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By Shannon Shimabukuro
(Market Leader (now Trulia), Senior Trainer)
Comments 8
"Who would you rather have; a seller that's been referred to you or an internet seller inquiry?" Ummm... this is a no-brainer.  I'd choose a referral every day of the week and twice on Sunday.   Unfortunately, referrals aren't always enough to keep our business humming.  There's the ever present...
By Ritu Desai, Virginia Realtor-Fairfax/Loudoun/PW-703-625-4949
(Samson Properties)
Comments 22
Zillion of times as a Northern Virginia Realtor, I have shown homes where the appliances are stuck in time. It may be as old as 70's to early 2000. When buyers walk in the home they immediate think about expenses that, they may have to incur to update the kitchen, which is heart and soul of the h...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 36
Home Staging Tips-Want to Find Your Room’s Focal Point? Home staging is about allowing the possibilities of your property to be seen by potential buyers. This often involves editing items in your home and improving the condition of your property. However, there’s something else we try to do and t...
By Joe Manausa, Tallahassee Real Estate
(Joe Manausa Real Estate)
Comments 16
If you are getting ready to buy a house, then statistics tell me that you are not likely in the market for a real estate buyer's agent. That's right, 74% of homebuyers work with the first agent they speak to, so they typically don't understand that it is in their best interest to hire a buyer's a...
By Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC
(NCW Home Inspections, LLC)
Comments 21
  Bonding of other systems, stop the shock. East Wenatchee Home Inspection Services Bonding of other systems, Intersystem bonding what you need to know.   Proper bonding is one of the most crucial mechanisms when it come to safer electrical installations.  By bonding all systems together this wil...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 24
Critical FHA Condo Approval Requirements to Sunset 8/31/14Unless FHA releases a new Mortgagee Letter in the next few days, the temporary guidelines for condominium approvals created in Mortgagee Letter 12-18 will expire on August 31, 2014.The highlights of the 12-page document include: Clarificat...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 38
IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY,  I MEAN SELL.  I MEAN. . . . . . "It's a great time to buy a home." About two minutes later, we hear, "It's a great time to sell a home." I have a real disconnect with conflicting claims. A good time to buy is when prices have been dropping due to verying market conditio...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 48
Uh oh Stucco (EIFS) in the Pacific NorthwestWe found the perfect home for my buyer yesterday. It’s a sprawling one-level home that’s been updated with top of the line appliances. An abundance of large windows let in natural light and open up to forever views. A neutral palette of tiles, paints, a...
By Wanda Kubat-Nerdin, Your Preferred St. George Area Real Estate Agent.
(Prado & Kramer Real Estate, St. George, UT 84770)
Comments 37
Scrub-a-Dub or Deal! Getting a call from an out-of-state client who is scheduled to close soon saying an agent in my area has called, soliciting her for business does not sit right.  She was upset to think that someone, anyone had access to her cell phone number and what she thought was not privv...
By Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Call 631-805-4400 (c), Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists
(Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803)
Comments 42
Buyers Ask: Can We Use Another Realtor Besides the Listing Agent To Show Us Property?   We have been asked this question many times. Not all consumers actually understand how this business works and are confused about using a Realtor.   The answer is yes.   Any licensed Long Island Agent can show...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Prudential PenFed Realty, "The Real Debbie Reynolds" Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 128
Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do This post has been on my mind for awhile and after reading one of Lou Ludwig's inspirational posts, I think it is time to write about Burnout and Real Estate, What to Do. Burnout is described by Wikipedia as "a psychological term that refers to long-term exhaus...
By Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta Condos For Sale
(MyMidtownMojo.com Thomas Ramon Realty)
Comments 21
Congratulations!!!  You have shipped the last kid off to college! (Admit it, despite being sad to see them go, you are kinda excited about having the place all to yourselves now. But wait? What are we going to do with 3500 square feet of house for just the two of us? We still have to clean and mo...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 41
I'm Counting on You!   Pretty weighty words from a client when heading out for the start of a home search.   I helped this buyer purchase a condo some years ago - he was living overseas and almost all the communication was via email. We never met but the transactions went swimmingly.   I finally ...
By Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News
(Integrity Real Estate Group)
Comments 43
And they are two very different things.  Not all buyers have the same taste in homes and it is up to their agent to help them decide whether a property is one they want or will pass on.  It is also a buyers agent responsibility to control their client from leaving notes behind that are insulting ...
By Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"
(RE/MAX Real Estate Connections)
Comments 93
  I drove by the home at the right (there is one farther back) in early Spring and it jogged my memory about a situation I encountered last year. I was showing homes to a first time buyer couple. They had told me they preferred homes where there was no homeowner's association with monthly fees S...
By ActiveRain: Keeping You In The Loop!
(ActiveRain Corp.)
Comments 100
A few weeks ago, we introduced the concept on ActiveRain where you can 'like' another member's blog post or comment. When we introduced this new feature, we included points for every time you liked another members post or comment. In a follow up blog post, we asked the community how you guys felt...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy Costa Mesa, CA 484-680-4852
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,)
Comments 34
Listing Agents - You Need a Preferred Lender, Too          For real estate agents that work with buyers, it makes sense to have one or more preferred lenders to refer buyers to; lenders they know can get a deal closed (on time), know aren't going to rip their clients off, and lenders they know ar...
By Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
(Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL)
Comments 38
What Does Home Ownership Mean To You? Click on the photo to start your home search. There is a different relationship you have with the home you live in depending on whether you own it or are renting. For one, it's less personal if you're renting...just call the landlord if something breaks and t...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 33
FHA Eliminates So-Called "Pre-payment Penalties" for Loan Payoffs Yesterday, August 26, 2014, HUD modified its procedure for interest charges when an FHA loan is paid off.  As of January 21, 2015, lenders will only be allowed to collect interest from a borrower up until and including the date on ...
By Martha Brown, Your Homes Around Annapolis Agent
(Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Annapolis MD 21403)
Comments 43
I am starting the thought process of selling my home and moving to a simpler lifestyle. 5 country acres with gardens is getting to be a bit much and a more simpler lifestyle is starting to seem like a good idea. There is a lot to go through and think about as, like many, I have collected over the...
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