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By Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Coweta Newnan Homes for Sale
(Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Metro Brokers)
Comments 15
It has been reported that Zillow is in advanced acquisition talks with rival Trulia. The current total value of Trulia shares is approximately two billion dollars. But both sites are dependent on revenue generated by the sale of ads to real estate agents, mortgage brokers, and other ancillary rea...
By Joy Roussell, Dedicated Realtor
Comments 7
Recently, I was looking through some of the posts here on Active Rain, and I came across a Home Stager who had a signature at the bottom of her posts.  At first, I didn't even know it was a signature, because it just said on top: "Posted By:" And it had her information, along with h...
By Enrico & Monica Roselli
(Realty World South Florida)
Comments 45
I am curious as to the feelings of Realtors and the public about Zillow buying Trulia. The perception of the public when it comes to the real estate industry is already so vague and misguided, let`s face it, most consumers haven`t got a clue as to how we get compensated and all that we do in any ...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 19
In A Changing Real Estate Market “Days On Market” Are Not Your Friends   It’s all about where you’re coming from…   Isn’t that typically the case?   Days on Market(known as DOM in REALTOR-speak) is an important factor for both buyers and sellers to understand.   Sellers should be mindful that one...
By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring
(Floor Coverings International Westchester NY & Stamford CT)
Comments 47
Well this was a nice article to wake up to:  Home Guru - The most frequently asked questions about refinishng hardwood floors.   This is an article in a local online paper by a local real estate agent known as "The Home Guru." (Bill Primavera).   Now, let me tell how this transpired.   ...
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 13
“What to do When You Can’t Get a Credit Report Corrected”   I tell my clients to go online to access the laws that deal with these issues:www.ftc.gov  then check out the Fair Debt Collect Practice Act (FDCPA).   Three months out diligent calling and email the creditor and credit bureaus these pro...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 42
More Than Home Buyers & Sellers Find You When You Blog Obviously our primary target audience when we post about local communities and events is home owners and home buyers.  But we've found that those posts get us found by more than just area home buyers and sellers, but others that indir...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 41
Want to know why I do not want to stage this house? The last thing anyone in business wants to do is turn business away, but I made the above statement to an agent recently. “Want to know why I do not want to stage this house.” Home staging isn’t just about moving furniture around; bringing in a ...
By Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA
(ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055)
Comments 30
Happy Facebook Fridays, Rainers!   Guilty as charged fellow Rainers! I received an interesting email this week that said I was playing favorites in the ActiveRain Facebook Fridays Group and it was not fair. That person was absolutely correct! I have, do, and will continue to play favorites. Here...
By Jenn Hart
(Realtor, Richmond VA, 804-317-7997, Jefferson Properties )
Comments 8
I'll admit it....I'm a sucker for all those surveys on Facebook.  No, not the ones asking "how redneck are you" or "which character are you on Orange is the New Black".  I'm talking about the surveys that reveal interesting little nuggets about the  towns and citie...
By Lynn B. Friedman, REALTOR ATL BuckheadMidtownWestside 404.939.2727
(- - - Concierge Real Estate Services for YOU - - - Providing SERVICE for Sellers & Buyers is our BUSINESS)
Comments 22
Businessweek Magazine Suggests Zillow Wants to Buy Trulia    Logo property of BusnissWeek. In an article on 7/24/14, reported by Alex Sherman, Jeffrey McCracken and Prashant Gopal, entitled Zillow Seeking to Buy Rival Property Site Trulia, BusinessWeek magazine suggests that Zillow wants to buy T...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 38
Is Respect in Real Estate Marketing important, or optional? Today when I was feeling a little miffed I started thinking about respect. And since I'm always thinking about real estate marketing, I started thinking about them together. You definitely want respect. You want people to keep their ...
By Dulcey Schuster, Property Management Software
(Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening)
Comments 57
OK so attack is a bit dramatic but, my husband ahem, I mean business partner, spent several hours this morning rebuilding a gate at one of the properties we own and manage. The gate that was on the property had recently been kicked in and was in need of some serious repair.  Rumor has it that it ...
By Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668)
(Lane Realty)
Comments 19
There's no "right answer" for this question, but it is black and white.  As in it's in the contract, typed in black on white paper.  Time of possession is written into the contract in Georgia and that's when your keys will be delivered.  If the contract says "at closing...
By Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
(Charles Buell Inspections Inc.)
Comments 44
  I was a design build general contractor for more than 30 years and I have been a home inspector for more than 10 years.  I have seen a lot of interesting things in houses over all those years. At a recent inspection, I found a type of window installation from the 1930’s that I had never seen be...
By Toni Weidman, 23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
(Re/Max Sunset Realty)
Comments 35
Reducing Seller Inspection Stress   Have you ever noticed the panic that crosses the face of some sellers when you tell them the inspector is coming.  Some are very confident that there will be nothing found and that’s great for them, for you, and for the buyer. But some people don’t know what mi...
By Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner
(KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate)
Comments 43
This is a bit of a twist on those situations where family members use someone other than a family member or friend who is a real estate agent to represent them in the sale or purchase of a house - and it is discovered on accident. For the past four months, at his request, a realtor friend of mine...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 20
In my blog the "Loss Mitigation Road To A Short Sale" about a work shop I attended this week on Loss Mitigation and FHA Short Sales, I mentioned that up until attending this workshop I was under the impression a homeowner who wanted to do a Short Sale on their property was able to apply...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 35
Here is how you can know how good your windows are even if the builder says they are Energy Star windows. First of all - we need some definitions.  Lots of buzz words and catch phrases get thrown around. Energy Star - this has been around since 1992, a program introduced by the EPA as a voluntary...
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 45
Ask An Ambassador: How Do I Add a Hyperlink?  After hosting a recent contest I realized that many people are not really familiar with how to post a link. It is not difficult but a little mystifying the first time or two. So while I am explaining the process, I am also going to explain why the hyp...
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