juli Vosmik, Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739
(Dominion Real Estate Partners, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ)
Comments 62
     One of the last things I want my customers to ever say to me is, “That was creepy.”  But, it happened last weekend.        In preparation of a new listing, I like my clients to view the competition to really get a good feel for showing and pricing.   After all, the hard numbers don’t always...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305
Comments 43
ASK AN AMBASSADOR:  Has ActiveRain Lost Its Google Juice? As I wander the Rain I keep encountering comments that indicate that Rainers feel like they've lost clout with Google.  The views on their AR stats page are lower.  That their phone doesn't ring like it used to and maybe being here in the ...
By Pauline Donnelly, Real Estate Coach
Comments 102
“Take one single moment to feel sorry for yourself, and then bounce back better than ever.” Barbara Corcoran I’m a big fan of real estate icon Barbara Corcoran and saw her post this on Facebook this week. It’s timely, because recently I’ve had a lot of real estate agents talk to me about how to ...
Buckle up. Today we’re going on a ride of hyper-targeting. I’m going to challenge everything you thought you knew about advertising. You’re going to want to call your marketing team in after reading this. Last week, I was inundated with a mix of emails, phone calls and comments after I wrote a pi...
By Randy Mitchelson, Internet Marketing Expert, Author, Activist
( and Homeland Heroes Home Loans)
Comments 54
I am getting conflicting information and curious to learn your opinion.   All-Cash Property TransactionsOn one hand, I read a press release last week from RealtyTrac that the Cape Coral-Fort Myers market has one of the highest share of all-cash home sales based on fourth quarter 2014 data. Almost...
By Jenna Dixon, Assoc Broker - Let's Talk Cobb County Real Estate
(DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate )
Comments 63
As a real estate professional, I deal with many different people every day.  From buyers and sellers to other agents, lenders, appraisers and closing attorneys and all of these people have a single commonality, they are INDIVIDUALS.  Each of them walking their own path in life, dealing with their...
By Melanie Cameron, The Cameron Team
(Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage)
Comments 28
Sometimes, we need to get by with a little help from our friends. In the case of professional blogging, that would be your tribe. "What's a 'tribe'?," you ask. This is a group of fellow bloggers that are there to show you support by commenting on and sharing your blog posts. A tribe is most effec...
By Paul Henderson, I always put my clients first in any transaction!
(RE/MAX Professionals.)
Comments 31
I was working on one of my new rentals when the tenant next door came out in her yard and started cleaning up the leaves from a heavy wind storm we had the night before. I thought this was odd since her owner pays for lawn and yard care.I no sooner acknowledge her by saying hello then she starts ...
By Antoine Pirson, Trustworthy advice in real estate
(Caldecott Properties)
Comments 39
When I bought real estate in 2000, the interest rate was 9.5%. Yet, I bought at the time because the numbers worked.  Today the interest rate is 3.89%, and the numbers work now too. Many buyers are looking at price and do not want to pay the asking price because it is seemingly too high (their im...
By Belinda Spillman, Your Guide to Joyful Colorado Living!
(Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado)
Comments 83
Have Some Fun With Color on Your Front Door   Front doors are many times a different color than the rest of the house.  Many people use this opportunity to splash some character on their otherwise beige and white exterior paint color.  Many times, we will see a home that is conservative in color ...
By ActiveRain University
(ActiveRain University)
Comments 25
We are thrilled to announce that ActiveRain's very own Melissa Zavala is going to be teaching a webinar through Trulia this Wednesday! Melissa is an ActiveRain Ambassador and is a broker at Broadpoint Properties in Escondido, CA.  Join us on Wednesday as we cheer on Melissa during her moment in t...
By Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond
(Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate)
Comments 19
Condo Buying Goes Deeper than Sales Price   It takes a thoughtful condo buyer in RI real estate that understands that condo buying costs more than just the sales price.  Receiving multiple calls a week on a RI condo for sale, it is very obvious that the potential buyer has no idea how different h...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 32
There is no other way to say this - this is a dangerous gas line installation. This is unprotected flexible metal tubing generically called Corrugated Stainless Steel Tubing, or CSST. There are lots of things swirling about its use and installation, from bonding and grounding to proper protection...