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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 16
This is brand new construction - is pre-drilling screw holes on doors really that important? Most of the doors in the house were like this.  They are cracked at the strike plate. On the door of a double door, and on the side wall of the door framing, the wood was cracked at the strike plates. Why...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 29
First, happy Easter Sunday!   It looks like we're going to have a beautiful day here in Washington! But before I can go out and enjoy it, here are my picks from many great blogs I read last week: Winston Heverly: The 041514 Daily Hot Sheet of Palm Beach Real Estate & FL Realtor News  There were l...
By Carol Zingone, Global Realtor Based in Jax Beach, FL
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty)
Comments 26
    One of my very early real estate transactions involved a young lady, who was looking for a house close to the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. We would put our heads together to figure out what areas made sense, and we knew what her budget was. There waa a house she loved that "looked" ...
By Michael Jacobs, Pasadena Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 52
What Would You Do If You Lost Your Database?   No.   It didn’t happen to me.   Or anyone I know.   But what if it did?   What would I do?   How about you?   Could you...   Would you...   Simply start over?   Would you wait until “they” contacted you?   Would you return to business and work as if ...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 37
What I Learned This Week At ActiveRain- April 13  to April 19, 2014.   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!   April 13:...
By Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
(HomeRome Realty-Author "Real Estate the Rome Way" 410-530-2400)
Comments 32
Time To Say Goodbye To your House   Do you remember saying goodbye to a close friend? Can you imagine how you would feel if you never saw that friend again and did not have a chance to say a last goodbye?           Everyone knows that moving from one home to another takes a lot of time, planning,...
By Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof, The Little REALTOR® That Could
(Keller Williams Realty)
Comments 34
      “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls”   - Joseph Campell     I like to write, to express my ideas, send notes and letters to friends, produce photo journals of the exciting places I've been to and to tell the story about the people I came t...
By Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home!
(Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate)
Comments 34
Imagine for a moment, a perfect world - one in which you had access to absolutely everything you need to know about the purchase of a potential new home.  And by everything, I mean exactly that.  Access to listing information, county data, mortgage history, neighborhood and demographic data, how ...
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
Saturday Subscribers Finds 47  This week we head out west and then travel back across the country to visit with some of our Equestrian agents. ActiveRain has many agents that love horses but these ladies talk about it and make it part of their business and marketing plans. They network with horse...
By Steve Hoffacker, New Home Sales Trainer/Coach, Sales Books Author
(Hoffacker Associates LLC)
Comments 51
Many consumers are price shoppers. In fact, many people are sleeve shoppers when picking out the latest fashion to wear. They see something they like. Then they look at the price tag hanging from the sleeve. Then they decide how much  they "really" like it after they factor in the price. Whether ...
By Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County Ohio
(RE/MAX Elite 513.265.3004 www.LizTour.com)
Comments 62
The Clutter Doesn't Come With The House In a perfect world, every home for sale would be staged and presented like a builder's model.  But no one lives in a builder's model, just visitors that never sleep in the bed, the kitchen is only used for bottled water and the occasional wine & cheese soci...
By Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today!
(Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092)
Comments 69
Document, document, document! Yesterday, I mentioned in my post that a customer went into the store on my day off and lied to the owner about the price I had quoted them. Since I had documented what I quoted them, my boss was able to check my notebook and verify that I had quoted them correctly a...
By Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB
(Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma)
Comments 41
Robots Come as Standard Equipment in a Home - Welcome to My Planet!   Programmable Robots are standard equipment in homes.  Home Depot and Lowes stock them right next to the Refrigerators, Ranges, and Vacuum Cleaners.    Programmable Robots are so easy to program, just select your functions each ...
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 73
OK You've Done It Now, The Alarm is Going Off. It has happened more than once and it is one of the most dreaded outcomes of a showing. You the agent listened very carefully and even wrote down on paper the instructions for showing but for some reason the sequence or a detail for disarming the sec...
By John Meussner, Making Mortgages Easy
(Total Mortgage Services, Conventional Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, Jumbo loans)
Comments 25
How Long is a Mortgage Pre-Approval Good For?        This is a pretty simple question, but as it is with most things real estate related, the answer is a little bit complicated.  On many pre-approvals I've seen, lenders note that it's good for 60 days.  Others say 30 days.  Others say 90, and som...
By Tammie White, TW Realty Group, Franklin TN
(Benchmark Realty, LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.TWRealtyGroup.net)
Comments 44
On Wednesday, I received a call from a woman moving to our area. I was with a client writing an offer and, of course, I let the call go to voice mail. After completing the offer and sending my client on his way, I returned the call. This time my call went to the woman's voice mail. My first thoug...
By Marte Cliff, your real estate writer
(Marte Cliff Copywriting)
Comments 52
If you're out there marketing for new listings but not having much luck, the problem could be that your target is too large. In an effort to market to an entire city, your message must necessarily be generic. Probably TOO generic to appeal to any of them, except by chance. Those are the ads we se...
By Denise Lones, CSP, MIRM, CDEI - Real Estate Coaching & Branding
(The Lones Group, Inc.)
Comments 25
Why not Be Unique, Authentic and MEMORABLE! Ask any real estate agent that has truly embraced their authentic self in their brand and they will tell you that while it was scary at first, it was probably one of the best business decisions they ever made. I am not talking about buying a $29 logo o...
By Amy Jones, Voted Chandler AZ Best Realtor® for 3 years
(RE/Max Infinity - www.AmySellsAZ.com)
Comments 54
Flashback December 10, 2009, after another buyer question about scorpions in Arizona, I decide to write a post about it. Many of my colleagues thought this was a bad idea. They asked why I would want to write about one of the "negatives" of living in the Phoenix area. The way I looked at it (and ...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 17
Last week I received a call from a Realtor here in Connecticut looking for more information on the VA Condo Approval Process.  Unlike the FHA Condo Approval Process which is fairly well known, the VA Condo Approval Process is not well known.  Not only is the VA Condo Approval Process not as well ...
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