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By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 35
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain-March 22 to March 29, 2015   I learn something new every day at ActiveRain!  With this series I try to highlight one post per day that gave me that “lightbulb” moment.  It could be something techie, about Real Estate, about a place or person!  Or it could b...
By Tammie White, Franklin Homes Realty, Franklin TN
((615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com)
Comments 9
Today, I was reminded how building strong  client relationships is mutually beneficial. I was on my way to a showing. I was almost there and heard a funny noise coming from the rear of my car. At first, I thought it was a possible flat tire but then I remembered I had just replaced my tires four ...
By Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730)
Comments 25
Saturday Subscriber Finds 97 Today is Saturday Subscriber Find Time and I hope to introduce you to a few that you don't know yet but will know from here on out. With spring blooming in various parts of the country it means people are out stirring more and getting to know their neighbors. Let's ge...
By Agent Professor Utah Real Estate School, Utah Real Estate Agent Licensing School
Comments 26
We are super excited to be on ActiveRain as a RainMaker and hope to make a valuable contribution to this great community! Especially, we are excited to learn more about the Marketing efforts that real estate agents use to gain business and the special care that they give to their clients. We are ...
By Larry Lawfer, "I listen for a living." It's all about you.
(YourStories Realty Group)
Comments 19
Angry Agents: What to do?  If you have been in this business for any period of time you have probably run into an angry agent.  Quite often they have been around for a long time and will tell you so immediately.  These are people who have grown up in the days when no agent was your friend, when n...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 30
I met with a couple and went over all the issues to be concerned about when selling. Disclosures, certifications, water tests, just to name a few. When I called a couple of days later...I was told by the seller that I was wrong...He didn't have to have the septic certified. Who told you that? My ...
By Jeff Dowler CRS, Carlsbad CA Homes for Sale (760) 840-1360
(Solutions Real Estate )
Comments 45
 Carlsbad Rattlesnakes are Out of Hibernation   The rattlesnakes are now out and about in Carlsbad, earlier in the year than normal. Sorry, no live photos (thank goodness!).     Our March weather has been particularly warm, summer-like on a number of occasions, and the rattlesnakes have decided t...
By Debb Janes, REALTOR®, EcoBroker Camas, Washington
(The Carl Group, LLC)
Comments 30
First Fridays in Camas WA Voted Best Outdoor Family Fun If you’ve ever taken your kids to a Camas First Friday event you won’t be surprised to hear that it was voted Best of Clark County for Outdoor Family Fun.  Camas also won runner-up for Best Family Events in Clark County. Each year, since 200...
By Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes"
(RE/MAX Executive Realty )
Comments 57
“The Eye Buys” is a favorite phrase of mine to use when referencing the curb appeal of a home for sale.  Could this phrase also have somewhat of an influence on how one selects a real estate agent?  Let’s hope it’s not the sole factor one considers when a choice needs to be made on hiring an age...
By Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate
(New Paradigm Partners LLC)
Comments 46
Sheldon the Kitty is in serious trouble.   Things were going well for him. He was working hard on mastering the art of being a cat. He had become skilled at dog annoying, and was making real progress on expanding that to include people. He had learned to get on pretty much every counter in his ho...
By Eric Boucher, The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Guy
(ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC)
Comments 35
March Madness Contest - And the Winner Is... ...Roger Mucci? Our final competitors, Michael Jacobs and Praful Thakkar are two outstanding bloggers that you should follow if you don't already. Michael had his hands full as Praful was coming off a 4th Round victory in which he scored 124 comments.....
By Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life
(Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709)
Comments 54
“Beer Budget and Champagne Taste”   Brenda wanted to own a nice three bedroom ranch, but her budget was $150,000. In the area she wanted to live $150,000 wouldn’t give her what she wanted for her family.   Her Realtor called me regarding doing an FHA 203 K loan as the bank that did her pre-quali...
By Janis Borgueta, LIC RE Salesperson - Hudson Valley Homes for Sale
(Key Properties of the Hudson Valley ~ 845-527-7115 )
Comments 45
Something New to Spice Up Your Blogs! Google is always changing things. If you are like me, then you are constantly reading something about search, SEO, SERPS and more. Hard to stay current with all the different things that we need to be doing. Some agents leave it up to a webmaster and others d...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 58
When the screwdriver isn't just for screws. Not that I haven't seen this before.  It's just fun when you can use tools in different ways! The inspection on this house saw repairs on every single column in front of this house.  There are eight such columns. Very recent "repairs" on each one were m...
By Paula McDonald, CHEVAUX Group ~ The Woodlands, TX 936-203-0279
(Chevaux Group, PLLC)
Comments 40
Being Transparent ~ Let Them See Who You Really Are! Today as I met with my networking group, we were discussing the character attributes that we value and hope our clients can clearly see.  I wrote that one of my character attributes is transparency.  Allowing others to see who you really are is...
By Julie Morales, Texas Realtor bringing my values to you!
(RE/MAX Cinco Ranch)
Comments 34
Yesterday I became a Rainmaker. For some of you this may not be a big deal, but for me it is. Can any of you think back to the time when you made the transition? People in this community have a presence and seniority that I admire. You have long been in the Real Estate game and are sitting high ...
By Fred Hernden, Albuquerque area Home Inspector
(Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area)
Comments 64
Well I'll be! I have seen pictures of stuff like this, never thought I'd see it though. A couple days ago I inspected a house right at the base of the Sandia Mountains. When I was on the roof, I got a great view looking either way! Anyway, back on task Mr Inspector... This house was built in the ...
By Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert, Broker/Owner of Zion Realty ZionRealtyAZ.com
(Zion Realty)
Comments 60
I didn't blog yesterday for the very first time since joining Active Rain. I had never missed a single day. I've had days that three blog posts rolled right off of my fingertips so fast you could see the smoke rising off of my keyboard. I've had days that I barely squeezed out a blog post right b...
By Robert (Vegas Bob) Swetz, Commercial & Residential Real Estate Agent
(REALTY ONE GROUP - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 702.443.7156 )
Comments 73
As a photographer of 40+ years there may be some of you wondering why a photographer doesn't attach a photo with his post!   Well let me tell you something ... "I would love too" ;o)   But I am going a record 2 months straight with no Internet ;o(   Sure, I have wifi on my old iPhone, but the Act...
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 69
Here a Rush, There a Rush, Everywhere a Rush, Rush          Volume is up.  That means turntimes are up.  Along with stress levels.  Deadlines are approaching everywhere.  The only thing that typically doesn't go up when volume goes up is levels of customer service.  And I don't care if the BBB an...
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