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By Amanda and Jared Christiansen, YOUR Fort Wayne Realtors, Century 21 Bradley.
(Century 21 Bradley (260)704-0843)
Comments 18
My neighbor asked me this the other day.   It was 3:00 and I was checking the mail.   He came over and said "Busy day today, I see.  Are we lounging this afternoon again?  It must be nice to sell a few houses and make the big bucks and then lounge from home all day."     I smiled and changed the ...
By Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia
(Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC)
Comments 14
Stairs - built today the code requires a newer standard. It used to be that stairs were higher and narrower.  They were supposed to be no higher than 8 1/4" and the tread 9" wide.  And the height of each step could not vary by more than 3/8" Things have changed.  Built today  the height requireme...
By Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage
(Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366)
Comments 8
  Not Only Is The Caulking Ugly, It's No Longer Working   There are many purposes for caulking in and around your home. On the exterior, it can help keep water from coming into the windows and doors. It can seal cracks and seams to make surfaces look better before painting too. On the interior, w...
By Mimi Foster, Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor
(EPIC Real Estate Group )
Comments 81
In all of my years in real estate, this is the first time I've heard of this scenario. One of my newer agents contacted me, upset about a home she sold last week. We have a unique area in town called Manitou Springs ~ governed by the regulations of Colorado Springs Regional Building but with thei...
By Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT
(Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties)
Comments 42
We are all connected, and before you think I am going to write some brotherly love post, move on. Not today. I believe in it, yes indeed, but for today I am talking about our digital connections.  I got digital coming out my ..... fingertips. HA! Bet you thought I was going to say something else,...
By Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain!
(ActiveRain, Community Manager)
Comments 38
Now that you've dished the secrets, let's switch it up a little bit.  What are the top loves about your profession?  What gets you up in the morning and makes you happy about your career?   Is it the feeling you get when you hand over the keys?  Or that moment you call your clients to let them kn...
By Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9663
(Woodland Management Service)
Comments 25
Acquired Some Forest Land? What Should You Do Next?   Often times I get calls from people who have recently acquired a parcel of Forestland and recognizing that they have a prized asset, seek to find some expert advice on how to maximize this asset.       The first critical step is to have an ap...
By Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor
(Helping people in transition)
Comments 44
Your Raleigh, Cary, Apex Area Real Estate Agent Won the  Powerball!!! OK. OK. I didn't really win the Powerball. But,  with this, my 1,400th post, your humble Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Real Estate agent now joins the 118 other ActiveRain millionaires! So, for those of you who've been faithful subs...
By George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert
(George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages Connecticut)
Comments 46
Do Borrowers Need A Two Year Work History In Order To Purchase A Home?  I continue to talk to Borrowers who think they cannot qualify to purchase a house because they have not worked for the same employer for two years.  While Borrowers need a two year work history to purchase a home, it does not...
By Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital
(Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.)
Comments 49
Today, I revved up my computer and looked at a listing that a client is interested in buying.  And the  information on our multiple listing service (Metropolitan Regional Information System, or MRIS) was a little confusing.   On MRIS, one of the first blanks to fill in is the one to let colleague...
By Ken Jones Sells Homes
(Realty ONE Group)
Comments 62
The Open House Myth begins with the Open House sign virtually every local street corner every weekend which reflects the widely held, but factually untrue belief (a/k/a a "myth") that by inviting the general public into one’s home such foolishness will result in the sale of that home. Although a ...
By Fred Carver-Top Realtor Victoria, BC, Accredited Victoria BC Real Estate Consultant
(Re/Max Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate)
Comments 36
Real Estate-104 How Many Paydays Do You Want?   Years ago, when I was new to the business, I had a mentor who was a great realtor. She taught me a lot of lessons on ethics, customer care and especially about client retention. She had a ton of clients and did a lot of business, and most of her bus...
By Vanessa Saunders MBA MIMC CIPS FIABCI, From Manhattan to the Catskills of New York
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
Comments 61
One of our Orange County, NY real estate listings was burglarized recently, right after a weekend of showings. The thieves got away with jewelery, cash, portable computers, the usual swag. The listing agent called me to report this and that home owners had complained to her that it must have been...
By Norma Toering, Palos Verdes & Beach Cities Homes in L.A. CA
(Charlemagne International Properties)
Comments 38
Are there any secrets left in real estate? Have we bared our soul and our selling secrets so often the mysterious sauce is available to all? Have we shared every last tidbit of knowledge we've garnered from our years on the front line and in the trenches? Are consumers now privy to so much real ...
By Jenn Hart, Richmond, VA, REALTOR®, 804-317-7997
(Jefferson Properties)
Comments 25
Recently I overheard an agent complaining about receiving "robo-texts" requesting feedback just seconds after opening the door to a listed property.  It wasn't the inquiry or desired feedback that the agent objected to, it was the impersonal nature of the request.  The agent said he was happy to ...
By Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland
(Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate)
Comments 69
I apologize to Agent and Broker members of ActiveRain. Please accept my apology for the recent post(s) and comments apologizing for many agents representating our profession. I've been selling real estate for many years and have met and dealt with more agents than I can remember.  I can say witho...
By Lou Ludwig, CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC, e-PRO
(Ludwig & Associates)
Comments 25
  You Will Be Evaluated “There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by those four contacts: What we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.” Dale Carnegie 1888 - 1955, Best Selling Author, Motivational Speaker     As ...
By Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, Personal Service, always.
(Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC)
Comments 27
Sellers have many concerns but, in the end, there are two overriding concerns when a home seller receives a purchase offer - terms and ability to close. Most think price alone is the greatest consideration but, in my opinion, "terms" is more appropriate.  Terms include price. Although at first gl...
By Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224
(Room Service Home Staging)
Comments 42
Discovering My Itch-Only for You, Richie Naggar. I love the idea of Richie Naggar’s September contest because it forces/nudges us into creating, if we haven’t already, a tag-line or slogan for our business.  It’s something that wasn’t even on my long “To Do” list. So, while I had to think about t...
By Dorie Dillard, Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
(Coldwell Banker United Realtors)
Comments 60
Has Your Shelf Life Expired?   I see businesses every day that didn’t get the memo their cheese moved. Their industry changed and they didn’t zig and zag with it or they just realized their shelf life was soon to expire. Look at Radio Shack..help me..help me.... I’m losing ground and need another...
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