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By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 28
Glancing at something isn't always revealing, but looking close enough you might find the cause!  Apparently the hardwood flooring in this dining room had been mysteriously getting soft and damaged.  And nobody knew why, or investigeted why. Well, the proximity to the rear door is a clue as to wh...
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 36
You Sold Your House...    Congratulations!   Now it's time to pack and get ready for the move, but cleaning your old house is no where on your "must-do" list. You heard from your Realtor that you should leave your house in “Broom Clean Condition” but what exactly does that mean?     “Broom Clean”...
By Mike McCann - Nebraska Land Broker, Nebraska Farm Land For Sale 308-627-3700
(Mike McCann - Broker, Based in Kearney & Serving Rural Nebraska)
Comments 70
I saw an AR contest blog by Grant Schneider on what we have given up in 2015 that was not working. I thought about this a little...and looked back in the mirror on the road my career has traveled and realized that I, indeed, had given up on a few things this year!! In fact two major changes in my...
By Michael Jacobs, PasadenaCA Real Estate Representation 818.516.4393
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
Comments 66
Passion and Real Estate   Last week, I read a post by Lyn Sims  I thought would surely receive a gold star Are you Enthusiastic?  In her post, she described a listing appointment with a less than realistic seller.  Lyn’s post happened to coincide with a recent office meeting where we discussed th...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 68
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 25
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 38
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 41
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 37
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 Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Short Sale - CDPE, REDS
(Keller Williams 414-525-0563)
Comments 9
  I have been asked recently to give a talk...which I am guessing may well turn into a discussion...About...  If you were in my position....and some day you MAY be...what would YOU say ?    How would you explain your participation...the ways you can participate...the people you have had the plea...
By William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.
(WHISPERING PINES REALTY)
Comments 60
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 50
 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 31
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 62
“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 70
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 38
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 101
“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 57
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 65
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...
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