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By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 63
We're bloggers and we take our craft seriously. We pride ourselves on writing good, and we wince when we "see" bad grammer, sppeling; punctuation or usage. Some of us literally loose our minds. Its just a shame.   Irregardless, help is here.   Weird Al has ridden to the rescue, with...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 101
I think we all agree that plagiarized posts are bad, and they hurt the integrity (as well as the SEO) of this site.  Spam hurts the site, too.   This morning, I came across another plagiarized post.  I was so disappointed. I was excited because it spoke about flooring.  But, I could tell, that it...
By Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 707-812-7668
(, covering California & most other states)
Comments 12
Can I make repairs to a retaining wall with my FHA 203k loan? The short answer is Yes, you can. You can complete most repairs utilizing the FHA 203k loan guarantee program.  Retaining walls,  Foundation repairs or replacement, Update kitchens and bathrooms, replace or repair a roof, Interior and/...
By Tammy Emineth, Content Marketer, SEO Teacher, Website Fixer
(Personal SEO - Website SEO and Real Estate Marketing)
Comments 34
I got an epiphany tonight; real estate agents lead more 'real' lives than just about anyone. I work from home as most of them do to. And while watching Mr. Mom for upteenthmillion time tonight I see the tragedy and circumstance of not putting family first. Yes, we have to live; yes, we ha...
By Melinda (Mel) Peterson, The Naked Blogger 541-659-1620
(Real Estate Cafe LLC)
Comments 102
Many have asked why I chose the pen name... The Naked Blogger.  Especially since I'm a relatively conservative gal who's pretty much chosen the straight and narrow path through life... accompanied by a trusted moral compass.  So what's all the fuss about The Naked Blogger?   When I wa...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 38
Although Google's algorhythms are far beyond me, I know that there are two very important aspects to consider when you're trying to optimize your blog posts or your website: Getting Google to find you and give you a high ranking Getting people to stay and read once they get there Nearly e...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 57
Helping Families Find Multi-generational Homes! There’s a growing trend in Clark County, WA. More and more buyers are looking for a home to share with mom, or mom and dad. And these buyers aren’t baby boomers. The age group I’ve been working with lately are in their 30’s, with young children. The...
By Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate
(Hallmark Realtors)
Comments 69
The easiest way to get business is by referral. Referrals are far more likely to work with you than people you've cold called because they've already heard from someone they trust that you're the right person to work with. Imagine this conversation.      Stranger: I'm thinking abo...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes Homes in Los Angeles Area
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 92
Some posts "expire" within days or even hours of their publication date.  Others live on indefinitely and continue to provide "searched for" information to consumers year after year.  The recent increase in number of posts for points was the catalyst for my research into my m...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 47
Parkland FL Home Staging -3 Summertime Tips! Summer in Parkland, FL means hot, humid and rainy.   If you’re selling your house during South Florida’s summer, then you’re faced with our usual weather times two!   Now is not the time to coast!  Prepare your house to get it sold, not linger in MLS-l...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 47
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers! With the various social media sites that we "should" be using, and all the talk about SEO and how to and not to post and interact, the intent of our online efforts can get blurry. That is why it is sometimes good to take a quick pause, re-inventory our ...
By Bridget McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068
(Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061)
Comments 37
  ActiveRain Memorial Luncheon For Lee Rome-Friends, Food, Fortunate!   Today we held a special ActiveRain Meetup in memory of Lee Rome, and in support of Margaret Rome.   When Lee passed away 2 months ago, there was an outpouring of love for Margaret.  There were folks that wanted to support her...
By Mike Cooper, Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Pro
(Winchester Real Estate Sales, Cornerstone Business Group Inc)
Comments 49
Please don't paint over your receptacles. It creates a fire hazard, and it has the potential to destroy the devices. When you paint over a receptacle, you do two things. One, you get paint inside of the device that will prevent anything you plug into it from making solid contact.  If a male c...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 53
Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am(or Sir) -- In Praise Of The Quickie   Don’t shoot the messenger…   But this is a post   In praise of the quickie   Yes - Indeed   Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am(or Sir)   Forget nice and slow   Forget methodical   Forget thinking about it...for a long hard time   It’s time for ...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 45
We have likely all been there.  We slip our shoes (or boots) on and instantly realize within a couple of steps that there is something besides our foot in there. We may even attempt to wiggle our foot or do some other dance to move the offending impediment to some other location, so that we don’t...
By Mimi Foster, Realtor - Colorado Springs
(Managing Broker EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 90
Input, Interaction, Motivation In the not too distant past, someone turned me on to this great real estate site called ActiveRain. Never having blogged before, I spent many months sitting on the sidelines, daily watching the events and ideas of other members.  The more I watched, the more I reali...
By Susan Haughton, REALTOR Alexandria VA Homes for Sale
Comments 20
While it's hard not to pop the cork on the champagne when you get an acceptable offer on your home, it's prudent not to get too excited or carried away until the ink is dry and the deed has been recorded. Not to dampen your enthusiasm on getting an offer, though, because odds are, the con...
By Donald Payne
(Vision Realty)
Comments 50
                                                                      As the real estate meltdown has come to an end, one thing is certain. Credit scores are here to stay. This makes understanding what makes up your credit score and how you can improve your score imperative.   First, what are the...
By Jon Kolsky, REALTOR® Long Beach, CA
(Kolsky Group/Spellens Realty)
Comments 39
  Attaining a “Happy” Default     When it comes to being happy, individually we have our own unique perspective and definition of what that is. Even though we have our own clarity of serenity, I want to suggest a few ideas that should make life a little better-off, if not a little happier.   I li...
By Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 37
One thing if you don't know this rule in the Internet age you will find it out fast about speed, Strike While The Iron Is Hot With Client Response. This means wherever you get a fresh lead, web, voice mail, referral.... friend of friend... Call them up and EMAIL them "RIGHT AWAY." P...