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By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 45
    New Agents Need to Market Themselves – But how and where? In my work as a real estate copywriter I talk to a good number of agents who are just starting out. Some of them are eager to get their websites up and running and know that they need individualized content and an agent bio that makes ...
By Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Northern VA
(Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA)
Comments 43
Pay Attention---People Do What Comes Naturally to Them Life is full of clues about what the future holds, at least as it pertains to people.  People will always do what comes naturally to them.  Sometimes that is a great thing, but other times is a like a red warning light flashing the word DANGE...
By Gene Mundt, Mortgage Lender - Chicago/Chicagoland Mortgages
Comments 31
  Love Your New Construction ... But Educate Yourself About Future Tax Bills      *  I want to preface this article by saying it's geography specific to the Chicago Area and its collar-counties ...     So you've opted for building or buying a newly constructed home.  You've decided you're okay wi...
By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 25
I read a thought provoking post about the evolution and adaptation of sea turtles.  It was a fascinating piece (Biggest Business Challenge: Escaping the Past) offering a unique perspective about doing business in today's ever changing world. The author asked the following question:  "If you were ...
By Jane Grant, Temecula Homes and Murrieta Homes
(Jane Grant, "Temecula Homes", Southwest Real Estate)
Comments 17
California real estate and privacy and keeping your real estate purchases as confidential as possible. I've had several California real estate clients over the years, that have wanted to keep their real estate transactions private.   It's true, that when any property closes escrow it is recorded...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Sacramento, CA - 916-765-5366
(Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 30
  I just have one broken kitchen counter tile in Sacramento   Broken and chipped kitchen counter tiles will happen over time. You are not looking to replace the entire counter just yet, you just want to replace the broken ones. In Sacramento, we have seen that there are a few problem in getting t...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 56
One key tenet of marketing a home is differentiate it from the others.  Sometimes, as in the case of Brevard County, Florida's planned unit development of Viera, the differences between many homes is very limited.  Some developments have "cookie cutter" structures while others have custom and or ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 32
My First Real Estate Experience was many years before I got involved in the Real Estate Industry as a Loan Originator.  I have bought two houses in my life time, my first one in 1975, and the second which I still live in, in 1981.  Both times I bought when the market was flat, and sold the first ...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(CJ Realty Group, Inc.)
Comments 33
There are a lot of things they don't tell you in real estate school.  In fact outside of how to pass your real estate test there isn't much you know about starting and building your own business.  It looks easy on TV, show three houses, write an offer, go to closing and collect a check.  Fortunat...
By Ricky Khamis, NMLS 173141 | CADOC 173141 - 480-339-1565
(Amerifirst Financial, Inc.)
Comments 35
With so many buyers sitting on the fence waiting for that perfect moment I thought it prudent to showcase what the cost of waiting really looks like. Let's say for instance that you are in a $200,000 price range looking at homes that cost TODAY $200,000. With prices on the way up we can assume a ...
By Dana Hollish Hill, Vice President & Associate Broker
(Buyer's Edge Company, Inc.)
Comments 60
Have you seen one of these yet? As an exclusive buyer's agent, I spend a lot of my time driving around residential neighborhoods. Whether I'm showing homes to clients or previewing for them, a lot of my mileage each year is in the 15-35 MPH range. I try to enjoy my time in neighborhoods observing...
By Ralph Gorgoglione, California Real Estate (800) 591-6121
(John Aaroe Group)
Comments 32
The Home Inspection:  Do's and Don'ts, and How To Keep It On The Real.... During a home purchase and/or escrow process, the physical inspection of a home takes on MANY different purposes.  There's the obvious of having a discovery process on what the current state of the home is in. But it goes a...
By Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents
(Godzyk Real Estate Services)
Comments 70
When it comes to looking at houses For Sale, no day seems to be sacred any longer. A buyer called and asked to see a Home Listed For Sale on Easter Sunday. I asked if they realized it was Easter and they told me "Of course, that is when our parents are visiting from out of town, and seeing they a...
By Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586
(Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections)
Comments 95
I'm tired and giving up. Over the years, there is a lot to be proud of. Many times when inspecting I find issues that are a safety issue's that could be life threatening. This makes me feel good for the home owners. Not that they have repairs to make, but the possible life saving issue were found...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 40
He who knows not and knows that he knows not …..GET IT?! That’s what the Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge is all about! Dick Greenberg is hosting his 3rd Sensei/Grasshopper Challenge this month and I have one question:                              Where is Everybody?????? In case you’re not familiar ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 34
This is a set up for future problems - a lack of step flashing will invite leaking. Roofing and siding is done in stages. If any stage is skipped the result will eventually be leaking. The roof is built from the bottom up - sheathing, siding underlayment, various kinds of flashing, shingles, hous...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 42
My First Listing – The Seller Never Asked, and I Never Told I still remember my first listing soon after I received my Massachusetts license. I was a new agent with RE/MAX Destiny in Harvard Square in Cambridge, across the Charles River from Boston and home of 2 world-class universities, MIT and...
By Diane Beaumont, USDA,FHA,FHA 203k,Jumbo Woodland Park, CO Mortgage
(Benchmark Mortgage)
Comments 28
Paying your income taxes each year leave your wallet a bit thin? There may be money hiding in your home that lessens your tax burden. Here are four places to look: 1. Home-Office Deduction If you work from home, you could qualify for a home-office deduction. Taking the deduction can be a bit comp...
By The Chatter
Comments 59
In our quest for success we humans often get in our own way. We tell ourselves we can’t do something, we’re not good enough, or our idea just won’t work. Maybe we don’t make those cold calls, we just can’t get ourselves to say “no” or we continuously avoid asking for the sale. Regardless of how s...
By Kerrie La Guardia, ActiveRain Community Manager
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 45
Wow....what a week!  I am ecstatic with the response our community has had to our domain migration announcement.  The benefits are vast and I am hopeful for a strong boost for all my angelic Rainers!! Check out some rockstars who've written some pretty amazing pieces of content.  Congratulate the...